Masha Bashmakova is a Montreal-based theatre artist from Russia and the UAE, navigating the ways in which creative expression serves as a deep and necessary language in expressing interpersonal and social-political challenges, conflicts, and empathies. Her current practice spans visual and performing arts, with a specific focus in performance, theatre directing, and interdisciplinary creation.

In the Spring of 2020, Masha graduated from Concordia University’s BFA Performance Creation program and has since been interning with Talisman Theatre as an Outreach Coordinator, developing her acting practice and working on independent creation projects.
Over the last few years, Masha has been performing with RANT Theatre, a participatory social-intervention performance form, as well as working on other process-led works, such as devised projects Slice2.0 (directed by Wendel Beavers) and Apathy (directed by Jessica Carmichael)

Outside of her practice as a theatre artist, Masha has a background working as an educator in environments ranging from classrooms and university courses to summer camps and workshops, and is trained as a visual artist and classical pianist (Trinity College London Advanced Performance Diploma with Distinction).