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.
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!
Brett is a queer actor, dancer, writer, director, and educator born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. This spring Brett premiered his play Like Orpheus with Theatre Outré followed by a remount at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, in which the show won the Hilton Edward Award for Best Technical Production and Direction. Selected acting credits include: The Sleeping Beauty (Alberta Ballet); Chariots of Fire (The Grand Theatre); King Lear, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage); The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects); All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado (The Shakespeare Company); Tab & Landon, A Thought in Three Parts, The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt and Like Orpheus (Theatre Outré); A Worthy Opponent (Lunchbox Theatre); What The Thunder Said (One Yellow Rabbit); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Park – Theatre Calgary/MRU); The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre); pool (no water), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Missionary Position, Saint Joan (Studio Theatre). Film: Helen Lawrence (Vancouver, Toronto, New York, LA, Munich, Edinburgh, and Antwerp). Brett is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program from the University of Alberta and is an Associate Artist with Theatre Outré. He was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor at the Dublin Gay Theatre Fest in 2019 and was the recipient of Theatre Calgary’s Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award in 2015 and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2018.
Currently located in Edmonton, Calla holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Concordia University in Montreal. Recent writing credits include: Home Again (short film, Vicarious Playground Productions) 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, 2018, 2019) 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.
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.
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, À vendre
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!
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, 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.
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, 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, 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).
Sound Designer, Local Diva
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.