OPIA Theatre Collective creates and produces work that explores Canadian identity and develops platforms for the creation and development of new Canadian work. OPIA is passionate about creating space for emerging artists to share their voices and push the boundaries of what theatre can be. Through writing rooms, premiering new plays, and our annual all night theatre festival Dark Crop, we also connect artists from various backgrounds in order to create a stronger, smarter, and more supportive arts community across Southern Ontario.
CORE ARTISTIC TEAM
Brendan is a Toronto based theatre-creator who is passionate about contemporary theatre and producing new Canadian plays. He is a founding member of OPIA Theatre Collective, as well as an artistic producer of the Dark Crop Performance Festival - which will be heading into its third year this summer. Brendan has assisted in the Canadian premieres of Fermata, Widows Wedding Dress (OPIA), and Bathtub Girls (Kairos). Recently, he has been touring the country with Theatre of the Beat, performing in their new play #ChurchToo in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. When not on stage or sending emails you can find Brendan working away in his garden. Past Works: Sonny in Wagon Play (Theatre by Committee; Critics’ Choice - NOW Magazine), Michael in The Boys in the Band (EDGE Productions), and Axel Hammond in The Nerd (University Players). Education: BFA: Acting from the University of Windsor.
Kathleen is an actor, singer, and co-founder of OPIA Theatre Collective where she originated the roles of Catherine in Widows Wedding Dress and Clara in Fermata. With OPIA she also directed The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine and performed original work in the last two Dark Crop Festivals. A graduate of the University of Windsor's BFA Acting program, some favourite roles of Kathleen's include Dean Witherbottom in To A Degree, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. When not acting, Kathleen enjoys writing music and children's books while eating pasta.
Cassidy Anne Hicks
Cassidy Hicks is a feminist playwright and actor currently living and working in London, ON. She is a founding member of OPIA Theatre Collective, a new company focused on the development of new Canadian feminist work. Following her training at the University of Windsor, Cassidy has had three of her plays produced including Fish Wish (Flush Ink Productions), Fermata (Purple Theatre & OPIA Theatre Collective), and Widow's Wedding Dress (OPIA Theatre Collective) for which she received the 2016 Brickenden Award for Outstanding Original Script. Currently, Cassidy is the producer for OPIA's upcoming project, Dark Crop, Ontario's first annual nocturnal performance festival. She loves pie, tattoos, and reading a good play, in no particular order, but preferably all at once
Linda is a recent graduate from the University of Windsor, holding a BA(H) in Drama and a certificate in Arts Management. Her focus throughout her university career was stage management; she now looks forward to continuing this passion in the professional world and hopes to travel across Canada in the coming years. Linda is honoured to continue her work with OPIA as an artistic producer, having been a stage manager for the Dark Crop Performance Festival since its debut in 2017. Selected stage management credits include - Big Love (University Players), Jane Eyre (University Players), My Life as a 6 ft. Sunflower (OPIA), Eurydice (Pazzo Theatre Collective). When Linda is not working in the theatre, you can find her embracing her passion for fashion through her job at H&M. Linda also enjoys attending concerts and eating food.