Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland was formed in St. John’s in 1995. Over the past twenty years the company has come to be hailed as one of English Canada’s most daring and innovative companies. The works of Artistic Fraud and its creators, director Jillian Keiley and Robert Chafe, have played across the country to high acclaim and have garnered Jill the 2004 Siminovitch Prize for directing and Robert the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Since their inception the company has been developing a unique brand of choral stage work, the goal of which is deeply rooted in the theatrical possibilities of ensemble performance. With often minimal setting, props and technical elements the ensemble chorus is given full reign and responsibility for all visual and aural elements. Though carefully plotted and meticulously assembled, the goal of the work is the effortlessly organic; a performer driven stage where spectacle meets story.
Artistic Fraud’s long-term artistic mission is multi-fold:
to build and maintain a viably operating and artistically satisfying professional theatre company;
to operate from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador;
to promote Newfoundland and Labrador talent, as well as new techniques developed by the company, throughout the nation;
to employ these innovative techniques in the creation of original works;
to expand our regional audience base for innovative theatre practices and productions;
to enhance the reputation of Newfoundland theatre for developing new forms and standards in the industry;
and to contribute to Newfoundland’s reputation for excellence in innovative theatre.
About ARTISTIC FRAUD OF NEWFOUNDLAND INC.
Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland is a theatre company based in St.John's Newfoundland and dedicated to the creation and development of Choral based theatre- that is, original theatre pieces that feature a chorus; be it through singing, speaking or movement. The company creates the work here in Newfoundland and tours it nationally and internationally.