Chanakya Mukherjee, Co-Artistic Director– Chanakya is a first generation, South-Asian settler on Turtle Island, and through travels and travails has come to call T’karanto (Toronto) his home and base of operations. He is an Actor, Writer, Theatre Maker, and is driven to hone and to widen the scope of his craft, all the while grounding his art in his experiences as an artist of color and as an immigrant. Chanakya brings with him a love for the classics, and a passion to decolonise classical texts and tap into the human experiences of such texts to uplift them.
Selected Theatre Credits – Apemantus (Spur-of-the-Moment), Bertram & Beatrice (Dauntless City Theatre), Hasan (Factory Theatre), Banquo (Shakespeare-in-Action), Bobby (Canadian Rep)
Kate Werneburg, Co-Artistic Director – Kate is originally from Ottawa, ON, which is on the unceded and traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation. Toronto-based, she is a queer settler with Niagara roots. Bringing social justice work along with artistic and administrative experience to Dauntless, she is thrilled to be stepping into leadership on this team. Highlights in acting: Carousel Players, Dauntless City Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, The Nearly-World Famous Dufflebag Theatre (bilingual troupe), Ergo Arts Theatre, A Company of Fools, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Elizabeth – Darcy. Journalism: She Does The City, Intermission Magazine. Poetry: The Quilliad.
Stevie Baker, Head of Production – Stevie is a producer, production and stage manager; and costume designer based in Toronto. She has been the Head of Production at Dauntless City Theatre since its inception. She centers queerness, anti-racism and anti-poverty in her work, life and the raising of her two daughters. Stevie has worked internationally as a stage manager with Kansas City’s MET and served as Artistic Director of The Daegu Theatre Troupe in Daegu, South Korea. She is truly overjoyed to be welcoming Kate and Chanakya to Dauntless’ leadership team.
Dauntless City Theatre is dedicated to bringing site-specific performances to non-traditional spaces. We make classical theatre more accessible to the citizens of and visitors to Toronto via pay-what-you-can outdoor performances, in an effort to ensure economical accessibility, and we continue to favour venues that are physically accessible to all patrons.
Non-traditional casting has always been an important part of our productions. We strive to broaden opportunities for talented actors of all genders, races and sexualities to explore timeless characters in new ways. When you see a Dauntless City Theatre production we want you to feel represented. We value the endless diversity of Toronto’s people, reflected in our cast and crew.