Skip to main content
Studio Theatre
July 30 – October 6 |
Opens August 18
World Première


by Colleen Murphy
World première commissioned by the Stratford Festival
Director Reneltta Arluk

Audience Advisory »


Intersecting with Canada’s history from the moment of First Contact to a future ravaged by climate change, this saga follows the mythic adventures of a polar bear to a profoundly moving conclusion. Download the Breathing Hole House Program here. Please call 1-800-567-1600 for any further questions. 

Specially commissioned by the Festival to mark Canada 150.

Production Sponsor


Production support is generously provided by Esther & Sam Sarick.

Support for the 2017 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.



    Portrait of Randy Hughson
    Randy Hughson
    Sir John Franklin, Mr. Griffith-Thomson

    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 Jani Lauzon
    Jani Lauzon
    Huumittuq, Panik, Marianne
    2017: Huumittuq, Panik, Marianne in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Cordelia/Fool in King Lear (NAC); Elder in Apocalypsis (Luminato); Woman in The Death of the King and Neighbour/Servant in Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna Theatre); Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (SITR). Film/TV: Guest appearances: Saving Hope, Hard Rock Medical, Destiny Ridge and Conspiracy of Silence. Puppeteer: Grannie on Mr. Dress-up, Pa Foley on Big Comfy Couch, Seeka onWumpa's World, Sasha on Prairie Berry Pie.Radio/Recordings: By the Rapids (Big Soul), Birth, Turtle Gal, Ice Scream (CBC Radio). Awards: Gemini Award for Wumpa's World; Best Actress, Doris in Windigo Tale, American Indian Film Festival and Dreamspeakers Film Festival. Online:;; @janilauzon. Et cetera: Her company, Paper Canoe Projects, produces her original work including A Side of Dreams, I Call myself Princess and Prophecy Fog.
    Portrait of Thomas Mitchell Barnet
    Thomas Mitchell Barnet
    Bean, Steward #1

    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 Jimmy Blais
    Jimmy Blais
    Panigayak, Félix Bonnière
    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 Yolanda Bonnell
    Yolanda Bonnell
    Ipruq, Atugauq
    2017: Fanny, Roberta in Treasure Island and Ipruq, Atugauq in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Yolanda and others in Silenced (HERstory Counts); Roe in Two Indians (SummerWorks, 2016); Theresa in The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); The Girl in bug (SummerWorks, 2016; 37th Rhubarb Festival - Buddies in Bad Times; 28th Weesageechak Festival - Native Earth Performing Arts). Training: Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts, Theatre Performance. Awards: Barndt-Sweetnam Award, Humber Theatre Award, Mark Schoenberg Award, Board of Governors Award. Online: @Yolanda_Bonnell.
    Portrait of Miali Buscemi
    Miali Buscemi
    Mannilaq, Qi'ngatuq
    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
    Oliver Morshead, Rivera

    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
    Holloway, Shen Young
    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 Sarah Dodd
    Sarah Dodd
    Matson Day
    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
    Franklin Crew #1, Captain Matias
    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 Ujarneq Fleischer
    Ujarneq Fleischer
    Avinngaq, Ajjiaq, Steward #2
    2017:  Avinngaq, Ajjiaq in The Breathing Hole and appears in Treasure Island. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Tappi the Crow, Kamiya the Crab, Salomon the Cod in Mizu (Greenland, 2016); The Spirit, The Bingo Master in Arnatsialaaq(The Rez Sisters) (The National Theatre of Greenland, 2016); Trolle in Nalusuunerup taarnerani(The ignorance darkness) (Theatre Solaris, Denmark, 2016); The Bully in Kaassassuk (Greenland, 2010). Film/TV: Polar bear in Nanook's music video song "Nanook;" Ikuala Zeeb in Ikuala Zeeb (producer, director, editor, actor); host at KNR (national television of Greenland) in Tallimanngorneq Unnuppaat Man; Mika in Qaqqat alanngui. Training: Art school in Greenland, 2004; art academy in Aarhus, Denmark, 2008. Online: Search "Itsumarlo Parlo Studio". Et cetera: Before his acting and film career, Ujarneq exhibited his paintings and crafts in his hometown of Sisimuit and in Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland. He also designs posters and comic strips.
    Portrait of Angelina FosterdelMundo
    Angelina FosterdelMundo
    Young Atugauq, Atugauq's Daughter
    2017: Young Atugauq in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Helen in A Christmas Story (Grand Theatre); Young Alice in Almost Alice, Abigail in The Rose (London Fringe); Young Molly in Jake's Women, Samantha in Skin Deep (ARTS Project); Dixie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Palace Theatre, Roxy Theatre, WODL Festival); Youth Ensemble in Snow White: The Panto (Huron Country Playhouse). Training: Attends Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, Stratford's Shakespeare School, Lord Chamberlain's Company. Weekly acting, vocal and dance lessons. Awards: Junior Speech Arts Trophy and the James Harris Memorial Award at the London Kiwanis Music Festival. Et cetera: Angelina's thankful to have found her passion so young in life and for this wonderful opportunity. Hoping, one day, to attend a post-secondary theatre school. Big hugs to my Newfoundland and Filipino family!
    Portrait of Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    Panik, Larkin, Mrs. Griffith-Thomson

    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 Bruce Hunter
    Bruce Hunter
    2017: Billy Bones, William O'Brien in Treasure Island and Angu'juaq in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Good Will Hunting, Rookie Blue, White Mice, Mean Girls, The Danish Play, After Hours with Kenny Robinson, Rocko in Puppets Who Kill, Agent Jones in Phil the Alien and Ed the head in the award-winning Cannes film The Truth About Head. He is one of the founding members of the award-winning Canadian comedy improv troupe Illustrated Men. He has also written many plays, including A Clever Boy, Circus Town, Dog Wash and The Getaway, which took place in a moving van. His RealSpace Theatre project, Dine Her, with its cast of dancing zombies, will be crawling through your town very soon. Awards: He has won Gemini awards for his voice and puppetry work. Online:
    Portrait of Johnny Issaluk
    Johnny Issaluk
    Nukilik, Totalik
    2017:  Nukilik, Totalik in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Film: Indian Horse, Akasa in Sila, Two Lovers and a Bear, Kajutaijuq, Inuit High Kick, The Orphan and the Polar Bear (narrator). TV: The Terror, Murdoch Mysteries. Elsewhere: As an athlete, Johnny has been practising, competing, performing, coaching and teaching Inuit Games for over 20 years. His athletic career has yielded more than 200 medal finishes in regional and national competitions. He is one of the most successful Inuit Games athletes of his generation. Awards: Johnny is a recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, and one of the first 60 Canadians to receive the honour. He was recognized for his ongoing contribution to the health and wellbeing of Nunavummiut. Et cetera: Johnny has five children, and lives with his wife and two dogs in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Online: @issaluk.
    Portrait of Evan Kearns
    Evan Kearns
    Qiluniq's Son
    2017: Inuk Boy in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Training: Competitive dance team, Dimensions In Dance - jazz, tap, ballet, acro, lyrical and hip-hop. Et cetera: Evan is a fun-loving, active little boy who attends Woodland Park Public School in Cambridge, Ontario. He enjoys playing hockey and soccer. Evan would love to thank Ms Kimberly Kay and all his dance teachers at Dimensions In Dance for the training, guidance and continuous support. Thank you to the Stratford Festival for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful experience. Love to Mom, Dad and sister Sydney.
    Portrait of Clara Kittmer
    Clara Kittmer
    2017: Lucy in The Breathing Hole. Second season. Stratford: Antigone (Oedipus Rex). Elsewhere: Stratford Community Players (Cinderella), Rogers (Baseball Matters). Training: Ballet/acrobatics with Infinity Dance for three years, a cappella, choral ensemble. Online: Instagram: @clarakittmer. Et cetera: Clara is excited to be back at the Stratford Festival this season. She enjoys singing, swimming, dancing and math. Clara would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support.
    Portrait of Jamie Mac
    Jamie Mac
    Young Angu'juaq, Wickers, Roy

    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
    Melody, Lee
    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 Zlatomir Moldovanski
    Zlatomir Moldovanski
    Carter, Ainsworth
    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
    Qiluniq, Dufort
    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 Hunter Smalley
    Hunter Smalley
    Young Qiluniq
    2017: Young Qiluniq in The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Title role in The Kitchen Knight, title role in King Arthur and lead role as Polixenes, King of Bohemia, in The Winter's Tale (Stratford Players Theatre School). Film/TV: Poor Boy in upcoming television series Alias Grace (Hamilton, Ontario). Et cetera: Hunter's objective is to be the best person he could ever be and to treat people how he would want to be treated. He would like to be an actor, pilot or doctor.
    Portrait of Gordon Patrick White
    Gordon Patrick White
    Higguk, Franklin Crew #2, Hayden
    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.


    Colleen Murphy

    Playwright of The Breathing Hole

    Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and raised in Northern Ontario.

    Her play Pig Girl won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama as well as the 2014 Carol Bolt Award. The December Man/L'homme de décembre won the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award. Other plays include I Hope My Heart Burns FirstArmstrong's War, The Goodnight Bird, Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling  and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. Twice she won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters.

    Libretti include Oksana G., composed by Aaron Gervais for Tapestry Opera, and My Mouth On Your Heart, composed by August Murphy-King for Toy Piano Composers and Bicycle Opera. Her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. They include Girl with Dog, Shoemaker and The Feeler.

    In 2010 and 2011, Colleen was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto, as well Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Regina in 2006/7, the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University in 2010, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in 2011 and the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. Recently, she completed three years as the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.

    Colleen was married to the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Allan King until his death in 2009. She has one son, August, and she currently resides in Toronto. Her hobbies are reading, walking her dog, reading, walking her dog, reading, watching films, reading and walking her dog.

    Upcoming: Première of The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Rumble Theatre, November 2017. Productions of The Goodnight Bird, Armstrong's War  and The December Man/L'homme de décembre are scheduled for Canada, the U.S. and Europe.


    Reneltta Arluk
    2017: Director of The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Stratford: Stratford Festival's Playwright's Retreat. Elsewhere: Director of Indigenous Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts. Artistic Director: Founder of Akpik Theatre, a professional Indigenous theatre company in the Northwest Territories. Director: Reneltta has extensive directing experience working within Indigenous communities across Canada in self-creation. Co-Director: Kuekuatsheu Mak Muak (Anorae Productions); Aklavik Journals (Stuck in a Snowbank Theatre); A Winter's Tale (Longest Night). Actor: Dying Woman inPig Girl (Imago Theatre); TUMIT (Akpik Theatre); Emily Dictionary in Rez Sisters (Belfry Theatre); Gloria Muktar in Night (Human Cargo). Film: Maina, principal; Woman Who Came Back, lead. Radio: Adapted and directed radio drama, I Count Myself Among Them (Akpik Theatre). Training: Centre for Indigenous Theatre; University of Alberta - BFA (Acting). Awards: 2017 Jessie nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role (Redpatch); 2016 META nominee, Best Actress (Pig Girl). Online: Et cetera: Happy new mom.
    Daniela Masellis
    Set Designer
    2017: Set designer of The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Set and lighting: The Conversion, Crackwalker (Kill Your Television); The Miraculous Mandarin (Winspear - Edmonton Symphony Orchestra); Baskerville, The Long Weekend, Deathtrap, Don't Dress for Dinner (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Tumit (Akpik Theatre); La Corneille (L'Unithéâtre);  Full Frontal Diva, A Steady Rain (Blarney Productions); The Supine Cobbler (The Maggie Tree); Devour Content Here: A Show (Cowgirl Opera); Beowulf (Workshop West). Training: BFA in Theatre Design at the University of Alberta; internship at La Scala, Milan. Online:
    A Note From Qaggiavuut

    The Stratford Festival is grateful for the support of the artists of Qaggiavuut and Executive Director Ellen Hamilton for their support in the development of this production.

    Qaggiavuut is a non-profit society dedicated to strengthening the Nunavut performing arts, with a focus on Inuit. This year we begin an international fundraising campaign to build a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre - Nunavut is the only territory/province in Canada without one. We know that a space for the Nunavut performing arts is vitally important so that Nunavut, Canada and the world can hear the Inuit point of view in our culture, when Inuit artists strengthen traditional practice and create new work.

    The partnership between Qaggiavuut and Stratford has been an exciting and challenging part of our drive to include Inuit in Canadian theatre. It began when director Reneltta Arluk reached out to us to hold a reading of The Breathing Hole with Inuit actors in Iqaluit, but immediately initiated an intense discussion about cultural authenticity and who can and how to create drama from the Inuit perspective, in a post-colonial Canada. It was months of critique and two revisions by playwright Colleen Murphy based on feedback and cultural knowledge from Inuit actors Miali Buscemi, Vincent Karetak, Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy, Annabella Piugattuk and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory; but what it asserts is a genuine concern for authenticity and indigenous cultural truth.

    During the process, we coined a new term - Inuit Cultural Dramaturge - and Qaggiavuut looks forward to a productive and collaborative relationship between Canada's southern and northern theatre communities in the years to come. We urge all who wish to hear the voices of Inuit artists to help us build a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre and shout out "Qaggiavuut! Come into the large iglu that we have built together!"


    Joanna Yu
    Costume Designer
     2017: Costume designer of The Breathing Hole and set designer of The Komagata Maru Incident. Sixth season. Stratford: Designer: The Aeneid. Assistant designer: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wanderlust,The Misanthrope, Peter Pan, The Merry Wives of Windsor,Bartholomew Fair. Elsewhere: Recently: Butcher (Mirvish/Why Not Theatre); James and the Giant Peach (YPT); Passing Strange (Acting Up Stage/Obsidian); Millennial Malcontent, Sequence, The Circle (Tarragon); acquiesce (Factory/fu-Gen); Enchanted Loom (Cahoots/Factory); Freedom Singer (Project: Humanity); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/Lemon Tree); We are Proud to Present... (Theatre Centre). Online: Training: Theatre Production and Design, York University. Et cetera: Joanna was born in Hong Kong, raised in Thornhill, and is happy to call Toronto home.
    Itai Erdal
    Lighting Designer
    2017: Lighting designer of The Breathing Hole and The Komagata Maru Incident. Sixth season. Stratford: Titus Andronicus, The Best Brothers, Hirsch, Elektra, The Thrill, Taking Shakespeare, Mother Courage, The Aeneid. Elsewhere: The Day Before Christmas, The Valley, She Stoops to Conquer, Intimate Apparel, Blue Box, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Arts Club); Where the Blood Mixes, A Christmas Carol, Vincent in Brixton (Vancouver Playhouse); The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, My Name is Rachel Corrie (Neworld Theatre); Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); Sherlock Holmes (Starvox, U.S. tour). Awards: Three Jessie Richardson Awards, Dora Award, Dublin Fringe Design Award, Victoria's Critics' Choice Spotlight Award, ADC's Jack King Award. Online:; Et cetera: Itai's one-man show How to Disappear Completely (The Chop) has toured to 21 cities. It won the direction award at the 2013 SummerWorks Festival. Itai is the artistic director of The Elbow Theatre in Vancouver.
    Carmen Braden
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2017: Composer and sound designer of The Breathing Hole. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Yellowknife-based composer and performer. Sound design and composition for Sedna, Goddess of the Sea (Segal Theatre); Brother's Keeper, The Odd Couple (Northern Arts and Cultural Centre - NACC); How the Light Gets In (Northern Scene). Film/TV: Soundtracks for Tundra Cowboy, Chasing Ninth, Song for the Dead.Radio/Recordings: Ravens (Centrediscs), ElectroacousticEmergence. Commissions/Performances: Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Cheng Duo2, James Ehnes, Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers, Yellowknife Choral Society, Penderecki Quartet, TSO Chamber Soloists, University of Calgary Orchestra, ArtArctica (Finland), MainStage Dance (Calgary), Whitehorse Community Choir, Classics On Stage Yellowknife, Land's End Ensemble, GroundSwell, Borderless Art Movement, Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks. Training: University of Calgary (MMus), Acadia University (BMus), Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (IB), NACC Mentorship Program. Awards: 2017 WCMA nominee.Online:; @blackicesounds.
    Bob White
    2017: Director of New Plays. Dramaturge of The Virgin TrialThe Breathing Hole and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Ninth season. Stratford: Dramaturge of Bunny, The Aeneid, The Last Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Hirsch, Hosanna, King of Thieves and Spontaneous Dramaturge for Rebecca Northan's An Undiscovered Shakespeare. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999 to 2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Colony (1997 to 2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979 to 1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Member, Order of Canada; Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary; Diamond Jubilee Medal; eight Betty Mitchell Award nominations and three wins: "Outstanding Direction" (Calgary). Bob is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
    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:
    Brad Cook
    Movement Director

    2017: Movement director of Treasure Island and The Breathing Hole and professional development program movement coach. Third season. Stratford: Movement director of Breath of Kings; Elsewhere: Movement direction for Lord Sword (Inter Arts Matrix), The Lark, The Trojan Women (Lost & Found Theatre). Puppetry direction for Western (Next Stage), King Lear (Cosmic Fishing Theatre). Actor: War Horse (National Theatre of Great Britain/Mirvish), Blue Bird (Blue Bird Theatre Collective), The Importance of Being Earnest (Guild Festival Theatre), Body 13 (MT Space), Frankenstein's Ghosts (Inter Arts Matrix), Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol, Pearl Gidley, Radio Leacock, Twelfth Night (Lost & Found Theatre), Our Country's Good, Our Town, Marat/Sade (University of Waterloo). Teaching: Movement for the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Long Reach Opera Workshop, University of Waterloo. Training: MA, Movement, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; BA, Acting, University of Waterloo.

    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.
    Zack Russell
    Assistant Director
    2017: Assistant director of The Breathing Hole. Second season. Elsewhere: Video design: The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare in High Park). Assistant director: Chimerica (MTC/Canadian Stage). Director: Big Love (Randolph Academy); rihannaboi95 (Suburban Beast); Ajax(por nobody) (SummerWorks); Antigonick (The Flea Theater). Writer and director: Fixed (VideoFag); Just Cause (The Flea Theater); Parole Parole (Rhubarb Festival/Buddies in Bad Times). Film/TV: Writer/director of the short film She Stoops to Conquer (CBC Reflections/TIFF/SXSW). Awards: 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short (She Stoops to Conquer); 2015 RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize from Crow's Theatre; 2013 Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Direction (Jordan Tannahill's rihannaboi95).
    Maxwell T. Wilson
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Treasure Island and The Breathing Hole. 19th season. Stratford: Production stage manager of the Avon and Tom Patterson theatres for over five seasons. Selected productions: 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 (Avon and Canon theatres), 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 (director Des McAnuff). Training: BA, University of Lethbridge. Awards: 2012 Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Venues coordinator for the Toronto International Film Festival, 2002 to 2004. He is also a freelance web developer (,
    Zeph Williams
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Treasure Island and The Breathing Hole. 12th season. Stratford: Breath of Kings, The Diary of Anne Frank, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, 42nd Street, Camelot, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, King Lear, Richard III, Threepenny Opera, Trials of Ezra Pound. Elsewhere: A Christmas Carol (Citadel); Jersey Boys (Dancap); Oliver!, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Goat (Neptune Theatre); The Lion King, Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); Hair, Homechild (Canadian Stage); Das Rheingold (COC); The Nutcracker (RWB/NAC). Senior production manager: Princess Cruises and Cunard's QE2 World Cruise. Supervisor: 2010 Olympics; Pope John Paul's visit, 2002. Film/TV: Director's assistant, A Christmas Wedding (Lifetime TV). Training: National Theatre School. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Much love to my parents, my wife, Maria, and our little Bella.
    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.
    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre and stage manager of The Virgin Trial. 17th season. Stratford: Meghan has worked on many productions including A Little Night Music, The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Tommy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Tempest (2010). Elsewhere: Meghan enjoyed working across Canada for the Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre. She has also worked in stage management for corporate clients such as General Motors, Toyota Canada, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian International Auto Show. Training: BFA, York University. Et cetera: Much love and respect to Beatrice, Ella and Peter for making her happy.


Share your Review



Take advantage of various special deals to save on tickets!
There are no events matching your search criteria!

To find out more about all our theatres, please visit the Theatre Maps & Guides page.