An imaginary look at the uncompromising life of Thomas Smith
With verbatim text from interviews with award-winning war photographers and international journalists, dazzling physicality, computer animation, video, and physical theatre, the end result is a deeper connection between our own lives and the lives of those we see in the news every day.
Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage series – Nov 2010
Prismatic, Halifax – October 2010
FTA, Montreal – May 2011
PuSh, Vancouver – January 2013
Shadbolt, Burnaby – February 2013
Photog developmental partners include: Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and the Fresh Ground Commission program, The Belfry Theatre playwright in residence program, Victoria, Arts Partners in Creative Development along with the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver, Office of Cultural Affairs
Sherry J. Yoon, Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo, is a theatre creator and director with a passion for creating new performances through collaborative pursuits. With Boca del Lupo, Sherry has co-created more than 35 productions, including: Fall Away Home, an intergenerational site-specific production in the forest of Stanley Park; Photog, a large-scale show that toured across Canada and was created with interviews from prominent conflict photographers; and You Are It, as part of the Silver commissions from the Arts Club Theatre that investigates the complex dynamics between female friendships. During Sherry’s tenure, the company has received numerous awards, including the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and Jessie Awards for Outstanding Production, Design, Actor, Ensemble, as well as the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. Her productions have toured festivals and venues across Canada, Europe and Mexico. She co-created an online exhibition of Expedition, an iterative collaboration between Boca del Lupo and the Performance Corporation, and working on Net Zero, an interactive theatre installation about climate change that involves the audience charging a battery with a stationary bicycle. She is also a freelance director who has worked at the Richmond Gateway Theatre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Canada.
The Artistic Producer of Boca del Lupo, Jay Dodge has won several Jesse Richardson Theatre Awards including seven nominations for the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation. His artistry is one of innovation and daring, demonstrated in his one-man show about conflict photography featuring interactive video, stunt rigging and verbatim text, Photog. Jay’s playwriting is characterized by a balance compelling content with dynamic forms. Other examples include Red Phone, an iterative project that dramatically shifts the relationship of the audience to the playwright through the technology of a telephone and video prompter; large scale, site specific works such a Vasily the Luckless co-written with James Fagan Tait which engaged the geography of the performance’s journey as a central collaborator in the dramaturgy and design; and My Dad, My Dog which leveraged the world of Jay White’s animation in taking the audience on a journey to the most sequestered kingdom on earth, North Korea. Currently serving on the national board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Jay is also a co-founder of PL1422 and has special interest in creative space making. He has consulted with several local BC companies including the Playwrights Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre for their strategic and facility planning.
Technology Director of Boca Del Lupo
Carey is a board member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Society. Carey is a multidisciplinary artist and technologist whose work focuses on sonic arts, interactivity, installations, sound design and performance. He studied Electroacoustics at Concordia University and received a Masters at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast. He has collaborated with hundreds of artists in the creation of works mostly in Vancouver but also Montreal, Toronto, the USA, UK & Ireland.
Through his work with Boca del Lupo in the unique role as a full-time technology director for a theatre company he as worked with the core creative team to continually expand, challenge and grow what is possible and what are impactful uses of technology for expressing artistic vision and connection with each other.
Composer Pietro Amato Stage Manager Hilary Davis Technical Assistant David Warburton Rigging Operator Sean Tyson Video Designer Brae Norwiss Lighting Designer John Webber Costume Designer Mara Gottler Set and Props Assistant Roxana Chapela Choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Dramaturge James Fagan Tait Rigging Consultant Colin Decker Stunt Consultant Rob Hayter Animation Research Hilary Moses Associate Producer Kenji Maeda Associate Producer Rachel Peake Business Manager Craig Laven
Appearing on screen Editor Tom McBeath Building Manager Tom Pickett Cop Parnelli Parnes