Hailing from New Brunswick, Luke is currently a Master’s of Theatre Candidate at the University of Ottawa. He is writing his thesis on reimagining Canadian regional stereotypes using theatre and performance. His training includes Improv with Rebecca Northan, Vocal Masque with Paul Dunn, and Shakespeare/Clown with Charlotte Gowdy. Luke has worked professionally with the Thousand Islands Playhouse and was previously Artistic Director of 5th Company Lane in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Development Associate at Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, and founded decentre in 2018.
Meghan is a small town New Brunswicker who recently moved to Toronto to pursue a career in Arts Administration. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. While at Mount Allison, she performed with Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre Society, planned a Feminist Leadership Conference, and served as the University Orientation Chair. Since moving to Toronto, she has worked with YPT’s Drama School, Amadeus Choir, and Attila Glatz Concert Productions. She is passionate about performing arts, feminism, and working with youth.
James is a Comedian and Barista from Prince Edward Island. He is currently living in Montreal, where he hosts and produces the comedy show Squad Laughs. James is excited at the opportunity to not only highlight the incredible work that other Atlantic Canadian ex-pats are producing, but also to form a stronger artistic link with the region that he loves so dearly. The comedy scene in Atlantic Canada is relatively small, but it is no secret that easterners are the funniest people in the world, and James is excited to share laughs with people all over the region.
James Brown is a Comedian and Barista from Prince Edward Island. He is currently living in Montreal, where he hosts and produces the comedy show Squad Laughs. James is excited at the opportunity to not only highlight the incredible work that Atlantic Canadian ex-pats are producing, but also to form a stronger artistic link with the region that he loves so dearly. The comedy scene in Atlantic Canada is relatively small, but it is no secret that easterners are the funniest people in the world, and James is excited to share laughs with people all over the region.
Thalia is an Ecuadorian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based out of Toronto. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised between New Brunswick and Ecuador. She has worked as an actor extensively in the Toronto theatre community, as well as in TV and film. She is the creator, producer and host of the podcast Stage Door Confessional with the online theatre platform Intermission. In 2017, Thalia co-founded the advocacy and support organization, “Got Your Back” with actress Martha Burns. She is also the Artistic Producer of Crave Productions.
Michelle is an improviser and writer hailing from Riverview, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of Mount Allison University’s Theatre program, the Second City Conservatory, and Bad Dog Theatre’s Featured Players. She has trained, taught, and performed across North America and South East Asia. Her deepest roots come from the Canadian Improv Games, where she currently serves as the Head Referee and Workshop Coordinator at the National Festival. Michelle holds collaboration and community above all else in performances. It’s not only about creating something interesting to watch on stage,but it’s being excited to collaborate offstage. Because of this, she can’t wait to collaborate on decentre.
Dès un jeune âge, Xavier Gould voulait être comédien. Depuis la fin de son baccalauréat libre (majeure en Art dramatique) à l’Université Mount Allison, son parcours en tant qu’artiste ne se limite plus à la scène. Maintenant connu pour son personnage alter-ego Jass-Sainte Bourque, Xavier passe son temps à créer du contenu sur divers médias sociaux où il espère sensibiliser les gens sur la communauté Queer en Acadie, tout en les faisant rire. Depuis ses débuts à L’Entrepôt du rire et au Festival de l’humour Hubcap, Xavier a trouvé une nouvelle passion sur la scène en tant qu’humoriste et se lance dans ce métier avec Queerness et authenticité. En tant qu’artiste, il tient l’objectif de déconstruire les constructions sociales qu’il a dû – et doit toujours, affronter en tant que personne Queer en Acadie.
Since childhood, Xavier Gould wanted to be an actor. After completing his bachelor’s degree with a major in Drama Studies at Mount Allison University, Xavier discovered that his purpose as an artist could go beyond the stage. Today he is known online for his alter-ego Jass-Sainte Bourque and hopes that his content creation on social media will help educate folks about the Queer community in Acadie all the while making them laugh. Since joining L’Entrepôt du rire and performing at the Hubcap Comedy Festival, Xavier has broadened his passions on stage through stand-up comedy and charges full steam ahead with a tank full of queerness and authenticity. As an artist, he works to break down the gendered cultural norms embedded in Acadian culture in hope to empower other Queer Acadiens everywhere to share their voices.
Courtney is a Fredericton based dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer. Originally from Saint John she moved to Toronto, Ontario after high school to complete training in the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College. She has been heavily involved with competitive dance and community theatre for over ten years and continues to seek opportunities to grow as a creative thinker. Courtney is currently a member of the co-op CORPS, a training platform for artists to develop and perform original works of physical theatre. While off stage she is also a dance instructor for Theatre New Brunswick, Artemis Dance Studio and choreographer for the St Thomas Musical Theatre Program. Her work has been featured in productions including Urinetown (STU), Chicago (STU), and Evita (Blind Faith Productions). Courtney has appeared as a guest instructor/performer for notable events including: Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, PERSPECTIVE, Saint John Golden Gala and the New Brunswick Drama Festival. She couldn’t be more thrilled to dive into this journey of self exploration and experimentation. Look out for summer bliss projects coming soon!