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Kendra Fanconi, Artistic Director

Kendra Fanconi is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal, a decade-old company that is uniquely dedicated to theatre that springs from a deep engagement with place. She is known for her love of the impossible. Selected Credits for directing/writing: tinkers, based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Paul Harding, Nothing But Sky, a living comic book (Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement), NiX, theatre of snow and ice, at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad and Enbridge Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects 2009, (Winner of Betty Mitchell Award and Vancouver’s Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation); dog eat dog, 2007, (Nominated:  Outstanding New Play), Other Freds, 2005, (Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement). Kendra wrote The One that Got Away, a play in a pool (winner of ten Jessies including best production) which was co-produced with the Electric Company in 2002 and toured to Magnetic North in 2007. She lives on the land and is a farmer, forager and mother of two kids who are real characters. 


Eric Rhys Miller, Artistic Producer

Eric Rhys Miller is Artistic Producer of The Only Animal, the creation-based theatre company in Vancouver he co-founded with Kendra Fanconi.  He has worked professionally for 25 years in Canada and the U.S. as a performer, theatre maker, teacher, director, and producer. As a company member of Traveling Jewish Theatre he co-created Blood Relative: artists of Jewish and Arab backgrounds excavating identity and belonging in Israel/Palestine. With The Only Animal Eric has collaborated on 20 original works to date. He leads community engaged projects for the company. He directed the inter-species multimedia storytelling project: Out On A Limb.  He led the teams that developed 2nd Story: Blood Alley and DAREU! combining storytelling and film within an augmented reality mobile app. In 2016 he co-mentored and produced Generation Hot for young artists responding to climate change. Eric practices at the intersection of people, place, and story. He values inclusion, resilience, and compassion. His goal is to design artistic experiences that can help to co-create a world of possibility in this unprecedented era of change.


Colin Cooper, Operations Manager

Colin Cooper began solving huge technical design problems for The Only Animal in its 2005 inaugural production of Other Freds, including designing a 25’ long underwater steel bridge that satisfyingly and safely ‘defied the law of basic physics’ while allowing seven actors to hover in the waters of False Creek, Vancouver.  He was also roped into designing and constructing our dome-based theatre of snow and ice for NiX in Calgary and in Whistler, for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.  Colin was Production Manager for Granville Island Cultural Society from 1999-2011.  He now oversees finances, manages productions, and books retreat rentals for The Only Animal.  He has overseen productions and solved technical and logistical problems for the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Replacement, PI Theatre, Carousel Theatre, and See Seven, among others.  Colin received his training from The Banff Centre and U.B.C’s Fine Arts program in Design/Technical Theatre.  


The Only Animal creates cultivates and inspires theatre work that arises from a deep engagement with place.