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Little Mountain Lion Productions acknowledges that we create and stage works in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Our collaborators have been born, raised on, or have travelled to this land, and it as well as the stories of its peoples are very dear to our hearts.

“The Good Guys Always Win”
by Jesus

“The War of Gods, Villains and Heroes”
by Dionysus

“Lost on the Pitch”
by Kevin

“Prime Suspects”
by Miles

by Jereonimo

“Everyday Karen”
by Connie

“Under the snow”
by Oliver

“Save the Crystal”
by Inaya

“Cries of the Empire”
by Mustafa

“The Karen Problem”
by Ashley

“The Kitchen Outbreak”
by Ethan

“The Catastrophe of Cupcakes”
by Kayla

“Battle Time”
by Mark

“The Tower of Zurel”
by Zacky

“Book Crimes at the VPL”
by Liam

“Zombie School”
by Leah

“This Space is Small”
by Brezalyn

“God Gifted: The Legendary Wand”
by Aarav

“The Adventure of Butter and Friends”
by Marina

“Brian’s Recovery”
by Gianluca

“Bobe Smellie’s Bittersweet Journey”
by Jun

by Dani

“The Village’s Secret”
by Sophie

“The Last Step”
by Lillian

“Butterchicken Fingers”
by Sonia

“An Office”
by Richard

“The Best Family”
by Rahaf

These short plays are written by the Grade 7 students of James Cook Elementary. They are performed by Evelyn Chew, Chris Cochrane, Leah Fong, and Chirag Naik live at The Cultch Historic Theatre, directed by Laura McLean with co-direction from the students themselves!

This project is supported through ArtStarts in Schools, the City of Vancouver, and is sponsored by the IGNITE Youth-Driven Arts Festival and The Cultch Theatre.

Thank you to the teachers, the school staff, and of course the students for making this project possible!

Evelyn Chew

Evelyn is an actor and educator. She is a mentor with the UBCP Diversity and Inclusion mentorship program and a facilitator with LEAD Ensemble at Neworld Theatre. Selected credits include: Canada, It’s Complicated (Mary Walsh), Reflections In Crooked Walking (Firehall Arts Centre), The Five Vengeances (Affair Of Honour), Bedstefader (Caravan Farm Theatre), She Has A Name (Burnt Thicket Theatre), Are We There Yet? (Jessie Award Recipient, Neworld Theatre), The Mysterious Benedict Society (Fox/Hulu), Narcoleap (KGP Films, Leo Award Receipt). She is a graduate of both Douglas College and Studio 58 Acting Programs. Evelyn is passionate about creating healthy work practices and likes to lead with love.

Chris Cochrane

Chris is incredibly excited to be working on this project with all these brilliant young writers. Chris has worked professionally in theatre and film/TV in Vancouver for the past 12 years. Selected theatre: Once, Avenue Q, King Charles, She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club), Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach). Selected TV: Fringe, Supernatural, iZombie, and Supergirl. Chris is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studios (NYC) and Studio 58, and has been nominated for 2 Jessie Richardson theatre awards.

Leah Fong

Leah is a META and Dora award winning theatre practitioner with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University. She has been teaching performing arts to young people ranging in age from 2- 22 for over 10 years alongside pursuing her career in theatre, acting and voice over. Leah’s greatest joys come from collaborating with young aspiring artists, and being able to watch them grow, and discover themselves through theatre.

Chirag Naik

Chirag Naik is a theatre, film and voice actor who’s worked across Canada. He’s worked with renowned theatres across Canada including Bard on the Beach, the National Arts Centre, Persephone, Greenthumb, Electric Company, amongst many others. On top of his exuberant and fervent love for theatre he delights in performing in other mediums including film/TV and particularly in voice-over work. Notable film credits include Upload, Rogue, and No Tomorrow. In cartoon form, he can be heard voicing Chip in Luna, Chip, and Inkie, Hiko in Momolu, as well as Bread Pudding in Strawberry Shortcake.

Laura McLean – Director

A local theatre artist, Laura is a director, producer, and teacher. She is the co-Artistic Director of Vancouver based theatre company Delinquent Theatre. A Jessie Award winning director, selected credits include Never the Last, STATIONARY: a recession era musical, and Our Time (Delinquent Theatre), Dry Land (Rumble Theatre), Gramma (Pacific Theatre), Shaw Shorts (City Stage New West), Little One (Brewery Theatre, Bristol), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (The Guild Theatre, Yukon). She has been teaching theatre to children aged three to eighteen at Arts Umbrella for over a decade. She has her BFA in Theatre from UBC and her Masters in Directing from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Little Mountain Lion

Directed by
Laura McLean

Evelyn Chew, Chris Cochrane, Leah Fong, and Chirag Naik
Stage Manager
Lucien Lum
Production Design
Johnny Hamilton

Sound Design
Matt Clarke

Produced by
Matt Clarke and Johnny Hamilton

Fundraising by
Matt Clarke, Steve James, and Johnny Hamilton

The Cultch

Performed at
The Cultch Historic Theatre

Assistant Technical Director
Kaden O’Reilly

Assistant Production Manager
Siobhan Powell

Audience Services Manager
Charlotte Wright
Technical Director
Cody Biles
Production Manager
Andrew McCaw
IGNITE! Youth Program Manager
Valentina Acevedo Montilla

Financially Supported by

ArtStarts in Schools and the City of Vancouver.

Sponsored by IGNITE! Youth-Led Arts Festival and The Cultch.

Community Sponsors

Crowe MacKay LLP
Toys R Us Broadway
Kids Market on Granville Island

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