About alt. theatre

For nearly twenty years, alt.theatre has provided a forum for artists, activists, academics and others interested in issues of cultural diversity.

We are Canada’s only professional journal examining the intersections between politics, cultural plurality, social activism, and the stage—but our outlook is global.

Our Team

``My grandfather said to me, we introduce ourselves so we know where things come from, not to separate us, but to find out ways we can link together.” - Issue 12.4


Michelle MacArthur

Editor in Chief

Michelle MacArthur is Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art. She holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto, where her dissertation focused on the critical reception of feminist theatre in English and French Canada. Her research has appeared in alt.theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, and several edited collections. In 2014-15, Michelle was the lead researcher for the Equity in Theatre initiative, a national campaign focused on redressing gender inequities in the Canadian theatre industry.


Sarah Waisvisz

Associate Editor

Sarah Waisvisz is a playwright and performer based in Ottawa and Playwright in Residence at Great Canadian Theatre Company (2016-2017). She is co-Artistic Director of Calalou, a company dedicated to the development of stories by underrepresented communities. Recent works include her solo show Monstrous and its follow-up Griot!. Sarah holds a PhD in Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean Literature and has published in the fields of diaspora literature, trauma, the human rights humanities, and Afro-Caribbean cultural memory.


Aaron Franks

Associate Editor

Aaron Franks is a researcher, performer, geographer, dad and co-founder of the RAFT applied performance and research company with Rebecca Benson. He worked as an actor from 1996 to 2006, and has degrees in Social Justice and Equity Studies (MA, Brock) and Human Geography (PhD, Glasgow). He recently worked with the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation at Queen’s University, and is currently a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow in Indigenous policy at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Ottawa.


Hayley Malouin

Web Editor

Hayley Malouin is a theatre critic and artist from Toronto. She holds an MA in Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts and a BA in Dramatic Arts Performance, both from Brock University, where she is also a teaching assistant in courses on theatre criticism. She has worked as both contributor and editor for DARTcritics since the website’s creation in 2013. For the past five years, Hayley has been a core company member and performer with Twitches and Itches Theatre, a multi-disciplinary theatre company based in St. Catharines focused on physical exploration and collectively devised work; she is now an associate member and intermittent dramaturge. As a scholar, her research is focused on public performance, political protest, and circus.


Leah Jane Esau

Community Manager

Leah Jane is an award-winning political playwright and fiction writer. She holds an MA in Dramatic Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently on the executive board of directors at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, and she teaches Canadian Theatre at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Our Publisher

Teesri Duniya Theatre

alt.theatre was founded in 1998 by Teesri Duniya Theatre.

Led by Artistic Director Rahul Varma, and located in Montreal, Teesri Duniya Theatre is dedicated to producing, developing and presenting socially and politically relevant theatre, based on the cultural experiences of diverse communities. Multicultural diversity, intercultural relations, relevance and compelling stories are defining features of the organization’s work. Teesri Duniya is committed to multiethnic (as opposed to color-blind) casting.

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