ZENA DRIVER – Actor
Originally from Vancouver, Zena is delighted to now call Toronto her home. Past stage credits include: Mental the Musical (co-written by Fiona Hogan & Courtney Kramer), Into the Woods (Patrick Street Productions) and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Hoarse Raven Theatre). She also loves working in the animated voice-over world, where she gets to create a unique heart for each character, all through voice! Zena is over-the-moon excited to be making her Toronto Fringe Festival debut! Hooray!!
CHRISTOPHER FOWLER – Actor
Christopher Fowler is delighted to return to the Fringe, having previously appeared in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare BASH’d) and Scheherazade (Nobody’s Business Theatre/Next Stage Theatre Festival).
His other theatre credits include Humber River Shakespeare (As You Like It; Twelfth Night), Left Foot First Productions (In Pink), Crate Productions (The Fort at York), Theatre New Brunswick (Smokescreen; For Art’s Sake; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), Classical Theatre Project (Romero and Juliet; Othello); and Youth Theatre Station (director, Romeo and Juliet).
You can tweet with Christopher after the show @christofow.
KANIKA AMBROSE – Actor
Kanika is a Toronto-based playwright and artist. Her short plays My Umm Hmm, Sleep Country, and and Aprés, have been produced in Toronto festivals including Paprika Festival, and rock.paper.sistahz!. Her one-person play The Art of Traditional Head-tying, premiered at Crow’s Theatre’s East End Performance CRAWL and was part of Toronto Fringe 2014! She spent two seasons in Obsidian Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit and one in Cahoots Theatre’s Hot House. She is a Dora Mavor Moore nominee for her role in Binti’s Journey, and part of the Dora nominated Outstanding Production, Obeah Opera. Kanika is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School: Acting and is founder of Dominican bélé dance group, Mabouya Dance Company. This year, she has been featured as one of Cahoots Theatre’s 30 for 30 theatremakers.
KATE KEENAN – DIRECTOR
Kate has been creating theatre for kids for over 20 years. She started out by co-founding Shrimp Magnet Theatre Company – writing, producing, directing and performing in 6 original TYA shows on Centre Island, the Toronto Fringe and across the country. Then she wrote and performed across the continent in the live theatricals of TV shows such as Little Bear, Franklin and The Backyardigans. Somewhere in there, she was also lucky enough to be Turtle, the Therapeutic Clown at Sick Kids Hospital. The last show she directed, “The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free & Will Do” which she also co-wrote, runs at Solar Stage all summer long. She’s currently ⅓ of the kid’s rock band “The Space Chums”, and a writer for children’s television. Kate is delighted to be working with Jump Star to bring the brilliant Nithy, and her world, to life!
STEPHANIE TAYLOR – Stage Manager
Stephanie is a Toronto-based Stage Manager, just trying to make art and make rent at the same time. She studied Drama at the University of Windsor. Favourite stage management credits include: Dalton and Company (The Theatre Centre), Naked Ladies (Summerworks Performance Festival), The Queen’s Conjuror (Circlesnake Productions), and Western (Next Stage Theatre Festival). She will continue her summer with magician and storyteller Keith Brown at the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. Stephanie can’t imagine a better way to spend this time of year than at the Fringe!
ARLIN DIXON – Co-writer
Arlin is an actor and playwright in Toronto. She studied at George Brown Theatre School, and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at York University. Her first play Eirlys and Eckhart was produced by Cart/Horse Theatre at Theatre Passe Muraille, and a workshop performance of her second play, B Side, was performed at the Halifax Fringe Festival. She was also short-listed for the Write from the Hip program with Nightwood Theatre.
MATTHEW GORMAN – Co-writer
Originally from Nova Scotia, Matthew has been living and working in Toronto for the last dozen years. His last play, Western, a play with music, was featured at the 2017 Next Stage Festival.
Other works include, Adventure!, Like A Dog, and Our Lady of the Sea. He has worked extensively as an actor and director, most recently touring the United States with Roseneath Theatre’s The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh. Matthew was the artistic director of Cart/Horse Theatre for nine years.