Ian Garrett – Writer & Executive Producer
Ian Garrett is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. Ian is Assistant Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University in Toronto, is the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), and resident designer at the Indy Convergence. He is a member of Associated Designer of Canada, where he serves on the Board of Directors, and sits on the Board of Trustees for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance in the United States. He is a member of the US Institute of Theatre Technology, where he currently serves as the Curator for the United States’ entry for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, and chairs the Education Committee for the Broadway Green Alliance.
As a producer Ian has worked on the premier of Richard Foreman and Michael Gordon’s What to Wear at REDCAT, the Prague tour for Torry Bend’s puppet adaptation of Aimee Bender’s Loser, dozens of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including At Sundown—a physical theatre piece on aging and memory that he initiated, and was an associate producer on The Medea Project, a cross-cultural production of Medea in Athens and Los Angeles. He maintains a performance practice focused on the integration of sustainability, design, and technology. Recently work includes Theatre Panik’s durational performance, Peep, at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015; Erika Batdorf’s Micro-theatre for Burnish at the Theatre Centre and Venice Biennale, and the set and energy capture systems for Zata Omm Dance Projects’Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre. He has worked on installations such as DTAH Architects’ installation Ravine Portal for the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Toronto Site in 2014 and on the lighting team for the Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival.
Kate Ladenheim – Associate Producer
Kate Ladenheim (BFA The Boston Conservatory) is a choreographer, performer, and arts producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Kate has been a Leimay Fellow at CAVE since 2015, and is the winner of the 2015 Rider University Emerging Choreographer Competition. Her work has also been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble and Rider University. The People Movers have been presented across the northeast, and have been awarded residencies at The Ballet and Dance Center in Syracuse, New York, The Field (New York, NY), and through the White Wave Rising Choreographer Residency Program. Most recently, Ladenheim was invited to a collaborative residency with Peter Van Zandt Lane at the Pocantico Center through Composers Now and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. She continued her work with Lane this past January with a creative residency at University of Georgia, Athens. Kate is also the founder and Executive Producer of CRAWL, a nomadic, multidisciplinary arts presenting series based in NYC.
In addition to her work in choreography and production, Kate previously performed in Third Rail Project’s production of The Grand Paradise. She also appreciates nerding out over digital marketing with Amy Jacobus and her previous work as a tireless dance advocate for the DanceNYC Junior Committee.
Steph Smart – Associate Producer
Having just completed a Masters in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management Steph Smart is working as a producer, director and drama facilitator. An Acting and English graduate from Edinburgh Napier university, she has experience in a variety of acting styles and techniques, having performed in projects for both stage and screen. Her passions lie in directing and producing for both film and theatre, with several short films in post-production and a variety of theatre productions under her belt.
Credits include: Butt-in Productions (Sept 2014 – present); Producer | Music Video | Completed; Dead Man Fall; Producer | Somnambulist | Completed; Short Film; Producer / Writer | Somnambulist | Completed; Short Film Trailer; Producer / Writer | Help | Completed; Short Film Trailer; Toaster Lab Toronto (Jan 2017 – present); Associate Producer | Transmission | Pre-production; Edinburgh Festival 2017; Hot Feat Canada (Jul 2016 – Nov 2016); Associate Producer | Counting Sheep |Edinburgh Festival 2016; Forty Elephants Theatre Company (Sept 2015 – Aug 2016); Co-director | We Are Not Criminals | Edinburgh Festival 2016; Mindframe Theatre Company (Mar 2015 – Aug 2015); Director | Gagarin Way | Edinburgh Festival 2015; Strange Town (Jan 2015 – present); Director | Traffik | Pre-production; Theatre June 2017; Assistant Director | Only the Brave | Theatre; NTS Exchange 2016; Assistant Director | What Next? | Theatre; Traverse Theatre 2015
She is incredibly excited to be a part of Transmission and looks forward to the festival run with much anticipation.
Aaron Willis – Director, Mission Briefing
AARON WILLIS is an actor, director, educator, and co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre (with Julie Tepperman), where he has produced and directed The Unending, Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl, the Dora-nominated The Gladstone Variations and AutoShow. Aaron was last seen at Theatre Passe Muraille in Convergence’s YICHUD (Seclusion) which he co-directed and performed in, and was the Artistic Coordinator for TPM’s 2012 Theatre Beyond Walls season Other directing: The Testament of Mary (Soulpepper), Stupidhead! (Theatre Passe Muraille), Meet Cute (Roseneath Theatre) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (George Brown Theatre School), Miss Caledonia (Tarragon Theatre/NAC), The Thing Between Us (mcguffin company), The Crucible (Theatre Erindale/UTM). Aaron has taught with The Stratford Festival, the Luminato Festival, Ryerson University’s ACT 2 Studio, and Humber Theatre School. He completed the Michael Langham workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival, holds a BA Honours in Drama from the University of Alberta, and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.
Anahita Dehbonehie – Set & Costume Designer
Anahita Dehbonehie is a scenographer and production designer. Since coming home to Toronto in 2012, she has had the pleasure of working with several different highly respected artists and companies.
Born in: Tehran, Iran
Based out of: Toronto, Canada
Training: BFA from Concordia University in Design for the Theatre and a Masters from California Institute of the Arts in Design and Integrated Media
Selected Theatre Credits: Possible Worlds (Talk is Free Theatre, Barrie); Blue/Orange (Kingston Players Theatre); The Lesson (Modern Times Theatre Company); Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre, Toronto); The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (Outside the March, Toronto); Seeds (Crow’s Theatre, Toronto)
Selected Film/TV Credits: as Production Designer for Investigation Discovery (Cineflix); Greenscreen (Bravofact Films); Ruby Skye PI (CBC); Pearl Was Here and Homebody (See Films); Sonadores (TWM Productions); as Art Director for Molly Maxwell (Canadian Film Centre feature)
Awards/Honours: Anahita Dehbonehie’s work has been featured at the Prague Quadrennial and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. She was recently honoured with a Dora Nomination (Toronto Theatre Award) for her work on Modern Times’ The Lesson.
Other Interesting Tidbits: She believes in the transformative power of performance and is deeply moved by new or devised work that embraces the influences of the surrounding world and blurs the boundaries of its classical basis.
Montgomery Martin – Video Design
Montgomery C Martin has been making digital projections and interactive technologies for the theatre and performance since 2005. He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto and works as a consultant, technician, writer for TroikaTronix, creators of the Isadora software. He is a founding member of the Digital Dramaturgy Lab (DDL), a creative research initiative of artists, scholars, scientists and students exploring the relationship between digital technology and artistic practice. Monty’s projection, set, lighting, and media design work have appeared most recently with U.N.I.T Productions (Moro and Jasp in Stupefaction) and Elephants Collective (A Wake for Lost Time).
Megan Reilly – Lighting Designer
Megan Reilly creates original lighting, media, and scenic designs for performance. Her professional work includes media designs in Minneapolis for Mixed Blood Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre, New Century Theatre, and Open Eye Figure Theatre, and lighting designs for Live Action Set and Red Eye Theatre. In Texas, she has designed for Austin companies such as Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Rude Mechanicals, Trouble Puppet, Whirligig Productions, and Hidden Room, and several productions with Playhouse San Antonio.
Megan is Assistant Professor of Performance Design and Digital Media at Macalester College. At Macalester, Megan has begun a scenographic practice of designing multiple elements of one production; this experience has deepened her artistic process and strengthened her ability to craft complete theatrical worlds. A scholar-artist who researches through her theatrical design work as well as her own original performance work and installation art, Megan also investigates “experience design,” the process of creating entire worlds and realities that call for the active engagement of audience/participants in performances involving new media, immersive theatre, and alternate reality games. Upcoming projects include transmission, an augmented reality/immersive theatre piece in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Mary Poppins with Prescott Park Arts Festival in New Hampshire, and If My Feet Have Lost the Ground at the Puppeteers of America Festival in Saint Paul, MN. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Travis Bedard, and her three cats.
Victor Wolters – Production Manager & Technical Director
Before moving to his current position as Coordinator of Technical Services at York University Victor Wolters was the Head of Lighting at the River Run Centre in Guelph and the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. During his time serving in these theatres as the Head of Lighting, Victor worked over 1500 shows including, but not limited to; live theatre, opera, dance, corporate meetings and events, television and movie shoots, variety shows, cultural events, children’s programming and awards ceremonies.
For over 20 years Victor Wolters has also freelanced extensively as a designer, technical director and production manager. One of Victor’s favorite projects is The Hillside Festival held annually at Guelph Lake conservation area. Victor has served in many capacities for the festival including Lighting Designer for the main stage for the past 20+ years as well as a volunteer member of the Sustainability Committee.
Victor is very excited to be to be a part of the Transmission Team and is looking forward to experiencing all that the Edinburgh Fringe has to offer.
Myles Avery – Composition & Sound Design
Myles Avery really likes music. He’s nerdy about it, enjoys listening to it, and loves making it. Originally a classical trumpeter, Myles expanded into jazz and electronic composition at Wesleyan University, where he studied extensively with Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, and Taylor Ho Bynum.
Myles is currently working as a freelance composer, producer, and sound designer. He has worked with several NYC and internationally-based artists, including Overcoats, Humeysha, Kat Cunning, Sorcha Richardson, Violet Skies, and others. He has lead production and recording sessions at The Bunker Williamsburg, Mission Sound, Spaceman Sound, Degraw Sound, and Headgear Studios. Myles also composes and performs for his own electronic ensemble, that sits between the worlds of algorithmic looping and analog, modular synthesis, and has already applied these concepts to a variety of websites, installations, and performance pieces in NYC and beyond.
Myles also really likes technology. He’s nerdy about it, enjoys building all manner of circuit-bent, semi-musical pieces of hardware and code, and loves being involved in projects where his passions for the music and technology combine. Myles holds a Masters in Media, Culture, and Communications at NYU, where his work ranged from concepting and developing mobile games to analyzing design decisions as value systems.
Sydney Skybetter – Choreographer
Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer. His dances have been performed around the country at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and The Joyce Theater. He has consulted on issues of cultural change and technology for The National Ballet of Canada, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hasbro, New York University and The University of Southern California, among others. A sought-after speaker, he lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, most recently at Harvard University, South by Southwest Interactive, TEDx, Saatchi and Saatchi, Dance/USA, NYU and MVR5. He is a Public Humanities Fellow and Professor at Brown University, where he researches the problematics of human computer interfaces and mixed reality systems. He is the founder of the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI), which convenes ethnographers, anthropologists, speculative designers and performing artists to discuss the choreography of the Internet of Things. He produces shows at Joe’s Pub, SteelStacks and OBERON with DanceNOW[NYC], has served as a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, is a Curatorial Advisor for Fractured Atlas’ Exponential Creativity Fund, and is the winner of a RISCA Fellowship in Choreography from the State of Rhode Island.
Dr. Andrew Sempere – App Developer
Dr. Andrew Sempere is a digital scenographer and multidisciplinary researcher working at the juncture of art, computation and culture. Andrew received his PhD from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2015), his Master’s from the MIT Media Lab (MS 2003) and his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2001), where he focused on design (visual communications.)
In-between his master’s and doctoral work, Andrew spent twelve years working in design, software development and research including five years as a Design Researcher at the IBM Center for Social Software (2007-2012). Andrew’s design work focuses on user experience and interaction design in the context of performance and interactive environments and his academic research examines the ways in which contemporary technologies have changed how we consume and produce culture.
Andrew is currently the head of UX for Food52.com and the principal of Digital Scenographic. He is also a researcher at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), and researcher-in-residence and adjunct instructor at La Manufacture (Haute École de Théâtre de Suisse Romande) and adjunct instructor at and Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève). Andrew co-founded the Feral Research Coalition and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Boston Awesome Foundation.
Andrew’s artwork has appeared in: The Fourth Moscow Biennale, Lausanne Les Urbaines Festival, Seattle Bumbershoot Music Festival, Siggraph 2002, Boston Cyberarts, 7th Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique in Quebec, Version 2.0 festival at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.
Laura Clark – Stage Manager
Laura Clark is a York University student who is double majoring in Theatre Production and Psychology. She specializes in Management and Playwriting. She is very excited to be working on her first Edinburgh Fringe show with her fellow Transmission company members.