The Uncommon Folk Collective is a group of songwriters and performers crafting music-forward theatre experiences.
Founded and coordinated by composer / music director Jake Schindler and folk singer-songwriter Sam Boer, this burgeoning collective presented its first original musical, “Ursa: A Folk Musical”, on stages, online, and in provincial parks throughout 2022. This 80-minute show, which was praised by The WholeNote for its “freshness, youthful energy, and experimental daring,” premiered at the Toronto Fringe NextStage Festival (January 2022, online); had its live premiere at the Kingston Grand Theatre (Watershed Festival, May 2022); and was performed at a variety of venues—from the Bancroft Village Playhouse to Bon Echo Provincial Park—as the first show selected for Tweed & Co.’s site-specific theatre program (September–October 2022).
The Uncommon Folk Collective is currently writing its second musical, with support from the Grand Theatre (London) and the Toronto Fringe Festival.
CAST & TEAM
Co-creator (book, music, and lyrics)—“Jake”
Jake Schindler (he/him) is a Toronto-based musician, educator, and composer who has a specific interest in creating and performing new Canadian musical theatre. Originally from London, Ontario, a music education graduate from Western University, Jake currently works as a music director, music teacher, and audio engineer for various organizations around Toronto. As a composer, his first full length musical, “Where Do We Begin?”, premiered in August 2019 to a sold-out run. Jake is a multi-instrumentalist with a keen interest in finding unique ways to incorporate popular and classical music into musical theatre storytelling in a fresh, authentic way.
Margot Greve (she/her) is a multidisciplinary playwright, director and producer in Toronto, Ontario. She is the artistic director of Mixtape Projects, a dance/theatre fusion company that’s quirky, colourful, and musical. Her original production, “Mixtape”, performed as part of the 2019 New Voices Festival over a sold-out run. Since that initial production she has directed both contemporary and classical works for independent companies in the Toronto area. Her second original show, “Rebecca Love”, performed for four sold out audiences this past December and is continuing it’s development through workshops this winter. She was the intimacy choreographer for the 2019 productions of “Unfunny”, Little Accomplishments” and “Over Again” and led the devising process for the 2020 Panoply Collective production of “The Bacchae”. As an artist she is dedicated to weaving story, movement and music to create sensorially exciting productions for audiences young and old.