Artists Bios

Pins and Needles Fabric Company is:

Terre Chartrand – Artistic director, writer, technical immersion

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Terre Chartrand is a non-status Algonquin and French-Canadian artist living in Waterloo Region who has a background in theatre, visual arts, technology, and science. Her diverse career has included everything from teaching in a french languages secondary school to working as a research assistant in crop science. Included in her accomplishments are the founding and artistic direction of a collective show that takes over an entire floor of THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, the founding and artistic direction of an inter-arts collective who have seen several shows including IMPACT – an international contemporary and movement theatre festival. Terre is a recipient of an Waterloo Region Arts Award in the open jury category for her commitment to advocacy for the arts in her community, and has received in the past both a Waterloo Region Arts Fund and an Ontario Arts Council grant for projects of her devising. Terre has a polytechnic three-year degree in Computer Science from St. Clair College and has pursued a life long interest in education with a near complete double degree in Communication Studies and Cultural Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

As a lifelong arts lover, Terre has written and managed arts and culture blogs with the latest (mycontention.com) as a platform for Magnetic North Theatre Festival, IMPACT theatre festival, and several other institutions and smaller organisations. Through this blog, Terre has been used as a consultant by various municipal and civic governments in Waterloo Region, been published in the Journal of Art and Mathematics, been interviewed by the CBC, The Record, Rogers and 570 News.

Artistic Associates:
Amanda Lowry – Music, composition
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Amanda recently completed a Masters of Music Composition at the University of Toronto, where she studied under Dr. Norbert Palej. Her interest in composition was sparked at a very young age when she was exposed to the music of Nobuo Uematsu (composer for the video game series Final Fantasy), and she hopes one day to write music for video games in addition to concert music.

Amanda is also an active performer and singer/songwriter with the progressive synth-rock band Eris. Her flute playing focuses on improvisation, contemporary music, and extended playing techniques, and she has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by her fellow composers.

Amanda completed her Honours B.Mus. with distinction in 2012 at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Contemporary Music (Composition/Improvisation) and Performance (Flute), with a minor in philosophy. In addition to Dr. Palej, she has studied composition with Dr. Peter Hatch, Linda Catlin Smith, and Dr. Glenn Buhr, and has studied flute with Dr. Amy Hamilton and Douglas Stewart. soundcloud.com/amanda-lowry

HeatherMajauryHeather Majaury (Algonquin Nation) is an Artistic Associate of MT Space. She is a Director, Actor, Writer, Theatre of the Oppressed Joker and Applied Theatre Workshop Facilitator. She is also a mother, a daughter, a life – partner, an an aunty. Roles she also values as important and enriching as the ones in theatre and the ones that feed the theatre. She has just returned from Assistant Directing Almighty Voice for Lib Spry, by Daniel David Moses, and is very grateful for opportunities to address career gaps and creative learning gaps that came with love’s life choices. Life is an ongoing journey of learning and she is also grateful for the learning journey Wrong Way has also offered.

Past collaborators:

Pam PatelPam Patel has performed with numerous Canadian companies including the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Gwaandak Theatre (Yukon Territory), Theatre Gargantua, Cahoots Theatre, and primarily MT Space (Kitchener, ON) with whom she has toured nationally and internationally. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s music program, Pam specialized in new music and improvisation, and attended the Vancouver Creative Music Institute where she collaborated with pioneers of improvised music and showcased her talents at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Pam has also been a part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival, performing a wide range of pieces including the Bach Coffee Cantata, alongside Daniel Lichti, and Myaudia: A Street Opera, composed by Peter Hatch. Pam is currently the Artistic Director of MT Space and the President of NUMUS, an organization dedicated to presenting and producing new Canadian work and ensembles in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Nicholas Cumming ACTORNicholas Cumming (BA Drama & English, U. of Waterloo) is a theatre artist and graphic designer living and working in Waterloo Region. He is a founding company member and artistic associate of MT Space (Multicultural Theatre Space) 2004-present. As actor [selected – upcoming & in development] King Lear : The Puppet (Cosmic Fishing Theatre Co.), Wrong Way / Alley Project (Pin & Needle Collective), The Flood Project (SPT Collective), Occupy Spring (MT Space); Paradise, Exit Strategy, Yes or No!, Seasons of Immigration, Legion of Memory I + II, Just Faith?, Other End of the Line, Motio X Industria, and Three Legged Horse (MT Space); Psy Co.’s Cross, Copy Protection (playwright / performer, W!T Prod.); Asphalt Jungle Shorts (Flush Ink Productions); and Mimetic Flesh & Mimetic Hotel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Spring Awakening (UW Drama).

Nicholas was nominated for a Waterloo Region Arts Award for Performing Arts in 2010.

Nicole Battista – Research, visual arts,  design

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Nicole is the owner of Chrysalides House, a Waterloo-based gallery, studio, and art and eco education hub. As an entrepreneur and visual artist, she brings a grounding perspective to the project through visual ideation and creation of visual artifacts. Nicole is a University of Waterloo alumna and a Studio Art graduate from the University of Brighton. Exploring both conceptual and abstract art, her interests lie in unconscious narratives, socio-politics and grid based visuals.

Jeremy Hunsinger

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Jeremy Hunsinger holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech. He is the Director of Cultural Studies and an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His current research project examines innovation, expertise, knowledge production and distributions in hacklabs and hackerspaces.  At Virginia Tech, he was one of the founders of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture and a 2006 Scholar Fellow. He attended the Oxford Internet Institute’s 2004 Summer Doctoral Programme and was an instructor there in 2009 and 2011. He was Graduate Fellow of the NSF Workshop on Values in Information Systems Design in 2005 and 2010. He was an Ethics Fellow at the Center for Information Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2007-2010

Duncan Finnigan

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Duncan Finnigan is an award winning filmmakers with six feature film in his repertoire. His focus is on narrative filmmaking with social commentary. He currently heads the 12 Angry Filmmakers project in which a collection of filmmaker, artists and community builders are working together in building a strong film community.

Julia Krauss

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Julia Nicole Krauss is an actor and director based out of Guelph, Ontario. Julia’s experience in the theatre world includes working with internationally acclaimed physical and devised theatres like The MT Space in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON as well as Ghost River Theatre in Calgary, AB. Julia has trained with Laurence Follows over the course of two years. From 2010-2013, Julia was co-director for Guelph Youth Theatre, Ontario’s only physical and devised theatre for young, emerging artists. Past credits as an actor include Tess in ‘Quantum Entanglement’ (Flush Ink Productions); Jessica in ‘Second Life’ (Tottering Biped Theatre); Jennifer in ‘Occupy Spring’ (MT Space); Mary in ‘The Twilight Zone’(Ghost River Theatre); and Portia in ‘Merchant of Venice’ (Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre).

Paddy Gillard-Bentley

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Paddy Gillard-Bentley has been involved in one aspect of theatre or another since her Mother, Tessa, was four months pregnant with her, performing in Time Out For Ginger.  Her full-length play, Shaking the Dew from the Lilies, debuted in Kitchener, Ont. Canada, in November 2002 and received its American premier in 2005, in Denver, Co., and will be performed in October in North Hollywood at The Red Brick Road Theatre. Quantum Entanglement  has been produced several times (Philadelphia, Calgary, Kitchener).  Her one-acts, White Noise, Sanguine Sonata & Comic Strip, and many shorter plays have been produced in Canada, the US, and UK.  Frailty Thy Name is Woe  has been published by Meriwether in Volume II of Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays (between a play by Arthur Miller and Steve Martin’s Underpants). And Then Full Circle has been published in Mother/Daughter Monologues Volume 4: Urgent Maturity.

Paddy is the Artistic Director and founder of Flush Ink Performing Arts, the Chair of The Coalition of Performing Artists, and a former President of ICWP (International Centre for Women Playwrights).

Robin Bennett

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Robin graduated with a BA from the University of Waterloo and has studied theatre with the British American Drama Academy, in association with the Juilliard School and UCLA at Balliol College, Oxford.

As well as his extensive theatre experience, Robin serves on several boards and has accrued  a wealth of governance experience. He is presently the President of the Guelph Little Theatre and is the past Vice-Chair of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, he also sat on the Cambridge Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and many positions on the Management Board of the Galt Little Theatre.

As a theatre director, Robin has been awarded the Arthur Wilkinson Award for the Best Director and Best Production of 2010, and the 28th Annual Bernice Adams Award for the Performing Arts.