Venue:  Robertson Theatre
Time:  Friday 7pm; Saturday 4pm
Category:  Theatre + Spoken Word
City of Origin:  Toronto ON
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass


Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression.


Quote Unquote Collective is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performance company that aims to work outside the boundaries of tradition and expectation. Engaging with urgent social and political themes, the company is founded on the firm belief that art and performance are tools to provoke conversation and change. Co-founders Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, who both have a strong background in physical theatre and music, have joined forces to produce work in a variety of genres and disciplines as a means to make new, experimental, and provocative performance work that ignites conversation within the community and the world at large. Defying conventions of style and form, the collective is built on the idea that individual ideas demand to be expressed through different forms, and should be expressed by whatever means necessary.


Amy Nostbakken | Co-Creator + Performer
Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective and a core member of the international company Theatre Ad Infinitum. An award-winning playwright, performer and musician now based in Toronto, Amy graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Theatre Studies in 2005 and then trained for two years at École Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has co-written numerous award-winning productions including First Class, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009. She co-wrote, composed and performs the one-woman show The Big Smoke, which premiered in Edinburgh 2010 followed by a three-month national tour of the UK and a North American debut at Factory Theatre. The Big Smoke was the winner of an Argus Angel Award at the 2011 Brighton Fringe. For her performance, Amy was nominated for a 2012 Dora for Outstanding Performance by a Female, a 2011 Manchester Theatre Award for Best Studio Performance and Best Female Performer in Brighton’s Latest 7 Magazine UK and most recently picked up the award for Best International show at the Solo United Festival award in New York City. Since returning to Canada Amy has co-devised Everyday is a beautiful day/nichi nichi kore ko nichi (Cohort Theatre/ Rhubarb Festival 2012), performed in Erin Shield’s Barrel Crank (SummerWorks 2012) and Philip Mckee’s LEAR (Harbourfront’s World Stage 2013/Magnetic North 2014). Amy directed, co-wrote, composed and performed in Mouthpiece, which premiered at The Theatre Centre April 2015. Mouthpiece receive six Dora nominations and won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and Outstanding Sound Composition/Design. Currently Amy is developing Quote Unquote’s next show – an all female Rock opera. Amy teaches theatre for both adults and young people and runs Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Master Classes for industry professionals.

Norah Sadava | Co-Creator + Performer
Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective, is a Toronto-based actor and creator with a background in devised physical theatre. A graduate of the MFA program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, she has been involved in the writing and creation of new work with numerous companies both in Canada and internationally. Upon completion of her MFA, Norah co-founded The Hinterlands Ensemble in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With The Hinterlands she co-wrote the acclaimed party/play Isaac Newton is Our DJ, and Manifest Destiny! (There was blood on the saddle). From there she moved to New York, where she collaborated with several companies including Mud/Bone Collective as a co-writer on Star Alarm, TeatroIATI on La Strada, and interned with PunchDrunk’s immersive smash hit Sleep No More. Norah then went on to tour as a performer in Italy with Caravan Stage Theatre’s Uprising! and finally returned to Canada where she began to collaborate with several Toronto-based companies. Norah has assisted in co-creating 5-time Dora nominated The Double with BadNewDays (co-produced with the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto ON), Dora nominated The Tale of a T-Shirt with FIXTPoint Theatre (Toronto, ON), Bloody Family with Philip McKee (in association with The Theatre Centre, Toronto ON), The Stranger with DopoLavoroTeatrale (Summerworks 2014) and the Tale of a Town London and Ottawa with FIXTPoint Theatre. Most recently, Norah co-wrote, created and performed in Mouthpiece which premiered at The Theatre Centre April 2015. Mouthpiece receive six Dora nominations and won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and Outstanding Sound Composition/Design. Currently Norah is developing Quote Unquote’s next show – an all female Rock opera. She also teaches music and movement for performers, plays the violin, and is a registered Yoga teacher.

Elizabeth Kantor | Touring Producer
Elizabeth is a designer, performing arts producer and manager. Over the past year she has worked as the Event Manager for the 25th Kensington Winter Parade; Production Coordinator for the workshop production of Selfconcious Theatre’s We Keep Coming Back, in Szczecin Poland; Associate Producer of the SummerWorks Festival; Producer of the SummerWorks LiveArt Series; and, as Producer & Production Designer for the award-winning production HUFF, which closed the National Arts Centre 2013-2014 season, following presentations at the Yukon Arts Centre and the PUSH International Performing Arts Festival. Her set, lighting and video designs have been featured across the country; favourite recent credits include: set design for The Supine Cobbler (itcouldstillhappen Productions); lighting design for Wisakedjak (Mazinow Rocks Productions), set design for Bone Cage (Hart House Theatre) and direction and production design for Maria Gets A New Life (SummerWorks 2013). Elizabeth holds a B.A. from the University of Ottawa, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production Program. She was nominated for the 2015 Pauline McGibbon Award for Direction.

Orian Michaeli | Choreographer + Dramaturge
Orian’s theatre credits include: Choreographer/Dancer for To the Past (Israeli Reality Festival Jerusalem, Acco Theatre and Tmuna Theatre Tel-Aviv) and Talented Like a Demon (Jewish Summer Festival Budapest, Red Shell Festival Tel-Aviv and Acco Theatre), Dancer/Deviser for Lady Dog (Tmuna Theatre and Suzan Dala Theatre Tel-Aviv), Glory Monster(Kipla Theatre and Beit Tami Tel-Aviv, Tiberius Cultural Centre, Eilat Cultural Centre and Yavne Theatre), DayDreams (Acco Festival, Nahmani Theatre and Suzan Dalal Theatre Tel-Aviv and Acco Theatre), Biaur (Acco Festival and Suzan Dalal Theatre Tel-Aviv), Actress/Dancer/Acrobat for The Observatory (Israel Festival and Tbilisi International Theatre Festival), Actress in Treasures in the Wall,Actress/Choreographer for The Tired Hero and Actress/Choreographer for The Tired Hero (Acco Theatre), Actress/Deviser for Waiting for Zoro (Klipa Theatre Tel-Aviv) and Choreographer/Deviser for Ballad of the Burning Star (Theatre Ad Infinitum). Films include Goose Pumps, It’s Not All That Simple and Fairy on the Roof. Winner of the Keren Sharet Foundation Scholarship and the Lohamei Hagetaot Museum Award, Orian most recently worked with Out of Joint Theatre in London, UK as choreographer for their show Pitcairn and This Might Hurt a Bit, which premiered in September 2014. Orian is movement director for Quote Unquote’s Mouthpiece in Toronto Canada and is currently creating Demo Demonstration, a solo dance piece exploring the territory of protest, in collaboration with Toronto-based dancer Daneil Szamosi.

André du Toit | Lighting Designer
André is a Dora award winning lighting designer for theatre and live music based in Toronto. His selected theatre lighting designs include The Double (Bad New Days) for which he won a Dora Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre), As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour), SPENT (Theatre Smith Gilmour, Why Not Theatre, TheatreRUN) which has toured to New York, UK and India, Ralph and Lina, Death Married My Daugher, and Business as Usual (Independent Creators Cooperative) Dirty Butterfly (Bound to Create Theatre), Dear Liar (Why Not Theatre) with Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah, The Rez Sisters(Factory Theatre), Catalpa (Blood in the Alley), and the award winning Tomasso’s Party (Rooftop Creations) which he also produced. He has lit live music for The Elastocitizens, Dirty Magazines, Maylee Todd and Gurpreet Chana in venues around Toronto.

James Bunton | Sound Designer
James Bunton is an independent composer, sound designer and musician who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia. Compositions include the Dora nominated Lab Rats for Forcier Stage Works 2013, as well as works for Phillip McKee’sLEAR (World Stage 5 at Harbourfront Centre 2013), Anandam Dancetheatre (Rhubarb Festival 2013), Departures Entertainment Inc. (Outdoor Life Network), Richie Mehta, and Consul Media. Recent works also include audio production and engineering on projects by Evening Hymns, Ohbijou, Diamond Rings, Light Fires, KASHKA, Jos. Fortin and on the Friends In Bellwoods compilations. All sound design can be found here:


“Mouthpiece is a tapestry of music, dance and the spoken word on the importance of finding your own voice, the person you are that lives in the here and now, in your own soul and body. Mouthpiece
holds you transfixed until the very end.”
Scene Changes:

“I loved this piece. I loved the creativity of it; the emotional power of it and the movement that spoke volumes in silence. With simple story-telling, Sadava and Nostbakken tackled weighty questions of mother-daughter relationships, love; frustration etc.”
Lynn Slotkin:

“Nostbakken and Sadava astounded me.”
Mooney on Theatre:

“There were some harmonies made by both women that just left me in awe, but the general theme left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable being in the same room as such strong opinions.”
Ontario Arts Review:

“A deceptively simple revelation about a daughter’s relationship to french fries as it relates to her mother’s relationship to french fries is one of the most incisive comments about contemporary womanhood that I’ve ever heard.”
My Entertainment World:

“…a timely, incisive, rigorous, relevant and brilliantly performed piece of theatre.”
-Evalyn Parry, Artistic Director Buddies in Bad Times Theatre


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