STORY THEATRE STAFF
Artistic Producer, Erica Petty (she/her)
Erica Petty is a theatre artist, educator, and arts administrator living in T’Sou-Ke territory and working in Lək̓ wəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territory. She has 20 years experience working professionally in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), principally as a Teaching Artist with a specialty in devising new works. Erica is a white, disabled, queer woman and a fierce advocate for the next generation, who has carefully built a collaborative practice for writing plays with youth to honour and uplift their voices and affirm their perspectives. Currently, Erica engages her collaborative skills to commission and produce new Canadian plays by professional artists in her role as the Artistic Producer at Story Theatre. She has held artistic and administrative roles with Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Victoria Shakespeare Society, Kaleidoscope Theatre, and ArtsREACH. As an artist, Erica is most interested in making immersive sensory theatre experiences for babies including her 2020 co-created work “Twims”. Most recently, she was awarded a residency with Impulse Theatre to begin development of her new show for babies called “Sound Garden”. She is a mother to two young children, Harrison and George.
Education and Access Manager, Monica Ogden (she/they)
Monica Ogden (she/they) is an award winning queer, disabled, Filipina, Polynesian, British storyteller and educator. Her Lilang migrated from the Philippines in 1966, and Monica now lives uninvited in the territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Monica holds a BA with distinction in Gender Studies from the University of Victoria and produces with Rage Sweater Theatre Productions, their disabled QT2BIPOC led/centered theatre company with K.P Dennis. Monica is deeply committed to systemic change within the arts, has advocated nationally and internationally for disabled QT2BIPOC, and brings this experience to Story Theatre. Her work was recognized with the 2020 Witness Legacy Award from the Pro Art Alliance and the Witness Legacy Blanket.
Youth Programs Manager, Tenyjah I. McKenna (they/she)
Tenyjah McKenna is a multi disciplinary artist from Montreal Qubec.In her work they reach to showcase visibility and beyond as they allow thought and action towards anti oppression work to take root in her practices. As the Youth Development Program leader at Story Theatre, Tenyjah is excited to give space and safe management to LGBTQIA+ and Bipoc youth interested in the arts, allowing them space to grow and exchange stories and ideas. When Tenyjah is not diligently working with Story Theatre to help enrich the offering of TYA to the community at large, she can be found on stage as she continues to give her talents to theatre and screen, as well as voice acting projects.