About us.

Contact Theatre was founded in 2019 by Ally Brumer and Debora Friedmann, two young artists with a unique vision. The pair met in 2015 during a university production of RENT at McGill, inspiring the company’s title. Brumer's keen eye for theatrical detail and Friedmann 's innovative artistic vision brought the duo back together to realize new projects that push creative boundaries and challenge typical theatrical norms. Following a hugely successful partnership working on The Addams Family Musical with WISTA in 2018, which was recently nominated for a Montreal English Theatre Award, the two couldn't wait to take the Montreal musical theatre scene by storm. 

 

Contact's debut production, Bonnie & Clyde the musical, saw huge success at the MainLine theatre in April 2019. The production played for five sold out runs and received rave reviews from critics and audience members alike. Due to the overwhelming success, the production was remounted in Fall 2019 and played for an additional five runs. The show when on to win 10 regional BroadwayWorld Awards, including Best Musical by an Independent Theatre Company. Contact also picked up the award for best independent Theatre company in Montreal.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Contact was forced to cancel their production of Chicago, just one month before opening night. While disappointing, Contact is eager to get back to producing musical works of art for the Montreal community.

Contact Theatre aims to produce shows that are accessible to everyone and attractive to new audiences. For more information please reach out at info@contacttheatre.ca.

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Miles is a 23 year old British-Candian that is confused about how they ended up living in this frozen land. They have designed lighting before moving into Technical Direction and have done everything in theatre from acting to writing. As the official Technical Director (TD) for Contact Theatre they will oversee all technical aspects of productions and consult on any shows where they are not also acting as the show's TD.

Our Team

This team is responsible for the overall operations of Contact Theatre and ensures that we are consistently striving to maintain our mission and provide a safe space for all those involved with our organization. Our team is governed by our Board of Directors. To learn more about who sits on our Board of Directors and what their roles are click here. 

Ally Brumer
Executive Director
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Ally is an Events professional who has combined her love for theatre with her passion for Events to pursue Theatrical Production across the Island of Montreal. Ally has organized events all around the globe with a particular prowess in conference management. Since co-founding Contact Theatre, she has produced Bonnie and Clyde, which won 11 regional BroadwayWorld awards, as well as Chicago, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Outside of Contact, she has produced works with the West Island Theatre Association as well as the MainLine Theatre
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Rent by Jonathan Larson

Debora Friedmann
Artistic Director
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Debora is a director, choreographer and writer based in Montreal. After completing her Masters in Education and Society she chose to pursue a career in theatre directing and education. She co-founded Contact Theatre, an independent musical theatre company. A proud alumni of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program, she is currently a member of the 2021 Jewish Arts Mentorship cohort at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts.

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Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey

Miles Keily-Baxter
Technical Director
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Miles is a 23 year old British-Candian that is confused about how they ended up living in this frozen land. They have designed lighting before moving into Technical Direction and have done everything in theatre from acting to writing. As the official Technical Director (TD) for Contact Theatre they will oversee all technical aspects of productions and consult on any shows where they are not also acting as the show's TD.

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Angels in America Part 1 by Tony Kushner

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Sponsorship & Fundraising Manager
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We're looking for a Sponsorship and Fundraising Manager to join our team! Your main responsibilities include:

  • Identifying applicable grants for Contact as a whole and for specific productions

  • Collect information and write grants as required with support from the team

  • Sit on the Sponsorship and Fundraising committee to brainstorm ways to fundraise for upcoming productions

  • Identify and contact potential sponsors 

 

Apply today.

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Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Director's purpose is to ensure the success and advancement of our organization while maintaining the mission. Our organization operates under these by-laws.

Ally Brumer, she/her

President

Ally is an Event professional who has combined her love for theatre with her passion for Events to pursue Theatrical Production across the Island of Montreal. Ally has organized events all around the globe with a particular prowess in conference management. Since co-founding Contact Theatre, she has produced Bonnie and Clyde, which won 11 regional BroadwayWorld awards, as well as Chicago, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Outside of Contact, she has produced works with the West Island Theatre Association as well as the MainLine Theatre

Rent by Jonathan Larson

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Cat Preston, she/her

Member at Large

Cat Preston is a cultural worker and arts administrator from Northallerton, England. An alumna in Theatre from John Abbott College and Concordia University, she is thrilled to be joining Contact's board of directors. She loves engaging in work that celebrates all demographics of the community, a particular passion being body diversity.  Cat is currently the Communications Coordinator at the Quebec Drama Federation. Other similar work includes companies and festivals such as DaiBao Productions, Watermark Theatre and the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.  In her down time, Cat can be found watching documentaries or perfecting her one woman rendition of "Heathers".

In the Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda

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Debora Friedmann, she/her

Vice-President

Debora is a director, choreographer and writer based in Montreal. After completing her Masters in Education and Society she chose to pursue a career in theatre directing and education. She co-founded Contact Theatre, an independent musical theatre company. A proud alumni of Black

Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program, she is currently a member of the 2021 Jewish Arts Mentorship cohort at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts.

Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey

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Joshua Faier, he/him

Treasurer

Josh has always had a passion for innovation and disruptive technology and is currently the Head of Staking and Financial Operations at Figment Networks, one of the world's largest blockchain infrastructure and services provider. Additionally, with a strong belief that helping and empowering others is everyone’s responsibility, Josh also volunteers as a Board Member for Myra's Kids Foundation's Summer Camp, a national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.

Come from Away by Irene Sankoff and David Hein

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Kerry Marcotte, she/her

Member at Large

With experience working for community organizations that address barriers to access to justice, Kerry's passion for human rights, dignity, and concrete solutions have made her want to venture out and interact with Montreal's dynamic art scene and its internal structure. Kerry currently works as a Paralegal and investigates incidents of workplace harassment and violence. She holds a Law degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Sociology. She is excited to work among passionate artists and community members that create a space for both diversity and compassion.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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Nour Malek, she/her

Secretary

Nour Malek is so grateful to be considered part of the Montreal Theatre community. She was 2019's BroadwayWorld Montreal Award recipient for Best Leading Actress (Musical) in her role as Morticia in WISTA’s The Addams Family. Some of her favorite roles include Mad Margaret in the McGill Savoy Society’s Ruddigore (2011), Mama Rose in WISTA’s Gypsy (2013), and Matron Mama Morton in AUTS’ Chicago (2015). While musical theatre is her escape and happy place, on a regular day she works in medical communications as a Medical Director working alongside thought leaders as they shape the future of medicine’s landscape and improve the quality of life for myriads of patients.

First Date by Austin Winsberg

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Sara Wunsch, she/her

Member at Large

Sara has a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music and has been musical director for The Addams Family, Shrek the Musical (both with WISTA), and Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (McGill Savoy). She is currently studying musical theatre writing with Jonathan Monro through the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective workshop and hopes to debut a new musical in the next few years.

Hadestown by  Anaïs Mitchell

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Yumi Palleschi, she/her

Member at Large

Charity fundraiser by day and pianist by night, Yumi combines her professional skills with her love for the arts by working at Contact Theater. Originally from Italy, Yumi has worked internationally as a pianist and event producer. She has recently completed a Master of Management in International Arts Management from HEC Montréal and by working at Contact she is looking forward to helping young artists have a place to showcase their voice.

MOB by Catherine-Anne Toupin

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