rEvolver Guest Curator Program

Each year, Upintheair invites one or more emerging artists to participate in the creation of the rEvolver Festival as a Guest Curator. Guest Curators are mentored in Upintheair’s values and selection process, have an equal voice in programming decisions , and are supported to develop a unique outreach event or initiative. 


 
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Rice and beans theatre

was founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan.  We dedicate ourselves to defining the nature and function of a contemporary theatre, while telling stories of where we come from and where we are going. rice & beans theatre focuses on the creation, incubation and production of original performances. Through rigorous experimentation, with intimate passion and delicate violence, we write, adapt, and devise work that is relevant and artistically responsible.    We believe that theatre should be accessible, honest, uncompromising and personal.

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Derek Chan - Guest Curator 2018

Derek Chan is a theatre-maker born and raised in colonial Hong Kong. He is a playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer. As a teenager, Derek lived and studied in Norway before relocating to Vancouver to study theatre. After receiving his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University, he founded rice & beans theatre with Pedro Chamale. 

Derek was the winner of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. He was the Artistic Director Apprentice at Playwrights Theatre Centre during their 2015/16 season. Derek was part of the 2016 cohort at the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal. He has also worked with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre as the Associate Artistic Producer.

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Pedro Chamale - Guest Curator 2018

Pedro is a first-generation Latinx-Canadian theatre artist who was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, Canada. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.  He then went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan. Pedro is a performer, director, playwright and theatre jack-of-all-trades.

Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014 and has also worked behind the scenes with local Vancouver theatre companies such as: Full Circle First Nations Performance, Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, Neworld Theatre, and The Only Animal.


Past revolver Guest Curators

Elysse Cheadle Guest Curator 2017 Elysse Cheadle is a theatre writer, director, and performer. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s theatre arts performance program.  Her work is physical, playful, poetic, and absurd. It uses collaged narratives, exaggerated emotional lives, and rhythmically-driven dramaturgy. It delights in the tensions of incongruous genres, characters, objects and texts.  Select credits include productions in the Shooting Gallery Performance Series, Calgary’s Ignite! Theatre Festival, BC Buds Festival, rEvolver Theatre Festival, Accordion Noir Festival, Mascall Dance’s BLOOM, Leaky Heaven’s BLINK, and Hive: The New Bees. This summer brought her to Taipei to perform in Robert Leveroos' Between Two Rocks presented at the World Stage Design Festival. Photo credit Erinn Watson

Elysse Cheadle

Guest Curator 2017

Elysse Cheadle is a theatre writer, director, and performer. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s theatre arts performance program. 

Her work is physical, playful, poetic, and absurd. It uses collaged narratives, exaggerated emotional lives, and rhythmically-driven dramaturgy. It delights in the tensions of incongruous genres, characters, objects and texts. 

Select credits include productions in the Shooting Gallery Performance Series, Calgary’s Ignite! Theatre FestivalBC Buds FestivalrEvolver Theatre FestivalAccordion Noir Festival, Mascall Dance’s BLOOM, Leaky Heaven’s BLINK, and Hive: The New Bees. This summer brought her to Taipei to perform in Robert Leveroos' Between Two Rocks presented at the World Stage Design Festival.

Photo credit Erinn Watson

Adele Noronha Guest Curator 2016 Born and raised in India, Adele immigrated to Canada at the age of eleven. She was accepted into Studio 58’s conservatory acting program at eighteen. Since graduation, Adele has been privileged to work steadily as an actor with a variety of theatre companies throughout Vancouver. On film, Adele has acted in The Flash and Supernatural. Her most recent production with Manitoba Theatre for Young People touring the show Jabber was Adele’s first opportunity to experience the expanse of Canadian Theatre and the value of her part in it. Adele was dramaturge on a workshop of Buffalo Girls: REMIXED (Frank Theatre) as well as producer/ dramaturge on Piranha Club (Blood Pact Theatre). As an advocate for fostering emerging voices, Adele is also passionate about teaching youth. She works with Bard on the Beach’s Education department with Young Shakespeareans, Bard in the Classroom and has led independent classes and community engagement workshops.

Adele Noronha

Guest Curator 2016

Born and raised in India, Adele immigrated to Canada at the age of eleven. She was accepted into Studio 58’s conservatory acting program at eighteen. Since graduation, Adele has been privileged to work steadily as an actor with a variety of theatre companies throughout Vancouver. On film, Adele has acted in The Flash and Supernatural. Her most recent production with Manitoba Theatre for Young People touring the show Jabber was Adele’s first opportunity to experience the expanse of Canadian Theatre and the value of her part in it. Adele was dramaturge on a workshop of Buffalo Girls: REMIXED (Frank Theatre) as well as producer/ dramaturge on Piranha Club (Blood Pact Theatre). As an advocate for fostering emerging voices, Adele is also passionate about teaching youth. She works with Bard on the Beach’s Education department with Young Shakespeareans, Bard in the Classroom and has led independent classes and community engagement workshops.

Stephanie Elgersma Guest Curator 2015 Stephanie is a London/Vancouver actor, puppeteer, and puppet maker. Acting highlights include roles with Theatre 1880 (London), The Only Animal, Ensemble Theatre, star star Theatre, and Pacific Theatre. Stephanie also wrote, produced, and performed two solo shows: Just Three Seconds and My Beautiful Monster. As a puppeteer, Stephanie has studied with Sue Buckmaster, Mervyn Millar, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Sandglass Theater, Pickled Image, and Blind Summit; and has performed in many festivals. Stephanie interned as a puppet maker with puppet icons Oli Smart, Nick Barnes, and Finn Caldwell, and continues to work in London on a wide variety of productions. In Vancouver, Stephanie also co-created and directed Zoetrope: The Curiousity of Puppet Oddities with Shizuka Kai at Studio 58 to high acclaim.   Stephanie was a producer for Ensemble Theatre Company and the rEvolver Theatre Festival. She is a graduate of Studio 58's acting program.

Stephanie Elgersma

Guest Curator 2015

Stephanie is a London/Vancouver actor, puppeteer, and puppet maker. Acting highlights include roles with Theatre 1880 (London), The Only Animal, Ensemble Theatre, star star Theatre, and Pacific Theatre. Stephanie also wrote, produced, and performed two solo shows: Just Three Seconds and My Beautiful Monster.

As a puppeteer, Stephanie has studied with Sue Buckmaster, Mervyn Millar, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Sandglass Theater, Pickled Image, and Blind Summit; and has performed in many festivals. Stephanie interned as a puppet maker with puppet icons Oli Smart, Nick Barnes, and Finn Caldwell, and continues to work in London on a wide variety of productions. In Vancouver, Stephanie also co-created and directed Zoetrope: The Curiousity of Puppet Oddities with Shizuka Kai at Studio 58 to high acclaim.  
Stephanie was a producer for Ensemble Theatre Company and the rEvolver Theatre Festival. She is a graduate of Studio 58's acting program.