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THE AENEID

by Olivier Kemeid
Translated by Maureen Labonté
Director Keira Loughran

In a contemporary echo of Virgil’s famous poem, a band of refugees flee their devastated city and embark on the perilous quest for a new country to call home.

New performances added on Wednesday, September 28, Saturday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 pm.


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Support for the 2016 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Gareth Potter
    Aeneas

    2016: Peter in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ralph in Shakespeare in Love and Aeneas in The Aeneid. 13th season. Stratford: Roger (She Stoops to Conquer), Thom (The Last Wife), Unicorn/Carpenter (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Sandy Tyrell (Hay Fever), Lodovico (Othello), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Louis the Dauphin (Henry V), Richmond (Richard III), Hosanna (Hosanna), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Proteus (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), Malcolm (Macbeth) (twice), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Nathaniel (Love's Labour's Lost), Edgar (King Lear), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Pierrot (Don Juan), Cromwell (Henry VIII). Elsewhere: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) (MTC); Clown (The 39 Steps) (Globe); Simon/Wahab (Scorched) (Citadel/Tarragon); Pierrot (Don Juan) (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde); Narrator (The Rape of Lucrece) (Theatre Ste. Catherine); Henry V (Henry V) (Gravy Bath). Training: National Theatre School, John Abbott College, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Michael Mawson Award, Chalmers Training Award. Et cetera: "Much love to Sarah and my girls."

     

     

    Monice Peter
    Creusa
     2016: Naiad in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Creusa in The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Step-Daughter in Six Characters in Search of an Author, Lord Stanley and Richard III in King Richard III (Birmingham Conservatory); L in A Beautiful View (Sage Theatre); The Dandelion Project (Verb Theatre); Josephine in Ruined (Ellipsis Tree Collective); Susan in Race (Ground Zero/Hit and Myth Productions). Film/TV: Trish on Supernatural; recurring roles on Proof, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce and The Returned. Radio: Co-host of CJSW's Breaking Techniques. Training: Mount Royal University, Stella Adler Chekov Intensive, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Betty Mitchell Award; Calgary Critics' Award nominations for A Beautiful View, The Dandelion Project and Race. Online: monicepeter.com. Et cetera: "Family and friends, you mean the world to me; thank you!"
    Lanise Antoine Shelley
    Elissa, Lucy, Helen
     2016: Third Witch in Macbeth, Sue Bayliss in All My Sons and Elissa, Lucy, Helen in The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Chicago: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Short Shakespeare!, Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Goodman Theatre; Lookingglass Theatre; Backroom Shakespeare. Elsewhere: Two Plays by Sophocles (Outside the Wire); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Eurydice, The Night is a Child, The Glass Menagerie, Gem of the Ocean, King Lear, Intimate Apparel, Sueno,Young Lady from Rwanda, Lady Windermere's Fan, The Crucible (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); American Repertory Theatre; Indiana Repertory Theater; Book-It Repertory Theater; Seattle Repertory Theatre. Film/TV: Chicago Fire (NBC), Goodman Theatre's Stop. Reset., Discovery World. Training: MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University; BFA from Cornish College of the Arts; certificate from BADA, Oxford, England; Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/2016 Chicago Fellow. Et cetera: Instagram: @Lantoines. "All things for my mom, Heidi and Jessi."
    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Anchises
    2016: Warden, Father Christmas in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tilney, Sir Robert de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love and Anchises in The Aeneid. Sixth season. Stratford: The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); The Castle (Storefront Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Innocence Lost (Centaur/NAC); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township (Blyth Festival); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, Nativity, Twelfth Night (NAC); Medea (Manitoba Theatre Centre/Mirvish); Macbeth, Othello (NAC/Citadel); The Elephant Man, Heaven, Beard of Avon (Canadian Stage); The Real Thing, Humble Boy (MTC); As You Like It, Blithe Spirit, Einstein's Gift (Citadel). Online: www.michaelspencerdavis.com.
    Saamer Usmani
    Achates
    2016: Kit Marlowe in Shakespeare in Love and Achates in The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Louis the Dauphin in King John, Suffolk in Henry VI: Parts I and II, Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi (LAMDA); Buckingham in Richard III (Birmingham Conservatory). Film/TV: Reign, Nikita, Covert Affairs. Voice: Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Et cetera:  Et cetera: Love and thanks to my family, Tedra and Angela.
    Bahareh Yaraghi
    Lavinia, Pyrgo
     2016: Lavinia, Pyrgo in The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Death of the King, Blood Wedding and Hallaj (Modern Times Stage Company); Le Placard and Les Zinspirés 2 (Théâtre Français de Toronto); HER2 (Nightwood); Moment and Bea (ARC); Minotaur (YPT); The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre); Prisoner of Tehran (TPM). Film/TV: Instant Star (CTV), Covert Affairs (USA). Training: Humber Theatre Performance, McGill University. Awards: Four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @baharehyaraghi; company website: arcstage.com. Et cetera: Bahareh is a proud member of ARC (Actors Repertory Company). Upcoming:Pomona (ARC), Unholy (Nightwood) and the remount of the multi-award winning Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna).
    Rodrigo Beilfuss
    Fellow Countryman
     2016: Young Siward in Macbeth, Frank Lubey in All My Sons and Fellow Countryman in The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Recent credits: Hamlet (Bravura Theatre), Sea Wall (Theatre by the River), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Ruins). Additional Shakespeare credits: King Lear (University of Winnipeg), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (TBTR), The Winter's Tale (Tom-Tom), The Merchant of Venice (SIR), Richard III, Measure for Measure (LAMDA). Credits as a director include the Canadian premières of Lungs, Bull, Generous and Cock (TBTR) and Private Lives (assistant director - Royal MTC). Training: The University of Winnipeg, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Online: rodrigobeilfuss.com; @RBeilfuss. Et cetera: Originally from Brazil, Rod moved to Winnipeg at age 18, where he discovered that Shakespeare made him feel tremendously giddy. He eventually moved to England in order to pursue classical training and now it feels good to call Stratford home!
    Josue Laboucane
    Achmaenides, Old Farmer

    2016: Troll in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Achmaenides, Old Farmer in The Aeneid. Fourth season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives, Tons of Money (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI in Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Vancouver's Bard on the Beach); The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, A Year with Frog and Toad, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: One Jessie Award; Sydney J. Risk Award. Et cetera: Josue is also a teacher, director and mask maker. Online: "Tweet me @josuelaboucane."

    Malakai Magassouba
    Ascanius
     2016: Ascanius in The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Background: Malakai loves to entertain others and see their smiles. He also loves participating in sports, especially soccer, baseball, swimming and hockey. Et cetera: Malakai is excited to make his debut with the Festival. He would like to thank his family for their support and Keira Loughran and her team for taking him under their wings!
    Tiffany Claire Martin
    Hotel Manager, The Old Woman
    2016: Dryad, Ensemble in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hotel Manager, The Old Woman in The Aeneid. Second season. Stratford: Katherine in Love's Labour's Lost and appeared in Hamlet. A participant in the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 Birmingham Conservatory. Elsewhere: Tiffany has played Vivian in The Devil We Know (Blyth Festival); Laurie in Spelling 2-5-5 (Carousel Players); Chorus in Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre Company); Feste in Twelfth Night (Humber River Shakespeare); Jill in Tough (Factory Theatre). TV/Online: Sydnie in The Strain (FX Network); Una in Leslieville (a Broken Stairs production); Sam in Sweet Fever (Sandbox Empire). Training: Humber College. Et cetera: "Thank you to all the amazing people who have supported and continue to support my joy of telling stories. Especially Mr. EAR."
    Mike Nadajewski
    Hector, Robert
    2016: Mr. Tumnus in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Adam, Boatman in Shakespeare in Love and Hector, Robert in The Aeneid. Seventh season. Stratford: Einstein in The Physicists, Hamlet, Peter Sellars's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar (also Broadway), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, As You Like It, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (also Mirvish), West Side Story. Elsewhere: George in Sunday in the Park with George (Talk Is Free Theatre), Emcee in Cabaret (Manitoba Theatre Centre) and the Canadian première of Peter and the Starcatcher (Western Canada Theatre). Other credits include productions with Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Drayton Entertainment, Charlottetown Festival, Talk Is Free Theatre (co-founder), and three seasons with the Shaw Festival. Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Online: @mikenadajewski.


    Andrew Robinson
    Coroebus, Graffiti Artist
    2016: Fox, Ensemble in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wabash in Shakespeare in Love  and Coroebus, Graffiti Artist in The Aeneid. Fourth season. Fourth season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Antony and Cleopatra, Mother Courage and Her Children. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Tons of Money. He recently had the pleasure of working in the Incubator on The Aeneid and Cue for Treason. Elsewhere: Andrew recently premièred his second solo show, He Crucified Me (Buddies/Rhubarb - playwright/performer); Our Ajax, Intuition of Iphigenia, Elektra in Bosnia (Women and War Project - Canada/Greece tour); Machina Nuptialis (Corpus Dance Projects); Bent (Theatre Engine); Russian Dolls (Buddies/Rhubarb - playwright/performer). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Et cetera: "Thank you to my mother, Anita, Martha Henry and the Birmingham family."
    Karen Robinson
    Beroe, Allecto, Immigration Officer, The Sybil
    2016: Nurse in Shakespeare in Love and Beroe, Allecto, Immigration Officer, The Sybil in The Aeneid. Sixth season. Stratford: The Physicists, Harlem Duet, The Duchess of Malfi, Shakespeare's Universe, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies, The Swanne, Eternal Hydra, Shadows. Elsewhere: Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest), Red Queen (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Condoleezza Rice (Stuff Happens), Nurse (Romeo and Juliet) (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian); Esther in Intimate Apparel (ATP); Prospera (The Tempest) (Canadian Stage); Doubt - A Parable (Citadel); 'da Kink in My Hair (U.K., U.S.); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish). Film/TV: Schitt's Creek, Shoot the Messenger (CBC); King, Slings and Arrows (Showcase); Corner Gas: The Movie, Ghett'A Life, Lars and the Real Girl, Saving Hope, Soul Food. Awards: Salento International Film Fest Award for Ghett'A Life; Sterling Award for Doubt - A Parable; NAACP Award for 'da Kink in My Hair; Dora Award for Riot.
    E.B. Smith
    The Scavenger, Allecto's Son

    2016: Seyton in Macbeth, Dr. Jim Bayliss in All My Sons  and  The Scavenger, Allecto's Son in The Aeneid. Sixth season. Stratford: Juan Murillo (The Physicists), Thaliard, Leonine (Pericles), Eilif (Mother Courage), Melun (King John), Alexas (Antony and Cleopatra), Bellievre (Mary Stuart), Abhorson (Measure for Measure), Cymbeline, Elektra, Richard III, Titus Andronicus. Elsewhere: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (The Mountaintop) (The Grand); Big Sam (Gone With the Wind) (RMTC); Seyton (Macbeth), Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet) (Chicago Shakespeare); Macduff (Macbeth) (First Folio Theatre); King (King Hedley II) (Karamu); Moustique (Dream on Monkey Mountain); Junior (Before It Hits Home); Cleveland Play House; Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Theater Wit, Chicago; The Great Lakes Theater Festival. Film/TV: The Beast (Sony), Ask Gilby, Maybe By Then, Thunder Bay (PBS). Training: Ohio University, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: E.B. would like to dedicate his work to his parents and grandmother, and to the memory of his Papa, who will always be in the front row.

    Olivier Kemeid
    Playwright
     2016: Playwright of The Aeneid. Olivier Kemeid, born in Montreal, is a playwright, director and actor. His work has been translated into English, German, Russian, Hungarian and Italian - and has been on tour internationally, in countries such as Canada, the United States, France, Belgium and Germany. He has written, among other plays, Five Kings (Leméac, 2015), based on the historical saga of Shakespeare's kings, a five-hour play created at Espace Go in Montreal and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The Aeneid (Lansman, 2008), his personal adaptation of Virgil's epic poem, has been nominated for the Governor General's Award for French-language drama in 2009. Me, in the red ruins of the century (Leméac, 2013), toured across Canada in 2013 and 2014, and won the award for Best Production in Montreal by the AQCT - Quebec's theatre critics' association.
    Maureen Labonté
    Translator
     2016: Translator of The Aeneid. Maureen Labonté is a translator, dramaturge and teacher. She has translated over 40 Quebec plays into English. And Slowly Beauty (Talonbooks), her translation of Lentement la beauté by Quebec City playwright Michel Nadeau, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award in Translation. Maureen has worked as a dramaturge and coordinated play development programs in theatres and play development centres across the country. She was the co-director of the Playwrights' Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts from 2006 to 2012 and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since the mid-'90s.
    Keira Loughran
    Director
     2016: Director of The Aeneid. Associate Producer, The Forum and Laboratory. 13th season. Stratford: As actor: Coriolanus, King John, Timon of Athens, Cymbeline. Other capacities: assistant director, choreographer and production dramaturge. Elsewhere: Directing: Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage), Pu-Erh (K'Now Theatre - Dora nomination), The Emancipation of Miss Lovely (Ngozika Productions), Little Dragon (SummerWorks Festival, with Marion de Vries - Dora nomination), Jasmine (SummerWorks Festival), Serious (Bare-Arse Productions). Founding Artistic Director of K'Now Theatre. Artistic Producer of SummerWorks Festival, 2005-2007. Actor, director, dramaturge and playwright with companies across Canada, notably Theatre Passe Muraille (The Yoko Ono Project, Sheroes), Nightwood Theatre (China Doll), Young People's Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Factory Theatre. Training: BFA, University of Alberta; 2005 Birmingham Conservatory. Awards (selected): Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award (2015). Et cetera: "For Varrick, who keeps it all together; and Emile and Rosy, who give it all perspective."
    Joanna Yu
    Designer
     2016: Designer of The Aeneid. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant designer of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wanderlust, The Misanthrope, Peter Pan, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bartholomew Fair. Elsewhere: Recently: Body Politic (costumes) - Buddies in Bad Times/Lemon Tree; Scarberia (set/costumes) - Young People's Theatre; We are Proud to Present… (costumes) - Theatre Centre; Butcher (costumes), Iceland (set/costumes) - Why Not Theatre; Great Expectations (set), A Christmas Story (set), Comedy of Errors (costumes) - Neptune Theatre; Intimate Apparel (set/costumes),Kingfisher Days (set/costumes) - The Grand Theatre; Morro and Jasp: Working 9-5 (set/costumes),The Unplugging (costumes) - Factory Theatre; The Wilberforce Hotel (set/costumes), St. Anne's Reel (set/costumes),Yorkville: The Musical (set/costumes) - Blyth Festival.Training: Theatre Production and Design, York University. Awards: Brian Jackson Award, Tanya Award (Stratford). Online: joannayudesign.com. Et cetera: Guest designer at George Brown College, Humber College, Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, Ryerson University and has guest lectured at York University.
    Itai Erdal
    Lighting designer
     2016: Lighting designer of The Aeneid. Fifth season. Stratford: Titus Andronicus, The Best Brothers, Hirsch, Elektra, The Thrill, Taking Shakespeare, Mother Courage and Her Children. Elsewhere: The Valley, She Stoops to Conquer, Intimate Apparel, Blue Box, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Arts Club); Where the Blood Mixes, A Christmas Carol, Vincent in Brixton (Vancouver Playhouse); The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, My Name is Rachel Corrie (Neworld Theatre); Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); Sweeney Todd (Citadel). Awards: Three Jessie Richardson Awards; Dora Award and Dublin Festival Design Award for The Four Horsemen Project (Volcano); Critics' Choice Spotlight Award for The Life Inside (Belfry); ADC's Jack King Award. Online: itaierdal.com; theelbow.ca. Et cetera: Itai's one-man show How to Disappear Completely (The Chop) has toured to 19 cities and continues to tour nationally and internationally. He is the artistic director of The Elbow Theatre in Vancouver.
    Debashis Sinha
    Sound designer
     2016: Composer and sound designer for Breath of Kings: Rebellion  and Breath of Kings: Redemption and sound designer of The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Numerous sound and music credits for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Soulpepper Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Centre, Pleiades, Project Humanity, Tribal Crackling Wind, inDance and others; appearances at Madrid Abierto, Banff Centre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, ISEA, Music Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario and other venues. Radio/Recordings: Radio works broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, Radio National España, Banff New Media Institute, NAISA; numerous solo recordings, audio artworks, and audiovisual and live cinema projects. Awards: Dora Award for Original Music and Sound for Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille), XIV Radio Works Prize (Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporanea). Online: debsinha.com.
    Bob White
    Dramaturge
     2016: Director of New Plays. Dramaturge of Bunny and The Aeneid. Eighth season. Stratford: Dramaturge of The Last Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank,  Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Hirsch, Hosanna and King of Thieves. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999 to 2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Colony (1997 to 2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979 to 1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Member, Order of Canada; Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary; Diamond Jubilee Medal; eight Betty Mitchell Award nominations and three wins: "Outstanding Direction" (Calgary).
    Tedi Tafel
    Movement coach

    2016: Movement coach for The Aeneid. Stratford: 2007, 2009, invited teacher (Nicholas Pennell Fund). Elsewhere: Tedi is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Montreal. She makes site-specific performance events that blend movement, sound, video and architecture. Over the past 20 years, her work has been presented throughout Canada, in Europe, Iceland and New York. 2014-15, movement coach: Hroses, The Supine Cobbler, writer/director, Jill Connell; principal movement teacher, National Theatre School of Canada (2001-2013). Training: In Japan with Butoh masters Min Tanaka and Kazuo Ohno and her ongoing work with Authentic Movement pioneers Janet Alder and Judith Koltai. Awards: Jacqueline Lemieux Award (Canada Council for the Arts), inaugural recipient of the Simms Family Award (for teaching excellence at the National Theatre School of Canada).

     

    Suba Sankaran
    Singing coach
    2016: Singing coach for The Aeneid. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sound design/composition for Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre), Same Same But Different (Nightswimming/Theatre Passemuraille), The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre), Bombay Black (Nightswimming/Cahoots Theatre Projects), Bard's Bus Tour (Driftwood Theatre), Funny Boy (CBC). Et cetera: Soulpepper resident artist (six years). Suba is a DORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist who has performed worldwide with Autorickshaw, Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay Duo and Retrocity (80s a cappella). Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and performing with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingle Singers. Suba is a recording artist, choral director, arranger, educator, composer and producer. She has created music for theatre, film, radio and dance. Highlights include collaborations with Deepa Mehta and the CBC. She's very excited about her debut in Stratford! Online: subasankaran.com; autorickshaw.ca; freeplayduo.com; retrocity.ca.
    Jessica Carmichael
    Assistant director
     2016: Assistant director of The Aeneid. Second season. Stratford: Assistant director: Christina, The Girl King. Elsewhere: Directing (selected): Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, Spelling 2-5-5 (Carousel Players); City Treaty (Brock University); Savage (Native Earth Performing Arts); Treaty No. 9 (Aluna Theatre/Rutas Panamericanas); girls!girls!girls! (SummerWorks 2013). Jessica has acted with such companies as Suitcase In Point, Gravybath/Montreal Young Company, Tarragon Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Northern Light Theatre and Catalyst Theatre. Film/TV: A Louder Silence, I Think I Do, Mentors, Heart of the Sun. Training: MFA in Directing (University of Alberta); MA in Text and Performance Studies (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art/King's College London); Acting Program (The National Theatre School of Canada). Online: carouselplayers.com. Et cetera: Jessica is of Scottish, Irish, Polish and Métis heritage. She is the Artistic Director of Carousel Players.

     

    Melissa Rood
    Stage manager
    2016: Stage manager of The Aeneid and assistant stage manager of Shakespeare in Love. 16th season. Stratford: More than 30 productions: favourites include The Last Wife, Christina, the Girl King, Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two, and Henry VElsewhere: Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Nightwood Theatre, Belfry Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Canadian Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, stadium spectacles in Doha, Qatar, and national tours to the Arctic, among others. Rood has supported the development of several new translations and world premières, most recently HER2, The Carousel and the opera Stickboy, based on the book by spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan. Training: Sheridan College (Technical Production) and University of Waterloo (Social Development Studies). Awards: Proud recipient of the KP Hay Award. Et cetera: "Happiness isn't good enough for me. I demand euphoria!" #renegabe
    Kim Lott
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Assistant stage manager of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Aeneid. 19th season. Stratford: Selected stage manager credits: The Matchmaker, Titus Andronicus, Evita, West Side Story. Assistant stage manager credits (selected): South Pacific, The King and I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere: Selected stage manager credits: Ring of Fire, Hana's Suitcase, Annie, Twist and Shout (Grand Theatre); My Fair Lady (Drayton Entertainment). Assistant stage manager credits (selected): The Spitfire Grill, Proof (Grand Theatre); Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opera Ontario); The Who's Tommy (Elgin Theatre). A joyful member of Stratford's community choir, Sing for the Joy of It. Et cetera: "To my loved ones who share their smiles, laughter, joy and kindness and who empower and inspire me every day: thank you for being you... let's keep celebrating."
    Angela Marshall
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre and assistant stage manager of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 16th season. Stratford: Carousel, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Three Musketeers, Taking Shakespeare, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Camelot, Merry Wives of Windsor, Jacques Brel, As You Like It, Forum, Bartholomew Fair, The Trojan Women, Palmer Park, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Henry IV, Part 1, The Liar, Orpheus Descending, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, King Henry VIII, The King and I, Private Lives, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere: Favourites: Einstein's Gift (The Grand); Trying (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Sylvia (Globe Theatre); Dear Santa (Theatre New Brunswick); The All Night Strut! (Stirling Festival Theatre); Flying on Her Own (Neptune); Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun (Theatre Orangeville); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); Godspell (Waterloo Stage Theatre). Et cetera: Angela thanks her family and friends for all of their love and support.
    Marylu Moyer
    Production stage manager
     2016: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre. 36th season. Stratford: Part of the Festival's stage management team since 1986, Marylu has worked on 45 different productions. She has also been production stage manager of the Avon, Tom Patterson and Studio theatres and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: At theatre companies across Canada, in the United States and as far away as Singapore, Marylu has stage-managed favourites such as Anne of Green Gables, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Christmas Carol, Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Our Town, The Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare's Will and The Syringa Tree. Most recently she stage-managed The Secret Mask at Globe Theatre. Awards: Marylu was the recipient of a 2009 Tanya Award.

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