Coleen Shirin MacPherson
Coleen is an international theatre artist based in Toronto. She trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and founded a theatre company called Open Heart Surgery Theatre in 2014. As a half Parsi-Indian and half Irish theatre maker in Canada, her work engages with ideas of cross-cultural collaboration, is interdisciplinary in nature and experiments with multiple languages on stage. She has worked with Tinderbox Theatre in Northern Ireland, Wet Picnic in the UK and has toured work to Egypt, Poland, France, UK, US and China. In 2014 the company produced her play, First Draft to a sold out audiences at Camden People’s Theatre and was later programmed at The Mimetic Festival in London (The Vaults, Waterloo Station). This show then was re-imagined and co-produced with StudioZAT at Cairo’s Falaki Theater and performed in Arabic and English. In Toronto, Coleen mentored with acclaimed director, Daniel Brooks and has worked with Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Why Not Theatre, Bad New Days, Jumblies Theatre, Necessary Angel and Factory Theatre.
Coleen recently directed and created This Is Why We Live which toured to France, Poland and held its US premiere at New York City’s La MaMa as part of their 58th season. She was Assistant Director for Factory’s most recent production of Trout Stanley by Claudia Dey and is developing a new play inspired by Glenn Gould and a Bunuel film. Coleen teaches Devised Theatre at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and wishes she could fly.