The Tashme Project: The Living Archives

April 2-13
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Praise for The Tashme Project: The Living Archives:

“It is delicate work that Manning and Miwa have undertaken here, something clearly sacred and powerful to them: an honouring of cultural and personal histories that may disappear if the living archive of Nisei passes away without sharing what happened.” -Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives is something I feel everyone should see and learn about. Canada is not guilt-free when it comes to atrocities committed during times of war and it’s about time Canadians learn more about that time and recognize it.” -Samantha Wu, Mooney on Theatre

“The physical presence of Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa onstage is a testament to the ways in which skilled performers can bring stories and characters to life that defy traditional modes of ‘realistic’ representation, and in doing so, add an intense and moving element to the reality of marginalized bodies throughout Canada’s extremely conflicted history.” -Bateman Reviews

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives is an award-winning verbatim theatre play that traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (or 2nd Generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, WW2 internment and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. The Nisei, now in their 70’s and 80’s, were children at the time of internment and their stories of adventure and play are presented in sharp relief with the more common internment narratives of hardship and injustice.

Made up of 20 interwoven interviews with Nisei from Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Montreal and Vancouver, the piece moves from voice to voice, story to story with fluidity and with a purposeful and constructed gracefulness.

Written and performed by Matt Miwa and Julie Tamiko Manning, The Tashme Project is an embodiment of Nisei character, language, spirit and story.  The actors portray the voices of both men and women interviewees as they seek a deep emotional and spiritual connection with the stories of their elders.



Julie is an award-winning Montreal actor and theatre creator. Selected acting credits include: Annie in Jean Dit (Théâtre D’Aujourd’hui), Elena in Butcher (Centaur), Isabella Bird in Top Girls (Segal), Emilia in Othello (Scapegoat Carnivale), Titania in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Repercussion), and Mrs. Truscott in Innocence Lost (Centaur). Her first play Mixie and the Halfbreeds (with Adrienne Wong), a play about mixed identity in multiple universes, was recently produced by fuGEN in Toronto and is on the list 49 Plays by Women of Colour That You Can program Tomorrow: She is working on her third play, Mizushōbai, commissioned by Tableau D’Hôte Theatre about Kiyoko Tanaka Goto, a Japanese picture-bride turned ‘underground’ business woman in 1930’s British Columbia. She is proud to be a mentor with Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program.


Matt is a theatre, performance and video artist based in Ottawa Ontario, where he works to build bridges and collaboration between cultural communities. Matt proudly serves on the board of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association and is a modest tenor 2 in the Coeur gaie d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus.

In Video, Matt recently premiered his new narrative short Murder at the Circus (created in collaboration with Lesley Marshall) and is currently at work with Lesley creating their latest performance video Matt on a Hot Tin Roof and with Montreal’s Tyler Reekie, creating The Untrue History of Tom Cruise.

For theatre, Matt is currently in residency with the Ottawa Fringe’s undercurrents theatre festival in which he is writing and directing his new piece entitled, “Bold Woman, Love!” a dream play which reinterprets the story of Electra.

Selected acting credits include 2nd Priest in Murder in the Cathedral (Third Wall Theatre); Jacob in Little Martyrs (Evolution Theatre); Swiss Cheese in Mother Courage (NAC-English Theatre); He in Someone`s Going to Come (Unicorn Theatre); and the Schmurz in The Empire Builders (Third Wall Theatre).


Mike Payette is a Montreal-based actor and director who has appeared at some of Canada’s finest theatres including The Citadel, MTYP, Vertigo, Banff Centre, The Grand, Factory Theatre, Neptune, and the National Arts Centre, as well as with great local companies Geordie, Black Theatre Workshop, Imago, Repercussion Theatre, Scapegoat Carnivale, Infinitheatre, Segal Centre and Centaur among others.  Directing credits include Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop), A Line in the Sand and Another Home Invasion (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre), Hosanna and Choir Boy (Centaur), Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie) and Lorena Gale’s Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop/Tableau D’Hôte) which will be touring to the National Arts Centre and Factory Theatre in Spring 2019.  Mike is a two-time Montreal English Theatre Award (META) recipient, was the co-founding Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, and was Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop – he is currently the proud Artistic Director of Geordie Productions, one of Canada’s leading Theatre for Young Audiences companies.  Mike would like to give special thanks to Julie, Matt and the entire team for inviting him into this beautiful journey.


George is a new media producer, specializing in the production of online videos and projection design for live performance and events. He has designed video for the Segal Centre, Centaur, National Arts Centre, Copa De Oro, Geordie productions, Crow’s Theatre and Infinithéâtre. Currently, George is working on the video design for the Segal Centre’s production of The Dybbuk as well as Juste Pour Rire’s production of Grease. He also produces videos for the Segal Centre’s marketing department, works as a director and editor for Eclipse Productions and coaches video design for the National Theatre School.


Patrick is a multimedia artist and electronic musician based in Montreal. The Tashme Project marks his first sound design credit. Past video design credits include, The Graduate (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2013), Same Time Next Year (2012), Scientific Americans (2012), and Equus (2011) for the Segal Centre, The Book of Bob (2014) and Innocence Lost (2013) for the Centaur Theatre, and The Leisure Society (2012) for Infinitheatre. In the fall of 2014 he was a artist resident at Medea Electronique’s Koumaria Residency in Greece and presented his work at the Onassis Cultural Centre in    Athens.

Patrick is currently working on the video design for The Dybbuk (Segal Centre) and Grease (Just For Laughs). A Montreal native, he is a graduate of the Concordia University Communication Studies program.


Based in Montreal, Isabel was a participant of the 2014-2015 Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship        Program. She is also a graduate of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Production Program. Last season, Isabel worked on Centaur Theatre’s The 39 Steps, Porte Parole’s The Assembly and the Segal Centre’s The Angel and The Sparrow.


Rebecca is the Head of Movement at the National Theatre School of Canada. She holds a BFA in Theatre from       Concordia University and an MA in Training Actors (Specialisation in Movement) from Guildhall School of  Music and Drama. Rebecca works as a teacher, coach and movement dramaturge/director. She has worked at     Concordia University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral Mexico, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Tableau d’Hote Theatre, Necessary Angel, Shakespeare by the Bow and the Tashme Project. Working with the Tashme Project team and on this story has been an extraordinary experience for her.


James Lavoie is a Montreal-based designer for live performance. He holds a Master’s degree in Scenography from Central Saint Martins in the UK. He has designed over 80 productions of theatre Circus or Dance in Canada and abroad. Most recently he designed the costumes for Cirque Du Soleil’s new show BAZZAR. Other notable projects include; costume design for the, Set and costume design for Jordan Tannahill’s Sunday in Sodom and Botticelli in the Fire at The Canadian Stage Company, Set and Costume Design for Juste Pour Rire’s production of the musical Grease, Set and costume design for: Pig at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, Innocence Lost co-produced by the National Arts Centre and Centaur Theatre, and Greg Kramer’s Sherlock at the Segal Centre.



Laurence was part of the 2010 promotion in set and costume design at the NTS. Since then, she has worked on many plays (sets: “Magicien d’Oz”, “L’Éveil du Printemps” the musical; costumes: “Macbeth”, “The Poster”, “La Chasse-Galerie”, “Le Clown”, ‘’Motherhouse’’; assisting : Eo Sharp, James Lavoie and Danielle Lévesque), operas, with director Oriol Tomas (costumes: “Le Consul”, ‘’Don Pasquale, ‘’Les Caprices de Marianne’’, sets and  costumes: “Don Giovanni” on which she started her European career in 2013) and a few circus shows assisting James Lavoie.

Coming in 2014 : Assisting James Lavoie on ‘’Grease’’ (production: Juste pour rire) and set design for ‘’La vieille demoiselle’’ (production: Théâtre Fracas)


Since graduating from NTS, David has designed over 70 theatre shows and he has done lighting for visual arts shows, corporate galas, dance and musical shows. After almost twenty years of this life, he still believes that light in all its forms is worth looking into more closely.