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Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces the ENBY Ensemble Artsists
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
We’re excited to announce the six artists of
Cahoots Theatre’s ENBY Ensemble.
Ken Caughey, Titus Androgynous, Dhanish Kumar Chinniah, NIUBOI, Robyn Kaur Sidhu, and Sansom Marchand, will be led by facilitators Ximena Huizi and Jay Northcott from February 18, 2021 - April 29, 2021.
We are excited to see what The ENBY Ensemble explores, creates, and develops during the ten weeks of this online program.
Get to know the artists below!
Ken Caughey can’t wait for a world in which they simply get to exist free of scrutiny, oddity, or disgust. While we work towards that, they are excited to be a part of the ENBY Ensemble and to explore, create, and share with other non-binary artists. Identity can be isolating and Ken wants to use this opportunity to help move us to a place where identity serves to bring folx together instead. It has been an uncertain path from discovering a voice at all, to muddling their way through theatre school and life with a half-baked sense of self, to only now starting to find a voice that they can call their own. Ken is excited and curious to see how discovering and embracing their identity will continue to change them and their priorities moving forward. For now they are focused on examining and exploring how non-binary humans exist and thrive in a very gendered world. Ken endlessly thanks the loved ones in their life that let them be the person they’ve always needed to be.
Titus Androgynous is a multi-disciplinary performer from Toronto who has performed and created pieces in genres including burlesque, sketch comedy, red-nose clown and Shakespeare. They have been performing nationally and internationally as a drag king since 2013. Other performance creations include their genderqueer red-nose clown named Dapper, and many Shakespeare roles, including most recently, a drag take on ‘Heleno,’ in a gender-bent and queer AF burlesque version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Ill Met By Moonlight. Titus loves drag character work and has done live-singing pieces as Harry Potter, Newt Scamander, and Lord Petyr (Littlefinger) Baelish, among others. They spent the beginning of pandemic reading Drag King Bedtime Stories online, and now they occupy themselves at home with a Zoom Shakespeare group where they can finally tackle all their dream roles!
Dhanish Kumar Chinniah
Dhanish is an actor, musician, sound designer and playwright, born in Malaysia and raised in Nova Scotia. Dhanish is proudly mixed race and passionate about decolonising Canadian theatre and prioritising accessibility to the arts for LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC artists. They studied theatre and computer science at Queen's University and attended George Brown Theatre School. Most recently, Dhanish has been learning to sew and is addicted to Stardew Valley.
NIUBOI came from space to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity. They are a trans non-binary alien and use they/them pronouns. They live and work in Amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Their work combines visual art, movement, and theatrical practices to create performances, videos, and installations that explore queerness, futurism, and joy. NIUBOI's self-created works have been presented by Fluid Fest, Found Festival, The Chinook Series, Mile Zero Dance, Odd Wednesday, The Dirt Buffet Cabaret, Nextfest, and more. Their 2018 performance as Kes in "Scorch" by Stacey Gregg earned them a nomination for Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actor in a Drama at the 2018/19 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards. They were also the 2018 recipient of Edmonton Fringe Theatre's Nordic Cloutier Award for Innovation and of Good Women Dance Collective's New Work Award. They are currently pivoting their practice to digital creation and online dissemination, and they working on unlearning settler apathy towards the land and its Indigenous peoples.
Robyn Kaur Sidhu
Robyn Kaur Sidhu (she/he/they) is a Queer, mad, chronically ill, Punjabi-Canadian spoken word poet. They are currently enrolled at McMaster University, where they pretend to know what they want to do with their life.
They have had feelings publicly, and has performed them on national and international stages in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. They are a director for the Voices of Today youth poetry festival, and the creative director of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam. They are also a teacher of consent, race and 2SLGBTQ+ identity to youth across the Greater Toronto Area. They are a poetry educator and love seeing youth use writing as a tool for healing and growth. They are always trying to be gentle with themself. You can find Robyn in vintage cardigans or also on the internet if that’s your thing @Robyn_Sidhu
Sansom is an agender, theatre-maker born and raised in the hills of Quebec. Inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, they aspired to create beautiful things to share with others. Their love of the theatre came in high school after failing to make the school band and they couldn’t be happier for the lessons that come with rejection. They use theatre as a way to amplify and celebrate queer and trans voices and bodies in a world that often rejects their validity. After recently graduating from George Brown Theatre School, Sansom is currently based in K’jipuktuk to continue their pursuit of creating theatre surrounded by trees. They would like to thank their biological and chosen family for their constant support and love.