Tiny Bear Jaws Residency


Good Women is very excited to be hosting Tiny Bear Jaws from February 10-21. Stay posted for instagram takeovers and open rehearsal dates!

Here is a little more about the project:

Participants include Elena Eli Belyea (they/them + she/her) and Arlen Aguayo Stewart (she/hers), with dramaturgical support from Jenna Rodgers (she/her). We will be exploring choreography and movement as a way of doing research around form and story. We will also be investigating the following questions: How does rage/grief/white fragility move? What are the differences (process-wise) in choreographing someone else vs. yourself? What are the key differences between a dog’s omotransversarius and rhomboideus in motion?

  • Arlen Aguayo Stewart is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based actor and creator. She has an eclectic background in film, theatre, circus, dance, music, and is fluent in five languages. As a child actor, Arlen began her career starring in Dead Silent, opposite Rob Lowe, and the acclaimed short, Soother, winner at Uppsala’s International Film Festival. As an adult, Arlen continued her career in theatre and is known for roles in UnseamlyDARK LOVE, featured in Rhubarb and SpringWorks, and the one-woman show, Half Girl/Half Face, performed at Unofest, rEvolver, and SummerWorks. Most recently, you can find her in series such as The Bold Type (Freeform), TAKEN (NBC), In Contempt (BET), and the film, On the Basis of Sex, that took to theatres in December. Arlen’s starring role in Roads in February | Las Rutas en Febrero landed her a VFCC award for best actress.
  • Elena Eli Belyea is an Edmonton-born (Amiskwacy, Treaty 6 territory) queer playwright, performer, producer, and arts educator who works primarily in Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as Artistic Director of the award-winning Tiny Bear Jaws (a little theatre company with teeth). Elena’s plays have been produced across Canada and received numerous awards, including First Place in the 2015 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition with Cleave (also included as part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2018 Surefire List). Elena was also the recipient of the Tarragon Theatre’s 2018-2019 RBC Emerging Playwright Award, and a graduate of the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Honors) and National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting).

Here is a bit more about Tiny Bear Jaws from Elena Eli Belyea:

Founded in 2015, Tiny Bear Jaws is an agile, femme/queer-run cross-Canadian theatre company run by Artistic Associate and Producer Tori Morrison and myself, Elena Eli Belyea (Artistic Director). We produce innovative, provocative, and engaging new works. We are devoted to exploring the creative possibilities that exist exclusively in live performance and developing work that is transgressive in both content and form. We are not tied to a particular city or venue, which allows us to work in a variety of places, based on the needs of each project. We are committed to engaging meaningfully with the communities with whom we share our work.