Produced by The Bakery
Director, Creator, Collaborator Performer: Leslie Baker
Co-Creator, Collaborator Performer: Emma Tibaldo
Co-Creator: Joseph Shragge
Collaborator Performers: Burcu Emeç, Carina Rose and Dean Makarenko
Strata text performed by Jennie Herbin
Band: Paule Girardin, Kevin Komoda, Michael Leon

SKIN is a dreamlike reflection on the value and duration of human existence. Free event.

From January 25 through 28, a different episode of SKIN will be updated each night at 8pm. All 4 episodes, wrapped into one, will be available from January 29th to 31st.
I thoroughly enjoyed this performance [of SKIN] and I was completely mesmerized by the way visuals, movement, the multi-layered text, the haunting sound and the use of new technology merged into a wonderful sensorial experience.


Inspired by a photograph of a partially illuminated door and Seneca’s famous essay On the Shortness of Life (49 AD), the play explores the theme of the satisfaction of living, through formally distinct segments, each one proposing a singular scenographic universe. Conceived and directed by Leslie Baker, co-created with Emma Tibaldo and Joseph Shragge, initially developed through PWM’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (2015), SKIN continues to be developed with the support of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, with development support from Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS Festival (Toronto, 2017), and digital creation residencies at both Maison de la Culture Notre Dame de Grace and Centaur Theatre (2020). 

How to Watch

From January 18 through 21, a different episode of SKIN was presented live each night at 8pm. They will be repeated in the same order from January 25 through 28 and a final compilation of all four episodes will be online for January 29, 30 & 31. Videos will be available to view on this webpage as scheduled.

Production Designer: Peter Bottazzi
Video Design and Technology: Emily Soussana & Andrew Scriver of potatoCakes_digital
Sound Designer and Technical Director: Peter Cerone
Composer: Michael Leon
Lighting Designer: Howard Mendelsohn
Lighting Designer for Rock Section Episode 4: Luc Prairie
Prop Designer: Michel Richard
Production and Stage Management: Merissa Tordjman
Prop Painter: François Tougas
Dramaturgical Support: Sarah Elkashef
Assistant Technical Director: Elly Tomasson
Camera Operators: Matilda Cerone, Shin Ling Low
Sartorial services: Colomba and Giuseppe Cerone
Green Screen Set Construction: Shopdogs

The Bakery

The Bakery, a theatrical laboratory, was founded in 2016, marking the culmination of 15 years of collaboration and continued efforts to create works in a spirit of interdisciplinarity. Forceful bodily expressions are paired with images, sounds and text to present performances that emphasize the sheer joy of the living arts. The Bakery is dedicated to exploring performance through theatrical and interventionist experiences. The structure of its work is organized around physical, visual and sonic musicalities that consciously stray from traditional theatrical structures. The company appeals to 21st century audiences by addressing contemporary issues.

Each performance is constructed over the course of an extended research period. The aesthetic form and creative process are focused on the performance. The Bakery’s artistic approach is experimental and interdisciplinary, with ongoing collaborations at the heart of its process.

Works by The Bakery have been presented in Baltimore, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sofia, Varna and Bourgas.

Development of Skin supported by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal

Thank You

Special Thanks: Centaur Theatre Company, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Centre culturel de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, and the Caminos Festival.

SKIN has been developed through workshops and works-in-progress presentations (CAMINOS Festival 2017 & PWM Interdisciplinary Writers’ Lab 2016). The Bakery would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the artists involved in these previous stages of the development:

Movement Development: Jennie Herbin and Carina Rose
Lighting Design Development: Luc Prairie
Scenic Design Development: Carina Rose
Video Design: Mariana Frandsen
Stage Manager: Isabel Quintero Faia

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