Horizon Lab
Where are your stories?

Aug 28 - 29, 2020

Horizon Lab

Where are your stories?

The Citadel marks its return to in-person performance with the Horizon Lab, a celebration of Albertan BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists' stories on the Shoctor stage. We've tasked five creative teams with devising brand new 10-minute pieces for one set design, from one prompt: "Where Are Your Stories?"

Join us for the result of this joyous experiment August 28 & 29 in the Shoctor Theatre.

Presenting Sponsor:

This project is generously supported by:


Health & Safety Notes:

  • Click here for a detailed look at hygiene and safety at the Horizon Lab.
  • All audience members will need to wear masks. 
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are available.
  • We will only be admitting 100 tickets per performance in the 650-seat Shoctor Theatre, to allow for physical distancing between parties.
  • All surfaces will be rigorously sanitized before and after each performance.
  • Click Here for detailed accessibility notes including warnings, parking, and seating for the Horizon Lab.

The Teams:

  • Mohamed Ahmed and Elena Eli Belyea, with Mahalia Carter-Jamerson
  • Mac Brock and Tasana Clarke
  • Lady Vanessa Cardona and Todd Houseman, with Christina Nguyen and Sheldon Stockdale
  • Carly Neis, Patricia Cerra, and Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks
  • Richard Lee Hsi and Morgan Yamada

Donations are strongly encouraged to the Citadel BIPOC Artist Fund alongside your ticket to support further initiatives like the Horizon Lab and Horizon Series. Click here to donate!

If you are not comfortable attending in person, video of the performance will be available online 1-2 weeks following the event. Click Here to sign up to be notified by email when the video is available.

Shoctor Theatre
14+ Strong Language


  • Elise CM Jason
    Production Designer
    Elise CM Jason
    Production Designer

    Elise CM Jason (they/them) is a queer, mixed race, multi-disciplinary artist living and creating in amiskawaciy (Edmonton, Alberta). Recent credits include Tracks (Vena Amoris Theatre); Second Hand Dances for the Crude, Crude City (Mile Zero Dance); and Crave (StoneMarrow Theatre). Upcoming credits include All That Binds Us (Azimuth Theatre); Wolves (The Maggie Tree); and Tell Us What Happened (Theatre YES). They also hold a BFA from the University of Alberta in Drama (Theatre Design).

  • Sang-Sang Lee
    Stage Manager
    Sang-Sang Lee
    Stage Manager

    Sang-Sang is very excited to be breaking new ground with the Horizon Lab!  Select credits include Disgraced (ATP); The Tempest, Redpatch, Hadestown, Mamma Mia!, Sense and Sensibility, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, The Sound of Music, and Rocky Horror (Citadel); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, Antessy (Concrete Theatre); Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (Freewill Shakespeare); Don Giovanni (COSI); Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre). She is grateful and honoured to be working with all of these wonderful artists. Stay safe everyone!

  • Mohamed Ahmed
    Mohamed Ahmed

    My name is Mohamed Ahmed but call me Moe! I am a Sudanese-Canadian; whatever that means. I’m an actor, writer, and musician. I have music under the name “Just Moe” literally wherever you can find music. I am currently studying at the National Theatre School of Canada and entering my last year. Be ready to see more of me, cause I am very excited to meet you. Lastly I want to give a thank you to the Citadel for this humbling and long awaited opportunity.

  • Elena Eli Belyea
    Elena Eli Belyea

    Elena Eli Belyea (they/them and she/hers) a queer playwright, performer, producer and arts educator from Amiskwaciy-wâskahikan whose plays have been produced across North America. Elena was a participant in Nightwood Theatre’s 2016-2017 Write from the Hip Playwriting Unit, a recipient of the Tarragon Theatre’s 2018-2019 RBC Emerging Playwright Award, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting program. Elena is also half of queer sketch comedy duo “Gender? I Hardly Know Them”. Find out more at +

  • Mac Brock
    Mac Brock

    Mac Brock is a Regina-born, Edmonton-based producer, playwright, and improviser. His company, Amoris Projects, produced two shows in its first season in 2019-20 (Boy Trouble, Tracks) and received three Sterling nominations. He's passionate about jokes (often with Rapid Fire Theatre), Prairie highways, boxed wine, the three full seasons of Dragon's Den he's watched this month, and authentically-made-and-told queer stories on local stages.

  • Lady Vanessa Cardona
    Lady Vanessa Cardona

    Lady Vanessa Cardona is a Caleña, Colombian, First Generation immigrant artist and community builder. She started her artistic career in Windhoek, Namibia and currently lives in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton), Treaty 6 territory. Lady graduated with a BFA and specialization in theatre and development from Concordia University. She is a mentor of a refugee youth leadership group called Newcomers Are Lit, officially known as the Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network. Most recently garnering the 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion title, Lady has toured and competed around Canada promoting her art as an Edmonton local artist and proud member of the Breath In Poetry Collective. She features in the chapbook, Water, published by glass buffalo. Lady is currently working on her upcoming book La Sangre Llama.

  • Mahalia Carter-Jamerson
    Mahalia Carter-Jamerson

    Mahalia Carter-Jamerson is a recent graduate from Victoria School of the Arts, who studied acting and directing. From roles as an Italian warrior prawn to an oompa loompa, Mahalia has been acting since 2011 and improvising since 2015. Her recent credits include Fighting Prawn in Peter and the Starcatcher, a performer for The Annual Tiny Bear Jaws Holiday Micro-Play Reading Night, and director of Love Always in the Playworks One Act Festival 2020. 

  • Patricia Cerra
    Patricia Cerra

    Patricia is an award winning, professional multi-disciplinary creative from Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton), and her work has taken her to theatres around Canada. Citadel credits include A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, and Shakespeare in Love (Citadel/RMTC). Patricia finds great joy in play development and has worked at the Banff Playwrights Lab in Banff, collaborating with national and international playwrights. She has trained at the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program and has graduated from the University of Alberta BFA Acting program with Distinction. Thank you for joining us. 

  • Tasana Clarke
    Tasana Clarke

    Tasana Clarke (they/them) is an Edmonton based prairie boy, storytelling wisecracker and co-founder of Pepper’d, a Black arts facilitation organization. Born and barely raised in small-town Alberta, Edmonton has been loudly declared their latest muse. Tasana’s vision of establishing Edmonton as a hub for creation and community for Black creatives is multi-faceted and ever-evolving. Dedicated to nurturing the Black arts community, their practice as an artist is fuelled by astrology, Afrofuturism, and Emergent Strategy practices.

  • Todd Houseman
    Todd Houseman

    Todd Houseman is a Nehiyo mixed blood actor, improviser, and writer from Edmonton, Alberta (Amiskwaci). His work focuses on decolonization by prioritizing indigenous narratives through satire, political commentary, and storytelling. Todd recently graduated from the acting program at the National Theatre School of canada but has yet to physically walk across the stage. Prior to his schooling, Todd was a senior performer and instructor with Rapid Fire Theatre from 2009-2017. He is the co-writer/producer/star (with Ben Gorodetsky) of Folk Lordz, which began as a touring improvised play and has evolved into a two season political sketch comedy web series. In addition, Todd is co-creator of the play Whiteface with Lady Vanessa Cardona which received rave reviews in its premiere fringe tour. In his free time, Todd enjoys building masks, forging knives, or being in the forests of western Alberta.

  • Richard Lee Hsi
    Richard Lee Hsi

    Richard is an Edmonton-based dancer, actor, and creator. As a performer he has worked with the Citadel, Alberta Theatre Projects, Northern Light Theatre, Concrete Theatre, Brian Webb Dance Company, Mile Zero Dance, and the Good Women Dance Collective, among others. His own creations (dance, theatre, and the stuff-in-between) have been presented by CanAsian Dance, Mile Zero Dance, Dancers’ Studio West, The Good Women Dance Collective, and The Expanse Festival. In 2015, he was honoured with a Sterling Award for his work on The Antyssey, co-written with Joel Crichton. He is a graduate of the B.F.A. Acting Program at the University of Alberta.

  • Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks
    Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks

    Cynthia (she/her) is a theatre artist from Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton). She was recently seen at the Citadel Theatre in A Christmas Carol, The Candidate, and The Party She is a graduate of the National Theatre School. Cynthia’s new play, Tune to A (co-created with Carly Neis and Cameron Kneteman) is theatre for young audiences advocating for disability representation and allyship in theatre. Tune to A recently received workshops with Bad Hats Theatre and Blarney Productions. Cynthia is incredibly honoured to create theatre again in such great company. Thank you for supporting the arts and artists as we navigate this new world together.

  • Carly Neis
    Carly Neis

    Carly (she/her) is an Edmonton based actor, playwright, and arts administrative professional. This is Carly's Citadel debut! Carly's new play, Tune to A (co-created with Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks and Cameron Kneteman) is theatre for young audiences advocating for disability representation and allyship in theatre. Tune to A recently received workshops with Bad Hats Theatre and Blarney Productions, where Carly also played the title character, Ava.  Carly is incredibly honoured to be part of this amazing project and she can't wait to share her story with everyone.

  • Christina Nguyen
    Christina Nguyen

    Christina is an emerging theatre artist hailing from Edmonton. She is a recent grad of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program. Christina’s recent credits include Home Suite (Two Little Theatre/Found Festival); Positive (In Arms Theatre/Nextfest); Shakespeare’s Dog/Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Studio Theatre); The Winter’s Tale/Two Gentlemen of Verona (Freewill Players); A Midsummer Night’s Dream/The Hot L Baltimore (University of Alberta); But Hark, A Voice (Thou Art Here Theatre); The Shape of A Girl (Haven Theatre Society); and Concord Floral (Young Acting Company/Citadel Theatre).

  • Sheldon Stockdale
    Sheldon Stockdale

    Sheldon Stockdale is a mixed Cree artist from Edmonton. He is a recent B.F.A. graduate from the University of Alberta's acting program. Recent credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lodestar Theatre); John Shakespeare in Shakespeare's Dog (Studio Theatre); and Hasting/Richmond in Richard III (Studio Theatre). He is super excited to be a part of the Horizon Lab.

  • Morgan Yamada
    Morgan Yamada

    Morgan is overjoyed to be joining the Horizon Lab team! Based in Edmonton on Treaty 6 territory, with family roots from Germany, Japan, and many more places over the generations, she works as an actor, fight choreographer and arts educator. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program and an Advanced Actor Combatant with Fight Directors Canada. Select acting credits include Glory (2019 National Tour & Original Production, Western Canada Theatre/ATP ); Giant, Scent Bar (Ghost River Theatre); Dead Centre of Town (2015, 2016, 2018, Catch the Keys Productions); Bello (Concrete Theatre & L’Unithéâtre); The Bully Project, Under Cover (ConcreteTheatre); and Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel Theatre). 

  • Oakley

    Oakley (she/her) is excited to be making her Citadel debut!  Oakley was last seen in her very own Fringe show It's a Dog's Life. When Oakley is not finding her spotlight, she enjoys dog park play dates and eating an endless supply of melon, her favourite treat. Oakley would like to thank everyone for coming, and hopes you enjoy the show!