i-ROBOT Theatre - Artists

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre is proud to present the artists of i-ROBOT Theatre:

Director & Co-Writer: Charles Netto
Producer & Co-Writer: Mark Hopkins
    Mikaela Cochrane
    Wil Knoll
    Scott Morris
    Sylvia Niederberger
    Jeffrey Olynek
    Jennifer Roberts
    Elaine Weryshko
    Aislin Winsor

Stage Manager: Kelsey Ledbury
Production Manager: Thomas Michael Hall
Sound Designer: Kyle Hinton
Videographer: Travis Dickie
Assistant Stage Manager: Gina Power
    Natalee Caple
    AJ Demers

Charles Netto - Director & Writer

Charles is Co-Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre. He works primarily as a writer, director and producer. He has directed, and had a hand in writing and creating, many Swallow-a-Bicycle productions: Freak Show: Redux, Wanderlust, Shhhh!, Scenes from a Revolution, Chance Moments and December Lullaby, as well as shorts A World Gone Mad, Free Coffee and Sprawl.

Charles is the author of the plays Chance Moments and Scenes from a Revolution and co-author of Super 8 with Mark Hopkins. This past May, Super 8 won the APN Alberta Playwriting Contest (Discovery Category). It will premiere at Lunchbox Theatre in February 2012.

Charles has, on his wall, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta.

Mark Hopkins - Writer & Producer

Mark Hopkins is a Calgary-based theatre artist and community builder. He spends his days in the offices of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and his nights in the creative trenches with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre. He is the president of Calgary Young People's Theatre, the host of regular 'We Should Know Each Other' parties and appeared on The Calgary Herald's list of 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2011.

Upcoming projects: Mark will be involved in Swallow-a-Bicycle's production of Freak Show at the 2011 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Then, in February 2012, Super 8, an award-winning play co-written with Charles Netto, will premiere at Lunchbox Theatre.

Mikaela Cochrane - Performer

Mikaela is the newest member of the i-ROBOT ensemble, and couldn't be more ecstatic! She just graduated from Mount Royal's Theatre Performance program this spring, and this is her first post-program adventure. In the program she was in the Shakespeare tour A Dream of Midsummer, Uncommon Women and Others, and Ash Girl. Mikaela was also part of the 2010 Heritage Park street players, with roles in several plays including Doctor Dilliamond's Day Off and The Mail Robbery.

Wil Knoll - Performer

Wil Knoll is a huge geek. He once said "I'm from the Internet, I'm here to help" during rehearsal and no one has let him forget it. He is a founding member of Protospace, Calgary's first Hackerspace, and has spoken often on hacker techniques and online security- Ah man, I hate speaking in third person. Listen, if you do the twitter thing I'm @wintr. Thanks for letting me geek out with you.

Scott Morris - Performer

Scott Morris is a Calgary based theatre artist with a penchant for the weird. Cherubic and well-freckled, he enjoys cooking and his job working at the awesome factory. This is his first production with Swallow-a-Bicycle.

Sylvia Niederberger - Performer

Sylvia is a recent graduate of the UofC Drama Department and an Artistic Associate with (Parenthesis) Company.

Selected Credits include: Lapse ('Best Production' One Act Play Festival, - Parenthesis Company), Radioheaded 2: A Listening Party to Watch (One Yellow Rabbit); Albertine in Five Times, No Exit, The Humorous Magistrate (U of C); The Taming of the Shrew (Full Circle Theatre) and numerous Improv shows with Loose Moose and Improvenös.

Sylvia would like to thank Charles, Mark, Anton, Cast and Crew, friends and family for continuous support and inspiration.

Jeffrey Olynek - Performer

Jeffrey Olynek is an actor and special skills performer in Calgary. Theatre credits include Neuroses (Motel Theatre), Go with the Flow (Evergreen Theatre), Duck Duck Bang (Firefly Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera Nuova). He is a graduate of the University of Alberta appearing in The Cherry Orchard, The Clink and The Double Inconstancy (Studio Theatre). Jeff’s special skills include fire poi, juggling and unicycle, and he is proud to be an Advanced Actor Combatant with Fight Directors Canada.

Jennifer Roberts - Performer

Jennifer Roberts is an actress and a playwright who has been performing, creating, and writing since graduating from the UofC drama dept. Most recently she was involved in Letters from the WhimsyState (Citizens of the WhimsyState) with her script "Parched", The Sirens (Freak Show, High Performance Rodeo), Do Me (Downstage, Motel Series), The Dangers of Being (Sage Theatre's IGNITE! Festival), Voy'er'ee (Buck Assembled Artists), Interrarium project (High Performance Rodeo 2006) and most notably in Featherland (One Yellow Rabbit 2005) at the Belfry Theatre.

Elaine Weryshko - Performer

Elaine enjoys the overwhelming chaos of wearing multiple hats in her creative and professional lives. She is a highly trained theatre, dance, art enthusiast, and has no plans of slowing down. Professionally, she has worked with Theatre Junction GRAND, Urban Curvz, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Ground Zero Theatre, Ghost River Theatre, The Green Fools and Springboard Performance. In her spare time, she has created a roving clown performance that has been featured around Calgary and Edmonton at a variety of festivals and in the evenings she enjoys physical dance, mask making, clay play and paper mache.

Most recently she has been commissioned by the Calgary International Children's Festival to create a new work for young audiences which had its first workshop showing in May at the 2011 festival. This summer, she and her clowning cohorts are returning to Clown Camp with John Turner to continue training in all things absurd.

Aislin Winsor - Performer

Aislin Winsor is a local actor, director and karaoke champion, and is also 17% robot. She is delighted to be back with the Robots and working with Swallow-a-Bicycle again. Some of her favorite credits include Freak Show (Swallow-a-Bicycle), Keeping Your Distance (One Act Play Festival), Some Girls (Rogues Theatre), Italian American Reconciliation (Rogues Theatre), and "Super 8" (Ten Minute Play Festival). Aislin attended the University of Victoria directing program, and also trained as a master class student at the Company of Rogues. She hopes you enjoy the show; it's been a long time coming.

Kelsey Ledbury - Stage Manager

Kelsey was first off the line at Dream Corp in their 'DoubleLIFE' line of robots. By day, she is an insurance data processor at Aon & by night, she manufactures entertainment for humans as a freelance Stage Managbot. If she could emote, she would be delighted to be working with Swallow-a-Bicycle again. Select recent credits include: Q the Arts (Fairy Tales/Swallow-a-Bicycle); Freak Show (Swallow-a-Bicycle); Modern Media (Theatre Virus); Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Ronin Theatre). Resistance is futile. Kelsey loves her friends, her bands, her family, and The Who.

Thomas Michael Hall - Production Manager

Thomas is happy to be involved with Swallow-a-Bicycle again. A jack-of-all-trades behind the scenes, he keeps himself busy with production management, sound/light design and can be found most days highlighting as a general house tech for University Theatre services. His particularly busy summer includes Production Managing i-ROBOT Theatre, Assistant Stage Managing the Calgary Comic Expo and acting as Senior Technician at the Calgary Fringe Festival. He would like thank to the one who keeps putting an ear-splitting grin on his face every time she crosses his mind.

Kyle Hinton - Sound Designer

Kyle is a multi-disciplinary artist whose heart and soul are devoted to theatre arts and sound arts. In April 2010, Kyle completed a BA in Drama with a minor in Philosophy at the University of Alberta, where he also dabbled in Electroacoustic composition. Since graduating, Kyle taken on a number of different roles and projects including the sound design for Unaccompanied: The Disembodied Lady at IGNITE! (Sage); sound design for Freak Show: Into the Abyss (Swallow-a-Bicycle), the playwright for Characters and Violence at Nextfest 2010 (Theatre Network), as well as several smaller acting projects.

Travis Dickie - Videographer

Having worked with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre on a number of productions, Travis Dickie finds himself eager and excited to partner up with the crew for i-ROBOT Theatre this spring. A former TV cameraman and video professional, Travis continues to develop his own intellectual property outside of the service sector.

Check out his Vimeo page to see his most recent knee-slapping animation, "All Your Pledges Are Belong To Us." Did I mention that you'll probably slap your knee?

Gina Power - Assistant Stage Manager

This is Gina's first show with Swallow-a-Bicycle and she is excited to join such a talented team. She has spent the last 2 years in Canmore as Stage Manager for Cornerstone Theatre doing productions such as Putting It Together, Life Could Be a Dream, The Andrew's Brothers, Plaid Tidings and Gone Fishing. She thanks her beautiful daughter Josephine for always being patient with her mother's busy schedule, and wishes she could be here.

Natalee Caple - Co-Writer

The Washington Post called Natalee Caple "Breathlessly Good!" The New York Times called her "moving and unsettling."

Natalee Caple is the author of six books of fiction and poetry. She is co-editor with Michelle Berry of an anthology, The Notebooks: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers (Doubleday Canada). Her short story collection, The Heart is its Own Reason (Insomniac), was reviewed by the New York Times. Her first novel, The Plight of the Happy People in an Ordinary World (Anansi), has been optioned for film, and her first book of poetry, A More Tender Ocean (Coach House), was nominated for a Gerald Lampert Award. Her second novel, Mackerel Sky (Thomas Allen), was published in Canada, and in the United States (St. Martin's). In Fall 2010 her book of poetry The Semi-conducting Dictionary: Our Strindberg was long-listed for the Governor General's Award, Her latest collection of short fiction, How I Came to Haunt My Parents, is an eBook published by ECW Press/Joyland. A new novel about the lost daughter of Calamity Jane is forthcoming form HarperCollins in 2012.

Natalee is two steps from defending her PhD at the University of Calgary. She plays in the Kawarthas with her husband and their two children.

AJ Demers - Co-Writer

Bio coming soon.