Les Personnes – Jordi Mand

jordijordijordijordijordijordi hurray! she’s not only works for the festival, she plays one on t.v.!

jordi. or, as we like to joke in the office: "the one who sent in the side-ways picture of herself and we were too lazy to make it right, so it will just have to stay like this and people are going to have to turn their heads to the left. no. right. left? right. left."

1. Who are you?
Jordi Mand

2. Why are you doing here?
I am the Program Cordintor for the Festival this year.

3. What do you hope for the festival.
That it continues to surprise – surprise all of us as well as all of you

4. What are you most interested in?
Play development. Artist development…and great story telling.

5. What are you worried about?
Time, time, time.

6. Any final words?
Enjoy!

Les Personnes – Lindy Zucker

Lindy Zucker. What cannot be said about Lindy Zucker? (pronounced Zoo-ker, apparently? whatever.)
Lindy is many things, including Jewish. Why is this significant? Well, possibly because it means we, oddly enough, seem to get along quite well.

Oh. Lindy is the Festival Associate. What does that mean? Essentially is means that anything I’m too moronic to understand, she explains to me. It also means she is co-producing the performance gallery with me, and is the editor of the kick-ass “propaganda”. And a host of many other things–and let’s just say that without her, we would all die. all of us. death. seriously. like, serious death. like super-death. ouch. Lindy also helped me coin the phrase “Jew Casj” (Jewish Casual). That is when a cool out-exterior is masterfully negotiating a jumble of inner-neurosis. I am not saying that this describes Lindy. This simply is what I feel.

1. Who are you?

Sarcastic, queerly jewish, asshole of a social whore about town with
a penchant for subversive comedy and ice cream.

2. Why are you doing here?

I hope you mean What because why is a little existential for me.

If I was a stand-up comedian I would say something like “I think was
part of my parole agreement.” because that’s hilarious and sometimes
true.

3. What do you hope for the festival.

I hope for mind-blowing art of every kind, outrageous beer-fueled
courtyard conversation and an amazing time had by all…oh an lots and
lots of sold out houses in every venue for every show for every night.

4. What are you most interested in.

You’ll have to narrow this down to a realm of something…

5. What are you worried about?

The increasing amount of passive aggressiveness in the world

6. Any final words?

Les Personnes – Avery Swartz

Avery Swartz is not a Jew. Surprising. With a name like Swartz. Actually, it would be surprising if it was Shwartz. That is more Jewish. I digress.

Avery is one of the 2 returning staff members from last year. The others left because they either hate me, or hate themselves. (or for rational reasons which I’m not interested in).

Avery, essentially, ensures that the entire Festival maintains a high level of work ethic. What do I mean by that? She is impossibly positive, while equally rigorous, enthusiastic and supportive. She is tireless. She has personally made my transition much easier, and a sincere friend to SummerWorks and the Arts. I hope she stays with SummerWorks forever, but she will likely not once you all start hiring her. In short, she is brilliant.

She asked me to post just the young one, but I want both up because you need to know who she is when you go up to her and say “holy crap, you’re good at what you do!”

1. Who are you?

I’m Avery, the publicist.

2. Why are you doing here?

Hmmm… Why am I doing here? That’s a pretty existential question. For now, I am doing here to publicize your shows.

3. What do you hope for the festival.

Lots and lots and lots of press coverage. Like the front page of the Globe and Mail. Hey, it can happen…

4. What are you most interested in.

At SummerWorks… The new Music Series and Performance Gallery. In general… Modern design, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and my dog.

5. What are you worried about?

Bums in seats! Also, I don’t like it when there’s nasty weather and the off-sites have to cancel their shows.

6. Any final words?

I can’t wait to see your show. And I’ll tell people about it!

Les Personnes – Evan Newman

This is the first, in a series of posts introducing you to the SummerWorks Theatre Festival Staff.

I’ve asked everyone the same six questions.

The first person to be profiled is our Music Co-Ordinator, Evan Newman.

I met Evan at a NOW Christmas party. He had seen one of my plays and confessed to having been surprised at liking it. He told me that he felt like indie-rock fans would like more theatre, and wondered why/how to make that happen. When I got the position of Artistic Producer for the festival, one of the early-on things I did was grab a coffee with Evan and pitch him on getting on board to help create an opportunity for indie-music and indie-theatre to exist in the same setting. And thus, the Music Series was born. The Music Series could not have happened the way it has without Evan. Evan is the founder of the Baudelaire Label, and now works and manages with Outside Music, representing artists like Matt Barber, The Diableros and Sunparlour Players–all of whom are playing in the SummerWorks Music Series.

1. Who are you?

Evan Alexander Newman

2. Why are you doing here?

I was hoping you could answer that

3. What do you hope for the festival.

a massive love in between theatre and concert goers that results in a harmonious existence but not necessarily more musicals

4. What are you most interested in.

How Michael got those curls

5. What are you worried about?

that there might be more musicals as a result of the convergence of live music and theatre

6. Any final words?

The hills are alive…..