Film Program Director
Shreela Chakrabartty (she/her)
Shreela Chakrabartty is a long time Edmonton festival junkie with a love of live performance and theatrical screenings. She debuted as a movie director in 2014 with the release of the Shreela & Kash audacious box office theatrical hit thriller, Rock Paper Dice Enter, nominated for AMPIA’s Best Narrative Feature award. Lake Shore Drive was her followup feature that led to her recognition as outstanding in film in America. After releasing two documentaries and when she is not dabbling in Heritage, you’ll find her directing the weekly YouTube travel series, #ridingwithkash.
Julie Kiraly (she/her)
Julie Kiraly is an Edmonton-based dancer, performer, instructor, choreographer, and producer. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Drama Program (Honors, 2006), she is the co-founder and CEO of Hit That Jive Productions, and manages multiple dance teams including the all-female vernacular jazz dance troupe the Miss Behavin’ Chorus Girls and the vintage swing dance troupe the Hit That Jive Dance Crew. Julie works with dancers both locally and abroad as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and competitor, and has been teaching Lindy Hop and other Jazz Roots dances in Edmonton and across Canada since 2003. She has produced many events over the last decade, including the inaugural Edmonton Clown Festival, the Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase and Showcase Revue, and a variety of special events and workshops.
Christine Lesiak (she/her)
Christine Lesiak is an Edmonton-based theatre artist, and co-founder of Small Matters Productions. She is co-creator and co-performer of five full-length clown shows, most recently the Edmonton Fringe Festival Holdover hit For Science! (2018-20), and Over Her Dead Body (2017 Fringe Theatre Presentation Series). She is writer and performer of her one-woman show, Ask Aggie (2013), has created, performed, and directed countless short clown-based works, and toured throughout Canada and to New York. Her site-specific productions (writer/performer) include 900 Seconds (2015 Found Festival) and The Object of Constellations (2016). She curated & co-produced of Small Matters’ Fool’s Gold Cabaret nights (2010-12), a performance series that provided a mentorship program for emerging theatre clown performers, and was the inspiration for Play the Fool’s Rookie Cabaret program, and created the monthly Small Matters Physical Comedy Lab. She is a frequent collaborator with Catch the Keys Productions (Dead Centre of Town, 900 Seconds, The Runcible Riddle).
Christine holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta. She has taught within the Drama Department at the University of Alberta, at Edmonton Digital Arts College, within Toy Guns Dance Theatre’s programs, and privately.