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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

Anais West - Co-Creator and Performer (1)

Anais West

Performer/Co-Creator

Anais is a queer actor, playwright and theatre producer. She is a co-producer for the Virago Play Series, a company that develops and produces new work by female and trans/non-binary playwrights. She was also Pi Theatre’s 2017/2018 Associate Artistic Producer. She wrote and produced Kill Your Lovers, which was presented at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival in Toronto and the Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City. As an actor, Anais has worked with Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival, Carousel Theatre for Young People, PuSh Festival and the Arts Club. Most recently, she appeared in the Only Animal's production of Slime. Anais is a graduate of Studio 58.

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Julie McIsaac

Director

Julie is grateful to have grown up on the shores of Georgian Bay on the beautiful territory of the Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, Odawa and Huron-Wendat. A versatile creator, performer and director of opera and theatre, she is a graduate of Carleton University, CCPA, and the University of York (UK). Directing highlights include Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Studio), Pride and Prejudice (Chemainus), My Rabbi (Sum Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey Presents), Ordinary Days and The Exquisite Hour (Relephant Theatre; Playhouse Fringe Award). She is Associate Director of Corey Payette’s Children of God, also assistant director of Missing (City Opera Vancouver/Pacific Opera Victoria), Jenůfa and La bohème (POV). As an actor, she is a three-time Jessie nominee and her work has been seen on stages throughout Western Canada. Creation: co-bookwriter and co-lyricist of the new trilingual musical Les Filles du Roi; playwright, composer & co-sound designer of The Out Vigil (Firepot Performance; 2016 Jessie award with Jay Clift).

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Gavin K. Somers

Production Manager

Gavin K. Somers (they/them/theirs) is a multidimensional human with all together way too many projects on the go. Gavin is a writer, musician, artist and activist who has a background in technical theatre, has worked festivals for over a decade, and been a facilitator using experiential arts as a means to social change for almost as many years. As a queer, trans, gender non-binary, relationship anarchist, Gavin is thrilled to find themselves working alongside the Poly Queer Love Ballad team. Gavin has lived on the unceded Coast Salish Territories for about half their life now, and in their down time, can be found snuggling their dog Felony, reading, or off adventuring in the woods.

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Sara Vicruck

Performer/Co-Creator

Sara is a queer theatre artist and musician. She has recently performed in This Here with Babelle Theatre, Fun Home at the Arts Club, NeOn at rEvolver Festival, Kill Your Lovers at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, and Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. Sara co-founded the all-female theatre company, Poiema Productions, with whom she created, produced, and toured three plays. Sara also self-produced her album Prologue, available on iTunes, Spotify and www.saravickruck.ca. She’s the winner of an Ovation Award for Best Female Performer (Love Bomb, Shameless Hussy Productions), and the E.V. Young Award for her portrayal of Anybodys in West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars). Sara’s a Grant MacEwan Graduate.

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Jessica Han

Production Designer

Jessica Han is a stage manager, theatre technician, film maker and lighting designer based out of Vancouver, BC. Her short films have travelled to 16 film festivals around the world and garnered five awards. You can find her touring with dance shows from companies like Out Innerspace Dance, Co. Erasga and Shay Kuebler Radical Systems Arts; or working annually on such festivals as The Vancouver International Children's Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Jessica is the 2018 recipient of the Larisa Fayad Memorial Award for Lighting Design and Technical Direction, presented biennially by the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

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Sammie Hatch

Stage Manager

Sammie Hatch is a recent graduate from UBC's Design and Production program specializing in Stage Management and Sound Design. Recent credits include: C'mon Angie! (Sound Designer - Touchstone Theatre), The Body Project Workshop (Stage Manager - Little Thief Theatre), Blast Off! (Sound Designer - Gateway MainStage Musical Theatre Camp), Enacting Culture(s) Theatre and Film Series 2018 (Stage Manager), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Stage Manager - Ensemble Theatre Company), Wives and Daughters (Stage Manager - Theatre at UBC), My Tom (Railtown Actors Studio), Million Dollar Quartet (Sound Design Intern - Arts Club), and Les Belles Soeurs (Sound Designer - Theatre at UBC). sammiehatch.com

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Joanna Garfinkel

Dramaturg

Joanna Garfinkel began dramaturgically-driven play development company Universal Limited. She is the co-creator, with Yoshié Bancroft, of JAPANESE PROBLEM, a site-responsive piece about the Japanese Canadian Incarceration, which will be back to Hastings Park September 2018, and on tour 2018-2019 (japaneseproblem.ca). Previously, she co-created and directed the pedicab adventure Tour for HIVE 3, produced by the Electric Company, Universal Limited, and the Cultural Olympiad. That site-specific escapade was reinvented for Victoria (Theatre SKAM), and Toronto (SummerWorks). Joanna is struck by the racially motivated societal inequities that keep repeating in Canada, and to troubling those patterns through performance. Recent credits include co-curating, dramaturging and directing the Northern Play Reading Series in Yellowknife, NWT (Akpik Theatre), and dramaturgy for Gary Mok's i broke the ocean (VACT MSG lab). She has been nominated for three Jessie awards, winning one (Critics Choice for Innovation); was awarded the Pure Research grant from Nightswimming Theatre (Toronto), and has received the Sydney Risk award for directing. She moved to Vancouver to get her MFA in directing at UBC, and her focus since has been primarily in new play development, multidisciplinary, and site-specific work. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York. Ongoing: project dramaturgy for Playwrights Theatre Centre