Scapegoat Carnivale © 2018 

TEAM

   (L-R) DAVID OPPENHEIM, MELANIE ST-JACQUES, ALISON DARCY, JOSEPH SHRAGGE, ANDREAS APERGIS 

                                                                                                                                             (photo credit: Talia Dezsö)

   (L-R) DAVID OPPENHEIM, MELANIE ST-JACQUES, ALISON DARCY, JOSEPH SHRAGGE, ANDREAS APERGIS 

                                                                                                                                             (photo credit: Talia Dezsö)

   (L-R) DAVID OPPENHEIM, MELANIE ST-JACQUES, ALISON DARCY, JOSEPH SHRAGGE, ANDREAS APERGIS 

                                                                                                                                             (photo credit: Talia Dezsö)

ABOUT

(L-R) DAVID OPPENHEIM, MELANIE ST-JACQUES,  ALISON DARCY, JOSEPH SHRAGGE, ANDREAS APERGIS. Photo credit: Talia Dezsö

"Extrêmement dynamiques, souvent délinquants et irrévérencieux, véritables laboratoires de recherche et d'exploration, qui constituent en fait le coeur créatif de Montréal." - Louise Roy, former President of the Conseil des arts de Montréal

TEAM

ALISON DARCY

CO-FOUNDER/ CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

<alison@scapegoatcarnivale.com>

Alison has been a professional actor in theatre, film and TV since 1982, has been directing theatre professionally since 2000 and is a producer, teacher, dramaturge and acting director for TV, film and virtual reality projects.

Directorial works include YEV(Scapegoat Carnivale/MAI, co-directed by Joseph Shragge) Afterlife and Mel's Wake (VR-Signal Space Lab- Acting Director), Ladies Foursome (Hudson), Blind (MAI/Scapegoat), Othello, Faust and The Heretics of Bohemia (all with Segal Centre/ Scapegoat), Hyena Subpoena (Catkidd/ Scapegoat), Medea (Co-Directed with Andreas Apergis), Life is a Dream (both for Centaur/Scapegoat), and Real Estate (Centaur). Some acting credits include roles in YEV and Sapientia (both with Scapegoat), Age of Arousal (Centaur), A Doll House (Segal Centre), Bye Bye Baby (Imago/Centaur), Brahm and the Angel (Geordie), Small Returns (Infinitheatre/November), girls!girls!girls! (Theatro Commanici /FTA), and Taking Sides (Centaur).

Alison has worked extensively in Canada, South Africa, and the UK, with companies such as Le Festival Transamériques (FTA), Clyde Henry Productions, Mopo Productions, Blue Metropolis Festival and NFB. She has received awards from the MECCAs, METAs, and several North American Fringe Festivals. Alison taught at the National Theatre School of Canada for many years, has been a private coach since 2003, and a guest teacher at several universities and training facilities. She is a 1996 graduate of NTSC’s English acting section. 

She has co-written YEV and Faust with Joseph Shragge and the screenplay for the VR experience Afterlife.

                  JOSEPH SHRAGGE

CO-FOUNDER/CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

<joseph@scapegoatcarnivale.com>

His text for Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, in collaboration with Leslie Baker, won the 2017 META for Best Independent Production after its run at Théâtre La Licorne, translated by Fanny Britt. His play Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter was workshopped at the Montreal Fringe Festival with director Alison Darcy (nominated for Best New Text) and produced in 2016 with director Andreas Apergis (META nominated for Outstanding New Text). His Ubu-esque puppet-epic The Heretics of Bohemia was produced at the Segal Centre. Working with director Andreas Apergis and Lynn Kozak, he adapted Euripides’ Medea (Winner Mecca Best Production), and The Bacchae (Winner META Best Production), and recently Sophocles’ Oedipus all of which were performed at the Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks initiative. His adaptation of Roswitha’s of Gandersheim’s Sapientia, based on a literal translation from the Latin by Lynn Kozak, was developed by Mia van Leeuwen as object theatre and presented at festivals in Western Canada. His work has appeared in Matrix Magazine, the Capilano Review and other publications. He co-wrote and co-directed YEV with Alison Darcy.

DAVID OPPENHEIM

GENERAL MANAGER

David has been composing, directing, and performing music for theatre since 2003, and has been part of Scapegoat Carnivale since 2009.


Past projects with Scapegoat include Oedipus Part One: Assembly (Centaur), The Heretics of Bohemia (Segal Centre), the MECCA award-winning Medea (Centaur), the META award-
winning The Bacchae (Centaur), Othello (Segal Centre), and Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter, for which he was nominated for a META for Outstanding Original Composition. He also worked with Repercussion on Harry the King and with Imago on The Peace Maker, as well as composing and performing music for the McGill University Classics department’s student productions of Philoktetes and Thyestes.


David has been playing music of all kinds for over 30 years, including gypsy-punk with Roma Carnivale, traditional Mexican music with Los Zopilotes, British folk with Nancy Wallace, and prog-folk with White Flower. He also has a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Religion from Concordia University.

ANDREAS APERGIS

ASSOCIATED ARTIST

Andreas is an actor and director. 

SUPPORT STAFF

SAM WINDHOLZ

VIDEO ARCHIVIST

TREVOR KIERNANDER

GRAPHIC DESIGN

ALEXANDRA MAYNARD

SOCIAL MEDIA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Elsa Bolam- Former AD/Founder Geordie Productions

SECRETARY

Taj Kudhail- Lawyer, Fasken

TREASURER

Arad Mojtahedi- Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright

MEMBERS

Jon Rondeau- General Manager, Segal Centre for Performing Arts

Paul Shore- Filmmaker, Social Entrepreneur

ADVISORY BOARD

Paul Flicker- Producer, Former AD Segal Centre for Performing Arts

Ben Klein- Visual Artist

Cathia Pagotto- Theatre Designer

Kathryn Westoll - Managing Director, Geordie Productions

TEAM ASSOCIATES

Janis Kirshner - Publicist

Lynn Kozak - Translator, McGill Classics Professor

Brian Lipson - Composer

PAST BOARD MEMBERS

George Bowser

Alison Darcy - Company Co-Founder & Co-AD

Dean Fleming

Emma Lanza

Joseph Shragge - Company Co-Founder & Co-AD

Melanie St-Jacques - Company Co-Founder

Elizabeth Truchanowicz

COMPANY MANDATE

Scapegoat Carnivale is an award-winning theatre company reflecting the diverse talents and extraordinary creativity

of the Montreal artistic community, presenting contemporary work with an emphasis on education and community outreach.

Our aesthetic interest is in the carnivalesque, and the highly theatrical. Whether producing new works or adaptations

from the classical repertoire, we strive for theatre to be an unruly, visceral and authentic shared experience.

SUPPORTERS & ASSOCIATIONS

We'd like to thank the Conseil des Arts de Montréal for their Operational funding, which allows us to carry out our artistic activities. Scapegoat Carnivale works under CAEA approved contracts, with CAEA artists. In 2019 Scapegoat Carnival received a substantial grant from the Jarislowsky Foundation, for which we are extremely grateful.

COMPANY HISTORY

2006

The company is founded by actor/director Alison Darcy, writer Joseph Shragge, and Stage Manager Melanie St-Jacques (after the three successfully worked together on Shragge's first play The Scavenger's Daughter in 2002 at The Roy Street Collective).. Darcy and Shragge become co-Artistic Directors, while St-Jacques becomes the General Manager.

The company’s inaugural production was Last Call, written by and starring Montreal-based writer/actor Holly Uloth O’Brien, and directed by Darcy. Uloth O’Brien won a MECCA award for Best Actress for the production and it toured to Vancouver's Uno Festival.

2007

Musician David Oppenheim and actor/director Andreas Apergis join the company as co-General Manager and Associated Artist respectively.

In June, the company produced The Works by Shragge, directed and dramaturged by Darcy, at the Montreal Fringe Festival. The production was chosen as runner-up for the Centaur Theatre’s Best Production award. Also that year, as a co-production with Mopo Productions, Darcy co-Directed with Thami Mbongo, and dramaturged Mbongo's Things are bad - ljumpile Lendaba in Cape Town South Africa. It featured at the Ikwezi Theatre Festival at the Baxter Theatre, and toured extensively through the township settlements.

2008

Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Spanish baroque classic Life Is a Dream was presented as a part of the Centaur Theatre Company’s Brave New Looks initiative. The show was nominated for three MECCA awards.

2009

The Scapegoat Carnivale Board of Directors was formed. Paul Shore became president.

2010

An original translation of Euripides’ Medea by Apergis and Shragge, directed by Apergis and Darcy, premiered at the Centaur Theatre Company’s Brave New Looks, breaking attendance records and receiving high praise from critics. Medea won two MECCA awards: Best Actress (France Rolland), and Best Production.

2011

Co-produced with Montreal-based writer and spoken word artist Catherine Kidd, her solo play, Hyena Subpoena, directed and dramaturged by Darcy, premiered at Les Ateliers Jean-Brillant. Kidd's play has since toured internationally in various incarnations.

2012

Premiere of Euripides’ The Bacchae at the Centaur Theatre, directed by Apergis, based on a new translation by Apergis and Shragge. The Bacchae won nine META awards, including Best Production.

Scapegoat Carnivale became the resident company at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, where they premiered The Heretics of Bohemia, a new play by Shragge, directed and dramturged by Darcy. 

 

2013

A staged workshop production of a new adaptation of Goethe’s Faust (books 1 and 2) by Darcy and Shragge, directed by Darcy, at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. That fall the company co-presented Shakespeare’s Othello at the Segal Centre, directed by Alison Darcy, which won two META awards: Best Supporting Actress (Julie Tamiko Manning), and Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Brochu).

 

2014

Blind, a new commission by Lindsay Wilson about the persecution of people with albinism in Tanzania, directed by Alison Darcy, premiered at the MAI. Blind was nominated for four META awards including Best Production.

2015

The Way You Tell Them by Rachel Mars is a hit at Centaur's Wildside Festival. A workshop production of Shragge's Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter, directed by Darcy, is presented at La Chappelle theatre as part of the Montreal Fringe Festival.

2016

Shragge’s Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter, directed by Andreas Apergis, is premiered at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique’s Studio Jean-Valcourt. The play was nominated for three META awards.

2017

A staged workshop production of Oedipus Part One: Assembly, a new adaptation Sophocles' classic by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak, as part of Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks. The production featured original music sung by three community choirs (Choeur Maha, the Montreal Artists Choir, and Zakynthines Phones).

2018

Sapientia is performed at MainLine Theatre. Our new website is launched. Sapientia won 2 META awards, Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding contribution to theatre (Evan Stepanian).

 

2019

Sapientia is remounted at Centaur's Wildside Festival in January. YEV premieres at the Montreal Arts, Interculturels in March.

YEV is nominated for 8 META awards (Outstanding indie production, direction, text, set design, costume design, choreography, lead actor (Sasha Samar) and emerging artist(Sophia Graziani). In November Scapegoat Carnivale won the Outstanding Independent Production Award.