Jennifer H. Capraru, Artistic Director
Theatre Asylum Canada, Isôko Rwanda
Jen grew up in a haunted house in Montréal. She is artistic director of the award-winning Theatre Asylum, which premieres thought-provoking contemporary theatre by and about women and humanist issues. In 2008 she founded Isôko Rwanda to help create modern intercultural theatre for human rights, where she directed and toured Wajdi Mouawad’s Littoral, nominated for best mise en scène at Les Grands Prix de Théâtre Africain Francophone Brazzaville 2013, and Colleen Wagner's The Monument, nominated for the Freedom To Create Prize 2011, toured all over Rwanda, to Arts Azimut Festival 2009, Poland's Dialog Festival 2013, Toronto’s World Stage 2011, the MAI Montréal and U. of Ottawa.
In 2015 she will direct the Cuban première of Michel Tremblay's Les Belles Soeurs with La Francophonie in Havana, following her staged workshop of Mouawad’s Incendies for the 1st Festival Francophone, in 2014. In spring she workshops George Seremba’s Napoleon of the Nile at Brown University, directs The Successful Life of 3 and Mud by Maria Irene Fornés in a site-specific production in Kensington Market Toronto and is adapting Sean Dixon's novel Kip Flynn into a site-specific piece for the Market. Her productions at Theatre Asylum, such as BéBé, The Trials (2 Dora nominations) and My Mother's Courage (3 Dora nominations), have been developed and toured Canada in partnership with The Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre, Intrepid Theatre, Segal Centre, Harbourfront, and the Banff Centre. Selected directing includes The Gut Girls at the Theatre Centre (3 Dora nominations, 1 award), the stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal at the DB Clark Montréal, 24 Exposures by Serge Boucher for the Canadian Stage Festival, Lullaby by Thelon Oeming for Dark Horse (Dora nomination Outstanding Production) Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman for the Phoenix Theatre, Victoria BC, The Illusion by Tony Kushner for Acadia and various Fringe and SummerWorks productions.
Jen holds an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University. She was awarded the Baden-Württemburg fellowship to train as a director in Germany at the Landestheater Tübingen and the Volksbühne Berlin. She had the pleasure of being Associate Dramaturg at Factory Theatre through the Metcalf Foundation for three years, was nominated for the Hirsch and McGibbon directing awards, a fellow at Schloß Solitude and an invited director to the Lincoln Centre's Director's Lab, NYC. She has been a guest lecturer at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Haifa University, Brown University, Macalaster College, Brock, Western, Laurier, Bishops, York, U, and a returning course director at Glendon. Academic publications include Methuen, Palgrave Macmillan, Playwrights Canada Press, Liaison and alt.theatre.
Jen was 2nd Script Supervisor on Shake Hands with the Devil, filmed in Rwanda, then was invited to give workshops at the Rwanda Cinema Centre, the National University of Rwanda, UNIFEM, Mashirika and Kivu Writers. In 2012 she was invited to Kinshasa DRC to teach and direct various troupes there. She is fluent in French and German.
Full Directing CV (pdf)
Film CV (pdf)
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