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May 16 – October 22 |
Opens June 3
Shakespeare

AS YOU LIKE IT

by William Shakespeare
Director Jillian Keiley

You’re invited to a celebration of love, liberty and glorious wit. Romance goes undercover in this beloved comedy of surprises, disguises and cross-dressing antics – and you get to play too.
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Production support is generously provided by M. Fainer and by the Harkins/Manning families in memory of James & Susan Harkins.

Support for the 2016 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Claire & Daniel Bernstein.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Petrina Bromley
    Rosalind
     2016: Rosalind in As You Like It, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac and understudy in Macbeth. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Bonnie in Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre); Violet in Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Claudia Roe in Enron, Elsa in The Sound of Music, Dorine in Tartuffe, Alcyone in Metamorphoses (National Arts Centre). Training: Memorial University of Newfoundland, School of Music. Online: @petieb. Et cetera: At home in St. John's, Newfoundland, Petrina also works as a director, writer, composer and musician. She is delighted to be making her Stratford debut.
    Cyrus Lane
    Orlando

    2016: Porter in Macbeth, Orlando in As You Like It  and  Ethan in Bunny. Fifth season. Stratford: The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Peter Pan, King of Thieves, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper); The Gift of the Magi (Theatre Orangeville); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Minotaur (YPT); RIFLES (Next Stage); The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre); Passion Play (Convergence, Outside the March, Sheep No Wool); Rock 'n' Roll, Habeas Corpus, Take Me Out, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd (Canadian Stage); Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius); Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Inspector General (Talk Is Free); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT). Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, The Summit. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Awards: Two Dora Awards (Ensemble - Passion Play, Twelve Angry Men). Et cetera: Love always to Joanne and Eliza. 

    Seana McKenna
    Jaques
    2016: Jaques in As You Like It and Miss Ella Rentheim in John Gabriel Borkman. 25th season. Ms McKenna celebrates her 25th season with the Stratford Festival, first appearing as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1982 at the Tom Patterson Theatre, in the round. More recent credits include Gertrude in Hamlet, Fräulein Doktor in The Physicists (Stratford) and the mother of Jesus in Colm Tóibín's Testament (American Conservatory Theatre). Besides acting in over 150 plays and teaching across Canada and the United States, she sits on the Executive Board of The AFC, a registered charity which provides compassionate aid to Canadian entertainment professionals. Following this season, Ms McKenna will teach for A.C.T.'s MFA Programme in San Francisco, and in early 2016, will play Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience for Theatre Calgary, directed by her husband, Miles Potter.
    John Kirkpatrick
    Oliver

    2016: Doctor in Macbeth, Oliver in As You Like It and Deuxfois, Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Marcellus, Fortinbras in Hamlet, Philip, Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew, Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost, René Descartes in Christina, The Girl King, Red Knight/Walrus in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Jaques in As You Like It, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Jake in Stones in His Pockets, Sam in Fully Committed (Citadel); Slim in Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Roy Darwin in Counsellor-at-Law (Theatre Calgary); Everard in Age of Arousal, Ned in The Gift of the Coat (ATP); Milan in Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Kent in King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival.) Film/TV: Blackstone, Mixed Blessings. Training: BFA, Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure, Citadel Theatre. Et cetera: Love to Breanna.



    Trish Lindström
    Celia
     2016: Celia in As You Like It, Beline in The Hypochondriac and understudy in Macbeth. Fifth season. Stratford: Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Alice), A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play (Titania/Hermia), The Tempest (Miranda), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lucetta), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), The Trojan Women, The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Elsewhere: Once - Dora Award (Mirvish); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (RMTC); A Misfortune (Next Stage); The Mousetrap (Aquarius); Bloodless (Theatre 20 - founding artist); The Game of Love and Chance (Canadian Stage); In the Next Room (Tarragon/RMTC); Exit the King, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Soulpepper); Assassins - Dora nomination (Birdland/TIFT); Mimi - Dora nomination (Tarragon); Shaw Festival (five seasons); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Greatest Gift (TIFT); Dancing in Poppies (Grand); Mary's Wedding (Ship's Company); Pippi Longstocking (MTYP); Emily (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Dorothy's Secret, Jack in the Box, Murdoch Mysteries. Training: National Theatre School. Et cetera: Trish as a photographer: trishlindstrom.org.
    Sanjay Talwar
    Touchstone
     2016: Menteth in Macbeth, Touchstone in As You Like It  and  Louis XIV in The Hypochondriac. Sixth season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Hay Fever, Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Rice Boy, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: The Road to Paradise (Human Cargo); Free Outgoing (Nightwood); Around the World in 80 Days (ATP); two seasons at the Shaw Festival; The Story (Theatre Columbus); Bombay Black (Cahoots/Arts Club); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, director of The Merchant of Venice and Artistic Director for five seasons (Shakespeare in the Rough); five seasons at Dream in High Park; Helen's Necklace (Tarragon and Pi Theatre - Jessie Award). Film/TV: Orphan Black, Puck Hogs, The Border, Flashpoint, Guns, Supernatural, Murder Unveiled. Training: Dalhousie University.
    Scott Wentworth
    Duke Frederick

    2016: Banquo in Macbeth, Duke Frederick in As You Like It and John Gabriel Borkman in John Gabriel Borkman. 22nd season. Stratford: Favourites include last season's Epicure Mammon in The Alchemist, Gloucester in King Lear, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Iago in Othello and the title role in Macbeth. He also directed the 2001 productions of Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, and last season's The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: He recently played in Andrew Kushnir's Wormwood at the Tarragon Theatre. Et cetera: Mr. Wentworth is a Tony-nominated actor, a director and playwright whose work has been celebrated on Broadway, in London's West End, on television, in films and in theatres across the U.S. and Canada.

    Brigit Wilson
    Duchess Senior
    2016: First Witch in Macbeth, Duchess Senior in As You Like It and Toinette in The Hypochondriac. 11th season. Stratford: Pericles, The Alchemist, The Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Triumph of Love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending (Stratford, MTC, Mirvish), The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, The Grapes of Wrath, King John, Christina, Mother Courage. Elsewhere: Clytemnestra in Agamemnon (Next Stage Festival); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand Theatre/Five & Dime Productions - Dora nomination); Enron (Theatre Calgary); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Glorious, Man of La Mancha (TBTB); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Another Season's Harvest (Blyth); The Odd Couple (Segal Centre). TV: Harriet Sims on The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: Twitter: @HOOPOOHEART.
    Matthew Armet
    Amiens
    2016: Greg in A Chorus Line and Amiens in As You Like It. Fifth season. Stratford: The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy For You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Next to Normal, Passion. Elsewhere: Siegfried (COC); Cabaret, White Christmas (RMTC); Miracle on 34th Street (Grand); Hairspray, Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown); Hairspray, How to Succeed… (Drayton); Peter Pan, High School Musical (Neptune); Grief: Another Common Bond (co-creator, Winchester Street Theatre); Peter Pan (Ross Petty). Film/TV: Soundcheck: Odd Squad (PBS); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (CBC); Feist music videos "1, 2, 3, 4" and "My Moon, My Man." Training: Canadian College of Performing Arts. Online: Twitter: @mattarmet. Instagram: @mat2eh. Et cetera: "Dedicating this season to my mother and all the parents who are bringing their kids to their first show today!"
    Ashley Arnett
    Hymen's Assistant
     2016: Bebe in A Chorus Line and Hymen's Assistant in As You Like It. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Appeared in Aladdin: The Panto and The Pirates of Penzance, featured ensemble in Snow White: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Sheila/Jeanie understudy in Hair - national tour (Classical Theatre Productions); featured ensemble in Somewhere With You (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Training: Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Awards: Triple Threat Award (Randolph Academy). Et cetera: Ashley would like to dedicate this performance to her ever-supportive family, especially Doug and Melody Arnett, and to her beloved friend David Connolly.
    Alex Black
    Second Forest Lord

    2016: Lenny in A Chorus Line and Second Forest Lord in As You Like It. Second season. Stratford: Carousel, The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: North American Broadway tour: Movin' Out; Drayton Entertainment: Twist and Shout, Damn Yankees and Dance Legends; Canadian Opera Company: Don Quichotte. Film/TV: American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight; Rise, Shaftesbury Films. Training: Alex grew up dancing at his family-owned dance studio, Dean/Black School of Performing Arts. He attended Wayne State University as a BFA candidate, and was a talent scholar and Maggie Allesee Award recipient. Et cetera: Alex would like to thank his wife, Rochelle, family and friends for their love and support. 

    David Collins
    Corin
     2016: Ross in Macbeth, Corin in As You Like It and Monsieur Purgon, King's Attendant in The Hypochondriac. Eighth season. Stratford: The Adventures of Pericles (Cerimon), The Alchemist (Lovewit), King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Richard III (Rivers), Titus Andronicus, The Tempest (Francisco), Macbeth (Seyton), Caesar and Cleopatra (Theodotus). Elsewhere: Shakuntala (Premiere Dance Theatre); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish); The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Donut City (Canadian Stage); Pusha Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Passe Muraille); Top Gun the Musical (Factory Theatre/N.Y.C.); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Walls (VECC). Founding member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Ubisoft, 12 Monkeys, Jean of the Jones, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, The Firm, 11 Cameras, ReGenesis, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, MVP, Warehouse 13, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Rookie Blue, XIII. Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Phebe
     2016: Gentlewoman in Macbeth, Phebe in As You Like It and Third Doctor, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Maria in Love's Labour's Lost, Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Five seasons with the Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, The Admirable Crichton, The Women, The Devil's Disciple, Born Yesterday; Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Festival HD). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Online: Twitter: @UsoIje. Et cetera: "Love and thanks to my family and Jake."
    Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Audrey
    2016: Second Witch in Macbeth, Audrey in As You Like It and Mrs. Borkman's Maid in John Gabriel Borkman. Third season. Stratford: Chorus Leader (Oedipus Rex), Chorus (The Diary of Anne Frank), Yvette (Mother Courage). Elsewhere: Francis (Fly Me to the Moon, The Grand); Myra Bennett (Tempting Providence), Elizabeth (Winter, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Gnat (Alice Through the Looking-Glass, NAC); Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew, New Curtain); Nancy (Pillow Trade, Rising Tide); Minnie (Salvage, Artistic Fraud); Beatrice (The Servant of Two Masters, Wonderbolt); Christine (How It Works, PTE); Holly (Kiss the Sun, Kiss the Moon, WCTC); Agnes (Marion Bridge, Bare Boards). Film/TV: Heyday!,Republic of Doyle, Last of the Snow, Four Sisters. Recordings: The Grey Islands, Hard Light (Rattling Books). Training: BFA, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Et cetera: Deidre is a member of Bare Boards Theatre, based in Newfoundland, which is committed to creating contemporary theatre with Spartan and inventive methods.
    Graham Hargrove
    Drums, Percussion (onstage)

    2016: Percussion in A Chorus Line and Drums, Percussion (onstage) in As You Like It. Eighth season. Stratford: Orchestra: Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Wanderlust, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, West Side Story, Forum. Onstage musician: TheTaming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Henry V, Fuente Ovejuna. Elsewhere: Graham has performed professionally on four continents. Radio/Recordings: Several soundtracks for Stratford productions; various CBC Radio and numerous studio recordings; two duo CDs with percussionist Nicholas Coulter, Reinventions and Theme and Evolutions; four CDs with the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. Most recently he released the album A440 with his band, Dan Stacey and the Black Swans. Training: Bachelors (UVic), Masters (U of T) in Percussion Performance. Awards: Two Guthries, one Dora (2015). Et cetera: Graham is thrilled to be on the Festival stage this season with his fellow Black Swans!

    Alexandra Herzog
    2016: Kristine in A Chorus Line and appears in As You Like It. Third season. Stratford: Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Patsy in Crazy for You and appeared in The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Aquarius); Siegfried (COC); Elf (Grand Theatre); West Side Story, The Jungle Book (Neptune); Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins (Rainbow). Film/TV: Principal dancer on Bomb Girls, Suits, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, L.A. Complex, Make It Happen. Training: Sheridan College Music Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Online: Twitter: @alex_herzog_. Et cetera: Special thanks to Donna Feore and Nancy Benjamin.
    Robin Hutton
    Hymen
    2016: Hymen in As You Like It and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Eighth season. Stratford: Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), The Adventures of Pericles, Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Crazy for You (Irene), Fiddler on the Roof, 2013 and 2000 (Tzeitel), Tommy, Wanderlust (Louise), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), Henry V, As You Like It, 2010. Elsewhere: Cinderella (Grand Theatre); Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC); A Hutton Family Christmas, James Bond/ABBA in Concert (Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra); Betty in White Christmas (Aquarius, Neptune); Maria in The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Mamma Mia! (Royal Alex; Vancouver); A Foggy Day, Lady Windermere's Fan, Easy Virtue (Shaw); Dance Legends (Drayton); The Who's Tommy (Germany); Anne of Green Gables, Guys and Dolls (Charlottetown). Et cetera: Robin, a proud Newfoundlander, resides in Stratford with her husband, Steve Patterson, and their sons, Hutton and Wesley Patterson.
    Jamie Mac
    Silvius
    2016: Lennox in Macbeth, Silvius in As You Like It and First Doctor, Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Kastril (The Alchemist), Fisherman (Pericles), Danny McArthur (The Physicists), Young Soldier (Mother Courage and Her Children), Towrus (Antony and Cleopatra). Birmingham Conservatory: Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Polixenes in The Winter's Tale. Theatre: Jacob Mercer in Salt-Water Moon (NAC); Laurie in Vimy (GCTC); Clown in The 39 Steps (Stage West); David Jung in Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion); Michael in The Elephant Song (Beothuk Street Players); Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Sea); Jerry in Zoo Story (Reid Theatre). Film/TV: Beauty and the Beast, Republic of Doyle, Covert Affairs, Life With Derek. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson University, BFA Acting. Awards: For The Elephant Song: Walter C. Chambers Memorial Scholarship, D.A. Matthews Memorial Scholarship, Honorary Chairman's Award for Best Actor. Et cetera: Jamie is from St. John's, NL.
    Chad McFadden
    Frederick's First Lord
    2016: Don in A Chorus Line and Frederick's First Lord in As You Like It. Seventh season. Stratford: The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, The King and I, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, My One and Only. Elsewhere: Siegfried (COC); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American tour); The Little Mermaid, White Christmas, Mary Poppins (Valentine), Big Band Legends, Annie, 9 to 5 (Bob Enright), Dance Legends, Brigadoon (Harry Beaton), Evita, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Me and My Girl (Drayton); Joseph…, Sweet Charity (Stage West Calgary); Beauty and the Beast, Legends (Grand); Guys and Dolls (Citadel, Theatre Calgary, MTC); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Broadway Encore! (Tokyo Disneyland); Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker (Ballet Jörgen). Film/TV: Hairspray, Bollywood/Hollywood, The Other Me, Charms for the Easy Life, Earth: Final Conflict, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
    Melanie McInenly
    2016: Tricia in A Chorus Line and appears in As You Like It. Second season. Elsewhere: We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American tour); Chicago (Velma understudy) (Casino de Paris); Crazy for You (Irene) (Theatre By the Bay); South Pacific, White Christmas, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Evita, Me and My Girl (Drayton); Cats (Demeter) (Theatre Calgary); Cabaret (Fräulein Kost) (Saidye Bronfman); The Fox on the Fairway (Louise), Chicago (Annie, Velma understudy), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty-Jean), Victor/Victoria, Grease, A Chorus Line (Stage West); White Christmas, A Christmas Carol (Aquarius); Chicago, Evita (Neptune). Training: Arts Educational Schools of London, U.K.; Canadian College of Performing Arts, Victoria, B.C. Et cetera: Melanie is so happy to return to the Stratford Festival and to share the stage with her husband, Jason Sermonia. "Thank you to the Talent House and my family for all your support."
    Nicholas Nesbitt
    First Page
     2016: Bobby in A Chorus Line and First Page in As You Like It. Second season. Stratford: Swing in Fiddler on the Roof and appeared in Tommy. Elsewhere: Twist and Shout, Legally Blonde, Damn Yankees, Footloose, The Little Mermaid, Spamalot, Chicago, The Pirates of Penzance, Aladdin: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty); Greg (A Chorus Line), Cabaret (Rose Theatre); Summer in the City (Stage West Calgary); Booth (Assassins), Victor (Cabaret). Film/TV: Making It (CHUM TV), Nothing to Lose (MuchMusic). Awards: Z103.5 Pop Award (Sheridan College Music Theatre Program). Online: @NickNesbitt. Et cetera: Nick is thrilled to be back for another season here at the Stratford Festival. Special thanks to the Talent House gang, Donna, his friends and family, and his beautiful Mom, Trudy.
    Cory O'Brien
    Charles, Jake de Boys

    2016: Roy in A Chorus Line and Charles, Jake de Boys in As You Like It. Seventh season. Stratford: Pedro, Man of La Mancha; Custus, Crazy for You; Ernst Ludwig, Cabaret; Baron Elberfeld, The Sound of Music (2015); Rolf, The Sound of Music (2001); Carousel; The Trojan Women; Jean-Paul, Gigi; Love's Labour's Lost; My Fair Lady; Inherit the Wind; The Threepenny Opera. Elsewhere: Gus/Growltiger, Cats (NuMusical Productions); Mary Poppins U.S. national tour (Disney Theatricals); Jerry, The Full Monty (Theatre Aquarius); Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie; Boolie, Driving Miss Daisy (Starbright Festival); Leo, Leo the Royal Cadet, Strephon, Iolanthe (Toronto Operetta Theatre); Simeon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stage West); Robert, Betrayal (DIY theatre); Bill Sykes, Oliver!; Giles, The Mousetrap (Port Hope Theatre); Dr. Carrasco, Man of La Mancha (Saidye Bronfman Centre). Training: BFA Acting: University of Windsor.

    Keelan Purchase
    Button accordion (onstage)
    2016: Button accordion (onstage) in As You Like It and Festival Theatre fanfares. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Before coming to work with Stratford, Keelan spent the past two summers with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, playing music in Newfoundland Vinyl and Neddy Norris Nights and performing as Captain English in The Wreck of the S.S. Ethie. Training: Keelan is currently working on his theatre degree at Grenfell Campus at Memorial University in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. While at Grenfell, he has played Lord Biron in Love's Labour's Lost, Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Mirabell in The Way of the World and Voice One in Under Milk Wood. Et cetera: "I am very excited to have been given this opportunity to work alongside so many talented individuals in Stratford this summer."
    Conor Scully
    Frederick's Second Lord
     2016: Paul in A Chorus Line and Frederick's Second Lord in As You Like It. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Footloose, Anne of Green Gables, Damn Yankees (Drayton Entertainment); Cabaret (MTC); Avenue Q (Assembly/Edinburgh Fringe). Film/TV: Sunshine on Leith. Training: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Et cetera: "What a thrill. Love and thanks to TH, Mom and Dad, Olivia and Shane."
    Genny Sermonia
    Hymen's Assistant
     2016: Connie in A Chorus Line and Hymen's Assistant in As You Like It. Second season. Stratford: West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac. Elsewhere: Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival); Mary Poppins (Broadway tour); Liat in South Pacific, Miss Saigon (Drayton Entertainment); Elf (Grand Theatre); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera, Neptune Theatre); The Wedding Singer (Stage West Mississauga); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival); Mulan in Golden Mickeys (Disney Cruise Line). Film/TV: Full Out - Canadian Screen Award nomination (Carmel Creek); Odd Squad (PBS Kids); Degrassi: TNG (Epitome); Beauty and the Beast, The L.A. Complex, Hellcats (CW); Hotel Noir (Gato Negro); Really Me (Family); Mirror, Mirror (Relativity Media). Training: Sheridan College - Music Theatre Performance. Online: @GennySermonia. Et cetera: Genny dedicates her season to all the different kinds of Connies out there, and to her darling, Gomj.
    Jason Sermonia
    Dennis
    2016: Tom in A Chorus Line and Dennis in As You Like It. Fifth season. Stratford: Crazy for You (Clem), Jesus Christ Superstar (John), Man of La Mancha (Juan), Camelot (swing), Anything Goes (John), The Sound of Music, Carousel, Guys and Dolls. Elsewhere: John in Jesus Christ Superstar (Dodger Properties - Broadway); The Lion King (Mirvish & Disney Theatrical - Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish - North American première); We Will Rock You (Mirvish & first U.S. national tour); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla - world première); Mary Poppins (Drayton - Canadian première). Film/TV: 66th Annual Tony Awards (Jesus Christ Superstar); 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards; Dancing with the Stars (The Lion King); Honey (Universal - Billy Woodruff); Oscar-winning movie Chicago (Miramax - Rob Marshall). Online: Twitter/Instagram: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Jason is excited to share the stage with his wife, Melanie, and sister Genny. "Love and many thanks to all my family, friends and the T House."
    Dan Stacey
    Fiddle (onstage)
    2016: Fiddle (onstage) in As You Like It. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Needfire (Mirvish Productions); 20 years touring worldwide with Celtic rock band Seven Nations, as well as The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, and Cherish the Ladies; founding member of The StepCrew. Recordings: Five full albums (Seven Nations); one live album (The StepCrew); one solo title, Crank it; Dan recently released the album A 440 with his band, Dan Stacey and the Black Swans. Film/TV: BBC live at Edinburgh Castle (Hogmanay Celebration). Awards: Dora Award nomination - Outstanding Choreography; Canadian National Step Dancing Champion; finalist, Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Championship. Et cetera: Born and raised in Stratford, Dan is proud to be performing at the Festival Theatre with fellow Black Swans Graham and Kyle. His albums A 440 and Crank it are available at the Festival Store. Online: danstaceyandtheblackswans.ca.
    Brian Tree
    Adam
     2016: Old Man in Macbeth, Adam in As You Like It and understudy in The Hypochondriac. 27th season. Stratford: Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Sir Nathaniel (Love's Labour's Lost), Cardinal Pandulph (King John), Humpty Dumpty (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Elbow (Measure for Measure), Melvil (Mary Stuart), Pisanio (Cymbeline), Wasp (Bartholomew Fair), Erronius (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Costard (Love's Labour's Lost), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stephano (The Tempest), Joxer Daly (Juno and the Paycock), Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Dolly Spanker (London Assurance), Oswald (King Lear), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: Various roles (The Sneeze and other Chekhov one-acts), Talk Is Free Theatre; Jimmy (The Pitmen Painters), Theatre Aquarius; Michael (Someone Who'll Watch Over Me), Kemp (Vigil), Tarragon Theatre; Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Canadian Stage; Harry (The Sum of Us), Belfry Theatre; Jim (Passion), Grand Theatre; the Player (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Touchmark.
    Kyle Waymouth
    Guitar (onstage)

    2016: Guitar (onstage) in As You Like It and Festival Theatre fanfares. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Six years touring throughout Canada and U.S. with old-time country and fiddle show The Scott Woods Band, two years touring in France with Belgian/Irish group Hot Spoons. Kyle currently performs with Canadian and U.S. national fiddle champion Shane Cook and Stratford's own Dan Stacey and the Black Swans. Recordings: Kyle appears as a dancer on Hot Spoons' Live and plays bass and fiddle on Scott Woods's Fiddle Legends. Awards: Canadian Step Dance Champion (four times), Canadian Open Group Champion (four times), Canadian Open Clogging Champion (2013). Et cetera: A 2016 graduate from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Kyle is very excited to perform with both the Stratford Festival company and Dan Stacey and the Black Swans. Online: kylewaymouth.com.

    Antoine Yared
    William

    2016: Malcolm in Macbeth, William in As You Like It and Erhart Borkman in John Gabriel Borkman. Fourth season. Stratford: Lysimachus (Pericles), Dapper (The Alchemist), Guhl (The Physicists), Lewis, the Dauphin (King John), Swiss Cheese (Mother Courage), Mardian (Antony and Cleopatra), Prince of Aragon (The Merchant of Venice), Planchet (The Three Musketeers), Paris (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stefano (The Tempest) (Repercussion Theatre); Fox (Pinocchio), Goat, Soldier (Alice Through the Looking-Glass) (Geordie Productions); Justin (Jesus Jello) (Sheep in Fog); Galoshin (Provincial Anecdotes) (Concordia University). Film/TV: Boucherie Halal (Babek Aliassa), Open (Tom Abray). Voice: Kojiro Sasaki, Samurai Warriors 2 (KOEI). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Concordia University, Dawson College. Awards: 2014 Michael Mawson Award; 2013 Peter Donaldson Award; 2010 Elsa Bolam Award. Et cetera: "Thank you to my family and friends for your continued support and to all the mentors, teachers and coaches who have helped me along the way."

    William Shakespeare
    Playwright

    Playwright: Macbeth, As You Like It and Breath of Kings

    Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, William Shakespeare was the eldest son of John Shakespeare, a glover and tanner who rose to become an alderman and bailiff of the town, and Mary Arden, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but there is a record of his baptism at Stratford's Holy Trinity Church on April 26. Since an interval of two or three days between birth and baptism would have been quite common, tradition has it that he was born on April 23 - the same date as his death 52 years later.

    The young Shakespeare is assumed to have attended what is now King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford, where he would have studied rhetoric, grammar and ancient Roman literature in its original Latin. In 1582, when he was 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a farmer's daughter who was eight years his senior. Anne was pregnant at the time, and the couple's first daughter, Susanna, was born a few months afterwards in 1583. Twins followed two years later: a son, Hamnet, who died at the age of 11, and a second daughter, Judith.

    Nothing further is known of Shakespeare's life until 1592, by which time he was sufficiently established as an actor and writer in London to be the target of a literary attack by a jealous fellow playwright, Robert Greene. Soon afterwards, an outbreak of plague forced the temporary closure of the theatres, and Shakespeare turned his attention instead to his long narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. He also began writing the Sonnets, a series of 154 complex and often ambiguous poems on themes of love, jealousy and mortality.

    By 1595, Shakespeare was back in the theatre, writing and acting for the Lord Chamberlain's Men. His income as one of London's most successful dramatists enabled him in 1597 to buy what was then Stratford's second-largest house, called New Place, and in 1599 he became a shareholder in London's newly built Globe Theatre.

    In 1603, when James I had succeeded Elizabeth on the throne, Shakespeare's company was awarded a royal patent, becoming known as the King's Men. Meanwhile, the playwright continued his business dealings in Stratford and in London, where in 1613 he bought a property known as the Blackfriars Gatehouse. He is believed to have spent increasing amounts of his time in Stratford from around 1609 until his death on April 23, 1616. He is buried in the town's Holy Trinity Church.

     

    Jillian Keiley
    Director
    2016: Director of As You Like It. Third season. Stratford: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, National Arts Centre English Theatre: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Metamorphoses, Twelfth Night as Imagined by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Andy Jones's adaptation of Tartuffe. Artistic Fraud: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Fear of Flight, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Belly Up, Emile's Dream, Jesus Christ Superstar, Salvage. Sheila's Brush: Jack Five Oh. Theatre Newfoundland Labrador: Tempting Providence, Stars in the Sky Morning, Possible Worlds. Globe Theatre (Regina): The Syringa Tree, Honk! Montgomery Theatre: The Wind in the Willows. The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Ghost River: Sailor Boy. Teatro Della Limonaia (Italy): Tilt. Tasmanian Theatre Company (Australia): Poxed. Opera: Shallaway: Anne and Seamus; Cork Opera Works (Ireland): Orpheus. Training: York University. Awards: Canada Council John Hirsch Prize, Siminovitch Prize for Directing, Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
    Bretta Gerecke
    Designer
     2016: Designer of As You Like It. Third season. Bretta is a Canadian set, costume and lighting designer who is thrilled to be working at Stratford. Elsewhere: She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has been designing world premières for 20 years. She was very excited to have her work exhibited in Moscow, Prague and Beijing this year. Awards: She is the recipient of over 25 awards for set, lighting and costume design; the Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; the Global Women of Vision Award; and Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40. Et cetera: Bretta designed a summer home on Devil's Lake, Alberta, is a marathon runner and continues her work as an archaeological illustrator.
    Leigh Ann Vardy
    Lighting designer
     2016: Lighting designer of As You Like It. Fourth season. Stratford: The Diary of Anne Frank, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Leigh Ann's work has been seen in theatres across Canada, including the National Arts Centre, Soulpepper, the Globe, Centaur, Artistic Fraud, Buddies in Bad Times, Neptune and Manitoba Theatre Centre, among many others. She has toured her work in Japan and New Zealand, and across the U.S. Awards: Leigh Ann has won five Merritt Awards for design and has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. Et cetera: Leigh Ann is an instructor and coach at the National Theatre School of Canada. She grew up in Newfoundland and now lives in Halifax with her love, Lori.
    Bob Hallett
    Composer
     2016: Composer for As You Like It. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Along with Sean McCann, Darrell Power and Alan Doyle, Bob started Great Big Sea in 1993. The band went on to sell over a million and a half records around the world. Bob is also the owner/operator of Kilbride Music Ltd., a multi-faceted entertainment company, which has produced records, books, radio specials and concerts, and overseen many other musical ventures. As a manager, he manages multiple Juno nominee The Once, and has helped artists like The Dardanelles and Sherman Downey to pursue their musical goals. As an author, he has written magazine articles, essays and several books, including the best-selling memoir Writing Out the Notes. Most recently, he worked with the writers and producers of the upcoming Broadway musical Come From Away, helping to give the musical a unique Newfoundland flavour.
    Don Ellis
    Sound designer
     2016: Sound designer of As You Like It. Second season. Stratford: Sound designer of The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: Sound designer: Anne and Gilbert (NAC). Sound design/mixer: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Under Wraps, Afterimage, Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Ann and Seamus (Shallaway); Rick Mercer's Show Me the Button, I'll Push It (Island Edge). Film/TV: Boom operator: Republic of Doyle, Shattered City, Random Passage (CBC); Love and Savagery (Morag); Rare Birds. Production sound: Danny (NFB); Misery Harbour (UIP Denmark). Recordings: Producer/engineer: Hunter Hunter, Spectators (Amelia Curran); The Dardanelles, The Eastern Light (The Dardanelles); thisvideo.ca, The Once, Row Upon Row (The Once); Duane Andrews, Raindrops (Duane Andrews);  Plan Your Escape (Hey Rosetta!). Musician: Boy on Bridge (Allan Doyle). Awards: Juno for Hunter Hunter; ECMA for The Once, Duane Andrews; MUSIC NL - Industry Professional of the Year.
    John Stead
    Fight director
     2016: Head of Stage Combat. Fight Director of Macbeth, All My SonsThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, As You Like It, A Little Night MusicBreath of Kings: Rebellion and Breath of Kings: Redemption. 23rd season. Stratford: Fight director, 200+ productions. Elsewhere: 500+ productions, including 15 seasons with Shaw Festival. Film director: Cyborg Soldier, Troubled Waters, Good Morning Tomorrow, The Waking, The Hot Flash, End Game, Charon's Obal. TV director: Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, XIII, Lost Girl, Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, Mutant X, The Dresden Files, The Adventures of Sinbad. 400+ film/TV credits as stunt coordinator/action director. Teaching: Numerous universities and colleges, including NTS; master instructor, Academy of Dramatic Combat. Awards: Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival); Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF); Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford); Judges' Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival); Best Short First Runner-Up (Ticket to Hollywood International Film and Screenplay Festival); Best Short Award nominee (Directors' Guild of Canada). Online: johnstead.com; IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm0824093/.
    Christine Brubaker
    Associate director
     2016: Associate director of As You Like It. Third season. Stratford: Christine is a director, actor and educator. As part of Stratford's Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, Christine assisted on Alice Through the Looking-Glass and The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: Revival director of Alice (Charlottetown Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Citadel Theatre); director of Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille); Madhouse Variations, Doc Wuthergloom's Haunted Medicine Show (Eldritch Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Nightwood). Selected acting credits: Tartuffe, The Vaudevilles of Chekhov (NAC); Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud); The Penelopiad, The Danish Play (Nightwood); The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage); The Trials of John Demjanjuk (Theatre Asylum); The Babysitter (Theatre Direct). Christine teaches acting at Sheridan College. Training: National Theatre School; MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College. Awards: 2014 Gina Wilkinson Prize, Fox Fellow, two Dora Awards for performance. Online: Twitter: @cjobrubaker.
    T. Erin Gruber
    Assistant set designer
     2016: Assistant set designer of Macbeth, A Chorus Line and As You Like It. Second season. Stratford: Assistant projection designer for Tommy. Elsewhere: Co-founder of the ShowStages Video Collective, a group who build narratives through projected media for theatre and live events. Category E (production designer, Sterling Award for Lighting Design, Maggie Tree Collective); Mary Poppins (lighting and projection designer, Globe Theatre); A Bomb in the Heart (production designer, Downstage, Betty Mitchell nomination); Ring of Fire (set and projection designer, Chemainus Festival Theatre). Training: BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Online: eringruber.com; showstages.com. Et cetera: Erin is really pleased to be back at Stratford for a second season and owes a debt of gratitude to her family and friends for their continued support. Lots of love to Pat, Laurie and Haley, and her colleagues Joel and Elijah at the ShowStages Video Collective.
    Michelle Bohn
    Assistant costume designer
     2016: Assistant costume designer of As You Like It and assistant designer of John Gabriel Borkman. Second season. Stratford: Pericles (assistant designer). Off-Broadway: Costume designer: A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company/The Plastic Theatre). Designer: Richard III, King Lear, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre). Assistant costume designer: The Forest, Three Sisters (Classic Stage Company). Off-Off-Broadway: Costume designer: Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre Project), Brave Ducks, Revolution on the Roof (Fringe N.Y.C.). Selected Regional: Costume designer: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Relativity, Rising Water, Kimberly Akimbo (Southern Rep); Coriolanus, Henry V (Shakespeare Festival at Tulane); Orpheus (Tsunami Dance). Film/TV: Costume designer: NOLA; The Red Thunder (short); Good Sister (short). She also worked on The Host, The Campaign and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Training: MFA (Costume Design), University of Missouri - Kansas City; BFA (Design for the Theatre), Concordia University. Et cetera: Taught design at Tulane University, CUNY - Hunter College, Baker University. Online: michellebohndesign.com.
    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Assistant lighting designer
     2016: Assistant lighting designer of A Chorus Line, As You Like It and The Hypochondriac. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of The Diary of Anne Frank, Carousel, Possible WorldsThe Last Wife, A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tommy, A Word or Two, The Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar. Studio Theatre technical director, 2013. Elsewhere: Lighting designer: Salt-Water Moon, A Line in the SandThe Crackwalker (Factory); Hana Hoshimoto (Carousel Players); Objections to Sex and Violence (Praxis Theatre); The Addams Family, Curtains (Randolph); This One (First Root); Fishskin Trousers  (Cart/Horse); Bliss (Candles). Live concert design: Elizabeth Shepard: Signals tour; Nagata Schachu; Plants and Animals. Assistant lighting designer at the Canadian Opera Company for two seasons. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Instructor at the NTSC.
    Geoff Scovell
    Associate fight director
    2016: Associate fight director of Macbeth, All My SonsThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, As You Like It, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night MusicBreath of Kings: Rebellion and Breath of Kings: Redemption. Sixth season. Stratford: Associate fight director (selected): Hamlet, The Physicists, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, Crazy for You, King John, Man of La Mancha, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Othello. Assistant fight director: Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Count of Monte Cristo. Elsewhere: Fight director: Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC); The Godot Cycle (Yes Let's Go); Mirandolina (Soulpepper); Romeo and Juliet (ShakespeareWorks). Film/TV: Stunt performer (selected): Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Covert Affairs, Pompeii, Robocop, Reign, Orphan Black, Assassins Creed: Unity, Carrie, Total Recall, Lost Girl. Training: BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: Paddy Crean: excellence in stage combat. Online: @GeoffScovell. Et cetera: This season is dedicated to the memory of Joel Harris.
    The. John Gray
    Stage manager
    2016: Stage manager of As You Like It and assistant stage manager of A Chorus Line. Sixth season. Stratford: Most recently: Twelfth Night (2011). Elsewhere: Kinky Boots (Toronto), The Heart of Robin Hood (Winnipeg and Toronto), Les Misérables (Toronto and Melbourne), The Wizard of Oz (Toronto), War Horse (Toronto). Et cetera: Grateful and delighted.
    Krista Blackwood
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Assistant stage manager of A Chorus Line and As You Like It. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof.Elsewhere: Stage manager of Glenn, Farther West, Great Expectations, Dirt, Long Day's Journey Into Night, High Life (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Anne of Green Gables - The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher, A Christmas Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Skin Flick, Masked, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre); The Last Five Years (Theatre and Company); Noises Off (Atlantic Theatre Festival). Etcetera: Krista proudly hails from Hare Bay, Newfoundland.
    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Stage manager of Bunny  and assistant stage manager of As You Like It 10th season. Stratford: Previous credits include Possible Worlds, Hirsch, Twelfth Night, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, Macbeth, Rice Boy, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead and Noises Off. Elsewhere: Other theatre credits include Damn Yankees (Theatre Sheridan); Hirsch (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Valley, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Hush and Léo (Tarragon Theatre); That Summer (Theatre Erindale, University of Toronto at Mississauga); The Babysitter (Theatre Direct Canada/Eldritch Theatre); Better Parts, Fish Eyes, Jamaica Man and blood.claat (Stage3: word.sound.power, produced by Theatre Passe Muraille/Obsidian Theatre Company); Wrong for Each Other (Bluewater Summer Playhouse). Training: Sheridan College. Et cetera: Marie is originally from Logy Bay, Newfoundland.
    Katie Honek
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Assistant stage manager of As You Like It and John Gabriel Borkman. Third season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager of Alice Through the Looking-Glass and A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play. Production assistant of the Avon Theatre and 2013 Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager: Wormwood, Sextet (Tarragon Theatre); ThePirates of Penzance, Tuesdays with Morrie (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera Atelier); Free Outgoing (Nightwood Theatre). Assistant stage manager: Dance Weekend 2013-2015 (Dance Ontario); Treehouse TV's Big Day Out (Paquin Entertainment). Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2014).
    Margaret Palmer
    Production stage manager

    2016: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and assistant stage manager of A Little Night Music. 33rd season. Stratford: Maggie has been PSM at the Avon, Tom Patterson and Festival theatres for 25 seasons. Stage-management credits include Henry IV (parts 1 and 2); Iolanthe; The Imaginary Invalid; My Fair Lady; A Man for All Seasons; Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; The Government Inspector; Coriolanus; The Mikado (national tour, London's Old Vic); and Twelfth Night (U.S. tour). Elsewhere: Maggie has worked at the St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto Arts Productions), MTC and the Grand Theatre, where she stage-managed a Dora Award-winning production of A Little Night Music. She stage-managed Eugene Onegin (Manitoba Opera), the first Dream in High Park and the first Dora Awards. She did publicity for the NDWT Company and toured Canada with the Charlottetown Festival. Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School.

    Cynthia Toushan
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of A Chorus Line. 20th season. Stratford: Shows include Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others.Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager; over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager and choreographer, most recently on Siegfried; White Christmas for Drayton Entertainment with Michael Lichtefeld; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; assistant director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, fiancé Paul and her beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy and Koston.

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