Welcome, Liz Squires

CLockwork Theatre is Pleased to ANNOUNCE

LIz Squires

Will be joining our team!

It is with great pleasure we introduce Liz Squires, who has joined Clockwork Theatre as Director of Fundraising and Development. 

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Liz was born into a family of artists.  Classical musician parents, one sister gifted in visual arts, another sister on the stage, and a brother with a flair for jazz music and improv.  Liz dabbled with various musical instruments, never mastered more on a canvas than a stick figure, has a handful of theatrical productions under her belt, and struggled to find her place in the artistic world she knows and loves so dearly.

At the end of her first year of university, back when she still thought she might be a high school teacher (until she realized she doesn’t like teenagers), Liz was introduced to Arts Administration.  She continued to take the theatre courses she thrived in, but channeled her focus into the day-job aspect of the arts world, which inspired her to seek out more specialized training after four years at a Liberal Arts university.  Not many artists dream of sitting in an office clacking away on a computer, balancing expense accounts and asking the government for money, but this drives Liz.  She believes that the best way she can support local artists is to give them her gifts of research, professional writing, and a business-oriented brain.

Aside from Clockwork, Liz works for a marketing agency, writes a personal blog and freelance articles, is working on a book, volunteers with non-profits, and does the usual stuff like Netflixing and eating cookie dough.  She makes her home in beautiful Fraser Heights with her two spectacular kids.  She still dreams that one day she might be a professional chocolatier.

Get to Know Liz on a more personal level:

20 Questions with Liz Squires

What is your favorite word?
Bunk. Say it. It’s fun. 

What is your least favorite word?
Gyrate. And lately, succulent. 

Who is your hero?
Now I love Mindy Kaling, but I am truly inspired by heroic people that just live everyday lives. Good fathers, teachers, nurses, shift workers that wake up at 2 am, first responders, people that fearlessly pursue their passions despite the cost. And also Mindy Kaling. 

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Deep conversations, music that evokes feeling, a good book. Sometimes reading the dictionary. 

What turns you off in these ways?
Small talk and lack of structure. It kills me. 

What is your favourite play?
Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley. 

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go?
Vince Vaughn, and frankly, I would travel anywhere with that man. Maybe we’d drive down south and visit Owen Wilson. 

What sound or noise do you love?
Camera shutters and thwacking golf balls. 

What sound or noise do you hate?
Styrofoam. 

What is your favorite curse word?
F*ck, for its versatility. 

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you?
My bible, a utility knife, and fire-starting-things. 

Do you believe in aliens?
I don’t give much thought to aliens, but I do think it’s a bit naive for humans to assume that we could ever know enough about the universe to make a factual statement that we’re the only ones here. 

What is your favourite book?
So many. Charlotte’s Web, Cheaper by the Dozen, To Kill A Mockingbird, Half Magic, All Creatures Great and Small, The Lover’s Dictionary, to name a few. 

What is your favourite movie?
Dumbo. 

What profession did you wish for as a child?
I wanted to be an eye doctor (optometrist) for many years because I wanted to use those big fancy machines.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I really want to learn high quality chocolate making. So yeah, I want to be a chocolatier. It’s more likely I’ll own a used bookstore at some point and I would be very content to do that. 

What profession would you not like to do?
No salary would be high enough to convince me to be a proctologist. 

What is something people may not know about you?
Here are the things you SHOULD know about me: my Meyers-Briggs type is ISTJ and my love language is quality time. 

What is one of your pet peeves?
When people are not self-aware. I think that’s one of the most vitally necessary character traits. 

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“You’ve done well, my daughter. Welcome home.”

CO-PRO SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA!

CLOCKWORK THEATRE HAS SOME EXCITING NEWS:

We will be collaborating with TWO different production companies this summer to bring Vancouver TWO new bodies of work.

FIRST

Clockwork Theatre will be co-producing The Stonewater Rapture by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Doug Wright, alongside Pacific Theatre’s apprenticeship company, Stone’s Throw Productions.

For those of you who don’t know, Pacific Theatre brings on emerging artists – typically out of university – as apprentices for their seasons. The apprentices are fortunate to work for and learn from a professional theatre company and are given the opportunity to produce, direct, and act, etc. during their time at Pacific Theatre under the companies sub-company, Stone’s Throw Productions. For her final apprentice project, 2014/2015 apprentice Kayla Heselwood, chose Doug Wright’s, The Stonewater Rapture and quickly asked the Clockwork Theatre team to jump on board and Co-Produce. We read the script, fell in love with Kayla, and immediately said YES!

We hope you are excited as we are! If not – boo hiss, and perhaps the following information will help pump excitement through your veins:

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

“Carlyle and Whitney are two Texan teenagers on the verge of their sexual awakening. Whitney, who has just been elected president of his church’s youth ministry, desperately tries to seduce Carlyle to avoid further bullying from the other boys at school for being a virgin. Carlyle, however, will have none of it, and she coyly refuses Whitney’s advances while making sure she berates him with the biblical knowledge and religious protocol they have been subject to their entire lives. Through a series of mishap and devastating downfalls, the two struggle to find common ground between their religious upbringing and the harsh realities of the world.”

WHO IS INVOVLED?

Director: Phil Miguel
Featuring: Kayla Heselwood & Kenton Klassen
Assistant Director and Stage Manager: Eleanor Felton
Set Designer and Lighting Design: Phil Miguel
Costume Designer: Kayla Heselwood
Sound Designer: Becky MacDormand
Props and Set Dress: Sharra Ganzeveld

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?

When: July 8th – 11th, 2015 | 8pm Curtain
Where: 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC (Pacific Theatre)
Tickets: $10.00
Book tickets by calling (604) 731 – 5518 or visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org/

Kayla Heselwood as Carlyle in "The Stonewater Rapture"

SECOND

Clockwork Theatre will be teaming up with Black Jacq Productions to help bring their Vancouver Fringe show to realization. But this won’t be an ordinary Fringe show. Why you ask? Well…

To start, the show is a devised piece (more on this later); and secondly, Black Jacq Productions is crazy-cool and has birthed The Green Room Theatre Camp, which is a six-week evening camp for inner-city high school students in Surrey, BC. How cool is that? Black Jacq is providing teens, who may not otherwise have the chance, the opportunity to learn about theatre and perform on a Vancouver stage.

Green Room Theatre Camp concentrates on teaching students the entire life cycle of a theatrical production. Yes, everything! Students will be taught by theatre professionals and then devise their own show for the Vancouver Fringe Festival (September 10th – 20th, 2015).

WHAT IS DEVISED THEATRE?

Devised theatre is a collaborative creation. The students won’t have a script to work off, initially, but through group collaboration will explore story, theme, character, etc. then write a script together, from scratch. Once a rough draft of the script is completed, students will hop on their feet and block the play. As the students physically embody the work they’ve written, further development of the script will occur until a completed play and production is finalized and performance ready.

OTHER DETAILS:

Co-Artistic Producer of Clockwork Theatre, Becky MacDormand, will be directing this devised piece. Other than that… because we are in the very beginning phases and things are somewhat unknown – you’ll have to keep an eye out for further details this summer (and trust us, there will be a lot of fun updates you won’t want to miss).

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WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

For multiple reasons:

  1. Clockwork Theatre just launched its inaugural production, Fool for Love, with tremendous success and we are far too eager to jump back on to the producing-train.
  2. These companies are really cool and Clockwork is all about collaboration. We hope to develop as a company as we learn from these other theatre companies, and hope we can give a nugget of creative-wisdom as well. It’s a win-win-win-win-WIN!
  3. Lastly, and most importantly, as indicated by our mandate, Clockwork theatre’s mission is to “support emerging theatre artists in Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver area by providing them with opportunities to cultivate their craft.” What better way to do this than work with two companies/programs that focus solely on emerging artists. Stone’s Throw Productions works with artist who are  simply, and quite literally, “A Stone’s Throw” away from professionalism, and Black Jacq Productions is starting right at the beginning by mentoring future theatre artists. This, more than anything, excites Clockwork about our CO-PRO SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA.

Make sure you check out both productions – you won’t want to miss the wildly talented emerging artists we are supporting.

For more information on all three companies please visit:
www.clockworktheatre.org
www.blackjacq.com
www.pacifictheatre.org

Oh, and don’t forget, Clockwork Theatre’s first official season will still be announced later this summer, so keep your eyes, ears, and hearts ready! We can’t wait to announce all our big plans.

Fool for Love – Cast and Crew

We did it! We cast our first show, and we are pleased to announce the cast of Fool for Love by Sam Shepard:

Eddie: Joel Butler
May: Kaitlin Williams
Martin: Patrick Dodd
The Old Man: Steve James

Congratulations to all of the performers listed above and thanks to everyone who took the time to audition for our inaugural show.

In addition, Clockwork Theatre has recently finalized its crew and we would like to officially welcome them on board.

Director: Becky MacDormand
Stage Management by: Tanya Schwaerzle
Assistant Stage Management by: Becky Fitzpatrick
Fight Choreography by: Sylvie La Riviere
Set and Lighting Design by: Phil Miguel
Costume Design by: Rachel Zmak
Sound Design by: CJ McGillivray

We can’t wait to get started on this messy love story and share it with you all May 12th – 16th, 2015 at the Havana Theatre. For more details please click here.