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‘ Founded in 1989, The organization is a small registered charity located in the city of Toronto.  The company is dedicated to producing theatre, and other arts projects created by the Mad/Disability Community, and others.’ 

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Tribute to Miles Cohen

1951 – 2022

  On January 11, 2022,  Miles Cohen, one of the founding directors of The Friendly Spike Theatre Band, passed away from natural causes.  

   Along with Ruth (Ruth) Stackhouse and Ken Innes, Miles helped  launch our company in 1989.  Together, they envisioned a welcoming theatre with an open door.   Miles directed the company’s first production, The WoolGatherer, by William Mastrosimone (Vancouver Little Theatre, Vancouver 1989 and The Liberty Street Theatre, Toronto 1989).  He was associate director and researcher, on ROCHDALE, A Multi Media Play, by Ken Innes, (FSTB, Poor Alex Theatre and The Tarragon Theatre, Toronto 1992), and Marked, Living With A Stigma, A Woman’s Journey Through The Psychiatric System, by Ken Innes,(FSTB, Poor Alex Theatre,Toronto 1993).  He directed and co-produced The Mysteries, by Rosalba Martinni (FSTB, Annex Theatre, 1993).   Miles Cohen served on the company’s board of directors until 2000.

   Referred to as Cuddly Smiles by Honey Novick in her poem about our company’s history (I’M MAD – I Matter Making A Difference, 2020), Miles was a brilliant theatre artist and teacher who inspired all who had the honour of working with him. As well  as The Friendly Spike Theatre Band, he  made remarkable contributions to Workman Arts, The Secret Handshake Gallery, and KYTES (Kensington Youth Theatre Ensemble).   A true thespian until the end, he left the following quote on his facebook page: 

  “Fans, Friends, Family –  Exit stage left, January 11, 2022.”

Bravo, Miles!!!

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I’M MAD (I Matter Making A Difference), by Honey Novick, with The Friendly Spike Theatre Band (CreativeVocalizationStudio, 2020) is a delightful art book detailing the history of our theatre within the context of an epic poem!

As well as a tax deductible receipt, every donation of 50.00 or more will receive a copy of this wonderful new publication!’

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The Friendly Spike Theatre Band (FSTB)

A company dedicated to the pursuit of social justice.

PROUDLY WE’RE YOUR FAN

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