Cast & Crew

KEARA BARNES- Playwright & Performer

Keara is an actor, writer and producer from Vancouver, B.C and the Co-Founder/Co-Managing Director of Standing Room Only Theatre. She holds a BFA in Theatre from UVic, studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York, and most recently completed the Arts Club Actors Intensive. Keara is the Blogger Coordinator for the GVPTA and has worked as a theatre reviewer for the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.

Keara is an emerging playwright, having worked with Fishamble: The New Play Company in Dublin, Playwrights Theatre Centre and The Wet Ink Collective in Vancouver, and is currently developing two new plays. Her one woman show Almost a Stepmom has played to critical acclaim in multiple festivals throughout Western Canada and her play The Girl on the Moon was most recently selected for inclusion in the 2017 Pull Festival.

Recent acting credits include: The Mystery Plays (Little Mountain Lion Productions), Almost a Stepmom (2016 Shift One Act Festival & 2016 Calgary Fringe Festival *winner of the Emerging Artist Award), Moll in Moll (SRO Theatre/Celticfest Vancouver 2016), The Motherers (2016 Pull Festival), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (SRO Theatre), Olya the Child (Troika Collective/2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival), The Weir (SRO Theatre/Celticfest Vancouver 2015) Hug (2014 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival), The Mikado and The Hollow (Metro Theatre), Waiting for Ghostbusters (Genus Theatre), Phoebe in As you Like it (Kaleidoscope Theatre), as well as various short films.

http://www.kearabarnes.com

MICHAEL DAVID STEWART- Director

Michael David Stewart is an actor and multi-disciplinary artist working in film, live performance and mixed media. His work explores intimacy and human connection in the digital age. Recent acting credits include work on ABC Mini series ‘When We Rise’, and short film ‘Youth 3000’ which makes its debut at Festival De Cannes in May 2017. Recent Directing credits include film exhibit ‘4 FILMS’ (Vancouver Art & Leisure) and short film ‘Reflections’ which makes its Canadian debut in Vancouver, December 2017. 

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JOE HINKS- Assistant Director

A British National, Joe has been active in the Vancouver theatre scene in many capacities since 2013; he sat on the Board of Directors for Metro Theatre and currently volunteers for several other arts organizations in Vancouver, including the GVPTA and the Vancouver Opera. Most recently, Joe directed Go Back for Murder (2015) at Metro Theatre and Assistant Directed SRO’s sell-out run of The Weir (2015). He was also fortunate enough to work on The Switch (2015), the world’s first Transgender sitcom.

Joe is extremely proud to have worked with some gifted individuals as the Consultant Director on Death In a Dumpster, a musical written and directed by disadvantaged and at-risk youth, which premiered at the Waterfront Theatre in November 2015. Joe also taught drama classes at Quantum Day Program and assisted with the direction of SRO’s world premiere of Almost a Stepmom (written by Keara Barnes). Joe was last seen on stage in SRO’s production of Moll as Father Brest and is looking forward to producing their next production,12 Angry Jurors as well as continuing to work as construction lead and set decorator on various on-going films.

DIANA BARTOSH- Sound Designer

Diana Bartosh is a Vancouver-based technician, stage manager, and designer. Most recently, she has had the pleasure of stage managing Women Marching (SFU School of Contemporary Arts Dance Program), The Mystery Plays (Little Mountain Lion Productions), Frankenstein, 1945 (Nebula Company Theatre), and Marrow (Resounding Scream/Alley Theatre). Her other design credits include props design for Marrow and The Drowning Girls (Stone’s Throw Productions). When not under self-imposed lockdown in a theater, Diana studies History, Labour Studies, and Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

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TRACY-LYNN CHERNASKE- Set Designer

Tracy-Lynn has had a ten year love affair with the visual aspects of theatre, one which started in high school, continued through Capilano University (2007) and which she personally hopes will never end. Though technically a free lance Scenic Artist, Tracy-Lynn has been the resident Scenic Painter and Set Decorator at Metro Theatre for the last five years, creating wonderfully rich and realistic looking sets for classic plays such as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Relatively Speaking, The Hollow and Go Back for Murder. Outside of Metro, Tracy-Lynn has worked for theatres and theatre groups all over the Lower Mainland, including Fighting Chance Productions, Green Thumb Theatre and most recently the Kay Meek for their Summer Youth Conservatory. Her favorite job being for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune for which she was required to paint a 32′ realistic moon across a stage floor.
 
Flirtations with film are interspersed throughout her already impressive career, a foray which has seen her work with household Canadian names such as K-os and Michael Buble. Tracy’s true passion however lies in theatre, tea and Scottie dogs and she dreams of the day when she has a job which marries the three together. Until then she very much looks forward to her extended stay with Metro Theatre, her latest venture with Standing Room Only and  to top it all off she is also excited to have received a scholarship to attend a summer intensive program for Theatre Production Arts (Stratford, ON) this summer –  she is especially excited to learn to artistic weld!