Urjo Kareda Emerging Theatre Artist – 2019
Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Eva Barrie is a Dora Award-winning actor, director, creator, and the Co-Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruff. She graduated from Ryerson University’s Performance Acting Program and has trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in Saratoga Springs, NY and New York City, NY.
For Ruff, she was most recently the director and dramaturge for the critically-acclaimed “Portia’s Julius Caesar”. She created and directed Ruff’s “My Co-Mates & Brothers in Exile”, a comedic promenade piece following a refugee’s journey to Canada. Eva was in Berlin’s first Shakespeare in the Park ensemble in a bilingual production of König Heinrich der Vierte, and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in Bangalore, India, for the Parikrma Humanity Foundation. She has also taught the Shakespeare Scene Study at George Brown Theatre School.
Eva was in Tarragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Unit years ago, and has since gone on to have her writing supported by The Theatre Centre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Theatre Gargantua, DaPoPo Theatre, Theatrefront, Factory Theatre, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her play “Agency” premiered at The Theatre Centre in 2016, produced by her company Yell Rebel. Because of her diverse creation practises, she was invited to be the Co-Program Director of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Lab, a lab celebrating alternative theatre-making. She is currently a playwright in Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources creation group.
“Tarragon Theatre was one of the first companies that instilled confidence, rigour, and tenacity in me as a young artist, and I’m incredibly grateful to return to the company as the Urjo Kareda recipient. During my residency, I will train as an artistic director and new works advocate. I’m most curious about how arts leaders can inspire hope and generosity in challenging times, and work to create equitable and innovative creative environments. I look forward to pursuing these thoughts with the exciting and bold minds at the Tarragon Theatre.”