Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore
SIN, DANCE AND ALL THAT JAZZ
In the Roaring Twenties, aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and fading vaudeville star Velma Kelly each face trial for murder. Both as cynical as they are sexy, the two women compete for the services of shady lawyer Billy Flynn, who promises to make them media celebrities and win them acquittals. With its killer score and all-new knock-’em-dead dance numbers, this deliciously lurid tale of adultery, murder and justice as showbiz packs some serious heat.
House Program: Chicago
Runtime: Two hours and 23 minutes, including one 18-minute interval
This musical explores mature themes. It contains coarse language, sexual innuendo and violence that includes guns. E-cigarettes are smoked on stage and the production uses smoke, haze, gunshots and flashing lights.
Production support is generously provided by Robert & Mary Ann Gorlin, by Sylvia Soyka, and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen.
Photo credits: Jennifer Rider-Shaw as Velma Kelly with members of the company in Chicago. Stratford Festival 2022. Photo by David Hou.
2022: Billy Flynn in Chicago. 15th season. Stratford: Dad in Billy Elliot, Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Wanderlust, Henry V, The Winter's Tale, A Funny Thing Happened..., West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Pentecost, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Camelot. Elsewhere: Life After (Musical Stage, Canadian Stage, YST); Toronto and US tour of Matilda - Toronto Critics Award (Mirvish/Dodger); Of Human Bondage, Idiot's Delight, The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); The Wild Party (Musical Stage); Company (Theatre 20); The Arsonists, Into the Woods (Canadian Stage); The Magic Fire, High Society (Shaw); Beauty and the Beast - Dora Award, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables (Mirvish). Film/TV: Leer Estates (Stratfest@Home), Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Saving Me, Paw Patrol, Agent Binky. Awards: Dan is a multiple Dora and CSA nominee. For backstage laughs follow him on Instagram: @danchameroy.
2022: Roxie Hart in Chicago. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Sandy in Grease and Amber in Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment), Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Magnus Theatre), Jeanie in Hair and Jessica/Julia in The Last Resort (Mayfield Theatre), Spamalot (Citadel Theatre). TV/Film: Station Eleven (HBO), What We Do in the Shadows (Hulu FX), Frankie Drake (CBC), The Hot Zone (20th Television). Choreography: Romeo and Juliet (Lost & Gone), The Hoof and Mouth Advantage (Teatro La Quindicina). Training: Graduated with Distinction from Grant MacEwan University in Theatre Arts. Et cetera: Huge thanks to their incredible family, extended family and friends for their constant love and support. Chelsea also runs a sustainable style coaching business, The Preston Style. Make sure to follow them on Instagram: @preston.chelsea, @theprestonstyle.
2022: Velma Kelly in Chicago. 12th season. Stratford: 11 seasons including Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Sally Simpson in Tommy, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Elsewhere: Jennifer recently revived the role of Sally Simpson in The Who's Tommy In Concert, performing alongside Pete Townshend at The La Jolla Playhouse. She has also performed on stages across Canada: The Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Charlottetown Festival, Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Entertainment, Ross Petty Productions. Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan), Acting (Red Deer College). Et cetera: Love to Robert, Bruce & TH, Mom and Dad.
2022: Mama Morton in Chicago. Stratford debut. Theatre: Other credits include Charm (MCC Theater, New York), The Comedy of Errors (Play On Shakespeare Festival, New York), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (original Broadway cast), Annie Get Your Gun (director Donna Feore), Beehive: Leader of the Pack (original Canadian productions), Sophisticated Ladies (Dora nomination -Best Supporting Actress). TV: Credits include The Gilded Age (HBO), The Book of Negroes, Little Men (series regular), Soul Food (series regular), Rookie Blue, Law & Order: SVU. Film: Credits include Disney's The Cheetah Girls, Murder at 1600, Shall We Dance, Good Fences (producer Whoopi Goldberg), Down In The Delta (director Maya Angelou). Full list of credits available on IMDB.
2022: Amos Hart in Chicago and Detective in The Miser. 19th season. Stratford: Finally There's Sun, Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: goldfish (Here For Now); Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (Dora Award) (TIFT); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).
2022: Juror in Chicago. Sixth season. Stratford: Here's What It Takes (workshop), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Maureen Forrester Award, Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival); Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival); gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: Much love to Mom, Devon, Ian and the TH gang. Performing, with everything I have, for my grandma and my dad - xo.
2022: Swing in Chicago. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sunday in the Park with George (Eclipse Theatre Company); dance captain for Encore! (Rainbow Stage); Grease (Mandell Entertainment); Mamma Mia! (Dancyn Productions); Bobby in Cabaret, Ricky Rhodes in Pump Up the Volume, Specs/Swing in Newsies, In Real Life, Chelsea Sunrise (Theatre Sheridan); Human Symbiosis, Timeless, Let the Elephants Dance (Dark Dance Company). Training: Sheridan College, Broadway Dance Center (Lizz Picini, Marc Kimelman, Josh Assor), Dark Dance Company. Awards: Triple Threat Award at Sheridan College. Online: @devin.alexanderr, devinalexanderr.com. Et cetera: Work hard, be kind and chase your dreams. Special thanks to my powerhouse agents at 10 Talent Management.
2022: Aaron in Chicago. Ninth season. Stratford: Romeo in Play On!, Ed Gammidge in The Music Man, Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in Billy Elliot the Musical, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first US tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in The Pacifier. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to Stratford and Colin McMurray for this opportunity. Thank you to my wife, Robin Calvert, for being the absolute best.
2022: Judge in Chicago. Third season. Stage/Theatre: The Soul Of Motown - Stage West, Calgary; A Little Black Lie - Tarragon Theatre; Songs for a New World - Chestnut Street Playhouse; various review shows - Royal Caribbean Productions; Voodoo - Harlem Opera Theatre; Funkentine Rapture (vocal director) - CUNY College; Dream Girls - Brooklyn Parks Department. Film/TV: Principal, Christmas On 5th Ave; Lead, Cuckoo (short); Lead, A Little White Lie (short); Principal, Fatal Attraction (TVOne). Concerts: Freedom Cabaret, Up Close and Musical - Stratford Festival; Blockorama - Toronto Pride; Friday Night Live - ROM; Soul in the City - Casa Loma; Beaches Jazz Festival; Capital Pride; Brooklyn Pride; Jamaica Pride; 12.12.12 and Reflections (cabarets) - Triad Theatre, NYC. Recordings: Clark Sisters - Lifetime movie; "Running Back to You" and "Encore" featuring Robert Ball - Gfuzion; Need - (Solo EP); "Mon Amour" and "Love's All" featuring Robert Ball - Terry Jahz Lewis.
2022: Harry in Chicago. Fifth season. Stratford: Nelson Green in Wedding Band (workshop); Chicago, Frankenstein Revived (2020 season); Billy Elliot, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, Romeo in R & J Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); national tour of Laurier (Charlottetown Festival/Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage); Hill Rise in Dancer! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs) (workshop) (Elgin Theatre). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; series lead (Max) in The Next Step; "Dangerous Home" (music video); MuchMusic Video Awards. Training: Bachelor's degree from Queen's University, Canadian Dance Company, Louisa Burgess Corbett, Jennie Such. Online: @thedevonbrown. Et cetera: Thank you to my family for their love and support. All my love goes to my talented and beautiful wife, Heather. For Mimi.
2022: Mona in Chicago. Stratford debut. Training: Sheridan College, Music Theatre Performance Program. Awards: Sheridan College Outstanding Achievement Award (2021), Triple Threat Award (2019). Et cetera: Celeste is immensely honoured to be making her Stratford Festival debut. It has felt surreal to finally finish the journey we started two years ago, and she is so grateful to Donna, Franklin, Cindy, Stephan and Jason for their fearless leadership in making this happen. It is a privilege to engage in live theatre again with such talented and supportive castmates, and she thanks everyone who has contributed to make this production what it is, including our wonderful audiences. Celeste would also like to thank her agents at The Talent House. Be kind, stay healthy, and enjoy the show!
2022: Go-To-Hell-Kitty in Chicago. Third season. Stratford: Francesca in West Side Story, Water Nymph in The Tempest. Elsewhere: Diana Ross in The Soul of Motown (Stage West Calgary); Dynamite in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius, Mirvish, Broadway, US national tour); Candy in Obeah Opera (Luminato and National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals); Arista in The Little Mermaid (Capitol Theatre); Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Festival). Film/TV: Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), The L.A. Complex. Online: @Miuzia. Et cetera: Amanda dedicates this season to her loving and supportive family & friends… you know who you are!
2022: Bailiff in Chicago. Fourth season. Stratford: Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, The House of Martin Guerre. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease (Winter Garden); Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Playlist Dancer/Singer with Carnival Cruise Lines; Footloose, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family (Grand Theatre HSP). TV: Dmitri in Murdoch Mysteries. Training: Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ash, his parents, and Lucy. Huge thanks to Donna and Franklin, Bruce and the wonderful TH gang, and all the mentors who have helped along the way.
2022: Swing in Chicago. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Music Man (Drayton Entertainment), Beauty and the Beast, Oliver (Theatre Norfolk). Training: Sheridan College Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre (on-going). Awards: Sheridan College - Dance Award, Vocal Music Award (2021). Et cetera: BIG thank you to the awesome team at TH, my family and friends for their constant support, and to Irena, Darnell, Gill and Lisa for being the BEST teachers a boy could ask for. Love to Jada, Diggs and Timothy.
2022: Hunyak in Chicago. Eighth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs. Dunlop/dance captain in The Music Man, Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street chorus girl in Warehouse 13, dancer on game show Fidèles au Poste. Instagram: @bonbondancer. Et cetera: Bonnie would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support. "Mom… this is for you!"
2022: Swing in Chicago. Stratford debut. Stage/Theatre: Featured dancer/aerialist in Starwater and Spectra's Cabaret (Royal Caribbean Productions); featured dancer in The Nutcracker for two seasons (Toronto International Ballet Theatre); dancer in The Salzburg Ballet Annual Gala Performance (Salzburg International Ballet Academy). TV/Media: Recurring dancer in Family Channel's The Next Step; featured dancer in BOYZ, starring Tynomi Banks. Training: Lisa Naves Dance Company, Toronto School of Circus Arts, Salzburg International Ballet Academy, Stepanova Ballet Academy. Online: @lakotaknuckle. Et cetera: Lakota would like to thank his family and friends for carrying him through the ups and the downs of the past few years. He dedicates this season to the memory of his Grandpa Bob who would have been thrilled more than anyone to see him perform on this stage, and to Lisa for nurturing his passion for dance.
2022: June in Chicago. Fourth season. Stratford: Chicago, Here's What It Takes (2020); Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet: Remixed (workshop), The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto (Drayton), Rumspringa Break! (Grow) (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan), The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Online: @heatherkosik. Et cetera: Doing this show is eight-year-old Heather's dream come true. I'm so excited to be returning to theatre with this show, with this cast, and on this stage. Endless thanks to my family for your continuous love and support. Love to my husband, Devon, who I'm unbelievably grateful to be sharing the stage with. Dedicated to G-ma and G-pa.
2022: Liz in Chicago. Sixth season. Stratford: The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere (selected): Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Bangkok Thailand); Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton, Grand Theatre). Film/TV (selected): The Boys, What We Do In The Shadows, Warrior, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Bomb Girls, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, Christmas Dance. Training/Teaching: Graduate of Sheridan Institute's prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program; certified Yoga Instructor, mentor and trainer to dancers. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Training Award; Lindsay Thomas "The Show Must Go On" Award. Online: @bethanykovarik, bethanykovarik.com. Et cetera: Immense gratitude to Mom, Dad, Ryan, family and friends, Talent House, and the incredible Stratford Festival creative teams.
2022: Annie in Chicago. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Daphne in Holiday Inn (Shaw Festival); Cinderella understudy, Ensemble in Cinderella (Neptune Theatre); Ensemble in Guys and Dolls (Capitol Theatre); Michelle, Deena understudy, Ensemble in Dreamgirls (Lower Ossington Theatre); Calonice in Lysistrata (Toronto International Film Festival); The Waiting Room, you hear me see we feel (XDC Dance Collective); Lulu's New in Town (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Film/TV: The Boys, Children Ruin Everything, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Spin. Commercials: Rogers, Hudson's Bay Company, Tangerine, Capella University. Training: Dance, Steps On Broadway International Visa Program; vocals, Sue Dunstan; acting, Jane Moffat, Marvin Karon. Online: @damanda_13. Et cetera: So much love to my husband, mom, sisters, extended family & friends for always supporting me. Daddy, I miss you so much. 10 Talent Management, CHEERS! My pup Einarr, love you mama <3
2022: Appears in Chicago. Stratford debut. Training: Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Awards: Randolph College Triple Threat Award and Governor General's Award. Online: dacostatalent.com/gracie-mack. Instagram: graciemackk. Et cetera: Thank you to the Métis Nation of Alberta for making my dreams possible, and to my Mom and Dad for giving me the world. I dedicate my first season to the memory of my baby sister, Tia-Lynn.
2022: Clerk in Chicago. Fifth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Holiday Inn (Shaw Festival); Anne of Green Gables and Jesus Christ Superstar (Charlottetown Festival); Mary Poppins (YPT); West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); The Nutcracker and Shumka at 50! China tour (Shumka/SPI Productions). Training: Grant MacEwan University, Theatre Arts. Instagram: Follow me: @Djmah5. Et cetera: Jordan would like to thank everyone at The Talent House, his family, friends and mentors for all the incredible support. Remember: "on the opposite side of fear is opportunity" and "seek discomfort." A special thanks to my rock, Christine.
2022: Fred Casely in Chicago. 11th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot (Mr. Wilkinson), Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line (Don), As You Like It, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, The King and I, Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, My One and Only. Elsewhere: Siegfried (COC); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (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); 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. Online: @chad910.
2022: Swing in Chicago. Second season. Kyla grew up here in Stratford and is thrilled to be working back at home. 2020: Shadow in Wendy & Peter Pan and Ensemble in Monty Python's Spamalot. Elsewhere (selected): Monster (The Monster Collective); Newsies (Drayton Entertainment); Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, I Love You...Now Change (Stage West); Saturday Night Fever (North American tour, NorthCore Productions); Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre); Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Ring of Fire (Charlottetown Festival). TV/Film:Murdoch Mysteries (S15, CBC), 1Up (Lionsgate/Buzzfeed). Other: Kyla is also co-creator and co-host of the musical theatre podcast Tits and Teeth. Et cetera: LOVE to my husband, my family, both chosen and blood, the T-House, and this magical festival. Enjoy! @kymussels @titsandteethpodcast.
2022: Fogarty, Harrison in Chicago. Eighth season. Stratford: Unicorn, Ensemble (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Mr. Erlanson (A Little Night Music), Giorgio (Passion), Sam (Crazy for You), Barber (Man of La Mancha), Captain Walker (Tommy), Snoopy (Charlie Brown), Mordcha (Fiddler on the Roof), Wanderlust, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, Jacques Brel. Elsewhere: Jackie (Wild Party), Marvin (Falsettos) (Acting Up Stage); Sir Galahad (Spamalot), Che (Evita), Chris (Miss Saigon) (Drayton); Bob (White Christmas) (MTC, Neptune); Freddy (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) (North American tour); Marius (Les Misérables) (Broadway); Laurie (Little Women) (first U.S. national tour); Bobby Strong (Urinetown) (Canadian Stage); Jerry (The Full Monty) (Stage West); Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables) (Charlottetown).
2022: Trumpet (onstage), flugelhorn in Chicago and Festival Theatre Fanfares. 20th season. With over 30 productions at Stratford and more than 70 elsewhere (Windsor Light Opera, Huron Country Playhouse, The Grand Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, et al.), Philip can also be seen and heard as a member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and as a regular guest with The National Ballet Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Mr. Seguin teaches Classical Trumpet at Toronto's York University.
2022: Assistant choreographer of and appears in Chicago. Ninth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror Show, Music Man, A Chorus Line, Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls. Elsewhere: Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); The Lion King (Mirvish, Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); We Will Rock You (Mirvish, national tour); Yoshimi (La Jolla); Holiday Inn (Shaw). TV: 71st & 66th Tony Awards, 37th Daytime Emmy Awards, Dancing with the Stars, Live With Regis & Kelly Las Vegas, Marilyn Denis Show. Film: Honey, Chicago. Choreography: Discover The New Tom Patterson Theatre - Stratford Festival (choreographer); Great Grand Road Trip - Grand Theatre HSP (choreographer); The Boys S3E5 (assistant choreographer). Awards: Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award (2016); Brian Macdonald Choreographer Award (2018). Online: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Love to my family, friends, T House and Sunshine.
2022: Appears in Chicago. Eighth season. Stratford: Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar (also Broadway and La Jolla), Camelot, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, A Funny Thing… Forum (also Mirvish), Cabaret, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes. Elsewhere (selected): Holiday Inn (Shaw); Miss Saigon, The King and I, Doctor Zhivago, Cats (Broadway); Miss Saigon, The King and I, Contact, Cats (national tour); Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (La Jolla); Shrek, Beauty and The Beast (Grand); Marathon of Hope, Damn Yankees (Drayton); The Little Mermaid, Cinderella (Ross Petty); Mary Poppins (Neptune); The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC); Sweet Charity (Stage West); Miss Saigon (Pittsburgh CLO); Hair (Canadian Stage); West Side Story (Citadel). Training: Allain & Dawn Lupien (CDC); BDC, Steps (NYC); Elenor Calbes (voice). Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (Dora Mavor Moore). Online: @JuliusSermonia. Et cetera: For my niece, Lucilia.
2022: Director and choreographer of Chicago. 27th season. Stratford: Director and choreographer of Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show (longest-running show in the Festival's history), The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlie Brown, Cyrano de Bergerac, Oklahoma!, Oliver! Elsewhere: 2021: Creative producer of the ground-breaking musical and visual series Undisrupted (NAC, CBC Gem). Director: Bernhardt Hamlet (Goodman Theatre, Chicago). Director/choreographer: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (NAC English Theatre, world première, Segal Centre). Creative producer/director: Life Reflected: a multimedia orchestral production (world première, National Arts Centre Orchestra, with both Canadian and European tours). Director: Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream (NACO); Yorkville (world première, Blyth Festival); The Very Best of Broadway with Audra McDonald and Marvin Hamlisch; Rock 'n' Roll, It's a Wonderful Life (Canadian Stage); Lecture on the Weather, A Soldier's Tale with F. Murray Abraham (Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Mozart: A Life in Letters (Toronto Symphony Orchestra); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall); Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company/Opéra National de Lyon); Tosca, Red Emma, Oedipus Rex (Dora Award) (COC). Film/TV: Politics is Cruel, Mean Girls, Eloise, Martin and Lewis, Stormy Weather, Romeo and Juliette, Don Giovanni. Upcoming 2022: Director/choreographer of the world premières of BRUCE (Seattle Rep) and The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation, The Musical (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle). Et cetera: I wish to express my gratitude to my incredible team of collaborators who inspire me always. Most importantly, I want to thank my wonderful family, for their unconditional love and support.
2022: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival and music director of Chicago. 13th season. Stratford: Why We Tell the Story, Finally There's Sun, Billy Elliot, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, Funny Thing Happened..., Carousel, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance. In concert: Up Close and Musical (Stratfest@Home), The Fantasticks, Passion, Next to Normal. Elsewhere: Toronto/US tours: Show Boat, Ragtime, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Billy Elliot, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Lord of the Rings, The Threepenny Opera (Soulpepper); London Symphonia's Enchanting Broadway. Recordings: Carousel, Crazy for You (Stratford cast recordings); The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance). Training: Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Et cetera: Big thanks to friends and family for endless support, and Big Love to Marcus.
2022: Set designer of Chicago. 18th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hosanna, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband - set; The Crucible, A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Sound of Music, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Edward II, The Triumph of Love - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Set for Embrasse at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, set for Piaf/Dietrich at Mirvish Productions, costumes for Frame by Frame for The National Ballet of Canada and Ex Machina, set for the world première of Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company, and costumes for Ricciardo e Zoraide at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy.
2022: Costume designer of Chicago. 21st season. Stratford: Costume designer of 25 productions including The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls. Set and costume designer: Timon of Athens, Henry IV, Part 1. Elsewhere: Recent credits: Skyward (National Ballet); Bernhardt/Hamlet (Goodman, Chicago); Mary Poppins (Grand); 9 to 5 the Musical, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty); The Hound of the Baskervilles, Androcles and the Lion (Shaw); Bed and Breakfast (Blyth, GCTC, Arts Club, Belfry, Centaur); Flight, The Barber of Seville (Pacific Opera/Opéra de Québec); Art, Picture This, Father Comes Home From the Wars parts 1, 2, 3 (Soulpepper). Awards: Two Dora Awards, one Sterling Award for Costume Design; 2012 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. Online: danaosborne.ca. Instagram: @danaodesigns. I dedicate this design to my circle of support that held me close through this pandemic and to Romeo Optometry.
2022: Head of Design for the Stratford Festival and lighting designer of Chicago and Richard III. 18th season. Stratford (selected): Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, The Tempest, Napoli Milionaria!, Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: Piaf/Deitrich (Mirvish); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Bluebeard's Castle (COC, 2022); Così Fan Tutte (Israeli Opera, COC); Il trittico, Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); A Doll's House Part 2 (RMTC/Mirvish); The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage/Stratford); The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); The Other Place, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
2022: Sound designer of Chicago. 27th season. Stratford (selected): Over 65 productions including 2021 cabaret series, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, A Word or Two. Elsewhere: Peter has worked at most major Canadian theatres and in US cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. Broadway credits include Come Fly Away and Barrymore; tours include Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde and West Side Story. Recent projects include As You Like It (Chicago), Little Canada (Toronto), Immersive Van Gogh (Canada/US). Training: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta): Come Fly Away; Dora (Toronto) nominations: Caroline, Or Change, Fire. Et cetera: Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support.
2022: Supervising fight director for the 2022 season. 11th season. Stratford: Associate fight director: 2013-2020 seasons. Assistant fight director: 2004 and 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director: Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV: Stunts (selected): See (seasons two and three), The Lost Symbol, The Boys (three seasons), Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, Clarice, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Wayne, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Utopia Falls, Supergirl, Impulse, What We Do in the Shadows, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Orphan Black, Carrie, Total Recall. Training: Fight Master. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
2022: Associate director and associate choreographer of Chicago. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant choreographer: The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Choreographer: My Fair Lady (Capitol), Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia! (SWC), Odd Squad (TVO), Aleck Bell (Tweed & Co.), Hit That Jive Jack (H&S Foundation). Associate choreographer: Grand Hotel (Shanghai). Assistant choreographer: In the Heights (Sheridan), Once on This Island (Acting Up Stage), TIFF Thanks You (Cineplex). Training: Randolph Academy, Canadian Dance Company. Et cetera: Huge thanks to Donna, Jason, Franklin, the cast, and the crew. Thanks to Bruce and the T-House team. Love to my family, friends, Kris, Lil L, Big E and Cam.
2022: Associate conductor and keyboard for Chicago. Fifth season. Stratford: Associate conductor and keyboard for Billy Elliot the Musical, The Music Man; rehearsal pianist for HMS Pinafore; music director for the Birmingham Conservatory's 2020 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Shakespeare School's Musical Theatre Intensive; Musical Theatre Training with In The Wings: Online Theatre Training. Elsewhere: Conductor of the Stratford Symphony Youth Orchestra. Associate conductor for Call It Love (Eclipse Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Opera on the Avalon). Music director for Susannah (Peck Productions and London Community Players); JUDY: Stonewalled! (LINK theatre); The Secret Garden (London Community Players); Company (Music Theatre on the Thames); Heathers: The Musical (Musical Theatre Productions); Street Scene (Halifax Summer Opera Festival); The Daughter of the Regiment (Fountainhead Theatre and London Community Players).
2022: Aerial consultant for Chicago. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Circus performer/educator. Owner/director/coach Cirquesmith School of Aerial Arts, Stratford. Education: École Nationale de Cirque, Montréal. Community: Stratford Pride, Art in the Park. Online:@cirquesmith; cirquesmith.com.
2022: Cultural consultant for Chicago. Stratford debut. Stratford: Creator/performer of Pearle Harbour's Agit-Pop! at the Meighen Forum. Elsewhere: Pearle Harbour in Agit-Pop! (upcoming: King's Theatre, Mermaid Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Fredericton Playhouse, Imperial Theatre; previously: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Yukon Arts Centre, Intrepid Theatre, Next Stage Theatre Festival); creator/performer of Distant Early Warning (upcoming: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); creator/performer of Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua (Theatre Passe Muraille, High Performance Rodeo, The Cultch, SummerWorks, Intrepid Theatre). Recordings: Narrator in Animal Person, MeThree, Tremendous Things (Penguin Random House Canada). Training: University of Toronto, Ecole Philippe Gaulier, The Clown Farm. Awards: Audience Choice Award and Outstanding Solo Performer for Chautauqua, SummerWorks; Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Award for a Canadian Stage Performer. Online: peareharbour.com. Instagram: @pearleharbour.
2022: Assistant designer of Chicago and assistant costume designer of Little Women. Eighth season. Elsewhere: Head of Wardrobe for 25 years in Toronto for such companies as Young People's Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel and Canadian Stage. Also worked on many productions at the Canadian Opera Company. Training: Diploma, Honours BA in Theatre Production - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Et cetera: Mary-Jo is happy to be back at the Festival, finally being able to work on the musical. Also, at the same time, mentoring assistant costume designers who are new to the design office. Mary-Jo continues to create her art and sell it across Canada.
2022: Costume designer of Every Little Nookie and assistant designer of Chicago. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant designer for five seasons. Elsewhere: Set and costume design: All My Pretty Chickens, The Last Five Years (Langham Directors' Workshop). Set design: Beauty and the Beast, Love and Information (UWindsor); Giving Up the Ghost, Book Club, The Drawer Boy (PSFT); An Enemy of the People, Don Giovanni (OSU). Costume design: Stupid F*cking Bird, Spring Awakening (OSU). Associate set and props design: Swan Lake (National Ballet of Canada); No Change in the Weather (Terra Bruce, Mirvish). Associate set and costume design: Bed and Breakfast (Globe, Blyth). Training: MFA Theatre - Design, The Ohio State University; BA Honours Drama, University of Windsor; Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Program. Awards: 2021 Siminovitch Protegé Designer, 2019 Tom Patterson Award, 2017 Ian and Molly Lindsay Design Fellow. Online: joshuaquinlan.com.
2022: Assistant lighting designer of Chicago. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Henry VIII, Nathan the Wise, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar. Elsewhere: Some credits include lighting design for Alternative Routes (National Dance Company Wales); PROUD, People Like Us (Firehall Arts Centre); Supernatural Noir (Fugue Theatre); Adding Machine: The Musical (Pipedream). Set/lighting design for Cabaret (Pipedream). Set/lighting/projection design for Secret Service (Fugue Theatre). Assistant lighting design for Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria), Topdog/Underdog, Boeing Boeing, Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, Circle Mirror Transformation (Arts Club); Blue Box (Nightswimming). Assistant projection design for Falstaff (Bard on the Beach). Training: MA in Lighting Design, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. BFA in Theatre Production and Design, UBC. Diploma in Technical Theatre, Capilano University. Online: aliastephen.com.
2022: Assistant lighting designer of Chicago, Hamlet and The Miser. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lighting designer: La Boheme, Is He Dead?, Almost Maine, The Underpants, Stupid F***ing Bird, Threads: Impact (University of Wisconsin-Madison); The Drawer Boy (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); Three Sisters (University of Windsor). Associate lighting designer: The Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times). Assistant lighting designer: White Girls In Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times); Tea (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Old Wives Tale (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). Training: MFA Theatre and Drama, Lighting Design - University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA(H) Drama and Communication, Media and Film - University of Windsor.
2022: Assistant lighting designer of Chicago and Hamlet. Fifth season. Stratford: Lighting designer: Langham Directors' Workshop, 2021. Assistant lighting designer: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Rez Sisters, I Am William, Serving Elizabeth, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Front Page, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Brontë: The World Without. Elsewhere: Lighting design credits include How to Fail as a Popstar world tour (Canadian Stage), La Bohème: A National Tour of Opera in Bars (Against the Grain), What I Call Her (Crow's Theatre), Dark Heart (Thought for Food). Assistant lighting designer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Bat Out of Hell (Mirvish), Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Company), How to Fail as a Popstar, Let's Run Away, Every Brilliant Thing (Canadian Stage), A Beautiful View (Festival Players of Prince Edward County). Imogen is also a scenic artist and proud member of IATSE ADC659.
2022: Assistant sound designer of Chicago, Hamlet and Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Assistant sound designer for Shakespearean Gardens Display, composer for Market Square Projections (Lights On Stratford). Composer for video projects Alone Together and Four (Human Body Expression). Composer, sound designer and musician for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stratford Pirate Transmission), Romeo & Juliet (Highland Summer Festival). Orchestra for Piaf/Dietrich, Ain't Too Proud (Mirvish). Percussionist with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ladom Ensemble. Recording: Debut album Guess I'm A People Too (2019) available on all platforms. Training: University of Toronto (ON); Acadia University (Wolfville, NS). Et cetera: Adam is thrilled to be joining the Stratford Festival team this year!
2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio Theatres and stage manager of Chicago. 26th season. Stratford: Shows include Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. I am so grateful to be back at work.
2022: Backup stage manager for Chicago. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Komagata Maru Incident, As You Like It, John Gabriel Borkman. Apprentice stage manager of Alice Through the Looking-Glass and A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play. Production assistant of the Avon Theatre. Elsewhere: Most recently, Katie was the assistant stage manager of the Canadian production of Come From Away (Mirvish). She has worked in stage management for Tafelmusik, Dance Ontario, Treehouse TV's Big Day Out (Paquin Entertainment), Tarragon Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Opera Atelier and Nightwood Theatre. Education: University of Waterloo (2012) with Joint Honours in Music and Theatre Performance. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2014).
2022: Assistant stage manager of Chicago. Eighth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Stage manager of The Hockey Sweater (Segal Centre/NAC); The Candidate (Citadel Theatre); Hamlet (Perchance Theatre); Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon); 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, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Shakespeare in Love, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre).
2022: Assistant stage manager of Chicago and Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Tiffany has been an assistant stage manager with the Canadian Opera Company for the past 19 seasons working on shows such as Aida, Turandot, Elektra, Götterdämmerung, Louis Riel, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Rigoletto, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Fledermaus, L'Amour de Loin, A Florentine Tragedy, Gianna Schicchi, Death in Venice, Iphigénie en Tauride and more. Tiffany has also been a stage manager with Opera Hamilton for Barber of Seville and The Pearl Fishers. Tiffany worked with The National Ballet of Canada in past seasons on such shows as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Innovation.
2022: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. Ninth season. Stratford: Production stage manager: Festival Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre. Assistant stage manager: Billy Elliot, Othello, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves. Elsewhere: King Lear, Twelfth Night (SiHP); A City, Divisadero (Necessary Angel); Cracked: new light on dementia (UW/Collective Disruption); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF).
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