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Avon Theatre
August 6 – October 28 |
Opens August 24
Drama

FRANKENSTEIN REVIVED


World Première

Morris Panych

Based on the novel by Mary Shelley

Music by David Coulter

Directed by Morris Panych

Movement choreographed by Wendy Gorling

Dance choreographed by Stephen Cota


At just 18 years old, Mary Shelley wrote the most celebrated horror story in English literature. Based on the novel, this exuberant and passion-filled theatrical movement-based piece by Morris Panych with music by David Coulter explores the big question at the heart of Shelley's work: what does it mean to be human?


Production support is generously provided by The Fabio Mascarin Foundation, by Jody & Deborah Hamade and by Martie & Bob Sachs.

Support for the creation of Frankenstein Revived is generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Charlie Gallant
    Doctor Frankenstein

    (he/him)

    2023: Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein Revived and Lord Willoughby in Richard II. Second season. Elsewhere: Four seasons at the Shaw Festival (Peter, Peter and the Starcatcher; Johnny, Juno & the Paycock), seven seasons at Bard on the Beach (Shakespeare, Shakespeare In Love; Proteus, Two Gents), and performances across Canada in companies such as Terra Bruce, Groundling, RMTC, Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club, Ruby Slippers, and Belfry… recent highlights: Done/Undone by Kate Besworth (BOTB; released on STRATFEST@HOME); Gary, Noises Off; Bob Cratchit/Jacob Marley, Dolly Parton's Christmas Carol; Lt. Kaffee, A Few Good Men; Dimmesdale, Scarlett LetterVoice Over: Paw Patrol: The Movie, Pinkalicious, Screen Time. Film/TV: Good Witch, Murdoch Mysteries, The StrainFringePercy Jackson: Lightning Thief. Training: Studio 58, McIlroy & Associates. Et cetera: Charlie moonlights as a photographer, musician, and director. Online: Instagram @charlie_byrd.

    Laura Condlln
    Mary Shelley

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2004/2005

    2023: Pauline in Casey and Diana and Mary Shelley in Frankenstein Revived. 15th season. Stratford (selected): Emilia (Othello), Irene Malloy (The Matchmaker), Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan), Ashley (The Virgin Trial), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Audrey (As You Like It), Chorus Leader (Bakkhai). Elsewhere (selected): 15 Dogs (Crow's); goldfish (Here For Now), Fun Home (Mirvish/Musical Stage Company), A Delicate Balance, Idomeneus, The Heidi Chronicles, Of Human Bondage, The Crucible, 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). Awards: Dora nominee/winner, two time Toronto Theatre Critics award winner. Film/TV: The Players (dir. Sarah Galea-Davis), Wilfred (dir. Samuel Davey), The Lake (Amazon), Nurses (Global), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC). Et cetera: For Jnr, thank you. 

    Marcus Nance
    The Creature

    2023: The Creature in Frankenstein Revived and Abbot of Westminster in Richard II. 11th season. Stratford: Why We Tell the Story, Up Close and Musical: Voice of a Preacher's Son, Billy Elliot, Little Shop…, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Carousel, Crazy for You, Jesus Christ Superstar, Moby Dick, To Kill a Mockingbird, My One and Only. Broadway: La Bohème, Jesus Christ Superstar. Elsewhere: HMS Pinafore (Vancouver Opera); Ragtime (Theatre Calgary); Follies (Koerner Hall); Sweeney Todd, Floyd Collins (Shaw Festival); Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast (Grand Theatre); Little Mermaid, Mikado (Drayton); Evangeline (Charlottetown); Kismet, Of Thee I Sing (Encores! N.Y.C.); J.C.S. (La Jolla); Dark Star Requiem (Luminato); Porgy and Bess (Toronto Symphony); Elsewhereless (Tapestry). Film/TV: Queen Tut, Good Sam, Murdoch Mysteries, Departure, Mayday, Prodigal Son, The Producers. Training: Fresno State University. Et cetera: Vocal tutorial instructor, Sheridan College. Online: marcusnance.com. Instagram: @nance.marcus.

    Sean Arbuckle
    2023: Thomas in Casey and Diana and appears in Frankenstein Revived. 21st season.
    Carla Bennett

    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Eighth season. Stratford: CarouselThe Adventures of Pericles, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing, West Side Story, A Funny... Forum, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, The King and I. Elsewhere: Holiday Inn (Shaw); Return to Grace, A Funny... Forum (Mirvish); multiple seasons for Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius and Neptune Theatre. Film/TV (selected): Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Next Step, State Like Sleep, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Slings and Arrows, Honey, Stormy Weather. Theatre Choreography: Elf: the Musical (Neptune); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Adventures of Pericles (Stratford); Holiday Inn (Shaw, asst. choreographer). TV/Film Choreography: SEE (Season 3 movement choreographer, AppleTV), Man Seeking Woman, four Famous Footwear commercials; Degrassi: Next Class, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (asst. choreographer); Pacific Rim (assoc. choreographer).

    Devon Michael Brown
    Henry Clerval

    Devon Michael Brown (he/him)

    2023: Brother Maynard in Monty Python's Spamalot and Henry Clerval in Frankenstein Revived. Sixth season. Stratford: Chicago, Nelson Green in Wedding Band (Meighen Forum); Billy Elliot, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, Romeo in R & J Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); National Tour of Laurier (Charlottetown Festival/Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage); Hill Rise in Dancer! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs) (workshop) (Elgin Theatre). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; Series lead (Max) in The Next Step; "Dangerous Home" (music video); MuchMusic Video Awards. Training: Bachelor's Degree from Queen's University, Canadian Dance Company, Louisa Burgess Corbett, Jennie Such. Online: @thedevonbrown. Et cetera: Love to my family and Seventh House Talent. To my beautiful wife, Heather, thank you for always loving and supporting me, I couldn't do it without you.

    Amanda De Freitas

    (she/her)

    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein RevivedFourth season. Stratford: Go-To-Hell Kitty in Chicago, Francesca in West Side Story, Water Nymph in The TempestElsewhere: Diana Ross in The Soul of Motown (Stage West Calgary); Dynamite in Hairspray(Theatre Aquarius, Mirvish, Broadway, US national tour); Candy in Obeah Opera (Luminato and National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals); Arista in The Little Mermaid (Capitol Theatre); Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Festival). Film/TV: Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts),The L.A. ComplexOnline: @Miuzia (Instagram). Et cetera: Amanda dedicates this season to her loving and supportive family & friends… you know who you are!

    Josh Doig
    Swing

    2023: Prince Herbert in Monty Python's Spamalot and Swing in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford Debut. Elsewhere: The Prince in Cinder-Ellie, Mamma Mia! (Tweed and Co.); Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Mamma Mia! (Mayfield); Fender in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (Globe Theatre); Pavlo in Kamp (Eastern Front Theatre/ Neptune Theatre); Rock of Ages (Stage West Calgary); Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); Alice through the Looking Glass, Ensemble in Canada Rocks!, Mamma Mia!, and Tommy Sloane for three seasons in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Toronto Metropolitan University. Online: @doigjosh. Et cetera: Josh is extremely grateful for his incredible support team. Lots of love to his Mom, Dad, Madeline, Kevin, Nicole and the whole da Costa family.

    Eddie Glen

    2023: Patsy in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: Marcellus in The Music Man, Moby Dick. West End: Miss Saigon, Joseph…,UK: Assassins. Elsewhere: One for the Pot, The 39 Steps, It Runs in the Family, The Pirates of Penzance, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Man of La Mancha (Drayton); Bloodless (Theatre 20); The 39 Steps (MTC); Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC); The Rocky Horror Show (Dora nomination), A Few Good Men, Snow White (Dora nomination), The Mackenzie/Papineau Rebellion (VideoCabaret). Film/TV: The Firm, Murdoch Mysteries, Odd Squad, The Sparrow directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Eddie is in his 25th year as the voice of YTV. Et cetera: Eddie has also appeared in 20 shows for Ross Petty Productions at the Elgin Theatre.

     

    McKinley Knuckle

    (he/him)

    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. McKinley is so excited to be making his Stratford debut this year. National Tours: Acrobat/ensemble in Miss Saigon (North American tour). Elsewhere: Swing/Dance Captain in Beauty and the Beast, Magic Carpet in Aladdin (Disney Cruise Lines); Ensemble in King Arthur: The Panto (Port Hope Festival Theater); Dancer in The Nutcracker (Toronto International Ballet Theatre). TV/Film: Recurring dancer on The Next Step (Disney Channel). Training: Lisa Naves Dance Company, Salzburg Ballet. Awards: Teen Male Dancer of the Year (American Dance Awards). Online: Insta @mckinleyknuckle, mckinley@live.ca. Et cetera: McKinley would like to thank his parents for paying for all his dance classes growing up. He dedicates his season to Gramma Liz.

    Bethany Kovarik
    Swing

    (she/her)

    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Swing in Frankenstein Revived. Seventh season. Stratford: Liz in Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere (selected): Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Thailand); Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton); Joseph…, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton, Grand Theatre). Film/TV (selected):Just Short of Reality (STRATFEST@HOME), The Boys, What We Do In The Shadows, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Training/Teaching: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan); certified yoga instructor, mentor and trainer to dancers. Online: @bethanykovarik. Et cetera: Living out your passion is truly special. Forever grateful for the hearts of family and friends who have supported me along the way; especially Mom, Dad, Ryan, and Talent House.

    Ayrin Mackie

    (she/her)

    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Sixth season. Stratford: A Chorus Line (Sheila), A Little Night Music (Mrs.Segstrom), Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Elektra. Elsewhere: Mirvish: The Wizard of Oz (Toronto & National Tour), Lord of the Rings (Eowyn), The Producers. Citadel/Theatre Calgary: Crazy for You (Polly), and West Side Story. Drayton: Lucky Stiff (Rita), How to Succeed... (Hedy LaRue), Cinderella (Baroness). Other: Mina Murray in Dracula: A Chamber Musical (INNERchamber concert); Annie in Lies My Father Told Me (Segal Centre). Et cetera: This season is dedicated to my beautiful Mother, Joyce Mackie. She was the wind beneath my wings and is the joy forever in my heart. My kiddos, Tiaga and Easton, Grandpa Gil Mackie and Thelon, I love you so much.

    Anthony MacPherson

    2023: Swing and dance captain in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gym captain and assistant dance captain for Matilda (first national tour, Mirvish); Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz (first national tour, Mirvish); Peter Pan in Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty Productions); five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival including associate choreographer of Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia! and swing in Anne of Green Gables; Mamma Mia! (The Grand); Priscilla, Rock of Ages (Drayton); Elf, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Aquarius); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company). Choreographer: Assassins, Metamorphoses (Theatre Sheridan). TV/Film: Sullivan's Crossing (CTV); Washington Black (Disney/Hulu); FROM (Epix); The Sinner (USA); Sugar Highs (Emotion). Training: Sheridan College. Online: @armacpherson. Et cetera: Big love and thanks to the Talent House, Flea, Monkey and my family out East.

    Heather McGuigan

    2023: Swing in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: My Fair Lady, The Admirable Crichton, The Women (Shaw); Les Misérables (Mirvish); Mary Poppins (Broadway national tour); Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (national tour); Annette in Saturday Night Fever (national tour); Demeter in Mythic, Morality in April Fools (Segal Centre); Cathy in The Last Five Years (Neptune); Mary, Winifred in Mary Poppins (Neptune, Aquarius, Capitol); Fiona in Shrek (Neptune, Rainbow); Gloria in Damn Yankees, Sally in Me & My Girl, Glinda in Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance (Drayton); Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense (BCP); Twist and Shout (Chemainus); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Heather's Garden Variety Concert Series. Online: @adventurous.heather, heathermcguigan.com. Et cetera: Thank you for supporting live theatre. As always, for James and Galen.

     

    Kyla Musselman

    (she/her)

    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Third season. Kyla grew up in Stratford and is thrilled to be back, working in her hometown. Stratford: Swing in Chicago, Shadow in Wendy & Peter Pan. Elsewhere (selected): Monster (The Monster Collective); Newsies (Drayton Entertainment); Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, I Love You...Now Change (Stage West); Saturday Night Fever (North American tour, North Core Productions); Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre); Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Ring of Fire (Charlottetown Festival). TV/Film: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), 1Up (Lionsgate/Buzzfeed). Other: Kyla is co-creator and co-host of the musical theatre podcast, Tits and Teeth, and a founding board member of the CGDC. Et cetera: LOVE to my husband, my family (both chosen and blood) the T-House, and this magical festival! Online: @kymussels @titsandteethpodcast @officialcgdc.

    Trevor Patt

    (he/him)

    2023: Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Sixth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Shakespeare in Love, Little Pinks, Martin Guerre, Up From Paradise. Elsewhere: Jersey Boys (TIP); Anne of Green Gables, Munschables (Charlottetown Festival); Jumping Ship (NAC); Buddy Holly (Mayfield); So How's it Been (Here For Now); Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, The 25th Annual... Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre); Billy Elliot (RMTC); Evangeline (Charlottetown/Citadel); Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage); The Sound of Music, 9 to 5: The Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Robin Hood, High School Musical (Theatre Aquarius); Port Hope Capitol, Theatre Orangeville, Theatre St. John's, Smile Theatre. Et cetera: Love and thanks to all of the amazingly supportive friends and family in my life.

     

    Jason Sermonia
    2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. 10th season. Stratford: Chicago, Billy Elliot, Little Shop…, Rocky Horror…, Music Man, Chorus Line, Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, JCS, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes. Elsewhere: Miss Saigon, JCS (Broadway); Lion King (Mirvish, Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); We Will Rock You (Mirvish, national tour); Yoshimi (La Jolla); Holiday Inn (Shaw); Mary Poppins (Drayton). TV: 71st & 66th Tony's, 37th Daytime Emmy's, Dancing with the Stars, Live With Regis & Kelly Las Vegas, Marilyn Denis Show. Film: Honey, Chicago. Choreographer: Discover the New Tom Patterson Theatre (Stratford Festival); Great Grand Road Trip (Grand Theatre HSP). Assistant: Chicago (Stratford Festival); The Boys S3E5. Awards: Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award (2016); Brian Macdonald Choreographer Award (2018). Online: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Love to my family, friends, T House, Mélanie and Léon.
    Mateo G. Torres

    Mateo G. Torres
    2023: Appears in Frankenstein Revived and Richard II. Second season. Mateo G. Torres (GUETCHA GUARITCHA) is a Colombian/Canadian multidisciplinary dance artist, producer, educator, actor and performer with extensive experience nationally and internationally. Stratford: Wendy and Peter Pan (cancelled), Just Short of Reality. Other (selected): Live performance: Kaeja d'Dance (multiple credits); Sashar Zariff Dance Projects (Kismet, Dance Made in Canada); Jacob Niedzwiecki (JQRS); Wind in the Leaves Collective (Eastman); Toronto Heritage Dance (1940). Film: Liminal. Choreography: studies on truths and justice (Allies and Friends - WITLC); I:Variations (Vanguardia Dance Festival); Dearest Love (Porch View Dances); Cornered/Breathing (Festival of New Dance NL). Et cetera: Mateo brings his honest and vulnerable self into his work, and fuses his eclectic movement training, creating a distinct movement quality and performance. Mateo feels very honoured to be a part of the Stratford Festival's 2023 season.

    Morris Panych
    Creator and director

    2023: Creator and director of Frankenstein Revived. Fourth season. Stratford: Wanderlust, The Trespassers, Moby Dick. Elsewhere: A native of Calgary, Alberta, Morris Panych is arguably Canada's most celebrated playwright and director. His plays have garnered countless awards including two Governor General's Literary Awards for Drama (for The Ends of the Earth and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl), 14 Jessie Richardson Awards (Vancouver), and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Toronto). Productions of the much-lauded Vigil, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, 7 Stories and Lawrence and Holloman are being mounted throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. His plays have been produced in over two dozen languages. Mr. Panych has directed over 90 productions across Canada and the U.S. Online: kenandmorris.com.

    Wendy Gorling
    Movement Choreographer

    2023: Movement choreographer of Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Wendy is an actor, choreographer and teacher, garnering six Vancouver Jessie Awards. She co-created, with Morris Panych, The Overcoat, which toured internationally. She has choreographed movement for Moby Dick, Trojan Women (Stratford Festival); Equus (Vancouver Playhouse); Verdi's Macbeth (Pacific Opera and Opera Quebec); Susannah, Sweeney Todd, The Overcoat - A Musical Tailoring (Vancouver Opera); Pericles, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale (Bard on the Beach); The Waiting Room (Arts Club) and Bad Hat Theatre's Peter Pan (Carousel). A graduate of École Lecoq, she was inducted into British Columbia's Entertainment Hall of Fame. Wendy teaches physical theatre at Langara College's Studio 58 and is passionate about guiding young Canadian theatre artists. She was featured in the book Theatre Without Borders as a master teacher. 

    Stephen Cota
    Dance Choreographer

    2023: Dance choreographer of Frankenstein Revived. 17th season. Stratford: Choreographer: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Hypochondriac, Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Assistant director: Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show. Associate choreographer: Chicago, Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, Little Shop…, The Music Man, Rocky Horror…, Guys and Dolls. Assistant choreographer: A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Performer: Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013, 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened…, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific. Elsewhere: Choreographer, Mary Poppins (The Grand); assistant choreographer, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); White Christmas, Annie (Drayton); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre).

     

    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting Designer

    (she/her)

    2023: Lighting designer of A Wrinkle in Time and Frankenstein Revived. 14th season. Stratford: Hamlet, Private Lives, Mother's Daughter, The Front Page, Brontë: The World Without, Timon of Athens, The Virgin Trial, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Breath of Kings: Rebellion and Redemption, Bunny, The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Last Wife, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Man of La Mancha, Christina, The Girl King, Waiting for Godot, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Little Years, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Elsewhere: Mirvish, Shaw, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, NAC, NAC Orchestra, Pacific Opera, Arena Stage DC, Opera Philadelphia, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, RMTC, Citadel, among others. Awards: Three Dora Awards, Pauline McGibbon Award, Montreal English Theatre Award, Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Ottawa Critics' Circle Award and Elizabeth Sterling Award. Kimberly is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada.

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