— An artist talk back moderated Stefano Muneroni featuring: Catherine Banks, Heather Inglis, Neil Kuefler
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, following 7:30 performance of Bone Cage (at approximately 9:30 PM )
La Cité Francophone Theatre (8627 91 Street)
Stefano Muneroni – Moderator
Stefano Muneroni is Associate Professor of Intercultural Theatre at the University of Alberta. He is a theatre historian, dramaturg and translator who taught in Italy, England, the U.S., and Canada. Recent dramaturgical credits include Yerma, Angels in America, The American Clock, The Mill on the Floss, The Toxic Bus Incident, and Old Times. Recent staged translations include Xavier Villaurrutia’s El ausente and Osvaldo Dragún’s Tres historias para ser contadas. He received grants to conduct research in Honduras, Mexico and Argentina, was awarded the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for 2007-2008, and is the recipient of a 2012 KIAS Cluster Grant to research the post 9/11 Mexican-American border. He has published academic articles on Latin American theatre, religion and drama, and translation. He is currently working on an academic book about Jesuit theatre in the seventeenth century.
Catherine Banks – Playwright
Bone Cage premiered in 2007, and went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2008. It Is Solved By Walking won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012, was translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant, and was one of three Canadian plays to tour Catalonia in 2012. Catherine received Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award for her body of work in 2008. Her newest play, Miss N’ Me, is about a small-town hairdresser who steals her husband’s plumbing van to drive to New York to meet the American rapper Missy Elliot. Catherine is currently adapting Ernest Buckler’s novel The Mountain and the Valley for the stage.
Heather Inglis – Artistic Director Theatre Yes
Heather a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is an award winning director, producer, dramaturg and educator whose career has taken her across the country. She has directed and assistant directed over 40 productions, many of which have been new Canadian works. Heather is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Yes and the Resident Dramaturg (North) of Alberta Playwrights Network. Heather is a recipient of a 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award. Heather has received the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund, Celebration of Women in the Arts Award (twice), as well as the Telus Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts. Eight of Heather’s productions have been nominated for a total of 16 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including 6 Nominations for Outstanding Independent Production and nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Fringe Director. Theatre Yes was honoured with 2014 Special Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre for the creation and production of The National Elevator Project 16 new Canadian plays written for and performed in working elevators.
Neil Kuefler – Actor Jamie
Neil is thrilled to be presenting this thoughtful show with the Theatre Yes ensemble. He is a local Edmonton artist and graduate of the BFA – Acting program at the University of Alberta. In 2011, alongside Andrew Ritchie, he founded Edmonton’s only site-specific Shakespeare company, Thou Art Here (thouartheretheatre.com). Using the Bard as their muse they have performed in and highlighted unique spaces all over Edmonton, and Neil has been lucky enough to be involved in each project. Favorite Thou Art Here roles include; Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Prince Hal in The Falstaff Project, and Falstaff in Kill Shakespeare. Neil is also a producer for Grindstone Theatre and he also performs regularly as a member of their improvised musical, The 11 O’Clock Number. Some local theatre credits include: RJ in the Sterling nominated Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate! Theatre), Smith in The Threepenny Opera, Denny in The Violet Hour (Studio Theatre), and most recently a favorite role at the Edmonton Fringe as Detective Reid Simon in Princess Confidential: Familiar Melody.