Portrait of Anne-Marie Donovan

I am a stage performer, director and creator, native of Montreal. My practice is informed by many years engaged as a concertizing classical singer.

My creative work includes Maanomaa, My Brother, an intercultural, physical theatre work co-created with Tawiah Ben M’Carthy and Brad Cook (2016, Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Toronto), Frankenstein’s Ghosts (2011, Blue Rider Ensemble/Inter Arts Matrix, Montreal), The Last 15 Seconds (2009 collective creation, MT Space, Kitchener), Sounding Rituals (2007 Open Ears Festival, Kitchener), and many works with the Montreal-based Blue Rider Ensemble, which I co-founded in 1990.

Currently, along with painter Isabella Stefanescu and literary editor Kim Jernigan, I am involved in a multi-year research project, Phaedra Echoes, which examines the many representations of Phaedra in diverse cultures over centuries (Inter Arts Matrix). This research has generated a creative response from each of us - we have several new performance works in development, each informed by and responding to the vast canon of painting, music, theatre and poetry about Phaedra from Euripides to today.

I am part of the creative team for très loin, a new choreographic and installation work in development led by choreographer/artistic director Sylvie Bouchard and co-created with visual artist Ed Pien and sound artist Phil Strong (BoucharDanse, TO).

Directing credits include Lord Sword, a new play by Douglas W. Campbell (Inter Arts Matrix), Ghost Tango, a new opera by Tim Brady and Douglas Burnett (Vocalypse, Halifax), Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan (Laurier Opera), Spring Awakening, The Musical (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts), The Salome Dancer, opera by Tim Brady and John Sobol (NUMUS, Kitchener), and the premiere of Barbara Croall’s Manidoog (Trio D’Argento, Music Toronto).

I work as a facilitating director on the development of new work in theatre and opera, including Six Revolutions, opera by Tim Brady and Guillaume Côté (Atelier Lyrique de l’opéra de Montréal), and The Bell by Rafic Ali Ahmad for (Theatre Mada, Kitchener).

I continue to be involved with young artists as co-founder/artistic director of Long Reach Opera Workshop, a month-long summer opera training program in Toronto. And in 2020 I will direct Dovizi’s La Calandra at Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University in Halifax.

In 2007, I founded Inter Arts Matrix, a charitable arts organization that fosters the development of interdisciplinary art and where I served as Artistic Director from 2007 – 2014. I remain an Associate Artist at IAM. From 1994-2000, I was Artistic Director of NUMUS Concerts, one of Canada’s most vibrant new music societies. I am a recipient of a Waterloo Region Arts Award as well as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at University of Waterloo where I taught from 1993-2014.

In service, I have served on the boards of directors of Open Ears Festival and eyeGO to the Arts; the Aboriginal Initiatives Committee, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University; the steering committee of Le rassemblement francophone, Waterloo Region; and as an organizing member of Arts Reboot/Arts Together, an arts activism initiative in Waterloo Region.

I now live on the beautiful Kingston Peninsula in New Brunswick.