Shadowpath is a professional, grassroots theatre company based in York Region transforming everyday spaces into creative places. Founded by Alex Karolyi in 2002, Shadowpath engages with the public by creating in 'everyday spaces', such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, wineries, nightclubs, libraries and car dealerships. Shadowpath believes any place can be a creative space and by designing site-specific performance, an opportunity to deliver new community programming and attract new audiences.
We create original plays in response to underused space and showcase local professional performers in their home region. Some of our projects include: Plays In Cafes, The Cafe Cruise, Readings In Wineries, Hotel Solstice, Dinner With Canada and the FemmeOperative.
We are bridging the gap between female creatives and their male counterparts by offering a paid apprenticeship program to transfer skills and knowledge to future generations of female creative decision-makers. From this infusion of fabulous female energy, we have created the FemmeOperative.
This initiative features two established female creative leaders in an interview-format. The FemmeOperative encourages the existing talent and drive of up-and-coming female leaders and builds connections to successful female catalysts in arts industries.
Shadowpath is the 2016 recipient of Newmarket's Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards for Best Innovative Organization and the Town of Richmond Hill's Creativity Connected Awards Best New Innovation for The Cafe Cruise project in 2016.
Alex Karolyi is the founding Artistic Director of Shadowpath and one of the only women across Canada to run her own charitable theatre company (for the past 16 years). She is the recipient of the Leading Women, Leading Girls Award presented to her by MPP Chris Ballard and was a recent Invited Contributor at the Canadian Arts Summit in PEI.
Shadowpath looks forward to continued creative engagement within suburban communities - transforming everyday spaces into creative places, everyday residents into creative citizens and providing more opportunities for female artistic entrepreneurs to thrive in their professional pursuits.