CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

 
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KAYDENCE BANGA

Theatre - Woman at Her Toilette by Berthe Morisot

Kaydence is a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Theatre and Media Art and Performance with a concentration in Music as well as a minor in Psychology. Although she has participated in a university play before, this is her firsts time as an actor. Kaydence has been a part of numerous high school theatre productions as well as a couple of student films. Kaydence has to admit that devised performance is her favourite style of theatre. She hopes that you find the show as fun to watch as it was to create!

 
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ERIK LILLICO

Theatre - Self Portrait by Tintoretto

Erik is in his fourth year at the UofR as a theatre major. This is his third show at the university, following Bone Cage and Blood Relations. This is his first devised theatre and first film acting experience at the same time. Before the UofR, Erik's acting experience was at Briercrest College in musical theatre and Christmas plays. He has been able to learn a little about the work it takes for the lighting and props part of theatre here and is thankful for all the people that work so hard backstage to make theatre happen at the UofR.

 
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JACEY JACOBS

Theatre -Self Portrait by Gerda Wegener

Jacey Jacobs is a second-year theatre student with a concentration in acting. Before attending the U of R, Jacey was involved in numerous community-based plays and musicals. Since coming to the U of R, Jacey has participated in a staged reading of "Wine and Halva" by Deniz Basar in March, 2020. This is her first official show at the University of Regina.

 
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ASHLIN TURCOTTE

Theatre - In the Orangery by Charles Edward Perugini

Ashlin is in her first year at the university pursuing a B.A., currently undeclared. This her first show at the UofR, and she is so thankful for the welcoming team that she has had the privilege to work with during these new and unprecedented times. Ashlin has a long history with the arts, from her ten years of performances in the Moose Jaw Music Festival for voice to her high school theatre productions and recreational Improv team. Ashlin would love to thank the phenomenal artists who have all put in such effort and creativity into the show.

 
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TIANNA CHORNEY

Theatre - The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

Tianna is in her fourth year of university pursuing a B.A. Theatre and Performance degree with a concentration in Acting and a B.A. English degree with a concentration in Creative Writing. This is Tianna’s second show at the UofR and she is very excited to experiment with a new medium. Tianna was previously seen in Spring Awakening in Fall 2019 at the UofR. Tianna has been a part of many musicals and plays throughout high school and she is an executive member of URImprov. Tianna is excited to see all of the films come together and she thanks her fellow cast and crew for all of their hard work and dedication to the project.

 
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HUSSAIN ZAIDI

Theatre - Self Portrait by Frida Kahlo

Hussain is a fourth year Theatre and Performance student in the concentration of Acting. His piece in this Portrait Project will unfold the hidden art message in Freda Kahlo’s 1940 “Famous monkey Portrait” and then bring it to life. This is Hussain’s second production with the U of R Theatre Department and his first time ever performing on a virtual stage and he’s just as thrilled and excited as this is new for him. Before this he has also performed in the “Spring’s Awakening” Production in 2016. Acting is not only Hussain’s Major, but a passion he lives and breathes everyday from as long as he can remember ever since he was a little boy and he really wants you to enjoy this show!

 
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BRONWEN BENTE

Theatre - The Magic Circle by John William Waterhouse

Bronwen is a third year acting major at the University of Regina. Originating from Vancouver, Bronwen has been thrilled to join the department that her grandfather Gabe Prendergast taught in for 30 years. The Portrait Project will be her first show with the University. Bronwen has chosen the John William Waterhouse painting “The Magic Circle” to be the basis of her monologue.  She would like to thank her classmates and teachers for continuing to put up with her from 1300km away. Enjoy the show!!

 
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BILLIE LISKOWICH

Theatre - Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent

Billie is in her fourth year of the University’s Theatre program pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and Performance with a concentration in acting. This is Billie’s third performance with the University, having been in last year's fall musical “Spring Awakening” and is excited for this new performance experience! She also is involved in multiple community theatres around Regina. Billie would like to thank the cast and especially the crew for all the work throughout this experience!

 
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AVERY HUNT

Theatre - Freya’s Golden Tears by Gustav Klimt

Hello, my name is Avery Hunt. This is my final swan song in the University of Regina Theatre department. I enjoy making my own work and classical dramas. Some shows you may have seen me in include: Secrets of a Borne Settee, Antigone and Spring Awakening.

 
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GRAYDON ESKOWICH

Theatre -The Desperate Man by Gustave Courbet

Graydon is in his first year of university at the U of R, pursuing a degree in Film Production with a planned minor in Theatre. This is his first show at the UofR, and he has greatly enjoyed being part of such a dynamic production. Graydon was heavily involved for many years in his high school’s ‘Team Drama’ back home in Melfort, and served as team captain for his senior year. He is excited to be back on ‘stage’ and would like to thank the UofR theatre department and all cast and crew on “the Portrait Project” for welcoming him!

 
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JADAV CYR

Theatre -Social Disconnect 3 by Josh Miels

Jadav Cyr is a fourth-year theatre and performance student at the University of Regina. He has been done both theatre and film. he has worked in traditional and devised theatre. He has been in shows such as “4our” (Devised), “Secrets from the Borne Settee” (Devised), “The Hiding Place”, “Johnny Unforgettable”. He has done a commercial for Sasktel, “NO STRINGS PREPAID”.  He has done Dramaturgy for the theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens, “The Signalman”. He is excited to be working with his portrait “Social Disconnect 3” by Joshua Mills in this upcoming project.

 
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FINN BURKE

Theatre - Untitled by Kim Byungkwan

Finn is an actor, singer and deviser with Listen to Dis’: The Other Ordinary. He was exposed to theatre at an early age through his mother, playwright Kelley Jo Burke. Credits include Dr. Gusano/Chris in Seatbelt (November, 2019, U of R Theatre), company member in Mine to Have (TBA, 2021, Listen to Dis Disability Theatre). Jack in Neither a Hero nor an Ordinary Person (May-August, 2019, Listen to Dis Disability Theatre, Other Ordinary Productions, various tour locations) and a number of speaking roles in the fabulous Sheldon-Williams Collegiate musical theatre program. 
Finn is excited and scared to be part of the wild experiment that is the Portrait Project.

 
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NICOLE BEAR

Theatre -Broken Column by Frida Kahlo

Nicole Bear is excited to be working these amazing people on The Portrait Project. Nicole has previously been in Neither Heroes Nor Ordinary People, New Canadian Kid, Mine To Have, Fame, Seatbelt and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Nicole lives in Regina with her husband, Nick and their two furbabies, Bella and Misty. Thank you to the entire company for your support throughout this process. Thanks also to Nicole’s friends and family for their love and support.

 

RACHEL BUTT

Production Manager, Lighting

Rachel Butt is excited to be the stage manager and lighting consultant for the University of Regina’s Fall 2020 production, The Portrait Project. Rachel has been a part of many shows over the years, stage managing nine of them. This is Rachel’s fourth production with the University of Regina, having stage managed Secrets from the Borne Settee, Springs Awakening, and last semester’s 4OUR. Rachel is currently in her third year pursuing a degree in Technical Theatre with concentration in stage management, and a minor in Religious Studies. She hopes you enjoy the show!

 

KATHRYN BRACHT

Kathryn is an actor, director, playwright, and an Associate Professor and Head of the Theatre Department at the University of Regina. She conceived and lead this production of The Portrait Project, which premiered online November 19 2020.  Previously for the Theatre Department Kathryn directed an experimental, devised work-in-progress titled Secrets from the Borne Settee, which had sound live-streamed nightly from Mexico City, and was also streamed live online. You can still see this project at https://thebornesettee.com/ 


Past professional directing credits include Demolotics at The Saskatchewan Playwright’s Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays, Gramma for Hyphen Theatre, and various staged readings and productions for the Globe Theatre’s On The Line festival, Theatre Network, Workshop West, Vancouver Playwright’s Centre, and the Saskatchewan Playwright’s Centre.


Kathryn participated in the Persephone Theatre’s 2017-18 Playwright’s Unit with her one-act play Draw Near, and in the fall of 2018 her work-in-progress Seed was selected from over 300 international applicants for a staged reading at the Women Playwright’s International Conference in Santiago, Chile. Kathryn’s most recent directing project was Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone for Western Gold Theatre in Vancouver, BC, which opened November 2019.

 

STAFF AND CREATIVE TEAM

Kathryn Bracht - Creative Lead and Acting/Directing Coach, Department Head

Kelley Jo Burke - Project Dramaturg

Rachel Butt - Production Manager and Lighting Troubleshooter

Nathan Coppens - Composer/Musician

Thomas Gallagher - Film Guru and Editor 

William Hales - Consultant

Cathy Mearns - Costumes/Visuals Coach and Problem Solver

Wes D Pearce - Visual Facilitator

Mason Roth - Scenic Construction/Props Construction and Problem Solver

Special thanks to: The University of Regina, The Department of Film, and The Department of Theatre