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Tom Patterson Theatre
May 27 – September 23 |
Opens June 16
Drama

BAKKHAI

by Euripides
A new version by Anne Carson
Director Jillian Keiley

POWER. UNBOUND.

Awakening savage frenzy in the women of Thebes, the god of wine, ecstasy and fertility lays bare the duality of our natures: that each of us, no matter how civilized, has a wild beast within.

Audience Advisory: This production includes sexuality, eroticism, violence and other mature themes and might not be suitable for some audiences.

Production support is generously provided by M.E.H. Foundation.

Support for the 2017 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Mac Fyfe
    Dionysos
    2017: Valentine in Twelfth Night and Dionysos in Bakkhai. Third season. Stratford: Michael in The Elephant Song, Fitzgibbons in The War of 1812. Elsewhere: Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons (STC); Anatol in Thirst of Hearts (Soulpepper); Pierre Trudeau in Trudeau and the FLQ /Trudeau and the PQ (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper). Film/TV: Series lead in Saving Hope, guest appearance on CTV's Cracked. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Dora Award for Trudeau and the FLQ.
    Lucy Peacock
    Agave

    2017: Maria in Twelfth Night and Agave in Bakkhai. Celebrating 30 seasons. "Since arriving at the Festival from the National Theatre School in 1984, I have performed in over 70 shows with a cameo appearance in my two best and most rewarding productions: our sons, Harrison and Benjamin, who are now on their own journeys as theatre artists. I have learned about Life and Art through the lens of some of the greatest stories ever told. To everyone who has travelled alongside me on these beautiful stages, to my fellow Actors, to the Artistic Directors and Staff, Musicians, Composers, Directors, Designers, Stage Crews, Dressers, Stage Managers, and Coaches, to You, the witnesses of our Love's Labours, to my Friends and Family, to my husband, Christopher, and our beautiful sons … Thank you. 'My affection hath an unknown bottom, like the Bay of Portugal.'"

    Graham Abbey
    Tierisias

    2017: Tieresias in Bakkhai, Orgon in Tartuffe and associate director of Twelfth Night. 18th season. Stratford: Bolingbroke/Henry IV, conceiver, adaptor, associate director (Breath of Kings), Philip the Bastard (King John), Iago (Othello), Posthumus (Cymbeline), Henry V, Macbeth, Romeo, Henry VIII, Jaques, Prince Hal, D'Artagnan (Three Musketeers), Petruchio (Shrew), Aufidius (Coriolanus), Berowne (Love's Labour's Lost), Algernon (Earnest). Elsewhere: Hamlet (Resurgence); Jeff Skilling (Enron) (Theatre Calgary); Sam Byck (Assassins) (Talk Is Free/Birdland); Charles (The School for Scandal) (Chicago Shakespeare). TV: Series lead: The Border. Recurring: Degrassi, Murdoch Mysteries, Covert Affairs, Republic of Doyle. Guest star: Flashpoint, Lost Girl, Rookie Blue, Warehouse 13, Bomb Girls, Remedy. Film: Take This Waltz, Casino Jack, Defendor, Stealing Paradise, Angels and Ornaments, Milton's Secret, Frontier. Radio: Afghanada (CBC). Awards: Dora, Monte Carlo Television Festival nomination. Directing: The Winter's Tale, Measure for Measure (Groundling). Et cetera: Artistic Director, Groundling Theatre (Groundlingtheatre.com). Incoming Artistic Director, Festival Players of Prince Edward County (festivalplayers.ca).

    Gordon S. Miller
    Pentheus

    2017: Fabian in Twelfth Night, Pentheus in Bakkhai and Laurent in Tartuffe. 11th season. Stratford: Last season, he appeared as multiple characters in Breath of Kings. Other credits include Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew, Williams in Possible Worlds, Scrub in The Beaux' Stratagem, Andrei in Three Sisters, Apollodorus in Caesar and Cleopatra, Roderigo in Othello and Flaminius in Timon of Athens. Elsewhere: Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Krogstad in A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Dmitri in the award-winning miniseries Fargo (Season 1; Best Miniseries: Emmy, Golden Globe), Suits, Republic of Doyle, The Ron James Show, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (2003, 2007), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the inaugural recipient of the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).

    Sarah Afful
    Member of the Bakkhai

    2017: Viola in Twelfth Night, member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai and understudy in Tartuffe. Sixth season. Stratford: Lady Macduff, Macbeth; Ann Deever, All My Sons; Mrs. Fanny Wilton, John Gabriel Borkman; Player Queen, Hamlet; Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew; Rosaline, Love's Labour's Lost; Tiger Lily, Alice Through the Looking-Glass; featured, A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play; Mariana, Measure for Measure; Mary Stuart; Elektra; The Pirates of Penzance. Elsewhere: Small Axe (Project Humanity/The Theatre Centre); Margaret, Much Ado About Nothing; Octavia/Iras, Antony and Cleopatra (Bard on the Beach); Macbeth: nach Shakespeare (Conspiracy/Gas Heart); Saint Monica, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Pound of Flesh/Pacific Theatre). Film/TV: iZombie, Smallville, Caprica, Eureka, The Perfect Score, American Dreams. Recordings: Days of Old (Neworld Theatre/CBC). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; BFA Acting, UBC; Lyric School of Acting. Awards: Mary Savidge Award, Artistic Director's Award (Stratford). Online: @SarahAfful1. Et cetera: Thank you, Father.

    Nigel Bennett
    Kadmos
    2017: Kadmos in Bakkhai and Ted in The Virgin Trial. Sixth season. Stratford: She Stoops to Conquer, Oedipus Rex, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, The Thrill, Richard III, Cymbeline, Merry Wives of Windsor, King of Thieves, Peter Pan. Elsewhere (selected): MTC/Mirvish: The Audience, Medea; Mirvish/Paul Eliot: The Last Confession; The Grand, London: Calendar Girls, Kingfisher Days; Neptune, Halifax: Scrooge, Art, Closer, Hamlet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Retreat from Moscow, A Few Good Men, The PriceThe Goat, Betrayal. Film/TV (selected): Roadside Picnic, The Shape of Water, xXx3: The return of Xander Cage, The Strain, Saving Hope, The Border, LexxMurdoch Mysteries, Forever Knight, Psi Factor, Murder at 1600The Skulls, Narrow Margin. Awards: Gemini, Best Supporting Actor, 1996; ACTRA Maritimes Award, Best Actor, 2008 and 2009.
    Jasmine Chen
    Member of the Bakkhai
    2017: Member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai and Sophie in The Komagata Maru Incident. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide..., Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival); Chimerica (Canadian Stage/RMTC); Yukonstyle (Talisman Theatre); Blue Planet (YPT); Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre); Song for Tomorrow (MT Space/New Harlem); The Winter's Tale (Canadian Stage); Cabaret (Hart House). Film/TV: Ransom (CBS/Global); Defiance, Warehouse 13 (Syfy); Womanish (CBC); Parental Advisory (BravoFACT). Training: Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: RBC Arts Professional Award, Future Generation Award, Lou Taube Award, George Merner Excellence in Speech Award. Online: msjasminechen.com. Et cetera: Jasmine would like to thank her family for their unwavering love and support.
    Laura Condlln
    Member of the Bakkhai
    2017: Member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai and Ashley in The Virgin Trial. 12th season. Stratford: 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), TheDuchess of Malfi (Cariola), As You Like It (Audrey), Henry IV, Part 1 (Lady Mortimer). Elsewhere: The Watershed (Crow's/Porte Parole); The Heidi Chronicles, Of Human Bondage, The Crucible, The Dybbuk, The Norman Conquests (Soulpepper); An Enemy of the People, Sextet (Tarragon); Chimerica (Canadian Stage/MTC); THIS, Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage); Top Girls (Segal Centre); 4:48 Psychosis (Necessary Angel); appearances at 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, 2016, Enemy of the People), Dora nominee, Mary Savidge Award.
    Rosemary Dunsmore
    Member of the Bakkhai

    2017: Member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai and Mme Pernelle in Tartuffe. Fifth season. Stratford: Madame Armfeldt, A Little Night Music; Celia, As You Like It; Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire. Elsewhere (selected): Toronto: Late Company, Tom at the Farm, Festen, Tout Comme Elle, The New Electric Ballroom, Glass Menagerie. Montreal: Wit, Glorious, Long Day's Journey Into Night. She also works as a theatre director across the country. Film/TV: Orphan Black (Susan Duncan), Between; appeared in over 100 films/TV series. Favourite roles include Katherine Brooke (Anne of Green Gables), title role in Mom PI. Upcoming: The Hive. Online: Guidestones, Ruby Skye PI. Awards: Dora, Masque, ACTRA Award, ACTRA Nellie, London Telegraph Best Fringe Performance, Maclean's Honour Roll. Et cetera: She teaches at NTS, Canadian Film Centre and many others. She is grateful for a long, varied, rewarding career and glad to be back at the Festival.

    Brad Hodder
    Guard

    2017: Guard in Bakkhai and Thom in The Virgin Trial. Sixth season. Stratford: Maugrim in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ned in Shakespeare in Love, Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, Edmund in King Lear, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cassio in Othello, O'Kelly in Mary Stuart and appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, The Beaux' Stratagem, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Paul in Hail (RCAT); Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (c2c); Sin in Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud). Directing: Fleeto (Tiny Room), Henry IV Part 1, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); Leisure Society, Autobahn, Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Associate directing: Measure for Measure, Winter's Tale (Groundling). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta; Birmingham Conservatory.

    André Morin
    Servant

    2017: Servant in Bakkhai and Parry in The Virgin Trial. Fifth season. Stratford: Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: John in The Lion in Winter (The Grand); Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Online: Twitter @Andre_P_Morin. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."

    E.B. Smith
    Herdsman

    2017: Orsino in Twelfth Night, Herdsman in Bakkhai and Officer in Tartuffe. Seventh season. Stratford: Seyton (Macbeth), Dr. Jim Bayliss (All My Sons), Juan Murillo (The Physicists), Thaliard, Leonine (Pericles), Eilif (Mother Courage), Melun (King John), Alexas (Antony and Cleopatra), Bellievre (Mary Stuart), Abhorson (Measure for Measure), Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Mountaintop (Grand); Big Sam, Gone With the Wind (RMTC); Seyton, Macbeth; Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Macduff, Macbeth (First Folio Theatre); King, King Hedley II (Karamu); Moustique, Dream on Monkey Mountain; Junior, Before It Hits Home; Cleveland Play House; Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Theater Wit, Chicago; The Great Lakes Theater Festival. Film/TV: The Beast (Sony), Ask Gilby, Maybe By Then, Thunder Bay. Training: Ohio University, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: E.B. would like to dedicate his work to his parents and grandmother, and to the memory of his Papa, who will always be in the front row.

    Quelemia Sparrow
    Member of the Bakkhai
    2017: Member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai and T.S. in The Komagata Maru Incident. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Freya in The Snow Queen (Globe); Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (Osimous); Angeline in The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/NAC); Melantho/Various in The Penelopiad (Arts Club); Johnna in August: Osage County (Arts Club); Annabelle in Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout (Firehall); Christine in Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse/WCT). Film/TV: Clouds of Autumn, Fringe, V, Sanctuary 2, Blackstone, Unnatural and Accidental, Da Vinci's City Hall, Cable Beach, Dead Zone, Da Vinci's Inquest. Training: Studio 58. Awards: Jessie Richardson award for Our Town, Osimous; Leo Award, best guest appearance, for Da Vinci's Inquest. Online: quelemiasparrow.com. Et cetera: Quelemia would like to thank her family for their love and support.
    Diana Tso
    Member of the Bakkhai
    2017: Member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai and Evy in The Komagata Maru Incident. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Feng Meihui and Ming Xiaoli in Chimerica (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Canadian Stage); Jade in the Coal (Pangaea Arts); TAXI Project (PENCanada); Quarry (Western Canada Theatre); The Concubine's Children (Theatre One); Chekhov Shorts, Dante's Inferno (Theatre Smith-Gilmour). Playwright: Comfort, Red Snow (Red Snow Collective). Creator/storyteller: Monkey Queen, Journey to the East. Film/TV: XIII: Series 2, The Border. Radio/Recordings: National Film Board's China 2000BC, CBC's The Passionate Eye, CBC's The Handmaid's Tale.Training: Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq and Honours BA in Literature at the University of Toronto. Awards: Dora Award for Ensemble Performance in andby the way, Miss… (URGE/Theatre Direct). Online: redsnowcollective.ca. Et cetera: Deep gratitude to my family and friends for their love and faith on my incredible life journeys.
    Bahia Watson
    Member of the Bakkhai
    2017: Bess in The Virgin Trial and member of the Bakkhai in Bakkhai. Second season. Stratford: Bess in The Last Wife, Bet Bouncer in She Stoops to Conquer and Chorus in The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: The Seagull (Crow's Theatre/Company Theatre), Someone Else (Crow's Theatre/Canadian Stage), The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre), DISS (Mixed Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper). Film/TV: The Handmaid's Tale (MGM),Saving Hope (CTV), FLUSH, Remedy (Global). Bahia Watson is an artist and storyteller; always writing, always imagining.Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Performance Ensemble (The Penelopiad), RBC Footprint Award (presented by Obsidian Theatre). Writer: The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre/Pulp Collective), pomme is french for apple (Paul Watson Productions). Online: bahiawatson.com; Twitter: @bahiawatson.
    Anne Carson
    Translator

    Translator of Bakkhai.

    Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, translator, playwright and classicist. Her translation of Sophokles' Antigone recently received its world première at Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg/Barbican, London, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove; her new translation of Euripides' The Bakkhai, directed by James Macdonald and starring Ben Whishaw, recently premièred at the Almeida Theatre in London. Classic Stage Company in New York has produced Anne's An Orchestra (a trilogy adapted from Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophokles' Electra, and Euripides' Orestes) in repertory. Her latest book, Float, was published in 2016. Other works include Autobiography of Red; Red Doc; Antigonick; Nox; If Not, Winter:  Fragments of Sappho (translation); The Beauty of the Husband; Men in the Off Hours; Economy of the Unlost; Plainwater: Essays and Poetry; Glass, Irony and God; Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay; Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera; and Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (translation). Carson is a MacArthur Fellow; a recipient of the Lannan Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize (twice-awarded); and an Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

     

    Jillian Keiley
    Director
    2017: Director of Bakkhai. Fourth season. Stratford: As You Like It, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Diary of Anne Frank. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, National Arts Centre English Theatre: Christmas Carol, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, 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, Crows, Old 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.
    Shawn Kerwin
    Designer
    2017: Designer of BakkhaiStratford: Set and costumes: Ned and Jack, Stargazing, Medea, Four Plays by Samuel Beckett, The Winter's Tale. Costume design: Glass Menagerie. Elsewhere (selected): Set/costume design: Speed the Plow (Belfry); Dead Metaphor (Mirvish/Canadian Rep, Theatre Aquarius); Sea Sick (Theatre Centre); A Tender Thing, Great Expectations (Soulpepper); Brothel #9, And So It Goes (Factory Theatre); Having Hope at Home, A Killing Snow (Blyth). Set design: Colours in the Storm, Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Afterimage (Artistic Fraud); How Do I Love Thee (Canadian Rep). Costume design: All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage); Miracle on 34th Street (Grand); If Truth Be Told (Blyth). Training: Sadler's Wells Design Course (Motley). Awards: Tom Patterson Award, two Dora Awards, Harold Award. Et cetera: Faculty, Department of Theatre, York University.
    Cimmeron Meyer
    Lighting Designer
    2017: Lighting designer of Bakkhai. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lighting design for Twelfth Night, National Arts Centre. For the Old Trout Puppet Workshop: Ignorance, The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, Famous Puppet Death Scenes. For One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre:  Dream Machine, Featherland, The History of Wild Theatre. For Ghost River Theatre: Sailor Boy,Confessions of a Paperboy, The Alan Parkinsons Project. For Ground Zero Theatre: Closer, Reasons to be Pretty, Urinetown: The Musical, Writers Block, The Full Monty. Film/TV: Producer: From Naughty to Nice, Old Trout Film Division. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Betty Mitchell Award for Confessions of a Paperboy, Ghost River Theatre; Sterling Award for The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Online: cimmeron.net; design@cimmeron.net. Et cetera: Cimmeron dedicates her work to her daughter, Eve.
    Veda Hille
    Composer
    2017: Composer for Bakkhai. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Composer/writer for Onegin (Acting Up Stage, Arts Club Theatre); King Arthur's Night (NeWorld Theatre). Also on tour as herself. Recordings: Most recent of 20-odd albums are Songs From Onegin and Love Waves. Online: For more info or to download recordings and order hard copies, go to vedahille.com.  Twitter @vedahille; Instagram @loveyoulikealion. Et cetera: Music for Bakkhai was recorded at JC/DC Studio in Vancouver with producer/engineer John Collins. 
    Shelley Hanson
    Music Director
    2017: Music director of Bakkhai  and associate conductor of HMS Pinafore Fourth season. Stratford: A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Grey Gardens (Acting Up Stage), The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), The Lion King (Gazelle Company), Rent (U.S. National), Miss Saigon (Dancap/Pittsburgh CLO), Ragtime (Chicago), Show Boat (U.S./Canada), The Phantom of the Opera (Toronto), Sunset Boulevard (Toronto/Vancouver). Other favourite credits: Chantal Kreviazuk: In Concert (Conductor, Massey Hall), Fosse (Chicago/U.S. tour), Gershwin & Gershwin  (Tapestry), Guys and Dolls (National Arts Centre), Nigredo Hotel (Tapestry/Tarragon), National Ballet of Canada (Guest Conductor). Et cetera: Proud member of American Federation of Musicians (Toronto/Chicago) and Canadian Actors' Equity. For Jonathan and Taylor - my heart's horizon line.
    Don Ellis
    Sound Designer
    2017: Sound designer of Bakkhai. Third season. Stratford: Sound designer of 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). Recordings: Producer/Engineer: Hunter Hunter, Spectators (Amelia Curran); Dardanelles, The Eastern Light (Dardanelles); The Once, We Win Some We Lose (The Once); Duane Andrews, Raindrops (Duane Andrews); Plan Your Escape (Hey Rosetta!). Musician: Boy on Bridge (Allan Doyle). Awards: Juno for Hunter Hunter; ECMAs for The Once, Duane Andrews; MUSIC NL - Industry Professional of the Year.
    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/.
    Tonia Sina
    Intimacy Choreographer
    2017: Intimacy choreographer of Bakkhai. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: She is the Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia is the founder of Intimacy Directors International, whose goal is to make the theatre industry safer and more professional when handling scenes containing sexual content. Tonia is also a rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. Training: Niagara University, BFA in Theatre Performance, Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage. Online: intimacyforthestage@gmail.com, intimacydirectorsinternational.com. Et cetera: Tonia would like to thank her mother and husband for giving her their love and kidneys, Sabrina Beane, Giada Campanella, and Daphne Rose.

     

    Charlotte Gowdy
    Associate Director
    2017: Associate director of Bakkhai. Third season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew. Elsewhere: Charlotte is a director, actor and educator. She has worked at theatres across Canada including Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre, Blyth Festival, The Grand, Theatre North West, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Tarragon, Factory, Nightwood, Crow's, Theatre Kingston, Resurgence and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France). Awards: Outstanding Production - NOW Magazine (Dumbo Squid, SummerWorks); DISH Award for Directing (The Comedy of Errors); shortlisted for Gina Wilkinson Prize and Bluma Award for directing. Et cetera: Two years as Associate Artistic Director of Thousand Islands Playhouse; Professor of Acting at Fanshawe College, Queen's University and University of P.E.I. Charlotte also plays violin, writes poetry and races triathlons. Online: @charlotte_gowdy.
    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.
    Bona Duncan
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Bakkhai and Tartuffe. 17th season. Stratford: Stage manager: 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: Bona is grateful to have worked across our country, including TIFT, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, The Grand, NAC, MTC, Banff Centre, Citadel, Tarragon, Centaur. Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA from Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.
    Kimberly Brown
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Bakkhai and The Komagata Maru Incident. Third season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Diary of Anne Frank and She Stoops to Conquer. Elsewhere: Jack of Diamonds (Theatre Aquarius); The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish Productions/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Footloose, South Pacific, Twist and Shout (Drayton Entertainment). Training: Technical Theatre Production, Sheridan College. Et cetera: Kimberly would like to thank Alex for all his love and support and for always knowing that anything was within her reach.
    Ann Stuart
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Twelfth Night and assistant stage manager of Bakkhai. 36th season. Stratford: Ann has worked in all four of the Festival's theatres on over 70 productions, including 29 of Shakespeare's plays, with Artistic Directors Michael Langham, Robin Phillips, John Neville, David William, Richard Monette and Antoni Cimolino. This is her eighth collaboration with Martha Henry whose acclaimed production of All My Sons she stage managed last season. From 2007 till 2016 she was coordinator of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under Director Martha Henry. From 1978 till 1980 she worked as personal assistant to Artistic Director Robin Phillips and in 2013 she stage managed Robin's final work for the theatre, a showing of Twelfth Night with the Birmingham Conservatory. This is for him and for his partner Joseph Mandel.
    Alice Ferreyra
    Apprentice Stage Manager
    2017: Apprentice stage manager of Bakkhai. Second season. Stratford: Production assistant for the Avon Theatre. Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager of The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company); City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay); The Story (Theatre Columbus); The Test (The Company Theatre). Stage management credits include Lord Sword (Inter Arts Matrix); Bluebird (Blue Bird Theatre Collective); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan); Footloose, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening, Spelling Bee, Curtains, If We Were Birds, Nine (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts); Seussical Jr. (Capitol Theatre); Anne of Green Gables, Evita, Shrek the Musical (Lower Ossington Theatre). Assistant concert manager, 2013-2016 (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra). Training: Technical Theatre Production, Sheridan College. Et cetera: Adam, thank you for believing in me and for your everlasting encouragement, support and love. Here's to an amazing year! The ratio is simple, one part to one.
    Janine Ralph
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and assistant stage manager of The Changeling. 27th season. Stratford: Last season Janine was production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and also stage-managed John Gabriel Borkman. Past credits include stage manager of a variety of productions at the Festival, Tom Patterson and Avon theatres and the Masonic Hall. Elsewhere: Janine has stage-managed for Talk Is Free Theatre, Barrie. She stage-managed 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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Call our box office at 1.800.567.1600 and pay the regular price for the number of tickets you need. If tickets become available, we’ll reach out to you by phone. If not, we’ll refund you in full. Members receive priority access within the waiting list.

For more information about the Waiting List, click here.

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TOM PATTERSON THEATRE  
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