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.
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.