Presenters

  • EdTA Canada / BC Thespians
    Benjamin Bram Pilger

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  • EdTA Canada / Ontario Thespians
    Allison Green

    Allison is a storyteller, artist and teacher. She is the granddaughter of Andy Green, an Algonquin elder of Talon Lake near Mattawa Ontario. It was with great pride that she was gifted the Anishnabwe name Shinawe Pewanak by elders who felt she earned -- “The One who Rattles the Flint”. Elders saw the passion to pass on her fire through the teaching of young people, new teachers and members of her Indigenous community who have not found their voice. Allison’s formal theatrical training began at York University, Toronto, in Theatre Production, Stage Management and Design – where she also returned for her Bachelor of Education. Allison’s artistry can be seen in her Indigenous artwork, beading, stage design and painting. She is a published playwright as her script “Anonymous” is available through Theatrefolk and she continues to write, direct and stage productions with high school students. She is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Educational Theatre Association of Canada and a secondary school teacher in rural Northern Ontario where she teaches drama, social sciences and Indigenous studies.

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  • Fabulist Theatre
    Damon Bradley Jang

    Damon is a multifaceted performing artist and teacher and loves taking on a challenge. He holds a Bachelors Degree and Musical Theatre Diploma from Capilano University, trailed at the Banff Arts Centre and has studied Broadway Dance Centre New York City and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. 

    As a performer, he has performed with Theatre Under The Stars (West Side Story, Singin In The Rain), Royal City Musical Theatre (Annie, Hello Dolly!), Fighting Chance Productions (CATS), Gateway Theatre (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Foursome) and many others around the city. 

    He works often as a vocal coach, choreographer or director in companies around the city. Highlights of his work include; Vagabond Players (Little Shop Of Horrors- CTC Nominee Best Choreographer ), Bard In The Valley (Much Ado About Nothing, Choreographer) and Northshore Light Opera Society (Into The Woods,Assistant Director, Once Upon A Mattress, Choreographer) as well as directing and choreographing the lower mainland premiere Cinderella (Broadway Edition) for Byrne Creek Secondary and the Vancouver Premiere of "Once On This Island" for Fabulist Theatre, for which he won a Broadway World Vancouver award for Best Direction and Choreography (with lead choreographer, Marion Landers)

    He continues to teach competitive and recreation performing arts in school around the city, is Co-Artistic Director of Fabulist Theatre and is a freelance publicist and Arts Marketer. And when he finds the time, he does work for film and t.v. 

  • Theatre Terrific
    Susanna Uchatius

    Susanna Uchatius – Theatre Terrific Artistic Director - Susanna Uchatius has worked over 35 years directing, writing, acting and teaching theatre. Her BFA is from SFU School for Contemporary Arts, voice at Banff Centre for the Arts with Richard Armstrong, the UBC National Voice Intensive, and work with Anne Bogart of Siti Theatre NY to name a few. She is an Equity, CAEA and IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research) member. Susanna has been the Artistic Director of Theatre Terrific, Western Canada’s longest running inclusive theatre company in Vancouver, since 2005. Having collaboratively developed over 30 professional, community and site-specific productions; she pioneered an accessible respectful, rigorous and risk-taking collaborative ensemble process, unifying professional and emerging actors who may or may not identify as living with physical, cognitive, mental health, gender, cultural and age differences. All works speak to universal human issues relevant in today’s personal, family, societal and global community. Awards include: Nightswimming Pure Research Award for voice exploration, Metro Vancouver Inclusion Through Innovation Award, Jessie nomination for Vancouver NOW 2016 “For persistent and ongoing commitment to inclusive casting and creative processes.” The Glass Box was published in Playwrights Canada Press, scenes from Egni’s Eye were juried to perform at the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick, England. Roy & Janet was a finalist for the Vancouver Fringe Festival Risk Award. Susanna is honored to collaboratively create inclusive theatre; respectfully learning “from and with” the voices, perceptions and lived stories of the human community, in all its diverse, mosaic wonder.

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  • Tetsuro Shigematsu

    Governor General’s Award finalist, Tetsuro Shigematsu, is one of the most highly produced playwrights in Western Canada. His last three plays have garnered a total of 21 Jessie nominations, including 3 for “Best Original Script.” A former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro’s solo-work 'Empire of the Son' was described by theatre critic Colin Thomas as, “one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” In 2018, he earned his PhD in Education, specializing in Research-based Theatre from UBC as a Vanier scholar. His favorite kinds of people in the world are teachers of drama, (no, seriously). Sign up for his newsletter at shiggy.com.

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