Team Calalou

We are Sarah Waisvisz, Playwright and Performer and Eleanor Crowder, Director. Together we are the Co-Producers of Monstrous. Contact us at

SARAH WAISVISZ, Playwright and Performer


Sarah Waisvisz was born in Europe to a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-racial family. Her PhD dissertation (Carleton University, 2014) is on human rights, resistance, and memory in Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean literature. Currently Sarah works professionally in the theatre as a playwright and performer. Recent performance credits include Bear & Co.’s The Tempest (Stephano/Sebastian/Iris) and The Glass Menagerie (Laura); 9th Hour’s My Name is Asher Lev (Rivkeh/Anna); Zopyra Theatre’s Six: At Home (Little Swan); and This Is a Very Old Story (Ottawa Stilt Union). Playwriting credits include the participatory yoga-comedy OCCUPY ME (written with Bronwyn Steinberg and directed by Laura Astwood; Counterpoint Players), which has toured North American from Victoria to New York to Newfoundland; the short play ILoveOrangesAndHateThePort, which was directed by John Koensgen for the 2014 Extremely Short New Play Festival (New Theatre of Ottawa); and the multiple award-winning, collectively-created, ambulatory and site-specific Six: At Home (Zopyra Theatre). Current writing projects include a play about the French résistantes and surrealist artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore (Heartlines), as well Monstrous, or, The Miscegenation Advantage (Calalou). Sarah is a member of The Great Canadian Theatre’s 2015-2016 Playwrights’ Network and the Artistic Associate of Counterpoint Players.


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Eleanor Crowder is a physical theatre devisor whose practice extends into play creation as playwright and director. Currently affiliated with Bear & Co. – an artist collective – she has been Artistic Director of Asterisk Rising (since 2009), Salamander Theatre (1990 – 2001), of OPT…Theatre in Action (1984 – 1993), and of Mussera el Tagadum (Port Sudan , 1984). She has created work for outdoor sites and intergenerational publics in the Ottawa region since 1977 with HexExpress, Shakespeare Young Company, Salamander Shakespeare Company, and most recently Bear & Co. Eleanor works with professional casts and community casts, creating theatre from their experience, whether in their own words or in classic texts. Twenty–five of her own scripts have been produced, some touring for more than a decade. Her particular joy is touring powerful theatre to sites unused to performance; her goal is to create invasive imagery, theatre which scaffolds your life.

[NB: photo of Sarah and photo of Sarah and Eleanor by Andrew Alexander]


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