the coop ARTISTIC TEAM
Coop Co- Artistic Director Lesandra Dodson
Co-Artistic Director of the coop, Lesandra Dodson, has been gently dipping her toes into the Fredericton theatre scene for the past few years. Originally from Vancouver, her training, and professional work, as both a dancer and choreographer have taken her across the country with roots grown in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Fredericton. Next stop on the trajectory puts her somewhere in the Atlantic. Lesandra earned her BFA Honors in Theatre/Dance, is a recipient of the KM Hunter Artists Award, and was Executive Director of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre for a few years. She teaches at Saint Thomas University, and continues be an avid collaborator.
Coop Co-Artistic Director Lisa Anne Ross
Lisa is a theatre and community arts nerd. Before moving to Fredericton in 2010, she toured extensively, hit the festival circuits and performed in a lot of cute regional theatres. She studied theatre at Dalhousie, The Dell’arte School of Physical Theatre and has a Master’s from York in ‘theatre as a tool for social change’. In addition to teaching and directing at St. Thomas University, Lisa is the Artistic Producer of Solo Chicken Productions and now the Co-Artistic Director of the coop. Launching the coop in 2015 with fellow artist Lesandra Dodson has been an amazing artistic and personal adventure and she has been delighted to share the work of these talented emerging artists with the world.
The original coop were cast and began training as a company in May of 2015 and spent a year and a half developing the companies inaugural work, A Record of Us. The company members were from left to right; Alex Donovan, Ian Goff, Jean-Michel Cliche, Alexa Higgins and Lexi MacRae. In June of 2016, Kira Chisholm joined the company and performed in the final production.
the coop CORPS
In the Fall of 2016 a new crop of emerging artists have joined the company and will train together under the guidance of Lesandra Dodson and Lisa Anne Ross. the coop Corps will serve as a training stepping stone to the coop company. the coop CORPS members from left clockwise include; Sam Crowell, Kira Chisholm, Sydney Hallett, Alex Rioux and Amelia Hay. Missing in action is Courtney Arsenault & Lucas Gutierrez.