Geneviève Doyon was born in Venezuela and grew up in Belgium and the Netherlands before heading to Montreal for her post-secondary studies. She graduated from l'Université de Montréal in Film studies and comparative literature and completed an acting degree at L'École Supérieure de Théâtre of l'Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2011, she escaped the big city and ended up in the Yukon territory where she has lived ever since.
Geneviève is an actor, creator, playwright and producer.
Geneviève stepped into playwriting in 2012 with her first play Leave a message (après le bip) written in collaboration with Aislinn Cornett. The play was part of the 2012 Homegrown Theatre Festival and the 2014 Pivot Festival. Geneviève is also the playwright behind Open Pit Theatre's Verbatim Project that is in development.
Her performing credits include Imagination du monde with Theatre de l'Urd (Québec), Atteintes à sa vie by Martin Crimp directed by Christian Lapointe (Montréal), L'île aux esclaves by Marivaux directed by Markita Boies (Montréal), Open Pit Theatre's Leave a Message (après le bip) and the touring show Sci-Fi Double Feature with Ramshackle Theatre. On the big screen, she had the first role in Carolyne Rhéaume's short movie Jamais on ne m'a offert une rose that travelled to France (Cannes Festival), California and accross Canada, I remember the Blue by Carolyne Rhéaume and acted and co-created R.A.DA.R.
Outside of her theatre work, Geneviève produces and programs the Whitehorse festival Arts in the Park that provides performing and visual arts for Yukoners every summer.
Geneviève has been involved with Open Pit Theatre since the beginning of the company. In 2011, she was part of the Devised Yukon Project and the production Nowhere Near. Since then, she has been closely tied to Open Pit's artistic developments. She became a co-artistic producer of the company in March 2013 and is thrilled to create new Yukon performance art under the name of Open Pit Theatre.
Geneviève is currently working with Ramshackle Theatre on the development of a new puppet show called Tombstone: A Sci-Fi Western and developping the indigenous centered piece Map of The Land, Map of the Stars with Gwaandak Theatre.
Jessica Hickman works as an independent choreographer, director, teacher, stage manager, and producer. She currently lives in Victoria, BC, but she often travels to the Yukon to continue her work as the co-artistic director of Open Pit Theatre.
In 2010, Jessica co-founded the company with Sam Bergman-Good and has continued to create new works in the north ever since. She is passionate about the work being devised by Open Pit Theatre and is excited to see what the next five years will bring.
Down south Jessica is lucky to work continually with companies such as The Belfry Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, TheatreSKAM, Gotta Getta Gimmick, The Victoria Operatic Society, Glenlyon Norfolk School, and Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. She currently teaches movement to pre-professional performers at The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and The Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts.
This year Jessica will be:
- Directing & Choreographing All That Jazz for The Canadian College of Performing Arts performance with the Naden Band at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, BC
- Choreographing Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical for Zee Zee Theatre at The York Theatre in Vancouver, BC
- Directing Tombstone: A Cardboard Western for Ramshackle Theatre at The Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, YT
- Co-Directing 99 to 1 for The Canadian Badlands Passion Play in Drumheller, AB
- Directing Busted Up: A Yukon Story for Open Pit Theatre in Whitehorse, YT
- Performing & Choreographing A Christmas Carol or The Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC
It is going to be a busy year! Please visit Jessica's website, www.jessicahickman.net, to learn more!