How do we approach classic works when adapting them for modern stages? 

How do we take “universal” texts and make them more relevant? 

Why is it important to reimagine, lift, and bring classic works into the now?

Join us for a conversation between Sarena Parmar and Jeff Ho as they dive into the world of adaptation. Looking at everything from the original inspiration point to the experience of investigating and repurposing the European classical canon to be a more personal / relevant story. An opportunity to gain inspiration and hear about the process from two incredible artists, including a Q+A towards the end. 

This free event will be held online via Zoom Webinar. To register for access please click here : ZOOM LINK

This event will be recorded and made available to the public afterwards. 

This event is in connection with the Adaptation with Sarena Parmar course that Tarragon Theatre is hosting in the new year. If you’re considering applying feel free to bring your questions to the Q+A! For more information on the course please visit click here: COURSE WEBPAGE

Jeff Ho Person Poster


Jeff is so grateful to be a recipient of the Bulmash-Siegel Award, as well as the OAC Playwright in Residence at the Tarragon. He is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong.  

As a playwright, his works include the critically-acclaimed Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), produced by Saga Collectif; Antigone: 方, produced by Young People’s Theatre; and trace, produced by Factory Theatre/ b current performing arts and remounted at the National Arts Centre. He has held residencies with the Tarragon Theatre, Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Cahoots, the Banff Playwrights Lab, and Factory Theatre. His plays are published by Playwrights Canada Press. 

Jeff is grateful to have been awarded a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play (Iphigenia), the Jon Kaplan Legacy Award for a Young Canadian Playwright, and to have been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Performance (Hanas Suitcase, Prince Hamlet), and as a Playwright (Iphigenia). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School.


Sarena is an actor and playwright. Originally from Kelowna BC, she is now based in Toronto.

Her first full-length play, The Orchard (After Chekhov) premiered at the Shaw Festival in 2018, making Parmar the first South Asian playwright produced in the festival’s history. The play went on to a second production at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. 

Her plays have been developed by Cahoots Theatre, Soulpepper, and Diaspora Dialogues. Sarena was also a participant of the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, and a recipient of the Elliot Hayes Playwright Development Fund awarded by the Stratford Festival.

Currently Sarena is working on her next play as a Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre. The Orchard (After Chekhov) is also taught in universities across Canada and the USA.

Sarena is an acting graduate of the National Theatre School and Birmingham Conservatory of Classical Theatre (Stratford Festival).