Kendra Fanconi, Artistic Director and Co-Founder
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, Artistic Producer
Lisa 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, 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.
Eric Rhys Miller, Co-Founder
From 2005-2017 Eric was Artistic Producer of The Only Animal, the creation-based theatre company in Vancouver he co-founded with Kendra Fanconi. He collaborated on 18 original works and led community engaged and youth projects for the company. Eric wrote and co-directed Sea of Sand at Spanish Banks beach. He directed the interspecies multimedia storytelling project: Out On A Limb that premiered in Strathcona Park and was remounted at Heart of the City Festival. 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, continuing that program in 2017 with Generation Hot: Waterborne.
Eric is now Executive Director of Community Arts Council of Vancouver, a role that blends his 16 years of nonprofit management experience in the arts sector with his creative practices and social values. Eric practices at the intersection of people, place, and story. He values inclusion, resilience, and compassion. His goal is to organize experiences that can help individuals and communities to co-create a world of positive possibilities in this unprecedented era of change.