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.
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.