Meet Potluck

Producer, Director, Actor, Writer

Matthew Alden is a Canadian writer and actor who started in theatre before graduating from Radio And Television Arts at the Northern Alberta Institute Of Technology

Branching into playwriting and touring his own Fringe shows until 2008 when his sketch troupe was scouted for a television pilot becoming the hit show Caution May Contain Nuts. Running for five seasons Matt was both a lead actor and head writer, twice nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.  Matthew also co-wrote and created the cult classic show Tiny Plastic Men which ran 4 seasons and has been named one of the 25 best Canadian sitcoms of all time. 

Since then Matthew has started Potluck Productions and wrote and directed his first short film The Old Farm which won numerous film festival awards.

Alice Kelly

Producer, Director, Actor, Writer

Alice Kelly has been producing art in various forms for as long as she can remember. She has, with but a few fine arts courses at the University of Alberta for formal training, managed to produce excellent works in all sorts of mediums – even winning a graphic design competition for a pie eating contest!

She is currently focusing on her work as a cosplay artist, elevating her fantastic designs and handiwork with natural acting abilities and the modeling experience that allow her to bring the characters to life. Her enthusiasm and unique outlook make Alice a joy to work with, and her charismatic personality draws the most talented array of professionals to any project she chooses to work on.

Alice is also stepping into exciting new territory as the lead actress in a charming new children’s television show titled Small things, Big Alberta, that is being produced by Potluck Productions Inc. and funded by Telus Storyhive.
Despite all these outgoing activities, Alice loves to recharge by relaxing at home with her husband Matt Dykes, and their fur-babies – one of which is the inspiration for the company’s name: Potluck Productions.

Kayla Andréa Wright

Producer, Production Assistant, Production Coordinator

Kayla has dabbled in many different forms of art in her life (from creative writing to jewelry-making, oil painting to photography), enjoying them all, but never finding the drive to push forward in any one discipline though she had shown promise in several – most notably edible art. What she has instead found suited her best was to support the creative endeavors of others. She has since been certified as a wedding planner by the WPIC and loves the behind the scenes work of building projects as they allow her to flex her artistic muscles without the pressure of having to be creative.

She is generally prepared for every possible mishap, allowing others to focus on their vision by eliminating the time-consuming tasks that would otherwise hold them up. And, through years of management experience, she has developed crucial interpersonal skills that help her work with all demographics. Now as a producer for Potluck Productions Inc., she brings these many transferable skills to the table.

In her personal life, Kayla spends most of her time caring for her family. She and her husband of 8 years have two young children and an over-active blue heeler that fill her days with challenges that consistently test her time management skills and ability to negotiate with compulsive, emotional, demanding, and sometimes irrational personalities.

Dale Alexis

Actor, Director, Producer, Puppeteer, Film Technician

Dale Alexis is of Stoney/Cree descent from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. 

Mr. Alexis is an actor, director, producer, puppeteer and published writer that has worked in theater and movie productions across Canada. Dale has also performed in various venues as an improviser. Currently he owns and operates Iron Soul productions and is Technical Director and a Writer/Creator for Potluck Productions.

Faizel Janmohamed

Director in Residence, Writer

Growing up in a small town in Tanzania, Writer/Director/Actor Faizel Janmohamed’s first window to the outside world was his television. He would lose himself in the fantasy of the stories he consumed from a miscellany of shows and movies, and devoured any media he could get his hands on.

Although he had no formal training, established connections, or even a plan, Faizel was determined to not only be a spectator in the world of TV and film – he would add his own patch to the tapestry.

Since then, Faizel has directed a number of short films such as the 2020 Spirit of Edmonton award winning short Birthday Cake, the feature film Give and Take, and a documentary for Telus Storyhive, Overnight Edmonton. In addition to his directing career, Faizel has appeared as an actor in several Edmonton based independent films. His first stage play is titled Under the Bright Sun.

Wes Doyle

Director of Photography, Cinematographer

Wes lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is a veteran of the Alberta film and television industry, with over 30 years experience.   Wes has been free-lance since 1990 and has worked on a myriad of feature films, series, documentaries, corporate films, tourism films, and literally thousands of commercials.  He has a broad spectrum of knowledge in both 35mm and 16mm film production as well as all formats of video production.

Telus, Syncrude, Alberta Health, Western Canada Lotteries (25 commercials), Sask. Government (Documentaries), Air New Zealand, Irwin Toys (many commercials), Canada Winter Games (2 films and 6 commercials), GM Canada, AADAC (video production), Canadian Airlines (4 videos), Time Life Records, Time Life Books, Alberta Ford Dealers, Sask. Lotteries (10 spots), Manitoba Tourism, Manitoba Trade, West Edmonton Mall, The Brick, and many many more…

Jim Bilodeau

Technical Master, Producer, Unit Manager

Jim  is a technical consultant with decades of practice in business management and information technology.
Specializing in the deployment of all types of technology he is at home building a DIT for a production as writing a Java application or building a website. He manages all aspects of production workflow from initial research to final implementation and distribution. With over two decades of practice in helping productions with technology, if you need a miracle done with technology Jim can do it!

Jim is a graduate and instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technologies Digital Media and Information Technologies Program.