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Tom Patterson Theatre
August 2 – September 23 |
Opens August 19


by Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Paul Walsh
Director Carey Perloff

In a compelling psychological drama that could be ripped from a news headline of today, a disgraced banker refuses to accept responsibility for his greed, as his family tears itself apart.

Sponsor for the 2016 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre


Production support is generously provided by Nona Macdonald Heaslip and by Alice & Tim Thornton.

Support for the 2016 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner.



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

    2016: Kate Keller in All My Sons and Mrs. Gunhild Borkman in John Gabriel Borkman. 29th season. Stratford: 29 seasons at Stratford include Mrs. Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Mary Stuart, Judith Bliss (Hay Fever), Mrs. Sullen (The Beaux' Stratagem), Elora (The Thrill), Masha (Three Sisters), Dolly (Hello, Dolly!), Anna (The King and I), Nana (For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again), The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Regan (King Lear, Tony-nominated production), Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Desdemona, the Duchess of Malfi, and the popular cabaret series Late Night with Lucy. Elsewhere: Winnie in Happy Days at the National Theatre School and Paulina in Groundling Theatre's The Winter's Tale in Toronto. Queen Lear at the University of Northern Colorado. Author of Limericks by Lucy Peacock as the Duchess of Malfi: Written as She Lay Dead on the Stage.

    Portrait of Scott Wentworth
    Scott Wentworth
    John Gabriel Borkman

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

    Portrait of Antoine Yared
    Antoine Yared
    Erhart Borkman

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

    Portrait of Sarah Afful
    Sarah Afful
    Mrs. Fanny Wilton
    2016: Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Ann Deever in All My Sons and Mrs. Fanny Wilton in John Gabriel Borkman. Fifth season. Stratford: Player Queen, Hamlet; Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew; Rosaline, Love's Labour's Lost; Tiger Lily, Alice Through the Looking-Glass; A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play; Mariana, Measure for Measure; Mary Stuart; Elektra; The Pirates of Penzance. Birmingham Conservatory: Viola, Twelfth Night; Hermione, The Winter's Tale. Elsewhere: Small Axe (Project Humanity/The Theatre Centre); Margaret, Much Ado About Nothing; Octavia/Iris, Antony and Cleopatra (Bard on the Beach); Macbeth: nach Shakespeare (Conspiracy/Gas Heart); Saint Monica, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Pound of Flesh/Pacific Theatre); The Eighth Land (PI Theatre). Film/TV: iZombie, Smallville, Caprica, Eureka, The Perfect Score, American Dreams. Recordings: Days of Old (Neworld Theatre/CBC). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; BFA Acting, UBC; Lyric School of Acting. Awards: Mary Savidge Award, Artistic Director's Award (Stratford). Online: @SarahAfful1. Et cetera: "Thanks and respect to Dru, Esi Edugyan and Steve Price."
    Portrait of Wayne Best
    Wayne Best
    2016: Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Worcester in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Archbishop of Canterbury, King Charles VI of France in Breath of Kings: Redemption  and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. 21st season. Stratford: Last year Wayne appeared as Antiochus, Simonides in The Adventures of Pericles and Surly in The Alchemist. Previously, Wayne has played Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Axel Oxenstierna (Christina, The Girl King), Hubert (King John), Caliban (The Tempest), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Buckingham (Richard III), Macduff (Macbeth), Fluellen (Henry V), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Cornwall (King Lear), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida) and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller (The Miracle Worker), Karl (Heaven), Abbott (Inexpressible Island), Anderson (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme), Quinn (The Affections of May), Phil (The Motor Trade), Johnny (Balconville), Jacob Mercer (Salt-Water Moon), Taylor (K2) and Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid).
    Portrait of Mikaela Davies
    Mikaela Davies
    2016: Earl of Salisbury, Lady Attending the Queen, Servant to William Bagot, Servant to Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion Young Mowbray, Simon Shadow, Dauphin, Katherine in Breath of Kings: Redemption  and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Nurse Jane/Faith Matheny in Spoon River (Dora nomination for Best Ensemble), Rossignol in Marat/Sade, Gittel in The Dybbuk, Mary Warren in The Crucible, Flipote in Tartuffe, Mrs. Cherry in Idiot's Delight (Soulpepper Theatre Company); Natasha in The Thirst of Hearts, Molly Ivors in The Dead (Soulpepper Studio Series); Sandra/Sue in The Exonerated, Mary in The Red Coat (Third Eye Ensemble). Other: Director and co-developer of How We Are, director of Seams (SummerWorks); associate director of Blackbird (Artscape Youngplace); assistant director of The Dead (Soulpepper Studio Series). Training: Soulpepper Academy, Dome Theatre. Awards: Brian Cloutte Memorial Bursary. Online: @MikaelaLily. Et cetera: "Thank you to my parents, mentors, friends and you for seeing this show!"
    Portrait of Grace Eddleston
    Grace Eddleston
     2016: Understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. Second season. Stratford: The Physicists. Elsewhere: West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz (Open Mike Studio); Oliver!, A Christmas Carol (Perth Community Players); Cinderella (Stratford Community Players); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Three Musketeers, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Sound of Music (Play On… Drama Workshop). Training: Grace is a member of the Intensive Dance Program at On Stage Dance, where she studies ballet, tap, jazz and pointe. Her love of theatre began at three when her Nana took her to Mary Poppins in London's West End. At age five, Grace started training with Play On… Drama Workshop. Et cetera: Grace is grateful for the support of her family, friends and teachers. She is excited to be working with the talented cast and crew of the Stratford Festival.
    Portrait of Natalie Francis
    Natalie Francis
     2016: Frida in John Gabriel Borkman. Second season. Stratford: Brigitta (understudy) in The Sound of Music. Elsewhere: Natalie was a member of the Original Kids theatre troupe, performing in several plays including Les Misérables, The Pirates of Penzance and Schoolhouse Rock. Film/TV: She can be seen in several national commercials as well as a Canadian Film Centre music video. Awards: In 2014, Natalie was proud to be an Ontario Public Speaking Finalist. Et cetera: In her spare time Natalie enjoys hockey, soccer and snowboarding.  Natalie would like to thank her loving family for all their support and the staff at the Talent House, specifically Daniel Birnbaum.
    Portrait of Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Mrs. Borkman's Maid
    2016: Second Witch in Macbeth, Audrey in As You Like It and Mrs. Borkman's Maid in John Gabriel Borkman. Third season. Stratford: Chorus Leader (Oedipus Rex), Chorus (The Diary of Anne Frank), Yvette (Mother Courage). Elsewhere: Francis (Fly Me to the Moon, The Grand); Myra Bennett (Tempting Providence), Elizabeth (Winter, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Gnat (Alice Through the Looking-Glass, NAC); Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew, New Curtain); Nancy (Pillow Trade, Rising Tide); Minnie (Salvage, Artistic Fraud); Beatrice (The Servant of Two Masters, Wonderbolt); Christine (How It Works, PTE); Holly (Kiss the Sun, Kiss the Moon, WCTC); Agnes (Marion Bridge, Bare Boards). Film/TV: Heyday!,Republic of Doyle, Last of the Snow, Four Sisters. Recordings: The Grey Islands, Hard Light (Rattling Books). Training: BFA, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Et cetera: Deidre is a member of Bare Boards Theatre, based in Newfoundland, which is committed to creating contemporary theatre with Spartan and inventive methods.
    Portrait of Kate Hennig
    Kate Hennig
     2016: Duchess of Gloucester, Bishop of Carlisle, Mistress Quickly in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Mistress Quickly, Captain Gower in Breath of Kings: Redemption and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. Fifth season. Stratford: Playwright of The Last Wife. Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel); The December Man (National Arts Centre); Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Broadway/Toronto); The Penelopiad (RSC/NAC); Emma Goldman in Ragtime, When We Are Married, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Shaw Festival); The Danish Play (Nightwood Theatre); Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Theatre Calgary); The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Leni Riefenstahl in The Blue Light (Alberta Theatre Projects). Film/TV: Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables (2016), Saving Hope, Bomb Girls, Flashpoint, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould. Training: MA in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama. Awards: 2015 Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence; two Dora Awards; Toronto Theatre Critics' Award; three Betty Mitchell Awards.
    Portrait of Randy Hughson
    Randy Hughson
    2016: Duke of York, Constable in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Ancient Pistol in Breath of Kings: Redemption and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. Ninth season. Stratford (selected roles): Lucky (Waiting for Godot), Pompey (Measure for Measure), Uncle John (The Grapes of Wrath), Antigonus (The Winter's Tale), Senex (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Richard Voss (The Physicists), Hortensio (The Taming of the Shrew). Elsewhere: Leading roles at the Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Neptune Theatre, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Alberta Theatre Projects, Centaur Theatre, Blyth Festival, National Arts Centre and many others. Film/TV: Randy has worked extensively in television, film and radio. Awards: Nominated for eight Dora Mavor Moore Awards, three Edmonton Sterlings, one Calgary Betty Mitchell, three Vancouver Jessies and one Gemini. Randy has won one of each award. Et cetera: "Gratitude and love to Melissa, Georgina and Harvey."
    Portrait of Irene Poole
    Irene Poole

     2016: Sir Stephen Scroop, Sherriff, Blunt in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Lord Chief Justice, Lady Northumberland, Alice in Breath of Kings: Redemption and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. Fourth season. Stratford: 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, Fighting Words, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Factory Theatre); Age of Arousal (Alberta Theatre Projects); Possible Worlds, directed by Yoshi Oida (Canadian Rep). Film/TV: Cardinal, Rookie Blue, Reign (CTV); Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle (CBC); Carrie (MGM); Breakout Kings with Academy Award-winning director Gavin Hood (A&E). Awards: Dora Awards for Outstanding Performance in The Little Years (Tarragon), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre), The Leisure Society (Factory Theatre). Dora nomination for How Do I Love Thee?



    Portrait of Johnathan Sousa
    Johnathan Sousa
     2016: Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion Prince Thomas of Clarence, Williams in Breath of Kings: Redemption  and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman Stratford debut. Film/TV: Rookie Blue (Global TV), The Animal Project (principal), Relative Happiness (lead), What We Have (lead), Kidnap Capital (lead). Radio: The Passionate Eye - CBC. Training: Ryerson Theatre School (2010), Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory. Awards:  Lou Taube Memorial Award, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @jsous29.
    Portrait of Carly Street
    Carly Street
     2016: Thomas Mowbray, Archbishop of York, Young Gardener, Lady Percy, Earl of Douglas in Breath of Kings: Rebellion and Archbishop of York, Lady Percy in Breath of Kings: Redemption  and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman Third season. Elsewhere: Old Times, Clybourne Park, Brief Encounter (Broadway); Tovarich (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Dead Accounts (Cincinnati Playhouse - world première); The Nest (Denver Center - world première); Intimate Apparel (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Educating Rita (Segal Centre); The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish - Dora nomination); Company, Bloodless (Theatre 20 - Dora nomination); Fire (Theatre Calgary); Much Ado About Nothing (Resurgence); The Drowning Girls (Thousand Islands). Various favourites: Vanda in Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage/Centaur); Nancy in Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius); Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Geva Theatre); Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare in the Rough); Masha in The Three Sisters (Atlantic Theatre Festival). Film/TV: The Good Wife, Bitten (recurring), Warehouse 13, Backstage. Awards: Dora Award, Theatre Critics Award: Venus in Fur. Training: National Theatre School of Canada.
    Portrait of Joseph Ziegler
    Joseph Ziegler
    Vilhalm Foldal

    2016: Duncan in Macbeth, Joe Keller in All My Sons and Vilhalm Foldal in John Gabriel Borkman. Ninth season. Stratford: 2015 season: The Diary of Anne Frank, She Stoops to Conquer and The Last Wife. Joseph was part of the Stratford company from 1983 to 1987, acting in Love's Labour's Lost, Henry IV, Part 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, Pericles, Measure for Measure and many others. In 2000 he directed Paul Gross as Hamlet, and in 2009 he appeared in Morris Panych's play The Trespassers. Elsewhere: Founding member of Soulpepper, where he has directed and acted in many plays, including Our Town, Death of a Salesman and A Christmas Carol. He has had a long association with the Shaw Festival, as an actor and as director of plays such as When We Are Married, Harvey, Major Barbara and Widowers' Houses.


    Henrik Ibsen

    Playwright: John Gabriel Borkman

    Henrik Johan Ibsen was born in Skien, a Norwegian seaport, on March 20, 1828. His parents were Knud Ibsen, a successful merchant, and Marichen Cornelia Martine Altenburg, an enthusiastic amateur painter. The family's fortunes declined over the years, however, and in 1835 they had to give up their home to move into a small farmhouse.

    In 1843, the teenaged Ibsen left home to apprentice with a pharmacist named Jens Aarup Reimann in the town of Grimstad. There, in 1846, he fathered an illegitimate child with Reimann's maid, Elise Sophie Jensdatter. Though he did not marry Elise (who was considerably older), he did provide their son with financial support.

    In 1850, he moved to Kristiania (now Oslo), hoping to study toward a degree in medicine; the same year, he completed his first play, a verse tragedy called Cataline, which he published under the pseudonym Brynjolf Bjarme. It was rejected by the Kristiania Theatre, but his second play, the one-act The Burial Mound, received the first of three performances there on September 26, 1850.

    The following year, Ibsen found a position as resident playwright and director at Det Norske Theater (The Norwegian Theatre) in Bergen, newly founded by the violinist Ole Bull to develop Norwegian playwrights. During this time, he wrote four more plays and gained invaluable experience of the practicalities of work in the theatre.

    In 1857, he returned to Kristiania to become artistic director of the Norske Theater there, and the following year he married a pastor's daughter, Susannah Thoresen, with whom he had a son, Sigurd, in 1859. However, the Kristiania Norske Theater went bankrupt in 1862, and in April 1864 Ibsen left Norway for Italy. For most of the next 27 years, he and his family continued to live abroad, in Italy and Germany, returning to Norway only for short visits.

    Most of Ibsen's best-known plays, beginning with Brand in 1866 and Peer Gynt the following year (produced in Kristiania with incidental music by Edvard Grieg), were thus written in self-imposed exile. They include A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881), An Enemy of the People (1882), The Wild Duck (1884), Rosmersholm (1886), The Lady from the Sea (1888) and Hedda Gabler (1890). These were followed, after the playwright's return to Norway in 1891, by The Master Builder (1892), Little Eyolf (1894), John Gabriel Borkman (1896) and his last play, When We Dead Awaken (1899).

     Ibsen's 70th birthday in 1898 was marked by extensive celebrations in Kristiania, Stockholm and Copenhagen. In 1900, he suffered the first in a series of strokes, which left him no longer able to write. He died on May 23, 1906. 

    Paul Walsh

    Translator: John Gabriel Borkman.

    Paul Walsh is a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama. He served for nine years as senior dramaturge at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where his translations of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (2004) and Hedda Gabler (2007) were produced.

    His translation of Ibsen's The Master Builder premièred at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, California, in 2006 and was revised for production at the Yale Repertory Theatre (2009) and the People's Light & Theatre Company in Philadelphia (2011). His translations of August Strindberg's Chamber Plays were produced in San Francisco by the Cutting Ball Theater in 2012, and his translation of Strindberg's A Dreamplay premièred there this spring.

    In addition, Walsh has worked as dramaturge, translator and co-author with theatre companies across the U.S., including Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where he collaborated on such award-winning productions as Children of Paradise: Shooting a Dream, Don Juan Giovanni, Germinal and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Walsh received a doctorate in drama from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. 

    Carey Perloff
     2016: Director of John Gabriel Borkman. Second season. Stratford:Phèdre (2009). Elsewhere: Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco since 1993. Director: award-winning productions across the U.S., including American premières of works by Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Timberlake Wertenbaker; world premières by Philip Kan Gotanda, Constance Congden, Mac Wellman; and new interpretations of Schiller, Webster, Euripides, Gorky, Gogol, Beckett, Sophocles and Molière. Creator: Tosca Café, which toured Canada in 2011. Playwright: Kinship, Luminescence Dating, The Colossus of Rhodes, Higher and Waiting for the Flood. Before joining ACT, Perloff was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company in New York. Training: BA in classics and comparative literature, Stanford University; Fulbright Fellow at Oxford University. Et cetera: Honoured with France's Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and City Lights Press recently published her acclaimed book Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater.
    Christina Poddubiuk
     2016: Designer of John Gabriel Borkman. 13th season. Stratford: Designed 17 productions, including Phèdre, All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet. Elsewhere: Designed numerous productions for the Shaw Festival including Pygmalion (costumes), Faith Healer, Come Back Little Sheba, On the Rocks and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Most recently: Don Quichotte (Canadian Opera Company); Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Capriccio (Pacific Opera Victoria); Romeo and Juliet (Denver Center Theater); Venus in Fur, A Tender Thing (Belfry Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); many productions for Soulpepper including the inaugural season's Don Carlos and The Misanthrope; Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Chicago Shakespeare). Training: McGill University and The National Theatre School. Merci à vous, François.
    Bonnie Beecher
    Lighting designer
     2016: Lighting designer of John Gabriel Borkman. Seventh season.
    Josh Schmidt
    Sound designer
     2016: Sound designer of John Gabriel Borkman. Third season. Stratford: Composer for Love's Labour's Lost (2015), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011). Broadway: Thérèse Raquin, Brighton Beach Memoirs, House of Blue Leaves. Off-Broadway: ADD1NG MACH1N3 (Minetta Lane); A Minister's Wife (Lincoln Center); Whida Peru (Premieres, 59E59); Dinner With Friends (Roundabout); Her Requiem (LCT3); Model Apartment (Primary Stages); Dying For It, Three Kinds of Exile (Atlantic); Water By the Spoonful (Second Stage); Fifty Words (MCC Theater); Crime and Punishment (59E59) and others. Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers' Theatre (Associate Artist). Regional: Over 100 productions across the U.S. at venues including Ford's Theatre (Washington); Alley Theatre (Houston); 13 seasons at American Players Theatre including world première of The Gift of the Magi (Spring Green, WI). Commissions: Metropolitan Opera, RKO Stage, Acting Up Stage (Toronto), CraneKahn, Playwrights Horizons, Signature (VA). Awards: Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG.
    Esther Jun
    Assistant director
     2016: Assistant director of John Gabriel Borkman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Director: Rococo (Shaw Festival); And Now, The End (Ante Up Productions); Bremen Rock City (Song Trolley Productions); Cowboy Mouth, Trout Stanley (Heart In Hand); Yellow Face (Hart House); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (DeusXM); First Hand Woman (Fire Up Productions). Co-director: Hiding Words (Eventual Ashes); Strange Mary Strange (Theatre on the Verge). Assistant director: You Never Can Tell, Light up the Sky (Shaw Festival); The Crucible (Soulpepper). Actor: Wang in Mockingbird (Timeshare Productions); originated the role of Janet in Kim's Convenience (Soulpepper). Training: BA (Honours) Directing, Drama Centre London. Et cetera: Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Directors Lab North.
    Michelle Bohn
    Assistant designer
     2016: Assistant costume designer of As You Like It and assistant designer of John Gabriel Borkman. Second season. Stratford: Pericles (assistant designer). Off-Broadway: Costume designer: A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company/The Plastic Theatre). Designer: Richard III, King Lear, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre). Assistant costume designer: The Forest, Three Sisters (Classic Stage Company). Off-Off-Broadway: Costume designer: Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre Project), Brave Ducks, Revolution on the Roof (Fringe N.Y.C.). Selected Regional: Costume designer: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Relativity, Rising Water, Kimberly Akimbo (Southern Rep); Coriolanus, Henry V (Shakespeare Festival at Tulane); Orpheus (Tsunami Dance). Film/TV: Costume designer: NOLA; The Red Thunder (short); Good Sister (short). She also worked on The Host, The Campaign and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Training: MFA (Costume Design), University of Missouri - Kansas City; BFA (Design for the Theatre), Concordia University. Et cetera: Taught design at Tulane University, CUNY - Hunter College, Baker University. Online:
    C.J. Astronomo
    Assistant lighting designer
     2016: Assistant lighting designer of All My Sons, Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Breath of Kings: Redemption and John Gabriel Borkman. Fifth season. Stratford: She Stoops to Conquer, Carousel (2015); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Man of La Mancha (2014); Blithe Spirit (2013); 42nd Street, …Charlie Brown, Wanderlust (2012). Elsewhere: Selected lighting design: the marquise of O (the red light district); The Rocky Horror Show, Another Home Invasion (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Impulse Festival (Soulpepper); Post Eden (Suburban Beast); Obeah Opera (b current); Oh, the Humanity… (Outside the March); Serious Money (Nightwood Theatre/Ryerson Theatre School). Associate lighting designer: Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Gimme Shelter (Why Not Theatre); HER2 (Nightwood Theatre); HOMEbody (Shannon Litzenberger). Training: BFA - Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: 2015 SummerWorks Award for Design; T.H.E.A.T.R.E. Award (RTS 2009); Paul Eck Award (RTS 2008); Audit Stub Award (RTS 2008); C.J. has also been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award. Et cetera: "Mahal kita, Nanay."


    Janine Ralph
    Stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and stage manager of John Gabriel Borkman. 26th season. Stratford: Last season Janine was production stage manager of The Adventures of Pericles, The Physicists, Oedipus Rex and The Alchemist, and also stage managed Love's Labour's Lost at the Festival Theatre. Past credits include stage manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play, Waiting for Godot, Elektra, Richard III, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, Carousel, Henry V, An Enemy of the People and Henry VIII. Elsewhere: Janine recently stage-managed Sunday in the Park with George and The Sneeze for Talk Is Free Theatre, Barrie. She stage-managed Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and production-managed for Singapore Repertory Theatre. She has worked on the Asian Games' ceremonies in Qatar; in various theatres in Ontario, including Young People's Theatre; and for CBC TV in Toronto and BBC TV in England.
    Bruno Gonsalves
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Assistant stage manager of All My Sons and John Gabriel Borkman. 25th season. Stratford: Mr. Gonsalves has worked as a production stage manager, stage manager (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV, Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend) and assistant stage manager (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, The Gondoliers, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Bonjour, là, Bonjour). Elsewhere: London's 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.
    Katie Honek
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Assistant stage manager of As You Like It and John Gabriel Borkman. Third season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager of Alice Through the Looking-Glass and A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play. Production assistant of the Avon Theatre and 2013 Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager: Wormwood, Sextet (Tarragon Theatre); ThePirates of Penzance, Tuesdays with Morrie (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera Atelier); Free Outgoing (Nightwood Theatre). Assistant stage manager: Dance Weekend 2013-2015 (Dance Ontario); Treehouse TV's Big Day Out (Paquin Entertainment). Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2014).
    Judy Farthing
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and stage manager of Breath of Kings: Redemption. Second season. Stratford: Stage manager of Oedipus Rex. Elsewhere: 17 seasons with the Shaw Festival, production stage manager from 2003 to 2011. Favourite productions with the Shaw Festival include My Fair Lady, Gypsy, You Can't Take It With You, Detective Story, All My Sons, Chaplin, The Madras House, Man and Superman, Peter Pan and Lady Windermere's Fan. Numerous productions with The Grand Theatre including The Addams Family: A New Musical, Legally Blonde, The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux, Yankee Tavern, Calendar Girls, The Great Gatsby, Kingfisher Days, The Last Five Years, A Christmas Carol, Anne of Green Gables, She Stoops to Conquer, The Wind in the Willows and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Productions with Drayton Entertainment, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre, Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre.
    Maxwell T. Wilson
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and stage manager of Breath of Kings: Rebellion. 18th season. Stratford: Productions of 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 (Avon Theatre, 2009; Canon Theatre, 2010-11), Cabaret, South Pacific, My One and Only, The Winter's Tale and Death of a Salesman. Elsewhere: Max's career spans over 25 years, including work with Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Atelier, the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, Young People's Theatre and Mirvish Productions on The Who's Tommy (director Des McAnuff). Training: BA, University of Lethbridge. Awards: 2012 Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Venues coordinator for the Toronto International Film Festival, 2002 to 2004. He is also a freelance web developer (,


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