New Mythic Works Series

Meet the Team!

 The Playwrights!

Samantha Fraughton

Homeric Hymn of Demeter, Kind Of

Samantha Fraughton is an articling student, who will complete her studies and begin working asa lawyer later this summer. Originally hailing from Fort Saskatchewan, she currently resides in Edmonton on Treaty 6 land. Prior to studying law, Samantha graduated with a BA in drama from the University of Alberta. Some of her recent theatre credits include acting coach for Eurotrumpet’s production of the opera .Gabriel at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe, the role of Princess Fiona in the U of A Faculty of Law’s production of Shrek: Law and Ogre in January

2020, and serving as co-executive director of the Faculty of Law’s 2021 production of Scooby Doo: Long Paw of the Law. Most recently, she has been revising her play Talk Treaty To Me with co-playwright, Theresa Cutknife. In her spare time, Samantha works part time as a model in Edmonton and Calgary.

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Kijo Gatama

Kijo Eunice Gatama is an Edmonton-based theatre performer, actor, clown, dancer, and emerging artistic director. Co-curator and producer of Fear The Festival , a horror film festival centring around elevating explorations by self-identifying members of IBPOC artists, as well as co-founder of Shakespeare’s Hunnies, an emerging artist blog. As a playwright, Gatama is strives to create theatre that explores more Folklore, and  Queer Afro-Canadian experiences and story-telling. She is delighted to have her second go at writing debut with Thousand Faces!

Mango of the Dead

Liam Monaghan

Changeling

Liam Monaghan is a writer, theatre artist, and educator. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre Practice at the University of Alberta, where his research-creation has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Previous productions of his plays include How to Leave (Theatre Outré, Lethbridge), The Boy in the Chrysalis (Queer Acts Festival, Halifax; Hapax Theatre, Victoria Fringe Festival)  and The Compass of Our Longing (New Works Festival, Edmonton). His publications have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Alberta Views Magazine, and Ploughshares. 

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Liam Salmon

Iphigenia

Liam Salmon is an award-winning queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Amiskwakahegan, colonially known as Edmonton, Alberta (They/Them). They are a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting program and their work has been produced across the country. Their work focuses on queer experiences, deconstructing gender, concepts of family, science fiction, horror, and exploring and exploding forms of theatre including classical greek, and interdisciplinary/intermedial forms. Liam was a co-producer of the Alberta Queer Calendar Project during the pandemic, and have been Playwright in Residence at Workshop West since 2020 where they've worked on their youtube-millenial-centric play, Subscribe or Like which was later read as a feature in the 2022 revival of the Springboards New Play Festival. They have worked with Alberta Playwright’s Network as in-room facilitator for the Edmonton chapter of Youthriot, and serve as a regular guest/substitute instructor for the Citadel Young Playwriting Company. Their 10 minute play trilogy - Iphigenia / Clytemnestra / Electra received top awards at the National Newmarket Play Festival across three years, and the Thousand Faces Festival marks the first time Iphigenia will grace Edmonton stages. Liam's upcoming work FAGS IN SPACE will be presented this year at the Edmonton fringe. (Website: salmliam.com

Calla Wright

Sisyphus, Happy

Currently located in Edmonton, Calla holds a BFA in Playwriting from Concordia University in Montreal. Select writing credits include: One Song (co-written with Daniel Belland, Edmonton Fringe 2021) Spiral (Montreal Fringe, 2021) Home Again (The Alberta Queer Calendar Project) Home Again (Short Film, Vicarious Playground Productions, 2020) Witts: Ballad of Queer Cowboys (2017 Ergo Pink Fest, Edmonton Fringe 2019) The Wright Sisters Present: The Wright Brothers (Edmonton Fringe 2019, Saskatoon Fringe 2020) Christmas Play (Dammitammy Productions) One Too Many (Montreal and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, 2017) The Blood Harmonic (We Are One) Pig By Roger (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 2014) and ; the musical (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 2011). She won the 2015 Kit Brennan Playwriting Award for her play The Wind and the Rain, which went on tour to the 2018 Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.

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The Jurors!

Amanda Samuelson

Series Creator, Juror, Dramaturge

Amanda Samuelson is a writer, actor, and producer currently based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton, Alberta. She was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where her passion for theatre began.

She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts BFA program, with a major in Theatre and a minor in Creative Writing. She spent the majority of her time at NYU in the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, where she first discovered her love of playwriting.

Amanda’s plays have received recognition in festivals and competitions locally, nationally, and internationally. Her short plays include Gate D98; My First Greek Sunset; and A Visit. Her full-length play, Pressure, received an honourable mention for Fire Exit Theatre’s Scripts on Fire New Play Competition in 2020. An excerpt of Pressure was read at Workshop West’s Springboards Festival in March, 2022. The full play received a reading at NextFest in June, 2022, and will be produced at the 2022 Edmonton Fringe Festival.

New work development is one of her passions and she is so excited to be a part of this New Mythic Works Series!

Marina Mair-Sánchez (she/her) is an immigrant performer/creator originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, currently residing in amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) colonially known as Edmonton.

Growing up her main mode of artistic expression was dance, she trained in ballet achieving Grades II-VII in the British Royal Academy of Dance system, and competed in national festivals in contemporary dance and jazz across Mexico.

She immigrated to Edmonton to pursue her BFA in Acting degree from the University of Alberta. 

More recently, she has been exploring her artistic expression through creation and writing. She’s interested in theatre that crosses boundaries and blurs the lines between different disciplines while incorporating multiple languages. Examples of her work include “El Funeral” (“The Funeral”) a found space, bilingual, movement-based show which is a celebration of life and death, what it means to be away from those you love in important moments, and how people stay together against unimaginable odds and kilometers away from everything they know.
She has also written a number of short plays including “Rooftop Murmurs,” which was selected as a winner of the inaugural EdmonTEN festival, as well as four of the episodes of the upcoming Nextfest show “What's Next? A Choose-Your-Own-Audio-Journey.”

Juror

Marina Mair-Sanchez

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The Ensemble!

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Jaysel Arroyo

Ensemble Member

Jaysel Ann Arroyo is an emerging Filipina actress and performer based in Edmonton. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Music Theatre Performance at MacEwan University. Her recent works include acting as Romaine Patterson in MacEwan’s production of The Laramie Project and St. Joseph High School’s Murder Inn as Grace Sharp. Jaysel also has 3 years of hiphop training under her belt, performing in United YEG and the KORE Dance Showcase 2022. As an artist, Arroyo strives to be an inspiration to younger generations of the IBPoC community.

 

Jaysel has an adventurous heart with an optimistic outlook, making her a perfect match for the New Mythic Works Series and devised work of the Thousand Faces Festival. She is very excited for the performances and thankful for her loving theatre family.

Angie Bustos

Ensemble Member

Angie Bustos (she/her) is an emerging theatre artist and educator pursuing her BA Drama/BEd combined degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her recent works include acting in ABBEDAM's Botticelli in the Fire as a Chorus member and Archbishop MacDonald high school's The Drowsy Chaperone as Woman in Chair. She also taught as a Faculty Teacher for the Citadel Foote Theatre School acting summer camps and has 3 years of improv experience from Rapid Fire's NAIL and CIG competitions. As a queer Filipino-Chilean woman, Angie wants to promote and uplift more diverse and marginalized voices in the theatre community. 

 

Angie has a particular passion for mythology AND putting up new work and is so excited to be part of Thousand Faces New Mythic Works Series! She hopes to see you there on July 8th and/or 9th :)

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Emma Ryan

Ensemble Member

Emma Ryan (she/her) is an actor, choreographer, and director currently based in Treaty 6 Territory. She is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. 

Other training: Barrow Group Six-Week Professional Acting Program (NYC), Accademia Dell’Arte’s Physical Theatre Intensive (Arezzo, Italy). 

Theatre: Shabby in Rochdale, Evil Tina in She Kills Monsters, Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost in Translation (Studio Theatre), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (University of Alberta), Freewill Shakespeare Puppet Shows ~ Hamlet and Comedy of Errors (Thou Art Here), A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre). Film/TV: Please Hold (dir. Cooper & O’Hara), Markings of Murder (dir. Jarvis Greiner, in post-production)

 

Upcoming: Rachel Corrie in My Name Is Rachel Corrie and directing Pressure by Amanda Samuelson at the Edmonton Fringe Festival 2022!

 

Her goal as an artist is to open conversations and destroy stigmas that have been set and have narrowed our greater understanding.

Zachary Strom

Ensemble Member, Sound Designer

Zachary Strom (he/they) is a queer theatre artist living and working around Alberta. A recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA in Acting program, Zac is a fiend for fearless theatre that challenges the artist and audience alike. He is particularly interested in new and developing plays, as well as collaborative, devised processes in found spaces. Select performance credits include The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary and Hit and Myth Productions), The Lobbyists Performing Ensemble (Azimuth Theatre), The Birds, Dracula, The Secret in the Wings (Studio Theatre), The Glass Menagerie, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mad Forest (University of Alberta), Mary’s Wedding (Shattered Glass Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Primestock Theatre), and Torpor Temper (Art Apart).

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Prudence Olenik

Featured Actor

Long ago and far away, Prudence graduated from STUDIO 58 Theatre School in Vancouver. After working for a couple of years, she took a leave of absence to pursue training in England as a film and television make-up artist. This career has rewarded her with many nominations and awards for her work over the years. To keep her passion for action fed, she has acted in six Walterdale productions …from “HAMLET” to “Jitters” …and a MFA production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” to an Edmonton Fringe Theatre production: “Anal Stage”. Now that she is semi retired, she is looking forward to more play in her original profession of acting.

The Stage Managers!

Galen Hite

Stage Manager

Galen Hite is an Edmonton-based theatre artist and recent graduate of the University of Alberta! Notable recent projects include the Thousand Faces Festival's The Creature In The Dark, Theatre Prospero's Enchanted Antlers, Workshop West’s Springboards Festival, and the production of Hold These Truths presented by the Edmonton Japanese Community Association. He’s very excited to be joining the Mythic Works team for this exciting show. A passionate creative of many interests, Galen also enjoys Tabletop RPGs, creative writing, and playing his guitar. He wants to thank his friends, his family, his plants, his cat Paintbrush, and Google for always being there for him.

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Charlotte Braid

Assistant Stage Manager

Charlotte Braid (she/her) is an emerging Stage Manager in Alberta. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA production Stage Management program and is now splitting her time between Calgary and Edmonton. She is thrilled to be a part of this amazing series and working with such hardworking and fun people. Recent credits include: Stage Manager - Rochdale, Assistant Stage Manager - She Kills Monsters, Stage Manager - Love Labour's Lost (Studio Theatre), Pheadra's Love (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre). She hopes you come see and enjoy these exciting new plays!

The Directors!

Andrew Ritchie

Andrew is a director, theatre maker, improviser, and producer born and raised in Amiskwaciwaskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Currently he is artistic director of Thou Art Here Theatre, an ensemble member with Rapid Fire Theatre, and teaches theatre across the city. He has an MFA in Directing/Creation from York University, BA in Drama from University of Alberta, is a graduate of the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program and the Rosza Arts Management Program. Previously he was the Sandbox Series Coordinator & Theatre School Director at Globe Theatre (Regina, SK) and a co-founder and festival director of the Found Festival (Common Ground Arts). He is thrilled to be part of the Mythic Work Series and his favourite myth is the Blue Mushroom of Glenora!

Sisyphus, Happy ; Iphigenia

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Alix Reynolds

Alix is a director from St. John’s Newfoundland who holds an MFA in directing from the University of Victoria. Founder and Artistic Director of Joint Productions, Alix has had the pleasure to direct shows by Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, and Daniel MacIvor. Recent credits include Robert Chafe’s Isle of Demons, Lucia Frangione’s Leave of Absence, and W.M Downs’ Women Playing Hamlet. She participated in Lunchbox Theatre’s 2019 season as part of the RBC Emerging Directors program as an assistant director for The Pink Unicorn by Elise Forier Edie. Alix has received training from Canadian theatre icons Jillian Keiley, Weyni Mengesha, and AndyJones. She is thrilled to join local Edmonton artists to bring new mythic works to the stage.

Changeling ; Homeric Hymn of Demeter, Kind Of

Lebogang Disele

Lebo Disele is a theatre-maker with a focus in movement, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. She is currently an Artistic Associate at Mile Zero Dance and is a mentee in the Citadel Theatre’s RBC Horizon Emerging Artist Mentorship Program. She recently curated Site/Sight/Place for the Mile Zero Dance Winter Salon. Select performance credits include The Space Between (NextFest 2021, Expanse 2022), The Antidote to Violence as Care (Brandon Wint, forthcoming); All That Binds Us (Azimuth Theatre, 2020) and What (Black) Life Requires (Expanse Festival, 2018). Lebo locates her work within the genre of physical theatre, focusing on interdisciplinary collective creation.

Mango of the Dead

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