Big Bang Artists' Laboratory
New this season, in our ongoing pursuit of artistic excellence, and a sincere desire to support creators in their artistic process, Infinithéâtre is introducing the Big Bang Artists' Laboratory. Three projects will all be given extended time in a rehearsal hall to explore and experiment, bringing together writers, directors, designers, and performers as they together find exciting and innovative ways of telling live stories. Featured works for our 2021/2022 season include: Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough, Extra/Beautiful/U by Michaela Di Cesare, and Ricki by Joseph Shragge, in collaboration with Scapegoat Carnivale.
Meet our writers!
Michaela Di Cesare
Michaela Di Cesare
Michaela Di Cesare is a playwright and performer with a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, Michaela received the University’s Launchpad award for her solo show 8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived. 8 Ways was presented in Toronto, Montréal, New York City, Ottawa, Hudson, Winnipeg, and Stratford. Michaela wrote and performed in In Search of Mrs. Pirandello in the 2016 WildSide Festival (Centaur Theatre Company). Michaela’s relationship with Centaur continued with a MainStage production of her play Successions in the 2017/2018 season (Outstanding New Text, METAs 2018). Her play Extra/Beautiful/U won first place (Pam Dunn Award) in the 2017 Write-on-Q competition presented by Infinithéâtre. Her latest play, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) premiered with Geordie Productions in September 2019 (Outstanding New Text Nomination, METAs 2020). She was in residence at Centaur Theatre for the 2019/2020 season writing Terroni or Once Upon a Time in the South. Screenwriting credits include the web series Sex & Ethnicity and the short film The Carcass.
Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, and sound performer based in Montréal. Since 2000, he has toured internationally, written, taught, and collaborated in multi-disciplinary contexts that bridge literature with performance, improvised music, and electronic sound. Kaie’s work draws upon his Afro-Caribbean ancestry to explore migration, belonging, and the suspension of arrival.
Kaie has published 3 collections of poetry, 1 novel, 1 collection of short stories, and 2 sound recordings. His most recent collection of poems, Magnetic Equator (Penguin/McClelland and Stewart), won the 2020 Griffin Trust Prize for Poetry. Kaie was Writer in Residence at Queen’s University in 2020/21.
Joseph Shragge is a Montréal-based playwright, the co-artistic director of Scapegoat Carnivale, and an artistic associate of the Bakery Theatre. Recent writing credits include: Yev, a triptych about a hermit living in the Taiga, co-written and directed with Alison Darcy, developed with Infinithéâtre’s writing unit and the National Arts Centre’s collaborations program, and co-produced by the MAI space (META Best Independent Production 2019). His adaptation of Roswitha of Gandersheim’s 10th-century comedy Sapientia was developed by director Mia van Leeuwen as object theatre and presented at festivals across Western Canada and the Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival (META Best Independent Production 2018). Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, a solo in collaboration with Leslie Baker, was co-produced with the Bakery and Théâtre La Licorne, translated by Fanny Britt (META Best Independent production 2016). His collaborations with Cabal Theatre include the immersive La Somnambule (co-written with Rhiannon Collett), based on Djuna Barnes's Nightwood, and Chattermarks, co-produced with La Chapelle Theatre and the Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival. His adaptions of Greek tragedies based on literal translations by Andreas Apergis and Lynn Kozak include Euripides’s Medea (Winner Mecca Best Production) and The Bacchae (Winner META Best Production), and Sophocles’s Oedipus, all performed at the Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks initiative. His new piece, Ricki, is being developed with Infinithéâtre and Scapegoat Carnivale, and his TYA adaptation of Aristophanes’s The Birds is being developed with Geordie Productions. His work has appeared in Matrix Magazine, the Capilano Review, and other publications.