Who We Are
Harri Thomas is a director, dramaturg, and performance maker based between rural and urban Ontario. Founding artistic director of Toronto’s Desiderata Theatre Co, their previous works as a director have included adaptations of classic texts, as well as world play premieres and live art creations. Their work emphasizes the body as the site of both trauma and forgiveness, in relationship to love, the earth, the spirit and society. They are a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s directing program. Recent Credits: Director/Dramaturg One Night (Other HeArts, Caminos 2019), Creator/Perfomer Flower Machine v2: Paiseu (Other HeArts, York Lane Art Collective), Director/Dramaturg MAD ONES (Tangled Art + Disability).
Performance/ Writing/ Costume and Prop Design/ Producing
Silvae Mercedes is a Mad performer, writer, producer and costume designer based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work as a lyricist has been called "funny, lyrically nimble and jarring in just the right measure" (Charlebois Post, 2013). Her performance in the North American premier of Howard Barker's Lot And His God was given 4 stars by Now Magazine's Jon Kaplan, where her work with fellow actor Prince Amponsah was hailed as "the highlight of the show". She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, MI and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. Performance credits include: Mad Ones (Tangled Art + Disability), Flower Machine v2: Paiseu (Other HeArts, York Lane Art Collective), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada).
Sebastian Marziali is a Uruguayan-Canadian performer, designer, and creator based in Toronto. Sebastian was the lighting designer on the 2018 & 2019 Toronto International Burlesque Festival and 2019 Vanguardia Dance Festival. They performed in, designed, and choreographed for the sold-out T.O. Fringe hits Lysistrata, Carmilla, and Mayhem at Miskatonik. Most recently they appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire at Soulpepper.
Yousef Kadoura is a Disabled Lebanese-Canadian actor, writer, and producer as well as a graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada (2017). He was the producer and host of Walking the Space, a podcast series exploring disability in the arts, and was previously the 2018 Curator in Residence at Tangled Art + Disability. Yousef’s recent theatre credits include: Jihad, Eraser, as a part of the Riser Project (2019), Tanjou, Soifs Matériaux at the FTA (2019), and Fifi/Zidan, The Green Line at the Rhubarb festival (2019).