2021 Hive Performance Collective
HIVE Performance Collective is made up of twelve different BC performance-based emerging artists and companies. Our fundamental purpose is to collectively produce and create a unique arts-activated community and performance event. Our priority is to invite the community into the process, and to make process and exploration a main focus.
We take our namesake from the incredibly successful HIVE originally produced in 2006 by eleven of Vancouver and Victoria's creation-based theatre companies. The HIVE Performance Collective carries forth the spirit of collaboration and community of the original but broadens its cross-natured creation process so that no artist creates work for the event alone.
We believe in making an important step for the next generation of Canadian artists to collaborate and cross-pollinate their working processes, ideas, and create a community with other independent artists and companies. The individual make-up of the collective members each possess their own unique aesthetic, artistic process, and broad reaches into a specific community and audience. The Collective was formed to share these resources in the spirit of collaboration instead of competition.
We acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Qayqayt, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations, and of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples. Attendees may be participating from other territories.
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Howard Dai & Pedro Chamale (Tributaries)
Howard DaiPerformer Bio
Howard Dai is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, writer, and theatre artist. Howard makes works that engage the audience as active participants through technology, curiosity, and play. He is currently the Associate Artistic Producer with rice & beans theatre, and has worked with Rumble Theatre, Radix Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Fight With A Stick Performance, Re:Current Theatre, and HIVE Performance Collective. Most recently, he is part of a devising ensemble working in Virtual Reality (Collider) with Single Thread Theatre, presented by Upintheair’s rEvolver Festival and FOLDA. He was also part of the team that created 蝦仔 Little Shrimp, a bilingual audio play about intergenerational relationships within Chinese culture and families, presented by Carousel Theatre. His durational digital experience, the Rex Project, received support from National Theatre School’s Art Apart program, Impulse Festival’s Peek Fest Digital Residency, and 149 Arts Society. Part of his practice includes digital programming, sound design, and musical composition for theatre and contemporary dance. Howard lives on unceded land belonging to the qiqéyt (Qayqayt) Nation, and works on the territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. He is a graduate of the theatre performance stream from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.www.howarddai.com
Pedro ChamalePerformer Bio
Pedro Chamale was born and raised on treaty 8 territory, colonially known as Chetwynd, BC and now resides and creates on the unceded and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Pedro is a
director, playwright, performer, co-founder and co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre, was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival and one of the playwrights in the 2019 Playwright’s Lab at the Banff Centre. Pedro was part of the second cohort of Banff's Arts and Culture Leadership, is a co-founder of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Alliance, sits on the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee and was part of Director's Lab North in 2020.
Impulse Theatre (Door Number 9)
Impulse Theatre was founded in 2010 on Lekwungen Territory on a rock in the ocean by multidisciplinary performing artist, Andrew Barrett. The company has created over 20 new works since then, established the annual festival Peek Fest, and spearheaded multiple initiatives for the development of local performance in the region.
The company’s work has been presented by the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival, Videofag, upintheair’s rEvolver Theatre Festival, the Firehall Art Centre’s BC Buds Festival, Videofag, Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede, and Intrepid Theatre’s UnoFest and OUTStages.
Andrew BarrettPerformer Bio
Andrew is a queer multidisciplinary theatre artist based on Lekwungen territory/Victoria, BC. He is a creator, performer, teacher, director, administrator, and Artistic Producer of Impulse Theatre.
He received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria with a focus on direction, physical theatre, and performance design; pursued contemporary dance training through the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance for ten years; and studied at MacEwan University in the Arts and Cultural Management Program.
As the Artistic Producer of Impulse Theatre, he has led the creation and presentation of over fifteen new works and established the company’s annual festival Peek Fest. As a solo artist, he attended One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Lab Intensive in 2016, and has been presented through Dance Victoria’s LOLA Projects, Bounce Performance Works, and the Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds Festival. He regularly brings his hybrid dance and theatre ideology to creative partnerships as a performer, choreographer, and movement consultant.
Melissa TaylorPerformer Bio
Melissa is a settler working on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen peoples. Her artistic practices include performing, writing, directing and creation, and she has worked in both Toronto & Victoria. She has collaborated with Victoria-based hapax theatre, Theatre SKAM, and Impulse Theatre. Performance credits include Elizabeth Proctor in Hart House Theatre's The Crucible, performer/creator of rePLAY: Declarations Eating and Hannah in hapax theatre's Be Still. She was a member of Nightwood Theatre's Young Innovator Program, and is the co-artistic director of Toronto's Gangway Theatre Co.
Melissa holds a BFA in Theatre and MFA in Playwriting from the University of Victoria.
Patricia ReillyPerformer Bio
P Reilly (she/her) is an Ontario born, B.C. and Alberta-raised theatre worker. She is currently based in Southwestern Ontario, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, Attawandaron, and the Wendat peoples which is most recently in the territory of the Chippewa of the Thames, Oneida of the Thames and the Muncey Delaware Nations.
Patricia's formal theatre education was in technical arts and theatre design. She completed degrees from Red Deer College, the University of Victoria and University of the Arts, London. P was drawn to work in the theatre as a way to engage with an art form that can be both tactile and sensory. As she found her way into designing through the joy of drawing, Patricia incorporates the illustrative gesture in her work.
Jess Amy Shead, Thule van den Dam, & Priyamvada Chaudhary (Try Turning It On)
Jess Amy SheadPerformer Bio
Jess Amy Shead
JESS AMY SHEAD immigrated to Canada from South Africa when she was two years old. She grew up on the traditional territory of the K’omoks and Hamalco Nations, and currently lives on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
She is a performer, creator and producer, with a focus on site-specific micro-performance, puppetry, theatre for young audiences, ASL/English theatre, collective creation, and musical theatre. Jess was the Community Engaged Producing Intern with Playwrights Theatre Centre, and focused on ASL/English Theatre and working with Deaf artists by studying ASL and attending Deaf theatre conferences and festivals across Canada. She is the co-recipient of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance in the Theatre for Young Audiences category for Freddie in the Neighbourhood which she co-created with Randi Edmundson and The Little Onion Puppet Co. She is also a co-recipient of the Vancouver Fringe Artistic Risk Award and the Bill Millerd Artist Fund. She has worked as an actor at The Globe Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, The Gateway Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Impulse Theatre and Theatre SKAM, among others.
Jess is currently co-creating a new table-top puppetry show with Randi Edmundson, Shizuka Kai and Little Onion Puppet Co. called Otosan, which means “father” in Japanese. She is also working on a new interdisciplinary, multilingual show, Catfish with Simran Gill and Alley Theatre. She is also planning a workshop series for Deaf and hearing artists in Vancouver and Calgary with Landon Krentz, and writing her first full length play, Carrying Capacity about chronic illness and how to reckon with legacies of environmental, family, and settler-colonial violence.
Priyamvada ChaudharyPerformer Bio
Priyamvada is from India and the UK, currently living and working in New Delhi. She finds herself often thinking about and working (artistically) around Post-colonialism and currently is acclimatizing to the world of Public Policy, data visualization, and sharing all of this on Social Media.
Thule van den DamPerformer Bio
Thule van den Dam
Thule is a Dutch settler, currently based in Vancouver on Coast Salish land. She completed a BA in Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic as a Davis Scholar, with a concentration in international environmental policy, critical theory, and theatre. She has trained with Double Edge Theatre and Jodi Baker and is an artistic associate with Canadian-German theatre company Mammalian Diving Reflex.
Julia Siedlanowska, Vern Bevis, & Matthew Horrigan (Taken in Stride)
Julia SiedlanowskaPerformer Bio
Julia was born and is currently living as a theatre maker on unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is a playwright, performer and director with a passion for arts rooted in community building that embrace cultural pluralism and are for everyone. Julia is the Managing Director and Associate Artistic Director for Theatre Terrific, and has worked as the volunteer coordinator for the Talking Stick Festival, was a Young Ambassador for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and community liaison for MACHiNENOISY Dance Society’s PROX:IMITY RE:MIX, a multi-media dance project for queer youth. She has worked in various capacities (on and off the stage) with companies such as Pacific Theatre, the Arts Club, the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver Moving Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Peninsula Productions, Classic Chic Productions, The Only Animal and the Cultch. Julia has translated several works from her mother tongue Polish, to English. She often works with the Vancouver Polish Theatre as a translator, director, consultant, actor, and playwright. Julia recently took part in the Vancouver Voice Intensive, and travelled to Tkaronto to take part in the Director’s Lab North. She showcased a 10-minute excerpt of her solo performance piece Blender, as part of HIVE at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and To the AWE in Calgary in 2019. She is currently co-writing a multi-lingual TYA show called Sen-Nemuri, supported by Toronto Young People's Theatre.www.juliasiedlanowska.com
Matthew HorriganPerformer Bio
Matthew Horrigan is a sound designer and researcher from Ottawa, currently living on Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Kwikwetlem and Musqueam territory. He holds a B.Mus from McGill and an MFA from Simon Fraser University, where he studied computer music and musical metacreation with Arne Eigenfeldt and is currently pursuing a PhD studying production cultures. Credits include Nom Nom Gnomes (Carousel), Bug & Stu (King Matt Theatre) and Unsettled (Theatre Terrific).
Vern BevisPerformer Bio
Vern Bevis hails from Vancouver and is from the Okanagan Nation. He has been involved in Vancouver’s film industry for over a decade, as a film-maker and as an actor. Vern will appear in episodes of the upcoming Altered Carbon, the Netflix science fiction television series. He has also appeared in Market Masters Legal (TVC) and No Reservations (directed by Trevor Carroll). Vern’s music and poetry can be heard on Soundcloud under the stage name Broadway Street and music videos on Broken Dreams Entertainment (YouTube). He also has the YouTube channel Vern Bevis. The future can only get brighter.
Little Thief Theatre (Past Down: Swords, Snakes, and Sacrifice)
We are an emerging theatre company producing interdisciplinary work based in Vancouver, BC. Little Thief is dedicated to creating work that is intersectional, vibrant, and plays with form and structure. Our inaugural production, Glassjaw, is a one-woman, site-specific show inspired by the life of a female boxer whose life is changed by a devastating diagnosis. Glassjaw toured boxing clubs across Ontario and British Columbia in 2015 and 2016. In Spring 2019 Little Thief participated in HIVE 2019 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, where In Response to Alabama premiered in a janitor's closet. In December of 2019, Pi Theatre presented the next iteration of the production, which expanded the original premise. Little Thief is delighted to once again be working with an amazing group of artists on HIVE 2021.
Francis DowlatabadiPerformer Bio
Francis Dowlatabadi (he/him) is a Persian-Canadian artist dedicated to work that gives voice to unheard stories and attempts to uplift humanity. Francis' previous credits as an actor include the roles of The Man in Hello (Theatre Terrific), David Garrick in Mr. Foote's Other Leg, Oswald in Ghosts (United Players), Ray in Beauty Queen of Leenane, Leo Irving in In the Next Room, (Ensemble Theatre Company). He was also assistant director on She Kills Monsters (UBC), providing D&D insight from his experience as a DM. He holds a BFA in Acting from UBC where he was awarded the John Emerson Memorial Scholarship for promise in musical theatre.
Libby WilloughbyPerformer Bio
Libby Willoughby (she/her) is a theatre artist and creator born and raised on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Her recent credits include: The Cost of Care, part of the National Arts Centre’s “Transformations Project” and commissioned by Pi Theatre, In Response to Alabama (HIVE 2019/Little Thief Theatre/Pi Theatre), Three Winters (The Cultch), Theory (Rumble Theatre), An Assertive Girl, part of Speakeasy Theatre's Pull Fest VII, Love, Lust, and Lace (Gas Pedal Productions), and Dry Land (Rumble Theatre). Libby is grateful to once again be working with an amazing collective of Artists on HIVE 2021.
Miranda MacDougallPerformer Bio
Miranda MacDougall (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist - an actor, singer, dancer, filmmaker, writer and theatre creator. With a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor, Miranda has trained and performed across Canada and the United States. Selected stage credits include Of Mice and Men (Unit 102, Toronto), In Response to Alabama (Little Thief, Pi Theatre) City of Angels (PIT Collective), The Bacchae (workshop -SITI, New York), Dear Evan Hansen (Laughing Matters) and the self-written one woman show Glassjaw (touring). Up next: a documentary entitled “In The Land of Dreamers” she co-directed for CBC premieres on Gem this Summer/Fall. Huge kudos to the entire HIVE Collective for their tireless work in bringing innovative art to audiences!
Nebula Company (Life on Mars)
Nebula Company was started in 2015 by writer/director Mily Mumford to create immersive and multimedia theatre that elevated voices pushed to the margins through primarily a science fiction lens. In 2018 Nebula Company expanded to include film projects in addition to immersive theatre.
Recent theatre work includes Dark Matter (2017) a multi-floor immersive sci-fi horror play in partnership with the James Black Gallery, Down in the Uncanny Valley (2018), Controller 1.0 (2019) a choose-your-own-adventure play produced as a part of Speakeasy Theatre’s Pull Festival, Earth Camp (2019) produced as part of Theatre Skam’s Skampede Festival and The Cinephiles a multimedia drag/queer performance series (2019-present). Upcoming projects include the post-Covid Halloween return of The Cinephiles.
Mily MumfordPerformer Bio
Mily Mumford (they/them) is an immersive theatre creator/playwright, filmmaker, screenwriter, and queer multimedia artist based in unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory (“Vancouver”). Recent work includes The Cinephiles (producer/performer/projection artist) a film/drag queer multimedia series, and the short films (writer/director) GEMINI (Cannes Short Film Corner, London Sci-Fi Festival plus 13 additional international festivals) and Operation Gingham (Winner of Best Film at Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project, 2020).
Upcoming works include the pod-play The Void produced as a part of It’s Not a Box Theatre’s Isolata Series and Controller a choose-your-own-adventure play developed as part of the inaugural Arts Club Emerging Playwright’s Unit 2019. In addition to creative work, Mumford is currently completing their MSc. at Simon Fraser University in Interactive Art and Technology where they research virtual reality based mental health support for long term space travel.
Pomarantz Collective (keep/sake)
Pomarantz collective is composed of Ariel Martz-Oberlander and Veronique West. Veronique is a first generation settler of Polish descent whose mother fled violence in her own country. Ariel is the granddaughter of Jewish refugees who fled Poland just before the Holocaust. Jewish culture thrived in Poland from the 900's to the early 1900's, and had a deep effect on Polish culture as the two mingled. We are interested in exploring the intersections of our cultures throughout previous generations as well as how that is reflected in our own lifetimes. To this end, we have chosen the name Pomarantz because it means "orange" in both Polish and Yiddish. Oranges are a symbol for joy in dark times, as they were a special treat only available at Christmas for Polish citizens, including Veronique's mother, under Soviet occupation. Similarly, the orange was added to the Passover Seder plate (a collection of ritual objects used during the holiday) in the 1980's to represent the inclusion of women and queer people into Jewish religious life. We see the orange as an important symbol of joy and the innovation of existing traditions in our overlapping cultures.
We both come from a mental illness and disability arts background and are focused on creating a trauma-informed creation process and methodology building on the work of fellow community members and mentors. Our approach frames “healing” not as an individual and linear journey, but as a collective political and cultural act, which is messy, strange, circular, ancestral, shattering, transformative and ongoing. We approach these themes with gentleness through the lens of how our identities affect our visions of justice, and how diaspora shapes our ability to find belonging on stolen land, and within a system that views justice only as punishment.
Ariel Martz-OberlanderPerformer Bio
Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a theatre artist, writer, producer and teacher on occupied Coast Salish Territories with a background in community theatre. She is the Youth Program Manager at the Cultch, supporting and facilitating artistic mentorships for artists 13-26 and producing the IGNITE! Youth Arts Festival. She has also spent years as a grassroots climate justice organizer in Vancouver and around BC. Her work explores her complex relationship to the land and identity as the granddaughter of Jewish refugees. Recent work includes Safe: The Jewish Vault at HIVE, part of Magnetic North Festival; Assistant Director for The Full Light of Day with Electric Company Theatre; Shelter, a show for one audience member at a time about climate grief; Time Machine, with Radix Theatre, a show on a yacht about our post-climate apocalypse future together; and Hysteria, a multi award winning original comedy about consent and technology. Ariel is the recipient of the 2017 Mayor's Arts Award for emerging community artist.
Veronique WestPerformer Bio
Veronique West (she/they) is a non-binary settler of Polish descent, based on the stolen and occupied lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (colonially known as Vancouver, Canada). Her practice, informed by her lived experience of madness/mental health disability, spans performance creation, dramaturgy, and facilitation, as well as mental health peer support and advocacy. As a creator and co-creator, their projects have been supported and presented by rEvolver Festival, Rumble Theatre, Rice & Beans Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Magnetic North Festival, Heart of the City Festival, and Playwrights Theatre Centre, among others. Veronique has been an eating disorder peer support mentor, a crisis responder, and will be a mental health workshop facilitator at post-secondary campuses next year. She is also part of Neurotales, a Mad and Neurodivergent writers' group. They are passionate about working towards, in the words of Disability Justice activist Patty Berne, “a world in which every body and mind is known as beautiful.”
Re:Current Theatre (The Marker of Nothing)
Re:Current Theatre is an award-winning company creating performance that reimagines gathering. We are a deeply human collective engaged in questions that spark connection between strangers. We create one of a kind experiences that redefine what we think of as theatre. At times our work will be on a stage, though it’ll just as often take place in unconventional settings, on gameboards, in studios and over dinner tables. We use a multiplicity of materials and methods that tease the senses to create an intimate space of unpredictable wonder.
We take ideas apart and reassemble them. We playfully dismantle and reconfigure systems to understand what it is we do not know. We approach our ignorance with kindness and compassion. We want to be in conversation with an idea and the audience together as we volley back and forth with each other as collaborators. We support each other and the audiences we invite into our spaces.
Our work is personal and intimate, even when it’s a big spectacle. It’s always just for you. Our aesthetic is a nexus of old and new technologies, pop culture, games, and academic theory. Our work moves through the senses to create visceral and profoundly transformative encounters.
Brian PostalianPerformer Bio
Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is an arts administrator, educator, and creator born and raised in Toronto/Tkaronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic. Brian produces with some of the most innovative theatre creators, companies, and arts administrators in Canada. He was the Artistic Producer of CRAPSHOOT! at Theatre Passe Muraille, and Compass Points Curator at Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival. He is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre, which produced the sold-out SummerWorks hit The Smile Off Your Face. Brian’s performance work has been featured on “Best of the Year” lists, been produced at festivals across Canada, and he has been described by one reviewer as “clearly unafraid to try just about anything.” Brian is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Theatre Game Design and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies. On his spare time, he likes to visit used book stores, ride his bicycle, play with his dog Amie, and is learning how to draw and play the Armenian duduk.brianpostalian.com
Meagan WoodsPerformer Bio
Meagan Woods is a choreographer, performer, writer, and costume designer who is passionate about collaborative, interdisciplinary work. Originally from the states, Meagan has presented a wide range of original dance/theatre works in venues across the North Eastern US earning her the Margery Turner Award for choreography. Meagan co-founded the largest annual modern dance festival in New Jersey, Your Move, for which she was granted the Dance NJ Jeté Award (and featured on an episode of Cake Boss). She is the librettist for Vancouver's Breathing Bass ensemble, set to premiere a streamed performance of their latest work for re:Naissance Opera's Indie Opera Week this year. Meagan holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University, a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University, and has guest lectured at both universities. She recently spoke on the TEDx stage about reimagining forms of progress through the reversal processes of sewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnaWLnwoiWo&t=13s
Stefan NazarevichPerformer Bio
Stefan Nazarevich is a composer and interdisciplinary performer, based in Vancouver, BC. A frequent interdisciplinary collaborator, Stefan has been commissioned to compose for numerous dance artists, including Noam Gagnon (Vision Impure), Josh Beamish (MOVE The Company), and Ralph Escamillan (FakeKnot). His work has been presented at Vancouver International Dance Festival (2019), Vines Art Festival (2020), and the Darmstadt International Summer Course (2018). Under the alias SAN, Stefan released his debut EP of solo electronic music, Haven, in July 2019, available on Spotify, Apple Music, and any other streaming platform you may use. While Haven stands as a testament to what can be done entirely inside the confines of a computer screen, Stefan’s solo practice has more recently expanded to include analog modular synthesizers, an aspect of his work which will feature prominently on his upcoming full-length album. Along with Shion Skye Carter, he is one half of the duo olive theory, whose debut work reach-close (2019) features an interactive, sculptural, amplified piano wire installation, performed with plucking, violin bows, and the scraping of shaved heads. Although he hates putting labels on these things, if pressed, Stefan might describe his music as “soundcloud trap for the concert hall.”
The Troika Collective (Please Hold)
The Troika Collective is a multi-disciplinary performance collective that uses Eastern European history and culture as a lens to explore universally resonant stories and themes. Favourite original projects include Voices from Chernobyl; a verbatim contemporary opera based on interviews with survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with music by Elliot Vaughan, and Richka (River); an interdisciplinary and community engaged performance investigating Ukrainian culture and heritage in the contemporary, Canadian context. The Troika Collective has also been known to branch into projects around themes of social justice and labour rights, including a collaboration with BC Labour Heritage to present site-specific performance pieces as part of the Centre’s Solidarity Forever walking tours, and a commission by the Left Coast Labour Chorus to create a piece commemorating the assassination of Ginger Goodwin and BC’s first general strike in 1918. For this piece, The Troika Collective expands their mandate once again to include some more lighthearted fare, and hopefully spread some much needed joy.
Aliya GriffinPerformer Bio
Aliya Griffin is the founder and artistic director of The Troika Collective which has previously presented pieces in all of the HIVE: the new bees iterations, as well as HIVE 2019 at Presentation House Theatre. Along with creating original work with The Troika Collective, Aliya also works as a theatre facilitator on community engaged projects and as the Tour Manager at Green Thumb Theatre. In her spare time, she performs Eastern European and Balkan music with the vocal trio, Vostok. Aliya holds a BA in Theatre Performance and Political Science, as well as an M.Ed. in Arts for Social Change, both from SFU.
Caroline SniatynskiPerformer Bio
Caroline Sniatynski is a writer, performer, and graduate of the theatre program at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her previous creations have involved typewriters, paper boats, cookies, and garden hoses, and have tackled subjects from decluttering to particle physics to Greek mythology. She is absolutely thrilled to be connecting with live audiences once again for HIVE 2021!
Manuela SosaPerformer Bio
Manuela Sosa is a trilingual performer based between Vancouver and New York City. A Venezuelan-American raised in Canada with a passion for new, necessary storytelling, she's worked internationally with playwrights, directors and choreographers to develop new works for stage and screen. Past collaborators include Rice & Beans Theatre, Leaky Heaven Circus, Theatre Elsewhere, Neworld Theatre, Aluna Theatre, The Vancouver Biennale, MouthRadio, Classic Theatre of Harlem, The Young Company, Theatre In Asylum, and The Hong Kong Dance Alliance. Manuela holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University in French and Theatre, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University.
Wunderdog Theatre (Dolphinfish)
Wunderdog Theatre is a Canadian theatre company that explores the relationship between storyteller and audience on the twenty-first century stage. Integrating new technology with traditional theatrical conventions, Wunderdog is driven by the storytelling potential that exists at the intersection of live performance and digital art.
Jayda NovakPerformer Bio
Jayda Paige Novak (she/her) is a Vancouver-based writer-producer with a deep love of consuming and creating raw, meaningful stories. When she isn’t managing a team of producers for TED Conferences LLC or working as Managing Producer for Wunderdog Theatre, she is often either writing, reading, playing tabletop RPGs, or out in the forest somewhere. Current projects include IRIS, a 10-episode neo-noir audio drama with Wunderdog Theatre (Producer), (hello, world/), a 4-episode sci-fi audio drama (Writer/Creator/Producer), The Raven, a serial audio drama with Rainfall Warning Productions (Co-Writer), and her own sci-fi novel, which she works on in the wee hours before the day begins. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to work on HIVE 2021 and can’t wait to tell a scripted story that truly responds to its audience.
Shelby BushellPerformer Bio
Shelby is deeply interested in the storytelling potential that lies at the intersection between live performance and digital media. As a graduate from UBC’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Theatre Production and English Literature, she has used different media to explore her passion for stories. Since graduation, she has been working in Vancouver’s theatre community as a stage director, designer, stage manager, and administrator. Most recently, she assistant directed Single Thread Theatre’s virtual reality production, Collider. In pre-pandemic times, she directed November Theatre’s immersive, roving audience world premiere production of The Trophy Hunt and Ensemble Theatre Company’s Born Yesterday. As the artistic director and founding member of Wunderdog Theatre, she is excited to be enrolled in the 2020 Masters of Digital Media Program at Ryerson University.
Tara PrattPerformer Bio
Tara's TV credits include The Twilight Zone, The Magicians, The Arrangement, Supernatural, and Fringe. She can be heard in podcasts like The Big Loop, The Black Tapes, Tanis, This Sounds Serious, and The Triton Incident. Tara has been nominated for two Leo Awards and was awarded the Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film (2016), for No Men Beyond This Point, which premiered at TIFF in 2015. Tara is a graduate of the U of A Drama program.
star star theatre (You Will Always Long To Return)
star star theatre is a Vancouver based company committed to the creation, development, and presentation of theatre, providing a platform for ensemble based theatre and new plays within a professional environment with paid opportunities for emerging artists.
Mika LaulainenPerformer Bio
Mika is a theatre creator based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She holds a BFA in Theatre with a specialization in directing from the University of Victoria. She has further trained in directing at Directors Lab North, Directors Lab West, the Women’s Directing Intensive at the Banff Centre, and in directing ensembles with Movement Theater Studios in New York. Her focus is on ensemble, physical theatre, puppetry, TYA, and new work. Her most recent professional play, Wag, premiered this May with Concrete Theatre in Edmonton via Zoom. Mika is the founder of star star theatre and has been producing work under that banner since 2013.
When she is not doing theatre, Mika is often playing on roller skates. When she is not roller skating, it is likely that she is drinking tea. She spends a lot of time walking her dog, Juno, who loves everyone.
Ming HudsonPerformer Bio
Ming is based on the unceded and unsurrendered traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is a performer, deviser, facilitator, director, and teacher who specializes in physical theatre and the creation of new work. She has worked with The Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Replacement, Atomic Vaudeville, The Firehall, and Boca del Lupo, and is currently a faculty member at CCPA. Ming is a graduate of LISPA, holds a MA (Rose Bruford), and a BFA (UVic). Her next directing credits include a book launch for The Milk of Amnesia, and Misadventure at the Lighthouse for Green Thumb Theatre.
unladylike co. (Follow Me)
unladylike co. creates and produces new female-driven plays and performances. At the heart of our work is the woman’s experience, which we share through a feminist, collaborative, and inclusive process. We provide opportunities for women - trans and cis - BIPOC, people with disabilities, and folx who are gender non-conforming, non-binary, and LGBTQIA2+ to have their stories and work represented, both on stage and in production roles. We present our stories, our differing experiences, and our perspectives, written, produced, and performed by us. The stories we tell are euphoric, gut-wrenching, absurd, honest, and empathetic. Based on the unceded and ancestral lands of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, unladylike co. was formed in 2018 by co-artistic producers Jessica Hood and Rachelle Miguel. unladylike co. has produced The [Organization], a site-specific play by Rachelle Miguel; a reading of bad eggs by Jessica Hood at the 2019 rEvolver Festival; and those whom fortune favours, a micro-performance for HIVE 2019. We are currently producing a film/theatre hybrid of bad eggs, which will premiere this summer
Jessica HoodPerformer Bio
Jessica Hood is based on the unceded and stolen lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Jessica holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University. Her artistic practice is focused on performance, playwriting, and producing. Selected performance credits include Her/Them (Pedro Chamale, Pull Fest VII); Acceleration (Ulla Laidlaw); The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, (Deneh’Cho Thompson); Voices from Chernobyl (Aliya Griffin, The Troika Collective); and the title role in Olya the Child (Aliya Griffin, The Troika Collective). Her play Oh, Romeo/ No, Romeo was selected for the NewMarket National Ten-Minute Play Festival. Her first full-length play bad eggs, was presented in a staged reading at rEvolver Festival in May 2019. She was the Artistic Associate at Rumble Theatre for their 2017/18 season. She was named the Artist in Residence at Ruby Slippers Theatre for their 2019/20 season. Jessica is the co-founder and co-artistic producer of unladylike co., a theatre company devoted to producing new female-driven plays and performances.jessicahoodartist.com
Rachelle MiguelPerformer Bio
Rachelle Miguel is an emerging theatre artist who is a Vancouver-based performer, playwright and producer. She is a graduate of SFU with a BFA in Theatre Performance where she learned not only the skills of performance but also the importance of collaboration, patience, determination and creativity. Rachelle is the co-founder of unladylike co., a small theatre collective founded in the spring of 2018. She wrote and co-produced The [Organization] a site-specific play about office culture which premiered at Urban Ink Productions’ office in November 2018. In 2019 she aided in devising those whom fortune favours for HIVE and a haunting mini-performance at Presentation Haunted House.