Close Encounters Theatre
TRAIN CREATE PERFORM INNOVATE
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.
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
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
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