Playwrights Theatre Centre



PTC is home to some of the finest creative voices in the country. We collaborate with emerging and established Canadian playwrights from first idea to first production. Because we believe in the definition of playwright as play + wright (“wright” deriving from the Old English word “wryhta”, meaning a worker or maker), we work with playmakers of all kinds, from writers to actors to producers. Our playwrights bring us fresh ideas for performance. We dig into each play in conversation with the writer, designing a process that will help them reach the furthest extent of their imagination. Through mentorship, dramaturgical collaboration, readings, workshops and production support, we reimagine theatre in new and inspiring ways.


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    Kamee Abrahamian

    Kamee was born in an immigrant suburb to an Armenian family by way of the SWANA region; and currently lives on settler land, uninvited. She arrives in the world today as a queer woman, a mother, and a multidisciplinary producer, performer, artist, facilitator, and storyteller. She has a BFA/BA in film and political science, an MA in expressive art therapy, and is currently pursuing an MA/PhD in Depth Psychology with a specialization in community, liberation, and eco psychologies. The bedrock of Kamee’s arts background is in classical ballet, theatre, and visual art. In collaboration with fellow artists and allies (Kalik Arts, Saboteur Productions, Lovelinest), she continues to develop and build on a body of work that spirals in-to and out-of fragmented time/place through ancestral healing, diasporic futurism and decolonial imagination — inclusive of film, performance, writing, transmedia, digital art and design.

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    Carmen Aguirre

    Carmen Aguirre is a theatre artist who has written and co-written over twenty plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, Blue Box and The Refugee Hotel. She is currently working on three new plays: Anywhere But Here, The Tina Modotti Project, and Broken Tailbone.

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    Her first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won CBC Canada Reads 2012 and is a #1 national bestseller. Her second memoir Mexican Hooker #1 was launched in April 2016 by Random House Canada. She has been playwright-in-residence at The Vancouver Playhouse, Touchstone Theatre, and The Belfry Theatre. As an actor, she has over sixty film, TV, and stage acting credits, including lead roles in the indie favourite Quinceanera, and the showcase series Endgame. Carmen is the recipient of the 2014 Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, the 2014 Latincouver Inspirational Latin Award, the 2014 Betty Mitchell Award for her performance in The Motherfucker With The Hat, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumna Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers’ Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 New Play Centre’s Best New Play Award for The Refugee Hotel. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

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    Peter Anderson

    Playwright, poet and actor Peter Anderson has authored over twenty plays, including a re-imagined version of Twelfth Night – Head Over Heels, Flee (with David Hudgins and Jonathon Young), Don Quixote (with Colin Heath), The Blue Horse, The Ballad of Weedy PeetstrawHorseplay (published in “Playing the Pacific Province”), Rattle in the Dash, an adaptation of Lysistrata and the mystery cycle trilogy Creation, Nativity & Passion (most recently produced at the National Arts Centre).

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    Other credits include the libretto for a “micro-opera” Aftermath and a song cycle Four Horses (both with composer Jennifer Butler), and excerpted monologues published in Refractions: Solo, The Perfect Piece, and Another Perfect Piece. He’s the recipient of three Hopwood Awards for fiction and poetry at the University of Michigan, as well as numerous Jessie Richardson Awards for playwriting and acting. His plays are available at

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    Megan Andres

    Megan is a Vancouver- and Winnipeg-based theatre performer, director, dramaturg, and most recently playwright. Megan has a BA in Theatre from the University of Manitoba and has trained and worked with various theatre companies including Theatre By the River, Sarasvàti Productions, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Theatre Incarnate, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Tara Players, Black Hole Theatre Company and others.

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    In Winnipeg, Megan also worked as a support worker at an assisted independent living program for people living with mental illness; a drama instructor, developing workshops for ages 5 to 14, and as a storyteller at the Manitoba Museum. Megan’s plays include Fracture (produced in the 2016 Brave New Play Rites Festival), only (just)… which was nominated for the Harry Rintoule Award for Best New Manitoban Play in 2014, her one-woman show Catching Shadows and Antipode which was a winner of the University of Manitoba’s M. Charles Cohen Prize for most outstanding stage play of the year in 2009. Megan is one of the producers of the Brave New Play Rites Festival and in 2016 served as director and dramaturg for its Staged Reading Series. Megan is currently pursuing a Joint Creative Writing and Theatre MFA at the University of British Columbia.

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    Elaine Avila

    Elaine Avila, a Canadian playwright of Azorean/Portuguese descent, has a passion for exploring untold stories. Frequently incorporating music, politics and humor, her work is described as “bold, intelligent, forthright, spirited, compassionate… inviting, wide-ranging” (Caridad Svich), “open, generous” (Erik Ehn) and “a wonderful writer, tremendously gifted, reliable, and innovative.” (Suzan-Lori Parks).

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    Her plays have premiered in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, New York City, Seattle, New Mexico, Lisbon, Portugal and London, England. Recent/upcoming work: Jane Austen, Action Figure; Kitimat; Quality: the Shoe Play, Lieutenant Nun, Burn Gloom, La Frontera/The Border, Lost and Found in Fado. Awards: Victoria Critic’s Circle for Best New Play, Audience Favorite Festival de Cocos, Panama City; Winner, Disquiet International Short Play Competition, Lisbon; Canada Council (numerous). She has taught in universities from British Columbia to Tasmania, China to Panama. Publications include: NoPassport Press (Jane Austen, Action Figure and other Plays, in 24 Gun Control Plays), Howlround, Canadian Theatre Review, American Theater, Café Onda, TCG Circles (Artistry and Innovation, Crossing Borders) Contemporary Theatre Review, Lusitania. She is the Playwright in Residence at Pomona College in Los Angeles and was recently distinguished as a descendentes notáveis (Notable Descendant) for her theatre work by the Government of the Azores, Portugal.”

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    Roger Blenman

    Roger R. Blenman is a Barbarian-born Canadian author, playwright, spoken work artist, poet, theatre director and secondary school teacher. Has degrees in Science and in Education from the University of Toronto.

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    Most recent novel, Dead’er, published 2015 by Hamilton Books. Other work has been published/broadcast/performed: CBC-North by Northwest, Scarborough Fair/University of Toronto Press, Antigonish Review, Bluesprint/Arsenal Pulp Press and others.

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    lee williams boudakian

    lee williams boudakian (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is a queer, trans, Armenian-Liverpudlian mixie with familial & ancestral ties to Lebanon, Syria, what is current-day Turkey, and Liverpool, England. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, and having moved many times, lee currently works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer and facilitator based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish lands. lee has trained across artistic disciplines in both institutional and non-institutional settings, and arrives at artmaking as acts of resistance, world&future visioning, and celebration towards liberation and healing. Current love projects include Kalik, ShapeShift Arts, and The HyePhen Mag.

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    Leanna Brodie

    Leanna Brodie is a playwright, actor, and translator. The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse, published by Talon Books, are regularly performed across Canada. One of her opera libretti was for composer Anthony Young’s Flourish Award-winning Ulla’s Odyssey, currently touring the UK. She has translated numerous Québec playwrights, including Hélène Ducharme of Théâtre Motus (whose acclaimed Baobab has toured North America with over 550 performances) and Christian Bégin (whose After Me earned 5 Jessie nominations for Ruby Slippers Theatre, including Best Production).

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    She has been playwright-in-residence at the Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre: other residencies have included the PTC Colony, Banff Playwrights Colony, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, and Glassco Translation Residency. Leanna was most recently seen in And Bella Sang With Us at the Firehall Arts Centre, and will appear next in Bonjour, là, bonjour for Théâtre la Seizième. She is currently translating Olivier Sylvestre’s La Beauté du monde for Pi Theatre, and two of her other translations will receive their world premieres in the 2017-18 season. For more information:

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    Lesli Brownlee

    Lesli Brownlee is a Vancouver based actor and writer. Performance credits include Aphrodite and Psyche in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and Reggie in Neil LaBute’s Some Girl’s. Film and TV credits include Smallville and Blood riders: The Devil Rides with Us. Writing credits include It Was Like… and Grimaldi’s Asylum (Sketch Comedy Troupe). She also writes poetry and fiction.

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    Moses Clyde Caliboso

    Moses Clyde Caliboso is a poet, playwright, rapper, writer, performer, and barista.

    His work has been on display with W49, Urban Ink Productions, and the Arts Club Theatre Company’s LEAP program. He considers some of his influences and inspirations to be Frank Ocean, Pablo Neruda, Junot Diaz, Lydia Davis and Carlos Bulosan. His favourite cafe in Vancouver is Kafka’s.

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    Tim Carlson

    Tim Carlson is artistic producer of Theatre Conspiracy. He lead the creation of Foreign Radical following on the documentary theatre production Extraction. He co-curated the annual Club PuSh with Norman Armour and Veda Hille at the PuSh Festival for the last six years.

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    As a dramaturg he developed Best Before with Berlin’s Rimini Protokoll (Push Festival 2009), collaborated with PuSh and Theatre Replacement on 100% Vancouver, and boca del lupo on Mariano Pensotti’s La Marea in 2011. Carlson’s play Omniscience (Talonbooks, 2007) premiered in 2004 and the German translation received a staged reading at Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theatre in 2006 and was produced by Theater Magdeburg in 2007 (published in Theater der Zeit’s anthology, Dialog). It premiered in the U.S. at Stage Left in Chicago and a Portuguese-language translation was produced by Novo Grupo de Teatro in Lisbon in 2008. The Conspiracy production of Diplomacy (Talonbooks, 2009) premiered at The Cultch in 2006. As an arts writer and editor Carlson has worked on staff at the Vancouver Sun and Halifax Daily News and also wrote regularly for The Georgia Straight, The Globe and Mail and Vancouver Review. Carlson is a graduate of UBC (MFA Creative Writing), University of King’s College (BA Journalism), University of Regina (BA English). He is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

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    Bronwyn Carradine

    Bronwyn is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bronwyn directed her first play, Train Tracks, a show based on 14-year-old Prince Tyre’s death, when she was 17. Since then she has been travelling across the country both in productions and continuing her training. After a summer at the Stratford Festival, she attended Bishop’s University, and later Studio 58 where she was able to continue her passion for acting, as well as writing and directing. Assistant directing credits include: Elbow Room Cafe, the Musical phase 1 & 2 (Zee Zee Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (The Chop), and Dressing for a Wedding (Solo Collective). Most recent writing credits include: Honour (Zee Zee Theatre), Polished (Intrepid Theatre), Numbers (Studio 58), No Strings Attached (Risky Nights). Bronwyn is a graduate of Studio 58.

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    Rohit Chokhani

    Rohit is an award winning mid career arts producer and cultural leader. Currently, he is the 2015 Producer in Residence at the National Arts Centre – English Theatre and an Artistic Producer for South Asian Arts and Diwali Fest based out of Vancouver/Surrey, BC.

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    He recently launched a sector development initiative called Project SAT (South Asian Theatre project) to create a network for developing, touring, producing and presenting national and international South Asian themed theatre projects in Canada. Prior, he worked as a General Manager for Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre and urban ink productions. His Credits include: Nirbhaya (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award), The Romeo Initiative (4 Jessie nominations), Night, The Concessions (3 Jessie nominations), 2014 Lawyer show – Legally Blonde: The Musical, Hirsch and Late Company (4 Jessie nominations), Mrs. Singh & Me (2015 Pick of the Fringe Award winner), Sal Capone (5 Meta Award nominations), Siddhartha: the Journey Home (2011 Talk of the Fringe Award) and Women In Fish at Katzie Nation. He was also involved in partnerships with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Chutzpah! Festival, DOXA Festival and Music on Main and helped deliver an award winning season at Touchstone Theatre that featured more than 50% of its programming through women playwrights. His management career of over seven years started with some well known clients such as FOX, Pixar, Disney, Nickelodeon and Majesco and entertainment titles included Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Rohit grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), home to Bollywood, the centre of the Indian subcontinent’s vibrant performing arts industry. He is highly passionate about making performing arts equitable and sustainable.

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    Jan Derbyshire

    Jan Derbyshire is an established multi-disciplinary artist, producer, inclusive designer and educator. She specializes in the design a facilitation and delivery of playful, inclusive, interactive, and participatory experiences that push forward ideas of diversity, belonging and interdependent communities.

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    A self-motivated, enthusiastic communicator she is able to express ideas both in public presentations and writing with over 20 years experience working in professional and community arts and in issue based collaborations with non-profits, educational institutes and corporations. She draws from a background of stand-up comedy, playwriting, devised theatre, storytelling, interactive installation, game design, essay writing, and stage directing. She has produced projects locally, nationally and internationally. Jan Holds a Masters in Inclusive Design form OCAD University in Toronto.


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    Dave Deveau

    Dave Deveau is an award-winning writer and performer whose plays and operas have been produced across Canada and in Europe. He is the Playwright in Residence for Zee Zee Theatre who produced his plays Nelly Boy, Tiny Replicas (GayVancouver’s Top 10 Productions of 2011), the critically-acclaimed My Funny Valentine (Sydney Risk Prize, Jessie Nomination, Oscar Wilde Nomination – Dublin), Lowest Common Denominator and Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky).

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    His theatre for young audiences plays were all commissioned and premiered with Green Thumb Theatre, and have subsequently continued into other productions: Out in the Open is currently on tour with Ontario’s To Be Determined Theatre, tagged, which was recently nominated for a Dora award has just opened in Israel in a Hebrew translation and Celestial Being which has been touring for the past three seasons. He is one of the Associates at Playwrights Theatre Centre where he is developing a number of projects including new commissions for Zee Zee Theatre: Dead People’s Things, and (H)OUR. His first screenplay Us in Nine Months, based on his play Tiny Replicas just won the Harold Greenberg Award at the Canadian Film Festival and starts shooting later this year with Sociable Films. He is currently working one new commissions for Green Thumb Theatre, Roseneath Theatre and The Belfry. For the past four years he has been honoured to curate Human Library, a community-engaged theatrical hybrid project for Zee Zee Theatre as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Dave was recently included in Xtra’s Top 30 Under 30 and OUTtv’s Queers of the Year and is the 2014 recipient of the Pride Legacy Award for Art. In total, his plays have been nominated for 20 Jessies, including 2 nominations for his scripts.

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    Sunny Drake

    Sunny Drake is a playwright, theatre creator, performer and independent theatre producer. He has toured his works to a wide range of audiences in 80 venues in 55 cities across Australia, the US, Canada and Europe. His play, No Strings (Attached) has been translated into four languages. X won the 2013 SummerWorks RBC Arts Professional Award, as well as being named by NOW Magazine for “Outstanding Performance” and “Outstanding Design”.

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    Sunny is also the Director of Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. He was born and grown in Australia and has been a permanent resident of Canada for over five years, based in Toronto. Sunny is currently working on two new plays, a collective creation piece and a feature length screenplay.

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    Andrew Duffy

    Andrew is a recent graduate of the Phoenix Theatre Program at the University of Victoria. He is a Vancouver based set designer, scenic carpenter, scenic painter, and now, writer. He is currently working as a painter for the Vancouver film industry; his credits include Zoo Season Three, and No Tomorrow Season One. His recent theatre credits include Antagonist (Little Mountain Lion Productions) and Prof. (Metro Theatre Victoria).

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    Kendra Fanconi

    Kendra Fanconi has worked since 1994 as an actor, writer, director, theatre creator and producer of original, often site-specific work. She has created plays in swimming pools, treetops, elevators, on False Creek, and in a theatre built of snow and ice.  Kendra is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal.  Kendra’s short play Finale has been produced in New York City, Chicago, Norway, Lithuania, Brighton U.K. Her production Nothing But Sky won the 2014 Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement. She created NiX, Canada’s first theatre of snow and ice, which premiered at ATP’s playRites Festival in Calgary and was a centrepiece production in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad up in Whistler.

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    She also wrote and directed the outdoor extravaganza Other Freds in 2005, also won a Jessie award for Expanding the Scope of Site-Specific Theatre. That production featured 125 community members and 35 professional artists, including 7 roving musicians, a bicycle ballet, kayak stampede, and a cruise ship conga line. Other credits include: The One that Got Away (playwright/performer, Winner: Outstanding Production 2002), The Last Stand (co-writer/performer), Box2 (co-writer/performer, Winner: Best Actress), Bonehouse, (playwright, adapted for CBC radio, Nomination: Outstanding Script), The Last Five Years (director, Nomination: Outstanding Director), and Medea (director). She is also the recipient of the Sam Payne Award for Best Emerging Director. Over the last few years she has mentored 30 companies in creating original site specific premieres for the Fringe Festival. She trained at Ecole du Phillipe du Gaulier, Central School of Speech and Drama, and University of Oregon.

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    David Geary

    David Geary is a playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer, dramaturg and educator. He teaches film studies at Capilano University. He’s been the Senior Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand; the dramaturg/director for Native Earth workshops in Toronto; and has led Block A for the PTC for four years. Last season he also collaborated in mentoring the Julius Caesar Project with PTC, The Cultch and Western Gold as well as working as a dramaturg with several writers. David believes storytelling and scriptwriting are muscles that are best developed through exercises. His yogic mantra is – Life is short, stretch it – and he writes haiku on twitter @gearsgeary.

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    Rosemary Georgeson

    Rosemary Georgeson  is  a Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene artist, storyteller and writer from Galiano Island. Born and raised in the commercial fishing industry, and with a background in the Culinary Arts, she was the Aboriginal Storyteller at the Vancouver Public Library and has worked as an artist and community liaison for Vancouver Moving Theatre and urban ink productions.  She co-wrote We’re All In this Together and Storyweaving.

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    Rachael Goddard-Rebstein

    Rachael Goddard-Rebstein is a recent graduate from UBC and has an interdisciplinary master’s degree in English, Psychology and Film and Theatre. She completed a play as her master’s thesis based on the life of the medieval mystic Margery Kempe. She also enjoys writing fiction and poetry, and has published articles in student newspapers and academic journals.

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    Becky Gold

    Becky is a recent graduate of UBC’s Master of Theatre Studies program. Her research explored artistic praxis and training methodology for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about accessibility in the arts, specifically as it relates to theatrical training and performance opportunities for all individuals. Previously, Becky worked in Toronto as a drama facilitator – supporting individuals with a range of cognitive and physical disabilities. Becky is excited to work with and support Niall McNeil as his creative assistant in the 2017 Block A.

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    Robert Garry Haacke

    Originally from Pinawa, Manitoba, Robert is thrilled to be a part of Block A at PTC for 2017!  He is a professional actor working on stage and on screen throughout Vancouver.  Most recently Robert has appeared on stage as a hunchbacked mutant for Green Thumb Theatre’s latest school tour of Land of Trash.   Other  appearances include The Beaux Stratagem (United Players),  Common Grace (Pacific Theatre),  Right Hand Man (UBC).  Recently Robert presented a reading of his one-person show – touch – at  the rEvolver Theatre Festival.   Robert is a proud graduate of Studio 58’s Stage Acting Program.

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    Jordan Hall

    Jordan Hall is an award-winning playwright whose work has been dubbed “stellar, insightful” by Plank Magazine, “thoughtful” by CBC Radio, and “vivid, memorable” by NOW. Her first full-length play, Kayak, won Samuel French’s 2010 Canadian Playwrights Competition, and has garnered acclaim across Canada.

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    She was Playwright-in-Residence at Pi Theatre, and as a screenwriter, Jordan recently co-created Carmilla: The Series for SmokeBomb Entertainment. She has been a finalist in both the LA Comedy Fest and Beverly Hills Short Screenplay Competitions, as well as a winner of the Crazy8s Short Film Production Competition. As a dramaturg, Jordan worked on The Hearing of Jeremy Hinzman at the 2012 Summerworks Festival, and spent five years as a mentor for UBC’s Booming Ground program.

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    Melisa Hernandez P

    Melisa is a Mexican-Canadian interdisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture installation and performance. Melisa’s main source of exploring identity is through her body and the space it occupies; through its processes, functions, origin, and shape.  Melisa recently graduated from UBC Okanagan’s Interdisciplinary Performance program. Her current work explores feminist concepts of the female body’s processes and cycles. To see/hear/read more work by Melisa Hernandez P, visit her website.

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    Janet Hinton

    The plays of award-winning playwright Janet Hinton have been produced in Ontario, Alberta and BC. As a dramaturge, Janet has worked with respected playwrights like Kevin Kerr, Conni Massing and Ken Brown.

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    Her dynamic approach to teaching drama, writing, piano and pain management has inspired others to live creatively. In addition to her success as a playwright, Janet is a published fiction and health writer. She is currently at work on a novel… and exploring the art of floating…in her play Aiming to Float.

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    Arvind Johal

    Arvind Johal was born and raised in Surrey BC. Having a love of the arts and dreams of becoming and actor at a young age, Arvind was the lead in his first play at the age of 11 and hasn’t looked back. Arvind graduated from Vancouver Film School’s acting for film and television program in 2008 as class valedictorian.

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    Since then he had gone on to play the lead in a National Film Board produced film that was nominated for a Leo award as well as several independent films. He as also appeared on network television programs on Fox, Showcase, Bravo and NBC. Arvind has a creative writing degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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    Hiro Kanagawa

    Like many Canadian artists Hiro has forged a career wearing many hats: actor, playwright, screenwriter, teacher. His plays range from the war crimes drama Tiger of Malaya (Factory Theatre, National Arts Centre, Gateway Theatre) to the Christmas fable The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Arts Club, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Theatre NorthWest) to the Puccini sequel Tom Pinkerton: The Ballad of Butterfly’s Son with music by David MacIntyre (short-listed for the 2012 Playwrights Guild of Canada New Musical Award).

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    His most recent play, Indian Arm premiered in spring 2015 with Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre and received the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. Hiro’s screen credits include work as both an actor and story editor on the critically-acclaimed series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence, and Blackstone, and recurring guest star roles on iZombie, Dark Matter, Heroes Reborn, and The Man in the High Castle. He teaches playwriting at Capilano University and is a youth football coach.

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    Jesse Kaur Lehail

    Jessie is a multidisciplinary storyteller, who explores the intersection of communications, culture, and creativity to create dialogues and projects that push forward ideas of identity, belonging, memory, and sense of place. She has a passion for exploring untold stories. Her work to date focuses on empowering South Asians and offers audiences ways to expand their knowledge and challenge existing assumptions.

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    With undergraduate degrees in Cultural Geography and Marketing/Accounting, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Communications, Jessie weaves academia into her work. She has a strong focus on contemporary critica and cultural theory, ethnicity, gender, and feminism that has provided the praxis for professional and community arts and in issue-based collaborations with non-profits, educational institutes and corporations.

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    Peg Keenleyside

    Peg Keenleyside is an actor/writer/director and producer. She has co-written and produced new Canadian plays including Smoke Damage (Nightwood Theatre) and Hockey Wives (Factory Theatre).  Actor credits include the National Arts Centre, Centre Stage and the Blyth Festival. Directing credits include In Their Nightgowns, Dancing at UBC, and the political comedy Proud at Capilano University. Peg is currently producing the new comedy Obit at the 2017 Fringe Festival.

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    Jessica Leung

    Jessica Leung is a DeafPOC(Person of Colour), Asian Taiwanese and Chinese, gender neutral person currently living, working and performing as a settler on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples. Jessica is a poet, dancer, movement artist and visual artist, hoping to combine movement with sign language (American Sign Language), which overlaps Jessica’s own journey. Jessica is learning and creating through collaboration or as an individual in the hopes of bringing their intersectional cultural focus to work in both the hearing and the Deaf world.

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    Milton Lim

    Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based theatre director/designer and multi-disciplinary performer. He holds a BFA (Hons.) in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. His recent work integrates digital media and live performance, and employs consequential game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency content readability. Milton was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

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    He has created works for and performed in various international festivals including the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), the Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival (Richmond), CanAsian Dance Festival (Toronto), Uno Fest (Victoria), rEvolver Theatre Festival (Vancouver), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), and the Seattle International Dance Festival.

    In Vancouver, Milton has had the pleasure of working with MACHiNENOiSY Dance TheatrePlaywright’s Theatre CentreGateway TheatreVancouver Asian Canadian TheatreCentre A Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery among others. Recent acting credits include the Woodsman in Boca del Lupo’s Big Bad, and the Host in Theatre Conspiracy’s award-winning immersive show: Foreign Radical.

    During his undergrad, Milton was a company member of the laboratory performance collective, Attic Salt, where he trained with visiting international artists, exploring artistic evolution in both performance and pedagogy. 

    Milton most often creates his original works as a Co-Artistic Director of his interdisciplinary company, Hong Kong Exile; he is also an Artistic Associate with Theatre Conspiracy.

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    Britt MacLeod

    Britt MacLeod is a queer Vancouver-based artist. A multi-disciplinary graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program, she works as an actor, singer, composer-lyricist, spoken word/interdisciplinary-artist and writer. Her written work has been featured in In Bloom Magazine, RFD Magazine, and the anthology/album, Stories, by the band, Hildegard’s Ghost.

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    She is the Composer/Lyricist for the new musical, Carry On, which was the winning piece at Awkward Stage Productions’ inaugural 24 Hour Musical Smackdown Competition. Carry On has been developed into an extended one-act musical which will premiere at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival (Britt will reprise her lead role). Other performance credits include: Hamelin: A New Fable, Axis Theatre; Crazy For You, Gateway Theatre; The Light In The Piazza, Patrick Street Productions and Persephone Theatre; BC BUDS Festival; Arts On The Fly Festival; Dances For A Small Stage, MovEnt; Featured Performer and Semi-Finalist at the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word; and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Britt also sings with the jazz group Ladybird, and writes songs for and fronts the pop project, Rio By Night. Rio By Night’s first full-length album, Yet The World, will be released later this year. Britt is over the moon to be joining the talented group of artists in this season’s Block A.

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    Ariel Martz-Oberlander

    Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a theatre artist, writer, teacher and activist based in Vancouver. Her work explores the intersection of spectator and agitator in an attempt to find the personal in the global. Her newest play, created with support from the LEAP program, in which the climate crisis is explored through the lens of a woman losing her memory and the river who tries to understand her humanity, will be read at Arts Club in April 2017.

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    Niall McNeil

    Niall has been involved with theatre from an early age through his long association with the Caravan Farm Theatre and acting with Leaky Heaven Circus in Vancouver since its inception in 1999. He performed in many Leaky shows including Leaky Heaven Circus – Part One, Typhoon, Conference of the BirdsBirthday Boy, King Llyr, Zigguart, Bonobo and Salome. In 2011 Leaky Heaven and Neworld Theatre co-produced Peter Panties a play written by Niall and Marcus Youssef which was performed in the Vancouver Push Festival. Peter Panties won a Jesse Richardson ‘Critics Choice’ Award for Innovation in theatre.

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    Niall has most recently been involved in King Arthur’s Night, a play produced by Neworld Theatre, co-created and co-written by Niall, Neworld Artistic Director Marcus Youssef, musical composer Veda Hille and director James Long. Niall performed the role of King Arthur. King Arthur’s Night was commissioned by the Luminato Festival and, in June 2017, it was performed at Luminato and at the National Arts Centre as part of the Canada Scene Festival. Niall loves researching new ideas, writing music and writing plays. Niall also enjoys teaching acting with his friends at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation.

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    Renae Morriseau

    Renae Morriseau  is Cree and Saulteaux from Manitoba. She works across Canada and the US in theatre, film, television and music. Recently, Renae toured internationally with her singing group M’Girl; served as Aboriginal Storyteller at the Vancouver Public Library and directed Down2Earth, an APTN TV Series on green-energy developments and sustainability projects in Maori (New Zealand) and First Nations (Canada) communities.  Community building projects include the winter outdoor production Contest of the Winds with Caravan Farm Theatre, the community play Tuwitames with Splatsin Language Program (Secwepemc Nation)/Runaway Moon Theatre, and  co-writing In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play and Storyweaving with Vancouver Moving Theatre.

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    Adele Noronha

    Born and raised in India, Adele immigrated to Canada at the age of eleven. She is a graduate of Studio 58 and currently a Vancouver-based theatre artist. As an actor, Adele has worked with a variety of theatre companies throughout Vancouver, including the frank theatre, Upintheair, Electric Company, Western Gold, Virtual Stage and Bard on the Beach.

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    This year Adele is the Outreach Coordinator and guest curator with Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Theatre Festival for emerging artists. She will also be performing in the frank theatre’s upcoming premiere production of Walt Whitman’s Secret.

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    Falcon oHara

    Hello, Falcon oHara, here. I prefer life in the first person rather than the third. I have a passion for self-awareness and personal growth. And I’m hoping to learn how to breathe that same passion into the characters of my novel and my play.



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    I’ve written all my life, mostly poetry, essays, and autobiographical sketches, and lately more and more dialogue. I love to sing, and I studied piano for many years when I was young. I wrote my first real song in the year 2000. And in 2001, I sat down and wrote twenty-four new ones. Which is how I came to know a group of characters whose stories form the intertwining core of a musical play I’ve been working on ever since. Those characters seem so real to me. And I have a dream to see them come alive on a stage one day. I trust our adventures together in PTCs Block A and with David Geary will help all of us realize our dreams.

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    Debbie Patterson

    Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founding member and current artistic associate of Shakespeare in the Ruins, served as Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year and as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange. She was the U of W Carol Shields Writer in Residence 2012 and Playwright in Residence at Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2014/15 and is currently a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit.

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    Playwriting credits include Sargent & Victor & Me, the musical Head, Candy From a Baby, and Molotov Circus. In 2014 she was honoured with the United Nations Platform for Action Committee’s annual Activist Award. She lives in Winnipeg with her family: Arne, Gislina and Solmund.

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    Zahida Rahemtulla

    Zahida studied Literature at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi, where she also became involved in film and theatre. She is currently writing her first comedic play.

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    Anoushka Ratnarajah

    Anoushka Ratnarajah is a queer, mixed race femme of Sri Lankan and British ancestry, and an interdisciplinary and transnational artist and arts organizer. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU. She has worked as a producer, performer, writer and arts organizer with cultural and arts organizations in Vancouver, Montreal and New York. She has been a fellow with The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and Voices of Our Nation Arts. Her art practice engages with many social, political and cultural issues, through a critical intersectional lens. She creates work that shines a light on histories and contemporary stories that are underrepresented in mainstream theatre and performance. Her most recent creative projects include Capital, Alice!, an anti-capitalist, Alice in Wonderland-themed musical; and partnered projects with Kalik and Shapeshift Arts, including Dear Armen. Upcoming work includes Setting Bones and a solo show, Mixed Vegetable.

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    Jotika is a multidisciplinary artist; she is a storyteller who uses song, spoken word, performance art and visual art. She is a settler who was born and lives on the land of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, & Tsleil-Waututh peoples. As part of her creative art process and in her own personal healing she aims to continually work towards decolonizing her practices & build relationships alongside Indigenous folks, with deep gratitude, who continue to experiences effects and damage of colonization.

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    As a Queer women of colour, Fijian of Indian decent, Jotika creates art that explores themes of Diaspora, healing from trauma, connecting to her ancestors, reconnection, and decolonizing. Jotika has created numerous spaces that center QTBIPOC ( Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colours ) voices; events where we can share our art and our narratives that far too often are pushed to the margins. Jotika is an effective and seasoned community organizer; from fundraisers for friends in need and social justice conferences, to artisan craft markets and performance showcases, Jotika has over four year experience spearheading successful events that act as places of learning and growing together. This past year Jotika was published, alongside other QT Desi writers, in a book entitled Moving Truths(s) Queer and Transgender writing on Family. She has also been featured in various zines created in the lower mainland and on the Island which include: Pulse, Thirdspace, and the upcoming Asian Disapora Zine. Over the past few years Jotika’s art has been showcased in community Art shows such as: at the Solstice Café, a show entitled: QT2IPOC? a collection of Art by Queer, Trans, Two Spirit, Indigenous and People of colour Artists, with the Queer Arts Festival’s community art show summer 2015, and this past winter with Gallery Gachet with New Access Consortium Presents: A Collective Audit of the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is currently working on creating her ZineAlbum entitled: Brown Body Stories: Shameless Truth Telling which will be a collection of her SongPoems alongside a zine with her visual art. At the launch for her album she will be sharing a one women show she has been creating and working towards. As an arts based facilitator and social worker Jotika has started to incorporate her passion for healing through the arts into her work; she plans to complete training to become an Expressive Art Therapist, to further the healing and support work she is already doing within her communities. Check out her art and info about performances at: ‘Jotikart Creations’ on Facebook.

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    Rebecca Schneidereit
    Rebecca Schneidereit is a Halifax-born writer-slash-wanderer who left a comfy nest in Prague to sojourn in BC. She’s 100% pure theatre geek, acting and directing as well as writing: her last role was as a Kit Kat Girl in a North London amateur production of Cabaret. She’s often mired in “work” writing (a mix of PR, journalism, and most recently, comics and video games), and she’s a self-confessed “lapsed playwright” (prolific in her school days, lazy ever since). She’s very excited to use Block A to explore her theatrical voice, and to meet like-minded artists in the city she now calls home.
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    Rebecca’s a rock music junkie, a horror movie buff, and a global tumbleweed still reeling from a midwinter stay in Copenhagen. Her writing is cynical, satirical, barbed and blunt – well, aside from her penchant for fairy tale-esque happy endings.

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    Kamila Sediego

    Recipient of The Virago Play Series Scholarship for Block A 2017.

    Kamila was born and raised in Vancouver to Filipino parents, Kamila’s work explores the duality of her first-generation cultural identity, the incredible importance of family, and the richness of her Filipino heritage. She has had the privilege of working closely with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre as their 2015 MSG Theatre Lab finalist, and with Urban Ink as a member of their Writers’ Group, and as their 2017 Artist in Residence.

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    Munish Sharma

    Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan Munish moved to Vancouver in 2007 and since has made his presence felt around the city on stages of all sizes as an actor, writer, dancer. Leading stage roles in 2014 Iceland and This Is War paved the way for Munish’s one-act play Mrs. Singh and Me, which debuted at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival and was one of the shows awarded Pick of the Fringe for 2015.

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    Most recently Munish played the role of Bashir in Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand, directed by Richard Wolfe. Produced by Pi Theatre, it ran at The Cultch in the Historic Theatre from April 5 to 23, 2016. Munish also hosts Gastown Cabaret, a monthly high-energy variety show at Guilt and Co. that he produces with burlesque beauties April O’Peel and Sparkle Plenty.

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    Tetsuro Shigematsu

    For more than twenty years, Tetsuro Shigematsu has been telling stories across an array of media. He is a writer, actor, performance artist, broadcaster, scholar, filmmaker and theatre artist. Originally trained in the fine arts, he found a similar creative outlet writing for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Then in 2004, he became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took over The Roundup on CBC Radio, where he co-wrote and co-produced nearly a thousand hours of network programming.

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    His most recent theatre work, Empire of the Son, sold out its run before it opened and was named the best show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun and the The Georgia Straight before being remounted at The Cultch in 2016. It has toured across Canada. Tetsuro’s award-winning body of work in film, television, radio, new media and theatre continues to be taught in Canadian and American universities as examples of creative possibility.

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    Bahareh Shigematsu

    Bahareh Shigematsu was born and raised in Tehran, and lived in four countries and nine cities. As a result, she speaks Farsi, Turkish, French and English fluently. She has produced a feature-length film, and several music videos for Persian recording artists that have been seen internationally. She is currently an Artistic Associate with VACT, and Production Manager for VACT’s play development workshops.

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    Gurpreet Sian

    Gurpreet Sian is a dancer, musician, TV/Radio Personality, arts producer and the Executive Director of South Asian Arts Society, an organization he co-founded in 2005. As a performer, he has danced in dozens of international Bhangra competitions, the 2009 JUNO Awards with Russell Peters, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the TOIFA Bollywood Awards at BC Place Stadium.

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    Gurp continues to teach Bhangra dancing & Dhol drumming to adults and children at his own studio and at festivals, schools and universities across BC, including North America’s first ever University accredited Bhangra dance course at Simon Fraser University. His newest project is offering high school students Bhangra & Dhol courses for credit. His production credits include: Fish Eyes (2006) – co-presented with Neworld Theatre & the National Theatre School of Canada; The Misfit (2008) – presented at the PuSh Festival; I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken! (2010-2013) – co-presented with Bollywood Shenanigans; Stand Up! The Original Tandoori Kings of Comedy (2014); Mrs. Singh & Me (2015) – presented at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and awarded “Pick of the Fringe.” Most notably, in 2009, Gurpreet & Raakhi created a one-of-a-kind, comedic, dance musical called Bollywood Wedding. The show was co-produced by New Works and was voted the “Best Outdoor Interactive Theatre Event” of the year by The Georgia Straight. In July 2013 it was independently remounted by Gurpreet & South Asian Arts. Gurpreet is committed to raising the profile of South Asian theatre in Vancouver and across Canada, even more so since the addition of Artistic Producer Rohit Chokhani. Together, the two are working on an inaugural South Asian performing arts festival to be held across the lower mainland in fall/winter of 2016.

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    Quelemia Sparrow

    Quelemia Sparrow is busy on a variety of new play projects. With PTC, she is developing O’wet/Lost Lagoon, co-produced by Alley Theatre and Full Circle: First Nations Performance, originally commissioned by Full Circle: First Nations Performance.

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    O’wet/Lost Lagoon was in workshop in February, April and late May/June, 2016 with a production launching at the Firehall Arts Centre, June 21-25, 2016, opening on National Aboriginal Day. Quelemia is a First Nations actor and writer from the Musqueam Nation. Select acting credits: Our Town (Osimous Theatre), The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/NAC), The Penelopiad (Arts Club Theatre), Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse/WCT) and The Fall (Electric Company). Writing credits: Ashes on the Water (Neworld Theatre/Raven Spirit Dance). Short screenplays: Love, The Girl in the Green Beret and Mosquitoes; for which she won an award for her unique voice. Various Film and T.V: Fringe, Blackstone, Cable Beach, The Letter, Da Vinci’s City Hall, V, Unnatural and Accidental, and Da Vinci’s Inquest which she won a Leo Award for Best Female Guest Appearance. She is currently playwright-in-residence with Full Circle: First Nations Performance writing The Women of Papiyek, a project delving into the living history of Xway Xway (Stanley Park); co-creating a children’s show called Salmon Girl with Raven Spirit Dance, premiering at Presentation House in 2017, and also working in collaboration with ITSAZOO and Savage Society on The Pipeline Project, which premieres at The Gateway (Richmond) in 2017.  Quelemia is a graduate of Studio 58.  Currently she is writer in residence with Full Circle and an associate artist with Urban Ink Productions.

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    Jovanni Sy

    Jovanni Sy is a playwright, director, and performer. In 2012, he was appointed Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond. As an actor, Jovanni has performed with numerous companies from Whitehorse to St. John’s. His most recent Vancouver roles were in King of the Yees (Gateway), Dead Metaphor (Firehall), and A Taste of Empire (Boca del Lupo). Jovanni directed Closer Than EverValley Song, and Harvest at Gateway. He also directed God of CarnageAntigone, and Blackbird for Theatre du Pif in Hong Kong and Stitch for Native Earth in Toronto. Jovanni’s play A Taste of Empire has been performed in Toronto and Vancouver. Jovanni also directed Derek Chan in his Cantonese translation of A Taste of Empire entitled 食盡天下. Jovanni’s most recent play Nine Dragons will premiere at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary in September 2017 and then transfer to Winnipeg’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and then Gateway Theatre.

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    José Teodoro

    José Teodoro is the author of several plays, including Mote, The Tourist and Slowly, an exchange is taking place. His play Steps will be published in Playwrights Canada Press’ anthology Long Story Short in November. José writes about cinema and literature for publications such as The Globe and Mail, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, The National Post and Brick. He is co-author, with Mexican photographer Laura Barrón, of Cathedral, a three-metre-long book of text and image. He has worked as story editor on several films, including Hugh Gibson’s The Stairs and Lina Rodríguez’s This Time Tomorrow.

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    José has served on juries at numerous film festivals throughout Europe and the Americas and is a writer-editor for the Toronto, Panama and Miami International Film Festivals. Aside from his new play, Island, which will be developed at the Colony, José is also working on Nothing But Time, a book of conversations with filmmaker Peter Mettler.

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    Deneh’Cho Thompson

    2016 Fringe New Play Prize winner for The Girl Who was Raised by Wolverine, Deneh is an emerging director, actor and playwright based in Vancouver. In 2009 he co-founded workingclasstheatre, an indie theatre company dedicated to producing new works, providing training opportunities and showcasing the work of emerging artists.

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    Since 2009, Deneh has been developing an artistic practice that uses devised theatre as its principal component, often blurring the lines that define the roles of director, actor and writer. Recent directing credits include The Dudes of My Life, a devised piece, and The Governor of the Dew, by Floyd Favel. Deneh trained at Capilano University and, more recently, Simon Fraser University. In 2015 Deneh joined both the Full Circle First Nations Performance Ensemble and the Urban Ink Collective. Deneh recently performed as a guest artist in The Classroom at Studio 58, and is preparing to travel to Spain for Tant per Tant’s production of Marie Clements’ Burning Vision in Barcelona’s Grec Festival in July. Deneh is also Producer at The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, and Associate Producer at Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival.

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    Savannah Walling

    Savannah Walling, born in Oklahoma, USA, is a first generation immigrant to Canada and twelfth generation descendent of refugees from Europe; her tangled bloodlines travel further than she has concrete knowledge. A writer/theatre artist trained in dance, mime and music, Savannah is co-founder /artistic director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, with whom she has toured four continents; created a series of community-engaged productions for/with/and about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; and served as associate artistic director of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. She collaborates with artists of many genres, traditions and cultures to create productions that interweave localized content with accessible storytelling, spectacle and live music. She co-wrote Storyweaving with Rosemary Georgeson and Renae Morriseau.

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    Veronique West

    Veronique is the Artistic Associate at Alley Theatre, Literary Assistant at the Arts Club Theatre Company, and Playwriting Instructor at the Gateway Theatre Academy. Her plays include Intrusion (winner of Tarragon Theatre’s 20/20 Playwriting Competition), Marrow (Resounding Scream Theatre/Alley Theatre) and State of War (in development with PTC). Her dramaturgy credits include: Disgraced (Arts Club), Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika (Arts Club) and The Ridiculous Darkness (Alley Theatre). Veronique has a passion for fighting mental health stigma and volunteers for the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders.

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    Gerald Williams

    Gerald has spent the majority of his life in Asia performing and teaching and has recently returned to his native Canada. He’s excited by stories that deceive, are layered with complex relationships and surprise.

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    Adrienne Wong

    Adrienne Wong asks audiences to “re-see” the familiar and reimagine the everyday. Works include a series of site-specific audio plays (PodPlays, developed with Martin Kinch), a participatory show for kids about city planning (Me On The Map, created with Jan Derbyshire), an SMS show performed simultaneously in two cities (Landline, created with Dustin Harvey), and an analogue version of Facebook (Placebook, created with Mirae Rosner and Marcus Youssef ). Adrienne is a Associate Artist at both Neworld Theatre and She has two kids and no plants.