Angelica Schwartz is a director and collective creator born on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB), where they founded the performing arts company Happy/Accidents. A recent graduate of The Directing program at The National Theatre School, Schwartz is now based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, QC). Drawing on their background in technical production and their passion for storytelling, Schwartz is devoted to creating an authentic connection between performer and spectator. Whether across distances through online platforms or in the intimacy of live theatrical experiences, Schwartz is determined to create a sense of community in our highly digitalized era. Schwartz aims to trouble the public imagination in terms of identity, queerness, and bodies. In their work, society norms and pressures take a backseat to the complexity of the human condition. Schwartz is invested in highlighting the perspective of the Other, giving an alternative lens on how stories can be told.
While at NTS, Schwartz directed The Game: Zoom Expansion Pack, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi and Miss Julie. Artistic mentors include Jackie Maxwell, Eda Holmes, Marcus Youssef, Anita Rochon, Julie Fox, Sarah Garton Stanley, Michael Wheeler, Naomi Campbell, Rose Plotek, and Catherine Bourgeois, among others. Schwartz is a Technical Production graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC.
Upcoming projects: participation in The Green Rooms of The Cycle - Climate Change, an NAC/FoldA partnership; and Haven, which will be presented at FoldA in June.