Help us develop Shadow Girls

We're partnering with the Gladstone Hotel and grass roots artist collective Blank Canvas to present our first full length version of Shadow Girls after two years of workshopping-- including presentation at the Rhubarb Festival! A production that blends performance with overhead projector art in an intimate twenty seat room at the trendy Queen West arts + culture hub, the Gladstone Hotel.

Rehearsal footage from our Rhubarb 2017 workshop featuring co-creators Keshia Palm and Claren Grosz appearing as Amelia and Maggie.

Shadow Girls envelops audience members in transformative, otherworldly images as it details the relationship of Maggie and Amelia: two women whose attempts at an intimate relationship are complicated by a fraught mutual history involving years of separation following an adolescent hook-up-and-break-up. Projectionists manipulate the 360 degree projections in real time in front of the audience alongside the performance-- the result is experiential. Saturated with rich imagery and intimate moments, Shadow Girls is a sensuous presentation of a queer love story. 

 Co-creators Keshia Palm and Claren Grosz at the inciting professional hangout in the summer of 2016.  

Co-creators Keshia Palm and Claren Grosz at the inciting professional hangout in the summer of 2016.  

Creative History

Shadow Girls was born of a desire for alternative theatre, love of overhead projectors, and passion for stories featuring women, queer folk and people of colour. After having collaborated on Persephone in 2016, Palm and Grosz became best creative buddy-partners and began developing the work. That process included heavy use of google docs and involved at least one fifteen minute escapade in making dolls fool around on a projector (see featured photo). The project then went on to be workshopped twice, including at the 2017 Rhubarb festival!

We need your help. Every dollar counts.

We're hoping that you, as someone who values the arts and believes in supporting artists with vision and bold new work, will donate to us. Any amount helps. Your gift will be put to use immediately. 

Theatre runs on word of mouth. Nothing to give monetarily at this time? You can contribute to our success by telling your friends about what we're doing and posting about us on social media:

Where exactly does the money go?

We want you to know exactly what we're doing with your thoughtful donation. We're aiming to raise $2000. Here's how that money will be used:

  • $150 Overhead projector costs
  • $150 Transport
  • $150 Costumes
  • $350 Other materials (projectables, drapes etc.)
  • $1200 Rental costs

What about the artists?

All profit from ticket sales is split amongst the artists on the project. Help us break even before opening night! We have a truly amazing team of artists making this work happen: Claren Grosz, Keshia Palm, Sofia Rodriguez, Liz Der, Elyse Waugh, Taylor Young and Sydney Herauf.

Phew-- did you read all that?

Thank you! You're making a big difference in the success of our production and our company as a whole. We want to hear from you. Send us an email at pencilkitprod@gmail.com, message us on Facebook or slide into our DM. Our work is for you, and we want you to feel a part of the art.

Thank you to our generous donors!

Anonymous Donor
Armand Baksh-Zarate
Jean Borys
Shannon Bramer
Tawny Phorson
Anonymous Donor
Rosemary Cavan
Deanna Kruger
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Greta and Ned
Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster
Dorian & Glenn Tweedy
Allison Brawley-Hogg
Marla Calderwood
Kim and Mike Grosz

 

$1485 raised, $515 to go

We have til April 25! See Campaign Backers

Donate

$10 #PartOfTheKit

For as little as the cost of a super fancy coffee drink, we'll give you a shout out on our Twitter and Facebook, so that everyone knows you're supporting the Kit!


$20 PKP Patch

For $20 we'll give you an iron on Pencil Kit Patch so you can turn ~almost anything~ into #PartoftheKit swag. 

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$30 Postcard

Receive a personalized, hand-written postcard updating you on our rehearsal process. Postcards feature artwork by director Claren Grosz*. We'll also give you a social media shout out.

*Received a postcard before? Your next one will be a new Claren Grosz original, to add to the collection!


$40 Fancy Soap

For $40, we will gift you one of our custom made Pencil Kit octopus stout beer soaps (smells like cedarwood pine)! Made exclusively for our first season by Big Beer Soap Company because, well... art be dirty. You'll also get a shout out and a thank you postcard. Option limited to pick up from a #shadowgirl*

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$50 Look Sexy in a Shirt

PKP shirts come in baby pink, heather grey, black and white. We'll also give you a social media shout out and mail you a thank you postcard. Option limited to pick up from a #shadowgirl*

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$60 Look Cute in a Cap

Our signature caps. They're lightweight, adjustable, and come in black and white. We'll also give you a social media shout out and mail you a thank you postcard. Option limited to pick up from a #shadowgirl*

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$80 See the Show

For your generous $80 donation, we'll give you a complimentary ticket valued at $25. We'll also give you a social media shout out and mail you a thank you postcard.


$100 Photography or Art Print

For your generous $100 donation, we'll give you a print of either a photo by Keshia Palm or a drawing by Claren Grosz. We'll also give you a social media shout out and mail you a thank you postcard. Option limited to pick up from a #shadowgirl*

 Photo by Keshia Palm

Photo by Keshia Palm

 Drawing by Claren Grosz

Drawing by Claren Grosz


$150 Date Night

For your generous $150 donation, we'll give you two complimentary tickets valued at $25 each. We'll also give you a social media shout out and mail you a thank you postcard.


$200 The Deluxe Kit

For your very generous $200 donation, you will receive all of the following:

  • Two tickets to Shadow Girls.
  • Your choice of PKP shirt, soap or hat. 
  • Thank you postcard
  • Your name projected at the performance.

Gifts must be picked up from a #shadowgirl*


*Pick up from a #shadowgirl

To collect your gift, simply arrange to meet up with one of our team members: Claren Grosz, Keshia Palm, Elyse Waugh, Taylor Young, Sofia Rodriguez, Liz Der, or Claudia Yang. You can also arrange to pick up your gift at any performance of Shadow Girls. We also deliver in the City of Toronto!