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41 Stories Written By Kids /


41 Stories Written By Kids /


41 Stories Written By Kids /

False Creek Elementary / 

False Creek Elementary / 

False Creek Elementary / 

Kids possess creative voices
that deserve to be celebrated.


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 the last eight years alongside pursuing her career in theatre, playwriting, 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.

Matt Clarke

Matt grew up in Vancouver and studied Theatre in New York at the New Actors Workshop. He is an actor, director, writer and producer of Theatre, with degrees from UBC in English Literature and Scandinavian Studies. Recent highlights include producing and starring in 25 Stories Written by Kids at The Cultch in March 2020, adapting and directing Kurt Vonnegut’s The Euphio Question (2017 Vancouver Fringe), and producing the Vancouver premiere of Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play in April 2018 on Granville Island with his company, Little Mountain Lion. Matt leads youth theatre groups in various schools and community centers across Vancouver.

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.

Nicole DeWolf

Born in Jamaica, Nicole was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. As a theatre artist, she is most inspired when collaborating and creating new work. She is passionate about using theatre as a means of exploration to connect with local community groups. Nicole received her training at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts in Edmonton and at Studio 58 in Vancouver. Nicole has written, directed and produced much of her own work which includes Life and Fast Food and Crashing Into Stars a one act play produced at Studio 58 and made into a short film for the Women in Film Festival. Nicole is excited to share her love of theatre and storytelling with young people. She has extensive experience working with children, specifically with Arts Umbrella, Burnaby Summer Theatre, and Theatre For the Next Generation. Nicole enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her husband and young son.


Laura McLean

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
Leah Fong, Nicole DeWolf, Chris Cochrane and Matt Clarke

Production Design / Props
Johnny Hamilton

Birdie Hamilton

Sound Design
Matt Clarke

Produced by
Johnny Hamilton and Matt Clarke

Tamar Av-Shalom, Steve James, and Matt Clarke

The Cultch

Filmed at
The Cultch Historic Theatre

Venue Technician
Kaden O’Reilly
Venue Technician and Lights
Nicole Weismiller

Head Audio
Kyra Soko

Video Director
Cameron Anderson

Technical Director
Cody Biles

IGNITE! Youth Program Manager
Ariel Martz-Oberlander
The Cultch Production Manager
Andrew McCaw

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