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Trevor Copp, Artistic Director

Trevor founded Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) in 2009, a professional company that emphasizes highly physical and social-issue-oriented work. He completed Theatre Studies at Waterloo, an MA at Guelph, and Mime at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris.


As a devised theatre co-creator, Trevor performed/directed in TBT’s First Dance, The Second Life, Searching for Marceau, and MT Space’s The Last 15 Seconds, Body 13, and Amal. These 6 shows performed multiple times at the Theatre Passe Muraille, Grand Theatre, Firehall Theatre, and as part of Theatre Aquarius seasons, the IMPACT 09/11/13/15, Magnetic North, Prismatic, Undercurrents, In the Soil, and Canoe festivals. They were also taken on national tours and a tour of the Middle East, Tunisia, Egypt, Germany, and Albania. As an actor, he also performed in TBT’s Thom Pain, Home Free, and The Ends of the Earth; Oakville Festival of the Classics’ Pericles; Theatre & Company’s Beauty and the Beast, Metamorphosis, Ten Times Two, and Barefoot in the Park; and Motus O Dance Theatre’s The Shunning.


Trevor is also a former latin/ballroom dance competitor and has coached Canada’s 2 sets of World Amateur Salsa Champions. He co-invented a gender neutral form of partner dancing whose talk has garnered 800,000 views and led to further international speaking engagements. Trevor went from street busking to professional mime and creating/touring his solo physical shows which have performed to over 10,000 audience members. He is currently on the performer's rooster with Cirque du Soleil. He has taught/coached physical Theatre for The Shaw Festival, CanStage/Studio 180, Theatre Beyond Words, Pat the Dog Playwright Centre, Zacada Circus, Irish Classical Theater, The Iberoamerican Festival in Bogota, and in the university theatre departments of Guelph, Waterloo, Niagara, Brock and McMaster. He has been recognized with the Hamilton Theatre Award, the Burlington Artist of the Year Award, the Ontario Presenters Artist of the Year Award, and a Chalmer’s Fellowship. His work has been featured in the Canadian Theatre Review,, CBC Television, WholeNote, and the Dance Current. Trevor's practice as an artist is captured here.

Alma Sarai, Associate Artistic Director/Manager of Summer Shakespeare Series

Alma is an artist and arts advocate from Burlington, ON and a proud graduate from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto-Mississauga joint program with Sheridan College. With roots in Hamilton, Alma has sung with the Hamilton Children's Choir, performed and taught at Theatre Aquarius' various programmes, and danced since the tender age of 3. She is currently an actor and Associate Producer with Tottering Biped Theatre, an actor with 'It's a Mystery to Me,' and has gone international with TLV's "Escape Show" facilitating online escape rooms. Alma also works with various other local education programs, helping to promote youth education and development through the arts.

Lee Shirk, Accountant

'Money makes the world go 'round....'

TBT's Board


Colin Umbach, President


‘I disregard you entirely and declare myself emperor’ – from ‘The Insect Play’


Henny Hamilton, Vice President


‘Common sense is not so common.’ – Voltaire


Laura Shirk, Board Member


‘My job is to get everything done. Trevor’s job is to prevent me.’


Adrial Fitzgerald, Board Member


‘They should have never let me use the alphabet.’ - Will Eno, Tragedy: A Tragedy

Alma Sarai, Board Member

'Okay, That's- that's me. Call me, we can talk more about it.' -Michael Cera 

Rebecca Durance Hine, Board Member 

'We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering.' - Mystery Men 

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