Nicholas Potter is a sound-centric Toronto-based artist. A composer, sound designer, and writer, Nick had spent the past couple of years creating children’s theatre for drunk adults with his vaudevillian drag troupe, The Diet Ghosts. His sound design work has been featured in various festivals such as Paprika, Sunmerworks, and Toronto Fringe, and currently he is composing the music for an upcoming visual album debuting at the 2021 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Jaime Lujan is a Toronto-based actor, costume designer, and performance artist. Also known as his drag alter ego, Lucinda Miu, Jaime has most recently appeared in The Christmas Set-Up (Lifetime) and Queens (CBC Gem). His costuming work can be seen in the first season of Canada’s Drag Race, Private Eyes, and various ad campaigns such as Sodastream, Amazon, and Mattel.
Renée Wong (she/they) is an actor, playwright, and arts administrator based in Toronto. She received her training at Humber College in their Theatre Performance Program and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, specialized in Strategic Management with a minor in Theatre Performance. Renée is interested in creating work that explores marginalized stories, inspired by her personal experience being raised in both Hong Kong and Toronto. Her play, We Are Humans, Aren’t We? tackling the themes of self-identity and bullying,premiered at the Act Fast Theatre Festival 2019 and is in the process of further development. Renée has worked with Crane Creations Theatre Company as an Artistic Producer, and as a Festival Administrator with Paprika Theatre Festival 2018-2019. Currently, Renée is a member of the Design Lab at Paprika Theatre Festival 2020-2021. She is also part of Factory’s Foremen as an Apprentice Sound Designer. You can follow more of her work on Instagram at @reneeewcs.
Diamond E. Srey is a musician and sound designer. He is drawn to creating emotional soundscapes that can be considered avant-pop. With inspiration from the likes of FKA Twigs, all the way to Sigur Rós; Diamond brings a refreshing take on creating compelling narratives using sound and music. Diamond has showcased work at the Paprika Festival, and The Mixed Arts Performance Partnership Program. He often implements themes of mental health, addiction, feminism and queerness. Diamond studied Theatre Production at Humber College, graduating in 2019, and immediately began working backstage at Rebel Nightclub, Budweiser Stage and Casa Loma. Diamond is currently enrolled in a Music production program and is working on an EP for his solo project Childhoods (on Spotify). He also enjoys working on other musical projects with his bandmates.
Stephon Smith A.K.A Spliffon is an actor, rapper, songwriter, producer, director, and sound designer. Born in Toronto, Stephon spent his early childhood years surrounded by the sounds of Hip Hop, RnB, Reggae, and Dancehall music from all eras. After moving to Brampton at the age of 9, Stephon began writing songs of his own. He later took an interest in acting and stand-up comedy and began writing scenes and stories on his spare time. Stephon attended Humber College where he wrote numerous songs for different productions within the Theatre performance program. He also performed in various Humber Theatre shows such as, “High Point Fields”, “U.R.U”, and “The Sycorax Brood”. Following his Theatre training Stephon and his brothers formed an independent music collective called Blacksmith Society. He also released a collaborative project called “The Remedy” featuring Spliffon with his 2 brothers “Shaman Nostra” and “Von Blanco”. Stephon is looking forward to releasing his first solo project in the near future.
Keira Marie Forde is a multi-disciplinary physical performer and creator. Keira is passionate about creating cross-cultural physical work that explores her connection with the Caribbean Canadian community. As an artist existing in community settings, focusing on making connections with youth through developing their personal physical literacy through summer camps, childcare, and teaching/coaching with theatre for young audiences is her biggest joy. Her recent credits include Doomsday vs Dream Day With Theatre Direct; Wellness Wednesday with the Peel District Schoolboard; Relay with Expect Theatres Beats and Intentions; Infinity Machine with Sharron Moore at Humber Theatre; Unleashed with George Brown Dance and The North American Film Awards with Diva Diverse. Keira is a recent graduate of the mentorship program with the Coco Collective window of opportunity program, a graduate of Humber’s Theatre Performance Program, and the George Brown Dance Performance Preparation Program.
Deivan Steele is a South African-Canadian jack of all trades: he acts, directs, writes, educates, plays music, and composes for the theatre. He’s based between Tkaronto and K’jipuktuk (Halifax), and has worked with theatres in both cities and abroad including Driftwood, Shakespeare in Action, Bad Hats, Shakespeare by the Sea, Unwrap Theatre, DaPoPo Theatre, and Prague Shakespeare.
Alten Wilmot (he/them) is a multidisciplinary artist. He is the founder of Unwrap Theatre and in his teenage years, he founded Voices Over Time – a troupe that provided free concerts for long-term care facilities. He has worked with companies from coast to coast, performing in two Dora Award winning productions, receiving a Denny Award from the KW Arts Awards and the Queer Emerging Artist Award from Buddies in Bad Times. Looking forward, he continues to explore how contemporary dance can be more authentically utilized as a narrative device, and remains curious about the interracial experience, intimate love in friendships, and his fear of parenting…
2Skins Entertainment is a multimedia production company rooted in the principles of liberation through expression. The company was started by Olivia Viggiani and Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, both with a background in theatre performance and a proclivity for the digital medium. Our focus is to explore what it means to be othered in society by empowering all human experiences, without question of the moral compass. With a dedication to finding nuance within historically biased storytelling, we are passionate about challenging colonial perceptions of creativity and exceptionality. Making way for fresh new voices as agents of change. 2Skins is thankful to Theatre Direct for inviting us to participate in this year’s SpiderWebShow Thought Residency and grateful for the platform to create during these times.
Kristen Leboeuf is an emerging theatre creator and administrator currently based in Kingston, Ontario. Coming from a technical background, she finished her undergraduate honours degree in Stage and Screen at Queen’s University and immediately travelled to the Banff Centre to train in Technical Direction (2016). She then spent a few years working as a technician and lighting designer before deciding it wasn’t what she wanted to spend her life doing. Kristen recently graduated from the Master of Arts, Arts Leadership program at Queen’s University (2020) and she is now working towards a career in producing and artistic management of theatre. She currently wears a variety of hats working as the Head of Marketing for Single Thread, Associate Artistic Producer of the Kingston Theatre Alliance, and Producer for Festival Players.
Justine Katerenchuk is a Toronto based theatre practitioner and a graduating student of the Performance: Production & Design BFA program at Ryerson University. She has focused her studies mainly on Production Management and Technical Direction. She has recently been exploring different avenues of XR performance especially through her capstone work at Ryerson. She is interested in continuing to explore different types of performance that can be discovered through new technologies and is excited to be working on more XR projects this Spring, especially Collider. Some digital performances she’s worked on include rabbit hole (2021) & Love and Information (2020).
Stephanie Fung (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and arts worker who falls somewhere between her family’s first and second generations on this land, and flat on the understanding that this land was not meant for her. Upon graduating from Queen’s University (BAH in Drama and Indigenous Studies), Stephanie joined the Kingston Theatre Alliance as an Assistant Theatre Critic. Select performance credits include: The Intangible Queer (YIKES a Theatre Company); Y2Kaper (6am Productions); Talk to Me (Alisha Grech MA Thesis); Christina, the Girl King (5th Company Lane); Between a Wok and a Hot Pot (Theatre Count); In This World (Theatre Count); paper SERIES (5th Company Lane); and Concord Floral (Theatre Kingston).
Jake Runeckles is a theatre maker, musician, coding enthusiast, and advocate for positive change. A studious kid, Jake began training in classical piano when he was 4 years old, and as a teenager, outside of his devotion to maths, sciences, and programming, he developed a love for musicals. He trained as an actor at George Brown Theatre School, and the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. In addition to acting, he has worked as a playwright, as a producer, and as a musician for companies such as Cahoots Theatre, Clay and Paper Theatre, and Theatre by the Bay. Selected acting credits include The Neverending Story, Henry VIII (Stratford Festival); I and You (Outlook Theatre); The Secret Garden (Young People’s Theatre). Jake has been excited to revisit the digital programming realm of late, as the web developer for the SpringWorks Festival, and now as a producer for Collider with Single Thread.
Howard Dai is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, performer, and theatre artist living on qiqéyt territories, works on the unceded territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. He has worked as a performer, collaborator, and producer with Carousel Theatre, Single Thread Theatre, Fight With A Stick Performance, Re:Current Theatre, rice & beans theatre, Rumble Theatre, Radix Theatre, HIVE Performance Collective, and Playwrights Theatre Centre. His work the Rex Project received support and residencies from 149 Arts Society, National Theatre School’s Art Apart program, and Impulse Festival’s Peek Fest Digital Residency, He is currently the Associate Artistic Producer with rice & beans theatre, supported by Canada Council for the Arts’ Professional Development for Artists grant. He has also done digital programming, sound design, and musical composition for theatre and dance. Visit www.howarddai.com.
Sydney is an actress, director, voice over artist and a co-founder of a Jessie Award nominated immersive experience company called Third Wheel Productions. She specializes in movement-based performance and immersive experiences using experimental methods and technology. Sydney has trained with SITI Company in both Viewpoints and Suzuki, with Frantic Assembly on ensemble devising and worked extensively in movement-based techniques at Capilano University. Her mission is to push the boundaries of storytelling and blur the lines between what defines an audience member and a performer.
Nita Bowerman is a multi-disciplinary performance-based artist, mixing the mediums of dance, acting and digital art. She is an experimenter of form and designer of content. Nita is a curious and creative wanderer who finds delight in abstraction. Art is the medium through which she processes existing. A graduate of SFU School for Contemporary Arts, Nita is grateful to be living and working on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh) First Nations.
Joshua Doerksen is a digital creative, multi-disciplinary artist and owner of the media-marketing company Sprout Wise. Over the past decade he’s had a distinguished career as a music producer, sound designer and composer; working on dozens of professional theatre productions, radio jingles, film scores and more. Joshua graduated from the University of Guelph with an honours degree in classical music composition and vocal performance. He recently completed an artist residency at the Banff Centre of the Arts for emerging technology as well as collaborated with the National Arts Centre for their Grand Acts of Theatre. Joshua is currently the lead singer of a rock band called The Mystics and is excited about exploring new horizons in sound design and music composition for virtual reality.
Kaelyn is a full-time coder, practicing martial artist, and lover of all animals (except for insects). She loves VR, when it doesn’t make her sick, and enjoys creating interactive things.
Charles Douglas is thrilled to be collaborating with Single Thread for the first time. He works internationally as an actor, movement and fight director, and teacher. Credits include: A Christmas Carol, Anne and Gilbert (NAC English Theatre); Beauty and the Beast, Shrek: The Musical, The Addams Family, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins (Neptune Theatre); The Tempest, Turn of the Screw (Two Planks); Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel (2b theatre company, world premiere); Anne of Green Gables and Ted Dykstra’s Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival, world premiere). Charles has also lent his voice and movement to Dream Adoption Society’s XR work. He teaches at the Vancouver Film School, is a guest lecturer on the MA Character Animation programme at Central Saint Martins (UK), and collaborates with Sheridan College’s SIRT Centre on their innovative research. Charles is a proud Chevening Alumnus, a Fellow of the RSA, and a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Upcoming: The Hatchling (Trigger, UK). My thanks to the entire Single Thread team and ensemble. Love to my family and my wife, Sierra.
Visit: www.charlesdouglas.ca. Charles Douglas is participating with permission from CAEA.
Chloe Payne is a physical theatre performer, creator and arts educator based in Vancouver. As a graduate of the prestigious physical theatre school École Philippe Gaulier, she uses physical theatre, improvisation, devising along with text-based creation styles to produce theatre that is funny, relevant and poignant. Creation and devising credits include: The Five Points (Theatre by the Bay), Configurations of a Divine Bitch (Goat Howl) and Waiting for Batteries (Slippery People). As a performer, she specializes in physical comedy and classical text. Noteworthy credits include: Northern Lights (Theatre by the Bay), The Stranger (DLT Teatro), Antigone (Soup Can Theatre) and Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread Theatre Company). She teaches physical theatre for various institutions, including: Rumble Theatre, The University of Toronto, Havergal College, The Storefront Theatre, The County of Simcoe and Sweet Action Theatre Company. Follow Chloe: @payne.chloe
Nicole Eun-Ju Bell is a Toronto based mixed-race multidisciplinary artist with a passion for performance and technology. She is fascinated with cyborgs and Loïe Fuller. Among other things, she is an actor, projection designer, writer, and musician. More recently, she has branched out into producing podcasts and delving into the live-stream medium. She’s worked on shows at Theatre Passe Muraille, CanadianStage, Hart House Theatre, Toronto Fringe, Next Stage, and Summerworks. This is her first foray into Virtual Reality performance and she’s thrilled to be working with a wonderful team, exploring this new intersection of performance and technology.
Alex Dault is a VR game designer and producer currently pursuing the development of virtual reality applications at the Centre for Entertainment Arts in Vancouver, BC. He was the executive director of PXR2020, a conference that brought together artists and technologists from across Canada into VR in October 2020. Before that, he was Artistic Director of Theatre by the Bay in Barrie, Ontario from 2014-2018. His works as a director, playwright and puppeteer have included Caribou Cave (2019), Northern Lights (2018) The Five Points (2017), Turkey Shoot (2016), Firebrand (2014) Alex studied at George Brown Theatre School, Queen’s University and at École Philippe Gaulier.
Liam Karry is the founding and current Artistic Director of Single Thread. He is also the Artistic Producer of the Kick & Push Festival, which he co-founded in 2015, as well as the Artistic Producer of the Kingston Theatre Alliance. He works primarily as a director, producer, and dramaturge. He has trained at Queen’s University, Director’s Lab North, Tarragon Theatre and with Punchdrunk Enrichment in the UK. Recent directing credits include The Flick by Annie Baker, as well as Ambrose and Unless, two original immersive theatrical experiences staged in Bangkok, Thailand.
Shelby Bushell is a theatre director and stage manager based in Vancouver pursuing a Masters of Digital Media from Ryerson University where she is researching interactive storytelling and future technologies as they apply to Canadian theatre. She is captivated by the potential that exists at the intersection of theatre and digital media and is thrilled to be working with Single Thread Theatre as XR Producer. Recent directing credits include: IRIS (Wunderdog Theatre), The Trophy Hunt (November Theatre), Born Yesterday (Ensemble Theatre Company), Dear Elizabeth (Wunderdog Theatre), and The Shape of a Girl (Stonesthrow Productions).
TANYA MARQUARDT is a genderqueer writer and performer, whose book Stray: Memoir of a Runaway was published in 2018 and named a Best Queer History & Bio in LGBTQI2S+ Magazine The Advocate. The performance version, commissioned by Theatre Conspiracy and written with Tim Carlson, toured both Canada and the US. Their play Transmission was published in the Canadian Theatre Review, and Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, about Tanya’s life as a sleeptalker, was the subject of an NPR Invisibila podcast. Their essays have appeared in Medium, Huffpost, Howl Round, Grain, DanceGeist, and Plentitude Magazine. Tanya has performed with Jerome Bel, Mabou Mines, Jess Barbagallo, Ballez, the only animal, radix theatre, and the Leaky Heaven Circus. Their theatre works have been presented at Dixon Place, BAX, PuSh, VIDF, Dancing on the Edge, The Tank, Summerworks, foldA, PIVOT Festival, the Collapsable Hole and the Brooklyn Museum. They graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College and are grateful to live and dream on the lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Səl̓ílwətaʔ, and Skwxwú7mesh Nations of the Coast Salish peoples, and in Lenapehoking, the homeland of the Lenni-Lenape people. Currently, Tanya dances in their kitchen, writes memoir, and sends you all queer love during this strange, strange time.
professional experience. Throughout her career, Sylvia has participated in the growth of some of Atlantic Canada’s most dynamic theatre companies and has toured internationally. Sylvia has proudly dedicated her career to the promotion of new voices and has assisted in the development of more than 20 world premieres. At present, Sylvia serves as the Managing Director for Heist, a Nova Scotia based live art production company and studio.
An interdisciplinary artist situated in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Legere is the Co-Artistic Director of queer performance company The
Accidental Mechanics Group, and Associate-Artistic Director of Zuppa Theatre Co. His solo performance, “Let’s Not Beat
Each Other To Death” (created in collaboration with the National Arts Centre), was presented at the Stages
Festival (Halifax), OUTstages (Victoria), SummerWorks (Toronto), PuSh (Vancouver), FTA (Montreal), IMPACT (Kitchener), Chapter
Arts Centre (Cardiff, Wales) and MAYFEST (Bristol, UK). He has released two solo albums: Quiet The Station and To the Bone:
Songs from Splinters. He composes music and sound for theatre and film, and is currently an artist-in-residence at The Theatre
Centre in Toronto. An avid and passionate collaborator, his work is fascinated with sexuality, vulnerability, intimacy, the destruction
of persona, and the celebration of performance.
Richie Wilcox is an educator, a fiercely queer artist, and a creative collaborator. He is the founding artistic director of the live art company Heist based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. In four short years, Wilcox has helped create The Princess Show, Princess Rules, Nature Vs. Nation, New Waterford Boy, FACE and Frequencies. With Heist, Wilcox has also produced and curated the
Creative Nova Scotia Awards for the past two years. Wilcox has worked with numerous companies across the Maritimes including Neptune, Festival Antigonish, 2B Theatre, Kazan Co-Op, Opera Nova Scotia and more. Wilcox served as Artistic Associate of Theatre Outre in Lethbridge, Alberta for three years where he helped create numerous original works including the hit play Unsex’d. Wilcox is also currently the artistic director of the 36 year old Ship’s Company Theatre in Awokun/Parrsboro. Wilcox is a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist and a Merritt for outstanding performance in a supporting role.
Ann-Marie is an award-winning theatre director, actor and teacher. Select directing: Concord Floral (Fountain School of Performing Arts Halifax); Secret Life of A Mother (Theatre Centre, Crow’s Theatre Toronto); One Discordant Violin (2b theatre company, Halifax, 59E59 St Theatre NYC); Bed and Breakfast (Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Daughter (Theatre Centre; Summerworks, Toronto, Battersea Arts Centre London; Intl tour); Snake in the Grass (Neptune Theatre); I, Claudia (Globe Theatre Regina, Neptune Theatre); Stranger to Hard Work (Cathy Jones
Eastern Front Theatre, Ntl tour); The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary); The Debacle (Zuppa Theatre Company, Halifax); Invisible Atom (2b theatre company Halifax, intl tour). A graduate of Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq and York University and is the former Artistic Associate of Magnetic North Theatre Festival.
Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. Her short documentary Black + Belonging screened at the Halifax Black Film Festival, Festival International du Film Black de Montréal, and Toronto Black Film Festival. You may find some of her writing in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and GUTS magazine. Her story Ọrun is Heaven was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize and her debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020) was longlisted for the Giller Prize.
Molly MacKinnon is a violinist and collaborative artist based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people. Fortunate to grow up in the thriving arts community of Nelson BC, Molly studied with former Vancouver Opera Orchestra and CBC Radio Orchestra violinist Wendy Herbison before moving to the coast in 2008 for the Bachelor of Music Performance program at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Jasper Wood and Dale Barltrop.
Since completing her degree in 2012, Molly has developed a strong passion for theatre and interdisciplinary work. She has been featured in a number of productions including The Idiot (Neworld Theatre/VMT), STATIONARY: A Recession-Era Musical (Delinquent Theatre), The Tempest (Bard on the Beach), The Night’s Mare (Caravan Farm Theatre), Les Filles Du Roi (Urban Ink), Double Happiness (Music on Main), and most recently, a digital run of Good Things To Do (Rumble Theatre).
Along with playwright Christine Quintana, Molly is the creator of Never The Last, a genre-bending theatre/concert piece based around the life and work of 20th century Canadian composer and violinist Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. The show recently received 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre award nominations, and won in the Special Achievement Award category for outstanding interdisciplinary collaboration.
Molly has worked as a performer, music director, producer and creator for The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, an innovative music series with a focus on multi-arts pollination, community engagement and local history. She is the co-creator of Sounding the Sophia, a concert centred around the sinking of the 1918 SS Princess Sophia. The show featured 3 world premiers by local Vancouver composers Kathleen Allan, Mishelle Cuttler, and Nancy Tam, was developed at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Molly’s extensive orchestral experience includes playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Plastic Acid Orchestra, the Vancouver Film Orchestra, and the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, an all-female ensemble dedicated to celebrating women composers and performers.
Molly is a member of the Black Dog String Quartet, who in 2018 were ensemble in residence for Vancouver New Music’s international quartet festival, Quartetti. The group was honoured to perform in the company of renowned groups such the JACK, Penderecki, and Mivos quartets, and to play two works by Navajo/US composer Raven Chacon.
Molly is the co-founder of Concerts on Tap, a music series that brings together classical music performance and local craft breweries and distilleries.
Beau is a self-taught, multi award-winning Actor, Composer, Playwright, Music Director and Sound Designer. Selected theatre credits: Ghost Quartet, Road To Paradise (Crow’s Theatre); Marjorie Prime,The Father (Coalmine Theatre); The Colour Purple (Neptune Theatre); Hamlet, Harlem Duet, Next To Normal (Tarragon Theatre); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, 27 Club, Secret Chord (Soulpepper Theatre); Motherf@#! er With The Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects); As You Like It/ Titus Andronicus (Canstage/ Shakespeare In High Park); The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre). Selected writing credits: Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable (4th Line Theatre) Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Lunchbox Theatre/ Festival Playhouse/ Thousand Islands), From Here To Africville, Once A Flame (Factory Theatre), Other People’s Heaven. Nominations and awards: Beau has received two Toronto Critic’s Awards, a Calgary Critic’s Award, a Betty Mitchell nomination, four Dora Mavor Moore nominations, and awarded two for his solo show, ‘Beneath Springhill’ (Best New Play, Best Individual Performance). Beau was inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the arts. He is also a KM Hunter Award Finalist. He has three recorded solo albums under his name.www.beaudixon.com
Choreographer, educator, movement coach and PhD candidate in Dance Studies at York U. Linda is the artistic director of the Helix Dance Project, whose works include The Waiting Room, Rain, Unearth, and Integration. Theatre credits include five seasons with The Shaw Festival, as well as productions for Mirvish, Canadian Stage, Charlottetown Festival, Citadel Theatre, National Theatre Centre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Sheridan Theatre. Other credits include choreography for Stars on Ice, skating exhibition programs, and music videos. Linda continues to enjoy freelance choreography, teaching both at home and abroad, and discovering new facets of this wonderfully moving craft.
Esmeralda Conde Ruiz is an interdisciplinary composer of contemporary music. Her work revolves around real human voices and experiences, particularly the themes of memory and time, and how these can be presented through music. She specialises in choral and vocal pieces, especially innovative large scale choirs. Her compositions often evolve from a visual starting point and develop into sound landscapes and rhythmical patterns. She composes for concert halls, theatres, sound installations and film and her music has been broadcast on radio and TV internationally. econderuiz.com
Sound Design and Composition for ‘Good Things to Do’.
Digital Design for ‘Good Things to Do’.
Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican-American father and a Dutch-British-Canadian mother, Christine is now a grateful visitor to the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Christine is an actor, playwright, and co-Artistic Producer of Delinquent Theatre. In these various capacities, she has worked with Tarragon Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, The Cultch, Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Zee Zee Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Pi Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Nightswimming Theatre, and Young People’s Theatre.
Christine received the 2017 Siminovitch Protege Prize for Playwriting from Marcus Youssef, and was the Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist Resident at Tarragon Theatre. Creation/performing highlights include Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon), produced by Delinquent Theatre, recipient of 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations including Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Script and winner of Significant Artistic Achievement; Selfie (commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième in French, and Young People’s Theatre in English, winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Play, the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright, and the Tom Hendry award for TYA); Good Things To Do (rEvolver Festival and FoldA); writing, producing and performing in Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Small Theatre). As an actor, Christine has recently played in Anywhere But Here (Electric Company Theatre), The Coyotes (Caravan Farm Theatre), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Yoga Play (Gateway Theatre), East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz (Theatre Replacement and The Cultch). Christine is a proud co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia.
Thaddeus Phillips is a theatre director, stage designer and Film/TV actor from Denver, and now based in South America. He directs internationally and is known for the stage productions of ¨Antropoceno¨, ¨The Arrival¨, ¨A Billion Nights on Earth¨, ¨Inflatable Space¨, ‘Red-eye to Havre De Grace’, ’17 Border Crossings’, ‘¡El Conquistador!’, ‘Flamingo/Winnebago’ & ‘Lost Soles’. On Film and TV he has appeared in: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Alias El Mexicano’ and ‘El Capo 3’. His stage work has been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Barrow Street Theatre, PS 122, HERE Arts Center and La MaMa ETC, as well as in Spain, England, Ireland, Holland, Serbia, Mexico, Slovenia, Colombia, Costa Rica & Italy.
Aaron Collier was born in Prince Edward Island in 1981 and is an award-winning musician/composer, sound and video designer, performer and theatre creator. His composition, sound, and video design work has toured throughout Canada, Ireland, the UK, and India and he has 14 years of touring and performance experience throughout the world with his previous bands The Jimmy Swift Band and Scientists of Sound. As a theatre creator his work is often multi-disciplinary and technology enabled and explores themes of queerness, depression, self love, natural law and technology. He is the co-founder and technical director of Halifax-based live art company HEIST and is the co-creator of their lauded productions The Princess Show, New Waterford Boy, Nature Vs Nation, FACE, Princess Rules, and Frequencies.
With performances described as “fire without smoke” (Strad) and “breathtaking” (Onstage), violinist and interdisciplinary artist Leslie Ting has been creating immersive, music-driven performances since 2013 with her definitive work, Speculation. Recently nominated for the 2021 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Theatre Director, Leslie’s work combines her specialized background as a classical musician and former practicing optometrist.
Nominated for the Waterloo Arts Award and Orford String Quartet Award for Speculation in 2014 at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Open Ears Festival, it has travelled to Open Senses (London, UK), Ottawa Chamberfest, The Music Gallery (Toronto), and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Leslie’s newest creation, What Brings You In, is currently in development.
Leslie is driven to make work with the intent and belief that live art can engage the imagination, empathy and compassion to spark advocacy and social change.
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.
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.
Nikki Shaffeeullah is a theatre-maker, facilitator, equity worker, and community-engaged artist. Her work has included serving as Artistic Director of the award-winning community arts company The AMY Project (2015-2019); Editor-in-Chief of the national socially-engaged theatre journal alt.theatre; Assistant Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre (2015-2017); and as a founding and core member of Confluence Arts Collective, an artist-activist group committed to transformative justice and prison abolition (2017-present). Through her collective Undercurrent Creations, Nikki produces new theatrical work, and and sector development initiatives for equity-seeking artists. Nikki has an MFA from the University of Alberta and is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. A queer Indo-Caribbean settler born and living in Tkaronto, Nikki’s work is informed by a family who loves music, puns, justice, and food. She believes art should disrupt the status quo, centre the margins, engage with the ancient, dream of the future, and be for everyone.
Rachel is a producer and administrator with a commitment to working with small scale professional and community arts organizations to help create engaging and transformative cultural experiences. Rachel is interested in finding new ways to invite people into performance, and in helping to create work that asks critical questions about how we relate to one another and to our surroundings. She has worked with many organizations including Teesri Duniya Theatre (Montreal), Harbourfront Centre, The Luminato Festival, Young People’s Theatre, The Toronto Festival of Clowns, Quiptake, Volcano Theatre, and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Rachel works as the Creative Producer for adelheid dance projects, and takes on freelance producing work. Rachel’s training in arts management has primarily been through mentorships and internships, including a mentorship in artistic producing with Aislinn Rose supported by Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program, and a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship with Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Volcano Theatre, mentored by Meredith Potter.
Régine has been the Managing Director at Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) for the past 7 years. She came to TPM after twelve years with MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels), a multidisciplinary presenter and incubator for the development of intercultural and culturally specific work, where she held the position of Artistic and Executive Director for seven years. Régine has been an integral member of the arts community in Montréal and in Toronto. She is currently the Chair of the TAPA (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts) board of directors. Régine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Professional Accounting and has a background in dance. She is the cofounder of EKSPRESYON a Montreal based dance company focusing on Haitian dance.
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Marjorie is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille, where she places access, community, innovation and collaboration at the forefront of the company’s approach. As a theatre and opera artist, she works variously as writer, director and dramaturge as well as in the intersection of these forms and roles. Her work has been seen and performed in the United States, Scotland, Hong Kong, Russia and across Canada. Marjorie has been nominated for 9 Dora Awards and is the recipient of four (3 for writing, 1 for performance). She has also received the K.M. Hunter Artist’s Award in Theatre, the Entertainment World Award for Best New Work, a Harold Award, as well as the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship. She has been artist-in-residence with Factory Theatre, Banff Playwrights’ Lab, Tapestry Opera, Cahoots Theatre, Theatre Centre (with 6th Man Collective), Theatre Direct Canada, SUNY (Geneseo, New York) and Theatre du Pif (Hong Kong). Marjorie was born in Toronto to Hong Kong immigrants and lives in the East End of Toronto.
Madeleine Brown is an award-winning Toronto-based playwright and actor who grew up between Peterborough, Ontario and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her last three comedies debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival including a sold-out run of Patron’s Pick winner, Everyone Wants A T-Shirt!. She has previously received NOW Magazine Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Individual Performance, is an alumna of the Loran Award, Canada’s top undergraduate scholarship, and was an inaugural Nightwood Theatre Young Innovator. In January 2020, she was named one of two recipients of The Ellen Ross Stuart “Opening Doors” Award. Madeleine volunteers with L’Arche Toronto’s Sol Express, a performance troupe for adults with intellectual disabilities, and plays euphonium in the Swansea Community Concert Band. Training: University of Toronto Mississauga, Sheridan College, Theatre Gargantua (Artistic Mentorship Program), Mermaid Theatre (Animotion Program) and The Second City Training Centre (Conservatory and Writing Programs).
Pragna is a Dora-nominated actor, director, musician, theatre creator, and artist-educator. Pragna has performed with RMTC, YPT, CanStage, Pleiades Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Smith-Glimour, and the Stratford Festival, where she was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers Award for dedication to Canadian theatre. She has guest-starred in numerous tv series and films with Warner Bros., Paramount Studios, and the CBC, working with renowned directors John Wells, Deepa Mehta and Phil Alden Robinson. She was Artistic Director of Théâtre Buissonnier, a company that created original theatre with children, directly involving them in new play development. She was Artistic Director of Crescendo Music, a children’s music and theatre company in North Africa, with whom she designed three musical puppet shows, La Chenille, La Princesse et Le Crapaud, and The Musical Pinacosaurus, and launched the Crescendo Band. Pragna works extensively as an artist-educator, and was honoured to have been a guest professor at the Academie Royale duMaroc, where she taught His Royal Highness Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco. Pragna holds a BA in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, is a graduate of George BrownTheatre School, and alumna of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Closest to her heart, Pragna is the proud mom of a rascally little boy.
“Murdoch Schon is a director, dramaturg and theatre creator. Born in Treaty 1. Territory (Winnipeg) they have been living and creating theatre in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal) for almost a decade. Their practice blends movement, history and intimacy to create performances that chart humanity from it’s lowest depths to its highest peaks.
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.
Murdoch is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and has a BFA, Specialization in Theatre and Development, from Concordia University.
Selected Directing Credits: Justin Eddy and the Great Cosmic Crisis (Doorstep Theatre), Haven (FOLDA), it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (National Theatre School).
“Vijay Mathew is the Cultural Strategist and Co-Founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons, Emerson College.
In the past decade, Vijay has helped to build the organizational capacity for several hundred nonprofit organizations worldwide to livestream their conferences, panel discussions, and performances — with an emphasis on prioritizing accessibility, inclusion, and resource efficiency. In the past year, Vijay supervised the production of more than 500 livestreamed events on behalf of HowlRound.
When using internet technologies, he is passionate about the intersections of accessibility, inclusion, the climate emergency, social change, and a post-carbon future. All of his work in these areas has been informed by a “”commons”” philosophy and social-justice values.
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.
Alex is a game designer and producer currently working as a technical designer with the Wenazii Kegoke team in Northwest Territories. He was Artistic Director of Theatre by the Bay in Barrie, Ontario from 2014-2018. His works as a director, playwright and puppeteer have included Caribou Cave (2019), Northern Lights (2018) The Five Points (2017), Turkey Shoot (2016), Firebrand (2014) Alex studied at George Brown Theatre School, Queen’s University and at École Philippe Gaulier. Learn more about Alex at www.alexdault.com or find him on Twitter at @alexdault.