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Avon Theatre
May 16 – November 3
Family

THE NEVERENDING STORY

Based upon the novel by Michael Ende
Adapted by David S. Craig
Director Jillian Keiley

FIND YOURSELF IN A WORLD OF FANTASY

Hiding in a closet to avoid school bullies, ten-year-old Bastian becomes immersed in a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. But is Bastian just a reader of this extraordinary story – or a vital part of it?

Filled with spectacle and wondrous other-worldly creatures, this beautiful tale of the trials of childhood and the triumph of creativity will delight and inspire the whole family.

House Program: The Neverending Story

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Qasim Khan
    Atreyu
    2019: Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester in Henry VIII,  Atreyu in The Neverending Story and appears in The Crucible. Third season. Stratford: Paradise Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Changeling, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot. Elsewhere: Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, Das Ding (Canadian Stage); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Alligator Pie, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians, Dirt, Letters from the Great War (Soulpepper); A Craigslist Cantata (Musical Stage Co./ATP/NAC/Citadel); Acha Bacha (TPM); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (TNB); Shannon 10:40 (Videofag); Beneath the Banyan Tree (Theatre Direct). Film/TV: Nikita, Riftworld, Saving Hope, Dan for Mayor, Little Mosque. Training: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy; University of Toronto/Sheridan. Awards: Dora Award nominee/winner; MyTheatre/BroadwayWorld nominee; International Actor Fellow of Shakespeare's Globe. Et cetera: Love and thanks to Matt; George & Elaine; Robyn & Danny; Antoni, Beth, Jillian, Martha; Aysha and family; and his amazing mum. Follow @theqasimkhan.
    Jake Runeckles
    Bastian
    2019: Bastian in The Neverending Story, Earl of Surrey in Henry VIII  and understudy in The Crucible. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Anthony in I and You (Outlook Theatre), Colin Craven in The Secret Garden (Young People's Theatre), The Nails (SummerWorks), Animal Nature (Clay and Paper Theatre), Jesus in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (GBTS). Film/TV: Impulse (YouTube Red). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Esther Farlinger Theatre Scholarship; David Walden Memorial Award; Corus Entertainment Scholarship. Et cetera: Jake sends his love to his family - his greatest supporters.
    Sean Arbuckle
    Gmork, Urgl and Engywook
    2019: Gmork, Urgl and Engywook in The Neverending Story, Thomas Putnam in The Crucible and understudy in Private Lives. 17th season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, Julius Caesar, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Pericles, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, The Trojan Women, The Tempest, As You Like It, Agamemnon, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere: The Immigrant (Harold Green), London Road (Canadian Stage), Othello (Segal Centre), The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre), Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre), Phèdre (ACT), The Spitfire Grill (George Street, world première), A Christmas Carol, The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout), Copenhagen (national tour). Film/TV: 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Defiance, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.
    Tim Campbell
    Bastian's Father

    2019: Duke of Buckingham in Henry VIII, Bastian's Father in The Neverending Story and John Proctor in The Crucible. 11th season. Stratford: An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, All My Sons, Bunny, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Henry IV (1), Henry IV (2), Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida. Elsewhere: Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Reign, Republic of Doyle, Warehouse 13, Nikita, The L.A. Complex, Saving Hope, Deadly Hope, The Firm, Lost Girl, Combat Hospital, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Killshot, Hollywoodland. Awards: Dora Award, Best Ensemble (Twelve Angry Men). Past recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie Award (for outstanding contribution to the Stratford Festival).

    Laura Condlln
    Ygramul
    2019: Emilia in Othello and Ygramul in The Neverending Story. 13th season. Stratford (selected): Bakkhai, The Virgin Trial, The Matchmaker (Irene Molloy), Elektra (Chrysothemis), Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), King of Thieves (Polly),A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Shakespeare's Universe (the Moll), Pentecost (Amira), The Liar (Clarice/Lucrece/Sabine), The Duchess of Malfi (Cariola), As You Like It (Audrey), Henry IV, Part 1 (Lady Mortimer). Elsewhere: Appearances with theatre companies across the country including Mirvish, Musical Stage Company, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Crow's, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Segal Centre, Necessary Angel, The Grand, Globe Theatre and Theatre Aquarius. Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries. Training: BFA, University of Windsor; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Toronto Theatre Critics Award (Best Actress 2018 & 2016: Fun Home, Mirvish/Musical Stage Company & Enemy of the People, Tarragon); Mary Savage Award.
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Maya
    2019: Maya in The Neverending Story, Tituba in The Crucible and understudy in Private Lives. Fifth season. Stratford: Diaphanta in The Changeling, Cupid in Timon of Athens, Phebe in As You Like It, Maria in Love's Labour's Lost, Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with 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, Macbeth, Timon of Athens (Stratford Festival HD). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Online: Twitter: @UsoIje. Et cetera: All for the love of Jake and Z.
    Jordin Hall
    Swing
    2019: Sergeant in Henry VIII Swing in The Neverending Story and Marshal Herrick in The Crucible. Second season. Stratford: Mr. Montford in An Ideal Husband, Popilius Lena, Dardanius in Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere (selected): 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: See No Evil (Discovery ID). Training: Brock University (Performance Concentration), Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Et cetera: Thank you, Mom, Dad, Grandma and anyone who has ever supported me. Love, peace, and SOULLLLLL TRAIN.
    Kim Horsman
    Morla
    2019: Duchess of Norfolk in Henry VIII, Morla in The Neverending Story and Martha Corey in The Crucible. Ninth season. Stratford: Lady Montague, Romeo and Juliet; Constance, The Madwoman of Chaillot. Past roles include Marina, Pericles; Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew; Katherine, Henry V; Miss Hoyden, The Relapse; Louise, Private Lives. Elsewhere: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Chesterfield Repertory, England); Caroline, Childhood/Infancy (King's Head Theatre, London, England); Kate Hardcastle, She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club Theatre); Lady Nijo, Top Girls (Tamanhous/Grand Theatre); Cowboy of the Western World, a musical, co-creator with  Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston. Film/TV: Recently: Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Abduction; J.J. Abrams/Stephen King's 11/22/63 opposite James Franco; A Family Man as Gerard Butler's mom; and Cardinals, Touchpoint Films. Et cetera: I'm grateful to have had a rich, varied career shared with so many outstanding artists and friends. Love to my family, Georgina, Spencer, and Ian.
    Andrew Iles
    Eribo, A Bully
    2019: Sir Henry Guildford in Henry VIII  and Eribo, A Bully in The Neverending Story Second season. Stratford: Harold in An Ideal Husband, appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird and understudied in Julius Caesar in the 2018 season. Elsewhere: Katurian K. Katurian in The Pillowman (Orlando Fringe 2016). Film/TV: Guest star on episodes of Reign (CW Network), Murder U (Discovery ID). Training: University of Windsor, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.
    Roy Lewis
    Bookseller, Cairon
    2019: Sandys, Lord Chancellor in Henry VIII, Bookseller, Cairon in The Neverending Story and Judge Hathorne in The Crucible. 14th season. Stratford: Reverend Sykes (To Kill a Mockingbird), Publius, Lepidus (Julius Caesar), Morocco (The Merchant of Venice), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Cyclops (The Odyssey). Elsewhere: Stage Manager (Our Town), Abel Magwitch (Great Expectations) (Neptune); Mr. Potter (It's a Wonderful Life) (Theatre NorthWest, B.C.); Charley (Death of a Salesman) (Drayton); Camillo (The Winter's Tale) (Groundling). Roy has directed 10 plays, is a founding member of the Obsidian Theatre Company, and is a published poet.
    Hilary McCormack
    Swing
    2019: Swing in The Neverending Story and appears in Othello. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company). Film/TV: Guest star on Killjoys, Rae in Sugar Daddy, A Very Benson Christmas (lead), 'Sup Meg (lead), Carolina on Samanthology. Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman Award (Ryerson). Et cetera: Hilary is very excited to be working with the company this year and thanks her Mom for everything!
    Katelyn McCulloch
    A Bully
    2019: A Bully in The Neverending Story and Abigail Williams in The Crucible. Second season. Stratford: Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Maid Marion in The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre), Pea in Jerusalem (Company Theatre/Outside the March), Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish/MTC), Liver (Kat Sandler/SLAB). Film/TV: Mary Kills People (Global), Mindfudge (CBC), Incorporated (CBS), Reign (CW), Barbara-Anne, Club Six, Becoming Burlesque, The Aerialist. Training: BFA in Acting from York University, Second City Conservatory, Factory Theatre Mechanicals, Aerial Arts at Cirque-ability. Online: Twitter @mccullochkmm; Instagram @mccullochk. Et cetera: Dora Award (Outstanding Ensemble for Jerusalem), BroadwayWorld Award (Outstanding Supporting Actress for Ben Gunn).
    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Uyulala
    2019: Uyulala in The Neverending Story, Mercy Lewis in The Crucible and understudy in Private Lives. Ninth season. Stratford: The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), HMS Pinafore (Josephine), A Chorus Line (Maggie), A Little Night Music (Quintet), The Sound of Music, Tommy (Sally Simpson), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Elsewhere: For Yes Theatre: Carrie: The Musical (Chris). For RMTC: Cabaret (Frenchie). For the Charlottetown Festival: Anne of Green Gables (Josie Pye). For the Grand Theatre: Elf. For Ross Petty Productions: Robin Hood. For Theatre Aquarius: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Recordings: Carousel cast recording, Stratford (2015). Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan Institute), Acting (Red Deer College). Online: Instagram @jenridershaw. Et cetera: Thanks to Bruce and the Talent House gang, Dad, Mom, Robert and Ronald - love you!
    Andrew Robinson
    Artax, A Bully
    2019: Artax, A Bully in The Neverending Story, Hopkins in The Crucible and understudy in Private Lives. Fifth season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, 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. Elsewhere: Our Ajax, Intuition of Iphigenia, Elektra in Bosnia (Women and War - Greece tour); Or Not to Be (RST); Machina Nuptialis (CORPUS); Bent (Theatre Engine); Russian Dolls (Buddies/Rhubarb). Film/TV: The Strain, Murdoch Mysteries.Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Lindsay Thomas Award, Tyrone Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Author of two plays produced in Buddies' Rhubarb Festival. "Thanks always to my mum, Anita."
    Rylan Wilkie
    Falkor
    2019: Sir Thomas  Lovell in Henry VIII, Falkor in The Neverending Story and Reverend Hale in The Crucible. Sixth season. Stratford: To Kill a Mockingbird, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, Pericles, The Alchemist, The Physicists, Christina, The Girl King, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, King John. Elsewhere: Lion in Winter (Grand); Am I Not King? (Zone 41); Enron (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Blue Planet (YPT); Macbeth, Mother Courage (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe); East of Berlin, The December Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Shakespeare's Dog (ATP). Film/TV: Homefront, Blue Smoke, The Secret of the Nutcracker, See This Movie. Training: NTS. Awards: Stratford's John Hirsch Award; Betty Mitchell Award for Vincent in Brixton. Et cetera: Much love to Krystin and my family.
    Mamie Zwettler
    The Childlike Empress

    2019: The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story and Mary Warren in The Crucible. Second season. Stratford: Miranda in The Tempest, Officer 1 in The Comedy of Errors and Teresa in Napoli Milionaria! Birmingham Conservatory: Arden of Faversham, King Lear, The Winter's Tale. Elsewhere: Ophelia in Hamlet, Adam/Audrey in As You Like It, Aeneas in Troilus and Cressida, Genevieve in Long Christmas Dinner (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre (Chicago Fellow). Proud alumnus of the Young Adult Council at Steppenwolf. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom and Dad.

    David S. Craig
    Playwright - Stage Adaptation
    2019: Playwright - stage adaptation of The Neverending StoryElsewhere: Over 30 dramatic works including Athabasca for Convergence Theatre (2019 - written with Richard Greenblatt), Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia at the Odyssey Theatre (2018), BOMBERS: Reaping the Whirlwind at the 4th Line Theatre (2017) and Double Trouble at Imagination Stage (2015). His hit comedy Having Hope at Home has been performed across Canada. Awards: The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production three times, the Chalmers New Play Award three times, the Rideau Award, the Canada Council Prize, the Writer's Guild Prize for Radio Drama and a Harold. In 2014, the City of Toronto awarded Mr. Craig the Barbara Hamilton Award for Artistic Excellence. He is a Past President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Online: davidscraig.com.
    Jillian Keiley
    Director
    2019: Director of The Neverending Story. Fifth season. Stratford: Bakkhai, As You Like It, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, National Arts Centre English Theatre: Christmas Carol, Metamorphoses, Twelfth Night as Imagined by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Andy Jones's Tartuffe. Artistic Fraud: Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Fear of Flight, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Emile's Dream, Jesus Christ Superstar, Salvage. International touring productions: Jack Five Oh, Tempting Providence. International productions with Teatro Della Limonaia (Italy), Tasmanian Theatre Company (Australia). Opera: Shallaway: Anne and Seamus; Cork Opera Works (Ireland): Orpheus. Other productions with the Globe Theatre, Crow's, Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Ghost River, Montgomery Theatre. Training: York University. Awards: Siminovitch Prize for Directing, Canada Council John Hirsch Prize, honorary doctorates from Memorial University of Newfoundland, York University.
    Bretta Gerecke
    Designer
    2019: Designer of The Neverending Story. Fifth season. Bretta is thrilled to be working at the Festival and is a set, lighting and costume designer for theatre, opera and circus. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she creates and tours new musicals across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Bretta also designs for companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cirque du Soleil, the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, The Citadel Theatre and The Grand Theatre. She is the recipient of over 25 awards including a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Awards (Best Costume Design, Off Broadway) and three times short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize. She represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs have been exhibited in Moscow, Beijing and Taipei.
    Leigh Ann Vardy
    Lighting Designer
    2019: Lighting designer of The Neverending Story. Fifth season. Stratford: As You Like It, The Diary of Anne Frank, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Leigh Ann's work has been seen in theatres across Canada. Recent credits include Lo, Or Dear Mr. Wells (Neptune), Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud), The Silver Arrow (Citadel), The God That Comes (2b), The Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre). She has toured her work in Japan, Tasmania, New Zealand, and across the U.S. Awards: Leigh Ann has won six Merritt Awards for design and has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. Et cetera: Leigh Ann is an instructor and coach at the National Theatre School of Canada. She grew up in Newfoundland and now lives in Halifax with her love, Lori.
    Hawksley Workman
    Composer
    2019: Composer for The Neverending Story. Stratford debut. Stratford: The God That Comes (Forum, 2014). Elsewhere: Hawksley Workman is a two-time JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A staple of the Canadian music scene for over 20 years, Workman boasts a catalogue of 16 releases, and has performed over a thousand shows worldwide, headlining prestigious venues like Massey Hall and The Olympia in Paris. Workman co-wrote and performed an award-winning one-man cabaret theatre show called The God That Comes, which debuted in 2013 to rave critical reviews and sold-out crowds. The show quickly gained international attention including successful runs at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Zealand Festival and Arhus Festival in Denmark. Awards: 2018 Stirling Award nomination, Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical for The Silver Arrow at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre. Online: hawksleyworkman.com.
    Don Ellis
    Sound Designer
    2019: Sound designer of The Neverending Story. Fourth season. Stratford: Sound designer of Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Sound designer: Anne and Gilbert, A Christmas Carol (NAC); The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Under Wraps, Afterimage, Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Ann and Seamus (Shallaway); Rick Mercer's Show Me the Button, I'll Push It. Film/TV: Boom Operator: Republic of Doyle, Random Passage (CBC); Love and Savagery (Morag); Rare Birds. Production sound: Danny (NFB); Misery Harbour (UIP Denmark). Producer/engineer: Hunter Hunter, Spectators (Amelia Curran); Dardanelles, The Eastern Light (Dardanelles); The Once, We Win Some We Lose (The Once); All Will Be Well (Fortunate Ones). Musician: Boy on Bridge (Alan Doyle). Awards: Juno for Hunter Hunter; ECMAs for The Once, Duane Andrews; MUSIC NL - Industry Professional of the Year.
    Brad Cook
    Movement and Puppetry Director
    2019: Movement and puppetry director for The Neverending Story and movement coach. Fifth season. Stratford: Movement director of The Breathing Hole, Treasure Island, Breath of Kings. Elsewhere: Movement for Richard III (Shakespeare BASH'd), Lord Sword (Inter Arts Matrix), Western (Next Stage), King Lear (Cosmic Fishing Theatre), The Lark, The Trojan Women (Lost & Found Theatre). Actor: War Horse (National Theatre of Great Britain/Mirvish), Blue Bird (Blue Bird Theatre Collective), The Importance of Being Earnest (Guild Festival Theatre), Body 13 (MT Space), Charles Dickens Writes A  Christmas Carol, Pearl Gidley, Radio Leacock, Twelfth Night (Lost & Found Theatre), Our Country's Good, Our Town, Marat/Sade (University of Waterloo). Teaching: Movement for the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Long Reach Opera Workshop, University of Waterloo. Training: MA, Movement, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; BA, Acting, University of Waterloo.
    James Retter Duncan
    Puppetry Consultant
    2019: Puppetry consultant for The Neverending Story. Second season. Stratford: 2001 apprentice/ensemble: Twelfth Night, Henry V, Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: Joey, Topthorn and Goose puppeteer in War Horse (Toronto/Princess of Wales Theatre, North America/Japan tour and West End/New London Theatre productions); Queenie puppeteer in Circus 1903 (Las Vegas/Paris Hotel, Singapore/Marina Bay Sands); Creature puppeteer in The Space Between (The Young Vic); Napoleon in Napoleon vs The Turk (Toronto Fringe). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, Animatrik Studios (Performance/Motion Capture). James has also worked in the U.K. commercial industry as a puppeteer, worked on various R&D large-scale puppets and devising projects overseas, and as a puppetry consultant both in Canada and England. He is currently the swing Voodoo (animatronics) Operator in the Broadway production of King Kong (Broadway Theatre). Online: jamesretterduncan.com, @jamesretterduncan.
    Mikaela Davies
    Associate Director
    2019: Associate director of The Neverending Story. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant director of Coriolanus. Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling; Irma in The Madwoman of Chaillot; ensemble in Timon of Athens; Katherine and Dauphin in Breath of Kings: Rebellion and Redemption. Elsewhere: Bess in The Last Wife (Centaur); Mary Bennet in Miss Bennet (Citadel); Leonora in The Libertine (TIFT); Spoon River, Marat/Sade (Dora nominations, Best Ensemble), The Dybbuk, The Crucible, Tartuffe, Idiot's Delight, The Thirst of Hearts, The Dead (Soulpepper). Directing credits include The Mess, How We Are, Mars Interviews, Richard the Second, Seams, Blackbird, The Shape of Things. Training: Soulpepper Academy, Canadian Stage Director Development, Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award, Brian Cloutte Memorial Bursary. Upcoming: Directing The Winter's Tale (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival). Online: @MikaelaLily. Et cetera: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right."
    Robin Fisher
    Associate Designer
    2019: Associate designer of The Neverending Story. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Set and costumes: Avenue Q (Citadel Theatre), Torn Through Time (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Obeah Opera (Culchaworks/Panamania), The Boy in the Moon (Great Canadian Theatre Company), The Dining Room (Soulpepper), Fiddler on the Roof (Western Canada Theatre), The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Globe Theatre), Hand of Bridge/Telephone (Canadian Opera Company). Set: Cottagers and Indians (Tarragon Theatre), Acquiesce (Factory Theatre) and Munschtime! (Young People's Theatre). Costumes: Dream a Little Dream (The Grand Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Globe Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (Young People's Theatre). Awards: Robin is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the 2015 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design. Online: robinfisher.ca.
    Brian Scott
    Stage Manager
    2019: Stage manager of The Neverending Story. 26th season. Stratford: 27 productions including last season's Coriolanus, The Who's Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford/La Jolla/N.Y.C.) and the Miller-Plummer King Lear (Stratford/N.Y.C.).
    Jacki Brabazon
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2019: Assistant stage manager of Little Shop of Horrors and The Neverending Story. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of The Comedy of Errors, Paradise Lost (2018), Romeo and Juliet and The Breathing Hole (2017); assistant stage manager of the Michael Langham Directors' Workshop Presentation (2016); production assistant of Possible Worlds, The Last Wife (2015). Elsewhere: Assistant stage manager credits include CFL 105th Grey Cup (Patrick Roberge Productions), The Last Wife (The Belfry Theatre/Great Canadian Theatre Company). Stage manager credits include Trudeau Stories (Long Black Car Productions at the Great Canadian Theatre Company); The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools). Apprentice stage manager of The Summoned (Tarragon Theatre), The December Man(L'homme de décembre) (NAC English Theatre). Training: University of Ottawa. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2015).
    Bona Duncan
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2019: Stage manager of Private Lives and assistant stage manager of The Neverending Story. 19th season. Stratford: Stage manager: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bakkhai, Tartuffe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet. Production stage manager: Studio and Avon theatres. Assistant stage manager: Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Most recently, Tartuffe (Canadian Stage, Crow's, Groundling co-production). Bona is grateful to have worked across our country. Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA, Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.
    Melissa Rood
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2019: Stage manager of The Crucible and assistant stage manager of The Neverending Story. 19th season. Stratford: Absolute favourites include Robert Lepage's Coriolanus (Stratford Festival, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, The HOP at Dartmouth College); Steve Cota and Robin Calvert's Romeo & Juliet Remixed (Lab), The Diary of Anne Frank, Shakespeare in Love, The Last Wife, Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two and Henry V. Elsewhere: Rood stage-manages for theatre, dance and opera; on new translations and world premières; with one-woman shows to casts of thousands; in Inuktitut and Ummonian; from the Middle East to the Arctic Circle. Training: Sheridan College (Technical Production); University of Waterloo (Social Development Studies). Awards: Proud recipient of the KP Hay Award. Et cetera: Research Assistant - developing dance therapy with Dr. Trish Van Katwyk & Dr. Yukari Seto; Instructor at Sheridan College, University of Toronto, National Theatre School. For Sab.
    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
    2019: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and Avon Theatre. 19th season. Stratford (selected): Paradise Lost, The Virgin Trial, A Little Night Music, The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Tommy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest (2010). Elsewhere: At Soulpepper, Meghan stage-managed The Virgin Trial and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Meghan has worked in stage management for the Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre. She has also worked in stage management for corporate clients such as General Motors, Toyota Canada, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian International Auto Show. Training: BFA, York University. Awards: 2017 Tyrone Award, Stratford Festival. Et cetera: Much love and thanks to Beatrice, Ella and Peter for their support and for making her so happy.
    Michael Hart
    Production Stage Manager
    2019: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of Little Shop of Horrors. 23rd season. Stratford: The Rocky Horror Show, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Timon of Athens, The Adventures of Pericles, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, The Tempest (starring Christopher Plummer), The Importance of Being Earnest and King Lear (both starring Brian Bedford), The Taming of the Shrew, Fallen Angels, A Delicate Balance, The Duchess of Malfi, The Liar, The Swanne (all three parts), High-Gravel-Blind. Elsewhere: Silence (Grand), Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage), Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage), Body Politic (Buddies), The Death of the King (Modern Times), The Winter's Tale (Groundling 2016), Bombay Black (Factory), Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades), Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage), Romeo and Juliet (NAC), Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC), Wit (Centaur), Real Live Girl (MTC Warehouse), Hamlet (Neptune).
    Janine Ralph
    Production Stage Manager
    2019: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre. 29th season. Stratford: Last season Janine was the production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and prior to that production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre. Past Stratford Festival credits include stage manager of a variety of productions at the Festival, Tom Patterson and Avon theatres, and the Masonic Hall. Elsewhere: Janine stage-managed at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and production-managed for Singapore Repertory Theatre. She has worked on the Asian Games' ceremonies in Qatar; in various theatres in Ontario, including Young People's Theatre; and for CBC TV in Toronto and BBC TV in England.

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