Respecting – Artists

David Cheoros (Director)

David studied theatre at the Universities of Waterloo and Victoria. He co-founded MAA & PAA Theatre with his wife, Karen Simonson. David has been the festival director at the Edmonton Fringe for a few years, and also taken shows to Fringe festivals across Canada, and in Washington and Adelaide. He’s also been Executive Director of the Film and Video Arts Society, Co-Producer of the Comedy Arts Festival, and General Manager of Theatre Network. Right now, he also produces the Edmonton International Literary Festival.

Gina Puntil (Production Goddess)

Steve Pirot (Performer – John Brownlee)

Steve Pirot is an Edmonton-born, bred, and based theatre artist who has worked for most every professional company in Edmonton in some capacity. His formal training includes a BA Drama and a BFA Acting, both from the University of Alberta. He has performed with many companies in Edmonton, including the Citadel (Romeo and Juliet, Popcorn), Northern Light Theatre (Wreck Beach), and Catalyst Theatre/Theatre Network (Faithless). He is a Co-Artistic Producer with Azimuth Theatre, and this season he directed God’s Favoured Child — A Rant at the Living Room Play House and performed in Hockey Stories For Boys at the Roxy Theatre. He is also the Festival Director for Edmonton’s multi-disciplinary emerging artist festival Nextfest.

Kirsten Rasmussen (Performer – Vivian MacMillan)

Kirsten Rasmussen is a multi talented performer hailing from the small town of Lumsden, Saskatchewan. Kirsten fell in love with performing through the twelve years of jazz-focused dancing she took as a child. She is elated now to be dallying again with her first loved art form in One World Song. Kirsten has been dedicated to dance training since the age of six. Most of her training has been in Jazz in which she took many exams and taught classes for Dance Plus Lumsden. Upon moving to Edmonton in 2002 Kirsten began to take an interest in modern dance and took classes with Orchesis Dance Company, while continuing her interest in jazz with classes from Marr-Mac Studio as well as Vanessa Harris. Upon entering the BFA program Kirsten has opportunity to work with such talented dance artists as Jacqueline O’Kell, Cindy Kerr, Kathy O’Choa, Bryan Webb, Ross Brierton, and Linda Rubin in many styles including jazz and styles, body percussion, modern, contact improv, and ballet.

Kirsten graduated this spring from the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. In the BFA’s Studio Theatre season, you may have seen Kirsten in Twelfth Night, While We’re Young, and as the title character in Antigone. As well as acting, Kirsten is passionate about playwriting, physical theatre, clowning, collective creation and improvisation. Kirsten joined Rapid Fire Theatre in April of 2006 and can be seen improvising every Friday night at Theatresports, and often on Saturday nights at Chimprov. Chimprov is a long form night at Rapid Fire where one can spot Kirsten in either So Anyways with fellow One World Songer, Jamie Cavanagh, or Angel Bazaar with the hilarious Kevin Gillese. Kirsten will also be seen this summer dancing with Linda Rubin’s Synergy Improv Company at Improvaganza. Kirsten will have her newest play Eight Arms read at The Next Generation Festival (NextFest), a festival Kirsten has proudly been involved in, in some capacity, since 2004.

Paul Bezaire (Lighting and Sound Designer)

Paul has worked for over fifteen years as a designer and technician. He has no real schooling, but has managed to figure it out through plagiarism, trial and error. Most recently, Paul designed A Watched Pot Never Boyles at Nextfest, and will next be appearing in the role of Technical Director for Theatre Network.

Geri Dittrich (Costume Designer)

Geri has been so busy doing costumes and props for stage, individual performers, schools, corporations and special events in and around Edmonton that she is too busy to write a decent bio.

Karen Simonson (Dramaturge)

Karen is thrilled to be collaborating with her husband David for this project, her second foray into the world of theatre. Born and raised in Edmonton, Karen graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in History, and received her Masters of Arts in archival studies from the University of Manitoba. She has worked in a number of archives across Canada and is the reference archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Linda Wood Edwards (Story Editor)

Linda entered the Edmonton Fringe scene in 2005 with Spring Alibi which garnered a Sterling Award nomination for Best New Fringe Work and invitations to the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC and the Nakai Comedy Arts Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her next play True Grid ran at the 2007 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Both Fringe hits were directed by David Cheoros. Linda has been cutting her stage manager teeth with Gerald Osborn’’s Family Squabbles in 2007 and Scrap Paper in 2008. In the daylight, Linda is a CFL fanatic and association governance nerd. She is very glad to be part of this show.

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