The Pirot & Utas Team

Prior to 2004/2005 Azimuth had always had an Artistic Director and a General Manager, but after Chris Craddock resigned as Artistic Director we engaged with a new management style.

Steve Pirot (who had been President of the Board) and Murray Utas (who had been General Manager) dissolved the division of labour between management and programming and worked together with shared responsibility for artistic content.

Credits on this page document Azimuth productions under the Co-Artistic Producer tenure of Steve Pirot and Murray Utas.



The Bridge

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A Collective by iHuman Youth Society, 2005 Presented at The TransAlta Arts Barns, and developed as a collective creation with street involved youth, “The Bridge” was the product of a three-month development project to create “a new hip-hop musical”. The facilitators spent two months cultivating the voice of the collective comprised of iHumanites most of whom shared the experience of …

Theatre Yes’ ‘The Enchantment’

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Sandy Paddick with Music by Dale Ladouceur, 2007 We partnered as co-presenters with Workshop West Theatre to help bring this work to the stage, but the production was all the work of Theatre Yes, which had been developing this property since 2001. The Enchantment was a musical with a seven person cast and featured a new suite of music …

Absolute Blue

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By The Groove Co-op, 2006 This project began as the Four-In-Currency Project that was initiated to explore the idea of money, how money defines us as individuals and as a society. Through a series of turns the narrative revolved around the story of a band rehearsal. With dramaturgical reorientation the narrative focus turned around the themes of “second chances”. With …

God’s Favoured Child – A Rant

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By James Hamilton, 2007 Written and performed by Edmonton’s James Hamilton, this was the comical story of a man transformed from white-collar to homeless vagrant, and how God smiled at his fall. The show is about Benjamin who tells us the story of how he went from being a have to a have-not. The setting was an urban street corner …

Hockey Stories for Boys

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

by George Szilagyi, 2005, 2008 This project began with the need for a hockey story that was an alternative to the plethora of stories that essentially boiled down to millionaire players squabbling with billionaire owners. Hockey stories have the capacity to speak to so much more than just what happens on the ice. Hockey Stories For Boys is a Canadian …

Homeless

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Jeremy Baumung. 2007, 2008 The majority of the characters in Jeremy’s one-man show are based on people he met while working at the George Spady Centre: a 24 hour drop-in ‘harm reduction’ and detox centre in Edmonton. They are the stories of the marginalized. Homeless is a funny, searing, moving journey of the lives of those who society tries …

Su-Kat

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Steve Pirot, with music by Lane Arndt, 2008 Su-Kat was written for two actors with multiple characters and fluid transitions and a story that wove a waking reality with a dreaming reality. The show featured Steve Pirot and Kirsten Rasmussen as actors, direction by Murray Utas, and Lane Arndt as a live musician and sound designer. The production also …

Half a League

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Scott Garland, 2009 This new work was a co-presentation with Defiance Theatre. The play was discovered and developed by Defiance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Louise Casemore, through a call for submissions. The play featured Murray Utas, Garrett Spellicy, Adam Keefe, and Joel Bazin in a story of three young creatures protecting a wasteland from their own imaginations. The play’s title …

Highway 63: The Fort Mac Story

January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Emergency Architect, 2009 This project is a testimony to our outreach to small independent companies. During our 2008/2009 season, it came to our attention that Emergency Architect was looking for partners to help develop their inaugural project about the people who live in Fort McMurray. Using a combination of verbatim and improvisation, the production was recognized by local media …

The Tall Building

January 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Jill Connell, 2009 Co-produced with the playwright, this production was in many ways the largest in Azimuth Theatre’s history. In addition to the stage play The Tall Building, there was also The Tall Building Project which included the work of illustrators, the production of a zine, a collaboration with writers of short fiction broadcast on CJSR, solicitation of stories …

Free-Man On The Land

January 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Spirot with Songs & Music By Dale Ladouceur, 2011, 2013 Free-Man On The Land is another example of a play that had its ideas workshopped in production at The Living Room Playhouse, and then found placement elsewhere afterwards (The Roxy Theatre). This new work was named for the Freeman On The Land (FOTL) movement: a collection of principles that …

Apocalypse Prairie: The Book Of Daniel

January 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By The Groove Co-op, 2012 Apocalypse Prairie is what happened when a theatre company was guided by the rules of musicians rather than the storytelling idioms of theatre. In practical terms it meant abandoning plot, character, conflict, and other elements that theatre artists obsess about, and embracing flow, lyricism, and ensemble… to follow the example of a band, to create …

Saying Sorry Is Not Enough

January 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Tall Tree Theatre, 2011 This work was a spectacle of horror based on found texts relating to stories of European – Americas contact. Beginning with the words of the Angel to Mary, to the formation of the Papacy, the spreading of Christianity & Smallpox to the New World, through to the testimony of Residential Schools Survivors, Saying Sorry Is …

Woody

January 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Kristi Hansen, 2012 Presentation at The Edmonton Fringe Festival at the New City, Woody is a one-woman, multi-character, autobiographical play that takes the audience through a journey that begins at birth with a congenital disability, leads to amputation, and carries on to a fruitful and ‘normal’ life. The play explores the term “disabled”, and explore the consequences of hiding …

Sister Sukat & Brother Platypus Go To The Sea

January 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Spirot & Khiara Quigley This show was an adaptation for young audiences of a previous work Su-Kat (also by Spirot (aka Steve Pirot)). It was presented at The Snow Globe Festival of Children’s Theatre with Sydney Gross playing the role of Su-Kat: a 10 year old girl named Suzanne who is a cat when she dreams. The idea of …