The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for theatre artists to engage on topics that are important to our theatre community. Each event is centred around a specific theme. Rumble invites all artists to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community-building. It’s a great opportunity to connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment.
May 4, 2020: Interior Design
For the first time you can join our Living Room from your living room! In this time of social distancing, we’re taking our next session online for a community Zoom meet-up. We’ll be talking about design with found materials, puppets, and more with our special guests Shizuka Kai and Robert Leveroos.
Monday, May 4, 2020, from 7:30pm – 9pm
FREE Event but please RSVP so we can send you the meeting link – Click here to register
Tech required: Internet access, plus a computer or other device (e.g. phone, iPad). Headphones are recommended.
Guest Artist Biographies
Shizuka Kai is a Vancouver-based artist known for her puppet work and set design. She’s also a trained puppeteer, mask & props maker, painter, illustrator, costume designer, and director. She has worked with many established theatre companies including Rumble, Arts Club, Neworld, Théâtre la Seizième, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Electric Company, Axis, Boca del Lupo, Itsazoo, and many others. Shiz is a three-time Jessie Richardson Award winner with several nominations, the recipient of the Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship and Bill Millerd Artist Fund, and a graduate of Studio 58. Earlier this year, you may have seen her designs in Straight White Men (Itsazoo/Gateway), Peter Pan or House at Pooh Corner (CTYP).
Shiz was hailed by theatre critic Colin Thomas as “an emerging star of theatrical design”. Currently in development is her own table-top puppet show Otosan, inspired by Shiz’s real-life experiences living with a father who is a wildlife videographer.
Robert Leveroos is a multidisciplinary artist and insatiable tinkerer. Using elements of live art, animation, and handmade objects, he aims to strike imaginations and skew perceptions by exploring worlds where weight is given to the minute, the understated and overlooked to uncover something recognizably human. Under the moniker macromatter, Robert creates original performance pieces for all ages that have been presented in festivals and venues locally and otherwise. He also collaborates as a performer and scenographer with a number of Vancouver and Canadian companies. For ten years he trained with The Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal (acting 2008). He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts.
The Living Room is co-produced by the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.