Suburban Beast is a multimedia theatre company dedicated to telling real stories in surreal ways. Headed by film and theatre artist Jordan Tannahill, the company creates works of performance examining the contemporary human condition, incorporating innovative projection design and non-fictive source material. It is in this dialogue between imagination and documentary that Suburban Beast finds its unique voice.


Since founding Suburban Beast in 2008, Jordan has written and directed: Bravislovia (Rhubarb Festival, 2011), Post Eden (SummerWorks, 2010; winner of The Contra Guys Award for 'Best New Work'), Insurgency (Rhubarb Festival, 2010), The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (SummerWorks, 2009; winner of The Spotlight Award), Cover Your Shadow with Mine (Canadian Stage Company’s Festival of Ideas and Creation, 2009), Takes Two Men to Make a Brother (HATCH, Harbourfront Centre, 2009), and Ragnarok Out with Your Cock Out! (Theatre Centre, 2009). His play, Get Yourself Home Skyler James, first read at Canadian Stage in December, 2008, was toured to Toronto-area high schools by Roseneath Theatre in 2009, for which performer Natasha Greenblatt received a Dora Award in the Theatre for Young Audiences division.

As a playwright he was short-listed for Tarragon Theatre’s RBC Under 30 Playwriting Competition for Supernova in B Minor in 2009, won Tarragon Theatre’s Twenty Under Twenty new play competition in 2007 for In All Things Right and Good, and won the Magnetic North Theatre Festival’s new play competition for I Dream Neon Love in 2005. His play Squashed was developed through the Young Creator’s Unit at Buddies in Bad Time’s Theatre and his play, The Fugitive Sea, was read at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, both in 2008. In 2009 Jordan contributed writing to Ecce Homo’s smash-hit The Pastor Phelps Project. Jordan makes short films with collaborator Sam Lebel-Wong through their production company, Goldshore Productions.


Becky graduated from Ryerson Theatre School’s Performance Production program in the spring of 2010. Favourite credits include: Technical Director of Serious Money (with Nightwood Theatre, dir. Eda Holmes) and Production Manager for Richard III (dir. Ruth Madoc-Jones). Since then she has worked as an assistant to the Lighting Design Coordinators and Technical Directors of the Canada Dance Festival, and currently as an Associate Producer at Crow’s Theatre. Becky has enjoyed Production Managing for Suburban Beast since it’s birth in 2008: favourite credits include Post Eden and The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (SummerWorks).


Paul first came aboard Suburban Beast as producer of Post Eden (SummerWorks, 2010). He has worked as an intern at Tarragon Theatre and Opera Lyra Ottawa; as assistant stage manager of Tarragon’s More Fine Girls (2011) and Year of Magical Thinking (2010), Soulpepper Theatre Company’s What the Butler Saw (2010), A Poe Cabaret at Luminato (2009), St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s A Seaway Story (2009), and as stage manager for Mirvish Production’s Ghost Stories (2011), anitafrika!’s benu (SummerWorks, 2009) and the Yonge Centre’sCanWest Cabaret (2008). In 2010, Paul obtained a B.F.A. in Performance Production from the Ryerson Theatre School. He is currently working as General Manager of The AMY Project, an educational arts project that nurtures the confidence and unique identity of underserved teenage girls. 


A graduate of Ryerson University’s film production program, Sam Lebel-Wong is an emerging cinematographer based in Toronto, Ontario. As the founding partner of Goldshore Productions he has co-produced and shot a number of films, the latest of which, Seeing Maggie Pootoogook, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2010. This film has earned him numerous awards including a Technicolor Cinematography Award and an HSBC Canada Producer’s Award, as well as a nomination from the CSC for Best Student Cinematography. Sam was also an award recipient in the Kodak US & Canada Cinematography Competition for his work on the short film The Memory Merchant (2010). In between his own projects, Sam works regularly as a broadcast technician with the CBC, and as a freelance lighting technician on independent short and feature films, television shows, and commercials.


C.J. first came aboard Suburban Beast as lighting designer of Post Eden (SummerWorks, 2010). Other credits include: assistant lighting designer to Kim Purtell, Alley Co-Op (Where's My Money?, dir. David Ferry), b current (Radiance, All of Him, Testify, rock.paper.sistahz9 festival), Ryerson Theatre School (Serious Money, In The Dark, Alcestis), Column 13 (The Laramie Project), Theatre Engine (Bent). In 2010, C.J. obtained a B.F.A. in Performance Production from the Ryerson Theatre School. She is currently interning at the Ryerson Theatre School until April 2011.