Archives: 2012 Companies

In this page, we’ve included all the companies that joined us in 2012, but will not be joining us for 2013. The full list of participating 2012 companies is:

  • Escaping Goat Productions
  • F29
  • Hardline Productions
  • Human Theatre Collective
  • In Falling Company
  • Psyche Theatre
  • Resounding Scream Theatre
  • rice & beans theatre
  • Troika Collective
  • Tyler Smith and Brad Tones
  • Two Wrongs that Write
  • workingclasstheatre

2012 Archives

Here is a little appetizer of information about Hardline Productions. All graduates of Studio 58, They are an exciting group of film and theatre producers. When you come to Hive: the New Bees, you may be able to see them in a few different places… but the main place to catch their show is in the upstairs bar. Below, I’ve listed their history, mandate and bios, but if you’re dying for more information, be sure to visit their website at

Company Mandate

Hardline Productions is committed to producing visceral, immediate work that is authentic and affordable, engaging and affecting audiences in a hard-hitting experience. 

We endeavor to investigate the complexities of the human condition with the use of sound, music, physical theatre and narrative in the creation of new pieces and in the production of text-based classics. Hardline Productions works to create theatre and film that challenges values, ideology, and perspective.

Company History

Founded in January 2010 by Studio 58 graduates Sean Harris Oliver and Raes Calvert, Hardline Productions emerged from a desire to create raw, edgy theatre which is financially accessible to the public.

Hardline debuted in June 2010 at their resident Gastown space Hardline Studios with a trio of Sam Shepard’s early work, titling the production An Electrifying Evening of Sam Shepard. Rehearsals for Twelve Angry Men started three days later.  This production, based on the 1950’s film starring Henry Fonda, was both critically acclaimed and a sold-out smash hit, starring a diverse and talented cast of Vancouver’s emerging artists and earning a spot on Gay Vancouver’s Top 10 Productions of 2010.  Finishing their inaugural season, Hardline co-produced what would be their third full length play in only four months. Heptademic: Redux debuted at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival in September 2010, directed by Jessie Award winning actor Anthony F. Ingram and featured a cast of Studio 58 graduates.

After a deserved break, Hardline Productions was back at it in the Spring of 2011 with another full season of works.  Debuting in a revamped Hardline Studios in Gastown with Never Swim Alone, Hardline wowed the crowds and enjoyed a sold out run. Following this were two fun events for the young company: The First Annual Sholivier Awards, a mock-awards show hosted by the Co-Artistic Directors celebrating the best and worst of Vancouver independent theatre; and the second 24 Hour Play Project, a play written, produced, and performed in under 24 hours. Never ones to waste time, bash, directed by Mack Gordon, was close to follow.  This non-traditional production reworked Labute’s script to blend the three separate stories into a single powerful narrative, earning an honourable mention on Gay Vancouver’s Top 10 of 2011. Finally, Hardline Productions closed its second season with an original creation titled Cativo, a two hander that questioned the nature of truth and reality.

After such a busy and satisfying first two seasons, Hardline looks forward to its return in 2012. Productions on the horizon include original work, summer festivals, and our first foray into filmmaking. Stay tuned!

Company Bios

Sean Oliver

A graduate of the Studio 58 Acting Program, Sean is a Vancouver based film and stage actor as well as a director, writer and the Co-Artistic Director of Hardline Productions.  Sean directed the company’s debut production An Electrifying Evening of Sam Shepard which was a presentation of three plays by the American playwright Sam Shepard (4H Club, Cowboys #2 and Killer’s Head).   Acting credits with Hardline include: Twelve Angry MenHeptademic ReduxNever Swim Alone and Cativo.

Outside of Hardline Productions, Sean has appeared as an actor for the Firehall Arts Centre (Vimy), Carousel Theatre (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood), Theatre la Seizieme (L’Hypocrite), Metro Theatre (Enchanted April) and Studio 58 (Merchant of Venice, Lot’s Wife, Jocasta). While at Studio 58, Sean received the David Pritchard Memorial Scholarship for demonstrating excellence in all aspects of the theatre. Sean holds his Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University.

Film Credits include:  Return from the Jarama Valley (Vancouver Film School), April and May (UBC Films), and Lost and Found (UBC Films) for which he won the UBC Persistence of Vision award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Raes Calvert

Raes is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Hardline Productions. Hailing from Richmond, BC, Raes is proud to call Vancouver his home. Raes is having a blast being involved in all of Hardline’s shows, in both a producing and performing capacity. Theatre highlights include The Number 14 (Axis Theatre), Out in the Open (GreenThumb), Sugar(The Only Animal/Hive 3), Are We There Yet? (Neworld) and The Winter’s TaleLot’s WifeJocastaThe Merchant of VeniceBye Bye Birdie, and Heptademic (Studio 58). Thanks to family and friends for all the support. Raes is a graduate of the Studio 58 professional theatre training program at Langara College.

Genevieve Fleming

Genevieve is delighted to be joining Raes and Sean at Hardline as  its Associate Director.  Her Hardline Productions credits include Never Swim Alone, Twelve Angry Men (director); bash (actor); Cativo (co-writer, producer); Brother Act, If the Shoe Fits (24 Hour Play Project); Psychic P.I. (Theatre Under the Gun).Selected theatre credits include The Priory (United Players), Death of a Salesman (Playhouse), Rick: The Rick Hansen Story (MTYP/Citadel), A Christmas Carol (WTC), The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Carousel), SubUrbia(Twenty-Something), Jocasta (Studio 58 / Nightswimming), and Townsville(Studio 58 / TheChop).  Selected camera credits include True Justice (Legacy),Supernatural (Warner Bros.), and Rain Down (Rain Down Pictures). Genevieve is a graduate of Mount Allison University and Studio 58 and is proud to be a part of Vancouver’s theatre community.


Natalie Gan and Lindsey Shaw of In Falling Company

Here’s some information on these two lovely ladies, Natalie Gan and Lindsey Shaw of In Falling Company. When you come to Hive, you’ll find these two dancing their feet off in the upstairs games room space. I’m really looking forward to seeing what these two come up with. (Especially since their space just so happens to have a massive pool table right in the middle of it!) Both graduates of the dance program at SFU, they’re bound to impress and inspire. Below, you’ll find their individual bios.

Company Bios

Lindsey Shaw began taking creative dance classes in Haida Gwaii where she lived until she was ten. Her experiences in these remote and unpredictable islands inform her playful and spontaneous yet reverent approach to movement. In 2010, Lindsey completed a BFA in Dance from the School of Contemporary Arts at SFU where she worked with Rob Kitsos, Day Helesic, DD Kugler, Joe Laughlin, Marc Haim, Shae Zukiwsky, and Justine Chambers. She also participated as a dancer in the collaborative CLASH project developed by Linda Gaudreau and worked with Daelik, Claire French, Anne Cooper and Jennifer Mascall among others. Lindsey currently takes classes in Contact Improvisation with Peter Bingham and creates with her collaborator Natalie Gan for their company In Falling. As well as teaching creative dance at Arts Umbrella and Renfrew Community Centre, Lindsey has been a loving nanny for 15 years.

Natalie Gan is a contemporary dance artist based in Vancouver. With a double degree in Dance and International Studies from Simon Fraser University, she has continued her studies through training in theatre, contact improvisation, and with local dance company, Modus Operandi. She has had the privilege of studying with artists including Peter Bingham, Anne Cooper, Claire French, Barbara Lindenberg, Jennifer Mascall, Amy O’Neal (Seattle) and has performed as part of 12 Minutes Max, Dancing on the Edge Festival, StArt Dance’s Fling and the PuSh Festival. Natalie is part of Something Collective, who were recently awarded a three-year residency at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre. A passionate performer, choreographer, instructor and activist, she thrives on collaboration and creating work that brings people together in both process and product. Natalie is co-founder of Art For Impact, a grassroots organization that celebrates art for social change.


Emmelia Gordon and Pippa Mackie of Two Wrongs that Write

Here you’ll find information about Two Wrongs that Write. When coming to Hive, they may sneak up on you, but you’ll most likely find them in the upstairs hallway space. These lovely ladies brought you last year’s smash hit, The Progressive Polygamists, so I’m looking forward to what they come up with! Below, you’ll find information about the piece and some bios. For more information about Two Wrongs that Write, you might just have to come to Hive! I think they’re making some appearances at other shows coming up too…

Show Description

From the company who brought you the 5 star, Vancouver Pick of the Fringe hit the Progressive Polygamists comes:
Hallway Politics.

A 5 second show set in a hallway.

Co-founder of the company Two Wrongs That Write Pippa Mackie (curator of Hallway Politics), photographer/filmmaker/designer Evil Patrick Shannon, and co-founder of Two Wrongs That Write Emmelia Gordon will be buzzing around (pardon the BEE pun) Chapel Arts inviting willing audience members, one at a time, into ‘THE’ hallway. Go with them, experience their comb of the hive.

Company Bios

Pippa Mackie is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Her recent credits include: the role of Deirdre in Gordon at the Arts Club written and directed by Morris Panych, Lucky in the Cardboard House by Tracey Power directed by Pi Theatre’s Richard Wolfe (In Tune Conference produced by Touchstone Theatre), Mrs. Helseth in  Rosmersholm directed by Sarah Rodgers with United Players, the part of Lily in Annie at the Gateway theatre directed by Johnna Wright, lead role Delilah in the film “Wait for Rain” (Motion 58 productions) by Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout. She has toured with Green Thumb Theatre in the show ‘Wired’ directed by Patrick McDonald and performed in both Spring Awakening and Our Time with Delinquent theatre. Pippa’s latest writing credits include: “the Progressive Polygamists” which she co-wrote/performed and earned the Vancouver 2011 Pick of the Fringe title. Her latest one woman show ‘Bait’ has recently been optioned for a film script. She will next appear in Twenty Something Theatre’s Us and Everything We Own by Sean Minogue directed by Sabrina Everett.

Born and raised in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, Emmelia Gordon was thrust into community theatre at a young age. She ended up at one of the finest theatre schools in the country, Studio 58 and graduated with the Antony Holland Scholarship for dedication and outstanding ability in the theatre arts.  A few years back, she also had a chance to work with Green Thumb Theatre, in a classic play called “New Canadian Kid” By Dennis Foon. Shehad the joy of bringing to life the fun, outgoing, brave friend, Mencha, for which I won a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance for Theatre for Young Audience, (TYA). Currently, she is TOURING a show called “The Progressive Polygamists”  at the 2011 Fringe Festivals in Toronto, Saskatoon andVancouver with her co-creator: Pippa Mackie.


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