General Manager, Founding Member
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Markian moved to Vancouver to study in the acting program at Studio 58. It is here that he met his classmates Mike Gill, Olivia Hutt and Tom Krushkowski. Together they formed SpeakEasy Theatre in early 2015. SpeakEasy Theatre premiered its inaugural production of Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow's "3...2...1" to high praise at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and at Studio 1398 in November. Most recent: Billy Elliot (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) 3...2...1 (SpeakEasy Theatre), Vincent River (Osimous Theatre), Redpatch Workshop (Hardline Productions), Scratch (Theatre Plexus), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kosmic Mambo, Innocence Lost, Grease, Karaoke the Musical (Studio 58), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Footloose, The Full Monty (Rainbow Stage), Spring Awakening (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Over the Tavern (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Film/Tv: Shut Eye (Hulu), Status Update (Brightlight Pictures) A Time to Dance (Hallmark) iZombie (The CW), The Terry Sawchuk Origin Story (Boomtalk Prod.), Bunks (Disney)
Kayvon Khoshkam is a mixed race artist from Saskatoon, Sk, his father immigrated from Iran and his mother is a Canadian of Irish Descent. He graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts with a focus on playwriting, in 2008. Since graduating he has called Vancouver his home. In 2010 himself and Joel Bernbaum started Sum Theatre, and began work on their play My Rabbi, working closely with Michael Shemata in its development. They would eventually tour this play to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, as well as being produced in 3 Canadian cities in that same year. Kayvon and Joel wrote and performed this piece. My Rabbi garnered strong reviews and nominations in both Vancouver and Saskatoon. In 2012 Joel Bernbaum moved to Saskatoon and opened the Saskatoon chapter of Sum Theatre, while Kayvon launched the Pull Festival with the Vancouver chapter. Pull Festival is a ten minute play festival which fosters new work, and emerging artists; it is going into its 6th year running. Kayvon has worked extensively as an actor in the Vancouver theatre community working with many of it’s major companies, as well as becoming a leader in it’s independent scene. He has been nominated four times in the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for his work over the years. In 2015 Kayvon was selected as the only British Columbian member of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Acting ensemble. In that time he had the opportunity to work closely with this countries leading artists, and learn from great directors such as Jillian Keiley, Sarah Stanley and Djanet Sears. In 2016 Kayvon dissolved Sum Theatre (Vancouver) in order to take over as Artistic Director of Speakeasy Theatre. Under his Artistic Direction the companies next season will see the realization of the 6th annual Pull Festival, the development of three new works, and an initiative to bind artists of different backgrounds and forms to meet and create together. In the spring of 2017 Speakeasy will be producing his new play Things Humans Do, which he will also direct. In addition to his work in theatre, Kayvon is also a filmmaker. His original web series, Long Live The King is a dark satire following a reckless Canadian politician on a comeback campaign.
Associate artist, Founding Member
Mike Gill is an emerging artist with a primary focus on acting. Born and raised in Regina, SK he fell into the arts through the Canadian Improv Games and Regina's Globe Theatre. He is a recipient of the Gertrude Langridge Memorial Scholarship at Studio 58 where he graduated. Past credits include Dead Metaphor (Firehall), Our Town (Caravan Theatre), Go Dog Go! (Carousel Theatre), A Date with the Night (Globe Theatre), Since You Left Us (Presentation House Theatre), Deer Harper (Pull Festival), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Innocence Lost, and Grease (Studio 58).
Associate artist, Founding Member
Olivia is originally from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and hold a bachelor of Arts in the Social Sciences at Western University and is a graduate of Studio 58. Olivia’s roles at Studio 58 include Isabelle LeBourdais, of Innocence Lost, the world premier of Kosmic Mambo, Oklahoma! and Elbow Room Café: The Musical. Olivia is a Studio 58 scholarship recipient of the Earl Klein Scholarship (2014), the Antony Holland Scholarship (2015), as well as a English Theatre nominee for the Hnatyshyn Foundation “Young Artist Grant” (2014). Past Credits: Jeeves Intervenes (Chemainus Festival), the world premiere of Still/Falling (Green Thumb Theatre).
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