MEET THE MAKERS
Quote Unquote Collective is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performance company that aims to work outside the boundaries of tradition and expectation. Engaging with urgent social and political themes, the company is founded on the firm belief that art and performance are tools to provoke conversation and change. Co-founders Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, who both have a strong background in physical theatre and music, have joined forces to produce work in a variety of genres and disciplines as a means to make new, experimental, and provocative performance work that ignites conversation within the community and the world at large. Defying conventions of style and form, the collective is built on the idea that individual ideas demand to be expressed through different forms, and should be expressed by whatever means necessary.
Amy Nostbakken Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective and a core member of the international company Theatre Ad Infinitum. Amy is an award-winning director, writer, performer and composer She has created and composed numerous productions including First Class (2009), The Big Smoke (2011) Ballad Of the Burning Star (2013), Bucket List (2016) and QUC’s first production Mouthpiece (2015) - which she directed, co-wrote, composed and performs. Mouthpiece has won multiple awards around the world, toured internationally and was published by Coach House Press and Oberon UK. It has been translated into French, Turkish and Spanish and has been adapted into a feature film directed by Patricia Rozema which opened the Special Presentation program at TIFF 2018. Now You See Her, which Amy co-wrote, directed and composed recently premiered in Toronto and is being published by Coach House Press. Currently Amy is creating QUC’s next production Universal Child Care set to premiere in 2021. A graduate of Concordia University and École Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Amy teaches theatre and voice for both adults and young people. She lives in Toronto.
Norah Sadava Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective, is an award-winning director, writer, and performer based in Toronto. Norah has been involved in the writing and creation of new work with numerous companies both in Canada and internationally including The Double (2012) Bloody Family (2014) and QUC’s premiere production Mouthpiece (2015), which she co-wrote and has performed internationally for the last four years. Mouthpiece has won multiple awards globally, and was published by Coach House Press and Oberon UK. It has been translated into French, Spanish, and Turkish, and was most recently adapted into a feature film in collaboration with acclaimed Canadian director Patricia Rozema which premiered at TIFF 2018. Now You See Her, which Norah co-wrote, directed and performed recently premiered in Toronto and is being published by Coach House Press. Norah is currently working on QUC’s next production Universal Child Care set to premiere in 2021. A graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California, Norah teaches theatre for both adults and young people. She lives in Toronto.
Photographer: Brooke Wedlock