Small Wooden Shoe is a (mostly) theatre company that engages with the world in a curious, critical manner. We create events and spaces that reduce alienation while admitting difference, enchantment and pleasure.
We are public amateurs. We've become best known for a conversational formalism, but our work has included political agit-prop, hard-boiled radio, Chekhov adaptations, and durational task based performances. We have also convened Christmas concerts, run think tanks, held public meetings, taught workshops, and worked in print.
Our work is created in collaboration. We are bent on proving that good ideas are entertaining and that pleasure and thinking require each other.
Founded in 2001 by Jacob Zimmer in Halifax, Small Wooden Shoe is now based in Toronto.
Small Wooden Shoe founder Jacob Zimmer is a writer, director, dramaturge, speaker and performer whose work has shown in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, St John's, Saint John, Montreal, Edmonton and Kitchener.
Along with Small Wooden Shoe, Jacob also works extensively in dance as the Resident Dramaturge and Animateur at Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation (2008-2011) in Toronto and in an on-going dramaturgical collaboration with choreographer Ame Henderson/Public Recordings.
Jacob's writing has been published in Canadian Theatre Review and C Magazine and he lead composition and performance workshops in Halifax, Toronto and St John's.
He gives talks, leads Open Space sessions, facilitates conversations and sits on panels
(though he has some thoughts about panels)
at events where people
(artists and arts presenters mostly, but not exclusively)
come together to have useful and enjoyable conversations.
Jacob studied at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts and in 2004 he was a technical intern with The Wooster Group and studied Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York.
He received the 2008 Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors. He would have really liked to know Ken McDougall.