"Triumphantly good work...Matthew Kutas and Evan Tsitsias have mastered a small platform stage. Remarkable and poignant."

                                    - XTRA Magazine.

"If you consider the Megan Follows version of Anne of Green Gables to be the definitive stage or television classic, think again. Director/producer Evan Tsitsias has breathed new life into an innovative and touching rendition of the timeless tale."

                                  - The Observer

"... director Evan Tsitsias beautifully weaves an aura of whimsy into the show."            

                       - NYtheatre.com

 "Director Evan Tsitsias once again demonstrates his finesse for musical theatre as each song is cleverly choreographed and executed."                  -North Star

"Sharply directed by Evan Tsitsias..."

                                                       - Now Magazine

"Director Evan Tsitsias knows the value of small gestures and keeps our attention..." 

                                       - Mooney on Theatre

 

"Director Evan Tsitsias and the actors have created a compelling show that grabs one’s attention and holds it."      - Inside Halton

"Tsitsias and co-director Esther Jun stage a gripping, sometimes harrowing production."

                                    -Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

"Director Evan Tsitsias creates those desperate relationships carefully..."

                                                 - Slotkin Letter

 * Nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical - "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

 * Nominated for the John Hirsch Directing Prize - Canada Council for the Arts

 * Nominated for a Broadwayworld Award: Best Director of the Decade of a Musical - "Sunday in the Park with George"

 * Nominated for a Broadwayworld Award: Best Direction of a Musical - "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

 * Nominated for a Broadwayworld Award: Best Direction of a Musical - "A Misfortune"

 * Nominated for a Broadwayworld Award: Best Direction of a Musical - " I Love You,  You're Perfect...Now Change"

 * Finalist - Charles Abbott Directing Fellowship - Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation

 * Nominated for a BRAVO Award - Best Direction of a Musical - "Footloose"

 

Director Evan Tsitsias' use of the space was nothing less than brilliant.          - Now Magazine

"The success of this production rests with director Evan Tsitsias, who keeps the staging brisk, simple and uncluttered."

                                                                     -  Broadwayworld.com

Director Evan Tsitsias' staging is attentive to both the elegant spectacle  and the more intimate moments...

                                                             - Istvan Reviews

 DirectING

Sunday in the Park with George

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Eclipse Theatre Company at the Jam Factory

5 Dora Nominations and a Dora Award for Outstanding Musical Direction

3 Broadwayworld Award Nominations - Director of the Decade, Musical of the Decade and Ensemble

“One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of running a theatre company is curating the expectations of the audience. The Eclipse Theatre Company, an upstart musical-theatre company… has been doing a four-star job of this since launching last year.… you can be impressed by a clever bit of staging, or swoon at the lush sound of 34 voices singing the harmonies…”  - Globe and Mail

 

"...intimate and ambitious... lots of nice details…offers lots to admire. What's surprising in this version is how intimate and refreshing the show feels… achieves an immersive, intimate feeling... works beautifully ... achieves musical theatre transcendence. Eclipse Theatre remains one of the more intriguing new companies on the scene. – NOW MAGAZINE

"... a sumptuous experience... riveting... this Sunday in the Park with George is always in motion and deliciously intimate. And conceptual flourishes have been layered and layered without disturbing the flow of the story. If you want to think, there is a lot to digest, but if you just want to sink back and lean into a luxurious musical theatre experience, it unfolds right before your eyes and ears…take this opportunity to savour this fine ensemble's stellar version.  – Drew Rowsome Mygaytoronto.com

 

 “…a spine-tingling moment of visual and musical harmony.  This is a beautiful canvas. Take it in.”  - Mooney on Theatre

 

“…this production is lush, atmospheric and captures—with stirring emotional force.  A live painting (by Lori Mirabelli) is created on stage during the performance. This bit of creative embellishment is compelling in its thematic significance and a fun contribution to the creative ambiance of this production.  – Istvan Reviews

 

"Colour and Light", brings the show to a high that carries it through the rest of the evening …a lovely way to spend a Sunday, or any day.” – Broadwayworld 

 

“…creative and energizing…we will hope patiently for a full blown production to follow” – On Stage 

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Eclipse Theatre Company presented at the Old Don Jail

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6 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations - Best Musical, Direction, Choreography, Musical Direction (Winner) and Performances by Tracy Michailidis and Kawa Ada

8 Broadwayworld Nominations - Best Musical, Direction, Choreography, Company, and 4 Performing nominations

"Eclipse Theatre's site-specific staged concert production of the Tony Award-winning musical delivers a one-of-a-kind experience. Eclipse Theatre's inaugural production will hold you completely captive." - Now Magazine

"...near perfect...with such a strong first outing and powerful buzz, you can bet Eclipse will be presenting more of these delightful site-specific escapes from reality." - Mooney on Theatre

"The audience is drawn into the imaginative act and the performers’ energy is compellingly focused. The ambition and the musical achievement bode well for Eclipse’s future." - The Toronto Star

Between Two Breaths

In partnership with the World Wide Lab and Superior Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay

An exploration of our personal mythologies and the mythology of the place where we live. Devised and written by the collective. 

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In Transit

A partnership with ESP-I Performing Arts and the Art Zone in Taipei, Taiwan. 

A site specific, immersive, promenade piece devised by the collective investigating the themes of trauma and healing through a global lens. With a cast of 22 actors from Taiwan, Greece, Italy and New York. 

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25th  Annual Putnam Spelling Bee

Produced by Koogle Theatre at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Starring:  Mark Allan, Niko Combitsis, Daniel Spragge, Leslie Kay,  Laura Caswell, Shaina Silver-Baird,  Cara Pantalone, Christopher Alan Gray, Giovanni Spina

 "Favourite Local Musical" of 2016 -  Burlington Post

"Spellbinding Show...Wildly entertaining...This production had nifty comic twists...

Directed by Evan Tsitsias, the show featured great, freewheeling song and dance numbers...

very moving... worthy of an encore performance."

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"As good as it gets...Summer fare that is worth the time."  - Burlington Gazette

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ECHO

Written by: Evan Tsitsias, Chang Nai Wen and Laura Tesman

 

Co- Directed by : Evan Tsitsias, Chang Nai Wen and Laura Tesman

 

Starring: Iphigenia Grivas Aristea Stafylaraki, Irene shoulder, Katerina Drakopoulou Thanos Foskolos, John Harbatsis Stavros Giannouladis George Kissandrakis, James Mindrinos & Tali Custer

 

This was a part written, part devised piece developed as part of the WWL and the Syros Institute in Syros, Greece.  It explores the subject of refugees and the current political crisis in Greece through the lens of Greek Chorus. What happens when an individual steps out of a group? What happens to both the individual and the group? These were some of the questions explored.  

 

Performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in Syros, Greece. 

 

"A sensational artistic experience... "Echo"  touched us, left us shaken and spoke directly to the heart..."

                                                                                    - Anthony Boumpas, Daily Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Are the Play

Written by: Evan Tsitsias

 

Co-directed by: Evan Tsitsias and Chang Nai Wen

 

Starring: Jonathan Aikins, Kristin Becker, Sonja Chan, Dilan Gülmez, Para Kiala, Lara-Sophie Milagro and Larius Phoulivong

 

Produced by Sysiphos Der Flugelefant and English Theatre Berlin and performed as a site specific, immersive experience at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Germany. 

"Thoroughly enlightening, very entertaining excursion..."

                                                                                       - Der Tagesspiegel

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Lion in the Streets

Written by: Judith Thompson

 

Produced at Teatro Due, Rome and the WWL , October 2014

 

Co-directed by: Evan Tsitsias and Vidhu Singh

 

Starring: Ilaria Ambrogii, Ketty Di Porto, Alessia Giangiulianii, Francesco Meola, Laura Rovetti, Mauro Santopietro

 

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Lion in the Streets

A Misfortune

A new Canadian musical based on Checkov's short story of the same title. 

 

* CRITICS PICK and BEST OF NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL- Now Magazine

 

"NNNN's...Sharply directed by Evan Tsitsias.." - Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

 

"This piece is exquisite. It shimmers with simplicity, elegance and grace...Stunning...beautifully told...Director Evan Tsitsias creates those desperate relationships carefully..." - Lynn Slotkin

 

"Everything about the show works beautifully...every tiny gesture adds to the story.  Director Evan Tsitsias knows the value of small gestures and keeps our attention...A Misfortune is like a puzzle where every piece fits perfectly. Definitely worth seeing." - Mooney on Theatre

 

" 5 stars! A riveting musical experience. Bravo." - Theatromania

 

"It would be a misfortune to miss A Misfortune." - Charlebois Post

 

* Nominated for 3 Broadwayworld Awards 2014: Best Direction, Best Musical and

   Best Indy Prod.

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Produced by: Common Descent as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival

 

Starring: Adam Brazier, Rejean Courneyer, Kaylee Harwood, Trish Lindstrom and Jordan Till

 

Music Director: Chris Tsujiuchi

 

Designer: Joanna Yu

 

I Love You, You're Perfect...Now Change

"Much of the credit for the success of this production by Angelwalk and Koogle Theatre is due to director Evan Tsitsias who keeps the staging brisk, simple and uncluttered. "- Broadwayworld.com

 

"Director Evan Tsitsias also deserves credit for delivering such a well-staged play with lots of laughs and heartfelt moments."- Shalom Life

 

" Fortunately Angelwalk Theatre and director Evan Tsitsias have more than "pleasant" on their mind ... it does get under one's skin in an intriguing way.  - My Gay Toronto

 

"The show was well-cast, well staged and polished." - Mooney on Theatre

 

"This new production is saved by the talents of its cast and director Evan Tsitsias, who helps bring some fresh tricks"- Charlebois Post

 

"Director Evan Tsitsias is well versed with this reality and steers clear of typical romantic comedy formula in this wild and wacky ride."        - Torontostage.com

 

* Nominated for 8 Broadwayworld Awards including:  Best Director, Best Musical   and Best Ensemble

 

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Produced By: Angelwalk Theatre and Koogle Thaatre

 

Performed at: North York Center for the Arts

 

Starring: Christopher Alan Gray, Dean Hollin, Leslie Kay and Alison O'Neil

 

 

First Dance

As gay marriage becomes legal in Canada, a man about to marry his male partner sets about devising their traditional First Dance. Through Ballroom dance and Theatre, his journey as a gay man is explored through the challenge of creating a dance for a ritual that has no history.

 

Produced by: Tottering Biped Theatre

 

Presented as part of Theatre Aquarius' Studio Series, Undergrand Series at The Grand Theatre - London, Impact Festival '13 and an Ontario Tour.

 

"Visually stunning, heart-wrenching and erotic…First Dance is an absolute must-see production."

                                                                                                                                   - Donald's Dish

 

"Director Evan Tsitsias and the actors have created a compelling show that grabs one’s attention and holds it...riveting entertainment."                                     - Dennis Smith, Inside Halton

 

"riveting, deeply felt production that holds you in total thrall. First Dance is an emotional tango of tangled emotions, heartfelt passion and exquisite connections of first love, first sex and first understanding of who you are.  If you want to know what it feels like to live inside a heartbeat, surrender to the dance, passion and final exulatation of this touching piece of theatre."

                                                                              - Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator

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Produced by: Tottering Biped Theatre

 

Written By: Trevor Copp, Jeff Fox and

Lisa O'Connell

 

Starring: Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox

 

Written by: Evan Tsitsias

 

Co-Directors: Chang Nai Wen and Evan Tsitsias

 

Produced by: Sisyphos Der Flugelefant and Thin Skin Theatre

 

Performed at:  Kater Holzig in Berlin, Germany

 

Starring: Ana Mena and Sarah Jane St. Claire

 

This was an original piece we called a "Party Performance" that dealt with the idea of "Home". This  was a site specific, fully interactive experience where the audience was free to move about during the performance

"...a compelling blend of theater, film, dance and good old-fashioned partying replete with smoking and drinking...a journey for everyone involved. A rollercoaster of theatrics from comedy, tragedy, farce, to melodrama, all packaged in a fun and intriguing postcard to the city" 

                                                                                                 - Artsconnect Berlin, Devo Nelson

Berlin Bound

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Ich Bin Unsichtbar.de 

Co-Directors: Evan Tsitsias, Petra Leonie Pichler and Alice Bever

 

Produced by: Bluespots Productions (Augsburg, Germany)

 

This was an original piece we created based on stories of immigrants and refugees to Germany. It was performed in a loop throughout the interior and exterior of the  City Hall in Augsburg.  The audience watched most of it from the balcony of the City Hall, wearing headsets as they tried to find the Invisible Theatre that was happening in the City Square. A fully immersive experience.

 

The piece was also invited to perform at Amnesty International in Karlsruhe, Germany and was published in Germany. 

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James and the Giant Peach

Produced by: Theatre Under the Stars 

Performed at: The Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston , Texas

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Interrupted

Co-Directors:  Evan Tsitsias, Chang Nai Wen, Jocelyn Chang

 

Produced by: The World Wide Lab at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, NY

 

Starring:  Ilaria Ambrogia, Carlotta Brentan, Esther Chen and Tracy Michailidis

 

Sound and Composition by: Yan Li

 

This is a original piece we devised as part of the Festival with the entire cast. We were examining and exploring a world without touch.

 

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