Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective

Chris Baker (Producer) is an actor, producer and co-founder of Lark & Whimsy. For Lark & Whimsy, he produced Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun, written and performed by Janelle Hanna at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2017, and the world premiere of Salt, a new Canadian play, by Erin Vandenberg at the Alumnae Studio Theatre in September, 2016. His acting credits include: The Nutcracker Story Time (The National Ballet of Canada), Deadmouse: The Musical (Toronto Fringe), Jelly Belly Makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie (Carousel Players), Forty-Second Street (Drayton), Mayday (Cineflix), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Reign (CBS), InSecurity (CBC), Supernatural (WB), and Psych (NBC). Other: Chris produced Matthew MacFadzean’s first short film, Dorothy’s Secret, (winner of the People’s Choice Award - Scenic City Film Festival) currently licensed by CBC’s Canadian Reflections, and his own short film, SPUN, which was selected to screen as part of the NSI’s Online Short Film Festival. 

Chris Baker (Producer) is an actor, producer and co-founder of Lark & Whimsy. For Lark & Whimsy, he produced Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun, written and performed by Janelle Hanna at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2017, and the world premiere of Salt, a new Canadian play, by Erin Vandenberg at the Alumnae Studio Theatre in September, 2016. His acting credits include: The Nutcracker Story Time (The National Ballet of Canada), Deadmouse: The Musical (Toronto Fringe), Jelly Belly Makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie (Carousel Players), Forty-Second Street (Drayton), Mayday (Cineflix), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Reign (CBS), InSecurity (CBC), Supernatural (WB), and Psych (NBC). Other: Chris produced Matthew MacFadzean’s first short film, Dorothy’s Secret, (winner of the People’s Choice Award - Scenic City Film Festival) currently licensed by CBC’s Canadian Reflections, and his own short film, SPUN, which was selected to screen as part of the NSI’s Online Short Film Festival. 

Briana Brown (Director/Dramaturge) is a playwright and theatre director based in Toronto. Selected directing credits include: Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun (Lark & Whimsy, Toronto Fringe), Salt (Lark and Whimsy, Toronto), Wait (Theatre SKAM's Skampede, Victoria), The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, In Tune Festival, Vancouver), Pitch Blond (Next Stage Festival), and assistant directing the Canadian premiere of True Love Lies with Brad Fraser. Selected writing credits include: The Concessions (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver), which earned a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, Almost, Again (2010 Best of Fringe Toronto, published in Out on a Limb anthology), and Cassandra (2006 Canadian Fringe tour, 2007 Winnipeg's FemFest, published in One for the Road anthology). She was an invited participant in the Stratford Festival Playwright's Retreat, the Thousand Islands Playhouse Playwright's Unit, and recently completed a residency with Driftwood Theatre. The play she developed there, Robert, was shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award. This past summer Briana was one of 25 directors selected from around the world to participate in Directors Lab North, held annually in Toronto.

Briana Brown (Director/Dramaturge) is a playwright and theatre director based in Toronto. Selected directing credits include: Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun (Lark & Whimsy, Toronto Fringe), Salt (Lark and Whimsy, Toronto), Wait (Theatre SKAM's Skampede, Victoria), The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, In Tune Festival, Vancouver), Pitch Blond (Next Stage Festival), and assistant directing the Canadian premiere of True Love Lies with Brad Fraser. Selected writing credits include: The Concessions (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver), which earned a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, Almost, Again (2010 Best of Fringe Toronto, published in Out on a Limb anthology), and Cassandra (2006 Canadian Fringe tour, 2007 Winnipeg's FemFest, published in One for the Road anthology). She was an invited participant in the Stratford Festival Playwright's Retreat, the Thousand Islands Playhouse Playwright's Unit, and recently completed a residency with Driftwood Theatre. The play she developed there, Robert, was shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award. This past summer Briana was one of 25 directors selected from around the world to participate in Directors Lab North, held annually in Toronto.

Erin Vandenberg (Playwright/Producer) is a Toronto based playwright, screenwriter and co-founder of Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective. As a playwright and screenwriter, her work has been selected for Glasswater Theatre Company’s Potluck Play Reading Series in 2012 and 2014, as well as Women On Screen’s inaugural Short Film Incubator in 2014. Her full length play Salt was produced by Lark & Whimsy in 2016 after being shortlisted for Tarragon Theatre’s 2013 RBC Emerging Playwriting Competition and for Nightwood Theatre’s 2014 National Play Reading Series, part of the Groundswell Festival. She is currently developing her new play, A Trick with the Light, with Pat the Dog Theatre after the script won third place in Pat the Dog’s 24-hour playwriting competition. Erin holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Writing and Playwriting from the University of British Columbia. You can find her on Twitter @Erin_MFA.

Erin Vandenberg (Playwright/Producer) is a Toronto based playwright, screenwriter and co-founder of Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective. As a playwright and screenwriter, her work has been selected for Glasswater Theatre Company’s Potluck Play Reading Series in 2012 and 2014, as well as Women On Screen’s inaugural Short Film Incubator in 2014. Her full length play Salt was produced by Lark & Whimsy in 2016 after being shortlisted for Tarragon Theatre’s 2013 RBC Emerging Playwriting Competition and for Nightwood Theatre’s 2014 National Play Reading Series, part of the Groundswell Festival. She is currently developing her new play, A Trick with the Light, with Pat the Dog Theatre after the script won third place in Pat the Dog’s 24-hour playwriting competition. Erin holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Writing and Playwriting from the University of British Columbia. You can find her on Twitter @Erin_MFA.

Collective members also include: Geoffrey Armour (actor), Gabriel Cropley (designer), Cosette Derome (actor, fight director), Philippa Domville (actor), Janelle Hanna (playwright, actor), Lucy Hill (actor), Brittany Kay (assistant producer) and Anna Treusch (designer). 

Get in touch by emailing us at larkandwhimsy@gmail.com, liking our facebook page, Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective or following us on twitter @Lark_and_Whimsy