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Meet Chloe

by Cameron Grant
Meet Chloe

image by Chance Mutuku

It’s another day of virtual history class. Chloe is working with her group on a research project about John Graves Simcoe, but she discovers another historical figure that is far more relevant to learn about, someone who even shares her first name: Chloe Cooley, a young Black woman enslaved in Fort Erie and Queenston, Upper Canada in the late 1700s’.

CAN CHLOE CONVINCE HER TEACHER AND HER PROJECT PARTNERS TO SWITCH TO CHLOE COOLEY’S STORY WEEKS BEFORE THE PROJECT IS DUE?

Meet Chloe explores the challenges Black students face in the education system and the lack of Black curriculum content in the study of Canadian History.

For Grades 7 to 10

Digitally  Touring  Schools

2022-2023 School Year

Each school that books Meet Chloe will receive a school-specific online folder including the film, a pre-recorded Q&A with high school students, and a study guide with education resources created specifically for the show. The folder can be accessed by the whole school for an entire month.

Meet Chloe cost – $350 + hst per school.

Group booking rates for School Boards are available.

Upcoming Screenings

Cast of Meet Chloe

(Top) L to R: Michael Man, Tsipporah Shendroff (Bottom) L to R: Yvonne Addai, Daniel Jelani Ellis

StratFest@Home

Coming soon to the Stratford Festival’s Streaming Service

 

Educator Feedback

“The play was wonderful! Both my classes were engaged from beginning to end. The content and the characters allowed for such rich and productive discussion in class. We were are able to connect the play to the short stories we studied and will continue to connect back to Chloe for the remained of the semester. This was a valuable addition to our class and our students felt connected, seen, empowered, and inspired by the characters in this play. I received such positive feedback from all the teachers who shared this play with their classes.”

“I felt that it was extremely well received and most relevant with respect to inclusivity, equity while relating in a manner that students felt to be authentic to their reality. The contrasting characters allowed them to relate to situations that they clearly encounter in similar contexts… it allowed for difficult conversations to be broached without targeting any student in the class directly.”

Video Response by Tracy Garrett, Secondary School Educator

Creative Team

Cameron Grant - Playwright

Cameron is a Brampton based actor and theatre creator. In 2021 he made his Stratford Festival debut in Serving Elizabeth. He has worked for 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival in productions of Getting Married, Henry V, Hound of The Baskervilles, Dracula & The Madness of George III. Cameron was in the world premiere of Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre) and has appeared in productions with Talk Is Free Theatre, Theatre Animal, Theatre Erindale, Secret Shakespeare Series, Canadian Rep Theatre and Clay and Paper Theatre. As an artist educator Cameron developed and facilitated workshops for The City of Brampton Performing Arts, Theatre Direct, The Shaw Festival, The Rose Theatre, Suitcase In Point Theatre and schools across Ontario. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Arts Education Network of Ontario.

Marcel Stewart - Director

Marcel Stewart

For Carousel: Debut!

Elsewhere Directing: Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Toronto Pigeons (Factory Theatre Podcast)

Elsewhere Acting: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Players); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper), Father Comes Home From the Wars (Soulpepper), We Are Proud To Present… (Theatre Centre)

Upcoming: Gone To See a Man About a Dog (Studio 180 RBC Emerging Playwright)

Other: Marcel Stewart is a father, artist, educator, and arts administrator. He is the Artistic Director of b Current Performing Arts Company and an Associate Artist for SpiderWeb Show Performance. Artistically, Marcel’s curiosity about history and lineage – beyond the context of colonialism – is at the basis of his work. He is interested in how we got here and where we are going. Marcel is a multi-time Dora nominated actor and has performed in numerous Dora Award-Winning productions. Some acting credits include: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Players); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper); Father Comes Home From the Wars (Soulpepper); Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); We Are Proud To Present… (The Theatre Centre); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Marcel has directed the podcast play Toronto Pigeons (Factory Theatre); the digital play Meet Chloe (Carousel Players) and the live theatre production of Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse). He was a member of the Soulpepper Academy and completed the Theatre Enhancement Program (as a Directing Foreman) through Factory Theatre. Marcel is honoured to have been a playwright in residence at b Current, as well as the RBC Emerging Playwright at Studio 180 where he developed a theatrical audio piece loosely based on his dad’s life in Jamaica. Marcel often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? What is my purpose?

Twitter: @marcystews

Instagram: Marcy2Hollywood

Thank you, Ky

Sid Malcolm - Assistant Director

Sid Malcolm is a graduate of Brock Uinversity, Hons. BA in Dramatic Arts (concentrations in Performance and Production & Design) with a minor in Music (2021). Sid has a passion for the world production and perforamcne with a newfound desire to explore storytelling. Currently, Sid has the pleasure of working with both Theatre Direct and bcurrent. She is also continuing her education with the Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College. Sid has a passion for sharing truths and combining stories of injustice with theatre. She strives to create art which questions the practices that are considered normal in day-to-day life. She challenges those around her to look at their suroundings through a critical lens.

Yvonne Addai - Chloe

Yvonne Addai is an Ghanaian-Canadian Actor, Artist Educator and Artistic Associate of Ay Caramba! Theatre. She is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan’s  BFA acting program. She has had the opportunity to work on stages in Saskatchewan and now calls Toronto home. She was also part of the 2019/2020 Factory Theatre’s Mechanicals program under the direction and leadership of Nina lee Aquino and Natasha Mumba. Her selected theatre credits include Table for Two (Sage Collective), & Other Concerns (CLYMB Production), The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), An Atlas and Other Concerns (Toronto Fringe), Monday Night (Highway 55 Production/Live 5 ), Overhear (Nutrien Fringe Saskatoon), Pride & Prejudice (Persephone Theatre), The Shorts Cuts festival (Hardly Art Theatre), The Woodcutter and the Lion ( Sum Theatre) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Theatre Naught/ Live Five).

daniel jelani ellis - Daniel

daniel jelani ellis is a multidisciplinary artist raised in Jamaica by a village of theatre artists, poets, and educators. His art practice includes performance-installation creation, playwriting, dub poetry, and acting. As a Black queer immigrant he is committed to celebrating those of us who live within the margins. He has performed across Canada and the Caribbean, including The Bridge (Neptune/Obsidian/2b), Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre), The Circle (Tarragon Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria). danjelani is the Artistic Programs Manager at Paprika Theatre Festival. He has been resident artist at BAND (Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue) Gallery and Cultural Centre, and is currently in residency at The Theatre Centre. ellis lives in Tkaròn:to with plenty plants and Mosi the dog.

Michael Man - Mr Lee

MICHAEL MAN (he/him)

I am an actor and educator. My work diversifies narratives of East Asian diasporic peoples and confronts power structures in theatre making. My current research about late dynastic Chinese theatrical texts expands the familiarity of Chinese literary content and emphasizes its wealth.

Selected theatre: Everybody, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Cyrano de Bergerac, Victory, Shaw Festival; When Ladies Meet (Meighen Forum), Stratford Festival; Meet Chloe, Carousel Players; MH370, fu-GEN Theatre; The Birds and the Bees, TheJungle Book, Magnus Theatre; A Christmas Carol, Grand Theatre; King Lear,Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Canadian Stage; Duchess of Malfi, Measure for Measure, Shakespeare Bash’d; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chekhov Collective;彼岸The Other Shore(workshop), Gateway Theatre; JuliusCaesar, Much Ado About Nothing, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; The Snow Queen, Sudbury Theatre Centre. FILM/TELEVISION: What We Doin the Shadows, Backstabbing for Beginners. OTHER: Mary Poppins(keyboard); The LastFive Years(music director/pianist), YES Theatre; Les Misérables in Concert(rehearsalpianist), Sudbury Symphony Orchestra/YESTheatre; And Now The End(pianist), SummerWorks; GoblinMarket(pianist), Kingston Theatre.

Educator: Text Coach, Assistant Director, The Witch of Edmonton (George Brown Theatre School); Co-facilitator, Crossing Gibraltar 2019 (Cahoots Theatre). 

Training: George Brown Theatre School; Queen’s University.

Tsipporah Shendroff - Larissa

Tsipporah is an actor and writer who is a recent graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts program. Most recently she was a part of the Nest Residency through the Suitcase in Point Theatre company, where she wrote and developed her first original play The Library of the Universe. Selected credits include The Moonlight Frequency (dir. Taylor Bogaert), Legends of Horror (Liberty Entertainment), I’m Sorry if I Tooka Toll on You (367 Pictures), King Ubu, and Sunday on the Rocks (Brock University). Forever grateful to Marcel, Sid, Cameron, and the entire Carousel team for the opportunity to be a part of this engaging and important story!

Michelle Tracey - Scenography

Michelle Tracey is a scenographer based in Toronto, Ontario.  Michelle earned her BFA from York University in theatre design and production, and she is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy under the mentorship of Lorenzo Savoini where she specialized in dramaturgical scenography. Michelle is also a trained wardrobe technician and has constructed costumes for numerous professional productions. Michelle is a founding member of Triga Creative, a collective of designers committed to ecoscenography, intergenerational artistic exchange and the development of new sustainable working models. michelletraceydesign.com 

Sara Allison - Stage Manager

Sara Allison is a local St. Catharines stage manager, proud to be part of the Carousel Players team that continues to bring theatre to young audiences. Carousel Players credits include: HBD2Me, Lig & Bittle, Water Wonder, Whole World, and Hare & Tortoise. Recent credits elsewhere: Lunenburg (Lighthouse/ Showboat Festival Theatre), Fair & Square (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Co.), Bad Jews (The Segal Centre/ Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Fair & Square (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Master Harold and the Boys, Dracula, Chitra, Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival). Thank you to my family and friends for being part of my theatre journey!

Elizabeth Pereira - video editor

Elizabeth (she/her) is an artist educator and vocalist based in the Niagara Region. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts and English, a Master’s in English, and she has been wrorking with Carousel Players since 2018 as an educator, performer and Education Coordinator. She has been exploring the technical side of theatre since her undergraduate degree and has edited a number of Carousel Players’ digital projects including HB2Me (Happy Birthday 2 Me) and the “Drama Playground” series. 

Playwright’s Acknowledgements

Thank you to Theatre Direct, Young People’s Theatre, Roseneath Theatre for recommending “Meet Chloe” for the OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. Emmerjade Simms, Jamar Adams-Thompson, Rose Donoghue, Michael Man. Carousel Players and Monica Dufault.