Writer/Actor, Real Job
Arielle Rombough is an actor, burlesque performer, and now a writer based in Calgary, Alberta. Growing up behind the scenes at the Shaw Festival and the Citadel Theatre lead to a professional career in the arts. Arielle appeared in the first season of the hit CTV show JANN, Netflix’s Black Summer, FX’s Fargo, and the indie horror thriller Red Letter Day. Having played on stages at Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Orleans stage in Las Vegas, Arielle continues to pursue the arts on film, on stage, and most recently putting pen to paper.
Actor, Pretty Ugly
Austin is a Calgary based actor and creator, he graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. With select acting credits under his belt such as; ALICE in “Alice in Wonderland: A Devised Adaptation”, Antonio in “The Duchess of Malfi”, and Christopher Wren in “The Mousetrap”. Recently he has been involved with Jupiter Theatres production “Four” and The Calgary Operas production of “La Boheme” and “Norma”. When not on the stage Austin can be found at the piano composing and playing songs, music will and always has been one of his sole passions. Other passions include; digital/graphic design, his friends, reading, movies, and the love of learning new skills. Lastly he would like to thank all of his friends, family, fellow artists and creatives for their ongoing support during his career.
Actor, Ai Yah! Face the Facts
Ben’s (he/him) stage highlights include: the Canadian premier of YELLOWFACE (Fu-Gen Theatre) playing the role of David Henry Hwang in his autobiographical play…with Mr. Hwang in attendance! Most recently played Charlie Wong (no relation) in Dale Lee Kwongs’s AI-YAH! SWEET AND SOUR SECRETS (Lunchbox Theatre), Lenny in Eugene Stickland’s world premiere of FIRST AND LAST (Rogues Theatre). Selected theatre credits: PEACE (Downstage) and CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Iglesia Productions). TV credits include: Fargo – the TV series, Hell on Wheels, Heartland, Wynonna Earp. Ask Ben about his three kids and he will brag and brag and provide links! He’s not lying…
Coordinatrice de production/Production Coordinator, À vendre
Beth Grieve (she, her) is delighted to be working on this super project! She is a stage manager who has spent the last 20 years working for many companies in Western Canada: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Ghost River Theatre, Vancouver Opera and The Globe Theatre, just to name a few. During the school year, she can often be found driving a large van all over Alberta touring to JR and High Schools, entertaining teenagers while teaching them about their rights in the workplace with The Workplays Schools Program. Enjoy the year of plays!
Writer/Director, Pretty Ugly
Brett is a queer actor, writer, and director born and raised in Calgary. Brett’s play Like Orpheus premiered at Theatre Outré followed by remounts at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and OUTstages in Victoria. Selected Acting Credits: Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); The Sleeping Beauty (Alberta Ballet); Chariots of Fire (The Grand Theatre); King Lear and Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage); The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects); All’s Well That Ends Well and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Company); Tab & Landon, A Thought in Three Parts, The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt (Theatre Outré); A Worthy Opponent (Lunchbox Theatre); What The Thunder Said (One Yellow Rabbit); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Park); The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre). Assistant Directing Credits: Men Express Their Feelings (Downstage/Hit&Myth); Troilus and Cressida (Directors Workshop Presentation Stratford Festival); King Lear (Shakespeare Company); Hamlet (Western Canada High School). Brett is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program from the UofA and an Associate Artist with Theatre Outré. Brett is a recipient of Theatre Calgary’s Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award (2015), the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (2018) and the Calgary Cultural Leaders RBC Emerging Artist Award (2020). Thanks to the amazing Pretty Ugly team and all incredible artists involved in the AQCP!
Audio Engineer, What It Is Productions
Brian (he/him/that dude) is an actor, sound designer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio producer who has called Edmonton home for the last twenty-ish years. The numerous credits in all of those previously mentioned fields are really too much to go into here. Brian is absolutely thrilled to be working with the wonderful team at Cardiac Theatre and the amazing array of artists they have assembled for this ambitious project. During lock down, Brian has been binge-watching Community and Brooklyn 99, talking to himself slightly more than usual, listening to lots (and lots and lots) of music, and baking. Thank you for listening, and I look forward to seeing you when we can all go out again.
Writer/Director, Home Again
Currently located in Edmonton, Calla holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Concordia University in Montreal. Past writing credits include: Witts: Ballad of Queer Cowboys (2017 Ergo Pink Fest, Edmonton Fringe 2019) The Wright Sisters Present: The Wright Brothers (Edmonton Fringe 2019) Christmas Play (Dammitammy Productions) One Too Many (Montreal and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, 2017) The Blood Harmonic (We Are One) How I Show Love, (Mainline Student Gala) The Blood Countess (Revolution They Wrote) Pig By Roger (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 2014) ; the musical (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 2011). She won the 2015 Kit Brennan Playwriting Award for her play The Wind and the Rain, which went on tour to the 2018 Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. Her play for the AQCP, Home Again, is currently being made into a short film with Vicarious Playground Productions.
Actor, Home Again
Chiara (she/her), originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, now calls Edmonton her home. She is a 2018 graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program where she appeared in productions of Sister Act, Love & Information, and City of Angels. Her recent credits include Maggie DeWitt in Witts: Ballad of Queer Cowboys, King Lear’s Fool in The Wind and the Rain (Margin Release), and Christmas Present in A Christmas Story (Dammitammy). She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Saskatchewan. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and is currently working on her first novel. She’s very excited to be part of this project and to keep telling queer stories!
Director, Real Job
Clare (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked across Canada as well as in Germany, Lebanon, Switzerland, Uganda and the USA. She has collaborated with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Banff Centre, Bayimba International Festival, BeMe Theatre, Blyth Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Buffalo Infringement Festival, Cahoots Theatre, Canadian Stage, Driftwood Theatre, Factory Theatre, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, FRICTION GROUP, Gwaandak Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, New Harlem Productions, National Arts Centre, Nightwood Theatre, Paprika Festival, Ramshackle Theatre, Stratford Festival, SummerWorks, Sundown Theatre, Theatre Direct Canada, Theatre Monnot Beirut, Theatre Passe Muraille, Why Not Theatre and Young People’s Theatre, among others. Clare is a recipient of the Houselighters of the Citadel Theatre Award and has been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award, John Hirsch Director Prize, John Hirsch Director Award and twice for the Gina Wilkinson Award. Clare is the Artistic Director of Downstage in Calgary.
Writer, Actor, Ai Yah! Face the Facts
Dale Lee Kwong
Dale Lee Kwong is a Calgary based poet, playwright, and essayist. A native Calgarian, she is third-generation Chinese-Canadian. Her work explores Chinese-Canadian history, diversity & inclusion, adoption, and LGBTQ issues. She performs under the direction of a border collie heeler cross named Fonzarelli. She gives walking tours of YYC Chinatown for Jane’s Walk the first weekend in May.
Sound Designer/Composer/Musician, Multiple
Daniel (he/him) is a queer composer, music director, and musician based in Edmonton. Recent music directing credits include A Funny Thing On The Way To The Forum (Blue Bridge Repertory,) A Little Night Music (Foote In The Door Productions,) and Cult Cycle: A New Musical (Straight Edge Theatre.) He recently composed the score to Imaginary Friend: A New Musical that was premiered at the Edmonton Fringe. He is also an active accompanist and educator, and works regularly with numerous choirs and schools in the Edmonton area. Dan is also part of Homofonik, a queer pop duo with Josh Travnik.
Elena Eli Belyea
Elena Eli Belyea is an Edmonton-born (Amiskwaciwȃskahikan, Treaty 6 territory) queer performer, producer, arts educator, and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting program. Elena’s plays have received numerous awards, including First Place in the 2015 Wildside National Playwriting Competition with Cleave (also included as part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2018 Surefire List). Elena is also the 2018/2019 recipient of the Tarragon Theatre’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award. A graduate of the University of Alberta as well as the National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting), Elena has mentored emerging writers and theatre makers for almost a decade through numerous arts organizations such as the University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, The Citadel Theatre’s Foote Theatre School, the University of Alberta’s New Works Festival, to name a few.
Écrivain/Writer & Actor, Multiple
Émanuel est un artiste transgenre et FrancoQueer d’Edmonton. Il s’est cassé la tête toute son enfance à décider s’il préférerait être comédien ou écrivain. Évidemment, il a été ravi d’apprendre que c’est possible de faire plus d’une chose dans la vie. Au fil des ans, Émanuel a incarné une variété de personnages sur diverses scènes albertaines, en anglais autant qu’en français. Après quelques années sans écrire grand chose, Émanuel reprend la plume (ou plutôt le clavier) dans l’espoir d’y trouver un petit morceau d’humanité, peut importe la langue dans laquelle il se manifeste.
Émanuel is a FrancoQueer transgender theatre artist born and raised in Edmonton. He spent most of his childhood trying to decide if he wanted to be an actor or a writer. Naturally, the best day of his life was when he found out he could be both. Throughout the years, Émanuel has personified a variety of characters on a handful of Albertan stages, both in French and in English. After a brief hiatus from writing, Émanuel is once again hacking away at his keyboard in the hopes of finding a morsel of humanity, no matter which language it materializes itself in.
Actor, À vendre
Ève Marie Forcier
Ève Marie fait du théâtre, en français, à Edmonton depuis qu’elle a 11 ans. Au fil des ans elle a joué au Théâtre français d’Edmonton, dans la Ligue d’impro, à l’UniThéâtre, au Fringe en plus de participer à quelques productions vidéo privées. De plus, elle est la cocréatrice du RiRe, une revue humoristique de fin d’année (un Bye Bye albertain) pour lequel elle a joué, écrit et fait la mise en scène de 1994 à 2015. Quand elle ne fait pas de théâtre elle travaille à Radio-Canada où, entre autres, elle a été animatrice radio pendant une quinzaine d’années. C’est donc un immense plaisir pour elle de renouer avec le micro pour la pièce À vendre et l’exellente initiative du Alberta Queer Calendar Project. Bonne écoute!
Harley (he/him) is an Edmonton based director, playwright, and producer. He co-founded Cardiac Theatre with Jessica Glover in 2016. Raised near Calgary and now based in Edmonton, Harley is interested in moving Albertan stories throughout the province. His work is often queer-focused and he’s very proud to have created the Alberta Queer Calendar Project alongside his co-conspirators, Jessica Glover and Liam Salmon. Recent directing credits include KaldrSaga: A Queer Tavern Drama for a Midwinters’ Night, Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree, The Listening Room, Pompeii, L.A., Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, Pacamambo and Hot Mess for Cardiac Theatre; Orestes 2.0 for ABBEDAM Productions; and assistant director on Adult Entertainment and The End of Civilization with Punctuate! Theatre. His plays include KaldrSaga and Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree. Harley holds a BA (Honors) in Drama from the University of Alberta and also works as the Operations Manager for Theatre Network.
Hayley is an Edmonton-based actor and playwright. Recent performance credits include Once We Were Queens (Neon Pomegranate), Slight of Mind (Theatre Yes), Bug (University of Alberta), The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre), Off’d on Whyte (Fox Den Collective), A Bright Room Called Day, The Lower Depths, The School for Scandal and Richard III (Studio Theatre). She debuted her solo show Bird Signs in a workshop production at Nextfest 2019. Her play Suspension had its premiere production at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe Festival, and Hayley is thrilled to be reviving it with the Alberta Queer Calendar Project! Thanks to Cardiac Theatre, What It Is Productions and SkirtsAFire Festival for the support!
Actor, Local Diva
Jacob (he/him/they/them) is an Edmonton based actor and drag performance artist under the pseudonym Puddin’. Past theatre credits include Tragi-Dean in Local Diva (Low Hanging Fruits Productions), Loud Stone in Eurydice (University of Alberta), David in Harun (In Arms Theatre Collective), William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Uniform Theatre), Jarvis in the world premiere of Colleen Murphy’s new play Bright Burning (Studio Theatre), Maria in The Government Inspector (Studio Theatre), Guy in God’s Ear (Studio Theatre), John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (Loose Ends Theatre), and Ken in Red (Fred Skeleton Theatre Company). Jacob received the award for Best Supporting Actor for their work in Red at both the Ozone Theatre Festival and the BC Mainstage Theatre Festival. Jacob has a BFA in acting from the University of Alberta.
I’m Jamie Price (they/them) and I’m a voice actor and musician from Edmonton, Alberta. As a voice actor I’ve appeared in the podcasts The Strange Case of Starship Iris, What’s the Frequency, Greater Boston, Misadventure By Death, and I’m Not Noah. I also perform music under the name Must Be Tuesday, including alternative folk, comedy, synth orchestral, and chiptunes, and I’ve performed at the Loud and Queer Cabaret, the Edmonton Pride Festival, and the Heart of the City Festival. My album, Cover Me I’m Going In, is available on iTunes. I wrote and produced the stage musical My Boyfriend’s Girlfriend for the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2016. I’m super excited to be involved in positive queer/trans representation in audio drama, and I’m wishing everyone a great day!
Jay is a multidisciplinary director, playwright, puppet maker, solo performer and advocate for racialized and marginalized artists. They are a graduate of the University of Lethbridge, from there they went to Calgary and called it home for the time being. Jay’s has been mostly directing these past few years, Favourite credits include: Girls!Girls!Girls!, City of the Broken (Theatrextra), All that’s Left, The Cows (Ignite! Festival). Acting credits: Saddest Dance Party Ever, Light Skin Dark Skin (Swallow a Bicycle) Carrie the Musical, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lion in the Streets (University of Lethbridge). They are incredibly grateful to be working on this show with the rad humans of Cardiac Theatre. Find me on social media @nervousshipwreck
Actor, Pretty Ugly
Whitehead is the creator or co-creator of shows including UNSEX’d, Tab & Landon and Castrati – An Electro Drag Opera. For Theatre Outré Jay has appeared in and/or directed productions of Montparnasse, A Thought in Three Parts, How to Leave, The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt, Late Company and My Funny Valentine. He has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and teacher in cities across Canada and abroad. He is the recipient of the Michael Mac Liammoir Award for Acting and the Hilton Edwards Award for Directing at the. Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin Ireland.
Production Coordinator, These Four Walls
Jennifer is ecstatic about being a part of this show with a talented team! Selected stage management credits include: Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (Vertigo Theatre), The Tempest, Hamlet Frequency (The Shakespeare Company),The Boys Own Jedi Handbook (Storybook Theatre), Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Stage West) In and Out of Love (One Yellow Rabbit), The Mousetrap (Torchlight Theatre). She would like to thank her parents, Catherine and Paul, and friends for their immense love and continued support.
Actor, These Four Walls
Jesselle is a queer artist and performer born and raised in Calgary, AB. Before the shut down they could be found playing with Dirty Laundry YYC, Calgary’s completely improvised soap opera, and training as an Actor Combatant with Fight Directors Canada. They are absolutely delighted to be a part of the Queer Calendar project and would like to thank the whole These Four Walls creative team for bringing them along on the project. Follow them on instagram @jesselle.lauren to keep up to date on their artistic adventures.
Actor, Home Again
Josh (he/him) is a graduate of the MacEwan University Theatre Arts program, having appeared in their productions of Sister Act, Love and Information, and City of Angels. Some favourite credits include the Edmonton Fringe productions of River City, the Musical with Dammitammy Productions, Evil Dead: The Musical, Bat Boy, and Ordinary Days with Straight Edge Theatre, and Pig By Roger and ; (semicolon) The Musical, The Wind and the Rain, and Witts: Ballad of Queer Cowboys for Margin Release productions. Josh also completed a 312 performance tour of Pinocchio for the Alberta Musical Theatre Company in 2019 and has also been seen in Cinderella at Fort Edmonton Park. Josh has appeared in Merk Du Soleil, Merk DEUX Soleil, and Merk the Halls, a Holiday Soleil with Dammitammy productions, and cannot wait for Scooby Don’t! At the 2021 Edmonton Fringe Festival. You can also find Josh collaborating with Daniel Belland in their queer pop-duo Homofonik
Director & Sound Designer, Multiple
Kathryn (they/them) is a designer, director, and creator who has worked across western Canada, and is currently the Artistic Associate at Vertigo Theatre. Kathryn has worked on and created a multitude of projects including award winning productions with Calgary based clown duo The Tighty Whities, the puppet musical Timmy, Tommy, & the Haunted Hotel with Pape & Taper, and their RBC Director showcase Care Takers with Lunchbox Theatre. Select design/directing credits: inVISIBLE, A Chitenge Story, Between Us (Handsome Alice Theatre);Benefit, Safe Site Sessions, Bottle Picker Monologues (Downstage Theatre); Brave Girl, Care Takers, Pink Unicorn (Lunchbox Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (New West Theatre); Amahl & the Night Visitors (Calgary Opera); Secret Garden(Theatre Calgary: Design Mentee); The Democratic Set (Inside Out Theatre); GIANT (Ghost River Theatre). Apart from theatre, Kathryn is also an award winning singer songwriter/sound designer under the name KP Smith.
Actor, À vendre
Katrine Deniset est une écrivaine et comédienne de Saint-Boniface, au Manitoba. Elle est l’auteure du recueil de nouvelles Faites comme chez nous et dans les dernières années, elle a fréquenté les planches du Théâtre Cercle Molière dans le cadre des pièces Nanabozho et Au coeur de l’histoire, notamment. Katrine a également figuré dans le long-métrage FM Youth de Stéphane Oystryk (2015). Elle a aussi joué dans le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont (2017-2018), une pièce qui a fait de nombreux arrêts à travers le pays, dont au Centre national des Arts à Ottawa. Plus récemment, elle s’est plongée dans l’univers de la dramaturgie avec l’écriture de la pièce Je m’en vais, entre autres.
Actor, These Four Walls
Keshia Cheesman is a Black Canadian creator, performer, and educator based in Calgary who is passionate about experiencing and creating performances rooted in the truth of humanity, and stories told by diverse and marginalized communities. She is currently working on her show in development, “The F word” with co-creator Bianca Miranda. Recent Credits include: Hamlet Frequency (The Shakespeare Company) Unganisha (Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre) Trophy(High Performance Rodeo), inVisible( Handsome Alice Theatre), In and Out of Love(One Yellow Rabbit), and Hamlet (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow)
Sound Designer & Production Coordinator, Multiple
Edmonton and Alberta based sound designer/creator, prominent works include; “Boy Trouble” (Vena Amoris), “Kaldersaga” (Cardiac Theatre), “Origin of the Species” (Northern Light Theatre), “Les Neiges” (L’Unitheatre), “A Doll’s House” (Walterdale Theatre), and as the technical wizard for Marv n’ Berry, A local Sketch Comedy group. This is their first foray into the world of podcasts and radio media, Enjoy!
Liam Salmon is a queer identified playwright based out of Edmonton, Alberta and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. He was a member of the Edmonton Citadel Young Playwriting Company and the Citadel Playwright’s Forum where he wrote/workshopped many of his plays. From horror play festivals (Theatre BSMT) to 10 Minute Play festivals (Newmarket Play Fest), his work has been performed across the country, from Calgary to Montreal to Toronto.
Makram Ayache is a Toronto based community-engaged artistic creator, educator, and academic. His theatre work is currently concerned with representing queer Arab voices. As a playwright, he creates culturally specific work that speaks into a Canadian context. He is the founder and co-artistic director of the Edmonton-based LGBTQ2S+ theatre company, “In Arms Theatre Collective.” His play, Harun, was developed at the Banff Center’s Playwrights’ Lab in 2018 and was nominated for Best New Play (non-professional) by Broadway World Regional Awards. He holds an MFA in Theatre Performance Creation from York University. And most recently, his poem, These Old Jackets and Crowns, was published Nimrod International Journal for Prose and Poetry’s “Voices from the Middle East and North Africa” edition.
Actor, These Four Walls
Marshall (he/him/they/them) is a Two-Spirit Actor, Director, Podcaster, and Drag Performer from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He is a recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specializing in Theatre Performance.
He is especially interested in using theatre for community development, having been involved in various projects both locally and internationally aimed at using artistic practices to encourage social change. He works as an advocate for diversity in the performance sector, while also lending his creativity to several Queer and Youth initiatives. His play Where the Two-Spirit Lives is a one person show encompassing storytelling, movement, and lots of lip-syncing as a way of celebrating the resurgence of Indigiqueer knowledge sharing paradigms from traditional ways of knowing.
Marshall is the recipient of the 2018 Theatre Calgary Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award. When he is not acting, Marshall can be seen teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at Trickster Theatre or Improvising with Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s longest running completely improvised soap opera. He is very excited to be working with the Alberta Queer Calendar Project and would like to thank his family, friends, and artistic mentors for their endless love and support!
Meegan is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Alberta, class of 2020. She is also a 2016 graduate of the Theatre Performance and Creation program at Red Deer College. Recent theatre credits include, Suspension (Witness, Hayley Moorhouse – Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2019, Skirtsafire Festival 2020 & Alberta Queer Calendar Project), Shakespeare’s Dog (Terry – Studio Theatre), Revolt. She said. Revolt again. (Actor C – Studio Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Henry V (Juliet, Chorus/ ensemble, Primestock Theatre – Bard on Bower), Exit the King (Juliette, Studio Theatre), Legally Blonde the Musical (Serena/Assistant Director, Red Deer College). In her free time Meegan is a florist to make money so her cats can live a good life. She would also like to share her immense gratitude to everyone who has helped her on her journey so far.
Actor, Pretty Ugly
Mia van Leeuwen
Mia (she/her) practices the body of performance to explore wide-ranging themes, playfully blurring the lines between theatre and visual art, and delves into subject material with vigour and imagination. Her recent ventures include Sapientia (Montreal 2019, Lethbridge 2018, Winnipeg 2015), Destroy She Said (Winnipeg 2018), Postcolonial Postcards (Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg 2017), and White Bread (Edmonton 2016 and Antwerp, Munich, Innsbruck, Belgrade, 2014). Mia’s object theatre adaptation of Sapientia – a martyr play written in the 10th century by history’s first known female playwright Hrotsvitha of Gandershiem, won two 2018 METAs (Montreal English Theatre Awards) for Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding Contribution to Theatre (produced by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre, Montreal). Mia is currently an Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Faculty (Drama) at the University of Lethbridge.
Production Coordinator, Ai Yah! Face the Facts
Michael (he/him) is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary’s theatre program. He is a Calgary base stage manager. Selected Credits: The Fairy Queen (University of Calgary 2020), Junior Claus (Storybook Theatre), Who Killed Don Gio Vanni? (Cowtown Opera), The Stand Up (Prairie Kitten Productions), Tickets to Love (Cowtown Opera), The Intuition Project (Ghost River Theatre).
Actor, Ai Yah! Face the Facts
Mike is a Calgary-based theatre artist and photographer. He has worked as a co-creator in devised theatre creation ensembles with Downstage, Theatre Junction, and Ghost River Theatre; an acting ensemble member at the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab workshopping new plays from around the world; and as a actor at Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, and Theatre Calgary. Mike also works as a documentary photographer for arts and culture organizations, events, and independent artists. He lives with his loves, Di, his son Aiden, and their cat babies, Frankie and Prismo.
Director, Local Diva
Owen Douglas Emblau
Owen (he/him/his) is an Edmonton based Performer, Director & Educator. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to direct Local Diva once again. Transforming the show from stage to sound was a meaningful endeavour for him.He would like to thank Cardiac Theatre for their generous support facilitating the Alberta Queer Calendar Project.
Actor, Ai Yah! Face the Facts
Pat (she/her) is a Malaysian Actor, Acting Coach, Choreographer, Director and Educator. Pat holds an MA in Actor Coaching & Training from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), University of London, UK and is currently pursuing an MFA in Directing with The University of Calgary. Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer with the American Degree Transfer Program, Taylor’s University, Malaysia. She is also a certified (BADC) stage combat actor. She is delighted to make her Canadian debut as an Actor in Dale Lee Kwong’s Ai Yah! Face the Facts! (the podcast). Her career in the performing arts has spanned over 30 years, beginning as a professional Dancer to a Theatre Director and is the Artistic and Managing Director of her own dance company – Dance Force Production. Her selected directing credits include Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave, Electra, The Green Bay Tree, Red Gloves, Enemies, Saya Anak Malaysia (Baru), A Flower’s Promise, MacBeth. Selected acting credits includes Palpitation, F for Female, Tunku, Broken Bridges, Six Characters in search of an Author, Nagraland, Sell Out, Gol & Gincu.
Actor, À vendre
Patrick Dunn is a queer, bilingual, multidisciplinary artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. His penchant for creative exploration has led him to dabble in a wide variety of artistic pursuits: he has worked as a stilt-walker, juggler, actor, musician, graphic designer, cinematographer, mask-maker, and the list goes on. In 2018, under the stage name James Gaston, he was honoured to be selected for the television series Balade on UNIS TV, in which each new episode spotlights a different francophone musician from across Canada. He is thrilled to participate in the recording of Émanuel Dubbeldam’s À Vendre for the Alberta Queer Calendar Project, and deeply believes in the power of theatre to move hearts and change minds.
Mise en lecture/Director, À vendre
Paula Laroche Humby
Paula is a bilingual actor and theatre creator based out of Edmonton. Recent credits include: Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play (You Are Here Theatre), Almost, Maine (The Vanguard), Skirts on Fire (Teatro la Quindicina), Hamlet and Comedy of Errors (FreeWill Shakespeare Festival). She has just begun directing plays and was honoured to have the opportunity to work on this piece and be a part of the Alberta Queer Calendar project! Up next she will be directing Martine à la Plage at L’Unithéâtre.
Actor, Home Again
Philip -pH(Lin)- Hackborn
Philip -pH(Lin)- Hackborn (they/them) is an Albertan performer and poet who lives at the intersections of race, gender, and madness. They feel it is quite an honour to take part in such an vibrant and vital project as the AQCP. Previous onstage credits include: Back-up Dancing for NIUBOI in Niuboi x Earth (and providing vocals in the hit “They/Them”), playing as the Games-master/Hellf-on-the-shelf In Krampus: A Christmas Escape Adventure (Canscare), appearing in Twelfth Night and Henry V (Malachite Theatre), and working as a production assistant on Devour Content Here: a show (Cowgirl Opera). You can find bits and pieces of their poetry scattered throughout Edmonton as part of their project, Frag/ments.
Production Coordinator, Home Again
Robin Wolff von Selzam
Robin (she/her) is a graduate of the Theatre Production program at MacEwan University where she worked on various musicals in a large variety of roles. Recent Stage Managing, SFX, and Lighting credits include The Wind and the Rain (Margin Release Theatre Company) on their 2018 tour to the Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton Fringe Festivals as well as Witts: A Ballad of Queer Cowboys and The Wright Sisters present The Wright Brothers (both with Margin Release Theatre Company) at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe Festival.
Actor, Ai Yah! Face the Facts
Selina is a singer, actor and vocal teacher in Calgary. Select credits include: Touch Me (Theatre Calgary and Forte Musical Guild), Crime Does Not Pay (Downstage and Forte Musical Theatre Guild with the generous support of Hit & Myth Productions), Lest We Forget (Lunchbox / Forte Musical Theatre Guild), Waiting for the Parade (ATP), Avenue Q (The Arts Club, Stage West Theatre – Betty Mitchell and Calgary Critic Nominee), Naughty But Nice, Touch Me and Jeremy de Bergerac (Forte Musical Theatre Guild), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Globe Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Honk! (Storybook Theatre), The Mikado (Morpheus Theatre) and Miss Saigon (UCalgary Operetta Company). Accolades: Calgary Critic’s Award for her performance in Touch Me, The Calgary Stampede Talent Search (Winner), The National Youth Talent Competition (First Runner-up) and the Young Albertan Award.
Actor, Pretty Ugly
Silverius is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta. Since moving to Edmonton from Red Deer, Silverius has helped develop several new works, including Freeing Heaven’s Secrets (Luay Eljamal), F***, Marry, Kill (New Works Festival), and (Un)Known Stories (In Arms Theatre Collective). Recent theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Other Side of the Pole (Prime Stock Theatre), Lion in the Streets, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, As You Like It (UofA), A Bright Room Called Day, The Lower Depths, The School for Scandal (Studio Theatre), Slight of Mind (Theatre YES), and Constellations (Flaming Peanuts Productions). When he is not acting, Silverius is sharing Alberta’s democratic history at the Alberta Legislature and peeking into the future by slinging tarot cards. Silverius couldn’t feel more honoured to be part of The Alberta Queer Calendar Project, working on Brett Dahl’s sumptuously dark play with such a stellar team.
Actor, À vendre
Sophie Gareau-Brennan is a Francophone artist and educator with a passion for theatre and visual arts. After having completed a BA Honours in Drama at the University of Alberta, Sophie taught at the Foote Theatre School (Citadel Theatre), the Art Gallery of Alberta, L’UniThéâtre, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. Sophie has also participated in many productions, including Élise contre l’extinction totale, Maurice l’orignal et son aventure hivernale, Les VRAIS pouvoirs magiques de Michelle (L’UniThéâtre), Trash Gala, Sugar Bath, Where did you go, Husk (Orange Girls), Tin (Mischief Managed). When Sophie isn’t making art, she likes to bake!
SkirtsAfire Gallery Curator, Suspension
Stephanie Florence is a Canadian non-binary artist and curator working from the Treaty Six Territory colonially known as Edmonton. Primarily their artwork instills collage and collaboration, to bring sculptural objects, installations, performative gestures, and photographic means together. Stephanie completed a BFA and a Diploma in Fine Art from the University of Lethbridge and MacEwan University. Recently, Florence completed a residency in Wells, British Columbia, and is showcasing a collaborative sculpture in the Silverskate festival. Simultaneously, they are continually working on a documentary focusing on relationships between humans and non-humans. As a non-binary artist, Florence acknowledges the use of pronouns for themselves such as they, their, them, she, her, he, and his.
Suzie has been directing and teaching for over 10 years and holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta. In addition to freelancing across the prairies Suzie is currently the Associate Season Director at Fringe Theatre. She directs and develops new work in a variety of styles including physical comedy without words, site-specific interactive installation, workshops and premieres of new scripted plays, and collaborative devising processes. She also has a passion for interpreting pre-existing texts through production by adapting non-theatrical source material for the stage or an iconoclastic interpretation of a classic. She was nominated for a Sterling for Outstanding Direction for Fetch.
Directing work includes: People Places and Things (University of Winnipeg –guest director); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Studio Theatre); Baba Yaga (AMTC); Fetch (Interloper Theatre); Tragedy: A Tragedy (Blarney Productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company); Over Her Dead Body (Small Matters/FTA); Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Manitoba Underground Opera); God’s Ear (Studio Theatre); The Object of Constellations (Small Matters); The Importance of Being Earnest, Betrayal (U of A); The Cherry Orchard (Theatre by the River & little ECHO theatre); Artichoke Heart, The Gas Heart (Theatre Outgrabe). In Edmonton, she also assistant directed Shakespeare in Love (Citadel/RMTC), and Paper Song and Consent (Concrete Theatre).
Suzie is a freelance director and sometimes educator. Before moving to Edmonton, she worked as an actor, stage manager, producer, theatre administrator, and instructor in Winnipeg. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta (2016) and a BA with Honours in Acting from the University of Winnipeg (2008). She was nominated for a Sterling for Outstanding Direction for Fetch. In February Suzie returns to Winnipeg and her alma mater to guest direct the graduating Acting class at the U of Winnipeg.
Directing credits include: Baba Yaga (AMTC); Fetch (Interloper Theatre); Tragedy: A Tragedy (Blarney Productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company); Over Her Dead Body (Small Matters Productions); Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Manitoba Underground Opera); God’s Ear (Studio Theatre); The Object of Constellations (Small Matters Productions), The Importance of Being Earnest, Betrayal, Eurydice, The Lover (U of A); The Cherry Orchard (Theatre by the River & little ECHO theatre/ RMTC’s Chekhovfest); Feet of the Angels, Four Lives of Marie (TPM Salon Series); Artichoke Heart, The Gas Heart (Theatre Outgrabe/Winnipeg Fringe); Shabbat (WJT); Pariah (co-director, Fancy Bred Theatre/ RMTC’s Strindbergfest).
In Edmonton, she has also assistant directed on Shakespeare in Love (Citadel/RMTC) and Paper Song and Consent (Concrete Theatre).
What It Is Productions
Taylor (he/him) is a co-producer with What It Is Productions and is honoured to be part of The Queer Calendar Project. What It Is Productions ran the award-winning Edmonton arts & culture podcast, What It Is for five years and is excited to be working on new-play recordings with Cardiac Theatre. Taylor is also a theatre artist with directing credits including: The Flying Detective (Accidental Humour Co), The Aliens, Nighthawk Rules, and Ligature Marks (What It Is Productions). Taylor has worked as a dramaturge with Cardiac Theatre on their productions of KaldrSaga and Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree. Taylor is also a dramaturge for The Nextfest Arts Company and is the Marketing and Publicity Director for Theatre Network.
Actor, These Four Walls
Selected Theatre Credits: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel); Sweat (Theatre Aquarius); The Color Purple (Citadel/MTC, Neptune Theatre); Charlotte’s Web (ATP); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Naughty But Nice, Touch Me: Songs for a (dis) Connected Age (Forte Musical Theatre); King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare Company).
Sound Designer, Local Diva
Director, Ai Yah! Face The Facts
Tyler J. Sloane
Tyler (Ty) J Sloane (THEY/THEM) is a Two-Spirit Non-Binary Mixed Race (Anishinaabe/Chinese/Greek/Irish) multidisciplinary theatre/performance artist. They aim to emphasize marginalized voices that intersect: race; fluid sexualities; trans experiences; non-monogamous relationships; and class. They’ve explored the aforementioned themes in various disciplines; Photography (Light Our Bodies), Visual Art (Breath On One Land). Selected theatre credits; workshop actor in Scanner by Yolanda Bonnell (Factory Theatre); & Assistant Directing in the upcoming production of Lilies; Or, the Revival of a Romantic Drama (Buddies In Bad Times, Lemontree creations, & Why Not Theatre).
Actor, À vendre
Vincent is an Edmonton based Director/Actor/Improvisor and has touched on just about every other aspect of theatre. He has been a moving force in the creation of new work and ensemble pieces focusing often in movement and the surreal. He is co-founder of the award winning company Surreal SoReal Theatre for which he was co-artistic director until 2014. He is the recipient of a Jessie award (Vancouver Theatre Award) for best actor in a TYA and holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta.