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Playwright & Performer
Chris is an award-winning Deaf actor, playwright and consultant. He is pleased to again be returning to the Citadel having first appeared in Prom Night of the Living Dead (Citadel Theatre). Other notable performances include Ultrasound (Theatre Passe Muraille), Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat (Sum Theatre) and Silent Words (Tarragon Theatre). Chris is the founder and artistic director of SOUND OFF, Canada’s national Deaf performance festival which takes place annually in Edmonton. He holds a degree in drama from the University of Alberta.
Special thanks to Vern Thiessen, Milane Pridmore-Franz, Heather Inglis and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Darrin Hagen, Amorena Bartlett, Roxanne Cote.
SELECTED ACTING – ROOM (Grand/Mirvish); Cost of Living, Sweat (Arts Club/Citadel); Shakespeare in Love, Of Mice and Men (Citadel/RMTC); Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach); Omnium Gatherum, As You Like It, Fernando Krapp (Canadian Stage); Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); The Fall, Red Priest, Black Rider, Slavs (Tarragon Theatre); Les Miserables (Mirvish); True Love Lies (Factory Theatre). SELECTED DIRECTING Silent Words, Deafy (Follow the Signs Theatre); Twelfth Night (Studio Theatre).
Sarah Karpyshin ,
Sarah is a Theatre Design Bachelor graduate from the University of Alberta. She has been freelancing nationally as a theatre designer for 8 years and she is currently working as the Head of Props at the Citadel and taking time to focus on her own artistic practice. Sarah enjoys working with collaborative and experimental artists and continues to sculpt and push the boundaries of theatre and artistic performance. This is the fourth production of Deafy that Sarah is a part of and she is excited to see it come alive.
Dave has created sound and music for theatre, film, dance, and multi-media for three decades. Previous designs for the Citadel Theatre include Network, The Tempest, Cost of Living, A Brimful of Asha, and Mary’s Wedding: A Métis Love Story. Other recent designs include Enough (Northern Light Theatre); Bloomsday (Shadow Theatre); Hold These Truths (University of Alberta); Tune To A (Bad Hats Theatre). Dave is a CODA (child of deaf adults). A Canadian tour is planned for his musical Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, performed in sung English and American Sign Language.
Movement Coach and Choreographer
Ainsley Hillyard is an Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton)-based artist of settler descent. She is a choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. Select choreography credits include: Mr. Burns: A post electric play (You are Here theatre and Blarney Productions). Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography; Bears (Pyretic Productions) Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography; assistant choreographer for Hadestown and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel Theatre); and Movement Director for Jane Eyre by Erin Shields (Citadel Theatre).
(Photo credit Marc Chalifoux)
Stage Manager (January 10 to 29, 2023)
Maddy (she/her) is thrilled to be back in Edmonton amongst the incredible team here at The Citadel. Many thanks to Daryl, Cheryl, and Ashley for having her be a part of this project. Select credits include: Network, Jane Eyre (Citadel Theatre); Hey Viola! (The Charlottetown Festival); The Wizard of Oz, Chelsea Hotel, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol, (Western Canada Theatre); The New Canadian Curling Club, The Buddy Holly Story (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Silent Light (Banff Centre).
Stage Manager (January 30 to February 12, 2023)
Amanda Goldberg (she/her/elle) is an artist from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She works as a director, assistant director, dramaturg and stage manager in both English and French theatres. She’s an honors graduate from the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing program, Concordia University’s Theatre and Development program and Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program. Recent directing credits include: Brontë, Phaedra’s Love and Belleville (University of Alberta); Yerma (Concordia University); City Boy (Mainline Theatre); and three-time META nominated production, Smackhead (We Are One). Amanda is currently based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton working as Shadow Theatre’s Artistic Director Fellow.
Erin is thrilled to be back at the Citadel Theatre this season. She is a graduate of the BFA Technical Theatre Stage Management program at the University of Alberta and has been herding cats professionally since 2017. Most recently, she has been working backstage as a Dresser, and is now ready to take on the title of Surtitlist! Previous Credits Include: The Candidate/The Party, The Color Purple, 9 to 5: The Musical, Clue, Network, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); The Mountaintop (Shadow Theatre) and Reading the Signs (GeriActors Theatre)
ASL Coach, Deaf Consultant
Amorena Bartlett (she/her) is a queer Deaf consultant and ASL coach from Amiskwaciy Waskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton. Some productions she has been involved with include Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre); Glass Washrooms (NIUBOI, Chinook Series); Ren & the Wake (Catch The Keys Productions), to name a few. She is grateful for opportunities to have worked with amazing individuals and would like to thank those that have put their trust in her to provide rewarding and inclusive theatrical experiences for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
Josh is a freelance artist and educator with a specialism in Voice Pedagogy. Originally
from Hull, North England, he trained as an actor at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and then as a teacher of voice at the University of Alberta. Select Voice & Dialect Coaching credits: Ubu Roi, She Kills Monsters, Eclipse, Dracula, Iphigenia 2.0, Belleville, The Glass Menagerie, People in Cages, Lipstick, Di and Viv and Rose (University of Alberta); Parts and Labour (Fieldworks Stories); Butcher (Shattered Glass Theatre); The Night Season (East Riding Theatre).