The Or Festival is a passion project. We are dedicating our time on a volunteer basis. As a result, our artistic team will shift and change each year depending on artist availability. Our goal is to have a platform where local artists may show-case their work, share their voice and connect with the community. All profits from the festival are shared equally among the cast, crew members and organizers. We are very grateful to the amazing artists who live in Vancouver and who make festivals possible by submitting.
Leysan has recently moved to Vancouver after spending 5 years in New York City where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Her trilingual background and passion for fierce female roles has given her the opportunity to play unforgettable (on-stage) lead women such as Fefu in Fefu and her Friends by the avant-garde María Irene Fornés, Phaedra in Jean Racine’s classic French love-triangle Phèdre, Lubov Andreyevna in the Russian tragicomedy The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov and The Bride in Federico García Lorca’s Spanish rural tragedy Blood Wedding. She has also been incredibly lucky to Associate Produce numerous Off-Off Broadway productions in NYC’s downtown and underground theatre world, which has inspired her to keep producing here in Vancouver. Leysan is thrilled to bring all her experiences and dive deep into the role of curator in the hopes of discovering new powerful voices and stories. New language is one of the most exciting finds that pushes her to seek out new narratives.
Donavon Marshall is an actor, writer, and producer. As a new face on the scene, Donavon aspires to bring life to the theatre community by discovering what has yet to be unearthed for the rest of the world to see. He is very excited to be a part of the curatorial team this year for the Or Festival and cannot wait to connect with the community!
Louisa Phung is a director and writer based in Vancouver, BC. A graduate of Capilano’s Bachelor of Performing Arts program, Louisa is a multi-disciplinary artist, successfully working in the BC film and television industry for almost twenty years. She recently produced and directed a production of “Beirut” by Alan Bowne as part of the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival Dramatic Works Series and her short film “Hope and Grace” had its world premiere this past October at the Edmonton International Film Festival. Louisa is excited to develop her newest project with the Block A program at PTC, and to be one of the directors at the 2021 Brave New Playwrights Festival coming this spring.
Olivia Etey is a Vancouver-based Playwright and Stage Manager. She graduated from UBC with a double major in Creative Writing and English Honours. Her produced plays include Foreplay (2015), her musical: The Midnight Serenade (2015), Living on the Grid (2016), which debuted at the Vancouver FRINGE Festival as part of The Only Animal’s Generation Hot Series and The Hoarder (2017). Select stage-managing credits include, Pull Festival 8 (Speakeasy Theatre 2019), James and the Giant Peach (Arts Umbrella 2019), The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe (The Drama Class 2019) The Brave New Play Rites Festival (2018) and The Moaning Yoni (Joylyn Secunda Productions 2018). She also Assistant Stage-Managed for Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Little Mountain Lion Productions (2018).
Diana Bartosh is Vancouver-based technical director, stage/production manger, and freelance technician. A proud member of IATSE 118, Diana was most recently the Technical Director of Performance Works on Granville Island. Favorite credits include Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Little Mountain Lion Productions, TD & SM); Roméo et Juliette (Calgary Opera, AASM), Ridiculous Darkness (Alley Theatre, ASM), Marrow (Alley Theatre, SM & Props Design), Ascension (SFU Dance Program, SM); Jukebox Hero the Musical (Annerin Produtions, AASM), Frankenstein, 1945 (Nebula Company Theatre, SM & PM); and The Drowning Girls (Stone’s Throw Productions, (SM & Props Design). Diana holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Labour Studies from Simon Fraser University. Her goal as an artist is to create and facilitate politically-motivated works which challenge our perceptions of humanity – especially those that celebrate the lives and dreams of marginalized and queer communities.
Madelyn Osborne is a Vancouver-based theatre director, producer, creator, and mover. She is a graduate of the Douglas College Theatre Program and received an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from the University of Wales. Select credits include: Mr.Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Director/ Choreo/ Costume Design || Little Mountain Lion Productions), Asking Alice (Creator/ Performer|| MOMS Collective) and Titillations (Director/ Choreographer|| SHIFT Festival). Madelyn’s work focuses on sparking conversations and actively engaging audiences in the experiences of the worlds she helps create.Next Up: Jekyll a North American premiere opening at Douglas College in March 2020.
Jason Deo has produced, performed in, and stage managed numerous Vancouver theatre productions over the last eight years. From working on standalone shows (e.g. School for Scandal, Quimera Theatre Collective, 2015) to one-acts and festivals (e.g. And Then There Was One Hundred: A Centennial Celebration, UBC Players Club, 2016), Jason has had the pleasure and privilege of continuing to foster his love for theatre and the arts while pursuing his career in life sciences. At a time in our history where freedom of expression is more important than ever, Jason is elated to be a part of this festival alongside the incredibly talented team behind it.
Jonathan Kim, better known as Jono, is a Jessie nominated lighting designer based in Vancouver, BC. He is a graduate of SFU’s Theatre Production and Design program. His most recent works include: Amélie (West Moon Theatre); Mother of the Maid (Pacific Theatre); Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness (Pacific Theatre); The Array: The Shape of the Galaxy (Upintheair Theatre); Girlfriend (FCP); House and Home (Firehall Arts Centre); Gramma (Pacific Theatre); High Water (Macromatter); Flying White (Turning Point Ensemble & Wen Wei Dance); and Kim’s Convenience (Arts Club). Jonathan is also a member of Chimerik 似不像, an interdisciplinary collective.
Tyler Dumoulin is a composer and sound designer based out of Vancouver. He completed a BA in music at Trinity Western University in 2015. Recent theatre credits includevocal arrangement and live sound design for Lucia Frangione’s Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree Productions), intense fight music for Shakespeare’s Henry V(Stone Throw Productions) and sitcom soundtracks for Dave Deveau’s Tiny Replicas (Rumble Theatre) as a part of the 2018 Tremor’s Festival.