Kat Taddei

Artistic Director

Kat Taddei is a queer Italian-Canadian writer, performer and stage manager. They were lucky enough to begin their theatre training in their teen years at the Belfry, where they completed both Belfry 101 and Belfry 201, as well as a pilot Leadership Training Program. Kat now holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria with a specialization in playwriting, as well as a minor in Journalism and Publishing. Kat's work has been produced at Langham Court Theatre’s ACTivate Festival, Intrepid Theatre’s YOU Show and OUTstages Festivals, Theatre SKAM’s PopUp Live Series, the Student Alternative Theatre Company, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the Victoria Fringe Festival. They are a two-time winner of the Victoria Fringe’s “Favourite New Play” award.

Kate Loomer

General Manager

Kate Loomer has recently graduated from the University of Victoria Theatre Department with a specialization in Directing. While at university she directed Birdwatching (SATCo 2015) and Assistant Directed Wild Honey (Phoenix Theatre Mainstage 2016). Other Theatre Credits include Assistant Stage Manager (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), Associate Sound Designer (Arbutus, SATCo 2016), and Summer Intern at Theatre SKAM (2013). She has worked in several different box offices in Victoria including the Ticket Centre at the Farquhar Auditorium, The Belfry Theatre, and currently Ticket Rocket, where she was the Advance Tickets Box Office Manager for the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival.

Nicholas Guerreiro

Dramaturg-in-Residence

Since his first performance at age three (in a one-toddler play for his parents), Nicholas has appeared at the Phoenix Theatre, Langham Court, and in Vino Buono’s What A Nice Place To Be. Nicholas’ plays, Hidden People and O, Come All Ye Faithful, were both staged with the Student Alternative Theatre Company. Nicholas also wrote for Closed Loop Collective’s U There? Beyond theatre, Nicholas won the 2015 Times Colonist So You Think You Can Write contest.

Colette Habel

Director-in-Residence

Fresh out of UVic's Theatre and Writing Departments, Colette holds design and directing credits from the UVic's Phoenix Theatre, SATCo, Theatre SKAM, Catador Theatre, Intrepid Theatre's YouShow and New Play Reading Series' and the Victoria Fringe Festival. Colette is the former Drama Editor of the Warren Undergraduate Review. Her plays have been read at the multi-disciplinary reading series The Rabbit Hole, and OUTstages, Intrepid's queer theatre festival. Colette has been a panelist at the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres' annual conference and can finally (finally) announce she will be the Representative of Directing for Vino Buono's 2017 season.

Jack Hayes

Artistic Associate

Jack Hayes is a fifth-year theatre student at the University of Victoria, where he will graduate with a focus in Acting. He has a passion for both acting and playwriting, his most recent credits including performing in Crave (Phoenix Theatre, 2016), Wild Honey (Phoenix Theatre, 2016) and writing Birdwatching (Victoria Fringe, 2016) and Arbutus (Student Alternative Theatre Company, 2016).

Carolyn Moon

Technical Director

Carolyn Moon is a Victoria technician, sound designer, and stage manager, but she has also dabbled in directing, acting, and lighting design.  She has worked for Intrepid Theatre, the Belfry Theatre, Chemainus Festival Theatre, SNAFU Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Theatre SKAM and various other theatre companies in town.  Favourite credits include: Wild Honey (UVic), Shop Talk (Theatre SKAM), Uno Fest, Outstages, and Intrepid (Intrepid Theatre), The Quiet Environmentalist (Victoria Fringe 2016) and Peek Show (Impulse Theatre).  She is a member of the Push Festival Youth Academy for 2016, and attended the Prague Quadrennial in 2015, which she still pretentiously references as if it was band camp.  Carolyn is interested in developing multimedia art with innovative staging methods, which explore simplicity and the human condition.  Some of her inspirations include Tracey Power, Hong Kong Exile, James Gangl, the Honda Gote Group, Joanna Garfinkel, Andrew Barrett, and Andrea Miltnerova.

Molly Mcdowell-Powlowski

Outreach Coordinator

Molly spent her first year of university at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of the Performing Arts, where she acted in the Dalhousie Theatre Society’s Three Sisters (2015). She then transferred to UVic’s Phoenix Theatre program and worked on Waste Management (2015), Cavendish (2016), Human (2016), O Come All Ye Faithful (2016), and No Man’s Land (2016). Additionally, she acted in the Closed Loop Collective’s U There? (2016), Vino Buono's What A Nice Place to Be (2016), and assistant directed Birdwatching, a 2016 Victoria Fringe Show. She is now back at school after her second summer with the Travelling Puppet Show, and aims to graduate from the Phoenix with a specialization in Directing and Applied Theatre.

Victoria Simpson

Director of Marketing

Victoria Simpson is an almost-graduate of the University of Victoria's Phoenix Theatre with a focus in directing. A lifelong dabbler with a passion for storytelling and art in all its forms, Victoria holds directing, performance, marketing, and design credits with Intrepid Theatre's YOU Show Series, SATCo, Victoria Fringe Festival, and Theatre SKAM. Victoria is interested in the use of transmedia storytelling in Vino Buono marketing, and creating additional and interdisciplinary content for audience's to engage in.

Designer-in-Residence

Design Representative

Delaney is currently a fourth year production design and stage management student at the University of Victoria. Having been introduced to theatre via her high school musical theatre program doing stage management, she has branched out in the years since then to model building and set design, costume design and construction, mask making, and prop building. Recent credits include production design of Vino Buono’s inaugural show Art of the Eight Limbs for the 2016 Victoria Fringe, as well as their productions of What a Nice Place to Be (set design; 2016), and How to Want (production design; 2016).​​

Ann-Bernice Thomas

Artistic Associate

Ann-Bernice is the Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria. She uses her voice to rally social change, discussing such themes as immigration, identity, feminism, sexual education, mental health, and racism. She has performed at Victoria’s Ferguson Rally  (2014), The Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life (2015), and stage-managed and performed in the Applied Theatre show Waste Management (2015). In the summer of 2016, Ann-Bernice forayed into the world of Theatre of the Oppressed, and acted in an Anti-Bias Show, aimed to help bridge the gap between police, immigrants and other parts of the ethno-cultural community.

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