Cindy Kao

Cindy Kao To: For: (Directed by Allison Vicente and Howard Dai) Cindy is a Taiwanese-Canadian performance artist, based in Vancouver. She received a degree in Bachelor of […]

Emilie St.Hilaire Emilie St.Hilaire is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. Through video projections and installation Emilie’s work […]

Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

Connor Yuzwenko-Martin The Invisible Practice – Multidisciplinary Nextfest 2020 Connor Yuzwenko-Martin has nurtured a lifelong passion for the intersection between theatre and accessibility. Recent work includes serving…

Andrea Handal Rivera

Andrea Handal Rivera Andrea Handal Rivera – Dancefest, Fruit Snack Pronouns: She/Her. Andrea is thrilled to be returning to Nextfest with their Online Festival this year! She is a […]

Soo She

Soo She Soo She is the harajuku dominatrix from your hentai fantasies. She has dance moves that will make go hmm and a face that you won’t […]

Tammy Lamouche

Tammy Lamouche Tammy Lamouche grew up in Gift Lake, a MĂ©tis Settlement in Northern Alberta, Writing and singing her own music has always been a passion for […]

Stuart McDougall

Stuart McDougall The Woman in the Red Dress is Stuart’s first foray into NextFest, and he couldn’t be happier to work with the wonderful folks he’s met […]

Emily Smith

Emily Smith Emily Smith is a part of Nextfest’s clown cabaret!  is an Edmonton based singer, dancer, poet, playwright, dramaturge, and clown. Her recent credits are Big […]

Shannon Lin Shannon Lin is an emerging dance artist from Edmonton, Alberta. She recently graduated with a BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University, where she studied […]

Katherine DeCoste

Katherine DeCoste Under Water – Nextfest 2020 Katherine DeCoste is a queer, white settler in amiskwaciy, where she writes poetry and plays and recently earned her BA […]

Rumi Jeraj

Rumi Jeraj Co-creator of Agether Topart Rumi Jeraj hails from Sherwoodpark Alberta (the world’s largest hamlet) and is curious about sound and text in dance performance. During […]

Roger Rukeba

Rogers Rukeba Rogers (he/him/jim) is currently based in Fort McMurray with production primarily in Calgary. He is most popular for his rare blend of acoustics and hip-hop. […]

Ayla Modeste

Ayla Modeste Ayla Modeste (Shir Modesty) is a Nehiyaw, Gwich’in Dancer and Story Teller from Edmonton. Dancing is her way of exploring her inner ocean of curiosity, […]

Tia Kushniruk

Tia Kushniruk Tia Kushniruk is the Choreographer and Assistant Director of Fruit Snack. From Edmonton AB, she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) in […]

Ashley Laurenson

Ashley Laurenson Arkham Rising is a fan film that was brewed between a family of friends after a 10 hour road trip, the midnight preview of Dark […]

Sora Park Sora Park is an interdisciplinary artist based in Edmonton. She explores how quantitative and qualitative data gathered during an immersive practice of field research translates […]

Holly Cinnamon

Holly Cinnamon Holly Cinnamon is an Edmonton-based director, actor and writer. She is passionate about multi-disciplinary performance and collaborative theatre processes. Previous creation credits include: conceiving…

Jay the Juggling Magician

Jay the Juggling Magician Jay the Juggling Magician is an artist who strives to create true “circus magic.” That priceless feeling of wonder- and the disconnect between what is […]

Jana Brodkin-Singh Jana is an artist based out of Calgary, Alberta, interested in art and painting. She studied artwork from Alberta College of Art +Design and graduated […]

Cindy Rivers

Cindy Rivers Cindy has performed and headlined all over western Canada, she was selected for the top 100 for the CBC next up national comedy competition, has […]

Dana Prather

Dana Prather Dana is thrilled to be working on sam at the base of the mountain for her very first Nextfest (2020)! A Calgary-based theatre artist, she […]

David Noel

David Noel David makes his first Nextfest appearance in Positive by Émanuel Dubbeldam and directed by Sarah J Culkin. Stage credits include Plaisirs Interdits (Montreal Fringe 2019), […]

Amy Lee Amy Lee is the director, producer, writer, animator, and actor of the 2021 animated short film “Sara Has A Fever.”   In the film, Amy is the […]

Ora Burns

Ora Burns Ora Burns had so much fun being a part of Fruit Snack. She is delighted to participate in this year’s Nextfest festival and is looking […]

Paige Knickle

Peter/Terry/Paige Knickle Peter/Terry/Paige Knickle (they/he) is a non-binary transmasculine clown, improvisor, vocalist, actor, and voice actor featured in the Click/Clack: Clowns at the Keyboard showcase. Peter was […]

Quincy Pipella Quincy Pipella is a recognized dancer & choreographer from Edmonton Alberta, Canada for the past 10 years. She started dancing at Sandra Gray School Of […]

Bobby Markov Bobby Markov is an award-winning, Bulgarian/Canadian actor, writer, and director who, at just 21 years old, created the International Award-winning, prolific Sci-Fi Short Film Metamorphosis […]

Golden Grey

Golden Grey It began as a hobby and blossomed into a passion, the artist known as Golden Grey became captivated by electronic music. He familiarized himself with […]


NASRA NASRA is a queer, Muslim, Oromo creator based in Amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Nasra acts as Director/Founder of Black Arts Matter- Alberta’s interdisciplinary […]

Hanna Dotzenroth As part of the visual art exhibition for Nextfest 2021, Hanna Dotzenroth is a visual and conceptual artist living and working on Treaty 6 Territory […]

Sarah Emslie

Sarah Emslie Sarah is an Alberta-based theatre artist and holds a BFA from the University of Alberta in Acting. Selected theatre acting credits include Crave (Stonemarrow Theatre), […]

Kendra Shorter

Kendra Shorter Kendra Shorter is a MĂ©tis emerging dance artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a performer, creator, and teacher. Kendra has trained in Edmonton, Calgary, […]

Andrea Ruschin Andrea Ruschin is an Edmonton based performer originally from Alberta’s pee break, Red Deer. A student at the University of Alberta, she’s set to complete her […]

Sara Campos-Silvius

Sara Campos-Silvius Sara Campos-Silvius (she/her) is a queer and mixed-race Latinx artist in Edmonton, Alberta, in Treaty 6 territory. She is a playwright, screenwriter, and poet, as […]

Jenna Werhun

Jenna Werhun Jenna and Cameron have been working closely together for approximately four years. Their primary focus has been on strengthening the relationship between dancers and musicians […]

Liam Salmon Liam Salmon is an award-winning queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Edmonton, Alberta (Amiskwakahegan) (HE / HIM, THEY/THEM). They are a graduate […]

Jack Belhumeur

Jack Belhumeur Jack Belhumeur participated in this years festival with his latest film “Happiness” a short that challenges the viewers perception of what happiness truly is. Facebook […]

Kyra Newton

Kyra Newton Kyra Newton is a Calgary based dance choreographer, performer and movement facilitator passionate about creating original contemporary dance works and collaborating with different artists from […]

Lebogang Disele Lebo Disele is an interdisciplinary performer, director, and dramaturge. She was part of Azimuth Theatre’s workshopped production, All That Binds Us (2020). Other performance credits […]

Katie Cassady

Katie Cassady This is not an original conundrum –  Nextfest 2020 Katie Cassady is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in Vancouver, BC, the unceded territories of […]


NIUBOI NIUBOI came from space to save the world from a life of blasĂ© mundanity. They live and work in Amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. […]


Bailebail Bailebail is here to stay! Bailebail, also known as Carl Bailey, got his start in the music scene while receiving his business degree at The […]

Tyler Biddulph I am a student at the University of Alberta who thinks acting is fun. I am not very educated in the dramatic arts so I […]

Alison Neuman

Alison Neuman Beautiful Soul – Dance – Nextfest 2020 Alison Neuman is a writer, author, choreographer, dance artist, playwright, and space facilitator who is passionate about sharing […]

Erin Hutchison

Erin Hutchison Erin Hutchison is a part of Nextfest’s clown cabaret! She is an Edmonton based clown, actor, director, playwright, and the Artistic Director of Cathexis Theatre. […]

Vanessa Beaudry

Vanessa Beaudry Vanessa Beaudry is from Mosquito First Nation, a Cree community in Saskatchewan. Music has always been a passion for Beaudry. Vanessa is an accomplished singer/songwriter, […]

Tito Guillen

Tito Guillen Tito Guillen is the writter/director of the films ‘Cover‘ and ‘Arkham Rising‘ which will both be screening during NextFest this year. An avid lover of […]


Toddske As life-long fan of the arts, Toddske, with the help of his friends, decided to turn fantasy into reality by following his passions. What started […]

Carissa Edmonds I am a grade 11 student at Strathcona Composite. This was my first year being a part of NextFest and I loved every minute of it. […]

Kaiya With a deeply soulful voice and wisdom far beyond her years, Kaiya is a pop singer-songwriter, based in Calgary, Alberta. Her music has been described […]

Kiruthika Rathanaswami

Kiruthika Rathanaswami Kiruthika Rathanaswami is an Edmonton based bharata natyam (Indian Classical Dance) performer. For the past 24 years, she has been under the mentorship and guidance […]

Daniel McCormack

Daniel McCormack Daniel is an actor, singer, and musician from Scarborough and a recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School. He found his passion for acting at […]

Jaseena Elvin

Jaseena Elvin Project title: Me, Myself & I Despite starting my University journey at a different school, I fell in love with Drama classes at an early […]

Émanuel Dubbeldam

Émanuel Dubbeldam [ Theatre 2020 – POSITIVE] Émanuel Dubbeldam is a francophone theatre artist based in Edmonton. His most recent play, Positive, is a work in development […]

Julia van Dam

Julia van Dam Julia van Dam is excited to be working with her friends in this new way for Nextfest! A Dutch Canadian singer, dancer, and actor currently […]

Jack Copland

Jack Copland DON’T LET ME GO – Nextfest 2020 Born in Kelowna and raised in Mississauga, Jack grew up impersonating his hockey coaches and prank-calling Pizza Pizza […]

Steve Reeve

Steve Reeve Arkham Rising isn’t just a fan film, it’s a film that formed a family. The saga is archived in a ‘cast at, but long […]

Camille Pavlenko Camille is the playwright of The Jackal and Her Reflection. She is a playwright, actor, and improviser based in the Southern Alberta area. Recently, her […]

Allison Vicente

Allison Vicente A collaborator of To:For:, Allison Vicente is an emerging dance artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has recently graduated from the Contemporary Dance program […]

Lisa Alyx Bui

Lisa Alyx Bui Lisa Alyx Bui (they/them) is the director, writer and producer of their debut short film Sane-ish Middle Class Asians (2019). Sane-ish Middle Class Asians is […]

Declan Baker Declan Baker is heading into his third year at Ryerson University in the Dance Performance program. He has been fortunate enough to work with artists […]

Sir Racha

Sir Racha Bringing a whole lot of spice to the cast of Ivy’s Magic School Bus, Sir Racha’s flamboyant masculine personality has been bringing fire to stages […]

Svitlana Kravchuk Svitlana Kravchuk is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Ukraine, raised in the Middle East and now settled in Canada. Svitlana holds an Hon. BA in […]

Zachary Strom Zachary Strom is an Edmonton-based performer and creator entering his fourth year of the BFA in Acting at the University of Alberta. Most recently, he […]


Sare After spending their high school years filling notebooks with poetry, Sare discovered a fascination with the energy created through live music and started finding a […]

Stefan Makowski Stefan Makowski was born in St. Albert, Alberta, and has been producing and DJing electronic music under various pseudonyms since 2009. He is currently studying […]

Hannah Shikatani

Hannah Shikatani Project: Agether Topart, an interactive dance film at Nextfest 2020 Hannah Shikatani is a recent graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program where she received […]

Allison Elizabeth Burns Allison Elizabeth Burns is the director and choreographer of the dance film, The Debate, which premiered at Nextfest 2021. Allison is a choreographer, performer, educator, […]

Lauren Brady

Lauren Brady theBYSTANDER – Lauren Brady is an actor, dancer, clown and emerging choreographer/creator from Calgary. She is currently going into her fourth year of the BFA […]