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New Plays by Studio 58 Students 

Live at Studio 58 
March 27-April 7, 2024

Studio 58 students are skilled in areas other than acting and production – they're also playwrights! FourPlay presents four original one-act plays, written by Studio 58 students. This festival showcases the next generation of contemporary playwrights. 

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Program A

Pretty Girls
By Sewit Eden Haile

“It’s way easier for them if we hate ourselves.” 

Charlie, Willow and Evie are a tight-knit friend group of teenage girls. As Willow struggles more and more with an eating disorder, she becomes disconnected from her friends, her family and even reality. The girls are followed around by a backstabbing and cruel Greek chorus. Pretty Girls is an edgy, witty and surreal exploration of suffocating beauty standards.  

Content advisories: eating disorders; coarse language; references to dead animals, blood and suicide

In alphabetical order by character:

Annie/Chorus #3 – Lucy Jeffery (they/she)
Charlie – Yorlene Bernido (she/her)
Evelyn – Ella Wood (she/her)
Lindsay Lohan's Ghost/Ballet Teacher – Alyson Vance (she/her)
Mom/Chorus #2 – Emma Abbott (she/her)
Policewoman/Chorus #4 – Carol Chu (she/her)
Willow – Jenna Leigh (she/her)
Willow's Mind/Chorus #1 – Philippa Ryder (they/she)

Director – Jamie King
Dramaturg – Lauren Taylor
Stage Manager – Starlynn Chen*
Set Designer – Ryan Cormack
Costume Designer – Lou Marshall*
Costume Design Mentor – Alaia Hamer
Head of Wardrobe – Sarah Sosick
Lighting Designer – Celeste English
Sound Designer – Kady Yeung*
Sound Design Mentor & Audio Engineer – Kate De Lorme
Props Designer – Stephanie Barclay

*Current student in Studio 58's Production Program.

Gillty as Fin
By Terrence Zhou and Caylen Creative

“Putting the killer in the whale.”  

Orca has been wrongfully accused of killing his best friend Salmon and is on trial in the Coral City Courthouse. He’ll need all the support he can get from his slimy lawyer, Tiger Shark, and frank friend Rockfish. Can Orca save his reputation and restore balance in the underwater ecosystem? This hilarious and campy musical follows his trial full of surprise twists! 

Content advisory: A reference to drug use

In alphabetical order by character:

Bailiff/Salmon – Yorlene Bernido (she/her)
Judge – Sewit Eden Haile (she/her)
Newsfish/Penguin – Jenna Leigh (she/her)
Orca the Whale – Philippa Ryder (they/she)
The Prosecutor/Movement Coordinator – Alyson Vance (she/her)
Pufferfish – Ella Wood (she/her)
Rockfish – Lucy Jeffery (they/she)
Sea Turtle – Carol Chu (she/her)
Tiger Shark – Emma Abbott (she/her)

Director – Leslie Dos Remedios
Musical Director, Compositional Collaborator & Show Musician – Holly Collis Handford
Dramaturg – Lauren Taylor
Stage Manager – Starlynn Chen*
Set Designer – Ryan Cormack
Costume Designer – Stefanie Lott*
Costume Design Mentor – Alaia Hamer
Head of Wardrobe – Sarah Sosick
Lighting Designer – Celeste English
Sound Designer – Kady Yeung*
Sound Design Mentor & Audio Engineer – Kate De Lorme
Props Designer – Stephanie Barclay

*Current student in Studio 58's Production Program.


Program B

Panty Sniffers
By Jenna Leigh

“We can’t sell them if they smell like nothing.” 

Two broke college roommates, Mia and Blake, need a way to pay their rent as the cost of living soars. As a last resort, they try selling their used panties online. This comes to the chagrin of their conservative landlord and Mia’s controlling, trust fund boyfriend. This comical play breaks down stereotypes about sex work as Mia and Blake scrape together a life for themselves.  

Content advisories: sex work, alcohol use

In alphabetical order by character:

Blake – Brynna Drummond (she/her)
Christina – Danica Kobayashi (she/her)
Mark – Filip Fufezan (he/him)
Mia – Marianna Zouzoulas (she/her)

Director – Deb Williams
Dramaturg – Lauren Taylor
Stage Manager – Starlynn Chen*
Set Designer – Ryan Cormack
Costume Designer – Lou Marshall*
Costume Design Mentor – Alaia Hamer
Head of Wardrobe – Sarah Sosick
Lighting Designer – Celeste English
Sound Designer – Kady Yeung*
Sound Design Mentor & Audio Engineer – Kate De Lorme
Props Designer – Stephanie Barclay
Intimacy Director – Lisa Goebel
Fight Director – Mike Kovac

*Current student in Studio 58's Production Program.

Fly, Love
By Yorlene Bernido

“Don’t be gentle with me. I am capable and strong.” 

Allie is a teenage girl living with a rare genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Her world is suddenly turned upside down when her mom hires Maya, a full-time Filipina caregiver. And on top of that, Allie must attend public school for the first time in her life where she is separated from her closest supporters. Allie explores these life changes through her vivid imagination, where she meets a forest full of animals who help her gain confidence. 

Content advisories: Depictions of drowning and death

In alphabetical order by character:

Allie – Olivia Manojlovic (she/her)
Amanda – Kathryn Kerby (she/they)
Chick – Michelle Avila Navarro (she/her)
Dove – Marielle Ortinez (she/her)
Maya – Abigail Padilla (she/her)*

*Guest Artist

Director – Anjela Magpantay
Dramaturg – Lauren Taylor
Stage Manager – Starlynn Chen*
Set Designer – Ryan Cormack
Costume Designer – Stefanie Lott*
Costume Design Mentor – Alaia Hamer
Head of Wardrobe – Sarah Sosick
Lighting Designer – Celeste English
Sound Designer – Kady Yeung*
Sound Design Mentor & Audio Engineer – Kate De Lorme
Props Designer – Stephanie Barclay
Fight Directors – Nathania Bernabe and Jackie T. Hanlin

*Current student in Studio 58's Production Program.


Creative Team

Jamie King Director, Pretty Girls

JJamie-King.pngamie King is a director, producer and dramaturg born and raised on the sunshine and rain of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially: Vancouver. As a director, they have been found working in forests, fields, basements, bank vaults, haunted pubs, daycares, gyms, converted butcher shops and a bunch of theatres. Previously at Studio 58, they have directed Blue Stockings and Can We Fix It (Risky Nights). Some directing highlights: Sunrise Betties for Itsazoo Productions; As You Like It for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan; The Legend of Georgia McBride for Arts Club Theatre Company; What If? for Green Thumb Theatre; SYSTEM FAILURE, The Fleetwing Fables and SPARAGMOS for Caravan Farm Theatre; Big Sister at The Cultch; The Wolves and LOVE/SICK at Pacific Theatre and Bull for Rumble Theatre. Jamie is the current Associate Producer for Theatre Replacement. For more information about their work visit jamiekinghere.com

Sewit Eden Haile Playwright, Pretty Girls

SewitEdenHaile_Headshot.JPGSewit Eden Haile (she/her) is an emerging artist and now officially, playwright! She lives in Burnaby with her lovely family, on the unceded lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. Sewit is in her fifth semester at Studio 58 and will be graduating in the fall. Her Studio 58 credits include: Ruby/Playwright (Risky Nights, The Raft), Mother (Blood Wedding) and Cinderella’s Stepmother (Into the Woods). Outside of Studio 58, she’s written and performed in One of a Kind at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and written for Momentum 180. She enjoys incorporating movement and music into her work. Pretty Girls is very special to Sewit and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she’s enjoyed writing it these past few months. 

Leslie Dos Remedios Director, Gillty as Fin

Leslie-Dos-Remedios.jpgOriginally from the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca and the Mississauga of the Credit (aka Toronto), she is a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58 (2012). Leslie's most recent directing credits include: Before They Cut Down Our Tree (J to K Productions), For Now (Green Thumb Theatre) and Leila Roils the Sea (Ruby Slippers, Advance Theatre Festival). They also completed a directing apprenticeship with Bard on the Beach assistant directing with Daryl Cloran on As You Like It. Up next, Leslie looks forward to making their Bard on the Beach acting debut in Measure for Measure. It’s been an honour to be part of a new generation of directors and mentors here at Studio 58 - we hope you enjoy the show! 

Terrence Zhou Playwright, Gillty as Fin

Terrence-Zhou.jpgTerrence Zhou (he/him) is a Chinese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist raised in Fort St. John, BC, located on the traditional lands of the Dane-zaa First Nations within Treaty 8. Terrence is a recent graduate of Studio 58, so you may recognize him from previous productions such as Blood Wedding, The Tempest, The Kitchen and A Chorus Line. Since discovering a love for showtunes in high school, Terrence never expected to make a playwrighting debut of his own (along with his friend and colleague, Caylen Creative). After spending some time studying a degree in biology, Terrence decided to use this knowledge to fuel an idea for a musical based on a pun. Terrence hopes you enjoy the wonderful work put into FourPlay and Gillty as Fin! 

Deb Williams Director, Panty Sniffers

Deb-Williams.jpegDeb Williams is an award-winning actor, playwright, producer and comedienne, working across Canada and the world for over 35 years. Deb is one of the co-creator/stars of the 5 Mom’s the Word plays, enjoyed by nearly 2 million people in 19 countries and 14 languages. Deb is a co-founder and the Artistic Producer of The Flame, Vancouver’s premiere storytelling event just wrapping up its 15th season. Deb proudly graduated from Studio 58 and is a community organizer, creating art, festivals and celebrations wherever she lives. For 15 years, Deb has been a personal storytelling teacher, coach, facilitator and consultant, supporting nearly 1000 tellers of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, cultural identities, and mental and physical abilities as they find their voice and share entertaining and meaningful stories from their fascinating lives. 

Jenna Leigh Playwright, Panty Sniffers

Jenna-Leigh.jpgJenna is an actor and writer living and working on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

Previously, you might have seen her in Studio 58 productions such as Florinda in Into the Woods or as a proud co-creator/actor in the Risky Nights production of Girlhood 4 Dummies. She’s a graduate of the theatre diploma program at Vancouver Island University where she acted in the quirky play William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead.  

As a writer, her one-act play I Feel Everything premiered at the 2021 New Waves Festival with Western Edge Theatre in Nanaimo. She’s elated to have her second play, Panty Sniffers, debut at Studio 58’s FourPlay where she hopes to spark laughter and conversations.  

She’d like to thank her family for their ongoing support, particularly her parents, who endured many “I don’t know if I can do this!” phone calls. Love you all! 

Anjela Magpantay Director, Fly, Love

Anjela-Headshot.jpgAnjela is a first generation Canadian, originating from the Philippines. She is an actor, director, instructor, producer and a clown. She has worked internationally as performer and collaborator in Hong Kong, the UK and across Canada. She is the first recipient of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s Emerging Directors Program award, allowing her to further develop as an emerging director under the mentorship of Amiel Gladstone, Bobby Garcia and Meg Roe. Assistant directing credits include the world premieres of Kuroko (vAct), Farm to Fable (the Cultch), Bad Parent (vAct, PTE, Soulpepper) and other shows such as Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club) and Beneath Springhill (Arts Club, Neptune Theatre). Select directing credits include Happy Valley (rice & beans theatre) and Deep Fried: A Pinoy Musical (in development with Kabayan Collective). She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University in Theatre Performance. Anjela is based on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Yorlene Bernido Playwright, Fly, Love

Yorlene-Bernido.jpegYorlene Bernido is a theatre artist born and raised in the Philippines and an immigrant on the unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Currently a fifth term acting student at Studio 58, her most recent projects include: Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother and Puppeteer), Blood Wedding (Second Woodcutter), Risky Nights The Raft (Dominique) and Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s One of a Kind (Ensemble). She is dedicated to devising and has a strong passion for writing, acting, design and music composition. Yorlene has a mission to make a difference in the world by creating new and authentic stories to empower underrepresented voices.

 
Holly Collis Handford Musical Director, Compositional Collaborator & Show Musician, Gillty as Fin

Holly-Collis-Handford.pngHolly Collis Handford (she/her) is an actor and music director hailing from the Cowichan Valley. She has composed music for Curious Creations Theatre (Waiting For Garbo), Wandering Wagon (Juggle Me Not), Six/Ten (The Last Jubilee), the University of British Columbia (Dream Play, Isle dell’Arte, The Croc, the Witch and the Elevator), National Theatre School’s Art Apart (Papa Records Everything) and Short Film Lab (Late Bloomer, Nailing the Interview). Recent acting credits include Axis Theatre (The Troll Grandfather), White Rock Players' Club (Pride and Prejudice) and Renegade Arts (Once). Holly has a BFA in Acting from UBC and an ARCT in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She can be found performing regularly at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. 

Lauren Taylor Dramaturg

Lauren-Taylor2.pngLauren (she/her) is a director and dramaturg born on Warundjeri traditional lands (Melbourne, Australia), grateful to be here as an uninvited settler guest on unceded Coast Salish lands. 

Lauren has worked with Studio 58 as a Director on TomorrowLove and as Dramaturg for Six of One: New Play Festival. She specializes in new work directing and development. Other recent credits: Birds and the Bees, Arts Club Theatre (director); Kindred, Belfry Theatre; Lights (dramaturg), C’mon Angie (director), Touchstone Theatre; UBC Adjunct Professor, Dept. Film and Theatre. Lauren has worked on over 50 new plays, including for the Banff Centre, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre and Royal Court, and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab (new play development). It has been an absolute dream working with the playwrights on FourPlay - I hope you enjoy the evening! 

Starlynn Chen Stage Manager

Starlynn-Chen_FourPlay_Web.jpgStarlynn Chen (she/her) is an emerging costume and set designer, stage manager and a third-year Production Program student at Studio 58. She is thrilled to be stage managing FourPlay and delighted to learn from this fabulous team! 

Recent credits: Design Assistant for Father Tartuffe: An Indigenous Misadventure (Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre); Apprentice Designer for Community Creates 2024 (Arts Club); Assistant to the Set Designer for Blood Wedding (Studio 58); and Education Production Assistant for Bard Education (Bard on the Beach).  

Starlynn was the recipient of 2023 BC Arts Council Scholarship, 2023 David Pritchard Stage Management Scholarship and 2023 Boca del Lupo’s SLaM Program Bursary.  

She is grateful to the very supportive faculty and to her cohort and would like to acknowledge that she is fortunate to be able to live, learn and work on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People. 

Starlynn loves doing crafts, miniature models, singing, dancing and laughing with friends and family. 

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Ryan Cormack Set Designer

Ryan-Cormack.jpgRyan is a graduate of Queen’s University and studied set and costume design at the National Theatre School of Canada. Design credits include: The Last Wife (United Players); OZ (CTYP); Yaga, Mamma Mia! (Touchstone); A Shakesperience (Bard on the Beach); Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (DSDM); If/Then, Bring It On! (QMT); Christina, The Girl King (5th Co). Assistant Designer: Done/Undone, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Julius Caesar (Bard on the Beach); Kinky Boots, Forgiveness (Arts Club); The Jungle Book (ATP); Actually, The Great Divide (Harold Green/Obsidian). 

Lou Marshall Costume Designer, Pretty Girls and Panty Sniffers

Lou-Marshall.jpegOriginally from Treaty 6 Territory (or Edmonton, Alberta) Lou Marshall is proud to be a student designer in their final year in Studio 58’s Production Program. 

Lou has been fortunate to work closely with experienced costume designers at Studio 58 on productions including A Chorus Line (2023), The Tempest (2023) and Into the Woods (2024). They’re thrilled to continue to work in the world of costumes this term as one of two student Costume Designers for FourPlay, and they look forward to the fall, when they will stage manage a mainstage show.

Stefanie Lott Costume Designer, Gillty as Fin and Fly, Love

Stefanie-Lott.jpgStefanie Lott was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and is a current student in Studio 58’s Production Program. She left her career full of spreadsheets and business suits to follow her dream of working in theatre production, specifically in costuming and lighting. She is privileged to work, learn and grow on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Recent theatre credits include: Assistant to the Costume Designer (Blood Wedding, Studio 58), Set Crew Head (The Kitchen, Studio 58), Lighting Crew Head (A Chorus Line, Studio 58) and Lighting Designer (Or Festival, 2023).

Alaia Hamer Costume Design Mentor

Alaia-Hamer_Headshot.jpgAlaia is a Vancouver theatre designer originally from the Gulf Islands. Recent projects she has worked on include costume design for Million Dollar Quartet, The Cull, Beneath Springhill, The Birds and the Bees (Arts Club); The East Van Panto (The Little Mermaid); HMS Pinafore, Carmen Up Close and Personal (Vancouver Opera); costume design for Beautiful Man (PI Theatre); assistant costume design for Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanaus, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); set design for God Said This (Pacific Theatre); and Seventeen (Western Gold). She has worked on a variety of smaller shows throughout Vancouver and has a passion for costuming dance. Alaia is a graduate of the UBC Theatre Design program in 2017 and holds an English literature degree from 2012. 

Sarah Sosick Head of Wardrobe

Sarah-Sosick.pngSarah Sosick (she/her) is thrilled to be back at Studio 58 for this production of FourPlay! Costume design: Maps of Utopia (the frank theatre). Assistant costume design: East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Replacement), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Gateway Theatre), Stupid F*cking Bird (The Search Party), Starwalker (Urban Ink), The Kitchen (Studio 58). Head of wardrobe: How Black Mothers Say I Love You (the frank theatre). Sarah also works as the rentals coordinator and a dresser for Bard on the Beach. For film, Sarah has worked on productions such as Fakes season one (Netflix) and Creepshow season four (Shudder). She holds a BFA from the University of Lethbridge in Technical Theatre and Design. 

Celeste English Lighting Designer

Celeste-English.JPGCeleste English is a lighting designer from Vancouver, BC. Recent design credits include: Made in Italy (Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Arts Club Theatre, Theatre Aquarius); A Tiny Christmas Carol (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Miracle on 34th Street (Theatre Northwest); The Virtual Full Light of Day (Electric Theatre Company); OW, Bloom (Mascall Dance). Assistant Design credits include: The Burnt City (Punchdrunk); Kleptocracy (Arena Stage); Shakespeare in Love, The Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach). She holds a BFA from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and an MA from the University of the Arts London. 

Kady Yeung Sound Designer

Kady-Yeung.jpgKady Yeung is an emerging artist and a final year student in Studio 58’s Production Program. Growing up she had a variety of musical and performing training (piano, ballet, choir and more) and eventually found her love in theatre and production, especially in stage management and sound design. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she moved to Vancouver in 2021 to pursue her dreams and tell stories. She is more than grateful and excited to make her sound design debut in Studio 58 and holds even more gratitude to be able to share her art on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Kate De Lorme Sound Design Mentor Sound Design Mentor & Audio Engineer

Kate-De-Lorme.jpegKate De Lorme is a sound artist, audio engineer and theatrical production manager from the Okanagan - currently living on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ peoples, aka Vancouver, BC. 

Kate’s work integrates immersive spatial sound landscapes, technology and sound healing. She graduated from UBC in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Design and Production and has a certification in Audio Engineering. Kate has been working in sound design since the age of 16. As a professional sound designer, her work has been primarily in live performance with a large focus on contemporary dance. Kate’s designs are inclusive of high caliber recording and editing, composition, programming, live mixing and interactivity.  

Kate is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Lobe Spatial Sound Studio in Vancouver.

lobestudio.ca
katedelorme.com

Stephanie Barclay Props Designer

Stephanie-Barclay.jpgStephanie (she/her) is a prop builder and stage manager based in Vancouver. She is a graduate from Capilano University and UBC, where she has a degree in production and design for theatre. Stephanie has a soft spot for musical theatre kick lines, puppets and wacky theatre shows. Upcoming 2024 credits include: Mary Poppins (RCMT), Finding Nemo Jr. (CTORA), Cats (TUTS) and School of Rock (TUTS). Selected credits include: The Wizard of Oz (CTORA), Little Shop of Horrors (ACTC), Matilda (TUTS), The Prom (TUTS), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (ACTC), Something Rotten! (TUTS), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bard on the Beach) and Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach). Check out @propsbysteph to see more of Stephanie's work! Enjoy the show! 

Lisa Goebel Intimacy Director, Panty Sniffers

Lisa-Goebel.jpgLisa is an interdisciplinary artist working as an actor, choreographer, intimacy director and producer. She completed her Intimacy Certification through Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and as an intimacy director she has worked with companies including Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, The Firehall Arts Centre, Gateway Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Touchstone Theatre and Urban Ink. Upcoming: Movement Consultant for Red Velvet (Arts Club), Intimacy Director for Sexy Laundry (Arts Club). Lisa is a graduate of Studio 58. 


Staff & Faculty

Artistic Director (on leave) – Courtenay Dobbie (she/her)
Interim Aristic Director – David Hudgins (he/him)
Technical Director – Kevin MacDonald (he/him)
Assistant Technical Director – Will Dettlaff (he/him)
Production Manager – Ruth Bruhn (she/her)
Communications and Marketing Manager – Halla Bertrand (she/her)