Hamilton Fringe

Now in its 18th season, the Hamilton Fringe creates a platform for independent, emerging, and established theatre artists in Hamilton.

Theatre PD Day

Theatre PD Day Online!

For the second year running, the Hamilton Fringe is pleased to offer a full day of affordable professional development opportunities for local theatre artists, concluding with the annual Hamilton Monologue SLAM.

Register HERE today!

Full Schedule: Workshops & Events

Warmup (optional): Care with Kit

Instructor: Kit Simmons

Make some “you” time – with the whole group! Join Kit for a brief blood-flowing, hip-opening, spine-stretching warmup. They’ll focus on getting the metabolic center gently awoken, and getting you primed for a day of zoomin’. This warmup will lead right into the physical devising workshop, and is open to participants who have signed up for the first workshop.

Workshop: Devising Theatre

Instructors: Miriam Fernandes and Sturla Alvsvåg

Join international theatre makers Sturla Alvsvåg (YVA theatre, company in residence at Cornerteateret in Bergen, Norway) and Miriam Fernandes (co-Artistic Director of award-winning Why Not Theatre) as they lead a workshop in devised theatre inspired by their training at the renowned physical theatre school École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq. This physically engaged and interactive online workshop offers participants practical tools and playful approaches to developing their own devised theatre productions.

Panel: Indigenous Voices – Beyond the Land Acknowledgement, 12-1:30pm

With: Cherish Blood, Brit Johnston, Jesse Wabegijig










A discussion that addresses how theatre artists can build on land acknowledgements to go further in engaging with and honoring Indigenous communities. Featuring Indigenous theatre makers and practitioners, this panel uplifts Indigenous voices and asks us to consider our next steps as an artistic community. 

Warmup (optional): Care with Kit 2

Instructor: Kit Simmons

Join Kit again, for another optional dedicated moment of #selfcare! This time, for a gentle stretch for those postural and facial muscles working hard all day, and re-centering breath to keep us all in good energy as we continue with the events of the day. This will serve as a warmup for workshop two, and is open to those who have registered for the second workshop. 

Workshop: Collaborative Writing, 2:30-4:30pm

Instructor: Anna Chatterton

With this innovative and collaborative workshop, participants will refine their skills in devising and creative writing for the digital age. Led by celebrated playwright, librettist, and performer, Anna Chatterton, participants will engage with a series of writing exercises and prompts. Opportunities to work on writing exercises in breakout groups will be interspersed throughout this workshop, allowing for a uniquely collaborative experience with fellow artists, with multiple chances to hear tips and tricks from Anna. There will also be a Q&A at the end of this session. 

Event: Hamilton Monologue SLAM, 7pm

Judging panel: Aaron Jan, Marie Beath Badian, Matthew MacFadzean
Host: Justin Shaw

Watch Hamilton’s best and brightest emerging and established actors share monologues, receive feedback from the judges, and see who will be named the ultimate Monologue SLAM Champion!

Hamilton Fringe is proud to offer our accessible ticketing model for this event.
Theatre P. D. Day Pass: $45 for workshops, panel & SLAM + HST + fees
Individual Workshop Tickets available in three tiers: (includes access to panel):

  • $7 + HST (fees waived);
  • $20 + HST + fees;
  • $35 + HST + fees

Monologue SLAM: $12 + HST + fees
Panel: FREE (register in advance).

Register HERE now.

Meet the ARTISTS!

Sturla Alvsvåg is an actor and theatre maker from Bergen, Norway. He studied theatre at the University of Bergen and theatre creation at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Before leaving for Paris to study he worked as an actor in Norway in shows like «Dylan – Jeg Er Ikke Her», «Oss Brødre Imellom» and «Hvem Har Tatt Min Venstre Sko» with The Westcoast Theater Center (Vestlandske Teatersenter), and in a feature film called «Varg Veum – Dødens Drabanter». After graduating from Lecoq, Sturla has been working and collaborating with companies from Australia, France and Norway in shows like Traversèe de la Riviére with Collectif 2222 (France), Il Turco In Italia with Bergen National Opera directed by Mark Lamos and Wendy and Peter Pan at the Bergen National Theatre. Sturla also acted, co-created and produced two shows with YVA Theatre Company called The Nose and The First Time I Saw the Sea. In Canada he’s been working with projects like The Kosinski Project with ZOU Theatre Company, Three Little Pigs with Why Not Theatre and 1S1 Collective and other works in development with Bad New Days Theatre and Open Heart Surgery. In September 2021 he will perform in the world premiere of What You Won’t Do For Love starring David Suzuki and Tara Cullis, produced by Why Not Theatre.
Cherish Violet Blood is an actor, storyteller,activist and Blackfoot woman hailing from the Blood reserve. Based in Toronto Cherish is a professionally trained and seasoned performer with active followings in the national Indigenous and international theatre community. Cherish has performed all over North America. Select credits include creator/performer in Material Witness (Spiderwoman Theatre La Mama,NYC), creator/performer in Making Treaty 7 directed by Michelle Thrush in Calgary, AB. The lead role in Deer Woman, a new play that has been touring internationally by Tara Beagan.  As a natural comedian Cherish has hosted album release parties as well as community events and fundraisers.
Anna Chatterton is a playwright, librettist and performer and is a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in Theatre.  Her plays have been produced by the Shaw Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Theatre Centre and CBC Podcasts, among others. She was the winner of the 2020 Gilded Hammer National Achievement Award, the 2017 Hamilton Arts Award in Theatre, the 2016 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning one. Her work as a librettist has been produced across Canada and the U.S and nominated for a Juno Award.
Miriam Fernandes is a Toronto-based artist who has worked as an actor, director, and theatre-maker around the world.  Acting credits include Jungle Book (WYRD/Kidoons), Animal Farm (Soulpepper Theatre), Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre), Dinner with the Gods (Wolf and Wallflower, Sydney AU), The Snow Queen and A Sunday Affair (Theatre New Brunswick),  The Living (Summerworks Performance Festival), and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre).  She has trained with the SITI Company, and is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.  Directing and creation credits include Nesen, (MiniMidiMaxi Festival, Norway) The First Time I Saw the Sea (YVA Company, Norway).  She is currently in development for a few new pieces that she is co-creating including an adaptation of the Mahabharata, Three Pigs, and a new play called Partition.  Miriam is the recipient of the JBC Watkins Award and was nominated for the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize.


Brit Johnston Anishinaabekwe artist and arts supporter. Growing up on-reserve/on the land in Serpent River First Nation, Brit continues to hold strong ties to her roots even from afar. She is currently the Indigenous Liaison Officer at CAPACOA, and recently just ended her three-years working with Ottawa Fringe.



Kit Simmons (they/she) is an actor, creator, writer, part-time technician, and educator. Their work explores ambition, shame, and personal problems experienced publicly. Their queer identity influences the politic of their work, and their training has ranged from classical voice work to ballet to clown – a cross-disciplinary approach is at the heart of all their projects. Recent credits: missed CONNECTIONS (Blue Light Collective/Frost Bites), Conversations Around the Table (OpenHeartArts), Babel-o-Drome (collectifbus123/Element Choir), Moving Parts Choir (Fujiwara Dance Projects). IG: @impetustheatre or impetustheatre.com

Jesse Wabegijig is an Ojibway from Wiikemikoong Anishnaabek Territory located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Jesse is a playwright, performer,facilitator,writer director and sculptor/puppet maker and they were most recently working as an Associate Producer with Clay and Paper Theatre and currently with The Community Arts Guild. Jesse is passionately involved in the preservation of native cultural heritage. They have had the opportunity to work with many historically significant companies that have shaped both the indigenous art and public art sector in Canada. They include: Debajehmujig Storytellers, Shadowland Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Paprika Festival, Jumblies Theatre, and MABELLEarts. They have trained extensively with the Centre for Indigenous theatre where they completed a four year conservatory program. Instagram- @the_suns_end, Email- [email protected]Facebook- JesseWabegijig




Theatre PD Day/the Monologue SLAM is supported by
the incite Foundation for the Arts and Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund.


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