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My YR – Alex Karolyi


Name: Alex Karolyi 

Occupation: Artistic Director and theatre artist

How long have you lived in YR? 30 years!

Why did you make YR home? I moved with my family when I was a pre-teen.

What do you do for fun in YR?  Cafes, restaurants, art galleries, nature trails. 

What is one summer/winter event that you never miss in YR? Pride parade in Newmarket.

What are your favourite restaurants in YR? Il Fornello in Richmond Hill, Cafe Login in Thornhill, TOMO Sushi in Richmond Hill, Mr Laffa in Vaughan, Hungry Brew Hops in Newmarket

What YR attractions/events/happenings would you recommend to friends who visit YR? Anything at the Varley Art Gallery plus a walk down Unionville. Canada’s Wonderland is fun too.

Bio: Alex founded Shadowpath, a charitable theatre company in 2002 as a professional outlet for local performers in York Region. She developed the site-specific theatre series; Plays in Cafes, Readings In Wineries and Hotel Solstice, transforming everyday spaces into creative places. She develops and delivers workshops for youth and seniors and is training the next generation of female creative leaders with a paid apprenticeship program. She received Innovation awards from Newmarket’s Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Hill’s Creativity Symposium. Shadowpath has been nominated for Not-For-Profit of the Year by Vaughan’s Chamber of Commerce and Alex received a Leading Women Leading Girls Award from MPP Chris Ballard in 2017. She is currently programming year two of Theatre Out Of The Shadows, a classical theatre festival featuring female playwrights opening this May throughout York Region, as well as training youth apprentices with an LGBTQ2S+ project called ‘Stories Of The Alphabet Community’ scheduled for June in Newmarket.

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