2018-2019 Season

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(Canadian Premiere)

by Clay McLeod Chapman

Co-production with Good Women Dance Collective
January 18 – February 2 | The Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave

Featuring the women of the Good Women Dance Collective

Based on a true story – Four women are procured from the Ravensbruck concentration camp, hand-selected by SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher for a series of experiments specifically designed to measure the human body's endurance to extreme temperatures - tests that would benignly come to be known as the Cold Conference. The voices of these four women have since disappeared. Where does the human spirit go when the body must remain behind, frozen inside an atrocity?

"...We need only remember the four girls who were taken from the Ravensbruck concentration camp and made to lie naked with the frozen and all but dead Jews who survived Dr. Rascher's tank of ice water. One of these women, whose hair and eyes and figure were pleasing to Dr. Rascher, when asked by him why she had volunteered for such a task, replied, "Rather half a year in a brothel than half a year in a concentration camp."
Dr. Elie A. Cohen

Performance Dates
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30PM Opening
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event)
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon)
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back)
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00PM Matinee
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:30PM Closing

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Clay MCleod Chapman - Playwright

Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the rigorous story-telling session THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW.  In its twenty years of existence, THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW has been performed internationally at the Romanian Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, IGNITE Festival, Women Center Stage Festival and Impact Theatre Festival.  His story-monologues BIRDFEEDER, UNDERTWO AND THE WET ECHO where selected for the Best American Short Plays: 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2013-2014 anthologies. 
Chapman’s story LATE BLOOMER was adapted into a short film, directed by Craig MacNeill.  An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the short won the audience award for Best Short at the Lake Placid Film Festival and the Brown Jenkins Award at the 12th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.  Their second short HENLEY, based on the chapter THE HENLEY ROAD MOTEL from Chapman’s novel MISS CORPUS, was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  It was awarded Best Short Film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival.  THE BOY, a feature-length adaptation of HENLEY co-written with director MacNeill, was produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Walter), in 2015.  Other film credits include co-scripting the segment THE TROUBLE WITH DAD for the horror anthology feature CHILLING VISIONS: 5 STATES OF FEAR, with director Glenn McQuaid.

Chapman currently teaches writing at the Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.

Trevor Schmidt - Director / Set & Costume Designer

TREVOR SCHMIDTTrevor has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past 16 years, and involved with NLT for the past 23 years as a performer, director, designer, and playwright, as well as being a multiple Sterling award winner. He has been awarded three times for playwrighting (THE WATERMELON GIRLS, CHANGE ROOM, and FLORA & FAWNA'S FIELD TRIP!) twice for directing (the Canadian premieres of THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE and Carol Anne Duffy's THE WORLD'S WIFE.)

He received the Outstanding Fringe Performance award for the one-man show COFFEE DAD, CHICKEN MOM, AND THE FABULOUS BUDDHA BOI, penned by Nick Green, which toured to New York as part of the FRIGID FESTIVAL. His plays have been produced across Canada and far away as Australia (MABEL STARK!).  He has created and choreographed a one-woman dance piece entitled MARKED for the Expanse Dance Festival that was extended and nominated for a Sterling award for Outstanding New Work. He was honored to be awarded for Outstanding Choreography for 6.0: HOW HEAP AND PEBBLE TOOK ON THE WORLD AND WON at the Betty Mitchell Theatre Awards in Calgary, and the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts in Edmonton.  He is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE theatre company.

Alida Kendell – (Good Women Dance Collective) – Mary

Alida KendallAlida is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and collective artist of the Good Women Dance Collective. She trained professionally at the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Arts upon graduation in 2009. Alida's choreographic works, including Counterpart, Pod, Withheld, Love Fail and Blood of our soil, have been presented at numerous festivals and events across Canada. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Peggy Baker, Mélanie Demers, Justine A. Chambers, @tendance, Heidi Bunting Dance, the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, AM Choreography, Pyretic Productions and Punctuate! Theatre. Alida is honored to have the opportunity to make her NLT debut with THE CARDIAC SHADOW. She is grateful to her mom and dad for being amazing grandparents and making it possible for her to be a part of this production.

Nadien Chu voice of Mary

Nadien Chu

Nadien is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta but is originally from Yorkton, Saskatchewan.  Nadien loves working at Northern Light Theatre any way she can!  Select Theatre Credits: PRETTY GOBLINS -Sterling Award winner, and LADIES WHO LYNCH (Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre), ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS I HAVE EATEN (One Yellow Rabbit), THE BELIEVERS, 10/12 (Roxy Performance Series), CHARLOTTE’S WEB, VANYA, SONIA, MASHA and SPIKE (Alberta Theatre Projects), 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (The Maggie Tree) SPACE/SPACE, CLEOPATRA’S SISTER, FOURTH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, and CHERISH (Northern Light Theatre), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, JULIUS CAESAR, THE TEMPEST, TWELFTH NIGHT, OTHELLO,  TITUS ANDRONICUS - Sterling Award winner,  COMEDY OF ERRORS, ROMEO AND JULIET, and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE PENELOPIAD, and AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY (Citadel Theatre) THE UGLY ONE, THE CRACK WALKER, and MOURNING DOVE (Kill Your Television) PIG GIRL – sterling nomination, PALACE OF THE END – sterling nomination (Theatre Network), CUCKOOS – sterling nomination (Edmonton International Film Festival).

Alison Kause – (Good Women Dance Collective) – Sarah

Alison Kause

Alison is the founding member of the Good Women Dance Collective and the director of Scona Dance Co. She is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Dance Program and the School of Contemporary Dance at SFU, as well as the Education program at the University of Alberta. She has performed across Canada and been inspired by work with local and international colleagues. Alison is inspired and challenged by Edmonton’s dance community and is committed to its development.

Elisa Benzer voice of Sarah

Elisa Benzer

Elisa is thrilled to be working with Northern Light Theatre and is especially thrilled that she was able to expand her voice acting experience. You may have seen Elisa in EUSHA at The Edmonton International Fringe Festival, her one-person thriller which she plans on expanding and touring in the future. She also has a passion for creating site-specific work; you may have had an opportunity to see IN SHOES at Found Festival last summer. Other credits include DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions), THE CIRCLE (Alberta Theatre Projects Calgary), and IT’S LOVE AND OTHER REASONS TO PANIC! (Shortgirl Productions). She is also proud to have been nominated for “Best Fringe Performance by an Actress” and “Outstanding Fringe New Work” for her work in LETTERS TO LAURA (Shortgirl Production), and hopes to continue to write and perform work that challenges and entertains.

Kate Stashko – (Good Women Dance Collective) – Anna

Kate StashkoKate is a dance artist currently based in Edmonton. She has been a member of Good Women Dance Collective since moving to Edmonton in 2012, and this will be her first time performing with Northern Light Theatre. Kate has worked with artists including Peggy Baker, Justine A. Chambers, Mélanie Demers, Helen Husak, Krista Posyniak and Heidi Strauss. In 2015 she toured the Prairie Dance Circuit and she has presented her own work throughout Canada. She enjoys collaborating with local musicians, actors and visual artists, and has pursued an interest in improvisation via collaborations with Mile Zero Dance, New Music Edmonton and the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy. Kate trained at the School of Alberta Ballet before graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2007. She maintains an active and ongoing commitment to professional development, including her recent trip to Tel Aviv to study Gaga. Kate teaches dance and Pilates, free-lances as a writer for various dance magazines, and is Chair of the board of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton.

Rachel Bowron voice of Anna

Rachel Bowron

Rachel's voice is thrilled to be making its NLT debut! She is an Edmonton based actor, whose select theatre credits include CRAZY FOR YOU (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary), AVENUE Q (Citadel Theatre); FALLEN ANGELS (Bright Young Things); LEGOLAND (Blarney Productions); A LESSON IN BRIO, GOING GOING GONE!, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, WHAT GIVES?, THE HOOF AND MOUTH ADVANTAGE (Teatro la Quindicina); THE LAST RESORT, DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN (Plain Jane Theatre). Up next, Rachel will be returning to the Citadel in the world premiere of Kat Sandler's THE CANDIDATE/THE PARTY.

Ainsley Hillyard– (Good Women Dance Collective) – Judith

Ainsley Hillyard

Ainsley is beyond thrilled to be working with NLT again, her second appearance with the company since 2016’s production of WISH. Ainsley is an Edmonton-based choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. Select choreography credits include; THE OTHER and BEARS Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography (Pyretic Productions); URSA MAJOR and SNOUT (Catch The Keys Productions), 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (The Maggie Tree), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Alberta Opera) and assistant choreographer for HADESTOWN (Citadel Theatre). Select acting credits include WISH (Northern Light Theatre), POOL NO WATER)  (Studio Theatre), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions), and SHAKESPEARE’S WILL (Thou Art Here Theatre). She is also the creator of JEZEBEL, AT THE STILL POINT (Bumble Bear Productions)a dance/theatre hybrid where she travels through space with her French bulldog, Jezebel. Ainsley is ecstatic about this co-production and sincerely hopes you enjoy the show.

Megan Dart voice of Judith

Megan Dart

Megan is a poet, playwright, and the co-Artistic Producer of the award-winning indie theatre company Catch the Keys Productions alongside her sister Beth. Catch the Keys is equal parts multidisciplinary creator, party starter, and community activator, and is best known for its site-specific, immersive theatre creations. Recent playwrighting credits include FOSSEGRIM & NØKK (Alberta Opera), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions; recipient of an Award of Excellence in Interpretation from Interpretation Canada), and URSA MAJOR (Catch the Keys Productions & Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including Best New Play). This is Megan’s first time lending her voice to both a theatrical production, and Northern Light Theatre, and she couldn’t be more thrilled. Catch the Sisters Dart in Fort Edmonton Park after dark this each October for annual Dead Centre of Town, Edmonton’s only live action immersive horror show inspired by true history. 

Vance Avery voice of Dr. Rascher

Vance AveryVance is thrilled to be returning to Northern Light Theatre after making his professional debut 35 years ago in their production of JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, he has gone on to perform all over the world. Recently, Vance was seen in Guys in Disguise production of TWO QUEENS AND A JOKER (2018 Fringe Festival), WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (Plain Jane Theatre), HADESTOWN (Citadel Theatre) and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mayfield Theatre). New York/Broadway credits include: Original cast member of the Tony Award winning revival of CABARET. He went on to play the role of Emcee on Broadway, Japan and South Korea. SWEET CHARITY IN CONCERT (Lincoln Centre), A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT (Encores/City Centre), MY FAVOURITE BROADWAY: LOVE SONGS (PBS) and Grammy nominated recording artists, BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES. Other Canadian/US credits include: Marius in LES MISERABLES, CATS, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT w/Donny Osmond and CHICAGO at the Neptune Theatre. He also collaborated with Tom Waits and Robert Wilson starring in their rock fable, THE BLACK RIDER at the Ahmenson Theatre, Los Angeles. Coming up: Vance will be appearing in LEND ME A TENOR at the Mayfield Theatre.

Rebecca Sadowski – (Good Women Dance Collective) - Understudy

Rebecca SadowskiRebecca is an Edmonton- based performance artist, choreographer, and dance instructor. She is thrilled to be working with NLT and the Good Women Dance Collective in The Cardiac Shadow this season! Some of Rebecca’s most recent theatre and dance credits include: Dead Centre of Town (Catch the Keys Productions), Shakespeare’s Will, But Hark! A Voice (Thou Art Here Theatre), and BEARS/ Minosis Gathers Hope (Punctuate! Theatre/ Alberta Aboriginal Arts). She recently choreographed Fossegrim and Nøk this past summer with Alberta Opera, as well as an original full length work, The Sash Maker, with Mile Zero Dance, and Alberta Dance Alliance Feats Festival. 

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University in 2013. Rebecca currently teaches dance with the City of Edmonton, dancED Movement Projects, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Later this season, Rebecca will return as a dancer in the award winning production of BEARS with Punctuate! Theatre, this time at Factory Theatre in Toronto.

Katrina Beatty – Loud Whisper Productions, Multimedia Film & Projection Designer

Katrina BeattyKatrina is a film director, producer, and writer. She studied film production in Montreal at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, earning a BFA in Film Production. She was selected as one of eight directors from across Canada to participate in the 2013 Women in the Director’s Chair program. Katrina has directed and produced several projects from feature films to music videos including co-producing made-for-TV movie I THINK I DO which earned lead actress Mia Kirshner a Canadian screen award nomination; directing and producing short film LIFT, nominated for the Spirit of Alberta Award and 4 Rosie Awards; and creating rockband Whitehorse’s music video, PINK KIMONO. For her outstanding contributions to film, Katrina has been awarded the Richard Renaud Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Production, and an Outstanding Achievement Award at FAVA Fest 2018.  Having sat on NLT’s Board of Directors for a number of years, Katrina is excited to be working on the multi-disciplinary production THE CARDIAC SHADOW.

Dave Clarke Original Composition / Sound Designer

Dave ClarkeDave is a musician, actor and writer. He has composed music and produced sound designs for theatre, film, dance and multi-media for three decades. Previous deigns for Northern Light Theatre include WISH, SPACE/SPACE, THE ECSTATICS and 6.0 - HEAP AND PEBBLE. Recent projects include sound designs for Concrete Theatre's CONSENT and PAPER SONG, and Freewill Shakespeare Festival’s COMEDY OF ERRORS. Dave was the sound guy for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW.  He has won several awards for his work, including Sterling Awards for Outstanding Actor (THE UNSEEN, Chorus Productions), Outstanding Score (DOG, Surreal SoReal Theatre), Musical Direction (ILSA, QUEEN OF THE NAZI LOVE CAMP) and Sound (SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, VIMY, THE ECSTATICS).

Beth Dart Lighting Designer

Beth DartBeth is an Edmonton based director, producer, lighting designer and theatre collaborator. Previous Northern Light Theatre credits include lighting design for DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME and SLUT. She is the co-artistic producer of award-winning indie theatre company Catch the Keys Productions, best known for DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN, an annual site-specific theatre experience inspired by the true crime and ghost stories of Edmonton’s past, and the recipient of an Award of Excellence in Interpretation from Interpretation Canada. She is the artistic producer of Common Ground Arts Society and Found Festival, Edmonton’s only multidisciplinary found space and site-specific arts festival.  Select lighting design credits include CONVERGENCE (Good Women Dance Collective, 2013-2018), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions, 2013-2018), OVER HER DEAD BODY (Small Matters Productions), and SNOUT (Catch the Keys Productions).  She has directed over 20 new works, including OCD, FUNCTIONAL, and GEMINI by Louise Casemore (Defiance Theatre), 900 SECONDS by Christine Lesiak (Small Matters Productions), JEZEBEL AT THE STILL POINT by Ainsley Hillyard (Bumblebear Productions), FOSSEGRIM & NØKK by Leif Ingebrigtsen and Megan Dart (Alberta Opera), and SNOUT (Catch the Keys/Azimuth) and URSA MAJOR (Catch the Keys/Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre) by Megan Dart.

Jenn Best Stage Manager

Jenn BestJenn has recently relocated to Red Deer so she could spend more time on Highway 2 and share a mortgage with her husband. She is thrilled that Northern Light Theatre gave her an opportunity to visit her friends in Edmonton. Her other Stage Management credits include:  THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, SISTER SISTER, and WISH (Northern Light Theatre), SOLICITING TEMPTATION, FLIGHT OF THE VISCOUNT, JACK GOES BOATING, FOOL FOR LOVE, LITTLE ELEPHANTS, and GRACE (Shadow Theatre), BURNING BLUEBEARD (Edmonton Actors’ Theatre), 10 out 12 and THE REALISTIC JONESES (Wild Side Productions, IN THE NEXT ROOM, THE CLEAN HOUSE, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and 4:48 PSYCHOSIS (Trunk Theatre). 

She has lived out of her suitcase for several seasons, touring the gay hip-hopera BASH’d, running up and down hills for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, and snake wrangling for the good people at the Rosebud Centre for the Arts.

Tyler Herman Production Manager/Technical Director

Tyler HermanTyler is thrilled to be a part of the new NLT season! Tyler is an Edmonton based theatre and festival technician with experience in sound, set building, technical direction and lighting. He is also a ticketed electrician. Recent projects include: INFINITY (Audio technician, Theatre Network), SLUT (Production manager/technical director, Northern Light Theatre), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FRINGE 2017 (Site technical director, Fringe Theatre Adventures).

Tyler wishes to thank his partner for her patience and support, as well as Trevor Schmidt, Gina Moe, and Adam Turnbull for the chance to be a part of a great team.

Jake Tkaczyk Artist Associate

Jake TkaczykJake is an Edmonton-based theatre artist with a passion for creating new and engaging work collaboratively. He graduated from the BFA Acting at the University of Alberta. Also a graduate of Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation program, Jake has worked as an actor, director, creator, and educator in central Alberta. His selected credits include: THAT’S DANGER! (Alberta Workers’ Health Centre), DON’T FROWN AT THE GOWN (Guys in Disguise), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN X, XI (Catch the Keys Productions), URINETOWN (Grindstone Theatre), THE BIG FAT SURPRISE (innocent operations), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN! (Opera Nuova), and THE LAND THAT ART FORGOT (Mile Zero Dance). He will also be performing in KALDRSAGA with Cardiac Theatre this winter.  Jake recently received the AFA Young Artist Prize.

A Woman's Body

This year's collection of plays centres on women's bodies- their right to autonomy, how that autonomy can be subjected to the will of others, and the indomitable spirit that resides within. From a large-scale multi-media work of a movement based piece in collaboration with our past collaborating company Good Women Dance Collective, and in tandem with new community partner Loud Whisper Productions (an offshoot from Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta) incorporating video, dance and a traveling audience in a pageant- play styled venue, to a quietly disturbing confession of the controversy and conflict surrounding a late-term abortion - these plays all take an unflinching look at the physical, psychological and emotional violence inflicted on women by society, by misogyny - and sometimes by each other. We know our salon events are going to be lively!

Thank you

Northern Light Theatre gratefully acknowledges The Canada Council, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Community Foundation and Cinders Fund as well as the support of our season sponsors and individual donors for their ongoing support of NLT and our 2018-2019 season.








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