Flush Ink Performing Arts Presents





It also takes an entire village to put on a show.  Ours is growing…


David Antscherl


DAVID ANTSCHERL has been involved in theatre for as long as he can remember from childhood days. He has done everything from sweeping the stage floor to knocking them in the aisles. These days he is a professional stage set and costume designer - most of the time. For this occasion he wears a hat marked 'actor'. Just in case you don't realize that he is.


David has recently designed costumes for the world premiere of local playwright Gary Kirkham's play 'Falling, A Wake'. David is delighted to be associated with this special event and working with Paddy Gillard again.



David directed all for Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II, III, IV & V and directed for She Speaks ’08 & ’09.


Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett’s latest directing was with Gary Kirkham’s, Queen Milli of Galt.

As an actor, Robin most recently appeared as Valmont in 'Dangerous Liasons'.

Directing credits include The Vagina Monologues, Alien Guest, The Perfect Manhattan, No Exit and The Woman in Black.Robin has studied with the British American Drama Academy and the Juilliard School . He would like to thank all those wonderful people who understand a passion must be observed.


Robin directed Quantum Entanglement for UNHINGED ’08 and directed AJS V



Nicholas Cumming

NICHOLAS CUMMING is a local theatre creator with a BA in Drama and English from the University of Waterloo. He has been a company member of the Multicultural Theatre Space since 2004. He has appeared in Exit Strategy, Yes or No!, Seasons of Immigration, Legion of Memory I + II, Me Here/Me Happy, Motio X Industria, and Three Legged Horse with the MT Space; Tennessee Williams’ I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow with Poor Tom Productions; Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II & III with Flush Ink; and Mimetic Flesh/Mimetic Hotel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Spring Awakening with UW Drama. He directed and wrote The Children’s Crusade for the UPStart Fringe 2007, and HE for UPStart 2004.  He is a poet and playwright currently working on several plays with Pat the Dog, KW’s professional playwrights’ development centre. He is also a member of the earthling collective, whose WARMER project is examining the environment and human dynamics in a local context.



Nick directed for She Speaks 2008 and AJS IV & V.  He also directed COPY PROTECTION, part of UNHINGED ’08 and TIMED RELEASE part of UNHINGED ’09. and directed for She Speaks ‘09.



Denise – Director


DENISE FERGUSSON was a founding member of Actors Theatre of Louisville.  She has performed in companies of many theatres across the USA & Canada, including NAC, MTC, Neptune, St.Lawrence Centre, Stratford, Shaw & Charlottetown Festivals. Actors with whom she has shared the stage are like a “who’s who” of performers: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach, John Ritter & Brian Bedford to name but a few. Some of her 275-plus roles include: TV credits for Doc, Jeff Ltd., Road to Avonlea; War of the Worlds.  On stage: National Tour of  Hamlet  (Gertrude);  Soulpepper’s The Beggar's Opera (Mrs. Peachum); Gypsy (Momma Rose); Guys and Dolls (Adelaide); Anne of Green Gables National tour of Japan (Marilla) filmed for Japanese TV, as well as numerous leading roles across 4 countries..


Her favorite remains that of Jenny in Threepenny Opera.  Most recent directing credits are: with TNL &  Memorial University.



Denise Fergusson directed GUT SHOT for She Speaks ’09 and we were happy to have her come from St. Marys.





Paddy Gillard-Bentley


Paddy Gillard-Bentley has been involved in one aspect of theatre or another since her Mother, Tessa, was four months pregnant with her, performing in Time Out For Ginger.  Her full-length play, Shaking the Dew from the Lilies, debuted in Kitchener, Ont. Canada, in November 2002 and received its American premier in 2005, in Denver, Co.  Quantum Entanglement  has been produced several times (Philadelphia, Calgary, Kitchener).  Her one-acts, White Noise, Sanguine Sonata & Comic Strip, and many shorter plays have been produced in Canada, the US, and UK.  Frailty Thy Name is Woe  has been published by Meriweather in Volume II of Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays, And Then Full Circle has been published in Mother/Daughter Monologues Volume 4: Urgent Maturity


Paddy is the Artistic Director of Flush Ink Performing Arts and a former President of ICWP (International Centre for Women Playwrights).  Paddy’s plays online.



Paddy has directed Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II, III, IV & V, directed WHITE NOISE for UNHINGED ‘09 and directed for both She Speaks ’07, ’08 & ’09.



Heather Gurd


Having been classically trained in acting in the 70’s (B.A. Drama, U. of W.) and then trained in comedy improvisation (awarded 1983 international championship), Heather has had great fun acting, improvising, singing, work-shopping, and directing in the theatre community of Southern Ontario ever since.  Favourite shows directed include: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, and “12 Night for Kids”.   Selected roles include “Kathleen” in Looking for Mr. Right and Other Stories, “Daphne” in I Hate Hamlet, and “Fifi” in the Canadian Premiere of The Perfect Manhattan – for which she received Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the Western Ontario Drama League - and most recently “Rachel Lynde” in last years’ production of Anne at Waterloo Stage.


Heather teaches Therapeutic Touch, Meditation, and Breath Work.  Her very favourite, and longest role, (22 years) is that of being wife to the amazing Preston, and Mother to the fabulous and ever entertaining Jess and Nick.



Heather directed Asphalt Jungle Shorts I & III.




Gary Kirkham


Gary Kirkham is a playwright, actor, filmmaker, et al.  His play, Queen Milli of Galt, won the Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Competition and will be part of the 2007 Blyth Festival Season.  His one act play, Look, was adapted into a short film staring Mike Peng and Alan Sapp. His newest play, Falling: A Wake, will premiere at the Registry Theatre March 15-24, 2007!  Gary is a member of Lost & Found Theatre.  He has also acted with Theatre & Company and most recently, MT Space, touring in their version of The Season of Immigration.


Gary spent years as an improviser with several comedy troupes including Mental Floss and was in The Second City’s Master class. And, if you didn’t blink, you might have seen him in several sketches on The Kids in the Hall. As a filmmaker, Gary filming Bard on the Street, a series of Shakespearean monologues performed on locations throughout the region.



Gary has directed in Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II, III & IV.



Tracey Kenyon

Tracey’s has been involved in all AJS and both She Speaks.


We are thrilled to add to her involvement, director.  She is an active member in variety of community theatres, and performs regularly with The Mysterious Players - A theatre company that travels across Ontario performing Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.


Some favourite shows include, Hello Dolly!! – Elmira Theatre Company, Devil’s Disciple – Galt Little Theatre, Funny Valentine – Theatre in the Trees and I Won’t Tell a Soul – Galt Little Theatre.


Tracey would like to give a special thanks to Giovanni and Patricia for all their help with the Italian. They went above and beyond her expectations!


Tracey directed for AJS III, IV & V and She Speaks 2008 $ 2009.  She also directed Rock ‘em Dead for Unhinged ’08.


Jenni Mundy


Jennifer Munday has only recently braved the art of playwriting with some very small pieces and a larger work that is the product of her doctoral research on 'adapting the novel for live performance', VitaBrevis.  Her Masters research and earlier professional performance work centered around creating performances in unusual places - her performing group, Elbow Room's last work was Tom's Women, by Geoffrey Sykes – a series of female monologues based on the paintings of an Australian artist, Tom Roberts.  Her works also explore and include aspects of


Jenni Mundy was in Burlington for six months and we had the privelege of having her direct for AJS II and her piece for She Speaks ’07.



Jascha Narveson




Jascha Narveson is a local area composer of acoustic and electronic music, and has never directed anything before now




Jascha  directed The Sun Is A Neon Sign, for She Speaks ‘07.



Nicole Lee Quesnel


Nicole is has been working in the local theatre scene as a stage manager, producer, director, production manager, actor and teacher since 1997. A founding member of Lost & Found Theatre (lostandfoundtheatre.ca), Nicole has also worked for Drayton Entertainment, the MT Space, Theatre Cambridge, Showboat Festival Theatre, the Open Ears Festival, Flush Ink Productions (Asphalt Jungle Shorts I and II) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and was a member of Theatre & Company's ensemble for seven years as the resident stage manager and education coordinator. Selected directing credits: Director: Eleemosynary (Lost & Found Theatre); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Redeemer University College); The Magician’s Nephew, The Real Inspector Hound (Theatre & Company). Awards: 2007 Special Jury Award (Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award); Jules Iriving Scholarship for Musical Theatre (San Francisco State University). Nicole resides happily along the Nith River in New Hamburg with her lovely husband Richard and their rambunctious 1 year old puppy Toby.



Nicole directed DEAD CAT BOUNCE – part of UNHINGED produced by Cat Free Productions and BUDS for She Speaks ’09.



Kathleen Sheehy


Kathleen is a founding member of Lost & Found Theatre, and prior to that was a member of the ensemble at Theatre & Company.  Most recently she appeared as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night in a collaborative project with UW’s Dept of Drama, and just before that,  in Falling: A Wake by fellow L&F member Gary Kirkham.  Favourite roles include Dorothea in Eleemosynary, Bubbie in  Crossing Delancey, Claire in A Delicate Balance and Stacy in Some Assembly Required. 


Her free time is filled with reading, cooking for friends, and her faithful Lab, Piper.



Kathleen directed in Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II, III & V and for She Speaks ’09.



Darlene Spencer





Darlene Spencer received her Master of Fine Arts in Performance from York University.  She is an director, actor and educator who currently makes her home in Toronto.


Directorial projects include "Three Cities in the Life of Norman Bethune" a one man opera by Tim Brady, "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman, "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker, "A Spring Awakening" by Frank Wedekind, "Les Belles Soeurs" by Michel Tremblay,  and "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. Selected roles include “Sarah” in the film 976, for which, she was awarded the 'best actor in a supporting role' with the Planet Indie Film Festival, “Titania/Hippolyta” in A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare with the York Shakespeare Festival, her one woman show Life Out Loud written by LCCARSON, “Aeire” in Run by Victoria Goring at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and “Helga Ten Dorp” in Deathtrap by Ira Levin with the Waterloo Stage Company.


Darlene is also a director and has held teaching appointments at the University of Waterloo, York University, and is currently the Co-ordinator of the Acting Area at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.


Darlene directed in Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, courtesy of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association.




Lindsay Stewart

Lindsay Stewart has been a fixture in the region's arts and entertainment scene for more than two decades. As a singer and well regarded songwriter, he made the college radio charts and continues to record original material. He co-wrote a song that reached the finals of the 1994 CFNY New Music Search and has received airplay around the world. As a writer, he has published articles, features and interviews regionally and internationally covering theatre, music, politics and culture.

His performance resume includes appearances in numerous television and film productions, most notably portraying Jimi Hendrix's producer Eddie Kramer in an MGM/Showtime feature. He portrayed a gun toting villain along side Milla Jovovich in .45, a jungle warrior in 16 episodes of Peter Benchley's Amazon and a variety of criminals, medieval warriors and small character parts. As a founding member of the board of directors of Flush Ink Performing Arts, Lindsay brings his unique talents and experience to the table. He operates a small video production company under the name GNP Moving Pictures, archives and produces the Flush Ink events and has been sought out by some of the regions finest musical talents as a videographer. He is a three time nominee for the region's performing arts awards.


LINDSAY directed for AJS V.





Matthew White


Currently the Apprentice General Manager at Theatre & Company.  Matt assisted director, Leah Cherniak, in Theatre & Company’s current production of Intimate Exchanges. He is also busy working with the Youth @ Theatre & Company directing their upcoming collectively created piece in June 2007. Select acting credits include The Metamorphosis, A Christmas Carol, James in A Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook Episodes I and 2, Keith in Mourning Dove, Fred in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge (Theatre & Company); Cavan Blazers, Crow Hill (4th Line Theatre); Lion in the Streets, Angelique (Hart House Theatre); Mothers (Culture Vacuum); When Children Fall (Filthy Mexican Productions).


Matthew is excited to be a part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts II and wishes to thank Paddy, his casts, and everyone else who has helped turn Kitchener’s downtown into one giant playground.



MATT directed for AJS II.