Chromatic Theatre’s IBPOC Playwrights Unit

Chromatic Theatre’s third annual Playwrights Unit features four Calgary-based artists: Sepidar Yeganeh Farid, Rick Gaudio, Thomas Geddes and Rebbekah Ogden. Read on for a bit more about each artist.

Sepidar Yeganeh Farid was born in Iran and raised in Turkey. She immigrated with her family to Montreal as an adolescent. Graduated with a degree in Psychology and Drama, Sepidar is currently completing her MSc in Counselling Psychology. As an actor and creator, select stage credits include inVISIBLE and Uprooted (Handsome Alice Theatre) and The New Canadian Curling Club (Alberta Theatre Projects).  She has also participated in the development of new plays in workshops and staged readings including Scope and My Hands Were Made for This (Lunchbox Theatre), and most recently the recording of the binaural radio play USS Artemis (Boathaus Studios). Sepidar additionally performs as a musician and singer on various stages in Calgary.   

Although not primarily a playwright, Sepidar has found her voice in sharing her personal stories in collective pieces. As an advocate of social justice in both the realms of Psychology and the Arts, Sepidar has become passionate in shining a light on the diverse voices in our communities and campaigning for the celebration of their stories.  

Rick Gaudio is a Michif/Scotch writer based in Moh’kins’tsis, Calgary, Treat 7 Territory, Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Recently returned from the Indigenous Playwrights Nest at the Banff Centre, Rick is grateful to continue writing and workshopping his new full-length play, When It Rains, with the Chromatic Theatre Playwrights Unit this season. Currently on a sabbatical leave from his role as a learning specialist with a public school district, Rick is also developing a feature film project with the support of the Calgary Arts Development Original People’s Program.

His past work includes scriptwriting for a children’s television series, writing and co-directing a National Film Board documentary, creating oodles of educational films on the interwebs, and teaching Creativity and the Arts. This year, writing about the themes of Adoption, Reunion, Identity and Reconciliation in his new work is proving both challenging and therapeutic, and he’s never been happier.

Thomas Geddes (He/Him) is a Mixed-Race (Filipino/Scottish) director, writer, and producer. When he isn’t directing, he spends his time creating sound for films, experimenting in new media, or developing new artistic pursuits in movement, writing, and exploring stories based around the Asian diasporas and gender norms. Inherently, his style and work carry a certain theatricality to it. The more he creates, the more he wants to experience different art forms such as dance to incorporate into his stories. His process is rooted in the belief that working in various positional capacities broadens experiences allowing for deeper collaboration and communications. He also has worked as a creator within Sound Design, Foley Art, and Production Management. Thomas graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s  Production Design and Management program in 2016 and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Film Production program in 2018.

Rebbekah Ogden is a visual artist/actor. She began writing at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and is excited to be joining Chromatic Theatre’s Playwright unit this year.  Expanding her artistic disciplines to include writing is something that brings her back to her early teens when she would write short stories from her life for her much younger siblings.

Some acting credits you may recognize her from include: Frankenstein (Jupiter Theatre), Wandering with Wander (Storyfair Productions), Shakespeare by the Bow Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary), Salt Water Moon (Creating Genesis), Wade,  An L.M. Montgomery Christmas, The Comedy of Errors (RSA), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, The Kite, and A Christmas Story (Rosebud Theatre).

Applications for the next playwrights unit will commence in the fall of 2022.