Darrin Hagen (playwright) is an award-winning playwright, composer and drag artiste. He is the author of The Edmonton Queen, which won a Sterling Award and was published in book form by Brindle & Glass Publishing. Darrin is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, which recently celebrated a quarter-century of creating drag comedies that have toured across North America. He has received 8 Sterling awards and 30 Sterling nominations for his work in the Edmonton theatre scene. He also received the AMPIA for Best Make Host. Other plays by Darrin include Buddy (nominated for Outstanding New Play); With Bells On (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BitchSlap!; The Neo-Nancies: Hitler’s Kickline; Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women (published by Brindle & Glass); Flora & Fawna’s Field Trip (co-written with Trevor Schmidt, Sterling Award Winner for Outstanding New Fringe Work), PsychoBabble and Dragula (co-written with Trevor Schmidt); Typhoon Judy (co-written with Christopher Peterson); and PileDriver! (co-written with Wes Borg).
Darrin has also directed and curated the legendary Loud & Queer Cabaret, which recently had its 20th anniversary, and is the editor of Queering the Way: The Loud & Queer Anthology, a collection of many of the writers that had been mentored by this unique event.
In 2005, Hagen was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century. To the best of his knowledge, he’s the only Drag Queen on that list. He is among the inaugural inductees to the Edmonton Queer Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada for his lifelong contribution to the quality of life for Canada’s LGBTQ community.
Darrin Hagen is a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. He would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
David Cheoros (director): David is the co-founder of MAA & PAA Theatre, which since 2007 has been bringing Albertan stories and unsung heroes to the stage. He has directed more than fifty productions, written six plays, and sometimes designs. Sometimes he makes movies too. David has been director of the Fringe, Co-Producer of the Comedy Arts Festival, Exec Director of FAVA, General Manager of Theatre Network, and Producer of LitFest, and now is the Executive Director of Metro Cinema. It’s an honour to help tell this important story.
Geri Dittrich (costume designer): Geri is far too busy designing, constructing and taking care of costumes for a dozen theatre groups to write a bio. She hopes you will enjoy the show.
Philip Geller (cast): Philip Geller is a decided theatre artist. He is the artistic director of Moplip Theatre which has been producing shows in Nextfest and The Fringe since 2013. Philip is directing Pinniped and Other Poems which has appeared in Nextfest 2015 and will be produced in association with Moplip Theatre this Fringe. Recent performing credits include Husk (The Orange Girls), Inherit the Wind (University of Alberta), Inspector General (Citadel Theatre Young Company) and Enid and The Death Wish (Moplip Theatre). He is currently at the University of Alberta in the BFA acting class of 2017.
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Steve Jodoin (cast): In 2001, Steve left Québec searching for new adventures. With a guitar and a backpack, he hopped on a train, direction… Jasper. He later decided to study theatre in Edmonton, became an actor, got married, had a little girl, and recently launched a video production company. He is very excited to be part of the Fringe production of Witch Hunt at the Strand! Some of his theatre credits include: Peter Pan (Citadel), The Full Monty (Mayfield), Porc-Épic and Lentement la beauté (La Seizième), Cow-boy Poétré, Fort Mac, Récolte and Jean et Béatrice (Unithéâtre). Enjoy the show!
Andy Northrup (cast): Andy Northrup (cast): Andy is a Sterling award winning actor and has tread the boards in some 26 shows and 10 films in locales from Whitehorse YK to Adelaide Australia. Andy is also an award-winning critically acclaimed songwriter with three albums to his credit. Fave roles include Mac in “Spring Alibi”, Tom in “A Poster of the Cosmos”, and Lenny in “Pentecost”. He is jazzed about working on this Maa and Paa/Guys in Disguise co-production as he gets to work with old friends, make new ones and discover a shameful little secret about the city he loves into the bargain. Please enjoy the show and visit him at www.andynorthrup.com