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Jennifer H. Capraru, Artistic Director
Theatre Asylum Canada, Isôko Rwanda

Jennifer Herszman Capraru grew up in a haunted house in Montréal. She is an acclaimed international director and a 2017 nominee for the John Hirsch Director’s Prize.

Artistic Director of the award-winning Theatre Asylum, her productions such as BéBé, The Trials (2 Dora nominations) and My Mother's Courage (3 Dora nominations) have been developed and toured Canada in co-production with Theatre Passe Muraille, The Theatre Centre, Banff Centre, National Arts Centre, World Stage, Intrepid Theatre, Nightwood, Buddies, Ashkenaz and the Segal Centre as well as internationally in Africa, Cuba, the US and Europe.

After crewing on the film Shake Hands With The Devil Jen founded Isôko Rwanda to create intercultural theatre for human rights, Littoral (nomination Best Direction, Prix Théâtre Africain 2013), The Monument (nomination Freedom to Create Prize 2011, tours of Rwanda, World Stage, Montréal’s MAI, Dialogue Festival Poland) and has given applied theatre workshops in Rwanda and Kinshasa via NGO’s such as UniFem, the University of Rwanda and l’Institute National des Arts.

Directing includes the critically-acclaimed Mud and SLO3 by Maria Irene, Fornés (Theatre Asylum site specific), Napoleon of the Nile (Brown University USA), Lullaby (Dark Horse Dora nomination Best Production), Mandelstam (Amphitheatre), 24 Exposures (CanStage), The Seventh Seal, Metamorphoses (Phoenix Theatre, nomination Victoria Critics Prize). She was Associate Dramaturg at Factory Theatre for three years, a nominee for the McGibbon Directing Award, the Canada Council's Hirsch Directing Prize, an invited director to the Lincoln Centre Lab and Schloss Solitude, Germany, and Acting Director of Performing Arts, Harbourfront.

Jen trained in directing in Germany at Landestheater Tübingen and the Volksbühne Berlin (assisting Marthaler) and holds an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University. She is a professor (York, Acadia, Glendon), guest lecturer; USA, Israel, Canada, publications include Palgrave Macmillan, Methuen, Playwrights Canada Press.

Since 2014, when invited to Havana’s Francophone Festival to workshop Incendies, she directed Cuban premiere of Les Belles Soeurs, and dance/theatre piece The Key as an invited artist at Danza Teatro Retazos for Ciudad en Movimiento.

In development are the English-language première of Tu iras la chercher, recently premiered at the Nairobi International Theatre Festival with Creature/Creature, an exploration of Fassbinder with Cabal, The Communist Manifesto for Children for Buddies in Bad Times, Romanian premiere of My Mother’s Courage and a piece for Plan B, Hamburg on Agota Kristof.

"Just as we understand that things in the past determine how we experience the present, so too can it be said that the visible is defined by the invisible.”

Peggy Phelan

Canadian Theatre Encyclopaedia

Full Directing CV (pdf)

TVO French Interview
Rencontre Jennifer Capraru

Set of Shake Hands with the Devil, Rwanda 2006



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