Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Joanna Caplan

Joanna Caplan is a Resident Artist at Double Edge Theatre. She studied theatre in Montreal at the Dawson College Theatre Program (The Dome) and holds a degree in Contemporary Philosophy and International Development Studies from the University of King’s College in Halifax. She has worked as a performer and arts educator in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. She is the creator of Total Verrückt!, and original devised solo theatre piece that tells the true story of Jewish cabaret performers held in the Dutch transit camp of Westerbork. From 1942-44, some of Europe’s greatest artists performed at Westerbork, thereby delaying their transport to death camps.

Taking its name from the Camp Westerbok Theatre Group's final production, "Total Verrückt" translates as "Totally Crazy." Inspired by the diaries of Jewish-Dutch poet Etty Hillesum, cabaret stars Max Ehrlich, Johnny & Jones, and Dora Gerson, Total Verrückt! asks questions about the necessity of art as a means of survival and an act of resistance.

Joanna Caplan developed Total Verrückt! in residency at Double Edge Theatre’s Farm Center in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Her creation process combines Double Edge’s immersive physical and visual training methodology with research into the legacy of Jewish artists as a way of accessing her own ancestral memory.

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I Have Worked With

  • December 2015

    Performed Total Verrückt! at the Baltimore Theatre Project in December 2015.

  • November 2015

    Performed Total Verrückt! at the New Orleans Fringe Festival in March 2015. This production was co-presented by Mondo Bizarro.

  • November 2015

    Performed Total Verrückt! at Double Edge Theatre in November 2015.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Joanna
Job Title/Position: 
Theatre Artist
Mailing Address: 
495 Main Street
Apartment 4
Ashfield, MA 01330
Physical Address: 
948 Conway Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Last Name: 
Caplan
Phone: 
4136280277

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Apprentice at Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield, 2011-2013
BA Combined Honours Contemporary Philosophy and International Development Studies, The University of King's College, Halifax, 2009
Professional Theatre Diploma from Dawson College, Montreal, 2005
Awards: 
N/A

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Minimum playing space - 16' x 18' · Standard playing space - 25’ x 30’ · Ceiling height - minimum of 10'; standard of 15' or higher
Ceiling height - 10-foot minimum, standard 15-foot plus
Fee Range Minimum: 
$0
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
4
Maximum Number of Performers: 
6

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Theater
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults