featuring Justin Quesnelle, Angie Quick, Tyler Parr, and Tom Cull
Thursday September 28, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Free admission; cash bar
Let’s talk creativity! Now called Unscripted, The ARTS Project is excited to re-launch and expand its speaker series, starting with a panel of four creatives: Passionfool’s co-artistic director Justin Quesnelle, poet and visual artist Angie Quick, actor and filmmaker Tyler Parr, and London’s poet laureate Tom Cull.
This Unscripted event will be led by Josh Lambier -the Founding Director of the Public Humanities at Western and the Artistic Director of the Words Literary & Creative Arts Festival. Find him on twitter: @JoshuaLambier
Expanding from our pilot “Talk & Gawk” series in 2016/2017, Unscripted is The ARTS Project’s speaker series that is free for anyone to attend. Every Unscripted event will feature a different professional in the arts, ranging from performers to musicians, writers, designers, and many more. We are excited to present a series where people can come together to hear “unscripted” stories, ask questions, and learn more about the creativity that exists in all aspects of the arts.
About Our Panelists
Actor, Playwright and Director — Justin has written and is directing a new one-act play, The Roll Call, starring Tyler Parr on September 29 and 30.
Justin Quesnelle is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Passionfool Theatre -The ARTS Project’s resident theatre company. His work in various Passionfool productions has been recognized over the years by London’s Brickenden Awards with awards such as Outstanding Solo Performance, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Drama Production. In 2017, Justin has written and directed a trilogy of original one-act plays: Pushing On The Ocean, Vision (Re)vision, and The Roll Call, with the latter happening September 29 & 30, starring Tyler Parr. Passionfool’s 10th season will conclude with the company’s 30th production, where Justin will be directing a re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream -the classic that Passionfool launched with back in 2007.
Angie is a resident artist at The ARTS Project. She is currently collaborating with Tom Cull on a new initiative called Crossings, which is being launched on Culture Days (September 29 and 30).
Angie Quick (b. 1989, Calgary, AB.) is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, ON. She is a known for her large oil paintings which explore flesh in a historical and contemporaneous manner. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation within both a visual and performative context.
Her work can be seen at: www.everythingipromisedyouisbeingsold.com
Actor, Director, Writer and Filmmaker — Starring in Passionfool Theatre Company’s The Roll Call on September 29 & 30, written and directed by Justin Quesnelle.
Tyler Lionel Parr is a Toronto based actor, director, writer and filmmaker. From starting his theatre training in London ON, he has spent the last 30 years performing on stage and 14 years acting in cinema.
Tyler is the Artistic Director of Figurehead Films, launched in 2010. In 2012 he wrote, produced, directed & starred in his first short film – Dragonfly, which was an Official Selection in the Court Métrage, Festival De Cannes, 2012. In 2015 Tyler completed writing, producing, directing and performing in his second professional short film – Ironied, which has gone on to win 11 awards internationally and be Officially Selected in over 30 festivals. Tyler won the 2016 Brian Linehan – Best Actor Award for the National Screen Institute of Canada and 2016 Best Actor Award for the Open World Toronto Film Festival. Tyler is also one of the co-founders and creators of London’s Forest City Film Festival, which was launched in November 2016, with the opening night hosted by 4 time Academy Award nominee Emma Donoghue (Room, Frog Music).
Tyler discovered his true passion for theatre when he began performing on stage over 30 years ago. His most recent theatre roles have been Poseidon in Trojan Woman (PassionFool Theatre Co.), Charles Aiken in August:Osage County (London Community Players), and also performed in The Grand Theatre’s Playwrights Cabaret (January 2017).
Tom is London’s Poet Laureate. He and Angie Quick are currently collaborating on a new initiative called Crossings, which is being launched on Culture Days (September 29 and 30).
As a poet, Tom strives to write poems that are accessible, open to diverse groups, and engaged with the socio-political-environmental realities of our world. His poems comprise a wide variety of poetic forms, from traditional lyric to spoken word to experimental language.
Tom has been a board member of London’s literary and creative arts festival, WordsFest, for which he has worked to create events that unite and showcase London’s artistic community. He is co-publisher and co-editor of the WordsFestZine, a collection of poems written by festival authors and attendees over the course of the three-day festival. Tom also designed and co-coordinated “Guerilla Poetry,” a WordsFest event in which participants stood on milk crates on busy street corners and read selections of their original or favourite pieces of writing. Both the Zine and Guerilla Poetry embody Tom’s vision of bringing an array of writers with various styles, ages, and backgrounds together to join in collaborative projects and events.
In addition to his work with WordsFest, Tom works to provide learning opportunities for local poets. He has been a committee member and workshop facilitator for Poetry London’s reading series since 2012. Additionally, he facilitates yearly workshops for Western University’s Language Day, Gathering in the Garden, and the Children’s International Summer Villages Summer Camp, which engages elementary students in environmental conservation through poetic expression.