Superior Theatre Festival

Superior Theatre Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that advances the appreciation of the arts by showcasing high-caliber contemporary work, programming work that celebrates our Northern Voice and creating enriching opportunities through arts education and dialogue.

STF is celebrating our 3rd season from July 25-July 29th, 2018.

Come see 4 incredible shows, participate in workshops and post-show talkbacks and/or get involved as a volunteer or youth performer.  We want you to join us for 5 eventful days!!!

Come see:

James and the Giant Peach TYA - local performers with STF’s Young Company performing alongside them - set outdoor in the Spirit Garden

what it’s like - Adelheid Dance Projects – Finlandia Club

Between Two Breaths - a devised show with Thunder Bay artists and International Directors from World Wide Lab coming together to create a show – Urban Abbey

Live at the Waterfront – TBSO, Raine Hamilton and Zachary Lucky -  Marina Park - sponsored by STF



James and the Giant Peach - TYA

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Words and music by Benj Hasek and Justin Paul, Book by Timothy Allen McDonald, Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Performances July 26-29th, 2018

STF is excited to be producing a musical that will showcase local actor/singers as the leads and our local Young Company members as our ensemble.

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is a Theatre for Young Audiences musical for the whole family. It features a score by Pasek and Paul (The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hanson) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley).

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the centre of the gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities – but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.


Between Two Breaths

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Partnerships with STF, World Wide Lab, Lakehead University and Urban Abbey.

Performances July 27-29th, 2018

This year STF is committed to devising a multi-disciplinary piece with artists from Thunder Bay and artists from around the world.  This residency component continues to cultivate our commitment to celebrating NorthWestern Ontario stories and voices. STF will collaborate with the World Wide Directors Lab to create a devised piece of theatre with Actors/Writers/Musicians/Dancers/Creators from Thunder Bay and Director/Creators from around the world.  The content of the piece will begin to emerge in the months leading up to the arrival of the Directors from WWL in July but will revolve around questions of home.

The World Wide Lab is an international directors’ collective, with members who are creating dynamic, diverse and engaging work in every corner of the globe.  The World Wide Lab provides an international platform for creating new work that is both created and performed in dialogue with its host communities.  After seven years culminating with a successful residency and performance of a site specific piece in Taiwan, the WWL is prepared and enthusiastic to bring its practice and evolving methodology to Thunder Bay and the Superior Theatre Festival. WWL has created an international model that explores each specific cultural context through storytelling that engages with the unique ecology of the individual community experience. The international span of the group, with eleven directors from eight countries, has opened up the possibility of a wide range of cultural exchange, allowing them to cross borders and cultures both geographically and theatrically.

Six of the eleven WWL Members have committed to coming to Thunder Bay:  Jocelyn Yuchia Chang (Taipei), Chang Nai Wen (Berlin, Taipei),  Evan T. Cummings  (New York), Annie G. Levy (New York, Tuscaloosa), Laura Tesman  (New York), Evan Tsitsias  (Toronto, Houston).


what it’s like

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adelheid dance projects

A dance theatre work

July 26-29th, 2018 Through physical play of aggressive and, sometimes, tender connection, what it’s like contends with brotherhood and boundaries between people. What is togetherness? By letting things happen, how much are we party to them? Who is responsible? what it’s like investigates what happens when we are receptive to where we are, and who is with us.

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Talks, workshops

A post-show discussion with members of World Wide Lab

A post-show discussion with cast and creative team of James and the Giant Peach

A post-show discussion with cast of what it’s like

Adult workshops with World Wide Lab Members and Dancers/Choreographers from

Adelheid Dance Company: these will be workshops for adults actors/creators


 Workshops with National and International Artists:

Unearthing Myth

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Laura Tesman and Jocelyn Y Chang (+ Core Local Facilitator)

Participants will be lead through a discussion of their perceptions/ideas/images of a local myth or legend.  A number of exercises intended to open a creative channel and reveal these deeper meanings through physicality, vocality and sound (sound effects, melody, etc.) will be used; and then small groups will be guided to take these various discoveries and create their own short versions of the myth.


The Personal on Stage: Writing Your Own Story

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Evan T. Cumming (+ Local Core Facilitator)

The most interesting and engaging onstage stories are ones that connect to something true because they are specific and personal for the writer. Playwrights from Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller to Paula Vogel and Sam Hunter, monologists like Eve Ensler, Lisa Kron, Eric Bogosian & John Leguizamo create work that comes directly from their personal stories and experiences. Led by NYC-based director and playwright Evan T Cummings, this workshop will offer participants some tools for taking moments from their personal histories and experiences and drafting them in dramatic form. Established writers or those interested in trying playwriting for the first time are all welcome. Participants will read and discuss examples of personal writing from established playwrights, will work through writing exercises designed to explore the dramatic moments in our own lives, then will take the first steps of writing a scene or monologue based on something personally connected to their lives or experiences which will then be shared with the group. Each person will leave with the start of a play, or piece of theatre, that is both a dramatic piece of fiction for the stage and also connects to something personal in their own story.


Devising work

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Annie G. Levy (+ Local Core Facilitator)

This workshop is a practical, on-your-feet introduction to collaborative and devised theatre making. Devising theatre is the process of creating theatre in a collaborative manner. Though particular roles may be assigned – writer/s, director/s, actor/s, designer/s – the creation of the piece, whether wholly original or adapted, happens with the artists working together in the rehearsal room, informing each others’ processes. Students will be introduced to a variety of processes in ensemble-theatre-making including adaptation, found text, Viewpoints and Composition, improvisation, working with counterpoint and creating solo performance, as well as methods of offering critical feedback on works-in-progress. The workshop will culminate in mini-presentations of new work exploring mythology and ritual of the participants' choosing.


Contemporary Dance Workshop

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Heidi Strauss (+ Local Core Facilitator)

This workshop is an interactive exploration of movement in relationship to our physical relationships with space and each other.  After a warm-up that touches on a few practical movement fundamentals, we will play with tasks related to consequence & reaction, directionality in the body, and the use of sensation to generate physical memory.  These playful tasks will be done in duet and group scenarios and will allow us to notice when we listen in movement, and when we lead.



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Jocelyn Y Chang (+ Local Core Facilitator)

This workshop combines oriental practice with meditation in acting training.

It helps actors to focus on group energy and to concentrate on what happens on the stage. Through this practice they will become more aware of stage synchronicity with others and it helps directors that work in a devised context make work easily.


Biographical Journey in Movement

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Chang Nai Wen (+ Local Core Facilitator)

Participants will choose a moment in their lives that they want to revisit and then Nai Wen will guide them through capturing that story

through movement.

Without words, the truth of the moment will emerge.


Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop

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Evan Tsitsias (+ Local Core Facilitator)

Evan Tsitsias had the opportunity to work with Augusto Boal and learn Boal's techniques that use theatre as means of promoting social and political change.  This workshop will be an exploration of Boal’s techniques.



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Laura Tesman (+ Local Core Facilitator)

In this workshop, participants develop a physical “score” based on a series of cue words. We begin by examining micro-actions, the potential of the simplest of physical actions for telling a story. We continue by exploring balance, oppositions, tension and scale in the creation of a series of repeatable physical actions. Participants then “riff” off of one another in duets/trios and then as a full circle, round-robin improvisation.