Mitchell Cushman is a director, playwright, producer, educator and founding Artistic Director of Outside the March. As one of Canada’s leading immersive theatre artists, Mitchell’s work has been seen on stages as large as the Royal Alexander Theatre and as a regular director at the Stratford Festival, in spaces as intimate as kindergarten classrooms and living rooms, and in locales as far flung as Whitehorse, London, Edinburgh, Munich, Finland and Japan.
As a developer of new work, Mitchell has collaborated with some of Toronto’s most exciting theatrical voices, including Rosamund Small (TomorrowLove™, Vitals), Haley McGee (I’m Doing this For You, Oh My Irma) James Smith (Lessons in Temperament), Britta & Anika Johnson (Brantwood, Dr. Silver) and Nicholas Billon (Treasure Island). Mitchell is also the Co-Creator of BRANTWOOD (with Julie Tepperman), Canada’s largest immersive musical theatre experience, which received the 2015 Audience Choice Award for Best Production at the Dora Awards.
Mitchell has received numerous distinctions for his work, including two Dora Awards for Outstanding Independent Production (Mr. Marmalade and Vitals), the Siminovitch protégé award, the Ken McDougal Award, and the Toronto Theatre Critics’ awards for Best Production (Mr. Burns, Terminus) and Best Director (Terminus). Mitchell is a faculty member at Act II Studio at Ryerson University, and is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing program.
Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld has been the Managing Producer for Outside the March since 2013. In that time, she has succeeded in bolstering the company’s operations in many administrative areas, including organizational structure, business development, fundraising strategy, and financial management. Since joining the OtM team, Katherine has produced a wide variety of productions and events, including the company’s 2014 Dora Award-winning production of Vitals and the 2014 Terminus tour.
Katherine has worked as an independent producer since 2003, and in 2009 sought out formal training in the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto, where she graduated at the top of her class. Katherine has worked with various performing arts companies including Crow’s Theatre, the Paprika Festival, Canadian Stage, Nightwood Theatre, and Dancemakers.
Michelle Yagi is a producer and arts administrator with diverse experience working with cultural organizations in Canada and the United States. She graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in theatre before earning a certification in Digital Marketing from the University of Arts London, and a Masters in Arts Administration from Indiana University. She is also a recipient of the Queen’s University Arts Management Award. In the past few years, she has worked with organizations such as the Paprika Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Luminato Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington Arts Council, Buddies in Bad Times, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Art Museum and CMart Worldwide Producers. In addition to her work as Interim Managing Producer for Outside the March, she also manages national marketing for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen.
Amy is a Dora award-winning actor hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. From a very young age, Amy knew that her happiness lay in performing, and she has pursued her passion with a dedicated tenacity and wild abandon. She brings a combination of clown, impulse work and Utah Hagan technique to her acting practice. Amy now calls Toronto home, and is one of the founding members of Outside the March—working to foster deeper connections between the company’s dozens of Associate Artists. Right from the company’s very first production, Oh the Humanity, Amy has been one of the leading voices of Outside the March, creating unforgettable characters in Mr. Marmalade, Passion Play and Mr. Burns.
A regular fixture of the local theatre scene, Amy has collaborated with a number of companies in Ontario, including the Tarragon Theatre, Necessary Angel, Common Boots, Nightwood Theatre, Canadian Rep, the Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre and Carousel Players. She is also a founding member of the Edmonton-based troupe The Serial Collective.
Ishai Buchbinder is a writer, actor and an integral part of the Artistic Council for Outside the March. His love of the morbid, the comedic, and the absurd have led him to an eccentric profile as a theatre artist.
Before returning to Toronto in 2014, Ishai lived in Durham, North Carolina, where he explored the frontiers of immersive theatre. Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. As a performer in Durham, Ishai’s favourite role was Alek Yelyuk, Ukrainian Badminton player in Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. As a performer for Outside the March, his favourite roles include Mr. Burns, the radioactive boogeyman in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and Larry, the misanthropic five-year old dreamboat in Mr. Marmalade.
Ishai is currently writing Pets, a darkly comedic fable that investigates the plight of all the inhabitants of a suburban house: the pets, the pests, the plants, and the human in whose shadow they reside. Ishai’s first play, Apples and Oranges tells the story of a young couple marooned on a lifeboat who cannibalize their baby in hunger. On film, Ishai has written and played all eight characters in Traveling Medicine Show: Apocalypse, an absurdist story about the last surviving human living in a theatre with his increasingly outrageous imaginary friends.
Ishai is currently creating a program for youth that fuses adventure education with site-specific theatre creation, developing methods for implanting empathy through performance, and working on methods to game-ify audience participation.
Passionate about multiple forms of storytelling craft, Sébastien Heins is an acclaimed actor, playwright, theatremaker and filmmaker.
For Outside the March, Sebastien has written, directed, designed, and produced bold, high quality trailers and ad campaigns for the company since 2009. Outside the March acting credits include Oh, the Humanity, Mr. Marmalade, Vitals, That Synching Feeling and Mr. Burns: a post-electric play. Other credits include the Stratford Festival’s Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption. Sébastien has worked with Canadian directing legend Bruce McDonald on CBC’s Cracked, has appeared on CTV’s The Listener, and SuperChannel’s Darknet.
Sébastien’s solo show Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera won the Best Emerging Artist Award at United Solo Festival in NYC. In 2013, he wrote and directed “Her Chance to Dream”, a 60 second love story, garnering him the City Stories Award. He directed the creation of Stratford’s first ever Virtual Reality Experience, Breath of Kings 360. He was chosen for the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, and the Obsidian Playwright’s Unit. He enjoys leading workshops of “Vocal Masque”, the mime-driven- storytelling-style, for the TDSB, UrbanArts, CultureLink, b current, and the Thespo Youth Theatre Festival in India.
He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Katherine is an actor and playwright based in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver, Katherine trained in Montreal and Edmonton, before moving across the country once more to Toronto—following Mitchell Cushman and Amy Keating to Toronto so she could continue to make theatre with Outside The March (and because she just really likes hanging out with them and didn’t want to watch The Wire all by herself). Katherine has appeared in numerous Outside The March productions including playing a series of unstable maternal figures in Mr. Marmalade, a stuttering carpenter with dreams of flight in Passion Play, a post-apocalyptic Marge Simpson in Mr. Burns, and a paramedic in the midst of her own emergency in Vitals (Dora Award Nomination – Outstanding Performance).
Katherine continues to collaborate with Britta Johnson on Stupidhead!: A Musical Comedy, a show based on her experiences growing up with dyslexia, and her overall experience navigating and organizing the world. Stupidhead! originally premiered at the 2015 SummerWorks Festival, where it won the award for Best New Performance Text. The show then enjoyed a successful run as part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s ‘16/’17 season.
Nick Blais designs across Canada in all manner of discipline and venue from Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre to the base of the Calgary Tower. Nick serves as Head of Design for Outside the March as well as Board Member for the Associated Designers of Canada, and resident designer
for Actors Repertory Company.
Featured in the Fall and Winter issues of Professional Lighting and Production Magazine for his innovation in “off-the-grid” lighting design and site specific scenography. Nick devotes his design efforts to bringing emotive and transformative visuals to life through the never-ending experimentation and exploration of creative risk.
TomorrowLove™ , Mr. Burns
Lessons in Temperament, Mysterious Encounters (Artistic Accomplice Alumni)
Passion Play, Terminus
Founding Co-Artistic Director – That Syncing Feeling, Mr. Burns, Murderers Confess, Oh the Humanity
Murderers Confess, Mr. Marmalade
Now We Are
Spoke Co-Artistic Curator
Resident Designer – TomorrowLove™, Vitals, Agony/Ecstasy
Mr. Burns, Passion Play
That Syncing Feeling, Terminus
The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, The Trump Card (Reading)
Terminus, Mr. Marmalade
Mr. Burns, Murderers Confess, Passion Play
Murderers Confess at Christmastime
Dr. Silver, Mr. Burns
Puppet Master in Residence – Golem’s Mighty Swing, Mr. Burns
Resident Designer – TomorrowLove™ , Mr. Burns
Passion Play, TomorrowLove™
Terminus, Mr. Marmalade
The Golem’s Mighty Swing, That Syncing Feeling
That Syncing Feeling, Passion Play, Terminus, Mr. Marmalade
A Community Target
TomorrowLove™, Passion Play
Resident Stage Manager – TomorrowLove™, Mr. Burns
Resident Designer – Mr. Burns, Vitals, Passion Play
Performance Poet in Residence – 100 Outside Voices, Spoke Co-Artistic Curator
Playwright in Residence – TomorrowLove™, Vitals
Lessons in Temperament, Mr. Burns
Passion Play, Mr. Marmalade
Mysterious Encounters, Artistic Accomplice Alumni
Vitals, Passion Play (Artistic Accomplice Alumni)
Murderers Confess, Passion Play