SHIFT Artistic Team


Artistic Director Coco Roberge

Festival Coordinator Anthony Liam Kearns

Welcome from the A.D.

Thank you for joining us for SHIFT 1-Act Festival 9, re-imagined & re-invigorated in our new digs at the Firehall. As a proponent of a ‘make it happen’ mentality, I am proud to present 4 original, locally-developed plays written by and featuring roles for empowered women.

I’m jazzed to include our first Festival Workshop, energizing Ecstatic Yoga on Sat. May 28th at noon in the Firehall’s studio. I’m thrilled to invite you to join us for our first Festival Reading, by donation, on Sat. May 28th at 3pm: brand new short works set in the storied neighbour- hood where we sit. Proceeds go to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC). Refreshments provided by Cartem’s Donuterie.

Our community-focused campaign continues pre-show & at intermission: Anyone with a DEWC donation is entered to win a fantastic door prize, announced on the back patio immediately post-show. Stick around to enjoy our excellent musical guests...YOU put the festive back into festival. Onward!

– Coco Roberge

Anthony Liam Kearns

Anthony Liam Kearns is honoured to be part of SHIFT's 1-Act Festival 9 as the Festival Production Manager. Previous endeavours include playing tricks in Raven Meets the Monkey King (Axis), getting married in the Bollywood Wedding (South Asian Arts), riding The Number 14 (Axis), paying his dues with Debts (ITSAZOO), and morphing into a human train for Munscha Mia (Carousel). Outside the theatre realm, Anthony (or Liam, as he is also called) particularly likes baking vegan delicacies, getting lost in second-hand bookstores, spending the entire day outdoors geocaching, and partaking in 11-hour-long dates.