Charlotte Wright – Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Charlotte is very excited to be back with Nanaimo Fringe Festival after a seven year hiatus. Charlotte was a venue technician for the first year of the Fringe Festival back in 2011 and had an incredible time. Since then she has received a diploma in theatre from VIU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from UBC. Charlotte is an actor on Vancouver’s stages as well as an award winning audiobook narrator. She has recently moved into the administration side of the industry, working as an Associate Producer at Touchstone Theatre, and is currently working towards an Arts and Entertainment Management certificate at Capilano University.
Anne Taylor – Outgoing General Manager
An alumnus of the Vancouver Fringe as their Production Manager (2006 to 2008) and Venue Technician (1998 to 2006). Anne has travelled to Edmonton’s Fringe, the largest Fringe Festival in North America, and to NZ Fringe festival in Wellington New Zealand. When not at a Fringe Festival you can find Anne stage managing at Chemainus Theatre.
Shelby Matthews – Director and Outgoing Event Manager
In 2014, Shelby completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at Vancouver Island University. After graduating, she continued to pursue the technical side, from stage managing the Vancouver Island Symphony numerous times, to doing both Stage Management and Tech around Nanaimo. She has been involved with the Nanaimo Fringe Festival for the last six years, from being a Technician, to Venue Managing, Event Managing and now sitting on the Board of Directors. She is excited to see Nanaimo Fringe continuing to thrive and grow!
Nick Barrett – Chair & Technical Direction
Nick started working as a technician with the Nanaimo Fringe Festival in its first year. He is currently chairperson and involved in Technical Direction and Venue Management. Born in Port Alberni, Nick moved to Nanaimo to study at VIU and receive a diploma in Technical Theatre and Media. Nick became a freelance Technician and Stage Manager, with a focus on lighting and audio design, and travels around Vancouver Island to volunteer and work with many local and international theatre companies. Nick is very excited to be volunteering with the Nanaimo Fringe Festival again this year and can not wait to see another amazing festival year.
Nicolle Nattrass – Recording Secretary
Nicolle is an actress (CAEA/UBCP) & playwright (full member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada) She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Victoria in 1991. She is also certified as an addiction Counsellor CAC II, since 2007. Nicolle served as Deputy Chair for the Women’s Caucus, Playwrights Guild of Canada from 2009- June 2012. She has served as a juror for Theatre BC’s Canadian National Playwriting Competition in 2008 & 2009. She has also worked as a director & dramaturge at the New Play Festival (Theatre BC). She has been on our board from the festival’s beginning.
Tamara McCarthy – Director
Tamara is a professional director, actor, teacher, and mother. She has a deep passion for women-centric theatre and women’s stories, directing work with strong roles for women. A 5-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee, Tamara’s recent directing credits include Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge); A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Dancing at Lughnasa (Peninsula Productions); James and the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre Festival); and In a Forest, Dark and Deep (Naked Goddess). A few of Tamara’s Assistant Directing credits include Twelfth Night (Bard on the Beach); Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway); No Great Mischief (Vancouver Playhouse); Bye Bye Baby (Presentation House); and The Winter’s Tale (Classic Chic). With a lengthy background in physical theatre, Tamara co-founded Boca del Lupo Theatre in 1996, and was the co-Artistic Director until 2001.
Brianna Wiens – Director
Brianna is an actor, producer, writer, and director originally from Cobble Hill. A graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University, Brianna has spent the last decade working in theatre and film in Vancouver and last year made the move home to the island. Her collaborative spirit has driven the course of her career and she is always keen to work on new and devised pieces. This has lead her from stage to screen, and everywhere in between, and she continues to push her creative boundaries in the best possible ways. Recent theatre credits include Last Wife in Calling Home (SNAFU/Theatre Skam), Carly in Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge), Narrator in Hipstory (Spec Theatre), Sam Sawyer in Leftovers (Dark Matter) and Female Actor in This is a Play (Ode Movements). An advocate for women’s voices in comedy, Brianna is co-producer and co-writer of the series Girls vs. The City, currently in its second season. You can watch the series on YouTube, as well as Season 2 on Telus Optik TV (July 30th).