Cast and Crew Bios – Detroit
JENNIFER COPPING – Playing Mary
Jennifer Copping is an actor, singer, dancer and director based in Vancouver, Canada. Her almost 30 year career has taken her to Chicago, Alaska, Los Angeles, Toronto and across Canada. Select theatre credits include: For the Arts Club : Reflections On Crooked Walking (1987) Red Rock Diner, Funny Girl, White Christmas, Godspell (Jesus) Other Theater: Anne Of Green Gables ( Charlottetown) , Les Miserables ( Mirvish), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ( Livent), Tommy (Mirvish), Jersey Boys ( Dancap) Indian Arm ( Rumble).
Select Film and Television : The Confirmation, Fargo, Van Helsing, Supernatural, My Sweet Audrina, Mother Of All Lies, Becoming Redwood. Other: Leo Award Winner for lead actress in a feature film for Becoming Redwood.
As Director: Almost Maine, Chicken, In The Boom Boom Room, The Big Funk and Good People which was nominated for a Jesse Award for outstanding small production 2014/15.
JOEL WIRKKUNEN – Playing Ben
Theatre credits include: School For Scandal, A Flea In Her Ear, Peter And The Star Catcher, The Odd Couple, It’s Snowing On Saltspring, Escape From Happiness (Arts Club Theatre). The Overcoat, Of Mice And Men (Vancouver Playhouse). The Taming Of The Shrew, Cymbeline, Antony And Cleopatra, Richard III, Henry VI (Bard on the Beach).
Joel is the co-artistic producer of the Vancouver True Storytelling series The Flame.
AARON CRAVEN – Playing Kenny
For Mitch and Murray Productions, Aaron has been onstage in previous productions of Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw, Race and Fifty Words. He directed Rapture, Blister, Burn for the company in 2015. Other theatre credits include Wilde Holiday Shorts (Chemainus Theatre) and Gaslight (Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles). Aaron has previously directed productions of GlenGarry Glen Ross and Closer.
A busy Film/TV actor, Aaron splits time between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Credits include Aftermath, Travelers, The Flash, Castle, Ties That Bind, Big Eyes, The Age of Adaline and Gracepoint. Also a writer and director, his short film The Acting Teacher screened at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival. Aaron also coaches actors at The Working Actors Gym, the training wing of Mitch and Murray Productions.
LUISA JOJIC – Playing Sharon
A performer, instructor, and program director, Luisa has worked with a number of companies and artists since graduating from UBC with a BFA in Theatre. She recently performed as Emelia in Othello, and Marina in Pericles at the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Luisa runs the True Voice Theatre Project, a theatre program in the downtown eastside which explores issues of homelessness and community, and has developed two shows that have been presented as part of Homelessness Action Week: Much Ado About Something (2014) and For a Muse of Fire (2015). She is a multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee, and a YWCA Women of Distinction Award nominee in Arts, Culture and Design, 2016. For a more detailed biography, please visit www.luisajojic.com
JOHN R. TAYLOR – Playing Frank
John’s experience in theatre spans many years and includes every aspect – actor, writer, director, producer and set designer – working with over 70 productions in the last twenty years. He has also worked steadily in film and television – with over 75 entries on IMDB, including scenes opposite Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jack Nicholson. In 2013 he received UBCP’s prestigious Sam Payne Award.
LOIS ANDERSON – Director
Lois Anderson has worked for 25 years with regional and independent theatre companies as an actor, director, and devisor. She was a co-creator of Cirque Poule, an original member of Leaky Heaven, a co-creator of Flying Blind along with Australia’s Legs On The Wall and Axis Theatre, and a co-creator of Neworld’s Devil Box Cabaret. Lois has been a leading player at Bard On The Beach, where most recently she adapted and directed the critically acclaimed Pericles.
Lois has 6 Jessie Richardson Awards for acting, and received the Sidney Risk Emerging Director Award in 2010. She spent 2014 as an actress at the National Arts Center. Directing credits include My Granny The Goldfish, The Graduate, Its Snowing on Saltspring, The Unplugging (Arts Club Theatre) Medea, Pride and Prejudice (Freddy Wood), A Last Resort (Roughouse), Peter Panties (Leaky Heaven), Iphigenia at Aulis (SFU), and Pericles (Bard). Lois is a literature andtheatre grad from UBC (BA, BFA,
DAVID ROBERTS – Set Designer
David is excited to be once again working with Mitch and Murray on this powerful piece of contemporary theatre. Shows last season included How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone), Rapture, Blister, Bun (Mitch and Murray), The Invisible Hand (Pi), The Rivals (Blackbird) and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Persephone, Saskatoon).
Upcoming work includes The Piano Teacher (Arts Club) and Riot (Electric company/Hard Rubber Orchestra). David is a multiple Jessie winner and member of The Associated Designers of Canada.
Enjoy the show.
CONOR MOORE – Lighting Designer
Conor Moore is a Vancouver and New York City-based lighting, set, and projection designer with an MFA in design from UBC. Previous Credits include: Becky Shaw (Mitch and Murray), Peter and the Starcatcher, Bakersfield Mist, In A Blue Moon, 4000 Miles, Armstrong’s War, and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Arts Club Theatre), La Bohème (Vancouver Opera), Senora Carrara’s Rifles and Fourplay (Shaw Festival), Gunmetal Blues (Vancouver Playhouse), Hamlet, Falstaff, Henry VI, and Richard III (Bard on the Beach), Waiting for Godot (Blackbird Theatre), Penelope, Indian Arm, and Tremors (Rumble Theatre),The Competition is Fierce (ITSAZOO), The Night’s Mare (Caravan Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, MK Woyzeck, and The Madwoman of Chaillot (UBC Theatre), and Baby Fat Act One (La MaMa).
He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. In the future he will be designing The Pipeline Project for ITSAZOO. www.conormooredesign.ca
DYLAN MCNULTY – Sound Design
Dylan McNulty is currently a student of Douglas College’s Sound Engineering Program. His previous credits include The Dirty Old Woman, which won Pick of the Fringe 2014.
JENNIFER WILSON – Stage Manager
Jennifer Wilson is a Graduate from Simon Fraser University. She has a BFA in Theatre Production with a focus in Stage Managing and a Minor in Archaeology. Recent credits include Stage Manager for The Girl Who Raised By Wolverine (Vancouver Fringe Festival), Lighting Designer for Tomorrow, Today (SFU Blackbox), Apprentice Stage Manager for Arthur Boy King with Carousel Theatre, Stage Manager for The Rocky Horror Show (Fighting Chance Productions), Production Stage Manager for SFU Directing Projects and Apprentice Stage Manager for Suessical (Carousel Theatre).
Kate was born in Sydney, Australia. After leaving a career in law, Kate decided to pursue her love of the arts, enrolling in acting school and dedicating her time and energy to perfecting her craft. In Australia, she produced over 50 professional music videos and TV commercials, before relocating to Vancouver.
Film/TV credits as an actor include Motive, Angel in Training, Cedar Cove, Devil’s Night, In the End, Residue, a string of music videos and commercials for Hersheys, Levis, Ford and many more.
ANNE MARIE DELUISE – Associate Producer
Anne Marie has been a tireless supporter of Mitch and Murray Productions from the beginning, attending shows and providing support during the initial years of the company’s growth. An accomplished actor with a long resume of Film/TV roles, Anne Marie is one of the true leaders of our local industry in BC.
LISA D’AMOUR – Playwright
Lisa’s plays have been produced by theaters across the U.S., including The Women’s Project, Clubbed Thumb, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, New Georges (all in NYC), Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Catastrophic Theatre (Houston, TX), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans, LA) and Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis, MN).
Detroit, originally produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company and subsequently produced by the National Theater/London and Playwrights Horizons, was a finalist for the Pulitizer Prize for Drama, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and received a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Play. In 2008, D’Amour was awarded the Alpert Award for the Arts in theater and 2011, she received the Steinberg Playwright Award. She is the recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award in theatre. Lisa received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a New Dramatists alumni. She lives with her husband, composer Brendan Connelly, in Brooklyn and New Orleans.