by Michel Tremblay
English translation by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco
Directed by Esther Jun
“a lively, crowd-pleasing production” – The Globe and Mail
“universal and timeless” – Toronto Star
A KITCHEN TABLE CONFIDENTIAL
After 32 years, Michel Tremblay's masterpiece, which revolutionized Québécois theatre and is renowned the world over, returns to Stratford on the Festival Stage. Written in 1965, Les Belles-Soeurs portrays 15 Québécois women expressing their anger, desperation and frustration loudly, rudely and audaciously. Germaine Lauzon has won a million stamps in a contest. She invites her family and neighbours into her kitchen to help paste them into booklets. Fighting for any power in their suffocating lives, the women yell, backstab, dream and steal in grand theatrical style.
Setting: Montreal, 1965.
House Program: Les Belles-Soeurs
Runtime: Two hours and 22 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission*
*Please note that all run times are approximate.
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This production contains coarse language, actions of elder abuse, discussion of abortion and rape and smoking of e-cigarettes. It also makes use of haze effects.
Production support is generously provided by Sylvia D. Chrominska, by Cathy & Paul Cotton, by Jane Fryman Laird, by Dr. Robert J. & Roberta Sokol and by Dr. John H. Whiteside.
Support for the 2023 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster.
Photo credits: From left – Lucy Peacock, Allison Edwards-Crewe and Seana McKenna. Photo by Ted Belton.
2023: Rose Ouimet in Les Belles-Soeurs. 30th season. Most recently, Ms. McKenna was seen in Mirvish Productions/The Company Theatre's acclaimed Things I Know To Be True. Her roles in more than 150 plays across North America have ranged from Saint Joan to Richard III, from Cordelia to Lear, from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, and from Mother Courage to the mother of Jesus Christ. She has directed for The New Globe, The Shakespeare Company/Hit and Myth Productions, and Here for Now Theatre. Ms. McKenna has received acting and directing awards in theatre and film, honorary degrees from the American Conservatory Theatre and Trinity College U of T, and in June, will receive a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the University of Waterloo. She is also a mother, grandmother and Member of the Order of Canada.
2023: Germaine Lauzon in Les Belles-Soeurs and Herman's Mother in Wedding Band. 36th season. Stratford: Over 80 productions including the stories of Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Mary Stuart, Volumnia, Queen Elizabeth, and Satan. Also: Three Tall Women, Bakkhai, All My Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, Private Lives, The Beaux Stratagem, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead and Late Night with Lucy. Training: The National Theatre School and the grace and wisdom of all the extraordinary artists, colleagues and conspirators over the years. Et cetera: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to journey through these wonderful stories at the Festival and across the country, and Forever Blessed by the Real Story, my husband Christopher and our Harri and Ben.
2023: Des-Neiges Verrette in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Wedding Band. Second season. Stratford: Death and the King's Horseman, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Fatima in The Container (SummerWorks); Petra in Petra (Theatre Direct); UK: Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (Royal Exchange Manchester); Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Jack in The Man in the Moon, Balthasar/Friar Frances in Much Ado About Nothing (The Everymans' Theatre, Liverpool). Film/TV: Clarice (CBS), The Expanse (Syfy), Coroner (CW), Damien (A&E), Lucky Day (feature), 'Da Kink in my Hair (Global), Crown Prosecutor (BBC TV, UK). Radio/Recordings: Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (BBC Radio); First Girl in Blood Wedding (BBC Radio); Alaba in Memories of a Distant Past (BBC Radio); Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (BBC Radio). Training: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts London, UK. Online: @bolaaiyeolaowens imdb.com/name/nm2416924.
2023: Lula Green in Wedding Band and Yvette Longpré in Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Training: BFA Acting, York University. Awards: 9-time Winner Toronto Queen of Carnival. Et cetera: Endless gratitude. What a gift this all is. Dreams do come true. To Mom, Mischka and Sandy, thanks, truly, for everything. Solomon, I think of you always, I carry you everywhere with me. I know what love is because of you. To my Mathew, SAME. Special thanks to my agent Alicia, I appreciate you. Cheers to all at the Stratford Festival, can't thank you enough. Spread kindness wherever you go, it grows and it feels good. Online: @joellacrichton
2023: Olivine Dubuc in Les Belles-Soeurs. 16th season. Stratford: Acting: Dowager Duchess (Richard III), Katharine (Henry V, 1966, 1980), Hero (Much Ado…), Lady Grey (Henry VI), Birdie (The Little Foxes), Mabel O' Neill (The Measure of Love). Directing: Three Tall Women, Taking Shakespeare, Long Day's Journey…, Sweet Bird of Youth, Death of a Salesman, Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, The Seagull, Ghosts, A Delicate Balance. Assistant director to Robin Phillips (Young Company, 1987). Elsewhere: First acting company, Neptune Theatre. Artistic Director, Théâtre français de Toronto where she acted in and directed Anouilh, Marivaux, Molière, Tremblay. Founding member, actor/director, Soulpepper. Opera: Director, Canada and Amsterdam. Training: Inaugural class of National Theatre School. Awards include: Prix Alliance Française; Genie Award: Albertine in Michel Tremblay's La Maison Suspendue; Governor General's Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (2015).
2023: Gabrielle Jodoin in Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Lab Ensemble, Salesman in China. Elsewhere: Umma in Kim's Convenience (Thousand Islands Playhouse, Soulpepper Tour), Quin in Hands Down!, Lucy in INTO (Toronto Fringe), Ensemble in Tout Comme Elle (Luminato). Film/TV/Radio: Handmaid's Tale, Accused, Murdoch Mysteries, series lead in Streams Flow from a River, Chateau Laurier, Just a Friend (Short), guest appearance in Kim's Convenience (CBC), Creator/Lead in How to be more Chinese (Short). Voiceover: Animation regular (Rosie's Rules, Abby Hatcher, Unicorn Academy, Magic School Bus, Deus EX: Human Revolution). Awards: Dora Award - i.d. (Canadian Stage). Online: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0525476/. Et cetera: So grateful to the strong women and supporting men in my life that I may play on this stage today. For you, Dad.
2023: Thérèse Dubuc in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Wedding Band. 10th season. Stratford: Marmee in Little Women, Interpreter in All's Well…, Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in 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); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies…); The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The Age of Arousal (Dora Award, Factory Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award, Birdland). Film/TV: Frankie Drake (CBC); Salvation, Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures); Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM); Breakout Kings.
Birmingham Conservatory 2014
2023: Goneril in King Lear and Marie-Ange Brouillette in Les Belles-Soeurs. Seventh season. Stratford: Mary, Queen Elizabeth I (I Am William), Mary (Mother's Daughter), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Lady Teazle (The School for Scandal), Viola (Shakespeare in Love), Angélique (The Hypochondriac), Margot Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Oedipus Rex, She Stoops to Conquer, The Sound of Music, Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere (selected): Uncle Vanya (Crow's Theatre); Room (Mirvish/Grand Theatre); A Doll's House (RMTC); King Charles III (Mirvish/Studio 180); The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (NAC/Theatre Calgary); The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground); Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel Theatre). Film/TV: Don't Hang Up, Private Eyes, Mayday. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Toronto Metropolitan University (BFA). Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance. Et cetera: Thank you for supporting live theatre.
2023: Lisette de Courval in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Pilgrim in 1184 (Phoenix Arts/Aga Khan); Chorus in Wedding at Aulis, Old Major/Poophead in Animal Farm, Ensemble in Alligator Pie, Celia in As You Like It, Lucy in The Threepenny Opera, Mary in The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper); Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach, Fumiko in Hana's Suitcase, Jojo in Seussical, Bird/Mole in A Year With Frog & Toad, Loa in Blue Planet (YPT); Huong in Vietgone, Lady Nijo in Top Girls (RMTC). Voiceover: Narrator in With Love and a Major Organ (Question Mark Exclamation), Noor in Hyperscape (Ubisoft). Training: B.A. Honours - Theatre at University of Winnipeg & Soulpepper Academy. Instagram: @jennifer_villaverde. Et cetera: Many thanks to my agent, Karen, and all my love to Mike and Catie.
2023: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing and Angéline Sauvé in Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Iyaloja in Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere (selected): Soulpepper: Pipeline (Nya), A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice), for colored girls… (Lady in Green), Father Comes Home From The Wars… (Leader/Runaway), The Crucible (Tituba). Obsidian Theatre: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Head Mistress Francis), Venus' Daughters (Venus/Sarah). Stratford/Canadian Stage: Tartuffe (Dorine). Theatre Passe Muraille: The Middle Place (Kaaliha/Dee). Film/TV: Odd Squad, Bitten, Frankie Drake Mysteries, 21 Black Futures, In The Dark, Most Dangerous Game, American Gods, Kim's Convenience (recurring). Training: BFA in Theatre, York University; 2011/2012 Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Cover of NOW Magazine (2016); 2019 Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Best Performer in a Supporting Role - Head Mistress Francis in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Online: @akos2030.
2023: Regan in King Lear, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing and understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs. Fourth season. Stratford: Death and the King's Horseman, The Crucible, Mother's Daughter, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere: Cymbeline (Shakespeare Bash'd); The Penelopiad (Grand Theatre); Antony and Cleopatra, Three Musketeers, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); we could be clouds, Lear, The Laramie Project (National Theatre School of Canada); The Railway Children (Mirvish). Film/TV: Sex/Life (Netflix); Pretty Hard Cases (CBC); Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Quantity Cinema); The Fall of Grace (Triple 7 Films). Training: Earl Haig Claude Watson Arts; National Theatre School of Canada. Online: @dejahdixongreen. Et cetera: Thank you to everyone that has supported me on my journey. Love and light to all.
2023: Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Pierrette Guérin in Les Belles-Soeurs and appears in King Lear. Second season. Stratford: Jo March in Little Women, Diana in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere:Serving Elizabeth (Western Canada Theatre); The Color Purple (Citadel and MTC); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian and Nightwood); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); Girls Like That (Tarragon); 'Da Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary and NAC); Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). Film/TV:The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu), Surviving Evil (Cineflix), Black Actress (JungleWild). Audio Drama:Every Minute of Every Day (Factory Theatre), Liming (Expect Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Dora and Toronto Critics Award for School Girls.... Et cetera: I am so grateful for my amazing family, friends and Monika Thomas for their ENDLESS love and support. @alllisonec.
Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16
2023: Mattie in Wedding Band, Linda Lauzon in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Much Ado About Nothing. Eighth season. Stratford (selected): Guildenstern in Hamlet, Co-host of Showstarters, Tituba in The Crucible, Death and the King's Horseman, The Neverending Story, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Hay Fever. Elsewhere: Death and the King's Horseman Radio Play (Soulpepper); Romeo & Juliet (Spontaneous Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, Born Yesterday; Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Hamlet (2022), Death and the King's Horseman, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, 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.
2023: Fanny Johnson in Wedding Band and understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Selected Theatre: Magi in Harlem Duet (Bard on the Beach); Inez in No Exit (Realwheels Theatre); Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (Seven Tyrants Theatre). Television credits include: recurring roles on Motherland: Fort Salem, Mysterious Benedict Society and LostOllie. Leo Nominated performance as Nina in Ruby (Lifetime). Formal theatre training completed at Studio 58, attended the National Voice Intensive and trained with Richard Armstrong in voice at the Banff Centre. Liza has toured internationally as a vocalist, is also an Expressive Art Therapist, and a certified Life coach. She is an executive board member of UBCP/ACTRA and Chair of their Mental Health and Addiction Committee.
2023: Member of the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing and understudy in Wedding Band and Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Royale (Citadel); The Color Purple, As You Like It (Citadel/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre);The Wolves (Maggie Tree/Citadel); The Fiancée(Persephone); Heaven (Lunchbox); Sister Act, All Shook Up, Soul Sistas (Mayfield); John Ware Reimagined, Tell Us What Happened (Workshop West).Training: MacEwan Theatre Arts Alumnus, RBC Horizon Emerging Artists Program (Citadel). Online: Instagram- jameela_jade. Et cetera: Thank you to my family, friends, and C for all of your love and support. "I am my ancestors' wildest dreams."
2023: Lise Paquette in Les Belles-Soeurs and appears in King Lear. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Nina in Lucky by Marie Barlizo (rEvolver); Charlie in Ping by Aaron Jan (Tarragon, workshop); Hermia in A (Musical) Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre); Lucky in FEARLESS by David Yee (fu-GEN Theatre); Olivia in Twelfth Night (Theatre Erindale); Sabrina Daldry in In the Next Room(Or the Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV: Be Mine, 13: The Musical, Titans season 4, Daughter Dearest. Playwriting: twice blessed (fu-GEN Theatre); collective writer for Pedestal Pinays (Carlos Bulosan Theatre). Training: Master of Arts from CDTPS at the University of Toronto, Theatre & Drama Studies with the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Awards: The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Award for Theatre Research. Online: www.marissaorjalo.com @MarissaOrjalo. Et cetera: Maraming salamat to fu-GEN, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and to my sister Christina for the elaborate self-tape configurations.
2023: Rhéauna Bibeau in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Much Ado About Nothing and Wedding Band. Stratford debut. Past credits include: Stage - Cinnamon in Rumspringa Break (NextStage), The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre). Film/TV - Gladys Kravitz in CHUCKY, Agent Orange in Slumberland, Ida Clark in Murdoch Mysteries, and many characters in Baroness Von Sketch. Music - Add "It's All About Christmastime" to your Spotify playlist. You'll be happy you did. Et cetera: Jamillah lives with the sweetest cat in the world, can juggle three small objects and is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto MainStage. Jamillah has dreamed of performing at Stratford since having her mind blown in 1988 while watching The Taming of the Shrew in the Festival Theatre. Thanks Mr.Cal! DREAMS COME TRUE, PEOPLE!
2023: Cordelia in King Lear and Ginette Ménard in Les Belles-Soeurs. Third season. Stratford: Beth Summers in 1939. Elsewhere: Christine in Where the Blood Mixes (Soulpepper); Ensemble in Reasonable Doubt (Persephone Theatre); Celeste in Think of the Children, Ensemble in Serious Money, Joan and Jennifer in 7 Stories, Ensemble in We came from dust, Banquo and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (NTS); Young Grete in Holy Mothers (SummerWorks); Angel in Nativity (NAC). Film/TV: Delivery, The River You Step In, Ruby Sky P.I. Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Etobicoke School of the Arts. Instagram: @tara.kitty.sky, @taraskybeads. Et cetera: Thank you, ʼanálhzaqʷ, to the trail blazers who paved the way for me to be on stages like this one.
Playwright of Les Belles-Soeurs.
Michel Tremblay has been a dominant figure of Canadian theatre since the late 1960s.
At the age of 26, his play Les Belles-Soeurs was first produced in 1968 at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert in Montréal. It was immediately acclaimed by critics and public alike, legendarily offering joual, the popular spoken language of Québec that is spurned by conventional society, on a professional stage. It has since been performed in many countries, and translated into 25 languages including Yiddish and Mòoré (spoken in Burkina Faso). "Reinvented" as a musical by René Richard Cyr and Daniel Bélanger in 2010, this seminal work continues to enchant audiences everywhere it plays.
Michel Tremblay is far from a one-hit wonder. Among his 40 plays, the best-known in English also include Albertine in Five Times, Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, Bonjour, là, bonjour, Damnée Manon, sacrée Sandra, Hosanna (performed in Stratford in 2011), and his autobiographical For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (1998), a touching and endearing tribute from a son to his mother, performed in Stratford in 2010.
His work also includes three musical comedies, 21 novels, one collection of tales, four collections of short stories and seven film scripts. He has translated into French more than 40 plays by Aristophanes, Paul Zindel, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, Chekhov, Gogol, Edward Albee and Terrence McNally.
Now 80 years old, Michel Tremblay has not yet written his last word. His 40th play, Coronavarius, written in the midst of the pandemic and broadcast as a radio play on Ici Première in December 2020, is now available as a podcast.
Immediately after that followed Cher Tchekhov (theatrical adaptation of the novel Le coeur en bandoulière). It was performed at the National Arts Centre, where a tribute was paid to the author for his entire career achievements.
During his career, Michel has received more than 85 prizes, citations and honours, including the title of "the most beloved author of Montréalers", the Grand Prix de la Francophonie, awarded by the Académie française in 2018, as well as the Prince Pierre de Monaco Literary Prize and the Prix Gilles-Corbeil for his contribution to the arts in 2017. A nine-time Chalmers Award-winner, he was also awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 1999 and was granted the Herbert Whittaker Award for his contribution to Canadian theatre in 2021.
2023: Translator of Les Belles-Soeurs. Educated at Princeton's Ridley College, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto and the University of New York, Bill Glassco co-founded the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and was its Artistic Director from 1971 to 1982. He was also Artistic Director of CentreStage (1985 to 1988) and co-Artistic Director of Canadian Stage (1988 to 1990). He founded the Montreal Young Company in 1999 and taught at the National Theatre School. At the Stratford Shakespeare Festival he directed Kennedy's Children (1975) and The Merchant of Venice (1976); his translations of Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, Bonjour, là, Bonjour, Les Belles-Soeurs and Hosanna have been produced here. Mr. Glassco is known for introducing the English-speaking world to the plays of Quebec playwrights Michel Tremblay (with co-translator John Van Burek) and Michel Marc Bouchard. Mr. Glassco was an Officer of the Order of Canada, and received the Dora Mavor Moore Silver Ticket Award for lifetime achievement in the theatre.
(she/her) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2016
2023: Director of Les Belles-Soeurs and Artistic Associate, Planning, and Director of the Langham Directors' Workshop for the Stratford Festival. Fifth season. Stratford: Director: Little Women, I Am William. Assistant director: John Gabriel Borkman, Richard III (2020). Elsewhere: Director: Between a Wok and a Hotpot (Cahoots); The Great Leap (Cleveland Playhouse); Kim's Convenience (TIP); Planet Munsch (George Brown); Pal Joey, The Gamblers, Amadeus (Talk Is Free); The Promised Land (Soulpepper); The Omnibus Bill (Counterpoint Players); Theory, Girls Like That (Tarragon); The Private Life Cabaret (Theatre ARTaud); The Last Wife (Belfry, GCTC); Rococo (Shaw); 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). Training: B.A.H. Directing, Drama Centre London. Et cetera: Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon (2016-2018); Co-Founder of Directors Lab North. Love and gratitude to my dearest friends and family, especially Mike, Lola, the kitties and Frida.
2023: Set designer of Les Belles-Soeurs. Tenth season. Stratford: Set design of 1939, costume design of The Breathing Hole, and set and costume design of Comedy of Errors and The Aeneid. Elsewhere: Joanna is an award-winning set and costume designer, having designed over 100 productions, nearly half of which have been world premières. She's designed at The Shaw Festival, Mirvish, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Canadian Opera Company, NAC, Arts Club, Citadel Theatre, RMTC, The Grand, Factory, TPM, Buddies, Obsidian, fu-Gen, Cahoots, Theatre Centre, Young People's Theatre, Tarragon, Nightwood, and many others. Awards: Dora Award, Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design and Pauline McGibbon Award. Online:joannayudesign.com. Et cetera: Joanna is a board member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
2023: Costume designer of King Lear and Les Belles-Soeurs. Seventh season. Stratford: Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well; I Am William (co-designer); HMS Pinafore (associate costume designer). Off-Broadway: Costume designer: A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company). 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: Costume designer: The Three Musketeers (RMTC); New (RMTC, Canadian Stage); Jukebox Hero (Mirvish); 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 (SouthernRep). Designer: Could I Have This Dance? (Rebecca Cohn Auditorium); Pleasureville (The Guild). Film/TV: Save Me, For the Record (CBC Gem); NOLA; The Red Thunder (short); Good Sister (short). Online: michellebohndesign.com.
2023: Supervising fight director for the 2023 season. 12th season. Stratford: Supervising Fight Director 2022, Associate: 2013-2020 seasons, Assistant: 2004, 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director - Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity, Cyrano (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV Stunts (selected): The Boys (four seasons), See, FUBAR, Jack Reacher, What We Do In The Shadows, The Lost Symbol, Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Supergirl, Impulse, 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, Total Recall. Training: Supreme Fight Master Elite Level 3. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, 2023 Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
2023: Movement director of Les Belles-Soeurs. Third season. Stratford: Movement director, Little Women; Choreographer, I Am William. Alyssa Martin is a choreographer, director and performance-maker. She creates absurdist dance theatre from the lovingly mischievous centre of her heart. She's had the pleasure of creating and contributing to work at The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and Toronto Metropolitan University among other arts organizations. She most often creates new work with her company, Rock Bottom Movement; the creative home she founded in 2012 alongside friends. Her work has earned multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Canadian Stage Award for Direction, Jack McAllister and Bulmash-Siegel Awards. Training: BFA Hons in Dance, Toronto Metropolitan University. Online: www.rockbottommovement.com, @itsalyssamartin, @rockbottommovement
2023: Script consultant for Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Lydie Dubuisson is a playwright, director, curator and dramaturg from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She graduated with distinctions from Concordia University's Theatre Program. Her work examines intersectionality, dystopian reality, collective memory and multilingual creative processes. Dubuisson wrote Quiet/Silence, Sanctuary/Sanctuaire and she co-wrote Blackout: The Concordia Computer Riots which was published by Playwrights Canada Press. She is currently writing a new play. She directed Afrodisiaque (Collectif Potomitan); Ringtone (Imago Theatre); Sharing Our Stories, Telling Our Lives (Teesri Duniya Theatre) and Afrodrag: Past, Present & Future (Centre PHI). Lydie Dubuisson is the artistic associate at Black Theatre Workshop since 2020 and a curator with the Arrival Legacy Project.
2023: Assistant director of Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Director of DWYT's The Sages of Chelm; Willy in SuperDogs, Assistant SM of Prayer for the French Republic, Apprentice SM of Children of God, Indecent and Mythic (Segal Centre); Steven Truscott in Innocence Lost (NAC/Centaur Theatre); Claudio/Elbow in Measure for Measure, Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Repercussion Theatre); Pipkin in The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); Playwright/Composer of Memento Mori, One Day, A Curious Life and the Montreal Fringe hits Captain Aurora I & II. Past President of the Montreal English Theatre Awards, Past Vice-President of the Quebec Drama Federation. Training: Playwriting and Directing (University of Toronto), Acting (John Abbott College), Musical Theatre (Shakespeare School, Stratford Festival).
2023: Assistant lighting designer of Rent, Much Ado About Nothing and Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Chicago, Hamlet, The Miser. Elsewhere: Lighting Design: London Road (MacEwan University); La Boheme, Is He Dead?, Almost Maine, The Underpants, Stupid F***ing Bird, Threads: Impact (University of Wisconsin - Madison); The Drawer Boy (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); Three Sisters (University of Windsor). Associate Lighting Designer: The Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times). Assistant Lighting Designer: White Girls In Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times); Tea (University of Wisconsin - Madison); Old Wives Tale (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). Training: MFA - Theatre and Drama - Lighting Design (University of Wisconsin - Madison); BAH: Drama and Communication Media and Film (University of Windsor).
2023: Associate sound designer of Richard II and assistant sound designer of Rent, King Lear, Frankenstein Revived and Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Stratford: DWP 2022 (sound designer); Chicago, Hamlet and Death and the King's Horseman (assistant sound designer). Elsewhere: Associate sound designer for Orphée+ (Edmonton Opera); sound designer for John Ware Reimagined (Blyth Festival); composer for video projects Alone Together, Four, What Happened To Lee (Human Body Expression); composer, musician for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stratford Pirate Transmission); orchestra for Singin' In The Rain, Piaf/Dietrich, Ain't Too Proud, (Mirvish); percussionist with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ladom Ensemble. Recording: Debut album Guess I'm A People Too (2019) available on all platforms. Et cetera: Thinking of you this season, Peter.
2023: Assistant fight director. Stratford debut. Christina graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada as an actor and has been so happy to find themself doing lots of different creative work, including fight directing and stunts! Big thanks to Geoff and the team for this wonderful learning opportunity.
2023: Assistant stage manager of Rent and Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager for Chicago and Hamlet. Elsewhere: Tiffany has been an assistant stage manager with the Canadian Opera Company for 20 seasons working on shows such as Aida, Turandot, Elektra, Götterdämmerung, Louis Riel, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Rigoletto, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Fledermaus, L'Amour de Loin, A Florentine Tragedy, Gianna Schicchi, Death in Venice, Iphigénie en Tauride and more. Tiffany has also been a stage manager with Opera Hamilton for Barber of Seville and The Pearl Fishers. Tiffany worked with The National Ballet of Canada in past seasons on such shows as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Innovation. Tiffany's favourite job is being a mom to 3 beautiful girls, Kennedy, McKinley and Reagan.
2023: Assistant stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing and Les Belles-Soeurs. 31st season. Stratford: Production Stage Manager six seasons. Selected productions include Every Little Nookie, Bonjour, là, Bonjour, 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. 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.
2023: Assistant stage manager of Rent and Les Belles-Soeurs. Fourth season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager of Chicago, The Miser, Three Tall Women; Festival Theatre Production Assistant. Elsewhere: Stage manager - Bluebeard's Castle (Against the Grain Theatre); rochdale (SummerWorks). Assistant stage manager - The Breathing Hole (National Arts Centre); The Tender Land (University of Toronto Opera). Apprentice stage manager - Homes: A Refugee Story, Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre); Angel (Opera Atelier); Cinderella: The Panto (Capitol Theatre); August: Osage County (Soulpepper). Rehearsal assistant - Don Giovanni, The Resurrection (Opera Atelier). Apprentice production manager - Twelfth Night (a Company of Fools). Training: York University, SM Arts. Et cetera: Caitlin would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for all of their support.
2023: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. Ninth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Chicago, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Tell Tale Harbour, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); The Hockey Sweater (Segal Centre/NAC); The Candidate (Citadel Theatre); Hamlet (Perchance Theatre); Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon); Glenn, Farther West, Great Expectations, Dirt, Long Day's Journey Into Night, High Life (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Peter and the Starcatcher, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Shakespeare in Love, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre).
2023: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. Eighth season. Stratford: Most recently, Guys and Dolls (2017), As You Like It (2016), Twelfth Night (2011). Elsewhere:& Juliet (Toronto); Come From Away (Winnipeg and Toronto); Kinky Boots (Toronto); The Heart of Robin Hood (Winnipeg and Toronto); Les Misérables (Toronto and Melbourne); The Wizard of Oz (Toronto); War Horse (Toronto). Many theatres across Canada. US tours of Chicago, The King and I.
2023: Festival Theatre production assistant. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Elf: The Musical (The Grand Theatre); King Henry Five (Driftwood Theatre); RUR: A Torrent of Light (Tapestry Opera); Art in Transit: Luminato on the Go! (Luminato Festival Toronto), Grounds for Goodness (Jumblies Theatre); Finding Home: A Salmon Journey Up the Humber River (Theatre Direct and Animacy Theatre Collective); Life Assignment (Theatre Nidāna). Et cetera: Special thanks to Ana and Manuel Bustamante for their endless love and support!
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