Since premiering at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in 2011, Roller Derby Saved My Soul continues to charm audiences all over the world. The play is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, one-woman action-adventure comedy on wheels. It features Amy, a shy comic book geek, and her bossy sister June (both played by Nancy Kenny) as they try to navigate the tough competitive world of roller derby and finally learn to unleash the hero within.

Roller Derby and Superheroes collide in this delightful comedy critics have been calling
“perfect escapism and purely satisfying entertainment.”

 
 

Nancy Kenny
Writer/Performer

Tania Levy
Director

Nicholas Alain
Original Stage Manager

Steven Lafond
Sound Designer

Sarah Mansikka
Lighting Designer

Patricia Allison
Choreographer

 

Richard Gilmore
Publicity Photos

Mikaela Dyke
Poster Design

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Nancy Kenny - Writer/Performer

A proud Acadian originally from Bathurst (NB), Nancy Kenny is a fluently bilingual actor, writer, producer, arts marketing & social media professional. She is the creator and solo performer of the award winning and critically acclaimed, Everybody Dies in December, as well as Roller Derby Saved My Soul. Both productions are still enjoying successful runs across the country. Her work has been recognized by the Canadian Comedy Awards, the Jessie Richardson Awards, and les Prix Rideau Awards, among others.  

Other favourite theatre credits include the title role in Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety, Little Martyrs (Evolution Theatre), The Amorous Ambassador (Upper Canada Playhouse), Shakespeare’s Interactive Circus (a Company of Fools), and Rabbit Hole (The Gladstone). More recently she played the title character in The Little Prince, a Monster Theatre production that has been touring schools in British Columbia for the past two years.

She produced a documentary film about life on the Fringe Festival circuit called On the Fringe and looks forward to sharing it with all of you very soon – www.onthefringedoc.com for details.

In her spare time, Nancy can be found on the Internet, most likely at www.nancykenny.ca or on Twitter @nancykenny & Instagram @thenancykenny.

Tania Levy - Director

Tania has been living and working in Ottawa her whole life. Graduating from the University of Ottawa’s theatre program, she co-founded Gruppo Rubato in 2002. The company has produced numerous new creations, toured Canada several times, and received many awards and nominations for their work. Roller Derby Saved My Soul was her first professional directing credit. Her work on the show was recognized with a nomination in the 2011 Prix Rideau Award’s Emerging Artist category. Other directing credits include Ken Godmere’s critically acclaimed Vernus Says Surprise, Dolores, which teamed her up with Nancy Kenny once more, and Motion Passed with May Can Theatre.

Steven Lafond – Sound Designer

Steven is an award-winning composer, sound designer and producer currently residing in the greater Toronto area. He has had the pleasure of composing original music, designing sound, performing and producing for theatrical productions and films across Canada for the past eight years.  Steven studied Music Theory at Carleton University and Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events at Sheridan College. He also owns and operates Magic Studio Productions, an entertainment production company based in Ottawa and Toronto with which he has produced over 20 productions to date. Some of his selected theatre credits include: Outside Mullingar, 17 Men, and Ed & Ed: Trapped (Gros Morne Theatre Festival), Up To Low, and Stuff Happens (National Arts Centre), Maggie & Pierre (Thousand Islands Playhouse and Tarragon Theatre), Agency (The Theatre Centre), The Servant of Two Masters (Odyssey Theatre), This is War, and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Great Canadian Theatre Company). You can hear more of Steven's work in the upcoming production of OUT at Buddies in Bad Times this coming 2018-19 season.

Sarah Mansikka – Lighting Designer

Sarah is a graduate of Concordia University and has been working as a professional Lighting Designer for the past 12 years. She has worked with IFT Theatre in Toronto, Progress Lab 1422 in Vancouver and as the Lighting Director for Rimini Protokoll’s world tour of Best Before. She was also an Assistant Lighting Designer with the Stratford Festival and Vancouver Opera.

Patricia Allison – Choreographer

Patricia Allison is a Dora Award winning multidisciplinary artist (Best Director- Independent Theatre 2018 for Pool (No Water)). She is currently at York University completing her MFA in Dance. Patricia graduated from L’école de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2007 and is known as a choreographer, movement coach, and performer. She specializes in working in theatre and on narrative based work, believing that movement and text provide the perfect balance to communicate story. Patricia has most recently worked as a choreographer on A Midsummer’s Night Dream directed by Megan Watson for Shakespeare in the Ruff, and critically acclaimed Pool (No Water) co-directed by Jill Harper for Cue6 Productions (receiving two Doras for Best Direction and Best Ensemble). She produces original work and dance films under her company LastName FirstName Productions. She is currently workshopping a new piece of physical theatre with Why Not Theatre.

Milestones

  • 100 performances and counting!
  • Sold-out runs in Tampa, Ottawa, Fredericton, Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver
  • Invited for a holdover performance in Montreal for Just for Laugh’s Zoofest.
  • Recognized by the Ottawa Downtown Rideau BIA as one of the most talked-about shows at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe Festival and given a remount as part of their Summer Fling Festival Series.
  • Chosen as one of 6 shows presented at the Summer Chautauqua Theatre Festival in Swift Current, SK, in 2012.


Awards

Wins

  • Best in Fest - Tampa International Fringe Festival - Tampa 2017
  • Pick of the Fringe – Vancouver Fringe Festival – Vancouver 2014
  • Patron’s Pick – Winnipeg Fringe Festival – Winnipeg 2014
  • Best in Venue (Fringe Hit) – Atlantic Fringe Festival – Halifax 2013
  • Critic’s Choice – Atlantic Fringe Festival – Halifax 2013
  • Outstanding Fringe Production - Les Prix Rideau Awards - Ottawa 2012
  • Best in Fest - Ottawa Fringe Festival - Ottawa 2011
  • Juror's Honourable Mention - Ottawa Fringe Festival - Ottawa 2011
  • Best in Venue - Hamilton Fringe Festival - Hamilton 2011

Nominations

  • Best One Person Show – Canadian Comedy Awards – 2014
  • Favourite Solo Show – Victoria Fringe Festival – 2014
  • Favourite Comedy – Victoria Fringe Festival – 2014
  • Favourite Female Performer – Victoria Fringe Festival – 2014
  • Best English Theatre Production – Montreal Fringe Frankie Awards – 2014
  • Best Solo Theatre Production – Montreal Fringe Frankie Awards – 2014
  • Outstanding New Creation - Les Prix Rideau Awards - Ottawa 2012
  • Emerging Artist (Playwright) - Nancy Kenny - Les Prix Rideau Awards - Ottawa 2012
  • Emerging Artist (Director) - Tania Levy - Les Prix Rideau Awards - Ottawa 2012