March 27, 2020

March 27th is World Theatre Day and usually this is a day that's filled with celebration but this year feels very, very different. 

The times we're living in are unprecedented in my lifetime. News is coming out every day regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic and it's leaving me with whiplash. Though somehow I feel like I'm both overreacting and under-reacting to what's happening. I feel a overwhelmed but also somehow underwhelmed. Things seem so normal and yet so foreign. What does the world look like for me since the coronavirus came to Canada?

I've been working as the producer of Ghost River Theatre since January and it has been a dream job. I feel like I'm doing what I do best with a company whose aesthetic and values match my o...

January 25, 2020

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be directing the mainstage production for Jupiter Theatre's 2019/2020 season: Mockus by George M. Johnson! It's a terrific play and one that I'm so excited to be tackling again. 

I directed the world premiere of the show in 2016 with Chimera Theatre and since then the script has undergone serious changes (there's a whole new scene!) and it keeps getting better and better. I love directing and producing new works because seeing them evolve from workshops into productions is so rewarding. For this show, I'm also going to be doing the choreography and fight direction and I'm excitedto flex those muscles again. We start rehearsals at the beginning of February and the team I have right now I'm really looking f...

November 10, 2019

Theatre is, by its nature, collaborative. That's what I really love about it. It's what makes the art form so alive. When an author writes a book, there's usually only one interpretation of the text: the reader. Of course, there's input from the editors, the publishers, etc., but in the actual ingestion of the art it goes from the words that were written by the creator straight into the mind of the reader and that reader interprets the story.

With theatre it's different. A playwright writes words and then those words are interpreted by artists. A director creates the vision of the show. The designers create the world and space and texture of the play to come to life in. Actors bring the characters to life. Each of these add an interpret...

November 4, 2019

In 2018, The Grind became my first play to be produced internationally when it was performed at the 2018 Sydney Short + Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. That play went on to win first place in Judge's Choice and second place in People's Choice in its series in the festival and Third Place for Judge's Choice in the Wildcard Finals for the entire festival. This week, I got more excited news about these great festivals!

The Grind. Performed at Theatre New Vintage's Black Cat Cabaret in 2017. Directed by Ashley Plomp.

Today I was notified that my latest 10-minute play Dispatch (which was produced for the first time this summer at the New Market National Play Festival, in New Market, Ontario) has been shortlisted for not one but two Short + Sw...

October 3, 2019

Auditions can be a dreadful thing as a performer. It seems like nobody really likes them. Most people I talk to, whether they be actors, dancers, stage managers, or casting directors, don't like the audition process. But it doesn't seem like anyone has a better way of hiring artists for contracted theatre work (I certainly haven't thought of a better way) so here we are, season after season doing auditions the same old way. 

As a director, I actually really enjoy hosting auditions. So little of my job as an Artistic Producer is actually directing, so whenever I can flex my skills and practice my craft, even for 15 minutes at a time in an audition or callback, I'm happy.

Over the last two weeks, I held auditions for three productions I'm...

April 28, 2019

Spring is a busy time of year. It's summed up by three words that most Arts Administrators I know dread: grant writing season. I've finished five grants already in the last month and I'm working on finishing two more before the week is done. Most years, I'm scrambling just to get enough words, budgets, support materials, and reference letters just to get submissions in on time, but this year I've been taking a little more time to think about whyI'm doing theatre in Canada and why it's important to me and my community.  Somewhere between being in the middle of tech week, writing all these grants, and still trying to find time to sleep, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my thoughts. It is, of course, also great way to procr...

March 20, 2019

Spring is finally here and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's breathing heavy sighs of relief in this warm fresh air. I was initially afraid that Edmonton wouldn't be as balmy as Calgary, but so far northern Alberta is treating me great with every day being above 10ºC!

March has been a whirlwind of a month so far and I'm so excited to be jumping into my next project in Edmonton (The Invisible at Catalyst Theatre). Before talking about what's coming up next in my theatre world, I just wanted to reflect on my first time with the Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary last week!

Here's what the festival is all about according to their website:

"Here at the Festival of Animated Objects we strive to engage our audience and animate our city by bre...

February 14, 2019

Well, the world premiere run of The Robber Bridegroom by the Brothers Grimm (adapted by the Chimera Theatre Ensemble) is finished. The show ran for eleven performances in Kamloops and Calgary and was met with enthusiasm in both cities! This show has meant a great deal to me and I'm so thankful to have gotten the chance to work and play with so many wonderful collaborators, designers, performers, and puppeteers!

If you're interested in reading a bit about the show in the press, we've got some previews about the piece here: Calgary Herald, Kamloops This Week, InfoNews Kamloops, The Omega, and CFJC TV. I also spoke on the CFJC Midday show about the production!

Now, why might you be interested in reading about this show if we've already closed? B...

January 21, 2019

 The Robber Bridegroom opens at Chimera Theatre in Kamloops this week! We're so excited to load this amazing puppet show into the Pavilion Theatre next week and then travel to Calgary the following week.

Having the opportunity to devise and create a new show is such a blessing and I've thoroughly enjoyed the process. It's been a lot of hard work, but the show has really come together and I'm excited to see how audiences react to it over the coarse of our run. We've combined rod puppetry, shadow puppetry, and physical theatre to make a play that's part puppet show, part immersive theatre, and even part improvised. I truly think it's going to be a play/experience that audiences in Kamloops haven't seen before and I'm excited to bring a product...

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