Mix Tapes: Artist Bios

Cory Wojcik

Cory Wojcik (Writer, Performer, Producer) is an Actor, Writer, Director, Teacher and Father born and based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has 15 years of professional theatre experience working with The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. As a writer, career highlights include Harry Rintoul Award nominated plays Joe Job (2017); The Weirdest One in the World (2010); and My Imaginary Harry (2009). As a musician Cory has performed with River City Rock n’ Soul and his original music band, Good Show!

Paul Little

Paul Little (Technical Production Manager, Marketing) is a web developer, event producer, and part-time musician who has also worked as a sound and lighting tech, graphic designer, photographer, and journalist. Through his roles as Artistic Director of the Purple Room and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com, he’s worked sound for the Canada Summer Games, produced events at the Cube in Old Market Square, produced the music stages at the Manitoba Night Market, shot photos and video at countless live events including the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Just for Laughs, filmed comedy sketches on the Oscar Red Carpet, co-created the monthly comedy game show “Pants on Fire”, and interviewed some of the top names in music, comedy, and television.

Trish Cooper

Trish Cooper (Director/Dramturge) is a Winnipeg based actor, writer and comedian. She made her professional debut at PTE in her pajamas doing Much Munsch in 2000. Trish began her professional career as a member of the sketch comedy troupe the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company. In 2004, Trish co-wrote The Year of the Panda with Vanessa Macrae and Christopher Sigurdson. Her first solo show, The Comment Card, drew audiences at the Ottawa, Toronto, and Winnipeg fringe festivals (Best of Fest 2006). Trish is a member of the PTE Playwrights unit, for which she created the short works Two for Tea (Carol Shields Festival 2007) and www. playdate.com  (Carol Shields Festival 2009). She also co-wrote In Session with fellow Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company alum Gordon Tanner (The Wrecking Ball 2008).

Fraz Wiest

Fraz Wiest (Stage Manager) has written and performed two solo shows for the Winnipeg Fringe, which is exactly two more shows than he’s stage managed. He also lived in Vancouver for a while where he auditioned for – and for the most part did not book – commercials for soup. Credits include: four dinner theatre shows, free comedy shows, some comedy shows with cover, one commercial for soup, wanton rage at Winnipeg Transit, heckling independent wrestlers nationwide, and, most importantly, being one of Cory Wojcik’s best friends for close to twenty years, which is how he got roped into this in the first place. Thank you Poj (Rudy), Trish, Paul, Sal, Stef, the band, and anyone who stayed awake while reading this. Enjoy the show!

The Band

Vito De Stefano

Vito De Stefano (Guitar) has been entertaining audiences since the mid-eighties. Performing with local and international entertainers such as, Ritmo Misto, TEK-9, No Excuse, 18 Karat, G-note, Maria De Stefano Trio, Amici, Bobby Glide & the Ride. Producing professional shows for over three decades has made the name Vito De Stefano synonymous with great music and good times.

Ashleigh Gray

Ashleigh Gray (Piano/Vocals) is a musician, songwriter and teacher from Winnipeg Manitoba. She has been in the Orff music rooms at Casa Montessori and Orff for 17 years, teaching ages 3-12. She has been singing and playing keyboards for local bands and theatre groups for 20 years. Some of the highlights include Bob’s Wild West Adventures, Alley Catz Piano Bar, Cherry Cola, Beauty and the Beat, Dolled up, River City Rock n Soul, the Chocolate Bunnies from Hell, and Good Show.

Frank Manicone

Frank Manicone (Bass) is a hairdresser/musician/father/husband who has played with different ethnic bands for many years. These bands include Amici, Golden Boys, Canada One band and 33 1/3. Music and jamming is one of my favorite pastimes.

XJ Xue

XJ Xue (Drums) is a drummer, musician from China, who has been in the industry for almost fifteen years. He spent four years training in Musical Performance in Nanjing University of The Arts. He had previous performance experience working with Jiangsu Provincial Performing Arts Group in China before he finally settled down in Winnipeg. He has worked as a drummer for concerts, as well as in a number of variety shows in China.