Featured Artists

Lost Words was created by Pi artistic associates Pippa Mackie and Jeff Gladstone. For each episode they invited two local artists to join them in the fun! We had the pleasure of working with amazingly talented, adaptable and generous actors throughout the series.

Here are the bios and photos of all the amazing guests!

Barbara Pollard

Barbara Pollard is a 30-year veteran who divides her time equally between film and theatre: the classics and contemporary works; writing and performing; musicals and plays. This past year she starred in two Hallmark MOVs: Harvest Moon and My Better Half; filmed the web series Mom and Me with her brilliant daughter directing; is working on the TV series Supernatural, and is about to head into rehearsals for Billy Elliot. Recent musical theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, and The Spitfire Grill. She was part of the Bard on the Beach company as Gertrude in their sold-out production of Hamlet and, conversely, in Jeeves Intervenes on Vancouver Island. She is busy working on her own scripts, living by the beach and enjoying all life has to offer. Her two adult children provide her with great pride, constant entertainment and are an endless source of material. She salutes all mums, especially the hardy souls around the world who run naked after her infant son in front of thousands of laughing fans. Mums: I salute you! Barbara joined Pi for the Sex Edition.

Tom PickettTom Clarence Pickett (TCP) can to be defined as a dynamic Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Rock & Roll, and Country artist whose acting chops range from South African playwright Athol Fugard to Shakespeare. When Katherine Hepburn told Tom “they should put more light on you . . .” during the filming of 1994 TV movie This Can’t Be Love, the Berkeley, California native has been busy doing just that. Tom continues to expand his theatre experience returning to Bard on the Beach (2016 season) in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo and Juliet. Of his performance in Once On This Island for Acting Up Stage, Toronto J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail said “there’s something about Tom Pickett that makes you smile whenever he’s on stage.” He created the role of Ellsworh King for the Denis Simpson and Leslie Mildiner play Wang Dang Doodle (The Arts Club Theatre), is an annual featured act for The Vancouver Jazz Festival Noon Hour Concert series at St. Andrews Wesley, and a cast alumni for the Christmas classic Bah Hum Bug for Simon Fraser University and The Vancouver Moving Theatre Company. Tom continues to work on his writing for a future CD of originals and has completed his CD project of late 60s/70s covers. Tom also joined Pi for the Sex Edition.

Anousha AlamianAnousha Alamian Three seasons at Bard On The Beach including: King Lear, Shakespeare's Rebel, Equivocation, Cymbeline, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and King John. Other credits include: The leading role of Amir in The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre, Nominated for Best Actor); Othello, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Classical Theatre Project); Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage Company) and Homebody/Kabul (Mercury Theatre). Selected film and television credits include: Arctic Air, Rogue, Afghan Luke, Hellcats, Diverted, Fringe, Degrassi, and Mayday. He was also a regular on the CBC radio drama Afghanada. Anousha is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto as well as Dawson College (Dome Theatre) in Montreal. Anousha joined Pi for the Religion Edition.

Adele Noronha - Joined Pi for the Religion Edition.

Brett Harris

Brett Harris worked with Pi Theatre last year on the workshop It's All Over, Orwell in collaboration with Theatre Conspiracy, and got married in the same year. Two things ticked off his list of things to do: work with Richard Wolfe and marry Kate Dion-Richard! Lost Words: Political Edition promises to be very entertaining indeed, so buy your tickets. Select theatre credits: Baby in Mojo for Itazoo Productions (Jessie Award winner), Harold in Laburnum Grove, Valere in The Miser and Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap all for Western Gold Theatre, and Mark Renton in Trainspotting for Rumble Theatre. Brett joined Pi for the Political Edition.

 

Sereana Malani

Sereana Malani was born in the Fiji Islands and grew up in Coquitlam, BC. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and currently lives in Vancouver with her husband, Elliott. Select theatre credits include: You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Valley Song (Gateway Theatre), Clybourne Park (Citadel Theatre), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Quiet Things Creative) and whisper (Catalyst Theatre). Up next Sereana will be working with Carousel Theatre followed by her fourth season at Bard on the Beach. Sereana also joined Pi for the Political Edition

 

 

Quelemia Sparrow - Joined Pi for the Canada Edition.

Jonathan SeinenJonathan Seinen is a theatre artist and producer. He is Artistic Associate with lemonTree creations, Co-Artistic Producer of Architect Theatre, and Founding Member of Saga Collectif. Acting credits include: A God In Need Of Help (Tarragon), Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary/WCT), The Normal Heart (Studio 180), and Architect Theatre productions Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show (TPM/Canadian tour) and Like There’s No Tomorrow (SummerWorks). Film/TV: Cosmopolis, Defiance, The Girlfriend Experience. Directing credits include: Oblique Strategies for Studio 58 Theatre School, Katie Sly’s solo performance piece Charisma Furs (SummerWorks/rEvlover Festival), Unknown Soldier (SummerWorks, also playwright), inspired by the actions of Chelsea Manning, This Must Be The Place: The CN Tower Show (TPM/Architect), and Jean Genet’s Deathwatch (lemonTree). He was Co-Facilitator of PrideCab at Buddies from 2011 – 2013. He was Artist-In-Residence with the frank theatre company for 2016. Up next, he will direct Saga Collectif’s Black Boys for Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s 2016/2017 season.

 

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