Devised Theatre Festival


Atomic Oddity Productions is an emerging Toronto-based theatre collective, using various mediums to create and explore theatre that addresses human connection in specific environments. The word “alluvium” is something that resonates with the group, with the origin coming from sedimentary matter deposited into valleys of large rivers. To the company, it means taking something from somewhere and depositing and transforming it into something else. This connects to the process of river work; a technique that generates movement from improvisational discovery. Through tools like physicality, multi-media, and story-telling, Atomic Oddity’s goal is to create new work that is simultaneously uplifting and grounding, and inspiring those who participate in their performances (be they audience, production, or performer) on a deep and intimate level.

Ashley Frederick

Ashley Frederick is a deviser, stage manager and theatre artist located in Toronto, ON. For the past four years Ashley has worked with Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie as a production manager, special events coordinator, assistant stage manager, and more. This summer she became their Youth Outreach Producer to create youth mentorship opportunities within The Curious Voyage, a three-day, intercontinental theatre experience which brought audiences from Barrie, ON to London, England ( Other major credits include The Teeny Tiny Music Show (Hamilton Fringe 2016, stage manager), Blue Show (InspiraTO 2017, Stage Manager), If We Were Birds (York University 2018, Assistant Director), Piccolo's Pastichio (playGround 2019, Director). Ashley is grateful to be working with such an inspiring group of emerging artists in both Atomic Oddity and the festival at large. She sends love to her family, partner, and colleagues!

Sydney Grieve

Sydney is a fourth year deviser at York University. She has dabbled in community theatre, taking roles in The Vagina Monologues and The Drowsy Chaperone. She is a part of Atomic Oddity Productions and looks forward to seeing how her company will develop over the years. She also plans to continue with her career in theatre and acting in the future, as it is something she’s extremely passionate about.

Alyssa Parker

Alyssa is a performer, deviser and a choreographer. She also has a passion for dancing, singing, and acting. She is currently in her last year at York University, earning her BFA in Performance Creation. Some of her recent credits include performing as an atmosphere performer for Canada’s Wonderland receiving the atmosphere performer of the year award, auditioning and being accepted into a Development workshop for dance and acting in New York City, and performing a solo monologue off-Broadway in New York City. Her greatest achievement was performing at the Opening Ceremonies for the Pan Am Games with Cirque Du Soleil. Her next big project is creating and performing for the Devised Theatre Festival with her company; Atomic Oddity Productions. She is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this Festival and is thrilled and ready to bring her and the company’s vision to life for everyone to witness.

Nicholas Sluyk

Nick is in his fourth and final year at York in the Performance Creation stream. He is one of the members of Atomic Oddity Productions and has a passion creating with a group of people and discovering unique ways to perform and move the body. Nick is also a part of the sketch comedy and improv group Yes, Trespassing from The Lighthouse Troupe and loves doing long form improv. He is super excited for the festival and can't wait to see where the future takes him in the world of devising.

Jessie Whyte

Jessie is a Toronto-based deviser, dramaturg, and photographer who is absolutely thrilled to be working on the Devised Theatre Festival as a creator. Jessie is currently in their fourth year of Theatre Studies at York University, with specializations in Devised Theatre and Dramaturgy. Jessie has experience in a variety of areas in theatre, and enjoys learning about everything they possibly can. Recent credits include Festival Photography for The Paprika Festival and assistant directing carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee (directed by Lindsay Bell and Margaret Legere at York University). Jessie is also working on Rochdale by David Yee (directed by Nina Lee Aquino at York University).

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