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Staff Biographies

Kendra Fanconi: a ground-breaking theatre creator, a playwright, director, and Artistic Director of Vancouver-based company, The Only Animal. Kendra adapted and directed Tinkers based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Paul Harding in an old- growth forest. Before that, the comic book biography. Nothing But Sky won a Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement. NiX, theatre of snow and ice was featured at Calgary’s Enbridge playRites Festival and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Her work has garnered 23 Jessie nominations, 4 Betty nominations and 8 awards including Outstanding Production (The One that Got Away), Significant Artistic Achievement (Other Freds), Outstanding Actress (Box2) and awards for Set Design (dog eat dog) and Direction (Sam Payne Award for Emerging Director) and was featured at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in both 2007 and 2008. Combined Writing/Directing credits include: NiX, you and the moon for HIVE2, dog eat dog, and Other Freds. Other directing includes Medea for Jericho Arts Centre and The Last 5 Years for Roaring Lion Theatre, and deadline, an original collaborative creation for Studio 58. Other collective creations include Transit Lounge with Rachel Ditor, Sugar for HIVE 3, The Last Stand, with boca del lupo, and the BoX Trilogy and all flesh is grass with Radix Theatre. Additionally, she is the playwright of The One that Got Away and Bonehouse for both stage and radio. Kendra is recognized nationally as a theatrical innovator and has been reviewed and profiled in Canadian Theatre Review seven times in as many years. She has taught her unique creation style of design-based dramaturgy at University of British Columbia and Playwrights Theatre Centre. Kendra lives in the wilderness, farms and forages, and is raising two kids who are real characters…

Lisa Goebel is the Associate Artist & Producer for The Only Animal. She also works as a freelance choreographer, actor, and director. Select credits include movement consultant for Children of God (Urban Ink/NAC), movement director for Troilus and Cressida (Studio 58), and choreographer for Dogfight (Awkward Stage). National tour: Klondike Kate Show (Gillian Campbell). Acting: The City & The City (The Only Animal), A Dog at a Feast (Bleeding Heart), and Never Swim Alone (Hardline). Producing: Touchstone Theatre, and Awkward Stage Productions. Lisa has fifteen years experience teaching dance and movement, in addition to adjudicating dance competitions and festivals. Although she works across multiple disciplines, her heart belongs to physical theatre, and the development of new work. Lisa is an avid reader, kayaker, and board game enthusiast. She is a graduate of Studio 58. 

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.

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