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June 4 – October 25
Shakespeare

HAMLET

HAMLET

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Peter Pasyk

THE ULTIMATE ROYAL FAMILY CRISIS


A spectral visitor from beyond the grave lays a heavy burden on Prince Hamlet: the command to avenge his father’s murder. It’s a mission that the grief-stricken son fervently vows to undertake, yet seems mysteriously unable to accomplish. Are rational doubt and lack of opportunity all that prevent him – or do other impediments to action lie buried deep within himself? 

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Amaka Umeh. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper. 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Amaka Umeh
    Hamlet
    2020: Hamlet in Hamlet and Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Bobbi in Hilda's Yard (Foster Festival), Ensemble in Towards Youth - a play on Radical Hope (Project:Humanity/Crow's Theatre); 00 in The Wolves (Howland Company/Crow's); Abigail in A Christmas Carol, Christa in Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Grand Theatre); Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sampson in Romeo and Juliet (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, Toronto Fringe Theatre Entrepreneurs' Network Training, 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: I dedicate this season with deepest gratitude and everlasting love to my darling Mum.
    Graham Abbey
    Claudius

    2020: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Claudius in Hamlet. 22nd season. 

    Kaleb Alexander
    Laertes
    2020: Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Laertes in Hamlet and Harry Percy in Wolf Hall. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Moses in PassOver (Obsidian Theatre); Laertes in Hamlet, Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage); Ancestor in Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur, NAC, Black Theatre Workshop); Jason in Dirty Butterfly (Bound 2 Create); Len in Delicacy (Theatre Brouhaha). Film/TV: Principal on Elle's Valley (Bound 2 Create), appearances on various series such as The Strain (Syfy) and 12 Monkeys (FX). Training: York University conservatory program. Et cetera: Kaleb would like to dedicate this season to the memory of his aunt Phylis.
    Maev Beaty
    Gertrude

    2020: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Gertrude in Hamlet. Sixth 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, 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: Multi-Dora Award winner and 13-time nominee; TTCA winner. Film: Mouthpiece (TIFF, director Patricia Rozema). Online: maevbeaty.com. Et cetera: Maev has originated roles in 21 world premières, including her co-creations Montparnasse, Goblin Market and, most recently, Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre). This season's for Richard and Mary. 

    Jakob Ehman
    Horatio
    2020: Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Horatio in Hamlet and Thomas Wyatt in Wolf Hall. Second season. Stratford: Templar in Nathan the Wise and Eitan in Birds of a Kind. Elsewhere: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Idomeneus (Soulpepper); The Circle (Tarragon); Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille); Offline (director), The Libertine, Gotcha (Talk Is Free); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (director), House of Yes (Storefront Theatre); The Philanderess (Toronto Fringe); Cockfight (Theatre Brouhaha/Red One); Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread); Blue Planet, Minotaur (Young People's Theatre); Nature of the Beast, Donors, Turtleneck (safeword). Film/TV: Jakob stars as Miles in the award-winning film adaptation of The Drawer Boy. Awards: Jakob has been nominated for four Dora Awards for his work as an actor. Other: Co-creator of a new sports satire podcast, The Buck and Tabby Show.
    Andrea Rankin
    Ophelia

    2020: Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Ophelia in Hamlet and appears in Wolf Hall. Third season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Crucible, Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Jane Grey, Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); Cordelia, King Lear (Bard on the Beach/Theatre Calgary); Desdemona, Othello (Shakespeare Company); Luciana, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow); Sarah, Shakespeare's Rebel (Bard on the Beach); Molly Aster, Peter and the Starcatcher; Fanny, A Christmas Carol; Ginger Rogers, Make Mine Love (Citadel); Crissy, HAIR (Mayfield); Love's Labour's Lost, Blood Wedding, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Pains of Youth (Studio Theatre); Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel (Edmonton Opera). Film/TV: Secret Life of Girls, Snowflake, Algorithms, Paris, Walking the Line. Voiceover: Mass Effect 3 (EA Games). Training: BFA, U of A; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Excellence; Dashy Goody Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance.

     

    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Polonius
    2020: Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing, Polonius in Hamlet and Sir Thomas Boleyn Sr. in Wolf Hall 10th season. Stratford: The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, The Taming of The Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (Tiny Room); Jerusalem (Outside the March/Company Theatre); Silence, Art (Grand Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Pitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (NAC). Online: michaelspencerdavis.com.
    Michael Ayres
    2020: George Boleyn in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sanders in Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company/Crow's Theatre); Jackie Savage in Bang Bang (GCTC); Kyle in What I Call Her (In Association/Crow's Theatre). Film/TV: Jupiter's Legacy (Netflix), The Boys (Amazon), Star Trek: Discovery (CBS).
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Guildenstern
    2020: Guildenstern in Hamlet, Ensemble in An Undiscovered Shakespeare and understudy in Much Ado About Nothing. Sixth season. Stratford: 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, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, 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, 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.
    Emma Grabinsky

    2020: Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Zelda Schneller inThe Front Page and appeared in Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere (selected): The Comedy of Errors, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Gut Girls, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (University of Victoria);Twelfth Night (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet (SATCo); The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse). Film/TV (selected): Grand Unified Theory (Second Chance Productions); The Haunting Hour (Hub Network); Mr. Hockey (CBC); Supernatural (CW). Training: BFA, University of Victoria. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude, thank you!

     

     

    Bruce Horak
    Guard

    2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Performer/Creator: Assassinating Thomson (The Meighen Forum and national tour); This is Cancer (Alberta Theatre Projects and several national tours); Undercover (Spontaneous Theatre/Tarragon Theatre/Vertigo Theatre).  Elsewhere: Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Alberta Theatre Projects); Scenography in Queer Blind Date (High Performance Rodeo/One Yellow Rabbit/Spontaneous Theatre); Christmas Past/Narrator in A Christmas Carol (National Arts Centre); Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero/Hit and Myth). Artist on board with The Railbirds (Via Rail). Artist in Residence with Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island). Training: Mount Royal College, Loose Moose Theatre, The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Awards: Betty Mitchell Awards for This is Cancer and Evil Dead: The Musical. Et cetera: Visual art and music can be found online at brucehorak.com

    Robert King
    Priest
    2020: Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Priest in Hamlet  and understudy in Wolf Hall. 26th season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, Macbeth, Hamlet, Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Richard II, Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives, Dream, Pericles, Henry V, Henry VI, An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Madwoman of Chaillot, Three Musketeers, Shoemakers' Holiday, Treasure Island, Count of Monte Cristo, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grapes of Wrath, Home, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ah, Wilderness!, Quiet in the Land, The Donnellys. Elsewhere: A Tender Thing, A Wind in the Willows Christmas, The Yalta Game, Afterplay, Falling: A Wake, Bolsheviki (ATW); The Melville Boys (TNB); In the Wake of Wettlaufer, Cakewalk, I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Garrison's Garage, Country Hearts (Blyth Festival). Et cetera: Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy Coffey.
    John Kirkpatrick
    Reynaldo
    2020: Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, Reynaldo in Hamlet and understudy in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Endicott, The Front Page; Walter Cunningham Sr., To Kill a Mockingbird; Caius Ligarius, Julius Caesar; Lt. Brannigan, Guys and Dolls; Apothecary, Romeo and Juliet; Doctor, Macbeth; Oliver, As You Like It; Deuxfois, The Hypochondriac; Marcellus, Fortinbras, Hamlet; Boyet, Love's Labour's Lost; Descartes, Christina, The Girl King; Red Knight/Walrus, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Jaques, As You Like It; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Lucio, Measure for Measure (Citadel); Slim, Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Calgary); Everard, Age of Arousal (ATP); Milan, Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Kent, King Lear; Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night (Freewill). Training: BFA Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure. Et cetera: Former Artistic Director, Freewill Shakespeare Festival. All my love to Breanna, Aidan and wee Finn.
    Kevin Kruchkywich
    Guard

    2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Member of the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Third season. Stratford: 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).

     

     

    Josue Laboucane
    2020: Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Henry Norris in Wolf Hall and appears in Hamlet. Eighth season. 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. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Vancouver's Bard on the Beach); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: Jessie Award; Sydney J. Risk Award. Online: Twitter: @josuelaboucane.
    Allan Louis
    2020: Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Norfolk in Wolf Hall and appears in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Dr. Chauvet in Here Are the Fragments (The Theatre Centre); MC in Oh, What A Lovely War!, Sandor in Grand Hotel, Baudricourt in Saint Joan, Willie in "Master Harold"… and the Boys, Dracula in Dracula (Shaw Festival); Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Caesar in Julius Caesar, Egeon in The Comedy Of Errors (Canadian Stage); Buddy Black in Helen Lawrence (Canadian Stage, Edinburgh International Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music); Luther Dixon in Baby It's You (Broadway). Film/TV: Stomp the Yard, Dynasty, NCIS, Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, recurring on Person of Interest, series lead in Privileged.
    Hilary McCormack

    2020: Christophe, Jane Rochford in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Swing in The Neverending Story, Desdemona understudy in Othello. Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe/Kildare Company); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company); Helen in One Side of an Ampersand (Flying Radio Theatre). Film/TV: Killjoys (guest star), Sugar Daddy (supporting), Benson (lead), 'Sup Meg (lead), Samanthology (principal), Queen of the Bums (lead), The Spectre (principal). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman Award (Ryerson). 

     

     

    Hannah Miller
    Understudy
    2020: Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Katherine of Aragon in Wolf Hall and understudy in Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Eden in Birds of a Kind. Elsewhere: Marcellus, Guildenstern, Player Queen, Osric in Why Not Theatre's bilingual Prince Hamlet (ASL and English); Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon in Bar Mitzvah Boy (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); Lividia Swan in Peter Anderson's Head Over Heels (Caravan Farm Theatre); Abigail Williams in The Crucible (Soulpepper); Sandy in The Crackwalker (Theatre Passe Muraille). Film/TV: Guest spots on Dark Matter (Syfy), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and Saving Hope (CTV); as well as some obscure docudramas you might have seen on TV very late at night. Training: Soulpepper Academy; George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Dora nomination for Best Ensemble in Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); Douglas Campbell Award, 2019, and Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, 2019 (Stratford Festival). Online:@hanniemiller.
    Ngabo Nabea
    2020: Gregory in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Orlando in Rosalynde/As You Like It (Driftwood Theatre); Bumpy Johnson in The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre); Anthony in I and You (Globe Theatre); Cory in August Wilson's Fences (Grand Theatre); Ollie in Twisted (Factory Theatre); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre Project). Film/TV: The Strain (FX), The Expanse (Syfy), Salvation (CBS), Anne with an E (CBC). Training: Ryerson University (Ryerson Theatre School), Factory Theatre Mechanicals, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Online: @_ngoblin.
    Irene Poole
    Player Queen

    2020: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, Player Queen in Hamlet and Thomas More in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Queen Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies in Bad Times); Escape from Happiness, Better Living, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Factory Theatre); Age of Arousal (ATP). Film/TV: Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures), Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM), Breakout Kings. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Leisure Society; nominations for How Do I Love Thee? and Happy Place.

     

     

    André Sills
    Ghost
    2020: Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Ghost in Hamlet and King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. Sixth season. Stratford: The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, etc. Elsewhere: Julius Caesar (Crow's/Groundling); Glass Menagerie, Sex, The Madness of George III, An Octoroon, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival); "Master Harold"… and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre); Kim's Convenience national tour (Soulpepper); Shakespeare's Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects, The Grand); Othello, Radio Golf (St. Louis Black Repertory Company). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, George Brown Theatre School. Awards: My Entertainment World Critics Pick Award, Best Leading Actor, An Octoroon; Toronto Theatre Critics Award and Dora Award, Best Leading Actor, "Master Harold"… and the Boys. Online: Twitter: @andresills373.
    Rylan Wilkie
    Marcellus
    2020: Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing, Marcellus in Hamlet and Thomas Cranmer in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: The Crucible, The Neverending Story, Henry VIII, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, Pericles, The Alchemist, Christina, The Girl King, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Lion in Winter (Grand); Am I Not King? (Zone 41); Enron (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Blue Planet (YPT); Macbeth, Mother Courage (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe); East of Berlin, The December Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Shakespeare's Dog (ATP). Film/TV: Charity, Homefront, Blue Smoke, The Secret of the Nutcracker, See This Movie. Training: NTS. Awards: Stratford's John Hirsch Award; Betty Mitchell Award for Vincent in Brixton. Et cetera: Much love to Krystin and my family. Online: Instagram @wilkierylan.
    Norman Yeung
    Rosencrantz
    2020: Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Francis Weston in Wolf Hall. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Young Zhang Lin/Benny in Chimerica (Royal MTC/Canadian Stage), Hassan in The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), Jarred in The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Young Man in Fugitives (Theatre Conspiracy), Linus in 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. Training: BFA Acting, UBC; BFA (Honours) Film, Ryerson University. Awards: Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize for Theory, Carol Bolt Award nomination for Theory, Dora Award nomination for Pu-Erh. Online: normanyeung.com, @NormanYeung. Et cetera: Norman was a member of the 2019 Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat. His play Theory is being developed into a feature film and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2020. He sends love to his family and East Van.
    Peter Pasyk
    Director
    2020: Director of Hamlet. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant director: Birds of a Kind, School for Scandal, Breath of Kings. Elsewhere: Peter is an acclaimed theatre director who has worked with Canada's leading theatre companies including Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage. Peter directed the world premières of Jordan Tannahill's Late Company (Theatre Centre), Rosamund Small's Sisters (Soulpepper) and Rosa Laborde's Like Wolves (GCTC). Peter's Dora-nominated productions include The Nether, Killer Joe, Dying City, When the World Was Green and The Jones Boy. Peter works as a filmmaker in Poland and Canada. Awards: Peter is a two-time Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Direction and a Winnipeg Theatre Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. Upcoming: Peter will direct The Comedy of Errors for Canadian Stage - Shakespeare in High Park. Et cetera: For Ian Watson.
    Patrick Lavender
    Designer
    2020: Designer of Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Set, costume, lighting design for Ghost Quartet (Crow's Theatre); set, lighting, sound design for Book of Life (Volcano Theatre/Canadian Stage); lighting design for Cafe Sarajevo (Bluemouth Inc.); lighting design for Charlotte (Theaturtle); set and lighting design for The Nether (Coal Mine Theatre); lighting design for It Comes In Waves (Bluemouth Inc./Necessary Angel Theatre); set and lighting design for Brave New World (Litmus Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); set, costume, lighting design for Late Company (Surface Underground/Why Not Theatre). Awards: Dora Award in Lighting Design for The Nether; Dora Award in Set Design for Crawlspace (Videofag); Dora Award in Lighting Design for It Comes In Waves; Toronto Theatre Critics Award in Design for The Nether. Et cetera: Kaitlin, you're the best!
    Michelle Bohn
    Costume Designer
    2020: Designer of All's Well That Ends Well and costume designer of Hamlet. Fourth season. Stratford: HMS Pinafore (associate costume 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); Orpheus (Next Wave Festival). Off-Off-Broadway: Costume designer: Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre). Selected Regional: Designer: Crees in the Caribbean (Theatre Aquarius). Costume designer: Jukebox Hero (Ed Mirvish Theatre); Measure for Measure (Canadian Stage); Theory (Tarragon); The Nether, Between Riverside & Crazy (Coal Mine); The New Canadian Curling Club (Blyth Festival); Amadeus, The Gamblers (Talk is Free); The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Kimberly Akimbo (Southern Rep); Coriolanus, Henry V (Shakespeare Festival at Tulane). Film/TV: Costume designer: Save Me, For the Record (CBC Gem); NOLA; The Red Thunder (short); Good Sister (short). Training: MFA from University of Missouri - Kansas City; BFA from Concordia University. Online: michellebohndesign.com.
    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting Designer
    2019: Lighting designer of Hamlet, Here's What It Takes and Frankenstein Revived. 12th season.
    Richard Feren
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2020: Composer and sound designer of Hamlet. Third season. Stratford: Sound designer of An Ideal Husband, Hay Fever.Elsewhere (as composer/sound designer): Outside the March (The Flick, Jerusalem, TomorrowLove™); Canadian Stage (Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Every Brilliant Thing); Coal Mine Theatre (The Father, The Nether); Factory Theatre (Beautiful Man); The Grand Theatre (Every Brilliant Thing, The Wars, Silence); Nightwood Theatre (A Blow In the Face, Asking For It, Unholy); Soulpepper (Betrayal, Copenhagen, Animal Farm, CAGE); The Theatre Centre (Daughter). Recordings: Music available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. as Richard Feren, and side project, Crimescene. Film/TV: Features: It's Hard To Be Human; The Anniversary; Burning, Burning; A Trip to the Island; Past Perfect; Possible Worlds. Numerous short films. Awards: 1999 Pauline McGibbon Award, seven Dora Awards, shortlisted for 2012 Siminovitch Prize. Online: @RichardFeren; haemorrhage-music.com.
    Anita Nittoly
    Fight Director and Intimacy Coach
    2020: Fight director for the 2020 season and intimacy coach for Hamlet. Fifth season. Stratford: Fight director for the 2019 season and intimacy coach for Birds of a Kind. Elsewhere: Charlottetown Festival (2019 - Kronborg), Citadel Theatre (2019 - Fall on Your Knees), Centaur Theatre (2019 - The Last Wife; 2018 - Successions; 2017 - The 39 Steps), Carousel Players (2019 - Whole World), Blyth Festival (2018 season), Outside the March (2018 - Jerusalem), Canadian Opera Company (2014/15/16 - assistant fight master). Anita is the stage combat instructor and fight director at the National Theatre School in Montréal. She also works as a stunt performer and stunt actor in the film and TV industry - selected credits: See, Zeus, The Boys, Enhanced, Titans, Dark Matter. Et cetera: Supreme gratitude to Mom, Dad and Pat - you guys are everything to me.
    Geoff Scovell
    Associate Fight Director
    2020: Associate fight director for the 2020 season. 10th season. Stratford: Associate fight director, 2013-2019 seasons. Assistant fight director, 2004 and 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director: Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV: Stunts (selected): It: Chapter 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, The Boys, Wayne, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Utopia Falls, Supergirl, Impulse, What We Do in Shadows, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Robocop, Reign, Orphan Black, Carrie, Total Recall. Training: BFA, Ryerson. Awards: Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
    Cherissa Richards
    Assistant Director
    2020: Assistant director of Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, assistant director); Getting Married, Ladykillers (Shaw Festival, intern director, 2019); Subjection of Kezia, Poof (Neil Munroe Director's Project, director, 2019); The Game (Sarasváti Theatre, director, 2018); Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach, apprentice director, 2018); New Beginnings (Sarasváti Theatre, director, 2018); Jungle Book (Manitoba Theatre for Young People, assistant director, 2017); The Power of Harriet T (Manitoba Theatre for Young People, director, 2016). Actor: Intimate Apparel (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); House at Pooh Corner (MTYP); Sense & Sensibility (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Di, Viv & Rose (RMTC); Dracula, 1837: The Farmer's Revolt (Shaw Festival); Richard III (Shakespeare in the Ruins). Training: York University (MFA Acting); Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Clown Summer Intensive); NTS; University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts Honours).
    Brian Scott
    Stage Manager
    2020: Stage manager of Hamlet and assistant stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing. 27th season.
    Alice Ferreyra
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Hamlet and Wolf Hall. Fourth season. Stratford: Henry VIII, Birds of a Kind, Bakkhai, Michael Langham Directors' Workshop Presentation (2019), Avon Theatre production assistant (2015). Elsewhere: Stage manager: 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). Assistant stage manager: Tafelmusik; The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Apprentice stage manager: 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: Thank you to my loved ones for their love and support!
    Hilary Nichol
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Hamlet and Wolf Hall. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2019, and Directors' Workshop Presentation, 2018, 2019. Apprentice stage manager: The School for Scandal, 2017. Festival Theatre production assistant, 2016. Elsewhere: Stage manager: Cyrano de Bergerac, The Winter's Tale (SLSF); Mules (Theatrefront); Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Plaid Tidings (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Tales of an Urban Indian (Talk Is Free Theatre). CAEA apprentice credits: Sir John A: Acts of Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion (NAC); Angel Square, The Public Servant, The Boy in the Moon (Great Canadian Theatre Company); The Comedy of Errors (A Company of Fools); Bingo! (Factory). Training: Algonquin College Theatre Arts 2009, Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School Integrated Arts Program 2006. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2016); Prix Rideau Award Winner Emerging Artist 2010.
    Melissa Rood
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing and assistant stage manager of Hamlet. 20th season.
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Production Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: 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, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Phèdre. Elsewhere: King Lear, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in High Park); 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).
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Chicago. 24th 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 35 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. Being a grandmother is the best job I have ever had!

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