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By Nina Raine

May 14 - 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Timms Centre for the Arts


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In-person at the Timms box office Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the play's run. Call 780-492-2495.
Evening $11 student, $22 adult, $20 senior
matinee $11 students, $17 adult, $15 senior

Show dates and time details:

$5 preview Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening night Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm.

No show Sunday, May 17 Matinee Thursday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Live ASL interpreted performances:

At the Saturday, May 16th, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 23rd, 7:30 p.m. performances.

Tribes: provocative domestic drama

In Tribes, we meet Billy a young Deaf man who was raised to read lips and speak rather than sign to communicate. Billy falls for Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming Deaf.

Tribes premiered in 2010 at London Royal Court Theatre and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 2012.

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Not your typical play

MFA Director Amanda Bergen is seeking your support for the U of A Studio production of Tribes: "We are hoping this play opens up dialogue about accessibility, the Deaf community, and how we can take action to provide a more inclusive space in the theatre."

Support the USEED online fundraising campaign:

Your support will go towards the additional production costs of ASL interpreters for Saturday, May 16 and Saturday, May 23 performances.

Video teasers:

Media Coverage:

CBC Radio Edmonton:
Deaf actor brings real life experience to Timms Centre Stage

Alberta Primetime:
U of A's play breaks barriers for Deaf community

Edmonton Sun:
Tribes is a play for the senses

Vue Weekly - Josh Marcellin:
PreVue: Tribes brings Deaf realities to stage.

Vue Weekly - Bruce Cinnamon:
Loud and clear: Tribes challenges progressives who make excuses

St. Albert Gazette:
Tribes: A world of loud silences

Hearing world enters a Deaf one

Local Deaf actor and UAlberta alumnus Connor Yuzwenko-Martin ('14 BA) makes his Studio Theatre debut as Billy.
Read the feature story on the Work of Arts blog:
Deaf actor breaks down barriers in Studio Theatre debut

Read Connor's guest posts on the Curious Arts blog:
Tribes: steps towards accessible theatre
Tribes rehearsals: sheer velocity
Tribes: act one, scene one

Broadcast quality scene available for download:

Shaw TV - Bianca Jade:

Cast, creative and production team:

A combination of visiting professionals, faculty, community, and student collaboration is the hallmark of Studio Theatre.


Ruth - Zoe Glassman

Sylvia - Bobbi Goddard

Daniel - Mathew Hulshof *

Beth - Judy McFerran

Christopher - Ashley Wright *

Billy - Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

* Appear with the permission of Canadian Actor's Equity Association

Creative Team:

Director - Amanda Bergen

Set, Lighting, and Costume Designer - Robyn Ayles

Sound Designer - Matthew Skopyk

Voice, Speech and Text Coach - Chaslee Schweitzer

Outreach Dramaturg - Rohan Kulkarni

Interpreter Coordinator - Nicole Sander

Onstage Interpreters - Alicia Ponciano, Tracy Hetman

Interpreters - Tanya Adler, Pam Brenneis, Tracy Hetman, Alicia Ponciano, Amber Miller, Apryl Morrison, Marg Oevering, Sarah Stewart

Student Interpreters - Alexandra Blackwell, Morgan O'Connor

This production of Tribes is in partial fulfilment of Amanda Bergen's MFA Directing thesis and Robyn Ayles' MFA Theatre Design thesis.

Non-professional performance rights to produce the play are by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc,. New York.

Tribes was commissioned and first presented by English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre on 14 October 2010. Tribes was presented by Barrow Street Theatre, New York, NY in 2012.

Deaf Community Consultants:

Lisa Hawkins, Calvin Novak

Stage Management:

Stage Manager - Lore Green

Assistant Stage Manager - Cayley Hanson


Directing Advisor - Jan Selman

Design Advisor - Robert Shannon

Stage Management Advisor - John Raymond

Production Team:

Production Manager - Gerry van Hezewyk

Technical Director - Larry Clark

Assistant Technical Director - Rachael Alexandre

Production Administrative Assistant - Jessica Parr

Wardrobe Manager - Joanna Johnston

Cutter - Julie Davie

Head Scenic Carpenter - Darrell Cooksey

Scenic Carpenter - Barbara Hagensen, Mattia Poulin

Lead Painter - Camille Maltais

Scenic Painters - FengYi (Mona)Jiang, Zoe Rod, Liza Xenzova, Rachael Alexandre

Properties Master - Jane Kline

Lighting Supervisor - Jeff Osterlin

Assistant Lighting Designer - Camille Maltais

Lighting Technicians - Jacinda Maxwell, Cheyenne Sykes

Projection Supervisor - Elijah Lindenberger

Head of Sound - Matthew Skopyk

Running Crew:

Lighting/Projection Operator - Zoe Rod

Sound Operator - Rebecca Antonakis

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