Ali Joy Richardson is a theatre director, playwright, and producer in Toronto dedicated to telling new and underrepresented stories. Originally from Nova Scotia, she has made theatre in Edinburgh, Vancouver, Berlin, Halifax, Edmonton, & Toronto in museums, office buildings, basements, hospitals, cafés, art studios, defunct record shops, closed schools, kitchens, and harbours.
She was the Artistic Producer of Toronto's Paprika Festival from 2017-2019 (which provides year-round theatre training and professional mentorship to young artists and presents a festival of their original work each spring) and was a director in residence with Canadian Stage’s RBC Emerging Artist Program and a playwright in Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip unit. She was a finalist for the 2018 Safe Words New Canadian Play Contest and her plays have been read in DaPoPo Theatre’s Live-In Festival (Halifax) and Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell Festival. Her play A Bear Awake in Winter (about bullying in a high school band class) ran to critical and audience acclaim in the 2019 Next Stage Festival. She directed In Real Life (a dystopian coming-of-age musical by Nick Green & Kevin Wong) for Sheridan’s 2018 Canadian Music Theatre Project and her solo show Roxy (about an unorthodox motivational speaker/self-defence coach) was a hit in the 2018 Toronto Fringe and was remounted in Convergence Theatre's Catapult Festival.
For Outside the March, she wrote/directed a chapter of ANXIETY (Edmonton’s Theatre Yes), a large-scale collaboration between six companies from across Canada. She has co-created and produced four shows for the Toronto Fringe, including the interactive Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie and The Dinner Table (a series of dinner parties with strangers and storytelling).
Ali’s current work includes book-writing and directing One Deep Breath (Education Arts Canada), a trilogy of touring musicals about mental health for ages 9-12. The series has been performed for over 20,000 students since 2017. She is also the book-writer/co-lyricist of Believers, a new musical (with composer/co-lyricist Kevin Wong) about queerness and the Catholic Church (recently workshopped in the Randolph Music Theatre Incubator).
Ali is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan. She is originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
More about her independent work: Binocular Theatre