Co-Workers Meet and Greet

As we gear up for rehearsals for STATIONARY, we are excited to introduce the cast and creative team who will be spending the next few months as employees of “Northern Light Communications”.   One of our largest and most diverse teams yet, we are happy to introduce our new co-workers:  Meaghan Chenosky, Brian Cochrane, Mishelle Cuttler, Kayla Dunbar, Emily Griffiths, Alexander Keurvorst, Claire Hesselgrave, Evan Lamberton, Amanda Larder, Laura McLean, Christine Quintana, Arlen Kristian Tom, and Wladmiro Woyno.

Meaghan Chenosky – MelMeaghan Chenosky originally hails from London Ontario. She moved to Vancouver to attend UBC’s BFA in acting program in 2008. Selected credits include: Molly in Farragut North (Blank Slate) Woman in Bash (Two Planks) Lucy in Pains of Youth (Theatre UBC) Mary of the Secrets in The Madonna Painter (Theatre UBC) Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Theatre UBC). Meaghan is so excited to be a Delinquent!
Brian Cochrane – Rap Lyricist, BradBrian is thrilled to be a part of the STATIONARY team! He has an MFA in Directing from UBC, a BFA in acting from U of S, and spent many formative years playing in the band Carbon Dating Service. Recently he co-produced and performed in The Bomb-itty of Errors (Temporary Thing/Twenty Something Theatre), and is assistant director on King John at Bard on the Beach this summer.
Mishelle Cuttler – Composer, Music Director, AnnaMishelle is an actor and composer with a great love for novelty instruments.  Composition credits include: Romeo & Juliet (Theatre at UBC), The Verona Project (Pacific Theatre).  Select acting credits: Aesop’s Fables (Carousel), The Good Woman of Setzuan (Seven Tyrants), Wild Honey (Theatre at UBC).  Mishelle has a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia.
Kayla Dunbar – ChoreographerKayla is delighted to be choreographing a new work with such a fabulous group of delinquents. She is a Vancouver based actor, choreographer and teacher. Past acting credits include: High Society, Hairspray (Arts Club), Hello Dolly (RCMT), A Year With Frog and ToadThe Wizard of Oz (Carousel Theatre), The Crucible, 1984, The Comedy of Errors, Secret in the Wings (Studio 58), West Side Story, 42nd Street (RCMT), Oliver! (Playhouse), Grease, Annie (TUTS), and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Blockhead Productions). Kayla is a recent graduate of Studio 58 where she was the choreographer of the highly acclaimed new musical The Park.
Emily Griffiths – Stage ManagerEmily Griffiths has recently completed her BA in Honours Theatre from UBC. Emily specializes in sound design, stage management, and devised theatre. Recent credits include At First I Thought It Was… (B.C. Buds Festival, Walking Fish Festival), PARTS (Honours Thesis), Capital, Alice! (lucid dream productions), Wild Honey (UBC) and Far Away (UBC). Catch Emily again as assistant director and sound designer for ITSAZOO’s production of Mojo this August.
Alexander Keurvorst – AidenAlexander Keurvorst is thrilled to be back with Delinquent Theatre. Other good times he’s had with Delinquent have included Melchior in Spring Awakening (2009) and Beethoven in Dog Sees God (2008). Other recent credits include the titular Macbeth (UBC Theatre) and Ferdyschenko in The Idiot (Neworld). Alexander is entering his final year of the BFA Acting Program at UBC. He would like to thank his family, friends, partners and roommates for dealing with an artist during the recession.
Evan Lamberton – MusicianA native Vancouverite and currently a student at the University of Toronto, Evan studies under internationally renowned Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston. Passionate about chamber music, Evan was a member of the prize-winning Trio Gusto with pianist Seulky Amy Lee and violinist Henry Liao. Evan hopes to pursue a career as an orchestral cellist.
Amanda Larder – Set Design
Laura McLean – DirectorLaura is a Director, Stage Manager and Co-Artistic and Managing Director of Delinquent Theatre. Previous directing credits with Delinquent Theatre include Dog Sees God, Spring Awakening and Oh My God. Last summer Laura co-created and directed Party This Weekend with The House Party Collective. Laura has also been known to be backstage stage managing at Pacific Theatre, Presentation House Theatre, or Arts Umbrella. She has her BFA in Theatre Production and Design from UBC.

Claire Hesselgrave – Britta
After years of admiring the delinquents, Claire is honoured to be a part of the STATIONARY team. Originally from Vashon Island, Washington, she has been living in Vancouver for the last five years where she received her BFA in Acting from UBC. Claire recently drove across the country for the first time with Green Thumb Theatre and has mastered the skill of reading in a moving vehicle. Selected credits include: 500 Words (Green Thumb), Lost in Place (Alley Theatre), Wild Honey, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Madonna Painter (Theatre at UBC).
Christine Quintana – Book and Lyrics, LizzieChristine drank many cups of coffee, ate many coffeeshop muffins, and chewed many pencils in the writing of STATIONARY.  When not being an anxious playwright, Christine is an actor.  Selected credits include The Wizard of Oz and Seussical the Musical with Carousel Theatre, the LEAP Reading Series for the Arts Club Theatre Company, and The Madonna Painter and Wild Honey at Theatre at UBC.  Christine holds a BFA in Acting from Theatre at UBC in one hand, and a cup of coffee in the other.
Arlen Tom – MusicianGeneral labourer by day, writer/ wannabe rockstar by night, Arlen is no stranger to the stage.  He was a contributing writer to the original site specific show Party This Weekend and is a member of the band Times Rival.  His new show, The Best, Man will be part of this year’s Vancouver International Fringe Festival.
Wladmiro Woyno – Lighting DesignWladimiro A. Woyno R. is a Vancouver based set, lighting and projection designer for live performance. He is interested in the dramaturgical powers of scenography, and passionate about incorporating new technologies into the theatrical tradition. Other design credits include Burnt by the Sun (United Players), Problem Child and The End of Civilization (Theatre@UBC) Thane of My Existence (Thane Malabar), 10x10x10 (Vancouver Dance Centre), Figment (ButterDragon Productions) Try Me, Good King (Songfire Theatre) Love/Stories(Kinetichism Theatre), Wild Honey (Theatre @UBC), Dead Man’s Cellphone (Theatre@UBC). http://wawr.ca

Workshops: Everything and Nothing Like SMASH

Okay, we’ll admit it.

We’re a little obsessed with NBC’s ‘hit’ show SMASH.  Ridiculous?  Absolutely.  Entertaining?  No doubt.  We’re not sure in what universe untrained Iowan ingenues book Broadway shows, professional stage managers allow actors to frolic freely out of rehearsal mid-number, or directors re-imagine a classic musical theatre show as an awful auto-tune dance striptease, but you know what?  Strip away the soap opera melodrama and unlikely storylines, and you have a story about a group of people working their guts out to put a new piece of theatre on stage, and we know a thing or two about that.

For the last month and a bit, the Delinquents have been workshopping the new material for STATIONARY: a recession-era musical.  Through 2 full-day workshops, we learned and orchestrated new musical numbers, and read through the script.  Inviting a few friends for dramaturgical advice, we did full readthroughs with music to get a sense of how the show is coming together.  Though regrettably bereft of infidelity, anaphalactic shock and spontanous auto-tune music numbers (a la Smash), we’ve had an incredible time putting it all together.  Our real-life workshop bore a few similaries to its TV counterpart: the creative team begging the playwright for new material, or the electric moment of seeing that tricky number come together in just the right way.

STATIONARY’s new material is inspired by everything from indie-rock to 1920s jazz, Jason Robert Brown and more.  The STATIONARY cast has already shown incredible enthusiasm, musicianship and vocal prowess (not to mention a wicked sense of humor).  We are so excited to start rehearsals in a few short weeks.  Huge thanks to Carousel Theatre and Pacific Theatre for sponsoring our workshops!

In keeping with our regrettable hipster tendencies, most of the pictures from the workshop were from Instagram.

Watch this space in the weeks to come for sneak peeks at the show and reports from the rehearsal hall. Though we’re fairly certain actors Meaghan Chenosky and Erin Palm won’t be having a sing-off in a hotel room, or that Stage Manager Emily Griffiths won’t get side-tracked making smoothies for the actors, we know that in theatre – as on the small screen – anything is possible.