By William Shakespeare
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
HIS SUCCESSION PLAN WILL SLAY YOU
As charismatic as he is cunning, as strangely seductive as he is utterly ruthless, Richard, Duke of Gloucester is the very embodiment of lethal ambition as he manoeuvres and murders his way to the throne of England, sardonically revelling in his own villainy every step of the way. But once he has reached the top, the only way left to go is down – and in Richard’s growing roster of vengeful enemies, none are more menacing than the ghosts of his past.
House Program: Richard III
This production is suitable for all ages, but the subject matter may not be best suited to our youngest patrons. Loss of young life is depicted which may be triggering for some. The show uses haze, fog, pyrotechnics and strobe lights. Startling sounds also occur.
Production support is generously provided by the Jentes family, by Dr. M.L. Myers, by Martie & Bob Sachs, by The Westaway Charitable Foundation and by Catherine & David Wilkes.
Support for the 2022 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by
Image credits: Colm Feore (centre), Lucy Peacock, André Sills. Photography by David Hou.
2022: Richard III in Richard III and Harper in The Miser. 18th season. Stratford: King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, Coriolanus, Romeo, Angelo, Benedick, Berowne, Cassius, Petruchio, Oberon, Iago, Iachimo, Leontes, Cyrano, Don Juan, Henry Higgins, Fagin, etc. Elsewhere: Claudius, Hamlet (Public Theater, NYC), Cassius, Julius Caesar (Belasco Theatre, NYC), Narrator, Oedipus Rex (COC). Film/TV: The Umbrella Academy, Sugar Daddy, Trigger Point, My Salinger Year, Akilla's Escape, For All Mankind, House of Cards, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Thor, The Trotsky, Changeling, Bon Cop Bad Cop 1 and 2, Chicago, The Chronicles of Riddick, Titus, The Insider, Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Trudeau, 24, The Borgias, Slings and Arrows, Law and Order SVU, etc. Training: NTS. Awards: CSA, SAG, Gemini, Jutra, Gascon-Thomas, Earle Grey, Governor General's Performing Arts Award - Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Mr. Feore is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Et cetera: Grateful for my wonderful family.
2022: Lord Hastings in Richard III and King of France in All's Well That Ends Well. 13th season. Stratford: Hamlet, Petruchio (Canadian Screen Award), Benedick, Leontes, Brutus, Apemantus, Octavius, Feste, Touchstone, Sir Hugh, Hildy (The Front Page), De Flores (The Changeling), Frederik (A Little Night Music), Captain von Trapp (The Sound of Music), Alceste (The Misanthrope), Jack (The Importance of Being Earnest), Chaplain (Mother Courage), Burleigh (Mary Stuart). Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: Tanner, Man and Superman; over 25 productions. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Hamlet (Joseph Jefferson Award), Macbeth, Pericles. Selected: Macbeth, Bard On The Beach; London Road, Canadian Stage; Our Town, Soulpepper; Berowne, NAC; Death of a Salesman, Neptune Theatre; Candida, Theatre Calgary; A Doll's House (Dora Award), DVxT. Film/TV: On The Basis of Sex, Ruby and the Well, The Lost Symbol, Departure, Frankie Drake, Murdoch Mysteries, The Strain, The Anniversary, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, Grey Gardens, Slings and Arrows.
2022: Lord Stanley in Richard III and Sir Arthur Edgerton in The Miser. 14th season. Stratford: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Front Page, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, The Changeling, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, As You Like It, Pericles, King Lear, 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/ NYC); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Founding Member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Sex/Life, Frankie Drake, Diggstown, The Coroner, Assassin's Creed Origins, Killjoys, Watch Dogs 2, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, Nurse.Fighter.Boy. Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.
(she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2014/15
2022: Lady Anne in Richard III and Helen in All's Well That Ends Well. Seventh season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Brontë: The World Without, Paradise Lost, The Changeling, All My Sons, Bunny, The Alchemist. Elsewhere: Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); The Play's the Thing, An Enemy of the People (Segal Centre); The Lady Smith (Black Theatre Workshop); Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre). Film/TV: The Boys; Five Days at Memorial; Kings of Napa; What We Do in the Shadows; On the Basis of Sex; Slaxx; Assassin's Creed Origins; 30 vies. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; McGill University; Dawson College. Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Elsa Bolam Award; Brian Cloutte Award. Playwriting: Pandora (Prairie Theatre Exchange, 2023), The Dark Lady (Shakespeare in the Ruins, 2023). Original staged readings with Here For Now Theatre and Stratford Festival's Meighen Forum. Instagram: @jessicabhill. Online: jessicabhill.com. Love and Gratitude.
2022: Queen Margaret in Richard III and Countess of Rossillion in All's Well That Ends Well. 29th season. Ms McKenna is thrilled to be in the new Tom Patterson Theatre's inaugural company. At the old TPT, she spoke her first professional Shakespeare as Helena in 1982, and took the theatre's last bow as the Madwoman of Chaillot. She worked with both her husband Miles and son Callan Potter there. Her TPT roles include Richard III, Medea, Mother Courage, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Margaret, Phèdre, Constance, Hannah Jelkes, Lady Torrance, Andromache, Klytemestra, Fraülein Doctor Mathilde von Zahnd, Ella Rentheim and Anne Driver in Good Mother. Recently, she directed the première of The Wonder of it All (Here for Now Theatre/Lighthouse Theatre). Her last stage appearances were in the première of Yaga (Tarragon), The Penelopiad (Grand) and as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (The Shakespeare Company). In 2019, she was invested into the Order of Canada.
2022: Queen Elizabeth in Richard III and Fay in The Miser. 35th season. Stratford: Over 80 productions including the stories of Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Regan, Mary Stuart, Volumnia and Satan. Also Bakkhai, All My Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, Private Lives, The Beaux Stratagem, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead and Late Night with Lucy. Training: The National Theatre School and the grace and wisdom of so many extraordinary artists, colleagues and conspirators over the years. Et cetera: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to journey through these and many other wonderful stories at the Stratford Festival and across the country, and forever blessed by the real story, my husband Christopher and our Harri and Ben.
2022: Duke of Buckingham in Richard III and Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well. Eighth season. Stratford: The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, etc. Elsewhere: Recently made his directorial debut with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Gloria (ARC/Crow's); Julius Caesar (Crow's/Groundling); Glass Menagerie, Sex, An Octoroon; "Master Harold"… and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre); Kim's Convenience national tour (Soulpepper); Shakespeare's Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects, The Grand); Othello, Radio Golf (St. Louis Black Repertory Company). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, George Brown Theatre School. Awards: My Entertainment World Critics Pick Award - Best Leading Actor, An Octoroon; Toronto Theatre Critics Award and Dora Award - Best Leading Actor, "Master Harold"… and the Boys. Animation: Summer Memories. Online: Check out his new web series on YouTube called Private Idiots. Twitter: @andresills373. Instagram: @dre373.
(he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16
2022: Sir William Catesby in Richard III and Fletcher in The Miser. Fifth season. Emilio Vieira is a Toronto-based actor-creator. In 2020, he and actor-playwright Ellen Denny launched Sudden Spark Collective, a production company aiming to warm pandemic-weary hearts with tales of love, laughter and perseverance. Their first production, february: a love story, a theatre-film hybrid about dating six feet apart, was received by audiences around the globe with resounding success. Their second production, Above Ground Floor, tells a poignant, charming tale of a long-term care home resident during the pandemic. Stratford Festival credits include The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. He is beyond grateful that you've come to the theatre today. Emilio trained under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Watch february: a love story on demand at februarytheplay.com. Instagram: @suddensparkcollective @emiliovieira.
Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23
2022: Mistress Shore in Richard III and appears in in All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Annie in Meditaysh (Concord Theatricals); Jessica in Geurilla Brunch Warfare, Grace in The Women Cannot Breathe (New Voices Festival); Zoey in False Start (Greenbox Theatre); Marina in Lover Lover (Subverting Something); Ellie in Let's Talk About (Theatre TOnight/Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Charlie in The Price of Fitting In (MarVisa Entertainment/Neshama Productions); Olive in The Making of Me (Lucky Kid Pictures); Woman in Three Mirrors (Rita Ferrando x Angela Cabrera x Maggie Alpaugh); Margaret in From the Other Side (Anamatis Productions/NASA CineSpace). Training: X University School of Performance; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: 2018 Theatre Ontario Award, Armstrong Acting Studios; Tapeworthy's Breakthrough Performance Award for Zoey in False Start. Instagram: @eilisadams.
2022: King Edward IV, Sir Christopher in Richard III and Lafew in All's Well That Ends Well. 26th season. Stratford: Suffolk (Henry VIII), Deputy Governor Danforth (The Crucible), Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), The Prospector (The Madwoman of Chaillot), Antiochus, Simonides (Pericles), Surly (The Alchemist), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Axel Oxenstierna (Christina, The Girl King), Hubert (King John), Caliban (The Tempest), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Buckingham (Richard III), Macduff (Macbeth), Fluellen (Henry V), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Cornwall (King Lear), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller, Karl (Heaven), Abbott (Inexpressible Island), Anderson (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme), Quinn (The Affections of May), Johnny (Balconville), Jacob Mercer (Salt-Water Moon), Taylor (K2), Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid).
Birmingham Conservatory, 2007/08
2022: Executioner #2 in Richard III and Second Lord Dumaine in All's Well That Ends Well. Fourth season. Stratford (selected): Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost, Val Cutting in Bartholomew Fair, Curio in Twelfth Night. Elsewhere (selected): Credits include Ninoy in Every Letter Counts (Factory Theatre), Claudius in Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre), Father in The Boat (Theatre New Brunswick), Esca in Canadian Rajah (Theatre Nidana). Film/TV (selected): Featured roles in Lost Girl (Showcase), Rookie Blue (Global/ABC), Mary Kills People (Global), Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount), Departure (Global/Peacock), Downsizing (Mega Omaha Films Inc.). Currently playing Dr. Dennis Garcia on Coroner (CBC/CW). Training: Studied at Concordia University (Montreal), Birmingham Conservatory (Stratford). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @jFloDeLeon. Et cetera: Jon would like to dedicate this season to the memory of his teacher and mentor, Martha Henry.
2022: Duke of Norfolk in Richard III and appears in All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Theatre: Zach in Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Isaac in Isaac's Eye (Unit 102 Actor's Co); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Aquarius, Segal Centre, Citadel Theatre); Lee Piper in Jerusalem (Crow's Theatre); Dave in Ring of Fire (Globe Theatre); Entitlement (SummerWorks Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille). Radio/Voice/Recordings: Angel Catbird in Margaret Atwood's Angel Catbird (Audible Studios); Peter Fechter in Age of Minority (Audible Studios); seven self-produced albums including Turnin' (2019) and Graham's General Store (2021), both available on We Are Busy Bodies' label. Training: Bishop's University, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: 2013 SummerWorks Emerging Artist for Entitlement.
2022: Executioner #1, Herbert in Richard III and Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well. Fourth season. Stratford: Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Neverending Story, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere (selected): Montague/Steve in Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Eribo in The Neverending Story (NAC); Othello in Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Dauntless City Theatre); Aaron in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre); Lysander and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Humber River Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Kings of Napa (OWN), The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu), Mayday (Discovery), See No Evil (Discovery ID). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; Brock University (Performance Concentration). Et cetera: Love, peace, and SOULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TRAIN.
2022: Lord Mayor in Richard III and Jack in The Miser. 10th season. Stratford: Credits include Henry VIII, Nathan the Wise, Birds of a Kind, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, King John, King Lear, Brothers Karamazov, The Swanne, Agamemnon. Elsewhere: Lear (Groundling), The Boat (TNB/Neptune), Mr. New Year's Eve (Blyth), The Maids (Buddies in Bad Times), Mother Courage, St. Carmen (NAC), Death of the King, Macbeth, Aurash (Modern Times), Monsieur D'Eon (Pea Green), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Dr. Cabbie (writer), Reveille (writer, director), Leer Estates (director - Stratfest@Home), See, Sort Of, Pompeii, Hemlock Grove, Gangland Undercover, Mutant X. Awards: Dora nominations - two/Actor, three/Ensemble; Harold Award; William Needles Award, 2019. Video games: Far Cry Primal, Assassins Creed Unity/Syndicate, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Starlink.
2022: Sir Richard Ratcliffe in Richard III and Charlie in The Miser. Fifth season. Stratford: The Neverending Story, Paradise Lost, Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Changeling, Timon of Athens, Madwoman of Chaillot. Elsewhere: Home Project (Howland/Soulpepper/Native Earth); Paradise Lost (Centaur); Hamlet, All's Well…, Das Ding (Canadian Stage); Acha Bacha (TPM/Buddies); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); The Crucible, Royal Comedians, Dirt, Letters from the Great War (Soulpepper); Alligator Pie, A Craigslist Cantata (national tours); The Lion, the Witch… (TNB); Banyan Tree (Theatre Direct). Film/TV/Digital: Blues Clues, Sneakerella, Stillwater School for Mosquitos, Riftworld Chronicles, Nikita, Saving Hope, Dan for Mayor, Little Mosque, Feedback, The Hooves Belonged...Awards: John Hirsch Memorial Award; Dora Award nominee/winner; MyTheatre/BroadwayWorld nominee. Et cetera: Qasim is grateful to be back on stage! Thanks to Robyn & Danny, his family, friends & plants. Follow him @theqasimkhan.
2022: Marquis of Dorset in Richard III and appears in All's Well That Ends Well. Third season. Stratford: Carl in The Front Page, Hamlet-911, Three Tall Women, Othello and Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere (selected): David in In Transit (Soulpepper Academy), Carl Vaughn in The Entanglements (Soulpepper Academy); and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (Birmingham Conservatory). TV/Film: Young Bertram in Albatross (independent feature film). Training: Soulpepper Academy, Birmingham Conservatory, Ryerson Theatre School, Strasberg Method Intensive (Tony Greco, L.A.), Advanced Shakespeare (Kristin Linklater, Scotland), Michael Chekhov Europe (Croatia). Et cetera: Daniel is excited to be back on stage and honoured to perform at the new Tom Patterson Theatre!
(she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2019/21
2022: Scrivener in Richard III and Marianne in The Miser. Third season. Stratford: Lady Capulet, Tybalt in R + J. Elsewhere (selected): Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Marina in Pericles, Phaedra in Hippolytus, Maybe Jane in The Yellow Wallpaper (York University); Bluebeard's Bride in The gruesome terror & most brave triumph of Bluebeard's Bride, Irma in The Madwoman of Chaillot (The Lunar Stratagem); Mary Anne Shad in Portraits Patterns Possibilities (Culchahworks); Fabiana Cunningham in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Lower Ossington Theatre). Training: MFA York University, Factory Mechanicals, Claude Watson Arts Program, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Edith Zacks Millman for Extraordinary Achievement in Performance (Queen's University). Online: @beckklloyd. Et cetera: Thanks, Mum.
2022: Henry, Earl of Richmond in Richard III and Victor in The Miser. Seventh season. Stratford: Slender (Merry Wives), Kruger (Front Page), Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Allardyce (Treasure Island), Wickers (Breathing Hole), Lennox (Macbeth), Silvius (As You Like It), Kastril (Alchemist), Young Soldier (Mother Courage). Elsewhere: Tom, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Crow's); 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, Comedy of Errors (SBTS); Jerry, Zoo Story (Reid Theatre). Film/TV: On the Count of Three, The Castrationists, Pain Killer, Titans, What We Do In The Shadows, Murdoch Mysteries, Uninvited Guest, Played, Beauty and the Beast, Republic of Doyle, Covert Affairs, Life with Derek. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson, BFA Acting. Awards: Peter T. Donaldson Award; Amelia Hall Award; Elephant Song: Walter Chambers Scholarship, D.A. Matthews Scholarship. Et cetera: Proud Newfoundlander.
Birmingham Conservatory, 2018
2022: Jane Tyrell in Richard III and appears in All's Well That Ends Well. Second season. Stratford: Swing in The Neverending Story, Desdemona understudy in Othello. Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe/Kildare Company); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company); Helen in One Side of an Ampersand (Flying Radio Theatre). Select Film/TV: Killjoys (guest star), Sugar Daddy (supporting), Benson (lead), Flypaper (lead). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman-Comedia dell' arte Award.
2022: Lord Grey, Forrest in Richard III and appears in All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Hasan in The Men in White (Factory Theatre), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Dauntless City Theatre), Bobby in Tough! (Canadian Rep), Alonso in The Tempest (Shakespeare by the Bow). Film/TV: 13: The Musical (Netflix), Nine Films About Technology (FX/Hulu). Radio/Recordings: Librarian of Childhood Studies in Borrowings (The Boundless Library). Training: University of Calgary (2015), National Voice Intensive. Awards: Recipient of the Marilyn Perkins Annual Award in Music, Art & Drama. Et cetera: Chanakya dedicates this season to his friends, mentors, family and his love. He would also like to recognize and thank his agent, Karen Bernstein (KB Artists Management), for her constant support.
Birmingham Conservatory, 2019/21
2022: Citizen in Richard III and Mariana in All's Well That Ends Well. Third season. Stratford: Benvolio in R + J. Elsewhere: Jade in Little Bird (imagineNATIVE & TIFF); Angelina in Spirit Horse (Roseneath Theatre); Temina in Munschtime! (Young People's Theatre); Margaret in Fatty Legs (Xara Choral Theatre); Genevieve in Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion (Eastern Front Theatre); Christine in Offensive Fouls (Neptune Theatre); Katarina in Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery (Neptune Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, George Brown Theatre School, Neptune Theatre Acting Conservatory. Online: firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram @lisanasson. Et cetera: Lisa would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous support.
2022: Princess Elizabeth in Richard III and appears in The Miser. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Jo in Little Women (Opera Nuova); Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary); Isobel in Bull (683); Dracula, The Birds, Don Juan Comes Back From the War (Studio Theatre); Vasilisa in Baba Yaga (AMTC); Carolyn in The Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold Productions); South Pacific (Rainbow Stage); Rebecca in The Seduction Theory (Sarasvati Productions). Training: University of Alberta, BFA Acting, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Rainbow Stage Emerging Artist Scholarship. Online: Find Hannah on Instagram: @hannahwiggles. Et cetera: Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Elise and Miriam.
2022: Prince Edward in Richard III. Stratford debut. Ezra Wreford is a lifelong resident of Stratford and attends Stratford Intermediate School. After participating in various school plays and having enjoyed a number of Stratford Festival productions, Ezra decided to pursue his interest in becoming a part of the acting company. When the opportunity arose in 2020 to audition for young Duke of York, described as "a cheeky young thing, bright beyond his years, given to eavesdropping and not shy with his opinions," it seemed like a natural fit. He began rehearsals but sadly his acting career was postponed. Fortunately, Ezra was able to re-join the production as York's older brother. He is excited to make his professional stage debut as Prince Edward in this season's production of Richard III.
2022: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival and director of Richard III and The Miser. 35th season. Stratford: Directing credits include Birds of a Kind; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Tempest; Napoli Milionaria!; The School for Scandal; Macbeth; The Hypochondriac; Hamlet; The Alchemist; King Lear; The Beaux' Stratagem; Mary Stuart; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; The Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; King John; Love's Labour's Lost, with Brian Bedford; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; The Night of the Iguana; and Filumena, with Richard Monette. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Cimolino was instrumental in establishing the Festival's Endowment Foundation, which now stands at $81 million, as well as in the renovation of its Avon Theatre and the creation of its Studio Theatre. In 2018, Mr. Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney launched a $100-million campaign to build the glorious new Tom Patterson Theatre, a campaign that had already achieved 70% of its target at the time of its public launch. Elsewhere: The Canadian première of ENRON (Theatre Calgary); Twelfth Night (Attic Theatre, Detroit); A Woman of No Importance (Hilberry Theater, Detroit). A champion of the arts and culture, Mr. Cimolino served as the Founding Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, New York's Lincoln Center and City Center, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He also spearheaded the Festival's involvement in a joint project with CUSO International, Canada's international volunteer co-operation agency, to establish a performing arts and educational centre in the city of Suchitoto, El Salvador.
2022: Designer of Richard III. 15th season. Stratford: Francesca has spent over 15 years working as a design assistant and designer at the Stratford Festival. Elsewhere: Francesca has worked as a designer and design assistant in Canada, the US and UK. While working in England as an art director for film and television (BBC and Channel 4), she also studied Architectural History at Oxford University and Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, and she has worked for English Heritage, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by William Morris, and for Condé Nast at The World of Interiors magazine. In memory of Gina my best friend and champion - I really miss you.
2022: Head of Design for the Stratford Festival and lighting designer of Chicago and Richard III. 18th season. Stratford (selected): Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, The Tempest, Napoli Milionaria!, Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: Piaf/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); The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); 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); The Other Place, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
2022: Director of Music Emeritus for the Stratford Festival and composer for Richard III. 44th season. Stratford: Director of Music, 1975-2009; composed/arranged/conducted over 90 productions, including The Mikado (U.S./Broadway/London), HMS Pinafore (U.S. tour), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Patience in Concert. Composer for Christopher Plummer's King Lear and Brian Bedford's The Importance of Being Earnest (Lincoln Center). Elsewhere: Theatre Royal Haymarket: Dame Maggie Smith's Virginia. Film/TV/Radio: NBC's Little Gloria… Happy at Last, TVO's Canadian Literature series (composer); numerous CBC radio and television productions. Training: Université de Montréal, B.Mus.; Western University, M.Mus. Awards: Dora: The Boy Friend (1981), The Mikado (1987). Tyrone Guthrie Award, contribution to theatre at large, 1973. Western University Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2000; Faculty of Music Wall of Fame, 2001; Doctor of Music degree, Western University, 2015. Member of the Order of Canada, 2001. Et cetera: Bert dedicates this season to the memory of Jeremy Lach.
2022: Sound designer of Richard III and The Miser. Fourth season. Stratford: Sound designer of Serving Elizabeth and Alice Through the Looking-Glass, composer and sound designer of The Front Page. Elsewhere: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Shaw Festival); The Crucible, La Bête, Bed and Breakfast (Soulpepper); The Children, Helen Lawrence, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); It's a Wonderful Life (MTC, Canadian Stage - live foley); Twelfth Night (NAC, Theatre Calgary); Theory, Other People's Children, The Vibrator Play (Tarragon); The War of the Worlds (Art of Time); Gziganes (Dancemakers). Recordings: Matador (Patricia O'Callaghan), Frey (Lenka Lichtenberg), Alchemy (Tasa). Awards: Six Dora Mavor Moore Awards for sound design, Juno nomination for Maza Meze. Online: johngzowski.com. Et cetera: As a musician/composer, John has performed at most of Canada's jazz and folk festivals.
2022: Supervising fight director for the 2022 season. 11th season. Stratford: Associate fight director: 2013-2020 seasons. Assistant fight director: 2004 and 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director: Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV: Stunts (selected): See (seasons two and three), The Lost Symbol, The Boys (three seasons), Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, Clarice, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Wayne, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Utopia Falls, Supergirl, Impulse, What We Do in the Shadows, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Orphan Black, Carrie, Total Recall. Training: Fight Master. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
Langham Directors' Workshop, 2022
2022: Assistant director of Richard III. Stratford debut. Directing: This Is Why We Live (Open Heart Surgery Theatre/La MaMa's 58th season); From Dawn 'Till Dusk: In Silence (Mana Contemporary/2nd Floor Rear); Trout Stanley (assistant director, Factory Theatre); Divisadero (assistant director, Necessary Angel). Playwriting: MH 370 (Fu-GEN Theatre); Erased (Experiments at La MaMa); The Hearing Trumpet (Brighton Fringe, UK); First Draft (Falaki Theater, Cairo/Camden People's Theatre, London, UK); Wild Women Podcast (co-created with Martha Ross, CBC/Canada Council Digital Originals); co-translated Pylade by Pasolini (Great Jones Repertory Theatre, New York City). In Residence: Factory Theatre's Bedrock Creators' Initiative, Cahoots Theatre Playwright-in-Residence. Training: École Internationale de Jacques Lecoq, University of Toronto's Drama Program, Director Training Enhancement at Factory Theatre. Coleen is part of the Young Vic Theatre's Creators Program in London, UK. Online: coleenmacpherson.com; openheartsurgerytheatre.com; @coleenshirin. Et cetera: Thanks Mom, for always taking me to Stratford as a child.
2022: Assistant lighting designer of Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well and Death and the King's Horseman. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Three Tall Women, R + J, Why We Tell the Story, You Can't Stop the Beat, Play On! and Freedom. Elsewhere: Lighting design for All the Sex I've Ever Had (Mammalian Diving Reflex; Tokyo, Kyoto and Seoul), Sex, Drugs and Criminality (Mammalian Diving Reflex; Riga), Bunk #7 (Raven Collective), Entrances and Exits (Howland Company), Kiviuq Returns (Qaggiavuut!/Banff Centre). Assistant lighting design for Fall for Dance North. Training: National Theatre School, Banff Centre, Queen's University. Et cetera: Much love and endless gratitude to Mom, Dad and Ryan.
2022: Assistant sound designer of Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well and The Miser. Stratford debut. Recent credits: Sound design: The Unbounded (ForWhat Collective, upcoming 2022); Chemical Valley Project (Broadleaf Theatre, Associate, 2019). Sound design assistant: Towards Youth: A play on Radical Hope (Project: Humanity, 2019). Audio technician: White Girls in Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2022); Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2022).
2022: Associate Fight Director of Richard III and Hamlet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Stage combat instructor: National Theatre School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Shakespearience, St. Andrews College. Film/TV: Stunts (selected): The Boys, See, Killjoys, Reacher, Dark Matter, The Expanse, Frankie Drake Mysteries and Rabid. @davidchin088.
2022: Assistant fight director for Hamlet, Richard III, Little Women, All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Is God Is (Canadian Stage/Obsidian/Necessary Angel), Three Women of Swatow, Theory, Girls Like That (Tarragon), The Nether (Coal Mine/Studio 180), Poison (Coal Mine), Hello Bertha, Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen, Rococo, Lithuania (Shaw Festival), Boeing, Boeing, Perfect Wedding (Magnus Theatre) Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Bash'd). Selected Film/TV: SkyMed (CBC), Let It Snow (Netflix), Shut Up (Short), Dark Matter (SyFy), XIII The Series (Showcase). Training: Ryerson University. Awards: My Entertainment World Award for Hamlet and many nominations, Dora Award Nomination for Kindertransport. Et cetera: Jenn is also an actor and voice performer and is grateful to have performed on stages across kanata (Canada).
2022: Stage manager of Richard III and assistant stage manager of The Miser. 30th season. Elsewhere: Back in 59 (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Cabaret (MTC), Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre), Orpheus Descending (MTC, Royal Alexandra Theatre), toured the Belfry Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking to the Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre, toured with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the NAC's The Mikado, The Lion King and Jane Eyre in Toronto. She has had the pleasure of working across Canada at the Grand Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Expo '86 in Vancouver. Et cetera: Annie lives in Stratford with her partner, Anne; their son, Callum; daughter Brianna; Luna, the cutest German Spitz/poodle ever; and two beautiful cats.
2022: Assistant stage manager of Richard III and The Miser. 21st season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: The Rez Sisters, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, Charlie Brown, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ever Yours, Oscar, Cabaret, My One and Only, South Pacific, Oliver!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Edward II, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anything Goes, Henry VI. Stage manager: Birmingham Conservatory, 2006, 2007. Awards: Recipient of the Tanya Award and three Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Holly would like to thank her husband, Steve, and children Jennica and Jackson, for all their love and support.
2022: Assistant stage manager of Richard III and All's Well That Ends Well. 35th season. Stratford: Festival productions include 21 Shakespearean plays plus Serving Elizabeth, The Front Page, Napoli Milionaria!, The School for Scandal, All My Sons, The Physicists, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Thrill, Wanderlust, The Grapes of Wrath, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Home, Memoir, Les Belles-Soeurs, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Amadeus, Little Women, The Country Wife, Pride and Prejudice, An Ideal Husband, Ghosts, The Lark, and a 1998 transfer to New York City of Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Elsewhere: Corinne has also worked for the Grand Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre, Red Barn Theatre, etc. Training: University of Waterloo. Et cetera: I am excited to resume working on the two Shakespeare plays which opened the first Stratford Festival season and are about to open the new Tom Patterson Theatre this season!
2022: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre. 22nd season. Stratford: In Meghan's 20+ seasons, she has served as production stage manager at all of the Festival's stages including the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy (2021). She has worked on Paradise Lost, The Virgin Trial, The Tempest (2010), A Little Night Music, The Physicists, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy, among others. Training: Meghan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from York University. Elsewhere: Meghan has most recently stage-managed Light at Tarragon Theatre; and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, and The Virgin Trial at Soulpepper Theatre. She has worked at the National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, toured New Brunswick with TNB, and stage-managed car and industrial trade shows and concerts. Respect and love to Beatrice, Ella & Peter.
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