AZ-MAP 2021-22 Participants

Bret Jacobs - AZ-MAP Participant

Bret Jacobs is an aspiring artist from the small Indigenous community Calling Lake located in Northern Alberta. Bret is a graduate from Red Deer College with a diploma in Theatre Performance and Creation and an applied degree in Motion Picture Arts. Theatre credits include Porthos in Ken Ludwigs’ adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Pig #2 in Shrek The Musical, and Edmund in Charles Mee’s Summertime. Bret’s artistic goals include bringing the stories of people with similar experiences to the forefront: whether they are tragic or comedic.

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Carly Neis - AZ-MAP Participant

Carly (she/her) is a disabled Edmonton-based actor, playwright, and arts advocate with Cerebral Palsy. A graduate of MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program. Carly is currently working on Tune to A – a  new play co-written/created with Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks and Cameron Kneteman. It is a play for young audiences about seeing past others’ limitations to illuminate their potential.  Carly’s most recent acting credit is Part of This World (Citadel Theatre), as part of the Horizon Lab project (co-created with Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, directed by Patricia Cerra).

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AZ-MAP 2021-22 Support Team


Josh Languedoc is a proud member of Saugeen First Nation and lives as a guest in Treaty 6
Territory as an Anishinaabe playwright, storyteller, teacher, and producer. Some of Josh’s plays
include Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land (Theatre Prospero, Banff Centre), Feast
(University of Alberta, Fringe 2021), CIVIL BLOOD: A Treaty Story (Thou Art Here Theatre)
and The Eyes Of Spirits (Rubaboo Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts, Citadel Theatre). Josh
also teaches around the Edmonton area with the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School, Edmonton
Public Schools, Artstrek, Northern Alberta YMCA, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.
Josh is currently finishing his MFA Theatre Practices at the University of Alberta and works as
the Director Indigenous Strategic Planning at the Edmonton Fringe and the Youth Education
Coordinator at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.

Kate Ryan among a galaxy of stars with the text: AZ-MAP 2021-22 Instructor

Kate Ryan (she/her/hers) is a director, educator, and actor who lives on Treaty 6 Territory. Her performing credits include Fun Home (Plain Jane Theatre); Mary Poppins, Measure for Measure and 13 seasons of A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); The Light in the Piazza, Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary); 9 to 5, Oklahoma, and The Sound of Music (Mayfield Theatre). Kate has taught acting with Citadel Theatre’s Young Company and Foote Theatre School, University of Alberta’s Opera Program, Edmonton Opera and MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program. Kate’s directing credits include All Shook Up, Jesus Christ Superstar, Forever Plaid, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Mayfield Theatre); Cinderella (Capitol Theatre); Assassins, The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel’s Young Company); Into the Woods and The Drowsy Chaperone (MacEwan University); The Magic Flute and L’Elisir D’Amore (University of Alberta Opera Program). Kate also co-created the musical theatre company Plain Jane Theatre and has produced and directed over 20 musical and revue productions including Ah, Romance!, Crescendo, Working, A New Brain, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, Drat! The Cat!, Mack and Mabel and Bells are Ringing.
She has also staged for DaCamera Singers (The Reluctant Dragon), Edmonton Opera’s Valentine’s Gala and The Edmonton Sterling Theatre Awards.  Kate is also very honoured to be the 2019 recipient of the Michelle Dias Community Service Award. Kate is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful program!

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