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Tom Patterson Theatre
August 11 – October 29 |
Opens August 27
Modern

DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN


By Wole Soyinka

Directed by Tawiah M'Carthy



THE GREATER THE HONOUR, THE DEEPER THE SHAME


In British-occupied Nigeria, a Yoruba king, the Alafin, has died, and it is the duty of his horseman, Elesin, to accompany him into the afterlife. While lustily enjoying the pleasures of this world, Elesin proudly anticipates his transition to the next – but the sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in unforeseen tragedy. Inspired by a real-life incident, this masterpiece from Nobel Prize winner Soyinka celebrates a community striving to uphold its culture in the face of colonial power.


House Program: Death and the King's Horseman

Runtime: Two hours and 51 minutes, including one 18-minute interval

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Production support is generously provided by Barbara & John Schubert.

Support for the 2022 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by BMO

Photo credits: Anthony Santiago (foreground) as Elesin with (from left) Ijeoma Emesowum as Ariyike, Celia Aloma as Olabisi, Akosua Amo-Adem as Iyaloja, and Espoir Segbeaya as Wuraola in Death and the King’s Horseman. Photo by David Hou.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Anthony Santiago
    Elesin
    2022: Player King, Priest in Hamlet and Elesin in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ezra in Heaven, Crooks in Of Mice and Men, Belize in Angels in America Part 2 (Citadel Theatre); Jerry in Betrayal (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Bill in Best of Enemies (Pacific Theatre); Peter in Company (Raincity Theatre); Brucie in SWEAT (The Arts Club/Citadel Theatre); Virgilio in Coriolanus (Bard on the Beach); James in Superior Donuts (Ensemble Theatre Company); Robert in Dear Elizabeth (Wunderdog Theatre). Training: Grant MacEwan University for Musical Theatre. Awards: Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Company, Rain City Theatre. Et cetera: Anthony dedicates this season to his Mammy and to Santi. Also much love to James, Nya-Manet and AKC.
    Amaka Umeh
    Praise-Singer

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2019/21

    2022: Hamlet in Hamlet and Praise-Singer in Death and the King's Horseman. Second season. Stratford: Helena, Flute, Moth in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: 1851: 170 Years Later (Soulpepper); 00 in The Wolves (Howland/Crow's); Abigail in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park); Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre); Ariel in The Tempest (Hart House Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Factory Theatre Mechanicals, Randolph Academy for Performing Arts. Awards: Dora Award for The Wolves; Toronto Fringe Patron's Pick Award for All Our Yesterdays (AnOther Theatre Company). Et cetera: To my Mum, sisters, Ututu Umunna, chosen family, The Talent House, Peter Pasyk, and Tawiah M'Carthy: thank you for everything.

    Graham Abbey
    Simon Pilkings

    Langham Directors' Workshop, 2015/17

    2022: Claudius in Hamlet and Simon Pilkings in Death and the King's Horseman. 23rd season. Stratford: Mr. Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor), Aufidius (Coriolanus), Orgon (Tartuffe), Bolingbroke/Henry IV, conceiver, adaptor (Breath of Kings), Philip the Bastard (King John), Posthumus (Cymbeline), Iago, Petruchio, Henry V, Macbeth, Romeo, Henry VIII, Jaques, Prince Hal, D'Artagnan. Elsewhere: Hamlet (Resurgence); Jeff Skilling (Enron); Sam Byck (Assassins); Charles (School for Scandal) (Chicago). TV: Series lead: The Border (CBC). Recent: Under the Banner of Heaven (Disney/Hulu), Diggstown (CBC) Recurring: Degrassi, Murdoch Mysteries, Covert Affairs, Republic of Doyle. Guest star: Flashpoint, Lost Girl, Rookie Blue, Bomb Girls, Remedy, Frontier, Ransom. Film: Delia's Gone, Take This Waltz, Casino Jack, Defendor, Stealing Paradise, Milton's Secret. Awards: Two Dora Awards, Monte Carlo Television nomination. Directing: Stratford: The Front Page (2019), associate director under Antoni Cimolino, Martha Henry; assistant under Tim Carroll; associate director, Breath of Kings. Director elsewhere: The Winter's Tale, Measure for Measure, Lear (Groundling), The Drawer Boy (Festival Players). Et cetera: Artistic Director, Groundling Theatre and Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

    Kwaku Adu-Poku
    Olunde

    (he/him)

    2022: Olunde in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Mark in Calpurnia (Royal MTC/NAC); Eduard in Here are the Fragments (The Theatre Centre); Jean-Caleb in Les Frères (UC Follies); Phil in Canis Familiaris, Alex in My Friend's Best Friend's Boyfriend (Alumnae Theatre). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Ruby and the Well (BYUtv), Meet Me in New York, The Hot Zone: Anthrax (Hulu), Jump Darling, Mayday Air Crash Investigation (Cineflix), Rock and Roll Christmas, It's Nothing, Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC). Animation: Superwish (Nelvana), Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe (Nelvana), Pinkalicious & Peterrific (Sixteen South/WGBH Kids), Total Dramarama (Fresh TV Inc.). Online: @kadupoku. Et cetera: Huge thanks to my family, friends, team and the Festival.

    Akosua Amo-Adem
    Iyaloja
    2022: Iyaloja in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Soulpepper: Pipeline (Nya), A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice), for colored girls… (Lady in Green), Father Comes Home From The Wars… (Leader/Runaway), The Crucible (Tituba). Obsidian Theatre: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Head Mistress Francis), Venus' Daughters (Venus/Sarah). Stratford/Canadian Stage: Tartuffe (Dorine). Theatre Passe Muraille: The Middle Place (Kaaliha/Dee). Film/TV: Odd Squad, Bitten, Frankie Drake Mysteries, 21 Black Futures, In The Dark, Most Dangerous Game, American Gods; recurring on Kim's Convenience.Training: BFA in Theatre, York University; 2011/2012 Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Cover of NOW Magazine (2016); 2019 Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Best Performer in a Supporting Role - Head Mistress Francis in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Online: @akos2030. Et cetera: To all the beautiful African dreamers out there, this one is for the culture… if you know you know!
    Maev Beaty
    Jane Pilkings

    (she/her)

    2022: Gertrude in Hamlet and Jane Pilkings in Death and the King's Horseman. Seventh season. Stratford: Cookie (The Front Page), Elmire (Tartuffe), Lady Sneerwell (The School for Scandal), Sorrel (Bunny), Kate (The Last Wife), Miep (The Diary of Anne Frank), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear). Elsewhere: August: Osage County, Little Menace: Pinter, Orlando, La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Proud (Michael Healey), Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Bunny, Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Tartuffe, Palace of the End (Canadian Stage). Awards: Multiple Dora Award winner and 14-time nominee; TTCA winner. Film/TV: Mouthpiece (TIFF, dir. Patricia Rozema), Disappointment Blvd (dir. Ari Aster), Nurses, Murdoch Mysteries. Online: maevbeaty.com. Et cetera: 21 world premières, including her co-creations Montparnasse, Goblin Market and Secret Life of a Mother (Playwrights Canada Press). For my muse, Esmé, thank you.

    Josue Laboucane
    The Prince

    (he/him)

    2022: Francisco, Lucianus in Hamlet and The Prince in Death and the King's Horseman. Ninth season. Josue is a Métis actor, teaching artist and mask maker from the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa, Treaty 8, Fort St. John, BC. Stratford: Merry Wives of Windsor, Front Page, Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, Tempest, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Changeling, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Vancouver: Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory under Director Martha Henry, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Twitter: @josuelaboucane.

    Pulga Muchochoma
    Joseph, Drummer
    2022: Joseph, Drummer in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Pulga was born in Quelimane, Mozambique, where he trained with Montes Namuli Dance Company. In 2006, he came to Toronto for the International AIDS Conference, and stayed to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Throughout his career, he's worked with choreographers such as Coralee McLaren, D.A. Hoskins, Danny Grossman, Darryl Tracy, James Kudelka, Massimo Agostinelli, Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, Sasha Ivanochko, Sharon Moore, William Yong, Christopher House, Ame Anderson, Veronica Tennant, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Tawiah Ben McCart, Patricia Beaty, Thomas Hauert, Heidi Strauss, Estelle Clareton, Deborah Dunn, Deborah Hay, Simone Orlando, Josh Beamish, Alban Richard, Jean-Paul Kelly, Alicia Grant and Jeanine Durning. Pulga participated in the 2015 opening ceremony of the Toronto Pan Am Games with Cirque du Soleil and NBS. He is also the creator and founder of African Dance and Fitness with Pulga.
    Ngabo Nabea
    Sergeant Amusa

    2022: Sergeant Amusa in Death and the King's Horseman and appears in Hamlet. Second season. Film/TV: The Expanse,The Strain, Anne with an E, Pretty Hard Cases. Training: Ryerson University, The Birmingham Conservatory, The Factory Theatre Mechanicals. Online: @_nguapo.

    Bola Aiyeola
    Adedoja

    (she/her)

    2022: Adedoja in Death and the King's Horseman and understudy in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Fatima in The Container (SummerWorks); Petra in Petra (Theatre Direct); Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (Royal Exchange Manchester, UK); Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK); Jack in The Man in the Moon, Balthasar/Friar Frances in Much Ado About Nothing (The Everymans' Theatre, Liverpool, UK). Film/TV: Clarice (CBS), The Expanse (Syfy), Coroner (CW), Damien (A&E), Lucky Day (feature), 'Da Kink in my Hair (Global), Crown Prosecutor (BBC TV, UK). Radio/Recordings: Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (BBC Radio); First Girl in Blood Wedding (BBC Radio); Alaba in Memories of a Distant Past (BBC Radio); Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (BBC Radio). Training: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) London, UK. Online: imdb.com/name/nm2416924.

    Celia Aloma
    Olabisi

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2022: Player Queen in Hamlet and Olabisi in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: 16 characters in No Child (Arts Club); Ann Atwater in The Best of Enemies and Novelette in 'da Kink in My Hair (Pacific Theatre); Same Difference (Theatre Conspiracy); Catherine in The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre). Film/TV: Corrective Measures (upcoming), Swan Song, Voir, The Baby-Sitters Club, Detour, Song Bird, Scared Lies, Sirens. Radio/Recordings: Aisha in Redbone Coonhound (Arts Club), Mama in Rishi & d Douen (Rumble Theatre and Carousel Theatre). Training: York University, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Jessie Award nomination; BC Arts Council Pivot grant recipient. Instagram: @celia.aloma. 

    isi bhakhomen
    Omosalewa
    2022: Omosalewa in Death and the King's Horseman and appears in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Molly 1 in Towards Rebirth (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Bowie, Alex and Danielle in bonus points if you have air conditioning (NTS); Tituba in The Crucible (Hart House Theatre). Training: National Theatre School of Canada for Acting. Online: @isi_bhakhomen (Instagram). Et cetera: isi bhakhomen dedicates this season to two incredible storytellers: bell hooks and Victoria Santa Cruz.
    Joella Crichton
    Understudy

    2022: Understudy in Death and the King's Horseman and All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: 1184 - Phoenix Arts, Comedy Of Errors - Canadian Stage, Come Down From Up River - Theatre Orangeville. Film/TV: Becoming A Queen - Callowgrove Entertainment, Coming Home To You - Super Channel, In the Dark - CW. Training: York University's Acting Conservatory. Awards: Nominated for Supporting Actress - Broadway World Award and My Entertainment World, 9-time Winner Toronto Queen of Carnival. Online: @joellacrichton. Et cetera: Joella dedicates this season to Solomon. Thanks for all the joy buddy xo.

    Déjah Dixon-Green
    Apinke
    2022: Apinke in Death and the King's Horseman. Third season. Stratford: The Crucible, Mother's Daughter, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere: Cymbeline (Shakespeare Bash'd); The Penelopiad (Grand Theatre); Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); we could be clouds, Lear, The Laramie Project (National Theatre School of Canada); The Railway Children (Mirvish). Film/TV: Sex/Life (Netflix); Pretty Hard Cases (CBC); Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Quantity Cinema); The Fall of Grace (Triple 7 Films). Training: Earl Haig Claude Watson Arts; National Theatre School of Canada. Online: @dejahdixongreen. Et cetera: Thank you to the many gems in my life who continue to help me follow my dream: Mom, Dad, Melly, Oseme, Kiki, Bryan… the list goes on. Dream big, work hard, never give up.
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Ariyike

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16

    2022: Guildenstern in Hamlet and Ariyike in Death and the King's Horseman. Seventh season. Stratford: Co-host of Showstarters, Maya in The Neverending Story, Tituba in The Crucible, Phebe in As You Like It, Maria in Love's Labour's Lost, Hay Fever, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Death and the King's Horseman Radio Play (Soulpepper); Romeo & Juliet (Spontaneous Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, 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, Macbeth, Timon of Athens (Stratford Festival on Film). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Et cetera: All for the love of Jake and Z.

    Amado Dedeu García
    Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage)
    2022: Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage) in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Concerts as a Leader: Musical director of the renowned group Clave y Guaguancó. Teaching: 2019 workshop at McGill University on Afro-Cuban rhythms integration in jazz under the direction of Dr. Rafael Zaldivar; 2019 workshop at Humber College on Afro-Cuban rhythms integration in jazz under the direction of Dr. Rafael Zaldivar. Awards: 2001 Latin Grammy Award winner as part of the CD La Rumba Soy Yo.
    Rachel Jones
    Companion to the Resident
    2022: Companion to the Resident in Death and the King's Horseman and appears in in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sherri in Admissions (Theatre Calgary); Lynne in In the Wake of Wettlaufer (Blyth Festival); The Princess in La Bête (Soulpepper); Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well and Gertude in Hamlet (Canadian Stage); Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival). Film/TV: Vivien in Late Night; voices in Let's Go Luna! and Glowbies. Radio/Recordings: Margery Road and 20 years of other voices in comedy radio noir series The Continuing Adventures of the Boneyard Man (Rogers Cable/CHRW). Awards: My Entertainment World Award for Lavatch. Et cetera: Love forever and thanks to Aidan, who is everything, and Bruce, who is something else. Rachel dedicates this season to the memories of her mother, Christine, and her sister, Anna.
    Matthew Kabwe
    Constable
    2022: Ghost of King Hamlet in Hamlet and Constable in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Sir in Encore (Tableau D'Hôte); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV/Video Games: VFC, La Maison Bleue, Outriders. Training: Dawson College, Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance META for Martin in MOB (Centaur Theatre). Online: matthewkabwe.comagencebridgetdechene.com. Et cetera: Matthew sends wishes of love and thanks to everyone who has supported him. Matthew is thrilled to be making his Stratford debut. Matthew is also B.
    Kevin Kruchkywich
    The Resident

    2022: Barnardo in Hamlet and The Resident in Death and the King's Horseman. Fifth season. Stratford: Undiscovered Sonnets; Michael, Moloch in Paradise Lost; Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Elsewhere: 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman (Drayton Entertainment); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (Theatre Calgary); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); A Christmas Carol, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry Theatre); Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (CTF); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).

    Adékúnlé Olórundáre (Kunle)
    Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage)
    2022: Music director and composer of and percussion (onstage) in Death and The King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Saga Tiata Isabel Bader Theatre 2018: Abusolon in Wahala Dey Oh (adaptation of Chaucer's Miller's Tale), acting debut. Music Performance: Mariposa Folk Festival; Summer Folk Festival; Muskoka Festival; Africa Day Festival, Hamburg, Germany. Debut EP: Ami N Rele. Songwriter's Credit: Emily Fall's album. Production Credit: Emotional Intelligence EP by Vincent Jamal. Training: OCAD Hons Music Industry Arts and Performance, Centennial College, Toronto. Awards: Best Instrumental 2015 Folk Music Ontario, Peter Dickinson Award 2016. A multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Kunle's folk and soul music bridges contemporary styles with roots in West African rhythms and stories. Nigerian-born and currently based in Toronto, Kunle brings together his rich vocals, guitar tapping, harmonica and talking drum to take audiences into what he terms "music with no boundaries." Online: Instagram: @kunloskola. Twitter: @kunlexy24.
    Andrea Rankin
    Companion to the Prince

    2022: Ophelia in Hamlet and Companion to the Prince in Death and the King's Horseman. Fourth season. Stratford: Jane, Mother's Daughter; Anne, Brontë: The World Without; Astoreth, Paradise Lost; Hero, Much Ado About Nothing; Comedy of Errors; The Crucible; Wolf Hall. Elsewhere (selected): Cordelia, King Lear (Bard on the Beach/Theatre Calgary); Jane, Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); Desdemona, Othello (Shakespeare Company); Luciana, Comedy of Errors (SBTB); Molly, Peter and The Starcatcher; Ginger Rogers, Make Mine Love; Fanny, Christmas Carol (Citadel); Apparition, Macbeth (Edmonton Opera), Crissy, Hair (Mayfield). Film/TV: Welcome to Zama, Algorithms, True Meaning of Girls, Snowflake, Walking the Line. Voiceover: Mass Effect 3 (EA Games). Original Recordings: Singer/songwriter/pianist, Tides (2020). Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes, Dashy Goody. Training: Birmingham Conservatory, BFA (UofA), Musical Theatre Intensive (Banff Centre), Voice and Piano (Grade 9 RCM), Young Innovators (Nightwood), Young Playwrights Unit (Tarragon). Et cetera: With gratitude. Sending you love and peace.

    Erik Samuel
    Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage)

    (he/him)

    2022: Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage) in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Musical Performance: Drumset player for Kunle Inc, BrigitFiddle, Gareth Bush, regular educator/guest speaker for Bluesfest School of Music and Art, Africa Day Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Taste of the Kingsway Festival,  Navan Fair, Bluesfest, Lac Leamy Casino, Toronto Christmas Market, Hope Volleyball, among many others. Film/TV: Composer for Test Flight (short). Albums: The Only Flag Worth Burning - WeSurrender, Reborn - DnA (Diana and Andrew), Fired Up - Airliner Blues Band. Training: Bachelors of Music (drumset) Humber College 2019, Carleton University 2015. Online:@eriksdrums on all socials, www.eriksdrums.com. Et cetera: Session/studio musician and educator, multi-instrumentalist, professional game master and Twitch affiliate. Erik teaches drumset and theory at J with a K music. 

    Tyrone Savage
    Aide-de-camp
    2022: Marcellus in Hamlet and Aide-de-camp in Death and the King's Horseman. Seventh season. Stratford: Joseph Surface in School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne Frank, Three Musketeers, Much Ado, Henry V, Grapes of Wrath. Elsewhere: 15 Dogs (Crow's Theatre), A Few Good Men (Drayton), The Matchmaker (Arts Club), Sleuth (Mayfield), Stag and Doe (Neptune), The Gamblers (Talk is Free). Film/TV/Video Games: Caillou, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Redwall, Wind at my Back. Training: Circle in the Square, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: Tyrone dedicates this season to the memory of some of his favourite teachers: Martha Henry and David Fox.
    Espoir Segbeaya
    Wuraola
    2022: Wuraola in Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Born in Munich, Germany, and raised in Nelson, BC, in the magnificent mountains of the West Kootenays, Espoir is an Afro-Canadian, trilingual actor, storyteller and musician. She is a classically trained singer, with special interest in ensemble and choral music. She seeks to stretch the perimeters of her definition of theatre daily and is currently expanding her practice to include voice over/narration and puppetry. She is a recent (pandemic) graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's Acting program. In 2019-2020, at NTS, she performed in Burning Vision, directed by Mike Payette, and played the titular role in Nell Gwynn, directed by Krista Jackson. In 2020-2021, she was part of Black Theatre Workshop's Artist Mentorship Program, followed by a summer performing in Repercussion Theatre's Shakespeare-in-the-Park. She is also featured in The Rest is Electric podcast.
    Oluwakayode Sodunke
    Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage)
    2022: Yoruba Drums and Vocals (onstage) in Death and The King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Agba in Golden Fleas (Crown Troupe of Africa); The Trials of Brother Jero (Medilag 50th anniversary); participant in Love at War, Pidgin translation of Two Noble Kinsmen, 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's transition and the Queen's birthday (British Council); dance, choreography and instrumental facilitator (Barefeet Youth Festival, Lukasu, Zambia); The Sound and the Fury, Who's Afraid of Soyinka, Once Upon Four Robbers (Renegade Theatre); actor/instrumentalist (Crown Troupe Of Africa). Training: Master's degree, theatre major; Bachelor's degree, theatre major; British Council New Writing. Awards: Commendation National Youth Service Corps, National Youth Service Corps Merit Award for Drama, Award for Best Drama and Creative Director, Award for Best Dance Choreographer, CHC Award for Best Instrumentalist. Online: @thisisomolola (Instagram), Omolola Sodunke (Facebook), lewa.creatives@gmail.com, kay0sodunke@gmail.com. Oluwakayode dedicates this season to his dear wife, Funto, and his kids Tireni, Dunmininu and Dahunsi.
    Norman Yeung
    Constable

    (he/him)

    2022: Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Constable in Death and the King's Horseman. Second season. Elsewhere: I Know I'm Supposed to Love You (Touchstone), Chimerica (Royal MTC/Canadian Stage), The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Fugitives (Theatre Conspiracy), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Gateway). Film/TV: Resident Evil: Afterlife, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, King. Recent Activity: Playwright in Residence at Outside the March for Eunuch X Pirate; Crow's Theatre/Mongrel Media Loughborough Lake Writer's Retreat for Rowds; Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat; Theory published by Playwrights Canada Press. Training: BFA Acting, UBC; BFA (Honours) Film, Ryerson University. Awards: The Voaden Prize for Theory, Carol Bolt Award nomination for Theory, Dora Award nomination for Pu-Erh. Online: normanyeung.com, @NormanYeung.

    Wole Soyinka
    Playwright
    Playwright of Death and the King's Horseman.

    Wole Soyinka was the first black African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. His autobiography, Aké: The Years of Childhood, was published in 1981 and was followed by two companion pieces, Ìsarà: A Voyage Around Essay and Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years: A Memoir, 1946-1965. In 2006, he published You Must Set Forth at Dawn, his chronicle of exile from Nigeria. His latest work of fiction is a novel entitled Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth which came out in 2021 and is available on Amazon.

    He was born on July 13, 1934, at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. After preparatory university studies in Nigeria, he studied at the University of Leeds, where in 1973 he took his doctorate. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama and taught drama and literature at various universities in Ibadan, Lagos and Ife. In 1960 he founded the theatre group "The 1960 Masks" and in 1964, the "Orisun Theatre Company", in which he produced his own plays and acted. During the civil war in Nigeria, Soyinka appealed in an article for cease-fire. For this he was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels and was held as a political prisoner for 22 months until 1969. The Man Died is his prose account of his arrest and imprisonment.

    As a world famous dramatist, Soyinka links traditional popular African theatre with dance, music and action. He bases his writing on the mythology of his own tribe - the Yoruba - with Ogun, the god of iron and war, at the centre. He wrote his first plays when in London: The Swamp Dwellers and The Lion and the Jewel. Later satirical comedies included The Trial of Brother Jero, Jero's Metamorphosis, A Dance of the Forests, Kongi's Harvest and Madmen and Specialists. His more recent dramatic works are A Play of Giants and Requiem for a Futurologist, From Zia, with Love, The Beatification of Area Boy, and King Baabu. Among Soyinka's serious philosophic plays are The Strong Breed, The Road and his most popular play - Death and the King's Horseman.

    Other novels written by Soyinka include: The Interpreters and Season of Anomy. He has also written several volumes of poetry, including Idanre, and Other Poems and Poems from Prison (republished as A Shuttle in the Crypt) published together as Early Poems, Mandela's Earth and Other Poems, and Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known.  Critical works include Myth, Literature, and the African World, Art, Dialogue, and Outrage, The Open Sore of a Continent, and The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness.

    Tawiah M’Carthy
    Director
    2022: Director of Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Tawiah M'Carthy is a Ghanaian-born, Toronto-based theatre practitioner, notable as a performer, director and playwright. Tawiah's playwright/performer credits include MaaNomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective), Black Boys (Saga Collectif), Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Yɛn Ara Asaase Ni, as part of 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre/CBC Gem). Tawiah directed Rihannaboi95 (Young People's Theatre). Tawiah is a founding member of Saga Collectif and co-artistic director of Blue Bird Theatre Collective. Tawiah is currently the artist outreach and development coordinator at Canadian Stage, and co-director of the Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Tawiah is a Dora-nominated playwright and performer. Instagram: @teemcarthy. Twitter: @tawiahmcarthy.
    Adékúnlé Olórundáre (Kunle)
    Music Director, Composer
    2022: Music director and composer of and percussion (onstage) in Death and The King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Saga Tiata Isabel Bader Theatre 2018: Abusolon in Wahala Dey Oh (adaptation of Chaucer's Miller's Tale), acting debut. Music Performance: Mariposa Folk Festival; Summer Folk Festival; Muskoka Festival; Africa Day Festival, Hamburg, Germany. Debut EP: Ami N Rele. Songwriter's Credit: Emily Fall's album. Production Credit: Emotional Intelligence EP by Vincent Jamal. Training: OCAD Hons Music Industry Arts and Performance, Centennial College, Toronto. Awards: Best Instrumental 2015 Folk Music Ontario, Peter Dickinson Award 2016. A multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Kunle's folk and soul music bridges contemporary styles with roots in West African rhythms and stories. Nigerian-born and currently based in Toronto, Kunle brings together his rich vocals, guitar tapping, harmonica and talking drum to take audiences into what he terms "music with no boundaries." Online: Instagram: @kunloskola. Twitter: @kunlexy24.
    Rachel Forbes
    Set Designer

    (she/her)

    2022: Set designer of Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Set and Costume: Harlem Duet (Bard on the Beach); Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre); Serving Elizabeth (TIP/WCT); Victory, 1837: The Farmers' Revolt (Shaw Festival); A Million Billion Pieces, Risky Phil (YPT). Set: Calpurnia (RMTC); Trouble in Mind (Shaw Festival); In The Abyss (Political Movement); School Girls (Obsidian Theatre). Costume: The Doctor's Dilemma (Shaw Festival); White Girls in Moccasins (Manidoons/Buddies in Bad Times); Toka (LemonTree/TPM); A Streetcar Named Desire (Soulpepper Theatre); Fences (Grand Theatre). Film/Hybrid: 1851 Spirit & Voice (Myseum/Soulpepper); New Monuments (Canadian Stage/Luminato), 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre/CBC); The Mountaintop (RMTC); A Revolution of Love (New Awakenings); Body So Fluorescent (Madonnanera/Inside Out). Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Costume Design for The Brothers Size; Merritt Award for Outstanding Set Design for The Bridge. Online: rachelforbesdesign.com.

    Sarah Uwadiae
    Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2022: Costume designer of Death and the King's Horseman. Sarah is a Nigerian multi-disciplinary artist and theatre designer based in Calgary. Death and the King's Horseman is her Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Steel Magnolias (Theatre Calgary), The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre), Scope (Lunchbox Theatre), Murder in the Studio (Vertigo Theatre), Gimme Chance Leh (Chromatic Theatre), Actually (Alberta Theatre Projects), The Sound of Music, Where Words Once Were (StoryBook Theatre). Online: sarahuwadiae.com, @sarahuwadiae. Dedication: Sarah dedicates Death and the King's Horseman to BOJA Arts Theatre and her undergraduate Theatre Art department at the Redeemer's University, Nigeria.

    Christopher Dennis
    Lighting Designer
    2022: Lighting designer of Death and the King's Horseman. Second season. Stratford: Julius Caesar. Elsewhere: San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, West Australia Ballet. Served as assistant resident lighting designer for the Metropolitan Opera and lighting director for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. 14 seasons as the resident lighting designer and lighting coordinator at The National Ballet of Canada. Currently in his 12th season as production director for San Francisco Ballet. Training: Executive Leadership Certificate from eCornell and a BFA from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Et cetera: Christopher would like to thank Cynthia, Mackenzie and Remi for their continued love and support.
    Debashis Sinha
    Sound Designer

    (he/him)

    2022: Sound designer of Death and the King's Horseman. Sixth season. Stratford: Composer for Serving Elizabeth; composer and sound designer of The Crucible, Treasure Island, The Changeling, Breath of Kings; sound designer of Mother's Daughter, The Aeneid. Elsewhere: Music and sound for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Soulpepper, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Centre, Tribal Crackling Wind and others; music coordinator, Station Eleven (HBO Max); appearances at MUTEK Japan, MOCA Toronto, Banff Centre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Art Gallery of Ontario and other venues. Radio/Recordings: Radio works broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, Radio National España, Banff New Media Institute, NAISA; numerous solo recordings, audio artworks, and audiovisual and live cinema projects. Awards: Dora Awards for Original Music and Sound for Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille) and We Are Proud to Present… (Theatre Centre/Why Not); XIV Radio Works Prize (Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporanea).

    Wolé Oguntokun
    Dramaturge, Cultural Consultant, Dialect Coach
    2022: Dramaturge, cultural consultant and dialect coach to Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Radio/Recordings: Dramaturge and Elesin Oba in Stratford/Soulpepper Theatre's radio/online production of Death and the King's Horseman (June 2021). Elsewhere: Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in 2015, 2016, 2018. He has written and directed plays for the Cross Currents Festival (Washington, DC); Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland; Shakespeare Olympiad (The Globe, London); Ubumuntu Arts Festival, Rwanda; Lagos Black Heritage Festival. Moderator at the awarding of the Europe Theatre Special Prize to Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, in Rome. Artistic consultant to the Directors' Projects at the Shaw Festival (2018), assistant director to Wole Soyinka in the production of Beatification of Area Boy, resident International Guest Artiste at the Svalegangen Theatre, Arhus, Denmark. He was consultant to the National Theatre, England, in its production of Death and The King's Horseman.
    Geoff Scovell
    Fight Director

    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.

    Jaz ‘Fairy J’ Simone
    Choreographer
    2022: Choreographer of Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Jaz 'Fairy J' Simone (formerly known as Jasmyn Fyffe), is a Dora Award-winning Barbadian-Canadian multi hyphenate artist based in Toronto, ON. Her career spans 15 years of work in choreography, movement direction (MD), performance (dance, vocal and spoken word poetry), movement improvisation, and creative mentorship. She has been working as a choreographer and MD for theatre since 2011. Her first project was under the director of Philip Akin of Obsidian Theatre. In 2017 she was hired by Soulpepper Theatre to co-choreograph For Coloured Girls directed by Djanet Sears. In 2018 she was the choreographer for Other Side of the Game directed by Nigel Shawn Williams and in 2019 she was the MD for The Brothers Size directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. This past spring, Jaz returned to her first in-person theatre project since the pandemic and worked under the direction of Mumbi once again, for Is God Is through Obsidian Theatre, co-produced by Canadian Stage and Necessary Angel Theatre Company. Jaz 'Fairy J' Simone is elated to be making her debut at the Stratford Festival this summer. In addition, she is excited to be making her debut with the Shaw Festival as the MD for Just to Get Married directed by Severn Thompson. She is co-choreographer for Bahia Watson and Liza Paul's upcoming Toronto show MASHUP pon di road and she will be presenting a solo performance, and teaching a workshop for the Yensa Dance Festival created by Lua Shayenne Dance Company.
    Brad Cook
    Movement Director
    2022: Movement director of Death and the King's Horseman and movement coach. Eighth season. Stratford: Movement and puppetry director of The Neverending Story (Stratford/NAC); movement director of The Breathing Hole, Treasure Island, Breath of Kings. Elsewhere (selected): Movement: The Other Side of the River (Backyard Theatre), Lord Sword (Inter Arts), The Trojan Women (Lost & Found). Puppetry: War Horse (National Theatre), King Lear (Cosmic Fishing), Western (Next Stage), Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol (Lost & Found). Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro, Susannah, Così fan tutte, The Consul (Long Reach Opera). Teaching: Movement at National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory, Randolph Academy, University of Waterloo. Training: MA, Movement, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; BA, Acting, University of Waterloo. Et cetera: Co-artistic director of Blue Bird Theatre Collective. Instagram: @bluebirdtheatre.
    Mũkonzi Mũsyoki
    Assistant Director

    (he/him/they/them) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2022

    2022: Assistant director of Death and the King's Horseman and Associate, The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Second season. Mũkonzi is a theatre scholar, writer, director and dramaturge. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Alberta in Performance Studies. He has worked with Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Timms Centre Studio Theatre, the University of Alberta Drama Department, Northern Light Theatre, MAA and PAA Theatre, Concordia University of Edmonton, Concrete Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, and The Citadel Theatre. Mũkonzi also continues to work as a dramaturge for Ignite Afrika Trust, where he participates in the OSNW (Old Stories in New Ways) Project and TIC (Theatrical Interactions for Change) back in Kenya, collaborating with local artists from Kisumu. His research is on Postcolonial Theatre and Performance, Dramaturgy, Urban Discourse and Identity Politics in contemporary East Africa and the Diaspora. He is currently an associate at The Foerster-Bernstein New Play Development Program at Stratford Festival. Mũkonzi was the production dramaturge for Serving Elizabeth by Marcia Johnson and is excited to work on Death and the King's Horseman in his second season at the Stratford Festival as the Assistant Director.

    Patricia Reilly
    Assistant Set Designer

    2022: Assistant set designer of Hamlet-911 and assistant costume designer of Death and the King's Horseman. Sixth season. Stratford: Designer of Langham Directors' Workshop, 2021. Assistant designer of Three Tall Women; assistant costume designer of The Merry Wives of Windsor, An Ideal Husband; assistant designer of Bakkhai. Elsewhere: Designs for Chemainus Theatre Festival (Lumberjacks in Love, Glorious!); Puente Theatre (Fado); Pacific Opera Victoria (Rattenbury, La Voix Humaine); Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (The Drawer Boy, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Of Mice and Men); Theatre SKAM (Concord Floral, Joan, Shop Talk). Training: Graduate degree in 3D Animation and Character Design (Fanshawe College), Masters of Theatre Design (Wimbledon College of Arts), BFA in Theatre Design (University of Victoria). Online: patriciareilly.com.

    Jawon Kang
    Associate Set Designer

    (she/her)

    2022: Associate set designer of Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Jawon is a Korean Canadian theatre designer based in Toronto and Montreal. Elsewhere: Costume design for Venus (NTS); costume design for 3..2..1 and Mother and Child (NTS); set design for Nell Gwynn (NTS); design assistance for Foxfinder (Imago Theatre); apprenticeship training (Tableau D'ôte); design assistance for 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Interior Design School of Ryerson University. Online: jawonkang.myportfolio.com.

    Christian Horoszczak
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    (he/him)

    2022: Assistant lighting designer of Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well and Death and the King's Horseman. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Three Tall Women, R + J, Why We Tell the Story, You Can't Stop the Beat, Play On! and Freedom. Elsewhere: Lighting design for All the Sex I've Ever Had (Mammalian Diving Reflex; Tokyo, Kyoto and Seoul), Sex, Drugs and Criminality (Mammalian Diving Reflex; Riga), Bunk #7 (Raven Collective), Entrances and Exits (Howland Company), Kiviuq Returns (Qaggiavuut!/Banff Centre). Assistant lighting design for Fall for Dance North. Training: National Theatre School, Banff Centre, Queen's University. Et cetera: Much love and endless gratitude to Mom, Dad and Ryan.

    Jennifer Dzialoszynski
    Assistant Fight Director

    (she/her)

    2022: Assistant fight director for Hamlet, Richard III, Little Women, All's Well That Ends WellEvery Little Nookie, Hamlet-911, The Miser, Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Is God Is (Canadian Stage/Obsidian/Necessary Angel), Three Women of Swatow, Theory, Girls Like That (Tarragon), The Nether (Coal Mine/Studio 180), Poison (Coal Mine), Hello Bertha, Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen, Rococo, Lithuania (Shaw Festival), Boeing, Boeing, Perfect Wedding (Magnus Theatre) Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Bash'd). Selected Film/TV: SkyMed (CBC), Let It Snow (Netflix), Shut Up (Short), Dark Matter (SyFy), XIII The Series (Showcase). Training: Ryerson University. Awards: My Entertainment World Award for Hamlet and many nominations, Dora Award Nomination for Kindertransport. Et cetera: Jenn is also an actor and voice performer and is grateful to have performed on stages across kanata (Canada).

    Maxwell T. Wilson
    Stage Manager

    (he/him)

    2022: Stage manager of Death and the King's Horseman and assistant stage manager of Hamlet.  24th season. Stratford (selected): Finally There's Sun (cabaret), Nathan the Wise, An Ideal Husband, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole, Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, The Three Musketeers, Taking Shakespeare, Henry V, Hosanna, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, South Pacific, My One and Only, The Winter's Tale and Death of a Salesman. Elsewhere: Max's career spans over 30 years, including work with Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Edmonton Opera, Opera Atelier, the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, Young People's Theatre and Mirvish Productions. Training: BA, University of Lethbridge. Awards: 2012 and 2017 Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Max works with a leading purveyor of orchid growing supplies at ravenvision.ca.

    Alice Ferreyra Galliani
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2022: Assistant stage manager of Hamlet and Death and the King's Horseman. Sixth season. Stratford: R + J, Hamlet, Henry VIII, Birds of a Kind, Bakkhai. Elsewhere: Maanomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective); Every Silver Lining (Next Stage Festival); Maggie & Pierre (Grand Theatre); Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Roseneath Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening, Spelling Bee, Nine (Randolph College); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan); Anne of Green Gables, Evita, Shrek the Musical (LOT); The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Hamlet (Tarragon Theatre); The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company); City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay); The Story (Theatre Columbus); The Test (The Company Theatre). Training: Sheridan College (Technical Production). Et cetera: Originally from Lima, Peru. Loves food, music, dancing. Always looking for a good book recommendation. 

    Sam Hale
    Assistant Stage Manager

    2022: Assistant stage manager of All's Well That Ends Well and Death and the King's Horseman. Third season. Stratford: Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: The Home Project, Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Lemons…, 52 Pick-Up, The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Picture This, Parfumerie, Riverboat (Soulpepper); Jerusalem, Mr. Burns (Outside the March); Disgraced (Mirvish/Citadel/Hope & Hell); The Judas Kiss, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Into The Woods (Talk Is Free); Fall for Dance North (FFDN/TO Live); The Realistic Joneses, An Enemy of the People (Tarragon); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations); The 39 Steps (3P Productions); My Fair Lady (Capitol Theatre); Here on the Flight Path, Hilda's Yard, Aunt Agnes for Christmas (Foster Festival). Sam has also worked for dance: made in canada, University of Toronto, TIFF and Hot Docs. Et cetera: Sam would like to thank his friends, family, mentors and Nic for all their love and support.

    May Nemat Allah
    Apprentice Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2022: Apprentice stage manager of Death and the King's Horseman. Second season. Stratford: Production assistant, Tom Patterson Theatre. Elsewhere: Assistant stage manager, Cabaret (National Theatre School of Canada); assistant production manager, carried away on the crest of a wave (University of Waterloo); stage manager, The Seagull (University of Waterloo); administrative assistant, SMArts: Stage Managing the Arts in Canada; administrative assistant, Green Light Arts. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; University of Waterloo.

    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2022: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre. 22nd season. Stratford: In Meghan's 20+ seasons, she has served as production stage manager at all of the Festival's stages including the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy (2021). She has worked on Paradise Lost, The Virgin Trial, The Tempest (2010), A Little Night Music, The Physicists, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy, among others. Training: Meghan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from York University. Elsewhere: Meghan has most recently stage-managed Light at Tarragon Theatre; and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, and The Virgin Trial at Soulpepper Theatre. She has worked at the National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, toured New Brunswick with TNB, and stage-managed car and industrial trade shows and concerts. Respect and love to Beatrice, Ella & Peter.

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