Tim Carlson is a playwright, dramaturge, journalist and the artistic producer of Theatre Conspiracy. He led the creation of Foreign Radical, which won the 2015 Jessie Award Critics Choice Innovation prize and a 2017 Edinburgh Fringe First Award. The script was recently published in Canadian Theatre Review. He is currently creating a new show, Isolation Suite, set to premiere in 2020 and collaborating with David Mesiha on Same Difference.
Carlson’s new documentary play, Victim Impact, premiered at The Cultch in Vancouver in June 2018. He also co-created, wrote the music for, and performed in Tanya Marquardt’s Stray, seen at The Tank in New York and SummerWorks in Toronto in 2018. He was researcher/ interviewer for Berlin-based Rimini Protokoll’s latest show, Top Secret International, seen at the 2017 Under the Radar Festival in New York as well as researcher/ dramaturg for Best Before (Rimini Protokoll, @ PuSh 2010) and 100% Vancouver (Rimini Protokoll / Theatre Replacement, @ PuSh 2011).
The 2013 show Extraction, won the Rio Tinto Alcan Award, Canada’s largest prize for new play development. His play Omniscience (Talonbooks, 2007) was produced in Vancouver, Berlin, Lisbon and Chicago. 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 an English degree from University of Regina, a journalism degree from University of 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 thePuSh Festival and he is also in the midst of a year-long mentorship with award-winning playwright, David Yee (Artistic Director, fu-GEN Theatre).
David Mesiha – Artistic Associate
David Mesiha is a Canadian award-winning composer and sound/video designer. He is known for his music composition and multimedia installations alike.
David's artistic practice includes creation of immersive and interactive work that blurs the lines between disciplines of Theatre, Performance, Visual Design and Music Composition. With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille, The Theatre Centre and Theatre Conspiracy, he is currently developing an ambitious multidisciplinary new work titled Same Difference.
David has been nominated for and won multiple awards for many shows and across multiple disciplines from music composition to projection and innovation. Among these shows are Project (X) by Leaky Heaven, Terminus by Pi Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire by Leaky Heaven and The Busy World is Hushed by One2 theatre. David co-created and composed the music for Foreign Radical which premiered in Vancouver in 2015 to critical acclaim and won a Jessie Richardson critic’s choice award for innovation while being nominated across multiple other categories, and most recently won a Fringe First Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe .
In 2016, David was nominated with L’Oquenz for his role in the sound design in Oraltorio, a complex multimedia theatrical piece that saw David design and implement a new piece of software to serve as the control hub for the sound design and live processing of audio throughout the show.
David’s is constantly developing work that is multidisciplinary and collaborative, drawing on the strength of team dynamic to fuel a creative process that is as important and dynamic as the ﬁnal outcome.
Gavan Cheema – Artist in Residence
Gavan is a storyteller who has a passion for using theatre as a means to build community, celebrate diversity and spark positive change. She holds a double major from the University of British Columbia in Theatre Studies and History. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Theatre Conspiracy, where she is working on her skills as a director, writer, and dramaturg. She will also be working on her skills as an administrator and producer and will be enhancing her relationships with the theatre community through Conspiracy’s networks locally, nationally and internationally. Previously, she was the coordinator of the 3.7% at Boca del Lupo – an initiative that strives to create more opportunity for female artists of colour in the Vancouver theatre community. Some of her past directing credits include da’ kink in my hair by Trey Anthony for Stone Throw Productions (staged reading), Mrs. Singh and Me by Munish Sharma for the Arts Club (staged reading), The [Organiation] by Rachelle Miguel for Unladylike co., Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar for the UBC Players Club, and Foreign Radical and Victim Impact by Tim Carlson for Theatre conspiracy (assistant). She was also the recipient of the UBC Bill Millerd Award in Theatre and worked for the Arts Club Theatre Company as their Dramaturg Intern. As an artist Gavan feels deeply passionate about telling stories that are diverse and that celebrate all members of her multicultural Canadian community. She is thrilled to learn and grow as an artist under the mentorship of Theatre Conspiracy.