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Conspiracy (l to r): Tim Carlson, Belinda Bruce, Jeremy Waller, Milton Lim. Photo by Robert Dewey

 


Tim-Carlson-bw-webTim Carlson

Artistic Producer

Contact Tim Carlson at carlson@conspiracy.ca

Tim Carlson is a playwright, dramaturge, journalist and the artistic producer of Theatre Conspiracy. He led the creation of Foreign Radical (The Cultch, Vancouver 2015), which won the Jessie Award Critics Choice Innovation prize. The 2013 show Extraction, won the $60,000 Rio Tinto Alcan Award, Canada’s largest prize for new play development. Other credits include Stray with Tanya Marquardt and Mallory Catlett (Club PuSh, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 2014), dramaturgy for Best Before (Rimini Protokoll, Berlin @ PuSh 2010) and 100% Vancouver (Rimini Protokoll / Theatre Replacement, @ PuSh 2011). His play Omniscience (Talonbooks, 2007) was produced in Vancouver, Berlin, Magdeburg, Lisbon and Chicago. In the coming year he will be working with Rimini Protokoll again on the new show, Secret Service International, slated to open in Munich in December and writing a new play titled Victim Impact. He founded Club PuSh with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver and served as co-curator along with Veda Hille and Norman Armour from 2009 to 2016. As a journalist, he worked on staff at the Halifax Daily News, Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight. He holds a journalism degree from King’s College, Halifax, and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Belinda bwBelinda Bruce

Communications Manager

Contact Belinda Belinda at bb@conspiracy.ca

Belinda Bruce is a communications specialist and musician. Her career has spanned publishing, advertising, international development and the arts. She has been the communications manager at Theatre Conspiracy since 2011, where she handles marketing, publicity, communications design and electronic/social media, assists with administration and plays a lead role in organizing Conspiracy’s Secret Spaces events. She is a graduate of UBC (MFA, Creative Writing) and York University (BA, English). She has released two critically acclaimed CDs and has performed in venues, festivals and tours in Canada and the U.S. Belinda has operated her own boutique communications company, Blurb, since 2005.


Milton Lim-bw-webMilton Lim

Artistic Associate

Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based theatre director/designer and multi-disciplinary performer. He holds a BFA (Hons.) in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. His recent work integrates digital media and live performance, and employs consequential game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency content readability. He has presented works and performed in various international festivals such as the PuSh International Performance Arts Festival (Vancouver), the Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival (Richmond), CanAsian Dance Festival (Toronto), Uno Fest (Victoria), rEvolver Theatre Festival (Vancouver), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), and the Seattle International Dance Festival. As a performer, Milton has had the pleasure of working with several local companies including MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre, Playwright’s Theatre Centre, Gateway Theatre, and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. His most recent acting credits are: the Woodsman in Boca del Lupo’s Big Bad, and the Host in Theatre Conspiracy’s award-winning immersive show: Foreign Radical. Milton most often creates his original works with his interdisciplinary company, Hong Kong Exile and has since also joined Conspiracy as an Artistic Associate, following a successful year-long residency with the company.


Jeremy WallerJeremy-bw-web-225x300

Associate Producer

Contact Jeremy Waller at jwaller@conspiracy.ca

Jeremy Waller is a director, writer, dramaturg, and producer for the theatre and film. His work focuses on tensions between stylization and inexpressible reality, individual trauma and hegemony, ethnography and fiction. Works that he created and directed, including The Dark Between, Trunk,  and Trunk Oscillator have been produced across Canada and presented in international festivals, including the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver. He is the director and co-deviser of Theatre Conspiracy’s mixed reality piece Foreign Radical that won the Critics Choice for Innovation Jessie Award in 2015, and was dramaturge on Conspiracy’s Rio Tinto Alcan winning show Extraction. He a founding member of a new company, City w/o Birds, who’s first show looks at the role Canadian mining companies played in the murder of internationally renowned Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres. His screen play Bella Ciao!, about an immigrant family struggling to survive in East Vancouver, co-written with Michael Springate and Carolyn Combs, is currently in production. He is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Theatre Conspiracy Board Members

 

Robert 2014Robert Dewey
President

Robert Dewey is CEO and founding partner of Hotfusion Communications Inc., a marketing and events agency established in 1999. With over 20 years of experience in creative productions, Robert is a veteran creative director, events producer and director. His portfolio showcases a wide range of programs and productions that have received national and international awards and recognition. In addition to his work with Theatre Conspiracy, Robert is an Advisory Council member for the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, and has directed the annual YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards Gala since 2005.

 

AdvantageBC_cropped-fullres-7240Jimmy Mitchell
Vice President

Jimmy Mitchell has enjoyed an eclectic career spanning three decades in both Asia and Canada as an actor, teacher, China watcher, journalist, voice-over artist, diplomat, and international business development executive. Born and raised in Regina, Jimmy graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1986. Fresh out of university he was a language student and a university/college English instructor and adventure traveller in China and Taiwan. He earned an MA in Chinese History from UBC in 1992 with two semesters of university Mandarin in Taiwan. From 1995 – 2000, Jimmy was a reporter/editor/news broadcaster in Taiwan, followed by four years as manager / talent at a commercial voice-over agency. From 2000 – 2008, he was a diplomat with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs in Taipei, Ottawa and Shanghai, followed by two years as Director at Canada Pavilion, 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Since 2011 he has been Vice-President, Business Development at AdvantageBC. Theatre credits include: playwright, performer in Kampa-Cola Blues at Kala Pattar (Vancouver Fringe Festival, 1993/Richard Wolfe, director); and consultant, performer in Extraction (Theatre Conspiracy, 2012 – 2013/ Amiel Gladstone, Director).

 

antoine_gariepyAntoine Gariepy
Secretary

Antoine Lawyer is a lawyer at Webster Hudson & Coombe LLP. He attended law school at the University of Alberta and started his legal career at a leading Alberta law firm before moving to Vancouver. Antoine’s practice focuses on financings and real estate matters and also includes general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Antoine has worked with clients on all manner of real estate development and commercial leasing projects, has represented banks, private lenders and borrowers in lending transactions and prepared various corporate and commercial agreements. Antoine is also a registered Trade-mark Agent. In his free time, Antoine enjoys running, travelling and experiencing Vancouver’s recreational and urban amenities.

 

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Reena Lawy
Treasurer

Reena is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked in public practice since 2011 and joined the Theatre Conspiracy board of directors as Treasurer in 2014. Having a passion for education, Reena obtained a BA in Psychology and a Diploma in Tourism Management before eventually moving into accounting full time. When not in the office, Reena can be found hiking the great outdoors, or browsing the local farmers market. Her most recent personal accomplishment: completing the Bowron Lake 116 km Canoe Circuit.

 

Chelsea MacDonald HeadshotChelsea MacDonald
Director

Chelsea is an actor, theatre artist and producer, as well as a co-founder of emerging Vancouver theatre company O, o, o, o. She is a graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. As a performer, she has worked with Radix Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Leaky Heaven Performance Society and The Troika Collective among others. Interests include: expanding her skills as a producer, devising original work and wearing many hats with O, o, o, o., and finding new ways to interact artistically with unique spaces. Chelsea was thrilled to join the board of Theatre Conspiracy in 2014.

 

14-04.Behai-2Setty Pendakur
Director

Dr. V. Setty Pendakur was Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia for 30 years and is now Professor Emeritus at UBC.  He has published more than 120 papers in scholarly journals and several books during his academic career.  A recognized scholar on Transportation Policy for Development Countries, New York, he was honoured as a Life Member of the Transportation Research Board, US National Academy of Sciences.  He is the founding Chair of its Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries.  He has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the Schools of Management and Engineering, China National Academy of Sciences, Beijing.  Setty has served on numerous civic and provincial boards as well as several NGO boards and foundations.  Currently, he also serves on the Boards of the Alexandra Foundation and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia.  Currently, Setty works as a Senior Counsellor to the State Council of China and as a consultant to the World Bank.

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