Performance Art At The Rooms

Sara Tilley performs a burial ritual in downtown St. John’s. Photo by Ritchie Perez.

Sara Tilley performs a burial ritual in downtown St. John’s. Photo by Ritchie Perez.

I will be performing an improvised clown piece featuring a large amount of toilet paper at The Rooms Art Gallery on February 22nd, 8 pm. This performance is part of a series in conjunction with the Colette Urban retrospective on show in the gallery now, and is free with admission to the gallery. For more info on the series, check out the official listing on The Rooms website.


Well past the point when I should have posted, here’s some lovely documentation of the installation and performance project that WYRDOS made for WRECK CITY 2018 in Calgary, this past summer.

WYRDOS is Sarah Smalik, Sara Tilley and Jamie Tognazzini. During the 2 month residency, we worked in a defunct radio station recording studio, inspired by an old newspaper clipping on Charlie Chaplin’s films that we found onsite. The result was MODYRN TIMEZ, an interactive installation and performance which sees the species Charlie Chaplinus ‘happy in his comfortable cell.’ Photos by Mike Tan. The Wreck City documentary by Polina Teif includes an excerpt on WRDOS featured below. We are the third artist/collective in the film.

Fruithead video is now on Youtube!


a clown play for adults

created and performed by Sara Tilley with Mark White

Premiere production by She Said Yes! theatre company, July 2013, LSPU Hall, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Production Team:

Set, Costume and Prop Design - Sarah Smalik and Sara Tilley

Lighting Design - Renate Pohl

Sound Design - Ben Jackson

Animation Design - Jason Sellars

Puppet Design - Sara Tilley

Stage Manager - Mark White

Lighting Operator - Phil Winters

Sound/Projection Operator - Ben Jackson

Stage Crew - Mitch McGee Herritt

Production Manager - Sara Tilley


Écorchée au Combat national des livres

The French translation of Skin Room is one of five books in this year's Radio-Canada Combat national des livres! Thank you Annie Pronovost, who translated my work so sensitively and to Marchand de Feuilles for choosing to publish this work. I am deeply honoured to have my book defended by Antonine Maillet. 

« Avec son Écorchée, dans une écriture totalement libre, unique et parsemée de drôleries, Sara Tilley fait patiner son impayable héroïne du Grand Nord à Terre-Neuve, de sa préadolescence à son entrée dans l’âge adulte, avec une rare maîtrise de l’art du roman. » – Antonine Maillet

You can vote for my book (even if you can't read it in French!) here. If you are so inclined you can even vote for it once a day til May 11th, and get entered to win prizes like a trip to Prague so, hey, why not: