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Christine Sokaymoh Frederick – Artistic Director/Producer/Co-Founder In addition, the new Executive Director of the Annual Dreamspeakers Film Festival since February 2016. She is an urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis and has thirty-five years of performance experience, as a dancer, musician, media artist, writer, producer, and actor. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra/Winspear Centre and the Edmonton Indigenous Public Art Park steering committee. She is the recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Arts, and the 2016 Mayor's award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership. Former board member and chair of Edmonton Arts Council. Newly appointed Vice Chair of Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Doreen L. Cardinal – Assistant Producer (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Aboriginal Liaison Doreen has over 30 years experience in the communications field from development, programming, administration, coordination and graphic design. 2007 Esquao Award recipient for Community, she has a passion for working for the people. She loves the arts and film, showcasing the talent among us provincially, nationally and internationally is very vital in her work. Doreen currently sits on the Jury Selection Committee with the Edmonton Arts Council.
Barry Bilinsky – Festival Assistant Producer/Technical Director Barry Bilinsky is an Alberta-based theatre artist of Metis/Cree descent originally from Edmonton Alberta in Treaty 6 territory. His work spans several disciplines, as a theatre director, writer, and clown-based performer, as well as along the spectrum of community driven projects to professional theatre. Barry is the Artistic Director of Fool Spectrum Theatre - a clown-based theatre company in Alberta, as well as an artistic associate with Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society, Alberta Aboriginal Arts, and the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. A graduate of the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Arts program, Barry focuses on creating work with diverse communities through various art disciplines.
Patrick Lundeen – Associate Director (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Patrick Lundeen is thrilled to have been a part of this wonderful project. As a director Patrick has worked on four Pyretic Productions’ including The Particulars, Bears (2015) The Other, and Blood of Our Soil. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program. He is Co-Founder and past Executive Director of Common Ground, the organization behind Edmonton’s annual Found Festival. In 2014, he received the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award through Nextfest Arts Company. For four seasons Patrick worked as an Associate Director of Outreach and education at the Citadel Theatre, and served as Assistant Artistic Director with Catalyst Theatre in the 2014/15 season. Patrick is a teacher, acting coach and an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-nominated actor.
Erin Voaklander * – Stage Manager (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Selected Stage Management: Puttin' on the Ritz (Belfry Theatre), The Book of Ashes (St. Albert Children's Festival), Sequence (Shadow Theatre), Sia (Pyretic), Sofa So Good (Small Matters), Baskerville, The Last Resort, Don't Dress for Dinner (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). Assistant/Apprentice: A Christmas Carol (Belfry), The Bomb-itty of Errors (Belfry, Arts Club Theatre), White Christmas (Arts Club), Chicago (Mayfield) Blackbird, True Love Lies, and Courageous (Citadel Theatre). Assistant Director: Featuring Loretta, Criminal Genius (Punctuate! Theatre), The Particulars (Pyretic). Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) in English & Political Science and a Certificate in Globalization & Governance (University of Alberta).
Trent Crosby – Production Manager (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Trent is an Edmonton based artist and arts enabler. A graduate of Grant MacEwan's Theatre Production program and The Banff Centre for the Arts, Trent has spent the last 8 years as a Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Entertainment Programmer, Site Manager, and Theatre Technician among many many other things.
Monica Dottor * – Choreographer (Bears) Costume Design (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Selected Choreography: Marat/Sade, Euridyce, Glenn, A Tender Thing (Soulpepper); The Penelopiad*, Her 2, (Nightwood), Craiglist Canata *(Acting UpStage); Maria Lullabye, The Other (CompanyBlonde, PyreticProductions); The Middle Place (Canadian Stage); The Russian Play* (Factory) Bombers, The History of Drinking in Cavan (4th Line); Untethered (Canadian Film Centre), Big Love (University of Windsor); Other: Monica is a 7 time Dora Mavor Moore* award nominated actor (3X) & choreographer (4X). She has been resident Choreographer at 4th Line Theatre for 8 seasons and is their new Intern Director.
Tekaronhiáhkhwa, Santee Smith – Choreographer (Minosis Gathers Hope) Santee is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Six Nations. She completed 6 years at Canada’s National Ballet School; Physical Education, Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a Dance MA from York University. Santee premiered her first work Kaha:wi in 2004 and a year later founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which has grown into an internationally renowned company. Her body of work includes 12 productions, over 11 short works plus commissions and independent works, touring nationally and internationally. A sought after teacher and speaker on Indigenous performance and culture, she is a recent recipient of a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award. Noor Dean Musani – Composer/Sound Design (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) An award winning composer, songwriter, producer, sound designer, DJ, curator, and educator. Since 1998 Dean has been known as much for his lively performances under his stage names Phatcat and Freetrayed, as his tireless work behind the scenes of Canada's electronic music community. Founding the Future Roots collective in 2005, he has been instrumental in enriching Canada's arts landscape, hosting hundreds of risk taking artists and releasing groundbreaking music through his label at FutureRootsRecords.com. Honoured with a Sterling Award in 2015 for his original score to Bears he's very excited to bring his touch to the project once again.
T. Erin Gruber – Environmental Designer (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Is an award winning set, lighting, costume and projected media designer. She is a graduate with distinction of the BFA Theatre Design program at the University of Alberta and works professionally across Canada. Recent projects: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Citadel Theatre and RMTC, Sterling Award for Lighting Design), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield Theatre), Design Assistant: Stratford Festival (2013 and 2016). For more information visit her online: eringruber.com, showstages.com
Brianna Kolybaba – Costume Design (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Brianna is a third year student in the University of Alberta’s BFA Theatre Design Program, specializing in the design of set, costume and lighting. In addition to theatre design, she frequently works in production creation, scenic painting, costume construction and prop creation. Most recent design credits include costume design for Bone Wars (Punctuate! Theatre, 2017 Sterling for Best TYA Show), production design for Everyone We Know Will Be There (Tiny Bear Jaws Theatre), and production design for Garnish (Nextfest).
Lianna Makuch – Outreach Coordinator (Toronto) (Bears, Minosis Gathers Hope) Lianna Makuch is as an actor, creator, instructor, and artistic producer. Her main artistic ventures have been as an Artistic Associate/Producer with Pyretic Productions. She has co-created several Fringe hits and worked as performer apprentice with renowned Canadian horror clown-duo, Mump and Smoot CRACKED. Lianna has managed audience outreach and communications for several Edmonton arts festivals, and co-founded, manages, and teaches an affordable children’s theatre program, Spark! Youth Camp. Lianna is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta. Lianna is currently developing the world premiere of Blood of Our Soil, which will take place in March 2018.
Shivani Saini – Publicity by Atelier Culturati Atelier Culturati offers professional consulting and production services to artists and organizations. Established by Shivani Saini in 2014, Atelier Culturati’s principle mandate is to create and support projects that positively transform the human condition. Shivani is an accomplished producer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the art of planning and creative implementation. Her expertise is sought after by multiple disciplines, and her project répertoire includes award-winning dramatic television, groundbreaking theatre, international visual arts affairs, social media initiatives, and festivals that cultivate new works. www.atelierculturati.com
Cody Anderson – Graphic Designer Cody Anderson is a Cree/Metis Graphic Designer from the Gift Lake Metis Settlement. A recent graduate from Pixel Blue College, Cody has put his design abilities to use working on projects with the Dreamspeakers/AAPA team. He has designed ads, program booklets, and this very website.
* - The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre policy.