Cast & Crew

Wild Wild Wilderness

touring Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario this fall

Performer

Spenser Payne

Spenser Payne
Spenser is a Graduate of the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. She is founding member of The Talentless Lumps, Red Nose Diaries and Sweet and Salty Collective. Recently you may have seen her in Prairie Theatre Exchange's "Munschbusters" and "The Good the Bad and the Munsch."... Read more

Director

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson
From his native Ireland Brian emigrated to New York State and earned a B.A. from the State University of New York. In Montreal Brian began his career in theatre with Youtheatre as an actor. In Halifax he worked in the multi-arts in the city's playgrounds and parks with Youtharts as an actor/ musician/ improvisor... Read more

Stage Manager

Ntara Curry

Ntara Curry
Ntara learned to read and write at an early age and always returns to these two disciplines. She lives and creates in a variety of forms; most frequently employed as a theatre actor, stage manager, and stage hand. She is a proud member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association, the International Alliance of... Read more

Co-Creators / Original Cast

Gwendolyn Collins

Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn Collins is a Winnipeg based theatre artist and honours graduate from the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film. She has taught for many years at Manitoba Theatre for Young People in their theatre school and for their summer camp program, and has recently become the Associate Artistic Producer... Read more

Aileen Audette

Gwendolyn
An avid performer, makeup artist and founding member of the clown troupe The Talentless Lumps. Aileen graduated from the University of Winnipeg Honours Acting program in 2011. Having performed with the PTE Adult Company, Poor Fools, Green Kids, as well as the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the basis of her work is physical in nature and... Read more

Target Zero Eco Tours of The Forks

available year-round

Tour Guides

Loc Lu

Loc
Loc Lu has been a proud member of Green Kids since 2002. His first experience with the environmental group dates back further into his childhood where he can remember sitting in the audience and being entertainingly educated about the importance of the "3 R's." Loc has toured all over Canada with various Green Kid productions... Read more

Spenser Payne


Spenser is a Graduate of the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. She is founding member of The Talentless Lumps, Red Nose Diaries and Sweet and Salty Collective. Recently you may have seen her in Prairie Theatre Exchange's "Munschbusters" and "The Good the Bad and the Munsch."... Read more

Heather Russell

Heather Russell
Heather Russell is a Manitoba-grown theatre artist, who has performed with MTYP, RMTC, PTE, TPM, CM and of course Green Kids! She is a graduate of Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg, and an alumna of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Professional Training Ensemble. Heather is grateful to work with Green Kids to bring... Read more

Kent Suss


Kent Suss has travelled throughout Manitoba and across Canada performing in various media, including masks, puppets, mime, comedy, drama, spoken word, and Shakespeare!

In his work as a teaching artist through Artists in the Schools... Read more

Theresa Thomson

theresa-thomson
Theresa is a Winnipeg based Actor, Director, Instructor, and Makeup Artist that has been a proud member of Green Kids since 2002 with her her first tour, The Ever Grow Enviro Show. Since then she has done numerous Green Kids workshops in many provinces and loves getting to do the Eco tours of the Forks!... Read more

Alissa Watson

Alissa Watson
Alissa is a Winnipeg born artist and educator whose passions include physical comedy and "clowning around". She fell in love with Green Kids watching a production of The Lorax as a student, many, MANY years ago and is thrilled to help promote environmental education all these years later. Alissa holds a Bachelor of Music... Read more

Eric Rae


A graduate of the University of Winnipeg Honours acting program, Eric has since on to add directing, producing and teaching to his list of skills. He is very excited to be working with Greenkids and is eager to bring a greater awareness of both the theatre and the environment to young minds. Eric hopes to bring his own unique spin... Read more

Creator / Playwright

Daina Leitold

Daina Leitold
Daina holds a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre, with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She began working with Green Kids as a performer and writer in 1996, and became Executive Director in 2012. She has since expanded our programming to include projects in partnership with other Winnipeg education- and environment-based organizations like The Forks, Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Recycle Everywhere... Read more

Eco-Drama Classroom Workshops

available year-round

Facilitators

Leah Borchert

Leah Borchert
Leah is a Drama Therapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and with a minor in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg, and her Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from Concordia University. She specializes in drama therapy and education for children and youth... Read more

Dora Carroll

Dora Carroll
Dora is a local arts creator working as an actor, producer and director predominantly in Winnipeg. She graduated with honours from the U of W and is especially interested in theatrical work that tells important stories, creates discussion and change. She is a proud teacher of MTYP and runs independent... Read more

Sativa Kawakami

Sativa Kawakami
Sativa is a Winnipeg-based performer who works in theatre and circus. She is excited to have been a part of the Green Kids team since 2017, and loves teaching and inspiring Canada’s youth. Sativa has always been an ecology and theatre enthusiast, but on her time off from Green Kids, she can most... Read more

Loc Lu

Loc
Loc Lu has been a proud member of Green Kids since 2002. His first experience with the environmental group dates back further into his childhood where he can remember sitting in the audience and being entertainingly educated about the importance of the "3 R's." Loc has toured all over Canada with various Green Kid productions... Read more

Spenser Payne

Spenser Payne
Spenser is a Graduate of the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. She is founding member of The Talentless Lumps, Red Nose Diaries and Sweet and Salty Collective. Recently you may have seen her in Prairie Theatre Exchange's "Munschbusters" and "The Good the Bad and the Munsch."... Read more

Heather Russell

Heather Russell
Heather Russell is a Manitoba-grown theatre artist, who has performed with MTYP, RMTC, PTE, TPM, CM and of course Green Kids! She is a graduate of Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg, and an alumna of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Professional Training Ensemble. Heather is grateful to work with Green Kids to bring... Read more


Administration

Daina Leitold

Executive Director


Daina holds a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre, with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She began working with Green Kids as a performer and writer in 1996, and became Executive Director in 2012. She has since expanded our programming to include projects in partnership with other Winnipeg education- and environment-based organizations like The Forks, Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Recycle Everywhere. Over the past 22 years, Daina has participated in every part of the Green Kids machine. She has created and developed 3 programs, written 2 plays, designed 3 productions, performed in 6 school tours, and produced / production managed 12 school tours, and 2 satellite programs.

In addition to her work with Green Kids Inc., Daina enjoys a professional career in theatre and film as an actor, designer and director. She also works as a drama educator in various programs across Manitoba.

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson
From his native Ireland Brian emigrated to New York State and earned a B.A. from the State University of New York. In Montreal Brian began his career in theatre with Youtheatre as an actor. In Halifax he worked in the multi-arts in the city's playgrounds and parks with Youtharts as an actor/ musician/ improvisor... Read moreSince arriving in Winnipeg in 1970 he has enjoyed a varied career as a journalist, playwright, poet, folk musician, actor, director, artistic director and folk festival host. He entered the realm of what is loosely refered to as Thematic Theatre in 1990 by producing Heritage Theatre for the Forks National Historic site, serving as a playwright and director for the next fourteen years. He has created performances for The Manitoba Museum, The Manitoba Hotel Association, CancerCare Manitoba, Riding Mountain National Park, and, especially, Green Kids. Since 2002 Brian has directed and written many of the theatrical works the company has taken to schools and communities across Western Canada, with a few forays into Ontario. He continues to find the work absorbing and stimulating. In 2015 Brian was presented by ACTRA Manitoba with The Victor Cowie Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts in Manitoba.-->

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