Modern Times Stage Company is proud and extremely excited to welcome two new members to the team!
Steph Crothers joins us as incoming Artistic Producer and Company Manager, and Mahsa Ershadifar is our new Associate Artist and Producer. Read more about them in the biographies below.
We are eager to share some exciting programming and other news with you in the near future, so stay tuned. Modern Times will always be an organization that promotes imaginative and radical forms, narratives, and contexts in performing arts, with our sharp focus on humanism, elevating and empowering voices that have been structurally and historically not.
Welcome Steph and Mahsa!
Steph Crothers is an award-winning actor, producer, educator, and maker of things. She studied theatre in France at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, in Toronto at Humber Theatre Performance, and she is also an alumni of Sunnydale High (class of ’99!). You may recognize Steph from Planet Fabulons’ The Ruins of Zindor at Luminato Festival (2021), The Weather Channels’ Could You Survive (2020), Theatre ARTaud’s Blood and Soil (2019), or from playing Bottom in Ill Met by Moonlight (2019) — a burlesque adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that she also co-created.
Steph entered the world of producing in early 2018 with Girl Gang Cabarets — an unboxed feminist variety show that gives strength to cope with sexism, polarized politics, the glass ceiling, patriarchy and the day-to-day bullshit that we all have to put up with! She then went on to be a guest producer at Assembly Theatre.
Steph is proud to be an educator at Purple Carrots Drama Studio – an inclusive and accessible arts-based program, specializing in diverse neuro and physical abilities. Purple Carrots Drama Studio encourages growth in self awareness and social skills through the arts to help participants explore their full potential in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. When she is not acting, producing, educating or working as a bannerman for house Tyrell, Steph can be found making leather sandals in the Slytherin common room.
Mahsa Ershadifar is a bilingual (English and Farsi) performer, assistant director, stage manager and translator. She has worked with NOWADAYS THEATRE COMPANY on numerous projects, including, but not limited to: Dance of Torn Paper (2018), The Only Possible Way (Canadian Stage, 2019), Swim Team (The Theatre Centre, 2019), Winter of ’88 (Next Stage Festival, 2020), 27 Words, Miss You, Poof! (2021), From The Basement To The Roof (2021).
Upcoming:Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Crow’s Theatre / Modern Times Stage Company, October 2022). Most recent credits include Dance of Torn Papers (Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, remounted for Fringe 2021), On The Shoulders of Antonio (Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi), Chekhov in Compliance with Protocol & Chekhov on Shaw St (Directed by Siavash Shabanpour), Heart of A Dog (Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi for Next Stage Festival), Great Buddha, Help Them! (Directed by Aida Keykhaii).
Mahsa is thrilled to be working at Modern Times Stage Company with this team of amazing people. @mahsaerf