About + Contact

182302_10150995186091273_1441796003_nBorn and raised in Waterloo, Ontario.  Studied at Studio 58 professional theatre school in Vancouver, BC from 1992 to 1994 in the production department studying Stage Management.  Moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a career in directing, and has directed over 25 performances and theatre shows.

In 1997 he started  The OOmph!! Group experimental theatre collective with Natasha Priest and Sean McMahon (1999).  They created me@sure 3.1, a deconstruction of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” for the 1999 Toronto Fringe Festival that later toured to the Catskills Experimental Theatre Festival in New York State in 2000.  Their next production was I  at Theatre Centre in 2002, which was a experimental combination of Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters” and Sartre’s “No Exit”.

In 2002 Chad began performing in the The OOmph Group performance Exhibit at the Summerworks Theatre Festival in the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace.  The final show of The OOmph!! Group was a commission by the Free Fall Festival to create an original site specific piece on Queen Street.  They created “TIMESHARE” at the Katherine Mulherin Gallery for an audience of 18 and included an installation as their set.

In 2005 Chad began dancing with contemporary performance company Public Recordings – http://publicrecordings.org/

With them he co-created Manuel for Incidence (2005) that was presented in Toronto (X-Space) and Montreal (The Darling Foundry, presented by Studio 303), and  /Dance/Songs/ (2006) presented in Toronto (The Theatre Centre), Italy (Es Terni Festival, Terni, Italy), St.John’s, Newfoundland (Neighbourhood Dance Works), Halifax (Live Art presentations, Bus Stop Theatre), and Montreal (FTA 2009).

In 2007 he formed surprise performance, a contemporary performance company that creates multi-disciplinary new creations that developed in a collective fashion.  The companies first work was save us!!! [Hamletown] at the 2008 HATCH performance projects series at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.  This piece was later developed in residency at the Chapter Arts Centre in a residency where it was re-written and re-staged with a cast of performers from the UK.

Most recently has been collaborating with Dustin Harvey (secret theatre) on The Farewell Project  http://thefarewellproject.org/

In 2009 he relocated to Montreal to base his practice there.  He has worked in collaboration with Studio 303, National Theatre School, Steven Horwood and most recently Peter Farbridge who he is creating a new work with in 2013.  He currently writes reviews for The Charlebois Post, a now national blog dedicated to theatre reviews, interviews and previews.

He has also been a DJ at parties (2000-2008), been a radio host on the long running “Stage Left” on CKLN (Ryerson University radio), was a mascot for city of Richmond, BC (“Ricky the Racoon”), briefly worked in TV commercials as an assistant art director in Toronto, and has worked numerous box office jobs with the Toronto Fringe Festival, the Toronto international film festival, and The Theatre Centre.

E-Mail: surpriseperformance@gmail.com or cdembski@hotmail.com

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