J.A.M. 2024 Showcase

Jun 09, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024 | Studio

5:00 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the achievements of our 2023-2024 Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.) Cohort!
A chance to meet this year's handpicked group of rising theatre-makers: Aidan Cottreau, Sasha Golvin, and Sophie Kastner.

Hear about what they've been working on over the course of the program and preview segments of their new works.

Past J.A.M. fellows have gone on to develop, create, and present their work on stages in Montreal and beyond. This sixth annual showcase is an exciting opportunity to see creative projects in their early stages and follow talented artists doing innovative work in all facets of the theatre world.

We invite you to stay and enjoy some Sunday refreshments with us in the ArtLounge following the presentation!






Aidan Cottreau (he/him) is an actor, writer, and theatre artist based in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal. Graduate of Acting for Theatre at Concordia University, Aidan loves creating characters such as Johnny in What Rough Beast by Alice Abracen (Centaur Theatre 2023), Milo in Red Paper by Xander Chung (MTL Fringe 2023), Tony in A Little Bit Pregnant by Kate Lavut (Toronto Fringe/MainLine 2023), and Jonah in the podcast Dreamers by Broken Crown Productions. His candid and eccentric writing can be found covering the Montreal arts scene on ForgetTheBox.ca. Under the company name A Broke Theatre, Aidan collectively devises experimental works, andhosts performance events Shruti vol. I-IV (Teesri Duniya). As part of the Segal Centre’s JAM cohort, he is continuing development of his play The Beinoni, a personal exploration of Jewish identity and mysticism. Represented by Haus of Marc talent.


Sasha is thrilled to be a participant in the current JAM program. Art as a form of telling the stories of marginalized people is an inspiration for Sasha. As a Drama Therapist Sasha believes in the power of art beyond entertainment. Since arriving in Montreal from Vancouver two years ago, Sasha has been inspired heavily by their Jewish background, as the city has been a cultural centre for the Jewish community for generations. Sasha hopes to create a clown/drag piece, which follows the origin story of Heart Dandy, a nice Jewish boy from outer space. The piece is centered around the themes of Jewish joy, acceptance, alienation, and queerness.


Sophie Kastner is a composer located in Montreal, QC. Her mission is to make opera relevant to contemporary audiences by telling stories of queer women and women who have been systemically erased from history. Sophie graduated with a Master’s in Music Composition from McGill, where she composed All Things Lovely, an opera based on the letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, in collaboration with librettist Alice Abracen. In the spring of 2022, several scenes were workshopped by Opera McGill as part of their Beta Lab New Works Initiative. Her latest project with Alice is a work of historical fiction about Eve Adams, a Polish Jewish immigrant and owner of a lesbian tearoom in Greenwich Village. Sophie is excited to be developing her new project as part of this year’s JAM cohort. She hopes that, through delving deeper into Eve’s Jewish identity, she will rediscover facets of her own.