An Irresistible Urge To Do Something Inadvisable

From October 19th to 23rd, 2021

This show will also be streamed online, no reservation required. For more information, click here.

And click here to book your tickets for the live show

The Graduating Class of 2022 in Acting, Production Design and Technical Arts, and Set and Costume Design presents An Irresistible Urge To Do Something Inadvisable, directed by Jani Lauzon

  • Presented at the Studio Hydro-Quebec of the Monument-National Campus in the Quartier des spectacles
  • In English
  • From October 19 to October 23, 2021

This show will also be streamed live!

Live Stream

Each performance of An Irresistible Urge to Do Something Inadvisable will be live streamed on Vimeo. No reservation required, direct admission through the following links:

Tuesday October 19th at 7:30 PM EDT

Wednesday October 20th at 7:30 PM EDT

Thursday October 21st at 7:30 PM EDT

Friday October 22nd at 7:30 PM EDT

Saturday October 23rd at 1:00 PM EDT

Download the program here.

About the Play

12 superheroes, residing on their private spaceship, are welcoming two new recruits to their group, when suddenly… their world is rocked. Struck with the task of reconstructing a broken world, they are forced to examine their purpose as ‘superheroes’, and the cost of being burdened with such power. In order to do so, they must embark on a dangerous mission, and dive into the deep unknown.

About the Director

Jani Lauzon is a multidisciplinary artist of Métis ancestry. She is a nine-time Dora nominated actor/director/writer, a three time Juno-nominated singer/songwriter, an award-winning screen actress, a Gemini Award winning puppeteer and a Toronto Theatre Critics award-winning director.

(Photo credit: Howard J. Davis)

Read more on Jani Lauzon

"Collaborative creation is a unique process. It often requires extensive ensemble training, lots of improv and exploration on our feet, which was complicated due to COVID restrictions. In my experience it requires designers to be in the room from the beginning, which we partially achieved early in the process. When speaking with past facilitators, it was recommended that I come in with a concept, a basic structure. When I proposed the concept for “An Irresistible Urge to do Something Inadvisable” I thought it would be interesting to create a show that was, in its own way, a land acknowledgement; not just in honour of Indigenous people of this land, but in homage to our ancestors worldwide. Other than the puppetry, it was the acting students who identified the pedagogical aspects they wanted to incorporate. Each and every one of the students in this production have given their all, have invested their hearts and souls, have worked hard to create a script, have collaborated in meaningful ways, have stretched themselves artistically and as an ensemble have created a rich compelling journey that we hope will do what theatre does best; make us feel, engage and be inspired."

- Jani Lauzon


Trailer created by NTS 2022 graduating class.



Henry Beasley A3
(New Westminster, BC)
ɦə, Terum

Charles Brien A3
(Quebec City, QC)
Ricky "Sniff" Snitch

Brandon Lee Carabin A3
(Cape Breton, NS)
Boomer Phillips

Kira Chisholm A3
(Fredericton, NB)
Jezebel, Whisper

Rais Clarke-Mendes A3
(Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
Miz Coconut, Ribambello 2, KanChan

Reena Jolly A3
(Winnipeg, MB)
Count Feyere, Terum

Heeyun Park 박희윤 A3
(Edmonton, AB / Seoul, South Korea)
소보레 (so-bo-re)

Blake Pyne A3
(Cultus Lake, BC)
A.D. Rundle or Gary, Spirit of the Tree, Whisper

Riel Reddick-Stevens A3
(Dartmouth, NS)
Pinkie Rebel, KanChan, Whisper

Anaka Sandhu A3
(Winnipeg, MB)
Mr. President, Whisper

Enya Watson A3
(Smithers, BC)
Mir Vintitheramson Breach, KanChan, Whisper

Jared Wonago A3
(Edmonton, AB)
Lyndon B. Johnson, Ribambello 1, KanChan

Quincy Armorer
(Associate Director of the Acting Program)
Daddy Q.

Additional Choreography Rais Clarke-Mendes A3, Riel Reddick-Stevens A3, Reena Jolly A3, Dance Captains Kira Chisholm A3, Riel Reddick-Stevens A3, Fight Captain Kira Chisholm A3, Music Captains Blake Pyne A3, Heeyun Park 박희윤 A3


Cole Hayley PW3
(Elliston, NL) 

Set & Props Designer
Claire Macaulay SCD3
(Mississauga, ON)

Costume Designer
Marisol Vachon SCD3

Lighting Designer
Jaxun Maron
(Salt Spring Island, BC)

Sound Designer
Drew Lyall PDTA3
(Kimberley, BC)

Video Designer & Puppet Designer
Aidan Sparks PDTA3
(Salmon Arm, BC)

Livestream Director
Julian Smith
(Norman’s Cove, NL)

Production Manager
Marshall Kidd PDTA3
(Quispamis, NB)

Technical Director
Mitchell Labrosse PDTA3
(Ottawa, ON)

Stage Manager
Wei Qing Tan PDTA3

Assistant to the Set Designer
Vivienne Angélique SCD3
(Hamburg, Germany)

Assistants to the Costume Designer
Mingyeong Lee SCD3

Assistant Technical Director Charlotte Baker PDTA2, Production Assistant & 2nd Assistant Technical Director Thomas Giroux PDTA2, Head Carpenter Caroline Nowacki PDTA2, Assistant Stage Managers Zach Weibel PDTA2

and Jessica Campbell-Maracle PDTA1, Head Electrician Anthony Allan PDTA2, Head of Sound Jordana Natale PDTA2, Head of Video Andrea McMillan PDTA2, Head of Livestream Isabella Robert PDTA2

Crew May Nemat Allah PDTA1, Bea Crowther PDTA1, Delton Kreller PDTA1, Matt Lalonde PDTA1, Matthew Lawler PDTA1, Byron Mojo Noble PDTA1, Alex Sinclair PDTA1, Lia Wright PDTA1

Props, Additional Costumes, Scenic Paint and Puppets Crew Claire Aldridge SCD1, Julia Allehaux Villano SCD1, Sahdia Cayemithe-Daceus SCD1, David Henrich SCD1, Saffiya Kherraji SCD1, Kathlyne Levesque-Caron SCD1, Clara Pinto SCD1, Pen Tsin SCD1


Movement Rebecca Harper, Voice Lisa Cromarty, Dialect Kirsten Hawson, Music Floydd Ricketts, Set & Costume Design Cathia Pagotto, Lighting Design Michelle Ramsay, Sound Design Rob Denton, Video Design Amelia Scott (Production Design & Technical Arts 2014), Livestream Jesse McMillan, Production Management Andrea Lundy, Stage Management Neha Ross, Technical Direction Dave Surette (Production Design & Technical Arts 1996), Scenic Painting Veronique Pagnoux, Props Angela Rassenti, Props Assistant Ximena Pinilla (Set and Costume Design 2020), Master Carpenter Guillaume Simard, Head Carpenter Christian Larochelle, Technical Supervision Marjorie Lefebvre, Stage Carpenter Jérémie Bérubé, Head of Lighting Francis Hamel, Puppetry Patrick Martel, Fight Direction Anita Nittoli


The CNESST has agreed to grant a waiver to superior art schools, so that they can follow the same rules imposed on professionals in the cultural sector.

This means that NTS benefits from the exception allowing a group of students from a superior art school to be considered as a small stable work team (as defined by the CNESST) as long as all the acting students are double vaccinated.

Therefore, the cast of An Irresistible Urge To Do Something Inadvisable will not be masked during the show.

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  • Tuesday October 19 at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 20 at 7:30 PM
  • Thursday October 21 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday October 22 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday October 23 at 1 PM


Monument-National Campus | Quartier des spectacles
Studio Hydro-Quebec
1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent


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