The Curtain Rises on Season 5 for Green Light Arts

by Glodeane Brown

When was the last time you went to the theatre? Did you know that Waterloo Region is home to many theatre companies, including Green Light Arts? Green Light Arts is about to kick off their new season of bold, edgy, contemporary theatre that is rooted in furthering positive social change. The 2018-2019 season marks their 5th anniversary. They produce theatre in traditional venues and non-traditional spaces. They also run regular arts education programming, and organize community engagement and outreach events to bring the social themes of their theatre work into larger conversations within the community.

The Amish Project

Matt White, Artistic Producer is a director, actor, dramaturg, educator, and theatre producer who has worked as an arts professional for 15 years. Matt’s dedication and passion for theatre arts, whether the programming is educational or production based, is infectious to everyone he meets. Through Green Light Arts he aims to make art that reflects the concerns of contemporary society and strengthen Waterloo Region’s identity as a cultural beacon.

Carin Lowerison is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Green Light Arts. She has been working as a theatre producer, educator, and artist for 15 years. Carin is also an accomplished yoga teacher/movement specialist in Waterloo Region and a sessional instructor for the University of Waterloo Theatre Performance Program. In 2017, she was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

Read their full bios, and meet the rest of the Green Light Arts team here .

Will You Be My Friend

To date, they have provided Waterloo Region with 15 theatrical projects including 8 original works, 2 Canadian premieres, and 5 presentations. The 2018-2019 Season features 6 theatre projects including the world premiere of a play they commissioned, produced in-association with Tarragon Theatre in both Toronto and Kitchener (Guarded Girls) and developing a brand-new play with local tech start-up InkSmith which aims to incorporate a robot on stage and eventually AI (Anywhere But Here).

By June 2019, they will have programmed 20 theatre projects, employed 200 artists and arts workers, and estimate that they will have reached close to 6000 cumulative patrons with their programming (they draw patrons from Waterloo Region, Hamilton, Stratford, Toronto, and the Greater Toronto Area).

Green Light Arts will also be one of the featured creators at the Meet the Creators event coming up on Thursday, October 25th at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Meet them along with fellow  creators (including ArtsBuild Ontario, Mirage VR, and local artist Jennifer Gough), who are building at the intersection of arts and technology in Waterloo Region.

Green Light Arts 2018-19 Season

Will You Be My Friend                   Oct 25-Nov 11, 2018

A Very Leila Christmas                  Dec 19-23, 2018

This is the Point                             March 28-31, 2019

Guarded Girls                                  May 8-19, 2019

The Seat Next to the King             June 12-16, 2019

Anywhere But Here                       June 2019 (in-development)

This season brings Will You Be My Friend  and  A Very Leila Christmas back to the stage. Will You Be My Friend is a sharply funny and brutally honest musical comedy about the everyday challenges when loving white people. Written by and starring award-winning Korean-Canadian artist, Janice Jo Lee, the play premiered at The Registry Theatre in May 2018 and will travel to Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille as part of their 2018-19 Season. A Very Leila Christmas brings back award-winning artist Izad Etemadi as the loveable Leila to share the adventures of her first Christmas in Canada. This show is the best holiday party of the year!

production photo of the male star of A Very Leila Christmas - Green Light Arts

A Very Leila Christmas

Other performances this season include:

This is the Point

Developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre by the award-winning Ahuri Theatre This is the Point is a joyous and unflinching portrait of four individuals whose lives have been shaped, in part, by cerebral palsy. An Ahuri Theatre production co-presented by Green Light Arts and MT Space.

a production shot from Green Light Arts - This Is the Point

This is the Point

Guarded Girls

The psychological destruction brought on by solitary confinement is at the heart of this wrenching and powerful new play.

4 female leads in the Green Light Arts production of Guarded Girls

Guarded Girls

The Seat Next to the King

The Seat Next to the King is a fictional exploration of two very real men who sat next to some of the most powerful men in America. Bayard Rustin, a friend to Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizer of the March on Washington, and Walter Jenkins, top aide and friend to President Lyndon Johnson.

production photo from The Seat Next to the King - Green Light Arts

The Seat Next to the King

Anywhere But Here

Anywhere But Here will tackle The Technological Singularity; the idea that an artificial intelligence will someday surpass humanity and change the face of our world forever.

You’ll find synopses and artist details on the Green Light Arts website.

See you at the theatre!

robot from the Green Light Arts production of Anywhere but Here

Anywhere But Here