Portrait of Anne-Marie Donovan

I am a stage performer, director and creator, native of Montreal. My practice is informed by many years engaged as a classical singer.

My 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, Toronto), Frankenstein’s Ghosts (2011, Blue Rider Ensemble/Inter Arts Matrix, Montreal), The Last 15 Seconds (2009 collective creation, MT Space, Kitchener) and Sounding Rituals (2007 Open Ears Festival, Kitchener).

Since 2017, along with painter Isabella Stefanescu, literary editor Kim Jernigan and literary translator Sonya Malaborza, I have been involved in Phaedra Echoes, a research project which examines the many representations of Phaedra in diverse cultures over centuries (Inter Arts Matrix). This research has generated a creative response and we have several performance works in development, each informed by and responding to the vast canon of painting, music, theatre and poetry about Phaedra from Euripides to today.

Working for the first time in dance, I am part of the creative team as dramaturg for très loin, led by choreographer Sylvie Bouchard and co-created with visual artist Ed Pien and sound artist Phil Strong (BoucharDanse, TO). Sylvie Bouchard has also invited me to direct her in ONE, a new solo piece she is creating.

Particularly meaningful 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), and the premiere of Barbara Croall’s Manidoog (Trio D’Argento, Music Toronto).

I continue to be involved with young artists as co-founder/artistic director of Long Reach Opera Workshop, an opera training program in Toronto. And in 2020 I directed Dovizi’s La Calandra at Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University in Halifax.

In 2014, Tawiah M’Carthy, Brad Cook and I founded Blue Bird Theatre Collective whose goal is to introduce narratives of varying cultures and histories to the theatre repertoire, work that is socially and politically active.

In 2007, I founded Inter Arts Matrix, a charitable arts organization that fosters the development of interdisciplinary art and where I served as Artistic Director from 2007 – 2014. I remain an Associate Artist at IAM.

From 1994-2000, I was Artistic Director of NUMUS Concerts, one of Canada’s most vibrant new music societies.

I am a recipient of a Waterloo Region Arts Award as well as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at University of Waterloo where I taught in the Theatre and Performance Program from 1993-2014.

On a personal note, I have two rather serious hobbies. I am passionate about learning languages and can now proudly say that I am fluently trilingual (English, French & Italian). And I love design. I designed the house we live in as well as the studio and workshop we work in. My husband, a cellist, did the lion’s share of the building! One of our Covid projects was a major redesign and renovation of my family’s summer camp which is right next door to us at Long Reach on the majestic Saint John river in New Brunswick.