Meet the team of Trainspotting

Rehearsals for Tremors are getting underway this week! After meeting all the artists on Monday night the Rumble team couldn’t be more excited to see everyone get started on their respective creative processes. Today we’re pleased to introduce you to the creative team that will be working on Trainspotting:


JAY CLIFT – Lighting Designer

Jay is a Vancouver based theatre artist, born and raised in the Okanagan, he has called Vancouver home for the past seven years. Although primarily an actor Jay has also worked professionally as a sound designer, stage hand, carpenter and stage manager. He is thrilled to be designing lights on this Rumble’s production of Trainspotting for such a stunning cast and production team. Jay is a two-time Jessie nominated actor and he is also the 2014 Jessie Award recipient of the Sam Payne award for most promising newcomer. Jay is a graduate of Studio 58.

Andy_Headshot_NameANDREW COHEN – Sound Designer

Andrew is thrilled to be a part of the Tremors 2014 team.  Other sound, composition, and arrangement credits include: The Foursome (Gateway Theatre, dir: Sarah Rodgers), The Laramie Project (Theatre UBC, dir: Nicola Cavendish), and The Dining Room (Theatre UBC, dir: Sarah Rodgers).  Andrew was the director, sound editor, and arranger for the international music video “Where You Lead”, commissioned by Broadway organization ‘Artists Striving To End Poverty’.  He is also the arranger/orchestrator for the new indie/rock musical CIRCLE GAME that he co-wrote with Anna Kuman.  CIRCLE GAME was developed in-residence with Capilano University, and will receive its second workshop this spring, directed by Robert McQueen.  Andrew graduated as valedictorian with a BFA from UBC, and won the City of Richmond Arts Award.  He would like to thank Ulla, Jessie, Stephen, and Mishelle.

Cchantelefry_headshot_smHANTELE FRY – Stage Manager

After finally shedding her prairie legs, Chantele Fry has wandered to Beautiful British Columbia to explore all the entertainment industry has to offer.  Recently having posthumously written and directed Harry Rintoul’s Distance Between the Trees, Chantele has excitedly returned to the world of stage management for Tremors and many more shows to come.  When not stage managing, she can be found behind lighting and sound boards, designing beautiful shows such as Cabaret Orientale and The Last Burlesque whilst reminiscing about her recent adventures with Anne Frank and Me at the Gas Station Theatre and countless shows for the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film.  Chantele graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her BA double-stream in Theatre and Film, Honours in Stage Management, but this didn’t stop her from taking every other course the department had to offer.  She is excited to join the team here at Rumble and looks forward to many years of exciting theatre to come!

B7904Harris copyBRETT HARRIS – Renton

Brett moved to these shores about a lady (Kate Dion-Richard – her bio is close by!) – who he Marries next year! Vancouver is being very nice indeed, as he won a Jessie Award last year for playing Baby in Mojo, for Itsazoo Productions! Theatre credits in Vancouver: Various in Mr Marmalade, Little Mountain Gallery/Gabriola Festival. Sergeant Trotter in the Mousetrap and Valere in the Miser, Western Gold Theatre, Anna Hagan. Felix in Cowards, The Pull Festival, Chelsea Haberlin. Lorenzo in Merchant of Venice, Gabriola Theatre Festival, Antony Holland/ Chelsea Haberlin  TV:  My Boyfriend’s Dogs – Hallmark Channel and The Lottery – Lifetime Network. Mark Renton is another tick on the list of characters I’d love to play!

PippaJohnstoneHeadshot copyPIPPA JOHNSTONE – Allison

Pippa is thrilled to be a part of Rumble’s Tremors festival this year, and dive into the world of Trainspotting. Recent credits include The Rainmaker (Pacific Theatre),  Measure for Measure (The Honest Fishmongers),  Whose Life is it Anyways (RealWheels), and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Stone’s Throw). Pippa is a recent UBC Acting graduate.


Kenton Klassen HeadshotKENTON KLASSEN – Tommy

Kenton is intoxicated by this story and is so grateful to the artistic team for the opportunity to get inside of it. Kenton studied in UBC’s BFA Acting program. He recently completed an Apprenticeship with Pacific Theatre where he produced and performed in the Vancouver premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries (Chelsea Haberlin). Other favourite acting credits include The Rainmaker (Ron Reed), Old Time Gospel Radio Hour (Ron Reed)with Pacific Theatre, The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson (Sarah Rodgers), Rhinoceros (Chelsea Haberlin), Dancing at Lughnasa (John Cooper) with UBC, The Canadian Badlands Passion Play (CBPP), and Treasure Island (Vern Thiessen) with Keyano Theatre.

ULLA LAIDLAW – DirectorUlla_Laidlawsmall

Ulla moved to Vancouver from Toronto in January and is enjoying meeting wonderful artists based here.  Mostly she loves working with independent artists that she meets here and there to bring their vision into being.  Ulla trained at the University of Guelph in Theatre and Psychology, but practices in many forms:  She has worked as a theatre director (Under the Overpass-InspiraTO festival* audience choice award, Souvenirs of Home-Summerworks Festival, Third Floor Office& the MT Space), as a concept and art director for the season looks for Obsidian Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts, as a dramaturg (The Hunger- Uncanny House) and as a filmmaker.  Most recently, she completed a screen adaptation of Under the Overpass.  She couldn’t be happier than to be directing Trainspotting – which she would never have picked off the shelf if Stephen hadn’t put it in her hands.

DSC_2308editwebJOEL D. MONTGRAND – Begbie

Joel is very excited to be taking part in this production. Originally from a northern Saskatchewan reservation, he traveled the world and Canada  before moving to Vancouver 3 years ago. He’s recently made the move to film, but has been involved in stage work since the age of 18 and has done everything from Shakespeare to children’s theatre. You may recognize him from a few commercials, TV spots, or plays in the area.
He’s incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play this huge c*nt.

JESSIE VAN RIJN – Production Designer-1

With a background in performance, design, administration, production management and marketing, Jessie is a well-rounded theatre artist and a proud member of the Vancouver cultural community.  Jessie is Managing Producer with Electric Company Theatre, co-producer with Relephant Theatre, and President of Delinquent Theatre Society’s Board of Directors. Recent designs include Ordinary Days (Costume Design, Jessie Award nominee), The Exquisite Hour (Production Design), Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Costume Design) and An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (Assistant Set Design).  Big thanks to the team at Rumble Theatre, Carmen Alatorre, Heidi Wilkinson, and SGvR.

Tremors: The Creative Teams

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of introducing the three directors of our Tremors shows. Now we’d like to announce the other amazing emerging artists who have joined the creative teams. We’ll be providing a more in-depth introduction to each artist soon, but in the meantime, please say hello to this talented bunch!

This is War
by Hannah Moscovitch

Featuring: Kate Dion-Richard, Matt Reznek, Zac Scott, Munish Sharma
Director: Katrina Darychuk
Production Designer: Rae Takei
Sound Designer: James Coomber
Stage Manager: Aidan Hammond

by Harry Gibson
adapted from the novel by Irvine Welsh

Featuring: Brett Harris, Pippa Johnstone, Kenton Klassen, Joel D. Montgrand
Director: Ulla Laidlaw
Production Designer: Jessie van Rijn
Sound Designer: Andrew Cohen
Stage Manager: Chantele Fry

The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide
by Sean Graney

Featuring: Aaron Holt, Emilie Leclerc, Julie Leung, Samantha Rose Richard, Sarah Roa, Naomi Vogt, Conor Wylie
Director: Marie Farsi
Production Designer: Jessica Oostergo
Lighting Designer: Brett Willis
Sound Designer: Julie Casselman
Stage Manager: Kate Prefontaine
Assistant Stage Manager: Monica Emme

Tremors Set and Props Builder: Triane Tambay

Introducing Our Intern Artistic Associate: Brian Cochrane

Brian Cochrane is a theatre practitioner living in Vancouver. Recent directing credits include: Speech & Debate (Twenty Something); Love/Stories, The December Man – for which he won a Saskatoon & Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction, East of Berlin (Live Five, Saskatoon); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Guild Hall, Whitehorse); and Home Free! (Staircase Theatre, Vancouver & Victoria). Brian has spent a respectable amount of 2014 performing in The Bomb-itty of Errors (Arts Club and Belfry Theatres, respectively) – a remount of the 2012 show he helped to produce and for which he shares a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. He also wrote rap lyrics for and performs in Delinquent Theatre’s Stationary: a recession-era musical, which will appear in the spring of 2015 in both Barrie and Vancouver. This winter he will be directing Brendan Gall’s Wide Awake Hearts for Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions in Vancouver, and Jordi Mand’s Between The Sheets for Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. He has an MFA in Directing from UBC and a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. Brian is Associate Artistic Producer with Twenty Something Theatre and was the recipient of the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director at the 2014 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

Brian“It’s a real pleasure for me to be joining Rumble Theatre as Intern Artistic Associate. I have admired the company since moving to Vancouver five years ago and look forward to learning all their deepest, darkest secrets – artistic and otherwise! Shadowing the staff here through an entire season will be extremely valuable to me in my own theatrical endeavors. Rumble is a company that really “walks the walk” when it comes to mentorship and this is a perfect time in my own life for this opportunity to emerge. Lately I’ve been busy as a director, performer, and producer of theatre – in the last twelve months I’ve worked in Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, and Saskatoon – and I value the chance to immerse myself in the are where art merges with administration. This fall already looks busy with the Tremors Festival and the first installment of the Living Room series on the horizon. Hopefully I’ll meet you all there!”

Tremors: Why Mentorship?

Mentorship is an integral part of Tremors. Each of the emerging artists involved will have the opportunity to learn from a professional mentor who works in his/her respective artistic discipline. Our mentors (who we will announce shortly!) are all established artists who make their living in theatre. Here, Rumble Artistic Director Stephen Drover explains why mentorship is so important to Tremors and the development of young artists.

When I was in theatre school, I had generous support from my peers and teachers. Now that I’m a professional, I have another fantastic network of colleagues and companies. But there was a time between these two periods when I felt pretty lost: not really getting any work and not having any formal guidance to help me figure out how to start a career, help me figure out my shit. I was always guessing and throwing dice, seeing if I could get the attention of someone who might hire me or at least help me not fuck it up. I think this probably happens to a lot of emerging artists.

I believe that mentorship is the answer. Back in the day, if you wanted to be a carpenter, you first became an apprentice — you hung out with a master carpenter for a while (okay, it was more like a few years), watched him work, asked questions, met people, and figured out your shit so you could eventually get work yourself. Back in the same proverbial day, actors did the same thing.

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22 years old. Scared shirtless and requiring some serious mentorship.

Ideally, mentorship is a sort of crossroads: a place where the protégé can find an introduction to the community that they are trying to join, gain skills, create exciting work and get to know the craft more intimately. For them, it’s a potential bridge to a professional career. But it’s also a place where the mentor can revisit basic theatre ideas, share skills, find new inspiration and support the artists they will soon work with as peers. For them, it can be an inspiring reminder that youthful passion is the key to our art. The best mentorship situation serves both the mentor and the protégé.

Rumble believes in getting emerging and established artists in the same room together: it promotes a vibrant and healthy theatre community, it’s an investment in the future of the art form, and it increases the traffic of young talents and new ideas through our company (thus, inspiring us to make better theatre).

We’re all doing this together. So let’s get together.