Lora is delighted to be working Theatre Yes on this première production, written by one of her favourite playwrights. Favourite theatre credits include: Sweat (Arts Club Theatre/Citadel Theatre), A Few Good Men (Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Encounters Festival and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Citadel Theatre), Bust and Let the Light of Day Through (Theatre Network), The Invention of Romance (Workshop West Theatre), God’s Ear, (Studio Theatre), The Supine Cobbler (The Maggie Tree), Circle Mirror Transformation (Shadow Theatre/Sage Theatre), The Liars and Three Days of Rain, (Shadow Theatre), Heroines, Mo and Jess Kill Susie, and Fat Pig (Northern Light Theatre), The Elevator Project Part 1 & 2, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, and My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Theatre Yes), Fetch (Interloper Theatre), and Effie’s Burning (Peregrine Theatre). Lora is an Artistic Associate at Theatre Yes and a six-time Sterling Award Nominee. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program and the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
Ivy was a member of the youth ensemble in A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre). She enjoys singing, acting, and reading immensely and is actively involved in her school’ s arts programming, serving as playwright in her drama club and participating in her school concerts every year. Ivy also enjoys theatre and dance camps hosted by the city of Edmonton and Foote Theatre School at the Citadel. Ivy is excited to be working with the amazing team at Theatre Yes and the Slight of Mind ensemble.
Philip Geller is a Jewish and Métis artist, who is exploring his identity and how it effects his artistic practice. As a theatre artist he is an actor, director, producer, clown and devisor. He is thrilled to be working with Theatre YES for the first time in Slight of Mind. His most recent directing credits include: directing Doll and Oats (Play the Fool Festival), assistant directing Billy (Les Jours De Hurlement) (L’UniThéâtre), assistant directing Doll House (Studio Theatre) and directing The Skriker (ABBEDAM). As a performer he has worked most recently on Hangwoman (U of A), The Listening Room (Cardiac Theatre) and Miserable Worm (Toronto Fringe Festival. Upcoming, he will be working on Tree Play Collective at Found Festival, and Weal Thyman The Third, a new bouffon/clown show. He is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. He is honoured to be working on Treaty 6 territory the home of many First Nations, Inuit and fellow Métis peoples who enrich the communities all around us.
Cole is an Edmonton-based theatre artist and is happy to be back with Theatre Yes! Last time you saw him with Theatre Yes was in The National Elevator Project in a piece at the CN Tower called Earworm Duet. Favourite theatre credits include What a Young Wife Ought to Know with Theatre Network, Terry and the Dog with Edmonton Actors Theatre, Genius Code with Surreal Soreal Theatre, Murderers Confess at Christmastime with The Serial Collective, One with Ghost River Theatre, A Few Good Men and Clybourne Park with Citadel Theatre/RMTC, Shatter with The Maggie Tree, Ride, The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, and Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen with Northern Light Theatre. Cole is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Program from MacEwan University, the BFA Acting Program from the University of Alberta, and is a Red Seal endorsed Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist. Thank you for supporting theatre in Edmonton.
Ian Leung is an Edmonton-based actor, director, playwright, and independent producer. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program (1994) and MFA directing program (2007) and founder of theatre no. 6, an independent company that currently focuses on work exploring ideas about Canada and what it means to be Canadian. For theatre no. 6 he has produced and directed his own first play, U: The Comedy of Global Warming (2009), Wallace Shawn’s The Fever (2014), and Michael Healey’s Proud (2014). Companies for which he has performed as an actor include the Citadel Theatre, the National Arts Centre, the Shaw Festival, and Neptune Theatre. His most recent acting credits include James Wormold in Our Man in Havana (Bright Young Things), Ogawa in Pugwash (Ship’s Company Theatre), Doyle Trigorin in Stupid Fucking Bird (Edmonton Actors Theatre) and King Berenger in Exit the King (Studio Theatre).
Byron 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, which he has toured internationally. Byron is a graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 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, Malachite Theatre, and Theatre YES to name a few. He is the recipient of Theatre Alberta’s Community Service Award, voted VUE weekly’s Champion of the Arts and was nominated for Outstanding Artistic Director at the Mayors Celebration of the Arts. Byron has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences at the Edmonton Sterling Awards. His directing credits include Here Lies Henry, The Adventures of Chucky and Reggie, and Urinetown, The Musical (Grindstone Theatre).
Silverius is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta. Originally from Red Deer, he is a gold medalist in the Southern Alberta Regional Improv Games and has competed at the national level.
Since moving to Edmonton, Silverius has helped develop several new works, including Freeing Heaven’s Secrets (Luay Eljamal), F***, Marry, Kill (New Works Festival), and (Un)Known Stories (In Arms Theatre Collective). Recent theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Other Side of the Pole (Prime Stock Theatre), Lion in the Streets, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, As You Like It (UofA), A Bright Room Called Day, The Lower Depths, and The School for Scandal (Studio Theatre). When he is not acting, Silverius is sharing Alberta’s democratic history at the Alberta Legislature and peeking into the future by slinging tarot cards.Join us on this trip, will you? Many thanks to everyone who loves me and everyone I love.
Rebecca Merkley is a B.C. raised, Alberta-based, Theatre Artist. Most recent performance credits include: Found Festival’s Off’d on Whyte and Catalyst Theatre’s 4play. Other performance credits include Guys in Disguise, Ghost Writer Theatre, Theatre Network, The Fox-Den, Punctuate! Theatre, Wild Side Productions, Impossible Mongoose, Whizgiggling Productions, Promise Productions, Broken Toys Theatre, Capitol Theatre and Kaybridge Productions. Select directing/writing credits include: The Unsyncables, Rivercity the Musical, Merk du Soleil and Bountiful with her Company Dammitammy Productions. She recently composed music Cardiac Theatre’s Kaldrsaga and music-arranged/co-directed Calla Wright’s Christmas Play. She has been nominated for two Elizabeth Sterling Hayes Awards for her work. Catch her this Fringe in her solo performance debut in Five South.
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: Stupid Fucking Bird and Fatboy (Edmonton Actors Theatre), 10 Out of 12 (Wildside Productions), The Supine Cobbler and Age of Arousal (The Maggie Tree), Viscosity, 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. She has created new works for Visualeyez Festival, Storefront Cinema Nights, Expanse Festival, Kaleido Festival, and was co-curator on The National Elevator Project.
Jessy Ardern is an actor and playwright. She graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program in 2016. Favorite roles include Beth in The Alien Baby Play (Impossible Mongoose Productions) and Margarethe in Copenhagen (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre). Jessy is thrilled to be working with Theatre Yes for the first time in one of their amazing interactive shows.
Samantha Jeffery is an Edmonton-based actor, fighter, and intimacy director. She graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, and is the co-artistic director of StoneMarrow Theatre. Sam is a Sterling award-nominated fight director, and also teaches and performs fights for stage & film. Treading the boards, her credits include: Macbeth, Henry V, Twelfth Night (Malachite Theatre); Stormshelter (StoneMarrow Theatre/Workman Arts Toronto); Whiskey Business (co-created with Miranda Allen Entertainment); Dead Centre of Town (x3 with Catch the Keys Productions); After Miss Julie (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre); A Beautiful View (Precipice Productions); A Thought In Three Parts (Theatre Outré); I Am For You; The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre). On the small screen you can currently catch her as Grimly in Abracadavers. Sam is thrilled to be making her Theatre Yes debut with Slight of Mind!
Originally from México, Marina is a bilingual actor, singer, and dancer currently living in Edmonton. This is her second time working with Theatre Yes and she is very excited to welcome you aboard this flight. Some of her past theatre credits include Beatrice in Dead Centre of Town (Catch The Keys Productions), Eva in Anxiety (Theatre Yes/Skam Theatre), and Celia in No One Showed Up For the Anarchist Rally (Nextfest/Theatre Network). She has also had the pleasure of working with numerous theatre companies across Alberta such as Theatre Prospero, Alberta Workers Health Centre, Heritage Park Acting Troupe and Memoria Viva Edmonton Society in their Spanish musical Voy Soñando, Voy Caminando. When not on stage, you may find Marina at the University of Alberta where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree, or at home wearing one of her numerous onesies and cuddling her dogs. Special thanks to Aaron for his endless patience and continued support. Enjoy the show!
Hayley is an actor and writer, and a recent graduate from the University of Alberta BFA Acting Program. Recent performance credits include Bug (University of Alberta), The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre), Off’d on Whyte (Found Festival), The Mirror Project (Nextfest), A Bright Room Called Day, The Lower Depths and The School for Scandal (Studio Theatre). As a playwright, she’s been fortunate to have her plays showcased through The Citadel Theatre Young Playwriting Company, SkirtsAfire Festival, and Nextfest.
Priya Narine is an actor and singer currently based in Edmonton. A recent graduate of the BFA Acting program, her select theatre credits include: Meet Me By the Gnarly Tree for Found Fest (Cardiac Theatre) and The School For Scandal, The Lower Depths and A Bright Room Called Day for Studio Theatre. This is Priya’s debut with Theatre Yes.
Erin Pettifor is an Edmonton based theatre artist. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. Erin is thrilled to be a part of the team in Slight of Mind. Erin most recently performed in a central Alberta tour of Butt Ugly: The Ballad of Chewie and Hack. She also collaborated with Gabby Bernard in the creation and performance of Lady Be Good, a neo-bouffon piece that premiered at Play the Fool 2018. Select theatre credits include: The Witch in Opera NUOVA’s Into the Woods, Mylar in Prime Stock Theatre’s Other Side of the Pole, Elora in Off the Top Theatre Projects’ Tempting, and Viola in Prime Stock Theatre’s Twelfth Night. Erin is a 2015 graduate of Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation Program. She continues to craft her creation and Pochinko Clown skills at the beloved Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Erin wishes the audience an exciting journey in Slight of Mind.
Theatre Yes engages, under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.