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Stewart Legere | Creator and Performer

Stewart Legere is a queer artist from Halifax and an ensemble member and Artistic Associate with Zuppa Theatre Co. — with whom he has created and performed work for ten years. He is also co-founder and Artistic Director of The Accidental Mechanics Group. His solo show El Camino or The Field of Stars debuted in the 2011 Queer Acts Theatre Festival and ran at Videofag in 2013. Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death has been presented at festivals across Canada including Stages (Halifax), OUTstages (Victoria), SummerWorks (Toronto), PuSh (Vancouver), FTA (Montreal), and IMPACT (Kitchener). He was voted Best Male Actor in Halifax’s The Coast Magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue for 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. He is a two-time Merritt Award winner. As a musician, he is a vocalist with orchestral pop outfit The Heavy Blinkers, and in 2017 released his debut solo album Quiet The Station. An avid and passionate collaborator, his work is fascinated with sexuality, vulnerability, intimacy, the destruction of persona, and the celebration of performance.

Christian Barry | Director and Dramaturge

Christian has directed shows that have toured nationally and internationally. For the Accidental Mechanics Group, Christian previously directed and dramaturged El Camino or the Field of Stars. Directing credits for 2b theatre company: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, The God That Comes, Homage, Revisited, The Russian Play, The Story of Mr. Wright, East of Berlin, Manners of Dying, and Cherry Docs. His productions have played at prestigious venues and festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Magnetic North, PuSh, Pittsburgh International Fest of Firsts, Noorderzon, Aarhus Festival, Theaterformen Hanover, Luminato, and World Stage.

Awards include: One Dora Award for Best Production, three Theatre NS Merritt Awards for Outstanding Direction (nine nominations), two for Outstanding New Play, and one for Outstanding Lighting Design. He has also been nominated for four Drama Desk Awards.

Nick Bottomley | Projection Designer

Nick Bottomley is a projection designer based in Halifax. Currently, he is designing Stephen Fry’s Mythos at the Shaw Festival. Recent credits include One Discordant Violin, When it Rains (2b theatre company), Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion (National Arts Centre), The School for Scandal, HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island, Possible Worlds (Stratford Festival), Dream On (BBC Live), and Pop-Up Love Party (Zuppa Theatre Company).

Karen Gross | Producer

Karen Gross is a Halifax based producer. She spends most of her time with 2b theatre company. Karen is also artistic co-director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company (Let’s Try This Standing). She has previously worked with Zuppa Theatre, Live Art Dance, HomeFirst Theatre, Strategic Arts Management, and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Karen is the co-founder of the StART Festival, an interdisciplinary festival of art by emerging artists.

Louisa Adamson | Production Manager

Louisa is a production manager, event producer & designer, stage manager, collaborator & technician & delighted to be a part of Accidental Mechanics Group.

Louisa is the Manager of the Spatz Theatre & Resident SM/PM for 2b theatre company. Past work with Kazan Co-op, Misery Loves (theatre) Company, Secret Theatre, Zuppa Theatre Co., Eastern Front Theatre, and The Atlantic Film Festival.

Recipient of the Scotland Herald ‘little devil’ award 2014 Edinburgh Fringe & 3 Merritt Awards. Co-Founder of The New Science & Board Member of the Legacy Centre. Louisa is based in Halifax N.S, Canada & often tours across North America and Europe.

Leesa Hamilton | Costume Designer

Leesa is a freelance costume designer whose most recent work includes; What a Young Wife Ought to Know (2b theatre), When it Rains (2b theatre), Lysistrata (2 Planks and a Passion Theatre) and Slowly I Turn (Zuppa Theatre Co.). Leesa has been nominated for five Merritt Awards for her work in design and in 2013 was awarded Outstanding Costume Design for Lysistrata and Outstanding Set Design for Slowly I Turn.

Jordan Palmer | Sound Operator

Jordan Palmer is a Halifax based audio engineer/sound designer – working in film, music production and theatre. Jordan is a recent graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recordings Technologies in London, ON. He has been the front of house engineer for many festivals and shows, such as Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story and The God That Comes (2b theatre company), Halifax Jazz Festival, Celtic Colours, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Halifax Pop Explosion, Harvest Jazz & Blues, Anne & Gilbert (Harbourfront Theatre), The Festival of Small Halls, Deep Roots Music Cooperative, and the Lunenburg Folk Festival. He has also worked as a monitor engineer for bands like Blue Rodeo, Hey Rosetta!, Wolf Parade, The Beach Boys, American Baseball, July Talk, Stars and Purity Ring, among others.

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