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tapashta Episode 10

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No Country For They/Thems

Avery Jean is a Transfeminine actor, director, musical director, playwright, and producer. They are currently the Production Coordinator for Bad Dog Comedy TV, and a recent graduate of Generator’s Artist Producer Training program. Over the past four years, they have facilitated workshops on Trans Inclusive Practices in the Arts, which they have lead for theatre and film production companies across Canada. Recently, they were nominated for the Bra d’Or Award from the Playwrights Guild of Canada for their advocacy work.  They have studied writing under dramaturg Christopher Weddell, composer/lyricist Leslie Arden, and through The Musical Stage Company's NoteWorthy program. Avery Jean's first original musical, The Pansy Craze, was the recipient of Queer Theatre Toronto's inaugural LGBTQ Fringe Award for pushing boundaries in representation for Queer & Trans characters in musical theatre.

Avery Jean Brennan They/Them

Sansom Merchand 
No Pronouns

Stevey Hunter (they/them) is a nonbinary actor, comedian, and writer based in Halifax/Kjipuktuk. They are a member and known for their work with local award winning improv company: Hello City. Stevey has worked with numerous Nova Scotian theatre companies including: Neptune Theatre, Ship's Theatre Company, Zuppa theatre, and more. Recently you may have heard them in Peter Sarty’s new Sci-Fi Musical Journey to the Zone where they voiced RoboPal, GramGram, and Ensemble. In March 2020 they performed their first solo comedy show When You Leave Please Say Nice Things About Me, which was funded by Arts NS and produced by the BST Wrtiers' Circle. Their play FAT JULIET, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of a fat 16 year old, Juliet, will be presented in Fall 2021. TV: Diggstown (CBC), Feudal (CBC), Swearnet (TPB)

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Stevey Hunter They/Them

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Sansom Marchand (no pronouns) is an agender theatre artist from Old Chelsea, Quebec. Sansom believes in DIY theatre that explores gender, queerness and provides an outlet for people who feel their voice is not heard. A recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Sansom has returned to Halifax to enjoy the ability to be near the ocean and trees at the same time. Recent credits include The Pansy Craze at Toronto Fringe, Gender Reveal Party at SummerWorks, The Learned Ladies at GBTS. Most recently, Sansom was seen as part of the ENBY Ensemble presented by Cahoots Theatre.

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Emerjade Simms She/Her


Emerjade Simms is a Jamaican-Canadian actor and storyteller. She is a graduate of the Acting program at the University of Windsor and holds a BFA degree. Emerjade is also a 2016/17 graduate of the Mechanicals program at Factory Theatre. In her career as an actor so far, she has worked with many wonderful people and companies. Select theatre credits include Peter Pan (Bad Hats/Soulpepper), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play* (Obsidian/Nightwood), Wounded Soldiers (4th Line), The Bird Killer (Let Me In). Television credits include Forbidden, Fear They Neighbor, See No Evil and Paranormal 911. Emerjade enjoys napping in her down time and thanks her family for inspiring her daily.


*2019 Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Production

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