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  • On the left, Rosaline looks off proudly as Berowne extends his hand behind her, and on the right, text says, "Love
  • Nathaniel, Dumaine, Longaville, the King of Navarre, Berowne and Holofernes strike a pose and stand for a photo with smiles on their faces.
  • Don Armado holds a disheveled looking Moth in his arms, there is luggage piled on top of him.
  • Maria, the Princess of France, Katharine and Rosaline stand around looking at Katharine’s cell phone.
  • Berowne approaches Rosaline with a look of excitement and realization.
Studio Theatre
August 23 – October 1 |
Opens September 9
Shakespeare

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST


by William Shakespeare

Directed by Peter Pasyk

Audience Advisory »


“NEVER DURST A POET TOUCH A PEN TO WRITE/UNTIL HIS INK WAS TEMPERED WITH LOVE'S SIGHS.”


A beloved early comedy by Shakespeare is reimagined for modern audiences. Seeking self-improvement, the King of Navarre and his three best friends swear off sex and love for three years, just as the Princess of France and three other women arrive on a diplomatic mission. Light-hearted drama reaches its climax in the twist ending of this touching and funny coming-of-age story.

Setting: Contemporary


House Program: Love's Labour's Lost

Runtime: One hour and 52 minutes. Please note there will not be an intermission in this performance.*

*Please note that all run times are approximate and can vary frequently during previews.


Listen to Director's Notes, a STRATFEST@HOME original podcast, with Director Peter Pasyk for a pre-show introduction and a post-show reflection.

Pre-show Episode Transcript
Post-show Episode Transcript




Production support is generously provided by Catherine Elliot Shaw in memory of John D. Shaw, and by the Tremain family.

The appearance of members of the Birmingham Conservatory in Love's Labour's Lost is generously supported by The Marilyn and Charles Baillie Fund and by Alice & Tim Thornton.

Photo credits: From left – Amaka Umeh and Tyrone Savage. Photo by Ted Belton.

CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Tyrone Savage
    Tyrone Savage
    Berowne

    Birmingham Conservatory 2010/2011

    2023: Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Head Waiter in Grand Magic and Thomas Mowbray in Richard II. Eighth season. Stratford: Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Hay Fever, Three Musketeers, Much Ado, Henry V, Grapes of Wrath. Elsewhere: 15 Dogs (Crow's Theatre); A Few Good Men (Drayton); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Sleuth (Mayfield); Stag and Doe (Neptune); The Gamblers (Talk is Free); Chasse-Galerie (Storefront/Soulpepper). Film/TV/Video Games: Caillou, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Redwall, Wind at My BackTraining: Circle in the Square, Birmingham Conservatory, UofT. Et cetera: Tyrone dedicates this season to his parents Booth and Janet-Laine. With love beyond measure. 

    Portrait of Amaka Umeh
    Amaka Umeh
    Rosaline

    Birmingham Conservatory 2019/21

    2023: Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: Hamlet in Hamlet; Praise-Singer in Death and the King's Horseman; Helena, Flute, Moth in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: Rose/Doc Rose in Fall On Your Knees (Canadian tour); 1851: Spirit and Voice (Soulpepper/Myseum); 00 in The Wolves (Howland/Crow's); Abigail in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park); Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre); Ariel in The Tempest (Hart House). Training: Factory Theatre Mechanicals; Randolph College. Awards: BBPA Harry Jerome Award; Dora Awards for The Wolves and Moby: A Whale of a Tale (Art & Water). Online: @yesamaka. Et cetera: To my family, friends, and fans: thank you for your support. Season three love for notable trios: Destiny's Child, The PowerPuff Girls, "The weyward Sisters", etc.

    Portrait of Gordon S. Miller
    Gordon S. Miller
    Don Armado

    Birmingham Conservatory 2002

    2023: Calogero Di Spelta in Grand Magic and Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost. 14th season. Stratford (selected): Iago (Othello), Dr. Caius (The Merry Wives of Windsor), James Tyrone Jr. (Long Day's Journey Into Night), God the Son (Paradise Lost), Pentheus (Bakkhai), Laurent (Tartuffe), Biondello (The Taming of the Shrew), Scrub (The Beaux' Stratagem), Andrei (Three Sisters), Apollodorus (Caesar and Cleopatra), Roderigo (Othello), Flaminius (Timon of Athens). Elsewhere: A&R Angels (Crow's Theatre); Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Fargo, Suits, Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries, The Ron James Show, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (2003, 2007, 2018), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).

    Portrait of Steve Ross
    Steve Ross
    Boyet

    2023: Gervasio D'Aloisi in Grand Magic, Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II and Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. 20th season. Stratford: Chicago, The Miser, Finally There's Sun, Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: goldfish (Here For Now); Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure… (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (Dora Award) (TIFT); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).

    Portrait of Michael Spencer-Davis
    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Holofernes

    (he/him)  

    2023: Edmund Duke of York in Richard II, Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in Grand Magic. 11th season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Miser, The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: Dock Spider (Magnus Theatre); The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (Tiny Room); Jerusalem (OTM/Company Theatre); Silence, Art (Grand Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Pitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (NAC).

    Portrait of Elizabeth Adams
    Elizabeth Adams
    Katharine

    Birmingham Conservatory 2022/23

    2023: Rosa Intrugli in Grand Magic and Katharine in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Mistress Shore in Richard III and appeared in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere (selected): Annie in Meditaysh (Concord Theatricals); Jessica in Geurilla Brunch Warfare, Grace in The Women Cannot Breathe (New Voices Festival); Marina in Lover Lover (Subverting Something); Ellie in Let's Talk About (Theatre TOnight/Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Charlie in The Price of Fitting In (MarVisa Entertainment/Neshama Productions). Training: TMU, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: 2018 Theatre Ontario Award (Armstrong Acting Studios). Et cetera: All my love to Mom, Dad, Liam and Sophie.

    Portrait of Hilary Adams
    Hilary Adams

    (she/her)

    2023: Neighbour in Grand Magic and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: The Miser, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Schoolhouse, Macbeth, The Ruins, Frankenstein, In This Light, As You Like It, Iliad by Fire (Two Planks); A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It (Shakespeare BASH'd); Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moonand the Runaway Bunny (Mermaid Theatre); As You Like It, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderelly (Shakespeare by the Sea). Film/TV: Complusus, King & Pawn. Recordings: Ophelia available on Spotify and Apple Music. Composer: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Co-Composer As You Like It (Shakespeare BASH'd). Awards: Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role (Schoolhouse). Training: Dalhousie University. Online: @hilary_adamss. Et cetera: Big love to my whole family, thank you for all your support.

    Portrait of Celia Aloma
    Celia Aloma
    Princess of France

    Birmingham Conservatory 2022/23

    2023: Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost and Angel in Richard II. Second season. Stratford: Player Queen in Hamlet and Olabisi in Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: 16 characters in No Child (Arts Club); Ann Atwater in The Best of Enemies and Novelette in 'da Kink in My Hair (Pacific Theatre); Same Difference (Theatre Conspiracy); Catherine in The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre). Film/Tv:Corrective Measures, Swan Song, Voir, The Baby-Sitters Club, Detour, Song Bird, Scared Lies, Sirens. Radio/Recordings: Aisha in Redbone Coonhound (Arts Club), Mama in Rishi & d Douen (Rumble Theatre and Carousel Theatre).Training: Birmingham Conservatory, York University. Awards: Michael Mawson Award recipient, Jessie Award nomination and B.C. Arts Council Pivot recipient.

    Portrait of Thomas Duplessie
    Thomas Duplessie
    Understudy

    2023: Harry Percy in Richard II, Waiter in Grand Magic and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: A Few Good Men, Twelve Angry Men, The Miracle Worker, The Birds and the Bees, Death of a Salesman, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drayton); The Cider House Rules reading (Talk is Free); Suitcases/Provenance workshop (Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Jump, Darling (opposite Cloris Leachman), In The Dark, Murdoch Mysteries, Man Seeking Woman, Bitten, Reign, Close Encounters. Radio/Recordings: Strange Loops (audiobook). Training: The Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Online: Instagram @tomsdup. Et cetera: Thomas dedicates this season to his family; blood and chosen. Hi Mom!

    Portrait of Justin Eddy
    Justin Eddy
    Understudy

    (he/him)

    2023: Groom in Richard II, Waiter in Grand Magic and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables - The Musical, Tell Tale Harbour (The Charlottetown Festival); Cinderella, Elf the Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Les Misérables: School Edition, Evita, A Christmas Carol, Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre); The Great Cosmic Crisis (Theatre Direct); 365 Days/365 Plays, Everybody, The Most Offending Soul Alive, Bonus Points If You Have Air Conditioning (National Theatre School) Training: The National Theatre School of Canada. Online: www.justineddy.ca, @jstneddy. Et cetera: Justin is an emerging producer, playwright and creator.

    Portrait of Christo Graham
    Christo Graham
    Moth

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2023: Gennarino Fucecchia in Grand Magic and Moth in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Duke of Norfolk in Richard III and appeared in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: Zach in Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Isaac in Isaac's Eye (Unit 102 Actor's Co); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Aquarius, Segal Centre, Citadel Theatre); Lee Piper in Jerusalem (Crow's Theatre). Composer: Margaret Atwood's Angel Catbird (2018); Turnin' (2019) and Graham's General Store (2021). All my love to Kelly and Raindog at home.

    Portrait of Jordin Hall
    Jordin Hall
    King of Navarre

    Birmingham Conservatory 2017/18

    2023: Henry Bolingbroke in Richard II, Mariano D'Albino in Grand Magic, and King of Navarre in Love's Labour's Lost. Fifth season. Stratford: All's Well That Ends Well, Richard III, Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Neverending Story, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere (selected): Montague/Steve in Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Eribo in The Neverending Story (NAC); Othello in Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Dauntless City Theatre); Aaron in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre); Lysander and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Humber River Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Kings of Napa (OWN); The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu); Mayday (Discovery); See No Evil (Discovery ID). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; Brock University (Performance Concentration). Et cetera: Love, peace, and SOULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TRAIN.

    Portrait of Matthew Kabwe
    Matthew Kabwe
    Nathaniel

    2023: Lord Ross in Richard II, Nathaniel in Love's Labour's Lost and appears in Grand Magic. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Sir in Encore (Tableau D'Hôte); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV/Video Games: VFC, La Maison Bleue, Outriders. Training: Dawson College, Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance META for Martin in MOB (Centaur Theatre). Online: matthewkabwe.com, agencebridgetdechene.com. Et cetera: Matthew sends wishes of love and thanks to everyone who has supported him. Matthew is thrilled to be returning to the Stratford Festival for his second season. Matthew is also B.

    Portrait of Wahsontí:io Kirby
    Wahsontí:io Kirby
    Costard

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2023: Costard in Love's Labour's Lost and Angel in Richard II. Third season. Stratford: Becky in Hamlet-911 and Evelyne Rice in 1939. Elsewhere: The Widow in Burning Vision, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre School of Canada); Ensemble in Aqsarniit (Confederation Centre of the Arts, two seasons); Speck in Mistatim (Red Sky Productions - Prologue Showcase). Film/TV: Caitlin in Mohawk Girls (voiceover, four seasons). Training: Dawson College Professional Theatre Program; National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Kanien'kehà:ka from Kahnawá:ke Mohawk Territory. Wahsontí:io dedicates this season to their family and friends. Tsi nèn:we enkonnoronhkhwá:ke.

    Portrait of Heather Kosik
    Heather Kosik
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2023: Angel in Richard II and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Fifth season. Stratford: June in Chicago, No One Is Alone: A Sondheim Celebration, Here's What It Takes (2020), Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet: Remixed (workshop), The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, H.M.S. PinaforeElsewhere:Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto (Drayton); Rumspringa Break! (Grow) (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan); The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Online: @heatherkosik, heatherkosik.com; Photography: @kosikphotos, kosikphotos.com. Et cetera: Thank you always to my family for your endless love and support. Big love to my Devon, my biggest fan - thanks for being you.

    Portrait of Qianna MacGilchrist
    Qianna MacGilchrist
    Maria

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2023: Signorina Zampa in Grand Magic and Maria in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Marlene in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Elsewhere (selected): Juliet in Measure for Measure (Repercussion Theatre); Lily in The In-Between, Old Witch in Little Witch (Geordie Theatre); K in HBD2Me (Carousel Players); Fourteen in Plucked (SummerWorks Festival). Training: National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory.

    Portrait of Chris Mejaki
    Chris Mejaki
    Longaville

    Birmingham Conservatory 2022/23

    2023: Longaville in Love's Labour's Lost and Angel in Richard II. Second season. Elsewhere:  Dr. Seward/Renfield/Jake in Written in Blood  (Talk is Free Theatre); Orestes/ Odysseus in The Trojan Girls  and The Outhouse of Atreus  (Outside the March); Writer/Reader in Weesageechak Begins to Dance  (Native Earth Performing Arts). Film/TV:  Principal in The Exchange, Actor in Unexplained. Radio/Recordings:  Reader in This Place  (CBC Radio). Training:  National Theatre School (2018), Centre for Indigenous Theatre (2015). Social Media: @chrismejaki (TikTok/Instagram). Et cetera: Chris is a Grass Dancer, makes a mean spaghetti, and loves a good story.

    Portrait of Chanakya Mukherjee
    Chanakya Mukherjee
    Dumaine

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23

    2023: Oreste Intrugli in Grand Magic and Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Lord Grey, Forrest in Richard III and appeared in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: Hasan in The Men in White (Factory Theatre), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Dauntless City Theatre), Bobby in Tough! (Canadian Rep), Alonso in The Tempest (Shakespeare by the Bow). Film/TV: 13: The Musical (Netflix), Nine Films About Technology (FX/Hulu). Radio/Recordings: Librarian of Childhood Studies in Borrowings (The Boundless Library). Training: University of Calgary (2015), National Voice Intensive. Awards: Recipient of the Marilyn Perkins Annual Award in Music, Art & Drama. Et cetera: Chanakya dedicates this season to his friends, mentors, family and his love. He would also like to recognize and thank his agent, Karen Bernstein (KB Artists Management), for her constant support.

    Portrait of Tyler Rive
    Tyler Rive
    Forester

    2023: Waiter in Grand Magic, Forester in Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in Richard II. Second season. Tyler was coerced into acting by his grade eight English teacher and has not yet found a way to stop. Selected Credits include: The Cop in Blind Date (Charring Cross Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe); Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: The Musical, Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Ground Zero Theatre/ Hit & Myth Productions); Lewis Hake in The Mystery of Evelyn Strange (Vertigo Mystery Theatre); The Hero in Iraq and Back (Ghost River Theatre); Little John in Robin Hood (Alberta Theatre Projects); The man in Laughing Wild, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Seraph Theatre Company); Malcolm in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Dark Forest Theatre). 

    Portrait of Andrew Robinson
    Andrew Robinson
    Marcade

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory 2012/13

    2023: Sir John Bushy in Richard II, Marcade in Love's Labour's Lost and Waiter in Grand Magic. Sixth season. Stratford: The Neverending Story, The Crucible, Shakespeare in Love, The Aeneid, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, King John, Antony and Cleopatra, Mother Courage and Her Children, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, Merchant of Venice. Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Ajax in Afghanistan, Intuition of Iphigenia, Elektra in Bosnia (WIW, Greece Tour); Phaedra, The Bacchae, Agamemnon (Hydrama Centre, Greece); Serious Money (Nightwood); Russian Dolls (Buddies); Machina Nuptialis (Corpus); Bent (Theatre Engine). Film/TV/Radio: The Strain, Murdoch Mysteries, Bay Street in The Drop ('23), Gus in ****** RoommateTraining: TMU, Birmingham Conservatory (under Martha Henry). Awards: Lindsay Thomas Award. Online: @fishermans_enemy23. Et cetera: Dedicated to Martha.

    Portrait of Jane Spidell
    Jane Spidell
    Dull

    2023: Dull in Love's Labour's Lost, Angel in Richard II and understudy in Grand Magic. 13th season. Stratford: Little Women, Every Little Nookie, The Physicists, Pericles, The Trojan Women, The Swanne, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Long Day's Journey…. Elsewhere: The Wedding Party (Crow's, Vancouver Arts Club); The River (Coal Mine); The Africa Trilogy (Volcano/Luminato); The Real World?, Rune Arlidge, Lion in the Streets, Motel Hélène (Tarragon); Body and Soul, Blood (Passe Muraille); Escape from Happiness (Factory); Doc, Leaving Home, The Price, Our Town, Miss Julie (Soulpepper); Macbeth, Othello (NAC); A Moon for the Misbegotten (Centaur); Streetcar Named Desire, How I Learned to Drive, Suddenly Last Summer (Citadel). Film/TV: American Gods, Cardinal, Remember, One Week, Men With Brooms, The Detail, Reign, Orphan Black, Slings and Arrows. Awards: Two Doras; Amelia Hall Guthrie. Et cetera: Love to C & A.

    Portrait of Emilio Vieira
    Emilio Vieira
    Understudy

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16

    2023: Duke of Aumerle in Richard II, Brigadiere in Grand Magic and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Sixth season. Emilio Vieira is a Toronto-based actor-creator. Stratford Festival credits include: Richard III, The Miser, The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Elsewhere: The Three Musketeers (RMTC); february: a love story (Globus Theatre); Cymbeline (Shakespeare BASH'd); Towards Youth: a play on Radical Hope (Crow's Theatre); Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare in High Park); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage); Coriolanus (Dartmouth, New Hampshire). Emilio trained under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Thank you for supporting live theatre. Watch february: a love story on demand at februarytheplay.com. Instagram: @suddensparkcollective @emiliovieira.

    Portrait of John Wamsley
    John Wamsley
    Understudy

    (he/him)

    2023: Sir Justin Green in Richard II, Waiter in Grand Magic and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Jean Delorme in 1939. Elsewhere: Flute/Philostrate in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare BASH'd); Private Harris in Timothy Findley's The Wars (Grand Theatre); Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hart House Theatre); Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV: Save the Date (Watersign Productions); Revenge of the Black Best Friend (CBC Gem). Training: Theatre and Drama Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Online: johnwamsley.ca. Instagram: @wamsley. Et cetera: For Mom, Dad, Meagan and Andrew. Thank you for everything.

    Portrait of Hannah Wigglesworth
    Hannah Wigglesworth
    Jaquenetta

    Birmingham Conservatory 2022/23

    2023: Queen Isabel in Richard II and Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Princess Elizabeth in Richard III and ensemble in The Miser. Elsewhere: Jo in Little Women (Opera Nuova); Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary); Isobel in Bull (683); Dracula, The Birds, Don Juan Comes Back From the War (Studio Theatre); Vasilisa in Baba Yaga (AMTC); Carolyn in The Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold Productions); South Pacific (Rainbow Stage); Rebecca in The Seduction Theory (Sarasvati Productions). Training: University of Alberta BFA Acting, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: John Hirsch Award (2022), Rainbow Stage Emerging Artist Scholarship. Online: Find Hannah on Instagram @hannahwiggles. Et cetera: Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, and Miriam.

CREATIVE

    Peter Pasyk
    Director

    2023: Director of Love's Labour's Lost. Seventh season. Stratford: Director of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Assistant director of Birds of a Kind, School for Scandal, Breath of Kings. Elsewhere: Peter is an acclaimed theatre director who has worked with Canada's leading theatre companies including Soulpepper, Shaw Festival, Crow's Theatre, Tarragon, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage. Peter directed the world premières of Jordan Tannahill's Late Company (Theatre Centre), Rosamund Small's Sisters (Soulpepper), and Rosa Laborde's Like Wolves (GCTC). Peter's Dora-nominated productions include The Nether, Killer Joe, Dying City, When the World Was Green and The Jones Boy. As a filmmaker, Peter co-wrote one of Poland's highest grossing feature films: Planeta Singli (Planet Single). Peter also directs TV in Poland. Et cetera: xox Shannon & Dylan. I dedicate this show to my mentors.

    Julie Fox
    Set Designer

    2023: Designer of Much Ado About Nothing and set designer of Love's Labour's Lost. 14th season. Stratford (selected): The Miser, R + J, Merry Wives of Windsor, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, School for Scandal, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Little Years. Elsewhere: Public Enemy, Cosmonaut (Canadian Stage); Uncle Vanya, Wedding Party, Watershed, Seagull, Someone Else, Seeds, I, Claudia (Crow's Theatre); Cyrano (Shaw Festival); Arigato, The Maids, Blasted (Buddies in Bad Times); Faust, The Designated Mourner, Cryptogram (Tarragon); Centaur, Electric Company, Why Not Theatre, Soulpepper, Necessary Angel, Theatre Passe Muraille, Segal Centre, MTC, Citadel. Opera: Volcano. Dance: adelheid, Susanna Hood, Chartier Danse. Training: National Theatre School. Awards: four Dora Awards for set design; Virginia Cooper Award for costume design; META and Sterling Award nominations. Teaching: National Theatre School. Et cetera: In memory of Michael Eagan.

    Sim Suzer
    Costume Designer

    2023: Costume designer of Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford Festival: Assistant designer of R+J and assistant set designer of Serving Elizabeth. Shaw Festival 2022-23: Costume designer and associate set designer of Everybody. Set and costume design of The Game of Love and Chance and A Grand Night for Signing. Design work 2023: Set designer of Anahita's Republic (Bustle and Beast); costume design of Low Pay? Don't Pay! (George Brown). Design work 2022: Set and costume design of our place (Cahoots Theatre); costume design of Munsch (George Brown); costume design of In This (Tiger Princess Dance Projects); costume design of Per Gint (George Brown); associate costume design of Three Women of Swatow (Tarragon Theatre). Online:simsuzer.com.

    Arun Srinivasan
    Lighting Designer
    2023: Lighting designer of Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labour's Lost. Third season. Stratford: I Am William (2021), Wendy & Peter Pan (2020). Theatre: Soulpepper Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Factory Theatre, The Globe Theatre and Expect Theatre. Dance: Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Danny Grossman Dance Company, ProArteDanza, tiger princess dance projects, Tribal Crackling Wind, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Canada's National Ballet School, resident designer at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Music: Art of Time Ensemble, Nagata Shachu. Training: York University Theatre Program. Teaching: York University, Toronto Metropolitan University, University of Waterloo and the National Theatre School. Awards: Nine Dora Mavor Moore nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design in the dance and theatre categories. Et cetera: Arun is thrilled to return to Stratford for a third season.
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2023: Composer and sound designer of Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labour's Lost. 14th season. Stratford: R + J, Private Lives, Paradise Lost, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Tartuffe, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, The Matchmaker, The Little Years. Elsewhere: Designs for Mirvish, BIBT, Soulpepper, Shaw, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, NAC, Blyth Festival, RMTC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Nightwood, Modern Times, Aluna, Crow's and many others. Film: Plain View, 7A, Blood Harvest, Hero.Traitor.Patriot, Alegra & Jim, Robert's Circle. Training: Studied composition with James Tenney, Honours BA, York University. Awards: 29 nominations and 6 Dora Awards for Sound Design and Composition. Et cetera: Started as a songwriter with a four-track tape machine and still endlessly fascinated with the storytelling possibilities of layered sound. Online: thomasryderpayne.bandcamp.com, xeno-canto.org/contributor/NWXCLJYBDK.
    Geoff Scovell
    Supervising Fight Director

    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 StarcatcherSweet Charity, Cyrano (Shaw); Don GiovanniWar and Peace (COC). Film/TV Stunts (selected): The Boys (four seasons), See, FUBAR, Jack Reacher, What We Do In The ShadowsThe Lost SymbolHardy BoysThe Man from TorontoIt Chapter TwoX-Men: Dark PhoenixSchitt's CreekMurdoch MysteriesGinny & GeorgiaJupiter's LegacySupergirlImpulseI Was Lorena BobbittSave MeFrankie DrakeTitansUmbrella AcademyThe ExpanseDesignated SurvivorSuicide SquadDark MatterKilljoys12 MonkeysBittenThe StrainPompeiiOrphan BlackTotal RecallTraining: Supreme Fight Master Elite Level 3. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, 2023 Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.

    Stephen Cota
    Choreographer

    2023: Dance choreographer of Frankenstein Revived  and choreographer of Love's Labour's Lost. 17th season. Stratford: Choreographer: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Hypochondriac, Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Assistant director: Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show. Associate choreographer: Chicago, Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, Little Shop…, The Music Man, Rocky Horror…, Guys and Dolls. Assistant choreographer: A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Performer: Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013, 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened…, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific. Elsewhere: Choreographer, Mary Poppins (The Grand); assistant choreographer, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); White Christmas, Annie (Drayton); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre).

    Adrienne Gould
    Intimacy Choreographer
    2023: Choreographer of Grand Magic, Much Ado About Nothing, Intimacy Choreographer of Love's Labour's Lost and movement coach. 16th season. Adrienne Gould came to The Stratford Festival in 2000 as an actor. Over 10 seasons, some of her roles included Ophelia, Miranda (with William Hutt), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, Yasmin in Pentecost, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Regina in Ghosts (with Martha Henry), Phebe in As You Like It, Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, and Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank. In the last seven years at the Festival, she has been teaching with the Birmingham Conservatory. She was the choreographer for The Miser, assistant choreographer for Shakespeare in Love, and the movement director for Timon of Athens and The Crucible. Adrienne is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Birmingham Conservatory.
    Ariel Slack
    Assistant Set Designer

    2023: Assistant designer of Much Ado About Nothing and assistant set designer of Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Assistant designer of Richard III. Elsewhere: Writer/Designer/Actor: How to Believe in Anything (Vancouver Fringe Festival, winner of the Cultchivating the Fringe award). Set design: Maps of Utopia, episodes 1 and 2 (the frank theatre); Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs (Carousel Theatre winner, Ovation Award for Outstanding Set Design); The Pillowman (Untold Wants); The Neverland Night Circus (Geekenders); Amphitruo (United Players); Mx (Off the Corner Productions/The Cultch); Spine (Backbone Theatre Collective); Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree Productions); Dancing Lessons (Naked Goddess Productions); Alice in Glitterland (Geekenders); Superior Donuts (Ensemble Theatre Company, Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Set Design - Small Theatre); Tiny Replicas (Rumble Theatre). Training: Studio 58 (2018). Ariel is an associate member of ADC. Online: arielslack.squarespace.com / IG: @arielslack.

    Barbara Morrone-Sanchez
    Assistant Costume Designer
    2023: Assistant costume designer of Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade and Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Wardrobe apprentice (2022). Training: B.F.A in Theatre Production & Design, York University. Et cetera: Barbara hopes you enjoy the show!
    Aidan Jackson-Hoag
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    2023: Assistant lighting designer of Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade and Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Six People Die in This Show (dead end); Devised Theatre Festival, Love in the Time of Werewolves (York University); Good Morning, Birdgeoise (PlayGround Festival 2022). Training: York University Theatre Design (June 2023).

    Christina Fox
    Assistant Fight Director

    (they/she)

    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.

    Kelly Luft
    Stage Manager

    2023: Stage manager of Love's Labour's Lost. Fifth season. Stratford: Hamlet-911 (2022), A Festival Queerstory (2021), The Front Page (2019), The Komagata Maru Incident (2017). Elsewhere: Arts Club Theatre Company, The Grand Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Hamilton, Opera Ontario, Edmonton Opera, Opera Atelier, Orchestra London, Canadian Stage, Tapestry Opera, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Plus, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Bluewater Summer Playhouse. Et cetera: Kelly is thrilled to be back! Much love to her boys, Jesse and Maclean.

    Lily Cardiff
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2023: Assistant stage manager of Grand Magic, Love's Labour's Lost and Wedding Band. Third season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager of All's Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Adam's Unplugged Puppet Party (The Pucking Fuppets Co.); The '94 Club (Crave Productions); Folks Like Us (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Assistant stage manager of La Bête and The Other Place (Talk Is Free Theatre). Apprentice stage manager of Light (Tarragon Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Sudbury Theatre Center); Come Down From Up River (Theatre Orangeville); Driving Miss Daisy (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Training: BFA with Honours in Performance Production and Design, TMU School of Performance. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award, 2022. Et cetera: Lily is so proud to be back at the Stratford Festival, and would like to thank her family, friends, and professors for all their love and support!

    Jordan Guetter
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (he/him)

    2023: Assistant stage manager of Richard II and Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Don Giovanni, Carmen, Die Vögel, Il Trittico (Pacific Opera Victoria); ELF: The Musical, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (2017/2018), Chariots of Fire, Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre); The Music Man, Serving Elizabeth, Kim's Convenience, Ring of Fire (Thousand Islands Playhouse); R.U.R. A Torrent of Light, Oksana G (Tapestry Opera); Treemonisha (Volcano); Passing Strange (The Musical Stage Company/Obsidian); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Brothers Size, The Testament of Mary, Hosanna, The Odd Couple (Soulpepper); Disney's Newsies (Drayton); Good Morning Viet Mom (Cahoots); Stage Fright (Lighthouse Festival Theatre).

    Michael Hart
    Production Stage Manager

    2023: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre and stage manager of Casey and Diana. 27th season. Stratford: 26 seasons including All's Well That Ends Well, Little Shop of HorrorsThe Rocky Horror Show, The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer, The Duchess of Malfi, The Swanne Trilogy amongst others. Elsewhere: Most recently Fall On Your Knees (Canadian Stage, Neptune, NAC, Grand); Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage); Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage); Body Politic (Buddies); The Death of the King (Modern Times); The Winter's Tale (Groundling); Bombay Black (Factory); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades); Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC); Real Live Girl (MTC); Fully Committed, Silence, Einstein's Gift (Grand); Wit (Centaur); Hamlet (Neptune).

    Emma Jo Conlin
    Production Assistant

    (she/her)

    2023: Studio Theatre production assistant. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: As director, Genieology (Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival); Death by Horoscope (SATCo). As apprentice stage manager, Post Democracy (Tarragon Theatre). As stage manager, Othello (Phoenix Theatre, Victoria, BC). As assistant stage manager, Happy Days, Master Builder, Barefoot in the Park and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Blue Bridge Repertoire Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone (Phoenix Theatre). Training: University of Victoria's Phoenix Theatre (2020 grad). Et cetera: Emma Jo is thrilled to be joining the Stratford production team, she dedicates this season in memory of Alvina Conlin.

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