Hamilton Fringe

A 12-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

ALERT Spotlight: Jamie Milay Kasiama

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

ALERT is professional development program for emerging artistic leaders who want to help redefine the theatre culture in Hamilton. Participants work with theatre artists and mentors to develop their artistic and producing skills and help produce the Frost Bites Festival in February 2018.

Jamie Milay Kasiama takes on the job of Box Office Co-ordinator for the Frost Bites Festival.


Jamie Milay Kasiama is an emerging multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes film, photography, performance, collage, installation, sound, and poetry. They are currently in their final year of Theatre & Film Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University. Jamie is primarily interested in creating performance-based work that challenges the notion of binaries, and explores lateral violence and power dynamics within marginalized communities. Jamie is currently developing SANCTION, a sound poem piece exploring intimate partner violence in queer relationships, with House & Body as part of the Playwrights Initiative. Jamie is also currently developing their thesis project, The Devil is a Feminist, an autobiographical performance and installation piece exploring assemblages, and perceptions of black femininity and queerness. Jamie is acting as Box Office co-ordinator for Frostbites, and is extremely excited to be developing their skills as an artist-producer, through the ALERT program.

What excites you about the ALERT program? What drew you to it?

What excited me about the ALERT program was the opportunity to learn more about how to produce work and curate a festival in the city of Hamilton. I was also excited to meet and learn from other emerging artists within the city. I really want to contribute to the growing Hamilton theatre scene, especially since many of my peers at McMaster are developing more interest in post-dramatic, site-specific, and experimental works. I know that there is a growing desire to see more work like this in the city, and there is an audience here for it.

What are you looking forward to at Frost Bites?

Having done it last year, I am so excited to see how the artists transform the spaces they are given. It’s an awesome challenge and the stories that come out of it or the way the spaces are utilized are always so fascinating. I’m excited for all the people who will come out and be inspired to apply next year by what they see this year.

Why do you love Hamilton?

It’s an intimate city. The artists here tend to be multidisciplinary and there are people ready to help you make art if you are willing to ask.

What are your favourite spots in Hamilton?

Favourite spots… Centre 3 is amazing. Oh! And Factory Media Centre. And the Library. I love reading. I love going to Cora’s for breakfast, or actually Wimpy’s diner! Or Pancake House. Or Tally Ho! I love food. So much. In terms of shopping, any thrift store or clothing swap event is probably where I got clothes.

For more information about the ALERT Program and its participants, click here.