Ismailova Theatre of Dance presents Nightingale, a dance play for the young and young at hear, based on the short story by Hans Christian Anderson. Performances in the spring of 2018!

Choreographer/Director: Merey Ismailova

Dramaturge/Acting Coach/Co-Director: Ara









This Will Be Our Last Transmission as part of Alumnae Theatre's Fireworks Festival.  Written by Natalie Frijia and directed by Ara, Transmission opens November 8, 2017 in Toronto.

You can’t stop in the Death Zone. Above 8,000 meters, you’re already dying. When a storm traps three women, expert climbers, just below the summit of K2, they face a challenge even greater than climbing mountains: getting down. And the window is quickly closing.






Ismailova Theatre of Dance presents Escaped From The Canvas, a series of dance vignettes inspired by great works of art.

Choreographer/Director: Merey Ismailova

Dramaturge/Acting Coach/Co-Director: Ara








FLOODED - abstract physical theatre and a summer sail.  It's pelvic ridiculousness on a boat.  

For seven evenings in July, NORTH AMERICA presents an hour long performance/sail around the Toronto Islands.  It's abstract physical theatre.  It's an intimate summer boat cruise.   In this non-narrative and highly physical show, performers grow into humping dinosaurs, fight the patriarchy with luscious locks, climb bodies in search of the right embrace, and stare at the sea.  There is a mystery in every pelvis and we just might awaken yours.

Conceived & Directed by: Ara
Featuring and in collaboration with: Hayden Finkelshtain, Melanie Leon, Duncan Rowe, & Nicole Wilson

July 19-25, 2017. 6:30pm  (60 min running time)

The Pirate Life Boat, 333 Lake Shore Blvd. East, Toronto.




Ara will play Angela in Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills with Toronto's Good Old Neon theatre company.  

February 13-24, 2017 at Artscape Youngplace, Toronto.  Get tickets! 

Parallax, a science fiction comedy. The past and the future clash when one woman wants to go to a world that another woman can’t wait to leave.  

Written by Michelle Glennie and directed by Ara as part of week 2 of Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival 2017. New Ideas is a festival of new plays in development in Toronto.

March 15-19, 2017.  Get tickets!