An Undeveloped Sound Team

Amber Barton – Choreographer
Amber was born and raised in Vancouver and continues to live, work and play on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  She has spent the majority of her life working in the arts as a professional contemporary dance artist, performing, choreographing, producing and teaching dance for the past 20 years and received her professional dance training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC’s Mentor Programme and the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Amber has worked as a professional contemporary dancer, working with such choreographers and companies such as Joe Laughlin (Joe INK), Gail Lotenberg (LINK dance), Judith Marcuse (Judith Marcuse Projects), Lola MacLaughlin (Lola Dance), Martha Carter (Marta Marta Productions), Jennifer Mascall (Mascall Dance), Day Helesic (MovEnt), Lee su-feh (battery opera), Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson) Dance Company), Josh Beamish (MOVE: the company), Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Ruckus Company Productions, Adam Shankman, Mark Godden, Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitzner and Heather Laura Gray. She has also been featured as a guest artist with Company 605 and performed in Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night. As a choreographer, her work has been presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre (Wales), the NW New Works Festival in (Seattle), and the BAAD!ASS Women Festival (Bronx, New York). Her work has also extended into theatre choreographing for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, collaborating with theatre director Mindy Parfitt of Search Party Productions, Studio 58, Alley Theatre and The Chop Theatre.  She is also one of the few Canadians to receive a full danceWEB scholarship to study at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria and the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award awarded via The Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC. Amber was also the artistic and managing director of her own contemporary dance company, the response. from 2008-2021.

Ryan Beil – Actor

Ryan Beil is a comedian, actor and writer based in Vancouver, BC. He holds a BFA in acting from the University of British Columbia and has become a fixture on local stages. He has won two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Selected Theatre Credits: Angels In America, Parts 1&2 – Arts Club. Twelfth NIght / Comedy of Errors – Bard On The Beach Billy Bishop Goes To War –  Arts Club/Belfry. Ryan is also involved in the world of Film and Television, with two Leo Awards to his name. Selected Film/TV Credits: iZombie – The CW Mech X4 –Disney The X-Files – FOX Trial & Error – ABC You, Me, Her – eOne, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Nickelodeon, Turner & Hooch, Disney. You can also catch Ryan every Sunday at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, performing with The Sunday Service: The Legendary improv comedy troupe he co-founded.

Eric Chad – Media Integration

Eric Chad is an interactive projection artist and show control/integration specialist based in Vancouver, B.C. Eric’s work blends interactive elements, generative design, and live tracking into his love for natural forms. Eric is one of the founding members, and the current Technical Director of Lobe Studio in Vancouver BC, the first permanent 4DSound venue in North America. Eric’s recent credits include works with Crystal Pite (Animation), Plastic Orchid Factory (Entre Chien et Loup), Action at a Distance (Graveyards and Gardens), Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (Bygones, Major Motion Picture), Shay Kubler Radical System Art (Epilogos, Feasting on Famine, Telemetry), Kidd Pivot (Revisor, Betroffenheit)), Chuthis. Group ( -in3s- , Smile Masking, Face Her), Joe Ink (4our). Eric was also a primary designer on Sanctuary: The Dakota Bear Ancient Forest Experience, and The Canadian Pavilion at the Dubai Expo. Eric received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University.

 

Geoffrey Farmer – Scenic Designer

Geoffrey Farmer studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art in the early 90’s where he was encouraged by his writing teacher, Kathy Acker to attend live performance and theater works taking place in the city. Acker was able to acquire and distribute tickets to students for performances by Karen Finley, Annie Sprinkle, Laurie Anderson, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. It was at this time that Farmer began staging his works as “sculpture plays” which eventually developed into kinetic works that performed over the course of his exhibitions. Farmer represented Canada at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 and has presented solo art exhibitions at Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2017); ICA Boston (2016); Vancouver Art Gallery (2015); Kunstverein in Hamburg (2014); Migros Museum, Zurich and The Curve Gallery, Barbican, London (2013). Group exhibitions have included the Tate Modern, Louvre, SF MOMA, National Gallery of Canada, Documenta 13 and The Biennale of Sydney. Farmer currently lives and works in Kaua’i, Hawaii.

Jan Hodgson – Stage Management Team 


Jan is a Vancouver based Theatre and Dance Stage Manager.  Her previous shows for Electric Company Theatre include
Betroffenheit (Kidd Pivot), Reframed, Tear The Curtain!, Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge, You Are Very Star, Palace Grand, No Exit and The Valet, The One That Got Away, Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla, Everyone, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands.

Michael Kerns – Technical Director

Michael Kerns started his theatre career in New York City freelancing as a set designer while working as a casual stage carpenter for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Centre.  He then fell into the puppetry world, working as Technical Director (TD) for MacArthur Fellows, Lee Breuer and Basil Twist as well as renowned designer Julian Crouch. Michael toured shows to many cities in North America and Europe and oversaw the construction of puppets for Addams Family the Musical and the Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway.  Starting a family in Philadelphia, he worked as a scenic designer, production manager and managing director in academia before moving to Vancouver and returning to the professional theatre world.  Michael is a proud father of two sons and would like to thank and acknowledge his wife and lifetime friend, Connor, for giving him the support and encouragement needed to work in theatre, especially during these incredibly hard times.

Camellia Koo – Costume Designer

Camellia is a Toronto based set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance and site-specific performance installations. Recent designs for theatre include collaborations with Cahoots Theatre Projects, Factory Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre and Why Not Theatre. Recent designs for opera and ballet include collaborations with Against the Grain, Banff Centre, Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera, Helikon Opera (Moscow), Minnesota Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Santa Fe Opera, and Tapestry New Opera. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (U.K.). Camellia has received six Dora Mavor Moor Awards (Toronto), a Sterling Award (Edmonton), a Chalmers Award Grant, 2006 Siminovitch Protégé Prize, and the 2016 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design.  ckoodesign.com

LOSCIL – Scott Morgan – Composer & Sound Designer

LOSCIL is the electronic music project of Vancouver-based composer and multimedia artist Scott Morgan.  For over 20 years, Morgan has released dozens of recordings under the LOSCIL moniker including his latest – Clara – for the US label, kranky.  As LOSCIL, he has also produced numerous special projects, remixes and collaborations with other musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Murcof/Vanessa Wagner, Sarah Neufeld, Daniel Bejar and Rachel Grimes. Morgan has composed for film and TV and licensed music to bold documentaries, including The Corporation, Scared Sacred, Damnation, Enlighten Us and The Marshall Projects’s award winning series We Are Witnesses.  LOSCIL has contributed bespoke music and video for contemporary dance working with choreographers Damien Jalet from Belgium and Vanessa Goodman from Vancouver.  He has created music for interactive multimedia projects such as Hundreds, Osmos, Lifelike and his own generative music application ADRIFT. As a touring entity, Morgan has brought his live audio-visual performances to festivals worldwide including Mutek, Le Guess Who, LEV, Gamma Fest, Today’s Art, Open Frame and Big Ears. 

Andrew McNee – Actor 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Andrew McNee has been working in theatre, film and television for the past 20 years.  Theatre has taken him across Canada, to Europe and the UK.  Some recent theatre credits include Buffoon, Noises Off, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Boeing Boeing, One Man Two Guvnors, Misery, and Mustard.  Select film and television credits include being murdered and blown up in all sorts of locally filmed shows and movies. Your kids may have heard him as some pony, robot, or Alien in one of their cartoons. Andrew is a graduate of Studio 58.

 

Amy Rutherford – Actor 

Amy is a graduate of both The National Theatre School of Canada and The Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory. She has worked for close to twenty years with many of Canada’s leading directors and writers in both theatre and film. She’s been nominated for several Dora Mavor Moore Awards, one Calgary Critter and has been named one of Toronto’s Top Ten Theatre Artists by Now Magazine. Amy has performed internationally; at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, Rwanda Arts Azimut Festival, The Ricardo Montalban in Los Angeles and at New York’s PS122 theatre. Selected theatre credits include: Sherlock Holmes starring David Arquette, Infinity by acclaimed writer Hannah Moscovitch and Michael Ondaatje’s theatrical adaptation of Divisadero. Amy has also played some of Shakespeare’s most celebrated leading ladies, including Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As You Like it, and Blanche Dubois in Soulpepper Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire for which she was recognized with a Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award. Selected TV and film credits: Kim’s Convenience, Molly’s Game, Killjoys, Cracked and Remedy. Amy has also written several plays of her own, including Mortified, which won the Playwright Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for Best New Play of 2018. amyrutherford.weebly.com

Laara Sadiq – Actor

Laara Sadiq is an award-winning actor with over 30 year’s experience in theatre, film, television and voice-over across Turtle Island.  She holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia.

Selected theatre: The Doll’s House Project (Director/Studio 58), The Second Woman (Performing Lines-Australia/Harbourfront Centre-Toronto), The Orchard (After Chekhov) , The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Penelopiad , The Age of Arousal (Arts Club Theatre), Happy Place, Brothel #9, Eternal Hydra, Palace of the End (Touchstone Theatre),  Much Ado About Nothing & A Winter’s Tale (Bard on the Beach), Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre), Cake and Dirt (Tarragon Theatre), No Exit  (Electric Company on tour @ American Conservatory Theatre/Nightwood Theatre/High Performance Rodeo/Theatre Calgary/WCTC), St Carmen of The Main, Nativity, Romeo & Juliet  (National Arts Centre resident acting company), Crime and Punishment (PUSH Festival/Neworld Theatre).  

Selected TV/Film: Virgin River (Netflix), Resident Alien (SYFY), Yellowjackets (Showtime), Transcendence (Indian Summer Festival 2021), Charmed (The CW), Maid (Netflix), Twelve Hours (Sweet George Films), Send the Rain (Boldly Productions), recurring roles on Family Law (Global TV), The Hardy Boys (Hulu), The Murders  (CityTV), Arrow  (The CW), Remedy  (Global TV) Heartland (CBC); The InBetween, Search and Destroy, Colony, The Crossing, The Arrangement, Eyewitness, The Code, The Strain, The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Rogue, Killjoys, Degrassi, Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays,  Special Correspondents (Feature/Ricky Gervais), Excited (Feature/Bruce Sweeney-TIFF, VIFF, Palm Springs FF).

As a voice-over artist, Laara can be heard in cartoons, documentary narration, audiobooks and radio/TV commercial throughout Canada and the US.  In 2018 she was honoured with a nomination for Outstanding Voice Performance at the Annie Awards in LA, for her work in The Breadwinner.  This animated feature film, executive produced by Angelina Jolie, was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and was the recipient of the LA Film Critics Circle Award, the Annie Award for Best Independent Feature, and the Cinema for Peace Justice Award. 

Upcoming/In development:
Hagmouth – Eco site-specific piece, co-created with Lois Anderson. In residency 2021: Boca del Lupo/SLaM, The Narrows Art Retreat. System Failure – Immersive outdoor audio experience 2021: Dir. Jamie King/Caravan Farm Theatre. Twelve Hours – World Premiere TIFF 2021, West Coast Premiere VIFF 2021: Dir. Paul Shkordoff/Sweet George Films. Joyride – 2021: Dir. Estelle Shook/Caravan Farm Theatre

Laara respectfully makes her home in unceded Coast Salish Territory.  In addition to her work as an artist, she is a Mama, activist, teacher/knowledge sharer, beekeeper, forager, urban micro-farmer, avid runner, hiker, novice surfer, bike cruiser, curates/chefs lovebowl, a community long table dinner series. And a few other things. Power to the people.

Jennifer Swan – Stage Management Team 

Based on Lekwungen territory, also known as Victoria, she is thankful to the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, on whose land she has the immense privilege to be living. Jen has been a part of ECT since 2008, and it remains one of her favourite places to work. When not stage managing, she has a side job in theatre administration, and during covid found work as the Associate Producer for Electric Company Theatre, and as Interim General Manager for Neworld Theatre. She thanks both of these companies immensely. She is spending the rest of this season stage managing in Calgary.

Sophie Tang – Lighting Designer

Sophie Tang is a lighting and set designer working in Theatre, Opera and Dance. She is a Jessie Award Winner and Nominee, as well as an Ovation Award Nominee. She has worked with companies include Stratford Festival, Push Festival, Artsclub Theatre, City Opera, Theatre Replacement, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Neworld Theatre and so on. Recent credits: Being here (Lighting)-Belfry Theatre, TomorrowLove (Lighting and Projection)- Studio 58, East Van Panto: Panto Come Home! (Lighting)- Theatre Replacement, The Human Voice (Lighting)- City Opera, 12 Dates of Christmas (Lighting)- Artsclub Theatre, Little Volcano (Lighting)- Veda Hille X Theatre Replacement. Portfolio website: sophieyufeitang.com

Yvonne Yip – Stage Management Team 

​​Yvonne was born in colonial Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada with her family. Yvonne received her training from University of Victoria and is a Stage Manager based on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, and also an Artistic Associate of Neworld Theatre. Favourite credits include Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night; ItsaZoo’s Competition Is Fierce; Boca del Lupo’s Fall Away Home; Electric Company Theatre’s Palace Grand, Caravan Farm Theatre’s Mother Courage and Her Children; Gateway Theatre’s King of the Yees; and touring with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia through Canada, USA, Bahrain and South Korea.

Jonathon Young – Playwright & Director

Canadian theatre artist Jonathon Young graduated from the acting program at Vancouver’s Studio 58 in 1996. The same year he formed Electric Company Theatre with fellow alumni Kim Collier, David Hudgins and Kevin Kerr. Jonathon took the helm of the company as Artistic Director between 2014 and 2017. He is currently a Playwright-in-Residence at Kidd Pivot, the internationally renowned dance company led by choreographer Crystal Pite.  

Together, Jonathon and Crystal have created three dance/theatre projects: Betroffenheit, The Statement and Revisor. The Statement was created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 2016, toured Europe and was performed in the U.S. at New York City Centre and the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. Betroffenheit was performed in 32 cities across 15 countries and received an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. For his performance in Betroffenheit, Jonathon won the UK National Dance Award for Best Male Performance in 2017. Betroffenheit was filmed by the BBC and received two prestigious European prizes: The Golden Prague and the Rose d’Or Award in Berlin. Revisor premiered in Vancouver in February 2019.  The production toured Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto, Chapel Hill in North Carolina, Montreal, St. John’s Newfoundland, London, and Amsterdam.  Revisor is touring Europe in 2022.

Jonathon has worked as a writer and/or performer in most Electric Company productions, including: Tear the Curtain! (a film/theatre hybrid for Arts Club Theatre and Canadian Stage), No Exit (a re-working of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play performed across Canada and in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre)  Studies in Motion (Vancouver Playhouse, Yukon Arts Centre, Edmonton Citadel, Alberta Theatre Projects, Canadian Stage) Brilliant! (Firehall Arts Centre, Magnetic North Festival Edmonton, NAC Ottawa, Edinburgh Fringe, San Jose Stage, Belfry Theatre Victoria,) Palace Grand (The Cultch, PuSh Festival).

As a freelance actor, Jonathon has worked across Canada. Recent theatre projects include: Infinity (Volcano Theatre), Knives in Hens (Coalmine), The Full Light of Day (ECT, Luminato Festival,) All But Gonea Beckett Rhapsody (Necessary Angel), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver) This (Canadian Stage, Toronto) The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch (Centaur, Montreal).

Marcus Youssef – Dramaturg

Marcus is a playwright, actor, director and (occasionally!) a dramaturg. His fifteen or so plays have been produced in half a dozen languages in twenty countries across North America, Europe and Asia, from Seattle to New York, Reykjavik, London, Venice, Frankfurt, Vienna, Hong Kong and Berlin. Marcus is the recipient of the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre, Berlin’s Ikarus Prize, the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, the Canada Council Staunch-Lynton Award, a Seattle Times Footlight Award and the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, among others. Marcus is currently International Artistic Associate at Farnham Maltings in the UK, Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre and Artistic Associate at Neworld Theatre, which he led from 2005-19, and where he co-founded PL 1422 with Jonathon and drama-nerd pals. @marcusyoussef, https://mqlit.ca/category/marcus-youssef/