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 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 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 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 is a graduate of MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program, and holds certificates from the Royal Conservatory of Music in both voice and piano. Select Theatre Credits include: Triassic Parq for Uniform Theatre; Klondykes for Guys in Disguise and Theatre Network; Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American 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. Musical Directing credits include: Baba Yaga, Pinocchio for Alberta Musical Theatre Company; LIZZIE, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Uniform Theatre; The Killing Jar, 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. She is the founder of local company, Uniform Theatre.
Matthew is an Edmonton based technician/Technical Director, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre Production from the University of Alberta. He has spent the last 9 years freelancing in all different fields of Tech Production, including 6 years with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival as the Sound Engineer, 8 years with the Timms Centre for the Arts where in the fall of 2018 he became the Technical Coordinator of Rentals, as well as working in many other theatres in the Greater Edmonton Area.
Farren is an Edmonton-based actor, writer and director. He became the Artistic Director of Alberta Musical Theatre Company in 2006, and has since written and directed a number of productions for the company, including Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Rumpelstiltskin, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Hansel and Gretel. Other directing credits include Songs for a New World at the 2005 Edmonton Fringe Festival; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the Mayfield Theatre; Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s and The Infinite Shiver for Teatro La Quindicina (both of which he also wrote the lyrics for); Pippin for the Young Companies at the Citadel Theatre; The Light in the Piazza for Grant MacEwan University; and Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale for the C'Mon Ensemble at the 2018 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Acting credits include Made in Italy for Western Canada Theatre; The Light in the Piazza for Theatre Calgary; As You Like It and Coriolanus for Freewill Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare in Love, Peter and the Starcatcher, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Monty Python’s Spamalot for the Citadel Theatre; Marvellous Pilgrims, The Scent of Compulsion and A Rocky Night for His Nibs For Teatro La Quindicina; Waiting for Godot for Wishbone Theatre; Early Bloomer for Concrete Theatre and Little Shop of Horrors for the Mayfield Theatre. Farren has been honoured by the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes on a number of occasions, most recently for his performances in Made in Italy and Monty Python’s Spamalot, as well as for his direction of AMTC's Pinocchio. In 2015, Farren was included in Avenue Magazine’s prestigious list of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40, in recognition of his artistic contributions to the city. This season, in addition to his work at Alberta Musical Theatre Company, Farren can be seen at The Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in a Beatles-inspired version of Shakespeare's As You Like It. Farren resides in Edmonton with his wife, celebrated performer Patricia Zentilli, and their incredible nine year-old son, Leonardo.
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 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 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 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 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 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