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Brandi Wurtz of Horizon Stage

Brandi Wurtz

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 Horizon Stage as a practicum student in 2005 and has since worn many different hats within the City of Spruce Grove, including her most recent position as event coordinator. Brandi has also worked with Alberta Ballet, Northern Alberta International Children's Festival and Hair Massacure. She is thrilled to be wearing the theatre manager hat and is looking forward to the fantastic talent coming to Horizon Stage.

Don Waddle of Horizon StageDon Waddle

Technical Services Coordinator
780-962-4404 or 780-887-6058
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As technical services coordinator 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 attended Grant MacEwan Community College and graduated with a degree in Theatre Production. 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

Cultural Program 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, works with the Horizon Stagelighter Board, organizes vendors for the Canada Day Celebration and provides backup at the City Hall Ticket Centre. A graduate of the Arts Administration Program at Grant MacEwan Community College and the Radio and Television Arts Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Kerri spent three years at Theatre Network before finding her perfect job in Spruce Grove. She has been working and volunteering in and around the Edmonton theatre and arts community since the early 1990s. She currently volunteers as a Brownie leader, Fringe multimedia team leader, and fundraising committee member at her daughter's school.

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, but has worked with 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.

Other duties include working with the Horizon Stagelighters, acting as recording secretary for the Horizon Stage Theatre Advisory Board and providing backup at the City Hall Ticket Centre.

David Schuster of Horizon StageDavid Schuster

Ticket Centre 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 completed the Arts and Cultural Management at MacEwan University in Spring 2017, making his transition to ticket centre administrator the perfect fit. David is primarily responsible for the ticket purchasing experience, but also produces the Horizon Stage show programs and pre-show videos that play at the theatre, along with many other administrative duties.

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 September 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 BFA Technical Production program in 2004. He has worked for several theatres in Edmonton and the surrounding area, as well as production managing for Northern Light Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, and ATCO Energy Theatre. Brendan has also toured across Canada as a Stage Manager for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and as a technician for Draft 6 Productions. Brendan has taught Introduction to Technical Practices, Scenic Carpentry, and Stage Carpentry at the University of Alberta and he is currently completing an MA in Drama.

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