Ian Ferguson - Director/Producer
Ian is best known as the co-author (with Will Ferguson) of the best-selling humour book HOW TO BE A CANADIAN. Ian is the author of VILLAGE OF THE SMALL HOUSES winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour. Ian has been a featured speaker at numerous book events.
Ian trained as an actor at the University of Alberta and obtained an MFA in Directing from York University. Ian is an award -winning playwright and director and was Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Union Theatre. Ian created the original DIE-NASTY format, along with the founding actors, and directed the company's first five seasons.
In Victoria, Ian has directed the plays LITTLE WOMEN, ANIMAL FARM, acted in HANA'S SUITCASE, TWELFTH NIGHT, directed one-acts at several YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVALS (all Kaleidoscope). Ian wrote and directed the feature documentary GONE SOUTH, and directed the TV series SHE KILLS ME for APTN. He has three new books coming out soon! www.ianferguson.mysite.com
Kirsten Van Ritzen - Actor/Producer
Kirsten is Artistic Director of Broad Theatrics, the theatre company that produces Sin City. She is a professional actor who has received acclaim for performances across Canada and the U.S. in theatre, comedy, film and television. On Vancouver Island, she has acted in BLACKSTONES & BATHTUBS (Razzle Dazzle),SMALLTOWN A PICKUP MUSICAL (Theatre Skam), THAT FACE (Langham Court), THE ODD COUPLE (Island Repertory), eleven CHORUS/LINE Musical CABARETS (Gotta Getta Gimmick); THE GIVER, THE SECRET GARDEN (2014 + 2017), HANA’S SUITCASE, ANIMAL FARM, LITTLE WOMEN, and TWELFTH NIGHT (all Kaleidoscope); hundreds of improv, standup and comedy variety shows; and several roles in American television.
Kirsten also writes for the stage. RADIOLAND'48 was selected for The Suncor Festival at Calgary's Lunchbox Theatre. Her one-woman play ALL MY DAY JOBS is published in ONE FOR THE ROAD (Signature Editions) and her full-length dramas MAD LADY PEEL and THE TRIPLEX are in development. She is the author of a humour novel THE COMEDY DIVA DIARIES. www.comedydivadiaries.com
She performed in and produced Victoria's FUNNY WOMEN FESTIVAL, as well as SHE KILLS ME national APTN- TV series. She teaches acting and improv in her spare time. http://www.kirstenvanritzen.com