FemFest 2017: Coming of Age
Artist and Production Bios

Learn more about the talented artists and production team members of FemFest 2017. We’re featuring both local and national artists! We will continue to add biographical info as additional artists are confirmed but for now check out FemFest 2017 Bios:

Watching Glory Die

Based in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Mulgrave Road Theatre identifies, develops and produces professional works of theatre that illuminate and engage; that resonate with the local and reverberate with the universal. In the last decade MRT’s productions have toured throughout Nova Scotia and have been seen at two Magnetic North Theatre Festivals, three festivals in New Zealand, the National Arts Centre and Neptune Theatre. They have been attended by the Governor General of Canada and The Prime Minister of New Zealand. Several scripts that were developed at Mulgrave Road Theatre continue to be produced by theatre companies across Canada and the USA.

Judith Thompson is a widely recognized playwright, director, screenwriter, actor and producer, with work that has been praised by critics throughout her career. Thompson completed her BA in English at Queen’s University then went on to pursue acting at the National Theatre School of Canada and graduated shortly after. She is now a professor at the University of Guelph for the School of English and Theatre Studies teaching courses in acting and playwriting. Thompson has published works in a variety of medias. Her plays include The Crackwalker, White Biting Dog, I Am Yours, Lion in the Streets, The Yellow Canaries, Sled, Perfect Pie, Habitat, Enoch Arden in the Hope Shelter, Palace of the End, Body and Soul, Such Creatures, Blue Rivers; featured films, Lost and Delirious, Perfect Pie, and I am yours; television movies, Turning to Stone, and Life with Billy; and radio plays, Tornado, A Big White Light, Quickening, A Kissing Way, Sugarcane, and The Gliding. Thompson’s creativity and intriguing work has been awarded numerous times. Awards include: Officer of the Order of Canada, 2 Governor General Awards, Toronto Arts Award, 2 Chalmers Awards, Walter Carsen Performing Arts Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for a Woman Writing in English.

Director | Artistic Director – Mulgrave Road Theatre
In her 18th year at MRT, Emmy has developed and toured over 20 new plays – four by Daniel MacIvor. She originated the roles of Louise in Marion Bridge and Boots in Bingo! and starred in three one-woman shows, The Highland Widow Trilogy. She has directed for Dalhousie, UTM Theatre, Mulgrave Road and Festival Antigonish. Emmy has appeared in films, composed scores for plays and film, and executive-produced her CD Unveil. She is a recipient of the Nova Scotia Established Artist Award.

Select theatre credits; Marion Bridge – Louise (Valley Summer Theatre/Neptune Theatre), Talk Sexxxy – Kristie (LAP PRO), Short Skirt Butch – Jean (LAP-PRO), Communion – Ann (Kazan Co-Op), Top Girls – Shona/Kit (LunaSea Theatre), Antigone – Antigone (Angels&Heroes). Silver Recipient in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2012 & 2014, Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist. Two Robert Merritt Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Sound Designer
Steven creates original scores and sound designs for concert performance, theatre, film, and broadcast media. His scores for Mermaid Theatre have played to over 5 million in 13 countries. Both his DVD-A of surround electroacoustic works, Lieux imaginaires and Dream Kitchen (Classical Music category) were nominated for ECMA awards. Steven completed his PhD in musical composition at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Lighting Designer
Mulgrave Road Theatre (As Ever, Bingo!, To Capture Light, Confession), Kazan Co-Op (Heaven Above Heaven Below, His Greatness, Communion, I, Animal), Zuppa Theatre (The Debacle) White Rooster Theatre (It is Solved by Walking). Ingrid is also a Stage Manager, and has toured often across Canada. She has received two Merritt Awards for her work: Outstanding Lighting Design and 2012 Outstanding Technician.

Set Designer
Mulgrave Road Theatre – Technical/Production Assistant (The Maritime Way of Life, He’d Be Your Mother’s Father’s Cousin, Révèille, To Capture Light, Confession), Props Master (To Capture Light) Set Design (Are We There Yet?) Technician (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit). Administrative Assistant and Tour Coordinator (Marion Bridge). Tanner is a resident of Guysborough County.


IVAN COYOTE – Writer/Performer/Director
Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of ten previous books, including Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth. Ivan is also the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last twenty years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller” and the Ottawa Xpress once said that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.” Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

ALISON GORMAN – Creator/Musician
Alison Gorman is a trumpet player out of Vancouver. Alison performs in a range of ensembles, including the burlesque group Pandora and the Locksmiths, trad jazz swing band Sweetpea, Tomboy Survival Guide, as well as directing Queer As Funk, Vancouver’s own LGBTQ Motown, soul and funk band. She has performed with a number of artists including Dan Mangan, 54-40, Ivan Coyote, The Salteens, Pacific Sound Collective, Kate Reid and others.

PEBBLES WILLEKES – Creator/Musician
Pebbles Willekes is a bass player and vocalist in Vancouver who has played with numerous groups including Paint, Powervox Project, Sheila Boudreaux & Mary K Conspiracy as well as Moonflower.

SALLY ZORI  Creator/Musician
Born in Iraq and raised in the United Arab Emirates and Canada, Sally was drawn to percussion from a young age. She began with the Doumbek, a traditional Middle Eastern drum, and then expanded to Latin percussion and drum kit. A versatile musician, Sally performs in many groups including Queer As Funk and Tomboy Survival Guide, has had the pleasure of performing with a couple of orchestras under the leadership of the great John Morris Russell, and the honour of being the percussionist for Aretha Franklin.

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