RBC HORIZON EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
This professional development program has been created as part of the Citadel’s commitment to Edmonton’s 35//50 Initiative and based on the findings from our recently completed Inclusivity and Diversity audit of the composition of the Citadel’s artists, staff and board over the past 10 seasons (our report was released on September 21, 2020).
With the support of the RBC Foundation, the Citadel is so excited to welcome a new set of artists to the Citadel for a year of mentorship, programming, and development. After receiving many fantastic submissions from Alberta’s next generation of theatre-makers, we are thrilled to have four participants in the 2021 RBC Horizon Emerging Artists Program!
Rebecca is an emerging mixed race Filipinx theatre artist. Currently her work is focused on costume, set, and lighting design. Recently, she has begun to explore puppetry and scenic paint as part of her practice. Credits include; design assistant for Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing (Freewill Shakespeare Festival) and a puppet performer in Puppet Pub Crawl (Found Festival). Coming up she will be designing costumes for Agamemnon and puppets for She Kills Monsters at the University of Alberta.
Lebo Disele is a PhD candidate in the drama department at the University of Alberta. She is an interdisciplinary performer with a focus in movement, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. Most recently she created and performed The Space Between for NextFest Digital (2021). Other performance credits include Brandon Wint’s The Antidote to Violence as Care (forthcoming); Baki and Mands in Azimuth Theatre’s workshopped production, All That Binds Us (2020); Amina in Belleville (2020), directed by Amanda Goldberg at the Bleviss Laboratory Theatre; Words Unzipped at the 2019 SkirtsAfire Festival curated by Karimah Marshall; What (Black) Life Requires at the 2018 Expanse Festival and Unwoven at the 2018 SkirtsAfire Festival, curated by Nasra Adem. Lebo locates her work within the genre of physical theatre which draws on avant-garde dance and theatre. She is focused on interdisciplinary art and collective creation, placing the body at the centre to explore gender, race, ethnicity, and issues related to equity.
“Thank you Citadel and RBC for this opportunity. I am excited for the work ahead, to think and work through how we make the theatre more inclusive in terms of the stories we tell, how we tell those stories and who tells those stories.”
HAL WESLEY ROGERS
PLAYWRITING & COMPOSING
Hal is an Alberta-born multi-talented performer/creator who began his career singing in church in Edmonton at the age of four and performing hip-hop dances choreographed with his cousin in the living room at family gatherings in Leduc. Picking up some skills playing musical instruments along the way, his musicality evolved into a love of theatre in high school when he enrolled in a musical theatre camp at the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School in preparation for his first high school musical. He went on to spend two years at the U of A before moving to Vancouver to earn his BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser. He has performed in musicals across Canada (including Hadestown at the Citadel), worked as a singer around BC and has auditioned for productions around the world. When not performing, Hal also writes and composes. Last year he composed a song over zoom with several youth from across Canada as part of Musical Stage Company’s One Song Glory program and is returning this year. He was also a composer/lyricist with MSC’s 2021 NoteWorthy Cohort.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Citadel as I explore new territory in my artistic pursuits. I’ve worked as a performer across Canada for years and making my Citadel debut in Hadestown was so special to me that I didn’t know what else could rival that feeling. Getting to come home and build my skills as a playwright and composer with the Citadel is a great follow up!”
ARTISTIC PLANNING & LEADERSHIP
Steven is a proud mixed-Filipino artist based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, on Treaty 6 Territory. Since graduating from Grant MacEwan he has developed a deep passion for safer spaces and anti-racist theatre-making. He is excited and deeply grateful for the opportunity to grow as an artist at the Citadel through the program. He hopes to learn more about being a leader, challenge himself as an emerging BIPOC artist, and develop a better understanding of producing. He has worked as a stage manager all over Treaty 6. Some of his favorite credits include Matara (WWPT), Rigoletto, La Traviata (Edmonton Opera), Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre), Dodona (Small Matters Productions), Hiraeth (Bright Young Things).
“What I’ve come to realize is that I have power, not just as a stage manager but as a queer BIPOC artist, and in order to help cultivate this power I need to learn from other artists of color in positions of power.”