Bound To Create Theatre

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The Company

B2C Theatre was formed in 2004 by theatre artists Lauren Brotman and Jack Grinhaus. We are keenly interested in the beauty, boldness, and truth that arises our of the darkness of the human spirit and aim to explore how struggling through the dark side of humanity brings out the greatest light. Our work encompasses various art forms and styles of theatre that is both familiar and unfamiliar. We strive for a full theatrical experience that can speak in all the languages of the theatre and can also find its social relevance to its community and abroad.

 

Lauren Brotman - Co-Artistic Director

Lauren is an actor, theatre creator and artist educator . As actor, for Bound to Create Theatre: Shakespeare Unfolded,dirty butterfly (Obsidian 2013)/Toronto Fringe 2012, Outstanding Ensemble- NOW), Phaedra’s Lust (Tapestry New Opera, LabCab), The Complex: A Toronto Tale, Tabula Rasa, Toronto Without Words, and Rougher Trade. Other credits include: The Secret Mask (Theatre NorthWest), AWAKE (Expect Theatre/Next Stage Festival – Outstanding Ensemble: NOW Toronto); Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Shakespeare in Action); And By The Way Miss (Dora Award Outstanding Ensemble/Production-Theatre Direct/URGE); Apricots (SummerWorks, Outstanding Performance- NOW Toronto); Ten Green Bottles (Te-Amim), Twelfth Night (HRSC/European Tour); Antigone, No Exit (Theatre Inferno). Selected New Play Workshops/Presentations: The Women of Troy (Canadian Stage Festival of Creation) and with The Grand Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille Buzz!, Threshold Theatre, fu-GEN, Crow's Theatre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Canadian Stage; Nightwood Theatre. Lauren is a recipient of the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award (the Globe Theatre, London, UK) and recently performed for International Women's Day in Aruba with an international group of artists. As creator: Jenny's Room (readings/workshops with The Grand Theatre, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, LabCab;  The Grace Project/SICK (Dora Nomination for Outstanding Production/Next Stage Festival) with Judith Thompson. Lauren has received numerous playwriting grants from The Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Lauren is a graduate of the University College Drama Program at U of T, the Soulpepper Training Company and has trained with director Graham McLaren and Yael Farber. As an artist also committed to youth, Lauren has mentored/facilitated for Canadian Stage, Theatre Revolve, Pleiades Theatre, Theatre Direct, the Sears Drama Festival, Alameda Theatre and the Paprika Festival and is a recipient of the Jessica Fraser Award for Outstanding contributions to Theatre for Young Audiences.


 

Jack Grinhaus - Co-Artistic Director

Jack Grinhaus is an award winning and nominated theatre artist. Primarily a director, Jack has also worked in various streams of theatre as producer, designer, playwright, and award winning actor with numerous theatre, TV, and film credits. He is the current Producing Artistic Director for the Canadian regional theatre Theatre NorthWest , is a Producer and Co-Artistic Director of B2C, and was the Associate/Apprentice Artistic Director at The Grand Theatre during its 2012/13 Season.

Recent Directing Credits Include: ART (Persephone Theatre), Hedda Noir , It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Alice in Wonderland, Half Life (Theatre NorthWest), Last Christmas (Lunchbox/Workshop Series), The Secret Mask (Theatre NorthWest), dirty butterfly (B2C/Obsidian Theatre), Release the Stars (2014 Toronto Next Stage Festival), Taming of the Shrew (Grand Theatre HSP), Playing Cards Part 1: Spades(Observer/AD/Robert Lepage/Ex-Machina), Playwrights Cabaret (The Grand Theatre), Phaedra's Lust (Tapestry New Opera/B2C),  Ghosts (AD/Morris Panych/Soulpepper), Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project), Saved (Toronto Fringe Festival/Patron's Pick/Best of Venue), ART (AD/Morris Panych/Canadian Stage Company) The Complex: A Toronto Tale (Festival of Creation/Canadian Stage/2010 Toronto Fringe),The Nun’s Vacation (Doghouse Riley Prod.), Carmen (Opera Lirica Italiana), Tough Jews (Harold Green Jewish Theatre/ Workshop Reading).

Jack was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2011, was part of the 2010 Canadian Stage BASH Directors Residency as well as the inaugural Director’s Lab North at Tarragon Theatre. He was a contributor to the World Theatre Encyclopedia and holds an MFA and BA Honours in Theatre from York University’s Theatre program as well as an Associate Degree in Acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has studied intensely with internationally renowned artists Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, and Graham McLaren.

 

 
" Robert Lepage-esque…a stellar cast… You will leave knowing you have just seen the future of theatre in Toronto. "
- Mooney on Theatre