RED DRESS PRODUCTIONS (RDP) is a Toronto-based, not-for-profit, professional arts company that creates and disseminates interdisciplinary art and performance projects and works with/in communities to create public artworks. Artistic Co-Directors Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston founded RDP in 2005. Since then, RDP has: engaged 2000+ contributors in the development of 7 public artworks; produced 5 original interdisciplinary stage performances; toured to more than 10 urban and rural Canadian communities; and created 17 paid apprenticeship positions for youth under the age of 25. RDP may be contacted at: http://reddressproductions.blogspot.ca
Anna Camilleri has been cultivating a multi-disciplinary arts practice since 1995, incorporating creative writing, visual art, and performance. She is currently in her third year as Writer-in-Residence at the Triangle School, Canada’s first and only alternative high school for LGBT students. As lead visual artist (designer and lead builder), Anna has stewarded the production of 7 community engaged public artworks. Her book and radio works have been widely reviewed and cited, and she has been recognized with awards and distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, the Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress, and her performance works, talks, and workshops have been presented by arts festivals and universities across Canada, the US, and Europe.
Tristan R. Whiston is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s independent theatre community for the past 20 years as a director, writer, and performer. As co-lead artist (builder and production lead), Tristan has stewarded the production of 7 community engaged public artworks. His audio art has gained him international acclaim; Tristan wrote and directed five audio documentaries for CBC; most notably, his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio and the silver medal at the 2007 New York International Radio Programming Awards. As Artist-in-Residence at Central Toronto Youth Services (2004 to 2010 inclusive), Tristan directed Gender Play, a theatre project working with LGBTQ youth exploring issues and experiences of gender.
Red Dress Productions’ mural will appear on the front of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation at 389 Church Street in September, 2013.