Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Surrey Muse


Yvette Dudley-Neuman is an actor, director, writer and producer who has facilitated over forty theater and film productions. She has performed in The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues; TV/film credits include VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. She has written two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honorable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition. Yvette did her BFA and B.Ed at the University of Calgary, studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with. She has performed for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. At this time, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations, working at The Free Table web series, and, as a long form improviser, portraying psych patients for Psych Nursing students.

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At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Yvette will be our Featured Performer. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Margo Prentice – Surrey Muse

Margo Prentice is a writer of short stories and poems, stage plays and standup comic scripts. She established Golden Age Theatre that ran successfully for 15 years. Her play ‘Women and Escorts Only’ was performed at the Firehall Arts Centre, and her most recent play ‘Mother’s Day’ is being considered by Vancouver Fringe Festival. Margo’s short stories have been published in Canadian Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Royal City Literary Arts on-line magazine, and her poems have appeared in anthologies locally and in Ontario. She performs as a stand-up comic at local comedy venues including Yuks Yuks, Lafflines, Rosedale Pub and Corky’s. She has also done comedy shows in Mexico and Europe. Margo runs Short Story Open Mic in New Westminster, and she is in the process of editing and organizing materials for a book-length work.

Margo considers herself ‘the oldest comic standing’.

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margop@shaw.ca

At the April 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Margo will be our Featured Author, and we expect to hear/see anything from short stories to standup. More about the event is here: april-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Virginia Gillespie – Surrey Muse

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Virginia Gillespie is a writer, an arts advocate and a multi-media artist who is passionate about making performance an innovative tool for personal, societal and cultural transformation.

Virginia creates projects and events in the verbal arts at VG PlayRoom studio in Crescent Beach, her short play Hoarder was in a curated reading for the 2016 SHIFT Festival held in Vancouver in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Her book of poetry and lyrics, Taoist Inner Tube Rider, includes a CD featuring the work of some of Virginia’s actor and musician colleagues, and her ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’ exhibit with fabric artist Elizabeth Carefoot at Douglas College, features poetry, an art book of fictional travel journal, and a soundscape narrative.

Virginia has toured in a rock musical in England, sang and acted at the Irish Sugawn Folk Kitchen in London, created an original piece for the Sechelt Storytelling Festival, devised and directed a youth against racism performance, and she has managed a Business Theatre program in Munich

Drawing from her global experience that is both experiential and cross-cultural, Virginia now explores new forms in theatre.

More about Virginia is here
linkedin.com/in/gillespievirginia
Contact Virginia
vgplayroom@gmail.com

At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Virginia will present excerpts and narrative from an art book she created for the exhibit ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’. More information about the event is here:
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June 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse

50th Gathering

SM-6-22-2016

June 24
Author Fauzia Rafique
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Sana Janjua
Open Mic Opener Ashok Bhargava
BookSigning Author Patrick Blennerhassett
Host Mariam Zohra D.

Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Book Table
Refreshments
Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse 6-Month Program – January to June 2015

We are excited to have this amazing lineup for the 7th Session of Surrey Muse.

Surrey Muse Session 7
January 2015 – June 2015

January 23
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Lorna Goodison
Performer Tom Oleman
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Sonja Grgar

February 27
Author Dennis E. Bolen
Poet Phinder Dulai
Performer Carol Sawyer
Open Mic Opener Summer Pervez
Host Mariam Zohra

March 27
Author Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Poet Ibrahim Honjo
Performer Poul Bech
Open Mic Opener Nefertiti
Host Randeep Purewall

April 24
Author Christine Grimard
Poet Alan Girling
Performer Hasham Nasir
Open Mic Opener Rita Wong
Host Helga Parekh

May 22
Author Larry Nicholson
Poet Carol Shillibeer
Performer Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Sana Janjua

June 26
Author Juliane Okot Bitel
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Let It Pass (DVD)
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host David Macilwain

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Sherry Duggal – Surrey Muse

Sherry is an actor, playwright, writer and poet. She has written and performed her work in India, UK and Canada. She played the lead in a comedy-mystery feature film Plus in 2012, and she has worked on a number of short films and music videos since then. Her scripts and plays have featured in international festivals including Rabindranath Tagore Festival, Sufi Legacy Conference, Diwalifest, Summer in the City, Mother Tongue Festival, Masala Mehndi Masti!, and Pull Festival. She presented her play ‘Eve: A Balancing Act’ in New Delhi and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sherry has been featured as a writer/presenter at World Poetry, Poetic Justice, Pandora’s Collective, Holy Wow poets, Writers International Network, Surrey Muse; and she has taken part in spoken word events throughout Vancouver. Sherry published her first book Beneath The Surface (Leadstart Publishing, India) in 2016, and she is looking forward to the release of her second book soon.

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sherryduggal@gmail.com

At the March 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sherry will be our Featured Performer. More on the event is here:
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Ushna Shah – Surrey Muse

Ushna Shah is a Pakistani Canadian actor who has performed in various dramas and radio and television shows. She has just begun hosting her own radio show ‘Saanjha Aasmaan’ on Radio Punjab, and she hosts segments on ethnic television shows. She is in the process of writing a script for a television drama she plans to produce in Pakistan.

Ushna directed and acted in school talent shows and small stage productions in Canada and in Pakistan. Even at the ages of 10 and 12 she was strict about rehearsals and work ethic.

Born into an artistic family, Ushna had no qualms about what she wanted to do in life. With an actress/radiohost/writer mother, Ushna spent her childhood watching rehearsals in studios and on sets. In 1997, her sister was the lead in a critically acclaimed drama serial on Pakistan Television and won the best actress award, and her brother happens to be one of the most established theater directors in Pakistan.

Ushna truly realized her path when she acted in a theater production of a Ray Cooney farce at sixteen. This was it! The smell of the stage and the rush of performing in front of thousands of people was her drive.

Ushna went to York University to study English and Professional Writing, and now lives in Surrey as she continues to work towards her beachelor’s degree by herself.
I love writing, but studying it was making me miss the things I lived for. Going without theater was like going without water, and going without writing would have been like going without air… I’m inspired by James Franco who studies, gets his degrees, acts, directs and writes at the same time.’

Ushna’s motto in life is ‘The show must go on’ which also happens to be the name of her favorite song.

In the August 24 meeting of Surrey Muse, Ushna will present some of the roles she has performed, and some that she would like to.

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