Mitchell Cushman

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Mitchell Cushman is a director, creator, & founding Artistic Director of Outside the March, one of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies. His work has been seen on stages as large as the The Stratford Festival & The Royal Alexandra Theatre, in spaces as intimate as kindergarten classrooms and living rooms, and in locales as far flung as London, New York, Whitehorse, Edinburgh, Munich, Finland and Japan. Since the onset of the pandemic, he has been exploring new possibilities for live performance, co-creating the internationally-acclaimed telephonic adventure The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries (OtM), the “Grand Act of Theatre” Something Bubbled, Something Blue (NAC/TIFT/OtM), & directing a feature film adaptation of the award-winning Lessons in Temperament. In 2015 he co-created the award-winning Brantwood – Canada’s largest exploration of immersive musical theatre. In 2018, he co-created and director the intercontinental 3 day immersive experience, The Curious Voyage. Other favourite directing credits include: The Tape Escape, The Flick, Dr. Silver, Jerusalem, Lessons in Temperament; The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale; TomorrowLoveTM, Mr. Burns, Vitals, Terminus, Passion Play, Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March); Treasure Island, Breath of Kings, Possible Worlds (Stratford); Hand to God; The Aliens (Coal Mine); Merrily We Roll Along (YES Theatre); Hand to God (RMTC). Mitchell has been the recipient of the Siminovitch protégé award, a Dora Award for Outstanding Direction, 3 Dora Awards for Outstanding Production, and 14 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards. He holds an MFA degree in Directing from the University of Alberta.