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May 31st, 7:30 pm                       National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage

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We’re pleased to announce that you can now reserve your seat at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth stage to experience ten talented artists embodying the past and its implications in the present through storytelling, film, theatre and poetry. The evening will additionally feature talk-backs between audience and artists moderated by host Adrian Harewood.

Be a part of our first year and participate in a dialogue regarding how history is told and how it is received. Our audience is a significant and valued part of an interactive, one-of-a-kind evening of live performances and conversation. A ticket to Staging Our Histories grants you the chance to see eight extraordinary works, an opportunity to address the artists, and an invitation to an end-of-the-night reception at the National Arts Centre.

Staging Our Histories’ Venue & a First Glimpse at our Poster!

Our co-directors are pleased to announce that the very first Staging Our Histories will take place at the National Arts Centre‘s Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St, Ottawa at 7:30pm.  After the evening’s performances and interactive talk-backs with the audience moderated by host Adrian Harewood a short reception will follow in the same location.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to Tannis Price for collaborating with co-director Arpita Bajpeyi on our eye-catching poster.


Angela Wright

Angela Wright began writing poetry at the age of fifteen, using it as a way to
explore the world around her. The biggest influence on her poetry has been her
training as a historian, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her poems
often transcend temporal boundaries and demonstrate that, because of the
fluidity of time, events do not occur in a vacuum but rather reverberate across

For Staging Histories, Angela will perform a collection of poems that explores the
often-tenuous experience of people of African descent in North America. It is an
assemblage of poems written at vastly different moments, each poem with its
own inspiration, but they all explore the many legacies of the enslavement and
colonisation of black peoples on both sides of the Atlantic. These poems,
however, are not stories about the past. Rather, they are meant to serve as
contemporary stories that gaze into their historical antecedents to offer an
explanation for an imperfect present.

Though primarily a literary poet, Angela has dabbled in performance poetry,
participating in various showcases while an undergraduate student at the
University at Buffalo. She holds a bachelor’s in History and African-American
Studies and a master’s in History from The University of Iowa.


Carol Jones

Formée en danse et jeu, spécialiste en percussions corporelles, Carol Jones œuvre dans le milieu artistique depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années.  La danse l’a menée au théâtre.  Diplômée à la maîtrise en théâtre, elle joue, danse et choréthéâtrographie. On l’a vue tant sur scène (Free, Pour filles de couleur,  Angélique); à la télé (Chez Denise, Les dames de cœur, Watatatow, 19-2) qu’au cinéma (Le Matou, Louis 19, Je me souviens. La femme allongée).

Fille d’un jazzman (batterie), nourrie par les rythmes africains, Carol développe sa technique de percussions corporelles, associant diverses danses percussives et rythmes de la batterie, qu’elle enseigne dans diverses écoles (UQAM, Rencontre Théâtre Ados, etc.). Également, elle collabore à des productions musicales comme celles de l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

Dans le cadre de l’activité « Qui a mis le feu à Montréal le 10 avril 1734? » initiée par le Centre d’Histoire de Montréal, elle crée le personnage Angélique qu’elle présente depuis 2007 dans les écoles et les bibliothèques.  Ainsi, chaque année elle amène quelques deux cents élèves à répondre, sous forme théâtrale, à la question. Tout récemment, le projet s’est mérité un Prix d’Excellence décerné par l’Association Québécoise des Interprètes du Patrimoine.

En 2010, avec l’aide du Conseil des Arts du Canada et de l’Unesco, elle présentait Free à la Salle Carpe diem. Cette pièce entièrement exprimée en percussions corporelles pose un regard sur le trafic humain contemporain. Son art la fait voyager : Brésil, Turquie, Trois-Rivières, Sierra Leone, etc. où elle participe à maints événements et festivals. En 2015, suite à une résidence de création au Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Free prendra l’affiche au Théâtre de la Providence, salle annexée à ce même Collège.

Actuellement étudiante à l’American Dance Therapy Association, Carol achève une maîtrise en danse thérapie.

Trained in dance and theatre, and a specialist in corporeal percussion, Carol Jones has been active in the artistic field for over 20 years. Dance  led her to theatre. With a Master’s in theatre, she acts, dances and choreographs. She has been seen on stage (Free, Pour filles de couleur,  Angélique); on television (Chez Denise, Les dames de cœur, Watatatow, 19-2) and cinéma (Le Matou, Louis 19, Je me souviens. La femme allongée).

Daughter of a jazzman (drummer), inspired by African rhythms, Carol develops her corporeal percussion, associating diverse percussive dances and drum rhythms, which she teaches in various schools (UQAM, Rencontre Théâtre Ados, etc.). She also collaborates on musical productions such as the Greater Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra.

Within the framework of the activity “Qui a mis le feu à Montréal le 10 avril 1734?” (who set fire to Montreal the 10th of April 1734?) initiated by the Montreal History Center, she created the Angélique character, whom she has presented since 2007 in schools and libraries. Therefore, each year, she gets two hundred students to respond, in theatrical form, to this question. Quite recently, the project earned the Prix d’Excellence (excellence prize) given by the Association Québécoise des Interprètes du Patrimoine (Quebec Association of Heritage Interpreters).

In 2010, with the help of the National Council of the Arts of Canada and UNESCO, she presented FREE at the Carpe Diem Hall. This piece, entirely expressed in corporeal percussions, focuses on contemporary human trafficking. Her art makes her travel: Brazil, Turkey, Trois-Rivières, Sierra Leone, etc., where she takes part in many events and festivals. In 2015, after a residency at the Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, FREE will be presented at the Théâtre de la Providence, a hall annexed to this same College.

Currently a student at the American Dance Therapy Association, Carol is completing a Master’s in Dance Therapy.


Murray Rob Roy McGregor

So many people have moved to Ottawa to work for government they sometimes act surprised when they meet Murray, an actual local-born Ottawan who grew up here along with the city itself. Murray discovered oral storytelling in 2010. At first he dabbled across the board telling all types of stories. More recently he has focused on local history and Scottish folklore. He enjoys researching and creating original stories and characters true to historical events.
Until recently Murray wrote and edited web content for government and business. Previously, he did a lot of reading in his own bookstore for 19 years. And in a former life, based in Toronto, he worked in film production, freelanced to CBC radio and wrote for magazines — all connected to telling stories in different ways.
Murray is a member of OttawaStorytellers and Storytellers of Canada. He has a BA in history and art history from Carleton. He is a fifth-generation Canadian from the Scottish Highlands. He loves smokey single malt whisky, dark coffee, dark chocolate and storytelling workshops amongst many other things.

Martha Stiegman

Martha Stiegman is a passionate and engaged community-media and documentary filmmaker. Currently based in Toronto where she teaches at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, her work has screened in festivals around the world from Tunisia and New Zealand to Brazil. Her first two documentaries, In Defense of our Treaties (2007) and The End of the Line (2007) explore alliances between Mi’kmaq and non-native fishing communities in her home province of Nova Scotia. Honour Your Word (2013) is an intimate, behind the blockades portrait of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and their fight to defend their traditional lands. Indigenous struggles and non-native solidarity have been the focus of Martha’s film work, community-arts practice and academic research for more than ten years.


Gianhi Tran & Elizabeth Trinh


Of Chinese-Vietnamese origin, Gianhi left Vietnam at the age of 5 with her three sisters and her parents to join her grandmother and aunt who were settled in Montreal. With an increasing fascination for the issue of multiple identities, her current interest lies in the reality of ethnic communities in pluralistic societies and the legacy of cultural values of immigrants parents to their children.

Born and raised in Montreal, Elizabeth’s first memorable experiences with stories were Disney animations, watching Chinese soap operas with her parents, and spending time in the library. She is content when she connects with others and when she can briefly “step in their shoes” to understand where they come from. Every time, she gets to experience a different life…

In Cantonese, maternal grandmother is called A pò and paternal grandmother is called A mā. In creating a series of short video clips highlighting A pò and A mā and their knowledge of traditional remedies, not only do Gianhi and Elizabeth seek to share their tips to fight colds or their solutions to soothe a broken heart, but they especially strive to learn these excerpts of stories and memories that are such a significant part of these women.


Kayla Carter

I am  a writer, a storyteller, a poet,  an actor,  and a dancer. I am a Toronto-born artist who is of Jamaican, Cuban, Maroon and Taino ancestry and believes that her existence is not accidental nor is it coincidental. I believe that art is a healing, transformative and meditative process not only for those who are receiving it but also giving it. My work focuses on regimes of trauma, healing, diaspora, affect, shame, institutions and histories of violence, queer theory, blackness, transnational feminist thought and storytelling.  I am currently completing my Masters in the Critical Disability Studies Department at York University, where I am focusing on mental health within Caribbean communities, histories of ancestral trauma and how there is healing through art.

I have always been of the belief that telling our stories is how we step into an understanding of our past. For Fried Plantains is how I understand my past. I am so honoured to be part of Staging Histories because it is a space where the cultivation of histories that are so often forgotten is honoured, cultivated and respected.


Elise Gauthier

Elise Gauthier is a bilingual, multidisciplinary creator with deep roots in her native Ottawa. She’s best known as a theatre performer, and is a core member of the Ottawa Stilt Union, a colingual theatre company using various forms of physical expression to tell stories. She also writes, directs and teaches in various capacities. When not telling stories through her art, Elise tells stories as a tour guide with the Haunted Walk of Ottawa. She’s been a tour guide in Ottawa for the past ten years, and has developed an intense love for her city, inspiring her series of bilingual poems: My Ottawa à moi. One of the joys of being a tour guide is making history come alive for the visitors, out of the history books and into the streets. The poems, and the videos that were eventually produced to accompany the poetry, are the perfect way to combine Elise’s identity as an artist to her life as a tour guide. Follow Elise on Twitter: @OttawaZel



Unfortunately, Amy and Anthony are no longer able to perform live on stage on May 31st for Staging Our Histories. Visit for a glimpse of their powerful achievements in interactive storytelling through art and tech, and to find out about their latest work.
 Amy Loder and Anthony Scavarelli are a husband/wife team with a 3 year old son and a newborn daughter trying to navigate the often chaotic waters of parenthood. Through this performance piece, they try to understand how and if the roles of parents and families have changed in Canada over the last century through storytelling, scene work and projections.
Amy is a high school teacher with the OCDSB and a grad of Concordia’s drama program in Montreal. Anthony is an interactive artist ( ), who seeks to use technology to bring people closer together while making us more aware of the issues that surround modern western society. Thanks for watching!