Caitlin Oleson: Playwright, Producer, Actor
Kevin Reid: Director, Co-Creator
Letycia Henrique: Actor, Co-Creator
Elspeth: Dancer, Co-Creator
Given the appalling treatment of women, Roxanne asks: wouldn't it be better if men had androids to harass instead of us? So this foul-mouthed feminist invented the world's first stripper robot.
Stripped would like to thank 3Sixty Dance and Fitness for providing this show's stage pole as a generous sponsor.
Originally from the prairies, Caitlin is a nascent playwright who is proud to now call Ottawa home. As a member of the inaugural cohort of The Acting Company's Emerging Creator’s Unit in 2016, she developed her first theatre for young audiences script, Goodbye George. Her comedic script, The Trouble with Ninjas was part of the 2018 TaDa! Festival, and received a staged reading with Theatre Wakefield last spring. Caitlin's solo show, Crushed, debuted at the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival and was recently remounted at the 2019 Kingston Storefront Fringe Festival. Prior to writing theatre, Caitlin wrote theatre reviews with OnStage Ottawa. She has also contributed to The Brandon Sun, What's Hers magazine, and the Lögberg-Heimskringla. In her spare time, Caitlin trains in the aerial arts and is a former pole dance student.
Kevin is a reformed theatre blogger (www.thevisitorium.com) who has studied at the Ottawa Theatre School and the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. He has self-created physical pieces including Faster than the Speed of Dating (Vancouver Fringe, Undercurrents Festival) Norman Bisbee Goes to War, and Hannah & George (Ottawa Fringe), and the storytelling show Unzipping the Cat (Fresh Meat Festival). He has also played in The Hairy Ape (Chamber Theatre), It’s a Wonderful Life (Ottawa Little Theatre), Have Yourself a Scary Little Xmas (Eddie May Mysteries), Confederemix (SDT Productions), and Lysistrata (Theatre Kraken) among others. Kevin made his directorial debut with Crushed at the 2019 Kingston Storefront Fringe Festival, and is excited to once again be working on a project led by amazing women.
Information Management Co-ordinator (by day), and theatre enthusiast (always), Letycia is thrilled to be taking part in her first Fresh Meat Festival with Stripped. Past credits include various productions of The Vagina Monologues with Carleton University’s Voices Against Violence, performances with Sock ’n’ Buskin Theatre Company in shows such as The Maids, Macbeth, and The Crucible, and a stint in directing The Beast’s Library at the Ottawa Fringe Festival (2018). She hopes the audience enjoys Stripped and leaves the show with a little more understanding and empathy for the topics discussed. .
Elspeth is a pole dancer and aerial artist currently training out of 3Sixty Dance and Fitness in Ottawa. She has been pole dancing for just over three years. Elspeth has competed at both Canadian and US Nationals, and has performed in a number of showcases across Canada. Most recently, she performed with Electra Productions: PoleCraft - Victoria's Aerial Artistry and Pole Showcase. Throughout her journey, she has found a strong creative outlet with pole dance and has been continuously developing her own signature style, a combination of powerful, flowy, weird, and whimsical.
A word from the creator:
"I've toyed with several ideas over the years but none excited me as much as the story of Roxanne. The character came to me as I was experimenting with writing monologues exploring women's sexuality. As a former pole dance student, I've been fortunate to meet several strippers and hear their stories. My approach to writing has always been to tell stories with a purpose.”