Doing Leonard Cohen (1997)

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The beautifulyoungartist Program brings emerging artists into an ensemble and introduces them to creation methodologies that One Yellow Rabbit has been playing with and refining for four decades. The artists are welcomed into the Big Secret Theatre for training and creation workshops over the year culminating in a production in the spring.

Proudly supported by the RBC Foundation

Meet the beautifulyoungarists of 2023-24!

Maezy Reign

Maezy Reign (she/they) is a young emerging artist, born and raised in Calgary. For her whole life, she's been raised with art and an urge to create. They have explored many different mediums and ways of expressing emotion through art. She has a preference for writing, but truly loves any art form! 

Performance and Creative Credits include Shark Bite (Lunchbox Theatre), Hay Coloured Houses (Paprika Festival), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Alchemy Festival), Hang In There (Chromatic PLU), This isn’t home (fear the festival), Psychotic Bitch (Ignite Festival), Revolution or Slumber (WCHS with HPR), Donut Diaries (Ignite Festival)

Sarah Ord

Sarah is a Theatre Artist and Drag King who hails from Mohkinstis. Sarah has been performing since they could walk, but focuses mainly on Acting, Singing, Writing, and Drag. Sarah still lives and creates in their hometown, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful group of beautifulyoungartists! Select Credits Include: The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow/Theatre Calgary), Zoo (Reckless Daughter Creative), and Queenpins of Ponoka (Tightrope Improv).

Donna Ng

Based in the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 Nations and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, Donna Ng has moved between working in international development and performing in the Calgary arts scene over the last few years. She holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies and a minor in drama from the University of Calgary. As well, she has studied improv at The Second City and is RCM certified in piano. Donna most recently played the lead role in the upcoming short film, The Re-Membering. Other credits include (Taylor’s Version) (Untold Physical Theatre), Like Tom Cruise Loves Running (observationOne), and Rhinoceros (University of Calgary).

Lauren Brady

Lauren Brady is a multidisciplinary artist born in Calgary, Alberta, on Treaty 7 territory. Lauren began her artistic journey training in various dance styles at age 3. In 2021 she graduated from the BFA in Acting program with distinction at the University of Alberta and entered the Edmonton and Calgary arts community. Performance credits include: InterWEBBED (Nextfest Festival), East of Berlin (University of Alberta), The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary), Imperfect Symmetry (Jupiter Theatre), The Birds, Dracula, The Secret In The Wings (Studio Theatre), do not DISTURB (Play the fool), LOST IN CONNECTION (Fluid Fest), and Conduct (University of Calgary).

Other works include clown and choreography for, The Nextfest Festival, Fluid Festival, The Common Clown Festival, Play the Fool, and various self-produced projects.

Arash Minhas

Arash Minhas is an artist who utilizes his love for writing, acting, dance and memes to transfer ideas through performance. He has worked in several theatre productions and is grateful and delighted to be involved in "She Sat Down and Wept" by One Yellow Rabbit . Being multiracial, and growing up in four different countries, many of his ideas showcase the intersectionality of existing as a human being in an increasingly globalized world.

Grace Fedorchuk

Grace is a theatre artist and vocalist currently based in Treaty 7 territory (Calgary, AB). She’s spent her last five years living and creating in Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC) where she received her BFA in theatre, specializing in acting. Recent credits include: Taylor’s Version (Untold Physical Theatre), Frankenstein (Jupiter Theatre), Cymbeline (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival), The Children’s Hour (Phoenix Theatre).  After taking part in this incredible opportunity with OYR she’s excited to continue exploring movement, self-created work and whatever else happens to ignite her soul.



Denise Clarke in conversation with beautifulyoungartists
Christopher Duthie

Denise Clarke in conversation with beautifulyoungartists
Bianca Miranda and Keshia Cheesman

Special thanks to Viviane Mehr for use of the gallery space. Images of the exhibition Editions and the included artwork are shared courtesy of VIVIANEART. For more information visit

beautifulyoungartyists Take To The Stage
Recent Past Productions Have Included:

She Sat Down & Wept

One Yellow Rabbit presents
She Sat Down & Wept
June 25, 2022
directed and choreographed by Denise Clarke, Kunji Ikeda and the beauitulfyoungartists

Working with Elizabeth Smart’s brilliant writhing and writing as laid down in her ecstatic 1945 prose poem, “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”, with contemporary sound design,  the company presents a “performative conversation” that investigates, illuminates and glories in the text.  


The Hamlet Frequency

The Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth Productions Present
The Hamlet Frequency
May 16 – 25, 2019
directed and choreographed by Denise Clarke


Hamlet Reimagined. 

Hamlet has never ceased pacing his way through time towards our 21st Century imagination and we follow him still, one step after another to the inexorable end and all that blood. Meet Hamlet and the rest of the family; mysterious, and mystified, murderous and murdered, still wandering the halls of the theatres that play them. The beautifulyoungartists take the stage and bring all the bodies back to life in The Hamlet Frequency. The grand ghosts of Elsinore stagger to their feet on an electromagnetic wave, ready to start all over again only this time they will grieve, plot and rage through the music of their minds in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s story, choreographed and staged by Denise Clarke with the beautifulyoungartists.


In & Out of Love: A Listening Party To Watch

In & Out of Love: A Listening Party To Watch
June 21 – 24, 2017
directed and choreographed by Denise Clarke
in association with Sled Island

Ever been to a wedding and wondered if the two people getting married are the right two people?

It’s not as easy as it seems to make your way through the labyrinth of love and loving. How about the love of a charismatic leader? How about self-love in today’s world full of questions of gender fluidity and personal exploration and truth-seeking.

Let’s face it; it ain’t easy to fall in love.

Through movement, One Yellow Rabbit’s beautifulyoungartists explore the whole damn quandary and dig into a playlist of utterly 21st-century music makers like Planningtorock, Zola Jesus, IAMX, Amanda Palmer, Grimes, and City and Colour in the latest LISTENING PARTY TO WATCH.


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