Erum Khan & Erin Brubacher

Photo by Phillipa C

Generous Friend is a performance umbrella.


Generous Friend is a performance umbrella that invites the participation of a rotating roster of artists. The governing principle of our work is how things are made shapes what is made.** A criteria for Generous Friend projects is a keen attention to process.

Erin Brubacher and Erum Khan created Generous Friend in 2017, with the purpose of creating worlds that reflect the current and fluid social, political, and cultural landscape in Canada. 

We work with a distinct combination of multidisiplinary artists. Our roster of rotating artists has included: Liz Peterson, Rosina Kazi, Nicholas Murray, Anwar Khurshid, Veda Hille and Sherri Hay.  

Generous Friend has been supported by The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

** With thanks to our friend Cara Spooner for helping us find this articulation.

ERIN BRUBACHER is a director, educator and multidisciplinary artist. Her work has taken her across Canada to venues such as The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Canadian Stage (Toronto), and The PuSh International Performance Festival (Vancouver), and internationally to Scotland, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico and the USA— to festivals and other contexts including The Edinburgh International Festival and Theater der Welt.

As a theatre director, EB works with writers, performers, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, and other makers to collaboratively create new works. Her directing projects include the award winning productions of Concord Floral (Brubacher/Spooner/Tannahill), Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools (Buddies in Bad Time Theatre), and Noor (Generous Friend/The Aga Khan Museum).

EB is the author of the poetry collection, In the small hours (Gaspereau Press) and the co-author of the hybrid book, 7th Cousins: An Automythography (Book*hug). She holds a practice based MA International Performance Research from the University of Warwick and University of Amsterdam. EB has lived in ten cities. She now makes Toronto her home.

ERUM KHAN 
is a performer, film and theatre maker, youth facilitator, and film programmer. She was the recipient of the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Queer Emerging Artist Award, and a selected artist for the inaugural edition of the Loughborough Lake Writer's Retreat with Crow’s Theatre and Mongrel Media. Her play Noor, directed by Erin Brubacher with original music by LAL and Anwar Khurshid, was presented by The Aga Khan Museum. Other theatre credits include: creator/ performer for Becoming (Rhubarb Festival & Ottawa Fringe); creator/ performer for Patthar ki zabaan (Rhubarb Festival), and performer / original collaborator for the world premiere of Concord Floral (Brubacher/Spooner/Tannahill). In film she has worked with festivals including Rendezvous with Madness, Inside Out and TIFF. Her short films have premiered at Toronto Queer Film Festival and the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Much of her community-engaged work is underscored by a commitment to create space for youth to access and engage with the arts.