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MICHAEL O’BRIEN grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and London, England, and received his training at the University of Ottawa and the National Theatre School of Canada. In 1991, his first play, The Last Temptation of Christopher Robin, toured theatres and Fringe Festivals across Canada. In 1993, he settled in Toronto, where his acclaimed adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol premiered at Young People’s Theatre and was nominated for a Chalmers Award and a Dora Mavor Moore Award.

In 1995, O’Brien’s “Viking Hamlet epic” Mad Boy Chronicle premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, and was nominated for a Governor-General’s Award (productions followed in Kingston, Montreal, Los Angeles and London, England). The next year, his free adaptation of The Barber of Seville for Theatre Columbus won a Dora Award for Outstanding Production. By this time, Literary Manager of Young People’s Theatre, O’Brien created new adaptations of Treasure Island and Oliver Twist (Dora nomination). In 2000 his adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times was directed by Marti Maraden at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2004, his Restitution: an Irish-Canadian Rhapsody premiered at Factory Thea­tre (Dora nomination). In 2006, his stage version of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man was directed by Neil Munro at the Shaw Festival. Other recent works include The Miracle Man (a musical with Allen Cole) at Two Planks and a Passion, The House at Poe Corner (with Eric Woolfe) at Eldritch Theatre, and a revised The Bar-ber of Seville at Soulpepper Theatre in 2013.

O’Brien has also written several highly-acclaimed dramas for CBC Radio. These include Shores of Wonder, an original epic about the Norse arrival in Canada; Someone Just for Me, an original ghost story; Hearts of the World, based on the lives of Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith; and adaptations of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin, both nominated for international “Audie” Awards.

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Andrea Schurman
Stage Manager / Rehearsal Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Rehearsal stage manager for Of Marriage and Men; stage manager for The Orchard (After Chekhov); 3rd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: stage manager, The Lady from the Sea; assistant stage manager, “Master Harold”…and the Boys, The Adventures of the Black Girl, The Divine.
ELSEWHERE: production stage manager for the Charlottetown Festival (2017); stage manager, The Humans, Citadel/Canadian Stage; James and the Giant Peach, Blue Planet, The Big League, YPT; Million Dollar Quartet, Citadel Theatre; Buddy, Other Desert Cities, Hair, The Hobbit, Grand Theatre; 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Marquis Entertainment; Venus in Fur, Red, Canadian Stage; NSFW, God of Carnage, Studio 180; Jitters, Soulpepper; assistant stage manager, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Opera Lyra Ottawa; Intimate Apparel, Obsidian Theatre; plus many productions with companies, including Nightwood, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Mirvish, Cahoots, Ross Petty, Persephone Theatre, Globe Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick.

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Ashley Ireland
Assistant Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Assistant stage manager for Of Marriage and Men and O’Flaherty V.C.; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Declarations, The Other Place, London Road, Canadian Stage; Waiting for Godot, The Just, Twelve Angry Men, Happy Place, Bedroom Farce, (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song, Tartuffe, Great Expectations, Alligator Pie, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians, Death of a Salesman, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Under Milkwood, Home, The Time of Your Life, Our Town, Soulpepper; The Emancipation of Ms Lovely, Emancipation Arts; The Wedding Party, Crow’s Theatre; Hana’s Suitcase, Minotaur, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Young People’s Theatre; The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Bob Kills Theatre.

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Michael Mackenzie
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Sarah Ruhl
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SARAH RUHL’s plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Susan Smith Black­burn Prize), Passion Play (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center), Orlando; Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth, Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award), Eurydice and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country and have also been produced internationally, and translated into over twelve languages. Ms Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Whiting Award, the Lily Award, a PEN America Literary Award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur “Genius” Award. Her book of essays, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, published by Faber and Faber, was a Times Notable Book of the Year. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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C.S. Lewis
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C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963) is one of the most influential 20th-century writers on Christian faith. Born in Belfast, Lewis studied English and philo­sophy at Oxford, fought and was injured in World War I. Though he had been raised as a Christian, Lewis was agnostic – possibly even an atheist – until returning to Oxford to teach. There he experienced a religious conversion, partly influenced by friends who were thoughtful believers, such as J.R.R. Tolkien.

Author of more than 70 titles, including works of science fiction, fantasy, poetry, letters, autobiography and Christian apologetics, Lewis’s book sales are reported to be more than $2 million annually. His acknowledged classic The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of 7 fantasy novels written between 1949 and 1954, (which includes The Magician’s Nephew), was partly inspired by 3 evacuee children who came to stay in his home, providing him an invigorating new perspective on the joys of childhood. To date they have sold over 100 million copies.

Late in life, his romantic friendship and clandestine marriage with an Ameri­can, Helen Joy Davidman was dramatized in the play (and film) Shadowlands. Lewis died on November 22, 1963, the same date as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. On the 50th anniversary of his death, he was commemorated with a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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Thomas Ryder Payne
Composer / Sound Designer

SHAW 2018: Composer/sound designer for Stage Kiss.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: composer/sound designer, Top Girls.
ELSEWHERE: Napoli Milionaria!, Paradise Lost, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Stratford Festival; Harper Regan, The Seagull, Another Africa, The Middle Place, Canadian Stage; Abyss, Sextet, An Enemy of the People, Lungs, The Little Years, If We Were Birds, Leo, Tarragon Theatre; Kim’s Convenience, La Ronde, Ghosts, Soulpepper; productions with many other theatres, including Toronto Dance Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, National Arts Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Calgary, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Factory Theatre, Modern Times Theatre, Crow’s Theatre.
AWARDS: 2 Dora awards (14 nominations).

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Tamara Marie Kucheran
Costume Designer

SHAW 2018: Costume designer for Of Marriage and Men.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: set/costume design for Salt Baby, Belfry Theatre; Cabaret, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Fanny Kemble, Stratford Festival; Intimate Apparel, Obsidian Theatre.
AWARDS: Virginia and Myrtle Cooper award in costume design (2017); Dora award for outstanding costume design; multiple Dora nominations; Tyrone Guthrie award; Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellowship (Stratford Festival).
TEACHING: Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Program; University of Victoria; Michigan State University (visiting artist/guest lecturer).
TRAINING: National Theatre School of Canada; BFA, University of Victoria.

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Anita Rochon
Director

SHAW 2018: Director for Stage Kiss.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: director for Alice Munro Stories, Belfry Theatre; The Last Wife, Romeo and Juliet, Globe Theatre; In Like a Lion, Little Brother, Little Sister, Caravan Farm Theatre; Cymbeline, Bard on the Beach; Through the Gaze of a Navel, Kismet one to one hundred, The Chop; Extra-Céleste, L’hypocrite, Des flocons pour Alicia, Théâtre la Seizième; Naomi’s Road (remount), Vancouver Opera; Initiation Trilogy, Electric Company Theatre; Dress me up in your love, Theatre Replacement; founding artistic director of The Chop.
AWARDS: Ray Michal prize, Mayor’s Arts award, Siminovitch Protégé prize (from Kim Collier).
TRAINING: Studio 58; National Theatre School of Canada.

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Kevin Fraser
Lighting Designer

SHAW 2018: Lighting designer for Grand Hotel.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Not in the Book.
ELSEWHERE: 30 seasons at Stratford Festival, with over 75 productions, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare in Love, Pericles, Carousel, King John, Peter Pan, West Side Story; Medea, Orpheus Descending, The Drawer Boy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mirvish; more than 450 productions for opera and theatre companies across Canada, including Opera Atelier, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Neptune Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Canadian Stage, Theatre Aquarius, Grand Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Globe Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse.
AWARDS: five Dora nominations, one Jessie Richardson nomination.
TRAINING: Ryerson Theatre School.

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Douglas Paraschuk
Set Designer

SHAW 2018: Set designer for The Magician’s Nephew and Mythos.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: designer for 30 productions and design co-ordinator for 22 seasons with Stratford Festival; current director of design for the annual Calgary Stampede Grandstand show; director of design (the Americas), David Atkins Enterprises; director of design, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics opening medals and closing ceremonies; director of design, the opening and closing ceremonies for the Men’s World Handball championships; over the past 35 years production designs include television, theatre, opera, film, touring productions, large-scale events internationally, hundreds of productions in regional theatres across Canada, the United States and Europe.

 

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Shawn Ahmed
Ensemble

SHAW 2018: Of Marriage and Men and The Orchard (After Chekhov); 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Bash’d; Romeo and (her) Juliet, Headstrong Collective/Dauntless Theatre; And Slowly Beauty…, Tarragon Theatre; A Really Bad Play, FroMast Productions; Macbeth, Driftwood Theatre; The Comedy of Errors, Revolutionary Moments, More Words! More Play!, Shakespeare & Company.
FILM/TELEVISION: guest star and recurring roles in The Expanse, SyFy; Slasher, Chiller TV; Max and Shred, Nickelodeon; Ms Labelled, Slice TV; featured in Private Eyes, Designated Survivor, Orphan Black, The Other Kingdom, Rogue, Odd Squad, The Ron James Show, Saw VI, Flight 93.
OTHER: co-founder of Crazy Shirt Productions, serving as a writer, director and/or producer on Fare Trade, Good Morning Tonight!, Open Heart Burglary, Touring T.O.; co-founder of Fade to Brown.

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David Adams
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SHAW 2018: Of Marriage and Men and The Orchard (After Chekhov); 4th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: The Silver King, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Counsellor-at-Law, On the Town, Lulu, A Connecticut Yankee.
ELSEWHERE: The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Bard on the Beach; Valley Song, Pacific Theatre/Gateway Theatre; Elbow Room Café: The Musical, York Theatre; Brothel #9, Touchstone Theatre; Billy Elliot, My Granny the Goldfish, Arts Club; Much Ado About Nothing, Tarragon Theatre; Urinetown, Firehall Arts Centre; Les Misérables, Western Canada Theatre; Bashir Lazhar, Theatre Projects Manitoba; Tear the Curtain, Canadian Stage/Arts Club; The Threepenny Opera, Vancouver Opera; The Coronation Voyage, Alberta Theatre Projects/Belfry; Assassins, ATP; Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera, Live Entertainment.
FILM/TELEVISION: Shattered, Postal, Seven Days, The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, Dead Cold, The X-Files, Little Women, Wiseguy, MacGyver, Kill Me Again.
OTHER: Resident Associate Director, Vancouver Opera (2003-9).

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James Daly
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SHAW 2018: Grand Hotel and Oh What a Lovely War; 3rd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: “Master Harold”…and the Boys (and tour), Uncle Vanya, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher.
ELSEWHERE: “Master Harold”…and the Boys (2017 Toronto Theatre Critics award for best supporting actor in a play), Obsidian Theatre; The Millennial Malcontent, Tarragon Theatre; Sleeping Beauty, Ross Petty Productions; The Rocky Horror Show, Sudbury Theatre Centre; Next to Normal, Clearwater Theatre Company.
FILM/TELEVISION: Letterkenny, Saving Hope.
TRAINING: National Theatre School of Canada.

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Andrew Broderick
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SHAW 2018: The Magician’s Nephew and Grand Hotel; 3rd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher.
ELSEWHERE: Hadestown, Citadel Theatre; The Snow Queen, Theatre New Brunswick; South Pacific, Drayton Entertainment; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, Stratford Festival; Hairspray, Charlottetown Festival/Rainbow Stage; The Producers, Stage West Calgary; El Número Uno, Young People’s Theatre; Dreamgirls, Grand Theatre.
TRAINING: Sheridan College – Music Theatre Performance.

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Krystal Kiran
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SHAW 2018: Of Marriage and Men and The Orchard (After Chekhov); 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Monsoon Wedding, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Westside Story, Citadel Theatre; A.R. Rahamn’s Jai Ho World Tour; The Lord of the Rings, Mirvish Productions; Bombay Dreams (original Broadway cast), Broadway Theatre.
FILM/TELEVISION: Private Eyes, Global; Workin’ Moms, CBC; choreographer for Suicide Squad; Hemlock Grove, Netflix; Minority Report, Fox; Hellcats, The Love Guru, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Hairspray, MTV Live; wrote, directed and appeared in Thy Beauty’s Doom (available on YouTube).
OTHER: founder of House of Kiran (South Asian arts education, production and clothing company).
TRAINING: Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Training Program; Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.
UPCOMING: Shazam!, DC Comics.

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Rong Fu
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SHAW 2018: Stage Kiss and The Orchard (After Chekhov); 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: The Millennial Malcontent, Tarragon Theatre; The Money Tree (Dora nomination), Roseneath Theatre; the marquis of O–, SummerWorks; The Crucible, The Royal Comedians, Soulpepper; Kilt Pins, Sulong Theatre.
FILM/TELEVISION: Zombies, Carter, Beauty and the Beast, For Love & Honor, American Gothic, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Dr Cabbie, The Divide, Rookie Blue, Cracked, Warehouse 13.
TRAINING: BFA, York University.

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David Andrew Reid
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SHAW 2018: The Magician’s Nephew and Grand Hotel; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: appeared in A Christmas Carol, Ross Petty; Sousatzka (world premiere), Elgin Theatre; Damn Yankees, Theatre Sheridan; Seaweed in Hairspray, Theatre Under the Stars; associate choreographer, Dreamgirls, Lower Ossington Theatre; assistant choreographer, Shrek: The Musical, Theatre Sheridan; associate director/choreographer for Anything Goes, associate director for The Little Mermaid, Innovative Arts.
TRAINING: Hon. BM Theatre Performance, Sheridan College.

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Matt Nethersole
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SHAW 2018: The Magician’s Nephew and Grand Hotel; 2nd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Pygmalion, Sweet Charity.
ELSEWHERE: Acha Bacha, Theatre Passe Muraille; The Little Mermaid, Globe Theatre; James in James and the Giant Peach, Young People’s Theatre; The Secret Garden in Concert, Podium Concert Productions; The Hypochondriac, A Chorus Line, Stratford Festival; Ain’t Misbehavin’, Magnus Theatre; Legally Blonde, Drayton Entertainment; Elf, Grand Theatre; Franklyn Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, Come From Away, Theatre Sheridan; Hairspray, Rainbow Stage.
FILM/TELEVISION: The Moblees, CBC.

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Madelyn Kriese
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SHAW 2018: The Magician’s Nephew and Grand Hotel; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Pure ’90s, Stage West; Footloose, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Shrek: The Musical, Sweet Charity, Trap Door (workshop — Canadian Music Theatre Project), Theatre Sheridan; Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Gateway Theatre.
TRAINING: Sheridan College.

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Deborah Hay
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SHAW 2018: The Magician’s Nephew and Grand Hotel; 7th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Cabaret, Heartbreak House, My Fair Lady, One Touch of Venus, The Women, Born Yesterday, Brief Encounters, Follies: In Concert, After the Dance, Wonderful Town, The Circle, The Philanderer.
ELSEWHERE: The Adventures of Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Three Musketeers, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Stratford Festival; London Road, Canadian Stage; The School for Lies, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Caroline, or Change (Dora nomination), Acting Up Stage; Kingfisher Days, Grand Theatre; Our Town, The Government Inspector, Soulpepper.
FILM/TELEVISION: Cardinal, Four in the Morning, Saving Hope, The Anniversary (feature film), Remedy, The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche.

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Christine Lohre
Designer

SHAW 2017: Designer for A Christmas Carol.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): costume/set/puppet design The Lionheart Brothers, Bragetaeteret; A Christmas Carol, Den Nasjonale Scene (Bergen); Mio min Mio, Oslo Nye Teater; costume/set design, King Lear, Den Nasjonale Scene; Karius og Baktus, KildenTheater; The Ugly Duckling, Brageteatret; Jernbyrden, Agder Teater; Jenta, mamma og sopla, Fluktbilen, Brageteateret; Betrayel, Moon for the Misbegotten, Rogaland Teater; Dustefjerten, Det Norske Teateret; set design, Grounded, Teater Innlandet/Nordland Teater; Pulverheksa, Riksteatret; designer for the Annual Peace Prize Exhibition, Nobel Peace Centre (since 2006).
AWARDS: Hedda award (best audio/visual design with the team for Grounded, 2017).
TRAINING: Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts; Norwegian Academy of Puppetry, Academy of Performing Arts (Prague, Czech Republic).

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David Atkinson (keyboard programmer) is a musician and sound designer based in Toronto. Productions include London Road, Over the Rainbow and Keystone Theatre’s The Last Man on Earth (2010 Dora for composition).

Andy Ballantyne (alto saxophone/flute) is a busy performer who also teaches woodwinds and jazz arranging at Humber College. Recent theatre credits include Matilda for Mirvish Productions in Toronto.

Erica Beston (violin 2/May 3 to June 3) was a member of the Canadian Opera Company. Shows in Toronto include The Lion King, Les Misérables, Wicked, Young Frankenstein and many more.

Patrick Bowman (substitute keyboard) is an emerging music director and operatic performer. Selected credits: The Medium, Abridged Opera; Fun Home, Calithumpian Theatre. Training: BMus, Voice Performance; MMus, Literature/Performance, Western University.

Sasha Boychouk (baritone saxophone/bass clarinet) studied music at St Petersburg Conservatory and worked with Moscow Symphony. In Canada, Sasha works in genres of jazz, classical, pop, and musical theatre.

Alex Grant (cello) is in his 20th season. He freelances in Toronto, and has been a member of the Blue Spruce Quartet since 2002.

Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet 2) played trumpet in the North American premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical in Toronto, and has performed with Adele, Ron Sexsmith, Feist and Andy Kim.

Tom Jestadt (drums/percussion) has performed in night clubs, jazz concerts, symphony concerts, and musicals such as Cats, Crazy for You and The Producers. He returns for his 21st season.

Jeewon Kim (violin 2/June 6 to October 4) returns for his 6th season. He plays for Mirvish Productions and Esprit Orchestra. Guest violinist with the Madawaska Quartet since 2016.

George Kozub (bass) plays extensively in jazz, pop and musical theatre idioms. This is his 17th season.

Shawn Moody (trumpet 1) has played for many notable artists, including Diana Krall and Frank Sinatra Jr. Theatre productions include The Producers and Aladdin. This is his 20th season.

Christine Passmore (French horn) performs with groups including the National Ballet, Hamilton Philharmonic, the Esprit Orchestra and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. This is her 7th season.

Anna Redekop (viola) is a founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet, and has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists ranging from Bruce Cockburn to Leon Fleischer.

Tom Skublics (tenor saxophone/clarinet), a 21-year Shaw veteran, has backed Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and Tony Bennett. Performed in Toronto productions of The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

Rob Somerville (trombone) works in jazz/pop and theatre idioms in Toronto; and has performed with many artists, including Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, and productions of The Producers and Chicago.

Kathryn Sugden (violin 1) is a Toronto-based musician who maintains an active freelance career, performing regularly with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Southern Ontario. This is her 16th season.

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John Stead
Fight Director

SHAW 2018: Fight director for the season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: fight director for 20 previous seasons.
ELSEWHERE: head of stage combat for Stratford Festival; stage combat co-ordinator for National Theatre School; master instructor with Academy of Dramatic Combat; previous fight director for over 600 productions across North America.
FILM/TELEVISION: stunt co-ordinator on over 500 films and separate television episodes; director on several series, including Designated Survivor, Dark Matter, Bitten, XIII: The Series, The Bobby Buck Show; directed 2 feature films and several short films, including the award-winning film The Waking.

 

 

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Apprentice Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Apprentice stage manager for The Magician’s Nephew; rehearsal apprentice stage manager for Henry V.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: apprentice stage manager, Middletown; rehearsal apprentice stage manager, Androcles and the Lion; stage manager, Hello Out There, Directors Project.
ELSEWHERE: apprentice stage manager, Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre; TomorrowLove, Outside the March; Rose, Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company; The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Repercussion Theatre; stage manager, Vacuum, Orlando, Richard III, National Theatre School of Canada; Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Best Kind Productions.
TRAINING: BA and diploma in Performance and Communications Media, Memorial University of Newfoundland; National Theatre School of Canada’s production program.

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Puppet Consultant

SHAW 2017: Puppet consultant for Wilde Tales.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): director of puppetry for Thank You For Being A Friend, Avenue Q, Lower Ossington Theatre; puppetry consultant for Snack Music, Snafu Dance; Tabletop Tales, Theatre Direct; puppet consultant for James and the Giant Peach, The Big League, Young People’s Theatre; Baker’s Dozen, Adam Squared Productions/Toronto Fringe Festival; Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show, Eldritch Theatre; puppetry for Old Man and the River, Theatre Direct; appeared in The Babysitter, Eldritch Theatre/Theatre Direct.
FILM/TELEVISION: puppeteer for The Mighty Jungle, Toopy and Binoo, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock.

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Director / Ensemble

SHAW 2018: Appearing in Grand Hotel; director for O’Flaherty V.C.; 3rd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: assistant director, Dracula, Androcles and the Lion; director, Walk-Along-the-Shaw (Secret Theatre); appeared in Pygmalion, Nickie in Sweet Charity. ELSEWHERE: director, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, GCTC; hang (with Philip Akin), Obsidian; Dark Town’s In the Continuum, Black Ink Collective; Routes, MTYP; Closer Than Ever, Dry Cold; choreographer, Bittergirl, RMTC; Passing Strange, Musical Stage Company/Obsidian; Seussical, YPT; associate choreographer, Hairspray, NETworks (U.S./Asian tours); appeared in Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Stratford; Helen in The Penelopiad, Judy in White Christmas, RMTC.
AWARDS: 2017 Gina Wilkinson Prize (OAF); Guthrie award (Stratford); Maud Whitmore Scholarship (Charlottetown); 2 Dora nominations for choreography.
TRAINING: Neil Munro directing intern, Shaw Festival; artist in residence, Rainbow Stage; Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair Apprenticeship, RMTC; Mentor Apprenticeship Program, Obsidian; Teacher Certification, Royal Winnipeg Ballet; BA, University of Manitoba.

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Assistant Director

SHAW 2017: Assistant Director for Saint Joan, Middletown and A Christmas Carol.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): director, The Little Prince and Peter Pan – Yellow Door Theatre Projects; director and actor with Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Thousand Islands Playhouse and Young People’s Theatre.
FILM/TELEVISION: Road to Avonlea, Haven, Copper, IT.
TRAINING: Graduate of the National Theatre School.

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Assistant Lighting Designer

SHAW 2017: Assistant Lighting Designer for The Madness of George III , 1979 and Dancing at Lughnasa.

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Nic Vincent
Assistant Lighting Designer

SHAW 2017: Assistant Lighting Designer for An Octoroon.

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Chris Malkowski
Assistant Lighting Designer

SHAW 2017: Assistant Lighting Designer for 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Androcles and the Lion, Wilde Tales, 1979 and Middletown.

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Mikael Kangas
Assistant Lighting Designer

SHAW 2017: Assistant Lighting Designer for Me and My Girl, Saint Joan and Dracula.

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Alexander Technique Coach

SHAW 2017: Alexander technique coach
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): 15th season as Alexander coach; Sweet Charity, You Never Can Tell, Cabaret, The Sea,  Major Barbara, Faith Healer, Ragtime, Helen’s Necklace, The Admirable Crichton, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Hotel Pecadillo, Magic Fire, The Crucible, Floyd Collins
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): Theatre Program/George Brown College School of Performing Arts, The Lion King (Mirvish Productions), Music Niagara Summer Performance Academy, Toronto International Music Festival.

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Music Director/Music Intern

SHAW 2017: Music director for 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt; music intern for Me and My Girl and Androcles and the Lion.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): music director, The Little Prince, Yellow Door Theatre Project; Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof, White Christmas, Annie, Garden City Productions; She Loves Me, Firehall Theatre; One Moment (national tour), Lighthouse Festival; pianist, Footloose, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Aspects of Love, Theatre Aquarius; Shrek, Anne of Green Gables, Meadowvale Music Theatre; Damn Yankees, Drayton Entertainment; composer, Setting the Record Straight: Mozart and Salieri Redux, San Francisco Opera Company, Canadian Opera Company.
TRAINING: MA, York University.
UPCOMING: Damn Yankees, Garden City Productions.

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Diane Konkin
Stage Manager

SHAW 2017: Stage manager for The Madness of George III and An Octoroon; 9th season.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): stage manager, Engaged, Mrs Warren’s Profession, The Divine, Top Girls, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, When We Are Married, Peace in Our Time, Our Betters, Trouble in Tahiti, Ragtime, Maria Severa, On the Rocks, Age of Arousal, The Women, Ways of the Heart, A Moon for the Misbegotten.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): How Do I Love Thee?, Pacamambo, Canadian Rep; The Valley, White Crow, Essential Collective; The Children’s Republic, Alias Godot, Tarragon; Every Letter Counts, Bethune Imagined, Factory Theatre; stage/theatre manager, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF; productions at Theatre Aquarius, ICTC, Toronto Symphony, Stage West; tours throughout Canada, US, Asia.

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Théa Pel
Assistant Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Assistant stage manager for The Magician’s Nephew and Mythos; 4th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: stage manager, Secret Theatre: Erik with A K, Walk-Along-The-Shaw, Common Dance, Solstice; assistant stage manager, Wilde Tales, 1979; apprentice stage manager, Sweeney Todd, The Next Whisky Bar, Top Girls; rehearsal apprentice stage manager, Our Town, Peter and the Starcatcher.
ELSEWHERE: assistant stage manager, A Christmas Carol (2017/2014), Soulpepper; stage manager, Agency, Yell Rebel; apprentice stage manager, Armide, Opera Atelier and Royal Opera House of Versailles; Educating Rita, She Loves Me, Thousand Islands Playhouse; Persée (and tour to Royal Opera House of Versailles), Abduction from the Seraglio, Opera Atelier; Blue/Orange, The Winter Wonderettes, Theatre Kingston.
TRAINING: BAH, B.Ed. Queen’s University.

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Leigh McClymont
Assistant Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Assistant stage manager for Grand Hotel and Oh What a Lovely War; 10th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Dracula, The Madness of George III, The Dance of Death, Our Town, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, Sweet Charity, The Sea, When We Are Married, Our Betters, Ragtime, The Admirable Crichton, My Fair Lady, Half an Hour, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Albertine in Five Times, Play, Orchestra, Play.
ELSEWHERE: stage manager, The Little Prince, Peter Pan, Yellow Door Theatre; The Gifts of the Magi, Chemainus; Oh My Irma, Theatre Passe Muraille; East of Berlin (and tour), Léo, Tarragon; assistant stage manager, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Globe Theatre; The Seagull, Crow’s Theatre; Don Pasquale, Manitoba Opera; My Fair Lady, Enchanted April, Little Women, Chemainus.
TRAINING: Honours Drama, University of Waterloo.

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Ryan deSouza
Associate Music Director

SHAW 2018: Associate music director for Grand Hotel and Oh What a Lovely War.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: 18th season as associate conductor/company pianist; composer/sound designer, An Octoroon; associate conductor/pianist, Me and My Girl, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Floyd Collins, Sunday in the Park with George; composer, Engaged, Arms and The Man, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Hotel Peccadillo; musical director, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Admirable Crichton, One Touch of Venus, Ways of the Heart.
ELSEWHERE: productions with theatres across Canada, including Grand Theatre, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Ross Petty, Studio 180, TIFT, Theatre New Brunswick, Stage West Calgary, New Stages, Theatre Aquarius; performances with Jennifer Hudson, Andrea Bocelli, and The Tenors.
TRAINING: St Michael’s Choir School; Honours BSc, University of Toronto.

 

 

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STEPHEN FRY (b. 1957) is a celebrated British comedian, actor, writer, narrator, and activist. On British television, he became known for sketch comedy in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1989-95) and for playing Jeeves opposite Hugh Laurie’s Wooster in an adaptation of the P.G. Wodehouse stories (1990-93). Fry has appeared in many popular films, including Gosford Park (2001) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and was nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor in the title role in Wilde (1997). He has written at least five novels, three volumes of autobiography, the English libretto and dialogue for Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute, and of course the revival of Me and My Girl.

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Bernard Shaw

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950), the acclaimed dramatist, critic and social reformer, was born in Dublin where he grew up in an atmosphere of genteel poverty. He attended four schools and was tutor­ed by a clerical uncle, but left his formal schooling behind him at the age of fifteen. He developed a wide knowledge of music, art and literature under the influence of his mother, a singer and vocal music teacher, and as a result of his visits to the National Gallery of Ireland. In 1876 he moved to London, where he spent his afternoons in the British Museum, and his evenings pursuing his informal education in the form of lectures and debates. Shaw declared himself a socialist in 1882 and joined the Fabian Society in 1884; soon he distinguished himself as a fluent and effective public speaker and an incisive and irreverent critic of music, art and drama.

Shaw’s first play, Widowers’ Houses, was produced privately in 1892 for the members of a progressive theatre club called the Independent Theatre Society. It was followed by The Philanderer and Mrs Warren’s Profession. Publish­ed as Plays Unpleasant (1898), these reflect Shaw’s admiration for the “new drama” of Ibsen. More palatable, though still rich with challenges to conven­tional middle-class values, were his Plays Plea­sant (1898), which included Arms and The Man, Candida, The Man of Destiny and You Never Can Tell. In 1897 Shaw attained his first commercial success with the American premiere of The Devil’s Disciple, which enabl­ed him to quit his job as a drama critic and to make his living solely as a playwright. In 1898 he married Charlotte Payne-Townshend, an Irish heiress whom he had met through his Fabian friends Beatrice and Sidney Webb.

Shaw’s plays first attained popularity in London through a famous reper­tory experiment at the Royal Court Theatre from 1904 to 1907. Among his plays presented there were the premieres of John Bull’s Other Island (1904), Man and Superman (1905), Major Barbara (1905) and The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906). His best-known play, Pygmalion, was first perform­ed in 1913. During World War I, Shaw’s anti-war pamphlets and speeches made him very unpopular as a public figure. In Heartbreak House (perform­ed 1920) he ex-posed the spiritual bankruptcy of the generation responsi­ble for the carn­age. Next came Back to Methuselah (1922) and Saint Joan (1923), acclaim for which led to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Litera­ture for 1925. Shaw continued to write plays and essays until his death in 1950 at the age of 94.

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Kate Hennig
Playwright, Associate Artistic Director & Director of the Academy

KATE HENNIG is a Canadian actor, writer and teacher. She holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, and received the 2015 Christopher Plummer Foundation Award for excellence in the classical theatre.

As an actor she has over 35 years of professional experience, including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with both the Shaw and Stratford festivals. She has played leading roles in regional theatres across Canada, and has won multiple acting awards. On her website www.katehennig.com you can read her two popular blogs about her experiences acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and on Broadway with Billy Elliot: The Musical.

As a writer, her play The Eleventh David was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2006. More recently, The Last Wife – a contemporary look at the sixth wife of Henry VIII — premiered at the Stratford Festival in 2015 and enjoyed a sold-out and extended run. New productions have appeared in Chicago, Toronto, and Victoria, with more scheduled for Houston, Calgary, and Lenox MA. Concurrent with this world premiere of Wilde Tales, her second play about the Tudor queens, entitled The Virgin Trial, is running at the Stratford Festival, and she is writing a third play in the series.

In May 2017, Ms Hennig was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival.

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Ensemble

SHAW 2017: Dancing at Lughnasa and Middletown; 1st season.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): Weesageechak Festival, Native Centre for Performing Arts; Das Ding (The Thing), Canadian Stage; Miracle on Mercer St., Second City; Second City Ensemble (national touring company); Second City Boat Company, Norwegian Cruise Line.
FILM/TELEVISION: Designated Survivor, Mohawk Girls, First Round Down, The Strain, Defiance, Nikita, Covert Affairs.
TRAINING: Second City Conservatory Program.

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Kevin Bennett
Director

SHAW 2017: Director for The Madness of George III.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): associate director, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe; director, Troilus and Cressida, Fallout, Treasure Island, Studio 58; Measure for Measure, Pacific Theatre; King Lear, Hamlet, Honest Fishmongers; Macbeth, Little Mountain Studios; Bassett, Dido Queen of Carthage, The Loudest Silence, 7 Stories, Dream Big Productions/Templeton Secondary; Private Lives, The Priory, United Players; assistant director, Disgraced, Arts Club; King John, The Three Musketeers, Stratford; Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Bard on the Beach; NiX, Only Animal/Cultural Olympiad.
AWARDS: Bluma Appel award, Shakespeare’s Globe Canada; Jean Gascon directing award, Stratford Festival.
TRAINING: Studio 58; Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, Stratford Festival.
UPCOMING: director, King Charles III, Arts Club.

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Bonnie Beecher
Lighting Designer

SHAW 2017: Lighting designer for An Octoroon.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): The Divine, Sweet Charity, Juno and the Paycock, Cabaret, Faith Healer, Come Back, Little Sheba, Misalliance, One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, The Apple Cart, The Shop at Sly Corner, The Two Mrs Carrolls, The Conjuror Part 2, Overruled; assistant lighting designer (1992); Jeffrey Dallas Lighting Assistant (1991).
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): over 350 lighting designs across Canada and internationally, including National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, Stratford, Opera Atelier, NAC, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Dortmund Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Ballet im Reveir, American Ballet Theatre; 7 world premieres, Stuttgart Ballet; over 20 world premieres, Kevin O’Day Ballett Mannheim.

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Designer

SHAW 2018: Designer for Stage Kiss.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: An Octoroon.
ELSEWHERE: costume designs for Idomeneus, Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary, Soulpepper; Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Physicists, The Three Musketeers, Hirsch, Stratford Festival; Louis Riel, Canadian Opera Company; Mary Poppins, The Kite Runner, Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary; set and costume design for Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, Seminar, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Road to Paradise, Night, Human Cargo; Appetite, Volcano.
AWARDS: 3 Dora awards.
UPCOMING: Hadrian (costumes), Canadian Opera Company.

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Camellia Koo
Designer

SHAW 2017: Designer for Middletown.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): designed The Adventures of the Black Girl, The Lady from the Sea, Trifles, When the Rain Stops Falling, Topdog/Underdog; sets for The Sea, Peace in Our Time, One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, The Stepmother.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): theatre productions with Stratford, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Obsidian, Theatre Smash, Second City, YPT; opera productions with Helikon Opera (Moscow), Minnesota Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Boston Lyric Opera, Against the Grain, Tapestry New Opera.
AWARDS: 6 Dora awards; Sterling award; Chalmers award; 2006 Siminovitch Protégé Prize; 2016 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper award for costume design.

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Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Stage manager for Stage Kiss and Of Marriage and Men; 24th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: stage manager, Middletown, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Adventures of the Black Girl, Alice in Wonderland, The Twelve-Pound Look, Pygmalion, The Philadelphia Story (and Theatre Calgary), Faith Healer, Lady Windermere’s Fan, His Girl Friday, Topdog/Underdog, Candida, Half an Hour, Harvey, Sunday in the Park with George, Belle Moral, An Inspector Calls, The Circle, The Cassilis Engagement, The Invisible Man, The Crucible, You Never Can Tell, Bus Stop, Three Men on a Horse, Waiting for the Parade, Blood Relations, The Return of the Prodigal.
ELSEWHERE: stage manager, El Retorno/I Return, El Retorno Collective; productions with  Lyndesfarne, Theatre Aquarius, Belfry Theatre, Royal Alexandra, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Factory Theatre, Tarragon.

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Louise Guinand
Lighting Designer

SHAW 2018: Lighting designer for Stage Kiss.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: over 30 productions, including Dancing at Lughnasa, The Dance of Death, The Adventures of the Black Girl, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Charity that Began at Home, Trifles, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Man and Some Women, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Stepmother, Wonderful Town, The Circle, The Heiress, The Magic Fire, Journey’s End, The Autumn Garden, Three Men on a Horse, Rutherford and Son, The Voysey Inheritance.
ELSEWHERE: The Monument, Factory Theatre; Blackbird, Theatre Aquarius; A Christmas Carol, Around the World in Eighty Days, Globe Theatre; Once, Grand Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Stratford Festival; lighting designs for over 500 shows at theatres including Neptune Theatre, Soulpepper, Western Canada Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre.

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Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Stage manager for Grand Hotel and O’Flaherty V.C.; 32nd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: scenic carpentry, running crew, technical direction, stage management for over 50 productions, including Wilde Tales, 1979, The Dance of Death, Our Town, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, Sweet Charity, Juno and the Paycock, Cabaret, Arcadia (and Mirvish), Major Barbara, The Millionairess, French Without Tears, The Admirable Crichton, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Serious Money, The Devil’s Disciple, Born Yesterday, Saint Joan, The Heiress, The Magic Fire, Harlequinade, Diana of Dobson’s, The Petrified Forest, The Voysey Inheritance, The Lady’s Not for Burning.
ELSEWHERE: stage management for theatre/opera across Canada. Council President for CAEA (2006-17).

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Jennifer Goodman
Costume Designer

SHAW 2018: Costume designer for The Magician’s Nephew.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: costumes for 1979, designer for Wilde Tales.
ELSEWHERE: set, costume and/or lighting design credits include Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Grand Theatre; Les zinspirés 6, Théâtre français de Toronto; Nothing Less!, Liberation Days, The Tempest (Merritt award, outstanding costume design), Two Planks and a Passion; Elle, Theatre Passe Muraille;  Stones in His Pockets, Neptune; Forever Plaid, Starvox; The Eve of St George, TranscenDance; The Mountaintop, Theatre Kingston; Generous, GCTC; Vigilante (workshop production), Catalyst; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Globe; Billy Bishop Goes to War, Theatre North West; 7 Stories (MECCA for best set design), Tableau d’Hôte.
TRAINING: MFA, University of Alberta; BFA, Concordia University; Banff Centre for the Arts.

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Designer

SHAW 2017: Designer for Androcles and the Lion.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): designer for Timon of Athens, Stratford Festival; You Are Here, Blithe Spirit, Bed and Breakfast, Thousand Island Playhouse; To Kill A Mockingbird, Young People’s Theatre; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Speed the Plow, Soulpepper; costume designer for Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, All My Sons, Carousel, Possible Worlds, Stratford Festival; The Barber of Seville, Macbeth, Pacific Opera Victoria; Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts I, II, III), Parfumerie, Ghosts, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Time of Your Life, Soulpepper.
AWARDS: for costume design, 2 Dora awards and 1 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper award.

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Set / Lighting Designer

SHAW 2018: Set/lighting designer for Of Marriage and Men.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: set/lighting/projections, 1979; lighting, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt.
ELSEWHERE: more than 400 productions of theatre, opera, dance and performance art; toured to more than 24 countries; lighting, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Physicists, Stratford Festival; Botticelli in the Fire / Sunday in Sodom (Dora award, best production), Canadian Stage; Echo, Toronto Dance Theatre; set/lighting, Passing Strange, Obsidian; The Winter’s Tale (Dora award, best production), Groundling Theatre Company; 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Talking Fingers; 7 Important Things, Sto Union; Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott, Blyth Festival; Rope Enough, Buddies in Bad Times; Breath[e], Theatre 2.0; The Drawer Boy, Theatre Passe Muraille.
AWARDS: 4 Dora awards, 31 Dora nominations.

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Director

SHAW 2018: Director for Of Marriage and Men.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: directed 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, “Master Harold”…and the Boys (2018 tour/2016), The Mountaintop, Topdog/Underdog.
ELSEWHERE: Artistic Director, Obsidian Theatre Company; directed Stephen Karam’s The Humans, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; debbie tucker green’s hang, Lisa Codrington’s Up the Garden Path, Meghan Swaby’s Venus’ Daughter, Obsidian; Stew’s Passing Strange, Obsidian/Acting Up Stage.
AWARDS: William Kilbourn award (the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life); C.A.E.A. Lifetime Membership award (outstanding contributions to the performing arts); PGC Women’s Caucus Bra d’Or award (supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights); Mallory Gilbert Leadership award; T.A.P.A. Silver Ticket award (outstanding contribution to the arts).

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Stage Manager

SHAW 2017: Stage manager for 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt and Dracula; 14th season.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): stage manager for 19 productions; assistant stage manager for 7 productions.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): production stage manager, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mirvish; stage manager, The Drawer Boy, Poor, Essential Collective Theatre; The Seagull, Crow’s Theatre; Venus in Fur, Red, Theatre Kingston; 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, various producers, Japan and multiple cities in the US and Canada (1995-2012); The Little Years, Wide Awake Hearts, The Faraway Nearby, Pants on Fire, Tarragon Theatre; My Name is Rachel Corrie, Neworld Theatre; The Foursome, The Gin Game, Grand Theatre; The Fantasticks, Tango, Piggery Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Citadel Theatre.

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John Gzowski
Composer / Sound Designer

SHAW 2017: Composer/sound designer for Dancing at Lughnasa, Wilde Tales and Dracula.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): composer/sound designer for many productions, including The Adventures of the Black Girl, A Woman of No Importance, The Divine, The Sea, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Age of Arousal.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): composer/sound designer, Twelfth Night, NAC; Helen Lawrence, The Flood, Canadian Stage; War of the Worlds, Art of Time Ensemble; The Crucible, Home, Glengarry Glen Ross, Soulpepper; Ugly One, Smash Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird, YPT; A God in Need of Help, The Little One, Other People’s Children, Tarragon.
AWARDS: Juno nomination; 6 Dora awards, 18 nominations.

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Cameron Davis
Projection Designer

SHAW 2018: Projection designer for The Magician’s Nephew.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Dracula, You Never Can Tell, Sweet Charity.
ELSEWHERE: projection designer, A Christmas Carol, Ross Petty Productions; The Enchanted Loom, Ultrasound, Cahoots Theatre; Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pacific Opera Victoria; Up The Garden Path, Obsidian Theatre; The Gay Heritage Project, Buddies in Bad Times/Canadian tour; Domesticated, Company Theatre; Life, Death and the Blues, Crash, Theatre Passe Muraille; Watching Glory Die, Canadian Rep Theatre; Yukonstyle, Cruel and Tender, Canadian Stage; Feng Yi Ting, Luminato Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA; Dance Marathon, bluemouth inc; lighting design, How Do I Love Thee?, Canadian Rep Theatre; They Say He Fell, Birth, Pandemic Theatre.
TEACHING: projection design, National Theatre School of Canada.

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Alan Brodie
Lighting Designer

SHAW 2017: Lighting designer for Dracula.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): lighting designer, Sweeney Todd, Engaged, Major Barbara, Our Betters, Ragtime, The Admirable Crichton, Age of Arousal, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Born Yesterday, Sunday in the Park with George, After the Dance, A Little Night Music, Hotel Peccadillo, Summer and Smoke, Too True To Be Good, Design for Living, Ah, Wilderness!, Nothing Sacred, Misalliance, The Coronation Voyage, Widowers’ Houses, Detective Story, Hay Fever, Easy Virtue, Uncle Vanya, The Lady’s Not for Burning.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): A Little Night Music, Patrick Street Productions; Alice Munro Stories, Belfry Theatre; The Flick, Arts Club; Emergence, Scottish Ballet.
TRAINING: MFA, University of Victoria; BFA, University of British Columbia.

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Eda Holmes
Director

SHAW 2018: Director for Grand Hotel.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Dracula, A Woman of No Importance, Mrs Warren’s Profession, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, The Sea, Arcadia, Misalliance, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Serious Money, One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, The Little Foxes, Tristan, Love Among the Russians, Floyd Collins, Blood Relations.
ELSEWHERE: Artistic Director for Centaur Theatre (Montreal); The 39 Steps, Centaur; The Threepenny Opera, National Theatre School of Canada; Tom at the Farm (Dora award), Buddies in Bad Times; Red (Merritt award), Neptune; Little Mercy’s First Murder (Dora award), Shaw/Tarragon co-production.
DANCE: San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet.
TRAINING: Directing Program, National Theatre School.

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Alison Peddie
Production Stage Manager

SHAW 2017: Stage manager for Saint Joan and A Christmas Carol; 12th season.
FOR THE SHAW (Selected Credits): Production Stage Manager since 2012; stage manager, Sweeney Todd, The Next Whisky Bar, You Never Can Tell, Arms and The Man (2014/2006), Guys and Dolls, Present Laughter, A Little Night Music, The Stepmother, Mack and Mabel, Tristan, Rosmersholm, The Constant Wife, The Autumn Garden, Pal Joey, Floyd Collins, The Plough and the Stars, Afterplay.
ELSEWHERE (Selected Credits): production stage manager, The Fantastics, Fronteras Americanas, White Biting Dog, stage manager, A Raisin in the Sun, Waiting for the Parade, Soulpepper; Wild Mouth, Anything That Moves, Tarragon; Little Mercy’s First Murder, Music for Contortionist, Shaw/Tarragon co-productions; Side by Side by Sondheim, Canadian Stage.

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Alexis Milligan
Movement / Puppetry Director

SHAW 2018: Movement/puppetry director for The Magician’s Nephew; movement director for Oh What a Lovely War; movement/puppetry for A Christmas Carol.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: movement director, The Madness of George III and Saint Joan; dance sequences/puppetry, Androcles and the Lion; movement/puppetry, A Christmas Carol.
ELSEWHERE: movement direction, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Stratford Festival; En Julefortelling, Den Nationale Scene (Norway); acting credits include associate artist at Theatre Gargantua; 8 seasons at Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (2 Merritt nominations); 7 international tours with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
FILM/TELEVISION: Addison, Kids CBC; Some Things Won’t Sleep (ACTRA nomination), Seed (ACTRA nomination); Mr D, The Mighty Jungle, You & Me, CBC.
OTHER: Founding Director of Transitus — multi-disciplinary performance company specializing in art communication and public engagement through the arts. www.transitus.ca.

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Claudio Vena
Music Director / Composer / Sound Designer

SHAW 2018: Music director/composer/sound designer for The Magician’s Nephew.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: music director/composer, Saint Joan.
ELSEWHERE: currently music director/conductor, Symphony On The Bay and CCSA Orchestra; music director/arranger, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, music director/composer, King John, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan, Hamlet, Stratford Festival; composer, Romeo and Juliet, Canadian Stage; arranger/conductor, Metropolitan Opera’s Louis Quillico CD Ricordi d’Italia; conductor/music director, Hart House String and Wind Ensembles, Huronia Symphony; assistant conductor, Miss Saigon (Toronto), Hart House Orchestra.
FILM/TELEVISION: movie scores include TO in 24 (Gemini award, best original music), Road to the Lemon Grove, Silver Man, Boy Meets Girl, 2 tracks in Norman Jewison’s Only You; music for CBC’s television news shows. Founder/original member, Quartetto Gelato. Performed with Bocelli, Domingo, Pavarotti, Rod Stewart and many others. Record producer, Ensemble Vivant.
AWARDS: Gemini, NPR’s Debut Artist, 2 Juno nominations.

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Judith Bowden
Designer

SHAW 2018: Designer for Grand Hotel.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: numerous productions over the past 16 seasons, including Saint Joan, Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, Sunday in the Park with George; costumes, Cabaret, My Fair Lady.
ELSEWHERE: set and costumes for The Humans, Citadel Theatre/Canadian Stage; Musik Für Das Ende, Soundstreams/Crow’s Theatre; costumes for The Changeling, Stratford Festival; Watch on the Rhine, My Fair Lady, Arena Stage; designed Chimerica, Canadian Stage/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Other Place, London Road, Canadian Stage; designed numerous productions over the past 20 years with theatres across Canada, including Theatre Calgary, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Young People’s Theatre.
UPCOMING: designer for Paradise Lost, Stratford Festival.

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Tim Carroll
Artistic Director

SHAW 2018: Director for The Magician’s Nephew and Mythos; co-director for Henry V.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: 2nd season as Artistic Director; directed A Christmas Carol, Androcles and the Lion, Saint Joan.
ELSEWHERE: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet, King John, Stratford; associate director at Shakespeare’s Globe, productions include Twelfth Night, Richard III, Macbeth, The Tempest; Royal Shakespeare Company productions include The Merchant of Venice; artistic director of Kent Opera, productions include Acis and Galatea, Albert Herring; opera houses worldwide include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sydney Opera House; Bluebeard’s Castle, Opera Oviedo; many productions in the UK and US, as well as the national theatres of Romania, Norway and Portugal.

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Annie McWhinnie
Assistant Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Assistant stage manager for Stage Kiss and The Orchard; 10th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: A Christmas Carol, An Octoroon, Me and My Girl, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, The Lady from the Sea, Sweet Charity, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Cabaret, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Guys and Dolls, The Millionairess, Present Laughter, Maria Severa, My Fair Lady, One Touch of Venus, The Cherry Orchard, Star Chamber, Sunday in the Park with George.
ELSEWHERE: Steel Magnolias, The Mousetrap, Drayton; Danny, King of the Basement, Roseneath; I Met a Bully on the Hill, Theatre Direct; Beauty and the Beast, Stage West; Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Thousand Islands Playhouse; Snow White, Ross Petty; High Life, Soulpepper; Cloud 9, Mirvish.

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Amy Jewell
Assistant Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Assistant stage manager for Grand Hotel and The Hound of the Baskervilles; 19th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: numerous productions as assistant stage manager since 1998, including 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Me and My Girl, Uncle Vanya, Alice in Wonderland, Pygmalion (2015/2004), You Never Can Tell (2015/2005), The Philadelphia Story (and Theatre Calgary), The Light in the Piazza, Guys and Dolls, His Girl Friday, Ragtime, Born Yesterday, Follies: In Concert, Saint Joan (and Chicago tour).
ELSEWHERE: stage manager, I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Belfry Theatre; Aladdin, Capitol Theatre; Night, Nunavut tour and Thousand Islands Playhouse/Human Cargo; productions with Moonpath Productions, Theatre North West, Theatre Calgary, Carousel Players, Huron Country Playhouse, Blyth Festival, Ross Petty Productions, Grand Theatre.

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Dora Tomassi
Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Stage manager for The Magician’s Nephew and The Baroness and the Pig; 17th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: stage manager, Androcles and the Lion, Me and My Girl, A Woman of No Importance, The Mountaintop, The Philanderer, The Light in the Piazza, Hedda Gabler, When the Rain Stops Falling, Drama at Inish, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Albertine in Five Times; assistant stage manager, Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, Man and Superman, Floyd Collins.
ELSEWHERE: production manager, To All a Goodnight (2 and 3), Tzigane, Art of Time Ensemble; stage manager, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Ross Petty; High Life, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Soulpepper; productions with Canadian Stage, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, NAC.

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Kevin Lamotte
Lighting Design Director

SHAW 2018: Lighting designer for The Magician’s Nephew, Mythos, The Baroness and the Pig, Henry V and A Christmas Carol.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Lighting Design Director; over 75 productions since 1988, including A Christmas Carol (2017), Middletown, Saint Joan, Me and My Girl, “Master Harold”…and the Boys (2018 tour/2016), A Woman of No Importance, Alice in Wonderland, The Next Whisky Bar, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, Pygmalion, The Lady from the Sea, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, The Philanderer, The Sea, The Philadelphia Story, Peace in Our Time, Guys and Dolls, Hedda Gabler, His Girl Friday, When the Rain Stops Falling, Topdog/Underdog.
ELSEWHERE: designed lighting for most of Canada’s major theatre, opera and ballet/dance companies.
AWARDS: Pauline McGibbon award, Dora award, Jessie Richardson award, Prix de la Masque, Betty Mitchell award.

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Paul Sportelli
Music Director

SHAW 2018: Music director for Grand Hotel and Oh What a Lovely War; composer for Mythos.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: 20th season as Music Director; composer, Androcles and the Lion, Uncle Vanya, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, Man and Superman; music director, A Christmas Carol, Me and My Girl, Sweeney Todd, The Next Whisky Bar, Floyd Collins;  co-writer, Maria Severa, Tristan.
ELSEWHERE: co-writer, Erik with a K (work in progress); 33-1/3 (Canadian Musical Theatre Project, Playwrights Guild of Canada award for Best New Musical), Oracle; Nobody Told Me, Step Right Up!, Little Mercy’s First Murder (7 Dora awards); recordings include Maria Severa, Tristan, jaypaul project (jaypaulproject.com); music director: Mirvish, Livent, Arena Stage, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Acting Up Stage, Studio 180; 2 Dora awards and 1 Helen Hayes award, music direction; conducting debut, Aspects of Love, Broadway.
TRAINING: BM, Performers’ Certificate, Eastman School of Music; MM, DMA, Manhattan School of Music.

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