Susan Miyagishima is a Vancouver-based theatre professional who mainly divides her time between stage management and prop design. She is very excited to expand into the directing field with this years Pull Festival. Select stage management credits include, Kayak (Alley Theatre), Amish Project, Oleanna (Bleeding Heart Theatre), Wondrous Tales of Old Japan (Carousel Theatre), You Are Very Star, Great Day for Up (Electric Company), King of the Yees (Gateway Theatre-NAC tour), Night Light, Wired, Celestial Being (Green Thumb Theatre), Fifty Words (Mitch and Murray Productions), The Idiot, Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), Genetic Drift (Pi Theatre), The Project (Solo Collective), Mary Poppins (Theatre Under the Stars), Bonjour, là, bonjour, À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Des fraises en janvier,Porc-Épic, Le Portrait Gooble (Théâtre la Seizième), Empire of the Son, 1Hour Photo (VACT), Drowsy Chaperone(Vancouver Playhouse) and three seasons on the Mainstage at Bard on the Beach. Props credits include 1984 (Virtual Stage/Studio 58), Forbidden Phoenix, Around the World in 80 Days, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Theatre), A Picasso (Presentation House), Life Savers (Ruby Slippers). Le Périmètre (Théâtre la Seizième). Other career highlights include Interim Production Manager at Studio 58, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies (wardrobe venue coordinator) and the Canadian independent feature film Eadweard (Head Set Decorator). She has toured extensively throughout Canada and into the United States, has received a Jessie Award Nomination for Outstanding Stage Management and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and Studio 58 Langara College.
Ilana Zackon is a Canadian artist who enjoys wearing many hats. An actor, director, singer-songwriter, voice-over artist, writer and producer, she has been involved in the performing arts since the age of three. She recently toured across Canada in Tohu Bohu's The Magical Journey and can also be heard as the voice of Catalyst in Livelock (Tuque Games), as well as Katherina von Dernsbach in Mordheim: City of the Damned (Games Workshop). Ilana is the founder and Artistic Director of Project X Performance, a social issue theatre company originally based out of Montreal. To date, she has directed PxP’s first two productions: Part I and in / cognitō: a living art exhibit on mental health. Ilana is very excited to bring her work to the West Coast and is currently developing her first one-woman piece, through her residency at Presentation House Theatre. www.projectxperformance.com
Pedro is a first-generation Latinx-Canadian theatre artist who was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, Canada. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. He then went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan. Pedro is a performer, director, playwright and theatre jack-of-all-trades. Selected Credits: Broken Tailbone (Nightswimming), Small Town Hoser Spic & Mis Papás (rice & beans), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), BullI (Rumble Theatre) and The Show Must Go On (Push Festival). Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014 and currently rice & beans theatre is working on a company collaboration with Playwrights Theatre Centre where they are developing two new pieces The Boy Who Wanted to be a Mannequin by Derek Chan and There Are No Gods Here by Pedro Chamale. Pedro has also worked behind the scenes with local Vancouver theatre companies such as: Full Circle First Nations Performance, Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, Neworld Theatre, and The Only Animal.