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We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Kanika Ambrose to the role of Associate Artistic Director.

In this new position, working alongside Alan Dilworth, Kanika will lend her considerable experience to areas of programming, artistic development and community engagement. She will contribute to the company’s work at local, national, and international levels, while also further developing her own artistic practices. Kanika officially joins Necessary Angel on September 1, 2021.

Kanika Ambrose, Incoming Associate Artistic Director, Necessary Angel:

“As a person who is newly navigating the intersections of motherhood and artistry, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining a company committed to creating space for that journey and the many other intersections that artists walk through. I am looking forward to getting to know the artists within the company more deeply as well as reaching out to others the company has yet to work with.

It brings me no small amount of joy to get to work with Alan, whose leadership I came to respect even more when we were both working at Soulpepper in the midst of its transition. In this time of great cultural change, it is a privilege to take this journey with Necessary Angel; to contribute to the conversations on where we’re headed and what it all means.”

Alan Dilworth, Artistic Director, Necessary Angel:

“I am thrilled that Kanika is joining the Necessary Angel team in such a pivotal role at a remarkable time in our journey. Working with Kanika at Soulpepper, I was inspired by her thoughtful, collaborative and community minded approach. As Necessary Angel continues to explore the shifting nature of connection and identity through our work in the theatre, Kanika will be a key member of our small but dynamic and engaged team. In her role as Associate Artistic Director, Kanika will work closely with me on our programming and artistic development portfolios in addition to taking on a leadership role in community engagement.”  

Kanika Ambrose is a Toronto-based playwright and librettist. She was Cahoots Theatre Company’s Canada Council Playwright-in-Residence, developing her play “our place” and was Obsidian Theatre Company’s Ontario Arts Council Playwright-in-Residence developing her play “Reception.” As a playwright, her work has been presented at Toronto Fringe, Crow’s Theatre’s East End Performance CRAWL, Rhubarb Festival, Black Lives, Black Words, Rising Tides Showcase, SummerWorks Festival and Paprika Festival.

As a librettist, her work has been presented in Tapestry Opera’s “Tapestry Briefs,” Sparks and Wiry Cries’ “SongSLAM”, and Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) where her piece, “Anansi and the Great Light,” created with composer Nick diBerardino and the students at Girard College, premiered.

She has been commissioned by Tapestry Opera and Obsidian Theatre Company to create a new opera “Of the Sea” with composer Ian Cusson.

Kanika is the former Artistic Producer of Paprika Festival and was one of Cahoots Theatre Company’s 30 for 30 theatremakers for their 30th anniversary season.

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Photo of Kanika Ambrose by Jessica Rose

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