The Troika Collective has been lucky enough to collaborate with the following people on a number of occasions. This is only a small selection of the artists we have had the privilege to work with:
Elliot Vaughan (Newbees 2, Chernobyl: The Opera) is a composer and violist living and working in Vancouver. He performs regularly around town with his band The End Tree (www.theendtree.com), and writes music for dance, theatre, and concert. (www.elliotvaughan.com)
Gina Readman (Troika!, Newbees 2, Chernobyl: The Opera) completed a BFA in Theatre Performance at Simon Fraser University Contemporary Arts. Recent projects include Natalie Schneck's Magnetic Experiment #2, Pegah Tabassinejad's Monitoring [A Doll's House] and Karilynn Ming Ho's WHERE WHERE THERE THERE. Gina has worked as a producing intern with The Only Animal and also production managed HIVE - the newbees and Troika & The Troubles.
Manuela Sosa - Performer (Olya the Child, Chernobyl: The Opera, Newbees 2) is an interdisciplinary artist dedicated to developing the power of live performance. She has worked with local companies such as rice & beans theatre, Leaky Heaven Circus, Resounding Scream Theatre, The Vancouver Biennale, Theatre Elsewhere, Psyche Theatre, Vancouver Pro Musica and Music on Main. This year you can catch Manuela in a second Fringe show, Hoof by Elysse Cheadle.
Clara Shandler (Newbees 2, Chernobyl: The Opera) is naturally short, red-haired, and a cellist. She was inspired to learn the cello at the age of 3 and engaged in classical training in both solo performance as well as chamber music. In the spring of 2012, Clara graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Scholarship. In August 2011, Clara released her first full-length album - Sidewalk Cellist - that includes the Prelude from the Suite No. 1 by Bach, Smells like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, the world premier of a work by Elliot Vaughan, as well as a number of original compositions that were inspired by everything from Roma to Asiatic idioms.
Jessica Hood - Performer (Olya the Child, Chernobyl: The Opera) is a Vancouver based performer who holds a BFA in theatre performance from SFU. Some of her favourite credits include Pathetic Fallacy, a theatrically enhancedmusic concert about tragic love and weather; The Boy Who Fell From the Sky, an adaptation of The Little Prince for children’s audiences; and Chernobyl: The Opera, another Troika Collective original featuring verbatim lyrics from Chernobyl survivors.
Benjamin Stone (Chernobyl: The Opera) is a performer who graduated from the Theatre Performance program at the School for Contemporary Arts at SFU. Most recent projects include performing in Monitoring: A Doll's House at Woodward's and co-writing and performing in Upskirt at the Havana. Benjamin is also a freelance graphic designer and illustrator having worked for clients such as Amnesty International and the Greater Vancouver Theatre Zone. His work can be found here: benjaminthompsonstone.wordpress.com. Ben is particularly interested in creating design work and illustration for the performing arts, so please get in touch for your next production.
Randi Edmundson (Nordost) recently moved to Vancouver from Victoria, where she studied theatre at UVic. For the past few years, Randi has been exploring puppetry and enjoying island life. This past summer Randi worked with Project X in Kamloops, designing and manipulating a nine-foot tall dragon puppet and prancing around in a pink lycra suit as the Cheshire Cat. Favourite credits include: Francine and Frankie B Make Art! (High-Wire Festival, Western Canada Theatre), Runaway (Theatre SKAM), Beautiful Obedient Wife (Victoria Fringe, 2012), and Twelfth Night (Phoenix Theatre, Project X). In Vancouver, Randi is co-Artistic Producer for star star theatre and recently appeared in Vital Spark Theatre’s Rebel Women. Find out more at randiedmundson.com.
Chelsea MacDonald (Nordost, Newbees 3) is an actor and theatre artist as well as a co-founder of emerging theatre company O, o, o, o. She is a graduate of SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts Theatre Program. Recent credits include performing in Radix's TBD with her fellow O's, being onstage for United Players in The School for Scandal, and building an original performance piece with the O's for Theatre Replacement's Back Away Slowly at the Shadbolt.
Jessica Han (Nordost, Chernobyl: The Opera, Troika!) obtained a BFA from Simon Fraser University with a major in film production and a minor in theatre production. She is currently working as a theatre/ audio-visual technician in Vancouver in both the stage and corporate world but spends her free time volunteering with local emerging theatre companies and non-charitable organizations.
Elizabeth Kirkland (Nordost) is an actor, producer, puppeteer and mother. Elizabeth has been acting for the past decade in Calgary and Vancouver and has a BFA from the University of Calgary. Past theatre highlights include A Christmas Carol (5 consecutive years as Belle) and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero) both for Theatre Calgary, Amadeus (Katarina) for Alberta Theatre Projects, Macbeth (Witch 3, King Duncan) for Limbo Circus Theatre, Cocktails at Pam’s (Denise) for Staircase XI, and Alley Theatre’s Wicked Shorts which she acted in and co-produced alongside Marisa Smith. Wicked Shorts was produced for the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival and won the Cultchivating The Fringe Award. Most recently Elizabeth co-produced and acted in The Good of the Sun by BC playwright Betty Lambert for her company Good Theatre at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.