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FireWorks Festival 2019

​Three New Plays

Produced by Molly Thom and Liz Best


November 6 – 24, 2019
in the Studio Theatre

Thought-provoking and daring, Alumnae’s acclaimed 3-week FireWorks Festival premieres 3 original, full-length plays in development. Post-show discussions spark fresh insights into making theatre.

​Now in its 7th year, our festival begins with a rowdy cabaret in the Klondike, Week 2 examines the intrusion of media in private grief, and Week 3 offers a lopsided fairy tale farce for the post #MeToo audience. Not to be missed.

FireWorks Festival 2019 Plays:

Belle Darling
Klondike Queen


November 6 - 10, 2019 in the Studio



November 13 - 17, 2019 in the Studio

If the
Shoe Fits​


November 20 - 24, 2019 in the Studio

Opening Night Parties!

​Join us in the Lobby, after the show, to celebrate the opening nights of :

Belle Darling Klondike Queen
November 6, 2019

Grief Circus
November 13, 2019

If the Shoe Fits​
November 20, 2019

Post-Matinee show Talkbacks!

​Join us for a 'Talkback' with the Director/Cast/Playwright, after Saturday Matinee performances.

Belle Darling Klondike Queen
November 9, 2019

Grief Circus
November 16, 2019

If the Shoe Fits​
November 23, 2019


Alumnae Theatre’s Berkeley Street entrance and the Mainstage Theatre are wheelchair accessible. ​There is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the ground floor.

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Belle Darling Klondike Queen

Grief Circus

If the Shoe Fits

FireWorks Team 2019

Molly Thom, Co-Producer
Toronto director, dramaturge, writer and sometime actor, she is best known as the author, director, and producer of The Bush-Ladies (NAC, Tarragon Theatre, Ontario tour, Artword Theatre). She has directed many plays for Alumnae, most recently Shirley Barrie’s I Am Marguerite in 2015, and last appeared on stage as Hecuba in The Trojan Women in 2012. She is the co-founder of Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival and the resident director of Shoestring Opera. This is the fourth year Molly has produced the FireWorks Festival.

Liz Best, Co-Producer
Liz is an actor, playwright, director and producer, last seen at Alumnae in The Pigeon, Fireworks 2018. Her own play, Surrender, Dorothy, was premiered at FireWorks 2017. “Fireworks is a team effort of 50+ people, with a passion for theatre and a desire to create. Producing these last two years, providing opportunities to actors just out of a theatre school, and working with young, female directors and playwrights has truly been joyous.” 


Teodoro Dragonieri, Set Design
A multi-disciplinary artist and educator who has developed acclaimed programs for all levels of education. He has led workshops, given lectures, performed and shown his artwork internationally. Teodoro is artistic director of Zanni Arte, a company dedicated to promoting inter-disciplinary arts and fostering the use of masks, in theatre and education. He is the recipient of the Theatre Ontario Michael Spence Award and The Harold Award (from Toronto’s Independent Theatre and Dance Communities). Stage Design for Alumnae Theatre: Antigone, Omission, Top Girls, Impressionism and The Heidi Chronicles.


Liam Stewart, Lighting Design
Liam is a Director with a Camera, a Lighting Designer in the Theatre and has a passion for creativity. Liam works in the Film industry as an Electrician, laying cable and powering lights. He learns from the best on set, bringing new insight to the stage. Constantly testing equipment to create new emotions and atmospheres with light. He also enjoys leisurely strolls through the park and writing short films.


Mona Zaidi, Marketing
Mona is an award-winning South Asian-Canadian writer/director. Her 2017 adaptation of Richard III was awarded top prize at  the 2017 Shakespeare Film Festival by five-time Academy Award nominee Sir Kenneth Branagh. Her 2018 short film The Table With 1000 Chairs was screened in Cineplex movie theatres across Canada and gained over 1 million views online. Mona’s most recent project is a series of film/stage productions adapted from masterworks of world literature.


Suzanne Courtney, Graphic Design
Suzanne loves creating art for the theatre. She also loves to act. Shows include; Pride and PrejudiceA Lie of the Mind and The Pear is Ripe for Alumnae, and to write plays in New Ideas, Inspirato and Nuit Blanche.


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