Curator for Clean Sheets, August 1, and reading in Queerotica, August 7, 2012.
Born, raised and based in Vancouver, C.E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of three books of drama and one book of poetry. His plays, which include Broken, Crossing, Claire, Motifs & Repetitions and People Like Vince, have appeared on stages locally, nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television.
The recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council, he has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Vancouver Playhouse and the Firehall Arts Centre, and Writer-in-Residence at the Berton House Writers’ Retreat in Dawson City, YT. Recent publications include his essay “Notes Towards an Essay on Maria Callas,” originally published in the literary magazine ricepaper, which was anthologized in Best Canadian Essays 2011 (Tightrope Books), and his latest play, Falling in Time which premiered in Vancouver in November 2011 and was published by Winnipeg’s Scirocco Drama in April 2012.
He is currently Artistic Producer of Screaming Weenie Productions, Western Canada’s professional Queer theatre company.
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Audio artist/collaborator Law of Proximity, August 15-18
Composer, improviser, saxophonist – Chris Kelly’s work ranges from the cut and paste electronic scene to large and small jazz ensembles. Frequently appearing in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Kelly is also a staple in the West Coast’s underground Jazz circuit. He writes and performs with numerous groups including, Adios, Hospital, Vancouver New Music, The Now Orchestra and his own ensemble, Little Stitches. He has created the music for MACHiNENOiSY’s, Twister, Little Birds, Self Less, Bamboozled, Vancouver Vs Vancouver, Strange Queen and He was swimming the other way and- most recently, plaything.
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Facilitator for Law of Proximity Dance Workshop, a contact improv performance creation for youth, July 9-August 10
Dancer in MACHiNENOiSY, performing in Law of Proximity, August 15-18
Delia is co-artistic director of MACHiNENOiSY. Her most recent productions include a multimedia-assisted solo, plaything, the 10x10x10 short, Darkened by Clouds and a collaboration with Montpellier choreographer Fabrice Ramalingom, Vancouver Vs Vancouver. Delia has worked as a professional dancer for 18 years. She has been a company member of EDAM since 1997. Delia has performed with MACHiNENOiSY and many others across Canada, and in France, Belgium, Greece, Austria, Germany and Malaysia.
MACHiNENOiSY’s production, Law of Proximity, a community arts production with gay, lesbian, trans-gendered and queer youth, is a reflection of 18 years of committed investigation into the practices of contact dance and improvisation and 7 years of dedicated collaboration with her long time friend and creative partner Daelik.
Delia is stepmother and mother to two beautiful boys. She also works as an actress and teaches yoga and contact dance.
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Facilitator for Face Your Fears, Act Your Aspirations, An Acting Workshop, August 18. Co-presented by Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
Elaine is a professional artist with more than 40 years experience and her practice is interdisciplinary including: solo performance art, community-engaged art, video art, documentary film, experimental and traditional theatre, public art, sound art/music and lens-based art (photography, film and video). Her approach to interdisciplinary, community-engaged art is considered pioneering and she believes in nurturing long-term relationships with the culturally and socially diverse communities she works with, especially integrated groups of multi-barriered youth.
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Actor, Writer, and Director James Fagan Tait is a native of Cornwall, Ontario. He trained at Ryerson Theatre School and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he worked as an actor and director for several years. He also studied theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he worked as an actor and director for four years.
He is one of Vancouver’s busiest actors / writers / directors, creating, directing, and/or performing in shows for numerous professional and community-based companies, including Neworld Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Western Gold, the Vancouver Playhouse, Caravan Farm Theatre, Vancouver Moving Theatre, the Electric Company, Runaway Moon, Bard on the Beach and many others.
James Fagan Tait most recently directed Lucia Frangione’s Fresco for Bella Luna and his own adaptation of The Idiot for Neworld at this years Push Festival. He acted along side Jan Derbyshire in her recent film, Sanity for Beginners, and is thrilled to be participating in the Queer Arts Festival again and with such a lovely group of folks.
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Curator of Queerotica, August 7
Janine has worked as manager at Little Sister’s Bookstore for 17 years, during which time she has fought on the front lines of the store’s epic battle against Canada Customs.
She co-authored Restricted Entry, Censorship On Trial, which chronicles Little Sister’s battle against censorship and discrimination in Canada. Restricted Entry was the 1995 Editors Choice, Lambda Literary Award winner and in 1998, Little Sister’s won the Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada from the Canadian Literary Association in recognition of the leadership shown in promoting and defending the principles of intellectual freedom.
In 2004, Janine was presented with an honorary doctorate degree in Laws from Simon Fraser University, for her “leading role in an historic legal battle against censorship in Canada.” More recently, this author/activist was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame.
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Artist/painter Jeffery Austin Gibson was born and raised in Vancouver. He graduated from Ontario College of Art in 1984 with a BFA. Jeff is presently employed with the Vancouver School Board.
He was President of the Queer Arts Festival from September 2006 until April 2011. Jeff also worked as Treasurer of the Eastside Culture Crawl Board from 2005 to 2010. He is current director at-large for the Screaming Weenie Queer Theatre Company. Jeffery has exhibited in several galleries across Canada in both solo and group exhibitions.
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Kate Bornstein is a performance artist, college & high school lecturer, and advocate for teens, freaks, and other outlaws. After six years in the writing, her new memoir is now available: A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.
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Director of When the Sun Comes Out August 2
Robert McQueen has worked across the United States, Canada and internationally as a director, dramaturge and theatre.
This past season his theatre productions were Adam Guettel’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, which was nominated in the Best Production of a Musical category at Toronto’s 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and Strauss’s final operatic composition CAPRICCIO which he directed for Pacific Opera, Victoria, BC.
Internationally, Robert’s latest work includes direction and dramaturgy of the a new music theatre piece entitled WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP, which had its world premiere at the Chenla Theatre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Along with an orchestra comprised of Cambodian traditional and contemporary musicians, this production brought together a company of actors, singers and dancers from Cambodia and North America. The material was developed and rehearsed both in Phnom Penh and New York City. The production was filmed by the Cambodian Television Network and was aired to 2 million viewers nation wide in that country. In 2009 Robert directed a Tokyo-based creative team and acting company in a Japanese language production of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical CAROUSEL at the Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo.
Recent opera productions include Vancouver Opera’s THE MAGIC FLUTE for which Robert served as director and dramaturge as well as creating the libretto adaptation. The project, developed over a three year period, was a collaboration between a 15 member creative team of Canadian Aboriginal and non-Native visual artists and theatre makers. This production will be remounted by Vancouver Opera in their 2013 season, Additional opera production: LA BOHEME for the Canadian Opera Company, TURANDOT and IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Arizona Opera as well as Associate Direction on FAUST for Cincinnati Opera.
In the commercial theatre Robert was the Associate Director for the Broadway and national touring productions of MAMMA MIA and recently directed the Mexico City and Sao Paulo productions. Additionally, he was Associate to Harold Prince for the national tour of SHOWBOAT.
Regionally, in North America, Robert’s directing assignments have included productions of: I AM MY OWN WIFE, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, HAIR and PAL JOEY.
As a dramaturge Robert has worked on the development of new musicals and operas in both Canada and the US for companies including The O’Neill Centre, Vancouver Opera and the Canadian Opera. Robert has been working with the actor Cynthia Sophiea on the development of her solo piece, EVERYONE HAS TEARS, which had it’s first public performance during Hofstra University’s Day of Dialogue and he recently directed the reading of New York based Asian-American actor/writer Christine Toy Johnson’s new play, INTERNAL BLEEDING.
At the invitation of the NGO Cambodian Living Arts Robert will be returning to Phnom Penh this Fall to lead a workshop in the development of a new production of the traditional performance discipline called Lakhon Yike. Also, in January, Robert will direct Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE in Toronto.
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Facilitator for The Artist in You, a Youth Visual Arts Workshop, August 3 & 4
A long-time visual arts instructor for Arts Umbrella, Roxanne holds a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and is a recipient of the Jason Singh Memorial Award and the Moving Towards Independence Award. Roxanne is a practicing visual artist specializing in ceramics and printmaking. She has exhibited in Vancouver and Australia.
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Visual design artist/collaborator Law of Proximity, August 15-18
Sammy Chien is a Vancouver based interdisciplinary media artist who seeks to merge cinema, sound art, new media and dance performance techniques into a new individual practice. He has studied film at SFU and also developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After learning real-time processing software from Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin), he continues his deep interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and forge deep connections within images, sound and movements. He has collaborated visually, aurally and conceptually in numerous multi-disciplinary projects that have featured across Canada, Western Europe and Asia. Sammy is co-founder/co-artistic director of Chimerik collective.
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Raised in Los Angeles, SD Holman moved to Vancouver in 1986, becoming a professional photo-based artist, photographer and actor. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Holman joined the public art and activism group, the Vancouver Association for Non-Commercial Culture.
Her renowned photo-based work G.I.D. (Gender Identity Disorder or…Girls in Drag) was exhibited at The Helen Pitt International Gallery, the San Francisco Public Library, the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), as well as Studio Q, the Vancouver salon that Holman founded and operated. Most recently, her solo show Stealing Masculinity was exhibited at Gallery Gachet during SWARM 2009.
Holman has shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Roundhouse, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, Fotobase Galleries, Artropolis, and the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, where she was named Favorite Out of Town Artist. Her work has appeared numerous books, including Femme/Butch: New considerations on the way we want to go (Harrington Park Press); Culture and Education (Pearson pub., distributed in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia); The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography (New York, London, Paris) as well as Fusion, which features four Vancouver photographers. Holman is also Artistic Director of the Queer Arts Festival.
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