Hybrid Forms, Hybrid Selves Panelists

Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野

Nikkei-Canadian settler Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary, interdisciplinary creator-performer who explores the intersections of identity through opera, theatre, and electronics. Based in Tkarón:to, Teiya comes from a background of singing both traditional and contemporary operatic roles and is a co-founder of Amplified Opera.

Rebecca John

Rebecca is a queer, mixed-race, Mad-identifying multidisciplinary artist in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, Treaty 6 territory. With a background in devised and community-engaged theatre, they are a member of the 3.7% Initiative and a company member with integrated dance company CRIPSiE. Currently they occupy space at the intersections of dance, theatre, and performance art.

Lou Sheppard

Lou Sheppard works in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation based practice. His work pays queer attention to systems of meaning-making and how these systems construct and order our bodies and environments. His research is often evidenced through graphic notations, scripts and scores which are then performed in collaboration with other artists and in community gatherings.

Fay Nass

Fay Nass is a director, writer, dramaturg, producer and educator. They are the artistic director of the frank theatre company and Aphotic Theatre, and hold an interdisciplinary MFA from SFU. Fay has over 17 years of experience in text-based and devised work rooted in inter-cultural, collaborative approaches, with presentations at PuSh Festival, SummerWorks Festival, the Cultch, international film festivals, and more.

Dasha Plett

Dasha is a writer, performer, and sound artist. She is one half of We Quit Theatre with Gislina Patterson, a member of IATSE ADC659, and works with the Winnipeg-based live audio description group V.I.E.W.

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest is a playwright, emcee and agitator. Currently, she is emcee in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, associate artist at lemonTree Creations, artistic director of New Harlem Productions, coordinator of the AD HOC Assembly, and also of Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip play development program.

Heath V. Salazar

Heath V. Salazar (they/them) is a Latinx award-winning multidisciplinary performer and writer. Named a ‘prolific trans artist’ by CBC Arts, Heath has developed a body of work in theatre and film that spans the gender spectrum and is also the internationally recognized drag performer, Gay Jesus. Having recently debuted original music via their residency with Aluna Theatre, they continue to develop new work independently and as an Artist in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.