The Stage’s A Drag – Okangan Pride Week

By: Kristin Burns    Dean probably didn’t expect to be coerced into organizing a drag competition at his friend’s birthday party, but life is just full of surprises. Dean Krawchuk and his friend’s mom, Treasure Johnson, were chatting about Okanagan Pride Week at the party: “and then she found out I’m a theatre student.” Dean’s been performing since he was 5, starting out in Ukrainian dance, and moving into theatre. After getting... Read More

Shannon Lester & a Lady Named Sasha – A Performance Art Practice

by Shauna Oddleifson I took some time this past month  to hang out with Shannon Lester in his studio in the Platypus House at UBC-Okanagan where Shannon is pursuing his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies. After spending six years in Japan teaching English, and having very little space for creating art, Shannon decided to make his way back to Canada. During his last two years in Osaka, Japan, Shannon and Michael Judd, a fellow expat, were feeling a... Read More