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July 28 – October 2 |
Opens August 25


World Première

A Stratford Festival Commission

By Ann-Marie MacDonald

Based on an idea developed by Alisa Palmer, Vita Brevis Arts

Directed by Alisa Palmer

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Actor Guinness Menzies has landed his dream role: he’s playing Hamlet at the Stratford Festival. But just before a matinée performance, he suddenly finds himself in the Underworld, a strange realm as frightening as it is hilarious, where time is seriously out of joint. Has he gone mad? Is he dreaming? Has he died…? Meanwhile, teenager Jeremy reaches out to Guinness online as he wrestles with his own version of Hamlet’s famous life-or-death dilemma.

House Program: Hamlet-911

Runtime: One hour and 43 minutes. This performance has no interval.

Production support is generously provided by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins.

Support for the creation of Hamlet-911 is generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.

Photo credits: Mike Shara as Guinness Menzies in Hamlet-911. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.



    Portrait of Mike Shara
    Mike Shara
    Guinness Menzies

    2022: Guinness Menzies in Hamlet-911 and Father Callum Williams in 1939. 10th season. Stratford: The Homecoming, As You Like It, The Matchmaker, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Front Page, Othello. Elsewhere: 10 seasons at the Shaw Festival, appearances with Soulpepper, Tarragon, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, MTC, Theatre Aquarius, Canadian Stage. Film/TV: Astrid & Lilly Save the World, Orphan Black, Designated Survivor, Murdoch Mysteries, Run to Me, Ride, Defining Moments, Whatever Linda, The Gathering. Awards: 1983 St. Catharines Minor League Baseball Sportsmanship Award. Twitter: @mikeshara. Et cetera: Love to Molly, Carla, my parents and brothers, Jeff and Matt. 

    Portrait of Sarah Dodd
    Sarah Dodd
    Jessica, Siri


    2022: Jessica, Siri in Hamlet-911 and Sian Ap Dafydd in 1939. 11th season. Stratford (selected): The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet, The Breathing Hole, The Importance of Being Earnest, House of Atreus trilogy, The Swanne, Richard III, Private Lives, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, King Lear. Elsewhere (selected): The Antipodes, Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine); Sexy Laundry (Thousand Islands); Mustard, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Communion, Humble Boy, The Fall (Tarragon); Domesticated, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Age of Arousal, The Penelopiad (Nightwood). Film/TV: Anne with an E, Murdoch Mysteries, Ginny & Georgia. Training: George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Two Dora Awards; Toronto Critics Award for Marjorie Prime (2020). She is grateful to be back at the Studio with this incredible company.

    Portrait of Andrew Iles
    Andrew Iles

    2022: Jeremy in Hamlet-911. Fifth season. Stratford: The Boy in Three Tall Women, Sir Henry Guildford in Henry VIII, Eribo, A Bully in The Neverending Story, Harold in An Ideal Husband, appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird and understudied in Julius Caesar. Elsewhere: Atreyu in The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Katurian K. Katurian in The Pillowman (Orlando Fringe 2016). Film/TV: Guest star on What We Do in the Shadows season four finale (FX), Reign (CW) and Murder U (Discovery ID). Training: BFA, University of Windsor; Birmingham Conservatory. Instagram: @thicctheband.

    Portrait of Amelia Sargisson
    Amelia Sargisson


    2022: Sue in Hamlet-911. Third season. Stratford: Eve (Paradise Lost), Luciana (The Comedy of Errors), Desdemona (Othello), Peggy Grant (The Front Page). Elsewhere: All I Want For Christmas, Paradise Lost, The 39 Steps, The Madonna Painter (Centaur); Home School (Expect Theatre/CBC PlayME); Amadeus (TIFT); Twelfth Night/King Lear (Canadian Stage); The Watershed (Crow's); The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon); If We Were Birds, down from heaven (Cartes Premières Award for Best Actress) (Imago); Much Ado About Nothing (My Theatre Award for Best Actress - Shakespeare BASH'd); The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (Spotlight Award - SummerWorks); seven seasons of Shakespeare-in-the-Park (Repercussion). TV: See (Apple TV+), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC). Et cetera: Co-creating, through Talk Is Free Theatre, two programs for fostering more communicative and compassionate collaborative spaces: ARCS and 2-Way Mentorship. This season is for J2, Andy, Dylan & T. Omnia vincit amor.  

    Portrait of Scott Wentworth
    Scott Wentworth
    Rex Menzies

    2022: Director of All's Well That Ends Well and Rex Menzies in Hamlet-911. 27th season. Stratford: Recent roles include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Gloucester in King Lear, Sir Epicure Mammon in The Alchemist, the title role in John Gabriel Borkman, The Ragman in The Madwoman of Chaillot and James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Directing credits include both parts of Henry IV (2001), The Adventures of Pericles (2015), Romeo and Juliet (2017) and Julius Caesar (2018). Et cetera: Mr. Wentworth is a Tony- and Olivier-nominated theatre artist whose work has been celebrated on Broadway, in London's West End and in theatres across the U.S. and Canada.

    Portrait of Gordon Patrick White
    Gordon Patrick White
    Yorick, Usher 1

    2022: Yorick, Usher 1 in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Fifth season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Edgar, King Lear (NAC); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre NorthWest); Clov, Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville); Titus, The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp, Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Injun Joe/Fred, Dead White Writer on the Floor (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Gracie's Choice, Trudeau II, Black Harbour, Charlie Zone, Picnicface. Training: BFA, Memorial University. Et cetera: Wela'lin to my family in Newfoundland, my friends in Nova Scotia, and all my relations on Turtle Island. 

    Portrait of Micah Woods
    Micah Woods

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2019, 2021

    2022: Danny in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Third season. Stratford: Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: Riley in Is God Is (Obsidian Theatre); Taz in Samantha: A Concept Album, Set to Stage (Greenlight Theatre); Slightly in Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre); Dido in Dido, Queen of Carthage, directed by Peter Hinton (York University Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, 2019, 2021 (Stratford Festival); Acting Conservatory, York University, 2018 (BFA); Michael Gordon Shore, Role Development. Online: Instagram: @micah.woods. Et cetera: "Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." - Dr. Mae Jemison.

    Portrait of Tat Austrie
    Tat Austrie
    Usher, Server, Chorus
    2022: Usher, Server, Chorus in Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Featured Ensemble in Finding Black Joy (Grand Theatre); Lounge Singer in Dogfight (Allswell Productions); Bunny in SJSV (Linx Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Musical Arts in Voice at Western University. Instagram: @tataustrie. Et cetera: Tat would like to thank Athena, Kih, Jack, David, Mom, Dad, and all of their incredible friends and family for their love and constant support.
    Portrait of Dhanish Kumar Chinniah
    Dhanish Kumar Chinniah
    Student, Chorus

    (they/she) Birmingham Conservatory, 2022

    2022: Student, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and apprentice voice coach. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Noah in Noah's Ark in the Sky (Soulpepper QueerFutures); 6 in Box 4901 (Timeshare/FOLDA); ENBY Ensemble (Cahoots); Fine in So You, So I, Brother in Boutique Siblings (Driftwood Theatre). Training: Queen's University, George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Film/TV: Dubbed over a European luxury car commercial once. (They told me, "he's got the looks, you've got the voice!" which I took as a compliment.) Dhanish is also a musician, sound designer, playwright, programmer, teacher, gamer, and massive nerd. They are currently deep into Gloomhaven digital. Their favourite artist is Mitski. They are a good cook, a bad cellist, and if you are mean to them, they will cry REALLY easily. Please DO NOT BULLY. FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP. (Thanks for reading - have a great day!) Instagram: @dhanished.

    Portrait of Richard Comeau
    Richard Comeau
    Usher, Chorus


    2022: Usher, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and Joseph Summers in 1939. Stratford debut. Richard is a Mi'kmaq and Métis performer and fight director who recognizes his privilege. He is also the first and only Indigenous-identifying Certified Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada (FDC). Stage combat instructor and resident fight director at Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT); fight instructor and company member at Rapier Wit Stage and Screen Combat. Elsewhere: Fight director for This Is How We Got Here (Shaw Festival 2022, Native Earth 2020); The Old Man in A Christmas Story (Lower Ossington Theatre); Charles in Tapwewin (Weesageechak Festival); Edgar in King Lear (Thorneloe Players). Film/TV: Star Wars Battlefront II: Official Rivals (Disney/Lucas Films); Extraordinary Canadians: Joseph Boyden On Luis Riel and Gabriel Dumont (CBC/PMA Biographies). Et cetera: Richard dedicates this season to all those who were/are affected by residential schools, and to the memory of his niece and Goddaughter, Tashana. 

    Portrait of Eva Foote
    Eva Foote

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2019/21

    2022: Jenna in Hamlet-911. Third season. Stratford: Hermia, Snug, Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2021). Elsewhere (selected): Eva in April Fools (Segal Centre); UnCovered: Notes from the Heart (Musical Stage Co.); Girl in Once (Segal Centre); Audrey in As You Like It, Phillipa in The Taming of the Shrew (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Andrea in Dark Vanilla Jungle (Blarney Productions); Halley in Armstrong's War (Theatre Network). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Two-time nominee - Sterling Award; three-time nominee - Edmonton Music Award; recipient of 2019 Montreal English Theatre Award for Lead Performance in a Musical & Emerging Artist; recipient of 2019 Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists. Other: Thank you Mom & Dad & Toni, I love you.

    Portrait of Jacklyn Francis
    Jacklyn Francis

    2022: Rosemary in Hamlet-911 and Madge Macbeth in 1939. Ninth season. Stratford: Patience Maria in Henry VIII, Stephanie Crawford in To Kill a Mockingbird, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, Celia in As You Like It and Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Elsewhere: Citadel Theatre, Blyth Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Canadian Stage, Young People's Theatre, Theatre Northwest, Sudbury Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre, Resurgence Theatre, Theatre By The Bay, Brookstone Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Thought for Food, Equity Showcase, Toronto Fringe and SummerWorks. Film/TV: The Christmas Spirit (feature film), Re: Possessed Homes (short film), Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Missing, Train 48, Our Hero, The City, F/X: The Series, Falling Fire. Training: George Brown Theatre School, Banff/Citadel Robbins Academy. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Award, 2018 Tanya Award in recognition of excellence.

    Portrait of Caitlin Kelly
    Caitlin Kelly
    Student, Chorus


    2022: Student, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Stratford: Workshop of Penthesilea. Elsewhere: Richard III in Richard III (Studio Theatre, University of Alberta), Titania/Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Loadstar Theatre), F in Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree (Cardiac Theatre), Nimbus in The Milky Way Express (In Arms Theatre Collective). Training: BFA, University of Alberta. Et cetera: Love to Dad, Karen, Braden and Tash. Your support means the world.

    Portrait of Wahsonti:io Kirby
    Wahsonti:io Kirby
    Becky, Usher, Chorus

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2022: Becky, Usher, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and Evelyne Rice in 1939. Second season. Elsewhere: The Widow in Burning Vision, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre School of Canada); Ensemble in Aqsarniit (Confederation Centre of the Arts, two seasons); Speck in Mistatim (Red Sky Productions - Prologue Showcase). Film/TV: Caitlin in Mohawk Girls (voiceover, four seasons). Training: Dawson College Professional Theatre Program; National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Wahsontí:io dedicates this season to their parents (Melanie and Daniel Kariwate Kirby), their siblings (Karihwenha:wi and Kariwatatie), their family, mentors and friends.

    Portrait of Qianna MacGilchrist
    Qianna MacGilchrist
    Marlene, Student, Chorus

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2022: Marlene, Student, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Second season. Elsewhere (selected): Juliet in Measure for Measure (Repercussion Theatre); Lily in The In-Between, Old Witch in Little Witch (Geordie Theatre); K in HBD2Me (Carousel Players); Fourteen in Plucked (SummerWorks Festival). Training: National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. 

    Portrait of Chris Mejaki
    Chris Mejaki
    Usher, Doctor, Chorus

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2022: Usher, Doctor, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Orestes/Odysseus in The Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus (Outside the March); Reader in Children of the Bear (Outside the March); Writer/Reader in Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts). Film/TV: Principal in The Exchange, actor in Unexplained. Radio/Recordings: Reader in This Place (CBC Radio). Training: National Theatre School, Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Online:, @chrismejaki. Et cetera: Chris is a Grass Dancer, a plant daddy, and a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

    Portrait of Antonette Rudder
    Antonette Rudder
    Student, Chorus


    2022: Student, Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Second season. Stratford: Angela in Here's What It Takes (workshop); Swing in Little Shop Of Horrors. Elsewhere (selected): Princess Buttercup in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Lorraine in All Shook Up (Drayton Festival); Soul Sistas (Mayfield); Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Film/TV: In The Dark (CW/CBS), Take Note (Peacock/NBC Universal), Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (CBS TV Studios), The Hot Zone: Anthrax (Nat Geo/20th Television), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox Television Studios), People of Earth (TBS/Slanted Films), Surviving Evil (Discovery/Cineflix). Instagram: @Toni_Rudd.


    Ann-Marie MacDonald

    Playwright of Hamlet-911.

    Ann-Marie MacDonald is proud to be making her Stratford Festival début with Hamlet-911. Ann-Marie is an actor, playwright, librettist and novelist. She is the author of Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies and Adult Onset. She has written plays, including Bell Moral: A Natural History and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), the libretto for chamber opera Nigredo Hotel, and book and lyrics for the musical Anything That Moves. Her scripts are produced across Canada and internationally, and her published work is translated into 17 languages. Ann-Marie has been honoured with multiple awards including The Chalmers, Gemini, Dora Mavor Moore, Governor General's, the Gascon-Thomas, ACTRA'S John Drainie, The Canadian Authors' Association and the Commonwealth Prize, and her novel, Fall On Your Knees, was an Oprah's Book Club pick. In 2019, Ann-Marie was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her LGBTQ2SI+ activism. Her new novel, FAYNE, will be published this fall by Knopf Canada. Ann-Marie is a graduate of the Acting Program of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is married to director Alisa Palmer with whom she has two brilliant daughters. Ann-Marie has a deep personal connection to the Stratford area, and is honoured to be working on this beautiful, sacred land, which continues to be cared for and inhabited by First Nations people. Thank you. Merci. Miigwech. Now I'll switch to first-person to say that I feel blessed to be offering this play, and that I wish to thank you, audience member, for coming to see it. I wrote it for you. I wish also to thank Vita Brevis Arts and its founder, Alisa Palmer, the Stratford Festival for their commitment and support all along the way - thank you especially, Antoni Cimolino, Anita Gaffney, Dave Auster and Jason Miller. Thank you as well to Julian Brown and Torquil Campbell who enriched the development process. Special thanks to Liz Stevens who shared with me the gift of her attention one timeless afternoon at Kettle Point. I wish to express particular gratitude to Bob White, outgoing Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program, for his abiding care and unerring dramaturgical guidance. And I wish incoming Director, Keith Barker, all the very best as we move forward together to create theatre and tell stories. In the words of my grandparents, tapadh leibh, and shoukran men kell albe.

    Alisa Palmer

    2022: Director of Hamlet-911. Third season. Previously, director of Hay Fever with Lucy Peacock. Elsewhere: Ms Palmer is a director and theatre maker whose work has been seen across the country and internationally. She spent eight seasons at the Shaw Festival (selected credits: The Women, Sunday in the Park with George, The Philanderer, Pal Joey and Belle Moral (also by Ann-Marie MacDonald)). As Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre, Ms Palmer oversaw the development and premiere of landmark plays including Djanet Sears' Harlem Duet, and Alex Bulmer's Smudge, the first professional play by a visually impaired theatre maker. Ms Palmer directed celebrated productions of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls at Soulpepper (featured in the documentary film Girls on Top - Fighting Fish Productions) and Cloud 9 for Mirvish Entertainment, where she was also Resident Director for the world première of Lord of the Rings. Et cetera: Current Executive Artistic Director of the National Theatre School of Canada, English Section and Director of the Acting and Artist Residency Programs, she is the recipient of six Dora Awards, two Chalmers Awards, the Award of Excellence in the Arts, is a three-time finalist for the Siminovitch Prize for Directing and is a recipient of a Harold Award for her contribution to Independent Theatre. Ms Palmer is Artistic Producer of Vita Brevis Arts and will be directing the world première stage adaptation of Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall On Your Knees, written by Hannah Moscovitch, premièring at Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre, The Grand and the NAC in 2023.

    Jung-Hye Kim
    Set Designer
    2022: Set designer of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Jung-Hye is a Toronto-based set and costume designer. Her other design credits include Hilot Means Healer (Cahoots Theatre), Dry Powder (Evermore Theatre), Now You See Her (Quote Unquote Collective, Dora nomination for Outstanding Costume Design), Shirley Valentine (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Maggie and Pierre (Grand Theatre, London), Prairie Nurse (Factory Theatre), Flying Heart (set - Theatre Direct), Kiss (Theatre Smash), Snow Queen (Theatre New Brunswick), Tideline (Hart House Theatre and Canadian Rep Theatre), Das Ding (costumes - Theatre Smash), Armstrong's War (costumes - Canadian Rep Theatre), Durango (fu-GEN Theatre and Theatre Smash), Small Axe (Project Humanity and The Theatre Centre), Minotaur (set - YPT), Pacamambo (costumes - Canadian Rep Theatre), Passion Play (set - Outside the March, Convergence Theatre and Sheep No Wool), Boblo (Kitchenband Production and The Theatre Centre, Dora nomination for Outstanding Set Design).
    Ming Wong
    Costume Designer
    2022: Costume designer of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Is God Is, Canadian Stage/Obsidian/Necessary Angel; Pipeline, Soulpepper; Orphans for the Czar, Crow's Theatre; The Velveteen Rabbit, Carousel Players; Trouble in Mind, Shaw Festival; Hansel und Gretel, Canadian Opera Company; Julius Caesar, Crow's Theatre/Groundling Theatre; Every Day She Rose, Nightwood Theatre; The Color Purple, Citadel Theatre/RMTC; A Beautiful Man, Factory Theatre; Girls Like That, Tarragon Theatre; hang, Obsidian Theatre; Life After, Musical Stage/Canadian Stage; The Wedding Party, Crow's Theatre/Talk Is Free; Rocking Horse Winner, Tapestry Opera. Digital: Alice in Winterland, Ross Petty Productions; New Monuments, Luminato/Canadian Stage; Savitri, Against the Grain; Alice in Wonderland, Bad Hats Theatre/Soulpepper. Upcoming: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Crow's Theatre; Things I Know to be True, Company Theatre/Mirvish. Awards: 2021 recipient of the Virginia & Myrtle Cooper Award. Online:, @mingwongdesign.
    Leigh Ann Vardy
    Lighting Designer

    2022: Lighting designer of Hamlet-911. Seventh season. Stratford: The Neverending Story, As You Like It, The Diary of Anne Frank, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Leigh Ann's work has been seen in theatres across Canada. Recent credits include For A Look Or A Touch (Pacific Opera Victoria); The Third Colour (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) (Neptune); Everybody Just C@lm The F#ck Down, Between Breaths (Artistic Fraud); A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow (Citadel); The God That Comes (2b); The Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre). She has toured her work in Japan, Tasmania, New Zealand, and across the US. Awards: Leigh Ann has won seven Merritt Awards for design and has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. Et cetera: Leigh Ann is an instructor and coach at the National Theatre School of Canada.

    Chris Ross-Ewart
    Composer, Sound Designer
    2022: Composer and sound designer of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Four Sisters, The Philosopher's Wife (Paradigm Productions), Distant Early Warning (Buddies in Bad Times), Yaga (Tarragon), Knives in Hens (Coalmine), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Crowns, The Last Five Years (Le Petit Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Triad Stage), The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Caravan Farm), The Cave (Luminato). Podcasts: Wild Women ep. 1, 2 (Open Heart Surgery), Rishi & d Douen (Carousel). Training: MFA - Yale. Online: For Real: When not in a theatre Chris works as a mental health worker at Insite, a safe injection site, and would love to talk with you about legalizing drugs and supporting your local harm reduction organization.
    Video and Projection Designer

    2022: Projection and video designer of Hamlet-911. Second season. Stratford: Poetry featured in Freedom Cabaret: Spirit and Legacy of Black Music. Elsewhere: Video + Projection designer at Shaw Festival, Luminato, Tarragon, Neptune, BTW + GCTC. Directing: Mixed↑* (OUTtv), C'est Moi + assistant director of Louis Riel (NAC). Acting: Shaw Festival, Factory, Neptune, Native Earth, Cahoots Theatre + Film + TV. Visual Arts: Photo commissioned in design of Rufus Wainwright's Hadrian (COC). Published internationally in Harper's Bazaar UK, Greystone Books + more. Et cetera: Inaugural artist-in-residence with Black Lives Matter - Canada. Training: X University. Awards: 2021 Jack King Award, PCA Best Director + Film (ByBlacks)*. Online:, @woweehaui. Upcoming: Creator/Producer in EAVE On Demand Access Program x NSI x CMF. Director/Librettist of Aportia Chryptych: A Black Opera for Portia White currently supported by Ontario + Canada Arts Councils + Canadian Opera Company.



    Bob White


    2022: Dramaturge of Little Women, Every Little Nookie and Hamlet-911. 14th season. Stratford: Former Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Dramaturgy credits include Kate Hennig's Queenmaker Trilogy, Paradise Lost, The Breathing Hole, Bunny and many others. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Lab (1997-2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979-1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary. In 2018, Bob was awarded the GE Lessing Award for Career Achievement by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is a member of the Order of Canada. 

    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.

    Matjash Mrozewski
    Movement Director
    2022: Movement director of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Matjash Mrozewski is Director of the Directing Program and Associate Director of Residencies at the National Theatre School, where he recently directed and choreographed Cabaret. Matjash directed Jordan Tannahill's Botticelli in the Fire (Dora for Outstanding Production) and The Comedy of Errors for Canadian Stage, and Mark Ravenhill's Candide for George Brown Theatre. He co-directed and choreographed Claude Vivier's opera Kopernikus for Against The Grain Theatre. Since A Delicate Battle, created for the National Ballet of Canada in 2001, Matjash has choreographed for companies across North America, Europe and Australia. A graduate of The National Ballet School, Matjash completed the Canadian Stage/York University MFA in Large-Scale Theatre Directing and has received four Dora Award nominations for Outstanding Choreography and Direction in Dance, Theatre and Opera. @matjashmrozewski.
    Rebecca Cuddy
    Assistant Director

    (she/her) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2022

    2022: Assistant director and choral instructor of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Rebecca Cuddy is a Métis multi-disciplinary artist and opera performer. Direction/theatre creation: where the water meets the land and Voices of Mountains (Canadian Opera Company), The Chair (Musique3Femmes). Opera: Garden of Vanished Pleasures and Two Odysseys: Pimootewin / Gállábártnit (Soundstreams), Bunny in The Flight of the Hummingbird (Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria), Kwe in Shanawdithit (Tapestry Opera, Opera on the Avalon), Josette in Li Keur, Riel: Heart of the North (Regina Symphony), Mercedes in Carmen (Mercury Opera). Training: National Theatre School of Canada - Indigenous Artist in Residence, The Royal Academy of Music. Awards: Dora Award for Two Odysseys: Pimootewin / Gállábártnit, Soundtreams; Kurt Sickert Award, Vancouver Opera Foundation. Upcoming: Rebecca will create and direct the digital theatre piece My May-dee Box for SpiderWebShow - FOLDA 2022. Online:

    Valerie Cameron
    Assistant Costume Designer
    2022: Assistant costume designer of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Designer trainer for One Song Glory 2020 (Musical Stage Company), costume designer for Dido Queen of Carthage (Theatre@York), costume designer for Peter and the Starcatcher (Vanier College Productions). Training: York University. Online: Et cetera: Valerie would like to thank her family for all of their support.
    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:

    Hannah Kirby
    Assistant Lighting Designer


    2022: Assistant lighting designer of Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911 and 1939. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Technical director and associate lighting designer (Mayday Danse); technical director and production manager (Black Theatre Workshop), lighting designer and technical director (We All Fall Down), interim technical director (Globe Theatre Regina), associate sound designer (Globe Theatre Regina), technical director (Montreal Fringe Festival), lighting designer (MoonCow Theatre Co.). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, McGill University.

    Olivia Wheeler
    Assistant Sound Designer


    2022: Assistant sound designer of Every Little NookieHamlet-911 and 1939. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Associate sound designer for Three Women of Swatow (Tarragon Theatre); sound designer for It'll Come to Me, production designer for The Fates, End of Term and Backliners (Theatre SKAM); music director, composer and sound designer for Othello (Phoenix Theatre, UVic); assistant to the sound and video designer for The Wedding Party (Alberta Theatre Projects); music director and composer for Julius Caesar and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival). Audio Plays: Sound designer for Ganga's Ganja (Red Betty Theatre); sound designer for Knife Skills (Blue Jaye Productions). Other Audio Works: Sound designer for Liberated Feminist Futures (Nightwood Theatre). Training: University of Victoria, Department of Theatre and School of Music. Online:, @liv.g.wheeler.

    Charlotte Baker
    Assistant Projection Designer
    2022: Assistant projection designer of Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Venus (National Theatre School of Canada), Cabaret (National Theatre School of Canada). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Online: @charlottebackstage. Et cetera: Charlotte is excited to make her Stratford debut and she thanks her friends and family for their endless support!
    Jennifer Dzialoszynski
    Assistant Fight Director


    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).

    Kelly Luft
    Stage Manager

    2022: Stage manager of Hamlet-911. Third season. Stratford: The Front Page (2019), The Komagata Maru Incident (2017). Elsewhere: The Grand Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Hamilton, Opera Ontario, Edmonton Opera, Opera Atelier, Canadian Stage, Tapestry Opera, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Plus, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Bluewater Summer Playhouse. Et cetera: Kelly is thrilled to be back! Much love to her boys, Jesse and Maclean.

    Suzanne McArthur
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2022: Assistant stage manager of Hamlet-911. Fourth season. Stratford: Hosanna, The Tempest, production assistant (2009). Elsewhere: Room (Grand Theatre/Mirvish Productions); This London Life, August Wilson's Fences, Timothy Findley's The Wars, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Evita, Joni Mitchell: River, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Hello, Dolly!, Intimate Apparel, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Dance Legends, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Grand Theatre); The Normal Heart (Studio 180/Buddies in Bad Times); Forests (Tarragon Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Silver Mist Productions); five seasons with Drayton Entertainment; six seasons with Port Stanley Festival Theatre. Training: BA from Brock University. Et cetera: Suzanne is honoured to be back at the Festival. Love to Phil, Michael & Charlie.
    Katerina Sokyrko
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2022: Assistant stage manager of Hamlet-911. Fourth season. Stratford: COVID Compliance, Tom Patterson Theatre; apprentice stage manager, Wanderlust; production assistant, Avon Theatre. Elsewhere: Stage manager: Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria); Cabaret, PlayWrights Cabaret (Grand Theatre); Silence (National Arts Centre); Million Dollar Quartet, The Secret Mask (Theatre Northwest); Selfie (Young People's Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival). Assistant stage manager: Flight, Il trittico, La traviata, La bohème, Les Feluettes, The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera Victoria); Mary Poppins, The Ladies Foursome (Grand Theatre); The Team on the Hill, Jumbo, 1837: The Farmers' Revolt, The New Canadian Curling Club, The Pigeon King, Mr. New Year's Eve (Blyth Festival); Twelfth Night (National Arts Centre); Alice in Wonderland (Theatre Northwest). Training: Sheridan College, Concordia University. Et cetera: With love to J for everything.
    Bona Duncan
    Production Stage Manager


    2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio theatres and stage manager of 1939. 22nd season. Stratford: Stage manager: Private Lives, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bakkhai, Tartuffe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet. Assistant stage manager: The Neverending Story, Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Bona has had the good fortune to have worked in many theatres across our country over her career. Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA, Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.

    Bruno Gonsalves
    Production Stage Manager

    2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio Theatres and assistant stage manager of Every Little Nookie. 30th season. Stratford: Selected productions: Private Lives, The Front Page, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV, Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend, Tartuffe, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Physicists, The Alchemist, The Matchmaker, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Bonjour, là, Bonjour. Elsewhere: Grand Theatre, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Mirvish.

    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager

    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.



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