WAYDUT?! 2014 Performers!
Check out the artists who will be cooking up some awesome art at this year's
What Are You Doing Up There?! Festival!
What Are You Doing Up There?! Festival!
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
MC: Zita Nyarady (B.Phil, BA, MES, PTP, PhD in progress) is a Canadian independent dance-theatre-circus artist. Her choreography and interdisciplinary collective creations have been presented across Canada, USA, Jamaica, Scotland, Sweden and Denmark. Zita makes performances: ones that involve giant stilt-birds building nests in cities, ones that involve the reincarnation of Amelia Earhart tangled in aerial silks, ones that involve 100+ canoes paddling in a clown production of The Odyssey and ones that have yet to be created. Zita performs various characters from Olive the book-ish clown to the tall and french Annette-Babette-Claudette to WAYDUT favorite Lucinda.One of these, or someone else, will be the lucky host on February 13th.
Steven Michael Berzensky, also known as Mick Burrs is a Canadian poet who currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has published over 700 poems, 24 chapbooks, and six books of poetry. He has written award-winning one act plays and short stories, produced two music tapes featuring his own compositions, and illustrated the covers of books for Thistledown Press and the Muses' Company. His fifth book, Variations on the Birth of Jacob, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 1998. His latest collection, The Names Leave the Stones: Poems New and Selected, was published by Coteau in Fall, 2001. He is a former editor of Grain literary magazine (1988-90) and is the founder of the Annual Short Grain Contest
Shauna Wootton and
Lisa Amerongen are GEOFF. Both transplants to Toronto from the far West, they are excited to be performing in this year’s WAYDUT Festival! Shauna began her improv training and gained some actual life experience in an abandoned church in South Vancouver, while Lisa worked in a Real Theatre Space with Rapid Fire Theatre in Alberta. They have been performing their tres unique and v. v. funny brand of longform at comedy shows around Toronto since 2013, including Bump, Sex T Rex and Friends the Swinging Wingding and Bad Dog Theatre's Globhea Tournament Lisa Shauna is They are both the best. They like naps, snacks, and the mall. That’s it, really.
Robert MacMenamin is a graduate of Brock Univeristy’s Performance Program. During his time at Brock he was featured in shows such as The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), andSMASH! (Mr. Jansenius). Other credits include: Marat/Sade, The Laramie Project; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Big Love; and The Web. Rob made his professional debut Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects in George F. Walker’s Criminal Genius (Stevie) playing alongside perennial Shaw Festival performer Ric Reid and the talented William Vickers. Most recently, Rob has been working on developing What Noise Is This, a Shakespeare-meets-Hip-Hop project that made its debut at Theatre SKAM's Bike Festival in Victoria, BC.
Lauren Stein is halfway towards her dreams of being a cult leader (it's called Kalgaar, if you'd like an application form), performing in every English-speaking country in the world (so far: Canada, the US including Hawaii, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel) and feeling a sense of joyful well-being all the time. She is training to become an Expressive Arts Therapist. She travels frequently and is available for Creativity Coaching.
Marcel Stewart is an emerging actor, playwright, and arts-educator. He is a graduate of Brock University’s Theatre program (Bachelor of Arts with Honours). As an actor, Marcel has performed in the Dora Nominated Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project), and the George F. Walker play Theatre of the Film Noir (Atlas Stage Canada), which toured throughout Poland and Austria. Other credits include: Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre), the world premiere of A History of Breathing (Persephone Theatre), Small Axe (Project Humanity/The Theatre Centre), Project ACT/Fine Line (Mixed Company Theatre), Who Knew Grannie (Factory Theatre), and Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare in Action). As an educator/mentor for youth and as a children’s theatre playwright, Marcel has worked all across Canada. He has conducted workshops in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. For three years Marcel was a playwright/director at the Rose Theatre Summer Festival, specifically with their Advanced Creative Team. In 2011, Marcel co-founded Shakespeare in the Ruff. The company has received much praise for their inventive staging methods and community involvement, which Marcel spearheaded as the creator of the Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program. Since leaving Shakespeare in the Ruff in 2013, Marcel has gone on to co-create What Noise is This, a Shakespeare meets hip-hop piece that debuted at Theatre SKAM’s annual Bike Ride Festival, in Victoria BC.
Bermuda born, Toronto based poet, writer, spoken word artist, and musician is presently (Feb 2014) the online writer in residence for Open Book Toronto. His first collection, Bending the Continuum (Guernica Editions, 2011), was a midsummer recommended read by Open Book Ontario. In 2013, his poem Stopwatch was shortlisted for Scarborough Arts' Monica Ladell Award. Dane also presented (published, and edited) the e-book anthology, "L _ _ _": A poetic study of relationships to positive reviews in 2013.
As a spoken word artist Dane has place 2nd at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 3rd at the Rustbelt Regional Slam, and featured across North America -- including a feature at Chicago's Uptown Poetry Slam (the series where slam poetry was founded). Dane's work has also been presented on CD, Vinyl, and free mp3 projects. In 2015, Guernica will launch his second collection in print, A Mingus Lullaby. Dane's performance at the What Are You Doing Up There!? Festival shall feature work from Like Water, A multimedia spoken word project he is presently working on.
Most of my life has been pointing towards Valentine's Day, 2014. Grew up living in the same place I was born: London, ON. Spent many a Valentine's Day there too. Later, when I was older than before, I packed up my belongings and came to Toronto. Sure, I played a few gigs here and there, and sure, I made a few friends and a couple a bucks, but it's always been about Valentine's for me. So when I'm up on that stage (or whatever setup they got going) and you see me with your ears and hear me with your eyes, remember that I'm in my element - a lover on a day made for lovers. And when midnight strikes and 'tis Valentine's Day no more, you won't know it by the clock but by the single tear drop gliding down my cheek.
In the summer of 2013, Katharine Stanbridge quit her job, gave up her apartment in Toronto, and flew to Vancouver to fulfill her dream of cycling across Canada. Solo. Three months, ten provinces, and two flat tires later, she's back in Toronto and sharing her stories.
Sandy Gibson is delighted to be performing a portion of his upcoming Ottawa Fringe show School's out for Never in the WAYDUT Festival. Born in Ottawa and educated in Kingston and Toronto, Sandy’s need to play has lead him to join such groups as the musical Queen’s Players, the sketch-focused Second City Conservatory program, and the improvised film fanatics known as the Weekenders. He has dabbled in musical theatre with A Ladylike Murder and loves all things Japanese. When he isn’t teaching French to elementary school students, Sandy can be found playing basketball, cooking, and improvising. Check out the rest of School's out for Never from June 19th-29th in Ottawa!
Joe's musical journey didn’t quite start the way most people would think. He inherited most of his musical tastes from his older brother and in middle school was a practising hip-hop head. He began writing rap lyrics and continued to write and perform rap until well into high school. It was over the course of those four years that he started to experiment with the guitar but he gave up on it pretty quickly claiming that "it wasn't for him." Ironically enough, once he graduated from high school and several easy opportunities to take formal guitar lessons had passed him by, he decided to give it another shot. The lyrics he was writing at that time were already beginning to take a turn toward folk and pop.
After high school he bought his first guitar. It was a bright pink Yamaha electric guitar. He was obsessed with playing lead and wanted to master the art of “face-melting guitar solos.” Luckily, that phase was over quickly and he focused all of his energy on songwriting for the next few years (and picked up his first acoustic guitar along the way). He honed his craft at friends’ parties in basements and backyards, at open mic nights, and eventually a string of full sets at local lounges and coffee shops. In 2007, he began recording his first EP of original music and completed and released it the following year. It was called "the window ep" and it was released on July 18th, 2008.
The next few years were lined with writing and performing wherever he could, and by the end of 2012 he had a full album of original music ready, and he released his first full CD "Wiser Creatures."
Recently he's played a handful of shows with another Toronto-based group Brunswick Project, who took on the task of recording a song every week for 52 weeks. Joe liked the idea and decided he'd give it a shot as well, but he's taken it a step further and is actually writing a brand new original song each week. Currently he's about halfway there with no signs of stopping.
Jeannine M. Pitas is a poet, nonfiction writer, teacher, and graduate student in comparative literature. She is the author of "Our Lady of the Snow Angels" (Toronto: Lyricalmyrical Press, 2012) and the English-language translator of Uruguayan poet Marosa di Giorgio's "The History of Violets" (Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). She was also co-organizer of the Fourth International Festival of Poetry of Resistance, held in Toronto in October 2012.
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Jean-Paul Mullet was born in 1726, died in 1747, then washed up onshore 100 years later. Now Mullet is one of the more sought after and respected clowns working in Toronto today, appearing regularly live and on television.
For the past 13 years, Mullet has been a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene. He regularly performs in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and Lunacy Cabaret. The tragicomedy Mullet's Make-a-Play premiered in the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews. In 2012, he headlined at The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC to a packed house. Mullet's Dinosaur Adventure, a family friendly and educational show, sold out at the 2013 Toronto International Circus Festival. Television credits include Zoink'd (YTV), Ed the Sock's This Movie Sucks (CHCH), and Ed & Red's Night Party (CityTV/G4), where he was a regular guest star. Currently, Mullet produces and hosts the hit Mullet's Night Show, a monthly live cabaret done in the style of a late night television talk show.www.meMullet.com
Pat Connors' chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by LYRICALMYRICAL Press last Spring. In celebration of National Poetry Month, he was featured on the blogs of The Toronto Quarterly and the League of Canadian Poets. He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change. He is very excited to be performing at this festival for a second time!
Mizz Faluda Royalle is a mixy brown femme queer about town and a mermaid at heart. She has performed burlesque and emceed stages across Toronto for such events as Granny Boots: “Plump It Up” edition, Colour Me Dragg, Unapologetic Burlesque, and the Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair Cabaret at the Gladstone Hotel. Mizz Faluda’s super campy performances and hand-crafted costumes are designed to amuse, titillate and encourage self-love and body positivity. Other performance work by Mizz Faluda Royalle (under her given name, Annanda DeSilva) includes spoken word, making art while riding public transit and having the surprise acting honour of portraying Big Edie Beale, in Jackie and Jack, directed by Guy Doucette. Mizz Faluda also has the distinction of *being* a ham without actually *eating* ham.
From a mermaid with a crush on a vibrator to a baker who mourns her ruined gingerbread house by stripping to Donna Summer, Mizz Faluda likes to create very specific characters in heavily prop-driven and strange situations – for this sexy alterna-Valentine’s Day dance, Mizz Faluda will dazzle you as she unravels her wardrobe with the help of invisible kittens (or something like that).
Hercinia Arts: Hercinia comes from the name of a Germanic firebird, not unlike the phoenix, whose glowing feathers light the path ahead for travellers. Hercinia Arts Collective is made up of diverse performers with backgrounds in aerial, dance, acrobatics and theatre. By combining our talents with artists from a variety of fields, we work to create art that transcends traditional forms. Since 2009, our unique performances have been showcased throughout Canada from Busker festivals to weddings and corporate parties, and everything in between. Based in Liberty Village, Toronto, our studio is as diverse as our performances, transforming from training space to art party venue to
gallery on a regular basis. The Money Fish are silly clownish characters. They are fish out of water, synchronized swimmers on land and flapper girls with acrobatic dance
SidePonyNation is a refreshingly comedic Acoustic Hip-Pop duo whose lyrics are witty, catchy and push the boundaries of what two small town Canadian chicks “should” sound like. They don’t hold back and have a certain cheekiness that is endearing and also quite HAWT. This is their 4th year at the "What are you doing...." Festival. You can catch them live at venues all over Toronto or watch them anytime online on their popular youtube channel, www.youtube.com/sideponynation.
Gwendolyn Sheridan has been training at Zero Gravity Circus since 2012 and has been coaching since Summer 2013. She particularly enjoys giving private circus arts lessons. Her specialties include performance hula hoop and aerial arts. Gwendolyn's background includes Goju Ryu style karate training for which she received a Black Belt at the age of 13 plus extensive karate coaching experience. She has been a competitive powerlifter since the age of 13 and currently holds 18 world records. She has also spent some time on the Roller Derby track under the derby name of "Maximus". Gwendolyn's dream is to one day perform with Cirque du Soleil.
“An Imperial Affliction”
Esther Rogers and Peter Johnston recently began collaborating on music that is best described as folk-with-a-hint-of-musical-theatre. Our music is heavily inspired by stories.
Jess Beaulieu is a stand-up comedian, sketch performer, writer, feminist, professional complainer, and you. She is you. Jess co-hosts and co-producers an all-female variety comedy night called CHICKA BOOM (chickaboomshow.com) with her pal Laura Bailey. They recently put on a Toronto Fringe Festival version of the show which received NNNN’s in Now Magazine and was considered one of the hits of the festival. Jess has performed at the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, where she was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, and was selected to perform in the 2012 Fresh Meat Showcase at Second City. In her mother’s wise words, “Jess does entertainment type things! Isn’t that… interesting?” Check out more info about her at jessbeaulieu.com
BACON BITS! is a four person improv troupe that’s even saltier than their name-sake. Like four random cuts of meat shoved together they have a hilarious way of bringing their various personalities together. Shaped, cooked, and sizzled to perfection by improv coach extraordinaire Matt Folliot, this team is savoury comedy goodness. Comprised of Alex Crawford, Michael Mongiardi, Kevin Gallant, and Kelsey Goldberg- we’ll let you decide which one of us came from the back-end of the pig.
"Pete The Dinosaur" is a unique solo-musical theatre developed by Rob Laronde. It is about a man who writes songs about Dinosaurs in order to endear himself to the children of the woman he loves. Despite being about Dinosaurs these songs reflect the uncertainty and anxiety Pete feels as he attempts to change himself to fit into his newfound family.
JABBY the CLOWN enjoys movin' & groovin'.
She likes to include some type of music or movement in all of her performances and tends to get the audience to move and groove as well. She is a new age clown, but is forever 7 years of age at heart. Her performances tend to reflect the simplicity, energy and curiosity of it.
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
MC: Korri Birch is an actor, comedian, writer, producer, improviser, amateur puppeteer, bear-kickboxer and former leg injury victim. Korri has had roles in commercials, television shows, and movies with as many as 2 lines per role. But, he was in them. He swears. Korri’s first passion, however, was the theatre. A passion he discovered whilst playing the role of Santa Claus in his elementary school production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. He didn’t have any lines (even though he played Santa). He has been doing stand-up for a few years now and his comedy has been described as unique and fresh, but he thinks of himself as a hack. You can catch him hosting his monthly show GOOD NEWS, TORONTO at The Comedy Bar!
Sage Tyrtle is a storyteller who draws from her very odd life to draw her audience in and enthrall them with true stories. She tells stories all over Toronto, including Raconteurs, Tales Of, and True Stories Told Live. Her stories have been featured on NPR's Snap Judgement and CBC's Outfront."
Keystone is an all lady longform improv troupe based in Toronto. The ladies were all brought together randomly by a mutual friend who thought they were all funny, but missing something...as it turns out they were missing each other. On first meeting, the ladies of the newly formed Keystone realized that they were the improv version of The Spice Girls. All complimentary, but all unique in their own way...and instead of only one of them being a tart, they all are. The members are an eclectic mix of women; a rapper, an actor, a party animal, an entrepreneur, an animal lover and an illustrator, who begin each set with a living room style idea generation. Basically, "they shoot the shit", and then make up some funny stuff from that. A pleasure to watch, they'll have you yelling GIRL POWER and slamming your body down while zig a zig ahhing, so HIGH C Ya, HOLD TIGHT!
The Jolly Jive Trio Minus Two
...were born in the kitchen, on a sunday. they grew up learning impeccable table manners using imaginary food. they studied buffoonery at buffoonery college, drank through their twenties, and dress beyond the heighth of fashion at all times. their hobbies include: pancakes, ferris wheels, hootenannies, buzzing around like bumblebees, counting atoms, drawing conclusions, being silly, being serious, leapfrog, roller-scrabble, fluffy news stories about some kids who opened a lemonade stand to pay for their dog's surgery, preparing this biography, and occasionally writing a new song.
Pressure Cooker is a Toronto-based high-energy long-form improv troupe. Individually we are Lucas Caravatta, Jean Ireton, Kim Jakeman, Furrukh Qureshi, Gabriel Mansour, Trevor Pitman, and Kat Stanbridge.
We all met years ago in through the Toronto improv scene and have since become inseparable friends. Between us, we've trained in The Second City, Impatient Theatre Company, and Bad Dog Theatre Company, as well as various theatres in New York and Chicago.
Let's write a collective song. Audience participants will be invited to submit one word/phrase or sentence to be collated into a collective piece. Honey Novick will also perform and engage participants in an invigorating sound piece. Ad lib, ad hoc, contemporaneous on the spot performance is a vital part of the process of the arts. Each moment is different and built on the moment before. Nothing stands still and all is fluid. Sound, thoughts, expressions empower a person to realize a dream, a goal or a relationship. Every opportunity is a chance to be stronger, better, more colourful, textured and alive.
As an actor and musician, much of Jeff's experience has come from traveling across Canada, appearing as the title character in the hit rock & roll musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story". When he's not behind a pair of black frame glasses, he's working on strengthening his own songwriting, trying to find that delicate balance between personal experience, vivid fiction, and abstract imagery, while setting the whole mess to a catchy melody. Recently, he wrote his first musical one-man show, titled "Letters to Hope", which opened at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton last November.
Onoze is a clown who loves himself and wants everyone to know it.In "The Package" Onoze is expectantly awaiting a delivery that will change his life, his love, and his body.
Upon receiving the package Onoze looks deep into his soul to show his friends just how much love he has for himself. He gets carried away in the fun and winds up in a sloppy situation searching for a solution that will hopefully keep his love somewhat intact.
"The Package" is a high-energy clown piece that leaves the audience delighted and stunned!
Järvi Raudsepp is a professional Russian-trained ballet dancer. After intensively studying with Nadia Veselova-Tencer for nine years, she was accepted into the National Ballet of Estonia at the age of 17. Järvi appeared on the country's national news for being the company's youngest member and its only Canadian-born Estonian. Returning to North America two years later, she worked as a dancer with Orlando Ballet, Ballet Espressivo, Ontario Ballet Theatre, and Festival Ballet Providence until 2009.
Socratic Theatre Collective is very excited to return to What Are You Doing Up There?! after bringing Wrong Number to the festival in 2012. Now in our fourth season, we have produced full-length productions of Hamlet, Princess of Denmark; Ismene; The Dark Room; Terry Pratchett's Mort; and Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment, as well as the short pieces Wrong Number and Snow, Glass, Apples. Coming up, we'll be hitting the road and co-producing Bitch of the Baskervilles with Current Theatrics in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Check out our website at www.socratictheatre.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
Writer's Bloc is written by S. R. Kriger, directed by Liz Bragg, and features David Galvin Heppenstall as Dante Dirkson and Amanda O'Halloran as B. K. Fowler.
Guy Doucette is a director, actor and puppeteer among other things, and an Alumni of York University’s Theatre Studies and Creative Ensemble program. He works as the artistic director for Back Burner Productions and involves himself in the work of a variety amazing arts and theatre companies. Some of Guy’s recent work has been acting and puppeteering in Doubt Seed, & The History of Shadows (Shadow of a Doubt Collective, Small Pond Arts, Picton) Directing and writing Dr. Frankornstein & the Stalking Terror! (Part of CORNOGRAPHY festival, Small Pond Arts, Picton) and directing the workshop production of Jackie and Jack(Back Burner Productions,Toronto).
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Erin Murphy: I have been taking pictures of people and places since I was 8 years old and got my first camera. I used to take pictures of the TV while shows were airing. I'm not sure why. Thankfully Apple invented screen shots later in life. I have had the pleasure of travelling to 47 countries on 5 continents to photograph the beautiful planet and her people. Sometimes I get to tour with bands. And that's freaking awesome. Most of the time I live in Edinburgh, Scotland but Toronto is home and where I always come back to. See, you can come home again. But usually not for very long.
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