2018 Artist Profiles

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ANOSH IRANI (BOMBAY BLACK - PLAYWRIGHT)

Anosh Irani has published three critically acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, which was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award.   He lives in Vancouver.

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NIMET KANJI (BOMBAY BLACK - PADMA)

Nimet was born in Nairobi, Kenya and began acting on stage with the local theatre company. She emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1989 where she continued to work on stage. She began her career in film and TV in 2001 and has had the pleasure of working with Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Kevin Sorbo (Paradox), John Cusack (Martian Child) and Sitara Hewitt (Little Mosque on the Prairie) amongst other notable names.  Her theatre credits include 'Sultans of the Street' (Carousel Theatre), '9 Parts of Desire' (The Maggie Tree), 'Bombay Black' (2017 Vancouver Fringe) and 'Victim Impact' (Theatre Conspiracy).  She is excited to be reprising her role of Padma in Bombay Black once again. She is represented by Lucas Talent.

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MUNISH SHARMA (BOMBAY BLACK - KAMAL)

Munish is very grateful to be back as Kamal for Bombay Black.  My heartfelt thank you to the crew and cast.  Next up for Munish will be The Matchmaker for the Arts Club on the Stanley stage.  He is also working his first open person dance show for more information check out www.munisharma.com

Previous Credits Victim Impact, (Theatre Conspiracy) Misery (Arts Club) The Ridiculous Darkness (Alley Theatre)

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ARSHDEEP PURBA (BOMBAY BLACK - APSARA)

Arshdeep is a multi-talented artist from Calgary, AB. She grew up learning/teaching Traditional Indian Dance (Bhangra/Bollywood) and started modeling at the age of 15. She aspired to work on more meaningful things in her life so she decided to take Acting for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School. She worked on a short film; Help Wanted (directed by Jacquile Kambo), that brought awareness of harsh gang life in Surrey. And later went to India to work on a feature film called Laajo, which brought attention to prostitution in India. Vancouver Guldasta is her first theater performance as a professional actor! A couple of interesting things about Arshdeep is that she has a black belt in MMA, and has traveled to more than 6 countries. Arshdeep is proud to work on stories that spark people’s hearts and brains, unite people of all cultures, and bring voice to silent stories that are left unheard
 

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TANYA SCHWAERZLE (BOMBAY BLACK - STAGE MANAGER,CO-SET DESIGNER & CO-COSTUME DESIGNER)

Tanya is thrilled to be stage managing Bombay Black Assistant stage management credits; Mom's the Word 3 (Arts Club) and Circle Game (Firehall). Selected apprentice stage management credits include; Winters Tale and Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach), Mamma Mia!, TopDog/UnderDog, Bittergirl, Christmas Story, Bullet Catch, Blue Box (Arts Club Theatre), Chelsea Hotel, Miss Shakespeare, J.Caesar (Escape Artists, Firehall), How to Survive An Apocalypse (Touchstone Theatre). Tanya has her BFA, from the University of Alberta. Love and thanks to Brian, her family and friends for their everlasting support, Captain and Gordie .

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EMMA HAMMOND (BOMBAY BLACK - STAGE MANAGER – NANAIMO & VANCOUVER)

Emma is a Vancouver based stage manager who splits her time between Opera, Theatre, and Musicals. Some recent credits include Circle Game, Social Studies, Chelsea Hotel (Firehall), Rock Legends, Les Miserables (Chemainus Theatre). Opera credits include La Boheme, Simon Boccanegra, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera), Merry Widow, Turandot, Dead Man Walking and Requiem for a Lost Girl (Vancouver Opera). Thanks to her family for their support, and to Justin for the love and laughter.

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CHENGYAN BOON (GULDUSTA - LIGHTING DESIGNER)

Chengyan is a Vancouver-based lighting designer. Since graduating from the UBC Theatre Production and Design program in 2015, he has designed for independent and educational theatre all over town. Recent credits of note: Kim’s Convenience (Pacific Theatre – sound designer), We Will Rock You (Notre Dame Regional Secondary), Suitcase Stories (Pacific Theatre), Incident at Vichy (Theatre in the Raw), Comedy of Errors (Trinity Western), Smart People(Mitch and Murray Productions), Viva (Aenigma Theatre) and Bombay Black (Raghupriya Society). Design portfolio at chengyanboon.com.

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RUP SIDHU (BOMBAY BLACK - SOUND DESIGNER)

Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, producer and composer. Specializing in vocal percussion and live looping, his sound blends the rhythms of poetry and spoken word with a dynamic range of cultural hybridity. Inspired by folk and classical forms of music from around the world, his musical expressions range from groove oriented hip hop beats, to contemporary fusions of classical ragas; scores for the National Film Board of Canada and experimental compositions for dance and theatre productions. In addition to working over the past eight years as a guest curator with Indian Summer Festival and the City of Vancouver, Rup has facilitated and taught musical programs in universities, public schools, youth prisons, and communities throughout Canada, USA, UK, and India. Rup has produced fourteen albums with emerging artists, including American Pie, Shane Koyzan’s debut release. Current collaborative projects include: Aluma Sound, Ruby Singh and the Future Ancestors, and Jhalaak. Rup’s solo live looping show, RupLoops, has toured over 500 locations across Canada. www.rupsidhu.com

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GUNJAN KUNDHAL (BOMBAY BLACK - DANCE COACH) 

Gunjan Kundhal is a dancer at heart and an aspiring actress. Inspired by her mentor she began her acting journey in film and television. She carried on learning different styles and now she will be part of her first theatre production. She is an artist with diversity in her talent. Currently, pursuing Acting, Ballet, Contemporary, martial arts and yoga. She finds serenity in movement. She believes in guidance by mentors and strives to be one. Always curious and forever grateful 
 

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ALANA HAWLEY PURVIS (BOMBAY BLACK - VOICE COACH)  

Alana is an actor, vocal coach, and voice/acting teacher who has worked throughout North and Central America. She is a graduate of the American Academy for Classical Acting (MFA), the University of Alberta Acting Program (BFA), York University Teacher’s Certificate Program for Artists, and The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. She is the recipient of the 2013 Royal Conservatory of Music’s National Gold Medal for Speech Arts and Drama ARCT Performance and the 2014 National Gold Medal for ARCT Teachers. She has performed with various theatre companies including: The Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, and Theatre Calgary. Alana currently teaches voice at the University of Alberta and Douglas College.

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PANEET SINGH (GULDUSTA - WRITER/DIRECTOR)

Paneet Singh is a playwright, filmmaker, and acting instructor. Paneet’s work is largely inspired and informed by Sikh and South Asian culture and history. Paneet’s first site-specific production as a playwright, The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson, was widely covered by the media, sold out its entire run at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and was called “extraordinary” by the National Observer. Paneet also offers services as a dramaturge, script consultant, and story editor. Outside of theatre and film, Paneet also co-hosts The Nameless Collective Podcast with fellow SACHA founders Naveen Girn and Milan Singh, and was a co-organizer of the Mewa Singh Centennial Commemoration as well as the Sant Teja Singh Sikh History Tour

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ARSHDEEP PURBA (GULDUSTA - PERFORMER)

Arshdeep is a multi-talented artist from Calgary, AB. She grew up learning/teaching Traditional Indian Dance (Bhangra/Bollywood) and started modeling at the age of 15. She aspired to work on more meaningful things in her life so she decided to take Acting for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School. She worked on a short film; Help Wanted (directed by Jacquile Kambo), that brought awareness of harsh gang life in Surrey. And later went to India to work on a feature film called Laajo, which brought attention to prostitution in India. Vancouver Guldasta is her first theater performance as a professional actor! A couple of interesting things about Arshdeep is that she has a black belt in MMA, and has traveled to more than 6 countries. Arshdeep is proud to work on stories that spark people’s hearts and brains, unite people of all cultures, and bring voice to silent stories that are left unheard
 

PARM SOOR (GULDUSTA - PERFORMER)

Parm was born in Punjab, India and raised in London, England. He later moved to Canada where he studied Theatre at The University of Winnipeg. He has appeared in over 40 films and television shows including the Emmy Award nominated miniseries 'Traffic'; the Genie Award nominated feature film 'Partition';  the Gemini Award winning miniseries ‘Human Cargo’;  and numerous Hollywood blockbusters including 'Watchmen'; '2012'; Tomorrowland; and ‘Maze Runner’. Stage highlights include ‘The Humans’ at The Stanley Theatre;  ‘The Men In White’ at The Arts Club Theatre;  'Coronation Voyage' at The Vancouver Playhouse and The National Arts Centre;  'Romeo and Juliet' at The Kaleidoscope Playhouse;  and 'Macbeth' at The Firehall Arts Centre.
 

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LOU TICZON (GULDUSTA - PERFORMER)

Most recently Lou was seen in the award winning short Skin To Skin for which he won Best Overall Performance at the MAMM12, and on stage in Affair Of Honor’s Soul Samurai at Vancouver Fringe. Lou has been involved in various projects encompassing his love for the performing arts, film, and writing. Lou’s passion for filmmaking and theatre is driven by his eagerness to provide the audience with films and plays that explore the human condition, push boundaries, and incorporate diversity.
 

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GUNJAN KUNDHAL (GULDUSTA -PERFORMER) 

Gunjan Kundhal is a dancer at heart and an aspiring actress. Inspired by her mentor she began her acting journey in film and television. She carried on learning different styles and now she will be part of her first theatre production. She is an artist with diversity in her talent. Currently, pursuing Acting, Ballet, Contemporary, martial arts and yoga. She finds serenity in movement. She believes in guidance by mentors and strives to be one. Always curious and forever grateful 
 

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CHENGYAN BOON (GULDUSTA - LIGHTING DESIGNER)

Chengyan is a Vancouver-based lighting designer. Since graduating from the UBC Theatre Production and Design program in 2015, he has designed for independent and educational theatre all over town. Recent credits of note: Kim’s Convenience (Pacific Theatre – sound designer), We Will Rock You (Notre Dame Regional Secondary), Suitcase Stories (Pacific Theatre), Incident at Vichy (Theatre in the Raw), Comedy of Errors (Trinity Western), Smart People(Mitch and Murray Productions), Viva (Aenigma Theatre) and Bombay Black (Raghupriya Society). Design portfolio at chengyanboon.com.

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KAEKO L (GULDUSTA - HAIR AND MAKEUP)

Originally from Japan, Kaeko has studied hair and makeup in Paris,Japan and Vancouver.

Now with 15 years of experience she finds her passion to be in film and theater.

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ANDREW WADE (GULDUSTA - STAGE MANAGER)

Andrew Wade is an all-around theatre practitioner, working as a stage manager, actor, and playwright. A 2011 UVic graduate (BFA: Theatre, BA: Writing), he is known for creating and touring original works (The Hatter, William vs The World, The Most Honest Man In The World, Hullaboo and The End of Everything) to twenty fringe festivals across Canada. He took first place in the Vancouver Young Playwrights’ Competition for The Romantics, has been nominated for two Ovation awards and one CTC award, and co-created TITUS! The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus, which received a five star review (Vancouver Sun) and won ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Other roles include Floyd Collins (Patrick Street) and Hamelin (Axis). He is a two-time winner of SMACKDOWN: 24 Hour Musical Contest (Awkward Stage), and was chosen as one of Richmond’s ‘top 30 under 30’ by The Richmond News.
 

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SKYE DYKEN (GULDUSTA CO-SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER) 

Skye Dyken is an East Van based artist from Lethbridge, Alberta. Having moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in Production Design and eventually tattooing. In her free time she does a lot of sketching, crudely learning the guitar and most likely forgetting to call her mother back. Skye attended Vancouver Film School and is working her way into film and television, as well as developing some smaller projects with her peers. Skye is thrilled to work on: “A Vancouver Guldasta” because of the opportunities to learn about a key event in history through an artistic viewpoint.

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LAUREN JAMIE HOMENIUK (GULDUSTA - CO-SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER)

Lauren Jamie Homeniuk is a 19 year old from Stony Plain, Alberta, who came to Vancouver to pursue a career in the art behind film.  Having graduated VFS, Jamie has participated in several indie film productions as art director, production design, and set decorator.  Jamie is also interested in theater and designing sets.  Guldasta has opened up the world of theater and Jamie is very interested in the cultural and historic importance of the show, making it the perfect opportunity to create a piece of artwork for people to enjoy. 

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VANKA SALIM (ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER)

Vanka Salim is a Vancouver-based designer graduated from UBC BFA Theatre Design & Production Program. You can fin her around designing lights, projection and set as well as scenic painting and prop building. She is very excited to be able to work with everyone on 'A Vancouver Guldasta'!

Past theatre credits include: Lighting Designer for Teachers (Open Heart Theatre), The Realistic Joneses (The Mint Collective),  Out of Control (UBC THTR 307A independent project),  Home Fires Burning  and  Divine Monster (UBC Players Club), Assistant Lighting Designer for Love and Information (UBC) and People (United Players).

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ARNO KAMOLIKA (SHYAMA - PERFORMER)

Arno Kamolika is a Vancouver based Bharatanatyam dance artist and instructor. She has studied Bharatanatyam and Manipuri under esteemed Gurus in Bangladesh, India and Canada including C.V. Chandrasekhar, Jai Govinda, Bragha Bessel, Sharmila Banerjee and Belayet Hossain. A graduate in Architecture, her experience and training in various art disciplines and dance styles like music, mime, theatre, other contemporary dance forms, has complemented her work as a dancer. Over the past few years, Arno has been an integral part of Mandala Arts as an instructor and as a solo performer. Arno’s rich repertoires of performances have taken her across the globe at various festivals in USA, Germany, India and Bangladesh. She is currently working on projects that create a bridge between the traditional framework of Bharatanatyam and Bengali poetry and music of Rabindranath Tagore.

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GRIHA LAKSHMI (SHYAMA - PERFORMER)

As a graduate of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy, Grihalakshmi is passionately pursuing her professional dance training under Jai Govinda. She was presented at New Works Dance Allsorts, the Consulate General of India’s Namaste Canada, Diwali Fest, Sargam Productions, and at lectures within the University of British Columbia. Internationally, she has performed in India, and at the 2018 Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival dance competition in the USA, where she placed second in the Senior Varnam Category. Griha is also a Co-Founder of Aṣṭa Alliance, a local non-profit organization promoting Indian Classical Dance. Shyama marks an unforgettable milestone in Griha’s dance journey.

JAYALAKSHMI RAVINDRA (SHYAMA - PERFORMER)

Jayalakshmi Ravindra  started learning Bharatanatya at the age of 5 years under the able guidance of Smt Revathi Narasimhan and continued advanced training under Sri Jai Govinda of Manadala Arts and Culture.

She is a versatile accompaniment artist for Classical dance. She is a part of Mandala Arts n Culture for teaching Bharathanatyam in Surrey. 

She has choreographed solo and group Bharatanatyam pieces for various communities in Canada. She is a very active volunteer for Vancouver Kannada Koota.  She is a winner of Akka Dance Idol 2014 held in San Fransisco. She was invited to perform during Indian prime  minister Mr Modi's visit , Paralympics opening ceremony and  has performed in several dance festivals,Holi festivals, Fund raising events, Multicultural heritage events.

VIDYA KOTAMRAJU (SHYAMA - PERFORMER)

Vidya Kotamraju (vidyadance.com) is a Vancouver-based dancer of the Classical Indian dance form of bharata natyam, training under Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and Culture. Vidya has performed for Mandala as a soloist and group performer, notably in productions, The Temptation of Buddha and The Monk and The Courtesan, Crimson Cabaret, Silk Route Festival and Diwali Festival. Her recent solo performances include A Long Way Home Exhibit at the Roundhouse, PNE's Spirit of India Festival, Namaste Canada (2016, 2017), ISKCON's Diwali Gala and Vancouver Tagore Festival among others.

Vidya also serves on two local Boards - New Works and Mandala Arts and Culture Society.

MALAVIKA SANTHOSH (SHYAMA - PERFORMER)

Malavika Santhosh is a dance graduate from the Jai Govinda Dance Academy. She received her initial training in the South Indian dance forms: Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Mohiniyattam under RLV Anil Kumar in Dubai, UAE. As a Bharatanatyam soloist, Malavika has performed at several festivals since 2007, including: Vancouver Celebrates Diwali, Gait to the Spirit, Vancouver International Film Festival, among others. She performed for the PM of India, Narendra Modi's visit to Vancouver, and was also invited to Toronto to perform at the Beyond Boundaries Dance Symposium as a New Generation Dancer in Canada. Malavika continues to learn new choreography and perform in Vancouver under the guidance of Guru Jai Govinda. 

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NEERAJA APTIKAR (PERFORMER)

Neeraja Aptikar is a gifted Hindustani Classical Indian vocalist. Her sweet and masterful voice has delighted and inspired listeners throughout India USA and Canada. Born and raised in a family of Sanskrit scholars, Neeraja learned North Indian classical and semi-classical music under the able guidance of Pandit Shivajirao Bharati of Kirana Gharana and Dr. Vikas Kashalkar at the HOD University in Pune, India. Her song "Khub teri pagadi" for Movie Sindoor was nominated for Leo awards 2010. Neeraja has received Shakti award for artistic excellence in 2015 on the International women's day. She has collaborated with Canadian musicians and more than 10 albums published. Students of Classical Indian music in Vancouver are blessed to have Neeraja’s skilled and expert guidance in this rare and beautiful musical art form. Neeraja offers private and semi-private instruction in Classical Indian music to all levels of musical ability and experience of the Sanskrit language.

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MOHAMED ASSANI (PERFORMER)

Mohamed Assani is a celebrated sitar player and composer, known for being a proactive ambassador for his rich musical tradition. He has brought the sitar to new audiences through innovative collaborations that have stretched the boundaries of his instrument. Mohamed has performed Hindustani classical music as well as his own original music across the globe — with orchestras, string quartets, hip-hop artists, DJs, world music ensembles, jazz artists, Indian & Pakistani classical artists — and as a soloist. According to the Georgia Straight, "Assani is both a musician who’s deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind innovator.

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TAAN (PERFORMERS)

TAAN is a Vancouver based Bengali music band formed in Vancouver a few years ago by a group of artists from different backgrounds - musicians, percussionists, poets, and dancers. Taan specializes in “story-telling” through live music and dance performances.   Their presentations are mostly based on Bengali poetry and songs, with a focus on the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Performers include Shankhanaad Mallick, Avik Dey &  Keka Sengupta in Vocals, Mahbubur Rahman in Percussion, Arno Kamolika in Dance and Sabuj Majumder in Guitar. 

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SHIAMAK VANCOUVER DANCE TEAM ( PERFORMERS)

The SHIAMAK VANCOUVER DANCE TEAM: Representing the biggest Bollywood dance academy in the world, the SHIAMAK Dance Team in Vancouver consists of some of the brightest and most promising talented performers in the Lower Mainland. Handpicked by Shiamak Davar himself, they have made a mark with power packed performances at the Indian International Film Academy Awards (IIFA Awards), the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), The opening ceremony for the World Police and Fire Games, Canadian Tourism Commissions Rendezvous Canada as well as many more high profile community events. The SHIAMAK Group continues to unite cultures and build bonds of friendship between India and Canada through dance. 

JAVAAD ALIPOOR (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - WRITER AND CO-DIRECTOR)

Javaad’s work is grounded in his political and social commitments, and he has first-hand experience of the government’s anti-terror strategies, as well as working with the struggle for democracy in the Middle East.  He contributed to Arun Kundani’s research for The Muslims Are Coming and was a vocal critic of the PREVENT strategy, at a national and international level.  He is a founding member of the Alliance in Support of Iranian Workers, an activist with Syria Solidarity UK and has contributed chapters to two books about the Arab Spring.  He will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the Syrian Revolution by the award winning Esperanza Productions. Javaad Alipoor is a mixed race writer and director based in Bradford. He is Associate Director at Theatre in the Mill, as well as Artistic Director of Northern Lines, a company that specialises in making work with and for hard to reach Muslim and BAME communities. His work has always sought to bring the cosmopolitanism and political provocations that growing up with Middle Eastern refugees and political exiles has instilled in him, tackling the big international political questions in a way that ties them to the here and now.  His work as a writer/director has included Hurr (a play that told the story of the Abu Ghraib scandal through a traditional Persian mourning play), My Brothers Country (The ARC, Theatre in the Mill, The Lowry) that told the story of the murder of the Iranian dissident and pop singer Ferydoun Farrokhzad and The Rising of the Moon. He was previously commissioned by Bradford Festival 2015 to make a promenade piece about the Chartists risings in West Yorkshire. As a freelance writer he has written commissions including an adaptation of the revolutionary children’s stories of Samad Behrangi.  His most recent freelance directing work was for Sheffield Theatre Trust, directing James Graham’s Bassett for their young company. 

KIRSTY HOUSELY (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - CO-DIRECTOR)

Kirsty is a theatre director, writer and dramaturg. She is an associate of Complicite. www.complicite.org .Work with Complicite includes: The Encounter (EIF/Warwick Arts Centre/Theatre Vidy/Bristol Old Vic - Co-Director); Seen and not Heard (Southbank Centre), A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre, Dramaturg) War and War (Pleasance). Other recent directing includes: Wanted (Chris Goode and Company/Transform Festival/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Walking the Tightrope (Offstage and Theatre Uncut); All I Want (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane); Mass (Amy Mason/Bristol Old Vic/CPT) She is currently collaborating with The RSC, Bryony Kimmings, Complicite, The Unicorn, and The Bush Theatre.

BEN PACY (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - STAGE AND LIGHTING DESIGNER ) 

Ben designs sets, spaces, lighting and interactive environments. He's made installations, animations, and written performance texts. Design includes: The Mostly Everything People's Very Important Child; Greg Wohead's Comeback Special; Adventures of the Little Ghost for Sophie Nüzel; Kiln Ensemble's A Journey Around My Skull; Melanie Wilson's Landscape II (co-design). Lighting includes Sleepdogs' Dark Land Light House; Thrive for Zest Theatre; Leila McMillan's Family Portrait; Uninvited Guests' This Last Tempest and Make Better Please; Kiln Ensemble's The Furies; and Melanie Wilson's Autobiographer. As an artist/maker, he co-directs Dens & Signals (Feast of the Dead, The Wake, A Thousand Shards of Glass). He's an associate artist of Coney. 

SIMON MCCORY (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - SOUND DESIGNER)

Simon is a composer and sound designer based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. He has been making music and creating sound design for theatre and film for over 15 years, working with theatre companies including Headlong, Old Vic Productions, Tiata Fahodzi, Theatre Hullabaloo & Cirque Bijou

Sound Design & Music for Theatre credits include: The Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Ceirw - Savage Hart (Citrus Arts); Solaris (Štátne Divadlo Košice); Vincent River (Old Vic Productions); Joe Guy (Tiata Fahodzi); Iye Ile (Tiata Fahodzi); Boi Boi Is Dead (Tiata Fahodzi & West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Winters’ Tale (Headlong & Schtanhaus); Blue Orange (Tiata Fahodzi); Guantanamo Boy (Brolly Productions); Bacchic (Actors of Dionysus); Lemn Sissay’s Why I Don’t Hate White People; Little Red Riding Hood (Liverpool Everyman); Rapunzel (Liverpool Everyman); Breeze (Kolesk Dance) Film credits include: May You Never Die (dir Guy Davies), Emily (dir Guy Davies), Tracker (dir Matthew McGuchan), Sick to My Bones (dir Guy Davies), One Day (dir James Barriscale), Beauty and Brains (dir Catherine Donaldson), The Surroundings and Its Bearings (dir Ambrose Yalley)

LUKE EMERY (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - PRODUCER)

Luke is an independent creative producer with over 10 years experience of working in the arts. He is fascinated by making things happen and helping artists and their ideas to flourish. He works across theatre, performance, live art, site specific performance, digital arts and visual arts. He is the producer for Jamie Wood, Submerge Festival in Bristol, Mayfest Radio, Splash & Ripple and Sara Zaltash’s Ah-Be. Recently, he produced Sanctum (by Theaster Gates and Situations), which was a 24 hour, 24 day long site specific installation and performance which received over 30,000 visitors. He has produced shows that have been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, across the UK, and as far afield as China and South Korea. Luke is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio.

JACK OFFORD (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - VIDEO DESIGNER

Jack is a filmmaker who works within theatre, and has created imagery and projection design for a diverse range of shows including The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre), The Light Princess (Tobacco Factory Theatres), site-specific piece The Stick House (Raucous), Wulf (Bristol Old Vic Ferment), Educating Rita (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) and a raft of Bristol Old Vic shows including Messiah, Talon, and Pigeon English.

LIMBIC CINEMA (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - PRODUCTION DESIGNERS)

Limbic Cinema is a Bristol based video design studio that specialises in the creative application of projection and digital technologies. Their work often involves augmenting architectural features and spaces through the use of moving imagery and light. The outcome is very often immersive and always transformative. Their major clients include; Saatchi Gallery, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, Design Museum (London), Glastonbury Festival.

NATALIE DIDDAMS (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR)

Natalie is a Theatre Director and Academic based in Manchester. Directing credits include B!RTH (Royal Exchange Theatre), THESMO (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Theatre in the Mill/Square Chapel), My Brother’s Country (The Lowry/Theatre in the Mill/ARC), New Anatomies (Battersea Arts Centre) and Richard III (Royal & Derngate, Northampton). She is an Associate Artist of the Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre, ISTA, Shakespeare Schools Festival and the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Artistic Director of the Women’s Comedy Collective in Bradford. Natalie is also a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she is researching women’s voices in comedy.

HEATHER KNUDSEN (THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR )

Heather Knudtsen is currently studying for her masters in directing at the Guildford School of Acting, where she most recently directed the devised movement project The Man Who Wanted To, and was the dramaturge for Blood Wedding directed by Jaq Bessell. Before moving to England, Heather lived in the United States, where she was a directing intern at the Barter Theatre in Virginia, and worked as a theatre director and publicity coordinator at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre in Tennessee. Prior to moving to the US for university, Heather lived in the Philippines. Directing credits include Trifles: Barter Theatre, A Defenseless Creature: Milligan College, and The 39 Steps and Noises Off at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.