Informal Upright

A Theatre Collective

Episode 8 - Meghan Swaby

We're working hard over here at Informal Upright to bring you the very best in our communities and this latest episode of Informalities is no exception.

In it, co-artistic director Sukhpreet Sangha, and host Shawn DeSouza-Coelho chat with playwright and actor Meghan Swaby about her inspirations writing Venus' Daughter, and the value of William Shakespeare's works in a culture of diversity.

Enjoy and stay tuned for more episodes and more news! We've got some doozies coming your way.

Call for Board Members

Informal Upright Theatre Collective is seeking passionate candidates to join our volunteer Board of Directors.

Call for Applications:

We are seeking volunteers to join our Board for our first year with the intention of maintaining the position longer. The Co-Artistic Directors are answerable to the Board of Directors whose role is to support the Co-Artistic Directors and all staff and creative partners of the Informal Upright Theatre Collective. The Board’s Role extends to support a culture of integrity and transparency around the work that we do. Because this is our first year, the Board of Directors will play a key part in the development of our identity and role as a theatre collective in both Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto.

To that end, the Primary Focus for the Board in this first year should be to help us strengthen relationships with community partners and to register as a not-for-profit.

Other Duties of the Board of Directors, in time, should include:
-       Attending events and speaking with patrons and donors or potential patrons and donors.
-       Development of volunteer committees such as to create education, activism, or journalism (etc.) around the work that we produce.
-       To seek and deliver resources, financial and in-kind.
-       Enable the most efficient and consciences functionality of the Collective as best possible.

Ideal Candidates should be diverse, passionate about the development of Canadian culture, be able to defend the choices of the Co-Artistic Directors, be intellectually engaged in their own political landscape, and most of all: excited to help!

If you are interested in this role in our growing communities, please contact: and/or


Talking Plays and Playwriting

Good news, everyone!

Our latest podcast episode is up and we're stoked to share it with you! In Episode 7 we speak with playwright and producer Michael Ross Albert about the upcoming world premiere of his play, Tough Jews. We also chat about the many paths of a playwright and the celebrity culture of Toronto's indie scene.

Head over to the Informalities page or our Soundcloud to take a listen.

And for tickets to Tough Jews, hit up The Storefront Theatre.

Informally yours,

The Informal Upright Crew

We Crossed the Ocean by Pen!

Such a wonderful time the Informal Upright crew had last night at the IRL Festival's "Crossing the Ocean by Pen" panel discussion. It was a great turnout in spite of the inclement weather, and we couldn't be happier with the conversations and discussions throughout the evening.

The Panel - from left to right: Karen MacLeod, Leigh Cooney, Ciarán Myers, Paddy Gillard-Bentley, Michael Higgins, Michael Kelly Cavan, and Host, Dr. Kieran Bonner. 

The Panel - from left to right: Karen MacLeod, Leigh Cooney, Ciarán Myers, Paddy Gillard-Bentley, Michael Higgins, Michael Kelly Cavan, and Host, Dr. Kieran Bonner. 

A special thank you goes out to Sue Nally for orchestrating the Festival and for using the evening's panel discussion as a way of raising money to support a production of Grosse Ile set for this time 2018. That's right, folks! We're shooting for the moon and taking the stars with us into 2018 and we can't wait to show you what Ciarán and the rest of us at Informal Upright have come up with.

The Informal Upright Crew - from left to right: Sukhpreet Sangha, Ciarán Myers, and Shawn DeSouza-Coelho

The Informal Upright Crew - from left to right: Sukhpreet Sangha, Ciarán Myers, and Shawn DeSouza-Coelho

Here at Informal Upright, we're hard at work on getting our launch event together and we've got our next episode of Informalities in the works, so there's lots to stay tuned for, lots we're excited to share with you.

On another note!

Our Associate Director, Shawn DeSouza-Coelho has recently begun a fundraising initiative for an art installation called The PoeTree, or a place of emotional exchange between strangers. The premise is simple: set up in Trinity Bellwoods Park, the tree offers a place for strangers to share the written word and themselves with one another, one poem at a time.

Concept Drawing of The PoeTree!

Concept Drawing of The PoeTree!

Here at Informal Upright we're all about community and this project is right up our alley. So, click the link and read all about it. Donate if you can! Every little bit helps.

Informally yours,

The Informal Upright Crew

Informalities Episode 6!

Here at Informal Upright we're proud to converse with a member of the theatre communities of Toronto or Kitchener-Waterloo every month to explore their views on theatre and discover more about their practice. This month we bring you:

Tyrone Savage, founding member of the Red One Theatre Collective.

We had a great time sitting down with Tyrone and discussing his views on how to grow an indie theatre company in a place like Toronto where, ecologically, new indie theatre companies can feel like a drop in the vast ocean. We're also proud to be the platform through which Tyrone has announced his upcoming indie project.

You can check out the episode on our SoundCloud page, and don't forget to check out our previous episodes either at the SoundCloud or over at the Informalities page.

Check back often for more news!

Informally yours,

The Informal Upright Crew

Podcast and Performances and Launches and more!

Big news from everybody here at Informal Upright! 

In addition to having Episode 6 of our podcast out in the next few days (if you haven't checked our our podcast, Informalities, then please do!) we've also been selected to present a few of our in-development pieces at some great festivals in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Grosse Ile will be presented in part at the Irish Real Life Festival's panel discussion "Crossing the Ocean by Pen", at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener (122 Frederick Street). It's a wonderful evening devoted expressly to the exploration of the process of writing plays relating to Ireland and Irish-Canadian identify. On Monday, March 13th, 2017, from 7:30PM - 10:00PM, we hope to see you there. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Hamburger will be presented at the ACTOne Play Festival, which runs from from June 8-10, 2017 at The Registry Theatre. Tickets will be $22, or $18 for students/seniors, and can be bought online through the festival's site (linked above). We're all thrilled to be part of this festival not only because it's a chance to showcase Ciarán's brilliant work in his very own community, but also because it comes hot off the heels of . . .

Our launch party! Our debut. Our cotillion (if you will). We'll be having a launch party some time in May, and we're holding off on the details right now because they are still up in the air. What we can tell you is that it'll be a great night with great theatre and great company. What more could you ask for? Check back in with us in the coming weeks and months for all of the information and, of course, we hope to see you there.

That's it for now!

Informally yours,

The Informal Upright Crew