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HISTORY

Natalie FeheregyhaziNatalie Feheregyhazi founded Apuka Theatre in the early Fall of 2010. With the help of director Rod Ceballos, Apuka Theatre mounted its first production: Terrence McNally's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. The production took place in late November in a rented studio loft of Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood.

Natalie Feheregyhazi is a European trained, Canadian actress who grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the daughter of Persephone Theatre's former Artistic Director Tibor Feheregyhazi.

Tibor Feheregyhazi died in 2007 following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. “Apuka”, the diminutive form of father in Hungarian was chosen as the company name to honour his memory.

In Summer 2011, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, Apuka Theatre mounted its second production: Michel Tremblay's LA DUCHESSE DE LANGEAIS which garnered nods for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Direction from NOW Magazine.

2013 saw the production of LADY JULIE, Feheregyhazi's adaptation of August Strindberg's MISS JULIE. LADY JULIE doubled as a fund and awareness-raiser for Ernestine's (a women's shelter located in the Greater Toronto Area). As such, it was adapted and staged to highlight the original text's themes of sexuality, dominance and social mores that continue to perpetuate domestic violence today.

Feheregyhazi currently splits her time between France and Canada where she is developing Apuka's 2015/2016 productions.

MANDATE

To foster interconnectedness through naturalist and realist principles and to explore themes of the heart and of human relationships in site-specific settings.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2013 – Lady Julie from August Strindberg, adapted by Natalie Feheregyhazi

2011 – La Duchesse de Langeais from Michel Tremblay

2010 – Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune from Terrence McNally

Design/Build: imagin.ca