WELCOME TO GANGWAY! THEATRE CO.
Gangway! Theatre Co. is a collective focused on exploring feminism, Canadian history, and mental health through an intersectional lens. We are drawn to stories about women who are fighting the odds – who have extraordinary internal lives that there isn’t always a place for in our society.
Melissa (she/her) & Blythe (she/her)
Who We Are
BLYTHE HAYNES (SHE/HER)
A graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program at the University of Alberta, Blythe is an actor, award-winning voice artist and producer. She was also the co-founder of the History Actor Department at Black Creek Pioneer Village, where her interest in site-specific theatre was born. Blythe regularly lends her voice to podcasts such as the OAC funded and award winning Six Stories, Told At Night and Campfire Radio Theatre, and has received two PARSEC awards for her voice work. She was on the producing team of the Judith Thompson lead Watching Glory Die at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, where she created and hosted a podcast to accompany the production. Most recently she co-produced and performed, with impel Theatre, an online interactive production of An Acorn, which had both a North American and UK run, in partnership with the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in Manchester.
Blythe currently lives and works in Tkaronto, the traditional lands of
the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Anishnaabeg, Metis and Missussaugas of the Credit.
MELISSA TAYLOR (SHE/HER)
Melissa was born and raised in Lekwungen Territory (Victoria, B.C). There, she has worked as a playwright, actor and director. Her work has been produced by the Student Alternative Theatre Company at UVic (Bereavement, 2011), at Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede (The Oldest Trick in the Book, 2015), and by Jarvolution Theatre (Macrame, 2016). Her original one-act play Treena, Age 21 was presented at Intrepid Theatre for a one-night run. The Oldest Trick in the Book went on to be produced by the Short Short Play Festival in Toronto (2016). She completed her MFA in Playwriting at the University of Victoria, with her thesis project being a one-woman show based off of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, told through a subverted and empowered female narrative. In Toronto, she has worked as an actor and a playwright with various professional and independent theatres, such as Hart House Theatre, New Market National Play Festival, Driftwood Theatre, and the False Claims Collective. Melissa currently works and resides on Lekwungen Territory.
Why We Do What We Do
We are eager to engage with the ways that the digital age shapes our relationships, and the effect that has on our behaviour, sense of self, and mental health at large. In this time of change, we strongly believe it is the duty of art and artists to find a way in and represent the state of society in a way that engages and educates. We strive to create art that is diverse, open-hearted, and unapologetically anti-racist and anti-colonial.
NEWS & UPDATES
WORKSHOP OF DIGITAL DIVERGENCE
June 21, 2021
Gangway! had it's first professional workshop of their work "Digital Divergence" with Nightwood Theatre. They are excited to continue onto their next draft!
FIVE DAYS OF DISASSOCIATION
December 31, 2020
Gangway! was pleased to take part in Artist in Residence and Singular Sensations New Years Eve Mask-Erade with their work Five Days of Disassociation.