Introducing: Rachel Zmak

 

Alright folks, it is time to introduce our incredible Costume Designer, Rachel Zmak.

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Rachel is a fifth year Business and Fine Arts student at Trinity Western University, who never expected to find herself working for a theatre company, let alone as a designer. She’s been interested in theatre from a young age, when she was cast as the Lion in her elementary school’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Thinking she had found her true passion, Rachel continued acting throughout primary and secondary school, up to University where she had the privilege to play Babe in Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, at TWU.

While Rachel explored the stage, she simultaneously pursued music as well. She attempted to find a balance between the two, determined to become a fine arts teacher and spread the magic of the arts to children, until she discovered at the end of her first year in university that she was not a big fan of being a teacher. Lost and a little confused about which direction she should take, she took as business class at the urging of her parents, who were concerned she would attempt to pursue a career in the arts. Fortunately for her, she did find her passion in business, but unfortunately for her parents, she’s still pursuing a career in the arts and she hopes to go into arts administration after her graduation next spring, and eventually produce her own shows, or open her own recording studio in Vancouver.

As for being a designer, Rachel has been sewing since her mother determined it was ladylike to known how to darn your own clothing. Once entering TWU’s theatre program, she was snatched by the resident costume shop supervisor, and learned a bit about costume designing while slaving over a sewing machine. Becky asked if she was will to design for Fool for Love and Rachel couldn’t say no to a chance to try her hand at designing.

Rachel is newly engaged as of the beginning of April, and plans on spending her summer planning a wedding, taking business courses, working part time, and seeing more productions in Vancouver. She is honored to be working with everyone involved with Fool for Love and hopes you will come see the show!

Introducing: Sylvie La Riviere

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Alright, folks! It’s time you learned all about Clockwork Theatre’s incredible fight choreographer, Sylvie La Riviere. First off, how cool is her name? Secondly, how cool is she! Sylvie works as an assistant at a law firm down town during the day and moonlights and a bad-ass, “will actually kick your ass”, student, teacher, and choreographer at night.

Sylvie reached out to Clockwork Theatre hoping to volunteer her Fight Choreography services and it soon became apparent to Co-Artistic Producers that she would be a perfect fit for Clockwork’s inaugural show, and she has not disappointed. Sylvie’s talent, attention to detail, and focus on safety has blown our entire team away and although we’ve only had one full rehearsal of fight choreography so far, we are beyond impressed and cannot wait to learn more and hopefully bring her on board for more projects in the future.

Sylvie has been training in stage combat for over fours years with Academie Duello and Fight Directors Canada. She most recently choreographed the battles for the upcoming short film, Elven Blades (Evan Graves)and the fights for The Winter’s Tale (Classic Chic). Up next, Sylvie will be spending the summer in Alberta; training for her Advanced Certification at the Fight Directors Canada Nationals. To top it off, Sylvia is also a writer and a performer.

You’ll want to check out her work at Fool for Love, May 12th – 16th, and to all you producers/directors out there – snag her! Seriously, she’s mind-blowingly talented.

Introducing: Tanya Schwaerzle

Today we want to take the time to introduce our incredible Stage Manager, Tanya Schwaerzle. 

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Tanya is a graduate of the University of Alberta, with her BFA in Stage Management. Having met director, Becky MacDormand, on a production they worked on together in January 2014, the two soon hit it off and became great artistic collaborators. If Becky had it her way, Tanya would stage manage every play she directs – this girl is crazy talented and crazy organized and has a kick-ass-always-happy attitude to boot.  

This past year has been a whirlwind for Tanya.  Previously this year she apprentice stage managed, Blue Box and The Bullet Catch, for the Arts Club Theatre Company.  Additionally, she is currently she is the apprentice stage manager for Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar with The Escape Artists.

Keep an eye out for this up and coming stage manager, and if you are producing a show snag her quick! She books up fast.

Tanya would like to send a million thank you’s out to her family and friends for all their support and to Captain whom she knows is watching, from the best seat in the house.    

And Adam, “I miss you”.

Introducing: Steve James

Hello Clockwork Followers!

As we prepare for opening night of our debut show, Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, we would like to take the opportunity to introduce the multi-talented cast and crew of the production, starting with Steve James. Young in spirit, body, and mind, Steve is tackling the challenging role of The Old Man. His insights into the script and ability to drop that heavy British accent has impressed his cast mates and we are thrilled to have him on board.

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Steve James is a graduate of Birmingham Theatre School in the UK and has appeared on Stage and TV since returning to the Performing Arts in 2012.

Steve last appeared at the Havana in the revealing Steve Martin comedy The Underpants for That Other Theatre Company.In the last year he has played multiple parts in staged adaptations of The Old Curiosity Shop for the United Players and Slaughterhouse 5 (Little Mountain Lion Productions). This has required juggling roles as a failed Sci-Fi writer, a Dickensian gambler,  a slightly insane 2nd World War Army Major, a Priest and a rural Innkeeper. It has been an interesting year! Steve was also seen in the Stone’s Throw Production of Crime and Punishment as Investigator Porfiry, in 2014, staged at Pacific Theatre.

Steve has recently been seen on TV in Untold Secrets of the E.R. and Dark Waters of Crime, and will soon be seen in The Age of Adaline, andTomorrowland (If you are quick) on the ‘Big Screen’.  During the Summer of 2015, he will be laying a recurring role in the Web ‘Sit-Com’ The Switch.

Steve wants to give a quick shout out to Becky, Phil and all at Clockwork Theatre for the opportunity to bring The Old Man to life. It has been a wonderful experience.

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.