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 has been the Artistic Producer of Toronto's Paprika Festival since 2017 (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 a high school band class) ran to critical and audience acclaim in the 2019 Next Stage Festival. She directed In Real Life (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.
Ali’s recent 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. 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 theatrical dinner parties with live storytelling).
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