By Sebastien Archibald
Conceived by Chelsea Haberlin, Sebastien Archibald and Colby Wilson
October 22-November 13, 2016
Co-Directed by Sebastien Archibald and Chelsea Haberlin
Starring: Georgia Beaty, Leslie DosRemedios, Shauna Griffin, Brett Harris, Mike Klemak, Tamara McCarthy, Zac Scott
Chris Adams – Composer/Sound Designer
Lois Dawson – Stage Manager
Olivier Lunardi – Fight Director
Amy McDougall – Costume Designer
Cheyenne Mabberley – Makeup/SFX Designer
Angelica Schwartz – Production Assistant
Jenn Stewart – Props Designer
Murray Paterson Marketing Group – Public Relations
Playwright and Co-Director
Sebastien is an actor, playwright and Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions. Recent theatre includes: How To Survive An Apocalypse, Touchstone; 52 Pick Up, Theatre One; Hamlin: A New Fable, Axis; Killer Joe, ITSAZOO – Jessie Nomination Supporting Actor; as well as shows for Blackbird, the Gateway, Blue Bridge Rep, and the Arts Club. Recent Film/TV: A Country Wedding, Hallmark; Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Crazy8s – Leo Nomination Best Actor. Also an award winning playwright, Sebastien has created: The Competition is Fierce – Jessie Nomination Original Script; Robin Hood, The Road To Canterbury, Death of a Clown, Grimm Tales, Chairs: A Parable – Bottle Tree International Winner. Sebastien holds a BFA from the Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria. Upcoming: The Pipeline Project, ITSAZOO/Savage Society/Gateway Theatre.
Producer and Co-Director
Chelsea is Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions and Associate Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre. Favourite ITSAZOO directing credits include The Competition is Fierce, Killer Joe (Jessie Richardson Award winner for Outstanding Production), The Flick, Mojo, Chairs: A Parable, Robin Hood, Grimm Tales and Death of a Clown. Other directing projects include: Shop Talk (Theatre SKAM), Dead Metaphor (Firehall), Doost (Neworld Theatre), The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), The North Plan (Upintheair Theatre), Stationary (Delinquent Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Coop), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Rhinoceros (UBC Masters Thesis project) and Faust is Dead (UBC). Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC, a BFA with a specialization in Applied Theatre from UVic. She is the recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing, the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director and a one-time winner and three-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. Upcoming: The Day Before Christmas (Arts Club Theatre) and The Pipeline Project (ITSAZOO)
For ITSAZOO, Lois stage managed the 2010 run of Death of a Clown in Victoria and she is delighted to be back in the zoo crew. Lois’s recent stage management credits include 14 Scattered Islands (SummerWorks), Leftovers (Neworld), You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Tender Napalm (20-Something Theatre), Espresso (Pacific Theatre), and Ride the Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville). She is the president of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and a graduate of Trinity Western University. She can be found online at www.LoisBackstage.com or @SMLois. Up next, she can be found in the booth at Pacific Theatre for Holy Mo Christmas.
Using his background as an accomplished Martial Artist, Olivier transitioned into stunts and fight choreography after obtaining his certifications in Seattle and Atlanta. Early in his career he worked for Ex Machina and Robert Lepage on projects such as Eonnagata and Die Walküre as fight director and performer, he later left La belle Province to establish himself in Vancouver where he now works for stage, film and television. This project marks his ”hat trick” working with ITSAZOO, having preivously brought to life the fights of ”Killer Joe” and ”The Competition is Fierce”.
Amy McDougall is a Jessie award-nominated costume designer, working in theatre and film in Vancouver, BC, where she is currently the Head of Wardrobe at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. This is Amy’s first ITSAZOO production and she is delighted to be a part of this amazing team. Recent credits include costume designs for Angels in America (Studio 58), Dead Metaphor (Firehall Arts Centre) and Late Company (Touchstone Theatre). Past credits also include productions with Pacific Theatre, Working Spark Theatre, Theatre la Siezieme, Gateway Theatre and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, among others. Amy is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.
SFX & Makeup Designer
Cheyenne Mabberley is an actress, writer, makeup artist, costume designer, comedian and producer from Burnaby BC. Makeup FX credits include “The Competition is Fierce” (ITSAZOO), “The Whipping Man” (Pacific), “Blasted” (Pi), and “Annapurna” (Christy Webb). Cheyenne is so excited to be working with ITSAZOO again! Next, catch “The After After Party”, which she co-wrote and stars in, at the Cultch in their 2017/2018 season. Cheyenne is a graduate of Studio 58.
Angelica is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with ITSAZOO! Angelica is an emerging interdisciplinary artist who is graduating from Studio 58’s production program this fall. She began her studies at University of Winnipeg’s theatre department and co-founded the Winnipeg theatre company Creative Minds Productions before moving to Vancouver, BC. Since then, she has worked on a number of shows at Studio 58, including Love, The Sea, Train Carr,and Numbers (FLEE (Head of Sound), Romeo + Juliet (ASM), Elbow Room Café: The Musical Phase 1 (Props), and OKLAHOMA (Publicity). Other highlights include: The Drowning Girls (Director), Infidelity (Director), A Little Night Music (Apprentice SM), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (ASM), Godspell (ASM), and Evil Dead: The Musical (Stage Manager).
Jenn Stewart trained at Studio 58 and has had the pleasure of working on a range of projects, including: Wardrobe Coordinator for Studies in Motion (Electric Company), Set Designer for Hamlet (Honest Fishmongers), Of Mice and Men (Hardline, Jessie Nomination), Selfie (Seizieme, Jessie Nomination) and The Competition is Fierce (Itsazoo, Jessie Nomination) and as a Props Designer for Little Brother, Little Sister(Caravan) and The Whipping Man (Pacific). She spent three seasons as an apprentice at Bard on the Beach, a season as the Production Manager at Caravan Farm Theatre and Stage Managed the Canadian tour of Statu Quo (Seizieme). She completed her BA in History in 2013, having studied at UBC and the University of Edinburgh. She was the delightfully surprised recipient of the Sam Payne Award at the 2013 Jessie’s.
Georgia is a Vancouver-based performer who recently appeared on stage as Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice (Arts Club Theatre Company). Other credits include: Hairspray (Theatre Under the Stars), The Duchess AKA Wallis Simpson (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Iceland (Dirt Road Productions/Presentation House), Ketchup (Sum Theatre PULL Festival) and Cocktails at Pam’s (Staircase XI Theatre). A big thank you to Chelsea and Sebastien for the opportunity to take part in this thrilling experience.
Originally from Ontario, Leslie is a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58 (2012). Favourite theatre credits include ‘Skadi’ in The Snow Queen (Globe Theatre), ‘Mom’ in Big Bad (Boca del Lupo), ‘Akela/Raksha and others’ in The Jungle Book, ‘Snow Woman’ in Wondrous Tales of Old Japan(Carousel Theatre for Young People) and ‘Eliante’ in The Misanthrope (Guild Festival Theatre). Much love and thanks to SFB who reminds me to laugh everyday; to my family, friends and everyone at ITSAZOO.
Dee and Ghost
Shauna is an emerging actor, interdisciplinary artist, and serial dead girl. She is delighted to be working with ITSAZOO and respectfully hopes that you were terrified. Shauna is a recent graduate from both Studio 58 and Bachelor Performing Arts. Recent credits include Ester in Dryland with Rumble Theatre, A in Advice to Love/Hate You and Everything in Between in the Vancouver Fringe, and Watershed, a site-specific puppet show in Calgary’s IGNITE! festival. She thanks her family and friends for their incredible patience and support. Up next she’ll be working on Kill Your Lovers a new show about porn.
Brett won a Jessie Theatre Award with ITSAZOO playing Baby in Mojo – and it’s always a pleasure to work with them! Theatre Credits: Lonny in Rock Of Ages (Arts Club) Mojo, Debts, Merchant of Venice (ITSAZOO), Trainspotting (Rumble), Lost Words: Politics Edition, All Over Orwell (Pi), The Mousetrap, The Miser, Laburnum Grove (Western Gold). Film & Television: My Boyfriends Dogs (Hallmark), The Lottery (Lifetime), Casualty (BBC). Other: British Dialect Coach for Baskerville: Sherlock Holmes (Arts Club) Trainspotting (Rumble), Mojo (ITSAZOO), The Invisible Hand (Pi); email firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Up Next: Sam in Creeps (RealWheels) playing at The Cultch and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Chemainus).
Mike has a lot of experience when it comes to scary entertainment: he’s managed a haunted house, led tours for Ghostly Walks in Victoria, and participated in ITSAZOO’s creepy site-specific play, Debts for two years. You may recognize Mike from television: “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” & “The 100” (CW), “When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark), and the upcoming miniseries “When We Rise,” (ABC) directed by Gus Van Sant. You can hear him in the Comic-Con Audience Official Selection short animated film, “Cloudrise.” Mike also previously appeared in ITSAZOO’s 4 Course Meal and Mojo. He thanks his wife for putting up with him while he plays make-believe.
Audience Member / The Real Jessica Fontaine
Tamara is an actor and director, most recently seen in Flare Path (Slamming Door), Radix Theatre’s TBD, Scratch (Theatre Plexus), and Inside the Seed (upintheair). Recent directing credits include A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Dancing at Lughnasa (Peninsula Productions); James and the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre Festival); and In a Forest, Dark and Deep (Naked Goddess). Tamara participated in the development workshops for Hidden, and is absolutely terrified (truly) to be a part of the premiere production. Upcoming: directing Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge), and the world premiere of Jordan Hall’s Rate of Loss (upintheair), as part of the Cultch Historic Theatre’s 2018 season.
Zac Scott is a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58, and has spent his post graduation life learning how to be an adult and an artist. This show is an ideal fit for Zac, as he spends much of his time skulking in the woods already. Past credits include Bruce Niles in The Normal Heart (Ensemble Theater Company), Johnny in This is War (Tremors, Rumble Theatre) and Cal in The Out Vigil (Twentysomething Theatre). Zac would like to thank his girlfriend Ruth, and his family for always supporting him (mostly emotionally, sometimes financially).
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A sincere thank you to the following people and organizations. Without whom this show would not have been possible: UBC Botanical Garden, Dogwood Brewing, A&W Food Services of Canada, West 1st Chiropractic Wellness Centre, The Wolf and Hound Pub, Mindy Parfitt, Electric Company, Neworld Theatre, PL1422, Mayne Island Home Hardware Building Centre, Greenthumb Theatre, Max Wallace, Kiera Danniels, Julie Leung, 1st Glenayre Scouts, Wayne and Diana Stewart, Carol Macdonald and Kaitlin Straker.
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