Tsipporah Shendroff

Artist Statement: Hi! My name is Tsipporah, and I’m a person who feels a lot of emotions. Like, so many emotions. Probably too many emotions. 

I’m an artist, a writer, a performer, and a storyteller. I try to create work that engages audiences by making them feel something — literally anything. Joy, anger, sadness, a profound sense of wonder — whatever it is, if my work makes something inside you stir or spark or speak out, I know I’ve done my job. I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my life to consume a wide variety of art and media, and what connects my favourites from the ones I regret spending money on are the intensity of what I felt while witnessing them: the stuff that left my heart racing, or my eyes wide, or my sides in stitches from laughing so hard, or forced me to discreetly wipe away tears in the back row. It doesn’t matter if I enjoyed the show or not, if I remember what happened on the stage or screen or not, because I remember what I felt in that moment. The way my heart raced. The way I laughed, frowned, cried. The way my mind went “wow”. What I was witnessing may have not been real — it may have not even been realistic in style or theme — but what I felt was. It was raw. It was human. And that’s important. At least to me.   


The Library of the Universe by Tsipporah Shendroff

Thursday 24 June at 7pm

I wanted to write a story about stories, and I wanted to write a story about the relationship between two people. I wanted to explore the various ways two people can connect to each other. By setting the story in a library that exists outside space and time, I’m able to juxtapose the patterns of love throughout different historical time periods.

For this presentation, I am going to be doing my first public live reading of a small portion of the show, with the help of two actors, Asenia Lyall and Nathan Rossi. As a first-time playwright, I’m always looking for feedback on how to improve my techniques!


Asenia Lyall is a current Brock student with a passion for theatre and literature, she is pursuing a career in the arts.

Nathan Rossi is a Brock student who has completed his theatre degree and is currently pursuing the rest of his history degree. He wants to continue in the arts in the future!

Tsipporah Shendroff is an actor and a writer who recently completed a degree in dramatic arts at Brock University, and hopes to pursue a career in both performance and production. Being a member of the Suitcase in Point Nest Residency has been an insightful and valuable experience, and has given her the opportunity to grow as a writer and theatre-maker, as well as the chance to listen, discuss, and collaborate with like-minded artists. Tsipporah loves 20th and 21st-century Western theatre, and has a very special place in her heart for Broadway musicals. The three things she could not live without are cake pops, coffee, and her FitBit.

Special thanks to Asenia Lyall, Nathan Rossi, Janice Jo Lee, Matt McGeachy, Kimberley Rampersad, David Fancy, and the entire Suitcase and Nest team!

Warnings – Some coarse language.

Showtime: Thursday 24 June at 7pm

Register for your ticket here!

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