Who We Are

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

About Us

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 Manifesto

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.

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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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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Tazeem Weljie

Tazeem Weljie

Vice President

Taz has over 15 years of experience in strategy and business operations spanning six countries (Canada, China, Guyana, Japan, UK, and the US) and three industries.

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Dayna Huish

Dayna Huish

Secretary

Dayna Huish is a leader in technology engagement in the energy industry and is in her 3rd term on the Swallow-a-Bicycle Board of Directors.

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Kodie Rollan

Kodie Rollan

Director-at-Large

Kodie Rollan is Philippine-born, Scarborough-raised, Calgary-based playwright, actor, and producer.

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Kiana Wu

Kiana Wu

Director-at-Large

Kiana is a Calgary-raised artist and has spent the last 3 years studying and working in New York City.

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