Sep 18, 2020

Vancouver, BC — Embracing the current conditions, the fall semester at Studio 58 is well underway. First in the line-up of public performances is The Doll’s House Project, a reimagined, ensemble production based on Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Acclaimed actor Laara Sadiq directs for the first time at Studio 58.

The project examines a classic play—written by a privileged white man about a woman’s self-emancipation from oppression—as told by a troupe of young actors, in the midst of a global pandemic and massive social upheaval. Safely apart, but together, the members of the diverse ensemble take turns stepping into multiple roles and each contributes to the unfolding of Nora’s journey as she breaks free from a restrictive marriage. This stripped down staging focuses on voices, bodies in motion, and live music, and asks the question, “How did we get here?”.

Sadiq says, “How does an ensemble create a piece of theatre under present circumstances—in masks and spaced six feet apart? We adapt. We’re finding modes of expression that transcend their confines. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And where there’s a story to be told, we will tell it!”

Creative Team
Directed by Laara Sadiq
Musical composition & direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Movement direction & choreography by Noam Gagnon
Set & costume design by Jessica Oostergo
Lighting design by Alan Brodie
Stage management mentorship by Susan Miyagishima

Streaming Details
A free livestream will take place on Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM, followed by a live talkback with the cast. The recording will be available to view until October 17. Sign-up to receive the link to watch at

About Studio 58
Studio 58 is the professional theatre training program at Langara College, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Under the direction of Kathryn Shaw, it offers nationally recognized training for both actors and production personnel. More information at

About Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as 'house of teachings', a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49, an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.

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Linda Pitt