Our Team For Embryonic:
Leslie Stark is a playwright, poet, performer, dancer, mother, high school teacher, and small business owner/hoopmaker (Serenity Hoops). She has a BA in Drama (U of Manitoba) and an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC), as well as a BEd (UBC). Her thesis play, "Joint", was featured at the 2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival. She created The Elegant Ladies Collective in 2014 for the project "Eidola" and continued the work with 2015's "ESUM", 2016's "Peripeteia", and she is thrilled to have such an amazing team of artists working with her on this year's project, "Embryonic". This is her fourth year guiding the Elegant Ladies in interactive, site-specific, experimental performance art at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
K.Lani is an interdisciplinary artist and has been a student of the movement arts her whole life. She danced her way from solo ballet, jazz and contemporary to partner blues, swing and fusion. Also dabbling in everything from gymnastics, stilt-walking and fire spinning along the way. Add to the movement mix, some theatre and a love of costuming to get a performer who’s ready at the drop of a hat. She started organizing blues & fusion dance events in Vancouver in 2010 and now is excitedly teaching as well. K.Lani's goal is to help connect people to their bodies; and their bodies to the environment, the moment and each other through body awareness and movement. Dance your art!
Previous collaborators: Peripetiea
Leah is thrilled to work again this year with the Elegant Ladies Collective, playing a Fairy two years ago "Eidola" and returning to inspire us last year with her musicianship in ESUM. She is returning to Fringe for yet another on-site show following the 2013 My Hole Life (Nu-Bon Works). Leah recently performed in "Company" at the Jericho Arts Centre, and was previously seen as crying bride Judy in There Goes the Bride (Metro Theatre), Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway Edge/Nu-Bon Works), and Fairy Soap in Mother Goose (Metro Theatre). Leah also performed in 2011's Aim Chai, a Toronto-based musical theatre revue which raised $30,000 for charity, and a project she will always remember fondly. Looking forward to raising more money for worthy charities -- thank you for supporting The Elegant Ladies Collective!
Turning points in her life that she remembers well are the birth of her first child, being offered the first job she actually wanted, and the first time she led a Celebration of Life memorial service.
She was also the youngest member of her schools slam poetry team which placed 3rd at Hullabaloo 2016. One of the things she's proudest of is the fact that she has a short story published in an anthology.
Samantha Beaudoin: Is a third year psychology student at Douglas college who is working hard to become a grief counsellor.
She loves cats, art, games, people, cartoons, and books.
Previous Collaborators: ESUM
Tasha is proud to be working with the Elegant Ladies again this year, after dancing as Titania in Eidola. and as dancer in ESUM. Tasha is a multi-faceted dance artist who has studied Contemporary, Jazz, Blues and Butoh dance to name a few. They have also performed with "Endangered" from Harbour Dance and choreographed a group piece at last year's Elegant Ladies Cabaret.
Malcolm hates writing bios. Like a true actor, she prefers experimenting with identity to nailing it down. When she's not acting, she writes stories and plays, makes videos and codes web sites. You can read her play-novel hybrid, Low Self-Esteem Reading Room, in progress at
With performances hailed as “powerful” (Hello Vancity), “moving” (The Voice) and “passionate and passionately sung” (Review Vancouver), multi-award-winning singer Jacqueline Ko is a versatile artist who enjoys performing everything from opera to musical theatre to jazz. Recent role highlights include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, where critics described her as “flawless” (Review Vancouver); Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; The Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; Madame Herz in Mozart’s The Impresario; Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; and Queen of the Night cover in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Also an acclaimed concert performer, critics have declared that “Ko knows exactly what to do with an absolutely gorgeous voice, and her acting…can send chills up the spine” (Review Vancouver). Since 2009, Jacqueline’s well-known benefit shows have raised over $33,000 for a variety of charities. She has demonstrated “definite aptitude” (Opera Canada) as the founding artistic director of Opera Mariposa, an acclaimed Vancouver company for emerging artists. In February, Jacqueline will perform the role of Sharon in the Tony Award-winning play Master Class by Terrence McNally – a production that will mark the official launch of the Mariposa Theatre Wing. You can learn more about Jacqueline at operamariposa.com
A graduate from the University of Victoria’s Music Education program with a major in Education and Voice, Stephanie teaches music at Lynn Valley Elementary school when she is not performing on stage. Stephanie’s true love is both opera and musical theatre. In the last few years she has truly grown as a coloratura soprano under the guidance of the talented soprano Kelly Nobles, and thus has many exciting opportunities to perform both opera and musical theatre around BC. Recent highlights include: Gilda in Rigoletto, Oskar in Ballo in maschera, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Casilda in The Gondoliers and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance.
(Tahltan/Kaska/French/Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in Vancouver, BC. Since the age of three, Nyla has been powwow dancing, now with over 29 years of experience she also teaches the various powwow styles. In 2011, in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance Company, Nyla started the popular Powwow Bootcamp class in Vancouver, BC. In 2014 she created a powwow based dance piece, Equating Echoes with musician David Newberry for Brief Encounters 21. Nyla is also an actor; she’s toured in the TYA show, Raven meets the Monkey King with Axis Theatre and wrote her first play 21st Century Trickster.
This is Sadie’s first Fringe Festival and she’s so excited to be a part of it, and to be involved with such a talented and inspirational cast. In her past, Sadie has studied musical and contemporary theatre, but has taken some time off over the last year. She is so happy to be back “on stage” and can’t wait to share our creation with you.
Lucia Misch grew up at an astronomical observatory near San Jose, California, and began writing and performing at fifteen. She placed second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (2011), was a member of the Vancouver Slam Team (2012), and continues to perform and teach poetry across North America. Lucia has written and presented spoken word pieces for organizations including Human Rights Watch and the United Food Workers Union Women's Network, regularly facilitates writing workshops with the Vancouver Poetry House's WordPlay progam, was a ArtStarts project poet in residence (2015), and the featured performer at BC's youth poetry festival, Hullabaloo (2015).
Christina Gonzalez is a social dancer with years of experience in salsa, swing, blues, ballroom, Argentine tango, and fusion. She also has taken a bit of ballet, Indian, belly, and African dance. This is Christina's first performance that is not just dance, as well as her first Fringe Festival and she is excited to be a part of Esum with such an amazing cast!
Natasha Feuchuk is an eighteen year old aspiring author, playwright and actress planning on joining the musical theatre program at Capilano University. She graduated last year from Burnsview Secondary and is also a poet and was the team captain of the Burnsview Slam team, FRANK, last year. She participated in theatre and musicals at the high school level and wishes to continue. Her dream role is Peter Pan.
Chloë is a senior student at Burnsview Secondary. She is thrilled to be back for her second fringe show with the Elegant Ladies Collective. She has been involved in several school productions including "The Comedy of Errors" (Luciana), "As You Like It" (Rosalind), and "Legally Blonde the Musical" (Elle Woods). For the past three years, Chloë has been involved in Burnsview's slam poetry club and is a three time competitor in the Hullaballoo youth poetry Festival. She is a member of Kwantlen's slam team, competing in Saskatoon at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is also a passionate and hardcore ukulele player as well as an aspiring special effects makeup artist. Chloë hopes to continue participating in the Fringe for years to come as it has been a wonderful and inspiring experience!
Previous collaborators: Eidola
"Having recently graduated high school with a passion for theatre, Amira is excited to expand her horizons with Eidola. In school, she acted in several productions, including Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors as Adrianna, The Laramie Project as Reggie Fluty, and Legally Blonde: The Musical as Margot. Two weeks before Legally Blonde went onstage, she also took over the role of Paulette. As well as acting, Amira was given the opportunity to direct a few one act plays, including one that she wrote as part of The Arts Club Theatre's LEAP program. Being stage manager is a whole new experience for Amira, and she plans to do it well. She thanks the cast, and Leslie, for this wonderful opportunity! "
Avery Burrow is honoured to be joining the Elegant Ladies Collective for their production of Eidola. She is a current student of Lord Byng Secondary's Dramatic Arts Program, but is happy to be doing more acting outside of school. This is her second time acting as one of the lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, though last time, she was wearing an awkward mustache. Selected theater credits include multiple collective creations with Arts Umbrella's Laboratory Theater Troupe, as well as Sister James in Doubt: A Parable with Dapper Jumpsuit Productions.
Victoria Fraser used to want to be a mime when she grew up. When she realized mimes can't talk, she gave up that dream to pursue something that involved talking, a lot of it. She performs on stage and off, always trying to make people laugh. When she isn't writing or performing, she is making preparations to save the world from an invasion of rainbow astro-lemurs with burrito guns.
Bon is thankful to Leslie for the opportunity to perform with such a talented cast/crew and for such a worthy cause. His credits this year include producing and directing “A Magical Evening of Song and Dance” (Nu-Bon Works) featuring a cast of 40+ members for the 2014 Theatre BC Festival, performing in The Mikado (Metro Theatre) and Into The Woods (co-produced with BE Studio) and submitting his original compositions for cabaret adjudication in Toronto and New York. Love to his awesome wife, Jennifer
Sarah Smith is excited to take on an acting role for the first time after spending many years as both a musician and a hoopdancer. She was recently seen on stage hooping at Madskillz Vancouver's Emerging Artists Showcase, as part of the duo, HoopsyDaisy. Sarah has trained for hula hoop performance through the Performance Series Workshop Levels 1 and 2, as well as a Fire Performance Safety class, with Alley'Oop. She has also been seen at various events and festivals in the Tri-Cities area as a Hoop Facilitator. By day, Sarah is the general manager at a children's activity and party center.
Mary is thrilled to be doing Fringe again after last year's succesful site-specific My Hole Life. A Shakespeare junkie, Mary was most recently seen in Classic Chic's all-female production of The Winter's Tale. Mary is a graduate of Capilano University's Musical Theatre program and has performed in many musicals, including Jane Eyre, Charlotte's Web, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q and Sweeney Todd. Thanks to Pat for the love and support, and thank you Leslie for the opportunity to play my favourite Shakespeare princess.
Praised as “a talent beyond words” (Life in the ‘burbs), operatic soprano Robin Eder-Warren has sung on stages across the globe, from Germany to New York to Disneyworld. Recent appearances include Lucy in The Telephone; Nella and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi; Laurey in Oklahoma!; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel; Norina in Don Pasquale, where she was “priceless” (Opera Canada magazine) and “stole the show” (The Voice); and Cunegonde in Candide, where she was “superb” and “effortless” (Hilary Clark, Opera Canada reviewer). Past roles include Musetta (La bohème), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Young Heidi (Follies) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Robin is also a director, with credits like La serva padrona (“a masterpiece of controlled mayhem”, Review Vancouver) and Don Pasquale (“well-honed”, “delightful” and “an excellent harbinger of more well-cast and well-directed operas to come”, Opera Canada). She will direct Opera Mariposa's Hansel and Gretel this Christmas. Robin Eder-Warren Managing Director, Opera Mariposa www.operamariposa.com
Julie Parrell is a Queer Metis artist from Winnipeg Manitoba who has been performing words often called poetry for over a decade. She uses the natural rhythms of language to set the tone of her pieces. She has a special knack for mesmerizing her audience by reveling a little too much of herself. She invokes the magic of performance to make her audiences laugh, feel and think.
A young actress from Vancouver, Emily is very excited to be acting in her first fringe play. She loves the stage and is delighted to be playing Helena from her favourite Shakespeare play , "A Midsummer Night's Dream". She loves being in this production with such talented people, and she hopes to go into a career in the theatre. She currently attends the Lord Byng Secondary Fine Arts Program for Drama.
I’m excited to be involved for the first time with the Fringe Festival. I feel honoured to be able to play a role that leads to such a great message. I have recently reintroduced myself to theatre this past year with Oklahoma (Fraser Valley Stage) and in the finale of Opera Mariposa’s second season. While I have danced in the past I am thrilled to be bringing it back to the stage (or in this case, playground) once again!
Best known in Vancouver as a Burlesque artist, Diamond also sings, acts, emcees, stiltwalks, models, firebreathes, and is an award winning costume designer. She has performed all over North America, most notably in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, LA, Toronto, and Montreal. She is thrilled to be part of such a multi talented cast in “Eidola”.
After a hiatus crawling through Asia and Europe exploring the wonders of the world, Georgia Freedman has returned to once more perform in the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The various productions she has been in include “Coram Boy” with the United Players, “Hep and Jem’s Heroic Journey” at the Blue Mountain Music Festival, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, and “Dream of Geronteus” at the Frederic Wood Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she studied theatre, music and comedia dell'arte; she has continued to hone her skills overseas studying and performing opera in Tokyo, most notably in Menotti's “The Telephone”.
Juliet has been a child actor in movies and commercials, studied Musical Theatre and Costume Design and currently takes part in a wide variety of disciplines within the ever expanding local Performing Arts Communities in Vancouver. This will be her first experience performing a Shakespearean character, and in addition to really enjoying the concept of Eidola, the evolving script and character development has been unique and collaborative process for her.
Diana is looking forward to the craziness of Fringe, working with some old friends and some new ones. Recently seen in Applause! Musicals’s “Gay’s The Word” and in the farce “There Goes The Bride” at the Metro Theatre, some of Diana’s other favourite roles include Ruth (Pirates of Penzance, NSLOS), Frances (Waste, United Players), Sheep (Candide, Dragon Diva), and Gloucester (King Lear, Shakespeare Centre). As always, warmest gratitude to her dear husband, daughters and friends for their support and forebearance.
Jai Gopal (Wendy DeMos) loves to chant mantras, teach Kundalini Yoga and dance: sometimes all at the same time! To bring kirtan, sacred songs and mantras to Vancouver and outlying areas regularly, she founded ChantYourHeartOpen.com, and is delighted to be part of Eidola.
George Ellis: Titania's Bottom
Carolyn Ehman: Katerina's Drums
Costume Coordinator: Juliet Butler
Music/Guitar: You Are Free: Wendy DeMos Jai Gopal
See Us in Every Face: Bon Dos Remedios
Viola Accompany: Tasha Coote