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Festival Theatre
May 3 – October 27


by William Shakespeare
Director Nigel Shawn Williams

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Undeterred by the differences in their backgrounds and life experiences, Othello and Desdemona defy prejudice to be united in marriage. But deadly malice lurks where the newlyweds least expect it, as the one man Othello trusts the most resolves to destroy their happiness at any cost.

Whispers of suspicion feed irrational jealousy in this gripping psychological drama, one of Shakespeare’s greatest and best-known tragedies.

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2019 publicity photography by David Cooper.



    Portrait of Michael Blake
    Michael Blake

    2019: Othello in Othello, Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Diamond Louis in The Front Page. Eighth season. Stratford: The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V, Merry Wives. Elsewhere: Lincoln, Topdog/Underdog (Arts Club); James, Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Beast/Prince, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); MLK, Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston); Edmund, King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach); Simba, The Lion King (Mirvish/Disney); Othello, Othello (Bard on the Beach); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet; Eilif, Mother Courage; Nativity, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Gratiano/Morocco, Merchant of Venice (SITR); Mitch, Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); Orlando, As You Like It (Soulpepper); Rock and Roll (Canadian Stage); Wilbur County Blues (Blyth). Film/TV: Expanse, Senior Trip, YTV Rocks, Degrassi. Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Soulpepper Academy, St. Michael's Choir School. Online: @samo_crown.

    Portrait of Laura Condlln
    Laura Condlln
    2019: Emilia in Othello and Ygramul in The Neverending Story. 13th season. Stratford (selected): Bakkhai, The Virgin Trial, The Matchmaker (Irene Molloy), Elektra (Chrysothemis), Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), King of Thieves (Polly),A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Shakespeare's Universe (the Moll), Pentecost (Amira), The Liar (Clarice/Lucrece/Sabine), The Duchess of Malfi (Cariola), As You Like It (Audrey), Henry IV, Part 1 (Lady Mortimer). Elsewhere: Appearances with theatre companies across the country including Mirvish, Musical Stage Company, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Crow's, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Segal Centre, Necessary Angel, The Grand, Globe Theatre and Theatre Aquarius. Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries. Training: BFA, University of Windsor; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Toronto Theatre Critics Award (Best Actress 2018 & 2016: Fun Home, Mirvish/Musical Stage Company & Enemy of the People, Tarragon); Mary Savage Award.
    Portrait of Amelia Sargisson
    Amelia Sargisson
    2019: Desdemona in Othello, Peggy Grant in The Front Page and appears in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Second season. Stratford: Eve in Paradise Lost, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Constanze in Amadeus (TIFT); The 39 Steps (META nomination for Outstanding Ensemble) and The Madonna Painter (Centaur Theatre); Viola/Cordelia in Twelfth Night/King Lear (Canadian Stage); The Watershed and Seeds (Crow's Theatre/Porte Parole); The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre); Philomela in If We Were Birds (Imago Theatre - META nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress); Jamie in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Carousel Players); Les Moutons and Camping Royale (CORPUS); six seasons of Shakespeare-in-the-Park (Repercussion Theatre). Training: Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Faculty Award of Excellence and Louis Taube Memorial Award (Ryerson); Cartes Premières Award for Best Actress for Laurel in down from heaven (Imago Theatre); Spotlight Award for The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (SummerWorks). Et cetera: Love & thanks.
    Portrait of Gordon S. Miller
    Gordon S. Miller

    2019: Iago in Othello, Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Kaplan in The Front Page. 13th season. Stratford (selected): James Tyrone Jr. (Long Day's Journey Into Night), God the Son (Paradise Lost), Pentheus (Bakkhai), Laurent (Tartuffe), Fabian (Twelfth Night), Biondello (The Taming of the Shrew), Williams (Possible Worlds), 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: Dmitri in the award-winning miniseries Fargo (Season 1; Best Miniseries: Emmy, Golden Globe), Suits, Republic of Doyle, 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 inaugural recipient of the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).

    Portrait of Johnathan Sousa
    Johnathan Sousa

    2019: Cassio in Othello, Rugby in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Earl Williams in The Front Page. Fourth season. Stratford: Francisco in The Tempest, Lieutenant in Coriolanus, Amedeo in Napoli Milionaria!, Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Valere in Tartuffe. Elsewhere: Charlie Breathing Corpses (Coal Mine Theatre). Film/TV: Rookie Blue (Global TV), The Animal Project (principal), Relative Happiness (lead), What We Have (lead), Kidnap Capital (lead). Training: Ryerson Theatre School (2010), Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre Actors' Conservatory. Awards: Lou Taube Memorial Award, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star, John Hirsch Memorial Award. Online: Instagram: @Jsous29. Et cetera: Thanks to Alicia Jeffery, my family, friends, coaches, and my wife, Brittany, for encouraging me every step of the way. Special thank-you to Ian Watson for your friendship, guidance and constant support. 

    Portrait of Juan Chioran
    Juan Chioran

    2019: Lodovico in Othello and The Mayor in The Front Page. 17th season. Stratford: Paradise Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, 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, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Nine (Podium Concerts); 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). Training: BFA, U of A. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jeff, Ovation, Carbonell. 

    Portrait of David Collins
    David Collins

    2019: Senator in Othello, Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Alderman Dwight D. Willoughby in The Front Page. 11th season. Stratford: The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, The Changeling, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, As You Like It, Pericles, The Alchemist, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Shakuntala (Premiere Dance Theatre); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish); Twelfth Night, Donut City (Canadian Stage); Pusha Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Passe Muraille); Top Gun the Musical (Factory Theatre/N.Y.C.); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Founding Member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Assassin's Creed Origins, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Watch Dogs 2, 12 Monkeys, Jean of the Joneses, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, The Firm, ReGenesis, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, MVP, Warehouse 13, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, XIII. Training: MFA, York  University. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.

    Portrait of Farhang Ghajar
    Farhang Ghajar
    2019: Roderigo in Othello, Nym in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Mr. Irving Pincus in The Front Page Third season. Stratford: Federico in Napoli Milionaria!, The Tempest, Coriolanus, The School for Scandal, Twelfth Night, Tartuffe. Elsewhere: Iago in Othello (McMaster Thespian Company); Hamlet in Hamlet's Dorm (McMaster University); Jesus in The Last Judgement (University of Toronto). Film/TV: Man Seeking Woman (FXX); Dark Matter (SYFY); lead in Capture Kill Release, lead in Something to Hide, principal in Uncle Brian (independent feature films). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Advanced Shakespeare (Kristin Linklater, Orkney, Scotland), Strasberg Method Intensive (Tony Greco, N.Y.C.), scene study (Angela Besharah and Jimi Shlag, Toronto), scene study (Caymichael Patten, N.Y.C.), Actors Exchange (David Matheson, Toronto). Awards: Michael Mawson Award (Stratford 2017), Peter Donaldson Award (Stratford 2018). Et cetera: Love and thanks to everyone who has supported me.
    Portrait of Michelle Giroux
    Michelle Giroux
    Duchess of Venice
    2019: Duchess of Venice in Othello and McLaren in The Front Page. 13th season. Stratford (selected): Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, The Merchant of Venice, Blithe Spirit, Love's Labour's Lost, Edward II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Delicate Balance, The Seagull, Henry VI, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Swanne Part III, The Brothers Karamazov, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Miser (New York City Centre) and The School for Scandal (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Elsewhere: Groundling Theatre, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Theatre Aquarius, Segal Centre. Film/TV (selected): Anne, Suits, Saving Hope, Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue, The Listener, Flashpoint, L.A. Complex, King, Murdoch Mysteries, John A: The Rivals, Life in a Year, Blood Pressure. Training: National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory, Canadian Film Centre Actors' Conservatory.
    Portrait of Emma Grabinsky
    Emma Grabinsky
    2019: Zelda Schneller in The Front Page  and appears in Othello  and The Merry Wives of Windsor Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): The Comedy of Errors, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Gut Girls, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (University of Victoria); Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet in Hamlet (SATCo); Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse). Film/TV (selected): Grand Unified Theory (Second Chance Productions); The Haunting Hour (Hub Network); Mr. Hockey (CBC); Supernatural (CW). Awards: Jessie nomination for The Miracle Worker (Best Actress in a Leading Role), Beijing International Film Festival nomination for Grand Unified Theory (Best Actress in a Feature Film). Training: BFA, University of Victoria. Et cetera: Much love to Mom, Dad, Dorothy, Mary and Ash. Huge gratitude.
    Portrait of Randy Hughson
    Randy Hughson

    2019: Brabantio in Othello, Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Fife in The Front Page. 12th season. Stratford (selected): Bob Ewell (To Kill a Mockingbird), Sir John Franklin (The Breathing Hole), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Lucky (Waiting for Godot), Antigonus (The Winter's Tale), Senex (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Richard Voss (The Physicists). Elsewhere: Leading roles at the Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Neptune Theatre, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Alberta Theatre Projects, Centaur Theatre, Blyth Festival, National Arts Centre and many others. Film/TV: Randy has worked extensively in television, film and radio. Awards: Nominated for eight Dora Mavor Moore Awards, three Edmonton Sterlings, one Calgary Betty Mitchell, three Vancouver Jessies and one Gemini. Randy has won one of each award. Et cetera: Gratitude and love to Melissa, Georgina and Harvey.

    Portrait of John Kirkpatrick
    John Kirkpatrick
    Naval Officer, Herald Cypriot Soldier

    2019: Naval Officer, Herald Cypriot Soldier in Othello, John in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Endicott in The Front Page. Sixth season. Stratford: Walter Cunningham Sr., To Kill a Mockingbird; Caius Ligarius, Julius Caesar; Lt. Brannigan, Joey Biltmore, 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; René Descartes, Christina, The Girl King; Red Knight/Walrus, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Marley, A Christmas Carol; 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 (Edmonton). All my love to Breanna and Aidan.

    Portrait of Shruti Kothari
    Shruti Kothari
    2019: Bianca in Othello, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Jennie Stroud in The Front Page. Third season. Stratford: Napoli Milionaria!, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew. Elsewhere: Million Dollar Quartet (Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sudbury Theatre Centre); Five Alarm (Lighthouse Festival); Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre, Dora nomination); James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre); My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Aladdin (Diversified Productions); Rent, Avenue Q (Lower Ossington Theatre). TV: The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu); Designated Survivor (ABC). Voice Work: Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft), My Dad Is Scrooge (Eb Scrooge Productions). Training: Factory Mechanicals, Queen's University, Bishop Strachan School, Claude Watson School for the Arts. Et cetera: Endless love and gratitude to my family and friends whose constant support inspires me daily and I cherish deeply.
    Portrait of Daniel Krmpotic
    Daniel Krmpotic
    2019: Robert in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Carl in The Front Page and appears in Othello Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Hamlet in Hamlet (Ryerson Theatre School), Dr. John Buchanan in Summer and Smoke, King Alexander in The Possibilities (Ryerson School of Performance), Clov in Endgame (Michael Chekhov Europe). Collaborator in Daughter (Quiptake Productions/Opia Studios). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Ryerson University's School of Performance, Michael Chekhov Europe (Hugh O'Gorman, Craig Mathers, Croatia), vocal technique (David Dunbar, Toronto), scene study and coaching (Jane Moffat, Toronto) and an Advanced Combatant Certificate with the Academy of Dramatic Combat (Steve Wilsher, Toronto). Et cetera: Thank you to my mentors, friends and family for continually encouraging me to strive towards a greater potential in all spheres of life.
    Portrait of Josue Laboucane
    Josue Laboucane

    2019: Simple in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Woodenshoes Eichorn in The Front Page and appears in OthelloSeventh season. Stratford: The Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, The 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, A 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

    Portrait of Jamie Mac
    Jamie Mac
    2019: Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Kruger in The Front Page and appears in Othello. Fifth season. Stratford: Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Allardyce (Treasure Island), Wickers (The Breathing Hole), Lennox (Macbeth), Silvius (As You Like It), First Doctor (The Hypochondriac), Kastril (The Alchemist), Fisherman (Pericles), Young Soldier (Mother Courage), Towrus (Antony and Cleopatra). Birmingham Conservatory: Berowne (Love's Labour's Lost), Polixenes (The Winter's Tale). Elsewhere: Petruchio (St. Lawrence); Jacob Mercer, Salt-Water Moon (NAC); Laurie, Vimy (GCTC); Clown, The 39 Steps (Stage West); David Jung, Rockbound (Two Planks); Michael, Elephant Song (Beothuk Street); Dromio of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors (SBTS); Jerry, Zoo Story (Reid Theatre). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Played, Beauty and the Beast, Republic of Doyle, Covert Affairs, Life With Derek. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson University, BFA Acting. Awards:Elephant Song: Walter C. Chambers Scholarship, D.A. Matthews Scholarship, Honorary Chairman's Award for Best Actor. Et cetera: Jamie is a Newfoundlander.
    Portrait of Hilary McCormack
    Hilary McCormack
    2019: Swing in The Neverending Story and appears in Othello. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company). Film/TV: Guest star on Killjoys, Rae in Sugar Daddy, A Very Benson Christmas (lead), 'Sup Meg (lead), Carolina on Samanthology. Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman Award (Ryerson). Et cetera: Hilary is very excited to be working with the company this year and thanks her Mom for everything!
    Portrait of E.B. Smith
    E.B. Smith
    2019: Montano in Othello, Wilson in The Front Page and appears in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ninth season. Stratford: Boatswain (The Tempest), Surrogate (Coriolanus), Doctor (Napoli Milionaria!), Orsino (Twelfth Night), Seyton (Macbeth), Dr. Jim Bayliss (All My Sons), Thaliard, Leonine (Pericles), Eilif (Mother Courage), Melun (King John), Bellievre (Mary Stuart), Abhorson (Measure for Measure), Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Othello, Othello (Shakespeare BASH'd); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Mountaintop (Grand); Big Sam, Gone With the Wind (RMTC); Seyton, Macbeth; Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Macduff, Macbeth (First Folio); King, King Hedley II (Karamu); Moustique, Dream on Monkey Mountain; Junior, Before It Hits Home; Cleveland Play House; Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Theater Wit, Chicago; The Great Lakes Theater Festival. Film/TV:The Beast, Ask Gilby, Maybe By Then, Thunder Bay. Training: Ohio University, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: E.B. would like to dedicate his work to his parents and grandmother, and to the memory of his Papa.
    Portrait of Michael Spencer-Davis
    Michael Spencer-Davis

    2019: Gratiano in Othello, Justice Shallow in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Roy V. Bensinger in The Front Page. Ninth season. Stratford: Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare''s Universe.Elsewhere: The Fourth 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); The Castle (Storefront); 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, Twelfth Night (NAC); Macbeth, Othello (NAC/Citadel); Einstein's Gift (Citadel).

    Portrait of Brigit Wilson
    Brigit Wilson

    2019: Mrs. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, appears in Othello and understudy in The Front Page. 14th season. Stratford: Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, School for Scandal, Macbeth, As You Like It, Hypochondriac, Pericles, Alchemist, Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, Count of Monte Cristo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending (Stratford, MTC, Mirvish), Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, Grapes of Wrath, King John, Christina, Mother Courage. Elsewhere: Agamemnon (Next Stage); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand/Five & Dime Productions - Dora nomination); Enron (Theatre Calgary); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Glorious, Man of La Mancha (TBTB); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Another Season's Harvest (Blyth); The Odd Couple (Segal). TV: Harriet Sims, The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: Twitter @HOOPOOHEART.


    Nigel Shawn Williams
    2019: Director of OthelloSeventh season. Stratford: Director: To Kill a Mockingbird. Actor: Breath of Kings, Fuente Ovejuna, Palmer Park, The Odyssey, Harlem Duet, Twelfth Night, Our Town, Treasure Island. Elsewhere: Nigel is the former Co-Artistic Director of Factory Theatre in Toronto, and is a four-time Dora Award winner as an actor and director. Director credits include The Invisible Hand, Other Side of the Game, Merchant of Venice, Art, Cloud 9, A Line in the Sand, The Mountaintop, The Monument, Brothel #9, Intimate Apparel, Better Angels: A Parable, Once on This Island, As You Like it, Master Harold and the Boys. Actor credits include Fences, Topdog/Underdog, The Nether, Saint Joan, Race, Stuff Happens, Amadeus, Candida, Rashomon, Belle, Six Degrees of Separation, Hedda Gabler, Othello, Angels in America, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, The Wars of the Roses trilogy.
    Denyse Karn
    2019: Designer of Othello. Second season. Stratford: To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere: King Charles III (Studio 180/Mirvish); Art, The Mountaintop (Grand Theatre, London); Onegin (Musical Stage Company); You Will Remember Me (Studio 180/Tarragon); NSFW (Studio 180); Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); The Watershed (Crow's Theatre/Porte Parole); Her2, The Carousel, The Penelopiad, Happy Woman, The List (Nightwood); Twisted, Stop Heart (Factory); The Winter's Tale (Canadian Stage); Routes (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); Top Girls (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Training: Denyse is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and has her BFA from NSCAD University. Awards: Denyse has received many Dora Mavor Moore nominations and awards, a Chalmers Award and four Merritt Awards (Nova Scotia theatre award) for Outstanding Set, Projection and Costume designs. Denyse is a full member of ADC. Online:
    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Lighting Designer
    2019: Lighting designer of Othello. Eighth season. Stratford: Lighting designer, The Comedy of Errors. Assistant lighting designer, six seasons (2011-2016). Selected credits: A Chorus Line, Tommy, A Word or Two, Jesus Christ Superstar. Studio Theatre technical director, 2013. Elsewhere: After the Fire (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Ghost, Honk! (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Kaileigh has designed for musicians Elizabeth Shepherd, Nagata Shachu, and Plants and Animals. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Instructor at the NTSC and a two-time Dora nominee.
    Verne Good
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2019: Composer and sound designer of Othello. Seventh season.
    Anita Nittoly
    Fight Director
    2019: Fight Director for the 2019 season. Fourth season. Stratford: 2013: assistant fight director; 2017: associate fight director; 2018: associate fight director. Elsewhere: Centaur Theatre (2019 - The Last Wife, 2018 - Successions, 2017 - The 39 Steps), Carousel Players (2019 - Whole World), Blyth Festival (2018 season), Outside the March/The Company Theatre (2018 - Jerusalem), Canadian Opera Company (2014/15/16). Anita is the stage combat instructor at the National Theatre School in Montréal and teaches workshops year-round across southern Ontario. Anita also works as a stunt performer and stunt actor in the film and TV industry. Selected credits: Enhanced, Teen Titans, The Boys, Dark Matter, KIN, Designated Survivor, 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries.
    Siobhan Richardson
    Intimacy Director
    2019: Intimacy director of Othello. Stratford debut. Stratford: Assistant to Tonia Sina on Bakkhai. Elsewhere: Hadrian (Canadian Opera Company), Four Chords and a Gun (Starvox Entertainment), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Soulpepper), Kamp (Eastern Front Theatre/Neptune Theatre), Far From the Heart (Sheatre), Bunny and Guarded Girls (Tarragon Theatre). Radio/Recordings: Featured on CBC's The Current. Training: Mentored in Intimacy for the Stage by Tonia Sina (Intimacy Directors International). Awards: Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Ontario Arts Council).;; Instagram/Twitter: @fighteractress. Et cetera: Award-winning actor/fighter/singer/dancer. Fight instructor/director and advanced actor combatant (Fight Directors Canada). She has completed several tours of Europe as both an intimacy and a stage combat instructor. Co-founder of Intimacy Directors International and Burning Mountain.
    Geoff Scovell
    Associate Fight Director
    2019: Associate fight director for the 2019 season. Ninth season. Stratford: Associate fight director (selected): Macbeth, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night Music, Breath of Kings: Rebellion and Redemption, Hamlet, The Physicists, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, Crazy for You, King John, Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Othello. Elsewhere: Fight director: Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC); The Godot Cycle (Yes Let's Go); Romeo and Juliet (ShakespeareWorks). Film/TV: Stunts (selected): It: Chapter 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, The Boys, Wayne, What We Do in Shadows, Titans, Umbrella Academy, Save Me, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Robocop, Reign, Orphan Black, Carrie, Total Recall. Training: BFA, Ryerson. Awards: Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
    Jennifer Stewart
    Assistant Director
    2019: Assistant director of Othello. Ninth season. Stratford: Long Day's Journey into Night, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, The Imaginary Invalid, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale. Elsewhere: Director: The Shape of a Girl (Calder Theatre, London, U.K.; Strictly Stratford); The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie (Talk Is Free Theatre); Emily, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Best of Enemies, The Heiress (Bluff City Theater, Hannibal, Missouri); Hairspray (YES Theatre). Assistant director: The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre). Actor: Mirvish, Drayton, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Aquarius, Grand Theatre, Rainbow Stage, TIFT, NAC, YPT, YES, Charlottetown Festival. Et cetera: MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15/University of Essex; Music Theatre Performance graduate from Sheridan Institute. Jennifer was born and raised in Stratford! Love to Daniel and our son, Luka.
    Judy Farthing
    Stage Manager
    2019: Stage manager of Othello and assistant stage manager of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Fifth season. Stratford: Stage manager of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Changeling, Breath of Kings: Redemption and Oedipus Rex. Most Recently: Stage manager of The Runner with Human Cargo. Elsewhere: 17 seasons with the Shaw Festival, production stage manager from 2003 to 2011. Favourite productions with the Shaw Festival include My Fair Lady, Gypsy, You Can't Take It With You, Detective Story, All My Sons, Chaplin, The Madras House, Man and Superman, Peter Pan and Lady Windermere's Fan. Productions with The Grand Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre, Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre.
    Kimberly Brown
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2019: Assistant stage manager of Othello and Billy Elliot the Musical. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Bakkhai, A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Diary of Anne Frank and She Stoops to Conquer. Elsewhere: Jack of Diamonds (Theatre Aquarius); The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish Productions/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Footloose, South Pacific, Twist and Shout (Drayton Entertainment). Training: Technical Theatre Production, Sheridan College. Et cetera: Kimberly would like to thank Alex for all his love and support and for always knowing that anything was within her reach.
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2019: Assistant stage manager of Othello and Billy Elliot the Musical. Sixth season. Stratford: 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, Ever Yours, Oscar. Elsewhere: Grease (Irregular Entertainment); 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).
    Brandon Hepworth
    Apprentice Stage Manager
    2019: Apprentice stage manager of Othello. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager of The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre 2017, NAC 2018); apprentice stage manager of Other People's Children (Imago Theatre); apprentice stage manager of Successions (Centaur Theatre); tour manager and technical director for Dis Merci (Joe Jack & John); lighting designer of Lateef and the Distraction Machine (MAI Theatre). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, John Abbott College. Et cetera: Brandon is eternally grateful to his mother, for her everlasting support and friendship.
    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
    2019: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and Avon Theatre. 19th season. Stratford (selected): Paradise Lost, The Virgin Trial, A Little Night Music, The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Tommy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest (2010). Elsewhere: At Soulpepper, Meghan stage-managed The Virgin Trial and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Meghan has worked in stage management for the Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre. She has also worked in stage management for corporate clients such as General Motors, Toyota Canada, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian International Auto Show. Training: BFA, York University. Awards: 2017 Tyrone Award, Stratford Festival. Et cetera: Much love and thanks to Beatrice, Ella and Peter for their support and for making her so happy.
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager
    2019: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. Stage manager of Billy Elliot the Musical. 23rd season. Stratford: Shows include 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; over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager and choreographer; 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. Cynthia has worked in many forms of live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and variety-show fundraisers. Et cetera: Love to her fiancé, Paul, daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law, Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. Being a grandmother is the best job in the world!


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