Sparky Johnson (actor/playwright)
Paul (Sparky) Johnson was a founding member of Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre and an actor/writer with The Second City Review Theatre. For many years, he had the rare opportunity of studying and working closely with theatre legend, the late Paul Sills – founder of The Second City and son of Viola Spolin. Toward the end of his life, Mr. Sills selected Sparky to take over and carry on his renowned acting workshops in Door County, Wisconsin. From 2001-2010, Sparky was a guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Drama) summer program. Sparky is a member of Actors’ Equity (USA), Canadian Actors’ Equity, and the Association of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists. For the past thirty years, Sparky has been a full-time drama professor with the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta.
Kevin Sutley (director/dramaturge)
Kevin Sutley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Alberta. As a professional actor and director, he has worked for such companies as Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre and Azimuth Theatre. He has directed several productions including the Sterling Award winning "Dungeon Master's Handbook" for Azimuth Theatre. Also for Azimuth Theatre, "Picking Up the Pieces", a play written and performed by inmates of the Edmonton Institution. He directed, "Dating Mating and Hating" for Toronto's Theatre 212 and the highly acclaimed, "The Grapes of Wrath" for Studio Theatre.
For his own company, Kill Your Television Theatre, Sutley directed the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award winning productions of "Suburbia", "Shakespeare's R&J" and “The Glass Menagerie”. He has received Sterling Award nominations as 'Outstanding Director' for his work on "Shakespeare's R&J", “Mules” and “Monster”. Professor Sutley has also taught acting and directing for Theatre Alberta, the Citadel Theatre and the University of Alberta.