Our Family

JAY WHITEHEAD - Artistic Director

Jay is the creator or co-creator of shows including UNSEX’d, Tab & Landon and Castrati - An Electro Drag Opera.  For Theatre Outré Jay has appeared in and/or directed productions of  Montparnasse, A Thought in Three Parts, How to Leave, The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt, Late Company and My Funny Valentine.  He has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and teacher in cities across Canada and abroad.

Contact Jay: info@theatreoutre.ca

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID GABERT - General Manager / Impromptou Coordinator

With a background in Improvisation and Administration, David Gabert has lived and called Lethbridge home for the last thirteen years after moving here to pursue a higher education. Over this time he has worked with various theatre groups in the city including as the general  manager of his own improv company Drama Nutz Productions. David brings his passion to leading the improvised arm of Theatre Outré, ImpromptOu in many different forms including Lethbridge's only improvised soap opera, "Gomorrah", as well as "Drunk Improv" and the boundary pushing tragicomedy "No Way Out". He is proud to be a part of the Theatre Outré family.

Contact David: outre.david@gmail.com

Contact Impromptou: impromptou@theatreoutre.ca

DEONIE HUDSON - Resident Designer / Venue Rentals

Deonie has been working theatre for more than 17 years, filling a variety of roles.  Deonie also worked for a number of years on the technical end of numerous touring shows such as Cats, Riverdance, Alice Cooper, Nickleback, Elton John, Motley Crue and many more.  She has directed several stage shows including Blood Relations, the Canadian premier of Starchild, Hairspray and Peter Pan.  She also has an extensive background in costume design and construction which can regularly be seen at various Comic Conventions in addition to on stage.

 

Contact Deonie: outre.deonie@gmail.com 

 

LYNDSAY LABRECQUE - Technical Director

Rabbyt is an international performer who has carved out a massive home base in Lethbridge.  Rounding her 8th year on the scene, she digs into the depths of glitch hop and future house as she strives to deliver a deep, rich sound that brings together a blend of classic funk and hip hop, filled with memorable vocal samples.  This resident DJ of Club Didi has performed in many locations throughout Central America and is a staple at Bamboo Bass Festival in Costa Rica.  She has had the honour to play alongside the likes of Canadian legends Dragonette and Mother Mother, as well as having been invited to bring her beats to several prominent music festivals across the country.  Rabbyt is also a prominent LGBTQ+ liaison for Shambhala Music Festival and continues to maintain a strong queer community within the electronic dance scene.  

 

JORDAN PAYNE - "Drag Wrangler"

Jordan Payne a.k.a Sophie Wright is a recent graduate from the U of L majoring in performance. Though Jordan majored in performance he has ventured into the land of tech and hopes to expand his horizons to other theatre opportunities. Jordan is the Drag Wrangler at Club Didi and is even the mother a few drag babies. 

 

KATHY ZABORSKY - Artistic Associate

Kathy works as a professional actor, singer, musical director and sound designer. She trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. For Theatre Outré she has appeared in Castrati:An ElectroDrag Opera and Montparnasse, which toured to Dublin. (Winner of Best Actress at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for Montparnasse). Other selected acting credits: Bad Jews, The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary) Romeo and Juliet (US Tour) and 20 seasons with New West Theatre in over 70 productions.

KYLE SCHULTE - Artistic Associate (Calgary)

Kyle Schulte is Patron Development Coordinator at Calgary Opera, and a freelance producer/director. Kyle is a born and raised Calgarian who holds a BFA from the University of Lethbridge. Selected directing credits include [title of show], Wide Awake Hearts (TheatreXtra), Ocean Fox (Sage Theatre, IGNITE Festival), A Thought in Three Parts, CRABS, White Gleaming Beach (Theatre Outré), Millie and Moe, Before the Night Takes Us, and The Only Good Boy (Theatre BSMT). Kyle has been seen on stage in The Rocky Horror Show, HAIR and The Government Inspector, as well as the world premieres of Exia, Estuary (U of L) and Sharon Pollock's Centennial.

 

BENTON NEUFELD - Production Manager

 

Benton is an Alberta born theatre artist and professional Magician. He holds a Bachelor of Fine arts in theatrical design and production from the University o British Columbia. Since moving back to Alberta, Benton has worked for a variety of companies in and around Calgary and Lethbridge as a stage manager, production manager, operator, and more. Benton worked with Theatre Outré on The Curing Room, Vigil, The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer, and Where the Two-Spirit lives. He thoroughly enjoyed his experiences with the company! It makes him extremely proud to be a part of the Outré family in a permanent capacity, helping bring an incredibly unique genre of theatre to Lethbridge audiences. He would like to thank his family for their continued support in all his endeavours.

 

 

 

ERICA BARR - Impromptou Associate

Erica Barr is part of the impromptu team in her second year of being staff at Club Didi. Select credits include: Timmy Tommy and the Haunted Hotel with pape and taper productions, No Way Out with with Theatre Outré, and the upcoming Sapientia also with Theatre Outré.

JAKE ROSE - Assistant General Manager

Jake Rose is an emerging Canadian playwright, director, and designer. With an interest in multimedia, he aims to incorporate themes of technology and the natural world together in his work. Jake considers himself a jack-of-all-trades; interested in doing all that can be done to expand the horizons of contemporary theatre.

BRETT DAHL - Artistic Associate

Brett worked with Theatre Outré on Tab & Landon, A Thought in Three Parts, The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt and Like Orpheus. Other credits include: Chariots of Fire (Grand Theatre); King Lear, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage); The Circle (ATP); All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Company); A Worthy Opponent (Lunchbox Theatre); What The Thunder Said (One Yellow Rabbit); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Park); The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre); pool (no water) (Studio Theatre). Brett is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program from the UofA, was the 2015 recipient of Theatre Calgary’s Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2018. 

 

 

AVERY FOLLETT - Intern

Avery Follett (they/them) is a local non-binary activist who specializes in car karaoke and accidentally knocking things off of tables. A frequent visitor of Didi's since 2018, Avery is delighted to become a part of the Didi family as a tech intern, and looks forward to providing them with hours of unrequested information about comic books and human anatomy. From inappropriate jokes to uncomfortably relatable life stories, Avery's favourite thing to do is to make others laugh."

 

KAYLA SCHEWE - Intern

Kayla Schewe is a local LGBTQ2SIA+ advocate and theatre buff, who loves singing, acting and having a good time. Kayla is delighted to be joining the Didi family as an intern, helping with tech, drinks and the door. She looks forward to becoming more involved and working with the local community towards a dramatic and fun future.

 

 

 

 

AILEEN BURKE - Volunteer Coordinator

a long time patron (since the days of Bordello!), I quickly came to love this space, the boundaries it pushed, and the safety and freedom that I witnessed it bring to others. I consider it a great privilege to be able to be an ally and work with the amazing family that comes together in this space.

 

 

REMY QUIROGA - Bar Manager

Jeremy (they/them) is a local queer activist working as the Queer Health Coordinator with Lethbridge ARCHES to bring awareness, education, and supports to the queer community. They enjoy pupping out as a part of the pet-play community, dancing with LED Poi, and terrible puns (really, the worst). Jeremy has volunteered with Theatre Outré for the past two years, becoming a close member of the family as they work behind the scenes, running the bar, and on stage. They have a passion for creating an accepting atmosphere and making sure everyone feels valued for who they are.