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ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS: September 2018

Submitted by RCPA Communications on 9/28/2018


NUIT BLANCHE 2018

A number of RCPA alumni and students performed in Toronto’s all-night art festivalsNuit Blanche, Sept 29-30, 7 p.m.-7 .a.m, in the following productions:

Operations (1945-2006): Movements

Operations is a 12-hour-long public performance installation combining ballet and poetry to express the scale of 20th Century military operations by U.N. member nations. Based on Canadian poet Moez Surani's Operations (Book hug 2016), a critically praised work of conceptual poetry comprised of the code names of military operations conducted by UN-member countries since October 1945, the performance embodies the 3,600 unique military operation names, performed as a piece of ballet choreography over a grass field, that is repeated once for every operation, which leads the ballet choreography to be performed over 3,600 times in a 12-hour period. The ballet, by crossing the grass field, creates a physical memorial in the space, that ultimately serves as a collected archive of the scope 20th Century military activities.

Michael Reinhart (Fac.) is Creator / Director, with Zee Mair ('17) as Creator / Assistant Director / Dancer and Nicole DeAngelis (Admin.) as Production Manager / Stage Manager / Designer. RCPA performers are alumni Maina Belray Armando Biasi, Jana Dahmer, Sara Hinding, Michaela Mar, Zee Mair, Amanda Martin, Samantha Vu, Julian Lam, McKenna Langdon, Jeanne-Arlette Parson, Paige Pidwerbeski, Katy Nicholas, and Brooke Rourke.

Profile 

20 Performers. 5 Shows. Expect Theatre's Beats + Intentions Ensemble presents "Profile" at Toronto's Nuit Blanche. See what 20 emerging dancers and singers can collectively create in just three weeks. Feautring alumnae Aliya Hamid, Riana Isenberg, Kelsey Robinson and Margaret Rose


Izzy Joan ('16) won a commission from Dare Festival 2018 to create new play Here, Queer and Mentally Unclear, which focuses on mental illness in the LGBTQ+ community. Here, Queer and Mentally Unclear will be presented on October 26 and 27 at Shoreditch Hall, London, UK. Izzy Joan graduated from RCPA in 2017 and then pursued an MA Musical Theatre-Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

Now in its third year, DARE is a festival of new and in-development theatre and performance exploring the borders between theatre, politics and conversation. Presented by the innovative Upstart Theatre in Shoreditch Town Hall's iconic basement space, the Ditch, DARE Festival brings together theatre, installations and discussions to kickstart conversations between artists and audiences.


Globe Theatre's Mamma Mia! is directed by former faculty member Stephanie Graham and featuries alumni Graham Coffeng (Father Alexandrios, Sam u/s), Jane Cooke (Donna Sheridan), Seanna Knudsen (Ensemble, Sophie u/s), Natasha Strilchuk (Ali) and Matt Raffy (ensemble), with set design by Brandon Kleiman (set designer, RCPA A Little Night Music 2018).

Here Matt Raffy ('13) talks to CTV Regina about Mamma Mia! 

Leaderpost.com review says, "Jane Cooke .... In the lead role of Donna Sheridan, she shows poise and confidence - killing the crowd with her comic timing and breaking their hearts with a gorgeous rendition of The Winner Takes It All... Globe Conservatory and University of Saskatchewan grad Jacqueline Block, as Lisa, and Regina-raised Natasha Strilchuk, as Ali, are joyful, kooky successes as the bridesmaids." 

And the Cochrane Times Post  interviews former faculty Stephanie Graham about directing Globe Theatre's Mamma Mia


Vice.com profiles drag artist Heath V Salazar ('13) about performing as Gay Jesus.


Laura Benty ('12) talks about appearing in New Vintage Theatre's The Russian Play and Essay in this Vernon Morning Star article


ET Canada's Carlos Bustamante ('02) talks to Cher about covering ABBA with her new album Dancing Queen and the important lessons about life and love she's learned along the way.


Vice.com profiles Jordan Timmons ('07) who is Baby Bel Bel, one of the Toronto drag scene's hardest-working queens. From wigs to hip pads, Jordan demonstrates the costs and benefits of being a full-time drag performer.