core artists

artistic director    

robert morrison

I’m a director, writer, actor, and recent graduate of TMU’s School of Performance. As the artistic director of a front company, I'm focused on creating distinctly young, energetic and bold theatrical experiments. I’m obsessed with creating theatre that is not just accessible but exciting and intoxicating for everyone - especially young folks. I imagine what it must be like watching a band walk on stage at the top of a concert - that’s how I want theatre to feel. And those are the audiences I want to invite to the theatre.

My directorial work spans the gamut from film to theatre, dance to comedy, and new work to classics. I spent much of 2021/2022 developing a new play: ECHO, as dramaturg and director, leading it from inception to workshop to premiere at The Theatre Centre’s Incubator and on tour to Edmonton. 

In film, I directed the short documentary how to be not alone which premiered in London at the LDFF and was nominated for best documentary. I co-created and directed hatch which took home first prize at the Utah Dance Film Fest.

executive director 

olivia seward 

I am a Producer, Stage Manager, and avid book reader who grew up, and continues to live and create work within Tkaronto. 

I am the Executive Producer at A Front Company and the Assistant Producer and Community Engagement Coordinator at Tarragon Theatre! I also have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Production, with a double minor in Performance Studies and Marketing, from The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. 

Within the past year I founded and produced the Terra Firma Festival, a week-long curated festival of six new student works at The Theatre Centre, was a participant in Toronto Fringe's 2022 TENT Program, Production Managed and Associate Produced Collections, a dance festival showcasing the work of Toronto Metropolitan University’s graduating dance class, Stage Managed Erin Brandenberg's Knives in Hen's by David Harrower, and was Owais Lightwala's Research Assistant for the National Arts Centre. 

My goal is to make accessible and expansive theatre for young adults, while prioritising care with the creation process. With my passion for spreadsheets, problem solving, and care driven communication I believe there is no dream that's too big. 

katarina fiallos

Katarina is a storyteller based in Toronto and is a graduate from TMU's School of Performance. Since graduating she has had the opportunity to pursue different ventures in acting, writing and directing for theatre and film.

Her most recent acting credits include Lisa in Wakey Wakey (County Stage/Stratford Festival), Dorine in La Bête (TIFT), Chloe in Hookman (School of Performance/Soulpepper); and  Bianca in Untamed (School of Performance/Tarragon). This past year she brought to life her first original piece, Morning After, at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Katarina has a passion for developing new work. She is so inspired by all the emerging artists around her and hopes to help bring their stories to life. She looks forward to developing her next project this fall and remounting La Bête for its Toronto run next March.

kole durnford 

My name is Kole Durnford (he/him), and I’m a Metis actor, playwright and creator originally from Stony Plain, Alberta. A graduate of the acting program at Toronto Metropolitan University, I’m a two time Dora nominated actor, including a 2023 nomination for Best Ensemble as part of Niizh (Native Earth Performing Arts). Beyond acting, this will be the third production of my first play ECHO. My follow up, SKYSCRAPER, is currently in development with support from Native Earth Performing Arts. Thank you for coming to see ECHO!!!! Recent credits include: Insert Clown Here (Parlous Theatre), Killing Time: A Game Show Musica (Mixtape Projects), SKYSCRAPER (Paprika Festival), Niizh (Native Earth Performing Arts. @koledurnford

mathilda kane

Mathilda (she/they) is a Tkaronto based Lighting Designer, Theatre Maker, and member of A Front Company. She is a Queer second generation Canadian of Scottish, Indian, German, and Guyanese descent. Mathilda is fascinated by the boundaries of ‘designable space’ in theatre. They take a collaborative approach to creation and care greatly for fostering long term creative relationships. And always aims to centre accessibility and sustainability in her work.

Select credits Include: Killing Time: A Game Show Musical (Mixtape Projects), ECHO (A Front Company), A Perfect Bowl of Pho (Send Noods Productions), Morning After (A Front Company), Ursa: A Folk Musical (Uncommon Folk Collective) 

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