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

Jennifer H. 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. Currently she is Acting Director of Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre.

Artistic Director and Producer of the award-winning Theatre Asylum, whose 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, Theatre Centre, Banff Centre, National Arts Centre, Harbourfont, Intrepid Theatre, Nightwood, Buddies, Ashkenaz and the Segal Centre.

After crewing on the film Shake Hands With The Devil she founded Isôko Rwanda to create intercultural theatre for human rights, Littoral (nomination Best Direction, Prix Théâtre Africains), The Monument (nomination Freedom to Create Prize, toured Rwanda, World Stage Toronto, Montréal’s MAI, Wroclaw Festival Poland), and has also given youth workshops in Rwanda and Kinshasa DRC with various NGO’s and l’Institute National des Arts.

Other directing includes the critically-acclaimed Mud and SLO3 - Fornésx2 (Theatre Asylum site specific), Napoleon of the Nile (Brown University USA), Mandelstam (Amphitheatre), 24 Exposures (CanStage), Lullaby (Dark Horse Dora nomination Best Production), The Seventh Seal (Concordia) and Metamorphoses (Phoenix Theatre nomination Victoria Critics Prize). Jen was Associate Dramaturg at Factory Theatre for 3 years, a nominee for the McGibbon directing award and an invited director to the Lincoln Centre Lab and Schloss Solitude, Germany.

Since 2014, when invited to Havana’s Francophone Festival to workshop Incendies, she has directed Cuban and Spanish premieres of Les Belles Soeurs and Nous Voir Nous - 5 Visages as well as the dance/theatre piece The Key as resident artist at Danza Teatro Retazo’s international festival. She trained in directing in Germany at Landestheater Tübingen and the Volksbühne Berlin (assisting Marthaler) and holds an MA in Theatre and Performance from York University. She is also a professor (York, Acadia, Glendon) whose publications include Palgrave Macmillan, Methuen, and Playwrights Canada Press.

In development are a Romanian premiere of My Mother’s Courage, a piece based upon the works of Rainer Werner Faßbinder for Ryerson, the English-language première of Tu iras la chercher with creature/creature and a production for the Turda Municipal Theatre Romania inspired by the writings of 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

Full Directing CV (pdf)

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