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Andrew Barrett – Operations & Rentals Manager (he/him)
Andrew is a queer multidisciplinary performing artist and administrator based on Lekwungen Territory. He is a creator, producer, performer, director, educator, coordinator, and founding Artistic Producer of Impulse Theatre. He received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria, pursued contemporary dance training through the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, and studied Arts and Cultural Management through Macewan University. He attended One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Lab Intensive in 2016. He was one of Dance Victoria’s 2020/21 Artists-in-Residence and his solo project, the soft spaces, is one of the Belfry Theatre’s New Incubator Projects.
He has worked as a producer, choreographer, volunteer coordinator, and a variety of other roles with such companies as the Canadian College of Performing Arts, SNAFU, Capital City Comic Con, Theatre SKAM, Atomic Vaudeville and Puente Theatre.
His work with Impulse Theatre has been presented at the rEvolver Theatre Festival and BC Buds Festival in Vancouver, the acclaimed Videofag, and in Victoria at the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival, Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede, and Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest, OUTStages and Victoria Fringe Festival.
As well, Andrew is a collaborator with Kjipuktuk’s Accidental Mechanics Group and their national queer performance project the unfamiliar everything, which is currently a Residency Project at the Theatre Centre in Tkaronto/Toronto.
Sammie Gough – Producer (she/her)
Sammie hails from that another island on the other side of the world known as Australia. She is a settler of Irish and English ancestry and has been living on Lekwungen territory for a decade. After a detour into the world of book publishing, she stumbled upon the wonderful world of theatre and has never looked back. She worked for three years as Marketing and Development Coordinator at Intrepid Theatre and then moved to Vancouver where she ran the marketing department at the Firehall Arts Centre and for Dancing on The Edge Festival. Sammie returned to Intrepid Theatre in 2016, taking on the role of Producer and has the honour of working with artists from around the world. When not at the theatre, she enjoys playing in her garden, concocting strange ferments, sampling craft beer and riding her bike.
Sean Guist – Artistic Director (he/him)
Sean Guist has previously been the Marketing & Development Manager and Co-Artistic Director, and began his career with Intrepid Theatre in Victoria, BC/Lekwungen Territory in 2013. Administrator by day and queer artist, producer and director by night, Sean is the founding Curator of Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages queer theatre festival, and has created new residency programs for local artists, and fostered new work through cabarets, emerging artist programs, and mentorship opportunities. Guist is the co-creator and director of The Book of My Shames, a new queer opera composed and performed by Isaiah Bell, that has played at Tapestry Opera, Opera Kelowna and UNO Fest, and has upcoming engagements in 2022. Recent directing credits include readings of Sunday in Sodom (Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival), The Empress (Theatre Outre/Lethbridge Pride), Tom at the Farm (Puente Theatre) and productions of Side by Side Sondheim and Down Dangerous Passes Road (independent). Sean can be seen on drag stages as the bearded queen, Woofie, and has created queer events in non-traditional queer spaces like the sold-out drag show hit, Drag, Queers & Beers at Phillips Beer. When not sitting in the dark watching theatre, dance and opera, Sean can be found swimming laps in the pool, lounging oceanside, and sitting on the Board of Directors for Pacific Opera Victoria.
Holly Lam – Accessibility Coordinator (she/her)
Holly is a queer and mixed-race settler who has lived most of her life on Lekwungen territory in Victoria. In 2014, Holly knew nothing about theatre but agreed to write a play review, and from there ventured into various positions at the Royal and McPherson Theatres, Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Victoria Film Festival, and Stacey Horton Dance. Holly first worked with Intrepid as Fringe volunteer coordinator in 2017, then venue FOH in 2018, and started as Intrepid Associate Producer in 2020. Holly has a B.A. in creative writing from UVic, where she studied fiction, film production, and journalism, and when not doing theatre-y things she can be found writing short stories, which she frequently submits and very occasionally gets published, serving as a board member of the Victoria Shakespeare Society and editorial collective member at Room magazine, and tending to her many houseplants. Holly created a micro-residency and mentorship program, conVERGE, in 2021 as the Associate Producer for Intrepid Theatre.
Owen Schellenberger – Production Manager (he/him)
The newest addition to the Intrepid team, Owen took on the newly-created role of Production Manager in May 2017. He is excited to join this amazing and profoundly creative group of theatre artists and to contribute to the local cultural scene. Owen is a recent arrival to Victoria from Vancouver, with a 2½ year detour to Ottawa in between. A graduate of UBC Theatre, he has variously been a set and lighting designer, a technical director, and a production manager with companies such as Théâtre la Seizième, Touchstone Theatre, Bard on the Beach, and the Canadian Improv Games. He was Technical Director at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC for many years. When not engaged in theatrical pursuits Owen may be found exploring his new Island home and scouring local beaches for milled driftwood to build cool things out of.
Olivia Wheeler – conVERGE Producer (she/her)
Olivia Wheeler is a queer mixed-race, Chinese Canadian sound and performance designer, composer, theatre technician and multi-disciplinary artist based on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ nations. She recently graduated with a degree in theatre and minor in music from the University of Victoria. Recent design credits include: sound design for It’ll Come to Me (Theatre SKAM), production design for The Fates and Backliners (Theatre SKAM), assistant to the sound and video designer for The Wedding Party (Alberta Theatre Projects), and music direction and composition for Julius Caesar and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival). She took part in conVERGE’s inaugural year which has allowed to build her practice in puppetry, and recently was Acting Assistant Technical Director at the University of Victoria. When she is not in the theatre, she can be found editing podcasts, playing one of her many instruments, and hiking.