Andrew G. Cooper is a queer Canadian director, playwright, and performer. They hold their Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Thompson Rivers University and are the recipient of the Kamloops Mayor’s Emerging Artist Award. They won two awards for Outstanding Choreography for their work in Musical Theatre with the Academy of Dance and are now the founding Artistic Producer of Jupiter Theatre. As a director and theatre artist, Andrew’s focus is on the creation of new works with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary art and storytelling through non-verbal mediums such as movement, puppetry, mask, and stage combat.
Andrew has been fortunate to work at incredible companies such as Western Canada Theatre, Project X Theatre, Tranquille Tunnel Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and Theatre: Calgary. As a playwright, their work has been produced across the country from British Columbia to Ontario as well as in Sydney, Australia and Chicago, Il. For Jupiter Theatre, they wrote and directed The Robber Bridegroom in 2019. Andrew is a lover of astronomy and animals and is very excited to be making theatre with an incredible group of artists at Jupiter Theatre.
Director of the JETS
Madeleine is a Calgary-based actor, director, playwright, and creator. In 2017, she started a small theatre group called Reckless Daughter Creative that is driven to representing the early-career female-identifying artist and their stories. Select acting credits include playing The Maid in The Robber Bridegroom: A Grimm Fairy Tale (Chimera Theatre), Zoe in Bright Lights (Theatre BSMT), and Margaret in The Drowning Girls (ULeth). Select directing credits include Helen (IGNITE!), Yūgen (Reckless Daughter), and Where’s My Sky? (Hoodlum). Madeleine is also a recipient of the Outstanding New Script award from the 2019 Calgary One Acts Festival for her play Zoo, and is an artistic associate for Theatre BSMT in Calgary. She is thrilled to be joining the Jupiter Theatre team and can’t wait to sink her teeth into some adventurous, new and original work!
Director of the Freudian slips
Cassandra is a director, performer, and creator currently residing in Calgary, AB. She earned her BFA in Performance from the University of Lethbridge in 2016. Cassandra has since interned for local theatre companies Theatre Encounter and Ghost River Theatre. She continues to grow as an artist by attending various workshops and intensives. Some of Cassandra’s select directing credits include Come Home (Moot Entertainment), Mars (Uleth), DNA and Small Room at the Top of the Stairs (TheatreXtra). Her select acting credits include Remaining Anonymous and Red Hints (Sage Theatre IGNITE! Festival), Klimt’s Women (Theatre Encounter) and Yūgen (Reckless Daughter Creative). Cassandra is ecstatic to be joining the Jupiter Theatre team as Artistic Associate for their 2019/2020 season. She believes this experience will be out of this world!
Constantine X. Anastasakis is a Calgary-based actor, playwright, and director, holding a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing (‘14) and an MFA in Directing (‘19) from the University of Calgary. With directing and playwriting styles heavily influenced by German regietheatre practices and the 90s British In-yer-face theatre, Constantine takes an equal-parts text-and-image-based approach to staging transgressive and speculative narratives.
Constantine has been making theatre for more than ten years and is currently interested in theatre that disrupts and reimagines works from the classical canon, engages live audiences’ peripheral attention, and grapples with contemporary social issues. Constantine is excited to be joining Jupiter Theatre as their newest artistic associate.
Upcoming Projects Include: Playwrighting Mentor with Search Tower Company’s Common Ground Festival (postponed due to COVID-19), Assistant Directing Storybook Theatre’s production of Big Fish (postponed due to COVID-19), and Assistant Directing an original play co-written with Christine Brubaker entitled Henry G20 at Toronto’s Luminato Festival (postponed due to COVID-19.)
Selected Directing Credits Include: The New Canadian Curling Club (ATP, assistant director); Rhinoceros, Woyzeck (University of Calgary), Six Characters in Search of an Author (University of Calgary, assistant director); Betrayal (Search Tower Company); Quarantine (Peripheral Theatre).
Selected Playwrighting Credits Include: Henry G20 (The Bentway, staged reading); Imperfect Symmetry (Jupiter Theatre, staged reading); Quarantine (Peripheral Theatre); Opaque, All Roads Diverge, Post (Common Ground Festival, Search Tower Company); Stag/Stagette (Calgary Regional One Act Festival).
Director of the Europa new works incubator
Production & technical manager
Skylar is a freelance designer and technician based in Calgary , AB. He has worked as a technician for Vertigo Theatre, the Jack Singer concert hall, the Calgary Stampede, Stage West Theatre, Ghost River Theatre, Storybook Theatre, and the Scotiabank Saddledome in the capacities of lighting technician, rigger, video technician, stage carpenter, scenic artist, scenic carpenter, costumer and sound engineer. He has worked in the past as production manager for Handsome Alice Theatre and as the house technician for both the Rocky Ridge and Seton YMCA’s in Calgary. He has worked as an assistant designer for Theatre Calgary under Cameron Porteous and with the Shakespeare Company under Patrick Duwors. In 2015 he presented an improv-based technical theatre demonstration, Impulse, and Totem, an installation, as part of the Canadian contingency of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design. Independently, he has provided designs for over 40 productions throughout Alberta. He holds a BFA with distinction in Theatre design and Technical Theatre from the University of Calgary and has completed advanced multimedia and Qlab training with Ghost River Theatre and ETC console training with ETC and CITT. He is an Associate Member of the Associated Designers of Canada and a caucus 2 and caucus 3 permit with IATSE 212.
Board of Directors
President - Jelena Minshall
Vice-President - Zoë Arthur
Secretary - Mikee Ames
Treasurer - Beth MacLean