The Magic Hour Team

Alessandro Juliani – Composer & Sound Designer
Alessandro (AJ) currently makes his living as an actor, singer, composer, and sound designer. He has been working at these disciplines off and on for the last 30 years.

He is frequently executed, maimed, disemboweled, dismembered, immolated, petrified, crucified, and/or air-locked on your favourite locally-shot television programs and films. He often lends his voice to the animated programs which your kids/grand-kids/great-grand-kids/eccentric uncles currently binge. His work as a composer and sound designer has augmented/detracted from live performances and films seen around the globe. People have occasionally given him trophies for his work. Some of them are transparent, and others more opaque. He makes his home in Vancouver with his partner and frequent collaborator, Meg Roe, and their three children.

Brad Trenaman – Lighting Designer
Vancouver: Salmon Girl (Jessie Award – Raven Spirit Dance), Redpatch (Jessie Nomination – Hardline Productions / Arts Club), Mortified (Studio 58), Baking Time and Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House), The Events (Pi Theatre), Before Dawn (Lamondance). Toronto: Shakespeare in High Park (Canstage), CATS (NuMu Productions), His Holiness The Dali Lama  (Skydome). Las Vegas: Matt Dusk (Hilton) and Menopause the Musical (Luxor). Touring: The Stepcrew, magician Ted Outerbridge, National Chinese Acrobats. Writer for Professional Lighting and Production Magazine and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. Currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Theatre Design at York University.


Bryan Kenney – Lighting Director
Bryan is a Vancouver-based designer and has worked across Canada doing set, lighting, and projection design. He is currently employed with Innovation Lighting as one of the in-house lighting designers and project manager for live events. While live events are still on pause he is excited and thankful to be working with such an amazing collection of artists and artist companies willing to try something new that is so reflective of the time and experiences we have all shared together. Connected – but apart.


Joel Grinke – Show Control & Automation Designer
Joel is a creative director, show writer, and systems designer for themed attractions and other live experiences. Currently, he works for Eos Lightmedia as a Creative Technologist, and writes and produces his own themed attraction projects through his immersive design agency, Sea to Sky Immersive. As a technologist Joel has designed control systems for projects ranging from interactive theatrical performances to multi-room walkthroughs, to full building synchronized interactive multimedia experiences.  Joel has won a Jessie Richardson award for theatrical technology design. He’s a member of the Themed Entertainment Association and the Canadian Institute for Theatrical Technology.



Jonathan Wells – Scenic Designer
Jonathan Wells was raised in Calgary, but fled to Vancouver in 1990 after attending Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Northern California. Film and media studies at Emily Carr followed. He is an artist and performer who can be found conducting public tours and selling photography books at The Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver.



Kendra Fanconi – Writer
Kendra Fanconi is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal, a 16-year-old company that is uniquely dedicated to theatre that springs from a deep engagement with place, and towards solutionary outcomes for this climate moment. She is known for her love of the impossible. Selected Credits for directing/writing: World premiere of Slime, written by Bryony Lavery, tinkers, based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Paul Harding, Nothing But Sky, a living comic book (Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement), NiX, theatre of snow and ice, at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad and Enbridge Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects 2009, (Winner of Betty Mitchell Award and Vancouver’s Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation).  Current projects include 1000 Year Theatre and Museum of Rain. Kendra leads the Artist Brigade, bringing arts and artists to the front lines of the climate movement. Kendra lives on Shíshálh land on the far left coast of Canada and is a farmer, a forager, and mother to two kids who are real characters.

Kim Collier – Creator & Director
Kim is so happy to be in North Vancouver working with this wonderful group of artists on Magic Hour: a show born out of the imaginative mind space of covid lockdown. With Electric Company Kim has been the co-creator / director of a large body of work that toured nationally and internationally including The Full Light of Day, Tear The Curtain, Studies in Motion, The Score, Brilliant, and No Exit. Recently she directed Angels in America (Arts Club Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach), and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (National Arts Centre). Kim is the recipient of the prestigious Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize, 4 Jessie Richardson awards, Sterling Award and Ottawa Critics Award all for Direction.



LJ Chinfen – Scenic Designer




Maiko Yamamoto – Voice of the Narrator
Maiko Yamamoto is a Vancouver-based artist who creates new, experimental and intercultural works of performance. Many of these works are built through a practice of collaboration and include theatre projects, public art works, and performance installations. Since 2003, Maiko has been Co-Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based performance company, Theatre Replacement, founded with James Long. With the company, she has created over 20 new works, many of which have toured to festivals and venues around the world. In addition, Maiko teaches performance and mentors artists for a range of different companies and organizations, both in Canada and abroad. She also occasionally works as a curator and writes about performance for a variety of publications. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and a Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Maiko is the 2019 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize in Directing, with James Long.

Mark Eugster – Multimedia Designer
Mark Eugster is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s BFA theatre program. Always on the move, he is fascinated by the art of production and is continually working on new projects to develop a diverse perspective of the possibilities of live entertainment. Mark encourages the blending of multiple artistic disciplines by finding new and exciting ways to express himself creatively. His work has taken him from large theatres and arena concerts to site-specific performance spaces, unconventional venues, and everything in-between.

Matt Grinke – Assistant Sound Designer
A graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program, Matt has played piano in musical theatre orchestras all around Vancouver. Favourite shows include Theatre Under the Stars’ “Hairspray”, Align Entertainment’s “Shrek the Musical”, and Bard on the Beach’s “Will Shakespeare’s Improv Musical”. Recent sound design credits include Sea to Sky Immersive’s “An Immersive Christmas Carol”, and Presentation House Theatre’s “Talking Tree Stories” and “Halloween Projection Show”. Matt also music directs and arranges for “The Happiest Big Band on Earth”, a jazz band dedicated to playing jazzy arrangements of tunes exclusively from the Disney and Pixar canon.