About Spicy Day

“Spicy Day theatre company manages to take the audience on such an unexpected journey that is simultaneously fun and yet incredibly poignant.

– New Ottawa Critics

Described as “two local female performers who have a very strong and defined perspective” (New Ottawa Critics), and “side-splittingly funny” (Apt613), award-winning theatre company Spicy Day has been creating new, critically-acclaimed productions since 2016.

Following successful tours to Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, and Victoria, the company is known for using humour and heart to provoke conversation about topics we don’t often see on stage.

From our debut production In Waking Life, a partially-improvised comedy about two kooky psychic sisters, to The Brotherhood which tackles sexism within the guise of a magic show, to the honest and empowering A Period Piece, Spicy Day loves to find new and immersive ways to tell stories that need to be told.


Why are we called Spicy Day?

Güüd quvestian! In August 2017 we toured In Waking Life to the Victoria Fringe festival. It became a routine that every other day we would shower, and wear lipstick and “just feel a little spicy” that day. This brings us joy and here we are. Here’s to feeling spicy every day.


Get to know the spicy gals

MONICA BRADFORD-LEA is an Ottawa-based theatre creator, actor, and producer. With diverse training in clown, puppetry, and Shakespeare, Monica is passionate about creating multidisciplinary performances.

In addition to her work with Spicy Day, Monica is a founding producer of the new multidisciplinary UPROAR arts festival showcasing cis & trans women and non-binary artists. By day she works in marketing at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Monica was nominated for the 2019 Prix Rideau Award for Emerging Artist.

LAUREN WELCHNER is an award-winning theatre actor, creator, and producer based in Toronto. Having studied musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, she loves to incorporate many disciplines of performance into the work she creates. A co-founder of the award-winning, feminist theatre company Spicy Day, she is passionate about creating work that means something with humour and heart.

Recent credits include Polar Express and Hallows Express (York-Durham Heritage Railway), In Waking Life (T.O. Centre For The Arts), and upcoming A Period Piece (TACTICS Mainstage Series).