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  • Text on the right says "Rent. New Dates Added. Extended due to Popular Demand." On the left, Erica Peck, Robert Markus, Kolton Stewart, Nestor Lozano Jr. and Andrea Macasaet. Photography by Ted Belton.
  • Mimi crouches behind Roger, whispering into his ear with her arm wrapped around him as he grips one of her hands.
  • Mark holds a vintage camera up to his face, filming himself.
  • Maureen is in the middle of an interpretive dance, with someone holding an old tarp behind her with the words Home Sweet Home written on it in large letters.
  • An eclectic group of 20-something friends make a dramatic pose for their friend, who is pointing an old camera at them.
  • Roger, dressed in 90’s rocker attire, stands on a ledge in front of an orange moon.
  • A group of young people stand together under colourful lighting with their arms in the air in protest while Roger and Mimi kiss passionately on a balcony behind them.
Festival Theatre
April 8 – November 5 |
Opens June 2


Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Directed by Thom Allison

Choreographed by Marc Kimelman

Audience Advisory »

“Thom Allison’s staging is irresistible” – The Guardian

“The passion is palpable, and the quality of the performances and singing superb” – Toronto Star

“boasts otherworldly vocal ability and a tender emotional centre” – Intermission


Set in Manhattan in the 1990s and inspired by Puccini's opera La Bohème, this rock musical by Jonathan Larson follows a group of young East Village artists, performers and philosophers as they struggle through the hardships of poverty, societal discord and the AIDS epidemic in the search for life, love and art. With a song list that includes the iconic "Seasons of Love," Rent tells a story as relevant today as when it took Broadway by storm more than 25 years ago.

Setting: 1990s East Village, New York.

House Program: Rent

Runtime: Two hours and 40 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.*

*Please note that all run times are approximate.

Production Co-Sponsor:   RBC logo

Production support is generously provided by The David & Amy Fulton Foundation.

Support for the 2023 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster.

Photo credits: Clockwise – Erica Peck, Nestor Lozano Jr., Andrea Macasaet, Kolton Stewart and Robert Markus. Photo by Ted Belton.

This production is dedicated to the memory of sound designer extraordinaire Peter McBoyle, lost much too young to cancer last year. Peter had more than 100 Stratford Festival credits, including the sound design for 40 musicals and cabarets.



    Portrait of Andrea Macasaet
    Andrea Macasaet
    Mimi Marquez


    2023: Mimi Marquez in Rent. Stratford debut. Winnipeg born and raised, Andrea is back on Canadian soil from her New York City reign where she made her Broadway debut in SIX originating the role of Anne Boleyn. Elsewhere:SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Ordway Centre of Performing Arts); Avenue Q, Heathers: The Musical (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); Prairie Nurse (Station Arts); Miss Saigon (VOS). TV/Film:I Propose We Never See Each Other… (Bed Bugs film); Ratatouille: The Musical (BCEFA); Guest Performer appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Morning America, Today Show. Recordings: Teegan in Rolling Calls (Broadway Podcast Network). Training: Canadian College of Performing Arts (Victoria, BC).Instagram & Tiktok: @andrea.cesyl. Et cetera: To God be the Glory! Love always to Mom, Dad & Aya. 

    Portrait of Robert Markus
    Robert Markus
    Mark Cohen


    2023: Mark Cohen in Rent and Calvin in A Wrinkle In Time. Sixth season. Stratford: Tommy in Tommy, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, and appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man and Why We Tell the Story. Elsewhere: Evan in Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish); Lil' Red Robin Hood (Ross Petty); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Seussical, James and the Giant Peach (YPT); Our Town, Sweeney Todd (Shaw Festival); UnCovered (Musical Stage Company); Dream a Little Dream, Shrek (Grand Theatre); Chicago, Twist and Shout (Drayton Entertainment); Next to Normal (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield); Hunchback (Catalyst). Training: BFA, University of Alberta. Online: Instagram: @rjbmarkus. Et cetera: Special thanks to family, friends, TH, and JRS, for their constant support.

    Portrait of Kolton Stewart
    Kolton Stewart
    Roger Davis

    2023: Roger Davis in Rent. Third season. Kolton is beyond thrilled to be returning to the Stratford Festival after making his debut 15 years ago. Stratford: The Music Man, West Side Story, Macbeth. Elsewhere: Young Simba in Disney's The Lion King (North American Broadway Tour); The Louder We Get (Theatre Calgary); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Prom Queen The Musical (Segal Centre). Film/TV: Disenchanted, Some Assembly Required, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Sneakerella, Locke and Key, The Next Step, The Expanse, All Fun and Games, My Life With The Walter Boys, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, etc. Kolton is a singer/songwriter and his original music can be found on all streaming platforms. Et cetera: Much love to Julie, Mom, Ron, family, and friends for all of their support and love. @KoltonStewart.

    Portrait of Jahlen Barnes
    Jahlen Barnes
    Benjamin Coffin III
    2023: Benjamin Coffin III in Rent and Aunt Beast, Camazotz Child, Camazotz Business Person and Man with Red Eyes Servant in A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd (Shaw Festival); A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Mamma Mia (Neptune Theatre); Sister Act (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Spring Awakening (Randolph Theatre); Seussical (Young People's Theatre); Passing Strange (Musical Stage Company) (Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner). Most recently, Jahlen appeared at the Charlottetown Festival in Anne of Green Gables, and as Dr. Chris in the brand new musical - Tell Tale Harbour - also recorded the soundtrack for that show. Et cetera: Thanks to da Costa Talent and my whole family and support system. Jahlen is a proud graduate of the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts in Toronto.
    Portrait of Nestor Lozano Jr.
    Nestor Lozano Jr.
    Angel Dumott Schunard


    2023: Angel Dumott Schunard in Rent and Mrs. Whatsit and Camazotz Mother (voiceover) in A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Wizard/Wicked Witch U/S in The Wizard of Oz: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Miss Understanding in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stage West Calgary); Derrick in Peter Pan: The Panto (Neptune Theatre); Papa Ogre/Bear in Shrek The Musical (Globe Theatre); Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV:Disasters at Sea (Discovery). Radio/Recordings: Guitar in Blues Clues & You! (Brown Bag Productions). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College; Wexford Performing Arts. Online: @nestorlozanojr. Et cetera: Love to my family and friends, 10 Talent, Wex and the Festival. Nestor dedicates this season to all the lil queer kids - may you find your Angel within you. 

    Portrait of Erica Peck
    Erica Peck
    Maureen Johnson


    2023: Maureen Johnson in Rent, Happy Medium, Man with Red Eyes Servant, Aunt Beast, Camazotz Child and Camazotz Business Person in A Wrinkle in Time and Northern Tracks featured performance for STRATFEST@HOME. Third season. Stratford: Magenta/Usherette in The Rocky Horror Show, member of the Second Track, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), Wanderlust (Swing). Elsewhere: Scaramouche and Oz, We Will Rock You (Canadian company/U.S. national tour); Lauren/Nichola u/s, Kinky Boots (Canadian company/U.S. national tour); Pierrette, Les Belles-Soeurs (national tour); Mary, The Boys in the Photograph (world première, Mirvish); Penny, Hairspray, Sally Bowles, Cabaret, Woman 1, Songs for a New World, Julia, The Wedding Singer Backup Vocals: Queen, The Killers. Training: Cawthra Park School of the Arts, Sheridan College. Online: Instagram: @WildthingVintage & @introducingericapeck. Et cetera: Owner of Wildthing Vintage, an online vintage shop out of Toronto. Love to Talent House, Marat Maxutov, Mom & Dad, Robin Black - my favourite rockstar and perfect match. For Bowie- we are Over the Moon about you. 

    Portrait of Lee Siegel
    Lee Siegel
    Tom Collins


    2023: Tom Collins in Rent. Third season. Stratford: Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealotes), Tommy (The Hawker), Fiddler on the Roof (Eduard, Russian Tenor). Broadway: Paradise Square (Albert/Ensemble), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealotes), Song Of Bernadette, Superfly: The Musical (Broadway workshops). Elsewhere: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Charlottetown Festival); Valjean in Les Misérables (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Javert, Les Misérables (Drayton); Old Deuteronomy, Cats (Drayton and Neptune Theatre), John, Miss Saigon (Drayton), Smokey Joe's Café (Stage West Mississauga). Film/Tv/Radio: 66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS). Online:, @Lee_Siegel (Instagram), @LeeSiegelPhotography & @NewWerxProductions (Instagram). Music: Debut album Where's The Orchestra? available on iTunes. Et cetera: LOVE to Mom, Dad, Mike, Talent House, God and to the future performer in the back row awaiting your chance, never give up! This spot belongs to you next! xo

    Portrait of Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane
    Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane
    Joanne Jefferson


    2023: Joanne Jefferson in Rent and Angel in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees, White Christmas, The Importance of Being Earnest, Shawground, 1922 in Concert, Charley's Aunt, Duke and the Two Irenes, Song for a Winters Night (The Shaw Festival); Home For the Holidays (Theatre Aquarius); Emcee in Cabaret, Finding Black Joy, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Grand Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Stage West); Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet (Capitol Theatre); Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Rainbow Stage). Voiceover: We the Culture (Facebook). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. H.B. Beal Secondary and C.C.H. Online: Instagram @oliviasinclairbrisbane. Et cetera: Olivia dedicates her debut season to her amazing support system, her family both chosen and biological, her friends and mentors, and 10 Talent. To anyone moving through life with joy, bravery, kindness and deep love.

    Portrait of Gabriel Antonacci
    Gabriel Antonacci

    2023: Gentleman in King Lear and appears in Rent. 10th season. Stratford: Aaron in Chicago, Romeo in Play On!, Ed Gammidge in The Music Man, Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in Billy Elliot the Musical, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first US tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in The Pacifier. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera:  Huge thanks to Stratford and Colin McMurray. Thank you to my wife, Robin Calvert, for being the absolute best. 

    Portrait of Noah Beemer
    Noah Beemer
    Paul, Ensemble


    2023: Charles Wallace Murry in A Wrinkle in Time and Paul in Rent. Second season. Stratford: Ensemble in Finally There's SunElsewhere: Tinman in The Wizard of Oz: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Ricky in Ride the Cyclone, Sky in Mamma Mia! (Tweed and Company); Tobias in Sweeney Todd (Dora Nomination), Jack in Into the Woods, Bosie in The Judas Kiss (Talk Is Free Theatre); Lampwick in Pinocchio (Young People's Theatre); Gabriel in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Eclipse Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College; Mechanicals Program, Factory Theatre. Et cetera: Noah would like to thank his family and friends as well as the team at Talent House for all their love and support!

    Portrait of Malinda Carroll
    Malinda Carroll


    2023: Swing in Rent and Angel in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: We'll Meet Again (Drayton Entertainment); 9 to 5 (Capital Theatre); Featured Singer (Royal Caribbean Productions); Dynamite in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish Productions); All Shook Up and Soul Sistas (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Babe Williams in Panama Game, Columbia in Rocky Horror Show (SCC). Training: Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College; Second City Improv. Online: Instagram @malindacarroll_. Et cetera: Malinda would like to thank Mom, Hayden and all the friends and family for their love and support. Thanks TH and the Rent creative team for this opportunity. Dream big, anything is possible!

    Portrait of Celeste Catena
    Celeste Catena
    Squeegee, Ensemble


    2023: Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time and Squeegee in Rent. Second season. Stratford: Mona in Chicago. Elsewhere: Swing in White Christmas (Shaw Festival), Apollo Singer in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). TV: A-Line Dancer in The Porter (CBC/BET+). Training: Hon. Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award (2021), Triple Threat Award (2019), Sheridan College. Et cetera: Celeste is sincerely grateful to everyone who has been a part of this magical season coming to fruition. She is honoured to share the workplace with such brilliant performers, leaders, and artisans. It takes a village, and Celeste would like to thank her friends, family, The Talent House, and everyone who has supported her along the way. These moments would not be possible without you all. Xo.

    Portrait of Christine Desjardins
    Christine Desjardins

    2023: Swing in Rent and Man With Red Eyes, Camazotz Child and Camazotz Business Person in A Wrinkle in Time. Third season. Stratford: Chicago, The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show. Elsewhere: Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady (Port Hope Festival); Aladdin (Drayton Entertainment); The Jungle Book (Creativiva Dubai); 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, A Little Night MusicJesus Christ Superstar (SCC). Film/TV:  2015 Pan Am - Opening Ceremonies (CBC). Training: Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College. Awards: Overall Achievement Award (SCC); Triple Threat Award (ACS). Online: @christine.desjardins. Et cetera: Christine thanks her parents and sister, Danielle, for their never-ending love and support; the Talent House gang; and the Festival, for giving her this incredible opportunity. Special thanks to my love, Jordan. This one's for you Nanny. Enjoy the show!

    Portrait of Nick Dolan
    Nick Dolan
    Gordon, Ensemble


    2023: Gordon in Rent and understudy in A Wrinkle in Time. Third season Stratford: Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere: The Louder We Get (Theatre Calgary); Killing Time (Mixtape Projects); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre); Once (Theatre St. John's); Written in Blood (Talk is Free Theatre). Film/TV: Partum, recurring principal on Locke & Key, The Russian Ghost Train. Training: BFA, Toronto Metropolitan University. Et cetera: Nick wishes special thanks and love to his partner Sara, and family Sean, John & Jen. He is thrilled to return to the Festival this year.

    Portrait of Kelly Holiff
    Kelly Holiff
    Mark's Mom, Ensemble


    2023: Mark's mom in Rent and understudy in A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Doralee in 9 to 5 (Capitol); Brooke in Noises Off (Mayfield); Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Neptune Theatre); Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Drayton); Ursula in Little Mermaid (Drayton); 11 seasons of Uncovered (Musical Stage Co.); Taking The A Train (Soulpepper); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Knishes and Grits (Harold Green). Selected highlights: Touring with Colm Wilkinson as special guest; creating/headlining show Rumour Has It - The Songbook of Adele; Opening for Presidents Bush and Clinton; Voice for The Heart And Stroke Foundation. Et cetera: Kelly dedicates this season to Ava, Lilia, Nora, Lucy and Leo. Love to Thom, Bruce, TH, her C and Bub!

    Portrait of Matthew Joseph
    Matthew Joseph
    "Seasons of Love" Soloist, Ensemble

    2023: "Seasons of Love" Soloist in Rent and Angel in Richard II. Stratford debut. Hello there, thanks for checking out my bio. It's my favourite place to meet new people, (or I guess talk about myself to new people lol.) If we happen to meet I'd love to hear about who you are too, it's only fair :) I am Matthew "Nova" Joseph (he/they), a singer/songwriter/actor based out of Hamilton, Ontario. I am absolutely pumped to be part of this stellar crew and could not be here without the help of my friends, family and TH. Hmu on socials @_novary_ , stay up y'all!

    Portrait of Masini McDermott
    Masini McDermott
    "Seasons of Love" Soloist


    2023: "Seasons of Love" Soloist in Rent and understudy in A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Summerland and True North Mix Tape (Toronto's Fringe Festival, Edge of The Sky Theatre Company); Believe and Wishes, Magic (Disney Cruise Line); The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre); The Grand Holiday Show, Grow (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: Life In A Year, 1UP, In The Dark, Dear David, Well Versed. Training: Graduate of Wexford Collegiate School of the Arts, George Brown College. Online:, @masini_forever @masinimcdermott. Et cetera: Masini dedicates this season to the women that have carried me along this journey. I love you.

    Portrait of Danielle Verayo
    Danielle Verayo
    Alexi Darling, Ensemble


    2023: Alexi Darling in Rent and Angel in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Be Kind, Rewind and True North Mixtape in Toronto Fringe Festival (Randolph Theatre). Film/TV: Series lead in The Next Step, guest appearance in The Hardy Boys and Ten Truths About Love. Radio/Recordings: Narrator for Queer Little Nightmares by David Zomparelli & David Ly. Training: Wexford Collegiate for the Arts, private coaching with Suzanne Bastien. Online: @daniverayo. Et cetera: Dani is also a professional dancer and teacher, and is mostly self-trained in all of her disciplines. Dedicating this to my family, friends, partner, Wex and mentors. To my fellow queer artists with a dream, this is for you and proof that your dreams will come true so long as you give it your all!

    Portrait of Alex Wierzbicki
    Alex Wierzbicki
    Steve, Ensemble

    2023: Steve in Rent and Angel in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Peter in Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Panto); Mush in Newsies (Theatre Sheridan); Mazz in Pump Up the Volume (Canadian Music Theatre Project); Bernardo in West Side Story (Brott Music Festival); Ensemble in Apocalypsis (Luminato Festival). TV: Host on YTV's The Zone & The Zone Weekend. Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Online: Instagram @alex_wierzbicki. Et cetera: Alex would like to dedicate his festival debut to Ma & Pa for their continued love and support, to his dear friends for their encouragement, and to his fur baby Elvis.  

    Portrait of Travae Williams
    Travae Williams


    2023: Swing in Rent and Angel in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Bob in 9 to 5 (Port Hope Festival); Ensemble in Dixon Road (Musical Stage Co.); Orsino in Twelfth Night The Musical (Theatre Sheridan). Training: Sheridan College- Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance. Online: @travaewilliams on social media. He is also an upcoming singer/ songwriter with music on all music streaming platforms @travaewilliams. Personal note: To God be the glory and so much love to my beautiful family and friends. Blessings.


    Jonathan Larson
    Book, Music and Lyrics

    Book, music, and lyrics: Rent.

    Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for Rent and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Commendation Award. In 1989 he was given the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical Sitting on the Edge of the Future. In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical Superbia, which was workshopped at Playwrights Horizons. He composed the score for the musical J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation, which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Mr. Larson performed his rock monologue tick, tick... BOOM! at Second Stage Theater, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and songwriting for Sesame Street, he created music for a number of children's book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg's An American Tail and Land Before Time. Other film scores include work for Rolling Stone magazine's publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for Away We Go!, a musical video for children. Rent, his rock opera based on La Bohème, had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday. His music (including songs cut from his shows) is archived in the Library of Congress.

    Thom Allison

    2023: Director of Rent. Eighth season. Thom Allison is a Canadian Screen Award winner for the role of "Pree" in KILLJOYS. Broadway: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Stratford Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Into the Woods. Shaw Festival: Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music. Other credits include: Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy and Rent (Mirvish); Cabaret (Theatre Calgary); Evita (Theatre Calgary/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); and The Drowsy Chaperone (The Citadel, National Arts Centre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Directing: Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Calgary); Up Close and Musical, You Can't Stop The Beat (Stratford Festival); Seussical, Mary Poppins (Young People's Theatre). TV/Film: Slasher, Coroner, Canada's Drag Race, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Hudson & Rex, Murdoch Mysteries, Kim's Convenience.

    Marc Kimelman

    2023: Choreographer of Rent. Fifth season. Stratford: Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Forum, Cabaret. Elsewhere: Choreographer: Saturday Night Fever (National Tour); Billy Elliot (GoodSpeed); Play It Cool and The Apple Boys (Off-Broadway); State Fair (The Rev); Newsies (Drayton); Once on This Island (Acting Upstage, Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography). Associate choreographer: Tony Award-winning Jagged Little Pill (Broadway, National Tour, Australia); Broadway's A Bronx Tale and Kennedy Center's Next to Normal, and assistant choreographer for Broadway's revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and We Will Rock You National Tour. TV/Film highlights: Disney Plus' World's Best (Associate Choreographer, Tommy Kail Producer); Degrassi: The Next Generation, Don't Talk to Irene. Marc was movement consultant for Vogue magazine (Annie Leibovitz, Charlize Theron) and has worked with Katy Perry, NYC Ballet, Patti Lupone and Neil Young. @kimelman,

    Franklin Brasz
    Music Director

    2023: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival. Music director of Rent. 14th season. Stratford: Chicago, Why We Tell the StoryFinally There's SunBilly ElliotThe Music ManA Little Night MusicFunny Thing Happened...CarouselMan of La ManchaKiss Me, KateEvitaHMS PinaforePirates of PenzanceIn concert: Up Close and Musical (Stratfest@Home), The FantasticksPassionNext to NormalElsewhere: Show BoatRagtimeThe Lion King (Toronto/US tours); Mamma Mia!Hairspray, Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of OzThe Sound of MusicBilly Elliot, Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Meridian Hall); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall); The Threepenny Opera (Soulpepper); London Symphonia's Enchanting BroadwayRecordings: CarouselCrazy for You (Stratford Festival); The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance). Training: Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Et cetera: Dedicating 2023 in memory of friend and colleague Peter McBoyle. 

    Brandon Kleiman
    Set Designer


    2023: Set designer of Rent. Sixth season. Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto with work appearing on stages across Canada, most recently: Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Boy Falls From The Sky (Mirvish Productions); and Blackout (Musical Stage Co. and Canadian Stage). He was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, and the 2018 and 2020 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. He's also a multiple Dora award nominee and two-time winner. Brandon recently won a Merritt Award for his work bringing Viola Desmond to life in the world premier or Controlled Damage. For more information and to see his portfolio please visit

    Ming Wong
    Costume Designer
    2023: Costume designer of Rent. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet-911. Elsewhere: Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Productions); Alice in Wonderland (Bad Hats Theatre); Is God Is (Canadian Stage/Obsidian/Necessary Angel); Pipeline (Soulpepper); Red Velvet, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Uncle Vanya, Orphans for the Czar, Julius Caesar, The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre); The Velveteen Rabbit (Carousel Players); Just to get Married, Trouble in Mind (Shaw Festival); Hansel und Gretel (Canadian Opera Company); The Color Purple (Citadel Theatre/RMTC); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); hang (Obsidian Theatre); Life After (Musical Stage/Canadian Stage). Digital: Alice in Winterland (Ross Petty Productions); New Monuments (Luminato/Canadian Stage); Identity, Savitri (Against the Grain). Upcoming: Things I Know to be True (Company Theatre/Mirvish). Awards: 2021 recipient of the Virginia & Myrtle Cooper Award, 2022 Dora Award Winner (Is God Is). Online:, @mingwongdesign.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer


    2023: Head of Design for the Stratford Festival and lighting designer of Rent. 19th season. Stratford (selected): Chicago, Richard III, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Birds of a Kind, Rocky Horror, 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/Deitrich (Mirvish); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Bluebeard's Castle (COC, 2022); Così Fan Tutte (Israeli Opera, COC); Il trittico, Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); A Doll's House Part 2 (RMTC/Mirvish); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage/Stratford); The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).

    Corwin Ferguson
    Projection Designer


    2023: Projection designer of Rent and assistant projection designer of Monty Python's Spamalot and A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Selected video and projection design credits include - Homes: A Refugee Story (Grand Theatre); Brigadoon (Shaw Festival); Sweat, Steel City Gangster (Theatre Aquarius); Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach); Nobody's Children, Hansel & Gretel, Robin Hood (Yellow Door Theatre Project); Driving Miss Daisy, Miracle on 34th St., Enemy of the People, Wizard of Oz, 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company); Rinaldo (Pacific Opera Victoria); Julius Caesar, Richard III (The Shakespeare Company). Training: Bachelor of Performing Arts (Capilano University); Studio 58. Corwin is a full member of ADC. Awards: Award for Technical Merit from CITT - LeVoyage (Flip the Switch); Robert Merritt award - Chasing Champions (Ship's Company); multiple Betty Mitchell, Jessie Richardson and Sterling award nominations. 

    Joshua D. Reid
    Sound Designer


    2023: Sound designer of Rent. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Joshua is a Canadian-American sound and systems designer based in New York City, and has worked extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, International productions and sound system installations.  Recent design selections include Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Broadway, w/Jefferson Mays), West Side Story (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari), Ragtime (Calgary Philharmonic), Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Calgary), A Little Night Music (Arizona Opera), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), The Color Purple (National Tour), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Signature Theatre), A Time Like This (Carnegie Hall). Broadway associate design selections include: Flying Over Sunset, The Ferryman, The Iceman Cometh, Falsettos, American PsychoThe Visit and Act One. Awards: L.A. Ovation Award, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award. Full credentials listed at

    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.

    Alix Sideris
    Intimacy Director


    2023: Intimacy Director of Rent, Much Ado About Nothing and Wedding Band. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet (2022). Elsewhere: Intimacy Professional - Civil (Netflix); Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation (Lifetime/MUSE); Fat Lady Sriracha (Sriracha Productions); Sin and Sorrow are Common to All, The Judas Kiss (Talk is Free Theatre); Salome Learns to Dance (7 Veils Productions.); Pomegranate Opera (Buddies in Bad Times); Happily Undead After (Canadian Film Centre). Movement Director: The Monkiest King (CCOC). Director - The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance (Opera Lyra/OYA touring productions). Actor - nine seasons at the National Arts Centre (resident actor with the NAC English Theatre, 2012/13); The Cherry Orchard (Modern Times); Like Wolves (GCTC); Better Days (Paragraph Pictures). Recent media credits: Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Valhalla (Ubisoft). Et cetera: Alix's film chemography: a study in light can be found on CBC Gem: Reflections. Online: @alikisideris, Gratitude to David, Meagan, Amanda. This one's for you, Richard C.

    Justin Miller
    Drag Consultant


    2023: Drag consultant for Rent. Second season. Stratford: Drag consultant for ChicagoPearle Harbour's Agit-Pop! (Meighen Forum). Elsewhere:Distant Early Warning (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Justin's drag persona Pearle Harbour continues to tour across Canada with Agit-Pop!, Chautauqua, and more (Imperial Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Yukon Arts Centre, The Cultch, High Performance Rodeo, Factory Theatre, PuSh, etc etc etc.). Voiceover:The Big Sting, Animal Person, MeThree, Tremendous Things (Penguin Random House); Peep & The Big Wide World (PBS). Awards: Audience Choice Award (SummerWorks); John Kaplan Legacy Award for a Canadian Stage Performer; 3 Dora Mavor-Moore Award nominations in Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Costume Design. Online: Instagram: @pearleharbour. Et cetera: This queen feels very grateful to be among theatre royalty.

    Jennifer Mote
    Associate Choreographer

    2023: Associate choreographer of Rent. Second season. Stratford:West Side Story (Velma), Cyrano de Bergerac (Guthrie award recipient). Elsewhere:Rock of Ages (Mirvish); We Will Rock You, Juke Box Hero (US National Tours); Iphigenia in Taurus (Canadian Opera Company);  Mamma Mia!, Chicago, The Music Man (Drayton). Gadfly: Klorophyl (Dora Award Winner best ensemble). Film/TV:Suits, Designated Survivor, Degrassi, Christmas in the Wilds, Hometown Holiday, Psycho She Met Online. Choreography:Peter's Final Flight (Co-choreographer, Ross Petty Productions); The Wedding Planners (Amazon Prime); David Foster Foundation, Gateway for Cancer, ChildHelp Gala and numerous industrials across North America. Jen has worked with New Kids on the Block, Katy Perry, CeeLo Green, Tony Vincent, and Deborah Cox. Love and gratitude to my family and to Marc for this incredible opportunity. @gloss_ent @jennifermote.

    Éric Charbonneau
    Associate Conductor and Keyboard


    2023: Associate conductor and keyboard for Rent. Sixth season. Stratford: Associate conductor and keyboard for Chicago, Billy Elliot The Musical, The Music Man; rehearsal pianist for HMS Pinafore; music director of Northern Tracks; the Birmingham Conservatory's 2020 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Shakespeare School's Musical Theatre Intensive; Musical Theatre Training with In The Wings: Online Theatre Training. Elsewhere: Conductor of the Stratford Symphony Youth Orchestra. Keyboard for Elf: The Musical (The Grand Theatre). Associate conductor of Call It Love (Eclipse Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Opera on the Avalon). Music director of Susannah (Peck Productions and London Community Players); JUDY: Stonewalled! (LINK theatre); The Secret Garden (London Community Players); Company (Music Theatre on the Thames); Street Scene (Halifax Summer Opera Festival); The Daughter of the Regiment (Fountainhead Theatre and London Community Players).

    Thomas Alderson
    Assistant Director

    (he/him) Langham Directors' Workshop 2023

    2023: Assistant director of Rent. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Director: The Drowsy Chaperone, Pippin (associate director), Sweet Charity (co-director) (St. Lawrence College); Mary Poppins in Concert (Yes Theatre); Stag and Doe (Tweed and Company); Carrie the Musical (sold out concert fundraiser for the AFC). Favourite acting roles include: Mordred in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment), Bud Frump in How to Succeed… (Drayton); Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Globe Theatre) and swinging the original Canadian company of Kinky Boots. Et cetera: Thomas is proud to have worked as assistant to many great Canadian directors including Ashlie Corcoran, Tracey Flye, Marcia Kash, Richard Ouzounian, Kate Hennig, Stafford Arima and now the fabulous Thom Allison. He is incredibly grateful to them for sharing their knowledge and kindness. Working at the Stratford Festival is a dream come true.

    Kim Sue Bartnik
    Assistant Set Designer


    2023: Assistant set designer of Rent and King Lear. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Set designer of Wake 2.0 (Borealis Soul); Asst. set designer of Suor Angelica and L'heure Espagnole (Royal Conservatory of Music); Asst. set and costume designer of La Bohème (Against the Grain) and No One's Safe (The Banff Centre); Model maker for Three Women of Swatow (Tarragon). Film/TV: Set designer of The Handmaid's Tale S5, Jack Reacher S2 and Mayor of Kingstown S1. Asst. costume buyer for French ExitTraining: B.Des in Environmental Design (OCADu) and Eco-Scenography for Performing Arts Residency (TRIGA Creative). Online:, @kimsuebar. Et cetera: Kim Sue dedicates this season to Dawn, Tom, Gloria and Dwight.

    Lindsay Forde
    Assistant Costume Designer


    2023: Assistant costume designer for Rent. Second season. Stratford: Costume builder for the 2009 season. Elsewhere: Costume Design for The Shape of Home: Songs in Search of Al Purdy (County Stage/Crow's); Outside Mullingar, A Beautiful View, The Drawer Boy, Mary's Wedding, Stones in His Pockets, A Midsummer Night's Dream (County Stage); Mules (TheatreFront); Hairspray, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Divas Do It All (Sharon Playhouse), and beyond. Film/TV: Assistant costume designer for the upcoming feature The Dead Don't Hurt; background costume supervisor or set costumer for many, including Accused, The Marsh King's Daughter, A Higher Loyalty, Jupiter's Legacy, The Handmaid's Tale, Hotzone S1.Online: @reliena Et cetera: with love and gratitude, always, to family, friends, fellow creators and most of all, John.

    Laura Delchiaro
    Assistant Costume Designer


    2023: Assistant costume designer of Rent. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant costume designer of Chicago (2020), The Crucible, Coriolanus, Long Day's Journey into Night, Tartuffe. Elsewhere: Costume design - Gem of the Ocean (Shaw Festival); Prodigal (Howland Company); Into the Woods (YES Theatre); The Great Shadow (4th Line); La Bete, Sweeney Todd, The Judas Kiss, Into the Woods, Herringbone, The Yalta Game, For Both Resting and Breeding (Talk is Free Theatre); Poison (Coal Mine); Romeo and Juliet (Lost & Gone); Little Thing, Big Thing, Don't Misunderstand Me (Festival Antigonish). Head of Wardrobe - Peter's Final Flight, Alice in Winterland (Ross Petty Productions); Is God Is, New Monuments, (Canadian Stage); Orphans for the Czar, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre). Awards: Dora Award nomination- Sweeney Todd (TIFT), Pauline McGibbon Award nomination (2022). Online:

    Linas Kairys
    Assistant Lighting Designer
    2023: Assistant lighting designer of King Lear and Rent. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lighting & Projection Designer: Homeland. Lighting & Set Design: The Twenties EP Release (Artist - Patrick Dean). Lighting Designer: Uphill Climb (Berklee College of Music NYC); This is How We Live, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Toronto Metropolitan University); Mixtape (Mixtape projects). Training: BFA - Performance Production, Toronto Metropolitan University. MA - Live Experience Design, Berklee College of, @linokdesigns.
    Sruthi Suresan
    Assistant Lighting Designer


    2023: Assistant lighting designer of Rent, Much Ado About Nothing and Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Chicago, Hamlet, The Miser. Elsewhere: Lighting Design: London Road (MacEwan University); La Boheme, Is He Dead?, Almost Maine, The Underpants, Stupid F***ing Bird, Threads: Impact (University of Wisconsin - Madison); The Drawer Boy (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); Three Sisters (University of Windsor). Associate Lighting Designer: The Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times). Assistant Lighting Designer: White Girls In Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times); Tea (University of Wisconsin - Madison); Old Wives Tale (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). Training: MFA - Theatre and Drama - Lighting Design (University of Wisconsin - Madison); BAH: Drama and Communication Media and Film (University of Windsor).

    Adam Campbell
    Assistant Sound Designer


    2023: Associate sound designer of Richard II and assistant sound designer of Rent, King Lear, Frankenstein Revived and Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Stratford: DWP 2022 (sound designer); ChicagoHamlet and Death and the King's Horseman (assistant sound designer). Elsewhere: Associate sound designer for Orphée+ (Edmonton Opera); sound designer for John Ware Reimagined (Blyth Festival); composer for video projects Alone TogetherFour, What Happened To Lee (Human Body Expression); composer, musician for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stratford Pirate Transmission); orchestra for Singin' In The Rain, Piaf/DietrichAin't Too Proud, (Mirvish); percussionist with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ladom Ensemble. Recording:  Debut album Guess I'm A People Too (2019) available on all platforms. Et cetera: Thinking of you this season, Peter.

    Cynthia Toushan
    Stage Manager

    2023: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and stage manager of Rent. 27th season. Stratford: Shows include Chicago, Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events. 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. Happy to be working through this pandemic!!

    Tiffany Fraser
    Assistant Stage Manager

    2023: Assistant stage manager of Rent and Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager for Chicago and Hamlet. Elsewhere: Tiffany has been an assistant stage manager with the Canadian Opera Company for 20 seasons working on shows such as Aida, Turandot, Elektra, Götterdämmerung, Louis Riel, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Rigoletto, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Fledermaus, L'Amour de Loin, A Florentine Tragedy, Gianna Schicchi, Death in Venice, Iphigénie en Tauride and more. Tiffany has also been a stage manager with Opera Hamilton for Barber of Seville and The Pearl Fishers. Tiffany worked with The National Ballet of Canada in past seasons on such shows as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Innovation. Tiffany's favourite job is being a mom to 3 beautiful girls, Kennedy, McKinley and Reagan.

    Cristina Hernandez
    Assistant Stage Manager


    2023: Assistant stage manager of Rent. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Glory (Chemainus Theatre Festival), The Music Man, Back in '59 (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Have You Seen My Sister, Innocents (Alberta Theatre Projects); Orphans for the Czar (Crow's Theatre); Digital Now (Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective); Singalong Jubilee (Geordie Brown Productions). Upcoming:Once (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Et cetera: Cristina would like to thank her friends, mentors, and loved ones.

    Caitlin Mears
    Assistant Stage Manager


    2023: Assistant stage manager of Rent and Les Belles-Soeurs. Fourth season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager of Chicago, The Miser, Three Tall Women; Festival Theatre Production Assistant. Elsewhere: Stage manager - Bluebeard's Castle (Against the Grain Theatre); rochdale (SummerWorks). Assistant stage manager - The Breathing Hole (National Arts Centre); The Tender Land (University of Toronto Opera). Apprentice stage manager - Homes: A Refugee Story, Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre); Angel (Opera Atelier); Cinderella: The Panto (Capitol Theatre); August: Osage County (Soulpepper). Rehearsal assistant - Don Giovanni, The Resurrection (Opera Atelier). Apprentice production manager - Twelfth Night (a Company of Fools). Training: York University, SM Arts. Et cetera: Caitlin would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for all of their support.

    Krista Blackwood
    Production Stage Manager

    2023: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. Ninth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Chicago, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Tell Tale Harbour, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); The Hockey Sweater (Segal Centre/NAC); The Candidate (Citadel Theatre); Hamlet (Perchance Theatre); Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon); Glenn, Farther West, Great Expectations, Dirt, Long Day's Journey Into Night, High Life (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Peter and the Starcatcher, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Shakespeare in Love, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre).

    The. John Gray
    Production Stage Manager

    2023: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. Eighth season. Stratford: Most recently, Guys and Dolls (2017), As You Like It (2016), Twelfth Night (2011). Elsewhere:& Juliet (Toronto); Come From Away (Winnipeg and Toronto); Kinky Boots (Toronto); The Heart of Robin Hood (Winnipeg and Toronto); Les Misérables (Toronto and Melbourne); The Wizard of Oz (Toronto); War Horse (Toronto). Many theatres across Canada. US tours of Chicago, The King and I.

    Conner Bustamante
    Production Assistant


    2023: Festival Theatre production assistant. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Elf: The Musical (The Grand Theatre); King Henry Five (Driftwood Theatre); RUR: A Torrent of Light (Tapestry Opera); Art in Transit: Luminato on the Go! (Luminato Festival Toronto), Grounds for Goodness (Jumblies Theatre); Finding Home: A Salmon Journey Up the Humber River (Theatre Direct and Animacy Theatre Collective); Life Assignment (Theatre Nidāna). Et cetera: Special thanks to Ana and Manuel Bustamante for their endless love and support!



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