AWAKE has been in active development since 2009. Originally this piece was focused on examining the lives of those living in one of the notoriously run-down high-rises in Jamestown. At that time it was called HIGH RISE and was set in a high-rise courtyard.


However, after interviewing current and former gang members, people who had been shot, people who had probably shot others, gun runners, drug dealers, the cops who have busted them, and moms who had seen their sons die in front of their eyes and in their arms, it was soon realized that this story isn’t about a building. This is a story about mourning the loss of lives, the loss of opportunity, and the loss of hope. At the same time it is also a story about celebrating these lives, celebrating the culture coming from this area, and celebrating hope.

May 4, 2010


HIGH RISE Story Writing Contest!


HIGH RISE is running an exciting story writing contest for students of Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic School. If you have a real and interesting story to share, we want to hear from you! You receive a $25 honourarium for your submission for a chance at a $250 GRAND PRIZE!! Stories will be judged on its content and creativity.


*Deadline for submissions is Friday May 14th

February 22, 2010


If you live in a HIGH RISE and have an interesting story to share about life in Rexdale, we want to hear from you! Call us for an interview, get paid and be part of an exciting new production about your community!



Thank you….

to all our 2009 workshop participants and to those who came out to our HIGH RISE workshop excerpt!



Stay Tuned….

for details about our new 2010 workshops as well as our workshop production of HIGH RISE the show!

July 27, 2009


Thank you for all the attendees, performers, guest speakers and community partners who helped make our kick-off party a success! Stay tuned for HIGH RISE the show, coming 2010!

June 9, 2009


Date and location announced for the High Rise Launch!


Expect Theatre celebrates the beginnings of its bold new three-year theatre project with a kick-off launch party and window into the creation process for what will ultimately be a new multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural production entitled High Rise. As well, the kickoff features fabulous entertainment, food, and a celebration of Multiculturalism Day (June 27), most fitting in this community that boasts one of the most multicultural populations in North America.


Date: June 30, 2009
Time: 5pm
Location: Albion Library – 1515 Albion Road

March 12, 2009


HIGH RISE workshop!!! ****Workshop is now full****


Gear up with digital cameras and audio recorders and document life in your community!
Albion Library – 1515 Albion Road
Starting April 14th to May 29th
Tuesdays and Thursdays


*Interviews will be held at the Albion Library from 4-6pm on Tuesday April 3rd
*Get paid to share your stories