Kendra Fanconi is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal, a 16-year-old company that is uniquely dedicated to theatre that springs from a deep engagement with place, and towards solutionary outcomes for this climate moment. She is known for her love of the impossible. Selected Credits for directing/writing: World premiere of Slime, written by Bryony Lavery, 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). Current projects include 1000 Year Theatre and Museum of Rain. Kendra leads the Artist Brigade, bringing arts and artists to the front lines of the climate movement. Kendra lives on Shíshálh land on the far left coast of Canada, and is a farmer, a forager, partner to a philosopher, and mother to two kids who are real characters.
Lisa Goebel first met The Only Animal while developing a collective creation in theatre school, and she’s been working on new play development and interdisciplinary collaborations ever since. She has produced with companies including Touchstone Theatre, The Chop Theatre, Awkward Stage, and Motherload Collective. From 2017-2019 Lisa was the Festival Coordinator for the Vancouver Outsider Art’s Festival with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. In addition to producing, Lisa works as an actor, choreographer, and intimacy director. She is the resident choreographer with the Filipinx folk-dance company, Kababayang Pilipino. Lisa holds a BA in Psychology from SFU and is a graduate of Studio 58. She is currently studying Diversity and Inclusion at UBC and examining how to integrate these practices into the theatre ecology.
Colin Cooper is the Operations Manager for The Only Animal. He is also its Production Manager. Mr. Cooper oversees financial operations, bookkeeping, facilities and infrastructure, venue design, production budgets, and all production personnel. He lends administrative support to the Artistic Producer. Colin was Production Manager for Granville Island Cultural Society from 1999-2011. 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. His association with The Only Animal began with solving huge technical design problems for 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, coordinating the production team for the living comic book Nothing But Sky, and designing production venues for Out On A Limb and 2nd Story in a public park and alleyway respectively.