I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.
I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Summer 2015.
Besides writing I’m also a scientist. I have a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. My specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which I draw upon in my writing.
Claire McCague - Panelist
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.
Mily Mumford - Panelist
Mily Mumford is a scientist and IT minion by day and a playwright/director/performer/designer by night. She is originally from Victoria BC, but happy to call Vancouver her new home.
Mumford has had her plays produced with companies across BC such as Theatre Skam, Puente Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, Little Mountain Lion Productions, Atomic Vaudeville, The Firehall Arts Centre, and The Only Animal. Mumford was a playwright-in-residence with Delinquent Theatre with her show Love is for Superbeasts, a writing and production intern with Atomic Vaudeville with Generation Post Script and was a director in Rumble’s 2016 Director’s Lab under Kim Collier.
Upcoming projects as creator include Dark Matter a multi-level immersive horror event coming this October and Down In The Uncanny Valley developed through Boca Del Lupo’s space residency, in February 2017.
She is a graduate of biotechnology and creative writing from Camosun College and Neuroscience from the University of Victoria. She is currently working on her MSc. in Interactive Technology at Simon Fraser University focusing on artificial intelligence systems, neurotechnology and virtual reality. She also really likes making robot art.
She delights in the intersections of theatre, science, technology and gaming that enrich and explore the human experience.
Daniel Martin - Moderator
After completing his Master’s Degree in Sociology at the University of Auckland, Daniel returned to Canada, where he graduated from the studio acting program at the William Davis Centre for Actors Study, studied Clown with David McMurray Smith at Fantastic Space Enterprises, and attended Capilano College’s Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma program. Daniel co-founded Upintheair with Dave Mott in 1999. As Artistic Producer with Upintheair, Daniel has been instrumental in the creation of Wedgie, Men of the World, 120bpm, Johnny Grant, Wagabondi Ho!, Inside the Seed (which was nominated for 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in 2013/14, including Outstanding Production), The Walking Fish Festival, and the rEvolver Theatre Festival. As an actor, Daniel has appeared in numerous short films, television, and commercials. On stage he has been seen most notably as Frank in Daniel McIvors' Never Swim Alone (Street Repertory Theatre), Edmund in King Lear (Firehall/Shakespeare Centre), Sophie's Dad in Carnage (Pi Theatre), Philip Lucas in David Hare's The Vertical Hour (United Players), and Carlton Berg in The North Plan (Upintheair). Daniel is dedicated to the development of emerging artists and the nurturing of new audiences for theatre in Vancouver. He believes in continually pursuing professional development to be able to better achieve these goals, and has completed the Leaders Lab and Executive Lab programs through Vantage Point, as well as a 6-month mentorship with Norman Armour (Push Festival) and Heather Redfern (The Cultch).
David Mott - Moderator
Dave is a founding member and co-Artistic Producer of Upintheair Theatre, a BFA graduate of University of Victoria, an actor, director, and creator, specializing in new play creation and physical theatre and is the co-producer of rEvolver Theatre Festival. As the co-owner of Brandywine Bartending School he is an active member of the Canadian Professional Bartending Association, a competitive cocktail maker, head instructor, and corporate team building workshop leader. Dave continually pushes the boundaries of traditional theatre and performance by allowing audiences to experience their art in new and innovative ways. Dave’s true passions are exhibited best when he is mentoring actors through his work at The William Davis Centre at VanArts, while presenting their work, and visiting other Canadian cities to view works and artists in development. Born and raised in Vancouver, he is a proud advocate and ambassador of all that the arts and culture have to offer in the city. Selected Upintheair credits: The City and The City, Inside the Seed, Guide to Mourning, Borborygmi, Wedgie, Johnny Grant, Pyropornomania, Moxie, Men of the World, & 120bpm. Other Stage and Screen: Anywhere But Here, iZombie, Supernatural, Stupid is as Stupid Does, Rearview, Escape From Happiness, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Glengarry Glen Ross, Hopscotch, Sea of Sand, & King Lear.