The One Yellow Rabbit performing ensemble
Ensemble 2010

The internationally acclaimed One Yellow Rabbit performing ensemble are directed by Blake Brooker, with staging by Denise Clarke and are noted for their intricate physical movement and musicality.

Founded in 1982, the core of the ensemble includes co-founders/ co-artistic directors Blake Brooker and Michael Green, associate artist Denise Clarke, actor Andy Curtis and composer and sound designer Richard McDowell.

One Yellow Rabbit has won Fast Forward’s Readers Choice Award for Calgary’s Best Theatre company for 13 consecutive years.

Winners of a 2007 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award

In 2007, One Yellow Rabbit was recognized for excellence in the arts with the Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Award, one of many awards One Yellow Rabbit has received since its creation in 1982.

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards celebrate excellence in and underline the importance of the arts in Alberta. The Awards recognize individual Albertans for outstanding achievement in the arts or for significant contribution to the arts in Alberta. The 2007 Awards Gala took place in Lloydminster, Alberta on May, 26 2007 and were hosted by the 16th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Normie Kwong.

View the Ensemble Profile video prepared by CHUM TV in Calgary for the Lieutenant Governor General of Alberta Award for Excellence in the Arts.

 

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Blake Brooker

Co-founder, co-artistic director, writer, director

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Blake Brooker

Blake is founding member of One Yellow Rabbit and an award-winning writer and director whose work has been presented throughout Canada and in Europe. He has created or collaborated on such productions as The Erotic Irony of Old Glory, Tears of a Dinosaur, Serpent Kills, The Land The Animals, Dance Freak, Breeder, Permission, Alien Bait, The Ugly Man, Conniption Cabaret, Mata Hari: Tigress at the City Gates, So Low, Hunger’s Brides, Doing Leonard Cohen, In Klezskavania, Death In New Orleans, Somalia Yellow, The History of Wild Theatre, Thunderstruck, Featherland, Letters To Wendy’s, High Performance Radio: Andrew Allan's Chair and most recently Kawasaki Exit.

He has collaborated with Bruce McCulloch on a screen adaptation of Barbara Gowdy’s Mr. Sandman and directed a music video from Dream Machine for Bravo!FACT.

 

Michael Green

Co-founder, co-artistic director, actor, High Performance Rodeo founder and curator

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Michael Green

Co-founder and co-artistic director of One Yellow Rabbit, Michael began his theatre career with Ikarus, perhaps Calgary's first avant-garde theatre company, writing, directing, producing and acting in more than fifteen productions between 1975 and 1983.

Michael wears many hats for One Yellow Rabbit. As a member of the performing ensemble, he has created many memorable characters in shows including Doing Leonard Cohen, In Klezskavania and Somalia Yellow. His cabaret performances Yowl and The Whaler are legendary. Writing for the company has included Naked West, Dreams of a Drunken Quaker and Lives of the Saints (with Andy Curtis). Alien Bait (written with Blake Brooker) is based on six years of personal study and research into the UFO abduction phenomenon. His book of plays, Dreams of a Drunken Quaker - Two Plays and a Rant, was published by AB Collector Publishing in 1992. Directing credits for One Yellow Rabbit include Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King (with Elise Ménard) and Lives of the Saints. Most recently, Michael founded the Whip It Out Ensemble, a large interdisciplinary orchestra dedicated to the music and art of Frank Zappa.

Michael is the Founder and Curator of the One Yellow Rabbit's annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's international festival of the arts.

Denise Clarke

Associate Artist

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Denise Clarke

Denise began working with One Yellow Rabbit in 1983 and became Associate Artist and a permanent member of the Ensemble in 1986. She has created or co-created several shows for including The Erotic Irony of Old Glory, Touch, CD Dance, Breeder, So Low, Permission, Featherland, Sign Language and Heavens to Murgatroid.

Denise created and became director of the Summer Lab Intensive School in 1997. She continues to teach, give master classes, and lecture, most recently at the University of Regina, Queens University, UC-Drama at the University of Toronto and the Quebec Drama Federation.

Other work includes choreography for Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, Crows Theatre and the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto.

She has toured extensively in shows including Ilsa, Queen of the Nazi Love Camp, Mata Hari: Tigress at the City Gates, Doing Leonard Cohen, Thunderstruck, Sign Language and Dream Machine.

Andy Curtis

Ensemble Actor

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Andy Curtis

Andy Curtis has performed and toured internationally with One Yellow Rabbit since 1987 in numerous shows including Kawasaki Exit, Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy, Dream Machine, Thunderstruck, and Doing Leonard Cohen. Andy played the Librarian in Edmonton’s Shadow Theatre production of Some Things You Need To Know Before The World Ends and Underneath The Lintel (for which he received the 2004 Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor In a Lead Role, and a Betty Mitchell Award nomination for the same).

He has directed a number of shows for Ghost River Theatre, including: The Cruise, Paranormal, The Carrot Warrior, Picnic and Mesa. He has also directed shows for Ground Zero Theatre, and comedy groups Obscene But Not Heard and Three Dead Trolls In A Baggy.

Film work includes The Suburbanators, Bad Money, Maxwell’s Demon, The Comeback Season, Beautiful Jew and Gobshite.

Andy sings with the Whip It Out Ensemble- a Frank Zappa tribute band.

Richard McDowell

Ensemble member

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Richard McDowell

Richard joined the Ensmble in 1988. He is One Yellow Rabbit’s resident composer and sound designer, the web guy, the digital media guy, the network guy and the Mac guru.

He has produced and performed scores for over 30 works including People You May Know, Taking Shakespeare, Smash Cut Freeze, Kawasaki Exit, Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy, Down With Up With People, Liberators, Occupiers and Population, Heavens to Murgatroid, Dream Machine, Featherland, Thunderstruck, Doing Leonard Cohen, Permission and So Low and has toured and performed with the company across Canada and to Scotland, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic, Mexico and the United States.