Meet The Team
We are so grateful to present six directors in the Or Festival 2 this year, each dedicated to one 10 minute play. Two of the directors are director-dramaturgs, working with their playwright to develop the script, while simultaneously bringing that script to life.
Rehearsals are held over ZOOM and/or outside with the entire team wearing masks and maintaining a distance of 6ft. It is a fun challenge for the directors to stage a play in preparation for filming at the Cultch Theatre. Filming will occur with strict adherence to Provincial Health and Safety Protocols. Three plays will be filmed each day with ample time in-between to air out the theatre. Stayed tuned for the livestreamed recording of all six 10 minute plays plays on: April 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm PT! We are ecstatic to have this inspiring team of humans onboard! Thank you for dedicating yourselves to the creation of these new works.
Arthi Chandra (she/her) is a Vancouver based director, writer, and performer. She studied contemporary theatre performance and directing at Simon Fraser University. Arthi is a co-founder of The Library Performance Collective. Her practice is rooted in text-based devising, and adapting canonical work. Arthi is interested in work that engages with queerness, intersecting identity policies, and explores the concept of radical empathy. She is currently the artistic producing intern for Theatre Replacement, and is directing Peninsula Production’s NextGen program. Arthi is also alternating between writing an adaptation of King Lear, which centres on the relationship between mothers and daughters, and a YA novel about magic sort of things and detectives.
Melanie White is a director, dramaturg, stage manager, and teaching artist and a new transplant to Vancouver. Her directing work has been seen in New York, London, Seattle, and Los Angeles. She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the Off-Off-Broadway Review for her production of love is not concerned: three short plays by Williams and Inge, and her production of Gertrude Stein and A Companion was nominated for two LA Weekly Awards. She has been artistic director of Hamlet’s Janitor Productions, Open Circle Theater, and Off-Center Opera, and directed Julius Caesar at Green Hill Juvenile Detention Center. She was a production stage manager at Teatro ZinZanni for fourteen years and works regularly as a corporate and special events stage manager. Melanie received her BA from Brown University in Theatre Arts and her MA in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance from the University of Essex, England. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, three children, two large dogs and a cat in a house that is perpetually under construction.
Damon Bradley Jang
DAMON BRADLEY JANG
Damon is a multifaceted performing artist, instructor and publicist. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts and Musical Theatre Diploma from Capilano University. He has also trained in intensives at the Banff Arts Centre in Alberta, Broadway Dance Centre in New York City and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. As a performer he most recently swung in as a replacement to play Pepper in Mamma Mia! with Fraser Valley Stage after four rehearsals! He works often as a choreographer or director in companies around Metro Vancouver. He last directed a show with the Festival Dionysia (UBC Players Club) Other highlights of his work include; Vagabond Players (Little Shop Of Horrors- Choreographer), Bard In The Valley (Much Ado About Nothing, Choreographer) and Northshore Light Opera Society (Into The Woods, Once Upon A Mattress, Associate Director Choreographer). He is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Fabulist Theatre and highlights includes the Vancouver Premiere of Once On This Island for which he won a Broadway World Vancouver award for Best Direction and Choreography (with lead choreographer, Marion Landers).www.fabulisttheatre.ca
Laura Grace Reynolds is a director and actor from Vancouver, B.C. Directing credits include 13 and The Minimum Wage Dame (Eternal Theatre Collective), and upcoming lavender.grid.stop (Brave New Play Rites). Recent acting credits include Whatever, The New Margo (Seeing Things Collective); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, Timothy Findlay’s The Wars, Lion In The Streets, The Forgotten Proposal, Book of Days, Julius Caesar (UBC); DNA, Fen, As You Like It (Guildhall); The Winter’s Tale (Carousel Theatre for Young People). Laura studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of British Columbia.
Emily (she/her) is a director and actress. She has recently directed live Zoom productions of Lady Windermere’s Fan and Wurzel-Flummery with Theatre in the Country. Emily has a Bachelors degree with Honours in Acting from University of Wales. Select acting credits include: Little Women the Musical, Rumours, Anne of Green Gables, The Magic Flute, Hairspray, Boys from Syracuse, Comedy of Errors, Unity 1918. Emily hopes you are all staying healthy and safe in these uncertain times!
Keara Voo is a showtune-singing, book-loving, trash-TV-binging thespian from Barrie, Ontario. Theatre stole her heart at the ripe age of 8 when she starred in her first elementary school production of Mighty Minds: The Musical, and she hasn’t looked back. Since then, she has worked both on stage and backstage for a variety shows, including Inherit the Wind (MAT), Beauty and the Beast (KCP), Twelfth Night (SnB), and A Doll House (ESS). She also has taken an interest in film, studying writing at Vancouver Film School and producing “Talk It Out” – an official selection of the Montreal Independent Film Festival. She is excited to direct for the Or Festival and grateful to her friends and family for their support as she chases this crazy dream of finally one day creating a show-stopping show.