Meet Our Directors
ABOUT THE TEAM
We are so grateful to have eight directors in the Or Festival 1, each dedicated to one new play in our festival. Four of the directors are director dramaturgs, working with their playwright to develop the script, while simultaneously bringing that script to life. We are ecstatic to have this inspiring team of humans onboard.
To Our Directors: Thank you for inculcating this festival with your beautiful humanity and artistic prowess. We love you. – Or Festival Team
Davey Calderon Louisa Phung Larisse Campbell Brian Postalian Daniela Atiencia Dale MacDonald Emilio Merritt Chloe Numbers ***
DAVEY CALDERON Director Davey Samuel Calderon (he/him/his)- is a queer Filipino-Canadian, American born, theatre artist based on the unceded territories of the coast salish peoples: the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University. Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works together. He is an emerging director, producer, and theatre maker. Recent directing experiences include: Bean & Hat (Speakeasy Theatre’s 2019 Pull Festival), The Bug Zapper (Speakeasy Theatre’s 2019 Pull Festival), How To Self-Suspend: Act II (Theatre Replacement’s 2018 PushOff), & ROAD (2017 About Love Festival).
DANIELA ATIENCIA Director/Dramaturg 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. Brian Postalian
BRIAN POSTALIAN Director/Dramaturg 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. Louisa Phung
LOUISA PHUNG Director/Dramaturg 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 Emilio Merritt
EMILIO MERRITT Director/Dramaturg 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. Larisse Campbell
LARISSE CAMPBELL Director Larisse Campbell is a theatre artist, director and mother based in Vancouver. In 2017, she founded the urban multi-media production company, called The Ordinary. Recent directing credits include Women and War (Jericho Arts Center), Bonnie and Clyde (Vancouver Fringe Festival), Table for Two (Brave New Play Rites 2019), Last Will and Testament, by Jen (Brave New Play Rites 2020) and asst. directing for United Players recent productions of A Tender Thing by and The Price. She is also preparing for the world-premier of Over Coffee by Patrick de Moss, which will open in Vancouver in the later spring. She is honoured to be a part of this festival amongst the world-class artists of British Columbia and beyond. Chloe Numbers
CHLOE NUMBERS Director Chloe Numbers is a Vancouver-based San Francisco transplant and lifelong lover of theatre. Chloe has a degree in Film Studies and Theatre from UBC, and she has experience as a director, writer and actor. Additionally, she was the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Vancouver TheatreSports for 2.5 years, where she managed the city’s leading improv education program. Chloe’s greatest theatrical joy is found in the spirit of the ensemble- as Stanislavski said, “Love the art within yourself, and not yourself within the art.” Dale MacDonald
DALE MACDONALD Director Dale MacDonald is a theatre artist, writer, and educator based out of Vancouver, BC. Following his graduation from University of Alberta’s BA/BEd program, he relocated to Vancouver in 2015. Since then, Dale has acted as Artistic Director for Key 21 Youth Theatre and has been published in Speakeasy Theatre’s Pull Festival Anthology with his play maleficarum. When Dale isn’t trapped in windowless room for hours on end, he can usually be found playing video games with his partner or running really, really far.