Abi Stushnoff was born and raised on the northern coast of British Columbia on the beautiful Kaien Island, in the unceded traditional territory of the Tsimshian people. Abi most likely learned to swim before she learned to walk and has always felt the pull of the water. She has lived across Canada including in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton, AB), Tkaronto (Toronto, ON), and currently resides in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal, QC). She is grateful and honoured to live and create on these lands.
Abi is an interdisciplinary artist with a spectrum of interests including puppetry, analog and digital technologies, somatic dance practices, cyborg theatrics, still and moving image making.
After attending Victoria School of the Arts (Edmonton, AB) she pursued her love of physical theatre and graduated from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program (Toronto, ON). During her time in Toronto, Abi was a student intern with Clay and Paper Theatre where she was introduced to the wondrous world of puppetry. Combining her love of performance creation, puppet theatre opens the door for Abi to design, devise, construct, and perform for both live and filmed productions.
With an ever growing appetite for learning, Abi moved to Tiohtià:ke in 2018 to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia CyberArts (IMCA). Here she focused on performance and video installation art. In the spring of 2021, she graduated from Concordia University (Montréal, QC).
Chaotic Bodies is the beginning of Abi’s next adventure. Here, she collaborates with others, facilitates and shares diverse stories, and creates interdisciplinary performances.
Photo by Alex Tran