Design by Michael Alstad

Poster Design by Michael Alstad


Live from the Annex’s ‘FUTURE tense!’ is a two-show series that profiles the importance of today’s artists and how they reflect society’s hopes and fears about the future. Thank you so much!

  • Ground-breaking arts and entertainment programming in Toronto
  • Features futurists
  • Toronto’s top comedic, music and alternative talent featured locally, nationally and internationally
  • #LFTAnnex #FutureTense

The Creative Team

Creative Collaborator Sarah Kravetz
Futurist-in-residence Christine McGlade
Artistic Director Sasha Wentges
Artistic Producer Laurie Murphy

The Co-producers:

LAURIE MURPHY is a producer and an award-winning public relations practitioner specializing in strategic integrated marketing and communications and project management ( She works in Toronto with artists, cultural organizations and entrepreneurs, such as Théâtre français de Toronto, Pleiades Theatre, Lester Trips Theatre, Artists for Fort Mac, One Night Only: The Greatest Musical Never Written, This ‘n That, Junes Company, The Eros Group, and, in Charlottetown, The Community Foundation of PEI. While at Factory, her work was recognized with a Best PR Award for Small Theatre Company in Canada. In Ottawa, Murphy was the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Director of Marketing & Communications. She also provided administration/research support at the Inuit Art Foundation (Ottawa), and writing and PR support to The Rooms Art Gallery (St. John’s). She has served as an executive board member on provincial and national boards as an artist and public relations practitioner, such as the Canadian Public Relations Society (President Elect, Ottawa/Gatineau and Past President, Prince Edward Island CPRS Chapters), PEI Council of the Arts, TheatrePEI, and PEI Writers’ Guild. A performer, Laurie is a member of SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Songwriters and Music Publishers of Canada, and The Harbingers (sketch duo with Sasha Wentges). Her work in the training, performance and production of improv garnered Murphy three PEI Theatre Festival Awards (best direction, ensemble and musical inventiveness).


SASHA WENTGES is a producer, director and award-winning actress. With mea culpa, she has co-produced/facilitated over a decade of lively cabarets in the Montreal scene. She has also directed/produced many theatrical creations, including The Factory Project with Studio 303 and OUT productions in Montreal as well as Collected Stories at the Tarragon Theatre, in Toronto. She is the co-owner of which facilitates expressive arts workshops in the community at large and posts creative weekly challenges on-line. Currently she is completing her graduate school program at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, utilizing the expressive arts in peace building and conflict transformation fields. In the world of comedy, she has directed Sheldon Inkol’s run-away hit: Uninvited, which showcased at the New Ideas Festival and the Summerworks Festival. She also had a stint directing the sketch comedy troupe: Boiled Wieners, in Yellow Robot and the Table of Terror at the Poor Alex. She is thrilled to be Artistic Director of Live from the Annex: Future Tense!, and a member of sketch duo The Harbingers.

Heading up the improv component of Future Tense is the amazing talent and director Lisa Merchant:

66 Live from the Annex Apr 7 2015 pilotLisa Merchant has been improvising/acting for 29 years. She is a multiple nominee and winner of 3 Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improvisor and ensemble for Monkey Toast. Lisa was one of the cast of the Gemini nominated Joe Blow Show. She created and produced Toronto’s longest running comedy festival, March of Dames. Some television credits include: Degrassi XV, Murdoch Mysteries, Train 48, Listen Missy, Go Girl!, to name a few. She performs monthly in Monkey Toast, the live
improvised talk show, now in its 13 th year, Mixed Company, Ted & Lisa and the Ethnic Eccentrics. Lisa is an understudy for the highly acclaimed Women Fully Clothed. She is a 20+ year Senior Faculty member at The Second City Training Centre and corporate facilitator with Bad Dog Theatre, The Second City Works division and privately. Additionally she is extremely proud to have delivered improvisation workshops to Canada’s Olympic Team hopefuls for the London 2012 Summer Games as well as Sochi 2014 Winter Games. (