How do you build a relationship with someone you have nothing in common with? Rel8shun addresses ideas of love, family, and of friendship. Like “The Big Bang”, Jeff and Tyson are roommates with very little in common. Rel8Shun brings you on an emotional roller-coaster allowing you to wonder about your own relationships and what you are willing to sacrifice to have them.
Jessica Casselman is new to the Calgary theatre scene, and is thrilled to be a part of this years Artists' Collective fringe productions of Rel8shun and The Apple Kingdom. She is excited to be working with such an amazing group of people, and could not be more thankful for the opportunity. She hopes you enjoy the shows! Jessica held the position of Stage Manager.
Troy Collier is a Calgary-born playwright, actor, and award-winning director. He is currently completing his final year of a BFA at the University of Calgary. Selected credits include: Threepenny Opera, A Slight Ache (U of C), In Burnt Sepia (Calgary One Act Festival, Winner: Outstanding Technical Merit), and Ziploc Bags (Winner Outstanding Director and Technical Merit). Up next for Troy are projects with both Theatre BSMT and Artists’ Collective Theatre. Troy would like to thank Amanda for providing such a wonderful opportunity and the cast and crew for working just as hard they play. Thank you. Troy held the position of Assistant Director.
Amanda Liz Cutting is happy to bring the one act version of Rel8shun to Calgary. Selected credits include Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Macbeth (1st Witch), Rumors (Chris), Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Under Milk Wood (9 Characters), Until the Glass Stops Working (Gillian) and a Poker Girls webisode. Recently she finished portraying Clair in Rel8Shun. She recently had the honour of directing a bunch of talented artists in Morpheus Theater's production of The Diary of Anne Frank, and as well is assistant director of the 2013 Fringe production of The Apple Kingdom with Artists' Collective Theatre. She is a Mount Royal University Graduate in Theatre Arts. Amanda held the position of Director and is the Co-Playwright of Rel8shun.
Tanner d'Esterre is an Alberta born actor who has had the great honor and privilege of traveling this great country of ours to appear on both stage and screen. This is Tanner's first time appearing at the Calgary Fringe Fest, but this will be his third time playing the role of Tyson in Rel8Shun. Select credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, ARMY360, and WITforce. Tanner hopes you enjoy taking the journey of Rel8Shun as much as he has had helping to bring it to life! Tanner played the role of Tyson.
Duane Jones is happy to be back playing the role of Jeff, having played him twice last year. This past spring, Duane was seen in Grandad was a Soldier with Scorpio Theatre, and this fall he will be back with the Scorpio gang in Pastoral Paranoia. Duane would like to thank everyone, everywhere for doing whatever it is they do, but more specifically for you reading this because it means you are here to see this show! Duane played the role of Jeff.
An actor, writer and aspiring director Jason has been involved in the Calgary Theatre scene since moving to Calgary in 2004. Acting credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob), The Odd Couple (Murray), and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Prof. Pillar). Prior to moving to Calgary Jason was a founding member of Unidentified Flying Actors, an improv comedy team based out of Kelowna.
Jason has also worked as an Assistant Director with Fire Exit Theatre in Calgary in The Savannah Disputation and God's Man in Texas.
Jason would like to thank the two loves of his life, his daughter Emily and his wife Lenah, for all their support and love. Jason was the Co-Playwrgiht.
Aidan Lytton graduated from the U of C with a multidisciplinary BA in 2012, and is currently pursuing sound design and music in the Calgary arts scene. Recent projects include: sound design for Morpheus Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank, sound design and original composition for Steven J. Evanik's A Spark Extinguished, and sound design for Sage Theatre's 2013 Ignite! Festival. Aidan held the position of Sound Technician.
Michelle McAulay This is Michelle's fourth production here in Calgary, she has worked on Rel8shun, The Lonely Soldier Monologues (Artists' Collective Theatre) and The Diary of Anne Frank (Morpheus Theatre). From Nanaimo BC where she attends Vancouver Island University working towards her Bachelor of Arts, minors in Theatre and Creative Writing. She is gearing up for her final show in Nanaimo, The Rimers of Eldritch (VIU Theatre) before heading to Calgary full time to continue working as a Lighting Designer. Michelle held the position of Lighting Designer.
Stephanie Orr is an actor, singer and writer based in Calgary, Alberta. She is extremely excited to be involved in this production of Rel8shun. Selected recent credits for Stephanie include The Contentment Cafe (Carbon Based Theatre), The Post (North Country Cinema) and DCPi's short film, Close Enough. Stephanie would like to thank the wonderful cast for their warmth and hard work, as well as her partner Matt for his support. Stephanie played the role Li.
Eric Pettifor is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, and has designed sound for such companies as Cheshire Art Theatre, Richmond Gateway Theatre, and Bard on the Beach. It was a pleasure working out the sound design for both the full length, and this one act version, of Rel8shun. Eric held the position of Sound Designer.
Aretha St. Hillaire is thrilled be part of another ACT production. Last worked on The Lonely Soldier Monologues, and Morpheus Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank. She is a second year technical theatre student at Mount Royal University. Thanks to family and friends for their support. Aretha held the position of Stage Tech.
An upcoming first year education student at U of C, Taylor Thompson has been acting since she was 13. She has been in such productions as Pack of Lies with Workshop theatre and most recently The Lonely Soldier Monologues also with Artists Collective Theatre. She would like to thank the rest of the cast and crew for being so amazing and always supporting her, and her incredible family for being there no matter what the show content. Taylor played the role of Crissy.