At The Table

The place for family and friends to gather

The table is a place for family and friends to gather. Stories can bubble to the surface, secrets can be revealed, memories are relived.

Stories from the audiences’ experiences and imaginations will fuel the improvisers to create a play on the spot. Working together, who will the actors and spectators conjure? Will it be the grumpy outdated Uncle? Wise grandmother? Troubled teen? Visiting extra-terrestrials?

Find out July 22 and 23 as Tempest partners with Peach Gravy for two completely original performances.

Member of Patreon? You will be invited to attend the Dress Rehearsal free of charge! Give valuable feedback and let your voice be heard!

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Save The Date!

September 20 - 25, 2022

I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Working together on a Walt Whitman project, two wildly different teenagers let down their guard and share of themselves in this ode to youth, life, love and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Directed by Kate Twa

With Kaitlyn Bernard and Andy Kalirai


Recently On The Tempest Stage

Theatrical Tapas

Scenes from seven exciting new plays


Tempest is back with a banquet of scenes from current and topical plays. Tempest's Presentations are the culmination of intensive training by the ensemble and are sure to captivate and generate conversation.

*Content in this performance is suitable for 19+

  • Performances: June 2 - 4, 2022 
  • Doors: 7:00 for a 7:30 start
  • Tickets: $25 ($20 for Patreon members)

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Every Brilliant Thing

A play by Duncan McMillan and Johnny Donohoe


You’re six years old. Mom’s in hospital, and your dad tells you it’s because ”She finds it hard to be happy". You start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. The color yellow. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. People falling over. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Every Brilliant Thing makes a plea for kindness and mutual support that seems particularly timely.

    Directed by Kate Twa
    Starring Lucas Penner

  • Performances: May 4-14, 2022 
  • Advance sales for Patreon Members: March 21, 2022 
  • Regular Sales: March 28, 2022

International One Minute Play Festival

The name says it all: we're accepting original works which can be performed in under 60 seconds to be performed on the Tempest Stage on Thursday March 31st as part of the inaugural 'Ignite The Arts Festival'. Your live audience and a select panel of judges will decide who will make it to the final round and then who will walk away with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Scripts must be submitted in advance and there is no fee to participate. Make it snappy, make it fun. If you run overtime, the giant clock will make a nasty sound!
  • Discriminatory themes or language will not be tolerated.
  • Please don't make a mess on our stage, and use common safety sense when developing your concept.
  • Be ready to perform it twice in the same night. If you make it to the final round, you get to do it all over again!
  • Please take into consideration whatever COVID restrictions are in place at the time.
  • There will be no dress rehearsal Tempest - you can do all that elsewhere and turn up at Tempest on the night!


The One Minute Play Festival is the brainchild of Paul Crawford who has been hosting this annual event for over 20 years as a core element of the Arts Wells Festival. Drawing inspiration from 'skit-night at summer camp' Paul brought to life a raucous, often off-the-cuff, many times brilliant collection of performers and ideas. We are honoured to take on the mantle of this event and launch it at this year's Ignite the Arts Festival in Penticton.


In adherence to current public health office regulations, we must check vaccine passports at the entry door. Your vaccine passport must indicate that you have received two doses of an approved vaccine. We cannot make exceptions to this regulation.


Anyone! Just submit your script in advance and once approved, cast your show & start rehearsing.

Okanagan Film Industry 101

A Discussion Panel


The film industry is going through a growth phase in all parts of the Okanagan. Find out more from an esteemed panel of experts.

Jon Summerland Okanagan Film Commissioner
Charles Cornell, GM Community Futures Okanagan -Similkameen
Kate Twa, independent Filmmaker, Director, Writer
Judy JK Lee, Casting Director
Ronan Reinart, Cinematographer, Editor, Commercial Lawyer

When: Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre 125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 5:30pm (lounge open at 5:00pm)
Cost: $20 (Free for Patreon Members)

This event is for anyone who is curious to find out more and/or get involved with our growing local film and television industry, with a special focus on talent, crew, locations & services. Get an overview of the origins of the industry and understand where we’re at today and how to best move forward.
Our panel of guests bring decades of experience into the room across a broad swathe of the film & tv spectrum. This unique evening will provide the audience with context & background as well as an opportunity to ask questions.  


In adherence to current public health office regulations, we must check vaccine passports at the entry door. Your vaccine passport must indicate that you have received two doses of an approved vaccine. We cannot make exceptions to this regulation.


Our Wicked Prblem

Climate Action Plays

Our Wicked Problem was part of an exciting global initiative headquartered out of New York, called the Climate Change Theatre Action. The organization commissioned 50 playwrights from around the world to write five-minute plays for people to produce any way they like in their communities. Performance dates were intended to coincide or be adjacent to the COP26 talks. Proceeds must be donated to local environmental organizations or projects.

Our Wicked Problem consisted of 4 evening performances, 2 in Penticton & 2 in Kelowna. 4 separate organizations came together to make the shows happen: Tempest Theatre in Penticton and Kelowna-based Inner Fish Performance Co, the Inspired Word Café and the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies at UBCO. Performers, directors, and crew donated their time. FortisBC, Inner Fish Performance Co., and private donations covered some of the expenses.

At the performances, donations from beverage sponsors also contributed to covering overhead costs: SOMA Cider, Summerhill Winery, Hugging Tree Winery and Cannery Brewing. The performance featured 6 short plays written by Dylan Van Den Berg, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Nathan Ellis, Nicholas Billon, Chris Thorpe and Whiti Heraeka and were directed by Denise Kenney, Kate Twa, Erin Scott, and Tracy Ross. The plays were performed by local actors and joining the show, were several spoken word poets performing original works. It drew an audience of 200+ people and was promoted widely across social media and written up in numerous articles. It was an excellent blending of science, art & storytelling which created great opportunities for conversation.

Proceeds from the performances were collected as a donation to a single environmental group or initiative. The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA) was chosen as the recipient group. For nearly 30 years, OSCA has been providing people of all ages with opportunities to experience, discover, explore and protect our amazing natural environment. We are proud to have presented a donation of $1,900.00 for OSCA's Meadowlark Festival.


Fall Presentations

A collection of scenes from award-winning plays featuring local talent and presented live at Tempest Theatre in Penticton.

Directed by Kate Twa
Cast:Sharon Estephan, Sarah Foss, Beth Fotheringham, Mae Glerum, Mia Harris, Maia Mae, Jenny Moon Makepeace, Lucas Penner, Vance Potter, Oli Ware, Braeden Williams
When: Tuesday, October 1-3, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre 125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7:00pm)
Cost: $25 ($20 for Patreon Members)

Five award winning plays and eleven actors make for a snappy, darkly funny and insightful night of live theatre.

Our wine lounge will open at 7:00pm and we welcome you to come down and enjoy a glass of something local.  



A Post-Plague Greek Catharsis
An ORIGINAL PRODUCTION written by the Company

Directed by Kate Twa, Denise Kenney and Edward Foy
Cast: Miriam Cummings, Chantal Ethier, Edward Foy, Denise, Kenney, Lucas Penner
When: Tuesday, August 17-21, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre
125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7:00pm)
Cost: $25 ($20 for Patreon Members)

Tempers flare and families fizzle in this neoclassical remix as murderous Clytemnestra, amorous Aegisthus, envious Electra, and anguished Orestes try to understand how their family went so wrong.

Post-plague and trapped in the hell of each other, they battle The Furies, trolls and their own homicidal tendencies. Can they stop themselves before it’s too late?


Meet the Cast

Miriam Cummings, Electra



Miriam Cummings is a theatre artist based primarily in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal) and co-founder of Hopegrown Productions. Miriam created and performed The One, a solo show which was developed with support from Playwright’s Workshop Montréal (PWM). The One had a sold-out run at the Montréal Fringe Festival (2019) and won Most Promising English Company (Segal Centre).

A graduate of Concordia University's Acting program, she has since trained with the Moving Voice Institute and Tectonic Theater Project (Moment Work™). Miriam teaches acting and devising to adults of all ages, including undergraduate students at Concordia University. She is an advocate for psychological actor safety and formal theatre training reform.

Living in the Okanagan and working at Tempest this summer has been a source of inspiration and joy. Miriam would like to thank her family, especially Jen, Nick and Molly, for their love and support. Photo by IO Monolith.

Edward Foy, Aegisthus



Born into a family of actors in Brisbane Australia, Edward Foy grew up sitting at the back of rehearsal rooms and acting classes watching actors go about their work. After a brief stint in the Australian Defense Force, he returned to pursuing what he loves best - telling stories.

A graduate from USQ he has had the privilege of working on stage and screen and studio in a wide variety of fields and productions from Shakespeare to action movies, musical theatre, sci-fi, comedy, animation, voiceover, audiobooks, and games. Edward's areas of study and interest include voice, movement, music, history, human consciousness, the development of new work, live and for screen, and the retelling of old stories for the current times.

Select TV and Film credits include, Charmed, Supernatural, Arrow, Endgame, Once Upon a Time, Fringe, The Killing. Voice for Animation and Audiobooks includes Super Monsters, Company of Heroes, Bibi and Tina. Select Theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Kursk, Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and performance capture for games includes Starwars: BattleFront 2, Borderlands, Splintercell, and Assassin’s Creed.

Denise Kenney, The Oracle



Denise Kenney has worked as a theatre performer, creator, and director and has written, directed and produced narrative and documentary film and television. She is Co-Founder of Inner Fish Performance Co. and the Eco Art Incubator in Kelowna.

Theatre highlights include: Cyprus: Sites Embodied, a site-specific performance project on the Akamas Peninsula in collaboration with the European Dance Network; Handheld Devices: Body Politic, a two-person performance using cell phones for the Montreal Encuentro Festival; Social Potluck, a dialogical performance for Key City Public Theatre, Port Townsend, WA; Green Space for the Canoe Festival, Edmonton; and Soundcan: Art of Public Noise, a project that toured Europe.

Denise is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan. She is having SO MUCH FUN working with all the talented, generous professionals at Tempest on What. A. Mess. and looks forward to more collaborations.

Chantal Ethier, Clytemnestra



Many moons ago, Chantal played Clytemnestra for the first time. It remains one of her favourite roles to this day. So, when the multi-talented Kate Twa, approached Chantal to play the role again, she was thrilled for the opportunity to dive back into this complicated woman.

Chantal studied theatre at Canterbury High School for the Performing Arts, and then received a BA in theatre at the University of Ottawa. While also being drawn to the film and TV industry, she moved from the east to Vancouver to pursue it. Some of her film and television credits include Untold Stories of the ER and the short film Death Becomes Toby. Theatre is however, her first love and she has been fortunate to play roles on the stage in Ottawa, Vancouver, Kelowna. And now in Penticton at Tempest. Chantal has also produced acting workshops, plays and short films, as well as directed the plays, Drowning Girls and Lost Boys (Fred Skeleton Theatre).

Huge appreciation and thanks to Kate, Ronan, Ed, Denise and Jen at Tempest and to the wonderful cast of What. A. Mess. It’s been a journey! She also thanks her soulmates, Philippe and Baxter, and her family and friends for their never-ending love and support.

Lucas Penner, Orestes



Lucas Penner is an actor-musician-writer currently based in Penticton, BC. After signing with the Characters Talent Agency in the fall, he’s acted in two Reel One Productions (A Slice of Romance and Just Clicked) and released his 5-song Honey Baby EP on all streaming platforms.

Back in Toronto, Lucas founded The Dead and Lovely Collective and spearheaded its' largest production, Circles, a post-punk musical based on Dante’s Inferno. He also music directed several Toronto Fringe productions: The Miserable Worm, Meant and Beneath the Bed.

Lucas has trained at George Brown Theatre School and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Ten years ago, you may have seen him starring in several of Soundstage Productions at the Penticton Lakeside Resort (Evita, Chess, and Hair). Lucas is thrilled to be working and training at Tempest and is grateful for Kate Twa bringing theatre creation somewhere closer to home.

Wine with the Artistic Director

A first-ever live event from our Patreon-exclusive series
With Special Guests John Cassini and Brian Markinson
Hosted by Kate Twa
When: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre
125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7pm)
Cost: $20 ($15 for Patreon Members)

In December 2020 we launched our Patreon community. It was partially a response to a prolonged shutdown during COVID and partially as a way to continue creating and connecting with our audiences and actors. Wine with the Artistic Director was developed for Patreon and we are excited to bring it live to the theatre in this return to in-person performances. Designed as a conversation, the evening is sure to provide insight and likely, laughter. 

Our wine lounge will open at 7pm and we welcome you to come down and enjoy a glass of something local.  

Our August 4th event will also be filmed and edited for our Patreon community. In addition we are thrilled that this evening's discussion will be aired on TELUS Optik TV's Community Channels this fall.


John Cassini

In addition to a busy, award-winning acting career, John is also a TV and film producer and one of Canada’s most sought after acting coaches. He is a lifetime member of the renowned Actors Studio in NYC/LA and is the Artistic Director and co- founder of Railtown Actors Studio in Vancouver.

John’s film credits include Disney’s Alive, David Fincher’s Seven and The Game, Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home, and the black comedy Break A Leg which he also co-wrote and produced (Best Actor at the Marco Island Film Festival). Some of John’s television credits include lead roles in the series Robson Arms (CTV), in which he won a Leo Award for Best Actor, and the critically acclaimed drama Intelligence (CBC) currently on Netflix, for which he received a Gemini Award nomination.

John was a co-founder of 3rd Street Theatre in Los Angeles and performed in several of their productions including David Mamet’s Edmond, Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, and Harold Pinter’s One for the Road. In Canada, some of John’s theatre credits include, Rabbit Hole (Arts Club), God of Carnage (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Motherf**ker with the Hat, (nominated for Best Lead Actor).

Recent projects include the upcoming Fox series NeXT, multiple award-winning sci-fi thriller Volition, APTN’s much anticipated Tribal and the horror film True Fiction.

Most recently, John produced and starred in the critically acclaimed feature film Daughter which was developed through the Railtown Lab. Daughter opened the BC Spotlight Gala at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for 7 Leo awards including Best Picture and Best Lead Actor for John. In 2020, John won the UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Daughter. In 2018, John was awarded the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Achievement.


Brian Markinson

Brian started his career in the New York theater scene, performing on Broadway in Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning Lost in Yonkers and off-Broadway in Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves, directed by the late Mike Nichols. Brian went on to work with Nichols in multiple films including Wolf, Primary Colors, the Emmy award winning mini series Angels in America and Charlie Wilson's War.

In 2016, Brian directed Haberdashery Theatre Company's The Motherfucker with the Hat at The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC.

He has worked extensively with Woody Allen, appearing in Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Other film credits include Godzilla, Shooter and Enemy of the State. Brian has over 150 television credits, including the critically acclaimed AMC series Mad Men, the award winning series Fargo, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, The Romeo Section, Continuum and the miniseries’ Unspeakable and Klondike. Brian was nominated for a Gemini award for his role as James Roszko in the film Mayerthorpe. Brian can currently be seen in the APTN series Tribal.