From a tiny speck of probability in Gujarat, India; to a vague possibility in East Africa; to an idea, and then, a fetus, in Vancouver, Canada, Aliya is the result of at least a century of migration, spiritual devotion and great sewing skills. The first in a string of three Jamals birthed into in a family of artists, community workers and activists, Aliya has been involved in local feminist, anti-racist, queer and performance work for the past decade. Past art projects include (un)earthed with Undercurrent Theatre; s/kin with Mindhive Collective; Youth Face with the Ismaili Muslim Community; Human Gardens and Untamed Minds with the KO Dance Project; and the house-based installation piece Spectres of the Spectacular. Other adventures include doing community education around the relationships between dance/theatre/performance and politics/oppression/activism.
Brooke was born three months early at 10:30am, just before labour day weekend. her mom, understandably stressed by such a surprise! She was driven by her father-in-law to the closest hospital to welcome brooke into the world. her grandpa likes to say: you were so small, you fit in my hand. Now, in her mid-twenties, Brooke is still tiny and has kept her independent, get things done attitude. She has a degree in drama from the University of Alberta and has mainly focused on directing in recent years. Recent credits include: studies of sleep (nextfest), s/kin (remounted for punctuate!), stories we don’t tell (University of Alberta).
Laura was born in a small town known for its chip wagons and horizon line of refineries. She weighed in at 10 pounds 8 ounces and still has a voracious appetite. Her dad used to say “draw a picture” whenever she was bored. Eventually his office walls were papered with drawings of mountains scenes with M birds flying into the distance. She likes to think her work has a little more chutzpah these days. She is now doing Anthropology and Fine Arts at the University of Alberta and is currently focused on performance and installation art. Recent credits include: Studies of Sleep (nextfest), Loving and Leaving (G-Unit), and A Wake (Edmonton Fringe Festival).
Born a bastard in the truest sense (well maybe not the truest sense), and interrupting her mother’s S.A.I.T.-bred dreams of local radio stardom, Rebecca entered the world at 7:01 one morning in the late 70’s (she likes to credit her mom for her love of cutting & splicing celluloid). Her college student parents nearly had to cut their camping trip to Lake Louise short, but Rebecca held out for the Foothills of Calgary. In the years between then and now, many discoveries have been made: Rebecca was destined to be an artist of some discipline, she was destined to (un)earth her cultural roots in her mid-thirties, and only a short while ago, Rebecca discovered her maternal grandparents had not known of her existence until after she was born…speaking of family secrets…
Tonya Rae Chrystian
Tonya was born in a rural clinic, without complication, just before dinner time on December 30, 1985. Apparently Tonya’s feet were so small her mother could put both of them in her mouth at once; she now enjoys swimming, juggling, art, and Feminist methodology/theory/activism. Tonya Rae Chrystian has an honours degree in theatre from the UofA, and graduated from the Ecole Internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, a place she called home for more than 2 years. Tonya was recently seen in Summer and Smoke at the Walterdale theatre, and in a remounting of s/kin for Punctuate! Theatre. She feels very blessed she was born in a good time to be born.
Alysha was born nearly twenty seven years ago at Grace Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She grew up surrounded by many artistically inclined aunts, uncles and cousins including visual and performing artists, writers and an amateur filmmaker. She honed her artistic interests and abilities during long hours of quietly entertaining herself while her mother attempted to feed, burp and change her infant twin brothers. Alysha has recently completed her MFA in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta and is the current artist in residence at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Her performance-based video installation work explores intimacy and connection between people. Recent exhibitions include the The News From Here: The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta and her solo show the space between us at FAB Gallery. This is the first theatre production that Alysha has worked on since her starring role as a Zebra in her elementary school production at age seven.
Andrea was born among snowflakes on January 2, 1992. After discovering that she was a girl, her brother booed and her sister cheered. Since then, Andrea’s been doing all sorts of performing. Entering her fourth year of the BFA in Acting program at the University of Alberta this fall, Andrea is an accomplished actress, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and musical theatre performer. Recent credits include Mary Magdalene in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Studio Theatre), Pushed (NextFest!), Burkley’s Book (Edmonton Fringe), Spring Awakening (Edmonton Fringe), A Witch / Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Deanie Loomis in Splendor in the Grass (UofA) and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Victoria School). This fall Andrea will be appearing as Marie in Pains of Youth for Studio Theatre.
Geneva was born on the morning of December 25. What is more appropriate than a newborn child being wrapped in a giant stocking on Christmas morning? Geneva was destined to love bright colours, pretty lights, sappy music, and festive cheer. She is studying Theatre Production at Grant MacEwan where she is following her dreams of making the world a more festive place using beautiful lighting, painting and sound. Theatre credits include: D&D: Improv Edition (Edmonton Fringe Fest 2012), Medea (Serca Fest 2012), Outdoor Stage (St. Alberts Children’s Festival).
Coming from a Russian background but born in Japan, Misha moved to Canada in 2001 where he discovered the wonders of theatre while in high school. Misha is now 19 years old, going into his second year at the University of Alberta, taking technical theatre production. He is specializing more in the areas of audio design and live sound reinforcement. This is Misha’s second time working with the Mindhive Collective, with the first experience aiding with sound design for the show s/kin, which made it’s return to Punctuate! theatre last spring. Misha is very excited to be back for more sound design with the collective, and hopes you enjoy this Fringe’s presentation of held.