Shana Carroll, Concordia's artist-in-residence in the Department of Theatre at Concordia, stepped into the director's role for the play Till Human Voices Wake Us, set to premiere on November 22. The play is based on the poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot.
The co-founding Artistic Director of The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la main), a dynamic Montréal-based contemporary circus, dance, and theatre company, Carroll is serving as director, adaptor, and choreographer for the production, working alongside Concordia's theatre students.
Originating from Berkeley, California, Carroll boasts a 20-year career as a trapeze artist and Cirque du Soleil soloist. Having directed, written, and choreographed numerous touring and resident shows, including Passagers, Mon Île Mon Cœur, Cuisine and Confessions, Sequence 8, and Traces, she earned the title of Compagne des Arts et des Lettres du Québec earlier this year.
Currently, Carroll is engaged as a choreographer and circus designer for the Broadway musical Water for Elephants, opening in February, collaborating with Noah Drew, chair of the Department of Theatre and associate professor at Concordia.
In this interview, she provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of these upcoming productions.