Baba Yaga

We’re thrilled to introduce the participants of the 2018/2019 New Musical Program! These talented emerging writers are working on a brand new TYA adaptation of the Slavic folktale, Baba Yaga!

 

watch for the premiere of baba yaga at the 2019 edmonton international fringe festival!

meet the team 

kathryn smith
composer

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Kathryn is a Calgary based director, designer, and singer songwriter. She has been working across Western Canada in arts communities since 2012, and is a proud advocate and member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Kathryn has worked extensively in collective creation, new Canadian works, clown, and puppetry. She is a co-creator and composer for the puppet company Pape & Taper, and the director of the award winning clown duo The Tighty Whities. Apart from theatre, she is also an award winning singer songwriter under her artist name KP Smith. Select credits:  A Chitenge Story  (Created by Makambe K Simamba); inVISIBLE   (Handsome Alice Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (New West Theatre)  Peter Pan  (Calgary Young Peoples Theatre) ; Benefit  (Downstage Theatre); A Beautiful View, Soliciting Temptation  (Sage Theatre);  The After Party, Ride, Brave Girl  (Lunchbox Theatre); To Dream Again, Wizard of One  (Storybook Theatre);  Medea  (Chromatic Theatre); Equinox Vigil (Equinox Vigil Collab);  Secret Garden  (Theatre Calgary; Set & Costume Design Mentee). 


camille pavlenko
playwright

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Camille is a playwright, actor, and improviser based in Calgary, Alberta. Her previous work has won and been short listed for numerous awards, including Theatre BC’s Playwriting Competition, the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, the Woodward International Playwriting Competition, the Alberta Playwriting Competition and the Herman Voaden Prize. Her new one-act comedy Go for Gold, Audrey Pham, was workshopped as part of Lunchbox Theatre’s 2018 Stage One Festival. Past productions of her plays include The Jackal and Her Reflection (NextFest, Edmonton) Straight On ‘Till Morning (Red Phone Theatre, Calgary) and Permission (Provincial One Act Festival, Lethbridge). She holds a BFA (Dramatic Arts) in Performance from the University of Lethbridge. Camille is the recipient of the Allied Arts Council’s Young Artist Award and is a Betty Mitchell Award nominee.


SUZIE MARTIN
Director

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Suzie has been directing and teaching for over 10 years and holds an MFA in Directing from The University of Alberta. Suzie directs and creates new work in a variety of styles including physical comedy without words, site-specific interactive installation, workshops and premieres of new scripted plays, and collaborative devising processes.  She is also an adaptor who believes in the radical revision of texts, whether that means adapting non-theatrical source material for the stage or an iconoclastic interpretation of a classic.

Her directing work includes: Tragedy: A Tragedy (Blarney Productions); Fetch (Interloper Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company); Over Her Dead Body (Small Matters/FTA); Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Manitoba Underground Opera); God’s Ear (Studio Theatre); The Object of Constellations (Small Matters); The Importance of Being Earnest, Betrayal (U of A); The Cherry Orchard (Theatre by the River & little ECHO theatre); Artichoke Heart, The Gas Heart (Theatre Outgrabe/Winnipeg Fringe).  

In Edmonton, she has also assistant directed on Shakespeare in Love (Citadel/RMTC) and Paper Song and Consent (Concrete Theatre).  This fall she will direct Alice Birch's Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. for the University of Alberta Studio Theatre.  This is her first time working with Alberta Musical Theatre Company and she couldn't be more delighted.  


Mackenzie Reurink
Musical Director

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Mackenzie is a graduate of MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program, and holds certificates from the Royal Conservatory of Music in both voice and piano. Musical Directing credits include: Pinocchio for Alberta Opera; LIZZIE, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Uniform Theatre; Spring Awakening for SatCo.; Big Fish, Footloose, Rent, The Addams Family for Scona Theatre Co., Zanna, Don't!, Ordinary Days, Songs for a New World, I Love You Because for Three Form Theatre. Select Theatre Credits include: Klondykes for Guys in Disguise and Theatre Network; Hedwig and the Angry InchAmerican Idiot for Scona Alumni Theatre; The National Elevator Project for Theatre Yes; Marvelous Pilgrims for Teatro la Quindicina; Calvin Berger, Dogfight, Songs for a New World for Three Form Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along, Xanadu for MacEwan University.  She is the founder of local company, Uniform Theatre. 


Caro Vanrensburg
Designer


Matthew Koyata
Technical Director


Farren Timoteo
Dramaturge


Nyssa Beairsto
Stage Manager

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Nyssa is overjoyed to be apart of this magical new work Baba Yaga. None of it could've been possible without such an incredibly talented group of individuals! Nyssa is a graduate of the U of A stage management program and part time green witch. 

Some of her recent stage-management credits include: The Invisible - Agents of Unglentlemanly Warfare (Catalyst), Mailtda, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre) Soiled Doves: A Burlesque with Boots on (Send in the Girls Burlesque), Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Nuova), Bright Burning, God’s Ear (U of A) and Never Swim Alone (Blarney Prod.). 

Be sure to check out her other Fringe show You Are Happy, performing at Sugar Swing,

Special thanks to my family for grounding me, my friends for lifting me and my partner Kia for sticking with me through every breach of sanity.  


Dempsey Bolton
Actor/Musician

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Dempsey is extremely excited to be a part of AMTC's Fringe production of Baba Yaga as the show's musician and narrator. After graduating from MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program, Dempsey is looking to build on the experience he gained from performing in Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night's Dream and 9 to 5 in his final year. This is his 2nd year at Edmonton's Fringe Festival and first time working with AMTC.


LINDSAY DOWNS
ACTOR

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Lindsay Downs is very excited to be a part of this musical journey this summer! She is a recent graduate of Macewan University's Theatre Arts program, having performed in A Midsummers Night Dream, Guys and Dolls, and as Violet in 9 to 5. She started performing in community theatre at a young age, and instantly knew she wanted to inspire others through art for the rest of her life. Lindsay aspires to become a Drama Therapist as well as a performer and creator in the Edmonton community. Lindsay is also a recipient of the Dasha Goody Scholarship and the Lindsay Bell Award. 


Marguerite Lawler
Actor

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Marguerite Lawler is thrilled to be back with Alberta Musical Theatre Company this summer. Marguerite is a senior improviser with RapidFire Theatre, performing in shows like OffBook: The Improvised Musical, Murder at Makeout Point, Improbotics and more. Marguerite has a brand new BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, and has most recently been seen in Middletown, All for Love, and Lenin's Embalmers (Studio Theatre), Fossegrim and  Nøkk (AMTC), Concord Floral (10/12 Productions), and TRACKS (Nextfest 2018 Workshop). Marguerite loves summer camp and all things spooky, sends love to Molly the Dog and dear friends, and sincerely hopes you enjoy Baba Yaga.


KENDRA SARGEANT
Actor

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Kendra is excited to be performing in AMTC’s KidsFringe show, Baba Yaga. This is Kendra’s first year acting in the Fringe Festival, she is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has recently graduated from MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program. Her current show credits include, Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and 9 to 5 (MacEwan University), as well as Twisted Tales: Snow White (Light in the Dark). Kendra thanks her friends, and family for all their love, and support.


HANNAH WIGGLESWORTH
ACTOR

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Hannah was born and raised on the prairies in Winnipeg and moved to Edmonton earlier this year to act and learn at the U of A. Hannah’s love for singing, stories, playing dress up, laughing and talking to strangers are as much a part of her as her bones and blood. She is grateful for any opportunity to share her passion and grow as an artist. Some of her favourite recent credits include The Seduction Theory with Sarasvati Productions, The Bridges of Madison County with Dry Cold Productions and Mad Forest with The University of Alberta. Hannah is looking forward to starting the 3rd year of her BFA in acting in September after a much needed break full of friends, family, sleep, and sun! @hannahwiggles @bfa2021