IGNITE! 2017 THEATRE SERIES

Body so Fluorescent
by David di Giovanni in collaboration with Amanda Cordner

What happened last night on the dance floor? Two friends try to retrace their steps from the night before to figure out just how it all ended in an explosive fight. In their effort to figure out last night’s facts, both friends shift from self to alter-ego, and along the way, are met with stunning revelations. BODY SO FLUORESCENT is inviting and outrageous: asking difficult questions about blackness, otherness and relational oppressions.

Shows:
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Address:
Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 3P5

Tickets & Additional Information: http://sagetheatre.com/

Playwright & Director: David di Giovanni
Co-writer & Performer: Amanda Cordner
Stage Manager: Molly Noonan

Biographies:

I, AMANDA CORDNER (Toronto based theatre creator/film/tv actor, and exceptional hugger) made my solo-show debut last year at the 37th Annual Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with body so fluorescent (co-created by David Di Giovanni). I am incredibly grateful to Sage Theatre for programming #BSF in this year’s IGNITE! Festival. And I am elated to be sharing my work with the Calgary arts community!

I’ve done shows: Twelfth Night: A Puppet Epic (Shakey-Shake & Friends) Edmond (Storefront), Bitchcraft (Pure Carbon), Antigone (Alumnae Theatre).

 

 

 

DAVID DI GIOVANNI is a theatre director. Some directing credits include: BODY SO FLUORESCENT (February 2016), Play it Again, Phaedra (December 2012), MAP Season One (Sept 2011 – May 2012) at the Mainline Theatre, Holy Tranity! at the historic Cafe Cleopatra (June 2013),
The Last Days of Karl Nimeni at the ARENA festival.. der jungen Kunst in Erlangen, Germany (July 2012), and assistant director on Corpus directed by Liz Valdez (Nov 2014), Twelfth Night directed by Amanda Kellock (July 2015) and Hamlet directed by Birgit Schreyer-Duarte in High Park. David has made two journeys to the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, whose practice is a deep inspiration for his own work. David completed his MFA in Theatre Directing at York University in 2017.

 

 

A graduate of the UVIC theatre program, Molly migrated to Calgary in 2013 and has been hard at work in local theatre ever since. Most often seen stage managing for Storybook Theatre, Molly is also an experienced director who has toured several original shows on the Fringe circuit. When not in the theatre, Molly can be found enjoying lots of science fiction and cuddling her two kitties.  

 

 


Double Bill

A Millennials Guide To Dating In The 21st Century
Directed by Erinn Watson
Written by AJ Baragar

Tired of the endless cycle of work-eat-sleep? Sick of ordering pizza on more than three nights per week? Finally run out of shows to binge watch on Netflix? Have you finally come to understand how pathetic and lonely you truly are? Not to worry, Ignite! Festival has a cure for this!

Hello, and welcome to A Millennials Guide To Dating In The 21st Century! This precise, detailed and comprehensive handbook is the perfect tool to finding and keeping your future soulmate. Live-action subjects demonstrate a variety of situations that might arise in the process to ‘woo’ your soulmate, this 25 minute performance will get you in semi-clean clothes, off your couch, away from cheetos, and finally meeting the love of your life.

Directed by Erinn Watson
Written by AJ Baragar
Designed by Skylar Desjardins
Stage Managed by Taylor Guidotti
Staring Sean Fetaz, Kendra Hutchinson, and Hayley Feigs

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#JustGirlyThings
by Samantha Ketsa and Emily Sunderland

#JustGirlyThings looks at the impact on the perspectives and connections of young women in the digital age. Inspired by a distinct need to release twenty years of repressed rage, Ketsa and Sunderland have collaborated with seven emerging performers to create a visceral performance that comments on how…

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Nevermind, it’s fine. No, seriously, everything is perfect. See you at the show. 🙂

Shows:
Wednesday June 7th at 9:30 pm
Thursday June 8th at 7:00 pm
Friday June 9th at 7:00 pm

Address:
Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 3P5

Tickets & Additional Information: http://sagetheatre.com/

Co-created by Samantha Ketsa & Emily Sunderland
Lighting Designed by Michael Luong
Costume Designed by Kristin Jones
Sound Designed by Samantha Ketsa
Stage Managed by Taylor Guidotti
Performed by Shondra Cromwell-Krywulak, Matt Hall, Samantha Ketsa, Megan Koch, Tessa Mark, Ethan Ross, Waverly Spratt, and Emily Sunderland

Biographies: A Millennials Guide To Dating In The 21st Century

AJ Baragar
  

 

Erinn Watson graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BFA in Theatre Performance in 2015. While attending university, she was active in creating and directing theatre. After graduating, she continued to focus on directing and creating, co-directing Lethbridge’s Shakespeare in the Park summer 2015 and independently directing and producing Where We Left Off. Since moving to Calgary, she has worked with Mudfoot Theatre and Ghost River Theatre as a performer and creator. She is passionate about devised and collaborative theatre, examining the range of connections that exist within relationships, and exploring the boundaries of what theatre can be.
In her spare time, she drinks a lot of tea.

 

 

Erinn Watson graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BFA in Theatre Performance in 2015. While attending university, she was active in creating and directing theatre. After graduating, she continued to focus on directing and creating, co-directing Lethbridge’s Shakespeare in the Park summer 2015 and independently directing and producing Where We Left Off. Since moving to Calgary, she has worked with Mudfoot Theatre and Ghost River Theatre as a performer and creator. She is passionate about devised and collaborative theatre, examining the range of connections that exist within relationships, and exploring the boundaries of what theatre can be.
In her spare time, she drinks a lot of tea.

 

 

This is Sean’s first time performing in the Ignite! Theatre Festival and he could not be more excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew. Other selected theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet (The Shakespeare Company); The Mikado (Calgary Opera); The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary – Shakespeare by the Bow). Film and Television Credits: The Reapers (The Mercenary Company); Wynonna Earp (SyFy); Fargo (FX Canada); Hell on Wheels (AMC). Sean is also a photographer and an aspiring playwright. Lastly, Sean would like to thank his parents for their never ending support. Enjoy the show! 

 

 

Kendra is happy she gets to play in mask as part of Ignite! Kendra is a graduate of Rosebud School of the Arts and is a residency artist with Trickster Theatre and Quest Theatre. Selected acting credits include: Snow White, Anne of Green Gables and We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (Rosebud Theatre) Halo, Sunny Side Up (Fire Exit Theatre) and How To Disappear Completely (Ghost River Theatre). She hopes that you will find this dating guide helpful and sends love to her real life date JM. 

 

 

Skylar is a Calgary-based set, lighting, and costume designer and a recent BFA graduate from the University of Calgary. Some of his favourite credits include The Exquisite Hour (Asst. set and light design, Lunchbox Theatre), Closer to the Heart//The Afterlife (Production design, UCalgary Taking Flight), Splendour (Lighting design, UCalgary MainStage), Macbeth (UCalgary Taking Flight), Wagonstage (Production design, Calgary Zoo), and Window (Asst. set and costume design, Ghost River Theatre). Skylar would like to thank all of the wonderful artists he’s met at the IGNITE! festival for helping him grow as an artist and his friends and family for their support. Up Next: Urinetown (Production design, Grindstone Theatre) and Polonius and his Children (Production design, Blue Elephant Theatre).
www.skydesjardins.wixsite.com/portfolio

 

Biographies: #JustGirlyThings

 

Taylor is incredibly excited to be participating in her first Ignite Festival and she couldn’t be prouder to see the double-billed shows she has been managing come to life on the Pumphouse stage. Currently Taylor is entering her third year as a drama and philosophy student at the University of Calgary, where she has been focusing in stage management, directing, and actively arguing for musical theatre equality and appreciation. And yes, before you ask, the answer to the ever-so-common question of “And WHAT are you possibly planning to do with your life with THAT degree?!?” Taylor plans to eventually graduate, pretend that she doesn’t have an army of student loans to pay off, hopefully direct some musicals and other forms of interdisciplinary work, and be fortunate enough to do something with her life that she loves.
Special shout out to my sister Brooke, the inspiration and the reason why I love what I love, and my mother Rhonda, who sits through countless performances of shows I’ve worked on (no matter how much she dislikes them) just because I worked on it. Without their support, I couldn’t do what I do. I love you both ❤

 


Harun
by Makram Ayache

As Harun and his friends finalize preparations for a protest against a major pipeline project, Harun is struck with a prophecy. A dystopian future awaits him, and a masked Angel says “listen to the answer from the highest of holies…should you fail, this is the future you inherit.” Reality blurs with spiritual revelation in this tale of an immigrant Arab-Canadian navigating his sexuality in Canada.

Shows:
Tuesday, June 6th at 8:15 pm
Thursday, June 8th at 8:15 pm
Saturday, June 10th at 7:00 pm

Address:
Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 3P5

Tickets & Additional Information: http://sagetheatre.com/

Playwright & Performer: Makram Ayache
Director: Alexander Donovan
Stage Manager: Roxanne Cote
Sound Designer: Connor Stuart
Costume, Set, and Video Designer: Kelsi Kalmer
Movement Choreographer: Alyssa Bartlet
Dramaturg: Kim McCraw
Mentor: David van Belle

Cast:
Makram Ayache (Harun)
Marc Ludwig (Henry)
Leila Raye-Crofton (Jean)
Sareeta Lopez (Maralah)
Hala Nasr (Nahla)
Jacob Holloway (David)

Biographies:

Alexander Donovan is entering his second year of his MFA in Directing at the University of Alberta. In his first year he directed Copenhagen by Michael Frayn and two one-act versions of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon and Old Times by Harold Pinter. He spent his summer working on a number of projects including the premier of his play Caged, and directing the show Wasters by Jacob Martin for the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. Other directing credits include: The December Man by Colleen Murphy (Theatre University of New Brunswick), This is a Play by Daniel MacIvor, The Honour of the Crown, Thom Pain: based on nothing by Will Eno (Imaginary Circumstances Theatre Company), Jon & Richard Duel for Honour, Jobbers, Alice Loves the Beach (NB Acts). He also Assistant Directed for Caleb Marshall at Theatre New Brunswick on productions of Frankenstein adapted by Walter Learning and the new musical premiere of A Christmas Carol by Caleb Marshall and Michael Doherty. 
 

 

Alyssa Bartlet 

 

Connor Stuart is a theatre artists based in Edmonton, AB. He is currently finishing his BFA – Acting from the University of Alberta. Other sound design credits include: Orestes 2.0 (Abbedam), Lion in the Streets (U of A), and more! Thank you for coming to see this great new piece of theatre!!

 

 

Hala Nasr is a Calgary actor, producer, director, writer, and teacher. She has mostly worked in film television and web media. But when her friend and cast member for The Dog House romcom web series, Diego Stredel, told her about the part for Nahla, she was excited to try out. It is the first stage play Hala has performed in since her university says. Lebanese-born, Melkite Christian, Hala’s family came to Canada to escape the war and built a life here in Alberta. To see more of Hala’s work, watch “A Flowershop4 Men”, “The Man from Ballyduff”, “Global Meltdown”, and “Horse Mask”.

 

This is Jacob Holloway’s first ever production in Calgary. Although originally from British Columbia, Jacob recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in Acting. Some of his more recent credits include Red (Fred Skelton Theatre Company), Assassins (Loose Ends Theatre), God’s Ear (Studio Theatre), The Government Inspector (Studio Theatre), and the world premiere of Colleen Murphy’s newest play: Bright Burning (Studio Theatre). You can see him next at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in Uniform Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 

 

Kelsi Kalmer is an emerging performer/visual artist/designer from Calgary, currently enrolled at the University of Alberta as a Bachelor of Arts Honours student, with a major in Drama and a minor in Art & Design. Some of her previous theatrical credits include: The Water Project (2017), Ministers of Grace at the New Works Festival (2017), Fix/Flux with In Arms Theatre Collective (2016), Princess Bear at the New Works Festival (2016), wardrobe assisting with Freewill Shakespeare (2015), and an apprenticeship with Alberta Theatre Projects (2012/2013).
Originally from Vancouver, Leila is so excited to begin entering the theatre scene in Alberta. This is her first time performing in Calgary! In Edmonton, she most recently appeared in Concord Floral (6/Nearly Wild, University of Alberta), The Wolves (Dr. Monaghan, New Works Festival) and Oedipus the King (Servant, University of Alberta). After Ignite, she will be directing Tempting for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in August! Leila just finished her second year of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. Many thanks out to her friends and family for all their love and support and to Alex and Makram for giving her this opportunity! 
 

 

Makram is a theater maker, actor, and educator. His work is focused on intersectional queer storytelling and as well as community based theater. Makram works in both text based storytelling and community devised theatre. Select acting credits include Belize in “Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches” (2013) and Just Joey (1) in “Concord Floral” (2016). He is beginning his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at York University in the fall of 2017. He hopes to continue pursing community based work utilizing drama as the catalyst for social engagement, personal development, and artistic creation.  
 

 

Marc is an Edmonton based actor, singer and dancer. Some of his more recent works you may know him from Studio Theatre’s Production of Twelfth Night (as Orsino), The Government Inspector (as Police Superintendent) and as Deon in Colleen Murphy’s Bright Burning . This summer, he looks forward to Super-ing at Artstrek Theatre Camp, and taking on the Edmonton Fringe with Grindstone Theatre’s Production of Urinetown.

 

Roxanne is in her third year of the BFA Stage Management program at the University of Alberta. Some of her credits include Stage Managing for Maps to the Stars (New Works Festival), The Tempest (Corner Stage), @Tension (Second Playing Space), and Hamlet (BLT2).

 

Hailing from the land of rain and mountains in Vancouver, Sareeta moved to Edmonton to pursue drama and education at the University of Alberta in 2010. Sareeta has been performing since she was six years old, starting with dance, and then in high school she went on to become the thespian that she is today. She has been involved in a number of university productions, as a performer in Seussical: The Musical, sound designer for Young Frankenstein, lighting designer for Orestes 2.0., Tiresias in Welcome to Thebes, and Scheherazade in Freeing Heaven’s Secrets . Her most recent acting project was Condolences (Hot Shots Films). Sareeta is also a teacher and feminist blogger at FlightandScarlet.com, and in her free time she loves reading and cuddling her cat. She hopes you enjoy the show!
 

All That’s Left
by Laura Couch

Six people trapped in a nightclub, with fear and darkness outside. This is a story of optimism and the human capacity for hope and strength. Inspired by recent events in Orlando, All That’s Left aims to give hope to those feeling scared or isolated.

Shows:
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Address:
Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 3P5

Tickets & Additional Information: http://sagetheatre.com/

Playwright: Laura Couch
Director: Jay Northcott
Stage Manager: Hanna Loh
Designer: Lauren Acheson
Lighting Designer: Lyall MIller
Dramaturg: Michelle Kennedy

Cast:
Conrad Belau (Tomas)
Mary Elizabeth Chisholm (Victoria)
Kayla Craig (Rachel)
Madeleine Taylor-Gregg (Jo)
Mike Rolfe (Daniel)
Emily Schoen (Amber)

Biographies:

Conrad is a Calgary based director, designer and actor, as well as Artistic Director of Theatre of Consequence. Select acting credits include Walt Whitman’s Secret (frank Theatre), The Tempest (Suspension of Disbelief), The Darling Family (Three Eyes Productions), A Thought in Three Parts (Theatre Outre), Rumplestiltskin (Birnton/Stage West for Kids), Love Song (Courage Productions), and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Rosebud Theatre). He was involved in the creation and performance of How to Disappear Completely (Ghost River Theatre, 2014 Intensive) and the Calgary Critter nominated hit This Is How I Left (Third Street Theatre). Up next, he will be performing in Theatre Calgary’s production of Shakespeare by the Bow’s As You Like It. He thanks Alix and his family for their continued love and support. “God is GOOD!”

 

 

 

Emily Schoen is very excited to perform at the Ignite! Festival again, she performed in the improv series last year. Emily will be graduating from the University of Lethbridge in June with a BFA in drama performance. She had the pleasure of working on many shows there including Down from Heaven, Sauce for the Goose, and Of Least Concern. Other credits include: The Daily Draught (Edmonton Fringe), and River: a Puppet Myth (and internship with Mudfoot theatre). Emily is honored to be a part of All that’s Left because of it’s very powerful script.

 

 
Hanna is from Calgary and recently finished her first year at the University of Alberta in the BFA Stage Management program. She is very excited to be working with the Ignite! Festival again this year, but she is happy to be on the other side of the stage this time. Some of her past credits include: Defined (Crescent Heights High School and Ignite! Festival 2016), Anxiety (Theatre Yes), and Pomer and Penelope (New Works Festival 2017). She has also been a Jr. Technician for the 2015 Calgary Fringe Festival. Hanna is very grateful for the amazing experience working on All That’s Left.

 

 

I hate telling you guys about how great I am and how many productions I’ve done, it’s a bit boring don’t you think? Welcome to the Ignite! Festival! I have this awesome opportunity to work with an amazing playwright, extraordinary performers and brilliant designers. What more could I ask for? This year, I choose to do Ignite! for the second time. Mostly, because I love working with young artist with a vision to change a world of theatre. I have had so many great times with my cast and crew and I can’t wait for you to take a seat and see our production on its feet. Did that rhyme? I think I killed this Bio.

 

 

Laura Couch is a playwright and actor currently majoring in performance at the University of Lethbridge. She’s passionate about creating new art that explores social issues and human connections through collaborative processes. She loves working with stylistic and poetic language, as well as non-realistic movement, in her work. As a founding member of the new theatre company Seven Starving Artists, her goal is to help elevate new voices and create new work for social change. She was recently awarded second place in the Play Right Prize competition (supported by Terry Whitehead) for All That’s Left. 

 

 
Lauren is a freelance designer and technician based in Calgary. Recent work includes: production design — Ivan And The Dogs (Tin Man), lighting design — Iolanthe (Morpheus), design assistance — Fortune Falls (Catalyst/ATP), and lighting design — King Kirby (Sage). Coming up: teaching technical theatre basics to summer campers at the Pumphouse! Lauren is a graduate of Red Deer College (Production 2012) and of The National Theatre School of Canada (Set and Costume Design 2015).
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Lyall Miller has never written a bio before, but is super thrilled to write this one! He’s decided to write in the third person because that’s what he thinks he’s supposed to do. This is his first time working with the Ignite Festival and he is super excited to share his work with you. He just finished his fourth and final year at the University of Lethbridge drama program, majoring in the tech/design stream. He was co-artistic producer for TheatreXtra (U of L’s student theatre company) which produced the first version of the Ignite show All That’s Left. Notable design credits are: If There’s One Thing I Know is True, All That’s Left (TheatreXtra), Portraits Post Drowning (Chinook One Acts Festival)  
 
Madeleine Taylor-Gregg hails from small town British Columbia and is a recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge’s BFA in performance program. Recent performance credits include Kafka in Words, Words, Words (Abbondanza), Margaret in The Drowning Girls (ULeth), Hotelkeeper in DREAMS (Acting Showcase), Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (ULeth), Herself in City of the Broken (TheareXtra), and Mark in CoWorkers (THUGWork). Madeleine made her directing and creating debut with Where’s My Sky? (TheatreXtra) in March 2017; a collective creation challenging ideas of faith and the supernatural. She is ecstatic to be a part of the cast of All That’s Left and to help tell this impactful story. Madeleine has recently come to call Calgary home and looks forward to the other artistic wonders it has in store.
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Mary Elizabeth Chisholm is a graduate from the University of Lethbridge’s Drama – Performance program. Since graduating, she has had the honour to work for many different theatre companies across the city in different capacities, including acting in Birnton Theatricals/Stagewest For Kids’ production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ignite! Festival this year! Mary would like to dedicate her performance to her brand new baby Nephew, Quentin John.  
 
Michael studied performance at the University of Lethbridge where he graduated with Great Distinction and since graduation works as an actor in Calgary. Recent acting credits include: The Golden Penis (Cloudsky Dance Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Spiritfire Theatre), DNA (Hoodlum Theatre), Two Goalies Going Fishing in the Dark (Calgary Fringe Festival), and Wynonna Earp (TV/Syfy Network). While acting is certainly his focus, he also enjoys script writing, poetry, and collaborative creation focused on impulse work and movement. Michael is incredibly grateful to be working in the welcoming arts community of Calgary and would like to thank his family, friends, and fellow artists for their overwhelming support and love. 
 

 


Functional by Louise Casemore
Presented with Defiance Theatre

A nondescript room. Ten chairs in a circle. There is coffee. Stale cookies. No phones allowed. You enter. Sit wherever. Help yourself.

Or don’t.

Functional serves to explore the reality of those who need support but will never ask for it.

It is also a love story, but not an uplifting one.

Maybe it will be fun. You never know until you try.

Shows:
Tue, Jun 6th, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Wed, Jun 7th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Wed, Jun 7th, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Thu, Jun 8th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Thu, Jun 8th, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Fri, Jun 9th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Jun 9th, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Sat, Jun 10th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Jun 10th, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Sat, Jun 10th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

SPECIAL OFFSITE PRESENTATION
The MicroMech boardroom, across the street from the West Village Theatre
201-1950 10 Ave SW

Playwright & Performer: Louise Casemore
Director: Beth Dart

Biographies:

Louise Casemore is a producer, writer, performer, and overall creative renegade currently based in Alberta. She received her post-secondary training as one of the final graduates of Keyano College’s conservatory Drama program in Fort McMurray, and has worked relentlessly across the arts industry ever since.

In addition to her current position as Artistic Associate for Ghost River Theatre, Louise is the Artistic Director for the independent company Defiance Theatre, which is committed to the development of new Canadian theatre and bridging the gap between emerging and established artists. Through Defiance and on her own, Louise has been involved in over a dozen world premieres and counting.

In addition to her work in the theatre she is actively involved in event coordination and fundraising for both the commercial and non-profit sectors. Louise has served as the Co-Chair of Fundraising for Theatre Network, is a proud member of the Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre Board of Directors, and has previously served on the Keyano College Board of Governors.

She is passionate about exploring new ways to approach storytelling, good food, and all things strange and unusual.

  

 

 


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