Cast, The Bear
Daniel Halpern (they/them) is a Canadian-based academic and theatre artist, primarily focused on playwriting. They are the co-founder and artistic co-director of the BodyCube Arts Collective, which has had work appear throughout Canada, New York, Germany, and the Netherlands. Playwriting credits include The Immaculate Perfection of F***king and Bleeding in the Gender Neutral Bathroom of an Upper-Middle Class High School, which premiered this past summer in Edmonton, Donnelly, a puppet show which appeared in multiple venues across Halifax, and An Orchid and Other Such Lilies and Lies which premiered at the 2019 Toronto and Atlantic Fringe Festivals. Academic writing credits include “Subjecting an Object to Grief: The Puppet’s Co-Presence and the Experience of Mourning” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s 2021 conference and “Queer (Hetero)topia: Transformations of Quotidian Spatiality and the Staging of Queer Space” at the inaugural conference for the University of Alberta’s Gender and Social Justice department. Acting credits include Pentheus in The Bakkhai (University of Alberta), The Second Woman (Harbourfront Centre) at the 2019 Brave Festival, and the aforementioned productions of An Orchid... (BodyCube). Halpern graduated from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in 2016 with a combined honours in Theatre Studies and Contemporary Studies, and they are currently enrolled in the University of Alberta, pursuing an MA in Drama with a focus on gender performativity as activism.