About The Festival

Founded from a desire to see more diverse voices on stage, UPROAR is a new festival that showcases cis & trans women and non-binary artists of all kinds.

From theatre, music, and dance to fine art, poetry & more — our goal is to create a community where women and non-binary artists of all ages, backgrounds, and disciplines can come together, share their passions, and support each other.

Not just another festival

There are so many strong, unique, women and non-binary artists in Ottawa — but we don’t have a designated space to come together across disciplines and showcase our work.

We want to fill that void.

We believe representation matters, and when artists support other artists great things happen.

The Producing Team

Monica Bradford-Lea (she/her)


Monica Bradford-Lea is an Ottawa-based actor, playwright, and producer. With diverse training in clown, puppetry, and Shakespeare, Monica is passionate about creating multidisciplinary performances. She is co-founder of award-winning theatre company Spicy Day. By day she works in marketing at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Monica was nominated for Emerging Artist at the 2019 Prix Rideau Awards.

Caterina Fiorindi (she/her)


Caterina Fiorindi is an Ottawa based stage manager and producer. She was a co-producer of Ottawa’s Youth Infringement Festival from 2016-2018 and in 2018 was nominated for a Prix Rideau Award in the category of emerging artist. Some of her credits include: Silence (National Arts Centre), The Rule of Three (The Great Canadian Theatre Company), Light(less) (Second Step), Little Boxes (undercurrents 2018), Swan River (Skeleton Key Theatre), In the Room (Cellar Door Project for Ottawa Storytellers), and girls!girls!girls! (Cart before the Horse). She currently works for the Mensour Agency.

Nicole Titus (she/her)


Nicole’s a cool person who likes cats and tea. She’s a full-time content marketer, sometimes theatre maker, and all around ‘smart cookie’ (just ask her parents). Originally from a small town you’ve never heard of, Nicole studied Theatre Production & Design at Brock University, graduating top of her class (#humblebrag). She now hangs out in Ottawa doing cool things like B2B marketing and kick-ass festivals like UPROAR.

Alli Harris (she/her)


Alli Harris is an Ottawa based Actor, Musician and Creator. In 2018 she received the Prix Rideau Award for Emerging Artist and Best New Work for her solo a solo musical sketch comedy show High School High. Alli is musical accompanist for Toasted Theatre as well as a graduate from St Lawrence College’s Musical Theatre Program. She teaches musical theatre at the Ottawa School of Theatre and currently works at the box office and bar at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Alli is so excited to be a part of UPROAR — Womxn in the Arts are the raddest!

Rachel LLoyd

Rachel Lloyd (she/her)


Rachel Lloyd was volunteer coordinator and merch manager for our 2018 fundraiser, and the first ever UPROAR festival in 2019. Rachel is no longer based in Ottawa, and no longer an UPROAR producer. We thank Rachel so much for her incredible work to make UPROAR happen, and wish her all of the best with what’s up next.

UPROAR’s logo is designed by Carolina Uscategui.