March 15, 2020

3:00 pm



159 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON

SKIN A CAT by Isley Lynn
First Look Staged Reading
Directed by Rebecca Ballarin
Intimacy Direction by Leslie McBay
Read by Rebecca Ostroff, Neta J Rose, and Scott Kuipers

Image credit: Bunker Theatre, London UK

It’s with an abundance of caution and concern for our audiences, volunteers, and artists well-being that we have made the tough decision to cancel this reading of Skin a Cat. We are disappointed but heath and safety are our utmost concern. If you would like to be kept up to date about a reading of this piece in the future, please email 


“Utterly radical” and “Aggressively honest, often hilarious, sometimes shocking look at sex. Theatrical perfection. Crikey. This is good.”

An endearing drama about a woman who has vaginismus suggests its writer, Isley Lynn, could be rising star. Beginning with Alana’s first period and quickly moving on to to teenage fumblings, this initially looks as if it’s just another coming-of-age tale, albeit one written with considerable charm and a laugh-out-loud comic edge. The piece has an endearing unfettered honesty. Even better, the play swerves unexpectedly and avoids becoming an issue piece, becoming an altogether more interesting meditation on difference and the crushing pressure to be what is considered normal in a highly sexualised culture. – Lyn Gardner, Guardian

We are so excited to have the opportunity to stage a reading of Isley Lynn’s piece; to explore how to integrate an intimacy director into the entire rehearsal process, to discuss the themes of consent and women’s sexuality that the piece explores, and to examine how the piece resonates in a Canadian context.

Please note: This piece contains mature content and themes, including sexual content and strong language. Recommended for ages 16 +

Rebecca Ballarin (she/her) is a theatre director and producer from Peterborough Ontario, currently based in Toronto. In addition to her training at U of T, she has completed directing workshops with a number of prominent Canadian directors, including Kim Collier, Laurel Green, and Jackie Maxwell. Recent credits include: As Director – Pearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop! (Pearle Harbour), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 7 Stories (Hart House Theatre), O (United Solo Festival), 291 (Parados Festival); As Assistant Director – The Flick (Outside the March & Crow’s Theatre), Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua (Pearle Harbour), The Haunting of Hungerford House (Tweed & Company).

Rebecca is Pearle Harbour’s Artistic Producer and the Artistic Producer of Tweed and Company Theatre. She is currently completing a Metcalf Internship with Pat the Dog.

Rebecca Ostroff is a Toronto-based writer, actor and producer. She is currently a member of Driftwood Theatre’s 2020 Playwrights Unit. Her solo show, Stella, was workshop’d at Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2019 Scripted Toronto Festival. Her other theatrical credits include, as Director: Call (Alumnae Theatre, New Ideas Festival), as Assistant Director: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (The Howland Company, Toronto Fringe), Boeing Boeing (Hart House Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Hart House Theatre). She is also a Casting Assistant at Jesse Griffiths Casting. Her personal essays and other writing have been published in a variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail.

SCOTT KUIPERS (performer)

Scott is a theatre and film actor, writer, and producer, and a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School’s Theatre Acting program. He has performed on sets and stages across Canada, and worked with a variety of theatre companies including the Festival Players of Prince Edward County and Sky Gilbert’s Cabaret Company. Scott is thrilled to be a part of Pat the Dog’s production of Skin a Cat as part of the Femme Folks Fest!

NETA J. ROSE (performer)

Neta is a Toronto-based actor and creator who has worked in Canada and the UK. She is a founding member of Create! Youth Theatre, in Scotland, now entering its 11th year, and since returning to Canada she has worn many hats. During her tenure as Artistic Producer of FIXT POINT, she toured Ontario researching, creating, and performing site-specific community-engaged multimedia works, and producing documentaries, including “The Cyprus Project”, in partnership with Driftwood Theatre.

She has recently been seen onstage in Toronto as Eurycleia in Michelle Langille’s new staging of The Penelopiad, and in Ottawa as Vicky in Darrah Teitel’s The Omnibus Bill, and Señora Policinela in Odyssey Theatre’s The Bonds of Interest.

Upcoming, Neta is producing, as well as performing in, Henry G20: an ambitious contemporary reimagining of Henry V by Christine Brubaker, set to have its world premiere in Toronto in June 2020.

LESLIE McBAY (Intimacy Director)

Leslie McBay is a performer, producer, and intimacy director. Favourite performer credits include Orphan Black (BBC America/Space), Mary Kills People (Global/Lifetime), Romeo and (her) Juliet (Headstrong Collective/Urban Bard), and The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (Dauntless City Theatre). Recent intimacy direction credits include All’s Well That Ends Well (Dauntless City Theatre), Above & Beyond (Toronto Fringe), assisting on Dancing Under a Blanket (Unwrap Theatre), Ill Met By Moonlight (Pointed Cap Playhouse) and Girl in the Machine (Seven Siblings Theatre). Leslie completed the Intimacy Choreography Pedagogy Intensive with Intimacy Directors International in spring 2019. She wants you to know that “No, but” is the new “Yes, and” and that your boundaries are important. Leslie is invested in changing the culture in our rehearsal spaces by teaching workshops, advocating for actors, and building empowering choreography. Get in touch at .