Ann-Marie Kerr

Ann-Marie is an award-winning theatre director, actor and teacher. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally including: The Globe Theatre (Regina), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Under the Radar (NYC), 2b theatre company (Halifax), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Canada), The Theatre Centre (Toronto), Soulpepper Theatre Company (Toronto), Luminato Festival (Toronto), National Theatre School (Montreal), Theatre Smith Gilmour (Toronto), Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Sydney Festival (Australia), Carrefour international de theatre (Quebec City), and UNO Festival (Victoria, BC). She teaches Jacques Lecoq work nationally including at the National Theatre School, Dalhousie University, Globe Theatre in Regina and the National Arts Centre. She was the inaugural recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Prize for Female Directors and is the former Artistic Associate at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

When did you first think of yourself as an artist?

Ooh, I think there are three levels to this. First, secretly in my basement bossing my four siblings around to do plays for our parents and babysitters. Second, when I was part of forming the feminist comedy collective we called Toronto Women’s Auxiliary with Lynda Hill, Anita La Selva, Catherine Jackson, Erica Wood, Norah Grant, Carolyn Meehan, Natalie Breton, and Kathryn Bruce in 1990. Third, when I got home from the Lecoq school in Paris, we were his last class, he died while we were in our 2nd year and there was a lot of demand for his work when I got home to Canada so I taught and made theatre inspired by Lecoq’s work.

Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?

Martha Burns, Adam Lazarus, Liisa Repo Martell, Colombe Demers, my husband Anthony Black, my daughter Sophia Black, Mary Vingoe, Leigh Ann Vardy, Vanessa Porteous, Jacques Lecoq, Dean Gilmour, Michelle Smith, Sherry Bie, my parents, my siblings, Amanda Tapping and Catherine Jackson who were in another feminist trio I was in in the 1990’s called Random Acts, and right now Hannah Moscovitch, Maev Beaty, and Marinda de Beer!

What’s something that’s inspired you this week?

Maev Beaty running the first 30 minutes of Secret Life of a Mother -hilarious, moving Maev performing Hannah’s brilliant writing.

What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?

Used to be Kalendar on College when I lived here, now it’s wherever we go on Queen West near the Theatre Centre after rehearsal.

What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?

Lazzi, in any form!


Ann-Marie is the co-creator and director of  Secret Life of a Mother

on stage October 19 - November 11, 2018 at The Theatre Centre


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