Short & Queer II
Short & Queer II
Written by Meg Coles, Robert Chafe, Amy Anthony, Mark White and Liz Solo.
Direction by Jenn Brown and Wendi Smallwood.
Featuring Darren Ivany, Dylan Brenton, Frank Barry, Liz Solo, Bruce Brenton, Michael Smith, Kimberley Drake.
SHORT & QUEER II is the second of our series as a part of the QUEER THEATRE FESTIVAL. Produced by The Queer Theatre Festival, Engine Productions and the Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s. Many thanks to all producers, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, City of St. John’s, For the Love of Learning, Aiden Flynn, Gemma Hickey, Jenn Brown, Karl Simmons, Rhonda Buckley, Ed Tanasychuk, Natalia Hennelley, everyone from The Queer Monologues, Pride St. John’s, all of our playwrights and crew, and everyone who has supported us. Much love! Poster design by Jenn Brown. Show photos by Rhonda Buckley.
Jenn Brown is a director/actor/producer from Upper Amherst Cove, NL. After graduating from Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus with a BFA Theatre (Acting), Jenn served as Artistic Associate at Grand Bank Theatre Festival for several years, and acted/directed with many theatre companies across the province. She also works in the film industry in production design, props and set decoration. Jenn created the Queer Theatre Festival and the Short & Queer series. She is also a proud co-founder of Engine Productions.
Wendi Smallwood. This is Wendi’s first Short & Queer too! It’s been wonderful working with the fabulous Jenn Brown and cast. Past directing credits: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Graveyard Shift Productions), The Curious Case in the Colony: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure (SBTS Festival 2012-13), Keeping Mum (mummed productions @ rock.paper.sistahz festival), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Forest Productions), Sky (Rabbittown Theatre Productions), and The Clothesline (Inzane Productions @ Toronto Fringe Festival). Wendi is the Artistic Director of the St. John’s Women’s Festival of Theatre (SW|FT).
Bruce Brenton is a Jr High English teacher and actor. Originally from Glovertown, he’s lived in St. John’s since university days. Bruce and his high school sweetheart Sharon have two sons; Dylan and Jordan.
Kimberley Drake, from St. John’s, is a proud co-founder of Engine Productions, and is super happy that Queer Theatre Festival is kicking off its second season! She is interested in dabbling with directing and producing in the future, but is mainly acting at the moment. Her credits include shows such as Avenue Q (Trekkie Monster), The Shape of Things (Jenny), and Shakespeare’s Richard 111 (Queen Elizabeth). Kimberley also has experience in film, television, and has worked with theatre companies from Newfoundland to South Korea. Two of the most recent short films she appeared in were shown in the Nickel Film Festival. She is excited to be back onstage and to be a part of Queer Theatre Festival once again!
Darren Ivany is an actor living in St. John’s. Selected Credits: Rum and Vodka (GraveYard Shift Productions), Say Nothing, Saw Wood (GYSP), American Buffalo (Rabbittown Theatre Company), The Fights (RTC), Short and Queer I (Engine Productions), No Man’s Land (Rising Tide Theatre).
Frank Barry has worked in theatre, film and television as an actor, writer and director since 1976 when he co-founded the Sheila’s Brush Theatre Co. He has toured extensively around Newfoundland and Labrador and the mainland of Canada. He was twice awarded top prizes in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition for poetry and dramatic writing. His short film A Life in the Days of Mary which he wrote and directed showed at the Nickel Film Festival and is slated for other festivals in the Fall. He is currently writing the feature film script ‘Carl and Albert’ a retelling of the story of Cain and Abel set in a Newfoundland outport.
Dylan Brenton is a 20 year old actor & dancer. He hails from St. John’s, NL but currently resides in Toronto. He is heading into year 3 of a BFA in Acting from Ryerson. He has recently been certified as a basic actor combatant from the Academy of Dramatic Combat. Select Credits – For Ryerson: Wladek – Our Class, Boyet/ Dull – Love’s Labour’s Lost. Others: John – Boyfriends (Graveyard shift), Rosencrantz – Hamlet (Shakespeare at Play)
Michael Rhodri Smith is living and acting in St. John’s. Past credits include “The Fights” – Rabbittown Theatre Company, “The Ismene Project” – Rabbittown Theatre Company & MUN Drama, “1762 & Treasure Cove“ – Torbay Theatre, “The Shape of Things” & “Short & Queer I”– Engine Productions, – “Calm Air” – Arts and Culture Centre.