“What I love about directing is engaging with a multidisciplinary team of theatre and opera creators, designers, performers, stage managers, technicians, builders and producers to breathe life into a work – to take if off the page and make it come alive on stage for an audience. I enjoy the process of unearthing an approach or concept for each piece which is uniquely authentic to that particular work - letting the work in question, its structure, words and music, reverberate through every aspect of the production. I like working with a team to make that happen. I love being the person who gets to bring all the moving parts together into one seamless whole of organic integration.”
- Anne-Marie Donovan
Anne-Marie Donovan is a stage creator and director, native of Montreal. Her practice is informed by many years engaged as a concertizing classical singer.
Her creative work includes Maanomaa, My Brother, an intercultural, physical theatre work co-created with Tawiah Ben M’Carthy and Brad Cook (2016, Blue Bird Theatre Collective, TO), Frankenstein’s Ghosts (2011, Blue Rider Ensemble/Inter Arts Matrix, Mtl), The Last 15 Seconds (2009 collective creation, MT Space, KW), Sounding Rituals (2007 Open Ears Festival, Kitchener), and many works with the Montreal-based Blue Rider Ensemble, which she co-founded in 1990.
Anne-Marie is currently working on several new creation projects: The Phaedra File (Inter Arts Matrix), très loin (BoucharDanse, TO), Large Glass (Inter Arts Matrix), and We’re Not From Here (Blue Bird Theatre Collective). Along with painter Isabella Stefanescu and literary editor Kim Jernigan, Anne-Marie is also involved in a multi-year research project, Phaedra of Edmonton, which examines the many representations of Phaedra in divers cultures over centuries (Inter Arts Matrix).
Directing credits include Lord Sword, a new play by Douglas W. Campbell (Inter Arts Matrix), Ghost Tango, a new opera by Tim Brady and Douglas Burnett (Vocalypse, Halifax), Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan (Laurier Opera), Spring Awakening, The Musical (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts), The Salome Dancer, opera by Tim Brady and John Sobol (NUMUS, KW), and the premiere of Barbara Croall’s Manidoog (Trio D’Argento, Music Toronto).
Upcoming, Anne-Marie will direct the premieres of Six Revolutions, a new opera by Tim Brady and Guillaume Côté at L’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, The Bell by Rafic Ali Ahmad for Theatre Mada at MT Space (Kitchener) and Factory Theatre (TO), and Boy Beatle by Richard Sheridan Willis at KW Little Theatre. Also upcoming in summer 2018 is Long Reach Opera’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
Anne-Marie is co-founder of Long Reach Opera Workshop and Blue Bird Theatre Collective, both based in Toronto. In 2007, she founded Inter Arts Matrix, a charitable arts organization that fosters the development of interdisciplinary art. She served as IAM’s Artistic Director from 2007 – 2014. From 1994-2000, she was Artistic Director of NUMUS, one of Canada’s most vibrant new music societies. She is a recipient of a Waterloo Region Arts Award as well as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at University of Waterloo where she taught from 1993-2014.
In service, Anne-Marie has served on the boards of directors of Open Ears Festival and eyeGO to the Arts; the Aboriginal Initiatives Committee, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University; the steering committee of Le rassemblement francophone, Waterloo Region; and as an organizing member of Arts Reboot/Arts Together, an arts activism initiative in Waterloo Region.