A graduate of St Lawrence College’s Music Theatre Performance Program, Brendan D’Souza is a Toronto based writer and comedian and a member of the Queer and Present Danger Collective. Brendan started singing at the age of 6 when he was a star in his family’s church’s Christmas production of The Little Drummer Boy. The transition from church hymns to pop punk music was pretty much a given. Brendan is super thrilled (or whatever, mom) to be returning to singing on stage AND making his Waycik Productions debut with Generation Why. Brendan is looking forward to revisiting the angst of his teen years and to proving once and for all that it really isn’t just a phase. Follow him on Instagram (@dasouzie) or in real life.
Sarah Edwards is excited to be making her Waycik Productions debut in the first installment of Generation Why?! Sarah hails from Peterborough, Ontario, where she gained early experience performing with local theatre companies and in the independent music scene in Southern Ontario. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence College's Music Theatre Performance program and has been in a pretty serious love affair with pop-punk music since she was an angst and acne riddled teenager. When she's not rocking out, you can find Sarah exploring through the trees or hanging out with the dog at a party!
This is Zola's first time performing with Waycik Productions, and she is very excited to perform some of her favourite styles of music. Growing up, Zola listened to a lot of show tunes (particularly RENT). But whenever she wasn't listening to musical theatre, she soaked up all the singer-songwriter and pop-punk music of the 90's and 2000's that she could. Influenced by both her friends and her older sister, Zola’s middle and high school years were filled with artists like Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Lisa Loeb, and her favorite band, Oasis. Her previous credits include the role's of Nina Rosario in "In the Heights", Rusty in "Footloose", and Mrs. Walker in "The Who's Tommy". Zola would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support. She would also like to thank her older sister for helping her to cultivate her love of 90's music.
Isabelle is thrilled to be making her debut with Waycik Productions in Pop Punk'd, a Generation Why? cabaret. A Toronto transplant from Vars, Ottawa, Isabelle is veteran singer of a number of local singing competitions and was even a judge on Vars Idol. Isabelle is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence College's Musical Theatre Performance program. When not performing, Isabelle enjoys reading comic books and spicy foods. Follow her on Instagram @izzysummers1
Amanda Pereira (host)
A 90's baby herself, Amanda is nostalgically ecstatic to be hosting the Generation Why? Pop Punk'd cabaret! Whether through song, script, stage or screen, Amanda loves storytelling in every capacity. She is the co-creator and star of the new comedy web series Beck and Call (@beckandcalltv) set to be released later this year. She is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory program, and an active member of the Toronto comedy community. To follow what she's up to (and to see [way too many] photos of her elderly pug dog) connect with her on Instagram @hotcoldspicy. Lastly, Amanda sends out a massive thank you to everyone who's coming out to support the show, let's have an amazing time!!!!!