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History

Kendra Fanconi and Eric Rhys Miller founded The Only Animal in 2005 and premiered Other Freds, a clown show about parallel worlds, staged on False Creek, Vancouver with a cast of 135, birds, boats and a bicycle ballet. Our signature play-in-a-pool The One That Got Away (created with Electric Company Theatre) premiered in 2002 in Vancouver, was remounted in 2007, and toured to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa. NiX, Canada’s first theatre of snow and ice, premiered at the Enbridge playRites Festival in Calgary in February 2009 as a co-production with Alberta Theatre Projects and Ghost River Theatre and was featured in the 2010 Cultural Olympiad at Lost Lake, Whistler.  You and the moon, an intimate work, premiered at HIVE 2 and The Cultch in 2010. Sea of Sand, a live action radio play on the beach followed in 2011 then Out On A Limb, an intergenerational transpecies collaboration in 2012.  We went back into a theatre in 2014, to create Nothing But Sky, the living comic book biography of Superman’s immigrant creators. 2nd Story used augmented reality technology to link stories to local places. Last year we made 10 sited pieces to save a forest, as well as the world premiere of the adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, Tinkers, by Paul Harding set in an old-growth forest. Our work has been nominated for 30 Jessie Awards and has won 8, including Best Production and three times for Significant Artistic Achievement, as well as being nominated for 4 Dora Awards and winning one.

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