"I had the joy of seeing Alon Nashman's amazing performance. DON'T MISS IT!"Dame Maggie Smith
"...a force of nature, so passionate and committed it is nearly impossible to imagine anyone else playing the character."Times Colonist, Victoria
"Intoxicated by theater... portrayed with a fervent-eyed intensity by Mr. Nashman."New York Times
"Nashman's masterpiece... an unforgettable privilege to be able to see this performer in South Africa."MyView, Johannesburg
"Nashman’s characters are funny, detailed and absolutely truthful. The whole production is flawless."Broadway Baby, Edinburgh
"His final speech, a fearsome blend of anger and pain, will leave you shaking."NOW Magazine, Toronto
"Anyone who knows Nashman's work will not be surprised to discover that he is more than hysterically funny. He also dispenses a profound humanism."Toronto Star
"Nashman captures the essence of the piece in his quicksilver performance."Globe and Mail, Toronto
"...a tribute to the possibilities of the human mind and the human imagination."National Post
"A stunning tour de force."Beat Magazine
Alon Nashman is a performer, director, creator, and producer of theatre. Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, Alon has worked with theatres across the country and around the world. Selected credits include: The Summoned, Much Ado About Nothing, Forests, Scorched (Dora Nomination, Dora Award: Outstanding Production), Democracy, Remnants (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) Alias Godot (Tarragon Theatre), Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom (Dora Award: Outstanding Production), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Dora Nomination), THIS (Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award, Dora Nomination) (Canadian Stage), The Wild Duck (Soulpepper), Hedda Gabler (Volcano / Buddies in Bad Times), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Birdland Theatre), Macbeth (Modern Times), This Hotel, Wedding Day at the Cromagnons (Theatre Passe Muraille), Howl (Threshold / Buddies in Bad Times)..., Talley’s Folly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Resurgence), If Jesus Met Nanabush (De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Persephone Theatre), Easy Lenny Lazmon and the Great Western Ascension (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Go Chicken Go), Reading Hebron, A Short History of Night, Restitution, and Singapore (Factory Theatre), Hirsch, None is Too Many (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Hotel Loopy (Theatre Columbus), The Hobbit (Young People’s Theatre). Alon was a principal actor/director with the “Shakespeare and The Queen’s Men Project” at U. of Toronto, and Narrator/Storyteller in Tales of Two Cities with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Theaturtle was established by Alon in 1999 to create essential, ecstatic theatre that touches the earth and agitates the soul. Under the banner of Theaturtle, Alon has been involved with the creation, production and touring of numerous theatre pieces. Among these are Adam Nashman’s The Song, featuring Alon and Deborah Hay; Wajdi Mouawad’s Alphonse, in the Toronto Fringe, with Theatre Direct and on tour to Edinburgh (nominated for Dora and Brickenden Awards); Kafka and Son, developed with Mark Cassidy of Threshold Theatre, based on Franz Kafka’s “Letter to His Father,” which has toured with acclaim across Canada, to the National Theatre of Iceland, the Edinburgh Fringe, The Hague, Budapest, London, Prague (Outstanding Performance Award), Germany’s Thespis Festival (Jury Prize), the Ankara International Theatre Festival, and twice to South Africa’s National Arts Festival; The Snow Queen (Dora Nominations for Outstanding Production and Performance), scored for string quartet by Patrick Cardy and narrated and directed by Alon, was developed in collaboration with the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. The Snow Queen has been presented by Toronto’s Young Centre, Ottawa Chamber Music, Calgary ProMusica, the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, and Vancouver’s Music in the Morning. In 2009, Alon directed a workshop production of a vibrant new play, Noah’s Great Rainbow by Sam Chaiton, with music by Mighty Popo, Waleed Abdulhamid and David Buchbinder. With Paul Thompson, Alon developed Hirsch about legendary director John Hirsch. The play premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada, where it was celebrated by the New York Times and Dame Maggie Smith. Hirsch has toured to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria, Edinburgh, and South Africa.
Alon is currently developing three projects with Theaturtle, including Charlotte: A Tri-coloured Play with Music, with UK-based scenographer/director Pamela Howard and Czech composer Aleš Březina. In 2017, Charlotte was unveiled at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and at World Stage Design Scenofest in Taipei.
Alon has also had a busy film and television career, with recurring roles on Tropical Heat/Sweating Bullets, The Newsroom, More Tears, Our Hero, Slings and Arrows, and leading roles in award-winning shorts and features such as Mr. Bernstein, Jonestown: Paradise Lost, and In the Presence of Mine Enemies.
essential, ecstatic theatre that touches the earth and ignites the soul
Tafelmusik's "Tales of Two Cities" returns in Toronto and on US Tour
“To me, this whole project is part of a healing that Toronto can lead the way in."Read more
Wajdi Mouawad's "Alphonse" a Sold-Out Success at South Africa's National Arts Festival
This epic solo show enchants…while presenting the audience with the ultimate conundrum—why are we here? Featured artist and director Alon Nashman is superb, taking on all 27 characters with applaudable enthusiasm and charisma. For a fun-filled journey littered with imaginary scenes—and popcorn, don’t forget the popcorn—do not miss this production.“ The Herald, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaRead more
"CHARLOTTE" bound for Czech National Theatre as part of tour to Europe and Israel
"Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music" will perform at the Nova Scena of the National Theatre in Prague, Gesher Theatre's Jaffa Fest in Tel Aviv, and at Smetanova Litomysl Music Festival, with support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.Read more
"Kafka and Son" wins top Critics Award at Orlando Winter Mini-Fest
"Orlando Sentinel critic Matt Palm and I awarded the first-ever Mini-Fringe Critics' Choice Award to Kafka and Son, Alon Nashman's solo adaptation (co-created with Mark Cassidy) of the influential author's anguished letter to his estranged father."Read more
Music and colours swirl in "I send you this cadmium red"
“A film, a painting, an essay, a concert – and yes, a play – all at once… Extraordinary.” – Macleans MagazineRead more
Alon in Wajdi Mouawad's "Birds of a Kind" at Stratford
"Weaving together multiple languages and divergent worlds of experience, this powerful contemporary drama probes to the very heart of who we are – or think we are."Read more