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The Evolutionary And Inescapable Rotting Of Girlhood is:

The Actors

Ivy, Writer, Co-Director
Rotting of Girlhood: Payton Oswald
Petal

Sarah Allen (She/Her) feels blessed to have found her love of theatre at such a young age. Hailing from Canada’s capital, Ottawa Ontario, Sarah began studying her craft under the tutelage of Kathi Langston at The Ottawa School of Theatre.

As she grew as a person and an artist, Sarah secured a placement at the prestigious Canterbury High School for the Arts. There, under the expert tutelage of Paul Griffin and Jeffrey Lawson, Sarah was able to continue her education in acting, directing and many different aspects of design.

After graduation, Sarah decided that if she was to grow further as an artist she would need to step out of her comfort zone so she packed her bags and accepted the offer to attend York University’s Theatre Program. Along with her course load at York, Sarah has worked with York’s playGround Festival, as a puppet designer and assistant Artistic Director, she was a Curator of York’s Scenes by Design, and found time to assist Set Designer Wes Babcock on Bygone Theatre’s award-winning play The Birds.

Not one to miss out on an opportunity, Sarah has also appeared as Opal in Neurospicy, Helena in A Midsummers Night’s Dream and Petal in The Evolutionary and Inescapable Rotting of Girlhood in which she is reprising at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. She is thrilled to be working with such a passionate team and cannot wait for audiences to see the show!

She would like to thank her family, friends, mentors and her loving partner for all of their encouragement, support, and guidance over the years. If you see Sarah around the festival and are looking for conversation starters, ask Sarah about her plans to return to York for her final year of university where she will be taking classes in directing or inquire about her plans for York’s playground Festival as their Artistic Director. If she was a fruit she would be a juicy peach!

For more info, you can follow Sarah on Instagram @sarah.el.al

Fig
Lion

A.J. White (He/Him) is going into his second year at York University, and is extremely grateful to be back working with the amazing Girlhood team again! If A.J. was a fruit, he would be a grape but specifically a green grape because everyone knows green grapes are better than purple grapes.

He is beyond excited to be performing here in Edinburgh, and can’t wait for people to see all the hard work that has gone into bringing this show to life! You can find A.J. on instagram @aj_white18

The Mouth, Beelziboob, Assistant Director

The Crew

Matt

Stage Manager

Matt (he/him) Matt is honoured to follow The Evolutionary and Inescapable Rotting of Girlhood team across the ocean and into the motherland. SCOOOTLAAAAND FOREVERRRR!!! …he is actually based in tkaronto.

Passionate about creating and supporting works by queer artists, he loves putting stories on stage that question and reimagine our society and its norms.

He is an actor, devisor, playwright, mover and avid sudoku player. But most importantly if he was a fruit(double meaning in that!) he would be a watermelon. @Matthewjf113@gmail.com

Mari Wilson-Higuchi

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Mari Wilson-Higuchi (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Mohkinstsis. She is currently a student in York University’s Acting & Performance program for Devised Theatre.

Mari’s work ranges from sound designing with York’s 2024 Devised Theatre festival to assistant stage managing The Night Garden Theatre’s AN ODE TO HOME as a part of Toronto Fringe 2023.

Her love for festival theatre doesn’t stop there, being a five-time participant of Calgary Young People’s Theatre’s Cannonball! Festival. Through the festival she has written one and directed several one-act plays.

Mari would like to thank everyone from CYPT, the York University theatre department, and everyone who has supported her in her journeys!

Shaharah “Gaz” Gaznabbi

Puppet Designer

Shaharah “Gaz” Gaznabbi (they/them) is an ACTRA Actor, Writer, Comedian, and Puppeteer. They are pursuing a BFA in Playwriting & Devised Theatre in York University’s Theatre program.

Gaz is part of this year’s cohort for Nightwood Theatre’s Innovators Program, as well as Tarragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Unit.

They graduated from Second City Training Centre’s Conservatory Program, and they perform Sketch & Stand-up comedy around Toronto.

They’ve recently finished a full run of their solo-show “What Can Indian Look Like? Can It Look Caribbean?” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023, and is on the official list of EdFringe award recipients as they received The Neurodiverse Review’s Birds of Paradise Theatre Emerging Talent Award.

They just finished a 5 city tour of “Jungle Book”, directed by Rick Miller and Craig Francis, and have recently made their television debut playing the character of Noor in season 3 of CBC’s Run the Burbs.

The Designers

Hannah Rocca

Lighting Designer

Hannah Rocca (she/her) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from Moncton, New Brunswick, who is thrilled to design the lights for Girlhood.

She has just graduated from York University with a BFA Honours in Theatre and English, and is looking forward to entering the MFA program in scriptwriting at TMU this coming Fall.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys video games and the StairMaster at her local YMCA. If Hannah were a fruit, she would be a lychee, because they are unique and stark white.

Millie

Set Designer, Costume Designer

Millie (she/her) is an emerging set and costume designer currently residing in Toronto, Canada. Her recent design credits include, Splinters by Mercades Clunie (York University Playground Festival 2023), *Snacey by Priscila Gonzalez (Toronto Fringe Festival, Kids Fringe 2024), and *Gringas by Mercades Clunie (Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals 2024).

Millie is overjoyed to be sharing this moment with you as she makes her international design debut at Edinburgh Fringe! Also, if Millie were a fruit, she would be a grape (a green one specifically). *- current works

Cole Villa

Musician

Cole Villa (He/Him) is an actor/musician who has been involved in theatre since the age of 13 and is thrilled to be a part of the Girlhood team at this year’s Fringe Festival. It was such a joy for him to write music for this show and work with all the amazing people who worked on this show. If Cole were a fruit he would be a blueberry.

Some past plays Cole has worked on include Richard III (King Richard), 12 Angry Jurors (Juror 10), Robin Hood (Robin Hood), Little Woman (Laurie Lawrence), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter Pan).

Recently Cole has started releasing music, having released three singles on all platforms with Andrew Waite under the name Park Bench Lovers. You can find and contact Cole through his Instagram: @cole__villa

Melina Pappert

Sound Designer

Melina Pappert (she/her) is a musician first but secret-theatre-lover second and is the sound designer for The Evolutionary and Inescapable Rotting of Girlhood. If Melina were a fruit, she’d be a tomato (she can be pedantic like that).

Melina loves to make ridiculous sounds and has loved making them for TEIRG. She is currently completing her BFA in Music Performance at York University. melinapappert@gmail.com

Andy Waite

Musician

Andy (He/Him) is a dude who’s just kinda there. His favourite things are drinking hot tubs while sitting in a beer and pretending to know what’s going on. In a recent interview, Andy was asked by multiple people what the plan was, to which he replied: “yeah mmm for sure, I mean it’s just about finding a balance.”

To the following question “what fruit would you be if you were a fruit?” he simply stated “I mean i’m a pear man”. Recent studies show that he probably wasn’t quite listening during the interview.

Irah Salo

Graphic Designer, Web Designer

Irah Salo (they/them) is a queer non-binary Artist, Designer, Composer, and Producer.

They are over the moon to have gotten to offer their services to TEIRG Designing Graphics for the production, as well as the website you’re looking at right now! *OOOOOoooooooo*.

Irah’s recent work includes designing the website for “Snacey!” by Priscila Gonzalez (Toronto Fringe Festival Kidsfest 2024), as well as Web Designing, Graphic Designing, and Composing the Score for “Greatfelt Greatness” by Eden Ulnik (Toronto Fringe Festival 2024 & York University Playground 2024).