Emerging Artist Triple Bill - Play the Fool 2019
ATB Financial Arts Barns - Backstage Theatre
Minor Pains: Prenatal Piercing and Other Pregnancy Prep
Written & performed by Erin Pettifor & Ashleigh Hicks
Directed by Charlie Peters
Designed by Caro Vanrensburg
A darkly satirical story. Watch this Mother-to-Be prepare her feminist fetus to face the world with diamonds on her ears
Erin Pettifor is an Edmonton based theatre artist. She is a recent grad of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta, and has a diploma in Theatre Creation and Performance from Red Deer College. She has taken Canada's National Voice Intensive and has a special place in her heart for the training offered at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Erin has most recently performed in Theatre Yes’ site specific show, Slight of Mind.
Ashleigh Hicks (she/her) is a queer playwright/performer/embroiderer currently splitting her time between Edmonton and Calgary. Her award-winning plays have been produced in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Montreal. She has studied with the University of Alberta’s BA Honours Drama program, and has trained in clown and neo-bouffon at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance.
Charlie Peters is a theatre and opera director, actor, lighting designer, playwright, dramaturge, poet, and clown. He is the recipient of the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist (2013) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Two Corpses Go Dancing 2015) and was nominated for Outstanding Direction for Diana Son’s Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre 2014). www.charliepeters.ca
Caro is a designer and theatre artist based in Edmonton, focusing mainly on costume, lighting, and set design. Recent credits include production design for Bird Signs and The Fatal Summons at NextFest 2019, production design for Alberta Opera’s new musical Baba Yaga at the 2019 Fringe Festival, and Costume Design Associate for the 2019 Freewill Shakespeare Festival. www.vanrensbdesigns.com
Oblong and Oboe
Written & performed by Jalisa Gonie & Charlie Peters
Directed by Alyssa Billingsley
Performance and Directing Coach by John Turner
ArchDuke Oblong and Crown Prince Oboe rule the land, maintaining its upper-class traditions. But, unbeknownst to them, their kingdom is in a time of upheaval. Things cannot continue as they have and the two clowns must learn how to give up their power and wealth.
Jalisa Gonie is a theatre artist based out of Saskatoon. She has trained at the University of Saskatchewan and received a BFA in Acting, as well as the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Jalisa splits her time between Clown, Acting, Stage Management and Production.
Charlie Peters is a theatre and opera director, actor, lighting designer, playwright, dramaturge, poet, and clown. Originally from Saskatoon, Charlie is relocating to Edmonton to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice at the University of Alberta. He earned a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and has spent considerable time training at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. www.charliepeters.ca
John Turner is best known as the “Smoot” half of the award winning Canadian clown duo Mump & Smoot, who have delighted audiences with 8 full length shows throughout North America for the past 30 years. John is the founder and Artistic Director of The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance (MCCP).
Alyssa Billingsley is a Saskatoon-born theatre artist with a musical and physical theatre background. After taking Mike Kennard's Baby Clown course in 2012, she studied full time in Montréal at the École de Clown et Comedie Physique Francine Côté. She attended a clown festival in Peru with Patch Adams and is a frequent touring puppeteer in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
White Comforter: Get Some, with Carol White
Written & performed by Alexandra Dawkins
Directed by Jake Tkaczyk
Performance consultant Elena Eli Belyea
Are you Getting Any? Carol White won't wait until she's dead to sleep, and neither should you. Carol White takes the stage having come out a debilitating history of sleep loss, only to have developed a world-renowned solution for all who suffer. Carol leads the audience through a Guided Sleep Meditation, as it shouldn't matter who are in order to deserve rest. GET SOME with Carol White.
Alexandra Dawkins is a theatre creator/performer, musician and writer from Edmonton, AB. She has been living in Berlin since September 2018 developing her artistic practice primarily as a writer and mover. Recent Credits include: We Are All Treaty People (Quest Theatre), Working It Out (Work Plays), Smoke (Downstage Theatre), and All Proceeds Go To (Innocent Operations, Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival).
Jake is an Edmonton-based theatre artist with a passion for creating new and engaging work collaboratively. He graduated from the BFA Acting at the University of Alberta. Also a graduate of Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation program, Jake has worked as an actor, director, creator, and educator in central Alberta, and recently received the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Young Artist Prize.
Elena Eli Belyea is a queer playwright, performer, producer, arts educator, and Artistic Director of Tiny Bear Jaws. Elena is a graduate of the University of Alberta as well as the National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting), and has mentored emerging writers and theatre makers for almost a decade. Elena’s plays have received numerous awards, including First Place in the 2015 Wildside National Playwriting Competition with Cleave.