Pride: For the Young Gay, the Un-Gay & the Jaded Queen in All of Us
Since graduating from Studio 58 in Vancouver Allan has worked extensively around BC and across the country. Some of his favourite credits include 10 seasons with Bard on the Beach where he has appeared in The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Timon of Athens. Other credits: I Am My Own Wife for the Belfry (recipient of The Belfry Critics Award for performer of the year), Lilies, Arts Club Theatre, An Ideal Husband, Coronation Voyage, Pride and Prejudice, and Innocence Lost for The National Arts Centre, Ottawa. As well, Red for ATP, Much Ado About Nothing for Theatre Calgary. Allan has toured nationally several times with Studies in Motion for the Electric Company, as well as The Overcoat, which also took him to several international dates as well, including San Francisco, Norway, London GB, and Wellington NZ. Allan has been nominated for theatre awards in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver where he is the recipient of 4 Jessie awards for his work over the years.
Mindy Parfitt is a founding Co-Artistic Director of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Theatre credits for HHG include directing This Stays in the Room, Palace of the End, 4.48 Psychosis and You Are Here. For the Arts Club, Mindy directed the World Premiere of Colleen Murphy’s Armstrong’s War and Joan MacLeod’s The Valley. Mindy is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards and several other nominations. Last spring she directed Hooker Monologues, which told true stories about sex work performed by sex workers and their allies. In 2012, Mindy completed her MFA in Directing at UBC. She has worked across Canada with Centaur Theatre, Imago Theatre, Studio 58, Bard on the Beach, Playwrights Theatre Centre and The PuSh Festival. Mindy has studied with internationally recognized acting and directing teachers from across Canada as well as at the La Mama Directors Intensive in Umbria, Italy. Mindy recently performed in am a at the Cultch, a piece she created with dancer/choreographer Amber Funk Barton. Mindy recently returned from Victoria where she directed Brian Linds’ Reverberations at the Belfry’s Spark Festival. This June she will be directing Dorothy Dittrich’s Two Part Invention staring Colleen Wheeler and Megan Leitch.