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Erin Brubacher is a multidisciplinary artist, director and social orchestrator. She works with people. Mostly through strategies of performance, photography and theatre. She is committed to collaboration, and creating considered environments of care in process and product.
New and upcoming projects include: directing Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory; and 7th Cousins a performance project involving a 700km walk created with Christine Brubaker. Other recent projects include: Directing Concord Floral at The Push International Performance Festival in 2017 and at The National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage and Magnetic North in 2016 (Brubacher/Spooner/Tannahill); Vocabulary (a performance experiment on synthetic biology, first in development at the Banff Playwrights Colony 2015/16); designing web installations, in conversation with Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tailbone and Quirt/Julien's Why We Are Here for Nightswimming Theatre and Private Commute, a featured exhibition at the CONTACT Photography Festival (2012). Brubacher makes photographs in and of performance practices such as Ame Henderson's rehearsal/performance at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and her series This is my room. Look. has accompanied every production of Concord Floral - the series includes portraits of over 40 teenagers in their bedrooms in cities across Canada.
Since 2014, Brubacher has worked with Jordan Tannahill to run the performance company Suburban Beast. Together they first produced Concord Floral, written by Tannahill and developed over a three year process with, a cast of ten Toronto teenagers, Brubacher and collaborator Cara Spooner. (The World Premier was a Suburban Beast production, presented by Why Not Theatre at The Theatre Centre in 2014 and the piece has since been remade/mounted under the direction of Brubacher and Spooner, with new casts, in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto.) Tannahill and Brubacher also mounted All Our Happy Days Are Stupid by Sheila Heti: first for audiences of 35 people at Videofag and subsequently for houses of 350 people at Harbourfront Centre's World Stage in Toronto. In February of 2015, they brought the production to The Kitchen in NYC.
Brubacher has developed creative programming for organizations such as the Arches, Glasgow and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto; has curated work and hosted events for festivals and sites across Canada and Europe; and is an internationally established educator, having designed and facilitated artistic learning experiences in contexts including secondary schools, universities, conservatories, theatres, galleries and non-institutional environments including The National Theatre School of Canada, The TDSB, EAB International in Paris, and for a number of Inuit organizations in Nunavut. Early on, Brubacher trained in photography, while developing her craft as a theatre director with plays including Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay, AlterNatives by Drew Hayden Taylor and Twelfth Night. She has often recruited non-actors from the communities in which she lived.
Brubacher holds a BA in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University; a BEd from Memorial University of Newfoundland; and a practiced-based M.A., with distinction, in International Performance Research jointly from the University of Warwick and University of Amsterdam. In 2016 her first book of poetry, In the small hours, was published by Gaspereau Press.
Brubacher has lived in ten cities; her peripatetic practice is now based in Toronto.
photo by Phillipa Croft