Meet the Team of “Better Angels: A Parable”

Tremors is one of the highlights of our season. We love working with emerging artists and watching them create art together. We’re thrilled to have such a great group of “emergies” for this year’s shows and want to introduce them to you. So, without further ado, the creative team of Better Angels: A Parable and two of our professional mentors.

Eleanor Felton – Director

Eleanor Felton – Director (Better Angels: A Parable)

Eleanor holds a BA in theatre from TWU. She is a   director, actor, and choreographer. Recent directing credits include: A Good Mother (Pacific Theatre), BroadWHAT?! (Off Key Improv), Eurydice (Plan Z Theatre), and The Taming of the Shrew (Stonesthrow). Upcoming: Salt-Water Moon (Plan Z Theatre), and How to Adult: The Musical (Coffee & Screaming).



Britney Buren – Akosua

Britney Buren as Akosua (Better Angels: A Parable)

Britney Buren – Akosua (Better Angels: A Parable)

Britney Buren is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University and Douglas College. She has performed in various shows upon graduation including One Singular Sensation (Centennial Theatre), The Home Project (Grey Scale), (b)rainstorm (Anvil Theatre), and Oliver! (Theatre Under The Stars).



Julie Disher  – Leila

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Julie Disher – Leila (Better Angels: A Parable)

Julie is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC, where she also studied at The Lee Strasberg Institute. New York stage credits include Debbie in Ed Baker’s Face Divided (American Theatre of Actors, Off-Off-Broadway) and Luciana in The Comedy of Errors (Oxford Shakespeare Company).  Vancouver stage credits include Eurydice (Plan Z Theatre, FringeFest), PullFest (Speakeasy/SUM Theatres), and Beowulf (rEvolver Festival, UpIntheAirTheatre).


Chris Francisque – Greg

Chris Francisque as Greg (Better Angels: A Parable)

Chris Francisque – Greg (Better Angels: A Parable)

A native of St-Hubert, Québec, Chris was always performing as a child. He took theatre throughout grade school and college. After a seven-year hiatus from acting, he was cast in Truth and Reconciliation (Surrey Little Theatre) for which he won the 2015 CTC award for Best Supporting Actor. Less than two years later, Chris has been in three shows, won several awards, and is now performing in his professional theatre debut.



Xin Xuan Song – Stage Management

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Xin Xuan Song – Stage Manager (Better Angles: A Parable)

Originally from China, Xin Xuan Song is a recent grad from SFU’s Theatre Production and Design program. Selected SM credits including: Road Trip (Vancouver Men’s Chorus, 2016), Saudade (Rob Kitsos’ Production, 2015), the SFU production of The Unnatural and Accidental Women (directed by Steven Hill, 2015), The Cold War (directed by DD Kugler, 2014), and ASM on the Presentation House production of Since You Left Us (directed by Amiel Gladstone, 2014).


Sarah Mabberley – Set Design

Sarah Mabberley - Set (Better Angels: A Parable)

Sarah Mabberley – Set Design (Better Angels: A Parable)

A Studio 58 graduate and a Sam Payne Award recipient (Jessie Awards 2015), Select credits include: For set design – Glengarry Glen Ross (Classic Chic), A Doll’s House (Slamming Door), and Seussical The Musical (Tulmud Torah). For sound design – Macbeth (S.R.O), Grease, Live Forever (Studio 58).  For stage management – Kosmic Mambo (Studio 58), Bright Blue Future (Hardline), 3…2…1… (Speakeasy), and The After Party Girls series.


Heather Schmit – Costume Design

Heather Schmit - Costumes (Better Angels: A Parable)

Heather Schmit – Costume Design (Better Angels: A Parable)

Having recently graduated from Capilano University’s Costuming for Stage and Screen program, Heather Schmit is jumping into her career. During her studies she worked on seven theatre and four film productions, and has costume designed Any Night (Pacific Theatre) following her graduation.




Sophie Tang – Lighting Design

Sophie Tang - Lighting (Better Angels: A Parable)

Sophie Tang – Lighting Design (Better Angels: A Parable)

Sophie Tang is a second-year UBC Theatre Production and Design MFA student. She holds a BFA theatre production and design degree from SFU. She enjoys stage design including set design, lighting design and props design. Recent credits: Arabian Nights (lighting designer), Eurydice (associate lighting designer), Bluebeard’s Castle (set designer), The Public (set designer), and Tenant of Wildfell Hall (assistant lighting designer).



Sound Design by Karina Pry

Karina Pry - Sound (Better Angels)

Karina Pry – Sound (Better Angels)

Karina Pry is a composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, sound designer and songwriter. She has studied under local legend Veda Hille, been in a reality TV show, sung with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and written award winning choral music. She graduated from Langara’s digital music production program in 2015 and recently completed scoring her first feature film. This is Karina’s first foray into sound design for stage, and she is thrilled to be involved in this fantastic festival.

Jovanni Sy – Acting and Directing Mentor

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Mentor_Jovanni Sy_Better Angels

Jovanni Sy is a director, playwright, actor, and the artistic director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond.  For Gateway, he has directed Closer Than EverValley Song, and Harvest.  He recently performed at the Firehall Arts Centre in Dead Metaphor.  His play A Taste of Empire will be published by Talonbooks in spring 2017. 



AJ Juliani – Tremors Sound Mentorship 

AJ Juliani - Sound Mentor

AJ Juliani – Sound Mentor (Tremors)

AJ currently makes his living as an actor, singer, composer and sound designer. He has been working at all these disciplines off and on for the last 30 years. He is frequently maimed, disemboweled, crucified and/or dismembered on your favorite locally-shot television programs and films. He most recently appeared on your local stage in Onegin at the Arts Club, and composed/designed for Kidd Pivot/Electric Company’s  internationally touring Bettrofenheit.

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