Close  Encounters Theatre


Close Encounters Theatre (CET) was formed by Tara Brodin and Joanne Willmott in 2018.  


CET is a dynamic performance company delivering original and highly physical productions.  We offer unique training opportunities for youth and adults in drama, dance & art.  Our repertoire is inspired by physical theatre, comedy, improvisation, mask, and poetic storytelling. Our devising process is highly collaborative. We invite all performers to exchange ideas and skills to passionately pursue a creative vision.

Tara Brodin

Artistic Director


University of Alberta  - Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Specialising in Physical Comedy

Grant MacEwan University - Theatre Arts Diploma

Specialising in Acting and Musical Theatre

University of Alberta - Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)

Specialising in Theatre and Music

Tara is a director, theatre artist and physical comedy specialist. She believes that a willingness to be vulnerable lies at the heart of innovation and creativity.  Tara encourages performers to embrace their missteps and to celebrate them with an enthusiastic TA-DA!  She invites them to rediscover their pleasure in play and uncover the authentic artist within. 

Excuse me...this is the truth!  - Director, co-writer/creator. 

A charming and laugh out loud piece - Edmonton Journal 

Uproariously funny, a solid romantic comedy - Edmonton Sun 

Unusually imaginative, spot on comedic timing and tremendous writing - SEE Magazine  

Don't Make Fun of Jesus - Director, dramaturge. Winner of Winnipeg Best of  Fest. 

Don't make fun of Jesus is funny stuff - Calgary Herald

Exhilarating, life-affirming and always hilarious - CBC Winnipeg

Some of the funniest comedy bits we've ever heard - Winnipeg Sun

Taking Out the White Trash - Director, dramaturge. Winner of Winnipeg Best of Fest. 

This hilarious show puts a comedy nail in the coffin - CBC Winnipeg

See Bob Run - Director.  

Everything and anything should be admired about the production right from the acting to the staging.  See Bob Run is clever, intelligent and incredibly moving - SEE Magazine 

Urge to Kill  - Co-creator/writer/actor. 

Hilarious side characters get thrown into the mix, keeping the show alive from start to finish...the performances were spot on. Ultimately, a dark and thought-provoking work - SEE Magazine

Assassins  - Actor/singer.

In terms of straight acting, my personal favourites are Tara Brodin as Moore, who has moments of Kristen Wiig-like brilliance (SNL) while bumbling towards shooting Gerald Ford - SEE Magazine

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris - Actor/singer.

Tara Brodin is the soprano. She wrings the heart when she opens her mouth. Fringe Pick of the Day! I loved it. An emotional cement mixer - CBC Edmonton

Tara has a powerful and lovely clown... fierce and naughty and full of regret. Beautiful - Christopher Bayes, Yale School of Drama

Joanne Willmott

Creative Director

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Laban Centre London - Bachelor of Arts Honours

Specialising in Dance Theatre

Plymouth University England - Qualified Teacher Secondary Education

Specialising in the Performing Arts

Joanne is a director, choreographer and movement specialist.  Her work explores improvisation, intentionality and the concept of space, questioning how architecture informs movement and how it interacts with the performer. Joanne challenges ideas of performance venues with site-specific work in unusual spaces.  Having set up established companies in the UK, she has toured, created original works and delivered workshops in dance, drama and choreography internationally.  Joanne's work has taken place in London, New York, Berlin, the Gambia, Bangalore and she now resides and is developing new work in Zürich. 

A Restless Mind  - Labor Gras & Dock 11, Berlin

The Secret Wedding Intervention - Hoxton Square, London

Choreographic Investigation - Dance New Amsterdam, New York

Arrival Tour - The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, The Clocktower, Swindon Arts Centre, Regal Theatre, Truro College, Yeovil College, The Merlin Theatre, UK, Fiji Festival, Portugal 

Ontogenesis - The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, UK, Fitij Festival Portugal

New Journeys - Bangalore, India, Facets 2006 

Performing Arts Festival - The Gambia

Joanne's work is always emotionally charged and creatively driven  - Chris Fogg, Dramaturgist & Producer

Jo's choreography is inspired and intelligent. Her physical theatre creations are imaginative and powerful - she's a joy to work with - Sarah O'Keefe, Director of Scenario Role-Play, London

Meet  Our Current Artists


Melissa  Tranchet

Drama and Dance Specialist


Emma Kelly 

Script Writer




Dance Specialist


Sivan Perlstein

Dance Specialist


Milica Lazic

Music Director 


Sally Grant

Artist/Scenic Designer


Katherine Quigg

Dance Specialist