rock.paper.sistahz in May 2014, Freedom Carnival featuring The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely by Ngozi Paul in Summer 2014, afteRock Plays with new works by Sebastien Heins and playwright-in-residence Catherine Hernandez at Buddies in Bad Times in October 2014… plus find out what the rAiz’n Ensemble is up to!

Click here to check out the press release > b current_2014 season release

We have a very exciting season ahead of us, and your support will make it happen!

Your donation goes the extra mile today when you make your contribution via CanadaHelps.org. Interac is matching each donation up to $25 made using Interac Online. It’s quick and easy… Just follow this link http://bit.ly/1cjrs2e to get to b current’s donation page and click the “Donate Now” button!

We are happy to announce that we are extending our deadline for submissions to the 13th annual rock.paper.sistahz theatre+ Festival to December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm. Please click here to download the revised call for submissions. 

If you were thinking about submitting but missed today’s deadline, here’s your chance!

Remember all submissions are to be made via email to submissions@bcurrent.ca

We are excited to announce our 2013-2014 season’s Playwright in Residence: Catherine Hernandez. Catherine is a firecracker: actor, playwright, dancer and so much more. In the midst of taking Femme Playlist from b current’s annual rock.paper.sistahz Festival to our afteRock Play Series, she will also be developing a new group choral and movement piece, I Cannot Lie To the Stars That Made Me alongside b current’s rAiz’n Ensemble. She joins b current in passionately bringing untold stories into the spotlight!

CHernandezCatherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour and single mom. As the daughter of Cecille Estioko Hernandez, a pioneer of  Filipino Folk Arts education in Canada, Catherine Hernandez is dedicated to the development of the Filipino-Canadian artistic community. In 2007, her first play, Singkil, was directed by Nina Lee Aquino, produced by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in associa­tion with Factory Theatre and garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore nominations including Outstanding New Play, Independent Division. She wrote and performed the critically acclaimed one-woman puppet show, Eating with Lola (Sulong Theatre and Next Stage Festival) directed by Puppetmongers’ Ann Powell. The show was a major hit, having been first developed by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre and then toured North Carolina’s Duke University and Bogota, Colombia for the Festival de Mujeres en Enscena in Spanish (translation by Mexican puppeteer, Amaranta Leyva). She was Theatre Passe Muraille’s 08/09 playwright in residence and was the theatre’s Associate Producer in 2009/2010. She launched Sulong Theatre, a company dedicated to producing theatre by and about women of colour. The creative wing of the company, the Sulong Theatre Collective was proud to be Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s 09/10 playwrights in residence. The Collective’s inaugural creation, Future Folk, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille as part of its 09/10 season.Catherine as an individual was named Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Ontario Playwright in Residence in 10/11 to develop Eating with LolaKilt Pins, produced by Sulong Theatre in November of 2011 in partnership with Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture has been  published by Playwrights Canada Press. On September 21 2012, Catherine  immersed herself in a lifeboat filled with filthy water for 24 hours  without access to food. The event, named Operation Lifeboat, raised  money and awareness for the UN-Natural recurring disasters in the  Philippines. It involved more than 45 artists worldwide who performed  each hour of the event and resulted in over 30 hours of watched video  footage and more than 1100 viewers worldwide.

Submissions to our 13th annual rock.paper.sistahz theatre+ festival are now open. CLICK HERE to apply. Deadline is November 12, 2013.

To submit to b current for the Ontario Art Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve CLICK HERE. Deadline is November 1, 2013.

b current is excited to announce the installment of Co-Artistic Directors Jajube Mandiela and Ngozi Paul whose fresh leadership and zealous vision will surely move b current into yet another more thrilling era. Their combined experience, tenacity, and creative vision will undoubtedly keep the current alive.

After twenty-two years, ahdri zhina mandiela, b current’s Founding Artistic Director, mentor and creator is leaving her position. Her inspired and undaunted leadership has touched and shaped many artists over the course of her illustrious career as head of the company. There is no doubt that mandiela will spend the next chapter of her artistic life and career moulding and redefining paths that b current and the theatre community at large will benefit from. Her great artistic influence and impact on Toronto theatre, especially for emerging artists, is undisputed. As such, the company wishes to acknowledge mandiela’s impact and have her continue with b current as Artistic Director Emeritus. 


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