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Rå Power's Joleen Ballendine and Amy Shostak

Rougher. Tougher. Brutally spontaneous. In Rå Power, Joleen Ballendine and Amy Shostak, two of Rapid Fire Theatre’s senior performers, are focused on chasing joy and doing things that scare them. They will explore an every day action through scenes, songs, and whatever other ways they feel like.

Host/Producer Bridget Ryan

Bridget Ryan is truly honoured to be a part of this incredible initiative, having worked a ‘girl’ in television and film!

 

Bridget is best known as the Host/Producer of Breakfast Television (2004-2017) in Edmonton, where she was acknowledged as Woman of the Year by the CCA's alongside Kevin Martin and also had the honour of being Edmonton’s Favourite Personality (Vue Weekly) for the eight years running. In that time also performed her cabaret (Here’s To The Ladies Who Laugh) to sold out crowds across Alberta; worked as an actor and director at Edmonton Opera, Citadel Theatre and MacEwan University and hosted hundreds of events in Edmonton such as Festival of Tree, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Easter Seals, United Way to name a few. Bridget became a small business owner (alongside artistic partner Jason Carter) opening the Carter-Ryan Gallery & Live Art Venue in Canmore Alberta opening in 2012 and opening the second location in Banff Alberta in 2017. In the summer of 2017, Bridget took Carter-Ryan Productions to the next level (having only Directed/Produced one music video, Christian Hansen & The Autistics "Cocaine Trade") and started directing/producing live theatre, Creative public art and (in the fall of ’19) film. She has published five children’s books and is currently signed with Westwood Creative working on the 6th. Bridget is Curator for Stantec’s private art collection, leads workshops on writing at the Banff Centre and busily writing the new musical “Stuff”. @bridgetryan (twitter) @therealbridgetryan (instagram)

Dana Wylie of the Dana Wylie Band

Dana Wylie is a singer of rare gift and a dedicated crafter of deeply felt and sharply
observed songs. Praised for being as dexterous with words as she is with her guitar,
piano and remarkably powerful voice, she writes with equal parts craft and passion; as
Roger Levesque of the Edmonton Journal put it, "Wylie shows the intuitive grace, smart,
lyrical economy, and the ability to find insights in everything or anything that you expect
of a mature songwriter.”