January 24, 2019

Necessary Angel Theatre is looking for a brilliant, visionary and highly effective artistic leader to serve as its next Artistic Director. The ideal candidate will be deeply committed and curious about the contemporary theatre ecology and be willing to take on the leadership of one of the country’s oldest independent theatre companies as means to explore, engage and expand the possibilities of theatre in Canada.

The Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre will report directly and be directly responsible to the company’s board of Directors. Day to day, in a working capacity, the position of Artistic Director is designed as a collaborative working partnership with the organization’s General Manager. This is a full-time position with a one-year evaluative term, the successful completion of which will be followed by a three-year term.


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Farewell to Artistic Director Jennifer Tarver


January 21, 2019

With great admiration and appreciation, the Board of Directors of Necessary Angel Theatre announces that after five years of artistic success and ground-breaking projects, Jennifer Tarver is stepping down from her position as Artistic Director.

Jennifer joined Necessary Angel in 2013. Under her leadership, the company became a home for brilliant mid-career and established artists and served as a platform for their most ambitious ideas.

Jennifer’s tenure was marked by partnerships with Canadian Stage, Theatre Centre and Soulpepper, remarkable multi-disciplinary projects such as ‘What Makes a Man’, a unique staging of the life of Armenian-French singer Charles Aznavour and ‘All But Gone’, an operatic re-working of Samuel Beckett’s short works. She directed strikingly fresh reinterpretations of classic works such as Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ and commissioned beautiful new creations such as ‘It Comes in Waves’, ‘Party Game’ and ‘A City’.

Jennifer closed her time with Necessary Angel creating and directing a stunning and critically acclaimed interpretation of Caryl Churchill’s visionary play ‘Escaped Alone’, co-produced this past fall with Soulpepper Theatre.

Jennifer will return to her roots as an independent director and artist. True to her multi-disciplinary practice, she is currently working with dancer/choreographer Susanna Hood on a project that explores anxiety as bridge to creation and with renowned Inuk storyteller Michael Kusugak on a haunting work of caution about our relationship to the land.

Jennifer’s last day will be January 31, 2019. Necessary Angel has engaged Searchlight Recruitment to lead a national search for its next Artistic Director.

Please join us in thanking Jennifer for her vision and celebrate her talent for channeling new voices through the lens of theatre. And join us in the front row for her next projects!

New General Manager for Necessary Angel

Photo by: Yuula Benivolski

Photo by: Yuula Benivolski

February 1, 2018

Nalini Stewart, Board Chair of The Necessary Angel Theatre Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Asad Raza as the new General Manager of the Company.

In making the announcement, Ms. Stewart commented "Asad was chosen from a field of excellent candidates. He is a creative, innovative thinker who is keenly aware of the cultural dynamic and its potential in our city. I speak for our entire Board when I say as Asad joins our Artistic Director Jennifer Tarver, we now have an excellent team in place to ensure Necessary Angel remains one of the most creative voices in the city and the country."

In response, Asad said "I see cultural work as a public service and am committed to improving and increasing public access to culture. For me, performance remains the most powerful and effecting way to achieve this. I am honoured to join Necessary Angel. I admire its history and inspired by its guiding spirit of experimentation and excellence. I am thrilled to work with Jennifer and the team in the Company's 40th Anniversary year and to have the opportunity to lead, develop and improve our service to culture and community."

Asad Raza comes to Necessary Angel as its General Manager with over 10 years of experience managing largescale
public art projects and exhibitions.

For the last 7 years he has programmed, produced and administered ambitious, complex projects at Nuit Blanche Toronto, often working in unorthodox locations.

From 2010 – 2016, he also directed an experimental art and performance festival in Toronto’s East End called Art of the Danforth. In 2013, Asad managed the pioneering monumental exhibition LandSlide Possible Futures in Markham, Ontario and in 2017, managed Less is More Or, an unprecedented artist-led, privately-funded public art project in Toronto.

He is a passionate board member of a number of cutting edge organizations attempting unique ideas with culture in the city.

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