Tuesday 27th Nov 2018
6:30 – 9:30pm
Put on by CreativeMornings Vancouver
This is a rare collaboration with CMVAN's friends at the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance with financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and the BC Arts Council.
Join CMVAN at Vancouver Playhouse for a special evening edition of CreativeMornings with three talented creatives from Vancouver’s theatre community: Landon Krentz, Yvonne Wallace, and Heipo Leung.
CreativeMornings is honoured to have the Georgia Straight’s style and arts editor, Janet Smith participating as moderator for an intimate conversation with these three talented theatre creatives as they discuss their creative journeys and the role of creativity in their lives, careers, and practices, and address this month’s global theme ‘restart’.
NOTE: There is no lottery for this event, so please ensure you will be able to use your ticket if you register!
Yvonne Wallace (Ucwalmicw) is from the Lil’wat Nation. She recently graduated from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program at Capilano University. Her enthusiasm for playwriting began while she worked at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Later, she graduated with honours from Humber College Theatre Acting program. She has written three plays “Smothered Sweetly”, “The Last Dance”, and “Utsan” a play dealing with language reclamation and her first language fluency progression. Currently writing “7 Misconceptions of a Half-Breed Mother” a tragicomedy about the public-school system.
Heipo Leung works as a set designer in theatre and film/TV productions. She didn’t grow up dreaming of a career in theatre. She was artistic, always drawing and making things with her hands when she was a kid, but she wasn’t aware of actual jobs related to this artsy doodling. The only art-related occupation she knew of involved cutting off one’s ears, starving, committing suicide, and gaining fame only after death. A bit bleak, she thought. She never treated her artistic inclinations seriously enough to take them further - yet in 2014, Heipo decided to leave her beloved Hong Kong to attend a Theatre Design Master’s Program in Vancouver. She cried on the first night of arrival missing her family and started to doubt that decision. It has been an exciting journey for her. Heipo looks forward to an uncertain future - like an audience gets excited about what is behind the theatre curtain.
Landon Krentz is a bilaterally profoundly Deaf individual who is completely bilingual in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. As a Deaf artist, he brings a unique perspective to the role of a Director of Artistic Sign Language for theatre organization that wants to establish professional sign language theatre as an inclusive artistic practice. The role has allowed him to advocate for the inclusion of artists within the larger community so that Deafness is looked upon as a reflection of diversity and culture. He is a skilled ASL/English transcriber who understands the theatrical context into sign language. In 2018, Landon was given an Award of Merit for his work in inclusion and access in Vancouver.