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INHUMAN/E is an interactive drama in which audience members assume control of seven strangers trapped inside of an alien testing facility. The objective for our viewers will be to save as many characters as possible from a gruesome fate. This show was created and written by our ensemble of actors over the course of several months and initially premiered as a feature film. Viewers of this live show will take on the role of the show's jury, determining which candidates will survive each test with every decision they make. We are eager to discover whether or not the audience will be able to put their personal motivations aside to come together and save as many candidates as possible. Warning: this show contains themes of violence, fake blood & strobe lights.
Middle Eastern artist Ava Maria Safai holds her BFA in Theatre Acting from the University of British Columbia. Selected theatre credits include:
Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again. (Woman), Timothy Findley's "The Wars" (Lady Barbara/Eve/Horse), GOLDRAUSCH (Ana/Ensemble/Choreographer), Silence (Silence), The Forgotten Proposal (Pulcinella), Book of Days (LouAnn Bates) for UBC; The New Margo (Iris), Barefoot in Nightgown by Candlelight (Alicia) for Seeing Things Collective; Marcel (Alice/François) for The Smith Foundation for the Arts; and the devised play The Art of Hope (Hope) for Handsworth Secondary. She is the proud recipient of a Don S. Williams Grant and the Evelyn Jasiulko Harden Scholarship in Theatre.
When Ava Maria is not acting, she is busy in her home studio creating original music. She has experience in producing and publishing a catalogue of over 40 original songs on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music (including tracks for Lifetime’s Dance Moms). Ava Maria has also been teaching for over a decade, helping her students earn top marks in their RCM exams and local music festivals. Her abilities as a coach and composer have landed music direction and production roles on Gruesome Playground Injuries and the upcoming Canadian pop/rock musical The Girl Next Door. Maria will be using her performance, leadership, and coaching experience to lead the actors through the process of creating INHUMAN/E.
Syd Castel (Kit Patel)
Syd is a queer, biracial, and gender-non specific performer. They are a fresh face on the acting scene and what they lack in experience, they make up for with a natural on-screen presence and passion for film. Syd can be found writing original 70’s rock for their band The Kids & The Heartthrobs, annoying friends and family with film trivia, or writing scripts.
Nicco Graham (Lance Rivera)
Nicco Graham is a Filipino-Canadian actor interested in telling inclusive stories, with a special focus on multiracial folk who live in a world divided by colour. He graduated from UBC's BFA Acting program, where he worked on A Provincial Lady (Stupendiev), The Changeling (Jasperino), Timothy Findley's "The Wars" (Private Purchas), GOLDRAUSCH (Ensemble), The Forgotten Proposal (Brighella), Book of Days (Walt Bates), and Secrets (Rodney). Other theatre credits: The Potman Spoke Soothe (Colonel Winthrop Wiggins). Nicco also has an immense passion for Film & TV, having played various roles in shorts such as Bankers and I'm Dead, Bro. He is actively pursuing work in this field in hopes of one day becoming an Asian Marvel superhero.
Lois Warwick (Soph Armstrong)
Since graduating from Douglas College's Theatre Diploma Program, Lois Warwick has been making the world a brighter place by working as an actor, artist, and creator. Previous credits include: Zastrozzi: Masterof Discipline - Douglas College (assistant to thedirector, dramaturg, language coach, projection), Romeo & Juliet - Exit Stage Left Productions (Mercutio, FriarLawrence, esemble), Jekyll - Douglas College (Hyde), Macbeth - Douglas College (Macbeth), Seussical theMusical - Classic Steps Stage Productions (GertrudeMcFuzz), Pinocchio - Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society (Pinocchio). Drawing from lessons learned in her own life, Lois strives to be an artist that fights for inclusion within the performing arts medium. Indeed, Lois has seen the power that art holds and wishes to be a creator that cultivates change andconversation through her medium of theatre.
Wesley Frank (Zeke Oliver)
Wesley Frank is excited to join The Harlequin Theatre Society family again to work on INHUMAN/E. He last performed as The Flash in thecompany's Hallowe'en event at Lonsdale Quay, wherehe interacted with hundreds of shoppers andperformed in three flash mobs.
Recently, Wesley was seen in InFocus Film School's StillBreathing. He also has experience working as a mascot atSelkirk College.
Thomas Reynolds (Damian Edwards)
Thomas Reynolds is a theatre artist. Previous creditsinclude: Richard in The Man Who Came to Dinner(Theatre in the Country), Reginald Paulover in The Schoolmistress (Theatre in the Country), and Macbeth in Macbeth (Key 21 Theatre). He was trained in stage combat by Zakk MacDonald, as well as mask making and lighting design/operation by Dale MacDonald. As amaster of various accents, a former hockey player, and a video game enthusiast, Thomas is bringing his many totalents to the table at INHUMAN/E.
Elliot Gosh (Blake Phoenix)
After portraying Noah in the feature film adaptation of INHUMAN/E, Elliot is excited to be joining the cast of the live show in the role of Blake Phoenix. Some Elliot's past work in lead roles included the plays Year End Gala (Tongji University) and Ice Cream Social (PhoenixTheatre). Recent film work includes Surface (VancouerFilm School), The Spy (Meldrum Films) and Family (C4Productions).
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