Tephra Group

A Think tank for New Performance

Tephra: fragments of volcanic rock and lava that are blasted into the air by explosions…. Small tephra stays aloft for long periods of time.

Tephra are...

  • Professional artists in the Volcano Theatre family, discussing experimental forms of Toronto Performance
  • Volunteers who devote themselves to the artistic health, rather than the financial health, of an arts organization - in this case, Volcano. 
  • Volcano ambassadors within their communities - amplifying the company’s performance, community and educational work through word of mouth and social media. 
  • A group of individuals working to help inform and shape the work that Volcano is creating, by providing critical perspectives on the larger experimental performance community in Toronto.

What are areas of concern for our society, and how do we address them in artistic terms?

How might these practises evolve, and what territories are there for it to tackle?

The Details

Tephra will act as a think tank within Volcano, attending showings of work in development and providing constructive feedback when necessary. Tephra members will be invited to dress rehearsals and granted access to the Volcano rehearsal process upon request (contingent on consent of director and performers). Volcano AD Ross Manson, along with special guest artists, will host occasional round table discussions with Tephra pertaining to a topic of the members’ choosing. Tephra will also be granted Volcano discounted artists rates for the Volcano Conservatory classes, and early access to course registration.

Tephra will meet informally once a month to discuss what’s happening in the Toronto community. This will be similar to a book club, but for experimental performance. Volcano Associate Artists (Clare Preuss and Mumbi Tindyebwa) and the Tephra Admin will co-ordinate these gatherings. These can range from going to see a show and grabbing drinks to sitting and talking in a park. 

How to Join

To join Tephra you must donate $40.00 to Volcano, (non receiptable) at token meant to represent a commitment to the group. This does not have to be paid all at once. We understand the importance of flexibility. 

If you are interested in joining Tephra please contact tephraTO@gmail.com. Luke Reece, or someone else on the Tephra Admin team, will get back to you.