Get to know the company of Reframed:
(Pictured) – First row: Ivy Charles, Cameron Peal, Jimmy JinPyo Hong, Elizabeth Barrett, Mariam Ingrid Barry, Scott Bellis, Raes Calvert, Alen Dominguez – Second row: Carlen Escarraga, Tasha Faye Evans, Julien Galipeau,, Hiro Kanagawa, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Jennifer Lines, Lucy McNulty – Third row: Adrian Neblett, Melissa Oei, Dawn Petten, Amy Rutherford, Munish Sharma, Amanda Sum, Jonathon Young, Raugi Yu
Ivy Charles hails from Winnipeg, MB – Treaty 1 Territory, homeland of the Métis Nation. She is extremely grateful to reside on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples- Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. Ivy is thrilled to be a part of a piece so thought-provoking and relevant in a major way. She is thankful to Carmen Aguirre, Kim Collier, Kevin Kerr, Jonathan Young, Justine A. Chambers, Joelysa Pankanea and Jimmy JinPyo Hong for their guidance, patience and creativity. You may have seen Ivy in Urinetown: The Musical, Cabaret (Studio 58) or heard her in Mx. (Winner of Cultchivating the Fringe Award 2019).
Cameron Peal, an artist hailing proudly from the Nisga’a Nation, is jazzed up to be working on art with Electric. Credits include: MC/Host – Backyard Sessions (Savage Society), Creator/Playwright – The Transformation Project (Pi Theatre), Assistant to the Director – Urinetown the Musical (Studio 58), Playwright – Pelmet & Sables (Studio 58). Actor/director/writer, trained at Studio 58.
Jimmy JinPyo Hong
Born and raised in South Korea, Jimmy JinPyo Hong came to Canada at the age of 16, then went on to study at the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) in Victoria and recently graduated from Studio 58, just before the global pandemic. Jimmy feels utterly lucky and grateful to be part of this project. Jimmy would like to send his biggest thanks to Carmen and the rest of the Electric Company Theatre team for this opportunity. Past theatre credits include: Anon(ymous), Antony and Cleopatra, Chicken Wings & Jell-O Shots, Cabaret, Mortified, I Know What I Saw. (Studio 58), Zorba The Musical, Twelfth Night, Lend Me A Tenor (Company C), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Grapes of Wrath, Footloose (CCPA), That Maple Feeling: Here Comes Cana Boo Boo (Atomic Vaudeville & CCPA), Grease (Powerhouse Theatre). Jimmy both wrote and acted in Chicken Wings & Jell-O Shots. Jimmy has also completed his two years of mandatory military service in the Korean Air Force.
Elizabeth is thrilled to be joining the Electric Company Theatre for Reframed. Her previous credits include Belle in A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hattie Bomber in Law of the Land (Caravan Farm Theatre); Flaca in The Refugee Hotel, Maggie in 42nd Street, and Harper in Angels in America (Studio 58); Ensemble in The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); and Moira in The Code (Green Thumb Theatre), for which she was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award. Elizabeth is a graduate of Studio 58.
Mariam Barry (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist from Norway and The Gambia. A child of expats, Mariam grew up internationally between The United States, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and The Netherlands before moving to Canada as a young adult. This global and multicultural lens sits at the heart of her creative practice. Mariam is an actor, writer, film editor, and producer in both theatre and film. She is a former artistic producer of Killjoy Theatre, an intersectional feminist theatre company, and the co-creator of Breaking Borders, a performance crew for immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists. Mariam holds a BFA in Acting from UBC, and loves making art that celebrates the diversity of the Black experience.
Scott Bellis is an actor, director and acting instructor. He studied Theatre Arts at Studio 58 (Langara College) and has worked across Canada in over 170 productions since 1987. Prior collaborations with the Electric Company include Tear the Curtain and a workshop of The Full Light of Day. Scott is a founding member and Artistic Associate at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, where he has played roles such as Hamlet, Petruchio, Brutus, Bottom, and Lear’s Fool in over 40 productions there since 1990. He has directed plays for Studio 58, Carousel Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Solo Collective, the Arts Club Theatre, and Bard on the Beach. He is the recipient of five Jessie Richardson awards, including one for directing. He has taught acting Studio 58 and is the co-founder of the Arts Club Theatre’s annual Actors’ Intensive, a five-week conservatory-style training program for established theatre artists. Scott currently serves as Council President of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Raes Calvert is a multidisciplinary Métis theatre artist living and working in Vancouver. After graduating from Studio 58, he became Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Hardline Productions. As a performer he has toured Nationally and International with such companies as Axis Theatre, GreenThumb Theatre, MTYP, Urban Ink and The Presentation House Theatre. He is a four time Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee and one time recipient. Raes received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from the Hnatysyn Foundation in 2017. He also has a BPA degree from Capilano University.
Alen Dominguez: Credits: Anywhere But Here (Electric Company), Berlin: The Last Cabaret (City Opera Vancouver) Coriolanus (Bard on the Beach), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers), Sweat (Arts Club, Citadel) The Audience (Arts Club), Cornwall’s All Inclusive Cancun Christmas (Chemainus), Rent (URP), West Side Story (TUTS), The Dining Room (Western Gold), The Idiot (Neworld). BFA in Acting from UBC, proud founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition, caltac.ca, Executive Producer for Tara Cheyenne Performance. Upcoming: Staying Mostly at Home. Thanks to the Electrics for their generosity and hard work in difficult times. Like HaHa Share Love!
Carlen is a Vancouver based actor and producer represented by Red Management. ‘Reframed’ is his second production with Electric Company and he is ecstatic to get some theatre time amidst a world pandemic. Cofounder of Sticks and Stones Theatre. Select theatre credits: ‘Love/Sick’ Stones Throw, ‘Selfie’ Rumble, and ‘Vincent River’ Osimous. Graduated at Studio 58.
Tasha Faye Evans
Tasha Faye Evans is a Coast Salish dance and theatre artist with Grandparents also from Whales and European Jewish descent. Her career continues to be a collection of collaborations and performances with national and international Indigenous artists. Her most recent projects include Starr Murranko’s Spine of the Mother, Raven Spirit Dance ‘s Salmon Girl and Confluence, and her own upcoming production of Cedar Woman. Tasha has also been focusing on redress and Coast Salish cultural resurgence, particularly in Port Moody where she is raising her two children.
Hiro Kanagawa is a Vancouver-based actor and writer. His distinctions include Jessie Richardson Awards for both acting and writing, an Asians on Film award, and numerous other nominations. Although best known as an actor, he was a story editor on several critically-acclaimed Canadian television series: Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence, and Blackstone. His plays Tiger of Malaya and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park and numerous short works have been performed across Canada. His most recent play, Indian Arm received the 2017 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Drama.
Born and raised in Guatemala, Alexandra moved to Canada in 2010 to pursue professional training in musical and classical theatre. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Studio 58. She is the recipient of the 2015 Sydney J. Risk and Studio 58 Acting award, the 2017 Jessie Richardson Award for Best Performance in a Lead Role for her work in Green Lake with Solo Collective Theatre and was nominated in 2019 for a Tanya Moiseiwitsch award at the Stratford Festival. Alexandra has worked with numerous professional theatre companies in Vancouver as well as three seasons at the Stratford Festival. For film Alexandra has appeared in Un Dia De Sol, Bella Ciao! and Henry VIII. Alexandra is currently assistant director for the upcoming Arts Club Production: Buffoon. Up next she will be collaborating as an actor with Frank Theatre in the world premiere of Be-longing.
Reframed marks Lucy’s third show with Electric Company, following FLEE and Obstructions: There is No Way to Fix What is Going Wrong. Select acting credits include: ANNA BELLA EEMA (Sol Theatre), Dissolve (Shameless Hussy Productions), King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre), 4000 Miles (Belfry), Vimy (Western Canada Theatre), Love/Sick (Stone’s Throw Productions), 42nd Street (Theatre Under the Stars), Bull (Rumble Theatre) and Rivulets: 3 Short Plays About a Flood (Babelle Theatre). Lucy is a graduate of Studio 58, the recipient of the Sydney J Risk Foundation Acting Award, and she shares a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Ensemble with the King Arthur’s Night company.
Adrian Neblett was born in Montreal, Québec, studied Computer Engineering in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then relocated to Vancouver to pursue his acting career. Excited to be back with his Shipment family. TV: Snowpiercer, The Flash, Supernatural, and others. Stage: Of Mice and Men (Hardline), Ruined, Deep into Darkness (Third Wheel), The Shipment (Speakeasy) and more. IG/Twitter:@ebonyskygod
Melissa is an established stage actor and emerging director who was born & raised, lives, works and plays in Vancouver on the unceded and stolen lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Melissa was previously honoured to work with ECT workshopping Carmen Aguirre’s Anywhere but Here. As a performer Melissa has worked with dozens of companies including Arts Club, Citadel, Ruby Slippers, Pi Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Alley Theatre, Hardline Productions, Theatre North West, Carousel Theatre, Green Thumb and more. Melissa is a two-time Jessie Richardson awards nominee and a graduate of Studio 58. Next up, Melissa will be performing with Arts Club Theatre in The 12 Dates of Christmas.
Amy Rutherford was trained at The National Theatre School and Stratford Conservatory. Selected theatre credits include: Infinity, A Beautiful View, Goodness (Volcano Theatre) As You Like it (Dream in High Park–Canadian Stage) Divisadero (Necessary Angel) The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary) Revisor (Kidd Pivot) Amy recently one a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for her performance as Blanche Dubois in Soulpepper Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Amy is also an award-winning playwright. You can check out her past and upcoming projects at amyrutherford.weebly.com
Munish Sharma is an actor, writer, and dancer. Originally from Regina Saskatchewan, Munish has called Vancouver home for over a decade. He is currently working on his second show, Danceboy, and is Pi Theatre’s Artist in Residency. Recent credits include; A Thousand Splendid Suns (Arts Club), All’s Well that Ends Well (Bard on the Beach), The Orchard(After Chekhov)(Arts Club), The Matchmaker(Arts Club), Bombay Black(Raghupriya Arts and Culture), Victim Impact(Theatre Conspiracy). Instagram @munisharma.com0
Amanda Sum is a performer and creator dancing between theatre and music. She is based in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She holds a BFA in theatre performance from SFU. Recent theatre credits include East Van Panto: Pinocchio (Theatre Replacement), Chicken Girl (rice&beans), New Societies (re:current theatre), and The Wolves (With A Spoon/Pacific Theatre/Rumble Theatre). Amanda’s music floats on top of the indie-pop genre, sometimes dipping into jazz or visiting alternative-folk. She released her debut single, Groupthink, this September on all streaming platforms. Its accompanying music video, directed by Mayumi Yoshida, can be found on Youtube. Her sophomore single, Mary Shelley, comes out this fall. Upcoming: do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata, and Panto Come Home! both streaming online out of The Cultch this winter. www.amandasum.com | @amanduhsum.
Jonathon Young is a core artist and co-founder of Electric Company Theatre and currently the playwright-in-residence at Kidd Pivot. In 2014 he began collaborating with choreographer Crystal Pite and together they have created three dance/theatre projects: Betroffenheit, The Statement and Revisor. Select theatre credits: Elliot in Infinity (Volcano Theatre); Gilbert Horn in Knives in Hens (Coalmine Theatre); Joey in The Full Light of Day (Electric Company/Luminato Festival); Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary); Hamlet in Hamlet (Bard on the Beach); Tom in This (Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Impastor, Sanctuary, Intruder, Nightwatching, Englishman’s Boy, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Fog, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Terminal City, Davinci’s Inquest, Antitrust. Training: Graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver. Awards: UK National Dance Award, Dora and Olivier Awards for best dance production (Betroffenheit).
Raugi Yu originally from Montreal is a graduate of The Dome Theatre program at Dawson College and The BFA Acting program here at UBC. Raugi now makes his home in BC with his lovely wife and their two kids, he’s been acting professionally on Stage and in TV/Film since the 90’s. Raugi has acted in various theatres across Canada and the U.S. You may recognize him from roles in Carried Away On The Crest Of A Wave, The Shoplifters, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time(Arts Club) Coriolanus (Bard On The Beach) Act Of Faith (Real Wheels Theatre). Raugi is very honoured and excited to be part of this project with the very fine people at Electric Company during these strange times.