Francis' previous credits as an actor include Mr. Foote's Other Leg, Ghosts (United Players), In the Next Room, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Country Wife, The Roman's in Britain (Ensemble Theatre Company), Love, Lust, and Lace (Gas Pedal Productions), and HELLO: I'm Arthur Miller's Unknown Child (Theatre Terrific). He was also assistant director on She Kills Monsters (UBC) He holds a BFA in Acting from UBC.
Kimberly Ho is thrilled to be a part of Pull Festival VII. She is a first-generation Canadian, born and raised in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, a land still referred to as Vancouver, British Columbia. She briefly studied theatre performance at SFU's School of Contemporary Arts. A self-proclaimed theatre artist, she continues to explore the complexities of culture and identity primarily through her training of physical movement based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski. Kimberly seeks to humanize and bring humour to difficult subject matter in her works. She has appeared in selected performing credits: Slumber Here (Geekenders), A Trois (Rickrack in the 'Wack), I Love Sean (Performance HI) and Prox:mity Re:mix (MACHiNOiSY Dance Theatre)..
Nick Preston is a Vancouver-based actor, musician and writer. A graduate of the UBC Acting program, he has recently toured extensively through BC and Alberta performing in Hamelin (Axis Theatre) and The Birth of the CPR (CMTC) roughly 400 times. He has also spent two seasons performing at the Theatre Royal in Barkerville, BC. As a creator, the 33 Cuts Collective travelled the piece CAEZR: What would you die for..? to Stratford, Ontario, and his first original musical is preparing to premiere fall 2019 in Vancouver. Nick is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, and is impassioned to make politically relevant theatre in the future. Next up, Prairie Nurse at the Station Arts Centre. Other credits include Crazy for You (Gateway), Ubuntu (True North Performance), Dogfight (Awkward Stage) and The Lion in Winter (United Players). Nick was a recipient of the 2015 Ovation award for Outstanding Newcomer.
Anthony is absolutely thrilled at being a part of Pull Festival VII and its amazing company. Selected credits include A Prayer for Owen Meany (ensemble theatre company), Robinson Crusoe (Axis Theatre), Love's Labour's Lost (Bard on the Beach), Of Mice and Men (The Citadel / Manitoba Theatre Centre). He wishes to thank his Family for supporting him in his return to the theatre.
Cyril Redillas is a Vancouver based actor grateful to be a part of the Pull Fest 7 acting company. He currently studies with Laura Adkin. He was most recently seen on-stage in NVCP’s Two Rooms for which he received the Adjudicator’s Award for Best Male Actor and the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding Performance at the Theatre BC North Shore Zone Festival. Cyril appreciates you the audience for opening your eyes, ears, hearts, and minds every time you sit in that seat. Working alongside this immensely dedicated and talented ensemble, crew and director brings him great joy. He’d like to thank his incredibly supportive family and friends. Tonight’s performance is dedicated to his daughter Calla who inspires him to work hard and play gently.
Elizabeth Willow is an emerging actor and theatre maker whose previous credits include Daughters, Mothers, Grandmothers (Excavation Theatre), Mr. Foote's Other Leg & Ghosts (United Players), Love, Lust, and Lace (Gas Pedal Productions), Dry Land (Rumble Theatre), The Arabian Nights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Chamber Music (Theatre at UBC). Elizabeth is a graduate of UBC's BFA in Acting.
Jaycie is an award-wining American actress, singer, dancer who now calls Vancouver home. She is thrilled to be a part of Pull Fest 2018! Select theatre credits: Jersey Boys (Broadway Nat'l Tour), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham, West Coast premier of original Broadway choreography, Ovation Nomination) Select TV/Film credits: iZombie (CW), The Neighbors (ABC), Little Daddy (Chinese daytime drama), Badass Security Handbook (Best Actress Nomination, LA 48Hr Film Fest), Target'd (Best Actress Nomination, LA 48Hr Film Fest). Artistic director and founder of Broadway In BC! Big thanks to Aaron at Trisko Talent and her friends and family for their unwavering support. www.jayciedotin.com www.broadwayinbc.ca.
Jessica Hood holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU. She has also completed the summer conservatory training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Jessica is an emerging theatre artist who works primarily as an actor, but also as a producer and costume designer. Selected performance credits include Acceleration (Sugarworks); The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, which was the PTC New Fringe Play Prize Award winner by Deneh’Cho Thompson; Voices from Chernobyl, an original production that told the verbatim stories of the survivors through songs composed by Elliot Vaughan (The Troika Collective); and the title role in Olya the Child (The Troika Collective). She is also a singer in Vostok, an acapella trio that specializes in music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Jessica is Rumble Theatre’s Artistic Associate for their 2017/18 season.
At the age of 11 Lennora Esi starred in her first Musical "Anni" at the Kelley Theater in Stuttgart, followed by Musicals and Theaterplays at Kelley Theater and the youthgroup TAMMKAT. After moving to Ravensburg she continued taking Imrov classes and performing on stage in various productions. She started acting school in Berlin and graduated with honors at the ISSA in Munich in 2014. She has been working as a freelance actress and singer, teaching and performing dance and creating original plays in Germany for the past three years. In 2017 she starred as the Lead in the world premiere of "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden". She moved to Vancouver in December 2017 and has since been working on productions with the VFS and teaching African Dance.
Lisa Baran is stoked to be acting in this years Pull Festival! Originally from Winnipeg, Lisa moved to Vancouver three years ago to attend the acting program at Studio 58, which she graduated from last April. Studio 58 credits include: “Calladita” in The Refugee Hotel, “Phyllis Dale” in 42nd Street, “Helen of Troy/ Aeneas” in Troilus and Cressida, and “The Angel” in Angel's in America. Other Theatre Credits: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Theater Crossing), HaiR (Renegade Arts Co.) Film/TV: The Man in the High Castle. Lisa is so grateful for the opportunity to learn from everyone on the Her/Them team and wants to thank her wonderful director, writer, and cast, her family back home, her best friend Elsa, and the rest of the crew for making it happen! Look out for her this June as “Ola” in The Only Animal's SLIME. Follow her on Instagram: @lilibaran
Missy is honoured to be a part of the Pull Festival and has deep gratitude to everyone involved! Past theatre credits include: The House of Yes (YES Collective), Fake Wigs (Vancouver Fringe), Baby with The Bathwater (GhostLight), Assassins (PipeDream), The Way of the World, Corum Boy, You Never Can Tell, Jane Eyre (UP), Stop Kiss, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (SecretlyWomen), It’s a Wonderful Life and Of Mice and Men (Echo37). She has acted in film and TV, and received a Leo nomination for Best Supporting Actress in She Who Must Burn. Missy produces theatre, including the monthly Performance Boutique featuring original works. She has directed for stage (Eurydice (SW), Laundry and Bourbon), as well as short films. Missy created and teaches a Chakra based acting program (The Mindful Actor Workshops) and sings in the blues/rock band Wooden Horsemen (3rd album out this year).
Patrick Dodd is a Vancouver-based actor and improviser. Recent credits include Sense and Sensibility (Citadel Theatre), Viva (Bright Young Theatre and Aenigma Theatre), and Red (Aenigma Theatre. He improvises regularly with Instant Theatre and at other comedy shows in the city. Patrick's next project is Sam Shepard's True West, which plays in May at the Vancity Culture Lab, and he would love it if you would attend.
Born in Los Angeles, USA, raised in Vancouver, Canada, and educated in Sheffield, UK, it’s safe to say Ryan’s international experiences helped shape the actor he is today. Growing up in Vancouver, Ryan’s initial career trajectory took him to Medical School in England, where he eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. But his childhood dream of acting never truly died. Returning home after 5 years abroad, Ryan used the change in scenery to pursue the things that interested him the most. Then, at the beginning of 2015, after a few years working in the fashion industry, that passion began to bloom. From that point on, Ryan has been acting non-stop, both in classes as well as appearing in various short films, TV shows, commercials, and stage performances. His talents also extend to areas behind the camera, where Ryan has shown a proclivity for writing and directing.
Samantha Hum is an Australian-Singaporean actress whose most notable roles include the lead in “The Third Bandit” featured in the Storyhive/Telus Competition, a lead role in "Feel Good Lost" and a supporting role in “Mining Moon” for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Indie Film Fest.
Recently in the Women in Film and TV (WIFTV) mentorship program being mentored by Tammy Gillis (Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, Continuum, Unleashing Mr Darcy), Samantha thinks of herself as a constant student, always soaking up new ideas and perspectives that she can apply to her work as an artist.
Raised in Singapore, Samantha has been drawn to performance from a young age, finding deep joy in her ability to entertain and audience. She has always been passionate about singing and acting, and throughout school, she appeared in at least one play each year, graduating as one of the top drama students at United World College (S.E.A.). After college, she was accepted into the prestigious Australian Film School - 16th Street Actors Studio, where she studied the teachings of Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Ivana Chubbuck, and Mike Leigh under the tutelage of such notable masters as Kerry Armstrong, Noni Hazelhurst, and Larry Moss.
Curious by nature and with a ferocious energy that she directs fully at the project at hand, Samantha is a powerful young actress who adds to any film in which she appears. She is currently residing in Vancouver, BC.
Starlise is super stoked to be a part of this rad and important festival. Last month she closed a show where she portrayed a labor-doodle and is happy to be playing a human again. She has a black belt in karate, loves crystals and is just venturing into the world of voiceover. She would like to thank the writers, directors, producers and everyone involved with Speakeasy.
Mike Doaga is an actor/screenwriter best known for the IFP Gotham Award nominated web series: Inconceivable, the cult NSFW web series Average Dicks, and co-writing I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them: Crazy 8’s winner and Leo Award Nominee for screenwriting among a slew of award and festival wins. He spent 2 years living in New York attending the Atlantic Acting Conservatory, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy. Mike is currently based in Vancouver, working on various screen projects both on and behind the camera. He made his on-screen debut in McCarthy’s Shooting the Musical which has recently become available on various streaming platforms. Mike’s Vancouver stage debut was Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscars Wilde, and he is proud/excited to be part of this year’s Pull Festival working on boundary pushing LGBTQ+ content once again.