Meet The Team
Sigurd ‘The Boneless’
Isaac got his start in performance as a young pterodactyl flying around a music festival getting free ice cream. Since then Isaac has grown into a multidisciplinary performing artist who has worked and trained over the last 20+ years in dance, clown, sculpture, and music. To learn about what he is up to now check out www.isaacrufus.com
In the more than 15 years that Chronfused (Julie H.B.) has been professionally exhibiting their unique style of interdisciplinary art they have made a commitment to creating one of a kind interactive experiences that frame the heaviness of the world with more palatable feelings of whimsy. Using poetry, music, and improvisation Chronfused graces stages, one on one interactions and numerous other artistic avenues with the intention of reminding the observer that collective joy is a force to be reckoned with.
Priscilla Costa is a multi-faceted clown performer from Vancouver, CA. From art school to clown school to energy healing school, Priscilla has a unique understanding of the abstract and surreal worlds within our psyches. She’s performed her solo Clown du Bouffon show “Mona Monae™” at Fringe Festivals and Clown Festivals Internationally and has trained extensively with various styles/teachers in Canada, US and Europe for over 15yrs.
Lucas Furseth is a Vancouver born-and-raised entertainer. You can most often find him at the Capilano Suspension bridge, playing folk songs with a guitar and harmonica, sometimes calling on his mandolin or piano depending on the seasonal event. In the off-season, he is a tour guide and hired gun for local bands around Vancouver.
Andy Marie (they/them/their) is a queer non-binary mixed-race (half-Filipino-half white) Canadian-American actor/writer/improviser based on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations (Vancouver, BC.) They are an alum of Improv College's mainstage narrative team ITD+8, as well as Montreal Improv Theatre's main ensemble and narrative house team Mary Chuck Phil. Improv highlights include the beatnik-themed “Hipster Cafe," which Andy produced and hosted, and their one-person murder mystery show, “The Lady & The Leg,” a Mainline Creativity Award nominee at the 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival.
Captain Jack Crowley
Braye read The Hobbit at 10 and Lord of the Rings at 12. This truly sums up the absolute love of fantasy that Braye has had his entire life. Being inspired by these mystical worlds Braye dove into acting and pursued that dream by moving to Vancouver 9 years ago. Immersing himself in the craft and improv Braye soon found a new calling with writing. He's written and directed the short fantasy film Plains of Snow, which he has further developed into a tv series that he is currently pitching.
A graduate of New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Fairlith has been sharing her imagination, directing, writing, and performing professionally for over a decade. Described by Link Magazine as the 'Nerd Queen of Burlesque', Fairlith is also an award-winning creator and writer. In 2012, she founded Geekenders, for which she has written and conceived of over 60 original dramatic works, burlesque plays, musical parodies, cheeky variety shows, and immersive productions including her 2019 hit, 'Alice in Glitterland'. She performs non-stop; maybe you've seen her. Tall, blue hair, a lot of puns.
Fairlith's work with Geekenders has been experienced by over 120,000 Canadian audience members and over 10 million YouTube viewers (and over 23k subscribers). Her work has been described as having a 'cult following' in Vancouver (Vancity Buzz). Fairlith mixes glitter, inclusivity, warmth, and irreverent humour to create a dreamy onstage world examining perspectives that have been repressed.
Additionally, Fairlith hosts Rocky Horror at The Rio and is never going to stop.
Chelsey Stuyt is a writer, photographer, and performer based on the Coast Salish territories currently known as Vancouver. She has produced and directed improv and immersive theatre all over the world including runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Austin's Improvised Play Festival, and more. She co-directed two award winning runs of Slumber Here, an immersive Midsummer's Nights Dream and is the former GM of Instant Theatre.
Captain Tilly Thornberry
After graduating from Douglas College's Theatre Diploma Program, Lois Warwick has been working as an actor, artist and creator making the world a brighter place. Taking from lessons learned in her own life, Lois strives to be an artist that fights for inclusion within the performing arts medium. Throughout her life Lois has seen the power that art holds and wishes to be a creator that cultivates change and conversation through her medium of theatre.
An eclectic, shy creative, a builder, a TTRPG fan, and a dabbler in many things, Darren Scherck has been engaged in entertainment on and off for the last twenty years. He started, then ran, Jungle Swing Productions, Vancouver's premier Swing Dance company, for almost a decade. Darren has participated as an extra in a couple of movies that no one in North America has seen. He was also an integral member of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as one of two logistics managers at YVR, keeping the sporting gear moving seamlessly in and out of Vancouver. These days Darren is a part of the BC Courts video conferencing team helping the Province with its obligations to participants in the justice system.
Shel Wyminga was born purple from asphyxia and couldn't cry for the first several moments of their life. Thankfully, they soon managed to catch a breath and hasn't shut up since. They eventually embraced the inevitable and completed their BFA in Acting through the School of the Arts, Media, and Culture at TWU where they studied Visual Art alongside their theatrical pursuits. Primarily an actor, Shel has enjoyed the freedom to dabble in many areas of theatre creation and performance, developing skills as a scenic painter, costume designer, playwright, and producer.
Shel is also an FCD certified Actor Combatant and has a great love of all things that smash, slash and stab.
Never one to pass up a chance to tell a good story, Shel spends all their free time in imaginary worlds, DMing, writing, and painting monster minis.
To see more of Shel's recent theatre work check out www.farfromthetreeproductions.com
To witness their Dungeons and Dragons obsession, follow them at @dungeon.master.shel on Instagram.
Diego Arciniega was born in Vancouver, raised in Alberta, and has worked his way through New York City before returning to his birthplace where he currently resides. He studied at the University of Alberta (BA Drama) and at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where he also performed in Our Lady of 121st St and The Winter’s Tale. Other notable theatrical credits include: Twelfth Night (RSDC), Antigone, Salome (Bleviss Laboratory), Earthquakes in London, and Beyond Therapy (UofA). He wrote and starred in his own production The Rocks Hit the Sea for the Thousand Faces Festival, and recently did the same for his upcoming short film “Arms Race” which he worked on with his co-star Julie Murphy. He is also an improviser, actor-combatant, and guitarist.
Julie Murphy is an actor-combatant and professional movement director. Julie is the founder of Proximity Movement, a Vancouver-based company that offers services in fight direction for stage violence, intimacy choreography for theatre and film, and movement coaching for actors. She is also a professional sketch comedian, voice-over artist, and dancer; and has ten years experience as a scare actor for immersive and site-specific horror/haunt attractions and shows. Julie is a certified actor-combatant with Fight Directors Canada, is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance, and holds both a Bachelors in Education and Bachelors in Drama from the University of Alberta. Enjoy the Empty Chest!
Ingrid is an up-and-coming actor born in Mexico. She is a classically trained performer, with the start of her education in ballet. At the age of 14, she began her career in acting, performing in such works as King Lear, My Fair Lady, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Johnny Four Coats
Chance is a multidisciplinary rapscallion who can be distinguished from flotsam and jetsam upon the river of life by a series of odd sounds, inky flourishes, spectral gestures and unlikely turns of phrase which perpetually rearrange themselves in various permutations and combinations in hopes of eliciting pleasure, wonder or perhaps just a more palatable sorrow.
Dr. Victor Mortis
Chris Ross (who goes by Christache) is an actor, clown, freelance illustrator and youth instructor. He's been acting professionally since he was 13 years old, and has been teaching kids drama, improv and drawing/cartooning classes for over 15 years. After 2.5 years of not performing he's really excited to be back interacting with a live audience again.
Eugene ‘The War-Cryer’
Hans Potter is an actor and comic. Introduced to the world of acting through improv, he has been performing one way or another for as long as he can remember.
He is Also an avid DnD player, having played almost every Wednesday for the last 7 years. Empty chest will be a performance that will culminate Hans' whole acting and DnD experience together and he cannot wait.
The Troll Gothmorg
Michael is a classically trained actor with an extensive film+television resume, and is owner and founder of Biz Studio, where he’s been teaching and coaching professional actors for the last twenty years.
Sir Garris of the Blackhaven
Jeff Ranger is a barber, cat-dad, and dungeonmaster.
He dislikes long walks on the beach, rock climbing, and candlelit dinners.
His primary trait is "Indoorsy"
Alexy Złodziej (Zlod-Yay)
Callyn is a voice over actor and performing artist, and lead vocalist of local ska-punk band The Wavebirds. She has lent her voice to commercials, films, animated series, and video games, and is thrilled to be joining the talented cast of The Empty Chest!
Theo Wiersma (Aryss Valadrys) is definitely an actual human person and not an ancient denizen of the Astral Sea. In addition to decades of Dungeon Master experience, Theo is a veteran of seven seasons with the Broadway Chorus and several blink-and-you’ll-miss-it roles from commercials and TV shows. Other interests include games of all sorts (video, board, reindeer) and subverting mini-biographies.
Stanton Chong is a passionate creative, who specializes in storytelling and martial art movement. He enjoys bringing characters to life, and leading the audience into a new world through the medium of film and entertainment. As he likes to say, it's gonna be an adventure!
Dustin is a big D&D nerd, and would play almost every day if he could–but it takes so much time, and there is so little…sigh. He is in one campaign right now where he plays a level 5 Owl-folk Wizard named Murlynn (so original) in the first layer of hell trying to save his soul from a Demon Queen. He also trains in martial arts, his favorite being Brazilian Jujitsu.
Dan Ginnane is an Australian born actor. He came across to Canada just 4 years ago to pursue his love for acting. Dan was originally a professional fighter which gives him a strong movement base that he then used as momentum to swinging into the stunt industry. Dan currently trains as an actor and acrobat in Vancouver city.
Wouldn't you like to know!
Aibhlin (Avy) acts as both a scare actor and a makeup artist, proudly using their works to bring terror to those unsuspecting.
Despite having education in Opera, Theatre, Dance, and Clown, Meris often finds herself behind the scenes stage managing. This is because she is a control freak and doesn't like being told what to do by others, so needs to be in charge of something. Lucky for us, she is also nice and does a good job. She has also stage managed for nearly all of Dusty Flowerpot's large-scale productions, and will stage manage your life, for a fee.