Wartime wonder. North American dream. Tragicomedienne.

Photo by Michael Cooper.

Photo by Michael Cooper.

"One of the most welcome additions to Toronto's performance scene... Pearle is glamorous, poised, and devastatingly funny." (Xtra)

“Charging into battle/performance in a series of crisp military-styled ensembles, Pearle Harbour is one of Toronto’s most successful drag theatre personalities… she’s fearless, well-read, introspective and empathetic.”
(NOW Magazine, 15 Artists to Watch)

An all-American gal who's sweet-as-pie and sharp-as-nails, Pearle Harbour was born on [information withheld], when America was still Great. During the War, she served as a stewardess aboard top-secret bomber missions, including [information withheld], and even [information withheld]

An accomplished soloist - on the boards and in the sheets - Pearle’s original works have been presented at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project, Theatre Passe Muraille, The High Performance Rodeo, Rhubarb Festival, In The Soil Festival, OUTstages, The Cultch, The Second City, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, the University of Toronto, and countless other theatres, clubs, and cabarets across Canada. She is an artist-in-residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.

Accolades include Audience Choice Award (SW17), Outstanding Solo Performance (My Entertainment World), Favourite Lead Performance (Hart House Subscribers’ Choice Award), and Dora Mavor-Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Costume Design.


Pearle Harbour Company Members

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Justin Miller (artistic director) is a queer, Toronto-based theatre artist. As a writer/creator, his work explores the ethos of bouffon, the aesthetics of drag, and a gonzo, participatory performance style that incorporate audiences as active participants in the drama. As a performer, his work has been called "riveting" (NOW) and "a tour de force" (Stage Door), has recorded voiceover for animation and audio-books, and is Dora-nominated for Outstanding Performance.

Rebecca Ballarin  (artistic producer) is a theatre director, producer, and arts administrator 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 and Jackie Maxwell. Rebecca is currently working with Animacy Theatre Collective, producing There Is No Word for Wilderness, which will be part of the Arts in the Parks programming in September 2019. She is also served as the Associate Producer (Marketing) on The Tape Escape with Outside the March. Since November 2017, Rebecca has been the Network Coordinator for SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities), which gives her the opportunity to work with communities across Ontario.

Sandra Balcovske (dramaturge) graduated from the University of Lethbridge with BA in Philosophy and spent two years in the University of Alberta Drama Department studying improvisational production. She joined The Second City, and was Creative Advisor for three years. Her work directing and dramaturging at The Second City was nominated for numerous Dora Awards. She was the director on the first full production of The Drowsy Chaperone, which went on to win several Tony Awards. Sandra was director and collaborating writer on a number of original productions, including Linda Griffiths’ Game of Inches, Karen Hines’ Pochsy’s Lips, Pochsy Unplugged, Oh, Baby, and CRAWLSPACE, and Nicky Guadagni’s Hooked. Sandra has been a writer/performer on CBC Radio and has worked extensively as a writer and story editor in television and film, including being story editor for Hines’ short films My Name is Pochsy and The Audit.

Giuseppe Condello (production/stage manager) ss a Toronto based stage manager, production manager, and theatre technician. He has stage managed for the many productions of Pearle Harbour Presents... (most recently, the touring production of Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua), the Dora Awarding winning production, Mr. Truth (Lester Trips Theatre, 2018), and production managed for the Dora Award-nominated premiere of Jeff Ho's Iphigenia and the Furies (on Taurian Land) (Saga Collectif, 2019).

Steven Conway (musical director) (they/them) is an inter-disciplinary queer performer based in Toronto. With a classical education in piano and music theory, Steven is self-taught in a wide variety of instruments and styles. They write, arrange, and perform in multiple bands, create interactive musical improvisations under the name Twin Mask, and teach music to children of all ages. Steven holds an MA from U of T’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, where they focused on the ethics and aesthetics of participatory performance, studying with the trans-continental performance art company La Pocha Nostra. They are the producer and host of BANDS & DRAG!, a monthly show series dedicated to bridging Toronto’s queer performance and music communities.


Collaborators

Kelly Anderson

Emma Bortolon-Vettor

Sara Bortolon-Vettor

Nicole Byblow

Jesse Byiers

Deanna Choi

Logan Raju Cracknell

Tom Arthur Davis

Marcel Dragonieri

Karen Hines

Keith Lam

Byron Laviolette

Kat Letwin

Jareth Li

Deborah Lim

Melissa Joakim

Edith Nataprawira

Joseph Pagnan

Jiv Parasram

Steph Raposo

Haley Reap

Mirabella Sundar-Singh

David Benjamin Tomlinson

John Turner

Amanda Wong