Who We Are

Learn about the organization, our Art Manifesto and our team of Cyclists.

About Us

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre creates productive discomfort.

We engage with power structures, shining an interrogation light in society’s eyes.

We endanger the eardrums of the status quo by amplifying the voices of outcasts, misfits, diverse communities and artists who face barriers.

We hold ourselves accountable for the discomfort we create, to the communities we encounter, and to ethical working practices.

Art is how we do this. Art is awesome, and fun to make.

We learn and mutate as we engage with different sites, communities and artistic practices.

We don’t just swallow bicycles. We swallow complacency, conventions, problematic issues and sometimes cookies.

History

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 2006 by Mark Hopkins and Charles Netto. For more than a decade, our main focus was creating original site-specific theatre (in other words, performance in unusual spaces). In 2018, we adopted a new Art Manifesto that guides our work.

The name comes from a quote by playwright Arthur Miller: “a playwright lives in an occupied country. He’s the enemy. And if you can’t live like that, you don’t stay. It’s tough. He’s got to be able to take a whack, and he’s got to swallow bicycles and digest them.”

Our Team

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins is the Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, which generates productive discomfort through art-making, and an Associate with Human Venture Leadership, which seeks to build our collective capacities to reduce ignorance, error, waste, suffering and injustice.

Mark Hopkins

Artistic Director

Mark Hopkins is the Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, which generates productive discomfort through art-making, and an Associate with Human Venture Leadership, which seeks to build our collective capacities to reduce ignorance, error, waste, suffering and injustice.

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Bianca Guimarães de Manuel

Bianca Guimarães de Manuel está no in-between Brazil and Canada. She is uma Latinx Scenographer and Performance designer interésted in como creation happens between people and things.

Bianca Guimarães de Manuel

Artistic Associate

Bianca Guimarães de Manuel está no in-between Brazil and Canada. She is uma Latinx Scenographer and Performance designer interésted in como creation happens between people and things.

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Mpoe Mogale

Mpoe Mogale is a Black Queer Femme that reigns from Lebowakgomo, South Africa. They are a recent University of Alberta Political Science graduate, where their honours thesis explored the representation of Blackness in Edmonton's Arts community.

Mpoe Mogale

Administrator

Mpoe Mogale is a Black Queer Femme that reigns from Lebowakgomo, South Africa. They are a recent University of Alberta Political Science graduate, where their honours thesis explored the representation of Blackness in Edmonton's Arts community.

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Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En / 张欣恩

Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En/张欣恩 (she/her/hers) is a Singaporean-Canadian Chinese theatre artist based in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.

Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En / 张欣恩

Outreach Coordinator

Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En/张欣恩 (she/her/hers) is a Singaporean-Canadian Chinese theatre artist based in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.

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Board of Directors

Eva Verity

Eva Verity

President

Eva Verity is a creative producer and facilitator who has led artistic projects and programs with local communities (children, youth, refugees and senior citizens) in more than 30 cities.

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Laura Nixon

Laura Nixon

Vice President & Secretary

Laura Nixon is a proudly born and raised Calgarian working in energy regulation with a Masters in environmental science and reclamation.

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Sarah Fulton

Sarah Fulton

Treasurer

Sarah Fulton is passionate about environmental and social issues, currently working on the Environmental, Social, Governance team at Export Development Canada.

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Adele Chui

Adele Chui

Board Member

Adele is an engineer from Toronto, working in medical device product development in Calgary.

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