Canadian Actor/Director Olivia Daniels, and Actor/Producer Jeremy Ferdman, announce Artists in Residence (AIR), a new platform which supports artists’ mental health and well-being by providing opportunities for collaboration, discussion, and creativity.
AIR aims to establish a network for creative people to connect with new collaborators; foster and develop new work; engage as a community around social, political, and cultural events impacting the performing arts, and spread awareness of mental-health resources specific to artists.
Since its inception last month, AIR has hosted panel discussions around topics such as the Black Lives Matter movement, and artistic self-identity. Previous guests include Terrance Johnson; Janelle Hutchison, and Lars Classington. Future plans involve a monthly open forum inviting artists to meet and share ideas; virtual workshops of new plays; and slowly venturing, when permissible, into live theatre production.
Upcoming events include conversations with Shelley Butler, Associate Director of the hit Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Broadway performers Sara Sheperd and TyNia Brandon on September 15th; and Canadian actor Art Hindle on September 18th; a community forum exploring non-binary, trans, and gender-inclusive casting with non-binary actor Chas Conacher, culminating in a play featuring non-binary and trans actors, and a festival of short plays written during isolation entitled The Quarantine Plays, with work by Corey Stanton; Ellie Moon; and Allison Shea Reed.
Co-Founder/Artistic Director Olivia Daniels earned a BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and The New Studio on Broadway. She has worked alongside acclaimed artists Philip Akin; Chilina Kennedy; Louise Pitre; Eden Espinosa; Gary Griffin; Kent Gash and Michael McElroy. www.olivia-daniels.com
Co-Founder/Artistic Producer Jeremy Ferdman is an award-winning Actor and Producer from Toronto. Most recently, he starred in Robbery opposite Art Hindle, which earned him a 2019 ACTRA Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance. Jeremy is currently executive-producing the feature film Last Call, starring John Malkovich, Rhys Ifans & Tony Hale.
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