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July 30 – October 9 |
Opens August 14


by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Caird


Four young men swear off women to devote themselves to learning – only to fall for four attractive newcomers. Shakespeare’s language reaches its most virtuosic heights in a vivacious comedy that will dazzle and delight.

This production is dedicated to the memory of former company member Bernard Hopkins.

Production Sponsor

Production Sponsor Scotiabank

Production support is generously provided by Larry & Sally Rayner.

Support for the 2015 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Claire & Daniel Bernstein.




    Ruby Joy
    Princess of France
    2015: Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost. Fourth season. Stratford: Hay Fever, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Measure for Measure, Othello, Mary Stuart, The Matchmaker, Cymbeline. Elsewhere: The Mousetrap (Chemainus Festival), Intimate Apparel (The Grand), The Tempest (Theatre by the Bay), Hamlet and The Winter's Tale (Theatre80 St. Marks), Evolutionism (The Schapiro Theatre), Look Back in Anger (The Old Stone House), Sex and the Holy Land (The Players Theatre), The Libertine (Robert Moss Theater). Film/TV: Chantel in Republic of Doyle (CBC), Audrey in Oddly Flowers (CFC). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Online:
    Mike Shara
    2015: Laertes in Hamlet, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew and Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost. Seventh season. Stratford: Othello, The Homecoming, The Matchmaker, King Lear, Cymbeline, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cyrano de Bergerac, Twelfth Night, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Nothing Sacred, Arms and the Man, Rutherford and Son, You Can't Take It With You, Cavalcade (Shaw Festival); It's a Wonderful Life, Take Me Out (Canadian Stage); Boeing Boeing (Aquarius); Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Shunning (MTC); The Great Gatsby (Grand); Our Town, The Way of the World, Black Comedy (Soulpepper); The Amorous Adventures of Anatol (Tarragon); An Inspector Calls (Theatre Calgary); Richard III, Caesar and Cleopatra (Citadel). Film/TV: Whatever Linda, Murdoch Mysteries, Life With Boys, Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Gathering. Online:  Twitter: @mikeshara. Et cetera: "For my beautiful girls, Carla and Molly."
    Sarah Afful
    2015: Player Queen in Hamlet, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew and Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost. Fourth season. Stratford: Tiger Lily, Alice Through the Looking-Glass ; featured in A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play ; Mariana, Measure for Measure ; understudy, Othello ; Mary Stuart ; Chorus, Elektra; The Pirates of Penzance. Viola, Twelfth Night ; Hermione, The Winter's Tale (Birmingham Conservatory). Elsewhere: 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); Old Goriot (Western Gold/UBC Theatre); Small Axe (Project Humanity/The Theatre Centre). Film/TV: Smallville, Caprica, Eureka, The Perfect Score, American Dreams, numerous commercials. Recordings: Days of Old (Neworld Theatre/CBC). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; BFA Acting, UBC; Lyric School of Acting; Tarlington Training. Online: Twitter: @SarahAfful1. Et cetera: "Thanks to my brothers for all their support and unconditional love this year!"
    Juan Chioran
    Don Adriano de Armado

    2015: Player King in Hamlet and Don Adriano de Armado in Love's Labour's Lost. 14th season. Stratford: Henry V, Much Ado, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Bartholomew Fair,Three Sisters, All's Well, Shrew, As You Like It, Hamlet, Dracula, Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Bob Kills Theatre); Cabaret, Philadelphia Story, Light in the Piazza (Shaw); Madonna Painter (Factory); New Brain, Piazza (Acting Up Stage); It's a Wonderful Life, Goodnight Desdemona, Much Ado (Canadian Stage); Cymbeline, The Three Musketeers, Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare); Blithe Spirit, An Ideal Husband (Citadel); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Producers (Mirvish); Present Laughter (Soulpepper); Anything That Moves (Tarragon); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Livent); Hedda Gabler (MTC); Rocky Horror (Bathurst Street). Film/TV: Finn on the Fly, Republic of Love, What's Up Warthogs, The Border, Roxy Hunter, This Is Wonderland, Cheetah Girls, Monk. Training: BFA, U of A. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jeff, Ovation, Carbonell. 

    Josue Laboucane
    2015: Francisco in Hamlet, Sugarsop in The Taming of the Shrew and Costard in Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Birmingham Conservatory: Toby Belch, Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives, Tons of Money (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI, Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach); Zachary, The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz, Toad, A Year with Frog and Toad, Horton, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: Multiple Jessie nominations, one win; Sydney J. Risk Award. Et cetera: Josue is also a teacher, director and mask maker. Online: "Tweet me @josuelaboucane."
    Tom Rooney
    2015: Polonius in Hamlet, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew and Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost. Eighth season. Stratford: Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Measure for Measure, Waiting for Godot, Wanderlust, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet and All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: The Seagull, Someone Else (Crow's Theatre); Homechild, Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage); My Mother's Feet (Munich); Hairspray (Toronto and Broadway); Benevolence, Courageous (Tarragon); Hamlet (NAC); Roméo et Juliette (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Film/TV: Three seasons on CBC's This Is Wonderland; The Gilda Radner Story; The Day After Tomorrow; Everest '82 (CBC miniseries) and Flash of Genius. Awards: Two Gemini nominations and a Dora Award for Outstanding Actor 2013.
    Sanjay Talwar
    King Ferdinand of Navarre
    2015: Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Tailor in The Taming of the Shrew and King Ferdinand of Navarre in Love's Labour's Lost. Fifth season. Stratford: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Hay Fever, Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Rice Boy, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: Free Outgoing (Nightwood); Around the World in 80 Days (ATP); Peace in Our Time, Arcadia, Helen's Necklace, Come Back, Little Sheba (Shaw); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Bombay Black (Cahoots/Arts Club); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, director of The Merchant of Venice and Artistic Director for five seasons (Shakespeare in the Rough); The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night (Dream in High Park); Helen's Necklace (Tarragon and Pi Theatre - Jessie Award). Film/TV: Orphan Black, Puck Hogs, The Border, Flashpoint, Guns, Supernatural, Murder Unveiled. Training: Dalhousie University.
    Tim Campbell
    2015: Horatio in Hamlet and understudy in The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost. Seventh season. Stratford: Credits include Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Henry IV(1), Henry IV(2), Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida. Elsewhere: Recent credits include Venus in Fur (ATP); Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper); Jane Eyre (MTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC); Death of a Salesman (Citadel); A Streetcar Named Desire (Blue Bridge); Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare). Film/TV: Credits include Reign, Republic of Doyle, Warehouse 13, Nikita, The L.A. Complex, Saving Hope, Deadly Hope, The Firm, Lost Girl, Against the Wall, Combat Hospital, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Killshot, Hollywoodland. Awards: Past recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie Award (for outstanding contribution to the Stratford Festival).
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    2015: Maria in Love's Labour's Lost and appears in Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew. Second season. Stratford: Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever, Pudding/Daisy 2 in Alice Through the Looking-Glass and Cleopatra Attendant in Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Man and Some Women, The Admirable Crichton, The Women, The Devil's Disciple, Born Yesterday; Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV:Antony and Cleopatra (Stratford Festival). Training: BFA, University of Windsor. Online: Twitter: @UsoIje. Et cetera: Ijeoma has an online Etsy store that sells homemade cream and lip balms as well as cake stands made of recycled glasses and dishes. "Love and thanks to my family and Jake."
    Xuan Fraser

    2015: Fortinbras Captain in Hamlet, Nicholas in The Taming of the Shrew and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Ninth season. Stratford: King Lear (Curan), The Beaux' Stratagem (Fellow, Chamberlain), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wanderlust (Blount), Henry V (Duke of Burgundy), As You Like It (Le Beau), The Winter's Tale (Cleomenes), Titus Andronicus (Aaron), The Tempest (Caliban), Macbeth (Witch), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), The Three Musketeers (Jussac), The Night of the Iguana (Pedro), Juno and the Paycock, Oedipus Rex (Chorus), Julius Caesar (Pindarus), The Alchemist, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Oberon/Theseus (Shakespeare in Action/Canadian Stage), Thomas Matthews (Toronto the Good - Factory Theatre), Othello (Othello - Driftwood Theatre), Macbeth (Macbeth - Workman Arts/Shakespeare in Action), Cody (This Is How It Goes - Neptune Theatre), Dubois (Counterfeit Secrets - Artword Theatre, Dora nomination). Film/TV: Nikita, Suits, Insecurity, King, The Rick Mercer Report. "For my lovely fiancée, Leigh, and my wonderful children, Myles, Bailey, Cole, Max, Lyric and Marley! Here lies all my future hopes."

    Adrienne Gould

    2015: Ophelia in Hamlet and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. 10th season. Stratford: Selected credits: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Pentecost, Much Ado About Nothing, Ghosts, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Swanne (part 3), Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Tempest-Tost and The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere:The Matchmaker and The Rivals (Williamstown Theater Festival); The Butter and Egg Man (American Stage Company); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); Buried Child (NAC/Segal Centre); Einstein's Gift, Ed's Garage and Other Desert Cities (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: The Lady in Question, Jonovision and Nikita. Recordings: Timothy Goes to School. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Mary Savidge Award. Online: Adrienne is the founder of, a children's/family yoga company. Et cetera: "This one's for my 'better half!'"

    Josh Johnston

    2015: Appears in Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in The Taming of the Shrew. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Young Shepherd in The Winter's Tale (Birmingham Conservatory); Sebastian in Who's Under Where? (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); Louis Martin in In His Name (Canadian History Project); Giri in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (red light district); Thespis in Something Is Wrong (Naught, A Theatre Company); Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (York University). Film/TV: Stephen in The Silver Chevy (Sheridan College). Radio: Collaborator and speaker in The Other Families Radio Show. Training: BFA in Acting, York University; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Et cetera: Josh dedicates his work this season to the memory of his mother and to all those who have helped him on his journey thus far. "You know who you are."

    Robert King
    2015: First Gravedigger in Hamlet, Peter, Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew and Marcade in Love's Labour's Lost. 22nd season. Stratford: King Lear, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Richard II, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pericles, Henry V, Henry VI, Hamlet, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Grapes of Wrath, Home, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ah, Wilderness!, Quiet in the Land, The Donnellys. Elsewhere (selected): A Wind in the Willows Christmas, The Yalta Game, Afterplay, Falling: A Wake (Alternative Theatre Works - founding member); Bolsheviki (world première, Infinithéâtre/ATW); original Owen in The Melville Boys (TNB); Garrison's Garage, Country Hearts, Blyth Festival. Et cetera: Graduate of Dawson College's Dome Theatre program - a proud "Domie." Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy Coffey, and children, Mary and Lawrence.
    John Kirkpatrick

    2015: Marcellus, Fortinbras in Hamlet, Philip, Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew and Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: René Descartes in Christina, The Girl King and Red Knight/Walrus in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere (selected): Jaques in As You Like It, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Jake in Stones in His Pockets, Sam in Fully Committed (Citadel Theatre); Slim in Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Roy Darwin in Counsellor-at-Law (Theatre Calgary); Everard in Age of Arousal, Ned in The Gift of the Coat (Alberta Theatre Projects); Milan in Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel Theatre); Kent in King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival.) Film/TV: Blackstone, Mixed Blessings. Training: BFA in Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure, Citadel Theatre. Et cetera: "Love to Breanna."

    Shruti Kothari

    2015: Appears in Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in The Taming of the Shrew. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Princess/Genie in Aladdin (Diversified Productions), Mimi in Rent, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Lower Ossington Theatre); Mallory/April in City of Angels (Queen's Musical Theatre); Nickie in Sweet Charity (Blue Canoe Productions); First Fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queen's Drama); First Witch in Macbeth (BSS/UCC Theatre). Voice Work: Beheader in Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft), Gail in My Dad is Scrooge (Eb Scrooge Productions). Training: Queen's University, Claude Watson School for the Arts. Et cetera: "Endless love and thanks to family and friends for their constant support - particularly to my parents for sharing their love of the theatre and for always taking a four-year-old's, seven-year-old's and 20-year-old's dream seriously."

    Gabriel Long
    2015: Moth in Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: Sentinel in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Town Boy in The Merchant of Venice (2013). Elsewhere: DJ in Scout, Corvis in The Bully Effect, Fudge in Tales of a Fourth-Grade Superfudge-a-Mania (Growing in the Arts). Training: Junior acting, Growing in the Arts School of Dramatic and Cinema Arts. Graduate, Music for Young Children program. Awards: Acting scholarship, Growing in the Arts School of Dramatic and Cinema Arts. First Class Honours, Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 4 Piano and Advanced Rudiments. Et cetera: Gabriel loves reading, writing, performing magic tricks and playing drums. He would like to thank Gita Ashley for opening the world of drama to him. Gabriel would also like to thank Mom, Dad, Jordan, Rachel and Echo (their dog) for supporting him in this amazing opportunity!
    Tiffany Claire Martin
    2015: Katherine in Love's Labour's Lost and appears in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Stratford: A participant in the 2014 Birmingham Conservatory. Elsewhere: Tiffany has played Vivian in The Devil We Know (Blyth Festival), Laurie in Spelling 2-5-5 (Carousel Players), Chorus in Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre Company), Feste in Twelfth Night (Humber River Shakespeare), Jill in Tough (Factory Theatre). TV/Online: Sydnie in The Strain (FX Network), Una in Leslieville (a Broken Stairs production), Sam in Sweet Fever (Sandbox Empire). Training: Humber College. Et cetera: "Thank you to all the amazing people who have supported and continue to support my joy of telling stories. Especially Mr. EAR."
    Jennifer Mogbock

    2015: Reynaldo in Hamlet, Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost and appears in The Taming of the Shrew. Second season. Stratford: Blanche of Spain in King John, Iras in Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Phebe in As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Bernarda in The House of Bernarda Alba (Theatre of War); Icarus in Damages Tangled (Theater for the New City, N.Y.C.). Film: Quincy Vidal (Yellowhouse Pictures). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College. Online: Et cetera: "Thank you to Aragorn, family, friends, and my heavenly father."

    Derek Moran

    2015: Lucianus in Hamlet, Joseph in The Taming of the Shrew and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Egeus's Interpreter in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Burgundy in King Lear. Elsewhere: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Mario in The Game of Love and Chance (Neptune Theatre); Trout Stanley in Trout Stanley (Heart in Hand Theatre); Owen in The Melville Boys (Red Barn Theatre); Cléante in The Miser, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr(Abridged), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Mug in New Canadian Kid (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Film/TV: Mayday, Lost Girl, Bomb Girls, Being Erica, Murdoch Mysteries, Life With Derek, October 1970. Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory.

    Thomas Olajide

    2015: Voltemand in Hamlet, Nathaniel in The Taming of the Shrew and Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Oswald in King Lear. Elsewhere: Kwasi in Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct/Young People's Theatre); Laurent in Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Florizel in The Winter's Tale, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, Thane of Ross in Macbeth (Canadian Stage); Quentin in And Slowly Beauty (Belfry Theatre/National Arts Centre); Oliver in Oliver! (National Arts Centre); Abraham in Sia (Pyretic Productions/Cahoots Theatre Company); various in This Must Be the Place (Architect Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); John in The Whipping Man (Obsidian Theatre/Harold Green Jewish Theatre). Film/TV: After School, Broken Promises (Underdog Productions); Little Black Caddy (CBC); Combat Hospital (ABC). Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (2010), Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Brenda Crichlow Actors' Studio and Stella Adler Academy of Acting. Awards: Peter Donaldson Award.

    Andrew Robinson
    2015: Cornelius in Hamlet, Gregory in The Taming of the Shrew and Longaville in Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: The Merchant of Venice, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Antony and Cleopatra, Mother Courage and Her Children. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Tons of Money. He recently had the pleasure of working in the Incubator on The Aeneid and Cue for Treason. Elsewhere: Andrew recently premièred his second solo show, He Crucified Me (Buddies/Rhubarb - playwright/performer); Our Ajax, Intuition of Iphigenia, Elektra in Bosnia (Women and War Project - Canada/Greece tour); Machina Nuptialis (Corpus Dance Projects); Bent (Theatre Engine); Russian Dolls (Buddies/Rhubarb - playwright/performer). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award.
    Brad Rudy
    2015: Barnardo in Hamlet, Curtis in The Taming of the Shrew  and Dull in Love's Labour's Lost. 25th season. Stratford: Pembroke (King John), Bill Sikes (Oliver!), Count (The Count of Monte Cristo), Talbot (Henry VI), Common Man (A Man for All Seasons), Sergeant of Police (The Pirates of Penzance); only actor to appear in all eight "Wars of the Roses" plays, consecutively. Elsewhere: Ratty (A Wind in the Willows Christmas) (ATW), Ted Narracott (War Horse) (Toronto); Gabe (Dinner With Friends) (Theatre Aquarius), Todd (The Book of Esther) (Blyth). Directing: King Lear (Fanshawe College), The Book of Esther (Festival Players of Prince Edward County), Falling: A Wake (ATW), Girls in the Gang (St. Clair College), Our Town (Mercury Theatre). Teaching: Acting/Voice and Text (Fanshawe, St. Clair colleges); guest instructor (Michigan State, Wayne State, University of Waterloo); fight director (Aquarius, Touchmark, colleges). Awards: Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award. Et cetera: "Love to Anne, Emma, Jack and Rob."
    Brian Tree
    Sir Nathaniel

    2015: English Ambassador, Gravedigger #2 in Hamlet, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Sir Nathaniel in Love's Labour's Lost 26th season. Stratford: Cardinal Pandulph (King John), Humpty Dumpty (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Elbow (Measure for Measure), Melvil (Mary Stuart), Pisanio (Cymbeline), Wasp (Bartholomew Fair), Erronius (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Costard (Love's Labour's Lost), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stephano (The Tempest), Joxer Daly (Juno and the Paycock), Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Dolly Spanker (London Assurance), Oswald (King Lear), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: Various roles (The Sneeze and other Chekhov one-acts), Talk Is Free Theatre; Jimmy (The Pitmen Painters), Theatre Aquarius; Michael (Someone Who'll Watch Over Me), Kemp (Vigil), Tarragon Theatre; Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Canadian Stage; Harry (The Sum of Us), Belfry Theatre; Jim (Passion), Grand Theatre; the Player (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Touchmark. 

    John Caird
    2015: Director of Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: John is a director and writer of plays, musical theatre and opera. He is an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he has directed over 20 productions. He has been a regular director at the National Theatre and is principal guest director at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. His award-winning productions include Nicholas Nickleby, Candide, Peter Pan, Les Misérables, Hamlet, Humble Boy, Jane Eyre, Twelfth Night and Daddy Long-Legs, most of which ran, or are still running, in the West End, on Broadway and all over the world. His book Theatre Craft, an encyclopedic handbook for aspiring directors, was published by Faber and Faber in 2010. Online: For further information on John's career, go to
    Patrick Clark
    2015: Designer of The Adventures of Pericles and Love's Labour's Lost. 17th season. Stratford: Krapp's Last Tape/Hughie (also Goodman Theatre), The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, King Lear, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus, The Boy Friend, Pericles, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus. Elsewhere: Pride and Prejudice, Cats, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Albert Herring (Pacific and Vancouver operas); The Norman Conquests, The Glass Menagerie, Jitters (Soulpepper); Shadowlands, Jane Eyre, Three Sisters (Guthrie); Othello, Much Ado (Chicago Shakespeare); Hit the Deck, She Loves Me (Shaw Festival); Tartuffe (NAC); Frost/Nixon, Fallen Angels (Canadian Stage); Having Hope at Home, Blithe Spirit (Neptune); Evangeline, Buddy Holly (Charlottetown); Good People, The Price (MTC); The Mousetrap, Sherlock Holmes (Aquarius); Private Lives, The Bricklin, It's a Wonderful Life (TNB). TV: Witness to Yesterday. Training: University of New Brunswick. Awards: New Brunswick Arts Award, several Merritt Awards and a Jessie.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer
    2015: Lighting designer of Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex and Love's Labour's Lost. 11th season. Stratford: King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 2014), Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, The Matchmaker, A Word or Two, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Tempest, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Macbeth, Hamlet (2008). Elsewhere: Così Fan Tutte, directed by Atom Egoyan (Canadian Opera Company); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Albert Herring (Vancouver Opera/Pacific Opera); Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); Enron, The Year of Magical Thinking (NAC); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse, California); The Other Place, Harper Reagan, Venus in Fur, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); Glenn, A Tender Thing, 'Night Mother (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher (WCT); Mary Poppins, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); One Man, Two Guvnors, The Rocky Horror Show (Citadel). 

    Josh Schmidt
    2015: Composer for Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011). Broadway: 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); 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). Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers' Theatre (Associate Artist). Regional: Over 100 productions across the country at venues including Ford's Theatre (Washington, D.C.); Alley Theatre (Houston); 13 seasons at American Players Theatre including the world première of Gift of the Magi (Spring Green, WI). Commissions: Metropolitan Opera, RKO Stage, Acting Up Stage (Toronto), Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Signature (VA). Awards: Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG.
    Peter McBoyle
    Sound Designer
    2015: Sound designer of The Sound of Music, Carousel and Love's Labour's Lost. 20th season. Stratford (selected): Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Antony and Cleopatra, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, A Word or Two, Shakespeare's Will, Jacques Brel, West Side Story. Elsewhere: Peter has been fortunate to work at most major Canadian theatres including Shaw, NAC, Citadel, Theatre Calgary and Canadian Stage. Recent and notable projects include Come Fly Away (Broadway, Vegas, tour); Arrabal (BASE/Mirvish); Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, West Side Story, Legally Blonde (tours); Barrymore (Livent); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center); The Wild Party (Acting Up Stage/Obsidian); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (RMTC/Mirvish); Cinderella (Ross Petty). Training: BA, MA in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta), Come Fly Away; Dora nomination, Fire. Et cetera: "Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support. Thrilled about Ella's first year in the company!"
    Krista Jackson
    Assistant Director
    2015: Assistant director of Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction: Mother Courage and Her Children. Elsewhere: Director: Private Lives, The Seagull, The Seafarer (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Much Ado About Nothing (The Grand); Dying to be Thin (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); The Miser of Middlegate (zone41 theatre/Theatre Projects Manitoba); Village Wooing (zone41 theatre). Assistant director: Hedda Gabler, Misalliance, His Girl Friday (Shaw Festival); The Wizard of Oz (Globe Theatre). Training: Shaw Festival's Neil Munro Intern Directors Project, 2012; Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Gina Wilkinson Prize (2013). Online: Et cetera: Founding artistic director of zone41 theatre and associate/apprentice artistic director at The Grand Theatre for the 2014/2015 season.
    Mary-Jo Carter Dodd
    Assistant Set Designer
    2015: Assistant costume designer of The Taming of the Shrew and assistant set designer of Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Head of Wardrobe for Soulpepper (12 years), Canadian Stage (two years), Young People's Theatre (10 years), and costume coordinator for over 25 operas for the Canadian Opera Company. She taught wardrobe courses at Humber College in the Theatre Production Program and mentored students as they worked on productions. Training: Diploma, Honours BA in Theatre Production - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute; AutoCad certificate - George Brown College. She was chosen for the Theatre Ontario Professional Training Program and trained in model building for theatre, mentoring under Camellia Koo. She's also taken advanced model building in the U.K. She has built set models for several theatre productions across the country. Et cetera: Mary-Jo is excited to be working at the Festival, surrounded by so many wonderful and talented people, and also to assist in finding the next generation of costume and set designers.
    Alyssa Westman
    Assistant Costume Designer
    2015: Assistant costume designer of Carousel and Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: Assistant designer of King John and Christina, The Girl King; design consultant, Directors' Workshop Presentation; assistant costume designer of Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: Costume design: Shelley or The Idealist (Fanshawe College); Hippolytos (York University); Dinosaur and A Tranny Tale (Toronto Fringe Festival); The Specimen and A Much Debated Cleaning (Playground). Design assistant: As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour). Assistant milliner: Bugzzz - A Cautionary Tale (Out of the Box Productions). Firsthand for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, assistant cutter for The Bundle, wardrobe for Metamorphosis (York University). Abroad: Drawing programs: Paris (Studio Escalier), 2015; Florence (SACI), 2011; Prague Quadrennial's Six Acts installation; International Students' Work Exhibition, Beijing, 2011. Training: BFA with Honours, Theatre Production Design, York University. Awards: Brian Jackson Award, 2014; Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellow, 2013; Herman Geiger-Torel Memorial Prize, 2012 (made annually to an outstanding graduating student in design); CASA grant, 2012. Et cetera: Alyssa thanks her loving husband for always supporting her dreams.
    Tristan Tidswell
    Assistant Lighting Designer
    2015: Assistant lighting designer of The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Crazy for You, King Lear, The Beaux' Stratagem, Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet, Taking Shakespeare, The Thrill, 42nd Street, Henry V, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Homecoming, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Do Not Go Gentle and King of Thieves. Elsewhere: Lighting designer of A Christmas Carol, Little Shop of Horrors (TNB); Miracle on 34th Street (TNB/STC); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Becky's New Car, Henry and Alice: Into the Wild (Globe Theatre). Assistant lighting designer of The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Broadway, Mirvish). Training: BFA Honours, Ryerson University. Awards: Tristan is the recipient of the 2015 Ian and Molly Lindsay Design Fellowship at the Festival. He also received the 2009 Wally Russell Lighting Internship and Scholarship (Canadian Opera Company). Online: Et cetera: Tristan is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
    Janine Ralph
    Stage Manager
    2015: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and stage manager of Love's Labour's Lost. 25th season. Stratford: 2014: Production stage manager, Tom Patterson Theatre (Mother Courage, King John, Antony and Cleopatra) and stage manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play. Previously: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of Waiting for Godot, Elektra, Richard III, There Reigns Love, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, Carousel, Henry V, An Enemy of the People, One Tiger to a Hill and Henry VIII. Elsewhere: Stage manager of The Sneeze, Talk is Free Theatre, stage manager of Voyage de la Vie, Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, and production stage manager of Pinocchio: The Musical, Singapore Repertory Theatre. She has worked at various theatres in Ontario, including Young People's Theatre, as well as CBC TV, BBC TV and the Asian Games' ceremonies in Qatar.
    Holly Korhonen
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2015: Assistant stage manager of The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost. 14th season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ever Yours, Oscar, Cabaret, My One and Only, The Comedy of Errors, South Pacific, Oliver!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Edward II, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anything Goes, Henry VI. Stage manager: Birmingham Conservatory, 2006 and 2007. Elsewhere: Stage management at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, the Globe, the Grand and Factory theatres. Awards: Tanya Award, three Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Holly thanks all those who have made it possible for her to balance her two great loves, the theatre and her son, Jackson. She is ever grateful for all the love and support that surrounds her.

    Elizabeth McDermott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2015: Assistant stage manager of The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Phèdre, Ever Yours, Oscar, As You Like It, King of Thieves. Elsewhere: Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella: The Colour of Love (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown Festival); Night (Human Cargo); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River, Red Kite Brown Box (Theatre Direct); Night of the Living Dead Live! (Nictophobia); Divisadero: A Performance (Necessary Angel); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF); Yellowman (Nightwood/Obsidian); Late, Black Medea (Obsidian). Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (Stratford Festival, 2009 and 2010). Et cetera: "Much love to my family and friends. Thank you for your steadfast support."
    Margaret Palmer
    Production Stage Manager
    2015: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. 32nd season. Stratford: Maggie has been PSM at the Avon, Tom Patterson and Festival theatres for 24 seasons. Stage-management credits include Henry IV (parts 1 and 2); Iolanthe; The Imaginary Invalid; My Fair Lady; A Man for All Seasons; Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; The Government Inspector; Coriolanus; The Mikado (national tour, London's Old Vic); and Twelfth Night (U.S. tour). Elsewhere: Maggie apprenticed at Neptune Theatre (1966/67), where she appeared as a dead body in The Physicists, and worked at the St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto Arts Productions), MTC and the Grand Theatre. She stage-managed Eugene Onegin (Manitoba Opera), the first Dream in High Park and the first Dora Awards. She did publicity for the NDWT Company and toured Canada with the Charlottetown Festival. Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School, where she returned to coach last winter.


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