Canadians Are Mean Program

Written by Melanie Jones

Associate Producer Coco Conroy

Performed by

Tanya Marquardt
Melanie Jones
Doug Chapman
Karen Grenke
Jessica Ranville

Friday-Saturday, April 17-18 @ 8:00 pm | Sunday, April 19 @ 6:00 pm

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Special Thanks

My thanks to my incredible collaborators: Tanya, Karen, Doug, Jessica and Tanis, thank you Coco for being right on time, thanks to the Vining family, to my family: Mark, Charlotte, Allan, my sisters, Andrea, Nan, Donna, Mary, Jane-Cole. Thank you Marya, my fellow AIRs, and the BAX staff for two years of unwavering support. Three tiny thank yous on three tiny pairs of wings.


Funding Credits

This work was supported by generous funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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About the Artists

Melanie Jones is a Canadian-born writer, performer and producer. Her solo work, ENDURE: A RUN WOMAN SHOW was presented in London during the 2012 Olympic Games and as part of the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Jones was awarded 2012 NYIT (New York Innovative Theater) Awards for Solo Performance and Original Full-length Script and was shortlisted for the Brick Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her theatrical work has been presented in four countries, and video excerpts of her work IN YOU. (AND YOU?), created at BAX, have received more than 30,000 views. Author of three published nonfiction books, Jones also created more than 50 episodes for CityTV, 55 videos for the LEAP PROJECT, an online course for distressed youth, and more than 25 stories for WAVES OF CHANGE, documenting the world water crisis. She was a 2013 TEDxCalgary speaker and 2014 NYFA Immigrant Artist.

Tanya Marquardt is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. Selected performing credits include: The Show Must Go On (Jerome Bell), a site specific show in IKEA called The Swedish Plays (radix theatre), this cage is a rickety bridge with collaborator Jesse Zubot (the Longest Night Festival), and Stray (Brooklyn Arts Exchange). As the Co-Artistic Director of Proximity Arts from 2008-2010 Tanya produced, performed, wrote and co-directed Transmission, which took place in once illegal poker space, and Mal de Mer, a dance about seasickness that took place atop a custom built moving ‘ship-stage’ at sunset. Tanya’s work has been supported by the DTRC, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, American Association of University Women, and the Hertog Fellowship. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the PuSh Performing Arts Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, VIVO Media Arts, and NeXtFest.

Doug Chapman’s film credits include the lead in In the Shadow of the Water Tower, a noire-inspired docudrama, directed by Lewis Smithingham, nominated for competition at the Raindance Festival (London) and earning critical praise from film luminaries Guy Maddin and Werner Herzog.  A sought-after NY actor from the trenches of NYC theatre and experimental film, Doug is currently developing a musical-fantasy called The Water Dream. He also performed as a lead actor in The Solutions Grassroots Tour, with Academy Award-nominated International WOW Company. While at the Tony-winning American Repertory Theatre, Doug performed as The Doctor in David Mamet’s Romance directed by Scott Zigler and Dorn (u/s), in a landmark production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by János Szász. Doug made his Australian debut in the 2014 production Lies, Love, & Hitler at the historic Old Fitz theatre in Sydney. Doug is an Adjunct professor of acting and voice at Montclair State University, Manhattanville College and a regular guest artist at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art in Australia. Certified Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. MFA A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University.

Karen Grenke is a founder of Cagey Productions. New York theatre includes performances at The Public, Women’s Project, the Ontological Theater, The Chocolate Factory, HERE, chashama, Theater for the New City, GAle GAtes et al., BAX and Aisling Arts. She is a company member of the Nerve Tank and performed in: The Attendants, bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Opal, 10% Nation, The Maiden. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and trained extensively with The SITI Company.

Jessica Ranville is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is of Métis (Ojibway) and French-Canadian descent. She has performed in Montréal, Toronto, and Beijing. Favorite credits include LYING (blessed unrest), Guns, A Cabaret directed by Elizabeth Swados, R&J: The Webseries (ReadySetGo Theatre Co.) and A Kid Like Jake (The New School). MFA: The New School for Drama.



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