THE COMPANY + THE MEMBERS

NewTeatro Theatre Company was established in Toronto in 2007 with very specific mandates and purpose:

  • To promote and produce Ibero-American theatre, writers and its culture.
  • To create performance opportunities for emerging actors in Canada with special focus in minority groups.
  • To embrace multiculturalism and combine traditional aspects of Hispanic theatre with influences of modern tendencies to create a new lens through which to view Hispanic writers and stories.

NewTeatro is continually working towards establishing itself as a company that provides new, innovative, and multi-cultural theatre experiences in Toronto. By engaging performers and artists from different backgrounds and levels of experiences, we continue to strive to stand out as a unique and diverse company that is making a significant contribution to Toronto's cultural life.


NewTeatro incessantly searches to create unique and interesting performances by integrating multicultural elements found in our societies such as the use of bilingualism while performing, flares of folklore from different backgrounds, thoughts and tendencies. Furthermore, NewTeatro strongly believe there shouldn't be language barriers to communicate, so it heavily integrates physical ground rules elements to speak the texts without the spoken word.


We aim to fill the gap of Hispanic theatre presented in our city, not only for the benefit of the members of our community, but also to further enrich the experience of all Canadians in this great multi-cultural city. To this end, we present our work in English, Spanish and bilingual, accompanied by the respective translation using sur-titles so we can reach out to everyone. 

MEMBERS' BIOS

Francisco Orta
Artistic Director / Founder

Francisco has a long history with the arts with special focus in theatre, with studies in Venezuela, Spain and most recently, Canada. Since his arrival in Canada in Dec. 2005, has been actively working on establishing himself as an active theatre artist. The first year he decided to broad his acting knowledge by enrolling at The Toronto Film School where he focused his attention on acting for camera. In addition, he took classes at The Professional Actors Lab and flamenco classes with Esmeralda Enrique. At the same, in 2006, Francisco founded NewTeatro Theatre Company with the specific purpose of promoting Latin American theatre and opening a space for new talents. To date, he has directed and produced plays such as Divorcees, Evangelists, and Vegetarians, The Deceased Woman and The Adventures of Uncle Tiger and Aunt Rabbit, appearing in the latter two. In 2009 was the turn for the highly acclaimed The House of Bernarda of Bernarda Alba and in 2010 the modern piece Hamelin, 1st piece fully performed in Spanish with English Surtitles; project that was awarded by the Toronto Arts Council. Currently we are re-mastering Hamelin for 2011 with a totally new approach and partial cast. Francisco also appeared at the Hispanic Fest 2007 with his mime character Antonio

Francisco has collaborated with DramaWay, a theatre company that addresses the needs of challenged teens. He has held acting classes for children at the Spanish School Center in Etobicoke. In 2007 Francisco and his company were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Association of Hispanic-Canadian Teachers (APH-C) for contributing to the promotion and enhancement of the Spanish language in the city. 

Christopher Sawchyn
Associated Artist / Choreographer

Christopher Sawchyn has been active in the industry for over twenty years. As an actor, singer, dancer & physical comedian he has performed both live and onscreen in Canada, the US & overseas.
As a teacher, he has been on the faculty of both the Toronto Film School since 2005 and the new acting program at Seneca College since its 2009 inception. Christopher’s been instrumental in creating structure for both programs. He has taught Acting, Movement, Clown, Improv & Stage Combat both to actors as well as animators. Christopher has introduced VIEWPOINTS to both curriculums with much success.

Additionally, he’s taught theatre arts for CanStage, DramaWay & the ISB in Brussels, Belgium. Christopher has taught workshops from Edmonton, AB. to Cornwall, ON. and was recently a teaching artist with Join the Dance Canada for several years. A founding member of Teatro Scaramouche,
Christopher has joined his fellow artists in bringing original productions and workshops to high school students in the GTA.

Mr. Sawchyn has been an associate artist for New Teatro since its inception and has enjoyed a few seasons with Mirador Productions as Director and Choreographer. Other choreography credits include the companies’ Rogue & Peasant and The Specials.

Currently, Christopher is directing/choreographing a musical comedy for the Toronto Fringe called A Depper Kind of Love (Kat & the MP3 productions) and, yes, it’s about Johnny Depp.

Julio Ospina
Producer / Voice Coach

Julio Ospina began his career at a very young age. His first performance on-stage was with the opera “Carmen” as part of the street kids’ choir. He starts acting school  in 2005 at the University del Valle in Cali, Colombia under the direction of Ma Zhengong, Alejandro Gonzales Puche, and Canadian Everett Dixon, all of them graduated from the Russian academy of arts GITIS. He has worked in different productions such as “Roberto Zucco” playing Roberto, “Ashes to Ashes” from Pinter and most recently he debuted in Toronto with two plays from Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca: “Blood wedding” (Leonardo) and “The house of Bernarda Alba” (Magdalena). Currently, He attends to the theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto where last year he wrote, developed and co-starred an acrobatic piece with no text as part of an investigation for an independent student production. He also takes in-camera acting classes and audition technique classes with award winner actor and director Walter Alza. He is working with NewTeatro since last year controversial “The house of Bernarda Alba”. This year he will be playing Rivas and Josemari in the recurring NewTeatro’s production, Hamelin

Amanda Piron
Public Relations


This is Amanda’s first production with New Teatro! She is about to enter her fourth and final year of the Theatre and Drama studies program at both Sheridan College and University of Toronto. Her past roles include Edith in The Women (Theatre Erindale) and Ree in If (Playwrights of Spring). When she is not acting she can usually be found advocating and speaking at various events benefitting the MS society. Words I live by?

"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things." — George Carlin

Sara Gaitán
Graphic Designer

" Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it " (Ez. 1:26)

"La razón de la sinrazón que a mi razón se hace, de tal manera mi razón enflaquece, que con razón me quejo de la vuestra fermosura." (Don Quijote de la Mancha)