Dancing Monkey Presents

Dancing Monkey Presents - THE COMPANY

Dancing Monkey Presents is a collective of professional theatre artists with a diverse background of acting, producing, directing and more.  Combining talents from cities around BC and the country, the focus of this company is to produce really good theatre that reaches a wide audience, both geographically and demographically, by offering reasonable ticket prices and sharing the wealth between communities.

A graduate of Carleton University and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Julie is a multi-disciplinary performer and director currently based in Vancouver.  She has appeared on stages throughout Western Canada, including productions at the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, the Belfry Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Carousel Theatre, the Chemainus Theatre Festival, and most recently, Théâtre la Seizième.  Last season, she appeared in Mother Teresa is Dead (Jessie award nom.) and The Spitfire Grill (Ovation award), both at Pacific Theatre.  A founding member of the Honest Fishmongers, her stage credits also include Ophelia in Hamlet (Jessie award nom.), Isabella in Measure for Measure, and Edgar in King Lear.   Julie’s work as a director typically involves a strong musical component, as seen in Ordinary Days and The Exquisite Hour (both for Relephant Theatre), Countryside Christmas (CTF), Lend Me a Tenor (CCPA/Company C), and the 2012 summer hit The Merry Wives of Windsor at Bard on the Beach (for which she was the Apprentice Director).  Her upcoming projects include performing in Doubt (TheatreOne), a workshop production of her original script The Out Vigil with Twenty Something Theatre (May 2014), and hitting up the Edinburgh Fringe with Sum Theatre's My Rabbi.

Ashley O'Connell - EDWARD

Ashley O'Connell is delighted to be involved in Dancing Monkey Pesents' Equity Collective production of Frank McGuinness' Someone Who'll Watch Over Me . This will be Ashley's first on-stage role in Canada in which he plays an Irishman (his nationality) and he is very excited to work on this project with some great friends. Ashley was last seen on the Kamloops stage in 2008's No Noose Is Good Noose (Rocky Mountaineer Company). His recent Vancouver credits include Blood Brothers, The Graduate (Arts Club), Richard II and All's Well That Ends Well (Bard On The Beach), The Pillowman (Wild Geese Equity Co-op - Jessie Nomination ) as well as Of Mice And Men (Blue Bridge) and A Few Good Men (Citadel) in Victoria and Edmonton respectively. He also got to see Rob Ford drunk during the recent Toronto production of Chill With Will (CUPE Local 79 & Scout Communications). Ashley has numerous film & TV credits (Watchmen, Stargate, etc.) and will next be seen on the Vancouver stage in the Arts Club production of 'Spamalot'. For Daragh Robert, my little friend - Rest In Peace.

Kirk is so pleased to get a chance to work these absurdly talented old and new friends.   He is grateful to all of the folks who inspire him and continue to support him in taking risks, and he is so happy to be sharing the wealth on this show between his adopted home of Vancouver and his hometown, Kamloops.  Some of Kirk's Vancouver credits include History Boys (Arts Club), Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Relephant Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Presentation House) and My Fair Lady (Gateway Theatre).  Recently, he's been very busy in Kamloops, as well, in shows like Les Miserables, Fiddler on The Roof, Noises Off and Seussical at Western Canada Theatre, and The Rocky Horror Show, Compleat Wrks, Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and more with Project X.  He's also had a chance to work at a lot of other great companies across the country with Boeing Boeing at Thousand Islands Playhouse in Ontario,  Little Shop of Horrors and The Importance of Being Earnest at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, Home Ice at Theatre North West in Prince George, and A Shayna Maidel at the Chemainus Festival.  After this, he's off to Saskatoon again for Leading Ladies.

Jay Clift - ADAM

Jay is thrilled to be a part of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and equally excited to be working with Kirk, Ashley and Julie. Jay is a native British Columbian, hailing from the Okanagan Valley, he now lives in Vancouver and has been a proud resident for six years. Coming off of the 2013 successes of Smalltown: A Pickup Musical (theatre SKAM) Cool Beans (Solo Collective) and Us and Everything We Own (Twenty Something). Jay is a rising star in Western Canadian Theatre. Jay is a graduate of Studio 58.


"Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" - THE PLAY

Frank McGuinness - THE PLAYWRIGHT

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me was written by Irish playwright, Frank McGuinness, in 1992.  It follows three men, an Irishman, an Englishman and an American, through their captivity in Lebanon.  Though it is a piece of fiction, the play is inspired by the hostage crisis happening in that area in the late eighties and the real-life imprisonment of Irish writer Brian Keenan. the play has been produced time and time again, the world over, because, unfortunately it continues to be a relevant story.  Exploring themes of conflict, seclusion, insanity, brotherhood, loss and religion, McGuinness' wit shines through and has you moving back and forth between laughter and tears the entire time.

Frank McGuinness is a playwright and poet born in County Donegal, Ireland.  He has had a long and celebrated career, with countless plays, adaptations, screenplays and collections of poetry to his name.  He currently lives in Dublin and is Professor of Creative Writing in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin.  He won the London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright with his breakout play, The Factory Girls.  Other notable plays include Baglady, The Bird Sanctuary, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Innocence, Mary and Lizzie, Dolly West's Kitchen, Speaking Like Magpies, There Came a Gypsy Riding, Greta Garbo Came to Donegal and The Match Box.  He is also well known for his screenplay for the film Dancing at Lughnasa, which he adapted from the play by Brian Friel.

Julie McIsaac- DIRECTOR

Kirk Smith - MICHAEL

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