CGAS RISER Found Festival

In My Own Little Corner


In My Own Little Corner by Carly Neis February 22 to March 1.


Venue: Backstage Theatre at the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue NW)
Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes

You know that person? The one you just get, and who gets you? In this solo cabaret, Carly Neis explores the mess, beauty, grief, joy and care of an unexpected friendship stitched together by the love of music and a shared longing to be acknowledged as artists, creators, and “normal” humans.

Join Carly as she takes you into her world, embracing the systems of her disabled life, and deconstructing the ways we hold each other, even when the world continues to underestimate you.

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Watch for details about In My Own Little Corner presented by Thurga Kanagasekarampillai.

NOTE: A second ASL interpreted performance was added on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30pm with Robyn Lavender and Andrea Konowalec following the filming of this video.

“I want to create a one-woman show that explores the empowerment that comes with embracing one’s disability and/or illness, all while finding your community and lifelong friends. I see this piece pushing societal boundaries by moving audiences to be inspired by my work rather than by my capability to thrive in an able-bodied world with a disabled body. What better way to demonstrate that than in a cabaret that embraces the unconventional musical numbers that celebrate using a wheelchair or the journey of illness and the hilarious stories that accompany them.”
-Carly Neis


7:30pm Wednesday February 22 (Preview)
7:30pm Thursday February 23
7:30pm Saturday February 25
7:30pm Sunday February 26*^
7:30pm Tuesday February 28*^
7:30pm Wednesday March 1

*Softened sound and lighting.
^ASL Interpreted performance featuring interpreters Robyn Lavender and Andrea Konowalec.


The team behind In My Own Little Corner prioritizes access for audiences and artists alike. Read on for more details about how we’re working to make everyone’s experience a little more accessible throughout this run.
Accessing the Theatre:
  • This performance is taking place in a wheelchair accessible theatre. Wheelchair seating will be available at cabaret tables for every performance, we recommend including anything we can do to make your audience experience more comfortable in the “Special Requirements” section of the checkout page so we can ensure seating is available.
  • The Backstage Theatre can be accessed through its main entrance facing Gateway Boulevard and the Strathcona stop of the High Level Streetcar. This entrance does have a small lip and can be difficult to access during snowy weather. Wheelchair access to the theatre will be available through the Westbury Theatre entrance to the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns, which is stepless and accessible via a snow-cleared sidewalk. Staff marked with signage will meet wheelchair users at this entrance to guide you to the Backstage Theatre.
Increased Accessibility Performances:
  • ASL interpretation will be available on Sunday, February 26 with interpreters Robyn Lavender and Andrea Konowalec.
  • Performances on Sunday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 28 will feature softened sound and lighting.
During the Show:
  • You’re explicitly welcome to come and go, and move around as needed, at all performances.
  • There will be a cooldown space in the theatre with fidget toys and other sensory equipment that you’re welcome to visit if you need a break at any time during the performance.
For more information about the venue, our show, and accessibility, please stay tuned for our upcoming accessibility guide. In the meantime, if you have any questions about accessibility, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the RISER Edmonton producing team at



Carly Neis Performer/Playwright
Sarah J. Culkin Director
Daniel Belland Music Director/Arranger/Chart Writing

Kristi Hansen Dramaturg/Producing Mentor

Rory Turner Lighting Designer
Lindsey Walker Sound Designer
Even Gilchrist Set/Costume Designer

Rebecca Cypher Set/Costume Design Assistant
Emily Faith Randall Stage Manager
D’orjay Jackson, Vance Avery Voice Actors

Interactive Media by Moment Discovery

Will Bauer Founder & Director
Pamela Anthony Director of Research and Operator
Conroy Badger Lead Engineer
Shannon Sears Chief Financial Officer
Kristi Hansen Engagement, Content Development
Mel Geary Production Developer
Jonah Badger Software Programmer and Operator
Meg Desjardins Market Research and Development Associate


Kat Evans RISER Edmonton Production Manager
Simon Wicks Lighting Operator
Kris Sinding Sound Operator
Ophira Calof Accessibility Consultant & Disability Dramaturg
D’orjay Jackson Personal Support Worker
Andrea Konowalec & Robyn Lavender ASL Interpreters
Carly Neis Producer
Lindy Mullen Associate Producer