Victim Impact Director Jiv Parasram Wins Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award

Theatre Conspiracy is thrilled to congratulate our director Jiv Parasram on receiving the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. This prestigious award celebrates the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline.

Jiv Parasram is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada and internationally. He is the Artistic Producer at Pandemic Theatre and the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. He grew up in Halifax and now splits his time between Toronto and Vancouver.

Jiv is currently in Vancouver directing Theatre Conspiracy’s upcoming production Victim Impact. A live documentary that investigates the mysterious aspects of the Rashida Samji fraud scheme that devastated the South Asian community in British Columbia, Victim Impact takes place June 8-17 at the Historic Theatre at The Cultch.

With respect to political theatre and the value of using art as a vehicle, Jiv poses the following questions, “If the aesthetic is the imaginary, where do we need to stretch our imagination in order to achieve political action to where we need to get to? How do we embed a political question in a piece that’s current to the community we’re representing?”

In the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, former notary public Rashida Samji drew family, friends, and their communities into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012. Victim Impact follows this case through the courts and down the money trail. This innovative piece of theatre looks at the fallout for those affected as they got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials. Over 200 people were ripped off in this fraud scheme, which involved over $110 million.

“It is amazing to be doing a show that addresses an issue that has impacted so many people in the Lower Mainland, with a company that has such rich history in innovation and political theatre.” – Jiv Parasram

Tickets for Victim Impact are on sale now and available online at

In addition to the theatrical performance piece of this project, Victim Impact will continue to evolve through feedback to the podcast series – Victim Impact: The Fraudcast – which is available now at conspiracy.caiTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher.


Credits for Victim Impact:

Writer:  Tim Carlson

Director:  Jiv Parasram

Cast:  Jenn Griffin, Nimet Kanji, Risha Nanda, Allan Morgan, & Munish Sharma

Assistant Director:  Gavan Cheema

Dramaturg:  Kathleen Flaherty

Visuals Designer:  Milton Lim

Original Music/Sound Designer:  David Mesiha

Lighting Designer:  Conor Moore

Set Designer:  Joel Grinke

Costume Designer:  Florence May Barrett

Stage Manager:  Yvonne Yip

Associate Producer/Production Manager:  Jack Paterson 

Outreach:  Gavan Cheema & Rohit Chokhani

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Dates: June 8-17, 2018

Opening: June 9, 8:00pm

Preview: June 8, 8:00pm

Times: June 10-17, 8:00pm

Matinee: June 16, 2:00pm

Venue: The Historic Theatre at The Cultch | 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $34 Adult | On sale now at | $10 Seniors, students, under-employed, and unemployed | By donation at the door June 8, 10, 12 at 8pm & June 16 at 2pm

Added Value: Enjoy post-show feedback session with the creators on June 12 | Community forum following the 2pm performance on June 16


About Theatre Conspiracy:

Founded in 1995, Theatre Conspiracy is an experimental performance company whose critical inquiry and aesthetic curiosity contributes to a public dialogue activating freedom of expression, diversity in identity and opinion, and challenges to the status quo. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Theatre Conspiracy provides a platform for artists creating contemporary work for stage and media to investigate new directions in society, politics, and culture.


Images: Chris Randle

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