ABOUT US

House + Body is an independent performance company that aims to create work based on the principles of collaboration and multidisciplinary exploration with a focus on non-traditional creation practises. Formed to encompass theatre, performance and installation art, House + Body explores unconventional methods of storytelling that invigorate the playing space and challenges the ways in which bodies move through it.

Founded in 2016 by Artistic Director Christopher Manousos and in collaboration with Artistic Producer Emma Westray, House + Body is generating a body of work that strives to push the boundaries within cross-disciplinary experimentation. Our practice is playful, and artfully considered, merging chosen moments with important and topical issues relevant to our ever changing and evolving world. We are interested in pursuing different ways of storytelling - often by deconstructing classical sources and reimagining them within a hyper-realized contemporary Canadian setting. Integral to our work is the development of new Canadian plays, the training of actors, the shaping of audience experience, and exploring themes of otherness; fantasy; discovery; and cultural identity as first generation Canadians. Our frequent question being, “what is it to be Canadian?”

Both Christopher and Emma are alumni of Generator’s Artistic Producer Training program. It was through that program that they built a foundation for how the company operates, examining how to efficiently and economically produce sustainable theatre in Toronto, prioritizing the compensation of artists for their time. Additionally, the company aims to offer the city of Toronto a type of theatre experience that they have may not have had before. House + Body is currently a resident company at Generator, where we are provided administrative support and mentorship through this first year of major company growth.    

WHO WE ARE

CHRISTOPHER MANOUSOS - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Christopher is a Toronto based actor and creator. Some of his selected theatre credits include: Son Type, Neighbourhood 3 (Persephone Theatre); Jonny, This Is War (Persephone Theatre); Dionysus, The Bacchae (32teeth collective); and a collection of Soldiers, Drunks, and Pages, Henry V (Stratford Festival). Christopher has extensively trained in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training & The Viewpoints, both in Canada and New York with members of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. He travelled to Japan in 2015, where he trained with Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga. He was one of the inaugural members of Factory Theatre's artist training & mentorship program, The Factory Mechanicals (2014-2015). He has worked alongside Common Boots Theatre (formally Theatre Columbus) in their Devised Theatre Lab. In 2015 he independently produced Euripides’ The Baccahe at Artscape Youngplace, as well as this is not a picnic, inspired by William Inge’s, Picnic. In Spring of 2016, he had a showing of an immersive theatre piece he developed, based off of the text of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. The performance took place in an empty house for one night only; audiences were invited to wander room to room and experience the performance from their own perspective. Also in 2016, he travelled to Paris, France and performed alongside artists from all over the world in an experimental site-specific show about love and communication. Christopher is an alumni of Generator’s, Artistic Producer Training program (2016-2017). He worked for the SummerWorks Festival as a Festival Assistant in 2017.     

EMMA WESTRAY - ARTISTIC PRODUCER
Emma Westray is a Toronto-based theatre producer and arts administrator. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor (Hon.BA in Dramatic Art), which included a one-year academic exchange to the University of Plymouth (Plymouth, U.K.) to study in their Theatre & Performance program. Since moving to Toronto, Emma has been a member of the Producers’ Learning Network (facilitated by Meredith Potter) and is an alumni of Generator's Artist Producer Training program (2016-17). As Associate Producer, credits include: Gray (Theatre Inamorata); Choking the Butterfly (​Rarely Pure Theatre). As Producer, credits include: Notes to Help People (University of Plymouth, presented at Exeter Ignite 2013); Green in Blue (Greenlight Theatre); Marry Me Marry Me Marry Me Marry Me (House + Body, presented at the Paprika Festival 2017). When Emma isn’t working as a theatre producer, she is the creator and host of the podcast Sorry I Missed Your Show - a show where she interviews theatre creators in Toronto about their experiences producing independent theatre after their productions have come and gone.