Staff

12 ALEXANDER STREET
TORONTO
M4Y 1B4

Box Office: 416-975-8555
Administration: 416-975-9130

OFFICE HOURS

The building remains closed to the public until January 2021.

QUICK CONTACTS

VOLUNTEERING
volunteer@buddiesinbadtimes.com

BOX OFFICE
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RENTAL INQUIRIES
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MEDIA REQUESTS
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STAFF
SHAWN DAUDLIN // MANAGING DIRECTOR
shawn@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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DANIEL CARTER // INTERIM PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR
daniel@buddiesinbadtimes.com

CLAYTON LEE // RHUBARB FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
clayton@buddiesinbadtimes.com

JACQUELINE COSTA // ACTING DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
jacqueline@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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JONATHAN MACARTHUR // MARKETING + ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
jonathan@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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AIDAN MORISHITA-MIKI //  COMMUNICATIONS + OUTREACH MANAGER
aidan@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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STEPHANIE MALEK // OFFICE MANAGER
stephanie@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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STEPH RAPOSO // RENTAL AND EVENTS MANAGER
steph@buddiesinbadtimes.com

PATRICIA WILSON // BAR MANAGER
patricia@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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DEVIN REID// ASSISTANT BAR MANAGER
devin@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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CHRIS REYNOLDS // MANAGER OF TOURING
chris@buddiesinbadtimes.com

PAUL THERRIEN // FACILITY MANAGER
paul@buddiesinbadtimes.com

CYNTHIA MURDY // FINANCE MANAGER
cynthia@buddiesinbadtimes.com
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Managing Director

Shawn Daudlin

Interim Programming Director

Daniel Carter

Acting Director of Production

Jacqueline Costa

Rhubarb Festival Director

Clayton Lee

Office Manager

Stephanie Malek

Marketing and Engagement Manager

Jonathan Macarthur

Communications and Outreach Manager

Aidan Morishita-Miki

Rental and Events Manager

Steph Raposo

Assistant Bar Manager

Devin Reid

Paul Therrien

Bar Manager

Patricia Wilson

Managing Director

Shawn Daudlin

Shawn (he/him) has accumulated 30 years of experience in theatre administration, in a variety of positions including Box Office Manager for the world premiere of Kiss of the Spiderwoman (St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts) and Tour Manager for the Canadian National Tour of Forever Plaid, which toured to over 70 Canadian cities. Shawn is a graduate of the Sheridan College Music Theatre – Performance program, where his love for music of all genres grew. He has released two self-titled recordings of original songs, as well as written and co-produced for various independent music artists. Shawn has been a contributing member of the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre team for the past 20 years.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
I treasure a picture I have of myself at 10 years old with country singing superstar, Barbara Mandrell. Some young queers had Dolly. I had Barbara. I also love my DVD of the movie, Beautiful Thing. You can’t get any gayer than first love and Mama Cass.

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?
Harvey Fierstein. I was exposed to the movie Torch Song Trilogy as an early teenager. It was a godsend to realize there were other gay people outside of my rural bubble. Harvey is a strong advocate for queer rights and Torch Song Trilogy is also one of my favourite plays.

Email:shawn@buddiesinbadtimes.com

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Interim Programming Director

Daniel Carter

Daniel (he/him) is an arts manager, a sometimes-actor, and a sometimes-playwright. Daniel is the General Manager at Paprika Festival and has worked with Theatre Direct, SummerWorks, and Visual Arts Mississauga in various capacities. Daniel was a member of Factory Theatre’s The Foundry; House+Body’s Playwrights Initiative; and has worked with Pandemic Theatre, The AMY Project, DopoLavaro Teatrale, and Shadowtime Productions. Daniel sits on the Program Advisory Committee for Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours? 
My friend gifted me a Keith Haring wristwatch that belonged to her gay uncle who passed from HIV/AIDS. She didn’t really know him and so felt okay to give it away; but there was something so impactful about receiving this. Perhaps it was the intrinsic connection queer people share. Perhaps it was the feeling of being responsible for carrying on a legacy of culture, knowledge, and history. Perhaps both.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies?
I had just finished a shift at my then-workplace, and was meeting my then-partner outside Buddies (which I thought was just a club at the time). And I was waiting on one of the benches in the park, and overheard one of the clubgoers say “Bitch, you can walk and smoke.” Side note: I really don’t go out much, and my then-partner would always say “I’m going to Church on Church” — and I didn’t know that was a bar, and always thought they were going to mass at 10 PM.

Acting Director of Production

Jacqueline Costa

Jacqueline’s (any pronouns) work and life have largely been centred around figuring stuff out. In theatre, that looks like taking other people’s sometimes bizarre ideas and turning them into realities, and in life that looks pretty much like living. Jacqueline is a tinkerer and a putterer and can’t stand spending entire days at a computer, but at the same time can get lost in crafting CAD drawings for hours, emerging only to eat, drink, and verify the eyeache is in fact still present.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
A guilty pleasure of mine is that I’ve always been compelled to consume terrible (and sometimes good!) lesbian movies/shows. I mean mostly they’re just awful but some of them know it and I love them for it. I think obviously this comes from a lack of representation in the stuff I consumed growing up, so being able to see two women onscreen just existing together like it’s no big thing was fire for me, and continues to be.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies?
The Chamber was completely empty and the performance happened on the floor and in the catwalk. I remember being pleasantly surprised by the space as well as the content of the show, and came back some years later to find the space in an entirely different configuration which confused me to no end (my first experience with a true blackbox theatre).

Email:jacqueline@buddiesinbadtimes.com

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Rhubarb Festival Director

Clayton Lee

Clayton (he/him) is a Toronto-based performance artist. Previous performances include (◕‿◕✿) at The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand and Chapter’s EXPERIMENTICA in Cardiff, Wales; Duets for Beginners (SummerWorks); Chew, Chew, Swallow, Spit (Rhubarb Festival); and Informal Beginnings (Katzman Contemporary’s Duration & Dialogue II). His publication Brandy, the Virgin Slayer – Missed Connections appears as part of the BOOK MACHINE Project at Centre Pompidou in Paris, now part of its permanent Kandinsky Collection. Clayton is also the Managing Producer of Selfconscious Productions, which presents the annual CanadaHub at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
I’m anti-object (but I accept gifts).

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
A tie between my bed and my couch (my bed normally wins, though).

Office Manager

Stephanie Malek

Stephanie (she/her) is a born and raised Torontonian fangirl who loves comedy, performing, and singing. She and her partner founded Cardboard Sword Collective – a nerdy, queer group that hosts events and live theatre performances, such as nerd trivia at Storm Crow Manor, and the sold out Once More With Feeling – live read-through and sing-along of Buffy’s musical episode. She has been performing since she was 4 and stuck in a well in 6 Characters in Search of an Author at Hart House, to Songbuster – An Improvised Musical which played at Next Stage Theatre Festival, to her monthly show D&D Live with Bad Dog Theatre. When not producing, she’s probably at home with her cats watching gay stuff and being a true idiot.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
Honestly, it’s the new Dreamworks She-Ra. The show is so beautifully written and inclusive in a way that I’ve never seen before. Having canonically queer characters (according to the Executive Producer Noelle Stevenson, every character is queer unless explicitly stated otherwise) is so important, and to have the main character (SPOILER) be a lesbian who saves the world with love is so special (/SPOILER). The show helped me work through my own queer experiences and helped me understand my own identity in a way I didn’t know a kids show could! I would highly recommend it whether you like kids shows or not. I have definitely asked the Buddies staff to all watch it repeatedly and I will never stop until they have all seen it, even if its just to shut me up.

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
The gardens at Spadina House. It’s a magical oasis that overlooks the city, and is filled with heirloom vegetables, apple trees, bunnies, baby skunks, and more. It’s easy to feel transported to an earlier time in Toronto’s history and one of the few public spaces that I really feel like I can breathe in! Plus Anne of Green Gables filmed there so that’s always a little fun part of Canadiana!

Email:stephanie@buddiesinbadtimes.com

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Marketing and Engagement Manager

Jonathan Macarthur

Jonathan (he/him) grew up in unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nation, Lot 14 on Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island) in an Anglo-Acadian household. He’s an opera singer, gardener, and arts worker. As a culture worker, he attended the Cultural Leadership Program at Banff Centre, and was General Manager of Against the Grain Theatre where he was mentored as the Company-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company. He is Artist-in-Residence with FAWN Chamber Creative, founding member of Charsu, and received two Dora Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Yes teamwork! Last year, he performed at the Juno’s, Polaris Prize and other stages with uber-talented Jeremy Dutcher. He’s proud of the work with his band DONNA over the past year as they work toward releasing our debut album.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours? Why?
My angsty teenage journals. I was so dramatic, no wonder I became an opera singer. A sexy harness that I lend to friends in times of need (parties/gigs/dates) which now holds so much gay power. And set lists from performing queer people I love: where songs and key signatures are scribbled out in black sharpie.

Who is one of your queer heroes?
My earliest queer hero was Rufus Wainwright. I had never heard songs by boys about boys and yep, that’s probably why I’m gay now. I think that my queer friends are my heroes too, and like Rufus they are all getting their own beautiful, soft queer hero capes as we grow up.

Communications and Outreach Manager

Aidan Morishita-Miki

Aidan (he/him) is an arts administrator, stage manager, and plant dad. He’s worked in various capacities with companies including Red Dress Productions, Boys in Chairs Collective, Re:Current Theatre, Ars Mechanica, Hart House Theatre, and SummerWorks. Recently he also worked as a managing producer for FIXT POINT Arts and Media, coordinating various aspects of the company’s The Tale of a Town project. He started volunteering at Buddies in 2012 and has stuck around since.

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
There are lots but one is the east side of Riverdale Park up on Broadview. It’s been the site of first dates, a last date, and I also got baptized on the church at the top of the hill. Riverdale’s where my dad’s family first lived when they moved to Toronto, so it’s got a special place in my heart. It’s also one of the best views of the city skyline. Honourable mentions go to the capybara pen at High Park Zoo and Nirvana (RIP) at College and Bathurst.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies
I think the first time I came to Buddies was at a club night as a hardly-out gay in my undergrads, with a couple of girls I was in a musical with. Mostly what I remember is that partway through the night, they asked me to point out “the type of guy I was into”. I pointed out a tall, handsome guy, and before I knew it they had brought him over to me. I was mortified. I don’t think I went back to Buddies as a club until after I started working here.

Email:aidan@buddiesinbadtimes.com

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Rental and Events Manager

Steph Raposo

steph raposo (they/them) is a queer theatre artist whose job at Buddies revolves around the rental events in the Cabaret space. They are responsible for renter communication, organizing and scheduling incoming events, and operating any technical elements required during said events. Outside of their work at Buddies, steph is a sound designer, lighting designer, and video designer and editor. They enjoy playing guitar, and trying (and failing) to read as many books as their partner. 20/21 will be their fifth season at Buddies.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
I have this awesome print that photographer Sly Pereira made. It was made in collaboration with Les Femmes Fatales Women of Colour Burlesque Troupe based on their Afrofuturism series, and it features Dainty Smith, Ravyn Wngz, and Zyra Lee. It’s beautiful and also stands as a nice reminder of all of the Les Femmes Fatales shows I’ve worked and have loved watching.

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?
I don’t know if I have any queer icons or heroes. I do remember growing up and feeling seen when I watched Ellen Page onscreen, even before she came out as gay. And it’s nice to know that those feelings aren’t now something I feel shame or regret for investing in her at a young age, since she’s now quite vocal with her doc series Gaycation and speaking at a conference for the Human Rights Campaign. But I think that there are too many amazing queer people that do work that doesn’t get recognized to the scale that Page and other celebrities do, so it’s hard to choose and I don’t really want to.

Assistant Bar Manager

Devin Reid

Devin (he/him) is a relative newbie to Toronto, having moved from Sudbury, Ontario just over 3 years ago. Having graduated with his BFA in Performance Theatre, he took the dive and moved to the Big(ger) city. Since then, he’s worked a variety of serving jobs (most recently at Cineplex’s Rec Room across from the CN Tower) and has done a couple of small theatre productions with his friends at Open Heart Productions. You can catch him serving up drinks every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Patricia and Charlee behind the Buddies Bar.

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
I have a soft spot for The Junction/High Park/Roncy area. Great big park to walk through, quiet neighbourhoods if you want to get out and just go for a stroll, and some awesome locally owned businesses to support.

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?
Having grown up in a small city, I wasn’t exposed to a lot of queer content until much later in my life. So my icon is not a big name. Dr. Ian Maclennan was my prof for four years at Laurentian University and is really the one who helped dig me out of that queerless hole I was in, and I learned a lot of queer history and it’s relation to theatre from him. He also happens to be the first person to get me in a dress on stage for our production of Drag Queens on Trial!

Email:devin@buddiesinbadtimes.com

416-975-9130:ext. 34

Paul Therrien

Paul is a freelance musician, playing drums and percussion as an accompanist. With the advent of MP3’s, file sharing and the demise of CDs, he continues to play part time, but has shifted into work in building renovations, expanded into building technologies via George Brown College training and then into property management. He has spent the last fifteen years at Artscape supporting over a thousand artists by providing them with safe and affordable housing and creative spaces. Paul does volunteer work for some local Tenant Advocacy groups and, as a hobby, does tropical plant maintenance for himself and friends.

Bar Manager

Patricia Wilson

Patricia (she/her) was born on the same day Elvis Presley recorded and sparked the rock and roll era with That’s All Right (Mama). Since then she has been chasing the roll wherever she can find it. Buddies’ bar manager and a stalwart of Church Street, she is the author of Musings from the Bunker and Slouching Towards Womanhood. She’s been working at Buddies, in various capacities, since 1993.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
I have no queer artifacts that are precious to me. It’s always about the people within the queer community. They are our flesh and blood artifacts.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies?
Earliest memory is watching my first full out pride parade in Toronto while I was still living in my small hometown city. I was surrounded wonderfully by so much queer flash and glitter and colour and deep dance beats but I saw the Buddies crew and realized they were pirates and something queer and different and dangerous and I knew that was the crew I was born to be part of.

Email:patricia@buddiesinbadtimes.com

416-975-9130:ext. 34

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
board@buddiesinbadtimes.com

  • Andrea Ridgley (chair)
  • Russell Mathew (treasurer)
  • Adam Morrison (secretary)
  • Elliot Smith (past chair)
  • Marusya Bociurkiw
  • Ronald Cummings
  • Jim Lawrence
  • Meg Mackay
  • Pia Schmidt-Hansen
  • Ronak Shah
  • Andrew Wang
Alexander Street Theatre Project

  • Russell Mathew (chair)
  • Adam Morrison