About STO Union

Live and digital art, performing arts and creations

STO Union presents a new vision of how to create, participate, and experience live art and the performing arts is an increasingly technology-driven world. We believe in the power of the arts to unite us, to bridge our differences, and to ignite change.

Live and digital productions, new theatre and multi-disciplinary creations, our projects are unique and yet speak to things we share in common. Often deceptively simple, their impact can last a lifetime.

For thirty years, STO Union productions have won awards and toured nationally and internationally. Projects feature the authentic, raw presence of people in communities sharing their stories with the support of career artists. They connect amateurs and professionals, rural and urban, and cross language barriers. Our projects engage all art forms to create public experiences that resonate with realness and intimacy.

We are here to serve you with our years of experience in creating and touring shows, working with multiple art forms and collaborating with people, partners and communities everywhere.

Our boundary-breaking artistic projects come in many sizes, from larger mainstage touring shows or large community collaborations to much smaller intimate black box performances or small community engaged actions.

We create productions, large and small, that can tour to your locality. We have plays and plans that directors and producers can use to inspire their own productions in their own communities.

Contact us to start a discussion about our new 2023 mainstage touring show or our many smaller community engaged plays, plans and touring projects. You can also ask us about our workshops, lectures and other educational and engagement opportunities for your audiences and communities.

STO Union is located in the Outaouais region in western Quebec on unceded Algonquin territory at Place des Artistes de Farrellton, the only multi-arts establishment in the region. Our mandate is to advance performance culture by:

  • Being creative in our explorations of new methods in artistic practice and production to produce new, original professional works for the stage and other spaces, including digital spaces.
  • Sharing these projects through touring of new works both physically and digitally.
  • Inspiring people at all levels – from established through emerging artists and the yet-to-emerge artists in all of us – through knowledge sharing and exchange opportunities.

A registered not-for-profit performing arts company, STO Union’s productions are made with the generous support of individual and corporate partners, through grants, fees and donations.

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The 2021 STO Union Team

Nadia Ross (founder/artistic director)
Shauna Kadyschuk (financial and touring manager)
Rob Scott (technical director)

Nadia Ross

Nadia Ross

artistic director

Ross is the 2016 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s most prestigious prize in Theatre. She has also been awarded a Contra-Guy Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award (ensemble), and is a co-winner of the Chalmers’ award. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals in Canada and across four continents. Ross has chosen to create her work on the periphery. Born, raised and returned to the rural Outaouais region of Quebec, Ross often engages the residents of her small town as inspiration for STO Union’s national and international touring productions. Recognized for her fierce vision, Ross’ projects consistently challenge what we think a stage is and what kinds of stories are being told on it. Under Ross’ direction, the company produces completely unique creations bringing together amateurs and professionals, rural and urban, anglophone and francophone, and a kaleidoscope of art forms to create public experiences that resonate with realness and intimacy.

Rob Scott

Rob Scott

technical director

Rob is a thirty-five year veteran of CBC television where he primarily worked for Newsworld’s “Power and Politics”. During his time there he worked as a switcher, cameraman, director and soundman for different genres of live and recorded shows and events. His experience has influenced STO Union projects: from creating a three camera tv studio for the infamous Earle’s Hall Live shows (2011-16), to building sets and props for a number of STO Union’s shows. Since 2006, Rob has done a bit of everything at STO Union, including touring with the company’s mainstage shows and supporting the development of new concepts and creations.

Shauna Kadyschuk

Shauna Kadyschuk

operations manager

With STO Union since early 2017, Shauna Kadyschuk is the company’s operations manager, focused on operations, financial management and touring. Raised in finance, trained in narrative sociology and political management, Shauna has a long history of translating her diverse skills in and out of the arts in finance, strategic management, production, policy and advocacy. Shauna has served on boards of directors, as well as committees and an international delegation with CAPACOA. She is an active member of her local community and supports a number of organizations and individuals in a variety of roles, including management, finance, and strategic planning.

STO Union HIGHLIGHTS

STO Union’s productions and its collaborators have been recognized with the Chalmers Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, and the Contra-Guy Award. In 2016, artistic director Nadia Ross also received the Siminovitch Prize, which spotlights excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre.

STO Union productions have premiered at established venues in Canada and abroad.

Our national and international co-production partners have included:
  • Le Festival de Théâtre des Amériques/ Festival TransAmériques (Montréal)
  • Hebbel am Ufer (Germany)
  • Bit Teatergarasjen (Norway)
  • Theater der Welt (Germany)
  • Brut Kunstlerhaus (Vienna, Austria) 
  • The National Arts Centre (Ottawa)
  • The Theatre Centre (Toronto)
Our work has been presented at theatre festivals around the world, including:
  • UCLA Live!  (Los Angeles, California)
  • Festival TransAmériques (Montréal, Québec)
  • The National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada)
  • The Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany)
  • Théâtres du Monde and FTA (Montréal, Canada)
  • The Simple Life Festival (Berlin, Germany)
  • SummerWorks (Toronto, Canada)
  • Belfast Theatre Festival (Belfast, Ireland)
  • Theater Regentes (The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • The Hong Kong Festival (Hong Kong)
  • Magnetic North (Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada)
  • The Melbourne International Theatre Festival (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Vienna Festwochen (Vienna, Austria)
  • Undercurrents (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Theater der Welt (Bonn, Germany)
  • Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Theatre Grand Junction (Calgary, Alberta)
  • The Baltic Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • PuSh Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
  • The Meteor Festival (Bergen, Norway)

Behind-the-scenes

We also wish to acknowledge the hard-working people, volunteers, and partners that help make STO Union productions a reality.

Board of Directors
  • Franceska Gnarowski, President
  • Denise Deziel, Secretary
  • François Édouard Bernier, Treasurer
  • Agnes McMillan, Past President
Partners and Volunteers

STO Union engages in multiple partnerships with different organizations and artists on a project-by-project basis. Please see credit listings on each project.

​STO Union has had the support of hundreds of volunteers, many of them residing in the small communities of the Outaouais. We are eternally grateful to all of the hundreds of people that have lent a hand in all aspects of show creation, production and dissemination.

STO Union’s volunteers inspire us to keep going.

Last, but certainly not least, STO Union wishes to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the other public funding agencies that have supported STO Union projects throughout the years.

Thank you.

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.