Natalia is a creator and performer originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a founding member of kairos. She is passionate about creating immersive and meticulous theatre that reveals the human experience in unexpected ways. Natalia was one of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators of 2016/2017. Her one-woman show, Maybelle’s Guide to Maintaining Perfection, was awarded Outstanding Original Script, and Outstanding Acting Performance at the London One-Act Festival, adjudicated by Maja Ardal. She voices Candy on peoplewatching (Best Webseries, Fiction - Canadian Screen Awards; Best Webseries - BANFF Media Festival), as well as Christian and Sally Seahorse on Adventures of the Seakids!.She played Bea in the alternative musical, Lighters in the Air, by Kris Hagen (NOW Magazine ‘Outstanding Production), and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet: An Escapist Comedy, by Ryan Sero (View Magazine Critics’ Pick). She is a graduate of the University of Windsor B.F.A. Acting Program. Additional training includes the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, the Stratford Academy Program, and OpenJar’s Musical Theatre Intensive in NYC.
Robin Luckwaldt Ross
Robin is a theatre maker originating in the Ottawa Valley, and a founding member of kairos, as well as OPIA Theatre. She works to give power to the underestimated through performance. With kairos she has collaborated on the creation, direction, production, and performance of three original works: The Bathtub Girls, a duet with her creative partner, Natalia Bushnik, as part of Then They Fight’s development series, Then Speak, as well as 2016’s Hamilton Fringe, where it won the Critics’ Choice award. The Bathtub Girls will continue on to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival this coming July; Best Before:, a site-specific, short play for the Hamilton Frost Bites Festival; and Study of a Gambler in Neon, a solo masked piece which performed at the London One Act Festival, where it received the Adjudicator’s Award for Research and Matured Performance. With OPIA Theatre Collective, Robin originated the role of Rosaleen for the current production of Widow’s Wedding Dress, which toured through Southern Ontario, and has won three Brickenden Awards, with seven nominations. Other credits include Medea in The Edge Productions’ bash: latter-day plays, Juliet in Seven Siblings’ adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, Love Unbound, and Thetis in Patria Music/Theatre’s Asterion, where Robin also worked on set construction for three years. At the University of Windsor, Robin performed as Ernestine in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Lady Froth in The Double Dealer, Company in To Moscow, and Company in The Crucible. Robin is currently a part of Broken Soil’s Playwrights’ Unit, and has recently participated in Theatre Gargantua’s Roundtable program. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Windsor. Her studies outside of University of Windsor include training with the Saratoga International Theatre Institute Company, and the Moscow Art Theatre School.