Lisa Alves is an artist, producer, and educator based in Mississauga, ON. A graduate from Humber College’s Theatre Performance and Business Programs. For over 8 years, she has worked as a teacher and manager of Stagecoach Performing Arts School in Oakville, Port Credit, and Mississauga East. In her classrooms she teaches musical theatre, devised creation, and foundational theatre practices for children 3-17. Lisa has worked with various companies in the performing and visual arts sectors. She has flexed her diverse skill set in education, producing, and project management with companies such as manidoons collective, Generator, Crow’s Theatre, Milkweed Collective, and The Living Arts Centre.
In 2018 she started her own company, Surge Theatre. The premier of the devised creation Follow Me in the Toronto Fringe Festival 2018 had a successful run in Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace. The company is currently developing a music theatre piece about the Birdman of Mississauga called, Winding Lane.
Currently Lisa is working towards her Certified Human Resources Professional Designation (CHRP) through the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Lisa has been focusing on what Human Resources looks like in small organizations, especially in the non-profit and art sectors. This focus spans to creating safe(r) spaces, career planning, training and development, recruitment, and organizational health. Her interest in HR has impacted the way she approaches her educational and producing practices.
2021/22 marked 35 years of Cahoots Theatre, and the conclusion of our season brought with it our return to the stage after two years exclusively in the online realm. In 2022/23 we are thrilled to be continue engaging in living performance, and to also share online community initiatives that allow us to interact with, get to know, and have artistic explorations with the public. We can't wait!
Steven Elliott Jackson's play takes to the final day in the lives of civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.
A story about the risks Caribbean women take to gain permanent residence in Canada and the toll it takes on their bodies, minds and dignity.
A piece around the notion of heritage, ancestry, reality versus perception, and the cultural and experiential ties that bind.
Are you a recent graduate who falls under our mandate? Being fresh out of theatre training can be a daunting experience. You've finished your program, have scroll in hand, and are ready to start a career on the stage! But you don't know many folks in the business, or whom you even need to know. How does a new grad build their network? GRADually... It's one introduction at a time and we - Lisa & Sam (aka Cahoots' producers) - love being introduced to new Canadian theatremakers. Tell us who you are, what you've done, what you're into and what your goals are.