Jenna Rodgers – Artistic Director
Jenna is a mixed-race Director and Dramaturg based in Calgary, on Treaty 7 Territory. Jenna is the founding Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre – a company dedicated to producing and developing work by and for artists of colour. Jenna is also the Dramaturg for the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. A passionate arts equity advocate, she is a graduate of the NTS Artistic Leadership Residency, the Banff Centre’s Cultural Leadership program, and the artEquity National Facilitator Training cohort. She holds an MA in International Performance Research from the universities of Amsterdam and Tampere.
Recent Directing credits include Mary’s Wedding at the Citadel Theatre, Actually at Alberta Theatre Projects, and Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse at Vertigo Theatre; For Chromatic Theatre (我的名是张欣恩 (Gimme Chance Leh), Winners and Losers, Cowboy Versus Samurai); fu-GEN Theatre (Mixie and the Halfbreeds); Workshop West Theatre (Beyond the Darkness); Pape and Taper Theatre (Timmy, Tommy, and the Haunted Hotel);and Lunchbox Theatre (Let the Light of Day Through).She was selected as part of the 2020 Michael Langham Directors Conservatory at the Stratford Festival.
Jordan Baylon – General Director
Jordan (they/she/he) is a second generation PilipinX artist, critic and community worker imagining justice and abundance for equity-deserving peoples within the spaces of all our relations, personal, communal and societal. With a decade of experience serving in the non-profit arts sector in Mohkinstsis (Calgary), Jordan advocates a collective, grassroots approach to dismantling and rebuilding organizational structures, processes and ideologies with values of anti-racism and social justice. Jordan is a proud associate of CommunityWise’s Anti-Racist Organizational Change program, and co-authoried RE-Tool, a handbook on equity-driven grantmaking as part of Equity in the Panel Room working group. As an artist, Jordan’s work gnaws at the intersection of queer identity, race, colonialism, food, ritual and the deep dark places that represent our possibilities for pleasure and liberation.
Kristen Padayas – Associate Producer
Kristen is a graduate of Grant MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts Program and the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program. Select acting credits include: Bare: A Pop Opera (Raw Mango Theatre), On the Banks of the Nut (Teatro la Quindicina), Matt and Ben (Theatre Transit), Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests (Impossible Mongoose), The Kaufman Kabaret (Studio Theatre), Under Cover (Concrete Theatre, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Nomination), Working it Out (Alberta Workers’ Health Centre), Bone Wars (Punctuate Theatre), Apple (Sage Theatre), Flight Risk (Lunchbox Theatre), The Scarlet Letter (Theatre Calgary), The Wedding Party (Alberta Theatre Projects), Sherlock Holmes & the Raven’s Curse (Vertigo Theatre).
Kristen is also an Artistic Co-Producer with Impossible Mongoose (Edmonton) where she’s produced two multiple Sterling award-winning Fringe hits, ‘The Fall of the House of Atreus’ and ‘Prophecy’, both by Jessy Ardern.
Kodie Rollan – Artistic Associate
Kodie Rollan is Philippine-born, Scarborough-raised, Calgary-based playwright, actor, and producer. Kodie holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Arts Leadership from Queen’s University. As an actor, Kodie is passionate about exploring how an Asian body can transform a story. He is excited and humbled by every opportunity that champions representation on stage. As a playwright, he is drawn to telling stories that examine the socio-political environment of our world.
His select acting credits include: Working It Out (Workplays Alberta), The Wedding Singer (Front Row Centre Players), BARE: A Pop Opera (The Honest Collective), and Spamalot (Front Row Centre Players). His writing credits include: The Watchdog Society (Downstage Theatre’s Simon Mallett New Works Program), Ya Burnt! (2019 IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists), Free from Phobia (2018 Body in Space: An Art Party), Funny Man (2018 IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists), Handle with Care (2017 Kingston Juvenis Festival).
Jesse Del Fierro – Early Career Artist
Jesse Del Fierro is a queer, non-binary, Filipinx – Canadian actor, director and theatre creator with the privilege to work in both Moh’kinstsis on Treaty 7 Territory and on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples colloquially known as Calgary AB and Vancouver BC respectively. They hold a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University, and have collaborated on works presented at PuSh International Performance Art Festival, SummerWorks, Audain Gallery and rEvolver Festival amongst others. Their work focuses on centering the artist and valuing process over product and consent over consensus as a radical form of decolonizing their practice – acknowledging that this is a life-long process. Intersectionality is their only reality.
As a recipient of BC Art’s Council Early Career Development grant 2020, Jesse is currently under the mentorship of Jenna Rodgers of Chromatic Theatre, and Jivesh Parasram of Rumble Theatre to further develop their skills as director, dramaturg, collaborator and overall badass artistic leader. As Jesse always says, “Honesty is the policy and so is screaming.”