Valerie Sing Turner - Artistic Producer
An award-winning theatre artist based in Vancouver who performs, writes and produces, Valerie’s first producing credit was Co-Producer for the Dora-nominated multimedia production of Jean Yoon’s The Yoko Ono Project at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille in 2000. Since then, she has produced 3 plays as an independent producer; 2 plays as cofounder of Tempus Theatre; and 3 premieres, 4 development workshops, and 30 David Smukler voice workshops as Visceral Visions’ artistic producer. A professional actor for 20 years, Valerie is currently artist-in-residence with the National Arts Centre, and former associate artist with urban ink productions and artist-in-residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. She performs onstage (War of the Eagles, Agamemnon, 36 VIEWS, Quarry, Henry IV Part 1, Cloud 9, Titus Andronicus), onscreen (Lions in Waiting, Mattress, The 4400, Nikita, Da Vinci’s City Hall), and has voiced animation as well as CBC radio dramas and short-story narrations. She is a recipient of the John Moffat and Larry Lillo Prize, Enbridge playRites Award for Emerging Canadian Playwright, and the Gordon Armstrong Playwrights Rent Award, as well as the only Asian Canadian playwright to be produced by Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company when her play, Confessions of the Other Woman, was premiered by the Playhouse, urban ink and Visceral Visions. A freelance writer/editor, her work has appeared in Canadian Theatre Review, alt.theatre, ricepaper and various website publications. Valerie is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and UBCP/ACTRA, and holds a B.Mus. from the University of Victoria.
Omari Newton - Associate Artist
Montreal-born artist Omari Newton is a professional actor, writer, slam poet and MC whose work can be found on television, film, stage and radio. His stage work in has earned him favourable reviews and awards. Career highlights include a best supporting actor nomination (soiree des masques) for his work in the Centaur Theatre's production of Joe Penhal's Blue Orange (Christopher). The play also went on to win best English-language production. His original Hip Hop theatre piece, Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy Of, was nominated for numerous awards including best original script (Montreal English Theatre Awards) and best production. He is a proud graduate of Concordia University's Communication Studies program. Fans of TV may know him as "Larry" on cult classic comedy Blue Mountain State, or as Lucas Ingram on breakout Sci-Fi hit, Continuum.
Odessa Shuquaya - Associate Artist
Odessa is a professional actor for the stage (Unnatural and Accidental Women, The Rez Sisters, Egni's Eye) and screen (Dr. Barlow, Grace Point, Morning Together), and a digital filmmaker and mentor. Her short films have been screened across Canada in Haida Gwaii, Dawson City and Halifax, and broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She is committed to creating opportunities for Indigenous artists in theatre and film. Odessa holds a BFA in Acting from UBC and is certified in both Indigenous filmmaking and cinematography at Capilano University. She is the recent recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Development Award from the First Peoples' Cultural Council to work on various media projects (from documentary to feature film) with Marie Clements' company, Working Pajama Lab.