Mieko Ouchi - Artistic Director
Mieko is proud to be one of the founding members of Concrete and to see the company evolve and grow. She has written, translated, performed and directed shows for the company since 1989. As a freelance artist she continues to work as an award winning actor, writer and director in theatre, film and TV and teach at the post secondary level. Mieko lives in Edmonton with her husband Kim and her dog Nara.

Caroline Howarth - Artistic Associate
Caroline is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre. She has directed and dramaturged numerous projects with Concrete since 1989. Caroline also works as a theatre teacher and freelance director at Concordia University College, The U of A, The Citadel Theatre and Opera Nuova. Caroline lives in Edmonton with husband John and son Xavier.

Mary-Ellen Perley - General Manager
Mary-Ellen has over 30 years of teaching experience at the junior high and senior high levels and is this recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In her teaching career Mary-Ellen has taught Drama, Language Arts and Ancient Civilizations at the 7, 8 and 9 grade levels. At high school she taught English 10, 20 and 30 and English IB as well as Creative Writing. Mary-Ellen is now retired from the classroom, and has gone back to her first love. She is active in the theatre community as an actress, director, stage and video writer and stage manager.

Patrick Beagan - Booking Coordinator
Patrick is glad to be joining the office team at Concrete Theatre. He is no stranger to Concrete, having lit the 2016 Sprouts Festival, designed the full production of The Antyssey, and the set/projections for I Am For You. He also went on the road with Concrete’s most recent production of Routes, as a technician. Patrick’s design work brings him back to Red Deer on occasion, for Red Deer College’s School of Creative Arts, Prime Stock Theatre and Ignition Theatre.


Mari Sasano President
Member since: October 2011

Neal Watson Secretary
Public Affairs Officer: Ministry of Environ & Sustainable Resource Develop.
Member since: September 2014

Palak Handa Treasurer
West Fraser: Divisional Accountant/Office Manager
Member since: June 2017


Bill Jacobsen
Teacher (on Secondment)
Member since: October 2017

Saba Kidane
Youth Worker
Member since November 2014

Derek Warwick
Violence Prevention Worker, Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton
Member since: September 2015

Emily Vespi
Public Health Administrator
Member since: October 2017




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