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May 3 – October 21 |
Opens June 1


by William Shakespeare
Director Scott Wentworth


Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families. But daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost, as the needless sacrifice of young lives brings this heartbreaking story to its tragic conclusion.

Production support is generously provided by Barbara & John Schubert.

Support for the 2017 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster.



    Portrait of Sara Farb
    Sara Farb

    2017: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Mary in The Virgin Trial. Fifth season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lucy), A Little Night Music (Petra), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), She Stoops to Conquer (Constance), The Last Wife (Mary), King Lear (Cordelia), The Beaux' Stratagem (Cherry), The Merchant of Venice (Jessica), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers. Elsewhere (selected): Mary, The Last Wife (Soulpepper); Anne Frank, The Secret Annex (Segal Centre); writer/star of R-E-B-E-C-C-A (Passe Muraille); Natalie, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary co-production; Tarragon); Edges, Uncovered series (Acting Up Stage); The Wizard of Oz (YPT). Awards: Two Guthrie Awards; Calgary Theatre Critics Award; Dora Award nominee, best new musical (co-writer). Training: Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: Sara is co-writer in residence for The Musical Stage Company.

    Portrait of Antoine Yared
    Antoine Yared

    2017: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Pierre in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Fifth season. Stratford: Malcolm (Macbeth), William (As You Like It), Erhart Borkman (John Gabriel Borkman), Lysimachus (Pericles), Dapper (The Alchemist), Guhl (The Physicists), Lewis, the Dauphin (King John), Swiss Cheese (Mother Courage), Mardian (Antony and Cleopatra), Prince of Aragon (The Merchant of Venice), Planchet (The Three Musketeers), Paris (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Touchstone (As You Like It), Stefano (The Tempest) (Repercussion Theatre); Fox (Pinocchio), Goat (Alice Through the Looking-Glass) (Geordie Productions). Film/TV: Boucherie Halal (Babek Aliassa). Voice: Kojiro Sasaki, Samurai Warriors 2 (KOEI). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Concordia University, Dawson College. Awards: 2014 Michael Mawson Award; 2013 Peter Donaldson Award; 2010 Elsa Bolam Award. Et cetera: Thank you to my family and friends for your continued support and to all the mentors, teachers and coaches who have helped me along the way.

    Portrait of Seana McKenna
    Seana McKenna

    2017: Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Aurélie, The Madwoman of Chaillot, in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 26th season. Ms McKenna most recently played Queen Elizabeth II in Theatre Calgary's The Audience, directed by Miles Potter. Before that, she taught at the Birmingham Conservatory and at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, where she has also performed in Testament, Napoli and Phèdre. At Stratford, her roles have ranged from Gertrude to Juliet, from Mother Courage to Dotty Otley, from Amanda Wingfield to Medea and from Queen Elizabeth I to Richard III. She has received multiple awards, including three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (acting: Saint Joan, Orpheus Descending; directing: Valley Song), a Jessie Award (Wit), a Genie Award (The Hanging Garden), an Honorary MFA in Acting from ACT, a Doctor of Sacred Letters (Trinity College, U of T) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Portrait of Marion Adler
    Marion Adler
    Lady Capulet
    2017: Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Gabrielle, the Madwoman of Saint-Sulpice, in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Seventh season. Stratford: Diana in, and lyricist of, The Adventures of Pericles, Goneril in King Lear, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Audrey in As You Like It. Elsewhere: Multiple characters in Chris Abraham's production of Seeds, Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Philaminte in The Learned Ladies, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hermione in The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); the Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Emilia in Othello, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 and Mistress Quickly/Alice in Henry V (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). In addition to acting, Ms Adler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning lyricist.
    Portrait of Wayne Best
    Wayne Best
    Friar Laurence

    2017: Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet and The Prospector in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 22nd season. Stratford: Duke of Gloucester, Worcester (Breath of Kings: Rebellion), Archbishop of Canterbury, King Charles (Breath of Kings: Redemption), Antiochus, Simonides (The Adventures of 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) and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller (The Miracle Worker), 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) and Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid). 

    Portrait of Evan Buliung
    Evan Buliung
    2017: Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. 11th season. Stratford: Member of inaugural Conservatory. Pericles (Pericles), Edgar (King Lear), Titania/Oberon (Dream), Count Bellair (Beaux' Stratagem), Tom Joad (Grapes of Wrath), Roger (Little Years), Lucius (Titus Andronicus), Petruchio, Mercutio, Elizabeth Rex. Elsewhere: John Major (The Audience), Betty/Edward (Cloud 9), Khashoggi (We Will Rock You), Aragorn (Dora nomination - The Lord of the Rings) (Mirvish); Joe (Chimerica), Yvan (Art) (Canadian Stage); Black Stache (Peter and the Starcatcher - WCT); Jamie (Long Day's Journey - Soulpepper); William Burke (Bloodless - Theatre 20); Macduff (Macbeth - Chicago Shakespeare). Shaw: Dick Dudgeon (The Devil's Disciple), Stanhope (Journey's End), Jack Worthing (…Earnest), Octavius (Man and Superman). Film/TV: Damnation, Saving Hope, Bitten, The Art of More, The Listener, Nikita, Copper, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers, Tony Van Bridge, Tyrone Guthrie awards. Et cetera: Please consider donating to My beautiful niece would truly appreciate it.
    Portrait of Randy Hughson
    Randy Hughson

    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."

    Portrait of Eric Abel
    Eric Abel

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet. Second season. Stratford: A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora nomination (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival), gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: "Much love to Mom and Dad, Devon, TH gang and all my friends whose love and support means the world."

    Portrait of Thomas Mitchell Barnet
    Thomas Mitchell Barnet

    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. 

    Portrait of Alex Black
    Alex Black

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls  and Romeo and Juliet Third season. Stratford: A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Carousel, The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: North American Broadway tour: Movin' Out; Drayton Entertainment: Twist and Shout, Damn Yankees and Dance Legends; Canadian Opera Company: Don Quichotte. Film/TV: American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight; Rise, Shaftesbury Films. Training: Alex grew up dancing at his family-owned dance studio, Dean/Black School of Performing Arts. Et cetera: Alex would like to thank his wife, Rochelle, family and friends for their love and support. 

    Portrait of Jimmy Blais
    Jimmy Blais
    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!
    Portrait of Miali Buscemi
    Miali Buscemi
    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!
    Portrait of Juan Chioran
    Juan Chioran
    Prince Escalus

    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. 

    Portrait of Jim Codrington
    Jim Codrington
    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.
    Portrait of Maxwell Croft-Fraser
    Maxwell Croft-Fraser
    2017: Page in Romeo and Juliet. Second season. Stratford: Bert, Tommy in All My Sons (2016). Et cetera: Maxwell has an orange belt in Karate and practices Muay Thai. He goes to Anne Hathaway PS in the French Immersion program. Max is a very active Boy Scout and loves to give back to his community. He is so happy to be a part of the Festival season and give back from the stage. Love to Mom, Biggie and Gma for their constant support.
    Portrait of Alexei DeLuca
    Alexei DeLuca
    2017: Page in Romeo and Juliet. Second season. Stratford: Messenger in Macbeth. Elsewhere: Hugh Malet in Robin Hood, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sheriff in Robin Hood: Tales of The Sheriff of Nottingham, Young Macduff in Macbeth, Oliver in As You Like It (Playmakers! Theatre School). Training: Apprentice/Journeyman casts in Playmakers! Theatre School, Playmakers! Summer Camp, Play On drama workshop. Et cetera: Alexei would like to thank the Stratford Festival for this opportunity and is excited to perform on the Stratford stage again. A big thank you to Susan and Stacy, Mom, Dad, Cole, Dean, Grandma and Grandpa. Alexei would like to dedicate his work this season to the memory of his Nonno Frank. Enjoy the show!
    Portrait of Sarah Dodd
    Sarah Dodd
    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.
    Portrait of Victor Ertmanis
    Victor Ertmanis
    Peter, Friar John
    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!"
    Portrait of Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Deidre Gillard-Rowlings

    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.

    Portrait of Kim Horsman
    Kim Horsman
    Lady Montague
    2017: Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet and Constance, the Madwoman of Passy, in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Eighth season. Stratford: Earlier highlights include Marina, Pericles; Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew; Katherine, Henry V; Miss Hoyden, The Relapse; Louise, Private Lives. Elsewhere: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Chesterfield Repertory, England); Caroline, Childhood/Infancy (Kings Head Theatre, London); Kate Hardcastle, She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club Theatre); Lady Nijo, Top Girls (Tamanhous/Grand Theatre); Leah in Sharon Pollock's Whiskey SixCadenza (Theatre Calgary); recently developing a musical, Cowboy of the Western World, with composers Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston. Film/TV: Most recently, J.J. Abrams/Stephen King's 11/22/63 opposite James Franco, The Headhunter's Calling as Gerard Butler's mom, and the Canadian feature film Cardinal. Et cetera: I'm very grateful to have had a rich, varied career shared with so many outstanding artists and friends. I'm thankful, most of all, for my beautiful family.
    Portrait of John Kirkpatrick
    John Kirkpatrick

    2017: Lt. Brannigan, Joey Biltmore in Guys and Dolls and Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet. Fourth season. Stratford: Doctor, Macbeth; Oliver, As You Like It; Deuxfois, The Hypochondriac; Marcellus, Fortinbras, Hamlet; Philip, Pedant, The Taming of the Shrew; Boyet, Love's Labour's Lost; René Descartes, Christina, The Girl King; Red Knight/Walrus, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Jaques in As You Like It, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Jake in Stones in His Pockets (Citadel); Slim in Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Calgary); Everard in Age of Arousal, Ned in The Gift of the Coat (ATP); Milan in Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Kent in King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival). Film/TV: Blackstone, Mixed Blessings. Training: BFA, Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure, Citadel. Et cetera: Love to Breanna.

    Portrait of Krista Leis
    Krista Leis
    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet. Ninth season. Stratford: Assistant choreographer: Man of La Mancha, West Side Story (2009). Actor: The Sound of Music, Carousel, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, West Side Story (2009 and 1999), A Funny Thing Happened..., The Music Man, Fuente Ovejuna, Gigi, The Tempest. Elsewhere: Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); A Funny Thing Happened... (Mirvish); In the Heights (assistant director and choreographer, Theatre Sheridan); Crazy for You,Mamma Mia! (Capitol Theatre); Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius); The Voice of the Turtle (CTF); Cats, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre). Film/TV: Roxana (Bravo), Hairspray, Eloise at the Plaza, The Music Man, Get Over It, Interstate 60. Et cetera: "Thanks to the Talent House gang and my amazing family."
    Portrait of Jamie Mac
    Jamie Mac

    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.

    Portrait of Katelyn McCulloch
    Katelyn McCulloch
    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:; 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!
    Portrait of Chad McFadden
    Chad McFadden

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet. Eighth season. Stratford: Don in A Chorus Line, As You Like It, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, The King and I, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, My One and Only. Elsewhere: Siegfried (COC); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American tour); The Little Mermaid, White Christmas, Mary Poppins (Valentine), Big Band Legends, Annie, 9 to 5 (Bob Enright), Dance Legends, Brigadoon (Harry Beaton), Evita, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Me and My Girl (Drayton); Joseph…, Sweet Charity (Stage West Calgary); Beauty and the Beast, Legends (Grand); Guys and Dolls (Citadel, Theatre Calgary, MTC); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Broadway Encore! (Tokyo Disneyland); Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker (Ballet Jörgen). Film/TV: Hairspray, Bollywood/Hollywood, The Other Me, Charms for the Easy Life, Earth: Final Conflict, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

    Portrait of Zlatomir Moldovanski
    Zlatomir Moldovanski
    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: Et cetera: Zlatomir dedicates this season to the memories of Liliya Penkova, Bill Yandow and Vladimir Nikolov.
    Portrait of Nick Nahwegahbow
    Nick Nahwegahbow
    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.
    Portrait of Oliver Neudorf
    Oliver Neudorf
    2017: Page in Romeo and Juliet. Second season. Stratford: Young Macduff in Macbeth (2016). Elsewhere: Performer (vogelJoy). Training: Recently Oliver completed the Stratford Festival's Shakespeare School program in the Lord Chamberlain's Company and he is currently studying voice and violin. Oliver has a deep appreciation of classical literature. Singing, acting and play have filled Oliver's childhood.  Online: Instagram: #oliverneudorf. Et cetera: Oliver is grateful for the incredible real-life education that working with this company is providing him, and is thankful for all the people who help make this journey possible. "I will adventure!"
    Portrait of Natasha Strilchuk
    Natasha Strilchuk
    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ayah in The Secret Garden: In Concert (Women of Musical Theatre Festival); Illuminite 2016 (Creativiva); featured ensemble in The Goodbye Girl (CMTP); lead dancer in Songs for a New World (First Act Productions); Consuela in West Side Story, Thea in Spring Awakening, Sally Bowles understudy inCabaret, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (LOT). Film: Motives and Murder (Cineflix, 2016). Training: Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts for Musical Theatre. Online: Instagram: @nstrilchuk; Twitter: @TashaStrilchuk. Et cetera: Natasha would like to thank her wonderful parents and brother, Andrew, for their unwavering love and support; her Toronto family: Jacquie, Colin, Duncan and Piper; Seventh House Talent; the Hanffs; the company for giving her this opportunity; and the friends, teachers and peers who have helped her along the way.
    Portrait of Gordon Patrick White
    Gordon Patrick White
    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.
    Scott Wentworth
    2017: Director of Romeo and Juliet. 23rd season. Stratford: Favourites include the title role in last season's John Gabriel Borkman, Gloucester in King Lear, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Iago in Othello and the title role in Macbeth. He directed the 2001 productions of Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, and the 2015 production of The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: Directing credits include Richard III (Bard on the Beach), Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) and Romeo and Juliet (Denver Center). Et cetera: Mr. Wentworth is a Tony and Olivier-nominated theatre artist whose work has been celebrated on Broadway, in London's West End, on television, in films and in theatres across the U.S. and Canada.
    Christina Poddubiuk
    2017: Designer of Romeo and Juliet. 14th season. Stratford: Designed 18 productions, including John Gabriel Borkman, Phèdre, All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet. Elsewhere: Designed many productions for the Shaw Festival including Pygmalion (costumes), Faith Healer, Come Back Little Sheba, On the Rocks and A Moon for the Misbegotten; The Audience (RMTC/Mirvish); The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary); Don Quichotte (Canadian Opera Company); Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Capriccio (Pacific Opera Victoria); Romeo and Juliet (Denver Center Theater); Venus in Fur, A Tender Thing (Belfry Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); many productions for Soulpepper including the inaugural season's Don Carlos and The Misanthrope; Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Chicago Shakespeare). Training: McGill University and the National Theatre School.
    Louise Guinand
    Lighting Designer
     2017: Lighting designer of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. 31st season. Stratford: Over 60 productions including All My Sons, She Stoops to Conquer, The Winter's Tale, A Delicate Balance, Elizabeth Rex, Long Day's Journey Into Night. Elsewhere: Ms Guinand has designed lights for over 500 shows across Canada and the United States at many theatres, including the Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Grand Theatre, WCTC, Globe Theatre, Soulpepper, Kennedy Center and Neptune. Recent productions include The Dance of Death, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw); The Lion in Winter (Grand); Peter and the Starcatcher, The Last Wife (Globe); The Comedy of Errors (WCTC). Training: A graduate of Queen's University and the National Theatre School. Awards: One Dora Award. Multiple Dora and Sterling nominations.
    Paul Shilton
    2017: Composer for Romeo and Juliet. Fifth season. Stratford: In past years Paul has composed the music for The Adventures of Pericles at the Tom Patterson Theatre, Edward II at the Studio Theatre, An Ideal Husband at the Festival Theatre and Dark Lady of the Sonnets, a Stratford/CBC Radio co-production recorded live at the Glenn Gould Studio. Elsewhere: Paul composed and performed the music for Alternative Theatre Works' production of Wind in the Willows at the Masonic Hall theatre space in Stratford. He also composed for the production of The Hobbit at the Grand Theatre in London. Teaching: Paul teaches a vocal ensemble class for the theatre program at Fanshawe College in London.
    Verne Good
    Sound Designer
    2017: Sound designer of Romeo and Juliet. Fifth season. Stratford: Past seasons include sound designs for Pericles and Hirsch; associate sound designer of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.Elsewhere: Sound designer: The 39 Steps, The Heidi Chronicles (Soulpepper); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); Art, The Mountaintop (The Grand); Was Spring, Communion (Tarragon Theatre); Outside, In This World (Roseneath Theatre); Bingo! (Factory Theatre); Queer Bathroom Stories (Buddies in Bad Times); Free as Injuns (Native Earth Performing Arts). Sound design and original music for The Red Queen, Stockholm (Seventh Stage Productions); You Will Remember Me, The Normal Heart (Studio 180); The Atomic Weight of Happiness (StandUp Dance). Training: Bishop's University, National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Verne would like to thank and remember Todd Charlton.
    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:; IMDB:
    Stephen Cota

    2017: Swing in and associate choreographer of Guys and Dolls and choreographer of Romeo and Juliet and The Madwoman of Chaillot. 12th season. Stratford: Larry/assistant choreographer, A Chorus Line; King's Attendant/La Troupe de Molière/choreographer, The Hypochondriac; assistant choreographer, The Sound of MusicCrazy for YouMan of La ManchaTommyFiddler on the Roof (2013, 2000), 42nd StreetThe Pirates of PenzanceKiss Me, KateEvitaA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumWest Side StoryThe Music ManMoby DickOklahoma!My One and OnlyOliver!South Pacific; choreographer: Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking InElsewhere: Assistant choreographer, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); White ChristmasAnnie (Drayton Entertainment); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre); Gangster #2 in The Drowsy ChaperoneEvita (Theatre Calgary and MTC); Forever Swing (Winter Garden Theatre); Cinderella (Grand Theatre). Et cetera: Stephen would like to thank his family for their constant support, especially his wife, Rachel.

    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.
    James Wallis
    Assistant Director
    2017: Assistant director of Romeo and Juliet. Second season. Stratford: Assistant director of Macbeth and Bunny. Elsewhere: Director: Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Edward II (staged reading), King John, The Changeling (staged reading), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare BASH'd - also Founder and Co-Artistic Director); Shakespeare in Hospitals (Spur of the Moment Collective); As You Like It (Theatre by the Bay); Reasons to Be Pretty (Labute Cycle). Actor: Hamlet in Hamlet, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare BASH'd); Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Love's Labour's Lost (Resurgence Theatre Company); Shakespeare's Magic, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre by the Bay). Training: Ryerson Theatre School. Online: @ShakesBASHd; Et cetera: "Thanks to Julia for all her support."
    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Romeo and Juliet  and assistant stage manager of Tartuffe 11th season. Stratford: Stage manager: Bunny, Possible Worlds, Hirsch; assistant stage manager: As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, Macbeth, Rice Boy, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; apprentice stage manager: Noises Off. Elsewhere: Theatre Sheridan, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Erindale, Theatre Direct Canada/Eldritch Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille/Obsidian Theatre Company, Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Charlottetown Festival. Training: Sheridan College. Awards: 2008 K.P. Hay Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Much love to Emily and Michael for letting me go play.
    Jacki Brabazon
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Romeo and Juliet and The Breathing Hole. Second season. Stratford: Production assistant of Possible Worlds, The Last Wife; assistant stage manager of the Michael Langham Directors' Workshop Presentation 2016. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Trudeau Stories (Long Black Car Productions at the Great Canadian Theatre Company); assistant stage manager of The Last Wife (The Belfry Theatre/Great Canadian Theatre Company); stage manager of The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools); apprentice stage manager of The Summoned, Within the Glass (Tarragon Theatre), The December Man (L'homme de décembre) (NAC English Theatre). Training: University of Ottawa. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2015). Et cetera: This season is for Tessa and Nathaniel.
    Marylu Moyer
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and the Director's Workshop Presentation and assistant stage manager of Romeo and Juliet. 37th season. Stratford: Part of the Festival's stage management team since 1986, Marylu has worked on 45 different productions. She has been production stage manager of the Avon, Tom Patterson and Studio theatres and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: At theatre companies across Canada, in the United States and as far away as Singapore, Marylu has stage-managed favourites such as Anne of Green Gables, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Christmas Carol, Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Our Town, The Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare's Will, The Syringa Tree and The Secret Mask. Awards: Marylu was the recipient of a 2009 Tanya Award.
    Krista Blackwood
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Glenn, Farther West, Great Expectations, Dirt, Long Day's Journey Into Night, High Life (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Anne of Green Gables - The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher, A Christmas Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Skin Flick, Masked, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre); The Last Five Years (Theatre and Company); Noises Off (Atlantic Theatre Festival). Et cetera: Krista dedicates this season to the memory of her wonderful parents, Cherry and Gus, who thought she was crazy, but let her go to theatre school anyway.
    Christopher Brackett
    Apprentice Stage Manager
    2017: Apprentice stage manager of Romeo and Juliet and The Virgin Trial. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Head guardian of Matilda the Musical (first U.S. national tour); guardian and apprentice stage manager of Matilda the Musical (Mirvish Productions); assistant stage manager of Rufus Does Judy, Contemporary Color, If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway (Luminato Festival); event and production coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario. Training: Ryerson School of Performance. Awards: Des McAnuff Award for Aptitude in Musical Theatre (2016) and Colm Wilkinson Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre (2015). Et cetera: Much love to mom, dad, and my Maggots!
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. 21st season. Stratford: Shows include A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I. Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager; over 25 years with the COC as a stage manager and choreographer; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; assistant director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Cynthia has worked in many forms of live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies for sporting events and variety -how fundraisers. Et cetera: Love to her fiancé, Paul, daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law, Andrew, and her beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy and Koston. Cynthia is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her third grandchild.





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