Jimmy Buena was born in Manila, Philippines and was raised in the province of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate. He is the third son of Mr. Santos Albatana Buena and late Minda Gigante Buena. He is currently a junior high teacher at Sister Annata Brockman Catholic School. He teachs Math, Science, and Filipino Language & Culture. He loves to sing and act, and has been in singing competitions such as the World Championship of Performing Arts in California, where he represented Canada and collected 7 medals. He was also the 2016 singing champion of the 101.7 fm World Wonder talent competition. He has also been in musicals such as Emma: The Musical, and The King and I. He is really excited about VISCOSITY, for it has a great story to tell, to which the audience will be able to relate.
Chris Bullough is an Edmonton based actor, producer, playwright and director whose work has been seen at professional theatre companies across Canada, including: The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Globe Theatre in Regina, Theatre Nakai in Whitehorse, and Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. Chris made his directorial debut at the 2010 Edmonton International Fringe Festival with SHIMMER by John O’Keefe, for which he was honoured with the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Fringe Director. Chris’s plays for young audiences, Penelope vs. The Aliens!! (written with Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull) and Apples and Oranges have seen productions at The Citadel Theatre, Concrete Theatre in Edmonton, and Quest Theatre in Calgary. As Artistic Director of wishbone theatre, (a position he shares with Michael Peng) Chris directed Waiting for Godot, and most recently, wrote and directed Rig Pig Fantasia, which was presented at the 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Chris received his MFA in Directing at the University of Alberta, where he directed Or The Whale, his own adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. *
Leo Campos Aldunez is originally from Santiago, Chile, and speaks 3 languages. His immigrant journey has taken him to Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and since 1986, Alberta. He wears many hats, including adult educator, community animator, interpreter, translator, volunteer coordinator, political organizer, communications freelancer, radio host, actor and playwright. Leo leads a project called Health & Wellness for Immigrant Men, and has also produced a documentary entitled MACHOS: Journeys of Self Discovery with Immigrant Men. He has been the recipient of the Men of Honor Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation, and the Outstanding Latino Canadian in Media Award from the Latino Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is working on his first book of bilingual poetry in English and Spanish, and on a new documentary on the relationship between immigrant fathers and sons. Participating in VISCOSITY has offered Leo an opportunity to contribute to an important conversation about our future economic and societal development. He hopes that VISCOSITY fosters civic engagement around the diversification and greening of our energy and economy.
Find Leo’s original prose and poetry at https://leocamposa.wordpress.com/
Murray Farnell hails from Sonningdale, Saskatchewan. An alumni of the Performance Training Ensemble at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Murray has had the privilege of working on stage, screen, and sound booth across the prairies. He also helps his partner, Janine, teach people how to beat each other up (for pretend). Theatre credits include The Melville Boys, The Shunning (RMTC); The Laramie Project (PTE@PTE); Hamlet (Bravura/Snakeskin); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit), The Crackwalker (Sweet&Salty), Here Lies Henry, The Bone House (Murball Productions). Film/Television credits include Hell On Wheels, Wynonna Earp, A Gentleman, It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway, Delmer and Marta, 5 Course Meal. Animation and Voice credits include FutureCard Buddyfight X, Cardfight Vanguard, Metallions, World Trigger, Tobot X, Haunted House, Lost Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Supa Strikas, and Lanfeust Quest. *
Byron Martin is an Edmonton based actor and the Founder and Artistic Director of Grindstone Theatre in Edmonton. He has been working as an improvisor for the past 10 years and is the director of The 11 O’clock Number! The Improvised Musical with which he has toured internationally. Byron is a graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA Musical Theatre Program. Byron has worked as an actor for The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Opera, Edmonton Actors Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, The Citizens Theatre (Glasgow), Trunk Theatre, Theatre YES and many more. He is the recipient of Theatre Alberta’s Community Service Award, and VUE weekly’s Champion of the Arts and was nominated for Outstanding Artistic Director at the Mayors Celebration of the Arts and Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences at the Edmonton Sterling Awards. Directing credits include Here Lies Henry, The Adventures of Chucky and Reggie, and Urinetown: The Musical (Grindstone Theatre).
Sandy Paddick has played various roles in various theatres in Edmonton, including Theatre Yes, Shadow Theatre, The Citadel Theatre, as well as Leave It to Jane. Sandy is now a speech pathologist working for Sturgeon School Division. She has two teenagers and that’s all that needs to be said about that. She is thrilled to be working with Heather again, as Heather has so many cool ideas. *
Melissa Thingelstad is an Edmonton-based theatre artist. Originally from Saskatchewan, Melissa received her B.F.A. in Acting at the University of Alberta. She is an Associate Producer for theatre no. 6 and an Artistic Associate with Theatre Yes. Selected credits include: A Bright Room Called Day (Studio Theatre), Stupid Fucking Bird and Fatboy (Edmonton Actors Theatre), 10 Out of 12 (Wildside Productions), The Supine Cobbler and Age of Arousal (The Maggie Tree), The Laws of Thermodynamics and The List (Theatre Yes), Proud and The Fever (theatre no. 6), Three Sisters (Broken Toys Theatre), Kill Me Now (Workshop West Theatre), An Accident (Northern Light Theatre), and Hedda Gabler at Rutherford House (Vault! Theatre of Invention). She has received three Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards for her acting. *