2014 Finalist Biographies

(In no particular order)

by Jeremy Beaulne

Jeremy Beaulne Jeremy Beaulne grew up in the village of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia. After completing his MA in English at the University of British Columbia, he taught literature, composition, film, and drama at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek.

Since 2008, he has been a faculty member of the Department of English at Okanagan College, teaching on the Penticton and Kelowna campuses. He is also the artistic director of the Red Dot Players, a Kelowna-based theatre troupe for Okanagan College students, employees, and alumni (www.reddotplayers.com).

Jeremy enjoys acting and has appeared in several plays, including two one-man shows: Tales of a Catskinner and Krapp’s Last Tape. In addition, he has directed productions of The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, Blood Relations, Between Yourself and Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dracula, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Blithe Spirit, Les Belles Soeurs, and The Government Inspector.

AKA Fangirl, his first attempt at writing a full-length play, was inspired by his experiences attending comic conventions with his cousin Noel.


by Michael Poirier

Michael Poirer I am a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada and have a number of full-length and one-act plays completed. The playwrights Guild represent my amateur rights and you can find my plays in their catalogue.

I won Theatre B.C.’s 2007 national playwriting contest for a one-act called “Perriott and Mr. Grump”, “War on the Home Front” was a finalist in 2012 and “Posing for Mr. Wiser” was a finalist in 2013. I have three full-length screenplays, “Typecast” (crime thriller) that has reviewed very well, “Glider”, a full-length animated feature and “Wakanda the Spirit Horse”, a western set in 1894.

I have two self published novels, “Bloodlines” (Paranormal thriller) and “Life is a Risky Business” which is a little less aggressive (romantic slant), but still following my paranormal genre. You can see an overview of my work at Michaelsworld.info.

(In no particular order)

by Yvette Dudley-Neuman

Yvette Dudley-NeumanCurrently, freelancing as an Actor, Writer, Director & Producer, Yvette is committed to providing a platform for Canadian artists to share and hone their talents. She recently booked her first lead role as a therapist in the feature film “U”. On-Screen credits include: Pretty Little Addict, MOTIVE, The Hollow Ones, Reluctant Witness, GRACEPOINT, ONCE UPON A TIME, FRINGE, I am a Cat, and RAT RACE. Theatrical Credits include: Ten Lost Years, Pioneer Years, Love & Dreaming, Autobahn, Dolores, Frankie & Johnny, The Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues.

Yvette facilitated the Sears BC Provincial Drama Festival for five years and has directed/produced over thirty theatrical productions such as: The Re-enactors (Surrey Museum 2012- 2015), Ten Lost Years, Christmas Crackers, Pioneer Years, Love & Dreaming, The Watermelon Girls, A Christmas Carol, The Coney Island of Dr. Moreau, What’s Happening Hamlet, Lucky Hudson & the 12th Street Gang, Edna Brown, and Grease.

Initially, Yvette began writing to “keep the crazy out” as a channel for her creative fervour between acting gigs but her passion for words continues to bourgeon into songs, poems, short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty Historical Re-enactment scripts and the one-act, Christmas Crackers. She is currently creating another play, Titillations.

Yvette is elated to be a finalist in this competition. Her entry, THE ‘F’ WORDS is a fierce, funny and fearless multi-character solo show. You’re invited to follow Fran and friends on this fun-filled frolic, experiencing her unrelenting compulsion to explore the ‘F’ words from FAT, FORTY, FORGOTTEN and F**CKED to FEARLESS. Many thanks to YOUSHOW and the Wet Ink Collective for their support.

Excited to have several new projects in development as the Creative Director of tteeVy enterprises, Yvette continues to work as an historical re-enactment specialist, acting coach, consultant/writer/director for museum/theatrical projects. www.tteeVy.com


by Rob Ziegler

Rob Ziegler I have been a therapist for the past twenty-five years in Prince George, as well as a writer of poems, short stories, plays, and an autobiography, A Banquet of Crow, the narrative of a war resistor who left the States during the Vietnam War, and his subsequent challenges over the following forty-five years.

In 2009, I was shortlisted for the CBC Literary awards for my long poem: “HeartAttack”, and in 2014 I published a short story, “Krantzie Paints the Wrong World Right” in Stone Voices, a Maine magazine.

I have been meditating and doing Tai Chi and Qi Gong for the past twenty years, and this combination of practices has allowed me to continue to tap into the wellspring of creativity and to share that energy with my therapy clients or those who attend my plays or gallery exhibitions.