“Theatre with a serotonin kick” - PLANK Magazine
“Fresh and daring . . . SNAFU Dance Theatre is one to watch out for.”– Monday Magazine
"Sheer joyous magic to behold" - The Visitorium
SNAFU’s work invigorates audiences of all ages, creating dynamic spaces for young and old to experience art together under new terms. Their creative collaborations connect multi-disciplinary artists in theatre, storytelling, puppetry, dance, live music, circus, and visual art. SNAFU targets audiences who do not normally go to watch live theatre. Spectators are invited to have an active role in the action as it unfolds.
They work to foster an open-hearted, anti-oppressive and queer-positive working environment, and create work that sheds light on situations where people are marginalized, oppressed, ignored or forgotten. SNAFU artists create dynamic visual design with a low ecological footprint, using repurposed, recycled and found materials as often as possible.
SNAFU also creates and performs site-specific work in fields, washrooms, warehouses, public parks, bike trails, schools and prisons. Behind bars, SNAFU creates shows together with the inmates at William Head Prison with the support of the CRD Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
SNAFU Dance Theatre was founded in November 2006 in Victoria, BC, by Victor Dolhai, Ingrid Hansen, and Sarah Jane Pelzer. SNAFU has since created and produced 15 full-length theatrical productions, 7 site-specific shorts, 3 full-length prison plays, and 7 cross-country tours. The company is led by Co-Artistic Directors Kathleen Greenfield and Ingrid Hansen, based out of Victoria, BC.
SNAFU has had their work presented by The National Arts Centre, The Great Canadian Theatre Centre in Ottawa, The Centaur Theatre in Montreal, the SummerWorks Festival and Next Stage Festival in Toronto, Theatre Direct’s WeeFestival, The Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, The Belfry Theatre in Victoria, the Gabriola Theatre Festival, Intrepid Theatre, The Port Theatre in Nanaimo, The World Fringe Congress, Theatre Wakefield, The Undercurrents Festival, The Toronto Festival of Clowns, the PUSHoff Festival, The Festival of Living Things, Theatre SASA, The Phoenix Theatre, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Hectik Theatre in Regina, The Puppets for Peace Festival, Noreen Young’s Puppets UP Festival, Theatre SKAM’s Skampede Festival of Theatre on Bikes, and more.
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Kathleen Greenfield
Kathleen is dedicated to collaborative creation, the development of new work and community building. Her interests and experience are in site-specific outdoor performance, shadow and object puppetry, clown and reviving old stories. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and studied at the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive in 2012.
In 2013, she joined SNAFU Dance Theatre as Co-Artistic Director. She has directed the premiere and workshop productions of many new works including Calling Home: Stories from Military Families (SNAFU, Belfry Incubator) The Hunt Workshop (Impulse, Intrepid Theatre YOUshow), Little Orange Man , Kitt & Jane and Interstellar Elder (SNAFU), and I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key (Intrepid Theatre). In 2015, she co-directed the smash-hit-remount of Lieutenant Nun, a site-specific spectacle where the audience moves through an old battlement, pageant style.
In 2013, Kathleen joined the artistic team at William Head Prison as a facilitator, workshop leader, assistant director, projection designer, writer and performer for Time Waits for No One: A Prison Play(2014) and HERE: A Captive Odyssey (2015) alongside a team of resident men and outside artists. In 2016, she directed and devised Sleeping Giants with SNAFU the men at William Head on Stage (WHoS). In 2018 she reconnected with the SNAFU and WHoS team to co-write and perform with 25 men in The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret.
Kathleen also teaches play building to kids ranging from 3 to 13 at SKAM School of Performing Arts were she is School Administrator. In the summer of 2018, Kathleen directed a rotating double cast of twenty teen performers in a site-specific performance of Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill. This play was staged in an abandoned Department Store in Downtown Victoria.
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Ingrid Hansen
Raised by gregarious Danish immigrants, Ingrid loves climbing trees, laughing too loud, and talking to strangers. In 2006 she co-founded her theatre company SNAFU to create unexpected theatre, dance, and puppet theatre. Ingrid is fascinated with ways of creating temporary communities out of groups of strangers. She likes to push polite Canadian boundaries with great mutual respect and humour. Her favourite performances invite the audience to participate in an unexpected way.
Ingrid was recently invited to a special workshop at Sesame Street in NYC, where she got to hang out with Cookie Monster. She’s the co-creator of award-winning plays Little Orange Man, Snack Music, Kitt & Jane: An interactive survival guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future, The Merkin Sisters, and a food-puppetry show called Table Top Tales which was recently invited to the National Art Centre in Ottawa. Ingrid has created and performed original work with SNAFU at events curated by The Belfry Theatre, the Next Stage Festival, the Gabriola Theatre Festival, the SummerWorks Festival, The Great Canadian Theatre Centre, The Centaur Theatre, Theatre Direct, The Evergreen Cultural Centre, the PUSH Festival, and more. SNAFU is currently booking tours of Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future, The Merkin Sisters, Interstellar Elder, and Snack Music.
Outside of SNAFU, Ingrid has performed with Corpus Theatre, Story Theatre, Theatre Direct, The Quickening, Theatre SKAM, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Architect Theatre, Atomic Vaudeville, and Suddenly Dance Theatre, with shows in Canada, the US, Europe and Japan.
For the past ten years, Ingrid has built an ongoing collaboration with the inmates at the prison theatre company William Head on Stage, the only prison theatre company in Canada that performs for the public. She has worked on their annual fall production nearly every year since 2008, in varying roles as director, actor, design mentor, and choreographer. In 2013 she co-directed The Prison Puppet Project with Peter Balkwill from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop.
In addition to the ‘big kids’ behind bars, Ingrid loves working with children. On TV, she is a lead puppeteer and voice actor for four seasons of the children’s television series Tiga Talk on APTN, and the moon monster in Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid. She has also puppeteered on Singalong with Tobee, Caitie’s Classroom, and Tongue Twisters with Twyla for the YouTube channel Super Simple TV. She worked as Firefly Artist animating classrooms with Theatre Direct, and helped to pioneer a surreal object-puppetry show for kindergartens called Lost & Found, of which children said, “It’s magic,” and “She’s a witch!” She has also puppeteered on stage for Theatre Direct’s Dora-Award-Winning puppetry piece The Old Man and the River.
For the past sixteen years, Ingrid has enjoyed teaching performing arts for ages three to adult. Her teaching style is playful and physical, with an emphasis on creating safe spaces for exploration and teamwork. She has taught at Humber College, the Pacific Film and Media Academy, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Toronto School of Puppetry, the Victoria Youth Justice Centre, Grand Valley Institution for Women, and has taught and performed at hundreds of elementary schools across Canada.
Hansen earned her BFA in Theatre at the University of Victoria, and studied with clown master Sue Morrison, the SITI Company in New York, and the Old Trouts at the Banff National Arts Centre Puppetry Intensive.
Listing last confirmed: May. 27, 2019
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