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Season Ensemble

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Kimira Reddy - Set and Props Designer, LIKE IT OR NOT

Anton Lipovetsky - Sound Designer, LIKE IT OR NOT

Stephen Bulat - Audio Engineer, CRANKED

Peter Carlone - Livestream Technician, CRANKED

Michael P. Northey - Playwright, CRANKED

Kyprios - Songs & Lyrics, CRANKED

Chin Injeti - Songs & Lyrics, CRANKED

Justus Hayes - Set Designer, CRANKED

Ian Tamblyn - Sound Designer, WHAT IF

Rachel
Aberle

Director - LIKE IT OR NOT, THE CODE, STILL/FALLING

Co-Director - CRANKED

Artistic Director - Green Thumb Theatre

Rachel is a multifaceted theatre artist born and raised in various parts of the Greater Vancouver area, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh (Stó:lō), Stz'uminus, Qayqayt, sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ (Tsawwassen), Kwantlen and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Peoples. As a performer, she has appeared on stages across Western Canada in a wide range of productions from new works, to classics, to musicals. As a playwright, Rachel strives to explore complex issues with humour and curiosity. In 2018, she was recognized with the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Writer, for her second play, The Code. As a director, she strives to cultivate an environment that prioritizes fun and excellence in equal measure. Favourite directing credits include the world premiere of Like It or Not and co-directing the digital live-stream adaptation of Cranked for Green Thumb, and the collective creation I Know What I Saw at her alma mater, Studio 58. Rachel was selected for the 2017 Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre, the 2020 Caravan Farm Theatre National Playwrights Retreat (sadly cancelled due to Covid-19) and was one of only 15 international artists selected for the ASSITEJ Next Generation Program at the 2018 ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Beijing. All training and resume credits aside, Rachel’s favourite and most important job is being a Mom to her daughter Elliot, who challenges and inspires her every day.

Daniela
Atiencia

Co-Director - CRANKED

Daniela Atiencia is a Latinx-Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Colombia. She works as a freelance bilingual director, dramaturg, and deviser. Daniela is currently working on two plays as co-director for Neworld and Green Thumb Theatre. As dramaturg she is collaborating with Tetsuro Shigematsu’s latest commissioned piece for Pacific Theatre and served as Spanish Language Dramaturg for Made in Canada, an agricultural operetta by rice & beans theatre. She is currently based on the Unceded Territories of the Coast Salish peoples(Vancouver, B.C.) and her work recently earned her a finalist spot in the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director award

Lisa
Baran

Performer - STILL/FALLING

Lisa Baran is an actor and creator currently based out of so-called “Vancouver”. Originally from Winnipeg (Treaty 1 Territory), Lisa grew up dancing and performing on the local stages there before deciding to move out west and pursue acting. She is a graduate of Studio 58 as well as the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre and Film program. Recent theatre credits include: “Nina” in Still/Falling (MTYP and Green Thumb Theatre) “Ola” in Slime (The Only Animal), “Phyllis Dale” in 42nd Street (Studio 58), and “The Angel” in Angels in America (Studio 58). You can also spot her on TV in a variety of commercials, as well as on Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle.

Elizabeth
Barrett

Performer - THE CODE

Elizabeth is thrilled to be returning to Green Thumb Theatre to play Moira in The Code! Her previous credits include Sawyer in Unexpecting (Arts Club Theatre); Ensemble in Reframed (Electric Theatre Company): Belle in A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hattie Bomber in Law of the Land (Caravan Farm Theatre); Flaca in The Refugee Hotel, Maggie in 42nd Street, and Harper in Angels in America (Studio 58); Ensemble in The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); and Moira in The Code (Green Thumb Theatre), for which she was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award. Elizabeth is a graduate of Studio 58.

Zoe
Bellis

Stage Manager - WHAT IF

Zoe is a Vancouver based theatre artist who is fortunate to live and play on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh people. Previous select credits include; The Marvelous Wonderettes (Chemainus Theatre Festival), The Sound of Music (Arts Club Theatre Company), All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach), East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz, East Van Panto: Snow White (Theatre Replacement). She is a graduate of Studio 58 and holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. Zoe is very excited to be joining the Green Thumb gang this season!

Ruth
Bruhn

Production & Operations Manager

Set Designer - THE CODE

Set Designer - WHAT IF

Ruth(she/her) is a settler working, primarily, on the traditional, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She grew up with a mixture of home schooling, public schooling and theatre contracts. Ruth graduated from the Production Program at Studio 58, where she was awarded the John F. Parker scholarship for Demonstrating Exceptional Promise. Since graduation Ruth has worked as a professional stage manager in Vancouver for companies including Bard on the Beach, Neworld Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Full Circle First Nations, Gateway Theatre and Green Thumb Theatre. In 2017 she joined the team at Green Thumb, since she has had the opportunity to design the sets for The Code, New Canadian Kid and What If. She has also toured The Code, CRANKED and Alone Together to various communities in Canada. Ruth was awarded the Mayors Art Award for Emerging Theatre Artist in 2016.

Leslie
Dos Remedios

Assistant Director - LIKE IT OR NOT, THE CODE, STILL • FALLING

Leslie is so happy to be collaborating with Rachel and the entire Like It Or Not team this season. Originally from the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca and the Mississauga of the credit (aka Toronto), she is also a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58 (2012). Most recently, she was the lead instructor for Carousel Theatre for Young People's Teen Shakespeare Project this past summer. Favourite credits include "Jane" in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, "Sam" in Thanks for Giving (Arts Club Theatre Company), and "Bap" in Baking Time (Presentation House Theatre) and "Sarah" in Lights (Touchstone Theatre).

Caroline
Frost

Stage Manager - THE CODE

Caroline is an emerging stage manager and lighting designer originally from Ottawa Ontario, the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. As a recent graduate of Studio 58, she is grateful for the opportunity to have learned and worked on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her recent credits include Stage Manager for Everybody (Studio 58), Assistant Lighting Designer for Cerulean Blue (Studio 58), Stage Manager for Monoceros: A Musical (Studio 58), Assistant Lighting Designer for TomorrowLove (Studio 58), and Co Stage Manager for The Doll’s House Project (Studio 58). Prior to moving to the west coast, Caroline worked on several indie productions in Ottawa, including stage managing a touring production for Cymbeline (Bear&Co). Caroline is excited grateful to continue learning and working in stage management, lighting design, and pyrotechnics.

Katey
Hoffman

Playwright - LIKE IT OR NOT

Playwright - WHAT IF

As a playwright, Katey co-wrote The Surrealists, Karaoke: The Musical (Studio 58), The After Party, The New Years Party (Pull Fest), The Bush Party, The Tie Breaker (Theatre SKAM), and the critically-acclaimed The After After Party which won Vancouver’s Pick-of-the-Fringe, The Georgia Straight Critic’s Pick, the CULTCH-ivating the Fringe Award, and was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award. Katey's coming-of-age comedy, Green Lake, was produced by Solo Collective and nominated for 6 Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production. While Katey's play for young audiences, What If, continues to tour Canada with Green Thumb Theatre, she is excited to have developed a new play with them, Like It Or Not. Katey is presently studying a Masters in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

Geoff
Jones

Company Manager - CRANKED

Geoff Jones is a Vancouver based Stage Manager. StageManagement and Assistant Stage Management credits include: Kismet, ThingsHave Changed (The Chop Theatre), AThousand Splendid Suns, The Great Leap (Arts Club Theatre Company), Nutcracker, The Coyotes, Sedna, Gift of theMagi (Caravan Farm Theatre) KingArthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre),Motherload (Motherload Collective), Still/Falling(Green Thumb Theatre), and Jabber(Green Thumb Theatre/Neworld Theatre).

Anthony Liam
Kearns

Stage Manager - LIKE IT OR NOT

Liam is a queer, Vancouver-based Stage Manager and Production Manager working professionally in the arts scene. He is excited to be back working with Green Thumb after touring their production of tagged in 2015. Previous endeavours include swimming in the deep blue ocean with The Rainbow Fish (Mermaid), playing tricks in Raven Meets the Monkey King (Axis), joining in for a wild rumpus in Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House), riding The Number 14 (Axis) and morphing into a human train for Munscha Mia (Carousel). Outside the theatre, Liam likes baking vegan treats, getting lost in a jigsaw puzzle and spending the entire day outdoors geocaching.

Jamie
King

Director - WHAT IF

Jamie was born on and has learned on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (colonially Vancouver). An awarded theatre director, dramaturg, producer, Jamie is the current associate artistic director at Caravan Farm Theatre. Recent directing credits: SYSTEM FAILURE, The Fleetwing Fables, and SPARAGMOS (Caravan Farm Theatre); Desiree AMA (Upintheair Theatre); Big Sister (The Cultch); Can We Fix It? (Studio 58); Burqa Boutique (Killjoy Theatre) co-directed with Gavan Cheema; The Wolves (With A Spoon/Rumble/Pacific Theatre); and LOVE/SICK (Pacific Theatre). Jamie has workshopped and assisted for Bard on The Beach, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Arts Club Theatre Company and Electric Company Theatre among others. www.jamiekinghere.com

Camille
Legg

Performer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Camille Legg is an actor and improviser based on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. After a year and a half hiatus from theatre, Camille is thrilled to be working for Green Thumb again. One of Camille’s favourite theatrical projects to have been a part of was the North American tour of Green Thumb Theatre’s Land of Trash in 2018. Since then, they have acted in a number of TV shows, including Riverdale, The Magicians, Charmed, The Detour, and Family Law. Camille is a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58.

Isaac
Li

Performer - THE CODE

Isaac is an actor, director, producer based in the land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Recent acting credits include: She Sells Sea Shells (United Players), Anon(ymous) (Studio 58), Antony and Cleopatra (Studio 58), Of Mice andMen (Promethean), Cabaret (Studio 58), and Mortified (Studio 58). Isaac is a graduate of Studio 58.

Pamela Carolina
Martinez

Performer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Pamela Carolina Martinez is a Salvadorian Canadian actor based in Vancouver. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Douglas College. Pamela has previously starred in various theatre productions across the Lower Mainland.Her most recent credits include: The Silly Adventures of Robin Hood (Maid Marion) with The Merrie-Makers, Hiding With Company (Severine) with Brave New Play Rites, and Papa Records Everything (The Nanny) with NTS: Arts Apart. Pamela also works in film,television, and voice-over work. She is happiest on the stage and cannot wait to share this story with you.

Melissa
McCowell

Live Chat Moderator - CRANKED

Costume Designer - THE CODE

Company Manager - STILL/FALLING

Interim Production Manager

Melissa is a theatre artist based on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (Vancouver). When not tackling stage management, costume or props design, she enjoys getting lost in the woods or in a good book. She has had the pleasure of working with a number of incredible companies including After Party Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Green Thumb Theatre, ITSAZOO Productions, Presentation House Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Studio 58, The Elbow Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième and Touchstone Theatre.Melissa is a graduate of Queen's University and Studio 58.

Chirag
Naik

Performer - CRANKED

Chirag Naik is a theatre, film and voice actor who's worked across Canada. He's worked with renowned theatres country-wide including: Bard on the Beach, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Green Thumb Theatre, Electric Company, National Arts Centre, amongst many others. While his heart has always beat strong for the theatre, he has also greatly enjoyed performing in other mediums including film/TV as well as in voice-over work. Notable film credits include Upload, Rogue, and No Tomorrow. He can be heard voicing Chip in Luna, Chip, and Inkie, Hiko in Momolu, as well as Bread Pudding in Strawberry Shortcake.

Melissa
Oei

Performer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Melissa (she/her) is an award winning theatre actor and director who has performed on stages across the country. Melissa loves Theatre for Young Audiences and has previously appeared with Green Thumb Theatre in New Canadian Kid and Misadventure at the Lighthouse. Other favourite TYA credits include Seussical the Musical, Arthur Boy King, Love You Forever, Aesop’s Fables, We Three (Carousel Theatre for Young People), Macbeth (Kaleidoscope), and Oklahoma!(Theatre Under the Stars). Melissa has also worked as a youth drama instructor for CTYP, Bard on the Beach, Gateway Theatre, and Place des Arts.

Siobhan
Powell

Production Coordinator - CRANKED

Siobhan is a multidisciplinary theatre manager and visual artist gratefully living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam); Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and kʷikʷəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) Peoples. She is passionate about creating theatre that causes community discussion about relevant social issues, and also attending it! She obtained a BFA in Drama with a specialization in Technical Theatre & Production from the University of Alberta in 2012, and has since worked professionally in a number of different roles that blend her stage management skills with technical training. Favourite highlights include touring with Repercussion Theatre; Patrick Roberge Productions, and Razzle Dazzle Productions. She has also stage managed for local talents including Lamondance, UNA Dance, and Deer Crossing The Art Farm

Vuk
Prodanović

Performer - THE CODE

Vuk Prodanović (he/him) is a first-generation Serbian Canadian stage actor born and raised in Vancouver, BC on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Vuk trained as a part of the Arts Umbrella Musical Theatre Troupe and has recently graduated from Studio 58. Recent stage credits include: Tiny Tom (URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, Studio 58), Nora/Ensemble (THE DOLL’S HOUSE PROJECT, 58), and Charlie (TOMORROWLOVE, 58). Vuk is the proud recipient of the Cheryl Hutcherson Memorial Award (2020), and the Lloyd Nicholson Memorial Scholarship (2020).

Matthew
Rhodes

Performer - STILL/FALLING

Matthew is an emerging theatre artist excited for his first production with Green Thumb. He is a graduate of UBC’s BFA in Acting and Master of Management program. Matthew began acting in secondary school. For UBC: Alexander (GOLDRAUSCH), Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing), Thomas Putnam (The Crucible). For The Show Must Go Online: Chiron (Titus Andronicus), Citizen/Pindarus (Julius Caesar), Ensemble (Coriolanus). He has produced with Affair of Honor, Some Kind of Theatre, and The Show Must Go Online, an international Shakespeare movement. He has directed with Brave New Play Rites and The Show Must Go Online.

Elliot
Roberts

Assistant to the Set and Props Designer - LIKE IT OR NOT

As a recent graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program, Elliot is thrilled to be a part of the creative team for Like It Or Not as the Assistant to the Set/Props Designer! Elliot grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but moved to Vancouver in 2017 to pursue her career as an aspiring costume/set designer, artist, and stage manager. Elliot feels very honoured to have the opportunity to help create a set and props that will travel across B.C. and visit so many different schools, and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Teo
Saefkow

Performer - WHAT IF

Teo is an actor, dancer, musician, and songwriter living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh nations (Vancouver). Recently he played Simon in Green Thumb Theatre’s production of The Code which toured across North America; including Nashville, New York, Ottawa, and Saskatoon. Other recent theatre includes: Godfrey in Slime (The Only Animal) Evan in The Aliens (Sticks and Stones), Fred/Young Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol (Gateway), Touchstone in As You Like It, Joselito in The Refugee Hotel, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (Studio 58). He recently appeared in Season Six of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Piano Player in the eighth episode: Stressed Western. When he’s not acting, Teo creates and plays music as the solo artist Scalawag, and released his debut album in March, 2019. Teo is originally from Smithers, British Columbia, and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Itamar
Sitbon

Sound Designer - THE CODE

Itamar Sitbon is a musician, sound designer, and a recent Emily Carr University graduate from the New Media and Sound Arts program. Previously, he composed and performed original music and sounds for podcasts such as Talking Territory, and the Nikkei National Museum's Sounds Japanese Canadian To Me, which was featured on CBC’s Early Edition. He is delighted to be working with the Green Thumb Theatre on The Code, the first theatre production to feature his original music and sound design.

Donnie
Tejani

Costume & Wig Designer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Costume Associate - WHAT IF

Donnie Tejani is excited to be making his debut with Green Thumb Theatre. Having worked primarily in musical theatre, Like it or Not is his first opportunity to dive into a new work and it has been a whirlwind of fun and exploration. Notable credits: Home for the Holidays (Gateway Theatre), Rock of Ages (Renegade Arts Co.) and Company (Raincity Theatre) for which he won the Jessie Award alongside his mentor and business partner, Christina Sinosich. When not designing costumes, Donnie can often be found dressing backstage on shows for the Arts Club or styling wigs for performers and drag queens as, "OMG Wigs."

Jacob
Wan

Lighting Designer - CRANKED

Jacob Wan is a freelance lighting and projection designer from Hong Kong. You can found his works around different theatres in Vancouver. He is also interested with combining theatre arts into different performing art platforms such as recitals and opera. Previous credit includes: The Here and This and Now (2021, United Players), Mansfield Park (2021, UBC Opera), Cipher (2020, Arts Club – Assistant Lighting Design), Red Priest (2020, United Players). He has also designed a few shows in Hong Kong and completed two professional certificate courses in Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. For more details, please visit: www.jacobwan.com

Jordan L.
Watkins

Video Specialist - CRANKED

Jordan Lloyd Watkins is a multidisciplinary artist whose body of work includes many spheres within the performing arts, new media, and film. He is most interested in pursuing dynamic storytelling; work that is accessible, engaging, and relevant. His theatre work has been seen across Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, and Taiwan. As a creator he considers the evolution of technology as his way into qualifying contemporary values,lifestyle, and social order.

Ali
Watson

Performer - WHAT IF

It has been a while since Ali has toured a show through the schools and she's happy to be back! This is her first show with Green Thumb and she feels grateful to be here and have the honour of performing on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations once again. She hopes you enjoy the wonderful work of Katey Hoffman and that you enjoy all the penguin facts!

John
Webber

Lighting Designer - STILL/FALLING

Associate Lighting Design/Technical Consultant - CRANKED

John has had the pleasure of working with Green for several years is honoured to be back for this season. A long time designer of both Sets and Lighting, he has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s most talented and adventurous artists. He has received nine Jessie Richardson Awards, an Ovation Award, in Ottawa a Critics Circle award and a Prix Rideau Award, in Saskatoon a SAT Award, all for outstanding design.Past favourites include: The Great Leap and Onegin for the Arts Club and The Marriage of Figaro for Vancouver Opera. Up next is Chinatown for City Opera Vancouver. ‍

Stephanie
Wong

Performer/DJ - CRANKED

Born in Hong Kong, Stephanie Wong (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist living on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (Vancouver). A graduate of Studio 58’s acting program, she works professionally as a director, deviser, designer, and actor, with her art featured internationally. By honoring the intersections of her professional and personal experiences, she strives to use her voice as a vehicle for activism and education, amplifying stories of connection, and coexistence. She is a core member of the emerging collective happy/accidents, and is the Artistic Associate at re:Naissance Opera.

Ali

Watson

Performer - WHAT IF

It has been a while since Ali has toured a show through the schools and she's happy to be back! This is her first show with Green Thumb and she feels grateful to be here and have the honour of performing on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations once again. She hopes you enjoy the wonderful work of Katey Hoffman and that you enjoy all the penguin facts!

Anthony Liam

Kearns

Stage Manager - LIKE IT OR NOT

Liam is a queer, Vancouver-based Stage Manager and Production Manager working professionally in the arts scene. He is excited to be back working with Green Thumb after touring their production of tagged in 2015. Previous endeavours include swimming in the deep blue ocean with The Rainbow Fish (Mermaid), playing tricks in Raven Meets the Monkey King (Axis), joining in for a wild rumpus in Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House), riding The Number 14 (Axis) and morphing into a human train for Munscha Mia (Carousel). Outside the theatre, Liam likes baking vegan treats, getting lost in a jigsaw puzzle and spending the entire day outdoors geocaching.

Camille

Legg

Performer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Camille Legg is an actor and improviser based on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. After a year and a half hiatus from theatre, Camille is thrilled to be working for Green Thumb again. One of Camille’s favourite theatrical projects to have been a part of was the North American tour of Green Thumb Theatre’s Land of Trash in 2018. Since then, they have acted in a number of TV shows, including Riverdale, The Magicians, Charmed, The Detour, and Family Law. Camille is a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58.

Caroline

Frost

Stage Manager - THE CODE

Caroline is an emerging stage manager and lighting designer originally from Ottawa Ontario, the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. As a recent graduate of Studio 58, she is grateful for the opportunity to have learned and worked on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her recent credits include Stage Manager for Everybody (Studio 58), Assistant Lighting Designer for Cerulean Blue (Studio 58), Stage Manager for Monoceros: A Musical (Studio 58), Assistant Lighting Designer for TomorrowLove (Studio 58), and Co Stage Manager for The Doll’s House Project (Studio 58). Prior to moving to the west coast, Caroline worked on several indie productions in Ottawa, including stage managing a touring production for Cymbeline (Bear&Co). Caroline is excited grateful to continue learning and working in stage management, lighting design, and pyrotechnics.

Chirag

Naik

Performer - CRANKED

Chirag Naik is a theatre, film and voice actor who's worked across Canada. He's worked with renowned theatres country-wide including: Bard on the Beach, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Green Thumb Theatre, Electric Company, National Arts Centre, amongst many others. While his heart has always beat strong for the theatre, he has also greatly enjoyed performing in other mediums including film/TV as well as in voice-over work. Notable film credits include Upload, Rogue, and No Tomorrow. He can be heard voicing Chip in Luna, Chip, and Inkie, Hiko in Momolu, as well as Bread Pudding in Strawberry Shortcake.

Daniela

Atiencia

Co-Director - CRANKED

Daniela Atiencia is a Latinx-Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Colombia. She works as a freelance bilingual director, dramaturg, and deviser. Daniela is currently working on two plays as co-director for Neworld and Green Thumb Theatre. As dramaturg she is collaborating with Tetsuro Shigematsu’s latest commissioned piece for Pacific Theatre and served as Spanish Language Dramaturg for Made in Canada, an agricultural operetta by rice & beans theatre. She is currently based on the Unceded Territories of the Coast Salish peoples(Vancouver, B.C.) and her work recently earned her a finalist spot in the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director award

Donnie

Tejani

Costume & Wig Designer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Costume Associate - WHAT IF

Donnie Tejani is excited to be making his debut with Green Thumb Theatre. Having worked primarily in musical theatre, Like it or Not is his first opportunity to dive into a new work and it has been a whirlwind of fun and exploration. Notable credits: Home for the Holidays (Gateway Theatre), Rock of Ages (Renegade Arts Co.) and Company (Raincity Theatre) for which he won the Jessie Award alongside his mentor and business partner, Christina Sinosich. When not designing costumes, Donnie can often be found dressing backstage on shows for the Arts Club or styling wigs for performers and drag queens as, "OMG Wigs."

Elizabeth

Barrett

Performer - THE CODE

Elizabeth is thrilled to be returning to Green Thumb Theatre to play Moira in The Code! Her previous credits include Sawyer in Unexpecting (Arts Club Theatre); Ensemble in Reframed (Electric Theatre Company): Belle in A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hattie Bomber in Law of the Land (Caravan Farm Theatre); Flaca in The Refugee Hotel, Maggie in 42nd Street, and Harper in Angels in America (Studio 58); Ensemble in The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); and Moira in The Code (Green Thumb Theatre), for which she was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award. Elizabeth is a graduate of Studio 58.

Elliot

Roberts

Assistant to the Set and Props Designer - LIKE IT OR NOT

As a recent graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program, Elliot is thrilled to be a part of the creative team for Like It Or Not as the Assistant to the Set/Props Designer! Elliot grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but moved to Vancouver in 2017 to pursue her career as an aspiring costume/set designer, artist, and stage manager. Elliot feels very honoured to have the opportunity to help create a set and props that will travel across B.C. and visit so many different schools, and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Geoff

Jones

Company Manager - CRANKED

Geoff Jones is a Vancouver based Stage Manager. StageManagement and Assistant Stage Management credits include: Kismet, ThingsHave Changed (The Chop Theatre), AThousand Splendid Suns, The Great Leap (Arts Club Theatre Company), Nutcracker, The Coyotes, Sedna, Gift of theMagi (Caravan Farm Theatre) KingArthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre),Motherload (Motherload Collective), Still/Falling(Green Thumb Theatre), and Jabber(Green Thumb Theatre/Neworld Theatre).

Isaac

Li

Performer - THE CODE

Isaac is an actor, director, producer based in the land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Recent acting credits include: She Sells Sea Shells (United Players), Anon(ymous) (Studio 58), Antony and Cleopatra (Studio 58), Of Mice andMen (Promethean), Cabaret (Studio 58), and Mortified (Studio 58). Isaac is a graduate of Studio 58.

Itamar

Sitbon

Sound Designer - THE CODE

Itamar Sitbon is a musician, sound designer, and a recent Emily Carr University graduate from the New Media and Sound Arts program. Previously, he composed and performed original music and sounds for podcasts such as Talking Territory, and the Nikkei National Museum's Sounds Japanese Canadian To Me, which was featured on CBC’s Early Edition. He is delighted to be working with the Green Thumb Theatre on The Code, the first theatre production to feature his original music and sound design.

Jacob

Wan

Lighting Designer - CRANKED

Jacob Wan is a freelance lighting and projection designer from Hong Kong. You can found his works around different theatres in Vancouver. He is also interested with combining theatre arts into different performing art platforms such as recitals and opera. Previous credit includes: The Here and This and Now (2021, United Players), Mansfield Park (2021, UBC Opera), Cipher (2020, Arts Club – Assistant Lighting Design), Red Priest (2020, United Players). He has also designed a few shows in Hong Kong and completed two professional certificate courses in Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. For more details, please visit: www.jacobwan.com

Jamie

King

Director - WHAT IF

Jamie was born on and has learned on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (colonially Vancouver). An awarded theatre director, dramaturg, producer, Jamie is the current associate artistic director at Caravan Farm Theatre. Recent directing credits: SYSTEM FAILURE, The Fleetwing Fables, and SPARAGMOS (Caravan Farm Theatre); Desiree AMA (Upintheair Theatre); Big Sister (The Cultch); Can We Fix It? (Studio 58); Burqa Boutique (Killjoy Theatre) co-directed with Gavan Cheema; The Wolves (With A Spoon/Rumble/Pacific Theatre); and LOVE/SICK (Pacific Theatre). Jamie has workshopped and assisted for Bard on The Beach, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Arts Club Theatre Company and Electric Company Theatre among others. www.jamiekinghere.com

John

Webber

Lighting Designer - STILL/FALLING

Associate Lighting Design/Technical Consultant - CRANKED

John has had the pleasure of working with Green for several years is honoured to be back for this season. A long time designer of both Sets and Lighting, he has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s most talented and adventurous artists. He has received nine Jessie Richardson Awards, an Ovation Award, in Ottawa a Critics Circle award and a Prix Rideau Award, in Saskatoon a SAT Award, all for outstanding design.Past favourites include: The Great Leap and Onegin for the Arts Club and The Marriage of Figaro for Vancouver Opera. Up next is Chinatown for City Opera Vancouver. ‍

Jordan L.

Watkins

Video Specialist - CRANKED

Jordan Lloyd Watkins is a multidisciplinary artist whose body of work includes many spheres within the performing arts, new media, and film. He is most interested in pursuing dynamic storytelling; work that is accessible, engaging, and relevant. His theatre work has been seen across Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, and Taiwan. As a creator he considers the evolution of technology as his way into qualifying contemporary values,lifestyle, and social order.

Katey

Hoffman

Playwright - LIKE IT OR NOT

Playwright - WHAT IF

As a playwright, Katey co-wrote The Surrealists, Karaoke: The Musical (Studio 58), The After Party, The New Years Party (Pull Fest), The Bush Party, The Tie Breaker (Theatre SKAM), and the critically-acclaimed The After After Party which won Vancouver’s Pick-of-the-Fringe, The Georgia Straight Critic’s Pick, the CULTCH-ivating the Fringe Award, and was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award. Katey's coming-of-age comedy, Green Lake, was produced by Solo Collective and nominated for 6 Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production. While Katey's play for young audiences, What If, continues to tour Canada with Green Thumb Theatre, she is excited to have developed a new play with them, Like It Or Not. Katey is presently studying a Masters in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

Leslie

Dos Remedios

Assistant Director - LIKE IT OR NOT, THE CODE, STILL • FALLING

Leslie is so happy to be collaborating with Rachel and the entire Like It Or Not team this season. Originally from the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca and the Mississauga of the credit (aka Toronto), she is also a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58 (2012). Most recently, she was the lead instructor for Carousel Theatre for Young People's Teen Shakespeare Project this past summer. Favourite credits include "Jane" in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, "Sam" in Thanks for Giving (Arts Club Theatre Company), and "Bap" in Baking Time (Presentation House Theatre) and "Sarah" in Lights (Touchstone Theatre).

Lisa

Baran

Performer - STILL/FALLING

Lisa Baran is an actor and creator currently based out of so-called “Vancouver”. Originally from Winnipeg (Treaty 1 Territory), Lisa grew up dancing and performing on the local stages there before deciding to move out west and pursue acting. She is a graduate of Studio 58 as well as the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre and Film program. Recent theatre credits include: “Nina” in Still/Falling (MTYP and Green Thumb Theatre) “Ola” in Slime (The Only Animal), “Phyllis Dale” in 42nd Street (Studio 58), and “The Angel” in Angels in America (Studio 58). You can also spot her on TV in a variety of commercials, as well as on Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle.

Matthew

Rhodes

Performer - STILL/FALLING

Matthew is an emerging theatre artist excited for his first production with Green Thumb. He is a graduate of UBC’s BFA in Acting and Master of Management program. Matthew began acting in secondary school. For UBC: Alexander (GOLDRAUSCH), Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing), Thomas Putnam (The Crucible). For The Show Must Go Online: Chiron (Titus Andronicus), Citizen/Pindarus (Julius Caesar), Ensemble (Coriolanus). He has produced with Affair of Honor, Some Kind of Theatre, and The Show Must Go Online, an international Shakespeare movement. He has directed with Brave New Play Rites and The Show Must Go Online.

Melissa

Oei

Performer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Melissa (she/her) is an award winning theatre actor and director who has performed on stages across the country. Melissa loves Theatre for Young Audiences and has previously appeared with Green Thumb Theatre in New Canadian Kid and Misadventure at the Lighthouse. Other favourite TYA credits include Seussical the Musical, Arthur Boy King, Love You Forever, Aesop’s Fables, We Three (Carousel Theatre for Young People), Macbeth (Kaleidoscope), and Oklahoma!(Theatre Under the Stars). Melissa has also worked as a youth drama instructor for CTYP, Bard on the Beach, Gateway Theatre, and Place des Arts.

Melissa

McCowell

Live Chat Moderator - CRANKED

Costume Designer - THE CODE

Company Manager - STILL/FALLING

Interim Production Manager

Melissa is a theatre artist based on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (Vancouver). When not tackling stage management, costume or props design, she enjoys getting lost in the woods or in a good book. She has had the pleasure of working with a number of incredible companies including After Party Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Green Thumb Theatre, ITSAZOO Productions, Presentation House Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Studio 58, The Elbow Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième and Touchstone Theatre.Melissa is a graduate of Queen's University and Studio 58.

Pamela Carolina

Martinez

Performer - LIKE IT OR NOT

Pamela Carolina Martinez is a Salvadorian Canadian actor based in Vancouver. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Douglas College. Pamela has previously starred in various theatre productions across the Lower Mainland.Her most recent credits include: The Silly Adventures of Robin Hood (Maid Marion) with The Merrie-Makers, Hiding With Company (Severine) with Brave New Play Rites, and Papa Records Everything (The Nanny) with NTS: Arts Apart. Pamela also works in film,television, and voice-over work. She is happiest on the stage and cannot wait to share this story with you.

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Kimira Reddy - Set and Props Designer, LIKE IT OR NOT

Anton Lipovetsky - Sound Designer, LIKE IT OR NOT

Stephen Bulat - Audio Engineer, CRANKED

Peter Carlone - Livestream Technician, CRANKED

Michael P. Northey - Playwright, CRANKED

Kyprios - Songs & Lyrics, CRANKED

Chin Injeti - Songs & Lyrics, CRANKED

Justus Hayes - Set Designer, CRANKED

Ian Tamblyn - Sound Designer, WHAT IF

Rachel

Aberle

Director - LIKE IT OR NOT, THE CODE, STILL/FALLING

Co-Director - CRANKED

Artistic Director - Green Thumb Theatre

Rachel is a multifaceted theatre artist born and raised in various parts of the Greater Vancouver area, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh (Stó:lō), Stz'uminus, Qayqayt, sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ (Tsawwassen), Kwantlen and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Peoples. As a performer, she has appeared on stages across Western Canada in a wide range of productions from new works, to classics, to musicals. As a playwright, Rachel strives to explore complex issues with humour and curiosity. In 2018, she was recognized with the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Writer, for her second play, The Code. As a director, she strives to cultivate an environment that prioritizes fun and excellence in equal measure. Favourite directing credits include the world premiere of Like It or Not and co-directing the digital live-stream adaptation of Cranked for Green Thumb, and the collective creation I Know What I Saw at her alma mater, Studio 58. Rachel was selected for the 2017 Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre, the 2020 Caravan Farm Theatre National Playwrights Retreat (sadly cancelled due to Covid-19) and was one of only 15 international artists selected for the ASSITEJ Next Generation Program at the 2018 ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Beijing. All training and resume credits aside, Rachel’s favourite and most important job is being a Mom to her daughter Elliot, who challenges and inspires her every day.

Ruth

Bruhn

Production & Operations Manager

Set Designer - THE CODE

Set Designer - WHAT IF

Ruth(she/her) is a settler working, primarily, on the traditional, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She grew up with a mixture of home schooling, public schooling and theatre contracts. Ruth graduated from the Production Program at Studio 58, where she was awarded the John F. Parker scholarship for Demonstrating Exceptional Promise. Since graduation Ruth has worked as a professional stage manager in Vancouver for companies including Bard on the Beach, Neworld Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Full Circle First Nations, Gateway Theatre and Green Thumb Theatre. In 2017 she joined the team at Green Thumb, since she has had the opportunity to design the sets for The Code, New Canadian Kid and What If. She has also toured The Code, CRANKED and Alone Together to various communities in Canada. Ruth was awarded the Mayors Art Award for Emerging Theatre Artist in 2016.

Siobhan

Powell

Production Coordinator - CRANKED

Siobhan is a multidisciplinary theatre manager and visual artist gratefully living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam); Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and kʷikʷəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) Peoples. She is passionate about creating theatre that causes community discussion about relevant social issues, and also attending it! She obtained a BFA in Drama with a specialization in Technical Theatre & Production from the University of Alberta in 2012, and has since worked professionally in a number of different roles that blend her stage management skills with technical training. Favourite highlights include touring with Repercussion Theatre; Patrick Roberge Productions, and Razzle Dazzle Productions. She has also stage managed for local talents including Lamondance, UNA Dance, and Deer Crossing The Art Farm

Stephanie

Wong

Performer/DJ - CRANKED

Born in Hong Kong, Stephanie Wong (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist living on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (Vancouver). A graduate of Studio 58’s acting program, she works professionally as a director, deviser, designer, and actor, with her art featured internationally. By honoring the intersections of her professional and personal experiences, she strives to use her voice as a vehicle for activism and education, amplifying stories of connection, and coexistence. She is a core member of the emerging collective happy/accidents, and is the Artistic Associate at re:Naissance Opera.

Teo

Saefkow

Performer - WHAT IF

Teo is an actor, dancer, musician, and songwriter living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh nations (Vancouver). Recently he played Simon in Green Thumb Theatre’s production of The Code which toured across North America; including Nashville, New York, Ottawa, and Saskatoon. Other recent theatre includes: Godfrey in Slime (The Only Animal) Evan in The Aliens (Sticks and Stones), Fred/Young Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol (Gateway), Touchstone in As You Like It, Joselito in The Refugee Hotel, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (Studio 58). He recently appeared in Season Six of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Piano Player in the eighth episode: Stressed Western. When he’s not acting, Teo creates and plays music as the solo artist Scalawag, and released his debut album in March, 2019. Teo is originally from Smithers, British Columbia, and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Vuk

Prodanović

Performer - THE CODE

Vuk Prodanović (he/him) is a first-generation Serbian Canadian stage actor born and raised in Vancouver, BC on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Vuk trained as a part of the Arts Umbrella Musical Theatre Troupe and has recently graduated from Studio 58. Recent stage credits include: Tiny Tom (URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, Studio 58), Nora/Ensemble (THE DOLL’S HOUSE PROJECT, 58), and Charlie (TOMORROWLOVE, 58). Vuk is the proud recipient of the Cheryl Hutcherson Memorial Award (2020), and the Lloyd Nicholson Memorial Scholarship (2020).

Zoe

Bellis

Stage Manager - WHAT IF

Zoe is a Vancouver based theatre artist who is fortunate to live and play on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh people. Previous select credits include; The Marvelous Wonderettes (Chemainus Theatre Festival), The Sound of Music (Arts Club Theatre Company), All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach), East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz, East Van Panto: Snow White (Theatre Replacement). She is a graduate of Studio 58 and holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. Zoe is very excited to be joining the Green Thumb gang this season!