Note from the Directors
Deep Into Darkness has brought us immeasurable fulfillment since we first conceived the idea two years ago. From the daunting task of script-writing every 5 minute timestamp, for 15 brilliant actors, to countless Viewpoints training sessions with the cast, creative brainstorming sessions with an impossibly talented crew, and seeing all the pieces of our vision come together these past few weeks, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve shared with you tonight.
Inspired by a show we fell in love with, called Sleep No More, our goal was to give Vancouver audiences an experience they would never forget. Our search for compelling content to build on naturally led us to Edgar Allan Poe. With tales of love, lust, death, madness, and darkness, his wealth of stories helped inform our vision. And it’s been such a pleasure to see that so many others are equally enraptured by his groundbreaking work.
To our Deep Into Darkness cast and crew, thank you for your endless commitment, trust, patience, humour and gratitude on this crazy journey. We’re privileged to have met you as friends and to now call you family - an insanely talented and inspiring team.
And thank you to each and every one of you, our adventurous audience members. It takes a special type of person to walk into an experience blind, with an open heart and mind. Thank you for trusting us to create something truly unique in Vancouver.
We hope you enjoyed your journey, and be sure to visit again soon - your experience will be different each time, and there’s so much more to explore!
From the deep, dark, depths of our hearts,
Laura & Sydney
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | ACTOR (COMPASSION)
With 10+ years in theatrical performance, Sydney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Deep Into Darkness. Sydney graduated with honours from Capilano University’s Acting for Stage & Screen program and has dedicated her time post graduation to working and training continuously in the Vancouver film & television industry. Her post university studies include working with the teachers at AMAW, Deborah Aquila, Deb Podowski, Aaron Hutchinson, Lori Triolo, Tammy Gillis, Ali Liebert, Carrie Thiel, Stephen Atkins and more. Sydney has been producing her own creative work all her life. Most recently she created, produced and starred in a 6 episode web series called The Support Group. With her extensive training and background in theatre, Sydney has taken on the co-creator role of Deep Into Darkness.
|LAURA CARLY MILLER
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | ACTOR (MADNESS)
Laura Carly Miller is an actress, producer, writer, and dancer. Her studies include a diploma from Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen Program, studying under AMAW Vancouver, David Glass, Aaron Craven, Loretta Walsh, Tammy Gillis, Wendy Bollard, Jeb Beach, and more. Film and television credits include, Ice on AE, Six on HIST, Prawn (short film to be screened at VIFF and London Film Festival), Ana Web Series, and Four Walls. Theatre credits include, Closure directed by Bernard Cuffling, The Laramie Project & Sly Fox (both directed by Stuart Aikins), and many more shows. She’s also created her own work which include a web series called The Support Group, and multiple comedy shorts.
PRODUCER | ACTOR (ANGER)
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada, Blaine has been involved with the film and television industry for over 19 years. Blaine is one of the managing directors of Motorcycle Boy Productions; most recently producing the feature film AMI (2019) and the Lovecraftian horror RESIDUE (2017). Blaine has been in over 100 commercials and worked on numerous television programs including The Man in the High Castle, Fringe, Psych, Cult and Eureka. Some of his feature film credits include Hot Tub Time Machine, Scary Movie 4 and Final Destination 5. Blaine’s first short film in a 48-hour horror film contest took home best picture for Rend and an Eddie award for best commercial in the Big Rock Brewing Company contest. His short films have shown in various festivals all over the world including Charleston International and the Cannes Short Film Corner.
PRODUCER | HEAD OF MARKETING
Fraser is a marketer and business strategist, most recently working with Seth Godin’s altMBA and a renewable energy startup, Portable Electric. He has a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia and is beginning to produce film and theater projects with his wife, Sydney. Fraser's experience in early-stage marketing and business development complements the team behind Third Wheel Productions, to bring large-scale immersive theater to life in Vancouver.
Stephen Atkins is a director, performer and acting teacher. He has worked in Canada, Australia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, China and Japan. He specializes in a blended approach to actor training and preparation that uses contrasting approaches to strengthen and broaden an actors work. His work has been used in performance art, film, theatre, dance and opera. Mary Overlie, creator of the Viewpoints has said, "Atkins’ technique is one of the first cohesive actor training systems to incorporate the framework of the Viewpoints." Currently Stephen is based in England where he is preparing his book, Crosspoints: An Embodied Acting System. He is also teaching the Crosspoints at The Other Acting School in South London.
Passionate about creativity, connection, and crafting moments of wonder, Jessica first fell in love with immersive theatre while living in London. With extensive training in dance, circus, theatre, improv, writing and the visual arts, she draws from a variety of different sources to inform her creative process. A global citizen, she has lived on four continents over the past 15 years, working at the highest levels of VFX, animation and video game production. With an insatiable thirst for the performing arts, she is thrilled to contribute as a producer, writer, experience designer, graphic art director, prop creator, and project manager on this endeavour.
|JOHN R. TAYLOR
For the past thirty years, John has been a Production Designer for over thirty indie short films, two features and three seasons of television programming for The Comedy Network. He won a Leo award for 'Evirati', and a Nickel award for 'Dark Arc'. In Theatre, John has worked steadily for sixty years, as an actor, director and set designer. His first major set designs were for Broadway musicals presented at Ryerson University. His more recent set designs include the CTV Special for the legendary Dal Richards Band. John has performed in numerous independent theatre productions, is a Jessie award winner, and is a seasoned director.
With training in both classical and modern music styles, combined with a professional audio engineering and music production education, Sean is a very versatile composer, musician and audiophile. Sean holds a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of British Columbia (2013) and graduated from Nimbus School of Recording and Media's Audio Engineering Program (2016), for which he was selected as the recipient of the Dylan Memorial Bursary to attend based on his original compositions and recordings. Most recently Sean was nominated for the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards - Visual Media Composer of the Year, for his work on Small Fish, a dialogue-free short film.
|NEIL T. GRIFFITH
Neil struggles with writing bios and doesn’t want anyone to know anything about him. He is very happy to be reunited with his university friends Laura and Sydney to design something truly abstract and gritty.
Neil works best with pieces that challenge our preconceptions, he likes it when things get uncomfortable
CS Fergusson-Vaux (she/her)- is a Theatrical and Visual Artist, Organizer and Researcher with a fervent belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in bold cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. Recent works include projects with The Frank Theatre Company, Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Artists Against Racism. She gratefully stands in solidarity with her hosts and stewards of the lands and waters-the qiqéyt (QayQayt), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Ben Krakowsky is a prop master for film and television in Vancouver. Between shows he designed most of the rooms and puzzles at Smartypantz escape rooms and finds year-round ways to celebrate Halloween.
Nicholas Harrison was trained as an actor in London, England at the London Academy of Performing Arts, has a Masters in Directing from the University of Victoria and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Harrison is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He is an award-winning actor and is the co-creator of the celebrated Web-Series Fools For Hire. He has written a book about the origins of stage combat in Canada and continues to choreograph violence for film, television and theatre all over the world. He wrote a one-person play about child abuse, based on the true story of his time at a private school in British Columbia and how he credits Star Wars with saving his life, in December of 2017. He is hoping he can turn the production process of this into a documentary film. At present he teaches theatre and film at Capilano University, stages violence for various companies including Vancouver Opera, and previously Bard on the Beach, while continuing to act in film and television.
Andy's previous work at the Cultch includes "Birthday Boy" and "Conference of the Birds" (Leaky Heaven Circus), "GenderBent" and "Don't Get Smart with Me" (Ignite), and "Sleeping Beauty" and "Hansel & Gretel" (Shore Children's). Other recent credits include: "Unsettled" and "Being Animal" (Theatre Terrific), "Jerusalem," "The Suppliant Women," "Nell Gwynn," "Private Lives," and "The Pitmen Painters" (United Players), "Mystery at Greenfingers," "Comfort Cottages," "Mr. Kettle & Mrs. Moon," "Three Tall Women," "The Miser," "The Mousetrap," and "Relatively Speaking" (Western Gold), "Changed Utterly" (Vital Spark), "Box of Freedom" (Sonia Productions), "Into the Woods," "The Merry Widow," "The Pirates of Penzance," and Iolanthe" (NSLOS), "WYSPA" and "Amber" (Gen Hot), "City of Angels" (PIT Collective), "Alma" (East Van Opera), "An Inspector Calls" (Smoking Gun Collective), and "Any Night" (Pacific). Upcoming projects include: "Hysteria" (Direct Theatre) and "Look Back in Anger" (Smoking Gun Collective).
Jasmine Leung is a writer and immersive theatre stage manager. She graduated from the University of British Columbia, where she studied Psychology and Creative Writing. Previously, she was the Production Stage Manager for the immersive Cold War spy thriller/house party Safehouse '77 in Los Angeles. She fell in love with immersive theatre when she walked into an interrogation and was threatened with an axe, and she's been chasing weird experiences ever since.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER ASSISTANT
Rafael is still recovering from his recent induction into the world of adulthood, and even moreso from the immense opportunity to work in his dream field (immersive theatre) almost immediately. Helping in some small part to create the world you experience inside the show has been an immense pleasure, and he hopes you enjoy it half as much as he does.
ACTOR | EDGAR
Drawing from a diverse wealth of education, Travis has worked on independent films (Narcotic, Cue Balls) and various theatre projects (Self Promoted) since moving to Vancouver two and a half years ago. He is currently studying with Michael David Simms and is finishing production on an absurdist comedy short film he wrote and directed, called "Fisher Account". He likes long walks on the beach, but doesn't value sand in his shoes.
ACTOR | YOUNG POE
Eric Vincent is a performer currently working and training in Vancouver for the past 6 years. After graduating from Capilano university's full time acting program, he quickly found himself immersed within the acting community and continues to be inspired by collaborative works. Eric is thrilled to be bringing his body of skills to this heavily movement based show. He is tremendously grateful to be a part of this unique experience and hopes you are completely affected by the world you are about to step into.
FIGHT CAPTAIN | ACTOR (FAITH)
Nicholas is a Vancouver-based actor and writer and is so excited to be a part of Deep Into Darkness. A certified Actor Combatant and co-winner of the 2019 Calgary Fringe Festival Emerging Artist Award, previous credits include Soul Samurai (Affair of Honor), #Princest (Singles Awareness Productions) and Turandot (Vancouver Opera).
ACTOR | INNOCENCE
Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, while working on the other side of the camera in Set Decoration, Brendan returned to his passion of acting in 2008, studying with Kate Twa at Railtown Actors Studio. Now pursuing a full-time career in the arts, no matter what he's doing, he always makes time for the stage; acting in such works as SubUrbia and Frankenstein with Blind Pig Theatre which he co-founded in 2010; original plays like Piranha Club by Toronto's Blood Pact Theatre in 2015 and For The Record, put up by Railtown Lab in 2016, and more recently Criminal Genius by George F. Walker in 2018. He has had roles on TV's Fargo and Bates Motel, has recurring roles on The Magicians and Supernatural, and you can catch him frequently in TV commercials. Thank you for supporting local theatre, and a group of artists who are taking a risk. And thank you for taking a risk with us. Come laugh. Come cry. Come be angry. And come back again. And I promise you, at the end of your days, you’ll never say to yourself “I saw too much theatre”.
ACTOR | INTIMACY
Carmel Amit is an Israeli/Canadian actress and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. As a performer Carmel works in theatre as well as film & TV, appearing in numerous Guest Star, Series Regulars and Recurring roles. As a teacher and facilitator, Carmel works with physical theatre techniques inspired by the work of Polish theatre maker Jerzy Grotowski and taught to her by her teacher Raina Von Waldenburg. Carmel is humbled, truly, to be part of Deep Into Darkness’s incredible ensemble cast and to be working with Third Wheel Productions.
ACTOR | LOST LOVE
Leah Beaudry has been acting professionally for eight years. She began as a theatre student at an Edmonton university, and moved to Vancouver three years ago to pursue her career in both film and theatre. She joined Deep Into Darkness near its beginning, as a test subject for the style and composition building of the show, and was cast a year later. She couldn’t be more pleased and inspired to be welcomed into such an incredibly gifted group of performers and creators. Such inspiration has led her to create something of her own: Where Everyone Lives, a short film that goes to camera in late September 2019.
ACTOR | LUST
Andrea is a British actress based in Vancouver, BC. She trained in London & has been on the stage since she was 7 years old. Andrea now works predominantly in Film & TV; she plays Lucky in SYFY's "Van Helsing" and next spring you can see her in the TNT/Netflix production of "Snowpiercer". Andrea is thrilled to explore the depths of the underworld with you all.
ACTOR | MISCHIEF
Tom completed his BA and Masters in Performing Arts in London. A selection of theatre credits include: ‘Faustus’, ‘Duck, Death and the Tulip’, ‘Only Heaven Knows’, ‘Rainman’ and ‘More Than A Woman’. He is trained in Grotowski based practices and Clowning.
Upon arriving in Vancouver just one year ago, he landed a series recurring role in TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ and most recently the Netflix series ‘Healing Powers of Dude’. This is Tom’s first performance in Vancouver and he is very excited to be a part of this shared experience.
ACTOR | UNSEELIE FAERIE HENCHMAN
Adrian Neblett was born in Montreal, a first generation Canadian to parents of Caribbean descent.
At 17 the family relocated to Winnipeg, where after completing high school, he enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Manitoba. A call for “African American” background actors for an episode of “The adventures of Shirley Holmes” began his foray into the world of acting.
Having trained with Onalee Ames and her mentor Shea Hampton, in 2010 Adrian relocated to Vancouver to further pursue his acting career. Here he continued to work with Shea Hampton, and Steve Braun, who he also met and studied with in Winnipeg. Stage credits include, "Welcome to Harlem: A Hellfighter's Story" with Rooted Theatre Productions, the award winning production "Of Mice and Men" with Hardline Productions, and "The Shipment" with SpeakEasy Theatre Company.
ACTOR | REYNOLDS
“Invisible things are the only realities”-EAP
Cyril Redillas is a Vancouver based actor who gravitates to challenging and provocative work. Select theatre credits include: Two Rooms (NVCP), Real Company (SpeakEasy Theatre/Pull Festival), QUAD (Half-Stratford Players). Grateful to Syd, Laura, Blaine and team for welcoming him into the Darkness. THIS TEAM! Bravery and openness of these audiences! Love to family & friends who continue to support him through their presence. He dedicates his work to Calla who reminds him to live his best life with joy, play, and purpose.
ACTOR | MACKENZIE
Alison is known for her role as Maddie on the webseries Gal Pals, and played Emma in the short Sweet & Sour Chicks, which was an official selection at the Portland Comedy Film Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California's theatre program (Fight On!), where she starred in over 25 short films. She was also invited to Scott Sedita's Sitcom Masterclass in Los Angeles. When she's not on stage or screen, she is writing music, playing with dogs, and looking for the next best dim sum restaurant.
ACTOR | ADDICTION
Bradley is beyond grateful for the opportunity to step into the very unique world that is DEEP INTO DARKNESS. As a multiple award-winning actor/writer/director, coming up on a hundred professional credits to his name, this play provides a canvas unlike most. An opportunity to explore character, story, and emotion through nothing but behavior. A true gift for an avid storyteller with an insatiable appetite to explore humanity through the lens of theatre. Bradley can be seen in many upcoming TV/Film productions, notably LET HIM GO (2020), along-side Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. Bradley would like to thank the Deep into Darkness team for this opportunity, and most importantly his wife, Caitlin, and son Beckett; without their love and support, none of this would be possible.
|MICHAEL DAVID SIMMS
ACTOR | DEPRESSION
Michael David Simms, has performed both in L.A. and Vancouver on stage, and in film and television, for over 35 years. His resume contains over 60 lead, recurring, guest star and principal film and television credits in both L.A. and Vancouver markets, and he has taught (he's the MDS in MDS Actors Studio)at the highest professional level and enabled actors to work in the industry for over 13 years. He focuses his program on enabling actors to break their boundaries, taking them to their highest level of excellence.
CHOREOGRAPHER | ACTOR (UNSEELIE FAERIE QUEEN)
Sarah is an actor, dancer, and choreographer born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She's been dancing since the age of 4 and has trained extensively in various genres. Through dance, Sarah discovered her passion for acting and started landing roles in various short films and commercials. Sarah has appeared as a dancer in numerous film and TV productions such as Disney's Descendants, Once Upon a Time, CW's Charmed, and more. Her acting credits include Wayward Pines, The Detour, Undercover Cheerleader, and most recently, Easter Under Wraps on the Hallmark Channel. Sarah loves connecting with people and is extremely excited to be part of the Deep Into Darkness cast!