About Us


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Who We Are
Pure Carbon is a creative partnership formed by playwright/director Alexander Kentris and playwright/director/deviser Katy Murphy in January of 2014.

What We Do
Our goal is to create original, visceral theatre that deals with strong characters, high stakes and intense emotions; a theatre that supersedes the everyday; a theatre without fear. Our theatre events range from fully mounted shows, to cabarets and parties, to our experiment series of workshop style productions.


Alex HeadshotAlexander Kentris

Co-Artistic Director
For Pure Carbon: The House of Bernadette Alba (Director/Script Adaptation), Bitchcraft (Director/Script Adaptation), La Loca (Director/Playwright), 64 Ways to Die: A Shakespeare Death Cabaret (Curator/Performer), Three Sisters: an experiment (Director/Script Adaptation).
Directing/Playwriting: Surfacing (Director – Paprika Festival), Bordeaux (Director/Playwright – Toronto Fringe Festival, Paprika Festival),  Revolutionaries (Playwright – Playground Festival), A Reverie (Playwright/Director – Playground Festival).
Asst Director: Sh*t Song for Some Island (Newbron Theatre/Aim for the Tangent);  The Witch of Edmonton (Anita La Selva), Lion in the Streets (Anita La Selva) for Theatre@York.
Other: Opera Erotique (Co-Production Manager – Out of the Box Productions), almost.again (Stage Manager – go.go.go.productions). Admin Assistant at the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Alex graduated from York University’s Theatre Studies program in 2011, specializing in playwriting.

Katy HeadshotKaty Murphy

Co-Artistic Director
For Pure Carbon:  The House of Bernadette Alba (Director/Script Adaptation), Bitchcraft (Director), Red Winter (Director), 64 Ways to Die: A Shakespeare Death Cabaret (Curator/Performer) and Three Sisters: an experiment (Director).
Deviser: In The Dust (Ad Hoc Collective), The Things I Need To Know (Paprika Festival/Olde Spice), King John Redux (Pure Carbon Collective), Anthology of Endurance (18 Monks Collective) and Idealism of the Unknown (Paprika Festival).
Assistant Director: Sh*t Song for Some Island (Newbron Theatre/Aim for the Tangent); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Paul Muir), Lion in the Streets (Marvin Ishmael) for Theatre@York.
Other: Katy was Artistic Director of Theatre@York’s PlayGround Festival and has been Assistant Artistic Director at Theatre Rusticle, a member of the TAPA Youth Council and Volunteer Coordinator for the Next Stage Theatre Festival, the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Katy graduated from York University’s theatre program specializing in devised theatre.