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Brandi Wurtz of Horizon Stage

Brandi Watson

Theatre Manager
780-962-7634 ext. 114
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Brandi is a graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Arts and Cultural Management program. She started with Cultural Services as a practicum student before moving into the Event Coordinator position, and then took over management of Horizon Stage in 2013. Brandi taught dance for years in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Gibbons, Fort Saskatchewan, and Sherwood Park, and worked with Alberta Ballet and the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival. She is a Board Member of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and is perpetually motivated about bringing talented people and enthusiastic audiences together.

Don Waddle of Horizon StageDon Waddle

Technical Service Supervisor
780-962-4404 or 780-887-6058
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As Technical Services Supervisor for Horizon Stage, Don has a toolbox of varied theatre experience. His first job in theatre was running the 16mm movies in the Nancy Appleby Theatre in Athabasca when he was 14 years old. He was also heavily involved in high school drama productions and festivals. Don graduated with a diploma in Theatre Production from Grant MacEwan Community College. He worked for many different theatre companies prior to coming to Spruce Grove in 1989, including the Arden Theatre, Workshop West, Theatre Network and the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Don continues to keep his skills honed as an active member of IATSE local 210.

kerri_gibsonKerri Gibson Loranger

Theatre Marketing Coordinator
780-962-7634 ext. 170
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Kerri joined the Cultural Services team in October 2001 as the ticket centre clerk and was promoted to her current position in August 2002. Kerri coordinates the marketing, publicity and artist hospitality for Horizon Stage, provides backup at the City Hall Ticket Centre, and coordinates vendors and exhibitors for Spruce Grove's Canada Day Celebration. A graduate of the Arts and Cultural Management Program at Grant MacEwan and the Radio and Television Arts Program at N.A.I.T. Kerri spent three years working at Theatre Network before finding her perfect job in Spruce Grove. She has been working and volunteering in and around the Edmonton theatre community since the early 1990s. She currently volunteers as a Spark, Brownie, and Pathfinder leader with Girl Guides and as a multimedia team leader for the Edmonton Fringe.

Karen Smutt of Horizon StageKaren Smutt

Administrative Assistant
780-962-7631
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Karen has worked at the City of Spruce Grove since 1990 in a variety of departments, and with Cultural Services and Horizon Stage since 1996. Karen's primary responsibility is looking after the administrative needs of the Cultural Services department, including theatre bookings, accounts payable, records management, contract administration and show settlements. She also provides support to the Horizon Stagelighters and backup help at the City Hall Ticket Centre.

David Schuster of Horizon StageDavid Schuster

Cultural Services Administrator
780-962-8995
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David got his start in theatre while volunteering for the Horizon Stage Tech Team before moving to Red Deer where he trained at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. After completing two years of theatre production, he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Motion Picture Arts. After his time in Red Deer, David returned to Horizon Stage to fill the role of theatre technician for five years. David then completed the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan University in Spring 2017, making his transition to cultural services administrator the perfect fit. Currently, David is enrolled in the Events Management program at NAIT.

morris_mcclellandMorris McClelland

Technician
780-962-4404
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Morris grew up in central British Columbia. He graduated from Keyano College in Fort McMurray with a diploma in Technical Theatre. Before moving to Edmonton, Morris worked with several dance companies, and that experience serves him well when working with our many dance schools at Horizon Stage. Morris worked locally with both the Citadel Theatre and Christie Lites in Edmonton before joining the team at Horizon Stage in early 2013.

Glenda Harder of Horizon StageGlenda Harder

House Manager
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Glenda's involvement in theatre began in September 2006. As a volunteer with the Horizon Stagelighters, she became familiar with all aspects of the various positions. Her passion for what the Stagelighters provide to Horizon Stage led Glenda to accept the staff role of House Manager in 2010. In this role, she continues to work with an amazing group of volunteers and believes they are an integral part to ensuring all patrons have a great experience each time they attend a performance.

Brendan Neary Horizon Stage staff member JPFBrendan Nearey

Technician
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Brendan graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in Technical Production (2004), and an MA in Drama (2017) with a focus on Quebecois director Robert Lepage’s Mise-en-scène. In addition to production managing for Northern Light Theatre (2005-2008), Workshop West Theatre (2007-2008), and ATCO Energy Theatre (2007-2014), he has freelanced for several theatres in Edmonton and the surrounding area, as well as being Head Carpenter for Jason Carter’s “World of Boo” exhibit at the Edmonton Art Gallery (2014), and frequently working as a Technical Improviser for Rapid Fire Theatre (2012-). Brendan has also toured across Canada - as a Technician for Draft 6 Productions (2005), as a Stage Manager for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (2010), and Clunk Puppet Lab (2012). Brendan has taught Introduction to Technical Practices, Scenic Carpentry, and Stage Carpentry at the University of Alberta.

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