See excerpts from new solo works for the stage being developed at the TIP Playwrights’ Unit retreat. Eight theatre artists have been invited to participate in this a week-long residency in Gananoque that includes guest facilitation and one-on-one dramaturgical support. The retreat ends with a free showcase that is open to the public.

Join us in the Firehall Theatre to be a part of the play development process. Audience members are encouraged to discuss their thoughts with the creators after the showcase.


Elena Belyea
Geoffrey Simon Brown
Greg Campbell
Michelle Girouard
Shelagh Haney
Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
Daniel Karasik
Joelle Peters

The Thousand Islands Playhouse is hosting a new seven-day residency for theatre artists developing solo works for the stage. This intensive experience is free of charge, and provides artists with studio space, a writing cottage accommodation, and innovative workshops with award-winning solo-show creator/performers Adam Lazarus, Leslie Baker, Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, and Shaista Latif.

Participants will also be provided with one-on-one dramaturgy with their chosen mentor as well as grant writing support for their solo project. This unique seven-day experience will culminate in a public presentation of excerpts from the works-in-progress. We are open to accepting applications from both established and emerging solo show artists.

Retreat Dates: October 15 – 21, 2018


Adam Lazarus is an award winning actor, director, and acting instructor whose work has been showcased nationally, in the USA, and Europe. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada as well as a regular facilitator of workshops, including recent consultations for Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Ziauddin Yousafzai for his 2014 TED TALK My Daughter, Malala, Vancouver Olympic Committee, Light Fires, Apostle of Hustle, Buddies in Bad Times, DanceMakers, The Toronto Film School, Pig Iron Theatre, CanStage, Tapestry New Opera Works, The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, and Volcano Theatre. His current solo show DAUGHTER was a hit at SummerWorks, and currently a critics’ pick at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Leslie Baker is the Artistic Director of newly formed company The Bakery, and has worked internationally as a creator, teacher, performer, and movement coach since the 1990s. She works in traditional theatrical arenas as well as in-situ performance installations. She is devoted to the use of the body, and visual and aural signifiers in performance communication. Leslie has as rich collaborative history. Notably, she began a ten-year collaboration with Robert Wilson in 1995 while developing other successful collaborations with Richard Foreman, Peter Bottazzi, Tedi Tafel, Micheline Chevrier, Emma Tibaldo, Joseph Shragge, Bettina Hoffman, amongst others. She has toured her devised interdisciplinary creations internationally to performance festivals. Her solo-creation, Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, was presented at Le Théâtre La Licorne in October 2016. She has taught the Six Viewpoints and a physical approach to acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, Concordia University, Studio 303, and University of Costa Rica, amongst others.

Tawiah Ben M’Carthy is a Toronto-based theatre artist, notable as a Dora Mavor Moore nominated actor and playwright. He is the creator/playwright/performer of the critically acclaimed, 2013 multi-Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning play Obaaberima, developed and produced in residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Best Production). As a creator/performer, Tawiah uses both African and Western theatre traditions; combining dance, movement, music, storytelling, and poetry together with theatrical structure and design. His professional creator credits include; Ato inBody 13 (MT Space); Nana in The Kente Cloth (SummerWorks Festival 2008). In his practice as a theatre facilitator, Tawiah works with various youth organizations and communities, leading workshops in Play Creation, Acting, Movement, Character Body. He is among the workshop facilitators for Spring Theatre Project at Tarragon Theatre and a member of the Playwrights Unit at Obsidian Theatre in Toronto. He trained as an actor at York University in the Acting Conservatory BFA program. His hit play Black Boys, created and performed with his collective, was crafted in residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and has toured across the country to critical acclaim.

Shaista Latif is a theatre creator and facilitator. Latif is an artist in residence at STO Union. Her work has been presented by Ontario Scene Festival, SummerWorks, Halifax Queer Acts, Rhubarb, Soulotheatre, and Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project. Her works The Archivist, Graceful Rebellions, and How I Learned to Serve Tea center on the politics of inclusion. She received the 2016 Siminovitch Prize – Selected by Nadia Ross.