Naomi Brierley (stage manager)– as a French immersion high school student, Naomi was heavily involved in her school’s theatre program. As well as acting and directing, she participated in the Cappies Program as a student critic, where she was frequently published in the Edmonton Journal. She was nominated for Best Critic twice, and won in 2012. This year, she studied digital design at Guru Digital Arts College, where she became a member of the award-winning multimedia team for the Citadel theatre’s production of Make Mine Love. She is pleased to have her love of digital media, theatre and French coe together while working on En Anglais. She loves cooking, singing, and speaking French to no one in particular.
Vincent Forcier (playwright)– Vincent is always ready to take on new challenges, which is why he is venturing into the world of playwriting. Typically known for his movement skill set, he hopes that he can make the words dance on the page and in the mind of the audience. With MAA & PAA Theatre, he has had the wonderful opportunity to direct Invisible Child and act in Gut. As a director, Vincent has had a lot of experience working on new plays, and often offers his dramaturgical insights. Now it is time to put his money where his mouth is, as it were, and write a play himself. Vincent has often struggled to define what it means to be Franco-Albertan; he hopes that this play might, at the very least, extend the conversation on the subject. Vincent is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, a twice nominated Sterling Award director (Death: Live! And The Gooble Portrait), and the recipient of the Jessie Award for Best Actor in theatre for young audiences.
Kristi Hansen (Douce) – Kristi is a Theatre Artist who is very proud to call Edmonton home. Acting credits include The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre),A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet (Free Will Players), Little Elephants (Sterling Award Nomination), Grace et Gloria (l’Unithéâtre), Pith (Sterling Nomination), The Scent of Compulsion and the Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro la Quindicina), Dying City (Sterling Award) (Trunk Theatre), Age of Arousal, Hroses: An Affront to Reason, Folie àDeuxand The Hunger Striking (The Maggie Tree). Kristi is the co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree, and an Artistic Associate with Teatro La Quindicina. She is a graduate of the BFA acting program at the University of Alberta, and of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program.
Steve Jodoin (Amour) – in 2001, Steve left Québec in search of new adventures. With a guitar and a backpack, he hopped on a train, direction…Jasper. He later decided to study theatre in Edmonton, become an actor, got married and recently had a baby girl. A great life, dans l’ouest canadien! Bon spectacle!
Ian Leung (Leo) – Ian is a local actor, director and independent producer. He recently appeared in Murderers Confess at Christmastime at the Roxy Theatre, and The National Elevator Project for Theatre Yes. He directed U: The Comedy of Global Warming in 2009 and Wallace Shawn’s The Fever in 2014. This October, he will direct Michael Healey’s Proud.
Nancy McAlear (Director)– Nancy is an Edmonton based actor and director. Most recently, she was seen in When the Rain Stops Falling at the Timms Centre, Sapientia at the Canue Festival, The National Elevator Project (Part 1) with Theatre Yes, and A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre. She most recently directed Blue Eyes, Black Hair at the expanse Festival and pool (no water) at Studio Theatre. She has been nominated multiple times for Sterling Awards for both acting and directing, and was honoured to receive one for her work in Catalyst Theatre’s Frankenstein. Nancy has a BFA and an MFA from the University of Alberta, and a diploma from Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program.