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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.

Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet/August 21 to October 13) played trumpet in the North American premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical in Toronto, and has performed with Adele, Ron Sexsmith and Feist.

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.

Shawn Moody (trumpet/July 14 to August 19) 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.

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.

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Vicki Baum
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VICKI BAUM (1888-1960) switched from a musical to a writing career at age thirty-one. After her success with Menschen im Hotel, transformed in 1930 into the Broadway play Grand Hotel and an all-star Hollywood film in 1932, she moved to the United States, became a screenwriter in Hollywood and, in 1938, an American citizen. Baum frequently depicted powerful, self-reliant women caught up in the social and economic turbulence of twentieth-century Europe and America. Among her later works were Hotel Berlin ’43, set in Nazi Germany (1944), and Theme for Ballet (1958), which dealt with the American career of a beautiful Viennese dancer. Her autobiography It Was All Quite Different was published posthumously in 1964.

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Maury Yeston
Composer / Lyricist

MAURY YESTON (b. 1945) In addition to winning the Tony Award for Best Score for Titanic (Tony Award for Best Musical), Yeston also won the Tony and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Broadway’s Nine (nominated for a Grammy Award and London’s Olivier Award). His work on Broadway’s Grand Hotel was also nominated for a Tony and two Drama Desk Awards. Yeston wrote the incidental music to the Broadway 2009 hit revival of “The Royal Family”, and to the legendary off-Broadway premiere of “Cloud 9”, directed by Tommy Tune. He holds a PhD from Yale University and was Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Music Studies at Yale for eight years, publishing two textbooks with Yale University Press.

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Robert Wright and George Forrest
Composers / Lyricists

ROBERT WRIGHT (1914-2005) and GEORGE FORREST (1915-1999) formed the longest continual partnership in the history of musical theatre. Since meeting at age fifteen in high school, they wrote lyrics and music for more than 2,000 compositions, sixteen produced stage musicals, eighteen stage revues, fifty-eight motion pictures and numerous cabaret acts. Their most famous musical is Kismet, in which they adapted the musical themes of Alexander Borodin. Several more of their works used classical compositions adapted into song form, including Song of Norway (1944), Gypsy Lady (1946), Magdalena (1948), Anya (1965), The Great Waltz (1970), Timbuktu! (1978) (reworking of Kismet).

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Sarena Parmar
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SARENA PARMAR is a Canadian actor and playwright. Originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, she now resides in Toronto. Sarena is a graduate of the National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre and the One Yellow Rabbit Summer Intensive. Her short play, Rubik’s Cube Solution, was commissioned as part of the Climate Change Theatre Action and published in an anthology by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and York University. A workshop presentation of her solo one-act play, Through the Lens, was selected as part of the SummerWorks Youth Reading Series. She has been playwright in residence at Soulpepper Theatre, and was also a member of the Cahoots Theatre Hot House for two seasons, where she developed The Orchard (After Chekhov). She is the recipient of the Elliot Hayes Development Award and finalist for the Cayle Chernin Award. As an actor, Sarena has performed with theatre companies across Canada, including the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre and Vertigo Theatre. Her favourite roles include Christina in Dancing at Lughnasa at the Shaw Festival and Perdita in The Winter’s Tale directed by Stratford veteran Graham Abbey. The Orchard (After Chekhov) is her first full-length play and her first produced play. It will go on to be produced at the Arts Club in Vancouver in April 2019.

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Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry (b. 1957) English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure. While at university, he became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.

Stephen’s acting roles include the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the titular character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta, Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, and is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI. He played Prime Minister Alistair Davies in Fox TV’s 24: Live Another Day. A sitcom for CBS, The Great Indoors, aired in both the US and UK in 2017.

Stephen explored his love for Wagner’s music and his complicated relationship with the composer in the BBC documentary Wagner and Me, and he has since been the presenter of choice for cinema and television broadcasts of Wagner operas from the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and the Bayreuth Festival.

As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his thirty-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community.

As well as his work in television, he contributes many articles for newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio, reads for voice-overs and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography — Moab is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and his latest, More Fool Me.

Stephen’s new book, Mythos, his unique retelling of the Greek myths, was published in November 2017 and is the source of the world premiere one-man stage performance you are about to see.

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Patrick Bowman
Music Director

SHAW 2018: Music director for O’Flaherty V.C.; vocal coach for Stage Kiss; intern music director and substitute keyboard for Grand Hotel, Mythos and Oh What a Lovely War.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: music director for The Rocky Horror Show, Grand Theatre; Rent, Zamprogna Arts; Fun Home, Calithumpian Theatre Company; assistant music director/rehearsal pianist for Footloose, Theatre Aquarius.
TRAINING: BMus. Voice Performance, MMus. Performance and Literature, Western University.
UPCOMING: music director for The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yellow Door Theatre Project.

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Michael O’Brien
Playwright

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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Guillermo Verdecchia
Dramaturg

SHAW 2018: Dramaturg for The Orchard (After Chekhov).
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Resident Artist, Head of New Play Development and Head of Playwriting at Soulpepper, productions include Animal Farm, Fronteras Americanas; bloom, Modern Times/Buddies in Bad Times; Flashing Lights, Bad New Days/Ahuri Theatre/Theatre Centre; 2 Birds, 1 Stone, Tarragon Theatre.
AWARDS: Governor-General’s award for drama, 4 Chalmers New Canadian Play awards.
OTHER: previous work has been anthologized, translated into Spanish and Italian, produced in Europe and the US, and studied in Latin America, Europe and North America.
TEACHING: University of Toronto.
UPCOMING: adaptation of The Conference of the Birds (with Soheil Parsa); new play provisionally entitled Odyssey.

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Bradley Dunn
Assistant Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Assistant stage manager for The Baroness and the Pig and Henry V; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: stage manager, Mixie and the Halfbreeds, fu-GEN; Buying the Moose, Port Stanley Festival Theatre; It’s All Tru, Cabaret Company; assistant stage manager, King Charles III, My Night with Reg, Studio 180/Mirvish; My Name is Asher Lev, Studio 180/Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company; The Comedy of Errors, Thousand Islands Playhouse; apprentice stage manager, The Wizard of Oz, Grand Theatre; A Grand Time in the Rapids, Thousand Islands Playhouse; Steel Magnolias, The Gentleman Clothier, Touch and Go, Stag and Doe, Upper Canada Playhouse; The Heidi Chronicles, The Odd Couple, Soulpepper; You Will Remember Me, Studio 180/Tarragon; It’s A Wonderful Life, Theatre Aquarius.

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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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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
Playwright

MICHAEL MACKENZIE’s recent productions include Instructions to Any Future Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas at Coalmine Theatre in Toronto and Unconscious in the Sistine Chapel at 2b theatre company in Halifax. A French production of Instructions toured Quebec and played at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2015, and was presented in Catalan at the Sala Becket in Barcelona in November 2017. Mackenzie’s translation/adaptation of the French play Le Pre-nom was produced by Just for Laughs and the Segal Theatre in Montreal in July 2017. His stage adaptation and translation of the Quebec film Vic et Flo ont vu un ours, which he directed, was a Talisman production at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal in November 2017. He also worked as writer/dramaturg on Cirque de Soleil’s Toruk, currently touring Europe; and the Cirque’s Hangzou 2018, which opened in China in the spring of 2018. Upcoming productions include Instructions at Companhia de Teatro do Algarve, Faro, Portugal in their 2018-19 season.

Prior to that, Mackenzie’s plays have been produced
in Canada in English and French, in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, France, the U.K. (both on-stage and on BBC radio) and Portugal, with public readings of Instructions
 at Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End, and at The Lark, off-Broadway in New York. The play was also a finalist in the International University of California 2012 STAGE competition.

Mackenzie has worked with Robert Lepage on a number of theatre-related projects as writer/collaborator and translator/adaptor, including Lepage’s one-man Hamlet, Blue Dragon, and the Cirque du Soleil show Ka playing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Other theatre-related work includes directing small productions in Toronto, Ottawa and New York where he directed Linda Mancini’s Tip or Die and Bikini. He has written/co-written and directed two feature films, which were invited to various film festivals (Sundance, Toronto, Montreal, SKIP Tokyo and Copenhagen, to name a few) and theatrically released in Canada. He was a co-writer on the Robert Lepage movie Polygraphe, which won a Genie Award for Best-Adapted Screenplay and was the writer for Jennifer Tarver’s 2018 short film, Ten Minute Call.

Mackenzie lives in Montreal with his partner, Maryse Bienvenu, and their two children.

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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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Luther Davis
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LUTHER DAVIS (1916-2008) in collaboration with Robert Wright and George Forrest, wrote Kismet, Timbuktu! and two singular productions based on Vicki Baum’s novel Grand Hotel: At The Grand and Grand Hotel: The Musical. Among his plays are Kiss Them For Me, They Voted Yes and Changing The World. Davis wrote fifteen movies and many television specials. He won two Mystery Writer of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards, was nominated many times by the Writers Guild of America, and was also nominated for three Tony Awards, winning for Kismet.

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C.S. Lewis
Playwright

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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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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Selma Dimitrijevic
Director

SHAW 2018: Director for The Baroness and the Pig.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: current artistic director, Greyscale Theatre Company; director, Hedda Gabler – This Is Not a Love Story, Northern Stage; A Prayer, Greyscale; The Gamblers, Dundee Rep; Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone, Almeida/Greyscale; A Beginning, a Middle and an End, Greyscale/Stellar Quines; What Would Judas Do?, Theatre Royal Bath; Theatre Brothel, Almeida/Hull Truck/Northern Stage; Tonight David Ireland Will Lecture, Box and Dance, Northern Stage/Oran Mor; Waterproof, Incident at the Border, Cyrano, Oran Mor; multiple writing credits, including Dr Frankenstein, Hedda Gabler – This Is Not a Love Story, A Prayer, The Gamblers, Extremely Brief and Violent, Game Theory (co-written with Pamela Carter), Night Time; multiple projects as a librettist, translator and dramaturg.

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Debashis Sinha
Composer / Sound Designer

SHAW 2018: Composer / sound designer for The Orchard (After Chekhov).
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: composer/sound designer on productions with many theatres across Canada, including Stratford Festival, Why Not Theatre, Theatre Centre, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Young People’s Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Pleiades Theatre.
AWARDS: two Dora awards for best original sound design; Juno award nominations; Toronto Theatre Critics award for best design.
OTHER: many international broadcasts of radio and sound art.

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André du Toit
Lighting Designer

SHAW 2018: Lighting designer for The Orchard (After Chekhov).
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Animal Farm, A Delicate Balance, Vimy, The 39 Steps, Soulpepper; Asking For It, In Association Productions; Prince Hamlet, Why Not Theatre; As I Lay Dying, The Assholes, Theatre Smith-Gilmour; Italian Mime Suicide, Three Red Days, Paolozzapedia, The Double, Bad New Days; Tideline, Watching Glory Die, Canadian Rep Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare in the Ruff; Oraltorio, MotionLive Collective; Jackie Burroughs is Dead & what are you going to do about it? (featuring Danielle Baskerville), Florence, Deitrich Group; Mouthpiece, Quote Unquote Collective; The Bakelite Masterpiece, Tarragon Theatre.
AWARDS: two Dora awards for outstanding lighting design.

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Ravi Jain
Director

SHAW 2018: Director for The Orchard (After Chekhov).
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Lisa Codrington’s The Adventures of the Black Girl.
ELSEWHERE: Animal Farm, The 39 Steps, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Soulpepper; Prince Hamlet, Like Mother, Like Daughter (in collaboration with Complicite, UK), Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, A Brimful of Asha,  Why Not Theatre; Salt-Water Moon, Factory Theatre; We Are Proud to Present…, Theatre Centre; consulting director for Much Ado About Nothing, Tarragon; Boom, Rick Miller/Mirvish; Sea Sick, Theatre Centre.
AWARDS: John Hirsch Prize for Directing, Canada Council for the Arts; Pauline McGibbon award for Emerging Director; 4 Dora awards; shortlisted for Siminovitch Prize (2016).
OTHER: founding artistic director, Why Not Theatre (theatrewhynot.org); associate artistic director, Theatre Centre (2012-15).

 

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Howard J. Davis
Projection Designer

SHAW 2018: Projection designer for Oh What a Lovely War.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: appeared in Pygmalion, Sweet Charity.
ELSEWHERE: directing/design intern, Silence, Grand Theatre; projection designer, The Mountaintop, Black Theatre Workshop/Neptune Theatre; The Millennial Malcontent, Tarragon Theatre; assistant director, Louis Riel, National Arts Centre; appeared in Bombay Black (Dora nomination, outstanding production), Factory Theatre; Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (Dora award, outstanding ensemble), Outside the March/Convergence Theatre/Sheep No Wool.
FILM/TELEVISION: directed C’est Moi (internationally acclaimed short film); appeared in Downsizing, 12 Monkeys.
TRAINING: Ryerson Theatre School.
UPCOMING: I Call Myself Princess, Paper Canoe Projects/Cahoots Theatre; production assistant/EPK, Red Snow (with director Marie Clements).

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Teresa Przybylski
Designer

SHAW 2018: Designer for Oh What a Lovely.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: set, Lady Windermere’s Fan; designed Albertine in Five Times, The House of Bernarda Alba, Fanny’s First Play; costumes, The Crucible, Happy End.
ELSEWHERE: designed The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Stratford Festival; Infinity, Volcano Theatre/Tarragon; Hedda Gabler, Necessary Angel; productions across North America, including Nightwood Theatre; Canadian Opera Company, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Pacific Opera, Grand Theatre, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, YPT, NAC, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Theatre Columbus, Native Earth, VideoCabaret, Canadian Stage.
AWARDS: Gemini awards for Don Giovanni Unmasked, Stormy Weather, Rhombus Media; five Dora awards and several nominations.
TEACHING: Theatre Design, York University. Member, Associated Designers of Canada and Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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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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Nick Bottomley
Projection Designer

SHAW 2018: Projection designer for Mythos.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: One Discordant Violin, When it Rains, 2b theatre company; Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion, NAC; The School for Scandal, HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island, Possible Worlds, Stratford Festival; Dream On, BBC Live; Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death, Accidental Mechanics; Pop-Up Love Party, Zuppa Theatre Company.
TRAINING: Computer Science program, Dalhousie University; Glasgow School of Art.

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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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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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Ensemble

SHAW 2018: O’Flaherty V.C.; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Queen Marie in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Fool in King Lear, Diana in Diana of Dobson’s, National Theatre School; Ophelia in Hamlet, Doris in Unity (1918), University of Guelph; fight choreographer for Tough!, Canadian Rep Theatre.
FILM/TELEVISON: Taken, NBC/Universal; Kim’s Convenience, Frankie Drake Mysteries, CBC; Brothers in the Kitchen, Hot Docs Festival; featured dancer and story intern for The Next Step, Family Channel.
TRAINING: National Theatre School of Canada (acting); Centennial College (children’s entertainment: writing, producing, management); BAH, Theatre Studies, University of Guelph; Summer Intensive, Stratford Festival.

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Ensemble

SHAW 2018: The Orchard (After Chekhov); 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: Girl in Crash (Dora award, leading actress and outstanding new play), playwright for and appeared as Celine in Happy Place, Soulpepper; appeared as herself in Nirbhaya, Assembly Theatre (UK/NY); Helen in The Penelopiad, Nightwood Theatre; Grace in The Little Years, Tarragon Theatre.
FILM/TELEVISION: Rookie Blue, What We Have, Breakaway, ER (recurring, three seasons), Huff, Live from Baghdad.
UPCOMING: New (limited series, currently in development), Sienna Films/Flimshow Inc; Happy Place (screenplay, directed by Helen Shaver), Sienna Films (Fall, 2018).

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Jani Lauzon
Ensemble

SHAW 2018: The Orchard (After Chekhov); 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: director for The Monument, Factory Theatre; Alien Creature, Theatre Passe Muraille; appeared in The Breathing Hole, Stratford Festival; Louis Riel, Canadian Opera Company; Death of the King, Blood Wedding, Modern Times; Apocalypsis, Luminato; Cordilia/Fool in King Lear (all Indigenous production), St Carmen of the Main, Mother Courage and Her Children, National Arts Centre; The Rez Sisters, Factory Theatre; Tout Comme Elle, Necessary Angel; The Triple Truth, The Only Good Indian, The Scrubbing Project, Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble; Marc Antony in Death of a Chief, NAC/Native Earth.
FILM/TELEVISION: Saving Hope, Hard Rock Medical, Destiny Ridge, Conspiracy of Silence.
OTHER: puppeteer for Maggie on Groundling Marsh; Grannie on Mr Dressup; Seeka on Wumpa’s World; Pa Foley on The Big Comfy Couch.
PLAYWRIGHT: Prophecy Fog, A Side of Dreams, I Call myself Princess.
TRAINING: with masters Richard Pochinko, David Smukler, Yoshi Oida, Frau Til Theile, Patsy Rodenburg.

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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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Ensemble

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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Ensemble

SHAW 2018: The Baroness and the Pig and Henry V; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: The Virgin Trial, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music, Oedipus Rex, The Diary of Anne Frank, Antony and Cleopatra, Elektra, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Stratford Festival; The Seagull, Crow’s Theatre/Canadian Stage; This, Canadian Stage; Speaking in Tongues, Company Theatre/Canadian Stage; Ruined, Obsidian Theatre/Nightwood Theatre; Cloud Nine, Mirvish Productions; Generous, Skylight, Tarragon Theatre; Belle, Factory Theatre; Valley Song, New Globe Theatre.
FILM/TELEVISION: In Contempt, The Expanse, Anne, Remedy, Suits, Saving Hope, Doomstown, The Sentinel, This is Wonderland.
AWARDS: Dora awards for performance in Ruined, Skylight, Valley Song; Gemini award for performance in Doomstown.
TEACHING: National Theatre School; Humber College.

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Ensemble

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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Ensemble

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
Ensemble

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
Ensemble

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
Ensemble

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
Ensemble

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
Ensemble

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
Ensemble

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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Ensemble

SHAW 2018: Henry V and The Hound of the Baskervilles, 2nd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: The Chocolate Soldier.
ELSEWHERE: Undercover, Vertigo/Citadel; Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre; Angels in America, Arts Club; Hosanna, A Doll’s House, The Heidi Chronicles, Angels in America, The Way of the World, The Caretaker, King Lear, The Importance of Being Earnest, Soulpepper; Mr Burns, Outside the March; Sextet, The Clockmaker, Tarragon; Beatrice & Virgil, Factory Theatre; London Road, 7 Stories, The Glass Menagerie, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Canadian Stage; Someone Else, Unidentified Human Remains, Crow’s Theatre; The Retreat From Moscow, Neptune Theatre; I Am My Own Wife, Dallas Theater Center; The Gay Heritage Project, Buddies in Bad Times/National Tour; four seasons at the Stratford Festival.
AWARDS: four Dora awards and ten Dora nominations for acting and writing; Jessie award, Sterling award, Toronto Theatre Critics award.
OTHER: playwright-in-residence, University of British Columbia, Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Factory Theatre.
UPCOMING: We Are Not Alone, Crow’s Theatre.

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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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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
Lighting Designer / Assistant Lighting Designer

SHAW 2018: Lighting designer for O’Flaherty V.C.; lighting assistant for The Magician’s Nephew and Grand Hotel.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: lighting assistant, Dracula, Saint Joan, Me and My Girl, A Woman of No Importance, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, The Twelve-Pound Look, Top Girls, The Lady from the Sea.
ELSEWHERE: lighting designer for Crazy For You, Sheridan College; Grimly Handsome, Theatre Animal; Agency, Yell Rebel Theatre; Cabaret, Lower Ossington Theatre; assistant lighting designer for The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Elixer of Love, Canadian Opera Company; Lillian Alling, Banff Centre Opera.

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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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Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Stage manager for Oh What a Lovely War; 10th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: stage manager, An Octoroon, The Madness of George III, 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: 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
Playwright / Ensemble

SHAW 2018: Mythos; 1st season.
(Selected Credits) ELSEWHERE: extensive film and television credits, including Roland (recurring) in The Great Indoors, Nikolai Genidze in Veep, Dr Gordon Wyatt (recurring) in Bones, Prime Minister Alastair Davies (recurring) in 24: Live Another Day; multiple writing credits for film and television, including The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me, Escape from Planet Earth, Fry’s Planet Word (documentary), Stephen Fry in America (documentary); production credits include Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back, High Life, Playhouse Presents, Little Crackers, Perspectives, Kingdom.

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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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Kristopher Bowman
Ensemble

SHAW 2018: Henry V and The Hound of the Baskervilles; 2nd season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Middletown, Dancing at Lughnasa.
ELSEWHERE: Weesageechak Festival (2016 and 2017), 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
Co-Director

SHAW 2018: Co-director for Henry V.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: The Madness of George III.
ELSEWHERE: director, Romeo and Juliet, Bassett, Dido Queen of Carthage, The Loudest Silence, 7 Stories, Dream Big Productions/Templeton Secondary; The Aliens, Sticks and Stones Theatre; King Charles III, Arts Club; Troilus and Cressida, Fallout, Treasure Island, Studio 58; Measure for Measure, Pacific Theatre; King Lear, Hamlet, Honest Fishmongers; Macbeth, Little Mountain Studios; Private Lives, The Priory, United Players; associate director, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe; 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.
TEACHING: has taught acting, directing and Shakespeare internationally, including the USA, UK, China and Netherlands.
TRAINING: Studio 58; Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, Stratford Festival.

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Bonnie Beecher
Lighting Designer

SHAW 2018: Lighting designer for Oh What a Lovely War.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: An Octoroon, 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: 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, Ballett im Reveir, American Ballet Theatre; 7 world premieres, Stuttgart Ballet; over 20 world premieres, Kevin O’Day Ballett Mannheim.

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Gillian Gallow
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 2018: Designer for The Orchard (After Chekhov), The Baroness and the Pig and Henry V.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Middletown, The Adventures of the Black Girl, The Lady from the Sea, Trifles, When the Rain Stops Falling, Topdog/Underdog; sets, The Sea, Peace in Our Time, One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, The Stepmother.
ELSEWHERE: productions with Stratford Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Obsidian, Theatre Smash, Second City, YPT, 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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Meredith Macdonald
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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Allan Teichman
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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Dana Osborne
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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Steve Lucas
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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Philip Akin
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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Beatrice Campbell
Stage Manager

SHAW 2018: Stage manager for Henry V and The Hound of the Baskervilles; 15th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: stage manager for 21 productions; assistant stage manager for 7 productions.
ELSEWHERE: 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 2018: Composer/sound designer for The Baroness and the Pig and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: composer/sound designer for many productions, including Dracula, Wilde Tales, Dancing at Lughnasa, 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: 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 2018: Stage manager for Mythos; 13th season.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: Production Stage Manager since 2012; stage manager, A Christmas Carol, Saint Joan, 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: 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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