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 has been studying the art of music since the age of 7 and currently works as a professional sound designer, composer, producer and magician in Toronto and Ottawa. Some of his select theatre credits include: Agency (Yell Rebel), OUT (Big Bappis), Servant of Two Masters (Odyssey Theatre), The Norman Conquests (Plosive Productions), End of Civilization (Same Day Theatre), Stuff Happens (NAC English Theatre), This is War and Goodnight Desdemona [Good Morning Juliet] (Great Canadian Theatre Company).

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 graduated from LADMMI École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2007 and made the move to Toronto in 2010. Upon arrival in Toronto she established her company LastName FirstName Productions, which produces innovative dance-theatre in the Toronto area. She was the choreographer on the 2016 Best Of Fringe Hit Far Away and self produced her very personal duet with musician James Everett, I MissYou, at Hub14 in June 2016. Patricia has appeared in two local indie music videos this year: Rhonda by The Balconies and Set Me Free by Julian Taylor Band. She was also the choreographer on The Coldest State, a music video for Donovan Woods.

Outside of Toronto, Patricia has participated in choreographic residencies with Connection Dance Works in Saint John, New Brunswick and with Mascall Dance in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently dancing in a TYA show with Stand Up Dance The Love Project and working as a movement coach for local actors and musicians. 

Milestones

  • 100 performances and counting!
  • Sold-out runs in Ottawa, 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

  • 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