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Anjela Magpantay is a theatre performer, co-founder of New(to)Town Collective and co-artistic director of Neon Elephant Circus Productions. She has a BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University and has a creative arts degree in Clowning. Her curiosities have led her to research the Grotowksi physical training and it’s legacy. She continues to explore and expand her understanding of the various forms of theatre and performance. Currently she is the Producing Intern at Playwrights Theatre Centre.
Davey is a Filipino Canadian-American born in Oakland, California but grew up in Newfoundland. He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University.
He is an emerging actor, director and devising artist. His curiosities at the moment are within physical theatre based in Grotowski, devised compostion, Viewpoints, Practical Aesthetics, biographical theatre, and dance. He has studied with various artists such as Penelope Stella, Steven Hill, DD Kugler, Stephen Atkins, Raina von Waldernberg and Iris Lau. Recent performances include: Finders Keepers (Theatre in the RAW), Pipef@%! (Vancouver Fringe 2015), The Cold War (SFU Mainstage) and Two Birds on a Wire (Psyche Theatre). Recent directing credits include: KIND (Child): A Staged Reading (New(to)Town Collective) and
Donut Holes in Orbit (Directing Projects 2013 & New(to)Town Collective).
He is dedicated in exploring the shifting facets that compose a person’s identity (sexuality, morals, values, culture etc.) and the moral grey areas within social cultures through devised theatrical performances.
Fun fact: Was seriously considering going into a seminary. Then art became my religion.
June Fukumura is a Vancouver-based, Japanese-Canadian theatre artist with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University.
In addition to being the Co-Founder of N(t)TC, June is the Co-Artistic Director of Popcorn Galaxies, an experimental theatre company interested in re-enchanting the everyday through unconventional site-responsive works. Popcorn Galaxies has produced over ten independent productions in five years and has been presented at Centre A, Vancouver Fringe Festival, and BC Culture Days.
She is the current Artistic Producer Intern of Theatre Replacement and the Assistant Dramaturg at the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Her practice is a blend of experimental contemporary theatre, site-responsive and site-specific art making, embodied performance techniques, and community engaged theatre and education. She has a deep interest in playing with and subverting traditional theatrical conventions, often blurring the line between reality/fiction and performer/audience in her work.
Avyen von Waldenburg
In 2002 Avyen received a film production diploma from Vancouver Film School. His vision of becoming a director inspired him to travel, study theater, indigenous ways, practice film and explore performance. In 2003 he moved to New York City for 5 years and studied many aspects of performance with teachers such as "Acrobat of the Heart" author Steve Wangh, 6 Viewpoints creator Mary Overlie, and Balinese Mask with Per Brah as well as a few others. It was David MacMurray Smith's style of teaching Clowning that brought Avyen back, from his world travels, to Vancouver, in 2010. He has since been fascinated with it's fusion of Clown: the medicine wheel, Bio- Kinetic release work, presence and Grotowski techniques. Over the years he has been performing at cabarets and festivals around BC. Avyen is the Executive Creative Consultant for New (to) Town Collective, the Co-artistic Director of Neon Elephant Circus Productions and on the Board of Directors for Dancing on the Edge Festival.