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Staff

12 ALEXANDER STREET
TORONTO
M4Y 1B4

Box Office: 416-975-8555
Administration: 416-975-9130

OFFICE HOURS

The building remains closed, with staff in regularly but unpredictably. Your best bet to reach us is by e-mail.

QUICK CONTACTS

VOLUNTEERING
volunteer@buddiesinbadtimes.com

BOX OFFICE
tickets@buddiesinbadtimes.com

RENTAL INQUIRIES
steph@buddiesinbadtimes.com

MEDIA REQUESTS
industry@buddiesinbadtimes.com

STAFF

DANIEL CARTER // INTERIM DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & PROGRAMMING
daniel@buddiesinbadtimes.com

CLAYTON LEE // RHUBARB FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
clayton@buddiesinbadtimes.com

JACQUELINE COSTA // DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
jacqueline@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-9130 x23

STEPH RAPOSO // RENTAL & EVENTS MANAGER
steph@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-9130 x28

CONRAD MCLAREN // TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
conrad@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-9130 x70

REBECCA VANDEVELDE // PRODUCTION MANAGER
rebecca@buddiesinbadtimes.com

AIDAN MORISHITA-MIKI //  COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
aidan@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-9130 x40

JULIA LEWIS // BOX OFFICE & FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER
julia@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-8555

DEVIN REID// INTERIM BAR MANAGER
devin@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-9130 x34

NATASHA RAMONDINO // MARKETING ASSOCIATE
natasha@buddiesinbadtimes.com

CHASE HIEBERT // STEWARDSHIP + EVENTS ASSOCIATE
chase@buddiesinbadtimes.com

ARJUN SINGH // DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
arjun@buddiesinbadtimes.com

CHRIS REYNOLDS // MANAGER OF TOURING
chris@buddiesinbadtimes.com

PAUL THERRIEN // FACILITY MANAGER
paul@buddiesinbadtimes.com

CYNTHIA MURDY // FINANCE MANAGER
cynthia@buddiesinbadtimes.com
416-975-9130 x24

Interim Director of Operations and Programming

Daniel Carter

Director of Special Projects

Jacqueline Costa

Rental and Events Manager

Steph Raposo

Production Manager

Rebecca Vandevelde

Technical Director

Conrad McLaren

Rhubarb Festival Director

Clayton Lee

Communications and Development Manager

Aidan Morishita-Miki

BOX OFFICE AND FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

Julia Lewis

Interim Bar Manager

Devin Reid

Marketing Associate

Natasha Ramondino

Headshot of Chase Hiebert. Chase is wearing a blue button down shirt and has dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.
Stewardship and Events Associate

Chase Hiebert

Image of Arjun wearing a navy blue suit with a striped and polka dotted black and gold tie. He is wearing glasses. Trees and houses are out of focus in the background.
Development Associate

Arjun Singh

Artistic Producer Intern

Julie Phan 潘家雯

Facility Manager

Paul Therrien

Interim Director of Operations and Programming

Daniel Carter

Daniel Carter (he/him) is a theatre artist and arts manager. He has worked with various cultural organizations including SummerWorks Performance Festival, Theatre Direct, and Visual Arts Mississauga in various administrative capacities. Daniel served as General Manager of Paprika Festival from 2018-2021, where he led the company into a period of unparalleled financial and operational growth. As an artist, Daniel has worked with Buddies in Bad Times, Pandemic Theatre, The AMY Project, DopoLavaro Teatrale, and Shadowtime Productions. He was a member of Factory Theatre’s The Foundry, and House + Body’s Playwrights Initiative. He is a proud member of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management Program Advisory Committee. Daniel is currently completing an Executive Program with University of Pennsylvania in Social Innovation Design.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours? 
My friend gifted me a Keith Haring wristwatch that belonged to her gay uncle who passed from HIV/AIDS. She didn’t really know him and so felt okay to give it away; but there was something so impactful about receiving this. Perhaps it was the intrinsic connection queer people share. Perhaps it was the feeling of being responsible for carrying on a legacy of culture, knowledge, and history. Perhaps both.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies?
I had just finished a shift at my then-workplace, and was meeting my then-partner outside Buddies (which I thought was just a club at the time). And I was waiting on one of the benches in the park, and overheard one of the clubgoers say “Bitch, you can walk and smoke.” Side note: I really don’t go out much, and my then-partner would always say “I’m going to Church on Church” — and I didn’t know that was a bar, and always thought they were going to mass at 10 PM.

Director of Special Projects

Jacqueline Costa

Jacqueline’s (any pronouns) work and life have largely been centred around figuring stuff out. In theatre, that looks like taking other people’s sometimes bizarre ideas and turning them into realities, and in life that looks pretty much like living. Jacqueline is a tinkerer and a putterer and can’t stand spending entire days at a computer, but at the same time can get lost in crafting CAD drawings for hours, emerging only to eat, drink, and verify the eyeache is in fact still present.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
A guilty pleasure of mine is that I’ve always been compelled to consume terrible (and sometimes good!) lesbian movies/shows. I mean mostly they’re just awful but some of them know it and I love them for it. I think obviously this comes from a lack of representation in the stuff I consumed growing up, so being able to see two women onscreen just existing together like it’s no big thing was fire for me, and continues to be.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies?
The Chamber was completely empty and the performance happened on the floor and in the catwalk. I remember being pleasantly surprised by the space as well as the content of the show, and came back some years later to find the space in an entirely different configuration which confused me to no end (my first experience with a true blackbox theatre).

Email:jacqueline@buddiesinbadtimes.com

416-975-9130: ext. 23

Rental and Events Manager

Steph Raposo

steph raposo (they/them) is a queer theatre artist whose job at Buddies revolves around the rental events in the Cabaret space. They are responsible for renter communication, organizing and scheduling incoming events, and operating any technical elements required during said events. Outside of their work at Buddies, steph is a sound designer, lighting designer, and video designer and editor. They enjoy playing guitar, and trying (and failing) to read as many books as their partner. 20/21 will be their fifth season at Buddies.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
I have this awesome print that photographer Sly Pereira made. It was made in collaboration with Les Femmes Fatales Women of Colour Burlesque Troupe based on their Afrofuturism series, and it features Dainty Smith, Ravyn Wngz, and Zyra Lee. It’s beautiful and also stands as a nice reminder of all of the Les Femmes Fatales shows I’ve worked and have loved watching.

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?
I don’t know if I have any queer icons or heroes. I do remember growing up and feeling seen when I watched Elliot Page onscreen, even before she came out as gay. And it’s nice to know that those feelings aren’t now something I feel shame or regret for investing in her at a young age, since she’s now quite vocal with her doc series Gaycation and speaking at a conference for the Human Rights Campaign. But I think that there are too many amazing queer people that do work that doesn’t get recognized to the scale that Page and other celebrities do, so it’s hard to choose and I don’t really want to.

Production Manager

Rebecca Vandevelde

Rebecca Vandevelde (she/they) is an arts worker based in Toronto; working as a freelance lighting designer and production manager; often taking small indie shows on tour; and sometimes making/curating events, spaces and installation-based experiments with Art is Hard. Rebecca is a member of Means of Production, a collective of Production Managers and Technical Directors. Some highlights include: lighting/touring for Pandemic x Rumble x Theatre Passe Muraille Take D Milk, Nah?, PM/producer for Suvendrini Lena’s Theatre Centre Residency Project Here Are The Fragments., PM for Soundstreams x Signal Two Odysseys, lighting for Aluna Solitudes; PM/SM/touring for Quote Unquote x Why Not Theatre Mouthpiece; curator/lead artist for Theatre Passe Muraille’s Crapshoot Series; PM for the Fringe and Next Stage Theatre Festivals

Technical Director

Conrad McLaren

Conrad McLaren (he/they) is a queer theatre artist with a focus on the technical and logistical side of the creative process. They are starting their first season at Buddies at the beginning of the 22/23 season. He is responsible for the technical aspects, limitations, and coordination of production components within the main theatre space. They are a multi talented troubleshooter, tinkerer and locator of lost items. He has been actively reconnecting with his culture and relatives here in Canada, after living in the United States (Tucson and Chicago) for 14 years.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
My most treasured artifact is a book I received as a high school student from one of my extracurricular activities teacher. The Book is a first edition copy of The Color Purple By Alice Walker from 1982. I was 16 when I received this well read and worn copy. I have read it every few years as a reminder of the happy ending and the found family that was fostered within its pages. 

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
My favourite places always exist with context, vibes, and company. I have never had a favourite spot. I have been to too many places in the world and in this city to rank which spot in the city is my favourite. However I have spots that I love to go to at certain times of day and year. Trinity Bellwoods Park and High Park in autumn, during the early morning hours, when the sun changes the sky into an unimaginable array of colours that contrast with the different colours of the foliage. Kensington market before noon, anytime of year. The Lakefront on a winter’s day, clear skies, the snow and ice particles blowing over the frozen lake, my breath freezing on my eyelashes obscuring my view. 

Email:conrad@buddiesinbadtimes.com

416-975-9130:ext. 70

Rhubarb Festival Director

Clayton Lee

Clayton (he/him) is a Toronto-based performance artist. Previous performances include (◕‿◕✿) at The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand and Chapter’s EXPERIMENTICA in Cardiff, Wales; Duets for Beginners (SummerWorks); Chew, Chew, Swallow, Spit (Rhubarb Festival); and Informal Beginnings (Katzman Contemporary’s Duration & Dialogue II). His publication Brandy, the Virgin Slayer – Missed Connections appears as part of the BOOK MACHINE Project at Centre Pompidou in Paris, now part of its permanent Kandinsky Collection. Clayton is also the Managing Producer of Selfconscious Productions, which presents the annual CanadaHub at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?
I’m anti-object (but I accept gifts).

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
A tie between my bed and my couch (my bed normally wins, though).

Communications and Development Manager

Aidan Morishita-Miki

Aidan (he/him) is an arts administrator, stage manager, and plant dad. He’s worked in various capacities with companies including Red Dress Productions, Boys in Chairs Collective, Re:Current Theatre, Ars Mechanica, Hart House Theatre, and SummerWorks. Recently he also worked as a managing producer for FIXT POINT Arts and Media, coordinating various aspects of the company’s The Tale of a Town project. He started volunteering at Buddies in 2012 and has stuck around since.

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
There are lots but one is the east side of Riverdale Park up on Broadview. It’s been the site of first dates, a last date, and I also got baptized on the church at the top of the hill. Riverdale’s where my dad’s family first lived when they moved to Toronto, so it’s got a special place in my heart. It’s also one of the best views of the city skyline. Honourable mentions go to the capybara pen at High Park Zoo and Nirvana (RIP) at College and Bathurst.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies
I think the first time I came to Buddies was at a club night as a hardly-out gay in my undergrads, with a couple of girls I was in a musical with. Mostly what I remember is that partway through the night, they asked me to point out “the type of guy I was into”. I pointed out a tall, handsome guy, and before I knew it they had brought him over to me. I was mortified. I don’t think I went back to Buddies as a club until after I started working here.

Email:aidan@buddiesinbadtimes.com

416-975-9130:ext. 40

BOX OFFICE AND FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

Julia Lewis

Julia (she/her) is continually surprised at just how long she’s been working in theatre. She started as a Front of House volunteer in Ottawa in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! Some highlights of her career include 8 years in Patron Services for the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada, 7 years managing venues with Toronto Fringe, 5 years coordinating entry with TIFF, and one whirlwind tour down under as a Box Office Supervisor for Adelaide Fringe 2019. Julia also fills her time working as a stage manager or ‘kittening’ at various drag and burlesque shows around the city, and enjoys singing in a community choir.

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
Honestly probably my couch. At the end of the day, I’m a pretty big homebody and love curling up in front of the TV with my kitty (Kendra, ginger tabby) and a special someone.

What’s your earliest memory of Buddies?
Probably volunteering for ArtAttack! in 2012. I had moved to the city the year prior and was already immersed in the world of queer burlesque, volunteering at shows to cover my ticket price – one of the burlesque babes also happened to be the Special Event Assistant at Buddies at the time. Mostly I remember a whirlwind night of glitter and glam, and the feeling that I was where I was supposed to be.

Interim Bar Manager

Devin Reid

Devin (he/him) is a relative newbie to Toronto, having moved from Sudbury, Ontario just over 3 years ago. Having graduated with his BFA in Performance Theatre, he took the dive and moved to the Big(ger) city. Since then, he’s worked a variety of serving jobs (most recently at Cineplex’s Rec Room across from the CN Tower) and has done a couple of small theatre productions with his friends at Open Heart Productions. You can catch him serving up drinks every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Patricia and Charlee behind the Buddies Bar.

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
I have a soft spot for The Junction/High Park/Roncy area. Great big park to walk through, quiet neighbourhoods if you want to get out and just go for a stroll, and some awesome locally owned businesses to support.

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?
Having grown up in a small city, I wasn’t exposed to a lot of queer content until much later in my life. So my icon is not a big name. Dr. Ian Maclennan was my prof for four years at Laurentian University and is really the one who helped dig me out of that queerless hole I was in, and I learned a lot of queer history and it’s relation to theatre from him. He also happens to be the first person to get me in a dress on stage for our production of Drag Queens on Trial!

Email:devin@buddiesinbadtimes.com

416-975-9130:ext. 34

Marketing Associate

Natasha Ramondino

Natasha Ramondino (she/her) is a queer actor, creator, and arts worker. She has performed with companies such as Convergence Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, Shakespeare BASH’d, and 4th Line Theatre (to name a few), as well as in productions at the Toronto Fringe/Next Stage Festivals and the Paprika Festival. Driven by a discussion of feminist and 2SLGBTQ+ themes, her artistic focus has more recently been on fostering community and care. She is an alumni of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Program and a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?

I own a copy of the recent reprinting of JEB’s “Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians”. It’s a groundbreaking collection of photographs first self published in 1979 at a time when publishing a book with this content was incredibly risky for everyone involved. To me, it’s exposure I didn’t have growing up- a glimpse into the stories and lives of queer women from all sorts of backgrounds and life experience. It’s proof of our existence, specifically during a time of little to no visibility.

What’s your favourite place in the city?

Such a tough question, but probably the Toronto Islands. I love Hanlan’s Point, and walking the boardwalk from Centre Island beach to Ward’s. Honourable mentions go to Riverdale Park (favourite skyline view), the Toronto Reference Library, Kensington Market, and the Glad Day Bookshop.

Stewardship and Events Associate

Chase Hiebert

Chase (he/him) is a theatremaker and arts administrator with roots in Victoria, Calgary, and now Toronto. In Victoria, he worked with many companies including Theatre SKAM, Intrepid Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, and Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Working with Buddies is a delightful introduction to the theatre scene in this city!

What’s your favourite place in the city?

There’s a little spot by the Humber Bay Arch Bridge at the end of a walking path—it’s the perfect place to people-watch from afar, to feel connected to the city and also somehow distant from it. Having moved here just days before the first covid lockdown, this pile of rocks by the water made me feel at home (and miss the Pacific a little less). 

What’s a treasured queer artifact of yours?

A few years ago, I took a spontaneous trip to New York with a friend and accidentally managed to be there for NY Pride. We saw some beautiful theatre, met amazing people, and I got a little bandana that reminds me of the joy of belonging to the queer community. 

Development Associate

Arjun Singh

Arjun Singh (he/him) is an administration/communications professional, emerging writer, arts/cinema/pop culture enthusiast, avid reader and coffee connoisseur. He’s worked in various capacities within the private sector, nonprofits and the government. He dabbled in theatre as an actor for a few productions before realizing he likes being behind the scenes better. He has a BA in Arts in Political Science and English Literature and recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College. 

What’s your favourite spot in the city?
Glad Day Bookshop is my favorite spot! It has got everything. Coffee, drinks, food, snacks and Books! Queer books of every genre! If and when I go on my first date ever, this will be the place I bring them. Union Station comes a close second. I like how it is a major transportation hub and connects so many people and stories. The architecture isn’t so bad either. 

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?
For me, Secretary Pete Buttigieg is an icon/hero and goals.  I studied political science and follow politics closely. He is smart, intelligent and a proud nerd (something I relate to). He also became the first LGBTQ+ person to win delegates and Iowa in a US major party’s presidential primaries which seemed unimaginable to many for years. He is a visible leader who continues to do so much good for people and has highlighted issues of the queer community with so much vigour which is awesome and admirable. I appreciate his voice, leadership and hope to emulate his passion and sincerity in the work I do in my lifetime. 

Artistic Producer Intern

Julie Phan 潘家雯

Julie Phan 潘家雯 feels empty inside. If this McGill dropout was a piece of art, she would be the world’s biggest rubber duck in the Toronto Harbour. She is a Hoklo- Vietnamese writer, actor and exotic dancer based in Toronto and Montreal and recent graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada in playwriting. She is best known for disappointing her father and her work with fu-GEN asian theatre company (double bill, fearless).

What’s your favourite spot in the city?

I love places for their people. Even as people have moved on, my memories of these people are still associated with these places. Some that come to mind: Brimz Hat Store in Kensington, GoodGood on the Esplanade, Brass Vixens on Queen, and recently Hanlan’s Point Beach on Toronto Island. 

Who is one of your queer icons/heroes?

This is more of a shout out to my queer Asian community in Montréal and the team over at Sticky Rice Magazine led by the iconic Viet Tran– I met a lot of really amazing queer, Asian folks at the Fierté events hosted by Sticky Rice this summer and they did a really great job at bringing us together during the pandemic and it was amazing to finally get to meet everyone in person and see people do their thing, whether it was performing, hosting, dj-ing or martial arts. Everyone in this community is an icon, but a special shout out to my dearheart Komodo, for performing the most touching, queer and Chinese reverse strip-tease I’ve ever seen.

headshot by Tien Chang (@sklervy)

Facility Manager

Paul Therrien

Paul is a freelance musician, playing drums and percussion as an accompanist. With the advent of MP3’s, file sharing and the demise of CDs, he continues to play part time, but has shifted into work in building renovations, expanded into building technologies via George Brown College training and then into property management. He has spent the last fifteen years at Artscape supporting over a thousand artists by providing them with safe and affordable housing and creative spaces. Paul does volunteer work for some local Tenant Advocacy groups and, as a hobby, does tropical plant maintenance for himself and friends.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

board@buddiesinbadtimes.com

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Brendan McMurtry Howlett (Chair)
Christina Cicko (Vice Chair, Secretary)
Ashley Belmer (Treasurer)
Alexander Hutchison
Michael Man
Anu Radha Verma

Alexander Street Theatre Project

Brendan McMurtry Howlett (Chair)
Christina Cicko (Vice Chair, Secretary)
Ashley Belmer (Treasurer)
Alexander Hutchison
Michael Man
Anu Radha Verma