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

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Aaron Franks

Editor in Chief

Aaron Franks is an arts-based researcher and co-founder of the RAFT applied performance company with Rebecca Benson. He worked as an actor from 1996 to 2006, and now focuses on institutions, power and transdisciplinary methods (not always in that order). He has worked with the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation at Queen’s University and was a Mitacs Visiting Fellow in Indigenous Research and Reconciliation at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is currently Senior Manager for OCAP ® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) and Information Governance with the First Nations Information Governance Centre in Ottawa where he lives with Rebecca and their children Gil and Magda (and dog Archie).

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Katherine Zien

Associate Editor

Katherine Zien is Associate Professor in the Department of English at McGill University. Her research on theatre and performance in the Americas emphasizes transnationalism, political economy, and frameworks of race, class, and gender. Her book, Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone investigates intersections of performances with legal constructions of imperialism, race, and national sovereignty in the Panama Canal Zone. Sovereign Acts has been awarded prizes from the Caribbean Studies Association, the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the American Society for Theatre Research. 

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Shayne Lovsin-Couture

Operations Manager

After Graduating from the Professional Theatre program at John Abbott College in Acting. Shayne Lovsin-Couture worked in theatre, film and television in Canada Europe. Returning to Montréal to pursue a degree in Marketing and Business Management at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. He currently teaches ‘Production Accounting’ and ‘Operations of a Non-Profit Organization’ at the National Theatre School of Canada and most recently joined Teesri Duniya Theatre as their Operations Manager. he hopes to infuse the cultural, more specifically the theatre industry, with a balanced sense of artistic and logistical practices in operations and growth so as to invigorate growth within the community.

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Mercedeh Baroque

Community Manager

Mercedeh creates on both stage and film in hopes of bring radical representation, thought, and accessibility to each medium’s boundaries. Past projects have included directing a short film on punk Muslimahs for the Art of Inclusion project with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, being mentored with Imago theatre’s Artista program, performing in Pluck’d at both the MAI and the CINARS biennale, and assistant directing for Lévriers at the MAI. Hailing from many ends of Canada and the world, Mercedeh is currently creating in Tiotia:ke, colonially known as Montreal.

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Clare Raspopow

Associate Web Editor & Administrative Manager

Clare Raspopow is a film producer and co-founder of Dépanneur Films based out of Montreal. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Concordia University. Clare currently lives and works in Tiotia:ke, colonially known as Montreal.

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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