ABOUT US

The And, Stage Company is a not-for-profit corporation founded by Allison Ference, and co-founded by Germaine Konji and Celeste Brillon.

We are a group that challenges the traditional role of women on stage and off by providing creative opportunities for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women. We believe the women can and should be given the chance to create, interpret, and share stories, including those that take place during times in which women were oppressed.

 

Through innovation we are redefining the definition of the women's role in existing pieces of theatre by casting productions featuring all/majority women. We are also committed to providing a space for women to cultivate their new theatrical works with The Stages.

The And, Stage Company believes that women are everything they need to be, AND a whole lot more.

 MISSION

At The And, we are redefining the manifestation of women's artistry, and getting to the core of the universality of the human experience that is in every piece of theatre. We are for empowered women, empowering women, creating a space for female voices and artistry that is irrefutable, and undismissible. From rehearsal room to stage, all work we do is built on a solid reverence for the additive nature of what it means to be a woman.

THE TEAM

Founder & Director 

Allison was raised in Bonnyville, Alberta and is a graduate of Sheridan's Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. She is passionate about experiences touched by womanhood. She hopes this company will encourage women to pursue the stories they want to tell, knowing their perspective, experience, and voice will be valued and prioritized at The And, Stage Company.

Co-Founder

Celeste Brillon is from a small town called Queenston which is in Niagara-on-the-lake. She grew up surrounded by the arts, discovered a passion for it at a young age, and is now pursuing it. She is excited about creating art and working with artists who are equally as passionate. She believes in women, the art they can create, and through The And, Stage Company plans on creating more space for women in the industry.

Co-Founder

Germaine is Kenyan by birth, and Canadian by paper. She grew up in a home filled with song, and dance, storytelling. In this way- artistry for her is not a profession, but a way of life. A lover of words, Germaine is passionate about adding to the canon of female voices of the African Diaspora.

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SYDNEY COCHRANE

Financial Manager

Sydney Cochrane is a musical theatre performer based out of Toronto, ON.  Originally from Vernon BC, Sydney came to Ontario to attend the Honour’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College.  Sydney has always been a major musical theatre nerd and has loved performing since she was a kid.  She is in the process of obtaining her Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate from Humber College.  Selected credits include: Ruth in Grow (Canadian Music Theatre Project), Luisa in Nine (Theatre Sheridan), and Freida in Sunday in the Park with George (Eclipse Theatre).  She was also the Assistant Intimacy Director for Theatre Sheridan’s production of Cabaret, in which she was mentored by Siobhan Richardson.  Sydney does private vocal and musical theatre coaching. Sydney is incredibly excited to be a part of The And, Stage Company as their Finance Manager!  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allison Ference

Koreen Trefenanko 

Celeste Brillon

Maureen Ference

Germaine Konji

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