PTC’s Unscripted series brings playwrights, audiences, and the imagination together

A yellow, green, and cyan textile background with digital lines curving across it. The text reads: PTC presents Unscripted, Making Visible, visible mending workshop by textile artist Heather Cameron, with the Public Swoon and Mermaid Spring

UNSCRIPTED: Mermaid Spring

PTC’s UNSCRIPTED: Mermaid Spring is a project focused on deep co-creation, slow process & social handcraft. The story is inspired by Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida –– a real-life natural attraction where since 1947, women have worked as professional mermaids. The story follows a group of women hustling to hold on to their dream jobs in natural landscapes that are threatened by development.

On behalf of PTC and The Public Swoon, we invite you into the process of Mermaid Spring through a special package mailed directly to you. Inspired by our Visible Mending Workshop with Heather Cameron, your package will include handmade items that share with you the values of slow process, just in time for the Summer Solstice. Words from Heather Cameron and links to original music performances will connect you with the ongoing magic that is Mermaid Spring. It’s free. Share your information, and expect a little surprise in the mail.

To sign up for this special free package, please sign up at this Google Form: Click Here

Supplies are quite limited, and these packages are available on a first come, first served basis!


k.p dennis headshotK.P Dennis a Black, non-binary, multi-disciplinary artist, director, producer, and activist based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. They were the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, the 2017 recipient of the VACCS Community recognition Award, and in 2020 they received the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art. Their work explores future building through a queer afro-futurist lens, using magic and fantasy to explore what we will have to do and who we have to become, to liberate our futures.







Emily CheungEmily M Cheung is a versatile professional singer who spent six years living abroad in Europe, and has performed in concerts/staged works worldwide, from South Africa to Venezuela to Malaysia. Highlights include the 2008 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Hong Kong with Jackie Chan, being a featured soloist in a private concert for the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and the World Stage Premiere of Otto M. Zykan’s Staatsoperette at the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria. Passionate about connecting through music, she currently sings with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vancouver Cantata Singers, and with her international group, Time Ensemble, working globally with children/communities in need. Being spotlighted in the 2019 Volvo SUV Aria campaign also sparked an interest in recording, evolving to eclectic performances with CircusWest, the eatART Foundation’s “Daisy” (the world’s largest solar powered tricycle), and in Double Happiness: Detour this Way, a new multimedia creation about Chinese cultural diaspora.






Amanda SumAmanda Sum is a performer and creator dancing between theatre and music. Recent theatre projects include do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata (The Cultch), East Van Panto: Pinocchio and Panto Come Home! and Alice in Wonderland (Theatre Replacement), and Chicken Girl (rice&beans). Amanda’s indie-pop music has been played on CBC Radio, and last year, she played at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival with her Asian girl band. She wrote and arranged a full-length album, which will be released later this year. Amanda is Theatre Replacement’s current COLLIDER Artist in Residence, developing her “pop-up book performance”, New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert. Amanda holds a BFA from SFU. Antics and updates can be found on Instagram @amanduhsum, or www.amandasum.com.







A photo of fibre artist Heather Cameron.Heather Cameron is a visual artist of settler heritage, living in Snuneymuxw territory. She works primarily with textiles, using the rich historical and metaphorical associations the medium provides to explore issues of human relationship to nature, colonialism, labour, time, etc. She graduated from the Experimental Arts program at the Ontario College of Art in 1989 and also holds diplomas in Graphic Design (George Brown College, 1982) and Art Therapy (Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (2004). She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Council, the British Columbia Art Council and the Gabriola Arts Council. Her work is in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Saskatchewan Arts Council, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Cambridge Art Galleries, as well as numerous private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Japan. She does all of her own stitching, by hand.







Gavin Youngash

Gavin Youngash is a Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalist who is making his mark on the Vancouver music scene as a live performer, session musician, collaborator and composer. His catalogue includes live performance and recording both locally and internationally with notable Canadian acts including Frazey Ford, 2x Western Canadian Music Award winning soul-R&B artist Krystle Dos Santos, neo-soul singer David Ward and Golden Future, and award-winning Vancouver gospel-soul powerhouse Dawn Pemberton (WCMA’s Urban Recording of the Year 2015).







James MegerJames Meger is a Vancouver-based bassist, composer and producer. As a performer, his work has been showcased through national and international tours and through recording projects and concerts alongside artists including Kenny Wollesen, Chris Speed, Kris Davis, Wayne Horvitz, Ken Vandermark, Ig Henneman, Ron Samworth, Peggy Lee and Tony Wilson, among others. James is also active as a sideman and co-leader in various ongoing projects, which showcase his versatility as a player and arranger. These include: Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting, Sick Boss, The Bruno Hubert Trio, The Sumner Brothers, Josh Zubot’s Strings, The NOW Society, Tony Wilson’s Burn Down The Cornfield and Elisa Thorn’s HUE, among others. As a composer and producer, James has written and arranged music for bands (Sick Boss, Braveheart, Debra-Jean Creelman), interdisciplinary dance (Lesley Telford’s Spooky Action, Anecdote and Unison), music-theatre (collaborating with Barbara Adler on Pathetic Fallacy, Klasika and Decoy), and for sound installations (Signals from the Mountain, 2015).




Ashley Aron: Describing my artistic practice after a forced 2 year pandemic hiatus is weird. In my heart I am a collaborative, interdisciplinary live performing artist. I act, sing, direct and write. I’ve been fortunate to work with many established and emerging contemporary companies in my career as a performer. In practice right now, I’m a nanny and most of the performing I’ve done in the last two years takes place in a toy-cluttered living room in an attempt to make small children chuckle. Being back in a studio with other grownups is scary and exciting, and I’m very curious to find out who I’ve become as an artist.







Shannon ScottShannon Scott is a musician/songwriter based in Vancouver, BC. Since graduating from Capilano University’s esteemed Bachelor of Jazz Studies program in 2006, Shannon has achieved international acclaim with diverse musical endeavours: she has composed, recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with projects that range from a Swing Era jazz band to spoken word and hip-hop productions, and her original compositions have been featured in theatre pieces and film scores. In addition to her work as a musician, Shannon has been teaching music since 2001, and currently enjoys a well-established career in education as a private instructor in voice and piano, and as a vocal coach in workshop settings.





Barbara Adler

Barbara Adler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work brings together text-based performance, composition, design, and event making. Her writing and music have been presented through multiple solo and band albums, publication in spoken word anthologies, theatre and dance productions and performances at major music and literary festivals. In 2016, she joined Cole Schmidt and James Meger to launch Sawdust Collector, a weekly performance series presenting new, experimental and improvised works by established and emerging artists. With The Public Swoon Barbara is currently creating Mermaid Spring, a slow-process concept album inspired by Floridan mermaids and climate catastrophe, featuring compositions by Leah Abramson, Peggy Lee and Alicia Hansen. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a BA in Art and Cultural Studies, both from Simon Fraser University.







Ben Rogalsky was born in colonially named Ottawa on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation, and grew up in S’olh Temexw, unceded Sto:lo territory. He is a parent, musician, composer, performer, designer, sound engineer, technical director, and collaborator. Ben is also active as an educator in both music and technical areas, and has been the Technical Director at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts since 2012. He is currently enjoying an ongoing project lovingly exploring the sounds and problems of mid-20th century country music.



This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

PTC would like to thank Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.