Grassboots Theatre is an artist-run company that celebrates the human spirit through socially relevant stories.  We prioritize work devised through physical theatre practices, research driven creation, and collaboration. Our three areas of focus are performance, community engagement, and the Grassboots Studio- a  space currently in renovation designed to serve as  an artist residency and working studio space for creators.

Who We Are

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Peyton Le Barr

Peyton is a theatre artist based in the Peterborough County, Ontario. She has been a professional actor for over a decade and has performed in Canada, the UK, and Russia.  In 2014 Peyton became the co-producer of Spiel Players, a Toronto based theatre collective that developed new translations and adaptations of European plays.  With a special interest in physical theatre, Peyton continues to perform, direct, and produce independent productions, many of which are connected to her activism and her passion for using art for social change.  In 2017 Peyton was a guest artist at Humber, facilitating workshop in site specific performance.  As a facilitator, Peyton has developed a number of successful arts

programs and continues to develop new ways to integrate the arts into.  Starting in the fall of 2019 Peyton will be partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society to develop creative storytelling workshops. 2016, Peyton was identified as an emerging leading female artist through an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and received a year long apprenticeship in artistic direction with Shadowpath Theatre Productions.  In 2019 Peyton was awarded a Metcalf Internship and is currently working in theatre production at Public Energy Performing Arts.

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Peyton holds an MFA (with merit) from East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex and a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor.

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Chris Whidden

Chris is a Peterborough based theatre writer and performer with a focus on mask, clown and physical storytelling. As a creator and collaborator his work is aimed at producing art with a view on social impact and change.


Chris has been a professional actor for 9 years actively working across the Toronto theatre scene and Ontario as far as up to Manitoulin Island. As a writer Chris has had two plays produced Welcome to Hell! and Roaring Robert, the latter of which was produced by Shadowpath Theatre including a sold out performance in the Toronto Fringe Festival.  In 2017 Chris partnered with Animacy Theatre

Collective, Toronto Green Peace and Toronto 350 to create a collaborative mask performance piece based around climate justice and the Degrowth movement.  In 2019, in addition to his work in theatre Chris started a YouTube channel that is currently sitting at almost 50,000 subscribers.

 

Chris is a graduate of the Performance Acting program from Ryerson University where he received his BFA and the Edna Khubyar Award for excellence in performance.