Upstart 16: Festival of Innovative Theatre

Upstart 2016 PosterFestival of Innovative Theatre

Directors: Meghan Landers

                Mollie Garrett

                Sam Beuerle

Performances: March 16 - 19th, 2016

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

The 2016 UpStart Festival was the University of Waterloo’s bi-annual one-act play festival, and featured three new scripts written, developed, directed and designed by Theatre and Performance students working under faculty supervision.


Mother and son hugging while father walks awayThe Rocket Man - Adapted from Ray Bradbury's short story of the same title, The Rocket Man delivered a view on family life in a world where space travel is common and homes automatically clean themselves.  The family of a “rocket man” anxiously awaits his arrival from the latest dangerous, glamorous mission, knowing that when he does return nothing will ever be the same.  Kelly Hornung’s stage adaptation brought the dazzling, romantic world of Bradbury's imagination to life, along with his vivid characters and the terrible lessons they must learn.


3 people playing in a cardboard boxOut of the Box - Imagination can take us on far-off adventures through time and space, or hold us captive with painful memories. Out of the Box was the story of children’s author Avery Corwin, the writer's block he suffers as he tries to complete his best-selling book series, and questions of what happens to the imagination when we are forced to grow up.



Man speaking on pay phonePhone Book - A young man feels his life is far too predictable, so he decides the only logical course of action is to call ten strangers from a payphone in the hope that he might break from his script. Phone Book was a one-man show that explores the repetitive nature of our day-to-day lives.


Festival Production Team

Production Manager – Janelle Rainville

Technical Director/ Sound Designer – Gill Lesperance

Staff Head of Wardrobe – Sharon Secord

Head of Wardrobe – Jaimie Bain

Head of Publicity – Jessica Blondin

Props Builder – Shaw Forgeron

Instructors – William Chesney, Toby Malone, Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Janet Sellery

Crew – Jenn Addesso, Celena Alcock, Brooke Barnes, Alexandra Carruthers, Annaijah Dacres, Sebastian Evans, Darius Hahn, Tausha Hanna, Erik Van Dijk

Cast & Creative Teams

The Rocket Man


Boy - Anya Forestell 

Father - Douglas Piper 

Mother - Alexandra Porter 

Based on the short story by  Ray Bradbury

Adapted by – Kelly Horning

Directed by – Meghan Landers

Stage Manager – Stefan Radic

Dramaturg – Carly Derderian

Costume Designer – Sandy Thi

Scenographer – Cameron Jolliffe

Video Designer – Alice Wang

Out of the Box


Olivia - Alyssa Almeida 

Avery - Cameron Smith  

Justin - Erik Van Dijk 

Written by – Jenn Addesso

Directed by – Mollie Garrett

Stage Manager - Teresa Marie Allen

Dramaturg – Clare Flood

Costume Designer – Sandy Thi

Scenographer – Chelsea Vanoverbeke



Simon Gimmi - Darius Hahn 

Phone Call Voices – Sam Beuerle, Emma Man

Written and Directed by – Sam Beuerle and Emma Mann

Stage Manager – Kelly Conlan

Dramaturg – Adam Winchester

Costume Designer – Sandy Thi

Scenographer – Cameron Jolliffe

Special Thanks

Duncan Appleton (Theatre Glendon)

Jeff Johnson Collins (Drayton Entertainment)

Mark Haasnoot

William Innes

REAP: Research Enterpreneurs Accelerating Prosperity

Christopher “The Fishman” Tari

Corrinne Vanoverbeke