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TREASURE ISLAND

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by Nicolas Billon
World première of adaptation commissioned by the Stratford Festival
Director Mitchell Cushman

ADVENTURE AHOY!

A map from a dead man’s chest, a sinister one-legged seafarer – and a parrot! They’re all here in this new adaptation of the thrilling classic that has inspired every pirate story since.

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

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Thomas Mitchell Barnet
    James/Jim Hawkins

    2017: Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet, James/Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island and Bean, Steward in The Breathing Hole. Second season. Stratford: Sam in Shakespeare in Love, Kingfisher, Ensemble in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Elsewhere: Lelio in The Liar, Nihad in Scorched, Leontes in The Winter's Tale (National Theatre School); Royce in True Love Lies (Citadel Theatre); writer and star of one-man show The Colour of Life. Film/TV: Principal in It's Not You… (short film by Don McKellar); guest star on Saving Hope (CTV). Awards: Freestanding Room Award at the Montreal Fringe for The Colour of Life; nominated for a Sterling Award for True Love Lies. Et cetera: This season is for Mom, Dad, Frankie and Halley. 

    Juan Chioran
    Father/Long John Silver

    2017: Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, Father/Long John Silver in Treasure Island and Rivera, Officer Oliver Morshead in The Breathing Hole. 15th season. Stratford: A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Henry V, Much Ado, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Bartholomew Fair, Three Sisters, All's Well, Shrew, As You Like It, Hamlet, Dracula, Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Bob Kills Theatre); Cabaret, Philadelphia Story, Light in the Piazza (Shaw); Madonna Painter (Factory); New Brain, Piazza (Acting Up Stage); It's a Wonderful Life, Goodnight Desdemona, Much Ado (Canadian Stage); Cymbeline, The Three Musketeers, Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare); Blithe Spirit, An Ideal Husband (Citadel); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Producers (Mirvish); Present Laughter (Soulpepper); Anything That Moves (Tarragon); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Livent). Film/TV: Reign, Finn on the Fly, Republic of Love, What's Up Warthogs, The Border, Roxy Hunter. Training: BFA, U of A. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jeff, Ovation, Carbonell. 

    Sarah Dodd
    Dr. Diana Livesey
    2017: Chorus in Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Diana Livesey in Treasure Island and Matson Day in The Breathing Hole. Eighth season. Stratford (selected): The Importance of Being Earnest, House of Atreus trilogy, Richard III, Private Lives, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard,The Seagull, King Lear. Elsewhere (selected): Mustard, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Communion, Humble Boy, The Fall (Tarragon); Domesticated, A Whistle In The Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Age of Arousal, The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre); Terminus (Outside the March/Belfry/Centaur/YAC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Bingo (Factory Theatre). Film/TV: Anne (CBC/Netflix); Amber Alert, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries. Training: Guest instructor and graduate of George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Two Guthrie Awards from the Festival, including the Mary Savidge Award; two Dora Awards for acting and nominated last year for her performance in Mustard. Et cetera: Big thanks to Max and Jason.
    Randy Hughson
    Squire Trelawney

    2017: Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island and Sir John Franklin, Mr. Griffith-Thomson in The Breathing Hole. 10th season. Stratford (selected roles): Lucky (Waiting for Godot), Pompey (Measure for Measure), Uncle John (The Grapes of Wrath), Antigonus (The Winter's Tale), Senex (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Richard Voss (The Physicists), Hortensio (The Taming of the Shrew). Elsewhere: Leading roles at the Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Neptune Theatre, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Alberta Theatre Projects, Centaur Theatre, Blyth Festival, National Arts Centre and many others. Film/TV: Randy has worked extensively in television, film and radio. Awards: Nominated for eight Dora Mavor Moore Awards, three Edmonton Sterlings, one Calgary Betty Mitchell, three Vancouver Jessies and one Gemini. Randy has won one of each award. Et cetera: "Gratitude and love to Melissa, Georgina and Harvey."

    Jimmy Blais
    Gray
    2017: Samson in Romeo and Juliet, Gray in Treasure Island  and Panigayak, Félix Bonnière in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Tom Skelton in The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); multiple in Louis Riel - A Comic Strip Stage Play (Rustwerk Refinery); The Invisible Man in L'Homme Invisible/The Invisible Man (La Licorne); Parking Lot Dude in Urban Tales (Centaur Theatre); Reid Cooper in State of Denial (Teesri Duniya Theatre); Earl Rivers/James Tyrell in Richard III (Metachroma); Robert Cecil in Elizabeth Rex (Tableau d'Hote). Film/TV: Series lead in Mohawk Girls (APTN), principal in Two Wrongs (HBO Canada). Training: BFA Theatre Performance, Concordia University. Co-founder and co-artistic director of the META-nominated theatre company PlayShed. Awards: META Award for Louis Riel - A Comic Book Stage Play, Rustwerk Refinery; ACTRA Award for Café de Paris, One of Those Films. Online: Twitter and Instagram: @jimmy_blais; Facebook: @thejimmyblais. Et cetera:  Jimmy would love to dedicate this season to his partner Tania and their daughter!
    Yolanda Bonnell
    2017: Fanny, Roberta in Treasure Island and Ipruq, Atugauq in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Yolanda and others in Silenced (HERstory Counts); Roe in Two Indians (SummerWorks, 2016); Theresa in The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); The Girl in bug (SummerWorks, 2016; 37th Rhubarb Festival - Buddies in Bad Times; 28th Weesageechak Festival - Native Earth Performing Arts). Training: Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts, Theatre Performance. Awards: Barndt-Sweetnam Award, Humber Theatre Award, Mark Schoenberg Award, Board of Governors Award. Online: @Yolanda_Bonnell.
    Miali Buscemi
    Ruth Less
    2017: Ruth Less in Treasure Island, Mannilaq, Qi'ngatuq in The Breathing Hole and appears in Romeo and Juliet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ensemble in Kiviuq Returns. Film/TV: Lead in Aviliaq: Entwined; roles in several series, films, features and shorts: Ce Qu'il Faut Pour Vivre, Kenojuak Ashevak Heritage Minute, Maĩna, Iqaluit: The Movie, The Grizzlies, season five of Qanurli (Inuktitut comedy show). Training: Qaggiq Summit. Online: @RedWebbedFeet. Et cetera: Miali remembers her parents, her fellow Inuit, and all residential-school survivors. Big love to husband, children and family. Nakurmiik!
    Jim Codrington
    Captain Smollett
    2017: Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Captain Smollett in Treasure Island and Holloway, Shen Young in The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Recent: Mufasa in The Lion King (Princess of Wales). Favourite roles include Othello (Persephone), "O" in Harlem Duet (Neptune Theatre) and Adam in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Jim has worked extensively in film and television, most notably playing series-lead roles in The Border and Zone of Separation, as well as recurring roles in Rookie Blue, Bomb Girls, Copper, Republic of Doyle, 'Da Kink in My Hair, Da Vinci City Hall and Odyssey V. Training: Jim received his Bachelor's degree from Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts program after receiving vocal, instrumental and theoretical training at St. Michael's Choir School.
    Victor Ertmanis
    Israel Hands
    2017: Peter, Friar John in Romeo and Juliet, Israel Hands in Treasure Island and Captain Matias in The Breathing Hole. Ninth season. "Hi, friends! It's nice to be back for my ninth season. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I turn 65 this year and am still hungry for new work. In the past year I had a prominent role in a 3-D web series called Halcyon where you'll need an oculus rift to interact in the scenes. It will come in 2-D as well but you can only watch it online. I also did a wonderful piece of theatre called The Container for Theatre Fix (a drama about migrant smuggling). The audience and actors are shut into a shipping container where the action takes place. It was quite an experience. I also workshopped a new Jason Sherman play, which is great. Enjoy the shows!" victorertmanis.com.
    Ujarneq Fleischer
    2017:  Avinngaq, Ajjiaq in The Breathing Hole and appears in Treasure Island. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Tappi the Crow, Kamiya the Crab, Salomon the Cod in Mizu (Greenland, 2016); The Spirit, The Bingo Master in Arnatsialaaq(The Rez Sisters) (The National Theatre of Greenland, 2016); Trolle in Nalusuunerup taarnerani(The ignorance darkness) (Theatre Solaris, Denmark, 2016); The Bully in Kaassassuk (Greenland, 2010). Film/TV: Polar bear in Nanook's music video song "Nanook;" Ikuala Zeeb in Ikuala Zeeb (producer, director, editor, actor); host at KNR (national television of Greenland) in Tallimanngorneq Unnuppaat Man; Mika in Qaqqat alanngui. Training: Art school in Greenland, 2004; art academy in Aarhus, Denmark, 2008. Online: Search "Itsumarlo Parlo Studio". Et cetera: Before his acting and film career, Ujarneq exhibited his paintings and crafts in his hometown of Sisimuit and in Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland. He also designs posters and comic strips.
    Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Pew, Arrow

    2017: Pew, Arrow in Treasure Island, Larkin, Mrs. Griffith-Thomson in The Breathing Hole  and understudy in Romeo and Juliet. Fourth season. Stratford: Second Witch (Macbeth), Audrey (As You Like It), Chorus Leader (Oedipus Rex), Chorus (The Diary of Anne Frank), Yvette (Mother Courage). Elsewhere: Myra Bennett (Tempting Providence, international tour 2002-2012, TNL); Francis (Fly Me to the Moon, Grand); Gnat (Alice Through the Looking-Glass, NAC); Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew, New Curtain); Nancy (Pillow Trade, Rising Tide); Minnie (Salvage, Artistic Fraud); Beatrice (The Servant of Two Masters, Wonderbolt); Christine (How It Works, PTE); Holly (Kiss the Sun, Kiss the Moon, WCTC); Agnes (Marion Bridge, Bare Boards). Film/TV: Heyday!, Republic of Doyle, Last of the Snow, Four Sisters. Recordings: The Grey Islands, Hard Light (Rattling Books). Training: BFA, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Et cetera: Deidre is a member of Bare Boards Theatre, based in Newfoundland, whose mandate is to create contemporary theatre with Spartan and inventive methods.

    Maika Harper
    Fanny, Roberta (alternate) until April 29

    2017: Fanny, Roberta (alternate), until April 29, in Treasure Island. Stratford debut. Film/TV: Series lead in Mohawk Girls, appearance on Kim's Convenience. Training: Briefly studied theatre at the University of Windsor. Online:  maikaharper.com, @Maikaharper.

    Bruce Hunter
    Billy Bones, William O'Brien
    2017: Billy Bones, William O'Brien in Treasure Island and Angu'juaq in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Good Will Hunting, Rookie Blue, White Mice, Mean Girls, The Danish Play, After Hours with Kenny Robinson, Rocko in Puppets Who Kill, Agent Jones in Phil the Alien and Ed the head in the award-winning Cannes film The Truth About Head. He is one of the founding members of the award-winning Canadian comedy improv troupe Illustrated Men. He has also written many plays, including A Clever Boy, Circus Town, Dog Wash and The Getaway, which took place in a moving van. His RealSpace Theatre project, Dine Her, with its cast of dancing zombies, will be crawling through your town very soon. Awards: He has won Gemini awards for his voice and puppetry work. Online:  realspacetheatre.com.
    Jamie Mac
    Allardyce

    2017: Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Allardyce in Treasure Island and Young Angu'juaq, Wickers, Roy in The Breathing Hole. Fourth season. Stratford: Lennox (Macbeth), Silvius (As You Like It), First Doctor/Monsieur Fleurant's Assistant (The Hypochondriac), Kastril (The Alchemist), Fisherman (Pericles), Danny McArthur (The Physicists), Young Soldier (Mother Courage), Towrus (Antony and Cleopatra). Birmingham Conservatory: Berowne (Love's Labour's Lost), Polixenes (The Winter's Tale). Elsewhere: Jacob Mercer, Salt-Water Moon (NAC); Laurie, Vimy (GCTC); Clown, The 39 Steps (Stage West); David Jung, Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion); Michael, The Elephant Song (Beothuk Street Players); Dromio, Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Sea); Jerry, 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: 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.

    Katelyn McCulloch
    Bennett/Ben Gunn
    2017: Aerialist coach for and Bennett/Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, Melody, Lee in The Breathing Hole and appears in Romeo and Juliet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lacey in Liver, written and directed by Kat Sandler (SLAB Collective); French Lady/Lady Lebrun, understudy to Maid Marion and aerialist captain in The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish/MTC); choreographer/Head Faun in Rallentando (Out of the Box Productions); choreographer/Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakeasy Productions). Film/TV: Incorporated, Becoming Burlesque, Reign, choreographer/lead in The Aerialist. Training: BFA in Acting (York University), Factory Theatre Mechanicals with mentorship by Nigel Shawn Williams, Aerial Arts/Coaching from Cirque-ability. Online:  katelynmcculloch.com; Twitter @mccullochkmm; Instagram @mccullochk. Et cetera: Founder and Artistic Director of the aerial theatre company No Parachute Theatre. Katelyn would like to dedicate this season to her Grandma Pat and thank her parents for all of the love and laughs!
    Zlatomir Moldovanski
    Hunter, Joyce
    2017: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Hunter, Joyce in Treasure Island and Carter, Ainsworth in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Driver in Hellcab (Profiles Theatre); Leonardo/Groom understudy in Blood Wedding (Lookingglass Theatre); Carroll in The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Alcippe in The Liar (Creede Repertory Theatre); Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Evan in The Aliens, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, Trip understudy in Other Desert Cities (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Horst in Bent (New Stage Collective); Thurio in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Drilling Company). Film/TV: Nestor in Madam Secretary (CBS). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; MFA, FSU/Asolo Conservatory; BFA, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati. Awards: "Best of Sarasota 2013" by Sarasota Magazine for The Aliens. Online:  graytalentgroup.com/talent/zlatomir-moldovanski. Et cetera: Zlatomir dedicates this season to the memories of Liliya Penkova, Bill Yandow and Vladimir Nikolov.
    Nick Nahwegahbow
    Tom Morgan
    2017: Gregory in Romeo and Juliet, Tom Morgan in Treasure Island and Qiluniq, Dufort in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Doctor in Vacuum, Laertes and Player Queen in Hamlet, Queen Elizabeth in Orlando, Dave in Total Liquidation (National Theatre School); Camp Follower in King Lear (National Arts Centre). Film/TV: Principal character in Canada: The Story of Us. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; BA in Theatre Studies, University of Guelph.
    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Understudy

    2017: Josephine in HMS Pinafore and understudy in Treasure Island. Seventh season. Stratford: A Chorus Line (Maggie), A Little Night Music (Quintet), The Sound of Music, Carousel, Tommy (Sally Simpson), Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Workshop: The Greenwood Tree. 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: Twitter: @RiderShaw. Et cetera: Thanks to Bruce and the Talent House gang, Dad, Mom and Robert - love you!

    Tahirih Vejdani
    Ruth More
    2017: Ruth More in Treasure Island and appears in HMS Pinafore. Second season. Stratford: The Pirates of Penzance, Elektra. Elsewhere: Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre); Suba in Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre); Juliet in Grow Up, Juliet (Short Short Play Festival); Tirza in Paradises Lost (SummerWorks Festival); Grace in Honk! A Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling (Globe Theatre). Film/TV: A Nutcracker Christmas, InSecurity. Voice: Val in Runbow (13AM Games/Nintendo). Training: Graduated with great distinction from the University of Regina's BMus program. Online:  tahirihvejdani.com; @tahirihvejdani. Et cetera: Tahirih has toured professionally with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Elmer Iseler Singers. She is a conductor and music educator with the Regent Park School of Music choirs. "Thank you to all my family and friends for their support and encouragement throughout the years and especially to my dear Alberto."
    Gordon Patrick White
    Black Dog
    2017: Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Black Dog in Treasure Island and Higguk, Hayden in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Edgar in King Lear (NAC); Mooch in Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre North West); Clov in Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville Festival); Titus in The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp in Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis in Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Robbie in A Very Polite Genocide (Native Earth Performing Arts); Injun Joe/Fred in Dead White Writer on the Floor (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Gracie's Choice, Trudeau II, Black Harbour, Charlie Zone, Picnicface. Training: BFA, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Et cetera: Wela'lin to my family in Newfoundland, my friends in Nova Scotia, and all my relations on Turtle Island.
    Nicolas Billon
    Adaptor

    Adaptor of Treasure Island.

    Nic writes for theatre, film and television. His plays have been performed in multiple languages around the world.

    His first play, The Elephant Song, was made into a feature film starring Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener, for which he won a Canadian Screen Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award. His latest, Butcher, was produced across Canada and is in development as a feature film for Rhombus Media.

    A 2016 graduate of the CFC's Prime Time Television program, Nic recently wrote his first hour of TV drama for CBC's X Company.

    Nic has won over a dozen awards for his work, including the Governor-General's Award for Drama.

    nicolasbillon.com

     

    Mitchell Cushman
    Director
    2017: Director of Treasure Island. Fifth season. Stratford: Director: Breath of Kings; Possible Worlds. Assistant director: The Beaux' Stratagem, The Merchant of Venice. Elsewhere: Founding Artistic Director of Outside the March. Directing: TomorrowLoveTM, Mr. Burns, Vitals, Passion Play, Terminus, Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March); Lessons in Temperament (SummerWorks); Hand to God (MTC); New Jerusalem (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); I'm Doing This For You, Oh My Irma (Haley McGee/Never Mind the Noise); I, Claudia, The Last of Romeo and Juliet, Possible Worlds (Talk Is Free Theatre); The Suicide (George Brown). Co-creator of Brantwood, Canada's largest immersive musical theatre experience. Training: MFA in Directing, University of Alberta. Awards: Siminovitch Protégé Award; two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production; Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Director; Ken McDougal Award; two SummerWorks Prizes for Production. Online: outsidethemarch.ca.
    Douglas Paraschuk
    Set Designer
     2017: Set designer of HMS Pinafore and Treasure Island. 28th season. Stratford: Design coordinator for 22 seasons. Credits include: Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, All My Sons, Carousel, She Stoops to Conquer, Man of La Mancha, Hay Fever, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, Merchant of Venice, Evita, West Side Story, Cabaret, My One and Only, South Pacific, The Measure of Love, Ruth Draper on Tour, As You Like It, Patience, Macbeth, Importance of Being Earnest, Collected Stories, Dracula, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, In the Ring, Waiting for Godot. Elsewhere: Director of Design: opening of Olympic Anti-Doping Headquarters; 2011 Arab Games; 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening, Medals and Closing Ceremonies; Opening/Closing of World Handball Championships. Consultant: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Designs for TV, film, opera, ballet, touring productions, international events, and over the past 35 years has created hundreds of productions for regional theatres across Canada and around the world.
    Charlotte Dean
    Costume Designer
    2017: Costume designer of Treasure Island. 19th season. Stratford: Set and costume design for Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Labour's Lost, There Reigns Love, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghosts, As You Like It. Costume design for She Stoops to Conquer, The Merchant of Venice, The Brothers Karamazov, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew and others. Elsewhere: Designs for the Shaw Festival, the Tarragon Theatre, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Charlottetown Festival, Canadian Stage, Theatre Calgary, the Citadel, the Globe Theatre, the Grand Theatre, the Belfry Theatre and the Blyth Festival. Training: Holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. Awards: Recipient of five Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Design, and nominations for Sterling Awards and Betty Mitchell Awards. Recipient of the Herbert Whittaker Award, and the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design for 2009.
    Kevin Fraser
    Lighting Designer
     2017: Lighting designer of Treasure Island. 30th season. Stratford: Stratford designs include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night Music,Carousel, Pericles, King John, Richard III, Shakespeare's Will, Evita, Peter Pan, West Side Story, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Music Man, Cabaret, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, South Pacific, The Glass Menagerie, Inherit the Wind and many more. Elsewhere: Kevin has designed lighting for many theatre and opera productions across Canada. Recent credits include Stones in His Pockets (Neptune Theatre, Halifax), The Audience (Theatre Calgary) and Marathon of Hope: The Musical - The Terry Fox Story (Drayton Entertainment). Training: Kevin is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Five Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations (Toronto) and one Jessie Richardson Award nomination (Vancouver). Online:  kevinfraserlighting.com. Et cetera: Member of Associated Designers of Canada.
    Debashis Sinha
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2017: Composer and sound designer of Treasure Island and The Changeling. Second season. Stratford:  Composer and sound designer for Breath of Kings; sound designer of The Aeneid. Elsewhere: Numerous sound and music credits for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Soulpepper Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Centre, Pleiades, Project Humanity, Tribal Crackling Wind, inDance and others; appearances at Madrid Abierto, Banff Centre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, ISEA, Music Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario and other venues. Radio/Recordings: Radio works broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, Radio National España, Banff New Media Institute, NAISA; numerous solo recordings, audio artworks, and audiovisual and live cinema projects. Awards: Dora Awards for Original Music and Sound for Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille) and We Are Proud to Present… (Theatre Centre/Why Not Theatre), XIV Radio Works Prize (Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporanea). Online: debsinha.com.
    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.
    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/.
    Brad Cook
    Movement Director

    2017: Movement director of Treasure Island and The Breathing Hole and professional development program movement coach. Third season. Stratford: Movement director of Breath of Kings; Elsewhere: Movement direction for Lord Sword (Inter Arts Matrix), The Lark, The Trojan Women (Lost & Found Theatre). Puppetry direction for Western (Next Stage), King Lear (Cosmic Fishing 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), Frankenstein's Ghosts (Inter Arts Matrix), 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.

    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.
    Katelyn McCulloch
    Aerialist Coach
    2017: Aerialist coach for and Bennett/Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, Melody, Lee in The Breathing Hole and appears in Romeo and Juliet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lacey in Liver, written and directed by Kat Sandler (SLAB Collective); French Lady/Lady Lebrun, understudy to Maid Marion and aerialist captain in The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish/MTC); choreographer/Head Faun in Rallentando (Out of the Box Productions); choreographer/Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakeasy Productions). Film/TV: Incorporated, Becoming Burlesque, Reign, choreographer/lead in The Aerialist. Training: BFA in Acting (York University), Factory Theatre Mechanicals with mentorship by Nigel Shawn Williams, Aerial Arts/Coaching from Cirque-ability. Online:  katelynmcculloch.com; Twitter @mccullochkmm; Instagram @mccullochk. Et cetera: Founder and Artistic Director of the aerial theatre company No Parachute Theatre. Katelyn would like to dedicate this season to her Grandma Pat and thank her parents for all of the love and laughs!
    Tyler J. Seguin
    Assistant Director
    2017: Assistant director of Treasure Island. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Director: Measure for Measure, The Trial of Judith K., The Memo, The Aleatory Project (Thought For Food Productions), Life List (Toronto Fringe), Yarn (SummerWorks), The Cousins of Corsica (SpringWorks). Assistant Director: Mourning Dove (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Actor: Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Our Town (Sudbury), Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread), Twelfth Night, Two Noble Kinsmen (Urban Bard). Puppetry: From Naughty to Nice (Old Trout Puppet Workshop), Handle With Care (Toronto FringeKids!), Little Shop of Horrors, A Child's Garden of Verses (TNB). Tyler can be seen starring in the award-winning web series Just Passing Through. Training: BA, Theatre Studies, University of Toronto; Diploma of Acting, Sheridan. Online: tylerjseguin.com; thought4food.ca. Et cetera: Tyler is the company producer for Thought For Food Productions. Thanks to Helen - my partner in life and art.
    Maxwell T. Wilson
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Treasure Island and The Breathing Hole. 19th season. Stratford: Production stage manager of the Avon and Tom Patterson theatres for over five seasons. Selected productions: Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, The Three Musketeers, Taking Shakespeare, Henry V, Hosanna, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Avon and Canon theatres), Cabaret, South Pacific, My One and Only, The Winter's Tale and Death of a Salesman. Elsewhere: Max's career spans over 30 years, including work with Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Atelier, the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, Young People's Theatre and Mirvish Productions on The Who's Tommy (director Des McAnuff). Training: BA, University of Lethbridge. Awards: 2012 Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Venues coordinator for the Toronto International Film Festival, 2002 to 2004. He is also a freelance web developer (ravenvision.ca, soos.ca).
    Kim Lott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of HMS Pinafore and Treasure Island. 20th season. Stratford: Stage manager credits (selected): The Matchmaker, Titus Andronicus, Evita, West Side Story. Assistant stage manager credits (selected): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, South Pacific, The King and I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere: Stage manager credits (selected): Ring of Fire, Hana's Suitcase, Annie, Twist and Shout (Grand Theatre); My Fair Lady (Drayton Entertainment). Assistant stage manager credits (selected): The Spitfire Grill, Proof (Grand Theatre); Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opera Ontario); The Who's Tommy (Elgin Theatre). Et cetera: "Every day is an adventure... To my dearest loved ones, who share the journey with me: thank you! Follow your dreams and let's keep celebrating."
    Zeph Williams
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Treasure Island and The Breathing Hole. 12th season. Stratford: Breath of Kings, The Diary of Anne Frank, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, 42nd Street, Camelot, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, King Lear, Richard III, Threepenny Opera, Trials of Ezra Pound. Elsewhere: A Christmas Carol (Citadel); Jersey Boys (Dancap); Oliver!, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Goat (Neptune Theatre); The Lion King, Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); Hair, Homechild (Canadian Stage); Das Rheingold (COC); The Nutcracker (RWB/NAC). Senior production manager: Princess Cruises and Cunard's QE2 World Cruise. Supervisor: 2010 Olympics; Pope John Paul's visit, 2002. Film/TV: Director's assistant, A Christmas Wedding (Lifetime TV). Training: National Theatre School. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Much love to my parents, my wife, Maria, and our little Bella.
    Brian Scott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of HMS Pinafore and assistant stage manager of Treasure Island. 23rd season. Stratford: Brian has stage-managed 25 productions at the Stratford Festival, including The Who's Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford, La Jolla, N.Y.C.), Into the Woods and Noises Off here at the Avon Theatre; the Miller-Plummer King Lear (Stratford, N.Y.C.) at the Festival Theatre; Waiting for Godot and Medea at the Tom Patterson Theatre; and The Odyssey at the Studio Theatre.
    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.
    Anne Murphy
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of The School for Scandal. 25th season.

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