Artistic Director

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

-EYE Weekly

Evalyn Parry was named Artistic Director of Buddies in 2015.  An award-winning queer, feminist director, writer, performer and musician, her innovative and collaborative work is inspired by intersections of social justice, history and auto/biography.

Notable recent works include writing and performing in the Dora-nominated Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools and Gertrude and Alice; directing the acclaimed The Youth / Elder Project and the Dora-Award winning Obaaberima. Her show SPIN, about the feminist history of the bicycle, has toured extensively around the continent; she is the recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Theatre, the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and the Ken McDougall Award for Directing.

Parry is a founding member of the feminist theatre 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 most recently Gertrude and Alice (about queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas) which premiered at Buddies in 2016 and returns in the 2018/19 season, with Parry in the role of Gertrude Stein.

Prior to becoming Artistic Director, Parry was the Director for Buddies Young Creators Unit (now Emerging Creators Unit) for a decade, 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