Natalia Bushnik (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and Dora Mavor Moore-nominated playwright. She is fascinated by immersive experiences that examine morally grey territories and unnerve audience members in their complicity. Select theatre: ‘SAMCA’ (Spindle Collective); ‘The Bathtub Girls’ (Kairos Theatre); ‘PING!’ (Workshop-Aaron Jan/Urjo Kareda Residency). Select film: ‘Revenge of the Black Best Friend’, ‘peopleWatching’ (CBC Gem). Her radio play, ‘Just Across the Causeway’, was produced through the National Theatre School’s #ArtApart Program, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council, and a live version was performed as a staged reading in the UK through Little Lion Theatre Company this past November. Her favourite pastimes include having no visible eyebrows and watching c-level horror movies.
Kathleen Welch is a writer, performer, and composer from Toronto. She is passionate about new works and loves creating projects with people she cares about. She previously wrote the music for Just Across the Causeway by Natalia Bushnik with whom she later co-created the play Samca. Some favourite past roles include Catherine in Widow’s Wedding Dress, Mrs. Forthright in False Claims, and Clara in Fermata. Kathleen is currently in an original children’s musical of The Three Little Pigs and is working on her first album, Greasy Girl. When not not performing she can be found drinking wine, eating pasta, and cuddling her cat Athena.
Brendan Kinnon is a Toronto based actor and director who is passionate about contemporary theatre and producing new Canadian plays. They are the Founder and Creative Director of Riot King: Art Market – an artist hub producing experimental theatre and arts-community events. They are also the Communications Manager for Theatre of the Beat – a touring social justice theatre company starting conversation to inspire change.
Brendan has worked internationally and across the country as an actor, but has focused much of their work on building the arts community in southern Ontario. When not on stage or sending emails you can find Brendan working away in their garden or strolling around the many wonderful parks of Toronto!
Winner of the 2022 Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest, Spindle Collective and Riot King present ‘SAMCA’, a contemporary, horror folktale by Natalia Bushnik (‘The Bathtub Girls – Critic’s Choice 2017 Hamilton Fringe’) and Kathleen Welch. Combining original music written by Welch, movement theatre, and design, ‘SAMCA’ shares the story of two sisters, Miha and Prava, and the horrors that happen in the woods at night. Tread lightly…for the woods can hear you.
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