Festival Staff & Support

Creative Writing Festival Advisors — Bryan Wade and Sara Graefe

2016 Festival Producers

Producer — Sasha Singer-Wilson
Sasha is a Toronto bred and Vancouver based theatre artist. A graduate of the Acting Conservatory at York University, Sasha has trained and worked with over a dozen award winning theatre companies including Jumblies, Convergence Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Gargantua, One Yellow Rabbit and SummerWorks. Sasha’s first play, little tongues, a site-specific and immersive family drama, premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival (Dir. Paul Lampert, Outstanding Production & Outstanding Ensemble, NOW Magazine). She developed her second play, This Is It, in the inaugural Soulpepper Playwrights Circle, led by Guillermo Verdecchia and it was produced at lemonTree studio (Dir. Mark Wilson). Sasha co-runs the immersive performance company the blood projects and co-creates the ongoing, web-based, pocket-sized writing project these five minutes. As a facilitator, Sasha has led theatre and writing workshops for young people with Shakespeare In Action, Pleiades Theatre, The Toronto Public Library and The Toronto District School Board and she currently teaches with New Shoots in Vancouver. A Theatre and Creative Writing MFA candidate in Playwriting at UBC, Sasha’s one-person play My Ocean, which was part of BNPR last year, is upcoming at Vancouver Fringe 2016, directed by Ulla Laidlaw and performed by Nadeem Phillip. Her site-engaging, one-on-one performance piece Inside will receive a second production in Toronto in August. sashasingerwilson.com

Producer  — Ramon Esquivel
Ramon taught English, history, and drama in the United States before enrolling in UBC’s Creative Writing Program this fall. His plays have been produced in theaters, universities, and grade schools in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Antonio, and Seattle. Two of his scripts, Nasty and Luna, are available from Dramatic Publishing. Born and raised in Seattle, he now lives in Vancouver.

Associate Producer  — Megan Andres
Megan is a Vancouver and Winnipeg based theatre performer, director, dramaturg, and most recently playwright. Megan has a BA in Theatre from the University of Manitoba and has trained and worked with various theatre companies including Sarasvàti Productions, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Theatre Incarnate, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Tara Players, Black Hole Theatre Company and others. In Winnipeg, Megan also worked as a drama instructor, developing workshops for ages 5 to 14, and as a storyteller at the Manitoba Museum. Megan’s plays include Fracture (to be produced in this years Brave New Play Rites Festival), Catching Shadows, only just… and Antipode. Megan is a Joint Creative Writing and Theatre MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Associate Producer – K.C. Novak
K.C. is a first year MFA at UBC’s Joint Creative Writing and Theatre Program. She completed her acting training at NYU’s Meisner Extension Studio and finished her B.A. in Theatre at The Ohio State University. Her one act play, Tornado Closets, recently received Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, as well as First Place in the Big Vision, Empty Wallet First Three Pages contest in NYC. She is mainly from Ohio.

Production & Stage Manager — Sarah Higgins
Sarah is an emerging writer, in the third year of her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She had a play produced in the 2014 Brave New Play Rites festival, which had a second run at the Little Mountain Lion Short Play Showcase in Vancouver that summer. She’s proud and excited to support the development of twelve whole new plays, and hopes the experience is as good from the audience as it is from the booth. Thanks to the kickass tech and producing team, and everyone involved in the shows. Including you. Enjoy!

Lighting Designer – Athena Wong

Sound Design — Daniel Tessy

Assistant Stage Managers — TBD

Backstage Crew — TBD

If you are interested in getting involved with Brave New 2016 please email bravenewplayrites@gmail.com


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