ABOUT THE TEAM
The Or Festival 2 runs on the Equity Festival Policy thereby enabling equity and non-equity actors to perform together in a festival run on a profit-share basis. This policy was obtained through the incredible love an actor expressed for the work of one of the playwrights in the Or Festival 1. We are so thankful for the unique and dynamic environment in the rehearsal spaces, sparked by ongoing dialogues occurring between professional, emerging and new actors.
An (LGBTQ+) and POC performer, storyteller and down to earth human who will be playing RAIN in Hazard Pay. Donia has been on various theatre shows such as: Attachments, The Hobbit, Footloose and various TV shows: Debris, Snowpiercer, The 100, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and more. IG:@donia.kash
Meg Nordquist is grateful to play MATILDA in Hazard Pay for the Or Festival at The Cultch. Meg is an actor, writer, and emerging filmmaker in Vancouver, BC. Meg loves chasing joy, telling stories, bad puns, baking (anything chocolate), and playing with her three kids. IG: @megnordquist
Donavon is a Vancouver based actor who’s appeared in television, commercials, and is making his debut on stage for the Or Festival 2! He is also very passionate about creativity and writing music.
Haley is thrilled to be bringing new works to stage at this festival! A recent Capilano University Graduate and a passionate theatre performer, Haley is immensely excited to be performing onstage again! Previous works include touring Canada with the production of Pier 21 (Canadiana Musical Theatre Co), Cheshire Cat/Others (Alice and Wonderland Panto/Metro Theatre), Henry (Newsies/TUTS), Assis. Choreographer and Ruby Gillis (9 to 5, A Chorus Line/Anne of Green Gables/CapU Theatre), and Callie (Love Letters/Festival Dionysia UBC). Many thanks to Lauren for directing, to Crystal Weltzin for your script, to Nicco for your commitment to the story, and to Olivia, the OR Festival team, and the Cultch for making this show a reality! Hope you enjoy!
Nicco Del Rio
NICCO DEL RIO
Nicco Del Rio’s life has spiraled vigorously and sporadically out of his control since The Pando began. Luckily, some form of theatre is back to fill the void! He is so excited to be a part of the Or Festival, as he believes this is where theatre must go to survive these increasingly more precedented times. Nicco has been doing theatre since ’08, and has more recently broke into the professional scene with the 2018 Bard on the Beach season. Since, he’s signed with Premiere Talent and has had roles on Supernatural, SEE, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Virgin River, and other such tv/film ventures. Nicco would like to thank you in the third person for tuning in to the Or Festival and keeping the theatre alive! (He also lives with Haley Allen, the other actor in the play, as they are dating. Probably should’ve mentioned that earlier. His bad.)
CK Kaur is simply over the moon about playing the fiery and romantic Dr. Penrose Harper in “Seven Minutes ‘Till Heaven.” CK is a graduate of Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen Program (2019) and is represented by Leo Management. Her most recent theatre work includes playing S in “lavender.grid.stop” at UBC’s Brave New Play Rites Festival (2021), Mrs. Taylor in “My Ballet Dancer Ate My Homework” with UBC’s Festival Dionysia (2021), and Lt. Hundal in Spectral Theatre’s “Counterfactual” at the Fringe Festival (2020). She hopes you enjoy the show!
Saskia is a young, queer actor living on the stolen lands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Recently, she has appeared onstage in The Young King (Carousel Theatre/Slingsby), Generation Hot (Vancouver Fringe), as a crewmate aboard Vancouver Pirate Adventures,as a performer at various Halloween Trains around the Lower Mainland. She currently studies at Capilano University.
Recent theatre credits include: The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical (Jessie Award Nomination- Outstanding Performance by an Actress at Vancouver Fringe Festival), Circle Game: A reimagining of the Music of Joni Mitchell (Jessie Award Nomination- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble at Firehall Arts Center, Persephone Theatre and Arts Club on Tour), Rock of Ages (Arts Club Theatre Company), Broken Sex Doll (The Virtual Stage), Spring Awakening (Ovation Award Winner- Best Production Small Theatre at FCP). She also showcased her years of teaching and dance experience as Choreographer for Parade with FCP. Adriana is very excited to be a part of bringing new plays to life in the second ever Or Festival!
Born in Taipei and raised in Burnaby, Bernie finished with a BFA in Filmmaking from Emily Carr University in 2012. He returned to study theatre acting in 2019, training with Ben Ratner at Haven Studio.”
Trained extensively in performance arts in India and the United States. Notably, in the recent past, He has participated in a show called: Milkcrate Monologues that dive deep into hip hop theatre. He has also been seen in Shakespeare’s Titus and Andronicus produced by the Independent Shakespeare Company of Los Angeles. Staying with the Bard, he also enacted major parts in Bad Hamlet produced by Coin and Ghost. Akshaya held a solo performance recently at LA ArtCore exploring elements of Indian mythology and performance traditions. Also served as casting director with Rogue Artists Ensemble.
Graduated with an MFA in Acting from the School of Dramatic Arts, University of Southern California.
Abbee Fernandes is thrilled to be playing Winifred in Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Not Even Me. Originally from Southwestern Ontario, Abbee grew up a lover of performance, wether on stage or the ice rink. She studied Theatre Arts at Fanshawe College and was quickly cast in The Festival Players of Prince Edward County’s The Book of Esther as Esther Dalzell. From there she had the great fortune of being a part of the national touring cast of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic where she brought life to Princess Twilight Sparkle. One of her favourite experiences was producing and staring in the great Canadian play, The Attic the Pearls and Three Fine Girls as Jelly Fine. Abbee loves Canadian theatre and feels honoured to be a part of such a wonderful team of artists. She would like to thank Ty, the Fernandes Family and the Seath family for all of their love, encouragement and support near or far.
Lucas McKinnon is a young actor living in the Fraser Valley. He has been performing since 2013, with over a dozen theatre credits to his name in a variety of Contemporary and Classical productions, with a particular interest in Shakespeare himself. His personal favourites for performances have been his portrayal of Romeo, in “ Romeo and Juliet”, and Abby Brewster, in a production of “ Arsenic and Old Lace”. This Fall, Lucas will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre to further his artistic education. As a young actor learning the craft, Lucas is ambitious in his endless pursuit of new challenges, characters, and experiences.
Charleen Phelps is a screenwriter, playwright, actor, director, producer and speaker. The years spent as a registered nurse in the areas of Mental Health and Geriatric care has influenced much of her work. Recent writing credits include the plays “Emerge” and “A Gems Journey.” Acting credits include the films; “I Miss you Margaret”, “Thank You Mila” and “Seven Stages of my Broken Heart.” Her short film “Remnants” is in pre-production with her company Wings of the Wind Productions. Charleen is very much looking forward to playing the part of Iris in Katie Gartlan-Close’s “The Fluff in our Walls” and being part of the Or Festival family. wingsofthewindproductions.com
Arush is an aspiring actor from India, currently working and residing in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Arush began to explore his acting journey in high school where he worked in both English and Hindi plays such as ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’, ‘The Mahabharata’ and ‘Man in the Well’. He is excited to jump back into the creative world after graduating from UBC with a Bachelors in Commerce. Besides loving his nine to five job, Arush enjoys playing tennis and literally…. watching any movie under the sun!!