Created and performed by the Tita Collective: Ann Paula Bautista, Belinda Corpuz, Isabel Kanaan, Ellie Posadas, Alia Rasul, and Maricris Rivera.
Director: Tricia Hagoriles
Musical Director: Ayaka Kinugawa
Tita Jokes is a musical comedy revue that centres the Filipin* people in our lives, specifically the female elders we lovingly call Tita. A love letter to our community, the show explores our struggles, heartaches and resiliency, and how we cope through humour, storytelling and song. titacollective.com
Tita Collective Tita Collective are an all-Filipina collective composed of award-winning playwrights, comedians, musicians, dancers, theatre makers and actors. They explore different mediums to tell the stories about the Filipinx diaspora.
Tita Collective won the 2019 Steamwhistle Producers’ Pick at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer at the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival, and the Second City Outstanding New Comedy Award and Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace Patrons’ Pick at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. They were featured as part of the “19 Asian Millennial Women You Should Know” listing by Cold Tea Collective.
We aim to create work that engages, connects and entertains community. Through theatre, comedy, music, and movement, we aspire to tell stories that:
● Thoughtfully honour and celebrate our roots and history
● Explore our identities as Filipinas
● Represent the narratives of the Philippine diaspora in an inclusive and respectful way
● Nurtures and unites community through joy and laughter
Individually, Tita Collective are: Ann Paula Bautista (Disenchanted US Tour), Belinda Corpuz (Prairie Nurse), Isabel Kanaan (CBC’s Air Farce), Ellie Posadas (Wexford Plaza), Alia Rasul (Generally Hospital), and Maricris Rivera (Short Dances).
Our list of projects include: 2018/19 - Tita Jokes - A Musical Sketch Review (made possible by the Pat and Tony Freedom Fund for Sketch Comedy) 2017-2019 - Tang Ina - A Workshop Production (made possible by the Toronto Arts Council) Annual, ongoing - Tawa Festival - The first annual Filipinx Comedy Festival in Canada (Bad Dog Comedy Theatre) 2018/19 - Kwento - An Improvised Filipinx Folk Tale (Bad Dog Comedy Theatre) 2018 -Island Womxn Rise - Funny Filipinas to the Front (Bad Dog Comedy Theatre) 2017 - (Y)Our Story (Carlos Bulosan Theatre) 2016 - Anak (Carlos Bulosan Theatre)