Jivesh Parasram (born June 12, 1987) is an Indo-Caribbean Canadian multidisciplinary theatre artist, administrator, and facilitator. He is a founder and Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre and a core member of The Wrecking Ball.
Life and Career
A first generation Canadian, "Jivesh Parasram" was born in Ottawa, Ontario. At the age of two, his family relocated to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His mother is Seromanie Parasram, from Princesstown, Trinidad & Tobago, WI. His father is award winning journalist and media consultant Jaipersad Parasram, from Mc Bean Village, Trinidad & Tobago. He is the last of four siblings. His Grandfather was Pandit Parasram Maharaj, a former cane field worker who was a founder of the Mc Bean Hindu school (1955) and served the Trinidadian community for 72. From a young age Jivesh Parasram was raised with a strong sense of community and political engagement and journalistic ethics with a strong connection to the hindu religion as part of his family's cultural identity predominantly christian Nova Scotia. Themes of displacement, colonization, and symbolic cultural violence often appear in his work.
In 2005 Parasram moved to Toronto, where he studied at the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto earning a double H.B.A in Drama and International Relations.
In 2009 Parasram co-founded "Pandemic Theatre"
- "Birth Part II: One of Your Own" (Pandemic Theatre, 2014) - Director, Dramaturge
- "Returning" (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, 2014)
- "The Selkie of Kincardine" (Sundown Theatre, 2013) - Actor
- "The Lost Sagas of Tjorvi the Flaccid" (Pandemic Theatre, 2013) - Director, Playwright
- "Femme Fatale" (New Harlem Productions, 2012) - Director, Playwright
- "A Man A Fish" (Prismatic Festival, 2012) - Actor
- "I am very Far" (Pressgang Theatre, 2012) - Dramaturge
- "Jack the Ripper" (Native Earth Performing Arts, 2012) - Actor
- "The Lost Sagas of Tjorvi the Flaccid" (Pandemic Theatre, 2011) - Playwright
- "Murder on Ossington" (Pandemic Theatre, 2011) - Actor, Producer
- "Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings" (Cahoots Theatre Company & NeWorld Theatre, 2010) - Assistant Director
- "My Gaza, 'Tis of Thee" (Pandemic Theatre, 2010) - Director, Playwright
- "Guantanamo Hotels & Resorts" (Pandemic Theatre, 2009) - Director, Playwright, Dramaturge
- "Methusalem: or the Eternal Bourgeois" (the redlight district, 2009) - Actor
- Canadian Stage (RBC Emerging Company In-residence, 2015)
- University of Toronto (UC Drama Alumni Residency, 2009)