MEET OUR DRAMATURGS
ABOUT THE TEAM
In the Or Festival 1 we are so thankful to have two outstanding festival dramaturgs: Eveleen Kozak and Evan Medd who worked closely with playwrights: Sally Stubbs, Mary Littlejohn, C.P Boyko and Nikki Chohan, to lift the ideas and meaning in their scripts. We believe in giving each playwright a deeply personalized, professional dramaturgical experience, that will allow the playwright to discover new insights in their work.
To our Dramaturgs: Thank you for providing our playwrights with highly sought after dramaturgy and engaging with them in their art. We love you. – Or Festival Team
Evan Medd Eveleen Kozak ***
EVAN MEDD Dramaturg Evan is a performer, dramaturg, puppeteer and theatre maker based out of Calgary and Vancouver. He received his BFA from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts where he trained in interdisciplinary performance and collaborative creation. Evan is a Co-Artistic Producer of the Major Matt Mason Collective, a working ensemble who have been making and producing theatrical works aimed at Calgary’s younger generation for ten years now. As a dramaturg Evan is passionate about supporting playwrights just beginning to refine their artistic voices, doing so through MMMC’s Wildfire Playwriting Unit for Canadian playwrights under 30. His work on the past two years of the River Clyde Pageant on PEI has been instrumental in shifting his artistic interests towards community engaged performance and environmentally charged puppetry. Eveleen Kozak
EVELEEN KOZAK Dramaturg Eveleen Kozak likes naps, Korean spas, and long walks in the mountains with her dog. Sometimes she is an interdisciplinary artist. She has an interest in filmmaking, dramaturgy, multi-disciplinary documentary work, and learning how to incorporate different artistic practices in a theatrical context. She enjoys connecting to playwrights through their relationship with their stories. She acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations by collaborating with and supporting the work of Indigenous artists. ***
We are thrilled to have four director dramaturgs onboard our festival this year as well. They worked exclusively with their playwright to develop the script, while simultaneously bringing that script to life.
Daniela Atiencia Emilio Merritt Louisa Phung Brian Postalian ***
DANIELA ATIENCIA Dramaturg/Director Daniela Atiencia is a Latinx-Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Colombia. She graduated with Honours and received a BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. She returned to Colombia to work as a community radio host, producing audio content for marginalized areas of the Colombian conflict. Desiring further growth, she moved to the UK where she graduated with Distinction and acquired her MFA in Theatre Directing from The University of Essex’s East 15 Acting School. During her time there, she co-founded her own theatre company, Fingers Crossed, and produced her first professional devised piece, Central (Story) Line which received rave reviews at the Camden Fringe Festival (2018). Daniela is a bilingual director, dramaturg, deviser who vigorously seeks international collaborations with interdisciplinary artists. Her work has been seen in Colombia, Lithuania, Canada, England and Denmark. She is currently based in Vancouver freelancing with several theatre companies including Rumble, Touchstone Theatre, Neworld Theatre, PTC, The Arts Club and Electric Company. Emilio Merritt
EMILIO MERRITT Dramaturg/Director Born in Mexico City, Emilio is now a proud resident of Canada. Before he finished University with a degree in Communication, Emilio decided to pursue his artistic career. After a very difficult admission process, he attended University at Centro Universitario de Teatro, UNAM with a degree in Acting. After graduation, Emilio got a scholarship to assist on a full time program: “Acting for film and TV” at SchoolCreative in Vancouver. He started writing short films and directed his first short “A Simple Day”, showcasing it around different cities internationally. Emilio has written more than eight plays (four produced), directed 5 plays, including Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler here in Vancouver (2019, True Pulse Productions) and five shorts (all produced). Emilio has gained a lot experience on set working on & off camera. Emilio is very proud of his Latin heritage and he is determined to place Latin artists in high standing around the world. Louisa Phung
LOUISA PHUNG Dramaturg/Director Born in Toronto, Ont and based in Vancouver, BC, Louisa has a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree and a Diploma in Theatre from Capilano University. She works professionally as an AD in the BC film and TV industry while also working on becoming a professional director for both stage and screen. This year Louisa launched her production company Clever Bird Entertainment Inc., and her most recent short film, “Hope and Grace,” will be hitting the festival circuit. Louisa is thrilled to be a part of the Or Festival and is excited to work with upcoming local playwrights. www.louisaphung.com Brian Postalian
BRIAN POSTALIAN Dramaturg/Director Brian Postalian is a theatre director, producer, and performance creator born and raised in Toronto/Tkaronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic. He is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre. Recent work includes: HIVE 2019 (Magnetic North Festival), The Smile Off Your Face (SummerWorks Festival), This Is What I Know (In the Soil Festival). Brian’s work has been featured on “Best of the Year” lists, received Outstanding Direction (NOW Magazine), Best Production (SummerWorks 2017), nomination for Outstanding Direction (MyEntertainmentWorld), and has been described by one reviewer as “clearly unafraid to try just about anything”. He has an MFA in Performance and Contemporary Art from Simon Fraser University. In his spare time, he likes to visit used book stores, ride bicycles, volunteer and is learning how to draw and play the Armenian duduk.