What's Our Deal?
Founded in 2009, Pandemic Theatre is a performing arts collective based out of T’karonto (Toronto). Run under the joint leadership of Jivesh Parasram (Artistic Producer) and Tom Arthur Davis (Artistic Director), Pandemic is mandated to create, develop, and produce work from critical and underrepresented perspectives that engage social and political themes.
We strive to create spaces where political discourse is not only possible, but also encouraged.
Our work is to challenge audiences, artists, and communities to engage and question the role of aesthetics in ideology. To do so ethically, critically, and in the spirit of solidarity.
Another world is possible.
The name “Pandemic” was adopted to speak to the aim of the company to create work that is simultaneously dangerous – from the contemporary widespread bio-hazard connotations of the name – and also, in essence, work that responds to issues that effect and affect the larger common public.
“Pandemic” is derived from the Greek “pandemos” meaning all (“pan”) people (“demos”).
What've We Done?
Since our inception in 2009, we have produced over forty workshops & productions, including sixteen world premieres. Our work has received numerous awards & honours, including: a nomination for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama; 9 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations (with 2 wins); a Herald Angel Award; an honourable mention for the SummerWorks Prize for Production; 2 nominations for the SummerWorks Spotlight Award for Performance (with 1 win); Best of Fringe & Patron's Pick from the Toronto Fringe; the Encore Series & Overall Excellence in Solo Performance from the New York Fringe; 3 citations as Outstanding Production from NOW Magazine in their festival wrap-up; and a SIT-UP Award commendation for Outstanding Audience Engagement.
Like a true Pandemic the work continues to spread, touring across Turtle Island and overseas, including Australia (Sydney), Canada (Calgary, Halifax, Kingston, Montréal, Ottawa, Surrey, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria), England (London, Suffolk), Romania (Sibiu), Scotland (Edinburgh), and the United States (Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco).
Where Are We From?
We would like to recognize that the land we live and work on, the land of T’karonto (otherwise known as "Toronto" in the settler-tongue), is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. It is now also home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
T’karonto is Dish with One Spoon territory, meaning that it is engaged under a treaty held between these first nations binding them to protect and care for the land. It refers to the Great Lakes regions as the dish, and since we all eat out of this dish there is only one spoon, which we must share to ensure that the dish never empties. The city of Toronto and all other settlers to the region have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect.
To all the peoples of Turtle Island, who share this spoon with us everyday: Thank you! Chi-Miigwetch!
Who've We Worked With?
Pandemic has worked with some of the most prominent artists, companies, and festivals throughout Canada and internationally.
Crow’s Theatre (2018-19), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (2016-18), Theatre Passe Muraille (2017/18), Canadian Stage (2014/15), The Drama Centre at the University of Toronto (2010).
Aluna Theatre, b current performing arts, Cahoots Theatre Company, the Campbell House Museum, CanadaHub, The Cultch (Vancouver, BC), the DitchWitch Brigade, Diwali in BC (Vancouver, BC), Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco, USA), Happy Trails Production Co., Intrepid Theatre (Victoria, BC), Mermaid Parade, MAI - Montréal arts interculturels (Montréal, QC), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Neworld Theatre (Vancouver, BC), Ngozika Productions, Pressgang Theatre, Prisoner Correspondence Project (Montréal, QC), QuipTake, Rumble Theatre (Vancouver), Selfconscious Productions, Soho Playhouse (New York City, USA), Summerhall (Edinburgh, Scotland), TEDx (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON), The Theatre Centre, Theatre Lab, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upintheair Theatre (Vancouver, BC), White Ribbon Campaign, Whitefire Theatre (Los Angeles, USA), and Why Not Theatre.
Best of Fringe Uptown Series, Caminos, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland), Encore Series (New York City, USA), FOOT - Festival of Original Theatre, High Performance Rodeo (Calgary, AB), Kick & Push Festival (Kingston, ON), Latitude Festival (Suffolk, England), Mad Pride, the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts (Surrey, BC), New York International Fringe Festival (New York City, USA), the PuSh Festival (Vancouver, BC), rEvolver Festival (Vancouver, BC), the Rhubarb Festival, the RISER Project, the rock.paper.sistahz Festival, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Sibiu, Romania), SummerWorks Performance Festival, Sydney Festival (Sydney, Australia), Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto Pride, Queer Pride, undercurrents (Ottawa, ON), and UNO Fest (Victoria, BC).
Waleed Abdulhamid, Kate Alton, d'bi.young anitafrika, Waleed Ansari, Art Babayants, Alex Baczynskyj, Nir Bareket, Heather Bellingham, Krista Benjamin, Elizabeth Berry, Katie Binnersley, Lindsay Anne Black, Glyn Bowerman, Brendan Brady, Joshua Browne, Carla Bohorquez, Dasha Bosaya, Antje Budde, Danya Buonastella, Claire Burns, Steven Bush, Stephanie Carpanini, Daniel Carter, Jasmine Chen, Joel Chico, Valerie Cina, Michael Clarke, Matt Cohen, Rhiannon Collett, Mike Conley, Ryan Cooley, Debbie Courchene, Melissa D'Agostino, Aidan Dahlun-Nolan, Liz Daicos, Cameron Davis, Anahita Dehbonehie, Emily Derr, Alison Dowling, Marcel Dragonieri, Sunny Drake, André Du Toit, Daniel Ellis, Ashlee Erron, Izad Etemadi, Linn Øyen Farley, Richard Feren, Catherine Foster, Brad Fraser, Rong Fu, Tycoda Gilecki, Willard Gillard, Nina Gilmour, Tara Grammy, Zach Gray, Virgilia Griffith, Fiona Griffiths, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Darryl Haas, Omar Hady, Mel Hague, Doug Hamilton, Sabah Haque, Colin Harris, Brett Haynes, Chantelle Hedden, Meredith Henry, Maxine Heppner, Jeff Ho, Eva Hoekstra, Will Hofstetter, Julia Howman, Chala Hunter, Graham Isador, Vanessa Janiszewski, Roger C. Jeffrey, Ron Kelly, Ann-Marie Kerr, Tsholo Khalema, Jazz Khamal, Sarah Kitz, Jenna Koenig, Myrto Koumarianos, Janina Kowalski, Samya Kullab, L'Oqeunz, Robert LaRonde, Adam Lazarus, Kat Letwin, Sonia Lindner, Robin Luckwaldt, Kearston Lyons, François Macdonald, Michael MacKinnon, En Lai Mah, Muneer Malik Noor, Chris Malkowski, Alexi Marchel, Marika Marosszeky, Sebastian Marziali, Mariana Medellin-Meinke, Jon Michaelson, Justin Miller, Raymond Miller, Gia Milne-Allan, Tijiki Morris, Edith Nataprawira, Jesse Nerenberg, Emily Nixon, Adele Noronha, Rylan O'Reilly, Obskyura, Kwaku Okyere, Michael Orlando, Colleen Osborn, Chin Palipane, Adam Paolozza, Ngozi Paul, Soheil Parsa, Craig Pike, Maarika Pinkney, Alexander Plouffe, Michelle Ramsay, Tennille Read, Rob Renda, Tanya Rigley, Aislinn Rose, Hannah Rose, Jessica Rose, Chris Ross, Alex Rubin, Tom Rylett, Heath V. Salazar, Alejandro Santiago, Una Ruud Saxvik, Midori Schroeder, Shadi Shahkhalili, G. Kyle Shields, Justine Shore, Pamela Mala Sinha, Brian Solomon, Kelsey Speakman, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Christopher Stanton, Mahogany Storm, Jacquey Taucar, Briana Templeton, Sasha Theodora, David Benjamin Tomlinson, Michelle Urbano, Astrid Van Wieren, Steve Vargo, Johnnie Walker, Laura Warren, Michaela Washburn, Oz Weaver, Adrien Whan, Annie Wilkin, Beth Wong, Eve Wylden, Anders Yates.