Living Room – Babies and Theatre: Balancing A Family and A Career

November 28, 2016, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC

FREE admission

Calling all Emerging Artists: It’s time for another Living Room!

Dog with KittensOur second session of the season will focus on the subject of family. We’ll be asking all the burning questions: Is it possible to start a family and build a career at the same time? Will you ever work again once you’ve had kids? How can arts workers afford to have babies? How does your artistic practice change once you become a parent?

Guest artists Reneltta Arluk (actor, director and Artistic Director of Akpik Theatre in Yellowknife, NT) and Andrew McNee (award-winning Vancouver actor) will discuss how they negotiate family life and work life, how those things overlap, and how having children has affected their craft. The conversation will be moderated by actor, director and playwright Kim Harvey.


Reneltta Arluk

Renellta ArlukRenellta is Dene, Cree and Inuvialuit from the Northwest Territories. A graduate of the BFA-Acting program from the University of Alberta and founder of Akpik Theatre, a professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, being raised in a nomadic environment gave Reneltta the skills to become the artist she is now. For over a decade Reneltta has been part of or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and internationally. She is an actor, writer, director and producer. She is also a new mom to son, Carver.


Andrew McNeeAndrew McNee

Born and raised in Vancouver, Andrew lives with his wife and two boys aged 4 and 6. He tries his best to find a balance between Theatre, film and television, and voice work. Andrew has worked with many local theatre companies including The Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, The Playhouse, Touchstone, Solo Collective, Rumble, Theatre Replacement, and has created his own work with Theatre Melee. He is a graduate of Studio 58.


Kim Harvey


Kim Harvey is from the Tshilqot’in, Syilx, Kutenai, Dakelh and Canada Nations. She is a Director, Writer, and Actor.  She is an alumni of the UBCs BFA Acting program, past theatre highlights include: Rez Sisters, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, The Laurier Memorial, Salmon Row, the Governor General’s Awardwinning play and National Tour of Where the Blood Mixes, and Gordon Tootoosis final show Gordon Winter.  Kim was a co-host on APTN’s First Talk, she’s done voice work with the Healthy Aboriginal Network, and she has worked as a host on the PHSA Aboriginal Health Program’s groundbreaking youth websiteCuystwi.  Kim is currently the Manager of Youth Programs at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  Shes worked on the Mayors Task Force for Mental Health and Addiction and currently sits on the City of Vancouvers Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee.  Kim is currently being commissioned by Western Canada Theatre to write her first full-length play entitled, Kamloopa. 


For the full season of Living Room programming, click here.

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.

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