Unscripted: the speaker series
Friday July 6, 2018; begins at 6 p.m.
Free admission; cash bar
We are excited to welcome Keira Loughran to Unscripted where she will be sharing her perspective and experiences in play development and bringing works to the stage. The host for this talk will be Josh Lambier, Founding Director of Public Humanities at Western and the Artistic Director of London’s Wordsfest. Let us know you’ll be there and RSVP!
*UPDATE: Jordi Mand recently found out about a great writing gig this summer, so she is no longer able to visit London this July and speak alongside Keira. We’re thrilled to have Keira Loughran as our solo guest on July 6, so don’t miss this talk -guaranteed to be an engaging conversation between Keira, Josh, and the audience! We have rescheduled to have Jordi here for an Unscripted afternoon on Saturday, September 29 (2-4pm).
About Keira Loughran
Hailing from Toronto, now working and raising her family with her partner in Stratford, Keira has been pushing the boundaries of Canadian theatre for over 20 years as a producer, director, actor, dramaturg and playwright with companies across the country. She currently serves as Associate Producer for the Forum and Laboratory at the Stratford Festival, spearheading organizational change through these initiatives, under Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. Directing credits include The Comedy of Errors, The Aeneid, and The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford Festival), Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage Company), and Pu-Erh (K’Now Theatre) for which she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award. She has been Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto from 2005-2007, founding Artistic Director of K’Now Theatre, and spent over 20 years as an actor playing leading roles in theatres across the country including Alberta Theatre Projects, Persephone Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre, and two seasons at the Stratford Festival. Keira has a second degree black belt in aikido which she teaches in Stratford.
Saturday July 21; begins at 9:30 PM, following Theatre Soup’s 20th anniversary performance
2018 marks Theatre Soup’s 20th anniversary! To celebrate these years of producing exceptional theatre and building community, with over thirty productions as part of our history, the company will host “Soup’s On! Celebrating 20 Years of Theatre Soup,” an evening of live performances of three original short plays written by local playwrights. The performances will begin at 8 PM, and will be followed by this Unscripted panel which will highlight Theatre Soup’s history, as well as the contributions of artists and audience members through including them in the dialogue. More details about this performance will be shared soon.
About Sookie Mei
Many moons ago, Sookie Mei came to London from Sudbury to attend UWO, graduating with an Honors BA in English and Dramatic Arts. Early roles with Hit & Run Theatre and AuxFaux Theatre convinced her that there was something great happening in London theatre, so she stuck around to be a part of it! Sookie co-founded the independent theatre company Theatre Soup in 1998, and continues as its Artistic Director today, having produced or co-produced over 30 productions with the company. She received several Brickenden Award nominations over the years, winning twice for acting (The Tower Series and Love, Loss, and What I Wore), and as part of the production team for shows including Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Jenny’s House of Joy, The Miracle Worker, The Cherry Orchard, Blood Relations, and Agnes of God. Sookie recently enjoyed bringing a new play to London audiences, Cleaning Up, during the London Fringe Theatre Festival in June. She is the Arts Coordinator for the London One Act Festival.
A true music lover, Sookie was a DJ at CHRW for many years, hosting as part of Spin/Stir Radio, and then on her own shows, Sookie’s Radio Hour (and a Half) and The All-Syrup Super Squishee Show. She played bass guitar in The Tissues and The Lava Lamps Band, and is now playing with Venus in Furs, a 70s/80s cover band. She works at a software company during the day, and enjoys yoga and riding her Vespa at night. Sookie is super excited to reunite with Lil and Anne-Marie, and relive the memories!
About Lil Malinich
Lil moved to New York City to work with the Broadway-affiliated theatre company Working Artists Theatre Project in 2007. Originally from London, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts and Education in English and Dramatic Arts. She co-founded Theatre Soup in 1998, one of the resident companies at The Black Lodge theatre. Lil received Brickenden Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayals of Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker and double roles of Lizzie Borden and Bridget in Blood Relations. She played pivotal roles in Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and Boulevard which won Brickenden Awards for Bravest Productions. Other favorite roles include Mary in Run for Your Wife at PSFT and Timothea in Sea Marks with Ausable Theatre. The Deluxe Illustrated Body (co-written with Jayson McDonald) received its NYC premiere in 2005 with producer Spiral, Inc. Since moving to NYC Lil has developed, produced and acted in several productions with WAT Project which have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her diverse body of work as an actress includes leading roles in WAT Project’s Timberlake: American Pulp, Rope, Open Call! Life Without Parole, and the biographical play Fruits Unheard Of in which she portrayed American photographer Diane Arbus. She played various leading roles in Chamber Theatre Production’s 2006 U.S Encore Tour and Jelena in Uncle Vanya with New York Space Ensemble. Feature film and TV credits include Vision Vehicle’s Construction directed by Malcolm Goodwin, Paradise written and directed by Marc Lafia, TV movie Red Hook High, ABC’s “All My Children” and FOX’s “Gotham.” Since 2009, Lil has been doing charitable work with the David Lynch Foundation (For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace) through developing the NYC screening series for David Lynch’s documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace and play reading performance fundraisers. Currrently, she is honored to be on staff at the Susan Batson Studio and is developing two screenplays: National Pastime and The Mother Puckers.
About Anne-Marie Caicco
Anne-Marie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Combined Honours in English and Dramatic Arts and a Bachelor of Education in English and Dramatic Arts. She co-founded Theatre Soup in 1998 in London, Ontario. Anne-Marie received the Brickenden Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in Theatre Soup’s production of The Miracle Worker. She also received Brickenden Award nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Actress Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations, for her portrayal of Nadia Melnyk in behindthewire’s production of Home and Native Land, and for her multiple character portrayals in Theatre Soup’s production of Mercury. She was nominated for Best Actress by the Western Ontario Drama League for her portrayal of Doris in the play Same Time Next Year produced by Ingersoll Theatre. Some of her other favourite stage roles include Liberty Lady in Chelsea and Boggs with Rubberfunk Theatre, Kate in Old Times, Mollie in The Mousetrap, Yelena in Uncle Vanya, Cordelia in King Lear, and Babe in Crimes of the Heart, all with Theatre Soup. In addition to her theatre background, Anne-Marie is a trained Master Teacher of the Usui and Karuna® methods of Japanese Reiki. She is also a workshop facilitator, an Access Bars® Practitioner, and a Healing Touch Practitioner. In addition, she has studied Applied Physiology with the Institute of Bioenergetic Arts and Sciences, and she is trained in Therapeutic Touch, Touch for Health, Axiatonal Alignment, and as a Life Coach with the Women Together Agency. Anne-Marie is also a member of The Ontario College of Teachers, and she taught high school Dramatic Arts and English for ten years. Anne-Marie currently offers private healing sessions, group workshops, as well as practitioner and teacher training courses. She recently opened a Wellness Centre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario called, The Healing Loft. Anne-Marie is thrilled to be traveling back to London, Ontario to reunite with Sookie and Lil, and with so many amazing thespians, and to be performing for Theatre Soup after all these years!
Saturday September 29; begins at 2:00 PM
As if we weren’t already anticipating Culture Days and everything it includes, Jordi Mand will be visiting London that weekend for an Unscripted afternoon! As one of Canada’s emerging playwrights, with her most recent play Brontë: The World Without making it’s world premiere at the Stratford Festival this summer, there will be plenty to talk about with Jordi. It’ll be a conversation great for all those emerging artists out there who are developing new work -no matter what creative discipline!
About Jordi Mand
Jordi Mand is a Toronto-based playwright who has worked with some of Canada’s most prominent theatre companies. Her work has been produced nationally, internationally and published by Playwrights Canada Press. Her plays include Between the Sheets (Nightwood Theatre), Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille), This Will Be Excellent (Carousel Players). She is a 2017/2018 Resident of the Bell Media Prime TV Program at the Canadian Film Centre. She has been a Playwright-in-Residence with Theatre Passe Muraille, Carousel Players and Nightswimming Theatre. She is a past member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat. Mand is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program. Upcoming: world premiere of her new play Brontë: The World Without at the Stratford Festival.
Expanding from our pilot “Talk & Gawk” series in 2016/2017, Unscripted is TAP Centre for Creativity’s speaker series that is free for anyone to attend. Every Unscripted event will feature a different professional in the arts, ranging from performers to musicians, writers, designers, and many more. We are excited to present a series where people can come together to hear “unscripted” stories, ask questions, and learn more about the creativity that exists in all aspects of the arts.
Previous Guest Artists
November 2016 – Tom McCamus
February 2017 – E.B. Smith
March 2017 – Heather Davies
May 2017 – Andrew Lewis
September 2017 – Justin Quesnelle, Tyler Parr, Angie Quick, & Tom Cull
November 2017 – Daniel MacIvor
April 2018 – Michael Cho
May 2018 – Britta Johnson