LAURA MULLEN AND CHRIS TOLLEY – VIDEO
Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley are the Artistic Directors of Expect Theatre, a registered charity that was formed in 1996. The company has created and produced ground-breaking and award winning shows that have attracted international media attention and have been embraced by a wide range of audiences. Expect’s cutting edge productions explore modern urban life using multi-arts including site-specific theatre, video, music and dance. One of the company’s most notable productions, their 2003 multi-media theatrical production ROMEO/JULIET REMIXED, was nominated for five Dora Awards including Outstanding Production, and won for Outstanding Choreography. In 2011, Expect Theatre’s new show AWAKE featured the real stories of young people coping with gun violence in the community of Jamestown. AWAKE premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences. The show received four N’s in NOW Magazine, and was a NOW Critic’s Pick. It was the second highest grossing show at the festival, and was featured in almost every media outlet including: The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, The Sun, NOW, The Metro, CBC Radio, The Torontoist and The Grid. In January of 2013, AWAKE was presented at the Next Stage Festival and was a critical success receiving 4/4 stars in the Toronto Star and four N’s in NOW Magazine. Since 2012 with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, Expect has been working on AWAKE the screenplay.