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August 2 – October 14 |
Opens August 18


by Molière 
In a new version by Richard Bean 
from a literal translation by Chris Campbell 
Director Antoni Cimolino

Audience Advisory »

Need a pick-me-up? We prescribe this riotous farce about a father who’s healthy, wealthy and hilariously unwise. (May cause hysteria, convulsions and elevated levels of delight.)

This production is dedicated to the memory of designer Desmond Heeley.

Production support is generously provided by Sylvia D. Chrominska, by Dr. Dennis & Dorothea Hacker, by Dr. Desta Leavine, by Drs. M.L. Myers & the late W.P. Hayman and by Dr. Robert & Roberta Sokol.

Support for the 2016 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Claire & Daniel Bernstein.



    Portrait of Stephen Ouimette
    Stephen Ouimette
    2016: Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love and Argan/Molière in The Hypochondriac. Director: Birmingham Conservatory. 22nd season. Stratford: The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Twelfth Night, The Homecoming, The Importance of Being Earnest, All's Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, King John, No Exit, Hamlet, Richard III, Amadeus,Julius Caesar. Director of Timon of Athens. Elsewhere: The Iceman Cometh, directed by Robert Falls (Goodman Theatre, 2012; BAM, 2015); The Alchemist (Yale Rep); Endgame (NAC); Troilus and Cressida, The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare); La Bête, directed by Matthew Warchus (Broadway/West End); leading roles across Canada. Film/TV: Mentors, I Was a Rat, After Alice, Conspiracy of Silence, The Adjuster, Firing Squad. Awards: Gemini (Slings and Arrows), Blizzard (Heater), Doras (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Seven Stories, B Movie: The Play), Ottawa Critics Circle (I Am My Own Wife), Sterling (La Bête).
    Portrait of Brigit Wilson
    Brigit Wilson
    2016: First Witch in Macbeth, Duchess Senior in As You Like It and Toinette in The Hypochondriac. 11th season. Stratford: Pericles, The Alchemist, The Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Triumph of Love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending (Stratford, MTC, Mirvish), The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, The Grapes of Wrath, King John, Christina, Mother Courage. Elsewhere: Clytemnestra in Agamemnon (Next Stage Festival); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand Theatre/Five & Dime Productions - Dora nomination); Enron (Theatre Calgary); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Glorious, Man of La Mancha (TBTB); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Another Season's Harvest (Blyth); The Odd Couple (Segal Centre). TV: Harriet Sims on The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: Twitter: @HOOPOOHEART.
    Portrait of Ben Carlson
    Ben Carlson
    Beralde/La Thorilliere
    2016: Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Beralde/La Thorilliere in The Hypochondriac. Ninth season. Stratford: Hamlet, Petruchio, Benedick, Leontes, Brutus, Octavius, Fluellen, Feste, Touchstone, Tranio, Captain von Trapp (The Sound of Music), Charles (Blithe Spirit), Alceste (The Misanthrope), Jack (The Importance of Being Earnest), Chaplain (Mother Courage and Her Children), Burleigh (Mary Stuart). Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: Tanner (Man and Superman); over 25 productions. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Hamlet, Macbeth, Frank in The School for Lies and Pericles. Various favourites: London Road, Canadian Stage; Cloud 9, Mirvish Productions; Our Town, Soulpepper Theatre; Berowne, NAC; Biff, Death of a Salesman, Neptune Theatre; Marchbanks, Candida, Theatre Calgary; Private Gar, Philadelphia Here I Come!, Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia). Film/TV: The Strain, Reign, The Anniversary, Saving Hope, The Firm, Rookie Blue, Warehouse 13, Grey Gardens, Slings and Arrows. Awards: Joseph Jefferson, Hamlet; Dora Mavor Moore, Torvald, The Doll's House.

    Portrait of Trish Lindström
    Trish Lindström
     2016: Celia in As You Like It, Beline in The Hypochondriac and understudy in Macbeth. Fifth season. Stratford: Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Alice), A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play (Titania/Hermia), The Tempest (Miranda), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lucetta), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), The Trojan Women, The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Elsewhere: Once - Dora Award (Mirvish); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (RMTC); A Misfortune (Next Stage); The Mousetrap (Aquarius); Bloodless (Theatre 20 - founding artist); The Game of Love and Chance (Canadian Stage); In the Next Room (Tarragon/RMTC); Exit the King, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Soulpepper); Assassins - Dora nomination (Birdland/TIFT); Mimi - Dora nomination (Tarragon); Shaw Festival (five seasons); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Greatest Gift (TIFT); Dancing in Poppies (Grand); Mary's Wedding (Ship's Company); Pippi Longstocking (MTYP); Emily (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Dorothy's Secret, Jack in the Box, Murdoch Mysteries. Training: National Theatre School. Et cetera: Trish as a photographer:
    Portrait of Eric Abel
    Eric Abel
    La Troupe de Molière
    2016: Butch in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Funny Girl (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora nomination (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival), gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: "Much love to Mom and Dad, Devon, TH gang and all my friends whose love and support means the world."
    Portrait of Petrina Bromley
    Petrina Bromley
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Rosalind in As You Like It, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac and understudy in Macbeth. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Bonnie in Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre); Violet in Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Claudia Roe in Enron, Elsa in The Sound of Music, Dorine in Tartuffe, Alcyone in Metamorphoses (National Arts Centre). Training: Memorial University of Newfoundland, School of Music. Online: @petieb. Et cetera: At home in St. John's, Newfoundland, Petrina also works as a director, writer, composer and musician. She is delighted to be making her Stratford debut.
    Portrait of David Collins
    David Collins
    Monsieur Purgon, King's Attendant
     2016: Ross in Macbeth, Corin in As You Like It and Monsieur Purgon, King's Attendant in The Hypochondriac. Eighth season. Stratford: The Adventures of Pericles (Cerimon), The Alchemist (Lovewit), King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Richard III (Rivers), Titus Andronicus, The Tempest (Francisco), Macbeth (Seyton), Caesar and Cleopatra (Theodotus). Elsewhere: Shakuntala (Premiere Dance Theatre); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish); The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Donut City (Canadian Stage); Pusha Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Passe Muraille); Top Gun the Musical (Factory Theatre/N.Y.C.); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Walls (VECC). Founding member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Ubisoft, 12 Monkeys, Jean of the Jones, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, The Firm, 11 Cameras, ReGenesis, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, MVP, Warehouse 13, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Rookie Blue, XIII. Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.
    Portrait of Stephen Cota
    Stephen Cota
    King's Attendant, La Troupe de Molière
    2016: Larry in and assistant choreographer of A Chorus Line and King's Attendant, La Troupe de Molière appears in and choreographer of The Hypochondriac. 11th season. Stratford: Credits include assistant choreographer of The Sound of Music; Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013 and 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific; choreographer for Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Elsewhere: Assistant choreographer of West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); The Little Mermaid, White Christmas, Annie (Drayton Entertainment); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre); Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone, Evita (Theatre Calgary and MTC); Forever Swing (Winter Garden Theatre); Cinderella (Grand Theatre). Et cetera: Stephen would like to thank his family for their constant support, especially his wife, Rachel.
    Portrait of Colton Curtis
    Colton Curtis
    La Troupe de Molière
    2016: Mark in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Light Up the Sky, Prentiss, Scott, Alf cover in Peter and the Starcatcher (Shaw Festival); On the Town (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, New York); Pip in Great Expectations (Highlands Summer Festival); Excalibur Trilogy (Florence Ballet Company, Italy); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival); Hello, Dolly!, A Doll's House, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Sheridan). Training: Colton is a proud graduate of the Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Awards: Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award (2012, 2013, 2014). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @coltonccurtis. Et cetera: "Endless thanks to the creative teams, Bruce, Geoff and the Talent House gang, and to my loving family. Kick ball change!"
    Portrait of Ijeoma Emesowum
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Third Doctor, La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Gentlewoman in Macbeth, Phebe in As You Like It and Third Doctor, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Maria in Love's Labour's Lost, Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Five seasons with the Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, The Admirable Crichton, The Women, The Devil's Disciple, Born Yesterday; Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Festival HD). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Online: Twitter: @UsoIje. Et cetera: "Love and thanks to my family and Jake."
    Portrait of JJ Gerber
    JJ Gerber
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Troy in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Willie Boulter in Anne of Green Gables (Drayton Entertainment), Arthur in Brantwood (Brantwood), Ensemble in Parade (Lincoln Center), Eli in It's a Wonderful Christmas (CPA Entertainment), Michael in Signed Sealed Delivered (Bathurst Street Theatre), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (CPA Entertainment). Film/TV: Supporting lead, Cypher, in Bibleman; series lead in RockidsTV; supporting lead, Splinter, in Godrocks: Live in Miami; Christmas with the Clemons; dancer, MMVAs. Radio/Recordings: Solo album, Outside, available on iTunes. Training: Sheridan College. Awards: Dora Audience Choice Award for Brantwood. Online:; @jj_gerber. Et cetera: JJ dedicates this season to all the performers who have ever been afraid to follow their dreams.
    Portrait of Luke Humphrey
    Luke Humphrey
     2016: Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love and Cleante in The Hypochondriac. Fourth season. Stratford: D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, Murph in Taking Shakespeare, Williams in Henry V, appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Elsewhere: Ivan in Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre), Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (MTC, Mirvish), Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (Segal Centre), Friar in The Last of Romeo and Juliet (Talk Is Free Theatre). Film/TV: Motive, Saving Hope (CTV), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Ronny & i, Cruel But Necessary. Training: BFA from NYU; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Anne Selby Guthrie Award (2012). Online:; Twitter: @humphrey_luke.
    Portrait of Peter Hutt
    Peter Hutt
    Monsieur Diafoirerhoea
    2016: Second Murderer, Old Siward in Macbeth and Monsieur Diafoirerhoea in The Hypochondriac. 17th season. Peter dedicates his 41st year in the business to his late son, Adam. Stratford: Includes Measure for Measure (Escalus), Mary Stuart (Aubespine), Othello (Brabantio), Cymbeline (Doctor), Elektra (Old Man), The Misanthrope (Oronte), The Tempest (Alonso), Richard III (Buckingham), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus, Elizabeth Rex (portraying William Shakespeare), Macbeth. Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: 20 seasons including An Inspector Calls, Belle Moral, The Philanderer and Summer and Smoke. Mr. Hutt's career has taken him across Canada, to the Tarragon, Citadel, Neptune and Grand theatres, Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre and Toronto's Royal Alexandra. Film/TV: Includes The Age of Dorian, Forever Knight, The Taming of the Shrew (CBC), Breaking All the Rules, Echoes in the Darkness and CBC Television's much-acclaimed production of Elizabeth Rex. Awards: Dora nomination, Patience (Tarragon Theatre).
    Portrait of Robin Hutton
    Robin Hutton
    La Troupe de Molière
    2016: Hymen in As You Like It and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Eighth season. Stratford: Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), The Adventures of Pericles, Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Crazy for You (Irene), Fiddler on the Roof, 2013 and 2000 (Tzeitel), Tommy, Wanderlust (Louise), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), Henry V, As You Like It, 2010. Elsewhere: Cinderella (Grand Theatre); Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC); A Hutton Family Christmas, James Bond/ABBA in Concert (Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra); Betty in White Christmas (Aquarius, Neptune); Maria in The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Mamma Mia! (Royal Alex; Vancouver); A Foggy Day, Lady Windermere's Fan, Easy Virtue (Shaw); Dance Legends (Drayton); The Who's Tommy (Germany); Anne of Green Gables, Guys and Dolls (Charlottetown). Et cetera: Robin, a proud Newfoundlander, resides in Stratford with her husband, Steve Patterson, and their sons, Hutton and Wesley Patterson.
    Portrait of Galen Johnson
    Galen Johnson
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Frank in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Fourth season. Stratford: Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance. Elsewhere: We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Siegfried (COC); Mary Poppins (Aquarius); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot (North American tours); Guys and Dolls, Evita, The Pirates of Penzance, Me and My Girl, Anne of Green Gables (Drayton); Riff in West Side Story, Peter Pan, understudy Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Silvermist); Alec in Anne and Gilbert (Ontario tour, TIP); Houdini (Saidye Bronfman); Twist and Shout, The Pirates of Penzance (Chemainus); Victor/Victoria (Stage West Calgary); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival YC). Training: Canadian College of Performing Arts, Victoria, B.C.; inaugural member of CCPA's performance company, Company C. Et cetera: Galen is also a talented drummer and a stop-motion animator. "For Cydney, Chuck and Heather."
    Portrait of Sharon Kahan
    Sharon Kahan
    Flute, Piccolo (onstage)
    2016: Flute, Piccolo and Alto Flute in A Little Night Music, Flute, Piccolo (onstage) in The Hypochondriac. 19th season. Stratford: Sharon has played for the Festival since 1994, performing in the orchestra for such productions as Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof and the 2012 production of Wanderlust. Elsewhere: Sharon is a lecturer in the Performance Department at Western University, where she teaches flute and coaches chamber music. She performs regularly with orchestras and ensembles throughout Ontario, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and played principal flute for the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra's 2012 tour of China. She has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the International Symphony and Orchestra London (Celtic Pops). Training: Master of Music in Performance and Literature from Western University.
    Portrait of John Kirkpatrick
    John Kirkpatrick
    Deuxfois, Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant

    2016: Doctor in Macbeth, Oliver in As You Like It and Deuxfois, Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Marcellus, Fortinbras in Hamlet, Philip, Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew, Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost, René Descartes in Christina, The Girl King, Red Knight/Walrus in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Jaques in As You Like It, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Jake in Stones in His Pockets, Sam in Fully Committed (Citadel); Slim in Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Roy Darwin in Counsellor-at-Law (Theatre Calgary); Everard in Age of Arousal, Ned in The Gift of the Coat (ATP); Milan in Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Kent in King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival.) Film/TV: Blackstone, Mixed Blessings. Training: BFA, Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure, Citadel Theatre. Et cetera: Love to Breanna.

    Portrait of Ian Lake
    Ian Lake
    Thomas Diafoirerhoea
     2016: Macbeth in Macbeth and Thomas Diafoirerhoea in The Hypochondriac. Seventh season. Stratford: Mortimer in Mary Stuart, Orestes in Elektra, Arviragus in Cymbeline, Joey in The Homecoming, Silvius in As You Like It, Florizel in The Winter's Tale, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Trouble-All in Bartholomew Fair, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost. Elsewhere: Once (Mirvish - Dora nomination, Outstanding Performance in a Musical); The Valley, This Is War (Tarragon); For This Moment Alone (Theatre Aquarius); Amadeus (Segal Centre); Schoolhouse, Lost Heir (Blyth Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Resurgence Theatre). Film/TV: Catch Ian as Anson on Bitten (Syfy/Space); Brace for Impact (Incendo); Remedy, Bomb Girls, Rookie Blue (Global); Beauty and the Beast (CW); The Divide (WE/AMC); Flashpoint (CTV). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: 2009 Michael Mawson Award. Online: Twitter: @SirIanoftheLake. Instagram: @ianhlake. Et cetera: Ian is also a singer and songwriter. His single "This Isn't My Day" is available on iTunes.
    Portrait of Jamie Mac
    Jamie Mac
    First Doctor, Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant, La Troupe de Molière
    2016: Lennox in Macbeth, Silvius in As You Like It and First Doctor, Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Kastril (The Alchemist), Fisherman (Pericles), Danny McArthur (The Physicists), Young Soldier (Mother Courage and Her Children), Towrus (Antony and Cleopatra). Birmingham Conservatory: Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Polixenes in The Winter's Tale. Theatre: Jacob Mercer in Salt-Water Moon (NAC); Laurie in Vimy (GCTC); Clown in The 39 Steps (Stage West); David Jung in Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion); Michael in The Elephant Song (Beothuk Street Players); Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Sea); Jerry in Zoo Story (Reid Theatre). Film/TV: Beauty and the Beast, Republic of Doyle, Covert Affairs, Life With Derek. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson University, BFA Acting. Awards: For The Elephant Song: Walter C. Chambers Memorial Scholarship, D.A. Matthews Memorial Scholarship, Honorary Chairman's Award for Best Actor. Et cetera: Jamie is from St. John's, NL.
    Portrait of Jordan Mah
    Jordan Mah
    La Troupe de Molière

    2016: Butch in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Luis in West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); Clara's Dream and Shumka at 50! China tour (Shumka/SPI Productions); Angel in Rent and Fector in Dogfight (Edmonton Fringe); Larry in Company (Grant MacEwan Theatre). Training: Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts. Awards: Sterling Award for West Side Story, Citadel Theatre. Online: Twitter: @Jordan_Mah; Instagram: @Djmah5. Et cetera: Jordan would like to thank his family, friends and mentors for all the incredible support. "Life is a whirlwind, so spread those wings and fly!" 

    Portrait of Allison McCaughey
    Allison McCaughey
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Swing in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American tour); Spamalot, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy for You (Drayton Entertainment); Chicago (Stage West); The Producers (Neptune Theatre); Cabaret,Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius); Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins (Capitol Theatre). Film/TV: Warehouse 13, Arranged. Training: Sheridan College (Musical Theatre), York University (Masters of Fine Arts - Dance). Et cetera: Allison has just completed a Master's degree focusing on the chorus women of Canadian musical theatre. Being asked to be a part of A Chorus Line could not have been more serendipitous and she is unbelievably grateful for the opportunity to perform in her first season at the Stratford Festival with this show. Her dedication is to these women of the chorus and to everyone who has helped along her journey - specifically Mom, Dad and Meg!
    Portrait of Terry McKenna
    Terry McKenna
    Baroque Guitar (onstage)
    2016: Baroque Guitar (onstage) in The Hypochondriac. 35th season. Terry has performed locally, in Toronto and nationally on modern and historical instruments of the guitar and lute families, appearing with the Toronto Consort, Nota Bene and other ensembles. Two stand-out recordings of his are Throw the House Out the Windowe (Marquis Classics) and Joyner's Dream - The Kingsfold Suite (Outside Music). He can be heard on soundtracks for The Tudors, The Borgias, Vikings and The Sweet Hereafter. On June 4 of this year, Terry will perform Mauro Giuliani's Concerto for Terz Guitar with the KWCO, Kitchener, Ontario. Terry is a professor of guitar and lute at Wilfrid Laurier University. Terry is also music director for Playmakers!, the youth theatre school run by his wife, Susan Kennedy.
    Portrait of Julia McLellan
    Julia McLellan
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Val in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: For Mirvish Productions: Lauren, Nicola understudy in Kinky Boots, Dorothy alternate in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz (Toronto and first national tour). For Drayton Entertainment: Ariel Moore in Footloose, Snow White in Snow White: The Panto. Ariel Moore in Footloose (Rainbow Stage); Lig & Bittle, Canada Rocks! (STF); Maureen in Rent (Theatre Sheridan). Training: A proud graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre Program. Online:; Instagram: @juliaemilymclellan. Et cetera: Julia would like to thank Bruce, Geoff, Jonathan and the entire Talent House gang, her incredible family, and her partner in crime, Mike.
    Portrait of Donna-Claire McLeod
    Donna-Claire McLeod
    Oboe (onstage)
    2016: Oboe (onstage) in The Hypochondriac 32nd season. Stratford: Donna-Claire has been a member of the Stratford Festival orchestra since 1981, performing both live and recorded music in over 50 productions, including onstage performances in The Imaginary Invalid ('93) and Cyrano ('94). Elsewhere: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment, Tapestry Music Theatre and freelancing in the Toronto area, where for the past 15 years she has also been the orchestral contractor for the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers. Education: Graduate of Mount Allison University ('79). Awards: Recipient of Maude Whitmore and Tyrone Guthrie awards. Et cetera: Donna-Claire happily spends the remainder of her time on her 160-acre horse farm on Georgian Bay with her husband, musician Ian Harper, their flock of sheep and five hyperkinetic border collies.
    Portrait of Reid McTavish
    Reid McTavish
    La Troupe de Molière
    2016: Swing in A Chorus Line  and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Henry in Damn Yankees (Theatre Sheridan); Singin' in the Rain (Capitol Theatre); Diesel in West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Neleus in Mary Poppins, Bickle in Footloose (Rainbow Stage). Training: Reid just finished his third year in the Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Online: @reidmctavish. Et cetera: "There are moments in life that change everything. This is one of them. I am so honoured and excited to be part of the Stratford Festival. A huge thanks to my family for their unwavering support, to my close friend and mentor Jay T. Schramek for all of your guidance, to Bruce and the whole TH gang, and to all of my wonderful teachers and friends at Sheridan. Enjoy! 5, 6, 7, 8!"

    Portrait of Matt Nethersole
    Matt Nethersole
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Richie in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ken Page in Ain't Misbehavin' (Magnus Theatre), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (360 Screenings), ensemble in Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival), Franklin Shephard in Merrily We Roll Along (Theatre Sheridan), Padamadan/Nickos in Legally Blonde (Drayton), Duane in Hairspray (Rainbow Stage), ensemble in Elf the Musical (The Grand). Film/TV: Little Mosque on the Prairie, Ghost Trackers, series lead in The Moblees and dancer in Degrassi Goes Hollywood, The Strain, Beauty and the Beast and Pompeii. Recordings: Original cast recording, Come From Away (CMTP). Training: Sheridan College - Musical Theatre Performance graduate. Online: Twitter: @mattnethersole; Instagram: @MATTNETHERSOLE.
    Portrait of Sarah Orenstein
    Sarah Orenstein
    Patient, La Troupe de Molière

    2016: Queen Elizabeth, Molly in Shakespeare in Love and Patient, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Fourth season. Stratford: Penfield (Possible Worlds), Widow (The Taming of the Shrew), White Queen (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Matilda (Zastrozzi). Elsewhere: Sarah has appeared on stages across Canada for over 40 years. Originally from Halifax, she stepped on the boards at the age of five for the Neptune Theatre. A regular on Toronto stages: Hope Slide, The Optimists, The Retreat, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Mrs. Klein - Tarragon; The Normal Heart, Stuff Happens, God of Carnage - Studio 180 and Mirvish; Apple, Beyond Mozambique - Factory; The Stillborn Lover - TPM. She worked 13 seasons with Shaw Festival: Heartbreak House, The Millionairess, The Playboy of the Western World, Detective Story, Blithe Spirit, Councillor at Law. Film/TV: Fugitive Pieces, The Calling, Reign, Rookie Blue. Awards: Dora Mavor Moore, Patience; Capital Critics' Circle, Doll's House

    Portrait of Sanjay Talwar
    Sanjay Talwar
    Louis XIV
     2016: Menteth in Macbeth, Touchstone in As You Like It  and  Louis XIV in The Hypochondriac. Sixth season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Hay Fever, Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Rice Boy, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: The Road to Paradise (Human Cargo); Free Outgoing (Nightwood); Around the World in 80 Days (ATP); two seasons at the Shaw Festival; The Story (Theatre Columbus); Bombay Black (Cahoots/Arts Club); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, director of The Merchant of Venice and Artistic Director for five seasons (Shakespeare in the Rough); five seasons at Dream in High Park; Helen's Necklace (Tarragon and Pi Theatre - Jessie Award). Film/TV: Orphan Black, Puck Hogs, The Border, Flashpoint, Guns, Supernatural, Murder Unveiled. Training: Dalhousie University.
    Portrait of Shannon Taylor
    Shannon Taylor
    Angelique/Armand Bejart

    2016: Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love and Angelique/Armand Bejart in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, She Stoops to Conquer, The Sound of Music, Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary); True (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre); When the World Was Green, The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground); Salt-Water Moon (Thousand Islands Playhouse); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel Theatre); The Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); Johnny Belinda, Pygmalion (Montgomery Theatre, P.E.I.); Scenes from the Bathhouse, Emily (Talk Is Free Theatre). Recordings: Première CD recording of Cyrano featuring Brent Carver and David Rogers. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson Theatre School (BFA). Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Dora nomination for The Jones Boy (Outstanding Performance). Et cetera: "Deepest gratitude to my Taylor and Pasyk families, Angela and Peter for their love and support."

    Portrait of Dayna Tietzen
    Dayna Tietzen
    La Troupe de Molière
     2016: Cassie in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, Anita in West Side Story, The Producers, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre); Fräulein Kost in Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); puppeteer of Joey, Topthorn and Goose in War Horse (Toronto/U.S. national tour/Japan); Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show, Ghost of Christmas Future in Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol, Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius); Lady Anne in Camelot (U.S. national tour/Drayton Entertainment); Clara in Broadway on Argyle St. (Willpower Theatre); Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show (Citadel Theatre); West Side Story (Portland Centre Stage); Houdini the Musical (Segal Centre). Film/TV: Hellcats (CW Network), Save the Last Dance 2 (Paramount). Online:; @DaynaTietzen. Et cetera: "For my parents, who have always believed."
    Portrait of Brian Tree
    Brian Tree
     2016: Old Man in Macbeth, Adam in As You Like It and understudy in The Hypochondriac. 27th season. Stratford: Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Sir Nathaniel (Love's Labour's Lost), Cardinal Pandulph (King John), Humpty Dumpty (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Elbow (Measure for Measure), Melvil (Mary Stuart), Pisanio (Cymbeline), Wasp (Bartholomew Fair), Erronius (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Costard (Love's Labour's Lost), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stephano (The Tempest), Joxer Daly (Juno and the Paycock), Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Dolly Spanker (London Assurance), Oswald (King Lear), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: Various roles (The Sneeze and other Chekhov one-acts), Talk Is Free Theatre; Jimmy (The Pitmen Painters), Theatre Aquarius; Michael (Someone Who'll Watch Over Me), Kemp (Vigil), Tarragon Theatre; Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Canadian Stage; Harry (The Sum of Us), Belfry Theatre; Jim (Passion), Grand Theatre; the Player (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Touchmark.
    Portrait of Rylan Wilkie
    Rylan Wilkie
    Monsieur Fleurant, Second Doctor
    2016: Wessex in Shakespeare in Love and Monsieur Fleurant, Second Doctor in The Hypochondriac. Third season. Stratford: Pericles, The Alchemist, The Physicists, Christina, The Girl King, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, King John. Elsewhere: Enron, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm Show, Having Hope at Home, The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Blue Planet (YPT); Macbeth, Mother Courage, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe); East of Berlin, The December Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Shakespeare's Dog, The Blue Light, NiX, Oliver Twist, The Shape of Things, Proof, Moliere (ATP); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Three Tall Women (MTC); Othello, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare by the Bow). Film/TV: Homefront, Blue Smoke, The Secret of the Nutcracker, See This Movie. Training: National Theatre School. Awards: Stratford's 2014 John Hirsch Award; Betty Mitchell Award, Vincent in Brixton. Et cetera: "Much love to Jim, Linda, Jared and Raegan."



    Playwright: The Hypochondriac

    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, who used the stage name Molière, was born in Paris on or shortly before his baptismal date of January 15, 1622. His father, Jean Poquelin, was a furniture upholsterer by appointment to King Louis XIII; his mother, Marie Cresse, died when he was 13. He studied Latin and Greek at the Jesuit Collège de Clermont, then went on to obtain a law degree in 1642. His real love, however, was the theatre, and in 1643 he joined forces with the Béjart family - with whose eldest daughter, Madeleine, he had apparently fallen in love - to establish a small company, the Illustre-Théâtre.

    The venture was short-lived, ending in bankruptcy. Molière, as he became known, spent the next 12 years touring the provinces with a troupe of itinerant players, for whom he began writing short comedies in the commedia dell'arte tradition to supplement their repertoire of tragedies and to showcase his own considerable talents as a comic actor.

    The troupe returned in 1658 to Paris, where it appeared before Louis XIV, and in 1659 Molière scored his first big hit as a playwright with Les Précieuses ridicules (The Affected Young Ladies). Throughout the next quarter-century, he established himself as the most popular dramatist of his time, with such plays as L'École des femmes (The School for Wives, 1662), Tartuffe (1664), Dom Juan (Don Juan, 1665), Le Médecin malgré lui (The Doctor in Spite of Himself, 1666), Le Misanthrope (The Misanthrope, 1666), L'Avare (The Miser, 1668) and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman, 1670).

    In 1662, when he was 40 years old, Molière married Madeleine Béjart's 19-year-old sister, Armande, for whom he wrote many of his leading roles. They had three children, only one of whom, Esprit-Madeleine, survived infancy. Toward the end of the decade, Molière developed what appears to have been tuberculosis, and on the night of February 17, 1673, shortly after performing the lead in his last play, Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid or The Hypochondriac), he collapsed and died at his home. He was buried without ceremony four days later. 

    Richard Bean

    Adaptor: The Hypochondriac

    Richard Bean was born in Hull, England, in 1956. After school, he worked in a bread plant before leaving to study psychology at Loughborough University. He has worked as a psychologist and a stand-up comedian. His work for the stage includes The Mentalists (Wyndham's Theatre); Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre); Toast (Park Theatre); Pitcairn (Out of Joint/Chichester Festival Theatre/Shakespeare's Globe); Great Britain (National Theatre); Under the Whaleback (The Wilma Theater); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre (Lyttelton)/Adelphi Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket/Music Box Theatre, New York/world tour) - 2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, 2011 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, 2012 Award for Best New Comedy; a stage version of David Mamet's The House of Games (Almeida); The Big Fellah (produced by Out of Joint); Pub Quiz Is Life (Hull Truck); England People Very Nice (National Theatre) - Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play; The English Game (produced by Headlong); Up On Roof (Hull Truck) - nominated for TMA Play of the Year; In the Club (Hampstead Theatre); a version of Molière's The Hypochondriac (Almeida); The Heretic (Royal Court) - 2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play; Harvest (Royal Court) - nominated for Evening Standard and Olivier Best New Play awards, winner Critics' Circle Best New Play; Honeymoon Suite (Royal Court) - Pearson Play of the Year; Under the Whaleback (Royal Court) - George Devine Award; Toast (Royal Court); The God Botherers (Bush Theatre); Smack Family Robinson (Newcastle Live!); The Mentalists (Lyttelton Loft, National Theatre); Mr England (Sheffield Crucible Theatre). His radio plays include Of Rats and Men, Yesterday, Unsinkable and Robin Hood's Revenge.


    Antoni Cimolino
    2016: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Director of Macbeth and The Hypochondriac. 29th season. Stratford: Directing credits include Hamlet; The Alchemist; King Lear; The Beaux' Stratagem; Mary Stuart; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; The Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus, with Colm Feore and Martha Henry; 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 has raised more than $75 million to date, as well as in the renovation of its Avon Theatre and the creation of its Studio Theatre. 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.
    Teresa Przybylski
     2016: Designer of The Hypochondriac. 10th season. Stratford: 2015, Hamlet; 2013, Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett); 2009, Zastrozzi (George F. Walker); 2003, The Birds (Aristophanes); 2000, Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare) (set design); 1999, A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare); 1998, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (William Shakespeare) (set design); 1994 and 1995, The Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare). Elsewhere: Selected recent credits: The Death of the King, Modern Times Stage Company, 2016; I Lost My Talk, National Arts Centre, 2016 (costume design). Infinity, Tarragon, Volcano Theatre, 2015; Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Canadian Stage, 2015; Lady Windermere's Fan, Shaw Festival (set design). Teaching: She teaches theatre design at York University. Awards: Five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, 20 nominations; two Gemini Awards for production design.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting designer
     2016: Lighting designer of Macbeth, A Chorus Line and The Hypochondriac. 12th season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 2014), Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Tempest, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Macbeth, Hamlet (2008). Elsewhere: Evangeline (Charlottetown/Citadel); The Little Prince - The Musical (Theatre Calgary); Così Fan Tutte (Canadian Opera Company); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); Enron, The Year of Magical Thinking (NAC); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse, California); Julie, The Other Place, Harper Reagan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Glenn, A Tender Thing, 'Night Mother (Soulpepper); Mary Poppins, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); The Rocky Horror Show (Citadel); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Berthold Carriere
     2016: Composer for The Hypochondriac. 39th season. Stratford: Director of Music, 1975-2009; composed/arranged/conducted over 90 productions, including The Mikado (U.S./Broadway/London's Old Vic), HMS Pinafore (U.S. tour), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Patiencein Concert. Composed music for Christopher Plummer's King Lear and Brian Bedford's The Importance of Being Earnest (N.Y.C.'s 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 Awards: The Boy Friend (1981), The Mikado (1987). Tyrone Guthrie Award for contribution to theatre at large, 1973. Western University Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2000; Faculty of Music Wall of Fame, 2001. He received a Doctor of Music degree from Western University, 2015. Member of the Order of Canada, 2001. Et cetera: Bert dedicates this season to the memory of Todd Charlton and Chris Shaw.
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Sound designer
     2016: Sound designer of Macbeth and The Hypochondriac. Eighth season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Othello, The Matchmaker, Much Ado About Nothing, The Little Years, Hosanna, King of Thieves, Rice Boy. Elsewhere: Designs for BIBT, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Factory, Theatre Passe Muraille, NAC, Blyth Festival, RMTC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Volcano, Nightwood, Modern Times, Aluna, Crow's and many others. Film: Hero.Traitor.Patriot, Alegra & Jim, Robert's Circle. Training: Studied composition with James Tenney, Honours BA, York University. Awards: 16 nominations and two Dora Awards for Sound Design and Composition. Et cetera: Started as a songwriter with a four-track tape machine and still endlessly fascinated with the storytelling possibilities of layered sound.
    Stephen Cota
    2016: Larry in and assistant choreographer of A Chorus Line and King's Attendant, La Troupe de Molière appears in and choreographer of The Hypochondriac. 11th season. Stratford: Credits include assistant choreographer of The Sound of Music; Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013 and 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific; choreographer for Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Elsewhere: Assistant choreographer of West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); The Little Mermaid, White Christmas, Annie (Drayton Entertainment); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre); Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone, Evita (Theatre Calgary and MTC); Forever Swing (Winter Garden Theatre); Cinderella (Grand Theatre). Et cetera: Stephen would like to thank his family for their constant support, especially his wife, Rachel.
    Perry Schneiderman
    Commedia dell’arte coach

    2016: Commedia dell'arte coach for The Hypochondriac. Stratford: Commedia/mask masterclasses for the Birmingham Conservatory under Michael Mawson/David Latham. Commedia coach: Don Juan. Choral direction: Comedy of Errors. Commedia masterclass: The Taming of the Shrew. Elsewhere: Former Artistic Director, NTS (initiated writing/directing programs); former Artistic Director, Piggery Theatre; former chair, RTS. Directing (selected): Place des Arts: Nathalie Choquette's La Diva (Charles Dutoit, MSO). NTS: Servant of Two Masters, The Miser, Flea in Her Ear. Piggery: Noises Off, Lend Me a Tenor, Crimes of the Heart. Théâtre Français de Toronto: Les Fridolinades. Théâtre du Vieux Terrebonne/Quebec tour: Tenor Recherché with Benoît Brière. Translations English/French: Lend Me a Tenor, Old Love, East of Berlin, The Little Years. Mask Masterclasses: Las Vegas (Cirque du Soleil), Moscow Art Theatre, Glasgow (RSAMD), Shanghai Theatre Academy, Capetown (Emerging Artists). Training: L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.

    Zack Russell
    Assistant director
     2016: Assistant director of The Hypochondriac. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Assistant director: Chimerica (MTC/Canadian Stage). Director: Big Love (Randolph Academy); rihannaboi95 (Suburban Beast); Ajax (por nobody) (SummerWorks); Antigonick (The Flea Theater). Writer and director: Fixed (VideoFag); Just Cause (The Flea Theater); Parole Parole (Rhubarb Festival/ Buddies in Bad Times). Film/TV: Zack recently wrote and directed his first short film, She Stoops to Conquer, which premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 before playing SXSW this spring. It is currently airing on CBC's Canadian Reflections program and was nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short. Awards: 2015 RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize from Crow's Theatre; 2013 Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Direction (Jordan Tannahill's rihannaboi95).
    Alyssa Westman
    Assistant designer
     2016: Assistant designer of A Little Night Music and The Hypochondriac. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant designer, King John, Christina, The Girl King; assistant costume designer, Carousel, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet; design consultant, Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: Costume design for Shelley or The Idealist (Fanshawe College); Hippolytos; Dinosaur, A Tranny Tale (Toronto Fringe Festival); The Specimen, A Much Debated Cleaning (Playground). Design assistant: Funny Girl (Segal Centre Performing Arts); As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour). Assistant milliner: Bugzzz - A Cautionary Tale (Out of the Box Productions). Abroad: Drawing programs: Paris (Studio Escalier, 2015); Florence (SACI), 2011; Prague Quadrennial's Six Acts installation; International Students' Work Exhibition, Beijing, 2011. Training: BFA with Honours, York University. Awards: Brian Jackson Award, 2014; Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellow, 2013; Herman Geiger-Torel Memorial Prize, 2012; CASA grant, 2012. Et cetera: Alyssa thanks her loving husband for always supporting her dreams.
    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Assistant lighting designer
     2016: Assistant lighting designer of A Chorus Line, As You Like It and The Hypochondriac. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of The Diary of Anne Frank, Carousel, Possible WorldsThe Last Wife, A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tommy, A Word or Two, The Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar. Studio Theatre technical director, 2013. Elsewhere: Lighting designer: Salt-Water Moon, A Line in the SandThe Crackwalker (Factory); Hana Hoshimoto (Carousel Players); Objections to Sex and Violence (Praxis Theatre); The Addams Family, Curtains (Randolph); This One (First Root); Fishskin Trousers  (Cart/Horse); Bliss (Candles). Live concert design: Elizabeth Shepard: Signals tour; Nagata Schachu; Plants and Animals. Assistant lighting designer at the Canadian Opera Company for two seasons. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Instructor at the NTSC.
    Julie Miles
    Stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre, stage manager of The Hypochondriac and assistant stage manager of Macbeth. 19th season. Stratford: Ten seasons as production stage manager (Tom Patterson, Avon and Studio theatres). Stage manager: The Alchemist, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Word or Two, The Thrill, The Homecoming, Jacques Brel, Shakespeare's Universe, Othello, The Measure of Love/Ruth Draper on Tour. Assistant stage management (selected): Noises Off, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Inherit the Wind, Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: In 2014, Julie travelled to Los Angeles with Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two. Production stage manager: The Odd Couple, As You Like It (Soulpepper). Assistant stage manager: Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, Eugene Onegin, Lakmé, Tosca (Opera Ontario); La Bohème, Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company). Training: Graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Roger, Eldon and Annie-Irene.
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Assistant stage manager of Shakespeare in Love and The Hypochondriac. Fourth season. Stratford: The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Phèdre, Ever Yours, Oscar. Elsewhere: The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella: The Colour of Love (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown Festival); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River, Red Kite Brown Box (Theatre Direct); Night of the Living Dead Live! (Nictophobia); Divisadero: A Performance (Necessary Angel); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF); Yellowman (Nightwood/Obsidian); Late, Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre).
    Anne Murphy
    Assistant stage manager
    2016: Stage manager of Macbeth and assistant stage manager of The Hypochondriac. 24th season. Stratford: Anne is pleased to be back for the 2016 season. Elsewhere: 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 and worked on 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 (production manager for two years), Manitoba Theatre Centre and Expo '86 in Vancouver. Et cetera: Anne lives in Stratford with her partner, Anne; their son, Callum; daughter Brianna; Richard, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever; Lucy, the cutest Maltipoo ever; and three beautiful cats.
    Katherine Dermott
    Apprentice stage manager
    2016: Apprentice stage manager of Macbeth and The Hypochondriac. Second season. Stratford: Festival Theatre production assistant, 2015. Elsewhere:Anne & Gilbert: The Musical, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre); Tosca, Madama Butterfly (Opera Lyra Ottawa); This is War (Great Canadian Theatre Company); As You Like It, Hal & Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V (A Company of Fools); Pacino One Night Only (NAC presentation).
    Margaret Palmer
    Production stage manager

    2016: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and assistant stage manager of A Little Night Music. 33rd season. Stratford: Maggie has been PSM at the Avon, Tom Patterson and Festival theatres for 25 seasons. Stage-management credits include Henry IV (parts 1 and 2); Iolanthe; The Imaginary Invalid; My Fair Lady; A Man for All Seasons; Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; The Government Inspector; Coriolanus; The Mikado (national tour, London's Old Vic); and Twelfth Night (U.S. tour). Elsewhere: Maggie has worked at the St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto Arts Productions), MTC and the Grand Theatre, where she stage-managed a Dora Award-winning production of A Little Night Music. She stage-managed Eugene Onegin (Manitoba Opera), the first Dream in High Park and the first Dora Awards. She did publicity for the NDWT Company and toured Canada with the Charlottetown Festival. Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School.

    Cynthia Toushan
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of A Chorus Line. 20th season. Stratford: Shows include Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others.Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager; over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager and choreographer, most recently on Siegfried; White Christmas for Drayton Entertainment with Michael Lichtefeld; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; assistant director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, fiancé Paul and her beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy and Koston.


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