On the Verge podcast launching Fall 2019. Stay tuned for details & the announcement of a whole new series of topics!

About On the Verge

On the Verge is a live interview series that brings together a panel of established Toronto theatre artists sharing pivotal moments when they found themselves on the verge of making a life-altering decision.

Facilitated by Convergence’s Julie Tepperman, the series was established in 2015, inspired by Julie & Aaron’s experiences teaching at theatre schools and being asked difficult questions, like: “Will I ever be able to be an artist AND have a family?” or “How do I know when it’s time to do something else with my life?”.

Whether you’re an artist or a curious theatre-goer, On the Verge creates space for dialogue and mentorship through the open sharing of stories and experiences that all too often remain undiscussed.


Previous On the Verge episodes

On the Verge of Starting a Family

Diane Flacks (actor & writer)
Nina Lee Aquino (Artistic Director, Factory Theatre)
Richard Lee (actor, sound designer, fight director)
Andrew Moodie (actor & playwright)
Nancy Palk (actor, director, teacher)


On the Verge of Quitting

Simon Bloom (freelance web developer – former theatre director)
Marjorie Campbell (visual artist – former actor)
Deborah Drakeford (actor & teacher)
Michael Wacholtz (realtor, actor, entrepreneur)


On the Verge of Bankruptcy

Marjorie Chan (Performer, Playwright, Director, Dramaturge, Educator, and Artistic Director, Theatre Passe Muraille)
Tova Epp (actor, tax preparer, bookkeeper)
Tony Nappo (actor)
Karen Robinson (actor)
David Yee (Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Governor General Award-winning playwright)

This panel couldn’t have come at a better time for me! You and your guests touched on so many of the questions I have recently been wrestling with and I feel very empowered and encouraged by the experiences they shared. Thank you for choosing topics that we are all thinking about but afraid to talk about!
— Patron, 2015
Money and debt are such stigmatized topics in our profession, and something that I spend a lot of time stressing about. It was such a relief to hear people at varying degrees in their careers share some of the same concerns and experiences and offer advice / share how they pulled through.
— Patron, 2016

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