STO Union is a multidisciplinary art and performance company that brings together artists from a variety of mediums in the creation of original contemporary theatre, installations, live art and video for presentation locally, regionally, in Canada and abroad. Founded in 1992 in Toronto by artistic director Nadia Ross, STO Union has cultivated new forms and techniques within the theatrical tradition in order to reflect and respond to our evolving culture. Productions are characterized by an un-spectacular approach to staging, focusing on the simple human interaction in all its complexity. Since 2005, STO Union has been based in the Ottawa-Outaouais region.
STO Union’s productions have premiered in Canada either at established venues in Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal. The company has presented its work at numerous international theatre festivals and venues, including: Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, QC); Magnetic North (Ottawa, ON); UCLA Live! (Los Angeles, California); The Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam, Netherlands); Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden); Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany); Théâtres du Monde and FTA (Montréal, Canada); The Simple Life Festival (Berlin, Germany); Belfast Theatre Festival (Belfast, Ireland); Theater Regentes (The Hague, The Netherlands); The Hong Kong Festival (Hong Kong); The Melbourne International Theatre Festival (Melbourne, Australia); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium); Vienna Festwochen (Vienna, Austria); Theater der Welt (Bonn, Germany); Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus (Frankfurt, Germany); Theatre Grand Junction (Calgary, Alberta); The Meteor Festival (Bergen, Norway); The Baltic Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia). STO Union’s play Recent Experiences has had international productions mounted by other companies: Stuttgart Stadt Theater (Stuttgart, Germany); Tehran Center for Dramatic Arts (Tehran, Iran). STO Union’s productions and its collaborators have won awards, including Chalmers and Dora Awards.
1. To explore new methods of theatre creation and production.
2. To disseminate our creations locally, nationally and internationally in order to contribute to the cultural landscape in a significant and long-term way and to contribute to the presence of Canadian artists abroad.
3. To foster a new generation of theatre artists who wish to explore methods of theatre creation and production by offering training and mentoring initiatives and by supporting new and emerging talent at all levels of dissemination.
STO Union’s method of production is described as organic, process oriented, and experiential, operating in a highly structured development space. The increasing self-awareness of participants as they are placed in shifting contexts assists the material construction, destruction, and synthesis toward a stage-ready product. Underlying the final product is the notion that despite the consistency of the final script, nothing is static. Given this distinction, the presence of STO Union locally, nationally and internationally ensures a diversity of form and a range of productions reflective of the world we live in and reflective of citizens asking difficult questions and seeking deeper meaning.
What Happened to the Seeker? (2014) dir. Nadia Ross
2014: As part of The Theatre Centre’s inaugural Tracy Wright Global Archive, Toronto, ON, Canada
Good News from the Sun pt 2 (2014) dir. Nadia Ross
2014: Theatre Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
Can We Talk (2014) dir. Sarah Conn
2014: Intrepid Theatre’s Winterlab Festival, Victoria BC, Canada
2014: Great Canadian Theatre Company’s undercurrents festival, Ottawa ON Canada
Intimacy with a Thousand Things (2013) dir. Nadia Ross
2013: Workshop presentation. Ottawa Dance Directive, Ottawa, Canada
2012: Workshop presentation, Brut Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
2010: Workshop presentation, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Montreal Quebec
Rituals for the Unfamiliar (2013) dir. Sarah Conn
2014: In the Soil, St Catherines ON Canada
2013: SubDevision, Ottawa ON Canada
Conversations with Strangers (2012) dir. Sarah Conn
2012: SubDevision, Ottawa ON Canada
2012: SummerWorks, Toronto ON, Canada
Epiphany (2011) dir. Nadia Ross
2012: Brut Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria (titled “Aha! Alt Erlaa”)
2011: Theatre Wakefield New Works project, Wakefield Quebec (titled “True Human Stories”)
7 Important Things (2007) dir. Nadia Ross and George Acheson
Premiered in May 2007 at the National Arts Centre as part of their English Theatre season.
2013: SummerWorks, Toronto ON, Canada
2011: Stockholm Stadsteater, Stockholm, Sweden
2011: Teaterhuset Avant Garden Trondheim, Norway
2011: Black Box Theatre (festival) Oslo, Norway
2009: Baltic Theatre Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009: Calgary, Theatre Junction Grand, Canada
2009: Bergen BIT Teaterfarasjen Festival, Norway
2008: The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2008: The Rotterdam International Theatre Festival, Netherlands
2008: Brut Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
2008: Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany
2008: FTA, Montreal, Québec
2007: National Arts Centre of Canada
2006: Workshop, National Arts Centre of Canada
2006: Workshop Wakefield Recreation Centre, Québec
Revolutions in Therapy (2004) - dirs. Nadia Ross and Jacob Wren
Premiered in May 2004 as part of Festival de Théâtre des Amériques
2006: Los Angeles, UCLA Live, USA
2006: Rotterdam schouwburg Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006: Stockholm kulturhuset, Sweden
2005: Berlin’s Hebbel Theater, Germany
2005: Germany’s Theater der Welt, Germany
2005: Toronto premiere at Artword Theatre, Canada
2004: Montreal’s Théâtre du Monde (International premiere), Québec
2003: Workshop Toronto’s Theatre Centre, Canada
2003: Workshop Wakefield, Black Sheep Inn, Québec
Recent Experiences (2000) - dirs. Nadia Ross and Jacob Wren
Premiered in April 2000 at the Theatre Centre, Toronto
2006: Los Angeles, UCLA Live, U.S.A.
2004: The Simple Life Festival – Berlin, Germany
2004: Belfast Theatre Festival, Ireland
2004: Theater Regentes, The Hague, Netherlands
2003: The Hong Kong Festival – Hong Kong, China
2002: The Melbourne International Theatre Festival – Melbourne, Australia
2002: Kunstenfestivaldesarts – Brussels, Belgium
2002: Vienna Festwochen – Vienna, Austria
2002: Theater der Welt – Bonn, Germany
2002: Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus – Frankfurt, Germany
2001: Le Festival de Théâtre des Amériques /Montreal (Intern. premiere) Québec
2000: The Theatre Centre – Toronto premiere, Canada
International productions of play by other groups: 2003/2004 Stuttgart Stadt Theater, Germany 2003: Tehran Center for Dramatic Arts, Iran Iranian production has since toured to a number of international locations.
1995: Excerpts from the Emo Journals. A Nadia Ross and Daniel MacIvor collaboration. Dora Award for Richard Feren, sound design.
1994: The Alistair Trilogy. And Nadia Ross and Diane Cave collaboration. Chalmers Award for best new production in Ontario.
STO Union's model is collaborative. Currently, the majority of the work being created at STO Union is made by either Nadia Ross (the company's senior artist) or Sarah Conn (the company's emerging artist). Nadia's work is often based in Wakefield, QC whereas Sarah's work is based out of Ottawa, ON. Both localities are part of the larger region known as "Ottawa/Outaouais".
STO Union consists of: Nadia Ross, Artistic Director Sarah Conn, Artistic Producer George Acheson, Artistic Associate Rob Scott, Technical Director
STO Union’s agents are: Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Sarah Rogers and Menno Plukker)