STO Union

Live and Digital Art Performance and Creations

Get updated on our most recent creations and explore our STO Union Collections: a gallery of videos, visual art, texts and more from many of our award-winning multi-disciplinary projects. Come back often, as projects are offered on view for limited times only, and new material gets added regularly.

Creativity is belonging, and in it everything and everyone belongs.

From theatre to movies, live art to installations, Nadia Ross’ award-winning creations produced by STO Union have been called ‘difficult to define.’

Isn’t that the best definition of creativity? “Difficult to define”?

With her fiercely independent approach to producing and Do-It-Yourself style, much like the artist herself, her award-winning body of work resists rules, norms, definitions, and forms.

At the core rests the understanding earned through experience that creativity is a state of both belonging and independence, and it has the power to heal those who feel like they don’t, won’t or can’t belong.

Visit the Collections regularly to see the shifts in thinking, production and growing awareness over days, years, and decades of art-making.

And, of course, see what we are doing on Facebook and Instagram!

Nadia Ross in front of projected image

Photo credit: David Irvine

Welcome to the Collections

A gallery of videos, visual art, texts and more from many of STO Union’s award-winning multi-disciplinary projects.
Come back often, as projects are offered on view for limited times only, and new material gets added regularly.
What happened to the Seeker The Seeker goes to India

What happened to the Seeker The Seeker goes to India

What Happened to the Seeker? The India Movie • 2015 • 23 minutes • Video • Currently not on display • In this video, the Seeker is still trying to find herself through but her search itself is the ethical problem. more …

Epiphany Play Structure

Epiphany Play Structure

Epiphany • Play Structure • Nadia Ross • 2010 • 5 pages • Epiphany is a play development tool meant to celebrate a given community, engage them and deepen our appreciation of the central element of drama: the moment of insight. more…

Wall Affirmations

Wall Affirmations

Wall Affirmations
(2006)
Installation
Hand drawn cards on concrete
Text and artwork by:
Nadia Ross and George Acheson

Two tiny plays on the essence of theatre

Two tiny plays on the essence of theatre

Two tiny plays on the essence of theatre • “Bone” (1993) and “Kiss me” (1994) • by Nadia Ross

Desire is in the essence of relationship and relationship is in the essence of the theatre….

People Watching Station

People Watching Station

People Watching Station • 2015 • Installation • Detail from “What Happened to the Seeker” • Table, two chairs, pens, sheet with directions and questions to answer, binoculars tied to the table
Two garbage cans with labels: 1) I’m sorry for judging you 2) I’m not sorry for judging you

Stay Calm Make Cash

Stay Calm Make Cash

Stay Calm Make Cash •
2021 • Loop • Video • Recycled Art
Video, editor and puppeteer: Nadia Ross • Video, set and puppeteer: Rob Scott • Puppet: Rick Ritza • Sign: Randolph MacMillan • Costume: Heidi Honegger

Hello World

Hello World

Hello World • 2021 • 3:17 Video • In response to STO Union’s international tours being cancelled for two years due to the pandemic, the German festival Theater der Welt reached out to the artists it had programmed and asked them to make a three-minute video in lieu of travelling there to perform.

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Rita

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Rita

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Rita •
2020–2021 • Video Series • Invited to listen to themselves think on video, people reveal their basic human needs, fears, and desires during the Covid19 pandemic.

Market Society

Market Society

Living in a Market Society Is Harsh •
2021 • 26 seconds • Video • Credits: Text, edit and music: Nadia Ross • Video: Rob Scott and Nadia Ross • Puppeteers: Ross and Scott and the villagers of Wakefield • Puppet by: William Hamilton St-Aumond • Set and costumes: Stephanie Hill, Rob Scott, Heidi Honegger, Nadia Ross.

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Ilse

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Ilse

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Ilse • 2020–2021 • Video Series • Invited to listen to themselves think on video, people reveal their basic human needs, fears, and desires during the COVID19 pandemic.

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Michael

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Michael

Out Loud: Talks to Self with Michael C. • 2020–2021 • Video Series • Invited to listen to themselves think on video, people reveal their basic human needs, fears, and desires during the Covid19 pandemic.

STO Union acknowledges that our headquarters, located in Farrellton, QC, are on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial.