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.

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