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Symmetree Theatre shares stories about marginalised members of society where the main conflict does not stem from the fact that they are marginalised. 


Founder & Co-Artistic Producer

As a writer and director, Luay approaches performance-creation from a digital standpoint. He has developed a directing style which marries digital technology with live performance on stage. In 2010, his direction of The Insanity of Mary Girard won 6 provincial awards including “Outstanding Director”, “Outstanding Ensemble” and “Outstanding Sound Design”. Additional directing credits include: Sexy Laundry (Keyano Theatre), Seussical, the Musical (Lister Hall), Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (University of Alberta), Proud (Finborough Theatre). He is the writer and director behind Freeing Heaven’s Secrets—​a sound art play which was shortlisted for a 2016 DBACE award in London and serves as Symmetree Theatre's opening play in 2019.

As a Freelance Audiovisual Designer, Luay produces videos, projections, sound effects and music compositions for various artistic projects. Recent projects include audiovisual designs for Quarter Life Crisis (OvalHouse & Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe 2017), Lottery (The Pleasance London), Proud (Finborough Theatre) and The Slave (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Luay also works as Programs & Communications Manager for the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo.


Co-Artistic Producer

Leah has a BA in Communication & Media Studies with a minor in Business Management from the University of Calgary. She has a love for the arts and has been involved in many theatrical productions, which gives her a unique perspective into the business side of the theatre world.

As a Marketing Assistant, Leah has orchestrated successful advertising campaigns to promote unique companies with niche demographics, such as Calgary Home Watch, Concierge and Party Pals. Through her work as an Events Coordinator, she has planned and executed a number of diverse projects including the Human Rights Day 2018 Conference, Speak Up Against Racism 2019, and the Multicultural EXPO 2019: a trade show-style event that involved coordinating over 500 multicultural performers, volunteers and exhibitors. 

Leah also works as the Partnership Development Coordinator for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo.


Stage Manager

Melissa was grandfathered into Stage Management back in 2008 by Zachary Barrett and 2011 by Lauren Thomas when she had assistant stage managed Urinetown (Cheepiyak Theatre)Dracula (Keyano), and All Shook Up (Keyano). Spreading her wings, Melissa went solo, taking on Stage Management roles for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and the chilling production of The Insanity of Mary Girard, which awarded Melissa with two awards at a provincial level: "Oustanding Stage Management" and "Outstanding Technical Achievement".


Although it's been a few years since stage managing a theatre production, Melissa has kept current in the arts by watching many shows put on by the Keyano Theatre Company. She is extremely excited to jump back into the arts world by working on Freeing Heaven's Secrets with Symmetree Theatre.

Melissa also currently works as Registered Nurse in the Fort McMurray community, with a background in general medicine and home care, with an emphasis on seniors health.