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About Us

The Fire and Rescue Team is an artist led performance collective, co-founded and led by theatre artists Alex Bulmer and Leah Cherniak.

We bring our combined artistic interests and sensibilities to our work.

Alex has a background in artistic adaptation, writing and music, finds creative momentum in the improbable, and creates within the disruptive uncertainty of blindness.

Leah has a history of directing – making theatre where improvisation is an impetus in the rehearsal process which values rhythm, invention and uncertainty.

They share a rigour for analysis and language, an attraction to risk, and the playful subversion of audience expectations.

The emergence of Fire and Rescue as a collective evolved following a number of projects that explored the idea of de-centering vision from a creative process.


For Perceptual Archaeology: A Blind-led Digital Space and for our upcoming show, we have grown to include many brilliant key artists and arts workers, including:

Laura Philipps - Laura is a producer and production manager of theatre, dance and multimedia works. She is passionate about innovating creative processes and integrating responsive technology into live performance.

Megan Wilk - Megan is a producer and program manager working with artists and arts organizations to develop disability arts frameworks and centre accessibility.

Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council.

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