2019-2020 Season



by Edmonton Playwright Ellen Chorley

World Premiere of a New Work by an Edmonton Playwright
January 10, 2020 – January 25, 2020
Preview January 9, 2020
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Featuring: Jayce McKenzie, Richard Lee Hsi
Director: Trevor Schmidt

“ROBBIE:  Are you a lesbian? 
CHLOE:  Are you gay? 
ROBBIE & CHLOE:  I don’t know. 
CHLOE:  We say at the same time.  Then Robbie settles on a maroon V-neck and I buy a violet sports bra.  And together we make a plan to figure it out before Limelight North.”

“By the time the Farewell Dance rolls around, there is a whispered frenzy surrounding Robbie.  Every girl and a good portion of the guys are convinced that they will be the one to make out with him in a corner.

Chloe loves Robbie. Everybody does. But Robbie loves Chloe back. They are the star triple-threat couple of their high school drama club and have dreams of their future success together in Musical Theatre (or straight plays, if Musical Theatre doesn’t work out). But — speaking of straight — suddenly Robbie wonders if he’s gay. And Chloe begins to wonder, too. And what does that mean for their future together?

This brand new comedy was first seen as a short piece in Loud & Queer 2014, produced by Workshop West Playwright's Theatre and Guys In Disguise. After seven years with Northern Light Theatre as artistic Associate, we are delighted to have Ellen return to expand her original piece into a full length play and world-premiere of EVERYBODY LOVES ROBBIE!

Performance Dates

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Friday, January 10, 2020, 7:30PM Opening 
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event 1:15PM)
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door) 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon)
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back)
Friday, January 17, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 2:00PM Matinee 
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door) 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:30PM Performance 
Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:30PM Closing

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Ellen Chorley - Playwright

Ellen Chorley

Ellen> is an Edmonton-based playwright, producer, performer and arts educator. She is the current Festival Director of Nextfest, Edmonton’s annual emerging arts festival. From 2009-2017 Ellen served as the Artistic Associate of Northern Light Theatre and she returned in 2018 as the company’s Box Office Manager (which is pretty much the same thing, except with less bingos.) As a playwright, Ellen has had her plays produced all over Canada. In 2006, Ellen founded Promise Productions, an independent theatre for young audiences company that has produced plays in theatres, libraries, gymnasiums and under a bridge in the Edmonton river valley. For Promise Ellen has written over 25 new plays for children and teens including the Sterling nominated “The Fairy Catcher’s Companion,” “Princess Confidential” and “Birdie on the Wrong Bus” and the multiple Sterling award winning “Murielle” which she co- created and co-produced with Blarney Productions. In 2010, Ellen co-founded Send in the Girls Burlesque, Edmonton’s award winning burlesque theatre company which examines women in history through a modern day satirical lens. For SITG, Ellen has written and performed in every production the company has created including “A Bronte Burlesque,” “Bust ‘Em Up Burlesque” “Soiled Doves: A Burlesque With Boots On," "Take It Off Broadway" and the Sterling nominated “Tudor Queens: A Burlesque,” “Shakespeare’s Sirens” and “With Glowing Hearts.” She also had the pleasure of performing at the Edmonton Burlesque Festival and Calgary Burlesque Festival as well as headlining the Itty Bitty Burlesque Festival with Send in the Girls. Ellen teaches acting and playwrighting to ages 8-18 with Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre. Ellen was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013. In her spare time, Ellen collects copies of the novel “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, she currently has 101 copies. Ellen would like to send her utmost love and thanks to the Trevor Schmidt and Gina Moe, her family, Monster Club pals Mari and Lana, her beloved Thunderpal partner Pete, and legion of arts educators who have influenced her life and her work in the arts.

LIZ Allison-JORDE - Stage Manager

Elizabeth Allison

Liz is honoured and excited to be a part of NLT's exciting season again this year. Previous credits with NLT include 19 Weeks, Slut, Origin of the Species , and Bonnie and Clyde. When not Stage Managing, she is also a founding member of NextGen Theatre, the Volunteer Manager for StreetFest , the Front Office Manager for Lecky School of Dance and Mom to two grown children of whom she is very proud. Thank you for supporting local theatre! Enjoy the show.



Jayce is beyond excited to be finally working with Northern Light Theatre! She has wanted to collaborate with this amazing team since she graduated from the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan. Jayce has had the pleasure of working with some amazing theatre companies in Edmonton and has recently been working more in film and television. Jayce received a Sterling Award for her work in Salt-Water Moon produced by Whizgiggling Productions. She was most recently seen in the sterling nominated production for Blood: A Scientific Romance (Maggie Tree).



Richard is an Edmonton-based actor, dancer, and educator. In addition to a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta, he has independently trained in contemporary dance across North America and Europe. His last performance for Northern Light Theatre was in Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen. Some other favorite performance credits include: Small Mouth Sounds (Wild Side Productions); Minerva (Ghostwriter Theatre/Roxy Performance Series); Know The Rules, Win the Game (Cloudsway Dance Theatre/CanAsian Dance); Consent, Paper Song, Are We There Yet?, Under Cover(Concrete Theatre); Shocker's Delight(Teatro La Quindicina); Peter and the Starcatcher, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); The Moon at Midnight (Amber Borotsik/Prairie Dance Circuit). He has taught movement for the acting programs at the University of Alberta's B.F.A. Program, MacEwan University Theatre Arts, Opera Nuova, Theatre Alberta's Artstrek, and the Citadel-Robbins Academy Young Company.



Lana is a queer actor, director, playwright, sound designer and producer based out of Edmonton. Selected acting credits include:  Winnie Gertske, Champion Off-Ice (SKAMpede), Loud & Queer Cabaret (Guys in Disguise), The Anxiety Project and The National Elevator Project (Theatre YES), Dead Centre of Town (Catch the Keys Productions), Birdie On The Wrong Bus and The Fairy Catcher’s Companion (Promise Productions), Love(her)/Fight(her) (Urban Curvz), The Laramie Project (Citadel Theatre), Going Down… and Target Audience (Running In Heels Productions), and No Wonder(land) (Nextfest). Selected directing credits include: 50 First Dates (Spins Like a Top Productions), Jack & The Beanstalk (Alberta Musical Theatre Company), The Remarkably True, Real Life Adventures of Callie Montgomery (Promise Productions/Skirts of Fire Festival),  Encounters (Citadel Theatre), Soiled DovesBust ‘Em Up Burlesque, The Hollywoodland Burlesques, A Bronte Burlesque, and Tudor Queens: A Burlesque (Send In The Girls Burlesque), and Two Seconds To Paradise (One Story Window Theatre). She also spends her days as the Associate Managing Director for Catalyst Theatre.

BETH DART - Lighting Design & Assistant Director


Beth is an Edmonton based director, producer, lighting designer and theatre collaborator. Previous Northern Light Theatre credits include lighting design for THE CARDIAC SHADOW, 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 co-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, 2007-2014), 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. Next up, Beth will be co-creating an immersive musical, VAULT, with local playwright Megan Dart and local singer-songwriter Lindsey Walker.

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.

RUTH DYCK FEHDERAU - Salon Facilitator

RUTH DYCK FEHDERAURuth teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Alberta for a few months of each year. The rest of the time she travels and writes fiction and non-fiction. She lives in other cultural environments as often as possible. Her work appears in publications around the world and she has won awards for teaching, for writing, and for activism. Her recent book, The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree (2017), has won or been shortlisted for seven literary awards. Her website is www.ruthdyckfehderau.com.


Everybody Loves Robbie

Jayce McKenzie as Chloe & Richard Lee Hsi as Robbie – photo by Ian Jackson Epic Photography

EVERYBODY LOVES ROBBIE by Ellen Chorley is a real love letter to high school drama programs, students and their teachers.  The Cast and Company of EVERYBODY LOVES ROBBIE remembers inspirational teachers that informed their creative outlook.


“When I started my Theatre Arts Degree at Grant MacEwan I was warned about the scary acting teacher that yelled at students, but it didn’t take me long to realize that he wasn’t scary at all.  He was passionate and most of all he knew what you were capable of.  If you gave him anything less than your full potential in that moment, that is when you had a problem.   This made a lot of my fellow students worried, but I appreciated it, and most importantly, it helped me grow as a performer.  There was no bullshit with him.  You knew what he wanted from you and it was your job to make it happen.  I had a few teachers that told me I wasn’t good enough, but Ken Brown never made me feel that way.  He made me realize that I could create my own theatre, even as a young actor and he taught me how important it is to push yourself.  Those are lessons that have and will continue to stay with me throughout my career as an actor.”


“Ken Agrell-Smoth, or Agrell, as his colleagues and students knew him, was my high school drama teacher and my first theatre mentor.  He had a big Santa-Claus beard, a booming voice, and long white eyebrows that seemed ever-fixed in an expression of theatrical fury.  From Drama 10 through 30, the breadth of his teaching leapt from world religions, philosophy, Ancient Greek Theatre, Beckett, Brecht, and Shakespeare, the roots of modern psychology to text analysis, set-building, and design.  His teaching was a full liberal arts degree crammed into a few hours a week for three school years.

In Grade 10, he cast me as ‘Witch-Boy John’ the romantic lead in ‘Dark of the Moon’ by Howard Richardson and William Bernie.  I was a shy kid; I’d never even held a girls hand outside of social dance in Phys-Ed.  Now I was the lead in this bizarre play that featured infanticide, a rape in church and I had to kiss a Grade 12 girl.  It might be simplistic to attribute my entire theatre-career to that initial headfirst dive into the role of John, but every once in a while, seconds after places have been called, I’ll hear Agrell bellowing in my ear “WITCH BOY! GET READY WITCH BOY!”








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