Hazel Venzon is a long time theatre collaborator with The Chop and is delighted to work with them again at FoLDA. She’s a theatre artist, writer, director and producer with an artistic background rooted in sculpture and performance art (University of Manitoba, School of Fine Art) with formal acting training from Studio 58. Hazel has been a national theatre artist for over 20 years. She has produced for festivals such as PuSh, Luminato and Magnetic North Theatre Festival. She is the Co-Artistic Director for U N I Together (UNIT) Productions, Central Operative for Mammalian Diving Reflex and Associate Producer for Rainbow Stage. Hazel continues to explore the definition of theatre and performance through social engagement, crossing through multiple disciplines; focused on the investigation of Canadian identity.
Martin Kinch’s practice embraces film, theatre, television, opera, and radio. Throughout his four-decade career, he has been at the vanguard of modern Canadian theatrical expression. As artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille and founder and artistic director of Toronto Free Theatre, he helped to spearhead the creation of alternative theatres dedicated to creating original Canadian work. As a playwright, he is a two-time finalist for the prestigious Chalmers Award. He was a drama producer at CBC Television Drama (1980-86) and artistic director of Theatre Calgary (1986-93). Throughout the 90s, he worked as writer and story editor on a number of radio and television series. During his 10-year tenure (2002-12) at Vancouver’s Playwright’s Theatre Centre, Martin worked with a variety of playwrights to develop their work and was responsible for creating several outstanding playwright-centred programs. Since 2000, Martin has taught in UBC’s prestigious Creative Writing progra
(he/him) Toronto based graphic designer, often looking for a good run, good food, and good laughs. https://www.instagram.com/dekelchui
(she/her) Returning for the second year to FOLDA with a digital run project now in BETA development, Stacey likes to spend most of her spare time producing theatre and running. This project is a perfect hybrid of her two passions. Most recently Stacey produced the world premiere of BOX 4901 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Beta Development work from FoLDA 2019) and completed the Chicago Marathon. In her other life, she is a Risk Management Professional in Toronto.
(she/her) Melissa is a not particularly athletic Toronto-based runner, teacher, mum, maker. She came to running as a way to have space for thinking that wasn’t getting done anywhere else. She is excited to be part of a project that merges two of the things she loves most: going out for a run and the creative process.
(she/her) Meet Kim and Michelle, twin sisters from northwestern Ontario passionate about building an online running community through digital connection. Former NCAA athletes, the twins believe that everybody can “Enjoy the run” as part of a daily routine for mental health and wellness. Even during these unprecedented times, grab a pair of running shoes, connect virtually on the FoldA Strava Club, and be apart of creating digital art. Kim and Michelle are excited to be back to the FoldA festival for a second year for the run project. We can’t wait to connect virtually with you!
(she/her) Enna Kim [@fongkikid] is an interdisciplinary artist and avid runner based in Toronto, Canada. Enna explores the dimensions between her hyphenated Korean-Canadian identity through animation, illustration and long distance running. Expecting to be running “across the country,” her running journey started from joining the elementary school cross country team to running for Ryerson University’s varsity cross country team. Her practice is an ongoing process of reconceptualizing the term diaspora and using art and athletics as a way to decrypt it, sharing personal stories of her immigrant family as a way of healing and retracing their cultural identities. She is a member of Pace and Mind, a Toronto Run Club and hopes to inspire women of colour to share their love of sport. Website Link: https://fongkikid.format.com
An inveterate baseball fan as well as a musician and composer, Paolo has spent much of his life trying to explain the intricacies of the arcane to the uninitiated. (Translation: he’s a big nerd.) After one year of undergrad science, Paolo gave up on marine biology dreams in favour of that most secure of career paths: music. Shockingly, this strategy somehow worked when a taiko drumming gig led to a career in radio. Paolo is a Peabody-Award-winning audio documentary producer, sound designer and writer/broadcaster. He is also a two-time winner of the Prix Italia, for The Signature Series on CBC Music, and previously for the audio documentary series The Wire: the Impact of Electricity on Music. Paolo uses ambient and environmental sounds to compose music for podcasts and audio documentaries. Since 2012, Paolo has hosted In Concert, a weekly classical music program on CBC Music.
A genre-defying interdisciplinary artist, Yawen is known as “a dancer at the keyboard” (Georgia Straight) and has created a body of work in the realms of music composition, gallery installation, performance & movement art, music theatre, music for dance, radio play/PodPlay, and interactive media. She was nominated for a Future Generations Millennium Award (Canada Council for the Arts), an Outstanding Original Musical Award (Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards) and has been the recipient of numerous creation and performance grants. Yawen is the founder of Ballegro Dance Music Technology Inc., creator of the Ballegro ballet music app that is available worldwide (BallegroPlayer.com).
Quelemia is an Indigenous actor, writer and director from the Musqueam Nation.
Some of Quelemia’s theatre performance credits include: ‘Lysistrata’/Bard on the Beach, ‘The Bakkhai’/Stratford Festival, ‘The Pipeline Project’/Itsazoo and Savage Society, ‘Our Town’/Osimous Theatre *Jessie award outstanding production, ‘The Penelopiad’, ‘August: Osage County’/Arts Club Theatre. Various Film and T.V: Tribal, Clouds of Autumn, Blackstone, Unnatural and Accidental, Da Vinci’s City Hall and Da Vinci’s Inquest *Leo award best guest appearance. Writing credits include: A podplay for Neworld Theatre/Raven Spirit Dance called ‘Ashes on the Water’, ‘Salmon Girl’/Raven Spirit Dance, Co-writer, ‘The Pipeline Project’ /Itsazoo and Savage Society, Indigenous consultant and Indigenous content writer for ‘Lysistrata’/Bard on the Beach, ‘Skyborn: A Land Reclamation Odyssey’/Savage Society, ‘Women of Papiyek’/Full Circle/Animikiig Native Earth. She was an Associate with Playwrights Theatre Centre from 2014-2016 and she completed the Stratford writing retreat in 2017.
Peter is a poet, playwright and performer living in Vancouver. His recent credits include roles in his plays The Coyotes and Law of the Land for the Caravan Farm Theatre, the title roles in both Titus Bouffonius and Butcher at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and Straight White Men for ITSAZOO Theatre. Other favorite credits include The Overcoat and The Number 14. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Dell’Arte School of Physical theatre, Peter’s the recipient of eight Jessie awards. His plays are available online at the Canadian Play outlet.
A graduate of Simon Fraser’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Patrick has been working as an actor in Vancouver TV Film and Theatre scene for the past twenty years. Some of the companies he has worked with include the Firehall, Neworld Theatre, Rumble, Mortal Coil, PI Theatre, Touchstone, Headlines, I.T.P., Urban Crawl, and Main Street Theatre, where he is proud to be an associate artist. He has been recognized with two Jessie Richardson Award Nominations. Inside/Out is Patrick’s first venture into playwriting.
Noah Drew is a theatre maker and voice/ performance/communication teacher based in Montreal. His work has been seen and/or heard on five continents. Noah has received six Jessie Richardson awards (19 nominations total), a nomination for the Siminovitch Prize, and a Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching award. Noah has worked extensively in interdisciplinary collaboration, including projects involving theatre, music, dance, film, interactive games, clown, storytelling, poetry, performance art, installation, podcasts/podplays, and radio. Noah holds an MFA in Acting from Temple University, and Bachelor’s degrees in both Theatre and Music from Simon Fraser University. He’s a Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a Co-Artistic Director of the theatre company Jump Current Performance. A full-time tenured faculty member in Concordia University’s Theatre Department, Noah’s research focuses on how performers and public speakers can increase their stress resilience at a nervous system level, and how immersive sensory environments can catalyze heightened states of presence.
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Cree-Saulteaux Metis performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 40 years she has been active as an actor, performing artist and community cultural worker. Her desire to share artistic performance that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive work, travels and consultation within Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Indigenous Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’ She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival and numerous programs including Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts and an Indigenous Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver. She has received numerous awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Order of Canada from the Governor-General and most recently an Inaugural honor from the new National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre Department.
Since obtaining his BFA from SFU in 1997 and his teaching degree in 1998, Marco has performed on stage, on screen and in the classroom. He has had the great fortune to create exciting new work and to play many of his dream roles. Marco has worked with multitudes of marvelous people on some of the most beautiful stages locally, nationally and internationally. Some favourite theatre credits include Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (WCT), Theatre Replacement’s critically acclaimed Bio Boxes, Prior in Angels in America, Judas in Corpus Christi (both Hoarse Raven), Tony in Shear Madness (Art’s Club), the Emcee in Cabaret (DSR) and his work with Boca del Lupo in their summer roving shows. More details about Marco’s work in film, tv and voiceover can be found at www.marcosoriano.com.
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Karin has received numerous Jessie Richardson awards and nominations for her work in theatre, performing lead roles in a wide range of musicals and contemporary dramas. Her extensive screen credits include “Maurice” the orangutan in the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, supporting roles in many other features and guest star/recurring roles on numerous tv series. She currently plays recurring characters on three television series: Snowpiercer, The Good Doctor, and The Babysitter’s Club. As an artist/writer, Karin creates series of paintings that tell a story and has had many solo gallery exhibitions of her work, most recently My House Is, an exhibit in painting, story and photographs at the Firehall Arts Centre in 2020. Karin is an avid student of orangutans and for the past ten years actively involved in efforts for their conservation.
Joel DeStefano has worked in numerous capacities in arts and culture throughout his career. An active composer, performer and interdisciplinary artist, he has collaborated on a wide range of projects in film, dance, radio and theatre. He’s a graduate of SFU’s MFA program in contemporary art and was a founding member and co-artistic director of Proximity Arts, an interdisciplinary arts collective. His community work includes developing and leading workshops in music and performance art practice, acting as a consultant for community arts organizations and supporting the work of emerging artists as the theatre & literary arts programmer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and as a board member of the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society.
JD (she/her) is a performer, playwright, theatre maker, comedian, director, inclusive educator and innovator. JD’s work involves solo shows, community and artist collaboration, traditional writing, experimental storytelling, video, event creation, co-design and stand-up comedy. Select plays include Certified, Stood, A Modern Woman’s Guide to Female Impersonation, Bearded Circus Ladies, Gloom, All In, Joke You, Funny in the Head, Me on the Map with Adrienne Wong, Dog of my Understanding, Auditions for an Embarrassed Woman, Turkey in the Woods, Ingenious Speculations with Rita Bozi and Kim Selody, The Opposite of Everything is True, and Under the Big Top. Her plays have been produced by The Caravan Farm Theatre (Armstrong) Belfry Theatre (Victoria), Buddies in Bad Times (Toronto), and Vancouver companies Touchstone Theatre, The Frank Theatre, Neworld Theatre, and Solo Collective. Festival presentations include High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), The Progress Festival (Toronto), FoldA (Kingston), Uno (Victoria), PuSh (Vancouver), Summerworks (Toronto), People’s Comedy Festival (Toronto), International Gay Theatre Festival (Dublin) and Vancouver International Children’s Festival. In 2017, JD participated in the Banff Centre Playwright’s Lab and the Playwright’s Unit at Alberta Theatre Projects with co-creator Adrienne Wong. Her fictitious memoir, Mercy Gene: the man made making of a mad woman, currently awaits publication.
Heidi Taylor (she/her) is a dramaturg, director and performer, and Artistic & Executive Director at PTC, based on the traditional unceded, occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She makes sited, devised, and interdisciplinary work, developing performances from first idea through production. She recently dramaturged the world premieres of Carmen Aguirre’s Anywhere But Here, Tetsuro Shigetmatsu’s Kuroko, Chicken Girl by Derek Chan, and Public and Private by Ziyian Kwan. She is currently dramaturg for Zahida Rahemtulla’s The Wrong Bashir, and Mermaid Spring, created by Barbara Adler and Kyla Gardiner, for which she is learning to crochet. Heidi served as Board Treasurer of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and was the founding president of LMDA Canada. She was a co-founder and co-artistic director of Proximity Lab/Arts from 2003-2016.
Currently locked down and writing short stories to remain creatively active. Gina has been working professionally on stage and film/tv since 1985. Now 75 years old she just has longer rests between jobs. She was last seen on stage as Momo Blake in the Arts Club staging of The Humans at The Stanley Theatre, directed by Amiel Gladstone.
Elizabeth is a Vancouver actor & coach specializing in Voice, Speech, Accents/ Dialects and Classical Text. She works in the Film, Television and Voice work industries and teaches at the Vancouver Film School and On The Mic Studios as well as coaching privately. Liz’s recent credits include: The Good Doctor, Little Fish, Altered Carbon, Charmed, Legends of Tomorrow, Noelle, Love at First Flight and Ruby Herring Mysteries.
Born, raised and based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh, C.E. Gatchalian (he/his/him) is a queer Filipinx-Canadian author. The author of six books and co-editor of two anthologies, he is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer. In 2013 he received the Dayne Ogilvie Prize in 2013, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to an outstanding emerging LGBTQI+ writer. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse, Artist-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education, and Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House (Vancouver) and Berton House (Dawson City, YT). Formerly Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company, his plays have been produced locally, nationally and internationally. His memoir, Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty and the Making of a Brown Queer Man, was recently published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
christine stoddard is one of the original founders of Proximity Arts (Lab) and a graduate of SFU’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. Her practice is rooted in the affective experience of words, movement, and image from a queer-feminist perspective. Since folding Proximity Arts almost a decade ago, christine has pursued and completed PhD in Art History & Visual Studies at the University of Manchester, taught various university and public courses in contemporary art, and established herself as a certified yoga teacher. She currently works as the Executive Business Partner for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a national think tank focused on catalyzing Canadian-Asian relations.
Bob Frazer is a highly acclaimed and nationally recognized actor based in Vancouver. Since graduating from Studio 58 in 1994, he has worked consistently in theatre, film and TV becoming one of Vancouver’s most sought after and popular actors. His work has been honoured with 10 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for performance. His lead performance in the feature film The Cannon (Prime Video, Itunes, Flix Premiere) was awarded the prestigious UBCP/ACTRA Award in 2018. He has participated in many aspects of the entertainment industry including directing, script development, acrobatics, dance, and writing but has spent most of his time in the performing field. He is a regular contributor at Bard on the Beach and has played most of Shakespeare’s leading roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Petruchio, Iago, and Macbeth. He teaches acting to young actors at three of Canada’s top acting schools; Studio 58, Vancouver Film School and Capilano University.
EMELIA SYMINGTON FEDY is a creator, producer and theatre-maker based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish People. She is the founding co- artistic director The Chop, a creation-based theatre company that tours nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Emelia has been lead writer and performer on over thirty new theatre productions across Canada, collaborating on projects with select companies such as Caravan Farm Theatre, Neworld, Leaky Heaven Circus and Radix Theatre to name a few favourites.
Emelia is also a veteran writer and host with CBC radio and has an ongoing column with the Sunday Edition where she won honourable mention at the New York Doc Festival for her documentary ‘The Tracks’ about girlhood and sexual assault in her hometown of Armstrong BC. ‘The Tracks’ is now being supported by BC Arts Council and the Hawthorne Foundation to be adapted into her first novel/memoir.
Emelia is a guest lecturer at UBC new media program, a consultant for UBC theatre and education department is a graduate of Studio 58 and The SFU Writers Studio Graduate Program.
iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, an artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. acākosīk | ᐊᒐᑯᓯᐠ is the culmination of her creation and collaboration to this point. It’s a collection of seven sonic explorations that not only blur lines between sources and styles, but also between the actual and the ideal, the real and imagined.
Building on the foundation of potent, cross-cultural electro-pop established on her self-titled 2013 debut and the Juno-nominated, Polaris Music Prize Long-Listed 2017 follow-up The Fight Within, acākosīk incorporates more intense and urgent tinges of alternative, post-rock, and even industrial. The cohesive-yet-combustible result tips a cap to modern innovators like Florence + The Machine and FKA twigs while simultaneously borrowing sounds accumulated over centuries by iskwē’s cree and Métis ancestors.
Angelica Schwartz is a director and collective creator born on Treat 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB), where they founded the performing arts company Happy/Accidents. A recent graduate of The Directing Program at The National Theatre School, Schwartz is now based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, QC). Drawing on their background in technical production and their passion for storytelling, Schwartz is devoted to creating an authentic connection between performer and spectator. Whether across distances through online platforms or in the intimacy of live, theatrical experiences, Schwartz is determined to create a sense of community in our highly digitalized era. Schwartz aims to trouble the public imagination in terms of identity, queerness, and bodies. In their work, society norms and pressures take a backseat to the complexity of the human condition. Schwartz is invested in highlighting the perspective of the Other, giving an alternative lens on how stories can be told.
Schwartz has had the pleasure to work with Jonathon Young, Jackie Maxwell, Marcus Youssef, Anita Rochon, and Chelsea Haberlin, among others. Schwartz is a Technical Production graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC
Murdoch Schon is a theatre maker, director and puppeteer. Winnipeg-born, they have been involved in the Montreal English theatre scene for almost a decade. Murdoch is fascinated by provocation, vulnerability, and the role of risk and failure in art making. They insist on the wondrous nature of theatre as a transformative space where rulers can fail, heroes can rise and monsters seem more familiar than angels.
Selected directing credits: it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now by Lucy Kirkwood, The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, Celestial Serendipity by Russell Wiitala, The Woods Witch by Murdoch Schon, and Little One by Hannah Moscovitch.
Camilleri (she/her) has been working with performance, image, and text for over 25 years. Her inquiries span social practice, multi-voiced narrative, and the public imaginary. Anna is founding artistic co-director of Red Dress Productions (RDP) with Tristan R. Whiston. Anna is engaged as a visual artist and designer with tactile and sculptural works, expressed primarily through more than 20+ socially engaged, site-specific public artworks across Ontario. Anna was 2018 artist-in-residence in the Department of Arts, Media, and Culture, University of Toronto, artist alumni of the juried 2019 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, and is a 2020/21 Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab fellow. Camilleri’s book publications have been recognized with distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress.
Yealland (she/her) has worked as an electrician and camera operator in commercial film production since 1997, however she is primarily a grip (film technician). Katie has worked with Red Dress Productions since 2010 as a (still and moving) photographer, technician, and technical director.
Whiston (he/him) is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto for 27+ years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, and community artist. With RDP, Tristan co-led 25+ community-engaged arts projects including Drift Seeds, (a site-specific performance with a cast of 150+) and co-created numerous interdisciplinary arts projects including May I Take Your Arm, Where There is Smoke and trace (with Moynan King) that toured Canada in 2015. Tristan’s work as an audio artist has gained him international acclaim and attention; most notably, his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio. Tristan was artist-in-residence at Central Toronto Youth Services, directing Gender Play (2004-2010) working with LGBTQ youth to explore issues and experiences of gender, and, most recently, Transcend, a group exploring gender through art and activism (2012-2017).
Sean Meldrum (playwright and actor) is a Canadian theatre artist, filmmaker, and musician. Credits as a writer include Gnaw (Theatre Mies, Toronto Fringe, 2016) and From the Thunder (True Perspective, 2019). Selected credits as an actor include Delusion (Out There Creative, 2020) and Judith Thompson’s HotHouse (Original Cast, Theatre Kingston, 2015). Over the past year, Sean’s short film From the Thunder screened at festivals across the world, winning Best Short Film at the Florence Film Awards, and his experimental piece I Am Like The Moon premiered at the Squat Betty Avant Garde Film Night in London, England. He is a playwright-in-residence with The Cellar Door Project and the in-house screenwriter for Toronto film production house, True Perspective. His play, The Diagnosis, was shortlisted for the Newmarket International Playwriting Competition. For his performance in Cakewalk, he was the recipient of the Focus Film Festival’s 2016 Award for Best Actor. In 2019, he was the recipient of the George Brown Opportunity Award for his work in Sound Design. Voices is his seventh collaboration with The Cellar Door Project.
Wallis Caldoza (dramaturg and performance lead) is a dramaturg and artist-researcher pursuing her PhD in the Social Justice Education department at OISE at the University of Toronto. Her research works at determining how to prevent Othering in tertiary academic institutions using quotidian dramaturgy. Selected credits include: research as a graduate assistant for Dr Kathleen Gallagher’s SSHRC-funded project Audacious Citizenship (University of Toronto, 2019-2020), playwriting for Beyond the Bard (Driftwood Theatre, 2020), playwriting for Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre, 2019), postgraduate induction workshop facilitator (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), 2018), collaborative writer and scenographer for Armen Avanessian & Enemies #33 Corresponding with ghosts – A staged reading with music on the legacy of debt (RCSSD and the Volksbühne Berlin, 2017 – 2018), founder and facilitator of A Space: 48 Hours at Queen’s University (2017), dramaturgy intern at CAHOOTS Theatre (CAHOOTS Theatre, 2016 – 2017), and stage manager of the Young Company’s touring production of Violet’s the Pilot (The Thousand Islands Playhouse, 2016). Wallis also holds an MA, with distinction, from RCSSD for Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy and a BAH from Queen’s University.
Mariah Horner (actor and producing lead) is an artist based in Kingston, Ontario. Selected credits include: assistant directing Unholy (GCTC, upcoming), directing Hana Hashimoto: Sixth Violin (Thousand Islands Playhouse, 2019), assistant directing Behaviour (GCTC/SpiderWebShow, 2019). She has worked as Digital Content Producer with SpiderWebShow and foldA for the past three years. She is the Festival Director of CFRC’s Shortwave Theatre Festival and helmed Kingston’s Storefront Fringe Festival from 2016-2018. Co-founding the Cellar Door Project with Devon Jackson in 2013, Mariah has produced 15 original site-specific works. Mariah played Kate Unger in George F. Walker’s HBO Canada Series Living in Your Car and graduated with MA in Theatre Theory & Dramaturgy from uOttawa in 2017. She has been published by SpiderWebShow, Visit Kingston, Canadian Theatre Review, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. She is currently co-writing a book about Participatory Performance with Dr. Jenn Stephenson.
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She has toured internationally as an independent artist for over a decade. Coming from a background in animation, Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her kaleidoscopic moving images as a shadow silhouette, in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between humanity and nature. She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, universities, and tech conferences. A few past presentations include TED, MOMA, SFMOMA, New Sundance Film Festival, and more. She is also a co-founder and core-collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control. She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007.
Anita Rochon is a Vancouver-based performance director primarily focused on the creation of new work. Rochon freelance directs in a range of styles from classical texts to documentary work to relational installations to contemporary dance. She and Emelia Symington Fedy run The Chop, a company that tours work nationally and internationally. Anita has directed for The Shaw Festival, Electric Company Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Replacement, Belfry Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, Globe Theatre and Vancouver Opera.
Bulmer (she/her) has worked internationally in theatre, film, radio and performance art for over 25 years. She has worked with organizations including the CBC, National Theatre of England, The National Arts Centre of Canada, Graeae Theatre Company, and the London 2012 Olympics. She is writer of the AMI award-winning BBC radio 4 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, writer of SMUDGE, which earned two Best New Play nominations in Canada and was Time Out’s Critics’ Choice during its U.K. premiere, and co-writer of the BAFTA-nominated U.K. television series Cast Offs. Alex is co-founder of Invisible Flash UK , Artistic Director of Cripping The Stage in association with The British Council, and co-Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre. Currently Alex is lead curator for Brave 2021 Festival: CoMotion, an International Disability Arts Festival produced by Harbourfront Centre.
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her works include the play The Unplugging, the dance-opera Bearing, and the libretto Shawnadithit. She co-created, with Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight, the verbatim play Reasonable Doubt, about relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is an Artistic Associate with Signal Theatre. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario and has worked as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink, past Artist-in-Residence with National Arts Centre [NAC] English Theatre, and is the founder of Raven Theatre. His original musical (book/music/lyrics & direction) Children of God has had 3 national tours (Urban Ink, NAC English Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Segal Centre), and he was director, composer and co-book/lyricist for Les Filles du Roi (Fugue/Raven/Urban Ink/Cultch), Moonlodge (Urban Ink), and Sedna(Urban Ink/Caravan Farm Theatre). His next new musicals have been commissioned by Musical Stage Company (Toronto), Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), and Stratford Festival. He has been awarded the John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council, Jessie Awards for Composition and Direction, and Ovation Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Direction. www.coreypayette.com
José Rivera (aka Proxemia) is an architecturally-trained artist, designer, and educator investigating the intersections of sensual and spatial aspects of experience. Working towards the many ways we can cultivate presence, his interests range from radio and transmission art to liberation ecologies, UFO and diaspora studies, psychonautics, and the exploration of Puerto Rican identity. His practice is often expressed through electroacoustic music and experimental placed-based sound works, multichannel installations and performances, sound design for film, cartography, and graphic design. His works have been exhibited internationally, as well as at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Goethe-Institut Boston, ICA Boston, The Studios at MASS MoCA, and more. Along with numerous collaborations, José’s fluid body of work also includes the design and construction of an open-air performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana.
Dr. Tarah Wright is Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses primariliy in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD) and she has published numerous papers covering a wide range of issues related to sustainability in higher education (SHE). More recently Tarah has begun to pursue a research program that investigates the various roles that The Arts can play in influencing cultural norms, encouraging pro-environmental behavior, and providing drivers for the creation of a sustainable future. Tarah and her family make their home in the city of Halifax, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, in the Acadian Forest Bioregion, at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Aidan Tomkinson and is a youth climate activist and justice seeker. She is the organizer of the school climate strike, Fridays For Future in Kingston, Ontario and has been striking for over a year. Through this, she has become involved in many other climate activist groups such as 350 and extinction rebellion along with participating in many grassroots conferences and symposiums. Aidan is passionate about educating the people around her about important issues in our world and is always enthusiastic to start initiatives to get community members involved.
Matt Rogalsky’s work in sonic arts includes live electronic music performance, sound/intermedia installation, and study/recreations of late 20th century live electronic music by David Tudor and other composers. His revisioning (with John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein) of the installation work Rainforest by Tudor and his group Composers Inside Electronics was acquired in 2017 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, for its permanent collection and is currently on exhibition in the newly redesigned MoMA. Other current work includes development of a collaborative dance piece with Vancouver-based choreographer Ahalya Satkunaratnam, and collaborative research with geographer Laura J Cameron focusing on soundscape, listening practices, and the life and work of early Canadian field recordist William WH Gunn. The Gunn project has resulted in several works of research-creation: the outdoor sound installations Octet (2016) and Into the Middle of Things (2017, with LJ Cameron), and the concert work Revisitation G (2018) make use of Gunn’s historical field recordings in exploration of his practice. Rogalsky’s ambisonic surround-sound remastering of Gunn’s classic monophonic environmental sound LP A Day In Algonquin Park was recently presented at the Park’s Wildlife Research Station, where Gunn was once Director, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.
Rogalsky teaches at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario where he leads the Sonic Arts Studio in the Dan School of Drama and Music. Photo by Tim Forbes.
Ian Garrett is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; and Producer for the mixed reality production company Toasterlab. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, technology and scenography and He is currently working with Rulan Tangen on Groundworks, looking at native lands in Northern California through the collaborations with artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; and with Swim Pony Performing Arts in Philadelphia on Story Trails focusing on the trails in watershed areas of Philadelphia through geolocated immersive audio. Other projects include the mixed-reality geolocated project Transmission (FuturePlay/Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival/New York), the set and energy systems for Zata Omm’s Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre and Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a solar 150’ wide crane at Coachella. With Chantal Bilodeau, he co-directs the Climate Change Theatre Action. His writing includes Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for Americans for the Arts; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production in Readings in Performance and Ecology, and Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada.
Sonali McDermid is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU. Her research focuses on understanding how agricultural land-use has transformed our regional environments and climate. She uses a variety of methods, including global earth system models, crop models, and observational datasets. She has also undertaken large-scale assessments of the impact of climate change on food security and livelihoods in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and served as the Climate Co-Lead for the international Agricultural Intercomparison and Improvement Project. Her work strives to identify and contextualize the role of environmental preservation in food and nutrition security as she seeks an answer to the question: What really constitutes responsible, sustainable agriculture and how might we lessen our environmental impact while providing nutritious food for everyone?
McDermid holds a Ph.D. (2012) from the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, specializing in Atmospheric Science and Climatology. She holds a B.A. in Physics from NYU (2006). Prior to NYU, she was awarded a NASA Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NYC. In addition to her academic work, McDermid is also a passionate advocate for equity and representation in the sciences, and for evidenced-based policy and decision-making.
Anthony Simpson-Pike is a director and dramaturg. He previously worked at The Gate Theatre as Associate Director. Recent directorial work includes The Ridiculous Darkness by Wolfram Lotz at The Gate and Staff Directing on Master Harold and the Boys at the National Theatre. As a dramaturg he has developed two seasons of work at The Gate Theatre and was selected as a dramaturg for The Royal Court’s International Residency as well leading the Royal Court’s International Project in the English Speaking Caribbean. Working on a range of freelance work encompassing dance and theatre, in 2018 he dramaturged the LTC’s Artist Climate Lab and co-curated the 2019 lab. He was also invited to be the visiting guest artist at the Banff International Playwrighting Residency in Canada in 2019. Anthony will also be a visiting tutor on the new MA Dramaturgy at Birkbeck University. He has been a finalist for the 20th JMK award and 2019 RTST award and was selected by the British Council to attend DirectorsLab North in Toronto. Working across mediums, Anthony has also directed multiple audio dramas for Tamasha Theatre Company. As a facilitator, with a passion for theatre centring young people and communities, he has worked at The Gate, The Royal Court, The Young Vic, National Theatre and The Globe.
His credits as assistant director include Parallel Macbeth directed by Caroline Byrne (Young Vic), Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3 directed by Jo Bonney (Royal Court), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Matthew Dunster (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Ear for Eye directed by debbie tucker green (Royal Court).
Anthony trained at National Youth Theatre, and through the Young Vic Director’s Program and was a finalist for the JMK award in 2017. He is the Associate Director at the Gate Theatre.
Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton is the ‘Stop it at the Source’ campaigner with 350.org.
Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive global movement for energy and climate justice. He serves on the board of the Bioneers, Navajo Nation based – Black Mesa Water Coalition, Indigenous Climate Action and the Wildfire Project.
He has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States, by Yes Magazine as a Climate Hero and is featured as one of ten international human rights defenders in the National Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of Indigenous Peoples to defend their territories against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry with a special focus on the Canadian tar sands and its associated pipelines.
Clayton is a media producer, organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice.
Sophie Traub is a performing artist, scholar and arts organizer for The School of Making Thinking. For the last two years, she has had the privilege of being a Research and Production Assistant for Climate Change Theatre Action, Groundworks Performance Project with DancingEarth, The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and Swim Pony’s Storytrails project. Her performance work and research focuses on group dynamics and conflict studies, anti-oppression, equity and sustainable practices in the arts, and embodiment. As a performance artist, Sophie has performed at DUMBO Arts Festival, Dixon Place, White Rabbit Festival, the Norman Felix Gallery, Artscape Gibralter Point, the Microscope Gallery, Medicine Show Theater, and The Last Weekend Arts Festival. Film and TV credits include Madeline’s Madeline (Decker), Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Decker), Easy (Netflix, Swanberg), Fugue (Torres-Torres), Mother’s Day (Netflix, Adina Smith), Bite Radius (Parsons) Tenderness (Polson), and The Interpreter (Pollack). Theatre acting, devising, and directing credits include This Is How I Don’t Know How To Dance (SITI Company/Barrow Street Theatre), Won’t Be a Ghost (Prelude 2014, Dixon Place 2015, The Brick 2016), The Beach Eagle (Dixon Place 2013), and Asterion (Schafer 2013). Sophie has studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Studio, Studio 303, Stonestreet Studios, SITI Company Conservatory, NYU, and in December 2018 she completed her Masters in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, in Toronto.
Deborah Pearson is based in London, UK. Her performance work sits at the intersection of several contexts, spanning playwrighting, directing, live art and visual art. Her work has been staged in over twenty countries on five continents and translated into over six languages. She holds a PhD on narrative preoccupations in contemporary performance from Royal Holloway where she was a Reid Scholar. She is founder and a co-director of UK-based curation collective Forest Fringe.
A stalwart and consistent presence in the Canadian sound world, Debashis Sinha has realized projects in in radiophonic art, sound art, theatre, dance, and music across Canada and internationally. A winner of 2 Dora Awards for Best Original Sound Design, his credits include work at: The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw Festival, Why Not Theatre, The Barbican Centre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, The Theatre Centre, Nightwood Theatre, YPT, Theatre Passe Muraille, Project Humanity, Volcano Theatre and Necessary Angel, among others. His live sound practice on the concert stage has led to appearances at sound art and electronic music festivals around the world.
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest is an emcee, playwright and agitator. Her main body of work, the 54ology, includes Cake, Sound of the Beast, A Man A Fish, Salome’s Clothes, Gas Girls, Give It Up, The Smell of Horses and The First Stone. DM is currently the emcee in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, associate artist at lemonTree Creations and coordinator of the AD HOC Assembly.
Kendra Fanconi is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal, a 15-year-old company that is uniquely dedicated to theatre that springs from a deep engagement with place, and towards solutionary outcomes for this climate moment. She is known for her love of the impossible. Selected Credits for directing/writing: World premiere of Slime, written by Bryony Lavery, tinkers, based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Paul Harding, Nothing But Sky, a living comic book (Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement), NiX, theatre of snow and ice, at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad and Enbridge Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects 2009, (Winner of Betty Mitchell Award and Vancouver’s Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation). Current projects include 1000 Year Theatre and Museum of Rain. With David Suzuki Foundation, Kendra leads the Artist Brigade, bringing arts and artists to the front lines of the climate movement. Kendra lives on Shíshálh land on the far left coast of Canada, and is a farmer, a forager, partner to a philosopher, and mother to two kids who are real characters.
Kevin Matthew Wong (he/him) is a theatre creator, projection designer, performer and producer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, which merges environmentalism and live performance. His co-creation The Chemical Valley Project is a multimedia solo-performance, created in collaboration with Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray, and co-creator Julia Howman. Over the past three years, The Chemical Valley Project has toured across Canada and internationally and has recently been adapted as a museum installation. Kevin has been lucky to work with Cahoots Theatre, the Koffler Centre, Music Picnic, Theatre Passe Muraille, Paprika Festival, The Gardarev Center, and others. Kevin is a Producer at Why Not Theatre, working on projects such as Mahabharata, Prince Hamlet, and What You Won’t Do For Love. He’s also an organizer with Artists for Climate & Migrant Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty. kevinmatthewwong.com
Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art.
Ravi was twice shortlisted for the 2016 and 2019 Siminovitch Prize and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at École Jacques Lecoq. He was selected to be on the roster of clowns for Cirque du Soliel. Currently Sea Sick which he co-directed will be on at the National Theatre in London, his adaptation of The Indian epic Mahabarata will premier at the Shaw Festival in August 2020 and What You Won’t Do For Love, starring David Suzuki will premier at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver.
“Be truthful, gentle and fearless” -M.K Gandhi
Ken Schwartz is the Artistic Director of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre in Kings County, Nova Scotia. He is the winner of 6 Merritt Awards, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal(s) and the Established Artist Award from the Province of Nova Scotia. A two-time graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ken completed the Michael Langham Program at the Stratford Festival in 2013 and currently sits on the board of Arts Nova Scotia.
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright and director. He has been described by The Toronto Star as being “widely celebrated as one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-round multidisciplinary artists”; by the CBC as “one of Canada’s most extraordinary artists”; and by The Walrus as “the enfant terrible of Canadian theatre.” His plays have been translated into ten languages. Jordan has won several Dora Awards, the John Hirsch Prize for directing, as well two Governor Generals Awards for Drama; in 2014 for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, and in 2018 for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom. His performance texts and productions have been presented at venues including at The Young Vic, Sadler’s Wells, Festival d’Avignon, The Lincoln Centre, the Volkstheater, the Deutsches Theatre, The Edinburgh International Festival, and on London’s West End. His films have screened at TIFF, Tribeca, Venice, and other major international festivals.
Tom Green focuses on climate issues at the David Suzuki Foundation, working to advance climate policies to reduce Canada’s emissions and accelerate the shift to a clean economy. He loves spending time in nature and has found an antidote to despair in the era of climate breakdown in clowning. He’s had a lifelong interest in understanding the economic drivers of environmental change. He has a PhD in ecological economics from UBC and has taught at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia; SFU, Royal Roads University, Quest University Canada and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and worked for a coalition of environmental groups that helped preserve 3.1 million hectares of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.
Dr. Jennifer Atkinson is a Senior Lecturer in environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her seminar on “Climate Grief and Eco Anxiety” was one of the first college courses of its kind in the U.S., and has been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, The Seattle Times, Grist, and dozens of other outlets. She is creator and host of Facing It, a podcast that explores climate despair and how to stay engaged in environmental solutions without becoming overwhelmed. Dr. Atkinson is also the author of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy & Everyday Practice, a book that explores the hidden history of gardening in hard times. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Washington for the past 11 years.
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dënesųłiné member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (Treaty 8) and mother of two. Deranger is the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) – an Indigenous-led climate justice organization empowering communities and inspiring Indigenous-led climate solutions. ICA develops educational multi-media and contemporary climate change resources for Indigenous communities, amplifies stories and supports Indigenous rights to sovereignty and self-determination. In addition to her role at ICA, Deranger is an active member of the UN Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change participating in UNFCCC COP and preparatory meetings; was also a founding member of the Global UN Indigenous Youth Caucus; and she sits on the boards of Bioneers, It Takes Roots Leadership Council, Climate Justice Resiliency Fund Council of Advisors, the UK Tar Sands Network and WWF Canada. Deranger has written for the Guardian, Yellowhead Institute, The National Observer, Red Pepper Magazine; and is regularly interviewed for national and international media outlets including Democracy Now!, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and CBC.
Angelica Schwartz is a director and collective creator born on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB), where they founded the performing arts company happy/accidents. A recent graduate of The National Theatre School’s Directing Program, Schwartz is now based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, QC). Drawing on their background in technical production and their passion for storytelling, Schwartz is devoted to creating an authentic connection between performer and spectator. Whether across distances through online platforms or in the intimacy of live theatrical experiences, Schwartz is determined to create a sense of community in our highly digitalized era. Check out HAVEN part of foldA
Charles is honoured to be part of The Green Rooms and this important conversation. He is a Canadian actor, movement and fight director, and educator. Charles is currently studying on the MA Movement: Directing and Teaching programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). He is a Chevening Scholar. Charles has trained and worked internationally, including productions for the National Arts Centre of Canada’s English Theatre company, The Charlottetown Festival, Neptune Theatre, 2b theatre, 360 Screenings, and Two Planks. Passions include: performance capture, Michael Chekhov technique, and walking outdoors with his wife. Visit: www.charlesdouglas.ca.
Derek Chan grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives in Vancouver. Derek received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek was part of the 2020 Banff Playwrights Lab, and is a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a piece about the ongoing 2019-20 anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong.
Frank Donato is a lighting and video designer born, raised and currently based in Ottawa, ON. His practice is continually evolving as he continues to explore the intersection of digital media and live performance. Past design credits include: Daisy (GCTC, Ottawa) Notes of Hope (ICOT, Toronto), The Revolutions (SpiderWebShow, Kingston), Plucked (Summerworks, Toronto). When not designing his own work, Frank is proud to assist his mentors and colleagues working for organizations such as the Stratford Festival, Canadian Opera Company, and the Luminato Festival. Frank is a graduate of the Production program at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Molly Braverman is the Director of the Broadway Green Alliance. She previously served as the Managing Director of Theatre Horizon, a non-profit professional theatre company in Norristown, PA. She has worked as a Stage Manager on Broadway, Touring Broadway, and regionally, having spent three years on the road with the National Tour of Wicked and continuing to serve as a substitute Stage Manager on Wicked and Hamilton. She founded the Philadelphia Green Theatre Alliance, a regional chapter of the Broadway Green Alliance, and is a graduate of Columbia University.
Murdoch Schon is a theatre maker, director and puppeteer. Winnipeg-born, they have been involved in the Montreal English theatre scene for almost a decade, where they founded the Feminist Short Works Performance Festival, Revolution They Wrote. Murdoch is fascinated by provocation, vulnerability, and the role of risk and failure in art-making.
Murdoch is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and has a BFA, Specialization in Theatre and Development, from Concordia University.
Tracey Guptill is a movement-based actor, collaborative creator, and teaching artist who recently studied with Philippe Gaulier in France. Kingston co-creations include Our House, Ambrose, Anybody Can be Pussy Riot, the film LIVE in Kingston, and When I Get There – a Performance as Research master’s thesis about agency, activism and environmental justice. Tracey is a co-founder of anARC Theatre, its co-LAB-oratory method and the Kingston Stilters. She lives on a working farm in the Thousand Islands. Tracey is thrilled to be back at foldA, having met so many wonderful folks as the Artist Liaison last year.
A director, Artistic Director, Festival Director, playwright, teacher and actor who has worked across the country, Vingoe is celebrated for co-founding four major companies in Canada. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre, co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of Ship’s Co. Theatre in Parrsboro, NS and co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax.
Vingoe has directed and taught at theatres and universities across the country including Canada’s National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The National Theatre School and Neptune Theatre. She is also a noted Canadian playwright. Her 2013 play Refuge published by Scirocco Press, was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award and was short listed for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Drama. Her new play Some Blow Flutes was nominated for Best New Play at the Merritt Awards in 2019. Some Blow Flutes is published by Scirocco Press.
Mary Vingoe is the recipient of many awards most notably Nova Scotia’s Portia White Award for artistic excellence. In 2011 Vingoe was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian theatre.
Georgina Riel/Waabishki Mukwa Kwe is a member of the Batchewana First Nations of the Ojibways, in Sault Ste. Marie (Bawating/People of the Rapids) located along Lake Superior.
She is the founder and CEO of RIEL Cultural Consulting. She an educational consultant, artist, Elder, traditional hand drummer, singer and dancer. Georgina currently lives with her husband and two sons in Kingston (Katarokwi/The Gathering Place) which is situated next to Lake Ontario Canada. Georgina is passionate about the arts in all of its beauty. She is the founding member of the Kingston National Indigenous People’s Day Festival which showcases a multitude of Indigenous artists, performers, musicians from First Nation, Métis and Inuit Nations across North America/Turtle Island, with emphasis on modern and traditional works from various genres.
Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray are LAL. The Toronto-based, Bengali-Bajanduo have been holding down Canada’s underground DIY music scene for decades. Having started performing separately in hip hop and spoken word, they came together as music and life partners, bonding over the shared ideal of making electronic music that puts community first.
Drawing on the transcendent and transgressive roots of house/electronic music, LAL use each successive album as a chance to explore further and further into the future. With so many futures awaiting us, we’re fortunate to have their music as a guide. The fragile melodies and throbbing bass sound out, like a rope and plank bridge across a dangerous chasm. We could choose to plunge into the gaping maw and take what comes our way; we may instead make unsteady, swaying steps towards safety on that far side. Not the dead happiness of certainty and security but rather the comfort of a future built by vulnerability, magical thinking, generosity and the tenderest of rage.
Impatient for paradise, LAL works tirelessly to make that future a reality in the here and now. They launched the community centre and performance venue Unit 2 ten years ago as a space for marginalized artists and communities to build themselves up and create connections across social boundaries. LAL’srecent theatre work in Noor and Out The Window take their world building one step closer towards a critical gesamtkunstwerk. Murray and Kazi are regularly sought after for public speaking engagements, to share their insights on music, arts and social justice. LAL is the answer to a question we’re finally ready to ask.
Syrus is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, and a PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His on-going curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2019) and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama.
Erin Ball is a circus artist, the owner of Kingston Circus Arts and the co-founder of LEGacy Circus (a performance company based in Kingston and Halifax). Erin’s performances and coaching focus on including as many people as possible in audiences, as collaborators, as well as students in her classes. She strives for representation and highlights accessibility and inclusion in the arts.
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Credits for Erin Ball’s Act:
Joel Baker – Creation and Director
Jessica Watkin – Artistic Disability Dramaturge
James Buffon – Original Music
Michele Frances – Rope Coach and Choreography
Angi Geer – Costume Designer
Kathleen Ruck – Support
Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a theatre artist, writer, producer and teacher on occupied Coast Salish Territories with a background in community theatre. She is the Youth Program Manager at the Cultch, supporting and facilitating artistic mentorships for artists 13-26 and producing the IGNITE! Youth Arts Festival. She has also spent years as a grassroots climate justice organizer in Vancouver and in frontline camps around BC working to stop extractive industry and support Indigenous sovereignty. Her own practice often explores her complex relationship to the land and identity as the granddaughter of Jewish refugees. Recent work includes Safe: The Jewish Vault at HIVE, part of Magnetic North Festival; Assistant Director for The Full Light of Day with Electric Company Theatre; Shelter, a show for one audience member at a time about climate grief; Time Machine, with Radix Theatre, a show on a yacht about our post-climate apocalypse future together; and Hysteria, a multi award winning original comedy about consent and technology. Ariel is the recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging community artist.
“I’ve been lucky to work on projects ranging in size from fringe to a TYA tour (which involved performing barefoot) to A-House theatres. I have experienced gruelling shows where I’ve had to take the laundry home on the side of my bike at 1:00am, and magical shows that you never want to end. Throughout all of those experiences, every time I thought this work couldn’t get stranger or harder, I have never stopped growing from, learning from, or loving this work. I’m so grateful to be part of the current landscape that is the wild west of theatre as we try and pivot to keep creation a part of everyone’s lives- even if that means doing the work from my couch.” Meghan’s first love is stage management and selected credits include shows at The Shaw Festival, The Thousand Islands Playhouse, Canadian Stage, and Centaur Theatre. Meghan is a graduate of the National Theatre School & Queen’s University.
A dramaturg, director, and producer of new performance work; from world premiere productions to games played on bicycles, change listening parties, new plays, virtual gatherings, multisensory experiences, and secret backyard shows. Laurel was Festival Producer for One Yellow Rabbit’s 33rd & 34th High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. She is a former Co-Editor for SpiderWebShow’s CdnTimes.
Joel is a multimedia integrator based in Montreal, QC, currently working at Moment Factory.
With a passion for technology integration in production, Joel has worked as a projection designer, software developer, digital media artist and teacher. In collaboration with SpiderWebShow, he recently relaunched CdnStudio, an online virtual performance space.
OMAR ZUBAIR (he/him/his) Utilizing the skills developed and continually honed through art practice, scientific experimentation, and trans-ethnographic participation, Omar Zubair has been focusing on expanding the scope of reality by creating a process of bringing back artifacts from the dream place, catalysing the growth of new sensory organs via confocal synaesthetics, and building placetimes & languages from which multi-species groups can come together into temporary superorganisms. He has created sound for the Wooster Group, Lady Gaga, French perfume commercials, movie trailers, spiritual gatherings and has been traveling the country for a number of years developing a new national anthem.
FAY NASS (she/her/hers) is a Vancouver based theatre director, curator, dramaturg, producer and multi-disciplinary artist. She is the Artistic Director of the frank theatre company and the founder/AD of Aphotic Theatre. Her work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, and the challenges these pose to notions of identity. In her work she shines light on liminal spaces in order to shift meanings and create space for cultural exchanges. Fay’s work has been showcased nationally and internationally. Her most recent credits include: co-directing Trans Script Part I: The Women (The Frank Theatre and Zee Theatre at Firehall Arts Centre) directing She Mami Wata & the Pussy WitcHunt (the Frank Theatre at PuSh Festival 2020), co-directing Straight White Men (ITSAZOO productions at Gateway Theatre) dramaturgy of Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts) (The Frank Theatre &QAF), directing and devising Diaspora: Queer immigrant and refugee stories (The Frank Theatre at QAF), cultural consultation and curation of residency programs with North Van Art and Culture office, curation and producing of Another Window Cabaret (Aphotic theatre and Neworld Theatre). Fay holds a MFA from Simon Fraser University.
TANYA MARQUARDT (they/she) is a queer writer and performer. Their book Stray: Memoir of a Runaway was named a Best Queer History & Bio by The Advocate. A punk show version toured the US and Canada. Tanya’s theatre work has been presented at SummerWorks, PuSh, the Brooklyn Museum, Dixon Place, The Tank and The Collapsable Hole, among others, and their writing in Medium, Huffpost UK, Grain, Howl Round and Plentitude Magazine. Tanya’s play Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep is the subject of an Invisibila podcast. They are currently at work on a second memoir, and live and love on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC), and on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland (Manhattan, New York).
Connor Price-Kelleher has worked all over Ontario and once in Winnipeg as a stage manager, technical director, and theatre creator. He most recently created a clown show with Robin Breiche called Cincip which premiered at the Ottawa Fresh Meat Festival in 2019. Some other past productions include; A (Musical) Mid Summer Night’s Dream – Driftwood Theatre Group 2019, The Omnibus Bill – Tactics Theatre Collective Series 2019, Burnt – Undercurrents 2019, Le Crip Bleu – Fresh Meat Cabaret 2019, Cardinal – Aplombusrhombus 2018, Burnt– Winnipeg FemFest 2018, What’s Cooking – Kingston Fringe 2018. When not at the theatre Connor can be found locking people in rooms for a living as the Technical Director of Improbable Escapes in Kingston.
Director, dramaturg and conversationalist, Sarah Garton Stanley is originally from Montreal, now lives in Kingston. She is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, and leader for The Cycle(s). Sarah was the founding Artistic Director for and is now its Executive Producer, she is also a former Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. During her award-winning career, Sarah has worked across Canada and overseas. Most recent directing credits include Fun Home (RMTC) Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Tarragon)The Big House (TOFringe) Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Out The Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre); Kill Me Now (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre); Bunny (Stratford Festival). Sarah has loved co-curating with Chantal Bilodeau the Green Rooms as part of the Final Cycle: Reimagining the Footprint of Canadian Theatre.
Vijay Mathew is the Cultural Strategist and a co-founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College, Boston, USA. Prior to his current position, he was the Coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts (USA) New Play Development Program at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Vijay has a MFA from New School University, New York, a BA from University of Chicago, and an artistic background as an ensemble-based filmmaker and theatremaker. He is a board member of Double Edge Theatre located in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Chantal Bilodeau is a Montreal-born, New York-based playwright whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the founder of The Arctic Cycle and in her capacity as artistic director, has spearheaded local and global artistic initiatives for over a decade. She has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as diverse audiences in the US and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and a worldwide distributed theatre festival that coincides with the United Nations COP meetings. As a playwright, Chantal is working on a series of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states.
Mariah Horner is an artist based in Kingston, Ontario. Selected credits include: assistant directing Unholy (GCTC, upcoming), directing Hana Hashimoto: Sixth Violin (Thousand Islands Playhouse, 2019), assistant directing Behaviour (GCTC/SpiderWebShow, 2019). She works on digital content with SpiderWebShow’s foldA. She is the Festival Director of CFRC’s Shortwave Theatre Festival and helmed Kingston’s Storefront Fringe Festival from 2016-2018. Co-founding the Cellar Door Project with Devon Jackson in 2013, Mariah has produced 15 original site-specific works in Kingston and Ottawa. Mariah played Kate Unger in George F. Walker’s HBO Canada Series Living in Your Car. Mariah has an MA in Theatre Theory & Dramaturgy from uOttawa and has been published by SpiderWebShow, Visit Kingston, Canadian Theatre Review, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.