Meet The Team
Helen Young (She/Her)
Helen is the Artistic Director and founder of Urban Stories Theatre and Knox Theatre Collective. Her first play, BONDS, won a writers circle award at the University of Winnipeg and her plays A Touch of Grace and No Way Back were nominated for CAT Awards for best original script.
Helen has also developed and continues to organize the Just Acts Play Fest and The Play Off Series both in the Lower Theatre at Knox United Church. These festivals showcase local playwrights just beginning their journeys and local actors, techs, and directors. Aside from developing these important programs Helen also directs and works as an assistant to Joe Norman Shaw at St. Mary’s University.
Amanda Wheeler (She/Her)
Amanda is the Artistic Producer of Urban Stories Theatre. She is a graduate of the Mount Royal Technical Theatre program. Since graduation, she has been a presence in the theatre community from Stage Manager (Rogues Theatre, Calgary Young People's Theatre, Urban Stories Theatre) to Studio Co-ordinator for Company of Rogues Actors' Studio.
Amanda has since stepped back to a more executive role with Urban Stories and looks forward to an exciting future building this amazing company
Sarah Glubish (She/Her)
Sarah is an actor who has been involved in local theatre and film projects, and a playwright with a passion for creating new theatrical works. She has her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and has studied acting and writing through Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio in Calgary.
Sarah has been involved with Urban Stories Theatre in the last couple of year as playwright (Laughter, 2019 and Moving On, 2019) and director (Boxes, 2020). She writes and produces work for her digital theatre, Grid View Theatre and looks forward to collaborating with Urban Stories Theatre on future productions for both the screen and the stage.
Sepidar Yeganeh Farid (She/Her)
Sepidar is a Calgary-based artist born in Iran and raised in Turkey. She immigrated with her family to Montreal as an adolescent. Graduated with a degree in Psychology and Drama from St. Mary’s University, Sepidar is currently completing her MSc in Counselling Psychology. As an actor and creator, select stage credits includeThe New Canadian Curling Club (Alberta Theatre Projects) and inVISIBLE (Handsome Alice Theatre). She has collaborated with multiple theatre companies such as Lunchbox Theatre and Sage Theatre in supporting the development of new plays and staged readings and has participated in festivals such as the Ignite Festival (Sage Theatre) and Fluid Movements Art Festival (Springboard Performance). As an avid musician and singer, Sepidar also performs on various stages in Calgary, especially within the Persian community.
Although not primarily a playwright, Sepidar has found her voice in the co-creation of collective pieces which allow the amalgamation of different stories. As an advocate of social justice initiatives in both the world of Psychology and the Arts, Sepidar strongly believes that the arts provide a channel to represent the diversity of the voices we have in our communities and she has become a passionate campaigner for the celebration of these stories.
Amanda Iandolo (She/Her)
Amanda Iandolo is an actress here in Calgary, acting in both film and theatre. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2017, with a BFA in Drama and a BEd in Secondary Education. She studied abroad in New York City and at Leeds University, in England. She enjoys taking ballet class, focusing on movement training, dialect training and practicing French, when she isn’t acting or teaching. Amanda is currently teaching Drama and English for Grades 7-9 with Calgary Catholic School District, as well as diving into online acting class. Her inspirations within the creative /acting field include: Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Lily Collins, and Greta Gerwig. Favorite films include: “Call Me By Your Name (2017)”, “Little Women(2019)”, “Love Rosie (2015)”, and “La La Land.”(2016) Favorite plays include: “Twelfth Night”, “The Flick”, and “Phaedra’s Love"
Steven Morton (He/Him)
Steven's first involvement with Urban Stories was as an actor in their 2013 Playfest. Since then he has been offering his services as a graphic designer for many of their productions and now is happy to have created a new logo for the company. He has also designed for Cowtown Opera Company and Youth Singers of Calgary as wells as other incidental jobs. His website mortoncreative.ca is coming soon.
Caroline Russel-King (She/Her)
Caroline brings over 30 years of experience to playwrights creating new plays. Currently, she is the dramaturg in residence for Urban Stories Theatre where she works with first time playwrights from first draft to production. She was the Literary Manger for StoryBook Theatre and along with JP Thibodeau, launched the first ever National Playwriting Awards for Theatre For Young Audiences and piloted the new play development program. Caroline was the former Literary Manger at Lunchbox Theatre. There she worked with some of Canada's top playwrights running Stage One the New Play Development Program.