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Hansen, Ingrid


Ingrid is a theatre artist living and working in Canada. She is the Co-Artistic Director of SNAFU Dance Theatre Society. Ingrid co-founded SNAFU in 2006 to begin creating new theatre, dance theatre, and puppet theatre. Her favourite performances are in found spaces, and along with creating work in ‘respectable’ theatres, Ingrid has created shows in fields, washrooms, warehouses, public parks, bike trails, schools and prisons. SNAFU has performed at events curated by Suddenly Dance, The Belfry Theatre, the SummerWorks Performance Festival, ITSAZOO Productions, The Great Canadian Theatre Centre, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, The Centaur Theatre, The University of Victoria, The University of British Columbia, and the PUSH Festival. For the past six years, Ingrid has built an ongoing collaboration with the inmates at the prison theatre company William Head on Stage, which operates inside a federal prison near Victoria, BC. The inmates hired Ingrid to work on five different productions over the years as director, designer, or performer, where she is known as “the 100 lb giggling torturer.” Ingrid trained in puppetry with Fraggle Rock/Sesame Street puppeteer Tim Gosley, and at the Old Trout Puppet Intensive at the Banff National Arts Centre. Ingrid worked for forty episodes as a lead puppeteer and voice actor on the children’s television series show Tiga Talk! on APTN. Ingrid also worked as a designer on the Dora-Award-Winning Ride the Cyclone with Atomic Vaudeville and performed in many Atomic Vaudeville Cabarets. She teaches workshops in object puppetry, viewpoints, movement and character development to adults, children, and prison inmates. She has toured her object and shadow puppetry shows Little Orange Man and Kitt & Jane: an interactive survival guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future to theatres and festivals in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Kelowna, Victoria, and Vancouver, and was awarded the Playwrights Theatre Centre New Play Prize. Other recent credits include performing in The Truth About Comets (Best of Toronto Fringe) with Ginette Mohr, and A Side of Dreams with Jani Lauzon at Toronto SummerWorks Festival.

Professional Role(s): 
Theatre Creator
Puppetry Coach