‘Muse’                              © Virgil Burnett




She Speaks Bios & Photos


Presented by Flush Ink Productions


The City of Kitchener


The Kaufman Arts Studio



Friday, March 9th – The Kaufman Arts Studio – 8pm

Saturday March 10thKitchener City Hall Council Chambers - 8pm








Connie Bennett

Connie Bennett began writing short plays in 2008.  Since then, her produced plays include:  In the Winter (Very Little Theatre, Eugene, OR, 2009), To the Light, (New Vision/Sunshine Brooks Theatre “Summer Shorts,” Oceanside, CA, 2009), A Wilderness of Monkeys (“Free the Northwest Ten,” Eugene, OR, 2009, reprised for the Oregon Alzheimer's Association in 2009/10, and New Vision/Sunshine Brooks Theatre, Oceanside, CA, 2010, and a winner in the Camino Real Playhouse’s 2010 Show Off!, San Juan Capistrano, CA), Darkroom (“Return of the Northwest Ten,” 2010, Eugene, OR), Grey Reflections (Readers Theatre Repertory “Northwest Premiers,” Portland, OR, 2010 and “North by Northwest Ten,” Eugene, OR 2011, and a finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2010 National Ten-Minute Play Contest), and the upcoming No Bananas at “Northwest Ten: Writing on the Wall,” Lord Leebrick, Eugene, OR April 13-22, 2012.


Connie is a founding co-producer of the Eugene, OR “Northwest Ten!” short play festival, now in its fourth year, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the International Center for Women Playwrights.  Connie’s day job is Director of the Eugene Public Library. 


Connie’s PRUNING LESSONS will be read in She Speaks, 2012.





Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater, where she is currently developing a new play, Shamhat, for part of their 20th Anniversary Season. Recently produced work include; Drawn from Water, Untouchable, Don’t Call it Returning, Conjoga, Nikita, and Owless of Santa Clara. Rosebud is a co-editor for, Her Kind at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Recently, her short story, A Way out of the Colonia, won the Editor's Prize at Camera Obscura: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography. Her work appears in Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture, Review Americana, and Maggid: A Journal of Jewish Literature. In Fall 2011, she spoke at the Women in the Arts conference as a playwright negotiating space and homosexual identity in the Middle East; the lecture, now titled as "Semaphore Toward Emptiness: A Meditation on Women and Jerusalem," has been published by Trans-Portal: The Hub of Trans-formation Studies for its upcoming Winter 2012 issue. This past summer, VIDA selected her essay “On Writing Quimera and other Fears,” also based on her work for New Perspectives, for their State of the Art Feature.



Rosebuds’ play, THE AMARANTHINE THREAD will be read at The Kaufman Arts Studio.




Marjorie Conn





Marjorie Conn made her acting debut with the late, greyt Ethyl Eichelberger as his leading man playing Aegisthus to his Klytemnestra with her lover, the late, incomparable Katy Dierlam as Electra.  She was given an award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for her contributions to theatre in Provincetown, MA.  She is best known for her portrayal of Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt's lover.  Three of Conn’s plays are published in Lost Lesbian Lives.  She is currently resident playwright with Friends Always Creating Theatre (F.A.C.T.) in New York City. She also rescues and is rescued by Greyhound dogs & special needs dogs and cats. She can be reached at connartists@yahoo.com or 617-512-6066.


Marjorie’s play, DAWNING, will be read at The City Hall Council Chambers.




C.J. Ehrilch

C.J. EHRLICH'S award-winning one-acts have been produced around the US and in Canada, from off-off-Broadway to Los Angeles, Texas, Florida and Chicago, to Kitchener Ontario. Some favorite productions: 2+1= MURDER (Overall Festival Winner, Bellarmine International MADthematics fest, Louisville, KY), THE LILAC TICKET (Little Fish, LA), ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE & SCIENCE (Manhattan Theatre Source and n.u.f.a.n., Chicago), HOME SWEET HOMELAND SECURITY (Lafayette Theater of Colorado, published by Heuer Press), THE THINGS THEY DON'T TELL US (Flush Ink Asphalt Jungle Shorts). Her dramadies THE LILAC TICKET and SECONDHAND GIFTS were finalists for the prestigious Heideman Award. NOIR IN SECOND CLASS, published in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011 (Smith & Kraus), had its debut at Flush Ink Productions “She Speaks 2010.”  www.cj-ehrlich.com 



THREE’S A CROWD, by C. J. Ehrilch will be read, At the City Hall Council Chambers.






Christine Emmert



Christine Emmert is happy to be involved with SHE SPEAKS a fourth time.  An actress, playwright, and director Christine tries to keep active on the working side of the footlights.  She has been increasingly busy with FROM OUT TH FIERY FURNACE, a play she wrote for the US Park Service about women in the ironworking history of Pennsylvania.  As an actress she last appeared in WHALES OF AUGUST.  Her story LILITH is out on Amazon Kindle. Christine lives in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with her husband, Richard, who often is part of the creative process.


Christine’s play, MOTHER LOVE, will be read at The City Hall Council Chambers, and we are happy to have her come for the reading.





Lisa Lee



Lisa Lee.  As a Korean-American, a middle child, an entrepreneur, an MBA turned writer, and a Buddhist, Lisa Lee writes plays about discovering one’s authentic self.  Her full-length plays include Chopsticks and Dirty Laundry, The Wedding Dance, and Girl against the Wall.  Her 10-minute plays, including The Picnic, A Perfect Score and The Scarf, have received productions in New York City and San Francisco.  As a founding member of Playwrights in the Park, Lisa uses New York City’s colorful outdoor spaces as canvases to explore the intersection between art and life.  Lisa studied acting and playwriting at HB Studios, and received a Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University and a Masters in Business Administration at Northwestern University.  Lisa lives in New York City where she writes and runs her company Lila & Company, a marketing strategy firm.



Lisa’s play, A BOX OF DOUGHNUTS, will be read at The Kaufman Arts Studio.  She will be joining us from NYC and we are thrilled to have her.




Robin Rice Lichtig





ROBIN RICE LICHTIG is the author of over 50 plays, including 15 full lengths. PLAY NICE! was produced Off-Broadway in 2011. Others have been seen in recent years in South Africa, Canada, Berlin and Mongolia as well as across the U.S. Upcoming: WOMEN w/o WALLS from Resonance Ensemble in NYC in June. LISTEN! THE RIVER will preview Off-Broadway before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE has been invited to the Great Plains Theatre Conference in May in Omaha, Nebraska. In her other life, Robin creates fabric designs (under the name Robin Rice -- visible at and available from www.spoonflower.com). Synopses of available scripts, pcoming gigs and other info. at: www.dramamama.net . It's a thrill to be represented in the Flush Ink season again!    


Other publishers include: Dramatist, Brooklyn, Bakers, JAC.  Member: Dramatist Guild, International Centre for Women Playwrights, League of Professional Theatre Women. Robin’s play, Seducing Ramona, was part of She Speaks ’09., and The Other Shoe in She Speaks ‘2011


Robin’s play, EDNA MAE & SALLY SERIOUSLY CONSIDER SAN DIEGO, at the Council Chambers.




Karin Fazlo Littlefield



Karin Fazio Littlefield is a New York based writer, artist and filmmaker. She has created numerous site-specific, installation and video pieces. She produced and edited the feature film The Forgotten Road. Karin is currently coauthoring an original screenplay with her sister and writing a play about spontaneous replication. She is very pleased to have two women on a precipice included in She Speaks 2012.


Karin will be coming from NYC to direct her play, TWO WOMEN ON A PRECIPICE, and we cannot wait to meet her.




Isabella Russell-Ides

Isabella Russell-Ides (born 24 January 1948) is an American playwright. She received the 2008 Critics Forum Award for her play Coco & Gigi. She has also received critical acclaim for her works, Leonard's Car ("Outstanding New Play", 2009 Nora's Playhouse, NYC), Fortune Cookie Smash (2007 Best of Fest, Frontera). She is noted for the poetic and heightened language of her texts.  She is also a published poet, having written Getting Dangerously Close To Myself (Slough Press). She recorded readings of several poems for the Austin Poets Audio Anthology Project, Vol. II, titled Naked Children, produced by media poet Hedwig Gorski's Perfection Productions in the 1980s


Isabella’s play, BEEING THERE, will be read at The City Hall Council Chambers.

Shannon Murdoch

SHANNON MURDOCH holds a first class honours degree in Theatre and Creative Writing from Griffith University and was a graduate of The Playwrights Studio at NIDA in 2005.  Her play Everything in Between has had twelve productions in the USA and Australia and is published by Smith & Kraus in The Best Plays of 2007.  The Lovely was a finalist in The Creative Mechanics Theatre Company’s International Play Competition and was produced in New York, and subsequently published.  Dreams in Deepest Sleep was the runner-up in the Dogwood Playwrights Initiative Play Award.  The Swirl of Madness was the inaugural production of Chapel Off Chapel’s Emerging Playwright’s Forum.  One Cloud was produced by Theatreworks as part of their mainstage season.  Other one act plays have been produced in multiple festivals throughout the USA, Australia and Canada.  Shannon was an Australian delegate to the International Youth Playwrights Festival (Interplay) and has received writing fellowships from the Australian Council for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, Bundanon in New South Wales and Hothouse Theatre in Victoria.   Shannon’s play, Stupid & Terrible were part of She Speaks 2011.


Shannon’s plays, FILTH & PIERCING THE SKIN, will be read – one in each venue.

Abigail Taylor

Abigail Taylor is a New York City playwright, originally from Knoxville, Tennessee.  Recent productions of her work include:  Hard to Get (PlayGround Theatre, FL), The Brown and Serve Nativity  (Onstage Atlanta, GA), Fancy Meeting You Here (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC), Fine Art (City Theatre of Independence, MO, soon to be published by Heuer Publishing), and Guinevere (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC).  Pageant Princess, a musical that Abigail co-wrote with Lorelei Mackenzie, Kristen Penner, and Joni Ernst, will premiere Off-Broadway at the Bleecker Street Theatre in June 2012.  Education:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina School of the Arts, HB Studio.  Abigail is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.  For more info, visit www.abigailtayloronline.com.

Abigail’s play, MISCONCEPTIONS, will be read at The Kaufman Arts Studio, and we are thrilled to have her join us from NYC.

Aoise Stratford

Aoise Stratford’s work has been produced in Canada, Austria, Italy, Australia, Belgium, England, and throughout the USA. She is the recipient of several awards including the Alan Minieri Award, A Pinter Review Prize for Drama Silver Medal, and the Gloria Allen Peter Award. Her short plays have also won her ‘best playwright’ awards at Looking Glass Theatre, Lakeshore Players, American Globe Theatre,  Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and others. She has been a finalist for the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award and been nominated for an American Theatre Critics’ Association New Play Award for her full-length play “Somewhere In Between.” She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She has taught writing workshops for various conferences and is currently teaching dramatic writing at Cornell. Her work has been published by Smith and Kraus, JAC, United Stages and Merriweather Press.

Aoise’s play, TURTLE BEACH, will be read at The City Hall Council Chambers


Virgil Burnett - Artist

VIRGIL BURNETT was born in Kansas in 1928, Virgil Burnett is an author and illustrator whose work has been widely published in Europe and North America. He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Edward Melcarth, a Social realist painter. In 1950 he was drafted, trained as a combat engineer and sent to Europe where he served for two years in a propaganda company as an artist-illustrator. After his military service he attended graduate school at Berkeley, taking a master's degree in art history. When a Fulbright scholarship took Burnett to Paris in 1956, he encountered other expatriate artists including David Hill, who remained a close friend until his death in 1977. Burnett also met Maurice Darantiere, a French publisher, who made him aware of the expressive possibilities of the book arts. By 1960 he was working primarily as an illustrator. A professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Waterloo since the early 1970's, Burnett has created an artistic oeuvre of extraordinary scope and breadth. (From Beglo, Jo Nordley. "Text,Image, Memory, and Illusion" in Virgil Burnett: a Retrospective Exhibition 1960-1990. Waterloo, Ont.: University of Waterloo Library, 1991).

Between Line & Form – an exhibition of Virgil’s work will be  on view January 23 – April 10, 2011 at The Gallery Stratford.

Thank you, Virgil, for allowing us to use your amazing artwork, Muse.


Helen Basson

HELEN BASSON has worked in professional theatre for over 30 years.  At  the Stratford Shakespeare Festival she has worked as a seamstress,  design assistant and is currently employed as Wardrobe Mistress of the  Tom Patterson Theatre.  She has toured North America with the  Stratford Festival and with Toronto's Mirvish Productions working at  the great stages of Canada's National Arts Centre, Washington's  Kennedy Centre and the Virginia Theatre on Broadway (and countless  theatres in between - never Boise though).  Helen also designs and co- ordinates costumes for Wilfrid Laurier University's  Opera and Drama  productions. 

In her spare time Helen sings with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, enjoys Yoga classes with her husband, time with  her Grandson and family and dancing with her cat.  Helen read for She Speaks ’08 & ’09.



Rachel Behling


Rachel has had a lifelong love for theatre and dance. At the age of three, she began to study ballet until her teens, when her focus changed to theatre. Rachel has Acted, Directed and Produced with companies both on Vancouver Island and in Ontario. She is the Owner/Artistic Director of the Kaufman Arts Studio in Kitchener. Rachel has worked with individuals of all ages, and is thrilled to be part of a Community that strives for creativity, joy, and togetherness.

Rachel will be directing A BOX OF DOUGHNUTS  & Misconceptions, and she will be reading TWO WOMEN ON A PRECIPICE & PIERCING THE SKIN.

Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett is thrilled to be a part of Flush Ink Productions.  Robin most recently appeared as Norman in 'Table Manners'. Other appearances include, Valmont in 'Dangerous Liasons' (Best Actor 2008), the Old Man in Craig Lucas' 'Prelude to a Kiss' (Best Supporting Actor 2006), Serge in Yasmina Reza's 'Art',  Doctor Miranda in Ariel Dorfmann's 'Death and the Maiden' and Tom Duncan in Norm Foster's 'Maggie's Getting Married'.Directing credits include two Asphalt Jungle V plays for Flush Ink,  'The Affections of May' by Norm Foster (June 2010), 'Queen Milli of Galt' (Best Director, Best Production 2009) by Gary Kirkham, 'The Vagina Monologues', 'Alien Guest', 'The Perfect Manhattan' (Best Production 2005), 'No Exit', 'Keeping Tom Nice', 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 has acted and directed several Asphalt Jungle Shorts since the second.

Robin will be directing MOTHER LOVE & FILTH.


Samuel Liam Bentley

SAMUEL LIAM BENTLEY loved being part of the tech crew at KCI.  He emerged from the womb looking for the stage.  He had his first agent by five, much to the horror of his mum.  He has been in several films and television shows.  He has taken several drama courses, including a three week Shakespeare intensive with Prof. Leslie O’Dell, when he was eight.  His favourite performances were in Due South (Paul Gross is really cool!), The Spreading Ground with Dennis Hopper and Witch Blade.  His live performances include playing Puck and Macbeth in ‘A Midsummer’s Afternoon Nap’.

But what he really wants to do is………………….be a Ferrari mechanic! 

Sam will be our Everything Crew Guy.  He’s been our Everything Man for, well – everything.

Terre Chartrand

TERRE CHARTRAND has a multifaceted career and a life of learning.  Her path has been a blend of the arts, science and technology, often placing her in unique opportunities. In the last few years, Terre has been an involved art-critic and arts writer and advocate, maintained a visual arts studio, and worked in the creation of site specific performance installations and the planning and execution of cultural events.  Terre read for She Speaks 2011, and took part in UnHinged – Write or Flight.

Terre will be directing BEEING THERE & THREE’S A CROWD.  She will be reading from THE AMARANTHINE THREAD.

Isabel Cisterna


Isabel Cisterna immigrated to Waterloo, Ontario 1991. The talented actor-producer-director-playwright’s initial experiences were pure frustration: she couldn’t find work in her chosen profession because of her accent. In 1998, after years of working jobs that didn’t feed her soul she took destiny into her own hands and gave a performance of one of the many one-woman plays she’d written since immigrating called “My Name is Isabel”. It was a smash and, as a result, Isabel found herself meeting more and more members of the local arts and multi-cultural community. In 2001 she was struck with inspiration: why not produce a show to introduce Waterloo Region to its wealth of new Canadian talent, bring cultures together to learn from each other and create powerful nights of entertainment.


One-woman plays include: Me llamo Isabel, the 12 step recovery program (how to recuperate from cultural shock), Angel, Mariela in the desert.


Theatre Experience include: Death and the Maiden (Waterloo Stage) No Exit (KW Little Theatre) El Invitado (University of Toronto) I call myself Isabel (Theatre and Co.) Film: Sleeping Dogs (2006) Pocketfull of change (2008) In addition, Isabel is a very powerful Story teller, Activist for Inclusion and diversity from way back when it wasn’t cool to talk about Diversity.

Isabel will be reading from DAWNING.




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 will be directing DAWNING and will be reading from MISCONCEPTIONS.

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 Meriwether in Volume II of Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays (between a play by Arthur Miller and Steve Martin’s Underpants). And Then Full Circle has been published in Mother/Daughter Monologues Volume 4: Urgent Maturity.


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


Ali Gothard

Ali Gothard is a wild and crazy, fun-seeking, try-anything-once kind of woman. She loves karaoke and camping, belly dancing and modelling for art and photography. She is a computer technician by day, and the rest of the time she is involved with Scouting, the KW Humane Society, and various LGBTQ and women's rights events. She has narcolepsy and provides support for people with various sleep disorders, as well as running 2 local groups onMeetup.com. She loves schlocky horror movies and cheap sparkly things. She lives in Kitchener with her boyfriend, Shin and her hamster, Nibbler.

Ali will be reading from A BOX OF DOUGHNUTS.

Gillian Gothard

Gillian's last on-stage speaking role was as half of an elephant in a production of The Jungle Book.  She finds it quite appropriate that she's now playing one half of another wonderfully fat duo in A Box of Donuts.  She is a lapsed band geek who spends her days tutoring high school and college math.  She happily lives in sin in Kitchener with her boyfriend Allan and their two cats.

Gillian will be reading from A BOX OF DOUGHNUTS.

Sasha Gruetzmacher

Sasha is the President of Flush Ink Productions

Sasha will be reading from FILTH.


Kate Gregg

KATE GREGG spends a lot of her time as Aunt Dot, dressed in wild outfits and drawing laughter from deep inside children’s bellies.  Kate has been a professional entertainer since 1975, performing an excess of 5,000 shows.  Kate is also proud to be a busker, a predominantly male dominated profession. 

Kate read for She Speaks 2008 and was a big part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts VII.


NNada Homsi

Nada Humsi is considered an important artist in avant-garde and experimental theatre in the Arab world and the first female professional mime in Syria. Nada was the first woman who wrote and performed a monodrama in Syria; The Option (1988), directed by Riad Ismat. She also played leading roles in dozens of plays and non-verbal monodramas and toured Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, the united Arab Emirates, France, Scheck republic, Bulgaria, Romania, India, Japan, united states and Canada.


Her recent acting credits include parts in: The Last 15 Seconds, The other End of the line, Across the Veil, Motion X Industria, Me… Here, Me…Happy, MT Space Theatre Company, Kitchener, Ontario, The Meet, Salam-Lotus for Art Creators, Tokamachi, Japan, The Dawn and Twilight of a girl Named Yasmeen and Woman…Women, Mosaic Art Production, Syria and the Canadian-Iraqi Society, York wood theatre, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Rouge and Peasants theatre Company, Kingston, Ontario. The Unborn Child by Diana Manole, performed at the Canadian stage Theatre. Nada was awarded: Best Actress, The Non-Verbal International Theatre Festival, 1993, Calcutta, India; Best Performer, Toyama Theatre Festival, 1992, Toyama, Japan; Best Actress, Carthage International theatre Festival, Tunis, Tunisia.  Nada performed her one-woman show in UnHinged ’09.

Nada will be reading THE AMARANTHINE THREAD

Tracey Kenyon

TRACEY KENYON is proud to be working with Flush Ink Productions Inc. She has been an active member in theatre for the past 16 years. Her favourite stage credits include Flush Inks Productions of “Asphalt Jungle Shorts I – VII, Elmira Theatre’s “Ten times Two” (Constance et al),  and Theatre in the Trees’ “Funny Valentine” (Zan).

Throughout the year, Tracey can also be seen performing murder mysteries and comedy improv shows with the Mysterious Players, which she is the Artistic Director of.

Tracey will be directing TURTLE BEACH & PIERCING THE SKIN.  She will be reading TWO WOMEN ON A PRECIPICE.


Suzanne Langdon









Suzanne will be reading from MOTHER LOVE.

Janice Lee

Janice Lee – Janice is a Kitchener-Waterloo-based actor, musician, poet, and community organizer.  Some of her favourite previous projects include working with photographer Girl Crimson for her Radical Bodies project, choreographing and playing Liz Harlowe in Female Hysteria: A Burlesque Musical Comedy (RainDance Theatre), and co-writing and directing an original musical called Rooted (RainDance Theatre). Janice is also an organizer of the KW Poetry Slam, and a member of the political doo-wop sugar-folk band The Tra La Las. 


Janice was part of the creative/acting ensemble for The Fear Project.

Janice will be reading from THREE’S A CROWD.

Ian McKellar

IAN McKELLAR is excited to be a part of AJS for the first time. He has been involved in community theatre for about five years now, working mostly with Theatre Guelph and Elmira Theatre Company. Ian is currently attending the University of Waterloo for Arts, and hopes to one day decide where he wants to go from there.  Ian has been a big part of Flush Ink Productions since Asphalt Jungle Shorts V.

Ian will be reading from THREE’S A CROWD.

Katharine Mills

KATHARINE MILLS most recently appeared as Milli in Galt Little Theatre's production of Queen Milli of Galt. Other recent performances include stalking the Asphalt Jungle in various guises, appearances in Poor Tom Productions' I Can't Imagine Tomorrow and Still Life In Leather, and What!sInThere? Productions' Children's Crusade and Copy Protection (the latter of which was included in Unhinged 2008), and Timed Release, part of UNHINGED ’09.

She is a poet, designer, and painter, studies singing, movement, and clown, and is perpetually fascinated by the interconnectedness of everything.

Katharine has performed in AJS II,  III, IV & V and read for She Speaks ’08 & ‘09.  Katharine also acted in COPY PROTECTION and UNDERTOW, both part of UNHINGED ’08 and TIMED RELEASE – UNHINGED ’09.

Katharine will be reading from DAWNING & MOTHER LOVE.



Pam Patel



As an actor and artistic associate of the MT Space in Kitchener, ON, Pam Patel has toured nationally to cities including Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria, and has travelled overseas to perform in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Her credits with the company include Last 15 Seconds, Body 13, and several Theatre for Social Change pieces.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's music program, Pam has acquired a special focus in improvisation, both music and physical theatre. While attending the Vancouver Creative Music Institute, Pam collaborated with pioneers of improvised music, such as Evan Parker and Barry Guy, and showcased her talents at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Pam has also been a part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival, performing a range of pieces such as the Bach Coffee Cantata, alongside Daniel Lichti, and Myaudia: A Street Opera, composed by Peter Hatch.

Most recently, Pam had the opportunity to play the lead role in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and will have the opportunity to direct this work in the spring with Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre.

Pam will be reading from MISCONCEPTIONS.

John Sherritt

As an actor living locally, in Waterloo, performing with Flush Ink productions for the first time is exciting. Look for me later this year in "Searching For Angels" with Veronika London and Vivica A. Fox.



John will be reading from TWO WOMEN ON A PRCIPICE.

Brad Skinner

When not hanging from clocks, Brad is currently working on a new play and musical material to accompany it. He has performed onstage for the Galt Little Theatre (including the 75th anniversary revue which he co-wrote) as well as the Belleville Theatre guild.

Brad will be reading from PIERCING THE SKIN.

Abigail Slinger

ABIGAIL SLINGER.  Although a relative newcomer to the stage, Ms. Slinger will be entering her Second Year of an English and Theatre Studies Hon. BA program at the University of Guelph this September.  In 2008, she appeared in Guelph Little Theatre's ensemble production of The Curious Savage and landed the role of Constanze in Galt Little Theatre's 2009 production of Amadeus (Western Ontario Drama League selection). 

Abigail joined Flush Ink Productions for Asphalt Jungle Shorts VI, where she performed One Night, Double-Edged Word & Necrosexology and wants to thank Ms. Gillard-Bentley for giving her the opportunity to help make some freakin' amazing art!    Her performances in Asphalt Jungle Hot Pants is still being whispered about.





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Isabella Stefanescu



Isabella Stefanescu is a painter, media artist, writer and producer based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Born in Romania, she came to Canada as a teenager and studied fine arts and mathematics at University of Waterloo. In 2008 she completed a residency at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab. The films she wrote, produced or designed have been shown at festivals in Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Isabella Stefanescu's work is grounded in the daily act and discipline of drawing.




Isabella will be reading from Pruning Lessons.


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 is our Videographer.











Arlene Thomas


ARLENE R. THOMAS is a local actor and producer and co-founder of Shadow Puppet Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s B.F.A-acting program and since then has appeared in numerous productions both in and outside Waterloo Region. Past productions include Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II, III, IV, V & VI, Zazztrozzi, and Shadow Puppet Theatre’s Macbeth for which she was both performer and producer. She is now hard at work on Shadow Puppet Theatre’s next project, Faust, which is being produced in conjunction with The Centre for German Studies and for which she has received a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.


Arlene will be reading from TURTLE BEACH.

Kalene Tucker

Kalene Ticknor – Kalene is a dancer and dance instructor from Kitchener-Waterloo, specializing in modern dance. She received her professional training in Toronto before returning to her hometown, where she currently teaches full-time at the Carousel Dance Centre. Kalene has immensely enjoyed working on The Fear Project, as it has caused her to confront and accept a few of her own fears. She hopes you come out of our experience with a few new thoughts about fear yourself. Kalene was part of the creative/acting ensemble for The Fear Project.

Kalene will be reading from THREE’S A CROWD.

Emma Watson

Emma Wallace is playing young Samantha in the short play Pruning Lessons. She is in grade eleven at KCI and is relatively new to the acting world. Previously, she was in the ensemble for the musical Wipeout, and well as in the ensemble for KWYT's , Emma. Her most recent acting commitments were playing Mercy Lewis in KWYT's The Crucible and at the same time, Helen, in The Mouse That Roared, a play performed by her school in the beginning of 2012.

Emma will be reading from PRUNING LESSONS.

Jane Watson

ANE WATSON is thrilled to participate in the burgeoning creative movement in Kitchener and to be a part of She Speaks.  You may have seen her performing Shakespearean scenes with her husband John, joined by the musical mastery of the Tactus vocal ensemble in several collaborative concerts called Rhyme and Reason and A Day in the Life of Will. You may also see her this May performing at the Registry Theatre with Lost & Found Theatre in John Mighton’s masterful play, Possible Worlds. Other recent credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Vagina Monologues, The Comedy of Errors, and Gwendoline .She has been seen in several critically acclaimed SummerWorks presentations including The Penalty Killers, Waiting for Odysseus, and Visions of Daniel, and many moons ago played Gwendoline in Theatre & Co.’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

She recently shot several short independent films including Emes and Money City; TV credits include, The Two Mrs. Kissels, All the Good Ones are Married, Till Death Do Us Part, Black Dawn: The Next Pandemic, and Earth: Final Conflict. She has also appeared in more than a dozen commercials. Jane also currently teaches Broadcasting Performance at Conestoga College in the School of Media and Design.

Jane will be reading from PRUNING LESSONS & FILTH.

Bruce Wolff

BRUCE WOLFF was more surprised than anyone to be among this group of actors in the first Asphalt Jungle Shorts.  Since then, he’s participated as an actor in She Speaks, Asphalt Jungle II and now he is back again, and feeling quite at home on the stage, wherever the stage might be.  He still holds a secret dream of a return to the glory years of writing, producing and acting in high school productions.  

His day job (which he won't be quitting anytime soon) at The University of Waterloo in the Biology Department gives him plenty of opportunity to practice his oratory skills.  It is most likely that work, time with his kids and friends, and traveling will provide sufficient incentive to keep the stage an enjoyable avocation.

Bruce is the Treasurer of Flush Ink Productions.

Bruce will be reading from TWO WOMEN ON A PRECIPICE.

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