Fierce Truth Telling For Here, Now.

SHIFT Festival 12

Creative Team Biographies (in show order)

Tai Amy Grauman, Creator/Performer - Marie’s Letters

Tai Amy Grauman is Metis, Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. She has a BFA in Acting from UBC with a minor in First Nations Studies.  Tai recently received this year's Jessie Richardson award for most promising newcomer and was Vancouver's Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015, nominated by Margo Kane. Tai is currently Savage Society’s Artist in Residence, working with Nightswimming on a commission and recent acting credits include “Thanks For Giving” (Arts Club), “THOWXIYA” (Axis Theatre), and “Weaving Reconciliation” (Vancouver Moving Theatre).  She was recently in Lytton as Kevin Loring’s assistant director.

Gavan Cheema, Director - Marie’s Letters

Gavan Cheema holds a double major from the UBC in Theatre Studies and History. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Theatre Conspiracy. Previously, she was the coordinator of the 3.7% at Boca del Lupo, striving to create more opportunity for female artists of colour. Some of her past directing credits include a staged reading of da’ kink in my hair for Stone Throw Productions, Mrs. Singh and Me by Munish Sharma for the Arts Club, The [Organiation] by Rachelle Miguel for Unladylike co., and Foreign Radical and Victim Impact by Tim Carlson for Theatre conspiracy (assistant).

Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, Creator/Performer - ōpimātis

Kelsey is a Cree actor and writer from Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, MB. A recent graduate of Studio 58, she is so excited to be a part of this years SHIFT festival. Kelsey is passionate about decolonizing her art and world, and hopes this play reflects that. You may have seen some of her work recently as Mom in Hot House (Studio 58), Kost in Cabaret (Studio 58), and Spider in Council of Spider, Ant and Fly (Savage Society).

Nyla Carpentier, Director - ōpimātis

Nyla Carpentier, (Tahltan, Kaska, French and Scottish) is a multifaceted artist. She was the Assistant Director on Hardline Productions’ Redpatch in 2016 and 2017; she directed May's Rock at Here Be Monsters, Rattlesnake Run at Walking Fish, Variations on the Death of Trotsky; and is currently co-directing SPAWN at the rEvolver Festival. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage, her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future. In the fall of 2013, she debuted her first one act play 21st Century Tricksters at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and in 2014 she created a powwow based dance piece Equating Echoes with musician David Newberry for Brief Encounters 21. As an actor she’s toured in Axis Theatre’s Raven meets the Monkey King, recently finished performing both the English and French version of The Flats/Les Flats with Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere, The Berlin Blues andIpperwash at the Blyth Festival, Busted Up: A Yukon Story with Openpit Theatre and Casterlereigh's production of God's Lake. Up next,Nyla will be premiering her new solo show Dissection of a modern day...Mixed Heritage Woman at the Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Claire Love Wilson, Creator/Performer - Sound Off!

Claire is multidisciplinary actor and creator based in Vancouver BC, Unceded Coast Salish territories. Her artistic practice blends singer-songwriting, theatre-creation, and performance art. Recent credits include original performances for The Only Animal, Battery Opera, Urban Ink, The Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vital Spark Theatre, The Virago Play Series, Sour Dog Theatre and several indie short films. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Claire developed an embodied musical creation practice called Song-Walking, where she creates loop-driven musical compositions from sounds and gestures sourced from particular places. In collaboration with a transnational team, Claire is developing the experimental musical “Morag, You’re a Long Time Deid”, which follows the journey of a Scottish Canadian sound artist who takes on the challenge of queering and decolonizing traditional Scottish ballads passed down through her ancestral line. Claire is the recipient of the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Artistic risk award and her debut album Afterbirth is available at clairelovewilson.com. Up next: Theatre Under the Gun with Sour Dog Theatre, Teaching Song-Walking to 9-year olds, a development residency in partnership with Touchstone Theatre, and hopefully the chance to collaborate with Sara.

Sara Vickruck, Creator/Performer - Sound Off!

Sara is an award winning queer theatre artist and musician. Currently Sara is mentoring as a sound designer under Mishelle Cuttler. Theatre Credits include, This Here with Babelle Theatre, Fun Home at the Arts Club, NeOn at rEvolver Festival, Kill Your Lovers at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, and Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. With Anais West, Vickruck co-created, performed,and composed the slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad, winner of the Fringe New Play Prize 2018, Pick Of The Fringe, Critics Choice Award, and Volunteer Choice Award, which will begin a multi-city tour in 2019. The music in this genre bending musical was composed and performed live by Vickruck, using a variety of unusual methods including a loop pedal, and a sansula. Sara also self-produced her album Prologue, available on iTunes, Spotify and www.saravickruck.ca. She’s the winner of an Ovation Award for Best Female Performer (Love Bomb, Shameless Hussy Productions), and the E.V. Young Award for her portrayal of Anybodys in West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars). Sara is a Grant MacEwan Graduate. Up next: Much Ado About Nothing with Classic Chic.

Beth Coleman, Playwright - Evolutionary Tango

Beth graduated with a BA in Theatre and English from UBC, earned an MA in Language Education and taught high school Drama, before becoming a college instructor. After teaching at the university level in Japan and in the United Arab Emirates, in semi-retirement from teaching, Beth now dedicates her time to writing both plays and short stories. Her work has been produced by the CBC. A baby boomer by popular definition, Beth is particularly interested in intergenerational issues as well as the development of women’s voices. Her international experience inspires her focus on diverse cultural perspectives and social justice.  

Lucia Frangione, Dramaturge - Evolutionary Tango

Lucia Frangione is an award winning playwright and actor, who has written twenty-five plays and has performed on many of the major stages across Canada. Lucia is also a drama editor for Talon books and does freelance dramaturgy. Lucia trained at Studio 58 and Rosebud School of the Arts and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Canadian Actor’s Equity. She is a worthy recipient of the Gordon Armstrong Award, the Sydney Riske Award and the Stage West CAEA emerging artist award.