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Theatre faculty and alumnae shine at METAs

Concordia women give a strong performance at the 5th annual awards ceremony
October 25, 2017
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By Felipe G.B.

META awards hosts, featuring Michelle Rambharose (BFA'16), one of the evening’s hosts performing at the awards ceremony. META awards hosts, featuring Michelle Rambharose (BFA'16), perform at the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of METAs.

Featured in plays with titles like Tragic Queens, Intractable Woman and F—-k You! You F—-king Perv!, Concordia women stole the show at this year’s Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) at the Rialto Theatre on October 23rd.

University alumnae and faculty were well-represented, with over 20 nominations in 15 categories. They won 8 awards overall, including the evening’s highest honours for Outstanding Independent Production (F--k you! You F--king Perv!) and Outstanding PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) Production (Angélique).

Members of Angélique mentioned Concordia in their acceptance speech, directed by (Mike Payette BFA'07) and co-produced by Quincy Armorer of Black Theatre Workshop (BFA 97) and Mathieu Murphy-Perron of Tableau D'Hôte Theatre (BFA '08).

'Try as many things as possible'

Part-time Professor Leslie Baker Part-time Instructor Leslie Baker won Outstanding Lead Performance. Photo courtesy of METAs.

Concordia’s Leslie Baker, a part-time instructor in Concordia’s theatre program, walked away with the awards for Outstanding Lead Performance and Outstanding Independent Production for The Bakery & La Manufacture’s production of F—-k You! You F—-king Perv! She was also nominated in the Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Direction categories.

“To be both an actor and a director simultaneously takes a lot of work; it’s all-encompassing, so it’s very challenging,” says Baker.

She also had advice for theatre students who might be interested in directing and acting.

“Get involved and try as many things as possible. Be open and supportive of everyone, embrace every possibility, but still be critical in a constructive way and think about what you’re doing and what you would like to do next.”

Concordia staffer Peter Cerone also won Outstanding Sound Design for his work on the show.

'A great reminder of what makes theatre, theatre'

Former artist-in-residence Micheline Chevrier won Outstanding Direction for Intractable Woman Former artist-in-residence Micheline Chevrier won Outstanding Direction for Intractable Woman. Photo by Orla Cunningham

Micheline Chevrier took the award for the Outstanding Direction of Intractable Woman. Reflecting on her time as an artist-in-residence last year at Concordia, she praised the theatre program and its collaborative structure.

“It was a great opportunity for me to mentor, and to learn from the students. It was a great reminder of what makes theatre, theatre; to challenge certain things and yet discover others.”

Charlotte Rogers (BFA 10) echoed Chevrier’s sentiment.

“Concordia gave me all the tools and ideas I needed to enter and work with people in the community. As a student, I was lucky enough to work with a great company, Geordie Productions, and grow even more.”

Rogers was part of the winning Outstanding Ensemble for Geordie ProductionsThe Halloween Tree. Written by Amanda Kellock (BFA'03, former artist-in-residence), the play was also nominated for Outstanding New Text.

'Groomed me as a thinker and a maker'

Sophie El-Assaad (BFA'15) received two METAs for her costume design work. Photo by Orla Cunningham Sophie El-Assaad (BFA'15) received two METAs for her costume design work. Photo by Orla Cunningham

Sophie El-Assaad (BFA'15) received two METAs for her work: on CABAL’s Tragic Queens, for Outstanding Costume Design and for Outstanding Emerging Artist – Production, working on costume design for Tragic Queens and Repercussion Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing.

CABAL, a company of Concordia alumni, was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble (Jillian Harris (BFA'15), Alex Petrachuck (BFA'16), Meagan Schroeder (BFA'16)), Outstanding Independent Production, and its director, Anthony Kennedy (BFA'15) for the Outstanding Emerging Artist in Production. It was El-Assaad, however, who walked away with an award.

“At Concordia, they really pressed conceptual ideas, which groomed me as a thinker and a maker. Veronica Classen was an amazing inspiration and mentor,” she said, recalling her experience as an undergraduate.

“I also got the opportunity to work on three mainstage productions, which is quite rare in other schools. Practicing beyond theory and concepts really taught me how to work with people in a production staff. That was invaluable.”

Michelle Rambharose (BFA'16), one of the evening’s hosts was nominated alongside Leah Fong (BFA'16) for Outstanding Ensemble in Geordie ProductionsWater Weight. Also nominated for Water Weight was Cathia Pagotto (Outstanding Costume Design), and Art Education student Jesse Stong (Outstanding New Text).

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