TUCKER ELLIS, COSTUME DESIGNER Tucker is a twenty-nine-year old changeling from Central Newfoundland. They’ve always had an overwhelming attraction to cosplay, costume design; anything that allowed them to sit for extended periods of time and make strange things. With a Diploma in Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design, Tucker is very excited to be joining the Perchance Theatre crew this year as lead costume designer.
KIRSTI MIKODA, PRODUCTION MANAGER, TECHNICAL MANAGER & FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER Kirsti has been with Perchance for the last four exciting seasons, and is pleased to be back for her fifth. Previous to coming to Newfoundland she worked in theatres across Canada. She is grateful to all the lovely people who make up Perchance Theatre.
LYNN PANTING, CHOREOGRAPHER Lynn Panting is a multidisciplinary performer, choreographer, and arts educator known for creating innovative and accessible dance works. Panting has created work for theatre, musical theatre, puppet theatre, circus, choral groups, film and television, as well as self-producing her own shows which bring her vibrant work front and center with new audiences. Panting is known for creating dances that appeal to a wide audience and often works with artists from other disciplines to generate a theatrical yet lyrical blend of choreography. Her work is at time humorous, heartfelt, bold and always original. Panting is deeply committed to the growth of creativity and self-confidence through movement and likes to collaborate with individuals outside of the dance community. Panting holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Memorial University as well as a Master of Humanities concentrating in performance, dance and the body. lynnpantingdance.com
GEORGE ROBERTSON, SOUND DESIGNIER George Robertson first came to Newfoundland as a university professor on a two-year contract, and is still here more than twenty years later. Now a recovering academic, he has worked as an actor, musician, and sound designer (often simultaneously in two or three of these capacities) with many theatre companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, including RCA Theatre Company, c2c theatre, Rising Tide Theatre Company, New Curtain Theatre, Open Theatre Company, Kanutu Theatre, Poverty Cove Theatre Company, Shakespeare By The Sea, Nothing On Productions, and others, as well as appearing in several locally produced film and television projects. He is thrilled to be returning for a fourth season on the beautiful stage at Cupids with the outstanding cast and crew of Perchance Theatre.
JAMIE SKIDMORE, PROPS/SET DESIGNER THE SEAGULL & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Jamie Skidmore is an award-winning artist with over 30 years-experience in the theatre. He’s the Artistic Director of the Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival, and is a founding member of the St. John’s Shorts Festival. He works as a director, designer, producer, and playwright throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in other parts of Canada, the US, and the UK. In 2006 he served as the Production Manager/Technical Director for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Canada’s National Festival of Contemporary Theatre in English. He has worked with many prominent NL theatre companies and artists, including RCA Theatre, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Grand Bank Regional Theatre, Gordon Pinsent, Andy Jones, Mary Walsh, and more. He’s also a professor at MUN, where he has taught practical courses in Theatre and Film production for the last 15 years. He’s excited to be working with Perchance Theatre in Cupid’s this season.
ERIKA SQUIRES, STAGE MANAGER A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Erika has been a part of the theatre community for most of her life: taking on many different roles; such as an actor, director, stage manager, costume designer, and more! (She’s insane.) On top of that she loves to cook, read, and waste time writing fancy calligraphied notes to her friends. Some of her recent credits include: Mary in Mary’s Wedding, Betty in Sure Thing, Bet in Oliver, Polly in Impresario, Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; and she is very happy to have survived directing her first play with Danielle’s class this past winter (her crazy organizational skills shown in that course definitely landed her this job.) You can also catch her in Rennies River’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast in the fall! If you would like to talk about vegetarian cooking or cats, come find her after the show.
TRISH THOMPSON, ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER Trish loves exploring her passion for nature and gaming through cosplay and textile art. She knew that she wanted to create when she watched her Mom decorate beautiful wedding cakes that brought joy to so many. Her Dad can build anything out of wood, his construction projects have inspired her to be a creator too. Growing up Trish's playground was the forest and ocean. Nature inspired her make believe and storytelling games as a child. Today she experiences that same sense of imagination through video games, cosplay, and Dungeons & Dragons. To her, video games are art, she loves exploring them and being immersed in the story. Creating gives her an outlet to create her own stories and confer a sense of wonder. She likes choosing materials derived from nature. It is both inspiring and humbling to be part of a craft tradition that is thousands of years old. Knitting and sewing are the heart of her creativity. The repetitive action,colours, and patterns offer a refuge from everyday stresses. She loves the potential fiber has to be turned into a garment, sculpture or art piece.