Ymir 'Why Am I Here?' Project

This is a collaborative art project that is led by the people of Ymir. In many ways Ymir is representative of many small rural towns in the Kootenays, and within  Canada, which were once resource based but have since transitioned.

The people who have chosen to live here in the past and present, are interesting humans  who are full of stories, history  and characters. The aim of this project is to capture the spirit of these people and this beautiful place. 

This is a multimedia project that will incorporate workshops, writing, collecting and archiving stories. We will then transform these stories of the past and present into a professional production that will be presented in 2018.


Project Mentors


Lucas myers

Lucas Myers is actor, play write and cultural ambassador. He has written, stared in and produced many successful one man shows including, Deck, Campground, Hello Baby, and Nelsonia. 

Lucas Myers has been creating theatre since his graduation from the National Theatre School in 1998. Working with Theatre SKAM in Victoria, he performed and composed music for many original plays. In 2001 his interests turned to collaborative creation and he studied with the SITI Company of New York, returning to the West Coast to apply their techniques with like-minded artists. Having relocated to Nelson, BC, he has dedicated his energy to creating a new work every year to be performed locally and toured to surrounding communities.

Lucas will be leading a series of workshops to help us and will help in writing this production.

mind of a snail

Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver, BC.

Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multi-layered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances play at the intersection of visual arts, clowning & music. As artistic collaborators, they are interested in exploring beyond the boundaries of traditional theatre, and creating magical immersive experiences for their audiences. Mind of a Snail’s shadow theatre has been described as an early National Film Board animation created live before your eyes.

Chloe and Jessica will be facilitating several workshops to help flesh out stories and sections of the presentation.



shawn stephenson

Shawn Stephenson is a composer, performer, music educator, and professional recording and live sound engineer with over 20 years experience in the industry. His diverse skill set has led him to work in music composition and production for the Discovery Network, Vision TV, Tourism Canada and Destination BC.

As an educator, Shawn has facilitated songwriting workshops for children, youth and adults. He operates a thriving music education business teaching beginner to advanced guitar, music theory, ear training, vocal technique, and basic piano to students aged 5 to 50.

Shawn will leading songwriting workshops for adults and youth to create the music for this production.