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Festival Theatre
April 8 – October 28 |
Opens June 2
Musicals

RENT


Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Directed by Thom Allison

Choreographed by Marc Kimelman


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.







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CAST & CREATIVE

    Andrea Macasaet
    Mimi Marquez
    2023: Mimi Marquez in Rent. Stratford debut.
    Robert Markus
    Mark Cohen

    (he/him)

    2023: Mark in Rent, 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: robertmarkus.com. Instagram: @rjbmarkus. Et cetera: Special thanks to family, friends, TH, and JRS, for their constant support.

    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.

    Jahlen Barnes
    Benjamin Coffin III
    2023: Benjamin Coffin III in Rent and appears in A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut.
    Nestor Lozano Jr.
    Angel Dumott Schunard

    (he/they)

    2023: Angel Dumont Shunard in Rent and Mrs. Whatsit 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. 

    Erica Peck
    Maureen Johnson

    (she/her)

    2023: Maureen in Rent and Happy Medium 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. 

    Gabriel Antonacci

    2023:Appears in King Lear and 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 MusicalGuys and DollsHMS PinaforeFiddler on the Roof and CarouselElsewhere: 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 PacifierTraining: 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.

    Noah Beemer
    Paul

    (he/him)

    2023: Charles Wallace 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!

    Malinda Carroll
    Swing

    (she/her)

    2023: Swing in Rent and appears 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!

    Christine Desjardins
    Swing

    2023: Swing in Rent and appears 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!

    Nick Dolan
    Gordon

    (he/him)

    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.

    Kelly Holiff
    Mark's mom

    (she/her)

    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!

    Masini McDermott
    Soloist

    (she/her)

    2023: 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: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm12451079/, @masini_forever @masinimcdermott. Et cetera: Masini dedicates this season to the women that have carried me along this journey. I love you.

    Danielle Verayo

    (she/her)

    2023: Appears in Rent and 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!

    Alex Wierzbicki
    Steve
    (he/him)

    2023: Steve in Rent and appears 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.  

    Travae Williams
    Swing

    (he/him)

    2023: Appears in Richard II and Swing in Rent. 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.

    Thom Allison
    Director

    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
    Choreographer

    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, marckimelman.com.

    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
    (he/him)

    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 www.brandonkleimandesign.com.

    Ming Wong
    Costume Designer
    2023: Costume designer of Rent. Second season.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer

    (he/him)

    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).

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