Tim Carlson is a playwright, dramaturg, 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 Secret Service International (Rimini Protokoll, Berlin, @ Under the Radar Festival, New York, 2017), Best Before (Rimini Protokoll, @ 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. He is 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 Bruce is a versatile and creative communications professional with strong technical skills and over 15 years’ storytelling experience across diverse industries including publishing, advertising, media, international development, non-profits and the arts. Belinda has been the communications manager at Theatre Conspiracy since 2011, communications manager at Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) since 2014, interim marketing and communications manager at New Works and Pi Theatre in 2013, and has operated her own boutique communications company, Blurb, for over a decade. At Conspiracy Belinda steers the company’s digital media presence, visual identity and promotions; and creates all print and digital communications, including the company rebranding in 2015. She was also key organizer of Conspiracy’s fundraising event series, Secret Spaces. Her background includes various editorial and graphic design positions including editor of Harbour Air’s in-flight magazine, advertising designer for the Vancouver International Film Festival, and writer/editor for digital, print and radio including Vancouver Review, frugalbits.com, Post City Magazines and Farm Radio International. Belinda is a graduate of UBC (MFA, Creative Writing) and York University (BA, English). A lifelong musician and singer-songwriter, Belinda has released two critically acclaimed albums and performed in venues, festivals and tours in Canada and the U.S.
Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based theatre director/designer and multi-disciplinary performer. He has created works for and performed in various international festivals including the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), the Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival (Richmond), CanAsian Dance Festival (Toronto), Uno Fest (Victoria), rEvolver Theatre Festival (Vancouver), SummerWorks Festival (Toronto), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), and the Seattle International Dance Festival. Milton's video media works have also been presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery, San Fransisco State University, and VIVO Media Arts Centre.
Milton was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
In Vancouver, Milton has had the pleasure of working with MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Playwright's Theatre Centre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Centre A Gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery among others. Recent acting credits include Gateway Theatre's King of the Yees, and Theatre Conspiracy’s award-winning immersive show: Foreign Radical.
Outside of work with Conspiracy, Milton most often creates his original works as a Co-Artistic Director of his interdisciplinary company, Hong Kong Exile; he is also a Co-Director of Gold Saucer Studio. Additionally, Milton is the current Artist-in-Residence with the PuSh Festival and he is also in the midst of a year-long mentorship with award-winning playwright, David Yee (Artistic Director, fu-GEN Theatre).
Aryo Khakpour - Artist in Residence
Aryo Khakpour is a Vancouver based multidisciplinary performer and theatre-maker. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University where Penelope Stella, DD Kugler and Steven Hill mentored him. Aryo has been involved in multiple theatre, dance, and film productions in Vancouver. He has had the pleasure and honour of working with Cheryl Prophet, Lois Anderson, Judy Radul, Rob Kitsos, David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Billy Marchenski (Radix Theatre Society), Flick Harrison, Tim Carlson (Theatre Conspiracy), Justine A. Chambers, and David McIntosh (Battery Opera) among many others.
His most recent performances were in battery opera’s M/Hotel, Justine Chambers’ Family Dinner (Canada Dance Festival), and Theatre Conspiracy’s Foreign Radical. Aryo cofounded The Biting School, which has been presented at Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance Days Victoria, rEvolver Festival and Dance in Vancouver over the past two years.
Aryo is strongly rooted in both physical devised theatre-making that defies the text and the extraordinarily powerful plays that have inspired him since the beginning of his practice. Aryo is interested in the dynamics of power, implications of ideologies, repetition of mythologies, and cultural adaptation, which were reflected in Silk Road, his research project produced by and created with Hong Kong Exile, on Iranian passion plays in a Canadian context.