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Avon Theatre
May 15 – October 21 |
Opens June 3
Comedy

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan 
Director Antoni Cimolino

RUMOUR HAS IT

In a society awash in gossip, rumours and backbiting, an uncle arrives home in disguise to test the worthiness of his nephews – but truth has a way of tumbling out in this hilarious, fast-paced comedy.

Production support is generously provided by M. Fainer, by Drs. M.L. Myers & the late W.P. Hayman and by the Tremain family.

Support for the 2017 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Shannon Taylor
    Lady Teazle

    2017: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal and understudy in Tartuffe. Fourth season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love (Viola de Lesseps), Hypochondriac (Angelique), The Diary of Anne Frank (Margot Frank), Oedipus Rex (The Priest), She Stoops to Conquer (Rose), The Sound of Music (Liesl- 2001), Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary); True (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre); 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); 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: "Big love and thanks to my family, friends, Angela and Peter."

    Geraint Wyn Davies
    Sir Peter Teazle

    2017: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal. 14th season. Stratford (selected): Falstaff , Fluellen, Claudius, Möbius, Cook (Mother Courage), Antony, Duke Vincentio, Leicester, Cymbeline, Malachi Stack, King Arthur, Stephano, Dylan Thomas, Julius Caesar, Bottom, Polonius, Henry Higgins, Henry V, Bassanio, Tom Fashion, D'Artagnan, Richmond, Edward IV, Hortensio, Antipholus of Syracuse, Pericles. Elsewhere: New York: King Lear (Lincoln Center); Poetic License (Directors Company); Do Not Go Gentle (Clurman Theatre); Women Beware Women (Red Bull); Canadian Stage's Liv Stein, The Elephant Man; Shaw Festival, five seasons; Prospero, Richard III, Cyrano (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Love's Labour's Lost (RSC); Hamlet, Henry VIII (Chichester Festival); An Enemy of the People (Lyric Hammersmith, London); two seasons, Theatr Clwyd's artistic associate (Welsh National Company). Film/TV (selected): ReGenesis, Murdoch Mysteries, 24, Slings and Arrows, Black Harbour, Airwolf, Forever Knight, American Psycho II, Hypercube, One of the Hollywood Ten, Conspiracy of Fear.

    Joseph Ziegler
    Sir Oliver Surface

    2017: Timon in Timon of Athens and Sir Oliver Surface in The School for Scandal. 10th season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, The Diary of Anne Frank, She Stoops to Conquer and The Last Wife. Joseph was part of the Stratford company in the 1980s, acting in Love's Labour's Lost, Henry IV, Part 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, Pericles, Measure for Measure and many others. In 2000 he directed Paul Gross as Hamlet, and in 2009 he appeared in Morris Panych's The Trespassers. Elsewhere: Founding member of Soulpepper, where he has directed and acted in many plays: Our Town, Death of a Salesman and A Christmas Carol. Shaw Festival, as actor and director of plays such as When We Are Married, Harvey, Major Barbara and Widowers' Houses.

    Maev Beaty
    Lady Sneerwell

    2017: Lady Sneerwell in The School for Scandal, Elmire in Tartuffe and understudy in Twelfth Night. Fourth season. Stratford: Sorrel (Bunny), Kate (The Last Wife), Miep (The Diary of Anne Frank), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: The Last Wife, La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Proud (Michael Healey), Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Palace of the End, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage). Awards: Two-time Dora winner, nine-time nominee. Online: maevbeaty.com; Twitter @sheepnowool. Et cetera: As Co-Artistic Director of Sheep No Wool (with her husband, Alan Dilworth) and Artistic Associate of Groundwater Productions, she has co-created the Edward Bond Festival, Passion Play, Montparnasse, The Unforgetting and Goblin Market

    Brent Carver
    Rowley
    2017: Feste in Twelfth Night and Rowley in The School for Scandal. Ninth season. Stratford: Selected credits: As You Like It, Jacques Brel, Fiddler on the Roof, Elizabeth Rex, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Cabaret, The Pirates of Penzance, Foxfire, Long Day's Journey. Elsewhere: Selected credits: The Winter's Tale (Groundling); Romeo and Juliet (Broadway); The Elephant Man, Vigil, Tartuffe (Canadian Stage); The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish Productions); High Life (Crow's Theatre); Don Carlos (Soulpepper); Richard III and Cyrano de Bergerac (The Citadel); King Lear, Parade (The Lincoln Center, N.Y.C.); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Toronto, London, N.Y.C.); Art of Time (Toronto, Vancouver). Awards: Recipient of Dora, Gemini, Etrog, N.Y. Drama Desk, Tony Award and London Olivier Award. Film/TV/Recordings:Once in a Lifetime, Ararat, The Event, Sleepy Hollow, Deeply, The Wars, Young at Heart, Lilies, Parade and Cyrano.
    Sébastien Heins
    Charles Surface
    2017: Servilius in Timon of Athens and Charles Surface in The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Aumerle, Prince John in Breath of Kings: Rebellion; Prince John, Mouldy, Le Fer in Breath of Kings: Redemption. Elsewhere (selected): Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (b current/represented by FOX Entertainment Agency); Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March/Crow's/Starvox); Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March); The Lion King (Mirvish). Film/TV: CTV's The Listener, SuperChannel's Darknet, CBC's Cracked. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Tullio Cedraschi Award at NTS, Toronto Urban Film Festival's City Stories Award for Her Chance to Dream, Best Emerging Artist Award at United Solo Festival in N.Y.C. Online: @sebastienheins; thehiphopera.com. Et cetera: Sébastien dedicates this season to curiosity. He thanks his family, friends, colleagues, and incredible partner, Dasha, for making his life as an artist an epic adventure every day.
    Tyrone Savage
    Joseph Surface
    2017: Flaminius in Timon of Athens, Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal and Georg in The Komagata Maru Incident. Sixth season. Stratford: George Hastings (She Stoops to Conquer), Simon Bliss (Hay Fever), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice), Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing), The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Three Musketeers, Henry V,  Grapes of Wrath.Elsewhere: Co-creator, director and actor in the Toronto Theatre Critics/Dora Award-winning Chasse-Galerie,Stag and Doe (Neptune Theatre); Plucked (SummerWorks); Wait Until Dark, Howie the Rookie, The Zoo Story (Storefront/Red One Theatre); The Bear, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Arcadia, A Musical Called Robin Hood. Directing: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Shrew (Red One). Film/TV: Reign, Wind at My Back, Instant Star, Total Drama Island, RedwallTraining: Birmingham Conservatory, Circle in the Square. Online: Twitter: @savageuponavon.
    Brigit Wilson
    Mrs. Candour

    2017: Mrs. Candour in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. 12th season. Stratford: Macbeth, As You Like It, The Hypochondriac, 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), Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, Grapes of Wrath, King John, Christina, Mother Courage. Elsewhere: Clytemnestra, Agamemnon (Next Stage Festival); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand/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, The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: @HOOPOOHEART.

    Rod Beattie
    Crabtree
    2017: Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Crabtree in The School for Scandal and Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe. 16th season. Stratford: Over 50 productions - favourites include Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, York in Henry VI, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Glenn Gould in Glenn, title role in Macbeth, Pistol in Henry V and the first six Wingfield plays. Elsewhere: Rod has been a part of the Wingfield series (by Dan Needles) for 32 years, totalling almost 5,000 performances. Other credits include Bill in The Love List, Greg in Sylvia (Belfry Theatre, Victoria); Johnny Pateen Mike in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Theatre Calgary); Proctor in The Crucible (Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg); Professor in Oleanna (Grand Theatre, London, and National Arts Centre, Ottawa). Training: Master's degree in English. Awards: Rod has won a Dora, a Sterling, a Gemini and the "Critic's Award" (Sarasota).
    Michael Blake
    Mr. Balance

    2017: Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Mr. Balance in The School for Scandal and Cleante in Tartuffe. Sixth season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, King Lear, Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives. Elsewhere: James, Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Beast/Prince, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); MLK, The Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston); Edmund, King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach); Simba, The Lion King (Mirvish/Disney); Othello, Othello (Bard on the Beach); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Scientific Americans (SideMart/Segal Centre); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet; Eilif, Mother Courage; Nativity, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Gratiano/Morocco, The Merchant of Venice (SITR); Mitch, …Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); Orlando, As You Like It (Soulpepper); Rock and Roll (Canadian Stage); Wilbur County Blues (Blyth). Film/TV: The Expanse, Senior Trip, YTV Rocks, Degrassi Junior High. Training: NTS, Soulpepper Academy, St. Michael's Choir School. Online: Twitter: @samo_crown.

    Matthew G. Brown
    Sir Toby Bumper
    2017: Sea Captain, Priest in Twelfth Night, Sir Toby Bumper in The School for Scandal and understudy in TartuffeStratford: The Specialist in Tommy, Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Sister Act (Drayton); Wizard of Oz, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cinderella (a RATtical retelling), Seussical (YPT); I Think I Can (YPT, NAC); Grey Gardens (Acting Up Stage); The Postman (Panamania); Killer Business (Next Stage); Hair (Grand); Jersey Boys (Dancap, Dodgers); Dreamgirls (Theatre Aquarius, MTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); 5 Guys Named Moe (Theatre Cambridge). Film/TV (selected): Gridlocked (Hackybox), The Kennedys (History), Dark Matter (SYFY/Space), Open Heart (YTV), Odd Squad (PBS), Hailstorm (CFC), Instant Star (CTV), Rattan (CFC), Mr. D (CBC), Rookie Blue (Global). Training: RAPA, The Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory. Awards: Best ensemble, Wizard of Oz; Best Ensemble, Cinderella (a RATicall retelling). Et cetera: Thank you, God, Mom, cast and crew. Twitter: @Mr_M_G_B.
    Farhang Ghajar
    Gentleman #2
    2017: Gentleman #2 in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Iago in Othello (McMaster Thespian Company); Hamlet in Hamlet's Dorm (McMaster University); Jesus in The Last Judgement (University of Toronto). Film/TV: Man Seeking Woman (FXX); Dark Matter (Syfy); lead in Capture Kill Release, lead in Something to Hide, principal in Uncle Brian (independent feature films). Training: Strasberg Method Intensive (Tony Greco, N.Y.C.), scene study (Angela Besharah and Jimi Shlag, Toronto), scene study (Caymichael Patten, N.Y.C.), Actors Exchange (David Matheson, Toronto). Online: Instagram: @far_hang. Et cetera: "Love and gratitude to you. That's right. You, reading this right now."
    Omar Alex Khan
    Trip
    2017: Sempronius in Timon of Athens, Trip in The School for Scandal and William Hopkinson in The Komagata Maru Incident. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: As You Like It, Titus Andronicus  (Canadian Stage/Shakespeare in High Park); Glengarry Glen Ross, The Seafarer, Romeo and Juliet,Black Coffee (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel); Richard III,The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare in the Ruins); Three Sisters, Iceland (Theatre Projects Manitoba); Betrayal (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); Pygmalion (Montgomery/Watermark); Moonlight and Magnolias (Prairie Theatre Exchange); The Wanderers (Cahoots). Film/TV: The Strain,Remedy, Killjoys, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind, Jack, Wrath of Grapes: Don Cherry II.Online: omaralexkhan.com; @omaralexkhan. Et cetera: Thank you to the Pussycat, for everything.
    Mercedes Morris
    2017: Mariane in Tartuffe and appears in Twelfth Night and The School for Scandal. Stratford debut. Film/TV: Series lead in Between (City/Netflix); recurring on Eyewitness (USA Network); series lead on Couple-ish (Parcel Face Productions). Elsewhere: Jenny in Heart of Steel (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Raven in Summerland (Toronto Fringe Festival); Cecilia in The Witlings (Theatre Erindale). Training: Graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and University of Toronto. Awards: Janet Beck Award, University of Toronto. Online: @im2fancy_ on Twitter and Instagram. Et cetera: To my lovely family and friends, thank you for supporting my "drama queen" ways. Love you lots, enjoy the show!
    Monice Peter
    Maria
    2017: Maria in The School for Scandal, Flipote in Tartuffe and appears in Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid. Birmingham Conservatory: Dido: Queen of Carthage, As You Like It,Six Characters in Search of an Author, King Richard III.Elsewhere: 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 Chekhov Intensive, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Nominations: Betty Mitchell Award and Calgary Critics' Award nominations for A Beautiful View, The Dandelion Project and Race. Online:  monicepeter.com. Et cetera: "Family and friends, you surround me with the warmest light."
    Tom Rooney
    Sir Benjamin Backbite

    2017: Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Sir Benjamin Backbite in The School for Scandal and Tartuffe in Tartuffe. 10th season. Stratford: Breath of Kings, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Measure for Measure, Waiting for Godot, Wanderlust, Henry V, Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Winter's Tale, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre/Talk Is Free); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Citadel); The Seagull, Someone Else (Crow's Theatre); Homechild, Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage); My Mother's Feet (Munich); Hairspray (Toronto and Broadway); Benevolence, Courageous (Tarragon); Hamlet (NAC); Roméo et Juliette (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Film/TV: Three seasons on CBC's This Is Wonderland; The Gilda Radner Story; The Day After Tomorrow; Everest '82 (CBC miniseries); Flash of Genius. Awards: Two Gemini nominations; Dora Award for Outstanding Actor, 2013; Sterling Award for Best Actor, 2016.

    Anusree Roy
    Snake

    2017: Snake in The School for Scandal, Dorine in Tartuffe and understudy in Twelfth Night. Second season. Elsewhere: Anusree's plays include Pyaasa, Letters to My Grandma, Roshni,Brothel #9, Sultans of the Street, Trident Moon andLittle Pretty and the Exceptional. Anusree has performed in theatres across Canada, has a Master's degree from the University of Toronto and is a published playwright. TV: She was a series regular and story editor for Remedy (Global TV). Awards: Anusree's plays and performances have won her four Dora Awards, the K.M. Hunter Award, RBC Emerging Artist Award and the Carol Bolt Award. She is a Siminovitch Protégé prize-winner and Governor General's-finalist writer. Et cetera: "Thank you to everyone at the Festival, my family, agent Nancy LeFeaver, Christine Horne, Lina Marques and my beloved Ryan Tiwari."

    Stephen Russell

    2017: Antonio in Twelfth Night, appears in The School for Scandal  and understudy in Tartuffe. 35th season. Stratford: Gaunt (Breath of Kings: Rebellion), Silence (Breath of Kings: Redemption), Helicanus (The Adventures of Pericles), Doc (West Side Story), Slim (Of Mice and Men), Mr. Brownlow (Oliver!), Chorus Leader (Oedipus Rex), Cornwall (King Lear) at the Lincoln Center in New York and the title roles in Julius Caesar, Richard II and Henry VI. Elsewhere: He has appeared in theatres across Canada, most recently as Dr. Meade in the world première of Gone With the Wind at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (2013). Film/TV: His most recent film project is the part of Pontius Pilate in The Gospel of John. Et cetera: He lives in Stratford with his wife, Astrid.

    Johnathan Sousa
    Careless

    2017: Second Officer in Twelfth Night, Careless in The School for Scandal and Valere in Tartuffe. Second season. Stratford: Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Prince Thomas, Williams in Breath of Kings: Redemption and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. Elsewhere: Charlie Breathing Corpses (Coal Mine Theatre). Film/TV: Rookie Blue (Global TV), The Animal Project (principal), Relative Happiness (lead), What We Have (lead), Kidnap Capital (lead). Training: Ryerson Theatre School (2010), Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre Actors' Conservatory. Awards: Lou Taube Memorial Award, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @jsous29.

    Emilio Vieira
    2017: Curio in Twelfth Night, Damis in Tartuffe and appears in The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Birmingham Conservatory: As You Like It, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Richard III. Elsewhere: Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Guild Festival Theatre); Charles/Amiens in As You Like It, Lucius Andronicus in Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage); Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1, Scullery in Road, Cassius in Julius Caesar (York University). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette; BFA Specialized Honours in Acting, York University; Intermediate Actor-Combatant, Rapier Wit. Canada 150: Emilio is honoured to participate in this season which commemorates Canada 150 and is thrilled to see a majority of female directors fill these stages with incredible work.
    Tim Ziegler
    Gentleman #1
    2017: Gentleman #1 in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet (RMTC); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, You Can't Take It With You, Sunshine Boys (Soulpepper); Gimme That Prime Time Religion, The Winslows of Derryvore, The Cavan Blazers (4th Line Theatre); Harvey, John Bull's Other Island, Riders to the Sea (Shaw Festival); Do You Take This Man (Globus Theatre); Hogtown (The Hogtown Collective). Film/TV: Mayday (National Geographic/Discovery), Reign (CBS), Nikita (CW), Flashpoint (CTV), Combat Hospital (ABC/Shaw). Online: timothyziegler.com; @TheTimZiegler.
    Antoni Cimolino
    Director
    2017: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Director of The School for Scandal. 30th season. 
    Julie Fox
    Designer
    2017: Designer of The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. Eighth season. Stratford: Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, The Best Brothers, The Little Years, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Elsewhere: The Wedding Party, The Watershed, The Seagull, Someone Else, Seeds, I, Claudia, The Country (Crow's Theatre); Arigato,Tokyo, The Maids, Blasted (Buddies in Bad Times); Endgame, The Long Valley, A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); Within the Glass, The Patient Hour, Faust, The Designated Mourner, The Cryptogram (Tarragon); Necessary Angel, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Citadel, Theatre Junction, Manitoba Theatre Centre. Opera: Volcano. Dance: adelheid, Susanna Hood, Chartier Danse. Training: National Theatre School. Awards: Four Dora Awards for set design; Virginia Cooper Award for costume design; META and Sterling Award nominations. Teaching: National Theatre School.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer
    2017: Lighting designer of Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. 13th season. Stratford: Macbeth (2009, 2016), A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet (2008, 2015), 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. Elsewhere (selected): A Christmas Carol (NAC); 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); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse); Liv Stein, Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan (Canadian Stage); Glenn, A Tender Thing (Soulpepper); Mary Poppins (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Berthold Carrière
    Composer
    2017: Composer for The School for Scandal. 40th season. Stratford: Director of Music, 1975-2009; composed/arranged/conducted over 90 productions, including The Mikado (U.S./Broadway/London), HMS Pinafore (U.S. tour), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Patience in Concert. Composed music for Christopher Plummer's King Lear and Brian Bedford's The Importance of Being Earnest (Lincoln Center). Elsewhere: Theatre Royal Haymarket: Dame Maggie Smith's Virginia. Film/TV/Radio: NBC's Little Gloria… Happy at Last, TVO's Canadian Literature series (composer); numerous CBC radio and television productions. Training: Université de Montréal, B. Mus.; Western University, M. Mus. Awards: Dora 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. 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 Alan Laing.
    Nick Bottomley
    Projection Designer
    2017: Projection designer of HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island and The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Possible Worlds. Elsewhere: Recent credits include projection design for Let's Not Beat Each other to Death (Accidental Mechanics); When it Rains (2b theatre company); NATION (Heist Theatre); Pop-Up Love Party (Zuppa Theatre); It Is Solved By Walking (HomeFirst Productions); Stella: Queen of the Snow (Mermaid Theatre); Mary Poppins and Billy Bishop Goes to War (Neptune Theatre). Film/TV: New Dreams (BBC). Training: Glasgow School of Art - MSc Visualization. Awards: 2012 SummerWorks Design Award for When it Rains. Et cetera: Nick is chuffed to be back at Stratford. Much love to Jules, Ma and Pa and Tucker.
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Sound Designer
    2017: Sound designer of Timon of Athens, The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. Ninth season. Stratford: Macbeth, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Othello, The Matchmaker, The Little Years. Elsewhere: Designs for BIBT, Soulpepper, Shaw, 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: Blood Harvest, Hero.Traitor.Patriot, Alegra & Jim, Robert's Circle.Training: Studied composition with James Tenney, Honours BA, York University. Awards: 17 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.
    John Stead
    Fight Director
     2017: Fight director of Twelfth NightGuys and Dolls, HMS PinaforeRomeo and Juliet, Timon of AthensTreasure IslandThe School for ScandalThe Changeling, BakkhaiThe Virgin Trial, Tartuffe, The Breathing Hole, The Madwoman of Chaillot and The Komagata Maru Incident24th season. Stratford: Fight director, 200+ productions. Elsewhere: 500+ productions, including 16 seasons with Shaw Festival. Film Director: Cyborg Soldier, Troubled Waters, Good Morning Tomorrow, The Waking, The Hot Flash, End Game, Charon's Obal. TV Director: Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, XIII, Lost Girl, Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, Mutant X, The Dresden Files, The Adventures of Sinbad. 400+ film/TV credits as stunt coordinator/action director. Awards: Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival); Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF); Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford); Judges' Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival); Best Short Award nominee (Directors' Guild of Canada). Online: johnstead.com; IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm0824093/.
    Anita Nittoly
    Associate fight director
    2017: Associate fight director of Twelfth NightGuys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of AthensTreasure IslandThe School for ScandalThe Changeling, Bakkhai and The Virgin Trial Second season. Stratford: Assistant fight director: The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, Blithe Spirit, Othello, Measure for Measure, Mary Stuart. Film/TV: Lead stunt double in Dark Matter, stunt actor in KIN; other stunt credits include 12 Monkeys, Ransom, Reign, The Strain. Elsewhere: Fight director and stage combat instructor at the National Theatre School in Montreal.
    Peter Pasyk
    Assistant Director
    2017: Assistant director of The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Assistant director of Breath of Kings: Redemption. Elsewhere: Peter is the Artistic Director of Surface/Underground, for which he directed the Dora-nominated productions Dying City, When the World Was Green and The Jones Boy. He directed the world premières of Jordan Tannahill's Late Company (Theatre Centre) and Rosa Laborde's Like Wolves (GCTC), and the Toronto premières of Tracy Letts's Killer Joe (Coal Mine Theatre) and Geoffrey Simon Brown's The Circle (Tarragon Theatre). Peter has been the Artistic Director Intern of Crow's Theatre, Urjo Kareda Artist-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre and Neil Munro Director-in-Residence at the Shaw Festival. Awards: Best Production, NOW Audience Choice Award (Late Company). Nominations: two-time Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. Upcoming: Peter will direct John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
    Anne Murphy
    Stage Manager/Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of The School for Scandal. 25th season.
    Katherine Arcus
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. Eighth season. Stratford: Breath of Kings, She Stoops to Conquer, The Last Wife, Mother Courage, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Elektra, The Winter's Tale, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, production assistant for the TPT's 2008 season. Elsewhere: Blue Remembered Hills U.K. tour (Northern Stage); Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival); The Sound of Music (Mirvish); Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions); Homebody/Kabul (Berkeley Street Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Othello,Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project). Film/TV: Writers' assistant for Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (CBC), story coordinator for Less Than Kind (HBO Canada), Picnicface (Comedy Network), Zerby Derby (TVO). Training: Technical theatre program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Et cetera: Katherine is delighted to return to Stratford for the 2017 season.
    Corinne Richards
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Twelfth Night and The School for Scandal. 30th season. Stratford: Festival productions include 20 Shakespearean plays (some multiple times) plus All My Sons, The Physicists, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Thrill, Wanderlust, The Grapes of Wrath, The Homecoming, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Home, Memoir, Les Belles-Soeurs, Phaedra, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Amadeus, Little Women, The Country Wife, Pride and Prejudice, An Ideal Husband, Ghosts, The Lark and a 1998 run at the City Center in New York City of Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Elsewhere: Corinne has also worked for the Grand Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, the National Arts Centre, the Red Barn Theatre and Douglas Beattie Productions. Training: University of Waterloo.  Et cetera: I am thrilled that this year my son, Timothy, has finally discovered he likes drama.
    Hilary Nichol
    Apprentice Stage Manager

    2017: Apprentice stage manager of The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Festival Theatre production assistant, 2016. Elsewhere: Equity apprentice credits: Angel Square, The Public Servant, The Boy in the Moon (Great Canadian Theatre Company); The Comedy of Errors (a Company of Fools); Bingo! (Factory Theatre). Training: Algonquin College Theatre Arts 2009, Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School Integrated Arts Program 2006. Awards: Prix Rideau Award winner, Emerging Artist, 2010; Prix Rideau Award nominee, Stage Management, 2010, A Flea in Her Ear (SevenThirty Productions).

    Julie Miles
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre. 20th season. Stratford: Over a decade as production stage manager (Tom Patterson, Avon and Studio theatres). Stage manager: The Hypochondriac, 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.

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