Each year, Rumble Theatre appoints two or three students from local post-secondary theatre training programs to be Student Ambassadors. The ambassadors act as company representatives in their schools, promoting Rumble’s programming to the student body and facilitating awareness of the company’s work to students. In exchange, the ambassadors enjoy a close relationship with Rumble, avail themselves of company resources such as studio/office space and mentorship with Rumble staff. They help us connect with their peers, and we offer them a link to the professional theatre community.
The 2016/17 Student Ambassadors are Tai Amy Grauman (University of British Columbia), Ashley Sutton (Capliano University), and Eddy van Wyk (Simon Fraser University). We look forward to working with these three talented theatre students throughout the season.
Tai Amy Grauman
Tai Amy Grauman is Métis Iroquois from Ardrossan, Alberta. She is currently in her third and final year of the BFA acting program at UBC with a double major in First Nations Studies, and is part of Full Circle First Nations Performance’s ensemble training program. As an artist, she aspires to create and participate in new Indigenous theatre that examines the effects of colonization and how it has directly impacted the seventh generation of Indigenous peoples throughout Canada. Recent credits include The Girl who was Raised by Wolverine (Vancouver Fringe Festival), Woman of Papiyek (Advance Theatre: New Works by Women, Ruby Slippers Theatre) and Indian Acts (Talking Stick Festival).
Currently enrolled in Capilano University’s Arts and Entertainment Management Program, Ashley was Event Assistant for Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival of Emerging Talent (2016). She has also worked with community theatres in the Fraser Valley. Some favourite credits include: Lizzie Monahan in For Better (Langley Players), Holofernes in Loves’ Labor’s Lost (Bard in The Valley), Georgeanne in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Stage 43), and Bella Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers (Langley Players) where she received Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Fraser Valley Zone Festival), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Theatre BC Mainstage), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Community Theatre Coalition).
Eddy van Wyk
Eddy hails from the breathtaking Namibia. Currently, she is in her final year of studies at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts where she is doing a BFA in Theatre Performance. Select past production credits include Ubu Cocu (SFU Fall Mainstage), a devising member of the SFU 2013 Black Box, and Wild State (SFU Fall Mainstage 2016, directed by Maiko Yamamoto). Her training is rooted in Grotowski, having trained closely with Raïna von Waldenburg for four years. She has also studied Clown with Steven Hill, Gina Bastone and David McMurray Smith, and performed clown all summer with The ICC. Her art-making practice investigates decadence, desire, the ugly and the transcendent.
There is no formal application for the Student Ambassador position. Candidates will be identified by the Artistic Director in consultation with current ambassadors. Expressions of interest are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Student Ambassador”.