Bears show poster


February 28 – March 17 2019, Mainspace Theatre


Running Time: 90 minutes
Recommended for ages 16+

Written and Directed by Matthew MacKenzie

Factory presents an Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre production

As the prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd flees through the Rockies to escape the clutches of the RCMP. On his riveting journey westward to the Pacific, Floyd looks back on his childhood, meets some unlikely companions, and undergoes a startling transformation. A love letter to nature and critique of the devastating consequences of industrial expansion, Bears is a wild multi-disciplinary adventure.


Bears will leave you breathless

NOW Magazine

Star Star Star Half star

Bears combines ingenuity, humour, and a powerful message

Toronto Star

Star Star Star Half star

A highly entertaining evening at the theatre

The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright/Director

Matthew MacKenzie

Edmonton playwright Matthew MacKenzie (Métis) is Artistic Director of Punctuate! Theatre, as well as the founder and an Artistic Associate with Pyretic Productions. In 2018, his play Bears won Doras for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production, was named a co-winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Outstanding New Canadian Play Award and won the Playwright Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt National Playwriting Award. In 2019, Punctuate! premiered Matt’s play After the Fire, which was nominated for an Outstanding New Play Dora, as well as The Particulars, which was named one of the top ten productions of of the year by The Globe and Mail.

Cast & Creative Team

Sheldon Elter


Tracey Nepinak


Shammy Belmore


Karina Cox


Skye Demas


Lara Ebata


Zoë Glassman


Rebecca Sadowski


Kendra Shorter


Gianna Vacirca

Chorus/She Grizzly

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick

Artistic Producer

Monica Dottor

Co-Creator/Choreographer/Costume Designer

T. Erin Gruber

Environmental Designer

Noor Dean Musani

Composer/Sound Designer

Patrick Lundeen

Associate Director

Kate Sandeson

Stage Manager

Trent Crosby

Production Manager/Technical Director

Brianna Kolybaba

Costume Designer

Doreen L. Cardinal

Indigenous Liasion

Sheiny Satanove

Associate Producer

Krista Lin

Tour Manager

Madi Blondal

Assistant Environmental Designer

Becky Wong

Production Assistant

View our House Program