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August 1 – October 13 |
Opens August 17


by Molière
Translated by Ranjit Bolt
Director Chris Abraham


Vice becomes virtue in Molière’s hilarious exploration of power and hypocrisy. Falling under the spell of a religious con artist, Orgon risks his wife, his estate and his entire family in this darkly comic classic.

Production support is generously provided by Dr. Dennis & Dorothea Hacker, by the Harkins/Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins, by Bob & Martie Sachs and by Dr. Louis & Mrs. Mary Jane Zako in celebration of their 60th wedding Anniversary.

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



    Portrait of Tom Rooney
    Tom Rooney

    2017: Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Sir Benjamin Backbite in The School for Scandal and Tartuffe in Tartuffe. 10th season. Stratford: Breath of Kings, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Measure for Measure, Waiting for Godot, Wanderlust, Henry V, Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Winter's Tale, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre/Talk Is Free); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Citadel); The Seagull, Someone Else (Crow's Theatre); Homechild, Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage); My Mother's Feet (Munich); Hairspray (Toronto and Broadway); Benevolence, Courageous (Tarragon); Hamlet (NAC); Roméo et Juliette (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Film/TV: Three seasons on CBC's This Is Wonderland; The Gilda Radner Story; The Day After Tomorrow; Everest '82 (CBC miniseries); Flash of Genius. Awards: Two Gemini nominations; Dora Award for Outstanding Actor, 2013; Sterling Award for Best Actor, 2016.

    Portrait of Graham Abbey
    Graham Abbey

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

    Portrait of Maev Beaty
    Maev Beaty

    2017: Lady Sneerwell in The School for Scandal, Elmire in Tartuffe and understudy in Twelfth Night. Fourth season. Stratford: Sorrel (Bunny), Kate (The Last Wife), Miep (The Diary of Anne Frank), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: The Last Wife, La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Proud (Michael Healey), Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Palace of the End, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage). Awards: Two-time Dora winner, nine-time nominee. Online:; Twitter @sheepnowool. Et cetera: As Co-Artistic Director of Sheep No Wool (with her husband, Alan Dilworth) and Artistic Associate of Groundwater Productions, she has co-created the Edward Bond Festival, Passion Play, Montparnasse, The Unforgetting and Goblin Market

    Portrait of Michael Blake
    Michael Blake

    2017: Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Mr. Balance in The School for Scandal and Cleante in Tartuffe. Sixth season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, King Lear, Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives. Elsewhere: 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); Scientific Americans (SideMart/Segal Centre); 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: @samo_crown.

    Portrait of Rosemary Dunsmore
    Rosemary Dunsmore
    Mme Pernelle

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

    Portrait of Anusree Roy
    Anusree Roy

    2017: Snake in The School for Scandal, Dorine in Tartuffe and understudy in Twelfth Night. Second season. Elsewhere: Anusree's plays include Pyaasa, Letters to My Grandma, Roshni,Brothel #9, Sultans of the Street, Trident Moon andLittle Pretty and the Exceptional. Anusree has performed in theatres across Canada, has a Master's degree from the University of Toronto and is a published playwright. TV: She was a series regular and story editor for Remedy (Global TV). Awards: Anusree's plays and performances have won her four Dora Awards, the K.M. Hunter Award, RBC Emerging Artist Award and the Carol Bolt Award. She is a Siminovitch Protégé prize-winner and Governor General's-finalist writer. Et cetera: "Thank you to everyone at the Festival, my family, agent Nancy LeFeaver, Christine Horne, Lina Marques and my beloved Ryan Tiwari."

    Portrait of Sarah Afful
    Sarah Afful

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

    Portrait of Sean Arbuckle
    Sean Arbuckle

    2017: Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and understudy in Tartuffe. 15th season.  Stratford: A Little Night Music, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,Pericles, The Physicists, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Mother Courage, Richard III,Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice,Cabaret, The Trojan Women, Macbeth, The Tempest, As You Like It, Agamemnon, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Elsewhere: The Immigrant (Harold Green), London Road (Canadian Stage), Othello (Segal Centre), The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre), Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre), Phèdre (ACT), Woman in Mind (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Spitfire Grill (George Street, world première), The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout), Copenhagen (national tour). Film/TV: 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter,Reign, Defiance, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.

    Portrait of Rod Beattie
    Rod Beattie
    Monsieur Loyal
    2017: Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Crabtree in The School for Scandal and Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe. 16th season. Stratford: Over 50 productions - favourites include Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, York in Henry VI, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Glenn Gould in Glenn, title role in Macbeth, Pistol in Henry V and the first six Wingfield plays. Elsewhere: Rod has been a part of the Wingfield series (by Dan Needles) for 32 years, totalling almost 5,000 performances. Other credits include Bill in The Love List, Greg in Sylvia (Belfry Theatre, Victoria); Johnny Pateen Mike in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Theatre Calgary); Proctor in The Crucible (Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg); Professor in Oleanna (Grand Theatre, London, and National Arts Centre, Ottawa). Training: Master's degree in English. Awards: Rod has won a Dora, a Sterling, a Gemini and the "Critic's Award" (Sarasota).
    Portrait of Matthew G. Brown
    Matthew G. Brown
    2017: Sea Captain, Priest in Twelfth Night, Sir Toby Bumper in The School for Scandal and understudy in TartuffeStratford: The Specialist in Tommy, Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Sister Act (Drayton); Wizard of Oz, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cinderella (a RATtical retelling), Seussical (YPT); I Think I Can (YPT, NAC); Grey Gardens (Acting Up Stage); The Postman (Panamania); Killer Business (Next Stage); Hair (Grand); Jersey Boys (Dancap, Dodgers); Dreamgirls (Theatre Aquarius, MTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); 5 Guys Named Moe (Theatre Cambridge). Film/TV (selected): Gridlocked (Hackybox), The Kennedys (History), Dark Matter (SYFY/Space), Open Heart (YTV), Odd Squad (PBS), Hailstorm (CFC), Instant Star (CTV), Rattan (CFC), Mr. D (CBC), Rookie Blue (Global). Training: RAPA, The Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory. Awards: Best ensemble, Wizard of Oz; Best Ensemble, Cinderella (a RATicall retelling). Et cetera: Thank you, God, Mom, cast and crew. Twitter: @Mr_M_G_B.
    Portrait of Farhang Ghajar
    Farhang Ghajar
    2017: Gentleman #2 in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Stratford debut. 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: 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). Online: Instagram: @far_hang. Et cetera: "Love and gratitude to you. That's right. You, reading this right now."
    Portrait of Alexis Gordon
    Alexis Gordon

    2017: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and understudy in Tartuffe. Third season. Stratford: 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: Celeste #2/Elaine in Sunday in the Park with George (TIFT); Iris in world première of The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory Theatre/Obsidian Theatre); Obeah Opera (Nightwood Theatre); Recurring John, Paradises Lost (Toronto SummerWorks); 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: Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Artists (Acting Up). Online: Twitter: @AlexisLGordon. Training: BFA Acting, University of Windsor. Et cetera: "Love and thanks to my mom and dad, family, friends, mentors, the creative teams and the gang at TH."

    Portrait of Gordon S. Miller
    Gordon S. Miller

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

    Portrait of Mercedes Morris
    Mercedes Morris
    2017: Mariane in Tartuffe and appears in Twelfth Night and The School for Scandal. Stratford debut. Film/TV: Series lead in Between (City/Netflix); recurring on Eyewitness (USA Network); series lead on Couple-ish (Parcel Face Productions). Elsewhere: Jenny in Heart of Steel (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Raven in Summerland (Toronto Fringe Festival); Cecilia in The Witlings (Theatre Erindale). Training: Graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and University of Toronto. Awards: Janet Beck Award, University of Toronto. Online: @im2fancy_ on Twitter and Instagram. Et cetera: To my lovely family and friends, thank you for supporting my "drama queen" ways. Love you lots, enjoy the show!
    Portrait of Monice Peter
    Monice Peter
    2017: Maria in The School for Scandal, Flipote in Tartuffe and appears in Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid. Birmingham Conservatory: Dido: Queen of Carthage, As You Like It,Six Characters in Search of an Author, King Richard III.Elsewhere: L in A Beautiful View (Sage Theatre); The Dandelion Project (Verb Theatre); Josephine in Ruined (Ellipsis Tree Collective); Susan in Race (Ground Zero/Hit and Myth Productions). Film/TV: Trish on Supernatural; recurring roles on Proof, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce and The Returned.Radio: Co-host of CJSW's Breaking Techniques.Training: Mount Royal University, Stella Adler Chekhov Intensive, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Nominations: Betty Mitchell Award and Calgary Critics' Award nominations for A Beautiful View, The Dandelion Project and Race. Online: Et cetera: "Family and friends, you surround me with the warmest light."
    Portrait of Stephen Russell
    Stephen Russell

    2017: Antonio in Twelfth Night, appears in The School for Scandal  and understudy in Tartuffe. 35th season. Stratford: Gaunt (Breath of Kings: Rebellion), Silence (Breath of Kings: Redemption), Helicanus (The Adventures of Pericles), Doc (West Side Story), Slim (Of Mice and Men), Mr. Brownlow (Oliver!), Chorus Leader (Oedipus Rex), Cornwall (King Lear) at the Lincoln Center in New York and the title roles in Julius Caesar, Richard II and Henry VI. Elsewhere: He has appeared in theatres across Canada, most recently as Dr. Meade in the world première of Gone With the Wind at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (2013). Film/TV: His most recent film project is the part of Pontius Pilate in The Gospel of John. Et cetera: He lives in Stratford with his wife, Astrid.

    Portrait of E.B. Smith
    E.B. Smith

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

    Portrait of Johnathan Sousa
    Johnathan Sousa

    2017: Second Officer in Twelfth Night, Careless in The School for Scandal and Valere in Tartuffe. Second season. Stratford: Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Prince Thomas, Williams in Breath of Kings: Redemption and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. 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.

    Portrait of Shannon Taylor
    Shannon Taylor

    2017: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal and understudy in Tartuffe. Fourth season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love (Viola de Lesseps), Hypochondriac (Angelique), The Diary of Anne Frank (Margot Frank), Oedipus Rex (The Priest), She Stoops to Conquer (Rose), The Sound of Music (Liesl- 2001), Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary); True (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre); The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground); Salt-Water Moon (Thousand Islands Playhouse); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel Theatre); The Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); Scenes from the Bathhouse, Emily (Talk Is Free Theatre). Recordings: Première CD recording of Cyrano featuring Brent Carver and David Rogers. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson Theatre School (BFA). Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Dora nomination for The Jones Boy (Outstanding Performance). Et cetera: "Big love and thanks to my family, friends, Angela and Peter."

    Portrait of Emilio Vieira
    Emilio Vieira
    2017: Curio in Twelfth Night, Damis in Tartuffe and appears in The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: 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: Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Guild Festival Theatre); Charles/Amiens in As You Like It, Lucius Andronicus in Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage); Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1, Scullery in Road, Cassius in Julius Caesar (York University). 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. Canada 150: Emilio is honoured to participate in this season which commemorates Canada 150 and is thrilled to see a majority of female directors fill these stages with incredible work.
    Portrait of Blythe Wilson
    Blythe Wilson
    2017: Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and understudy in Tartuffe. Sixth season. Stratford: Laurey in Oklahoma!, Nancy in Oliver!, Lucy Brown in TheThreepenny Opera, Dulcie in The Boy Friend. Elsewhere: Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins (Broadway); Rona Peretti in 25th Annual … Spelling Bee (Connecticut Rep); Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music, Antonia in Man of La Mancha (Mirvish Productions); Cathy in The Last Five Years (Canadian Stage); Narrator in Joseph… with Donny Osmond (Chicago Theatre); Eva Peron in Evita, Mary in Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre - Betty Mitchell/Sterling Award  nominee); Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lillian Holiday in Happy End (Shaw Festival); Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Donna in Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Aspects of Love (U.S. tour/Livent). Training: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre School.
    Portrait of Brigit Wilson
    Brigit Wilson

    2017: Mrs. Candour in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. 12th season. Stratford: Macbeth, As You Like It, The Hypochondriac, Pericles, The Alchemist, The Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, The 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: Clytemnestra, Agamemnon (Next Stage Festival); 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 Centre). TV: Harriet Sims, The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: @HOOPOOHEART.

    Portrait of Tim Ziegler
    Tim Ziegler
    2017: Gentleman #1 in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet (RMTC); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, You Can't Take It With You, Sunshine Boys (Soulpepper); Gimme That Prime Time Religion, The Winslows of Derryvore, The Cavan Blazers (4th Line Theatre); Harvey, John Bull's Other Island, Riders to the Sea (Shaw Festival); Do You Take This Man (Globus Theatre); Hogtown (The Hogtown Collective). Film/TV: Mayday (National Geographic/Discovery), Reign (CBS), Nikita (CW), Flashpoint (CTV), Combat Hospital (ABC/Shaw). Online:; @TheTimZiegler.


    Chris Abraham
     2017: Director of Tartuffe. Seventh season. Stratford: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, The Matchmaker, The Little Years, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Elsewhere: Winners & Losers (Soho Rep); The Wedding Party, True Crime, The Watershed, The Seagull, Seeds, Eternal Hydra (Crow's Theatre); I, Claudia (Tarragon); Antigone, The Lesson (Soulpepper). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, Eternal Hydra, Easy Lenny Lazmon…; Sterling Award for Frozen (Citadel Theatre); Gemini Award for I, Claudia (CBC/Sienna Films); 2013 Elinor and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Online: Et cetera: Chris is Artistic Director of Crow's Theatre. He is past Co-Director of the National Theatre School of Canada Directing Program.
    Julie Fox
    2017: Designer of The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. Eighth season. Stratford: 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: 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); Necessary Angel, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Citadel, Theatre Junction, Manitoba Theatre Centre. 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
    2017: Lighting designer of Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. 13th season. Stratford: Macbeth (2009, 2016), A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet (2008, 2015), The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 2014), Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Tempest, As You Like It, King of Thieves. Elsewhere (selected): A Christmas Carol (NAC); Evangeline (Charlottetown/Citadel); The Little Prince - The Musical (Theatre Calgary); Così Fan Tutte (Canadian Opera Company); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse); Liv Stein, Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan (Canadian Stage); Glenn, A Tender Thing (Soulpepper); Mary Poppins (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Sound Designer
    2017: Sound designer of Timon of Athens, The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. Ninth season. Stratford: 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.
    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:
    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.
    Sarah Kitz
    Assistant Director
    2017: Assistant director of Tartuffe. Second season. Stratford: Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope. Elsewhere: Director: One Short Sleepe, The Retreating World. Assistant director: Uncle Vanya, Sweeney Todd (Shaw Festival); Agamemnon (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Aperture (AMY Project); Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare in the Ruins); Cake and Dirt (Tarragon); Next to Him (Safe Words); Part 1 BIRTH: A Trilogy (Pandemic Theatre); The Nice Guy (Wrecking Ball); Three More Sleepless Nights (Bad Joe/Playwright Project); Savage in Limbo (Bob Kills Theatre); Long Day's Journey Into Night (Soulpepper). Director in residence (Soulo Theatre Festival). Acted across Canada. Radio/Recordings: Guest on podcasts Walk Left, PlayMe, Where's Your Head At. Training: University of Windsor, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Directors Lab North in partnership with Lincoln Center, Neil Munro Intern Directors Project. Et cetera: Grateful to create on Treaty Land.
    Bona Duncan
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Bakkhai and Tartuffe. 17th season. Stratford: Stage manager: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet. Production stage manager: Studio and Avon theatres. Assistant stage manager: Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Bona is grateful to have worked across our country, including TIFT, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, The Grand, NAC, MTC, Banff Centre, Citadel, Tarragon, Centaur. Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA from Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.
    Katherine Arcus
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of The School for Scandal and Tartuffe. Eighth season. Stratford: Breath of Kings, She Stoops to Conquer, The Last Wife, Mother Courage, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Elektra, The Winter's Tale, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, production assistant for the TPT's 2008 season. Elsewhere: Blue Remembered Hills U.K. tour (Northern Stage); Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival); The Sound of Music (Mirvish); Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions); Homebody/Kabul (Berkeley Street Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Othello,Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project). Film/TV: Writers' assistant for Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (CBC), story coordinator for Less Than Kind (HBO Canada), Picnicface (Comedy Network), Zerby Derby (TVO). Training: Technical theatre program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Et cetera: Katherine is delighted to return to Stratford for the 2017 season.
    Bruno Gonsalves
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of HMS Pinafore and Tartuffe. 26th season. Stratford: Mr. Gonsalves has worked as a production stage manager, stage manager (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV, Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend) and assistant stage manager (The Physicists, The Alchemist, The Matchmaker, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet, The Gondoliers, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Bonjour, là, Bonjour). Elsewhere: London's Grand Theatre, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Mirvish.
    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Assistant 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.
    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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