The Innovative Excellence of Wonderheads

A local theatre production company takes their audience on an emotional, wordless journey.

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Wonderheads co-founding artistic directors, Andrew Pheonix and Kate Braidwood. Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet.

If Wonderheads had an elevator pitch, it might describe the local theatrical production company as “live-action Pixar or a living cartoon,” says co-founding artistic director Andrew Phoenix. Wonderheads’ wordless theatrical productions are performed in full-face masks to allow the shows to use a childlike lens to explore deeper, darker themes, such as in their original production Grim & Fisher, which takes on death. “People are surprised that they go on an emotional journey; there’s magic in the masks,” says Wonderheads’ other co-founding artistic director Kate Braidwood, who spends 50 to 80 hours making each mask.

This article is from the December/January 2019 issue of Douglas.