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June 2 – October 23
Shakespeare

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Chris Abraham

LOVE GETS THE LAST LAUGH


When it comes to trading witty insults, Beatrice and Benedick are foes worthy of each other’s steel – and their friends think they’d make a great romantic match, too. Meanwhile, as a delightful campaign of trickery is mounted to awaken this merrily warring duo to their mutual attraction, another couple’s future happiness is threatened by deception of a very different kind.



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

Support for the 2020 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster

Graham Abbey, Maev Beaty. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper. 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Graham Abbey
    Benedick

    2020: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Claudius in Hamlet. 22nd season. 

    Maev Beaty
    Beatrice

    2020: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Gertrude in Hamlet. Sixth season. Stratford: Cookie (The Front Page), Elmire (Tartuffe), Lady Sneerwell (The School for Scandal), Sorrel (Bunny), Kate (The Last Wife), Miep (The Diary of Anne Frank), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear). Elsewhere: August: Osage County, Little Menace, Orlando, La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Proud (Michael Healey), Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Bunny, Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Tartuffe, Palace of the End (Canadian Stage). Awards: Multi-Dora Award winner and 13-time nominee; TTCA winner. Film: Mouthpiece (TIFF, director Patricia Rozema). Online: maevbeaty.com. Et cetera: Maev has originated roles in 21 world premières, including her co-creations Montparnasse, Goblin Market and, most recently, Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre). This season's for Richard and Mary. 

    Kaleb Alexander
    Claudio
    2020: Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Laertes in Hamlet and Harry Percy in Wolf Hall. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Moses in PassOver (Obsidian Theatre); Laertes in Hamlet, Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage); Ancestor in Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur, NAC, Black Theatre Workshop); Jason in Dirty Butterfly (Bound 2 Create); Len in Delicacy (Theatre Brouhaha). Film/TV: Principal on Elle's Valley (Bound 2 Create), appearances on various series such as The Strain (Syfy) and 12 Monkeys (FX). Training: York University conservatory program. Et cetera: Kaleb would like to dedicate this season to the memory of his aunt Phylis.
    Allan Louis
    Don John
    2020: Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Norfolk in Wolf Hall and appears in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Dr. Chauvet in Here Are the Fragments (The Theatre Centre); MC in Oh, What A Lovely War!, Sandor in Grand Hotel, Baudricourt in Saint Joan, Willie in "Master Harold"… and the Boys, Dracula in Dracula (Shaw Festival); Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Caesar in Julius Caesar, Egeon in The Comedy Of Errors (Canadian Stage); Buddy Black in Helen Lawrence (Canadian Stage, Edinburgh International Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music); Luther Dixon in Baby It's You (Broadway). Film/TV: Stomp the Yard, Dynasty, NCIS, Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, recurring on Person of Interest, series lead in Privileged.
    Patrick McManus
    Leonato

    2020: Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and Suffolk in Wolf Hall. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well (2008). Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: 11 seasons including An Octoroon, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Higgins in Pygmalion, Bernard in Arcadia (with transfer to Royal Alexandra Theatre), Tesman in Hedda Gabler and Dunois to Tara Rosling's Saint Joan (with tour to Chicago Shakespeare). Also, productions with Bard on the Beach (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Caravan Farm Theatre, Citadel, Vertigo (Gaslight), Globe (Elizabeth Rex, Glass Menagerie), Blyth Festival (Outdoor Donnellys), Segal Centre (The Seagull), Tarragon (The Message, Realistic Joneses), Factory, Canadian Stage, Mirvish (Lord of the Rings), Great Canadian Theatre Company, National Arts Centre (including each of the five Shakespeares directed there by Marti Maraden). Film/TV: Recent work includes Anne with an E, In the Dark, Spiral.

     

    Andrea Rankin
    Hero

    2020: Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Ophelia in Hamlet and appears in Wolf Hall. Third season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Crucible, Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Jane Grey, Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); Cordelia, King Lear (Bard on the Beach/Theatre Calgary); Desdemona, Othello (Shakespeare Company); Luciana, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow); Sarah, Shakespeare's Rebel (Bard on the Beach); Molly Aster, Peter and the Starcatcher; Fanny, A Christmas Carol; Ginger Rogers, Make Mine Love (Citadel); Crissy, HAIR (Mayfield); Love's Labour's Lost, Blood Wedding, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Pains of Youth (Studio Theatre); Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel (Edmonton Opera). Film/TV: Secret Life of Girls, Snowflake, Algorithms, Paris, Walking the Line. Voiceover: Mass Effect 3 (EA Games). Training: BFA, U of A; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Excellence; Dashy Goody Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance.

     

    Michael Ayres
    2020: George Boleyn in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sanders in Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company/Crow's Theatre); Jackie Savage in Bang Bang (GCTC); Kyle in What I Call Her (In Association/Crow's Theatre). Film/TV: Jupiter's Legacy (Netflix), The Boys (Amazon), Star Trek: Discovery (CBS).
    Jakob Ehman
    Borachio
    2020: Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Horatio in Hamlet and Thomas Wyatt in Wolf Hall. Second season. Stratford: Templar in Nathan the Wise and Eitan in Birds of a Kind. Elsewhere: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Idomeneus (Soulpepper); The Circle (Tarragon); Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille); Offline (director), The Libertine, Gotcha (Talk Is Free); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (director), House of Yes (Storefront Theatre); The Philanderess (Toronto Fringe); Cockfight (Theatre Brouhaha/Red One); Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread); Blue Planet, Minotaur (Young People's Theatre); Nature of the Beast, Donors, Turtleneck (safeword). Film/TV: Jakob stars as Miles in the award-winning film adaptation of The Drawer Boy. Awards: Jakob has been nominated for four Dora Awards for his work as an actor. Other: Co-creator of a new sports satire podcast, The Buck and Tabby Show.
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Understudy
    2020: Guildenstern in Hamlet, Ensemble in An Undiscovered Shakespeare and understudy in Much Ado About Nothing. Sixth season. Stratford: Maya in The Neverending Story, Tituba in The Crucible, Phebe in As You Like It, Maria in Love's Labour's Lost, Hay Fever, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, 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, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, 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.
    Emma Grabinsky

    2020: Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Zelda Schneller inThe Front Page and appeared in Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere (selected): The Comedy of Errors, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Gut Girls, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (University of Victoria);Twelfth Night (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet (SATCo); The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse). Film/TV (selected): Grand Unified Theory (Second Chance Productions); The Haunting Hour (Hub Network); Mr. Hockey (CBC); Supernatural (CW). Training: BFA, University of Victoria. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude, thank you!

     

     

    Bruce Horak
    Sexton

    2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Performer/Creator: Assassinating Thomson (The Meighen Forum and national tour); This is Cancer (Alberta Theatre Projects and several national tours); Undercover (Spontaneous Theatre/Tarragon Theatre/Vertigo Theatre).  Elsewhere: Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Alberta Theatre Projects); Scenography in Queer Blind Date (High Performance Rodeo/One Yellow Rabbit/Spontaneous Theatre); Christmas Past/Narrator in A Christmas Carol (National Arts Centre); Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero/Hit and Myth). Artist on board with The Railbirds (Via Rail). Artist in Residence with Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island). Training: Mount Royal College, Loose Moose Theatre, The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Awards: Betty Mitchell Awards for This is Cancer and Evil Dead: The Musical. Et cetera: Visual art and music can be found online at brucehorak.com

    Robert King
    Antonio
    2020: Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Priest in Hamlet  and understudy in Wolf Hall. 26th season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, Macbeth, Hamlet, Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Richard II, Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives, Dream, Pericles, Henry V, Henry VI, An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Madwoman of Chaillot, Three Musketeers, Shoemakers' Holiday, Treasure Island, Count of Monte Cristo, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grapes of Wrath, Home, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ah, Wilderness!, Quiet in the Land, The Donnellys. Elsewhere: A Tender Thing, A Wind in the Willows Christmas, The Yalta Game, Afterplay, Falling: A Wake, Bolsheviki (ATW); The Melville Boys (TNB); In the Wake of Wettlaufer, Cakewalk, I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Garrison's Garage, Country Hearts (Blyth Festival). Et cetera: Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy Coffey.
    John Kirkpatrick
    Verges
    2020: Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, Reynaldo in Hamlet and understudy in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Endicott, The Front Page; Walter Cunningham Sr., To Kill a Mockingbird; Caius Ligarius, Julius Caesar; Lt. Brannigan, Guys and Dolls; Apothecary, Romeo and Juliet; Doctor, Macbeth; Oliver, As You Like It; Deuxfois, The Hypochondriac; Marcellus, Fortinbras, Hamlet; Boyet, Love's Labour's Lost; Descartes, Christina, The Girl King; Red Knight/Walrus, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Jaques, As You Like It; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Lucio, Measure for Measure (Citadel); Slim, Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Calgary); Everard, Age of Arousal (ATP); Milan, Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Kent, King Lear; Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night (Freewill). Training: BFA Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure. Et cetera: Former Artistic Director, Freewill Shakespeare Festival. All my love to Breanna, Aidan and wee Finn.
    Kevin Kruchkywich
    Member of the Watch

    2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Member of the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Third season. Stratford: Michael, Moloch in Paradise Lost; Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Elsewhere: 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman (Drayton Entertainment); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (Theatre Calgary); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); A Christmas Carol, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry Theatre); Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (CTF); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).

     

     

    Josue Laboucane
    Dogberry
    2020: Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Henry Norris in Wolf Hall and appears in Hamlet. Eighth season. Stratford: Merry Wives of Windsor, Front Page, Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, Tempest, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Changeling, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Vancouver's Bard on the Beach); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: Jessie Award; Sydney J. Risk Award. Online: Twitter: @josuelaboucane.
    Hilary McCormack

    2020: Christophe, Jane Rochford in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Swing in The Neverending Story, Desdemona understudy in Othello. Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe/Kildare Company); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company); Helen in One Side of an Ampersand (Flying Radio Theatre). Film/TV: Killjoys (guest star), Sugar Daddy (supporting), Benson (lead), 'Sup Meg (lead), Samanthology (principal), Queen of the Bums (lead), The Spectre (principal). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman Award (Ryerson). 

     

     

    Hannah Miller
    Margaret
    2020: Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Katherine of Aragon in Wolf Hall and understudy in Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Eden in Birds of a Kind. Elsewhere: Marcellus, Guildenstern, Player Queen, Osric in Why Not Theatre's bilingual Prince Hamlet (ASL and English); Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon in Bar Mitzvah Boy (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); Lividia Swan in Peter Anderson's Head Over Heels (Caravan Farm Theatre); Abigail Williams in The Crucible (Soulpepper); Sandy in The Crackwalker (Theatre Passe Muraille). Film/TV: Guest spots on Dark Matter (Syfy), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and Saving Hope (CTV); as well as some obscure docudramas you might have seen on TV very late at night. Training: Soulpepper Academy; George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Dora nomination for Best Ensemble in Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); Douglas Campbell Award, 2019, and Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, 2019 (Stratford Festival). Online:@hanniemiller.
    Ngabo Nabea
    2020: Gregory in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Orlando in Rosalynde/As You Like It (Driftwood Theatre); Bumpy Johnson in The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre); Anthony in I and You (Globe Theatre); Cory in August Wilson's Fences (Grand Theatre); Ollie in Twisted (Factory Theatre); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre Project). Film/TV: The Strain (FX), The Expanse (Syfy), Salvation (CBS), Anne with an E (CBC). Training: Ryerson University (Ryerson Theatre School), Factory Theatre Mechanicals, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Online: @_ngoblin.
    Irene Poole
    Ursula

    2020: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, Player Queen in Hamlet and Thomas More in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Queen Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies in Bad Times); Escape from Happiness, Better Living, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Factory Theatre); Age of Arousal (ATP). Film/TV: Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures), Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM), Breakout Kings. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Leisure Society; nominations for How Do I Love Thee? and Happy Place.

     

     

    André Sills
    Don Pedro
    2020: Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Ghost in Hamlet and King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. Sixth season. Stratford: The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, etc. Elsewhere: Julius Caesar (Crow's/Groundling); Glass Menagerie, Sex, The Madness of George III, An Octoroon, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival); "Master Harold"… and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre); Kim's Convenience national tour (Soulpepper); Shakespeare's Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects, The Grand); Othello, Radio Golf (St. Louis Black Repertory Company). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, George Brown Theatre School. Awards: My Entertainment World Critics Pick Award, Best Leading Actor, An Octoroon; Toronto Theatre Critics Award and Dora Award, Best Leading Actor, "Master Harold"… and the Boys. Online: Twitter: @andresills373.
    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Friar Francis
    2020: Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing, Polonius in Hamlet and Sir Thomas Boleyn Sr. in Wolf Hall 10th season. Stratford: The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, The Taming of The Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (Tiny Room); Jerusalem (Outside the March/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). Online: michaelspencerdavis.com.
    Rylan Wilkie
    Balthasar
    2020: Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing, Marcellus in Hamlet and Thomas Cranmer in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: The Crucible, The Neverending Story, Henry VIII, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, Pericles, The Alchemist, Christina, The Girl King, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Lion in Winter (Grand); Am I Not King? (Zone 41); Enron (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Blue Planet (YPT); Macbeth, Mother Courage (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe); East of Berlin, The December Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Shakespeare's Dog (ATP). Film/TV: Charity, Homefront, Blue Smoke, The Secret of the Nutcracker, See This Movie. Training: NTS. Awards: Stratford's John Hirsch Award; Betty Mitchell Award for Vincent in Brixton. Et cetera: Much love to Krystin and my family. Online: Instagram @wilkierylan.
    Norman Yeung
    Conrade
    2020: Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Francis Weston in Wolf Hall. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Young Zhang Lin/Benny in Chimerica (Royal MTC/Canadian Stage), Hassan in The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), Jarred in The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Young Man in Fugitives (Theatre Conspiracy), Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Gateway). Film/TV: Resident Evil: Afterlife, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, King. Training: BFA Acting, UBC; BFA (Honours) Film, Ryerson University. Awards: Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize for Theory, Carol Bolt Award nomination for Theory, Dora Award nomination for Pu-Erh. Online: normanyeung.com, @NormanYeung. Et cetera: Norman was a member of the 2019 Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat. His play Theory is being developed into a feature film and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2020. He sends love to his family and East Van.
    Erin Shields
    Additional Writing
    2020: Additional writing for Much Ado About Nothing. Second season. Stratford: Paradise Lost. Elsewhere: Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish Productions/Segal Centre); Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre); The Lady from the Sea (Shaw Festival); If We Were Birds, The Millennial Malcontent, and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre); Instant (Geordie Theatre); Mistatim (Red Sky Performance); and Unit B1717 (Théâtre à Corps Perdus). Awards: Governor General's Award for If We Were Birds, Quebec Writers Federation Prize for Paradise Lost, Dora and META for Instant. Books: Beautiful Man and Other Short Plays, Paradise Lost, Mistatim/Instant, Soliciting Temptation, If We Were Birds. Upcoming: Paradise Lost at National Arts Centre, Bard on the Beach, and Canadian Stage Company; Jane Eyre at Citadel Theatre; Thy Woman's Weeds at Centaur Theatre. Et cetera: Love to Gideon, Olive, and Tallulah.
    Chris Abraham
    Director
    2020: Director of Much Ado About Nothing. Eighth season. Stratford: Tartuffe, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, The Matchmaker, The Little Years, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Elsewhere: Cyrano de Bergerac (Shaw); Winners & Losers (Soho Rep); Julius Caesar, The Boy in the Moon, The Wedding Party, True Crime, The Watershed, The Seagull, Seeds, Eternal Hydra (Crow's Theatre); I, Claudia (Tarragon); Antigone, The Lesson (Soulpepper). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, Eternal Hydra, Easy Lenny Lazmon…; Sterling Award for Frozen (Citadel Theatre); Gemini Award for I, Claudia (CBC/Sienna Films); 2013 Elinor and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Online: crowstheatre.com. Et cetera: Chris is Artistic Director of Crow's Theatre. He is past Co-Director of the National Theatre School of Canada Directing Program.
    Julie Fox
    Designer
    2020: Designer of Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. 11th season. Stratford: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Best Brothers, The Little Years, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Elsewhere: Cyrano (Shaw Festival); The Wedding Party, The Watershed, The Seagull, Someone Else, Seeds, I, Claudia (Crow's Theatre); Arigato, Tokyo, The Maids, Blasted, Breakfast (Buddies in Bad Times); Within the Glass, The Patient Hour, Faust, The Designated Mourner, The Cryptogram (Tarragon); Electric Company, Why Not Theatre, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, 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.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer
    2020: Lighting designer of Much Ado About Nothing, Chicago, Richard III and The Miser. 16th season. Stratford (selected): Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, The Tempest, Napoli Milionaria!, Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Così Fan Tutte (Israeli Opera, COC); Il Trittico, Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); A Doll's House Part 2 (RMTC/Mirvish); The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage/Stratford); The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); Enron (NAC); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2020: Composer and sound designer of Much Ado About Nothing and sound designer of Richard III and The Miser. 12th season. Stratford: Private Lives, Paradise Lost, The Tempest, Napoli Milionaria!, Timon of Athens, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Macbeth, The Hypochondriac, 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, Factory, TPM, NAC, Blyth Festival, RMTC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Nightwood, Modern Times, Aluna, Crow's and many others. Film: 7A, Blood Harvest, Hero.Traitor.Patriot, Alegra & Jim, Robert's Circle. Training: Studied composition with James Tenney, Honours BA, York University. Awards: 22 nominations and three 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.
    Adrienne Gould
    Movement Director
    2020: Movement director of Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well and An Undiscovered Shakespeare and movement coach. 14th season. Stratford (selected): Movement director: The Crucible, Timon of Athens. Assistant choreographer: Shakespeare in Love. Ophelia in Hamlet, Miranda in The Tempest, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, Yasmin in Pentecost, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Regina in Ghosts, Phebe in As You Like It, Dot in The Swanne, Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Freddy in Tempest-Tost, Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: The Matchmaker (director Nicholas Martin), The Rivals (director Roger Rees) (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, Other Desert Cities (Grand). Film/TV: Hamlet, The Lady in Question, Nikita, Timothy Goes to School. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Mary Savidge Award.
    Marie Farsi
    Assistant Director
    2020: Assistant director of Much Ado About Nothing. Second season. Elsewhere: Ghost Quartet (Crow's); The Boy in the Moon (Crow's, associate director); The Assembly (Porte-Parole, associate director); associate director at Crow's Theatre for the 2018-19 season; The Huns (One Four One Collective); Surveil (Hip. Bang!); All My Friends Are Animals; This, Here; Movements 1&2; Rivulets (Babelle Theatre); The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide (Rumble Theatre). Training: Concordia University; Michael Langham Workshop. Awards: Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director; Patron's Pick and Best of Fringe Awards at the 2019 Toronto Fringe for The Huns; Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe 2018 for Surveil; Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction; Prix Power Corporation du Canada as an Emerging Franco-Canadian theatre artist. Online: mariefarsi.com.
    Melissa Rood
    Stage Manager
    2020: Stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing and assistant stage manager of Hamlet. 20th season.
    Katherine Dermott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing and Chicago. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of The Crucible (2019), Brontë: The World Without, Paradise Lost (2018), Michael Langham Directors' Workshop Presentation (2017); apprentice stage manager of Macbeth, The Hypochondriac (2016); Festival Theatre production assistant (2015). Elsewhere (selected): A Doll's House, Part 2 (Mirvish); It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Di & Viv & Rose, Outside Mullingar, The Audience (Mirvish) (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Wilde Tales (Shaw); 1979 (Shaw/GCTC); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare BASH'd); Anne & Gilbert: The Musical, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Sound of Music, Pacino One Night Only (NAC); Tosca, Madama Butterfly (Opera Lyra, Ottawa); This is War (GCTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (A Company of Fools). Et cetera: In 2016 Katherine was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award by the Stratford Festival.
    Madison Kalbhenn
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Third season. Stratford: To Kill a Mockingbird, production assistant at Avon and Festival theatres. Elsewhere: Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre/Groundling Theatre); Riverboat Coffee House: A Yorkville Scene (Soulpepper); Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre); Actéon andPygmalion (Harris Theatre/Royal Opera Versailles/Opera Atelier); Idomeneo, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier); acquiesce (Factory Theatre); Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre). Script supervisor for Ross Petty's A Christmas Carol and stage management intern for Wicked (Broadway). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, Performance Production.
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Production Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Othello, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Phèdre. Elsewhere: King Lear, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in High Park); A City, Divisadero (Necessary Angel); Cracked: new light on dementia (UW/Collective Disruption); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF).
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Chicago. 24th season. Stratford: Shows include Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. Being a grandmother is the best job I have ever had!

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