Teens Talk Theatre in Toronto

The Program: Mammalian Diving Reflex and The Theatre Centre are pumped to present 'Teens Talk Theatre', an ongoing residency featuring a jury of 14 youth who assess the best, the worst, and most okayish shows presented at The Theatre Centre. After viewing more than 20 shows from February - July 2015, the jury will publicly convene to bring you a live award-talk-show where directors, actors, and playwrights will fight to the death for a hand-made vintage macaroni trophy and the ultimate “Favourite Teen Show” title.

The Intervention: Teens Talk Theatre is an intervention into the structure of The Theatre Centre and the neighbourhood’s local arts community at large. Carrying out the Mammalian mandate, our long-term goal is to bridge the gap between the GTA and downtown core, by creating opportunities for young people to participate as artists, producers and agents in Toronto’s vibrant cultural industry. The artist and companies here at the Theatre Centre are stoked to be a part of the intervention as co-conspirators and partners. Not only are we opening the doors of The Theatre Centre to young people, but also the lives and practice of everyone who comes through the building

Members of the Jury: Sanjay Ratnan, Virginia Antonipillai, Nerupa Somasale, Kiam Liam-Bellissimo, Akeeshan Jeeva, Claudia Howard, Shada Mahdi, Shirwa Ali, Fadumo Henke, Lasahsa Nesbeth, Ria Rashi, Kajian Pulenthirasingam, Nanthiya Nanthakumar, and Thipashani Balakrishnan.
Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 @ 7pm

This project has been made possible in part by grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council.