The Watershed

By Annabel Soutar

Directed by Chris Abraham

Co-produced by Porte Parole (Montreal) and Crow’s Theatre (Toronto), with support from La Coop fédérée

“A sprawling, ambitious, revealing, challenging production that also happens to be blissfully hilarious and entertaining”


Tom Hendry Warehouse

In this sprawling political story, a Montreal theatre artist leads her own family on a cross-country journey, investigating the forces that are shaping the future of our natural resources. Encountering leading freshwater scientists, government officials, activists and business leaders along the way, The Watershed captures Canada in a moment of acute political reflection in an increasingly polarized landscape.

Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner

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Bruce Dinsmore

Bruce Dinsmore

"We can do without a lot of things, water isn't one of them…" (The Watershed). It's an absolute pleasure to be back with Porte Parole and Crow’s after the success of Seeds to help tell another story with huge implications for us all personally, and as Canadians. Big love and thanks to my wife Lisa and our kids Gabriel and Tallula, who graciously tolerate my absence while I get to play and create with an amazing bunch of people. You guys are at the tippy top of my "amazing list”. Go Habs.

Virgilla Griffith

Virgilla Griffith

Virgilia Griffith is a Toronto based theatre artist. Winner of the Meta Emerging Artist Award for Gas Girls. She was also a Dora Mavor Moore nominee for Outstanding Female in an Independent  Division for her performance of Honesty directed by Jordan Tannahill.  Selected credits include: Da Kink In My Hair (Theatre Caldary/ Nac), How We Are (Mikaela Davies and Pol-ly Phokeev Productions), Up The Garden Path ( Obsidian Theatre Company), Byhalia, Mississippi (Cue6), The Power of Harriet T! (Carousel Players/ Black Theatre Workshop). Virgilia is honoured to be part of The Watershed ensemble. 

Alex Ivanovici

Alex Ivanovici

Alex Ivanovici, co-founder of Porte Parole Theatre, has worked as a bilin-gual actor, theatre director, and teacher in Montreal since his graduation from the Dome Theatre School in 1992. The Watershed is a special pro-duction for Alex. Fifteen years after setting off to create their first documen-tary play together, Novembre, about democracy in Quebec, Annabel and Alex set off to create The Watershed, with their kids. Alex dedicates this performance to the memory of his father-in-law Ian Soutar.

Molly Kidder

Molly Kidder

Molly Kidder is a Toronto based actor who trained at Concordia University in the Theatre Performance Specialization program. Past theatre credits include: Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel Theatre Company) and Having Hope at Home (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). Film/television credits include: Murdoch mysteries (Shaftesbury/Murdoch VI Inc.), The Strain (FX),  Poltergeist (MGM), The Plateaus (CBC). She would like to thank Chris and Annabelle for this amazing opportunity and her family for being the best. 

Liisa Repo-Martell

Liisa Repo-Martell

Liisa has collaborated with Porte Parole in the past on their production of Seeds, in which she also played the “Annabel” role. Past credits include: Other Desert Cities (The Citadel Theatre) Creditors (Coalmine Theatre), What a Young Wife Ought to Know (Neptune Theatre), Happy Place, Uncle Vanya, Antigone, The Lesson, School for Wives, Top Girls (Soulpepper) Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival) and King Lear (Stratford Festival). 

Kimwun Perehinec

Kimwun Perehinec

Kimwun is an actor, independent theatre producer and artist educator. Recent theatre credits include You Will Remember Me (Tarragon Theatre/Studio 180 Theatre), Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Studio 180/PANAMANIA), Like Wolves (GCTC), Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre) and Clybourne Park (Studio 180/Mirvish Productions/Canadian Stage). Selected film and TV work includes 11/22/63, The Line, B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye (web) and Puppets Who Kill. Kimwun is a co-founder of Studio 180 Theatre, an independent Toronto-based company now in its 14th year. She’s delighted to be joining this production of The Watershed!

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson has performed with many companies in Toronto: Crow’s Theatre, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Factory, Necessary Angel, Theatre Passe Murraille, The Company Theatre, as well as major companies across the country and on Broadway, London’s West End, the Edinburgh Festival and the Melbourne International Theatre Festival. He has guest starred in many Canadian television series and been a series lead in Street Legal, This Is Wonderland, and Corner Gas. He holds a honourary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Order of Canada.

Brenda Robins

Brenda Robins

Brenda was born and raised in Vancouver and is a graduate of Studio 58. Recent appearances: Noises Off (Soulpepper), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Citadel), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Belfry). Other credits: August: Osage County, The Constant Wife (Citadel, RMTC), Hedda Gabler, Death and the Maiden (Vancouver Playhouse), Doubt, Beauty Queen of Leenane (Centaur). Brenda is a regular member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre company and has been a member of the Stratford and Shaw Festival companies. She co-adapted the award winning play, Parfumerie, which received four Toronto runs. Brenda is a recipient of Sterling, Dora, Jessie and MECCA Awards.


Artistic Team

Playwright Annabel Soutar

Annabel Soutar

Annabel’s documentary plays have been performed in Quebec since 2000, and since 2012 they have toured to six different provinces across Canada. Her most recent plays, Seeds (2013) and The Watershed (2016) have been published by Talon Books, and the French version of Seeds (Grains) was published in 2014 by Les Editions ecosociété. Francophone audiences have enjoyed her hit plays Sexy béton and Fredy in recent years in Montreal. In 2015 The Globe & Mail named Annabel to its list of Artists of the Year. She dedicates this run of The Watershed to her late father, Ian Soutar.

Director Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham

Since 2007, Chris Abraham has been the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre where he has directed numerous award-winning productions including The Watershed, The Seagull, Winners & Losers, Someone Else, Eternal Hydra, I, Claudia, and Boxhead. Chris has directed seven seasons at the Stratford Festival. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia for which he won a Gemini award. A graduate of the National Theatre School’s directing program, Chris later served as its Co-Director (2006-2010). In 2013, Chris was awarded the Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious prize for a Canadian theatre artist.

Set & Costume Designer Julie Fox

Julie Fox

Julie Fox has been a production designer for theatre, dance and opera in Canada for over 20 years. Theatre credits include: Stratford Festival, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Junction, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, Buddies, Necessary Angel, Volcano, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Citadel, Manitoba Theatre Centre.  She has received four Dora Awards for outstanding set design, the Virginia Cooper Award for costume design, and been nominated for Sterling and Meta awards. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, where she also teaches. 

Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. Kimberly’s designs have been critically acclaimed both on the na-tional and international stage having been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Russia. She has received 21 Dora Award nominations and has won three times. She is also a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award. Most recently she designed Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Festival), Alice Through The Looking Glass (Charlottetown Festival), You Never Can Tell (Shaw Festival), Eurydice (Soulpepper), The Seagull (Crow’s Theatre).

Sound Designer Thomas Ryder Payne

Thomas Ryder Payne

Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Selected credits include designs for Stratford, Shaw, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Crows, Modern Times, Aluna, Toronto Dance Theatre, BIBT, RMTC, NAC, TPM, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Nightwood, YPT, Factory and many others. Thomas has received two Dora awards and 16 nominations. 

Projections Designer Denyse Karn

Denyse Karn

Denyse has been designing sets, projections and costumes in Canadian theatre for over 30 years. A graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and NSCAD University, she has received many Dora Mavor Moore nominations and awards, a Chalmers Award and four Merritt Awards for Outstanding designs. Select Recent Credits: Kiss, Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); You Will Remember Me (Tarragon/Studio180); Art, The Mountaintop (Grand Theatre - London); Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, NSFW (Studio 180); Her2, The Carousel, The Penelopiad, The List (Nightwood); Twisted, Stop Heart (Factory Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Canadian Stage); Top Girls (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre).

Technical Director Normand Vincent

Normand Vincent

Normand Vincent has worked for French and English companies all over Canada for 30 years, engaging his numerous skills as actor, director, stage manager and technical director to the benefit of renowned companies, such as Lemieux Pilon 4D art (La Tempête, Norman), PPS Danse (Bagne, Les Chaises), Montanaro Danse (N.A.S.A), Des mots d’la dynamite ( Là où j’habite). It is with great pleasure that he has joined, as Production Manag-er, the Montreal-based team of Porte Parole, led by Annabel Soutar, giving his full attention to the numerous projects of this ever striving Canadian theatre company.

Associate Director Andrew Kushnir

Andrew Kushnir

Andrew Kushnir is a Toronto-based director, actor, and playwright. He is currently associate artistic director at Crow’s Theatre. His produced plays include The Middle Place (Toronto Theatre Critics Award), Small Axe (The Globe and Mail, Top 10 Shows of 2015), The Gay Heritage Project (with Damien Atkins and Paul Dunn), and Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre play-wright-in-residence). His latest collaboration Freedom Singer, co-created with Khari Wendell McClelland, was just premiered in Toronto and toured nationally by his company Project: Humanity ( Andrew is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BFA) Acting program as a Loran Scholar.

Stage Manager Merissa Tordjman

Merissa Tordjman

Merissa lives in Montreal and has been stage-managing in Eastern Canada for 15 years. Previous Porte Parole credits include Seeds and Montreal La Blanche. Other selected credits: The Tashme Project (Tashme Produc-tions); We Are Not Alone, Eternal Hydra (Crow's Theatre); Funny Girl, Sherlock Holmes, Waiting for the Barbarians, Equus, Dangerous Liaisons (Segal Centre); Game of Love and Chance, God of Carnage, The Madonna Painter, Age of Arousal (Centaur Theatre), The Miracle Worker, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Rocky Horror Show (Neptune Theatre). 

Assistant Stage Manager Sarah-Marie Langlois

Sarah-Marie Langlois

Sarah-Marie studied theatre at Bishop’s University and has been stage managing in Montreal and Toronto for over a decade. She has worked with such companies as the Segal Centre for Perofrming Arts, the Centaur Theatre, SideMart Theatrical Grocery, Black Theatre Workshop, Infinitheatre, Theatre Porte Parole, Buddies in Bad Times, as well as the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Sarah-Marie is also an Instructor and Coach at the National Theatre School.

Assistant Stage Manager Marie-Claude Valiquet

Marie-Claude Valiquet

Marie-Claude is thrilled to be working with Porte Parole for the first time. Her recent credits include: The Wedding Party (Crow’s Theatre) KATA (Theatre Parallax); Beneath Springhill: the Maurice Ruddick Story (Theatre Collingwood, Thousand Islands Playhouse); Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Scarberia (Young People’s Theatre); Panamania North Stage (Toronto2015 PanAm Games); Apocalypsis, Tomorrow’s Snow (Luminato); The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Co.) Arcadia (Shaw Festival/ Mirvish Productions). Graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, Marie-Claude apprenticed at the Shaw Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Ross Petty Productions, and Soulpepper. 

Associate Lighting Designer and Technical DIrector Oz Weaver

Oz Weaver

OTHER THEATRE Select credits include: Freedom Singer (Project Humanity); Hamlet & All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage); The Importance of Being Earnest, Don’t Dress for Dinner & Blythe Spirit (Thousand Island Playhouse); Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Lungs & Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre, Co-LD w/ Kim Purtell); Glenn Gould Prize Jury Gala (The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) & Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Koerner Hall, Co-LD w/ Kim Purtell).
ET CETERA  Oz has been nominated for a Brickenden award and won two Dish Awards for his designs of Into the Woods & Phantom of The Opera. Oz is currently also the Executive Director & Producer for The Dietrich Group.



"Nothing dry in water-focused drama" - Winnipeg Free Press
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"Where water and oil mix" - Winnipeg Free Press
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"A sprawling, ambitious, revealing, challenging production that also happens to be blissfully hilarious and entertaining" - Toronto Star
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"The Watershed, brings chaotic comic levity to what is essentially a dead-serious work of documentary theatre..." - Globe and Mail
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