About Us

In Forma Theatre is about genuine connections, sharing and playing together. With anyone. Anywhere.

We aim to engage in meaningful dialogue and celebrate community through participatory theatre. With anyone. Anywhere.

We play games. We share old stories and create new ones. We craft original performances. With anyone. Anywhere.

Who we are:

In Forma Theatre was co-founded in 2007 by Artistic Directors Sara Escott and Adam Perry.

Sara Escott

100eb3a-2 Sara is the co-founder and co-artistic director of In Forma Theatre. She has over 15 years of experience as a theatre director, facilitator and educator. She has worked with groups across Ontario, and internationally in Morocco, Rwanda and the Philippines. In her work, she uses movement, improvisation, collective creation, mindfulness and a wide range of techniques rooted in the Theatre of the Oppressed. Sara directs and facilitates community-based theatre projects with intercultural and multigenerational groups, which respect and celebrate the cultural dimensions of their experience. Sara has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT) with a focus on using theatre for peacebuilding, community building and collective change, and an Honours B.F.A. in Theatre Directing (York University). She has completed the foundational Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training program from The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (certified through the University of Toronto). Sara can be reached at sara@iftheatre.ca

I’m inspired by theatre that connects members of a community and illuminates their collective stories, struggles and joys. Theatre has been my passion since a very young age. To me, it has the power to provoke, to question, and to bring hope to both audiences and performers. In my work today I use theatre to explore conflict, build leadership and inspire change with diverse populations of all ages.

Adam Perry

2015-04-15 17.29.03Adam is the co-artistic director of In Forma Theatre. Adam has extensive training in and experience directing community theatre programs with children, youth and adults with specific expertise in Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre for Living and collective creation. He has significant experience in facilitating dialogue across difference, particularly across cultural, linguistic, physical, gender and socio-economic disparities. He holds a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. Adam can be reached at adam@iftheatre.ca

I approach my practice as a theatre artist with a strong vision for inclusive community-based dialogue. Through process and performance, I strive to create a place where both actors and non-actors can discover new understandings of their shared environment and their personal and social locations within it.

Instructor Bios

Kelsey photoKelsey Johnston
Kelsey has loved the arts for her whole life. After studying theatre in university, she has participated in productions as both an actor, writer, director, and producer alongside her amazing coworker Jenna. She believes strongly in the importance of arts-based programming for children, and the ability for creative team-building activities to positively impact children’s lives. As a young person, she enjoyed every minute of her after school theatre programs, and is so excited to be able to bring the same opportunity for creative exploration to young people today.

View More: http://alabasterjarphotography.pass.us/kyle-and-bridgetJenna Naulls
Jenna discovered theatre when she was cast in a grade 8 production of “The Friendly Giant” and has never looked back. She participated in the Sears Festival and the Canadian Improv Games while in high school, and went on to do her degrees both in theatre and education (primary/junior). She spent 7 years teaching drama classes to children before finding full-time employment in social services! She continues to write, direct, act and produce theatre through her own company with co-worker and friends Kelsey and Kano, but is looking forward to joining In Forma Theatre to return to her ultimate passion of teaching and empowering children through theatre and collective creation.

Sarah Rainbow Heart Hawthorn

srhSarah is the creator and facilitator of Rainbow Rhythm Kids, a nature-based music and movement program for children. Sarah is a R.E.C.E, (Mothercraft College) and B.A in Early Childhood Education (Ryerson University). She is a mom and teacher with over 12 years experience inspiring and being inspired by children. Her love and connection to the natural world, storytelling and music infuses every class. She has created and facilitated creative arts summer camp programs, Shamanic yoga and meditation classes and been a nursery school teacher in the Beaches. Sarah is the co-facilitator of Imagine IF and Play classes for children.

Emberly Doherty

Emberly Doherty

Emberly is a Toronto-based actor and artist-educator. She has performed with such companies as ShakespeareWorks, The Canadian Stage Company, and The Irondale Ensemble Project. After jumping at every chance to help facilitate artist driven workshops with those companies, she has begun focusing her energy on helping to create meaningful educational experiences for children, youth and young adults through the theatre.

Our talented facilitators and associate artists include: Jason Johnston, Ellen Curtis, Meaghan Marie, McClenaghan, Kristoffer Peddlar, and Naomi Tessler.