Meet the 2018 Riotous Youth

Riotous Youth is a paid, post-secondary internship. Designed for young people either beginning or considering a career in theatre, the program combines training and experience in teaching artistry, Shakespeare performance, public speaking and leadership, including one unique opportunity for someone pursuing stage management. In 2018, a variety of part-time opportunities will be available, from commitments of just two weeks, to commitments spread over up to nineteen weeks. Meet our 2018 Riotous Youth below!

2018 Riotous Youth

Libby Boyd

Libby Boyd

Libby has recently graduated from the University of Nottingham UK with a First-Class Honours in English with Creative Writing. Training includes a year with the RADA Youth Company and courses at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the CSSD. She has spent the past three years as a member of the Nottingham New Theatre UK, with the chance to tour to Malaysia, China and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Previous experiences include Blue Stockings, The Great Gatsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oedipus the King, Oklahoma!, Closer, Hamlet, and Skylight. Her other hobbies include writing and hanging out with her dog.

Kaja Buse

Kaja Buse

Kaja was born in Hamburg, Germany. At 10 years old she was in a production of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Germany’s largest theatre, where she later attended workshops and did a dramaturgy internship. She was part of a youth musical theatre ensemble for five years and in senior year her school’s production of “Penthesilea”, where she played the lead, was selected for the Federal Theatre Week. Kaja is currently studying psychology and volunteering as assistant director for senior year productions at the European School Emil-von-Behring-Gymnasium, where they staged two Shakespeare productions in 2015. She has led several dance and voice workshops, taught self-defence and karate for kids and German language courses for refugees. Now she is thrilled to be a part of Riotous Youth. Kaja would like to thank the lovely people at Bard who made it possible for her to join the program as a non-Canadian citizen as well as all the other Riotous Youth who were so helpful and supportive throughout the slightly different group audition this year.

Nova Dexter

Nova Dexter

Nova is so excited to be returning for a second season with the Riotous Youth! Being an RY has definitely been one of the best experiences of her life so far. Nova has loved theatre from a young age, and it was her summers spent in Bard’s Young Shakespearean workshops that inspired her to pursue the art. She is also incredibly passionate about the environment and sustainability, and will be moving to Toronto to study Urban Planning this Fall. Nonetheless, she still intends to stay involved and work and train in the theatre community, as it’s a part of her that she could never leave behind. Lastly, she is a self-declared nerd and also a trained singer, so she is always looking for people to go do karaoke with!

Bonnie Duff

Bonnie Duff

Bonnie is thrilled to be back for a second summer as a Riotous Youth! She began her journey at Bard ten years ago as a Young Shakespearean, and was seen in “A Shakesperience” last summer. Favourite past theatrical endeavours include training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in the 2016 Preliminary Acting Course, being seen locally in UBC Improv, as Juliet in “Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet” (Awkward Stage Productions) and exploring Shakespeare (much) less reverently in “TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus” (ASP, Pick of the Fringe 2015). She is currently a student at UBC, and her favourite line from Shakespeare is “though she be but little, she is fierce”.

Leah Fong

Leah Fong

Leah is originally from Vancouver, BC where her love of acting began while studying at the Arts Umbrella Pre Professional Theatre Program (notable roles: Stuart Little in The Adventures of Stuart Little and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing). After graduating from Concordia University, in Montreal, with a BFA in Theatre Performance (notable roles: Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Queen of Hearts/ Tweedle-Dee in Alice in Wonderland), she became a member of Geordie Productions 2PlayTour 2016/17 (Instant and Water Weight). She has been teaching acting and theatre to kids for the last seven years alongside pursuing her career in theatre, voice, stunts and Chinese Opera. Leah's favourite hobbies include petting stranger’s dogs and forcing her friends to eat all the things she’s been baking.

Mahayla Galliford

Mahayla Galliford

Mahayla is happy to be returning to Riotous Youth this year! Shakespeare’s works have fascinated her from a young age, beginning when she was Queen Titania in an elementary school play. She continued with theatre throughout high school, and participated in Bard’s Young Shakespearean workshops. Her past work includes short films with the Young Actors Project, and several musicals and other productions while in high school. For the 2017/2018 school year Mahayla has been enrolled in VCC’s American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program. She is grateful for this opportunity to continue with Bard on the Beach as a teaching artist in training!

Isaac George-Hotchkiss

Isaac George-Hotchkiss

I am so excited to be part of the Riotous Youth. It's really special to me to be part of this program, as Young Shakespeareans was really my first intro not just into Shakespeare, but acting in general. It holds a very special place in my heart, so it's amazing to have come full circle as I will be helping young actors, probably in the same position as I was. Getting to work with all the amazing people at Bard, plus the other Youths is just a cherry on this exquisite cake! I could not be more thankful for this wonderful experience.

Rainier Pearl-Styles

Rainier Pearl-Styles

Rainier is an enthusiastic clown from San Francisco, California. She studies Theatre and Religion at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and spends a great deal of time thinking about her one true love, William Shakespeare. An aspiring director and theatre educator, Rainier has spent the past four summers teaching at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare Camps. This is her first time as a Riotous Youth, and she is so excited to work with Young Shakespeareans at Bard on the Beach this summer!

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew is a third year Riotous Youth with a deep passion for Shakespeare. He is pursuing a BFA in Acting at UBC with a concurrent Masters in Management at the Sauder School of Business. For UBC: The Crucible (Thomas Putnam), Great Slave Lake (Astor), Hotel Amore (Flavio), Edward II (Spenser), Crimp Shorts (3). Additional credits: Home Fires Burning (Earnest) with UBC Players Club, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown) with UBC Musical Theatre Troupe. He was a gold-level volunteer at Bard during the 2013-16 seasons and participated in eight Young Shakespeareans workshops. Twitter: @RhodesTheatre

David Volpov

David Volpov

David is excited to return to Bard on the Beach for his second year as a Riotous Youth member. Outside of Bard, David is a second year student in the BFA Acting program at UBC. Although acting is his greatest passion, David has also dabbled in writing, directing and set design. His favourite Shakespeare quote is: "We are the makers of manners" (Henry V).

Allegra Wright

Allegra Wright

Allegra is a Vancouver-based singer and actor who has been performing since she was four. Some of her favourite roles include Eve in Genesis, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, and Regina George in Mean Girls. Graduating from Douglas College’s Theatre Performance program in 2017, she then spent that summer in New York’s Circle in the Square studying musical theatre. She is currently workshopping a new two-hander musical, “Two Friends,” premiering in June. She’s excited to be one of the two hands, and thrilled to be a part of Riotous Youth.