Pure Research Participants

Vanessa Porteous

Vanessa Porteous is a director and dramaturg based in Calgary. Recent work includes “Bronte: The World Without”, by Jordi Mand (world premiere, Stratford Festival), “The Humans” (Theatre Calgary), and “To The Light” by Evelyne de la Cheneliere, trans. John Murrell (w.p., Alberta Theatre Projects). Directing work that still causes ferment in her mind, in a good way, includes “The Penelopiad” (ATP, Arts Club), “The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan” (w.p., Old Trout Puppet Workshop), “Gracie” (w.p., ATP/Belfry), and “To the Light”, “To the Light”, “To the Light”. From 2009-2017 she was Artistic Director of ATP. Coming up: Amahl and the Night Visitors (Calgary Opera).

Reneltta Arluk

Reneltta is Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree from the Northwest Territories. She was raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age. Reneltta has taken part in or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and overseas. Reneltta is a storyteller, writer, producer, director, and performer. Reneltta is the first Inuk and Indigenous woman to direct at The Stratford Festival. She is a recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award for her direction of the The Breathing Hole by Colleen Murphy. Reneltta is Director of Indigenous Arts at BANFF Centre for the Arts.

Patti Flather

Patti Flather is a theatre artist and award-winning writer in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, which develops and shares work showcasing Indigenous and northern voices. She also is a dramaturg. Her play Paradise was published in 2017 with Playwrights Canada Press and toured nationally in 2018. She was a co-creator of the Gwaandak Theatre devised work Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, which also toured last season and was published in Canadian Theatre Review. The company’s next project is Vuntut Gwitchin Stories for Theatre – Using Gwich’in Language, with Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.



Brian Quirt

Brian Quirt is the Artistic Director of Nightswimming and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. With Nightswimming he has commissioned and developed 30 new works, invented Pure Research, created eight of his own plays, and directed the premieres and national tours of new works by Anita Majumdar, Carmen Aguirre, Anosh Irani, Michael Redhill, Jason Sherman, Judith Thompson and Jane Urquhart. He’s held senior positions at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Factory Theatre, The Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage Company. He is the current Board Chair and a past-President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and Board Chair of SpiderWebShow. nightswimmingtheatre.com

Brittany Ryan is a Chinese-Métis Toronto-based arts administrator and manager. She is currently the Producer for Nightswimming and the General Manager of Signal Theatre. Brittany trained at the Ryerson Theatre School in Performance Production. She specializes in producing new works from their earliest creations, through development, and onto their first productions. Recently, she has developed & produced Signal’s large scale dance-opera Bearing (as a part of Luminato 2017), national and international tours of Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tailbone, and Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy including the Dora-Award winning play Boys With Cars.