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Avon Theatre
August 2 – October 27 |
Opens August 17
Comedy

NAPOLI MILIONARIA!

by Eduardo De Filippo
In a new translation by John Murrell, commissioned by the Stratford Festival
From a literal translation by Donato Santeramo
Director Antoni Cimolino

FUNNY BUSINESS IS THE FAMILY BUSINESS

A Neapolitan family prospers from the black market during the Second World War. But even as the money flows, community ties are tested and a moral price must be paid. A sparkling and warm-hearted comedy from a celebrated 20th-century master.

House Program: Napoli Milionaria!


Production support is generously provided by Bob & Martie Sachs.

Support for the 2018 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.

2018 publicity photography by Clay Stang – The Garden 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Tom McCamus
    Gennaro
     2018: Stephano in The Tempest, Menenius Agrippa in Coriolanus and Gennaro in Napoli Milionaria! 16th season. Tom has spent 15 seasons with the Festival appearing in roles ranging from Richard III and King John to King Arthur and Captain Hook. He has performed in many theatres in Toronto and across Canada, most recently with the Groundling Theatre Company's productions of The Winter's Tale and Measure for Measure. Tom is also fortunate to have been a part of the Canadian film and television industry for many years, appearing in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Room. Last summer he returned to the Shaw Festival after an absence of almost 30 years but is thrilled to be back at the Stratford Festival with his wife, Chick Reid, and their four dogs.
    Brigit Wilson
    Amalia

    2018: Valeria in Coriolanus, Amalia in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest. 13th season. Stratford: School for Scandal, Macbeth, As You Like It, Hypochondriac, Pericles, Alchemist, Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, 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: Agamemnon (Next Stage); 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). TV: Harriet Sims, The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: Twitter @HOOPOOHEART.

    Michael Blake
    Errico

    2018: Caliban in The Tempest, Cominius in Coriolanus and Errico in Napoli Milionaria! Seventh season. Stratford:Tartuffe, School for Scandal, Macbeth, All My Sons, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V, Merry Wives. Elsewhere: Lincoln, Topdog/Underdog (Arts Club); 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); 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 and Instagram: @samo_crown

    Shruti Kothari
    Maria Rosaria
    2018: Merchant 1 in The Comedy of Errors, Maria Rosaria in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew. Elsewhere: Million Dollar Quartet (Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sudbury Theatre Centre); Five Alarm (Lighthouse Festival); Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre); James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre); My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Aladdin (Diversified Productions); Rent, Avenue Q (Lower Ossington Theatre). TV: The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu); Designated Survivor (ABC). Voice Work: Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft), My Dad is Scrooge (Eb Scrooge Productions). Training: Factory Mechanicals, Queen's University, Bishop Strachan School, Claude Watson School for the Arts. Et cetera: Thrilled to be back at the Festival that titillated my theatre bone as a child and continues to do so today.
    Tom Rooney
    Riccardo Spasiano

    2018: Sicinius Velutus in Coriolanus and Riccardo Spasiano in Napoli Milionaria! 11th season. Stratford: Twelfth Night, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Breath of Kings, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Measure for Measure, Waiting for Godot, Wanderlust, Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Winter's Tale, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre/TIFT); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Citadel); The Seagull, Someone Else (Crow's); My Mother's Feet (Munich); Hairspray (Toronto, Broadway); Hamlet (NAC); Roméo et Juliette (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Film/TV: CBC's This Is Wonderland; The Gilda Radner Story; The Day After Tomorrow; Flash of Genius. Awards: Two Gemini nominations; Dora Award, Outstanding Actor, 2013; Sterling Award, Best Actor, 2016.

    André Sills
    Brigadiere Ciappa
     2018: Sebastian in The Tempest, Coriolanus in Coriolanus and Brigadiere Ciappa in Napoli Milionaria! Fifth season. Elsewhere: Pitts in The Madness of George III, BJJ/George/M'Closky in An Octoroon, Black Bearer in The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival); Sam in "Master Harold" … and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre); various roles in Kim's Convenience national tour (Soulpepper); Othello in Shakespeare's Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); George in Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects); Othello, Radio Golf (St. Louis Black Repertory Company). Film/TV: Double Crossed, Karma's a B*tch, Suits, Sensitivity Training I and II. Training: Birmingham Conservatory, George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Dora Award and Toronto Theatre Critics Award for "Master Harold" … and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre). Online: Twitter: @andresills373. Et cetera: Resident Artist of ARC.
    Johnathan Sousa
    Amedeo

    2018: Francisco in The Tempest, Lieutenant in Coriolanus  and Amedeo in Napoli Milionaria!Third season. Stratford: Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Valere in Tartuffe. 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. Et cetera: Thanks to Alicia Jeffery, my family and friends, and my future wife, Brittany, for always supporting me. 

    Wayne Best
    Understudy
     2018: Master in The Tempest, Host in Coriolanus and understudy in Napoli Milionaria! 23rd season. Stratford: Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), The Prospector (The Madwoman of Chaillot), Duke of Gloucester, Worcester, Archbishop of Canterbury, King Charles (Breath of Kings), Antiochus, Simonides (Pericles), Surly (The Alchemist), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Axel Oxenstierna (Christina, The Girl King), Hubert (King John), Caliban (The Tempest), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Buckingham (Richard III), Macduff (Macbeth), Fluellen (Henry V), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Cornwall (King Lear), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller, Karl (Heaven), Abbott (Inexpressible Island), Anderson (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme), Quinn (The Affections of May), Johnny (Balconville), Jacob Mercer (Salt-Water Moon), Taylor (K2), Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid).
    David Collins
    Altar Boy

    2018: Alonso in The Tempest, Old Senator in Coriolanus and Altar Boy in Napoli Milionaria! 10th season. Stratford: The Changeling, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Adventures of Pericles, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Shakuntala (Premiere Dance Theatre); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish); Twelfth Night, Donut City (Canadian Stage); Pusha Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Passe Muraille); Top Gun the Musical (Factory Theatre/N.Y.C.); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Founding Member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Assassin's Creed Origins, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Watch Dogs 2, 12 Monkeys, Jean of the Joneses, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, The Firm, ReGenesis, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, MVP, Warehouse 13, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, XIII.Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.

    Martha Farrell
    Donna Peppenela
     2018: Donna Peppenela in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest and Coriolanus. Ninth season. Stratford: Highlights include The Misanthrope, Camelot, Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan, As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Birds, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale (Birmingham Conservatory). Elsewhere: The 39 Steps (Stage West); Romeo and Juliet (Atlantic Ballet Theatre/Theatre New Brunswick); The Graduate (Theatre New Brunswick); Somewhere in the World (Charlottetown Festival); Norwegian and Renaissance Cruises. Training: Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Award, Mary Savidge Award (Stratford), Rosemary Burns Award, Greg Bond Award (Theatre Sheridan).
    Farhang Ghajar
    Federico
     2018: Federico in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest and Coriolanus. Second season. Stratford: The School for Scandal, Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. 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: Advanced Shakespeare (Kristin Linklater, Orkney, Scotland), 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). Awards: Michael Mawson Award (Stratford 2017). Et cetera: Forever grateful for this good fortune.
    Nina Goad
    Rita
    2018: Rita in Napoli Milionaria! Stratford debut. Nina is so excited to be making her Stratford debut. She is six years old and will be going into grade two this Fall. Nina began her love of dance at age three at On Stage Dance Studio and Infinity Dance Studio here in Stratford. She also enjoys piano lessons with Brenda Horst. She loves riding her bike, time at the cottage and her family.
    Alexis Gordon
    Neighbour

    2018: Ceres in The Tempest, Virgilia in Coriolanus and Neighbour in Napoli Milionaria! Fourth season. Stratford: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Julie Jordan in Carousel, Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, Clara in Passion. Elsewhere: Belle in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Celeste #2/Elaine in Sunday in the Park With George (TIFT); Iris in The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory Theatre/Obsidian Theatre); Starbright Christmas, Canada Sings, Godspell (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre). Film/TV: Motives & Murders, The Worst Thing I Ever Did. Awards: Banks Prize for Emerging Artists (Musical Stage Company). Online: Twitter: @AlexisLGordon. Training: BFA Acting, University of Windsor. Et cetera: Love and thanks to my parents, fiancé, family, friends, mentors, the creative teams and the gang at TH.

    Sébastien Heins
    Pascalino
    2018: Ferdinand in The Tempest, Courtesan, Jailor in The Comedy of Errors and Pascalino in Napoli Milionaria! Third season. Stratford: Charles Surface (The School for Scandal); Servilius (Timon of Athens); Aumerle, Prince John (Breath of Kings: Rebellion); Prince John, Mouldy, Le Fer (Breath of Kings: Redemption). Elsewhere (selected): Bang Bang (Factory Theatre), Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (b current/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, NTS; Toronto Urban Film Festival's City Stories Award, Her Chance to Dream; Best Emerging Artist Award, United Solo Festival, N.Y.C. Online: @sebastienheins; thehiphopera.com. Et cetera: Sébastien dedicates this season to equality and respect. He thanks his family, friends, colleagues, and incredible partner, Dasha, for making his life as an artist an epic adventure every day.
    Josue Laboucane
    Wine Seller

    2018: Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Wine Seller in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest. Sixth season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Changeling, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI in Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Vancouver's Bard on the Beach); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: Jessie Award; Sydney J. Risk Award. Et cetera: Twitter: @josuelaboucane.

    Alexandra Lainfiesta
    Assunta
    2018: Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Assunta in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Green Lake (Solo Collective), Good Day and Good Night (Carousel Theatre), West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars), El Jinete: A Mariachi Opera (Puente Theatre), Marrow (Alley Theatre/Resounding Scream), Cruel Tears (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre/Puente Theatre). Film/TV: Un Día de Sol (Codice Cinema), Bella Ciao! (Commercial Drive Productions). Training: Canadian College of Performing Arts, Studio 58, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Jessie Richardson Award (Best Actor in a Lead Role: Green Lake), Ovation Award nomination (Best Supporting Actor: Anita in West Side Story), Sidney J. Risk Foundation and Studio 58 Acting Award, Outstanding Emerging Playwright Award (CCPA). Et cetera: I dedicate all the hard work and heart I put into my work to my grandfather Carlos, to Ian and Gloria, and to my mom, Ana.
    André Morin
    Understudy
    2018: Ariel in The Tempest and understudy in Napoli Milionaria!. Sixth season. Stratford: Parry in The Virgin Trial, Messenger in Bakkhai, 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 ConquerMother Courage and Her ChildrenKing JohnRomeo and JulietElsewhere: 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_MorinEt cetera: Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari.
    Nick Nahwegahbow
    Guard #1
    2018: Guard #1 in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest and Coriolanus. Second season. Stratford: Gregory in Romeo and Juliet, Tom Morgan, understudied/appeared as Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island and Qiluniq, Dufort in The Breathing Hole. Birmingham Conservatory: King Lear, Arden of Faversham, As You Like It, Dido: Queen of Carthage. 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: Chat Ka in Canada: The Story of Us. Training: Advanced Shakespeare (Kristin Linklater, Orkney, Scotland), Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under the direction of Stephen Ouimette, National Theatre School of Canada; BA in Theatre Studies, University of Guelph. Et cetera: Meegwetch/Nia:wen/Thank you to my parents for their undying love and support.
    Chick Reid
    Adelaide Schiano
     2018: Iris in The Tempest and Adelaide Schiano in Napoli Milionaria! 13th season. Stratford: Puck, Countrywoman, Cook, Grandma, Alice, Lady Markby, Abbess, Belinda, Inez, Old Lady, Margaret, Lucetta, Lady Capulet, Calpurnia, Margery, Vivian, Kate, Andromache, Miss Lucy, Maisie Madigan, Mimi LaFlamme, Lady Squeamish, Mistress Page. Elsewhere: Theatres across Canada and the U.S., including Shaw Festival (most recently Queen Charlotte in The Madness of George III), Theatre Plus Toronto, NAC, Grand, MTC, Neptune, Westben, Tarragon, Broadway, Actors' Theatre of Louisville. Film/TV: Most recently, Fairfield Road, Everything She Ever Wanted. Awards: Proud recipient of the 2013 Max Helpmann Award; Life Member, CAEA, 2018. Online: trilliumview.com. Et cetera: Ms Reid is an Adjunct Professor, teaching Shakespeare at Queen's University, lives on a farm with her husband, Tom McCamus, and breeds Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
    Oksana Sirju
    Margherita
    2018: Messenger in The Comedy of Errors, Margherita in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Viola in Twelfth Night, Lady Balthazar in The Comedy of Errors, Horatio in Ophelia, The Good Woman in A Party for Boris (York University); Mrs. Harper in Innocence Lost (Ovation Academy). Film/TV: Recurring role on Workin' Moms (CBC). Training: York University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, 2017-2018. Online: @itsoksanasirju. Et cetera: All my love and thanks to friends and family for the constant love and support. I also extend my gratitude to the Stratford team for the warm welcome.
    E.B. Smith
    Doctor

    2018: Boatswain in The Tempest, Surrogate in Coriolanus and Doctor in Napoli Milionaria! Eighth season. Stratford: Orsino (Twelfth Night), Seyton (Macbeth), Dr. Jim Bayliss (All My Sons), Thaliard, Leonine (Pericles), Eilif (Mother Courage), Melun (King John), 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.

    Emilio Vieira
    Peppe “The Jack”
    2018: Adrian in The Tempest, Caller in Coriolanus  and Peppe "The Jack" in Napoli Milionaria! Third season. Stratford: Curio and understudied/appeared as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Damis in Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, 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: Andrew in Towards Youth: a cycle of plays on radical hope (Project Humanity/Crow's Theatre); Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Guild Festival Theatre); Charles/Amiens in As You Like It, Lucius Andronicus in Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage). 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. Et cetera: It's 2018: TIME'S UP!
    Gordon Patrick White
    Guard #2
    2018: Egeon in The Comedy of Errors, Guard #2 in Napoli Milionaria!  and appears in The Tempest.  Second season. Stratford: Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Edgar, King Lear (NAC); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre North West); Clov, Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville Festival); Titus, The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp, Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Robbie, A Very Polite Genocide (Native Earth Performing Arts); Injun Joe/Fred, 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.
    Mamie Zwettler
    Teresa
    2018: Miranda in The Tempest, Officer 1 in The Comedy of Errors  and Teresa in Napoli Milionaria! Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ophelia in Hamlet, Adam/Audrey in As You Like It, Aeneas in Troilus and Cressida, Genevieve in Long Christmas Dinner (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom and Dad.
    John Murrell
    Translator
    2018: Translator of Napoli Milionaria! Eighth season. Stratford: Playwright of Memoir and Taking Shakespeare. Translator of Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Oedipus Rex, The Cherry Orchard, The Human Voice. Elsewhere: 10 plays including Waiting for the Parade, Farther West and Democracy, and four opera libretti, performed nationally and internationally. Film/TV: Writer of The Secret of the Nutcracker (CBC-TV Christmas special) and of TV versions of Waiting for the Parade and Farther West. Awards: Officer of the Order of Canada, member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, recipient of the Governor General of Canada's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Et cetera: John is delighted to be back at the Stratford Festival on this 40th anniversary of his first time here as translator of Uncle Vanya.
    Donato Santeramo
    Literal Translator

    2018: Literal translator of Napoli Milionaria! Donato Santeramo is Interim Head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen's University. He is cross-appointed to the School of Drama and Music and is associated with the Cultural Studies Graduate Program. He also holds an appointment at the Graduate School of the University of Rome II. Santeramo has published on Italian literature, theatre and film. He has translated and staged works of contemporary Italian playwrights. Santeramo is on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals including Pirandelliana, Libero: Rivista del documentario and Letteratura e interpretazione. Santeramo also participated in several creative and artistic endeavors including the art exhibit Chromosomes (Rome 2008 and Lisbon 2009) and co-edited the book Red Cars - An Original Screenplay by David Cronenberg. He recently completed a monograph on Edward Gordon Craig.

    Antoni Cimolino
    Director
    2018: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Director of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 31st season. Stratford: Directing credits include The School for Scandal; Macbeth; The Hypochondriac; Hamlet; The Alchemist; King Lear; The Beaux' Stratagem; Mary Stuart; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; The Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus, with Colm Feore and Martha Henry; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; King John; Love's Labour's Lost, with Brian Bedford; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; The Night of the Iguana; and Filumena, with Richard Monette. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Cimolino was instrumental in establishing the Festival's Endowment Foundation, which now stands at $80 million, as well as in the renovation of its Avon Theatre and the creation of its Studio Theatre. In January 2018, Mr. Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney launched a $100-million campaign to build a glorious new Tom Patterson Theatre, a campaign that had already achieved 70% of its target at the time of its public launch. Elsewhere: The Canadian première of ENRON (Theatre Calgary); Twelfth Night (Attic Theatre, Detroit); A Woman of No Importance (Hilberry Theater, Detroit). A champion of the arts and culture, Mr. Cimolino served as the Founding Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, New York's Lincoln Center and City Center, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He also spearheaded the Festival's involvement in a joint project with CUSO International, Canada's international volunteer co-operation agency, to establish a performing arts and educational centre in the city of Suchitoto, El Salvador.
    Julie Fox
    Designer
     2018: Designer of Napoli Milionaria! Ninth season. Stratford: Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, 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: A&R Angels, 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); Canadian Stage, Necessary Angel, Theatre Passe Muraille, Segal Centre, MTC, Citadel. 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
     2018: Lighting designer of The Tempest, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show and Napoli Milionaria! 14th season. Stratford (selected): Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Macbeth (2009, 2016), A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet (2008, 2015), The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 2014), Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It. Elsewhere: The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); A Christmas Carol, Enron (NAC); Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); Così Fan Tutte (Canadian Opera Company); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Liv Stein, Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Mary Poppins, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Sound Designer
     2018: Composer for Paradise Lost and sound designer of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 10th season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, 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.
    Andrew Kushnir
    Assistant Director
     2018: Assistant director of Napoli Milionaria! Stratford debut. Stratford: Playwright residency (2010). Elsewhere: As director: Shirley Valentine (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Freedom Singer (Project: Humanity, national tour); If/Then, 33 1/3 (Sheridan); The Watershed (Porte Parole/Crow's Theatre, associate director). As playwright: Freedom Singer (Project: Humanity); The Gay Heritage Project (with Paul Dunn and Damien Atkins, Buddies in Bad Times); Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre); Small Axe (Project: Humanity/Theatre Centre); The Middle Place (Project: Humanity/Theatre Passe Muraille/Canadian Stage). Training: University of Alberta BFA (Acting), Loran Scholar. Awards: Four-time Dora Award nominee (twice for Outstanding New Play) and one-time winner (Passion Play, Outstanding Ensemble), Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Production of a Play (The Middle Place), University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award. Online: projecthumanity.ca. Et cetera: Andrew is artistic director of Project: Humanity and former associate artistic director in residence at Crow's Theatre. Upcoming: Towards Youth:  (Project: Humanity/Crow's Theatre).
    Anne Murphy
    Stage Manager
     2018: Stage manager of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 26th season. Stratford: Anne is pleased to be back for the 2018 season. Elsewhere: Cabaret (MTC), Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre), Orpheus Descending (MTC, Royal Alexandra Theatre), toured the Belfry Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking to the Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre, toured with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the NAC's The Mikado and worked on The Lion King and Jane Eyre in Toronto. She has had the pleasure of working across Canada at the Grand Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre (production manager for two years), Manitoba Theatre Centre and Expo '86 in Vancouver. Et cetera: Anne lives in Stratford with her partner, Anne; their son, Callum; daughter Brianna; Richard, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever; Lucy, the cutest Maltipoo ever; and three beautiful cats.
    Holly Korhonen
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Rocky Horror Show and Napoli Milionaria! 17th season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ever Yours, Oscar, Cabaret, My One and Only, The Comedy of Errors, South Pacific, Oliver!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Edward II, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anything Goes, Henry VI. Stage manager: Birmingham Conservatory, 2006, 2007. Awards: Recipient of the Tanya Award and three Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Holly would like to thank her partner, Steve, and their children, Jennica and Jackson, for all their love and support.
    Corinne Richards
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria!  31st season. Stratford: Festival productions include 20 Shakespearean plays (some multiple times) plus The School for Scandal, 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 feel privileged to have the opportunity to work on my second Tempest with Martha Henry after doing my first with William Hutt.
    Melissa Veal
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 13th season. Stratford: 2017: Assistant stage manager of Timon of Athens. Melissa also spent 10 seasons in the wig department at the Festival. For the past two seasons, she has had the honour to serve as the coordinator of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under Stephen Ouimette. A huge thank you to the Conservatory actors for their dedication and inspiration, and to all the teachers and coaches. Elsewhere: For the previous 11 years before her work with the BCCT, she was the wig and makeup designer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she garnered two Jeff Awards for Artistic Specialization and Wig and Makeup Design. Awards: Four Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award, and The Hurckes Award.  Et cetera: Love to my family and friends for all their love and support.
    Michael Hart
    Production Stage Manager
     2018: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of The Rocky Horror Show. 22nd season. Stratford: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Timon of Athens, The Adventures of Pericles, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, The Tempest (starring Christopher Plummer), The Importance of Being Earnest and King Lear (both starring Brian Bedford), The Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, Fallen Angels, A Delicate Balance, The Duchess of Malfi, The Liar, The Swanne (all three parts), High-Gravel-Blind, Eternal Hydra. Elsewhere: Silence (Grand), Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage), Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage), Body Politic (Buddies), The Death of the King (Modern Times), The Winter's Tale (Groundling 2016), Bombay Black (Factory), Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades), Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage), Romeo and Juliet (NAC), Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC), Wit (Centaur), Real Live Girl (MTC Warehouse), Hamlet (Neptune).
    Janine Ralph
    Production Stage Manager
     2018: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre. 27th season. Stratford: Last season Janine was the production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and takeover assistant stage manager of The Changeling. Past Stratford Festival credits include stage manager of a variety of productions at the Festival, Tom Patterson and Avon theatres and the Masonic Hall. Elsewhere: Janine stage-managed at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and production-managed for Singapore Repertory Theatre. She has worked on the Asian Games' ceremonies in Qatar; in various theatres in Ontario, including Young People's Theatre; and for CBC TV in Toronto and BBC TV in England.
    Maxwell T. Wilson
    Production Stage Manager
     2018: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of An Ideal Husband. 20th season. Stratford: Selected productions: Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole, 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, 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. Training: BA, University of Lethbridge. Awards: 2012 Guthrie Award. Et cetera: For a change, Max works with a leading purveyor of orchid-growing supplies at ravenvision.ca.

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