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AND BELLA SANG WITH US
The Firehall Arts Centre, January 4 to 14, 2017

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Sarah Rodgers: Director 

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Sarah Rodgers (Director) is a Vancouver based director.  She received her BFA/MFA from the University of BC.  Recent Directing Highlights: Pride and Prejudice (Arts Club Stanley); Hairspray (Theatre Under the Stars); Dressing for a Wedding (Solo Collective); Off Leash (Fugue Theatre); Tenant of Wildfell Hall (UBC); Innocence Lost (Studio 58); Espresso (Pacific Theatre); Hairspray (Theatre Under the Stars); and West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars).  Upcoming: The Audience (Arts Club Stanley) Sarah is thrilled to be guiding this stellar cast in Sally Stubbs’ delightful play.

with Ian Harmon

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Ian Harmon (Assoc. Director) Pas assistant-directing credits with Sarah Rodgers include Shrek (TUTS) and Smoke on the Mountain (Pacific Theatre). Recent directing credits: Shrek Jr., Peter Pan Jr. (Kay Meek Centre); Edges (Two Monkeys); The Three Munschketeers, Muncsch Ado About Nothing (Beach House).  Ian has performed across the country.  Past performing credits: Hamelin: A New Fable (Axis Theatre), Munsch-ercise (Kaleidoscope); 500 Words (Green Thumb); Snow White, Munsch Ado About Nothing, Munsch to Say, Dracula, The Sunshine Boys (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Guys and Dolls (Gateway); Suburbia (Twenty Something); Werewolves (Pi Theatre); Hay Fever (Presentation House).  Recent film and television work include: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Minority Report, Cult, Working Class Heroes and Once Upon a Time.  Ian holds a BFA in acting from UBC and is a graduate of the Douglas College Theatre Program.  www.ianharmonactor.com

Brian Ball: Set Design

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Brian Ball (Set) From Newfoundland, Brian completed his BFA in Visual Arts at Memorial University where he also fell in love with the world of Theatre.  He moved to Victoria, BC to complete his MFA in Theatre Set and Costume Design at UVic and to Vancouver in 1994 to work in theatre and film.  He has: run the paint department of a scenic shop; painted and designed projects in Interior Residential & Commercial design; decorated sets for film; and painted backdrops and scenic elements for touring bands (Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip).  Recently, Brian returned full-time to theatre design. He is also a practicing Visual Artist, painting the landscapes of the east and west coasts of Canada. Brian has shown in galleries across BC and Newfoundland and has works in private collections from Johannesburg to London, Barbados and across Canada.

Kyla Gardiner: Lighting Design

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Kyla Gardiner (Lighting) Kyla is a designer for live performance.  She received her MFA from the School for Contemporary Arts at SFU.  Recently, she has enjoyed being a part of such works as: Femmes Fatales and Ruminate (Meredith Kalaman); Thank You, You’re Not Welcome, Sho Me Wut U Gut, and DVOTE (Vision Impure); Lowest Common Denominator and 5@50 (Zee Zee Theatre); Sonic Elder (The Chop Theatre); Ordinary Catastrophes (Corbin Murdoch); The Games We Play and This Score Is (Emmalena Fredriksson); Klasika! (Barbara Adler & Ten Thousand Wolves); XXXX Topography (The Party); Anthropecene (SFU Theatre); and Revolutions (Fight With A Stick).

Barbara Clayden: Costume Design

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Barbara Clayden (Costume) Barbara is a graduate of UBC with BA in Fine Arts. She has been working as a theatre artist in Vancouver for over 30 years. Primarily designing costumes, she has worked with such companies as the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Blackbird Theatre, Carousel, Electric Company, Firehall Arts Centre, Mortal Coil, Patrick Street Productions, Pi Theatre, Presentation House, Rumble, Theatre Conspiracy and Theatre Replacement.  Barbara has been nominated for over 15 Jessie Richardson Awards for her Costume Design and received a few along the way.

Derek Metz: Fight Director

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Derek (Fight Director) is a Jessie award nominated and winning actor, as well as nominated producer.  Derek is enjoying a resurgence as fight choreographer. Other ‘scraps’ guided by Metz: West Side Story, (TUTS), Macbeth, (Pound of Flesh), Cowboy King, (Caravan). The reason Derek became an actor was, in large part, due to Simon Webb and is relishing this opportunity to work with his acting idol!

Breanne Harmon: Stage Manager

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Breanne (Stage Manager) is a Vancouver-based Stage and Production Manager. She is thrilled to be joining the And Bella Collective with this poignant show. Select Credits include: Falling: A Wake, Pet the Fish, James & the Giant Peach, Countryside Christmas (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Hamelin: A New Fable, Raven Meet the Monkey King (Axis Theatre), Celestial Being (Green Thumb), Ragtime, His Girl Friday, Señora Carrar’s Rifles (Shaw Festival), Farewell My Lovely, Hairspray, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Buddy (Arts Club), Speed-the-plow (Mitch & Murray), Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street). She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production/Design and was the recipient of the Norman Young Scholarship for Theatre. Breanne is also the Tour & Education Manager at Green Thumb Theatre. www.breannejacksonart.com

 THE CAST

Leanna Brodie: Constable Harris 

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Leanna Brodie (Constable Lurancy Harris) Leanna is a celebrated playwright, librettist, translator and performer originally from Ontario.  She has received recognition and awards for her work in Canada and internationally.  Since moving to Vancouver in 2012, she has been nominated for a Jessie Award for Terminus (Richard Wolfe, Pi Theatre) and appeared in the Canadian premiere of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall (Duncan Fraser, Blackbird Theatre and Gertrude Stein’s He Said It at the Cultch directed by James Fagan Tait.  Selected theatre performances: Isabella in Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Rough); Kris in Malaysia Hotel (Summerworks); Carol in Road (Mercury Theatre); Coulmier in Marat/Sade (Umbrella Factory’s Dora-nominated production); The Social Worker in The Refugee Hotel (Alameda Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); The Interrogator in Interrogation (Summerworks); Simone in To Master the Art (Grand Theatre); Phae in Phae (Brendan Healy, Summerworks); Phae in Phae (Daryl Cloran, Collective Architecture); Young Sylvia in My Father’s House (Ford Centre for the Arts); Susie in Wait Until Dark (David Savoy, Sunshine Festival Theatre); Jackie in Crack Diary (Theatre Passe Muraille Outreach).

 Sarah Louise Turner: Constable  Miller

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Sarah Louise Turner (Constable Minnie Miller) Sarah’s most recent credits include People Like Us at the Firehall Arts Centre & Masha in Richmond Gateway’s Sisters.  Locally, she has performed with Touchstone Theatre, Ruby Slippers, Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Gateway, Carousel, Western Theatre Conspiracy, Pacific Theatre and Playwright’s Theatre Centre.  With a MFA in Acting from Indiana University, Sarah works at Simon Fraser University, has taught theatre and voice for many years and does corporate voice-over work. She has been nominated several times for Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in various categories.

Simon WebbConstable Fields, Alderman Crane, Connor O’Rourke

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Simon Webb (Constable Fields, Alderman Crane, Connor O’Rourke) Simon is a celebrated actor, writer and designer.  Simon says, ‘My bucket list year was 2012 when I did Waiting for Godot and Lear back to back. Highlights include my work with the Honest Fishmongers Collective (I’m a founding member): Hamlet (Jessie Award for Polonius); Lear (playing Lear was life-changing, it still chokes me up); Measure For Measure (playing Angelo, he’s so damned lonely).  My two Dickens adaptations were also highlights.  The divine Sarah Rodgers directed my Old Curiosity Shop two years ago – they laughed they cried.  And my adaption of A Tale of Two Cities was given a hugely produced reading in Belfast last year. My last play, Socrates’ 2nd Wife is about gender inequity in modern Canadian theatre and in history.  I always felt Xanthippe got a raw deal so I made her smarter than Socrates. Best compliment about the play was from a woman: “We’re still talking about it in the washroom.”   One more thing!  Recently, I saw a screening of the Oscar nominated Expo 86 short silent movie, Rainbow War.  The score was played by the London Philharmonic. My 8 year old grandson was very impressed at being on the talkback panel with me! I played the Blue King, very 18th century, very French.’

Beatrice Zeilinger: Bella Boychuck and Gertrude Crane

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Beatrice (Bella Boychuk/Gertrude Crane) is delighted to be a part of And Bella Sang With Us.  Since graduating from Studio 58 almost three decades ago, she has worked in film, tv and theatre.  She is a multiple nominee and three times Jessie Award winner.  Recent credits include PETER AND THE STARCATCHER for the Arts Club Theatre; 5 @ 50 for Ruby Slippers/Zee Zee Theatre and TULIPS IN SPRING for Hallmark Television.

Agnes Tong: Mai Ji and Joseph

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Agnes Tong (Mai Ji/Joseph) is originally from Ottawa where she grew up training as a competitive dancer in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. She pursued a dance career for a few years dancing on cruise ships, with a dance company in San Francisco, and other shows in Toronto before she transitioned into acting in 2009 when she got accepted into Studio 58.

She graduated Studio 58 in 2012 and has been very fortunate to hit the ground running. Some of her favourite credits include: Amanda in 4000 Miles (Arts Club Theatre/Roy Surette), Princess Rosetta in Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre/Courtenay Dobbie), and Jerri in Tagged (Green Thumb Theatre/Leslie Jones). You can catch her in Season 2 of The Romeo Section currently airing on CBC, Wednesdays at 9pm.

She would like to thank Sarah, Sally, and Ian for the invitation to play with such a delightful collective of artists.

Patrick Courtin: Pianist

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Patrick Courtin is a Vancouver based pianist/organist, accompanist, arranger, music director and music teacher. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Piano from Vancouver Island University and Royal Conservatory grade 10. Patrick is active in the music scenes in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, in musical theatre and various bands. Patrick is also regularly on tour with singer Ken Lavigne.

Musical Direction credits: Rocky Horror and Portal 2-The (Unauthorized) Musical (Geekenders), Theatre Royal in Barkerville Historic Town (Newman and Wright), Rent (Schmooze Productions), Young Frankenstein (Bard2Broadway), Dr Horrible and The Last Five Years (Dramarama Theatre).

Other credits (piano/keyboards): Twist&Shout: the British Invasion (Chemainus), The Best Laid Plans (Patrick Street Productions), rehearsal pianist for A Christmas Story: The Musical (Arts Club), Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening (Schmooze Productions), Cabaret (Nanaimo Theatre Group).

Sally Stubbs: Playwright/Producer

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Sally Stubbs (Playwright/Producer) Sally is an award winning Vancouver-based playwright and educator. Her scripts have been produced, presented and studied in Canada, Sweden, India and South Africa. They include: Centurions; And Bella Sang with Us; Herr Beckmann’s People; Wreckage; and Spinning You Home. Sally was honoured to be the City of Richmond’s 4th Annual Writer-in-Residence, Fall 2015.  In the works: the premiere of Centurions in St. John’s, Newfoundland and a number of writing projects including Our Ghosts, a play about the father she never knew, the father who fell from the sky; and Polly and the Penthouse: A Musical set in Vancouver’s legendary Penthouse Cabaret.  Sally is very grateful to be working with this outstanding cast and creative team on And Bella Sang With Us.  She thanks Donna Spencer and the Firehall staff for inviting us to bring our Pick of the Fringe production to the  Firehall.  Thank you, too, to Sarah May Redmond, Sarah Roa, Matt Grinke, Patricia Jiang and Kenta Nezu for being part of our fabulous Fringe production.   www.sallystubbswriter.com

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