Pull  fest viii

march 2019

For the first time in its history, Pull is accepting play submissions from across Canada! 
One national play and five local plays will be selected to be presented as part of Pull Festival 8.

creative team
curators

Jamie king

Directing credits include: The Wolves forWith A Spoon Theatre with Pacific Theatre & Rumble Theatre, Big Sisterfor Rapid Pitch Productions (remounting in the 2019/2020 season at the Cultch),Vampires In Barcelona for Skinny Walrus Projects for the VancouverFringe and rEvolver Festival, Love/Sick for Stone’s Throw Productions, Foolfor Love for ABB Artist Collective, one of the three directors at PULLVI for Speakeasy Theatre, and Bull for Rumble Theatre’s 2016 TremorsFestival. She has been an assistant director with Rumble Theatre,Twenty-Something Theatre, Hardline Productions and Caravan Farm Theatre. She iscurrently the Producing Coordinator at Electric Company Theatre, where she wastheir Emerging Resident Artist last season. Jamie was the recipient of the RayMichal’s Prize for Most Promising New Director at the 2017 Jessie Richardson Awards.

Mike gill

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Mike is aVancouver based actor and producer and a graduate of Studio 58. Mike has workedwith several companies throughout his career including Arts Club, Caravan FarmTheatre, Firehall arts centre, Green Thumb Theatre, Carousel Theatre,Presentation House, as well as Curtain Razors and The Globe Theatre in Regina.New work is what excites him and in the past he has been part of the creationprocess for such shows as A Date With the Night (Globe Theatre), Old Man andthe Sea (Studio 58), and most recently Carmen Angel (Curtain Razors). WithSpeakEasy Theatre, Mike’s most passionate about the yearly production of thePull Festival and the thrilling work of the emerging artists involved.

directors

Tai amy grauman

Tai Amy Grauman is Metis,Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta.She has a BFA in Actingfrom UBC with a minor in First Nations Studies. Tai recently receivedthis year's Jessie Richardson award for most promising newcomer. She wasalso Vancouver's Mayor's Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015, nominatedbyMargo Kane. Tai is currently Savage Society’s Artist inResidence.She is also working with Nightswimming on a commission ofa new play which will be developed over the next five years called "Hername is Marie".Over this upcoming season, she will also bedeveloping her play "You used to call me Marie". "Her name isMarie" and "You used to call me Marie" are companion pieceswhich centre the history of the creation of Treaty 6 through the perspectiveof Marie Callihoo.She is also co creating a play called"And she fell from the Sky..." for YPT's Leaps and Boundinitiative.Recent Acting Credits includeThanks For Giving(Arts Club), THOWXIYA (Axis Theatre),The Lion, the

amanda testini

Amanda is stoked to be directing for this year’sPull Fest! Right now, she’s choreographing the East Van Panto: Wizard of Ozfor Theatre Replacement and Charlie Brown Double Bill for CarouselTheatre. Recently she’s also worked on Three Winters at the Cultch(assistant director), Carmen for Opera Kelowna (choreographer andassistant director), Timon of Athens at Bard on the Beach(choreographer),  The Velveteen Rabbit at Carousel Theatre (‘Boy’and choreographer), Onegin at the Belfry Theatre and Arts Club Theatre(assistant choreographer), and two BC tours of Love Bomb for shamelesshussy productions (‘Justine’). Coming up, she’ll be hitting the road with LoveBomb again, and assistant directing La Cenerentola at VancouverOpera next spring. Amanda is a Jessie Award Nominee and a graduate of Studio58.

davey samuel calderon

Davey Samuel Calderon (he/him/his) is a queer Filipino-Canadian theatreartist based on the unceded territories of the coast salish peoples: thehən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səlil̓wətaɁɬ(Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7meshÚxwumixw (Squamish Nation). He has his BFA inTheatre Performance and Communication from Simon FraserUniversity. Co-founder of New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works together. 

He is an emerging actor, director, and theatre maker. Recent directing credits include: 

Select directing credits include: How to Self-Suspend - Act I & II (Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre's Discomfort Lab; Theatre/Replacement's PushOff) ROAD (TomoSuru Player's About Love Festival), and Donut Holes in Orbit (DirectingProjects 2013 & New(to)Town Collective).

Recently he has written and produced a short film, RUN, which was featured in the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. And you might know him for his solo drag-clown extravaganza:  BigQueer Filipino Karaoke Night!, that premiered at the 2018 VancouverFringe Festival. Produced by Tender Container with associate producersNew(to)Town Collective and Neworld Theatre.

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