People

Steven Hill: Co-Artistic Director

Steven Hill

Steven Hill is Co-Artistic Director of Fight With a Stick (formerly Leaky Heaven) and has directed each of the company’s productions since the formation in 1999. During this time the company has received numerous awards including the Jessie’s Critics Choice for Innovation Award in both 2010 and 2011.With a team of long-term collaborators from a variety of disciplines he has devised both new works and adaptations of classics and follows an interest in devised theatre through rule-based playmaking techniques. He is also a writer and performer and a member of the faculty at Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.

 

Alex Ferguson: Co-Artistic Director

IMG_2110Alex Lazaridis Ferguson is a performance maker with a background in theatre. He has recently directed Nanay: A testimonial Play at PETA in Manila, performed in Penelope by Enda Walsh (Rumble Productions), performed in Bamboozled! (MACHiNENOiSY Dance-theatre). He began collaborating with Steven Hill in 2013 on Der wink. His chief interests are in performance spaces and performance design. Alex has contributed writing on performance to Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, and Urban Mag (Belgium). He is a regular contributor to RealTime Arts (Sydney, Australia). Alex is a graduate of Studio 58 and Theatre at UBC.

 

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam: Operations Manager

1411849542235_1411849542235_Digital_Folk_0173.850x529.1_8_700_436.fit=trueNatalie is a dance artist and movement educator and arts administrator.  She trained at L’École supérieure de ballet, in Montréal and has worked with classical and contemporary companies across Canada. In 2009, Natalie was awarded the Isadora Award for her performance in plastic orchid’s endORPHIN. The same year, she and choreographer/director James Gnam were named by the late Lola MacLaughlin as the emerging dance artists at Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award. As a producer and administrator, Natalie has worked with The Cultch, Eponymous, DanceHouse and Electric Company Theatre. She is a graduate of Le Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Capilano University (Arts Management) and has level 1 certification in Conditioning-with-Imagery Training. Natalie is artistic producer of plastic orchid factory, an artist-run, interdisciplinary performance art company, a faculty member at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the chair of the Training Society of Vancouver. She is also pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.

 

Aliya Griffin: Administrative Assistant

Aliya

Aliya is a performer, creator,  and director with a keen  interest in political and socially engaged theatre. When she isn’t working as on arts administration, she collaborates with other artists to create and perform in original works like Troika!, an original piece about growing up Ukrainian-Canadian and Chernobyl: The Opera, a verbatim opera based on the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy composed by Elliot Vaughan. She is the founder of the ad hoc group, The Troika Collective (www.thetroikacollective.com) Aliya holds a BA in theatre performance and political science from SFU.

 

Board of Directors

Nicole ‘Coco’ Roberge

Ar’ash Tavakolie

Sasa Brown

Delia Brett

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