Artistic Director

“Parry’s personal and political writing stands outside anyone’s shadow”

-EYE Weekly

Evalyn Parry is a queer, feminist theatre-maker. Director, writer, performer, musician, educator, collaborator, and innovator: she is an artist committed to social justice, multi-disciplinary theatrical exploration and artistic adventure. She is honoured to be the Artistic Director at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, home to so many of her theatrical projects over the last decade.

Parry’s work has been nominated for multiple Dora Awards and she is the recipient of both the Ken McDougall Award and the KM Hunter Award for Theatre. Notable directing credits include Obaaberima by Tawiah M’carthy (Dora Award for Outstanding Production) Shaista Latif’s Graceful Rebellions (National Arts Centre/Ontario Scene, and SummerWorks Emerging Artist Award, 2014), Fishbowl by Mark Shyzer (Buddies 2009), as well as Fringe Festival hits The Emergency Monologues by Morgan Jones Phillips and OH GOD-THE DRUMS by Brad Hart.

Parry began carving her unique artistic path within Montreal’s vibrant spoken word and music scene as a theatre student at Concordia University. Returning to her hometown of Toronto, she established herself as both an innovative, independent theatre artist and songwriter. Over the last 15 years she has toured North America extensively, and her multi-disciplinary work has been featured at festivals and college campuses; broadcast, anthologized and commissioned internationally.

Parry’s critically acclaimed show SPIN, which premiered at Buddies in 2011, returned to the Buddies stage in 2014 following a multi-year tour to cities across North America.

She is a founding member of the acclaimed feminist collective Independent Aunties, with whom she has co-authored and performed six plays, including the Dora-nominated Breakfast, award-winning festival favourite Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine, and their latest Dora-nominated production Gertrude and Alice (about queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas) which premiered at Buddies in 2016, with Parry in the role of Gertrude Stein.

Before stepping into the role of Artistic Director,  Parry was the head of the Buddies’ Young Creators Unit for over 10 years, where she was integral to the development of over 40 new theatrical works by young queer artists including Waawaate Fobister, Jordan Tannahil, Flerida Pena, Shaista Latif, Tawiah M’Carthy, and many more.

Past Artistic Directors

Sky Gilbert // 1979-1997

Sarah Garton Stanley // 1997-1999

David Oiye // 1999-2009

Brendan Healy // 2009-2015

photo by Alejandro Santiago