Alexandra Simpson

Co-Creator/Performer/Mask Builder, Co-Artistic Leader of Animacy theatre Collective, is an interdisciplinary theatre artist with a background in physical theatre (clown and mask building, performance, and facilitation), collective creation, playwriting, dance, and music (piano gr. 7). She has a BFA in Performance Acting and an MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University, and an MA in Performance and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Alexandra has trained in Pochinko style clowning with John Turner at the Manitoulin Conservatory for creation and Performance, and in the Summer of 2019 with the support of the Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Professional Development Fund, went to Abano Terme, Italy, to study mask building at the Sartori International Workshop in the Art of Commedia dell’Arte. Alexandra recently received a Canada Arts Council Grant for an international collaboration to develop a female commedia mask universe with collaborators Sara Sartori, Paola Piizi, and Felice Amato, and to attend a Commedia Dell’Arte Master Class with Susan Bertoia in the Summer of 2022. Alexandra has built masks for various productions including There is No Word for Wilderness (Lisa Hamalainen, 2018) and The Giving Tree (Trellis Art, 2019) and several ATC original works. She has led mask performance and building workshops for Scarborough Arts, Common Boots Devised Lab, Sparks Ontario, Project Humanity, and high schools across the GTA. Recent theatre credits include: In Search Of (ATC, 2021); Pest Me Pet Me (ATC, 2020); Blood and Soil (Theatre Artaud, 2019); Upstream Downtown (ATC, 2018); and The Five Points (Theatre by the Bay, 2018).