Elizabeth Willow, an emerging theatre-maker and past Rumble Student Ambassador, attended our final Living Room of the season. She shares her thoughts on the session with us in this special guest post. Read on for Elizabeth’s take on the risks and rewards of making public theatre about private lives.

Guests at The Living Room - cozy in Rumble's office

Guests at The Living Room making it cozy in Rumble’s office. Photo: Stephen Drover.

Many of us know the feeling: Going to audition after audition, never feeling like any of the work available is quite right for you. No one is telling stories that represent you, compel you, or excite you. What options are left to those of us who feel backed into a corner by the established theatrical enterprises surrounding us? Do we find another path or allow ourselves to sink into despair, knowing that there is nothing else for us but being an artist? A dear friend and director once said to me: “Who cares whether the cart or the horse came first? Fuck it. Let’s be both.”  (more…)

The Living Room – Private = Public: Putting Your Own Story on Stage

Monday, May 15, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
FREE admission; no advance registration required

Living Room - Private v Public cats picInside everyone is a story. And sometimes that story ends up onstage as a one-person show!

But what’s the cost of making a play about your own life? What if you’re not a “playwright” but you have a great story to tell? Where do you find the courage to share your personal secrets?

Come hear guest artists Tetsuro Shigematsu (Empire of the Son) and Emelia Symington Fedy (Motherload), along with moderator Pedro Chamale (co-AD of rice & beans theatre), discuss how they each turned personal history into public theatre.

Tetsuro ShigematsuTetsuro Shigematsu

Tetsuro is an actor, writer, and former CBC radio host. His one-man show Empire of the Son—centred around his relationship with his father—was named the best theatre show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun. It toured across Canada in 2016, including to the National Arts Centre. His newest show, 1 Hour Photo, will premiere at The Cultch in October 2017.



Emelia Symington Fedy

Emelia is an actor, writer, producer and radio freelancer. She produced and co-wrote Motherload, a dark comedy about contemporary parenting that premiered recently at The Cultch. She co-artistic directs the award winning, internationally touring creation-based theatre company, The Chop with Anita Rochon and curates the popular website Emelia is also a creative coach, supporting women in doing what they love for a living – sustainably and her most favorite thing to do is live storytelling. Emelia won Gold medal for Best Social Media Personality and Best Radio Host in 2017 and you can find her on insta and twit @EmeliaSF


Pedro ChamalePedro Chamale

Pedro Chamale is a playwright, performer and the co-Artistic Director of rice & beans theatre. His solo show, Small Town Hoser Spic, is based on his experience growing up as a person of Hispanic descent in a small-town in Northern BC. Small Town Hoser Spic is part of this year’s Uno Fest in Victoria, BC.



The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community building. Each event centres on a specific theme.