Our Team

Core Artistic Team

Mitchell Cushman

Mitchell Cushman

Founding Artistic Director*

Mitchell Cushman

Founding Artistic Director*

“that sorcerer of site-specific theatre”

NOW MAGAZINE

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 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.

Directing credits for Outside the March include The Golem’s Mighty Swing, The Flick, The Tape Escape (Co-Creator), Dr. Silver, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, JerusalemLessons in TemperamentTomorrowLove, Mr. BurnsVitalsPassion PlayTerminus, Mr. MarmaladeOh the Humanity and other Good Intentions. 

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) and Britta & Anika Johnson (Brantwood, Dr. Silver). 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. Other favourite directing credits include: Treasure Island, Breath of Kings, Possible Worlds (Stratford); Hand to God , The Aliens (Coal Mine); Hand to God (MTC); The Curious Voyage I, Claudia, The Last of Romeo and Juliet (Talk is Free), Merrily We Roll Along (YES Theatre).

Mitchell has received numerous distinctions for his work, including a Dora Award for Outstanding Direction, three Dora Awards for Outstanding Independent Production, the Siminovitch protégé award, the Ken McDougal Award, and the Toronto Theatre Critics’ awards for Best Production and Best Director. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing program.

Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld

Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld

Managing Producer

Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld

Managing Producer

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.

Griffin McInnes

Griffin McInnes

Creative Producer**

Griffin McInnes

Creative Producer**

Griffin McInnes is a director, playwright and producer in Toronto. His work often explores the relationships between science, art and publics, and has won several writing awards including the Atlantic Writing Competition and the Norma Epstein National Writing Award. Formerly Halifax-based, he is the co-founder and artistic director of Wit’s End Theatre and served as emerging artist-in-residence with Nova Scotia’s 2b theatre company. Griffin holds a graduate degree from the School of Experimentation in Arts and Politics at SciencesPo in Paris, France, where he studied under anthropologist Bruno Latour. Read more at griffinmcinnes.com.

Laura McCallum

Laura McCallum

General Manager

Laura McCallum

General Manager

Laura McCallum is an emerging producer and arts administrator. She previously worked with Theatre of the Beat, Studio 180 Theatre, The Shaw Festival, and Theatre By Committee. She is a graduate of Humber’s Arts Administration & Cultural Management post-grad, and the Theatre & Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. She enjoys volunteering for the Toronto Theatre Database and learning ASL at the Canadian Hearing Society.

Sebastien Heins

Sebastien Heins

Associate Artistic Director, New Platforms & Initiatives

Sebastien Heins

Associate Artistic Director, New Platforms & Initiatives

“A tour de force performer…extraordinary talent.”

– Tom Miller, Co-Founder Mermaid Theatre

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 HumanityMr. 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.

Jeff Ho

Jeff Ho

Company Dramaturg

Jeff Ho

Company Dramaturg

Jeff Ho is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong.

As a playwright, his works include Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land),
produced by Saga Collectif; Antigone: 方, produced by Young People’s Theatre; and
trace, produced by Factory Theatre/ b current performing arts. He has held residencies with the Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Cahoots, the Banff Playwrights Lab, Factory Theatre, and the Tarragon Theatre. His works are published by Playwrights Canada Press.

Jeff is the Company Dramaturg with Outside the March. He is grateful to have been
honoured with a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play (Iphigenia);
nominated for four Dora Awards, thrice for Performance (Box 4901, Prince Hamlet,
Hana’s Suitcase) and once as a Playwright (Iphigenia); the Bulmash-Siegal Playwright
Award (Tarragon Theatre); and a Harold Award (House of Nadia Ross). He is a
graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Amy Keating

Amy Keating

Artistic Council - Founding Member

Amy Keating

Artistic Council - Founding Member

“Amy Keating is a clown with a razor blade”

– Arkady Spivak, Artistic Director Talk is Free Theatre

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, Mr. Burns and The Flick.

A regular fixture of the local theatre scene, Amy has collaborated with a number of companies in Ontario, including the The Stratford Festival, 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

Ishai Buchbinder

Artistic Council - Founding Member

Ishai Buchbinder

Artistic Council - Founding Member

“Buchbinder really turns the knob up on the thrilling spectacle.”

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.

Katherine Cullen

Katherine Cullen

Artistic Council - Founding Member

Katherine Cullen

Artistic Council - Founding Member

“hilariously insightful… Cullen takes a no-holds barred approach to storytelling”

– Mooney on Theatre

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

Nick Blais

Artistic Council - Head of Design

Nick Blais

Artistic Council - Head of Design

“Blais’ excellent design helps turn a play into a visceral thrill ride”

– The National Post

Nick Blais designs across Canada in all manner of discipline and venue: from theatres, parks, abandoned buildings, schools, storefronts, living rooms and concert halls. As Head of Design for Toronto’s leading immersive theatre company, Outside the March, Nick specializes in assembling gifted teams, creating and facilitating thematic, impactful designs, and transforming unconventional spaces into immersive, dramatic environments.

Nick has received Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Toronto for both set and lighting design, nominated for the Virginia Myrtle Cooper award in costume design, and various other awards and nominations across the country. His design work was featured in 2011 at the Prague Quadrennial for Theatre Design, and was showcased in Professional Lighting Magazine for his innovation in off-the-grid lighting design and site-specific scenography. Nblaisdesign.com

For OTM : Mundane Mysteries, Golem’s Mighty Swing, The FLICK, Tape Escape, A Community Target, Dr. Silver, Jerusalem, Lessons in Temperament, TomorrowLove™, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Murderers, Terminus.

Select credits include: Oil, Human Animals, Dissidents, Pomona, Moment (ARC); Marjorie Prime, Hand to God, Aliens (Coal Mine); Glass Menagerie (Grand Theatre); Bang Bang (Factory); Unending (Convergence Theatre), Vespers (Royal Winnipeg Ballet); West Side Story (Citadel); Brantwood (Sheridan).

Anahita Dehbonehie

Anahita Dehbonehie

Artistic Council - Resident Designer

Anahita Dehbonehie

Artistic Council - Resident Designer

“Never expect a traditional design from Dehbonehie”

– Jon Kaplan, NOW MAGAZINE

Anahita Dehbonehie is an Iranian performance designer, creator and installation artist. Currently based in Toronto, her practice is founded on the principle that truths are communicated most powerfully through evocative sensory experiences. She is drawn specifically to work that questions form and content while creating space for contemporary conversation.

Anahita’s work has been featured across Canada and internationally, including at the Prague Quadrennial, The Vilnius Capital of Culture, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.  Since making Toronto her home in 2012, her designs have been recognized with a variety of nominations and awards, including two Dora Mavor Moore awards and eight nominations. She was a finalist for the Virginia Myrtle Cooper award in costume design in 2016- 2018 and was named one of Now Magazine’s top theatre artists in 2015 and 2019.

Michelle Yagi

Michelle Yagi

Artistic Council

Michelle Yagi

Artistic Council
Michelle Yagi is a producer and arts administrator with diverse experience working with cultural organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. 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, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Luminato Festival, Wild Space, Edinburgh Fringe 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. She was thrilled to be Interim Managing Producer for Outside the March’s 2016/2017 season.
Rosamund Small

Rosamund Small

Artistic Associate, Metcalf Foundation Intern***

Rosamund Small

Artistic Associate, Metcalf Foundation Intern***

Rosamund Small is a Dora Award-winning playwright. Projects include: Sisters (Soulpepper, 2018), TomorrowLove, Vitals (Outside the March, 2014), Maven (For the student performers of Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, 2017), Genesis (Toronto Fringe, 2013), Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket, 2012). Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy. TELEVISION: Story Editor, Kim’s Convenience Season 5, Jr. Story Editor Workin’ Moms S4, Story Co-Ordinator Tall Boyz S2.

Annie Luján

Annie Luján

Audience Concierge, The Pop Up Experience

Annie Luján

Audience Concierge, The Pop Up Experience
Annie Luján (She/Her) is a Latinx-Canadian actor, comedian and theatre maker. After completing her BFA in Theatre Performance at Concordia University in Montreal, Annie travelled to Italy to continue training in clown and physical theatre at Teatro Cavallerizza. Shortly after returning to Toronto, she began her journey with OtM as an Artistic Accomplice where she worked on The Flick and Tape Escape. Since then, Annie has been satiating her curiosity by performing clown and working in experiential theatre and loves how the two facilitate one of a kind experiences and audience interaction.
Annie continues performing with her clown troupe The Toronto Raccoons (Toronto Sketch FestFempocalypse and Window of Opportunity Festival).

Current Collaborators

Herbie Barnes

Herbie Barnes

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Yolanda Bonnell

Yolanda Bonnell

Program Sound

Madeleine Brown

Madeleine Brown

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Christy Bruce

Christy Bruce

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Christol Bryan

Christol Bryan

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Cameron Carver

Cameron Carver

Something Bubbled, Something Blue

Louise Casemore

Louise Casemore

Children of the Bear

Jamie Cavanagh

Jamie Cavanagh

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Jasmine Chen

Jasmine Chen

Program Sound

Gillian Clark

Gillian Clark

The Trojan Girls

Lucy Coren

Lucy Coren

Program Sound

Shannon Currie

Shannon Currie

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Colin Doyle

Colin Doyle

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Marie Farsi

Marie Farsi

Program Sound

Alice Ferreyra

Alice Ferreyra

The Itinerary

Sheri Godda

Sheri Godda

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Devon Healey & Nate Bitton

Devon Healey & Nate Bitton

Rainbow on Mars (Forward March)

Brad Hodder

Brad Hodder

Program Sound

Todd Houseman

Todd Houseman

Children of the Bear (Forward March)

Toby Hughes

Toby Hughes

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Britta Johnson

Britta Johnson

Stupidhead

Liz Johnston

Liz Johnston

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Marcus Jamin

Marcus Jamin

Resident Puppet Master, The Golem’s Mighty Swing

Melissa Joakim

Melissa Joakim

The Itinerary

Lindsay Junkin

Lindsay Junkin

Resident Designer

Thurga Kanagasekarampillai

Thurga Kanagasekarampillai

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Kemi King

Kemi King

The Itinerary

Frances Koncan

Frances Koncan

The Trojan Girls

Jordan Laffrenier

Jordan Laffrenier

A New Black Poet (Forward March)

Connor Low

Connor Low

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons

The Itinerary

Francis Melling

Francis Melling

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Me Time

Me Time

R.A.V.E. (Forward March)

Jacob Niedzwiecki

Jacob Niedzwiecki

The Itinerary 

Gabriela Osio Vanden

Gabriela Osio Vanden

Lessons in Temperament 

Anand Rajaram

Anand Rajaram

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Kimberley Rampersad

Kimberley Rampersad

Program Sound

Kate Sandeson

Kate Sandeson

Resident Stage Manager, Lessons in Temperament

Jonathan Shaboo

Jonathan Shaboo

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

James Smith

James Smith

Lessons in Temperament

Amaka Umeh

Amaka Umeh

The Itinerary

Bahia Watson

Bahia Watson

Program Sound

Jillian Welsh

Jillian Welsh

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Aaron Willis

Aaron Willis

Stupidhead

Norman Yeung

Norman Yeung

OAC Playwright-in-Residence

Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries

Staff

*Artistic Director Fellowship Made Possible by the Generous Support of Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner
**Creative Producer Fellowship Made Possible by the Generous Support of David Lint
***Artistic Associate position funded through the Metcalf Foundation’s Performing Arts Internship Program.

Board of Directors