Theatre Yes

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Lora Brovold is an Edmonton based actress. Lora last teamed up with Theatre Yes for their production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie. Other favourite theatre credits of Lora’s include: The Liars and Three Days of Rain (Shadow Theatre), The Gift (118th Avenue Theatre Collective), Comedy of Errors (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Mo and Jess Kill Susie and Fat Pig (Northern Light Theatre), Effie’s Burning (Peregrine Theatre), Nighthawk Rules (Bedlam Theatre Concern), Kingfisher Days (Covenant Theatre), and Mrs. Klein and Hysteria (Studio Theatre). Lora has several of Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations to her name in the categories of Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress, Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress, and Outstanding Fringe Production (Effie’s Burning, Peregrine Theatre). Lora is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program.

Patrick Lundeen graduated from Victoria high school in 2006 and was the recipient of the ‘Stantec Youth Artist Award’ at the Mayor`s evening for the arts as well as the Victoria School’s Foundation for the Arts ‘Major Arts Award’. In the summer of 2008 he directed The Particulars by Matthew MacKenzie. The Particulars was voted runner up for the best of the fringe in Montreal, and was one of the top picks at the Edmonton Fringe. Following graduation from the NTS Patrick studies with Scott Swan at SeaCoast Studios in Vancouver before finally returning home to Edmonton to co-found Edmonton’s Common Ground Arts Society. He is currently the assistant theatre manager at the Avenue Theatre.

ARMAGEDDON

Sandra M. Nicholls has been active on the Canadian theatre front for the past thirty seven years as an actor, director, and teacher. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, she holds a Master of Fine Arts degree, in directing, from the University of Alberta. Her professional stage credits include work with the Edinburgh Fringe, The Shaw Festival, The Centaur Theatre, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Catalyst, Northern Light Theatre, Workshop West and Studio Theatre. She is an Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Alberta where her research and creative interests focus on actor training for the 21st century, and in directing and developing new work for the contemporary stage.

Alex D. Mackie is graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He has performed in Proof, Hooked, The Too Tall Princess, and The Cripple of Inishmaan and many more. When not performing in Edmonton, Alex can usually be found in and around Alberta touring to schools with children’s shows. Alex has just recently finished filming the feature film Hemorrhage, which should be appear at festivals in 2011.

PARADISE LOST

Ntara Curry is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. She has recently returned to Edmonton after her fifth year as a Venue Technician for the Winnipeg Fringe. Next she will be completing work on the second piece in a tryptic of vignettes exploring the languages of movement and classical text. This fall Ntara will be touring Manitoba schools with Stipped Down MacBeth (Shakespeare in the Ruins). Other favorite things Ntara has done in Edmonton include: The Early Bloomer (Concrete Theatre), Studio Theatre Season 1999/2000, Stage Managing for AARRGG!! Productions, workshops and performances with Synergy and Theatre Yes and venue teching at the Yardbird.

Laura Raboud has performed for Theatre Yes in The Enchantment and 365 days/365 plays at the Works Festival of Arts and Design. Other recent theatre credits include Ruminations of Maud: A Reading with The Other Theatre, Assassins at Studio Theatre, Some Girl(s) at Northern Light Theatre, Swallow with Frente productions, Two Small Bodies with Image theatre, co-direction of Alien Creature: A Visitation by Gwendolyn MacEwan with The Other Theatre, Filling in Our Bones with The Other Theatre at the Edmonton Fringe. For the past two years Laura has been the high school curator for Next Fest. She is a drama instructor for the Edmonton Free Will Shakespeare Company.

Troy O’Donnell No stranger to danger, Troy has been involved in Fringe productions since the first year of Edmonton’s festival. Ranging from classic to outlandish, these include Vignettes of the Absurd; Caligula; Anime; Ecstasy; Maggie-Now (Parts 1 and 2); Klang! Pow! Kersplat!; Ka-Blam! Fight Show 2; Glengarry Glenn Ross; The Glass Menagerie; Blue Window; Bless You, Billy Wilder; Between Yourself and Me; Repose; Lay-By; Throwing Stones; In the Teeth of the Shore; Millions of Canadians; A Finely Coloured Easter Egg; The Broken Globe; and of course Gilligan’s Island Live. Oh, the humanity. He has also appeared at the Winnipeg and Vancouver Fringes.

Murray Cullen This is Murray’s third year as part of the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Last year he played Bram in the hit fringe event For the Love of a Zombie (Michael Beamish / Brent Felzien) and in 2008 he played Marcel/Jean in the Readymade Playground of Marcel Duchamp (M. Beamish). Murray has also played the titular role in The Walterdale’s production of Hamlet, a smoking wreck in Ben Babchishin’s film Honest You Won’t Get Hooked, and an emotionally scarred Soldier in Beamish’s Legion Blues. Look for Murray this year also in Simple Simon (Beamish) and a cameo in Accidental Humors, Happy Wackin’ Jim McCrackin.

INTOLERANCE

Julie Golosky is a proud Alberta Metis actor and Sterling nominee who has been performing on Canadian stages for nearly 20 years. She is a singer/songwriter part of The Crow Girls duo who’s debut CD won a North American Native Music Award for Best Folk Recording in 2008. Julie also a recently added “published playwright” to her list of accomplishments with at work published in Concrete Theatre’s Sprout’s Festival Anthology. Previous work with Heather Inglis and the Theatre Yes “family”, include The Mercy Seat (Sterling nomination for Best Independent Production), Halfway House, The Making of Warriors, and Treatment.

TOUR GUIDE / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Michele Vance Hehir Michele’s acting credits include the Sterling award winning The Watermelon Girls, the Sterling nominated Only Girls, the one-woman Fringe shows MABEL STARK! and Deplorable!, as well as Footprints on the Moon (Walterdale), Urban Tales (Northern Light), After the Fall (Studio Theatre) and Counting the Ways (Image). Some of her directing credits include Two Small Bodies (Image), Our Town (Walterdale Theatre) and The Zoo Story (Jagged Edge). Look for her next as Patsy in Perfect Pie written by Judith Thompson, this October at The Walterdale Theatre.

DESIGNER

Brian Bast is a multiple Elizabeth Sterling Haynes nominated designer who’s past designs have been see on stage with Shadow Theatre, Theatre Network, Players De Novo, Alberta Opera, Red Deer College, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Theatre Yes, Theatre Prospero and Victoria School of the Arts. A few of his favorite productions he has designed include: Ten x Two (Sterling for Best Costume Design), Glorious, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Suessical: The Musical, Oliver, The Weir, The Secret Garden, Our Town, Treasure Island, Thoroughly Modern Millie, As You Like It, My Name is Rachel Corrie (Sterling nominated for Set Design), MacBeth, Cinderella (Sterling Nominated for Costume design), The Mercy Seat and My Fair Lady.

DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Heather Inglis is a director, dramaturge, educator and producer with credits across the country. Heather’s work has taken her from Halifax to Yellowknife. She has received two ‘Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Awards’ in 2001 and 2010 and the ‘Telus Courage to Innovate Award’ at the Edmonton Mayor’s Evening of the Arts in 2007. Five of Heather’s productions have been nominated for Outstanding Independent Production at Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Awards. Her 2008 production of My Name is Rachel Corrie was nominated for 4 Sterling Awards including Outstanding Director. Some of Heather’s recent directing credits include Burn for Theatre Ecstasis (Saskatoon) and Let’s Eat for 400 Pounds of Sunshine (Saskatoon) as well as Neil Labute’s Autobahn at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Yes in Edmonton and the Dramaturg at Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre.