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Event: SHIFT Festival 10: Passion Projects

Dates: June 1, 2, and 3, 2017   Times: Various (see below)

Venue: The Firehall Arts Centre,
280 East Cordova in Gastown

Admission: $25 Evening Shows / $6 Festival Reading

Tickets:  Firehall Arts Centre Box Office


SHIFT Festival Tenth Anniversary

Fierce Truth Telling – Four Original Passion Projects

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald


Vancouver, BC / APRIL 20, 2017 - Vancouver’s SHIFT Festival returns to the Firehall Arts Centre June 1, 2 and 3 for a tenth anniversary celebration. The 2017 iteration of SHIFT’s festival moves from emerging to professional and breaks their own 1-act festival mold to produce bold new works by local innovators, including an interactive installation, a truthfully titillating staged reading, a proud personal manifesto and an evocative production in English and Farsi.

These diverse Passion Projects and their universal thread of “Fierce Truth Telling” reflect SHIFT’s move to collaborate with more experienced artists and activists, driven to create works that reflect our conflicted times.

SHIFT Festival 10 will include Walls, a lobby installation by the Troika Collective, based on the book “Walls: Travels Along the Barricades” by Marcello Di Cintio; Unveiled, a collaborative project created by Fay Nass and devised in English/Farsi with an all-female, Iranian-Canadian ensemble; Pride, written and performed by veteran Vancouver actor Allan Morgan; and a Saturday afternoon staged reading of Titillations, a provocative, feminist, and body-positive exploration of all facets of the female breast by playwright Yvette Dudley-Neuman.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 1, 2, and 3, the Walls installation will be open for viewing from 7 p.m., with the evening’s performances of Pride and Unveiled beginning at 8pm, in succession. Audiences will be in the theatre approximately 2 hours, with intermission.

Adding to the Festival atmosphere, live music will be featured on the Firehall’s back patio post show, nightly.

Tickets are $25. Join us for the evening! 

The reading of Titillations takes place Saturday, June 3 at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with snacks and a raffle featuring LUSH cosmetics, among other great prizes. Staged Reading tickets are $6.

All tickets are available online at and group sales can be purchased through the Firehall Box Office at 10% discount: 604.689.0926.

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SHIFT Festival 10: Passion Projects


THE COMPANY: Led by Artistic Director Coco Roberge, SHIFT Theatre is a flexible collective of artists working to create resonant and conscious live performance. Founded collaboratively in 2008, the company is committed to community engagement and empowering roles for emerging and professional artists, especially women, on and offstage.

The company produced the popular SHIFT 1-Act Festival for nine years, a daring festival of original works. The 2017 festival sees a move towards original works by professional, returning, and teaching artists in formats that include staged readings, one-person performances, and installations.

SHIFT believes that theatre is relevant, nourishing, and fundamentally valuable to society. The company is dedicated to presenting resonant and challenging live art that encourages both compassion and dialogue. SHIFT values creative development and lifelong learning, as shown by its annual SHIFT Workshop Series and the SHIFTLab program, which links emerging playwrights with professional mentors.

THE FEATURED ARTISTS & THEIR WORKS: SHIFT Festival 10 will include an installation, a staged reading, an all-female ensemble performance exploring Iran’s revolutionary politics, a new play exploring facets of the female breast, and a highly personal solo show about LGBTQ pride.

The Troika Collective is a multi-disciplinary performance collective, under the artistic direction of founder Aliya Griffin, which uses Eastern European history and culture as a lens to explore universally resonant stories and themes. For SHIFT Festival 10 The Troikas will present an installation titled Walls, based on the book “Walls: Travels Along the Barricades” by Marcello Di Cintio, which explores the walls that divide far more than nations and brings readers personal stories – gripping, haunting, humorous, and inspiring – of people living against walls around the world. Artists involved include: Caroline Sniatynski, Derek Chan, Deneh’Cho Thompson, Randi Edmundson, Liz Kirkland, Jessica Hood, Victoria Lyons, and Stephanie Henderson.

Fay Nass is a prolific Vancouver playwright, director and multi-disciplinary artist whose work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, and the challenges these pose to notions of identity. For SHIFT Festival 10, Fay’s long collaboration with musician/sound designer Daniel Simmons continues, playing off stunning images created by Jonathan Kim’s lighting. Unveiled, the 4th collaboration between Fay and Daniel, focuses on a female perspective through a political and personal lens, bridging Iran’s political history with life in Canada, today. This provocative, bilingual, non linear narrative is the outcome of months of devising with four Iranian-Canadian women, Anita Zangane, Sevil Baghban Karimi, Shirin Mehrgan, and Sara Sagaii, who also perform in the show, and features original music by Sadaf Amini, who was part of the team behind recently acclaimed animated feature “Window Horses”.

Allan Morgan is a Studio 58 graduate who has worked extensively across Canada, including ten seasons with Bard on the Beach and shows at the Arts Club Theatre, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Theatre Calgary. He has received four Jessie Awards for his performances over the years, and describes his new solo show Pride as “A walk through my life, a coming of age story…” Allan personalizes the political as his life touches upon the events, both devastating and celebratory, that then-president Barack Obama described as "countless small acts of courage, of millions of people across decades, who stood up, who came out...Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were, and slowly made an entire country realize that love is love." Inspired by the LGBTQ community’s role in the current political landscape, Allan is part of a generation that stands with one foot in the mire of pre-gay liberation and the other foot teetering on the edge of full acceptance with another precipice looming. In Allan's words, "Knowing what went before may help those that are working for what’s to come, giving them the strength to push forward." 

Yvette Dudley Neuman is a professional performer, award winning director and emerging playwright who recently brought her provocative solo play, The F Words to Vancouver audiences.  A member of UBCP/ACTRA, CAEA and the Wet Ink Collective, Yvette collaborated with SHIFT to produce a series titled “Tittie Talks”. Over the past six months, this series of community field studies featured round table discussions about gender identities, breast health, and boob stories. Featured in a Saturday afternoon Festival Reading, Titillations is part auto-biographical, part research, and part whimsical fantasy, developed through the SHIFTLab program over the 2016/17 season, mentored by Rachel Peake, and directed by Coco Roberge, with a cast of five women. A provocative, feminist, and body-positive exploration of all facets of the female breast, this work gives voice to an important population currently underrepresented in the Canadian theatre mosaic, especially older women, women who breast feed their infants, and women who have both survived and succumbed to breast cancer. 


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