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. The performance company’s inaugural project was NOOR, a play written by Erum and directed by Erin, which evolved beyond a play into a concert, live installation and performance experiment in a museum context, hosted by the Aga Khan Museum. For more on that project see NOOR or Globe and Mail: Noor rethinks the boundaries of theatre

Other GF projects include: Offers & Answers, A Field Guide to Creative Collaboration in Digital Spaces.

Generous Friend works 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.  

About Erin Brubacher

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.