Pyretic Productions is a theatre company dedicated to presenting new and politically powerful work.
Alberta playwright Matt MacKenzie is a graduate of the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada where he was the winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s award for excellence and community involvement. His play SIA won the 2010 Alberta Playwriting Competition, receiving critically acclaimed productions in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. In 2012, Toronto's Tarragon Theatre awarded Matt Canada’s top emerging artist award, naming him naming him their Urjo Kareda resident. In 2014, Matt won the Grand Slam Short Story Championship with a version of Bears.
Lianna Makuch is a graduate of the University of Alberta Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. In addition to acting, Lianna is also a producer, administrator, and educator. Production & administrative credits include associate producer for Sia (Pyretic Productions), Festival Manager (skirtsAfire Festival 2014), Audience Development Coordinator (Thousand Faces Festival 2014), Promotions Manager (Found Festival 2014), and Volunteer Coordinator (Azimuth Theatre). Lianna be resuming her role with skirtsAfire 2015 as Audience Development Coordinator. As an educator, Lianna has been a teaching assistant at the Foote Theatre School, guest teacher at the City Arts Centre, outreach movement instructor with the Expanse Festival, and taught collective creation with Three on the Tree (Pender Island, BC). Select acting credits include Madhouse Dramedy (Defiance Theatre), Scars are Healing Wrong (Punctuate! Theatre), Boogie Monster Club (Promise Productions), Macbeth (Prospero Theatre), Excuse me... This is the Truth! (Break the Wall Productions) The Missionary Position, The Memorandum (Studio Theatre), and performer apprentice Mump and Smoot CRACKED.
Patrick is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada where he met playwright Matthew Mackenzie. He directed his first Pyretic Productions’ show The Particulars in 2008, one version at the Montreal Fringe where it was voted 'runner up for the best of fringe' and a second version later that summer in the Edmonton Fringe where it was selected as one of the top picks of the Fringe. Patrick enjoyed supporting Matt through the process of writing Sia and was thrilled to later play the role of Nick in 2013. In the summer of 2013 Patrick directed Matt Mackenzie himself in The Particulars at the Edmonton Fringe. He has enjoyed being involved in the development of this exciting new production Bears. Select performance credits include Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre),The Taming of the Shrew (Freewill Shakespeare), and his sterling nominated performance in Kill Me Now (Workshop West Theatre). Patrick is co-founder and now Executive Director of the Common Ground Arts Society as is a 2014 recipient of the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award through Nextfest. Throughout the 2014-15 season he has been working as the Associate Outreach Coordinator for the Citadel Theatre hosting their Students Club and their Seniors Club, instructing at the Foote Theatre School, serving as the intern artistic director with Catalyst Theatre and will be assistant directing Punctuate! Theatre’s production of The Suburban Motel Series.