Keith Alessi - Writer and performer, Tomatoes Tried to Kill me but Banjos Saved my Life

Before taking to the stage, Keith was well known as a successful public company CEO and entrepreneur. He has lead companies in both Canada and the United States.

Encouraged by others to tell his personal story of challenges and triumph, Keith wrote Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me and performed it in Chicago, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Roanoke, and Floyd, Virginia last year.

This year, the show is touring Fringe Festivals in the UK, US and Canada. In February, we kicked off in New York City, following that show was Brighton, England, Orlando, Florida, Windsor, Ontario, Regina, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Manitoba and next Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.

A dual Canadian/US citizen, Keith splits his time between Vancouver, British Columbia and Roanoke, Virginia. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is currently an adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University Law School in Lexington, Virginia. In his free time, he pursues his passions of flying and banjos!

Here's his LinkedIn page to learn about what he did in life before the music started. 

Erika Conway - Producer/Director: Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

Erika Conway, a Canadian actress, writer, and producer is no stranger to the stage. Her 25 year career has included acting in multiple roles both on stage and in film/ t.v. including: Anne Frank: The Diary of Anne Frank, Beatrice: Much Ado About Nothing, Alma: Summer And Smoke, Mother: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Dr. Lambert: Blackstone, and most recently Nyx in the new Canadian webseries Necessary Evil which premiered at the Edmonton International Film Festival in September 2018, won Best Web Series in The Blood In The Snow Canadian Film Festival, and will be travelling to festivals in Houston, Sicily, and Germany in 2019.

Theater has always been Erika’s first love and although acting has been a major part of her career and life, she has been more recently honing her writing and dramaturg skills.

In 2016, Erika wrote and produced a one woman show for the Edmonton Fringe Festival called Confessions of a Middle-Aged Drama Queen and was surprised to discover how much she enjoyed the producing side which has ultimately lead her to work on Keith’s one man show Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life.

Here is her IMDB Page to find out more about her career in film.

Melissa Kennedy - Marketing & Publicity: Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

Melissa has been in marketing since 2003 and worked with several well-known national media companies. She started her career at CBS Radio and managed the marketing for the largest radio station in the market, WBBM-AM.

In 2009, she moved to television to oversee the marketing for Weigel Broadcasting Co., which included the launch of four networks including MeTV, Decades, Heroes & Icons and Movies! Melissa co-wrote 'Randos', a TV pilot which was produced by Zacuto in 2017 and is also a front end web designer. When she's not doing work for her clients, she likes to read romance and spy novels and write hopefully funny screenplays.

Here is her LinkedIn Page to connect!