Look ma, we’re on TV! From the creative team behind the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival’s decade long sell-out smash hit, The Late Night Cabaret, comes Fringe Revue: a brand new digital variety show. Part late night talk show, part live concert, part social commentary, part fun and games, Fringe Revue blends music, theatre, comedy, storytelling, and spoken word, all on a brave new digital platform.
Episode 2 on Fringe TV
aired on Saturday, July 25 at 8pm
Episode 2 features: Mind of a Snail, the creative team behind Fringe LiveStream, Dance Break with Amber Borotsik & Jesse Gervais, Cuban Movements, Miranda Allen, NASRA, musical guest Jay Gilday, house musician Jason Kodie, and your hosts Joleen Ballendine and Kelly Turner of Rapid Fire Theatre!
Did you miss the pilot Episode of Fringe Revue? Not to worry – we captured the whole spectacle on Fringe TV.
Your Fringe Revue Episode 2 Hosts & Guests:
Miranda Allen is an international variety artist, escapologist, actor, and theatre maker. She has performed for the Mayor of London, and recently appeared on season 7 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where Penn Jillette called her escape from a wine barrel “perfect”. She is also the originator of the ratchet strap escape. As her alter-ego Tianna the Traveller she has performed in 17 countries, 3 and 1/2 languages, and once, was nearly killed by a kangaroo.
Joleen Ballendine began her career in 2007 when she was invited to join Rapid Fire Theatre straight out of high school. Improv has given her opportunities to travel across Canada, the U.S, and tours annually to Europe teaching and performing. In 2016 she became the Associate Director of Education and two years later she became the Director of the program. Jo’s biggest achievement in Rapid Fire has been her outreach program, where she and a small team of teachers use improv as a tool to connect people and empower communities. She’s also one of the stars of Off Book The Improvised Musical, which has had multiple sold-out runs at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, including holdovers and national tours. She is proud to be a Co-Director for RFT’s Sphinxes, a show featuring only Non-binary, Trans, and female performers. She loves the consent thrill of Improv and vows never to stop.
Improv isn’t her only jam, in 2011 she, and creative genius Tim Mikula, created Dr. Jokes, a live bi-monthly alt-comedy show in Edmonton which gave many local comedians their start and pushed the comedic envelope for Joleen.
In 2015 Joleen was hired as a writer/cast member on the APTN sketch comedy show Caution: May Contain Nuts for the show’s fourth and later fifth season. The show landed her 2 nominations for both her writing and performing in the series at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Currently, Joleen is working with writing partners Joey and Gordie Lucius on their half-hour pilot Lupita. The script is the winner of this year’s Totally Television program held by National Screen Institution (NSI) and will get to pitch their script to broadcasters internationally in the winter.
Joleen is proud to be a Metis artist living and working in her home of Edmonton. She also recognizes her privilege as a white-passing artist and strives to be an alley to the BIPOC community. Black and Indigenous lives matter.
Amber Borotsik is an Edmonton based creator, performer and educator keenly interested in the intersection between improvisation, contemporary dance and theatre practices.
Amber has performed in both theatre and dance across Canada, the United States and in Japan; and has received three Sterling Awards (Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role – Little One, Choreography/Fight Direction and Independent Production – Scythe) as well as the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts. In the fall of 2017 Amber travelled to Studio 303 in Montreal and Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s Newfoundland where she had a blast remixing the work of other choreographers as a part of the CanDance/Studio 303/Mile Zero Dance/NDW REMIX Exchange. Last May traveled back to Montreal to take part in Centre de Création O Vertigo’s Emerging En- counters International Exchange Project and to present a solo version of her newest work No Guesses Found as a part of En marge du Festival TransAmériques. Amber was to be performing in ONE at Factory Theatre in Toronto then heading to St. John’s to work on an adaptation of Oderin by poet Agnes Walsh but now she is getting really into online dance classes instead.
Cuban Movements Dance School is the creation of Professional Dancer and Choreographer Leonardo Gonzales. Born and trained in Havana, Leo started Cuban Movements in 2013 to share his passion and love for Afro Cuban dance with the Edmonton community. The school provides dance instruction for students of all ages, with a focus on traditional Cuban and international dances, including Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, ballet and contemporary dance such as Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pilon, Mozambique, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Guaguanco, Columbia, Yambú, Spanish dance, Bachata, Reggaeton and Tango. Cuban Movements also has a performance team, participating and supporting a variety of festivals that celebrate arts and cultural diversity in Edmonton such as Heritage days, the Edmonton Carnival, the Francofusion Festival, Etown Salsa’s Salsa With the Stars, as well as Expo Latino in Calgary and the Calgary Salsa Congress. In 2019, Leo partnered with Harold Ferran Molina, principal dancer of the prestigious Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, to create and lead a dance training trip to Havana for Edmonton students. The Sabor a Cuba dance training trip focused on AfroCuban dance and Cuban salsa to learn from Harold, and it also provide an authentic cultural experience. It is my intention to continue to offer this trip open to all Edmonton dancers on an annual basis. Cuban Movements will participate for the first time in the 2021 Edmonton Fringe Festival, where it will debut an original dance musical entitled “Mi Habana Querida”.
Jesse has been an active member of the Edmonton theatre community since graduating from The U of A, (BFA acting) in 2001 and has performed for many theatre companies across Canada including: The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre, The Free Will Shakespeare Company, Workshop West Theatre, Firefly Theatre, Teatro La Quindicina, Shadow Theatre, High Performance Rodeo, Theatre Calgary, The Fluid Festival, Concrete Theatre, Globe Theatre, and The National Arts Centre. Jesse has co- created and produced 4 full length dance\theatre productions that have toured across Canada, the US, Japan and Hong Kong. He has been a multiple nominee and the recipient of 3 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Independent Production.
A vagabond turned mailman, Jay Gilday has searched for himself in the depths of Folk, blues, traditional, rock and most recently soul music. The quest continues as Jay takes his experiences from the roads of Canada, the daily roller-coaster of work, family, and performance and weaves them into song. Jay’s live performance is executed with a trained voice and a passion to drive it backed up by a heavy hitting guitar, finger-style or flat-picked, your choice.
Jason Kodie is an award winning musician who has been an integral member in a wealth of projects and bands . Based in Edmonton, he has performed at the Olympics, Place des Arts, The Smithsonian, with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and a range of venues from house concerts to premier venues throughout Western Canada. With accordion as his primary instrument, he is equally versatile as a pianist and arranger.
As a soundscape designer, he has composed for over 30 productions, and was a recent nominee for best sound design at the 2017 Elizabeth Sterling Hayes awards.
Since 2013, Jason has been the Musical Director of ‘Ze Punterz’ for the ‘Late Nite Cabaret’ at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
Since 2011, has has been the lead musical curator for the Flying Canoe Volant festival held at la Cité francophone in Edmonton.
Jason is a member of Captain Tractor, Le Fuzz, and can be heard along with a myriad of musicians including John Guliak, Marco Claveria, and the McGowan Family Band.
This wack-ado dandy has been performing with Rapid Fire Theatre for over 10 years now and has traveled all over North America performing sketch and improv. He is the host/co-creator of a freaky little nature show called Frick, I Love Nature, which is currently in development with their second season. You can enjoy the first season on youtube and Telus Optik, for all you Optik-heads out there. He enjoys foods on sticks and groovin’ to the smooth stylings of Norah Jones. Shout out to all my NoJo’s in the Dojo of easy listening. #comeawaywithme #lonestar
Mind of a Snail
Matt Schuurman is a performer with the ensemble at Rapid Fire Theatre. He’s also the current Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre! He’s a proud father to a cool kid and a proud partner to a cool community champion. Sometimes he rides a motorcycle.
Kelly Turner (she/her) is an improvisor with Rapid Fire Theatre, a writer and performer for Dang Dumb, and teaches improv with Grindstone and Rapid Fire Theatre. She jokes about her daddy issues and hates ghosts and ouija boards, which makes her a major buzz-kill at highschool parties.