Jacqueline Dandeneau (Executive Director) graduated from the University of Alberta with a professional degree in Acting. She has performed at various theatres across Canada including the Stratford Festival, the Citadel the Globe and Kaleidoscope Theatres, and Theatre Network among others. She was the founding member, Co-ArtisticDirector and Publicist of full figure theatre company. The company orchestrated a nine-month international tour where they performed their original works in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Canada. full figure theater company received numerous festival awards at the Edinburgh, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, including the Award of Excellence and Best o’ the Fest. While living on Pender Island in British Columbia, Jacqueline and David Ferney founded Three On a Tree Productions, a Canadian Non Profit Society that produced local theater events and fostered the birth of Elemental, a community outdoor spectacle. She is a currently a founding member, Co-Artistic Director and Administrator of Playhouse Arts, which runs the Arcata Playhouse, as well as creates and produces new works with Four on the Floor Theater.
Jacqueline is an actor, singer, writer, substitute teacher, community activist, Grange member, Mother, the vocal ensemble teacher at the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre, as well as an ensemble member of the Dell Arte Company. She is a member of Canadian Actor’s Equity, The Union of British Columbia Performers and the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists. Jacqueline is currently completing her bookkeeping certificate specializing in non-profit arts management. She has been the administrator and development director for Playhouse Arts since its inception.
David Ferney (co-founding artistic director) has performed in over 20 countries around the world as a member of the comic acrobatic street theatre troupe, Los Payasos Mendigos and as a member of the Dell’Arte Company of Blue Lake, CA. As a graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre he has studied physical performance styles as well as shadow puppetry and mask carving as part of Dell’Arte’s Study Abroad Program in Bali.
Ferney is a cofounder of Four on the Floor Theatre, theatre in residence at The Arcata Playhouse, a community based theatre company that creates spectacle pageants using giant puppets, stilt walkers and fire performers, as well as producing and presenting original work at their home base in Arcata, California. With Four on the Floor Ferney has been seen as Dr. Harold Burrows in The Misunderstood Badger, Kristian Birkland in Messages from the Sun and Professor L.V. Willikers in Crawdaddy’s Odditorium, which was an international collaboration with Four on the Floor, Dell’Arte and CAOS (Calgary Animated Object Society) of Calgary, Canada.