Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn and Darrell Dennis
Alley Theatre is an award-winning independent theatre company founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2011. The company is led by artistic producer Marisa Emma Smith and co-producer Daniel Arnold; along with artistic producing apprentice Danielle Lavallée and a diverse board of directors.
Alley Theatre is interested in stories that are seldom told, be they comedic, dramatic, or a mix of both. We produce plays that “make the invisible visible”– through socially conscious content or surprising site-specific venue choices. We’ve mounted productions in hotel rooms, cafes, outdoor public spaces, punk rock venues, and the occasional theatre too! We use talkbacks, interactivity and panel discussions to foster active audience engagement. We’re committed to engaging diverse professional artists in regards to gender, orientation, ethnicity, or ability, and acknowledge that we develop and produce our work on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Alley Theatre has received two Jessie Awards and eleven nominations including Outstanding Production for Tape, Critic’s Choice Innovation Award for Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Three Stories Up and The Ridiculous Darkness. Most recently we were nominated for Significant Artistic Achievement for Outstanding Cross Community Outreach and Performance for The Ridiculous Darkness. Artistic Producer Marisa Emma Smith is the winner of The Joanna Maratta Award for “displaying the most promise to contribute to the Vancouver theatre community”; co-producer Daniel Arnold is the protégé winner of The Siminovitch Prize for playwriting; and the company won The Cultchivating Award for Wicked Shorts. Five Alley Theatre productions have been picked up for presentation, remounts or tours, and the company has received critical acclaim outside of BC, including from Time Out New York and The New York Times. Productions include: Confessions, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Place, Tape, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Kayak, Little One, Marrow, Three Stories Up, O’wet/Lost Lagoon, and The Ridiculous Darkness.
DANIEL ARNOLD – Writer/Performer(Co-producer at Alley Theatre)
Daniel is a third-generation European settler who grew up in small-town Alberta. He co-wrote/performed two plays with Medina Hahn, Tuesdays & Sundays and Any Night, both of which toured nationally and internationally to places such as National Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Prague, New Mexico, and NewYork, consistently being hailed among the “Best Productions of the Year”. Both plays were published in Canada and USA and were nominated for three JessieAwards each. Daniel also co-wrote and starred in the feature film adaptation ofLawrence & Holloman, and he is a protégé recipient of Canada’s largest theatre award, The Siminovitch Prize.
As an actor and producer: Daniel has performed withthe Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Gateway, Firehall, Touchstone, Cultch, Neworld,Blackbird, Pacific, Presentation House, Globe, Centaur, Theatre Network,Theatre Calgary, Vertigo, Theatre Junction, Free Will Players, Western CanadaTheatre, TheatreOne, and Sunshine Theatre, garnering an Edmonton Sterling Awardand two more nominations and four Vancouver Jessie nominations. With AlleyTheatre, he has performed in and co-produced The Ridiculous Darkness (also adaptation, two Jessienominations), Tape (Jessienominations for Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Production), Little One (Overall Production Awardat New York Fringe), and Mrs. Warren’sProfession, for which he also produced an interactive docu-website andaudience digital-interaction.
MEDINA HAHN – writer/performer
Medina is an award-winning actor and writer of Lebanese and Irish descent. A graduate of theUniversity of Alberta and the University of Victoria, her work has been seen across Canada, in the USA and Europe. With Daniel Arnold, she co-wrote and performed the internationally acclaimed Tuesdays & Sundays and Any Night. Tuesdays & Sundays was also broadcast as a radio play on CBC and BBC (with David Tennant), and Medina and Daniel starred in a month-long run of Any NightOff-Broadway. As a creator, she won two Edmonton Sterling Awards and the protégé portion of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
As an actor: Medina’s local credits include Motherload (The ChopTheatre), Miss Shakespeare(Firehall/Musical Theatre Works, Jessie Award Outstanding Musical Production), J Caesar (Musical Theatre Works), The Dissemblers (Touchstone), Tideline (Touchstone/Neworld), Any Night (Touchstone/The Cultch)and Tuesdays & Sundays(DualMinds/The Cultch), and she has also worked at the Citadel Theatre, TheatreNetwork, Theatre Calgary, Western Canada Theatre, Workshop West, The Globe,Sunshine Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Theatre Inconnu and Eureka Theatre. She has also appeared in film and television and is a proud Mom.
DARRELL DENNIS –Writer/Performer
Hailingfromthe Secwepemc Nation in the interior ofBritish Columbia, Darrell’s break-out one-person show Tales of an Urban Indian was nominated for two Dora Awards and toured extensively across North America. His five other plays include TheTrickster of 3rd Avenue East (Native Earth) and Home of the Running Brave (The Autry LA, Von-Marie Atchley Excellent in Playwrighting Award), and he also wrote the non-fiction book PeacePipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians(PeriodicalMarketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award).For four years he produced and hosted the CBC Radio One doc series ReVision Quest.
As an actor: Darrell has performed in plays at the National Arts Centre, Native Earth, The PublicTheatre in New York, Los Angeles Theatre Centre, Western Canada Theatre,Firehall Arts Centre, Second City, Magnus Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, andCarousel, among others, and he maintains an active film and television career, most recently writing, performing and directing for APTN’s Guilt Free Zone. Darrel lalso still performs stand-up comedy in venues all over North America, and hisMom is really proud of him.
HERBIE BARNES – Director
Herbie Barnes(Anishinaabe from Aundeck Omni Kaning on Manitoulin Island) directed Tales of an Urban Indian (various tours) and other shows including: The Remember (MTYP), Dinky and Hayden Taylor’s Someday (Native Earth), MusicMan (Talk is Free Theatre), Oliver the Musical, Alice inWonderland, and Cotton Patch Gospel (Bluff City Theatre, USA). Herbie has taught in inner city high schools, private schools, universities, and many theatre companies and his workshop “Dropping the Mask” has been used in treatment centres for work with survivors of abuse. Also an actor, credits include Copper Thunderbird (National Arts Centre) and the national tour of Children of God.