2015-2016 Season





The hearing son of deaf parents, J.J. agrees to teach sign language to the mysterious Eliza, a gorilla rescued from a research lab by animal rights activists. Eliza demonstrates a gift for signing and bonds passionately with her new teacher until they face an ethical conundrum.


Performance Dates: Friday, April 29 - Saturday, May 7, 2016
Preview: 7:30pm, Thursday, April 28, (Pay What You Can & Free for Students with Student I.D)
Opening: 7:30pm, Friday, April 29, $28
Weekdays: 7:30pm, Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday, $23/$26
Weekends: 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday, $25/$27
Late Night Booty Call Performance: 11:30pm, Friday, May 6, $18.00
Tuesday 2 for 1: 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 3
Location: PCL Studio, ATB Financial Arts Barns: 10330-84 Ave.
Tickets: At the door, or www.nothernlighttheatre.com, 780-471-1586


Peter Goldsworthy - Novelist

Peter Goldsworthy

Peter Goldsworthy divides his time equally between writing and his career in medicine.  His novels, including the much acclaimed Maestro, have sold over a quarter of a million copies in Australia alone, and have been translated into several European and Asian languages.  He has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Australian Bicentennial Literary Award, and, jointly with composer Richard Mills, the 2002 Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work for the opera Batavia.  His critically acclaimed novel Three Dog Night (Penguin) was short-listed for numerous literary prizes, receiving the prestigious Christina Stead Award.  Everything I Knew was published by Penguin in 2008, and was followed by another short story collection, Gravel. In 2010 he was awarded a Medal of Australia for services to literature. His memoir, My Stupid Boyhood, was published in 2013 (Penguin). He is currently working on a crime novel.

Humphrey Bower - Stage Adaptation

Humphrey Bower

Humphrey Bower is an actor, writer, director and dramaturg based in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked with mainstage and independent companies and artists across Australia in theatre, dance, puppetry and contemporary performance. He was a founding member of Melbourne-based collective Whistling in the Theatre in the 1980s and Perth independent company Last Seen Imagining from 2001 to 2007, and is currently artistic director of Perth-based chamber theatre company Night Train.

His plays and adaptations include: Wish (Night Train/Perth Theatre Company, Studio Underground 2014 and The Blue Room 2011), Asterion (Proximity Festival 2013, PICA), Masks (Night Train, PICA 2013), Skin (Night Train, Blue Room, 2012), Orpheus and Eurydice (Night Train, Deckchair 2010), The Kreutzer Sonata (Night Train, La Mama at The Courthouse, 2007) and Raising the Dead (Night Train, La Mama, 2007).

Awards include the 2013 WA Equity Guild Award for Best New Play (Skin); 2012 Blue Room Award for Best Production (Skin); and 2011 Blue Room Members’ Choice Award and Best Performance Award (Wish).

Trevor Schmidt - Director, Set & Costume Designer

Trevor SchmidtTrevor Schmidt has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past 13 years, and involved with NLT for the past 18 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. As an actor, he has been seen in ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 1: Millennium Approaches, LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED (Outstanding Male Lead Actor nomination) and created the role of Bette Davis in the international touring success BITCHSLAP!.  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 for Outstanding New Work. Recently, Trevor completed filming the first season of DELMER AND MARTA which will be seen on APTN in 2016.  Trevor was honored to be awarded with the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts. He sits on the advisory boards of the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts and Red Deer College Theatre Performance and Creation programme and is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE Theatre company.

Ainsley Hillyard - Eliza

Ainsley Hillyard

Ainsley Hillyard is an Edmonton-based choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. She has been a collective artist with the Good Women Dance Collective since 2009. Ainsley's choreography credits include; Bears (Pyretic Productions) Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography; Beckett’s Shorts, Genius Code (Surreal SoReal Theatre); and Snout (Catch The Keys Productions). Acting credits include pool (no water) (Studio Theatre), The Contract (MadFandgo Theatre Collective) and Snout (Catch the Keys Productions). She is beside herself excited to be involved in Wish and to be working with NLT!

Christopher Schulz - J.J.

Christopher Schulz

Christopher Schulz
What a pleasure it is to work with this company.  With these people.  On material like this.  Previously for NLT, Some Girl(s).  Other select theatre credits include Mote (Blarney Productions), The Glass Menagerie, Equus (Citadel Theatre), Macbeth (National Arts Centre/Citadel Theatre), Alias Godot (Theatre Network), Ligature Marks (What It Is Productions), The Neo-Nancies (Guys In Disguise), Lawrence & Holloman (Image Theatre), Richard III (Centre Stage Theatre), Proof,The Shape Of Things (Ignition Theatre).

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull - Lighting Design

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull is a multi-talented technician and theatre designer who works in set and lighting design and construction. He is sought-after as an artistic collaborator and his work has been seen on the stages for Northern Light Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina, Fringe Theatre Adventures, L'UniThéâtre, Theatre Yes, multiple high school and performing arts groups, as well as trade shows and conventions. He has served as Production Manager and Site Technical Director for North America's largest Fringe Festival, and currently serves as the Technical Director and Production Manager at Northern Light Theatre. Adam has been honoured with multiple Sterling nominations for design and last year was awarded with a Sterling Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production.

Dave Clarke - Composer & Sound Designer

Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is a musician, actor and writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has composed music and produced sound designs for theatre, film, dance and multimedia for three decades. Designs for Northern Light Theatre include Space//Space, 6.0 Heap & Pebble (Sterling Award for Outstanding Score) and The Ecstatics (Sterling Nomination for Outstanding Score). Other designs include The Mountaintop (Theatre Calgary), Trunk Puppet (Old Trout Puppet Workshop), Elephant Song (Green Fools), Working It Out (Workers’ Health Centre), I Am For You (Concrete Theatre), and The Taming Of The Shrew (Free WIll). Dave is the child of deaf parents, and is working on a family musical on the subject called Songs My Mother Never Sung Me. He is also the sound guy for CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show.

Jennifer Best - Stage Manager

Jennifer Best

Jennifer Best has collaborated with members of the Northern Light team for several years, but this is the first time she has officially Stage Managed for the company. It has been fantastic working with such a dedicated and hilarious group. Her other Stage Management credits include: Flight of the Viscount, Jack Goes Boating, Fool for Love, Little Elephants and Grace, (Shadow Theatre), The Good Thief, Skirmishes and The Last Train to Nibroc (blarney productions), 4:48 Psychosis, Days of Wine and Roses, and The Clean House (Trunk Theatre). For several seasons she has lived out of her suitcase, travelling to Calgary for Hedwig and the Angry Inch; touring with the gay hiphopera, Bash’d; and the 90’s punk rockumentary, Hard Core Logo: Live.

Good Women Dance Society (GWDS)

Good Women Dance Society (GWDS)

Good Women Dance Society (GWDS) is a creation-based company that has been committed to helping create a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton since its foundation in 2009. The society's artistic focus is on creating and producing innovative new works with integrity and conviction. GWDS also dedicates a large part of its season toward offering performance, education and professional development opportunities to artists working in Edmonton. Current artistic members Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Kate Stashko are passionate about making contemporary dance more accessible to the general public.

GWDS produces several events each season, including What's Cooking and Simmer, their work-in-progress series, and Convergence, their annual showcase of local contemporary dance. The artistic members also play curatorial roles for the Expanse Movement Arts Festival and Dancefest @ Nextfest. Outside of the society's annual productions, GWDS has performed in numerous festivals and events throughout Alberta and Canada, including Feats Festival of Dance, Dancefest @ Nextfest, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Skirts Afire, the Prairie Dance Circuit, The Mayors Celebration of the Arts Gala, A.I.R (presented by Dancers' Studio West), the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. The society is proudly supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.








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