The TWU Alumni Guide to the Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is an annual event that celebrates every kind of theatre imaginable. The Fringe brings together approximately 90 theatre artists and companies over an 11 day period. With so many shows over such a short period of time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So here’s your guide to shows you should definitely see at this year’s Fringe (because of alumni, duh).  


1. Hunger Games: The Musical

A priceless pop culture parody of Suzanne Collin’s hit novel and its inevitable film. Watch as Katniss Everdeen takes a stand against the Capitol, while belting out twisted Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Lorde tunes (to name a few). Experience a ridiculous ride through teenage angst. It’s all the fun of a dystopian death match, now with kicky pop tunes!

Notable alumni:

Mark Vandenberg (‘97) – writer, codirector
Amy Dauer (‘14) – FoxFace, Peeta’s Mom
Cecilia Rahoerason- Prim, Rue (TWU student & future alum)

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2. Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

In this quirky, playful retelling, Eurydice tumbles down into the Underworld where she is reunited with her Father. Her husband braves the barriers of hell to retrieve her, forcing Eurydice to face a horrible choice between the two men she loves most.

Notable alumni:

Julie Casselman (‘13) – Eurydice
Mark Fleming (‘13)– Father
Brandon Bate (‘14) – Orpheus
Eleanor Felton (‘14)– director
Sharra Ganzeveld (‘15) – Big Stone
Mikaela Fuqua (‘14)– set design
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3. Growing Voices

“Growing Voices” is an original piece written by the students of Green Room Theatre Camp a new summer camp for inner city high school students and co-produced by Clockwork Theatre and BlackJacq Productions. Over the course of the program, the students were challenged to explore concepts that evoked passion and zero’d in on theme of “growing up”. As teenagers, the campers face distinct pressures and expectations, so they’ve chosen to explore – through a series of vignettes – their experience of what growing up looks like.

Notable alumni:

Chris Nash (‘11) – Green Room Theatre Camp/BlackJacq Productions
Jacqui Janzen (‘09)– Green Room Theatre Camp/BlackJacq Productions
Jason Vander-Hoek (’13) – Green Room Theatre Camp
Rebecca (MacDormand) Martin (‘13) – Clockwork Theatre
Phil Miguel (‘10)– Clockwork Theatre
Kyla Ferrier (‘10) – Instructor
John Voth (’05-’10) – Instructor
Tom Gage (‘07, ‘13) – Instructor

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4. Oh The Humanity

From multiple-award winning playwright Will Eno comes a series of five short plays about people trying to cope with the basic trial of being human among other humans.

Notable alumni:

Lois Dawson (‘07) – stage manager

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5. BEING Animal

This show addresses why it is vital for us as human beings to collaborate and ultimately repatriate ourselves as citizens of the natural world in order to survive as a species.

Notable alumni:

Lois Dawson (‘07) – stage manager

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6. The Fighting Season

Based on his father’s real life experiences as a doctor in Afghanistan, Sean Harris Oliver’s new play investigates Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan through the eyes of the medical personnel who served for our country abroad.

Notable alumni:

Kyle Jespersen (‘03)

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7. DAREU!

An Augmented Reality experience featuring 7 stories of risk from 7 bold young artists, created to be experienced using phones or tablets. Each story is discovered by exploring a specific location, and all seven are connected by the theme of “risk.” An immersive, site-specific experience.

Notable alumni:

Amy Dauer (‘14)
Eleanor Felton (’14)
Mikaela Fuqua (‘14)

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