Deanna Jones is co-founder and Artistic Director of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company with whom she has created and performed in over 15 original plays, including Barrel Crank, the Dora award nominated Keith Richards One Woman Show and Be Wearing Wolf. Other selected acting credits include: Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (Theatre Beyond Words), Bluenose (Carousel Players), and Trout Stanley (Essential Collective Theatre).
Deanna has a B.A. in Theatre from Brock University, and has trained with One Yellow Rabbit, Philippe Gaulier, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and SITI Company. Deanna is part of FIXT Point’s ensemble for the Tale of a Town Canada and has performed in the Huntsville, St. Catharines, London ON, Nova Scotia and PEI shows. Deanna directed Niagara Artists Centre’s STRUTT Wearable Art Runway Show in 2011-2014, working with hundreds of performers and artists from across Canada. She is Artistic Director of In the Soil Arts Festival and contributes annually to the vision, program and administration. Deanna is currently working on a new show about the history of smoking cigarettes, des antécédents de tabagisme.
Annie Wilson wears a few different hats as part of Niagara’s eclectic arts scene. Born and raised in these parts, she spent a large part of her youth dreaming of a great escape. After living on the west coast for a few years she returned and hooked in with St. Catharines arts scene by working with Carousel Players, Niagara Artists Centre and the City’s Cultural Services department.
Annie calls St. Catharines home because she shares it with her lifetime-collaborators at Suitcase in Point. Since 2007, she has been General Manager and Artistic Producer. She also co-founded In the Soil Arts Festival and has helped steer the big and little picture of the festival each year since its inception. Annie recently took a position at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre as Program Supervisor. In 2013, Annie received the City of St. Catharines Arts Award for ‘Making a Difference’ for her contribution to the St. Catharines arts community.
She lives in midtown St. Catharines with her exquisite wire-haired daschund Lümpi.
Natasha Pedros is co-founder of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company. She’s a performer, a collaborator, and a designer. She’s performed in nearly all of SIP’s cabarets and main stage productions and she recently co-directed a remount of Paris La Nuit by founding member of the Niagara Artists Centre, Dennis Tourbin. Natasha has worked at the Niagara Artists Centre since 2005 where she coordinates, promotes, and helps determine NAC’s full slate of exhibits and programs. In 1989 she co-founded KIM MITCHELL, a two person acapella Kim Mitchell tribute band, with her best friend Becki Stacey and toured the show throughout Wellington Street Public School for a week.
Edwin is a co-founder of Niagara’s Suitcase in Point Theatre Company. He has trained with One Yellow Rabbit, Old Trout Puppet Theatre, and studied theatre at Brock University. He is proud of the forty plus Cabarets he has helped create and perform in with Suitcase in Point. Recently Edwin performed in the extremely wonderful and imaginative, Tale of a Town: St. Catharines with Fixt Point. Edwin also performed in the Niagara Artists Centre’s production of Paris La Nuit, A Painted Play by Dennis Tourbin. He has written and performed many short stories as his alter ego Buck, and wrote and scored the one woman show Zarina of Art. He’s excited to get started on Suitcase in Points’ Life Can Be A Monster, a collective creation based on an original work by Adam Buller. You can also find Edwin in the local bars playing his guitar. He writes and performs all original music and has an album coming out soon.
Pegged as the breakout star of Suitcase In Point from its inception, Brian shone brighter than any other member of the company. Unfortunately his star burned out quickly leaving Brian to wander the wilderness alone for many-a-year armed with only a dream and bottle of whiskey at his side. Humility brought Brian back down to earth and into the open arms of his Suitcase In Point family. Since his return, he has been an active participant in SIP’s Cabaret’s on the stage and on the page being a main contributor in the writer’s room. Brian has also appeared on London’s (Ontario) West End in his one man show “Fight! Live! Love! Cry! Fight! Wait, Already Said Fight…” which has the dubious honour of closing on opening night just ten minutes after the curtain came up. What’s next for Brian? He’s going to go for that second piece of Apple Pie.
Miles Coverdale has been a member of Suitcase in Point since 2002 and has worn many hats within the company. He was Stage Manager for Be Wearing Wolf, Groundwater and Zerena of Art. Selected acting credits for Suitcase in Point include; Cordially Entertaining Emily Chesley, A Junky’s Cabaret, A Corporate Western, Looking for George and A Downtown Stupor. Miles has also written and acted in numerous SIP Cabarets. Miles also directed the wonderfully charming Suitcase in Point production sexLass. Miles is a musician, playing bass in St.Catharines based bands The Regards and The Rouge Collective.
Cole Lewis is a director and theatre-maker who hails from southern Ontario. She is a graduate of Brock University’s theatre program, attended the National Theatre School of Canada and is a graduate of Yale School of Drama’s MFA in Directing. Cole is a founding member of St. Catharines’ award-winning Suitcase In Point Theatre Company (SIP), a group of like-minded artists who strive to engage and excite through collaborative play development.
As an artistic associate of SIP for ten years, she worked on 23 original cabarets and directed six original productions, including BeWearing Wolf at Harbourfront Hatch Festival, Emily Chesley at SummerWorks Festival, and The Keith Richards One Woman Show at Fixt Point in Toronto. She also directed Ministry of Love, an original adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 for Theatre Rien Pantoute in Edmonton, Alberta. In Calgary, she worked as an ensemble member at Theatre Junction, where she performed in Archaeology and assisted Artistic Director Mark Lawes throughout the season. Her production of Antigonick by Anne Carson won her the Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award at SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2014. Other credits include And All for Love (assistant director, National Arts Centre of Canada); the world premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses(assistant director, Yale Repertory Theatre); The Visit by Caryl Churchill, Mexico Play (A Farmer’s Almanac) by Kate Tarker, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Yale School of Drama); Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One (Yale Cabaret), Ain’t Gonna Make It (Ars Nova AntFest in NYC) and Moderato Cantabile (SummerWorks Performance Festival). She also works as an Assistant Professor in Theatre at Simon Fraser’s School for Contemporary Arts.
Sergio is a co-founder of Suitcase in Point and has acted as Managing Producer and lighting designer. In 1999 Sergio was instrumental in developing Vagabond Theatre and Theatre Arts Niagara in St. Catharines, working with several theatre companies to produce original and contemporary work at the Niagara Artists Centre’s performance space.
Sergio has been based in Windsor ON since 2005, and spent several years as technical director for the Windsor International Film Festival, The Windsor International Fringe Festival, Media City International Film & Video Festival. He has been the house technician and theatre consultant at Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre since 2006. In 2007 he joined Breathe Art Theatre Project as Artistic Partner and Lighting Designer.
He has worked on many film and video projects and feature films like The Birder (2013) and The Performance (2015). Sergio is a proud member of IATSE Local 580, and has recently opened Max Watts Lighting & Grip.
Alexandra Brown is co-founder and the first artistic director of Suitcase in Point. Back in the day, she brought her passion to building the foundation of SIP with her amazing collaborators and friends. Currently she is the administrative director enjoying the many responsibilities of being a part SIP’s programs and accomplishments as a local, cornerstone performing arts organization. You can catch her performing at Comedy nights or in Cabarets… her appetite for participating in the comic genius of the SIP ensemble never wanes. Laughter is by far her best medicine. She is formerly owner of Pan Café and a passionate cooker of local foods.Alex is the mother of two beautiful children and currently a blossoming psychotherapist. Her friends call her Al.
Trevor writes, acts, writes and performs music, films and edits video, builds props, hangs lights, runs a board in a pinch, and will get that opossum out of your kitchen. He has taught youth arts education workshops, after school programs, and summer camps. Trevor enjoys long walks on the beach with wife and their new family. And sleep. Sleep would be nice.
Rebecca returned to the Niagara Region, after a long stint in Montreal attending Concordia University for Fine Arts, and brought home a deep appreciation for the arts and their value and impact on individuals, families and communities. She has spent decades working in many aspects of professional theatre including at the Membership Services at Shaw Festival, in Donor Relations and Development and she is actively involved in the Niagara theatre and art scene working and volunteering for: Strutt Wearable Art Show, Niagara Artists Centre, Culture Days, Niagara Night of Art and Carousel Players, to name a few. She is a very proud mama to her 20 year old daughter, (a talented Toronto Actor), and her a 15 year old son, (punk rocker extraordinaire).
Kelli is entering her fifth year at Brock University, and is earning her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education – Concurrent Education, Intermediate/Senior – with a Dramatic Arts Major, English Minor. She has worked closely with Suitcase in Point in the past 2 years as stage manager for Cabaret Internet: a dot com(edy), Gimme! Gimme! A Holiday Cabaret, and the Dirty V Cabaret. She was also the Assistant Technical Director of the Robertson Theatre during the In the Soil Arts Festival.
In the fall of 2015, Kelli was the assistant stage manager of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, a Brock Main Stage Production directed by Virginia Reh. She has been the producer of four Brant Theatre Workshops productions since 2014: Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Rumpelstiltskin’s Tales. She was also the AD for Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Rumpelstiltskin’s Tales. She produced Marred Bliss, an independent production written and directed by Mark Harrigan, which debuted at the In the Soil Arts Festival in April 2015.
Kelli has a small hedgehog-child named Sonic.
Along with being Technical Director and Mentor for Suitcase in Point, Johnny is a theatre designer and multidisciplinary artist based out of St. Catharines. Notable designs includes work for Neptune Theatre (projection design – A Year With Frog and Toad, Beauty and the Beast, and Miracle on 34th Street), 2b Theatre (lighting & sound design – Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel), LoHiFi Productions (lighting & sound design – Hardboiled: A Sal Dali Crime Tale), LunaSea Theatre (lighting & projection design – Leaving Wonderland), and the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (assistant lighting designer – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz). As an artist, Johnny has displayed video work at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and conceived/produced ‘Shadows of Bluenose Ghosts’, a site-specific, collective shadowplay performance in summer 2015. Johnny attended Acadia University’s Theatre Studies program (2008-2012) and is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Production Program (2015); he has also been nominated for two Robert Merritt Awards (Theatre NS) for his lighting and sound designs.
We are proud to have worked with a wide range of incredible artists, stage managers and technicians since our inception in 2001. From creative collaborators to guest artists, the following folks have contributed to the past 15 years of Suitcase in Point programs.