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O NEGATIVE, McCarthy's first film, had its premiere  in 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival and has played at festivals all over North America including Palm Springs Shortfest, RiverRun, Whistler, Cleveland, and Portland International. It was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2015. It is now on vimeo as a STAFF PICK.

His second outing as a director, "From across the street and through two sets of windows" premiered at Vancouver VIFF in 2018. 2019 saw the completion of his third short, and second as writer/director, Dis/Cogntion.

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Theatre maker


by Olivier Choiniere

The North American premiere of Caryl Churchill's translation. This uncanny dissection of the cult of celebrity featured a blend of francophone and anglophone artists.

Stuff Happens

by David Hare

Using their own childhood memories of the September 11 attacks as a basis to create choral movement, a cast of 26 young people transformed David Hare's history play about the lead-up to the Iraq War, into a nightmarish meditation on the power of fear.



An elegy for an abandoned amusement park in the Detroit River, Boblo featured a 7 piece band and original music by the Sunparlour Players.

Various past Highlights

Maylee Todd's Musical Planetarium

"a kaleidoscopic dreamscape" -the globe and mail


"This is the beautiful thing about the SummerWorks festival. Pairing a musician like Maylee Todd with theatre creators like Steven McCarthy and filmmakers like Tess Girard to create an experience that will keep the audience talking about it until next years festival and raise the bar by inspiring the creative community. "

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