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Tom Patterson Theatre
August 3 – October 1 |
Opens August 18


by Jean Giraudoux
Translated by David Edney
World première of translation commissioned by the Stratford Festival
Director Donna Feore


If oil were found beneath the streets of Paris, how would civilization fare against the demands of corporate greed? The answer lies with the flamboyantly determined woman whose quirky spirit informs this classic 20th-century comedy, as scathing as it is timely.

Production Sponsor 

Production support is generously provided by Bob & Martie Sachs and by Alice & Tim Thornton.

Support for the 2017 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner.



    Portrait of Seana McKenna
    Seana McKenna
    Aurélie, The Madwoman of Chaillot

    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 Wayne Best
    Wayne Best
    The Prospector

    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 Ben Carlson
    Ben Carlson
    The President

    2017: Apemantus in Timon of Athens, De Flores in The Changeling and The President in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 10th season. Stratford: Hamlet, Petruchio, Benedick, Leontes, Brutus, Octavius, Fluellen, Feste, Touchstone, Fredrik (A Little Night Music), Beralde (The Hypochondriac), Captain von Trapp (The Sound of Music), Charles (Blithe Spirit), Alceste (The Misanthrope), Jack (The Importance of Being Earnest), Chaplain (Mother Courage and Her Children), Burleigh (Mary Stuart). Elsewhere: Most recently: The Audience, MTC/Mirvish Productions. Shaw Festival: Tanner, Man and Superman; over 25 productions. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Hamlet, Macbeth, Pericles. Various favourites: London Road, Canadian Stage; Our Town, Soulpepper Theatre; Berowne, NAC; Biff, Death of a Salesman, Neptune Theatre; Marchbanks, Candida, Theatre Calgary; Private Gar, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia). Film/TV: The Strain, Reign, The Anniversary, SavingHope, Rookie Blue, Grey Gardens, Slings and Arrows, The 11th Hour. Awards: Joseph Jefferson, Hamlet; Dora, The Doll's House.

    Portrait of Yanna McIntosh
    Yanna McIntosh
    Joséphine, The Madwoman of Concorde

    2017: Eleanor in The Virgin Trial and Joséphine, The Madwoman of Concorde in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 12th season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Witch), A Little Night Music (Désirée), TheDiary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Cleopatra, Elektra, Cymbeline, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Winter's Tale, Dangerous Liaisons. Elsewhere: The Seagull (Crow's Theatre); Speaking in Tongues (Company Theatre); This, Syringa Tree, The Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage); Ruined* (Obsidian/Nightwood); Cloud 9 (Mirvish); Stuff Happens (Studio 180); Mary Stuart, Phèdre (Soulpepper); The Monument (Obsidian); Hedda Gabler (Volcano); Belle (Factory/NAC); Generous, Skylight* (Tarragon); Valley Song* (New Globe); Love's Labour's Lost, The Bear (NAC); Lambton Kent (Volcano/Edinburgh Festival); Tartuffe (ART); Trace (co-writer/performer); guest teacher/director (NTS; Humber). Film/TV: Private Eyes, Mary Goes Round, Unless, Remedy, This Is Wonderland, Riverdale, Suits, Listener, Doomstown*, The Line, The Sentinel, Finn's Girl. Awards: *Dora/Gemini Awards.

    Portrait of Scott Wentworth
    Scott Wentworth
    The Ragman

    2017: Director of Romeo and Juliet. The Ragman in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 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.

    Portrait of Marion Adler
    Marion Adler
    Gabrielle, the Madwoman of Saint-Sulpice
    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 Rodrigo Beilfuss
    Rodrigo Beilfuss
    A Small Investor

    2017: Jeweller in Timon of Athens, Tomazo de Piracquo in The Changeling and A Small Investor in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Second season. Stratford: Young Siward in Macbeth, Frank Lubey in All My Sons, Fellow Countryman in The Aeneid. Elsewhere (selected): Hamlet (Bravura Theatre), Sea Wall (Theatre by the River), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Ruins), The Winter's Tale (Tom-Tom), The Merchant of Venice (SIR), Measure for Measure (LAMDA), Six Characters in Search of an Author, Richard III, Dido Queen of Carthage, As You Like It (BCCT). Director: Lungs, Cock, Generous and Bull (TBTR), Private Lives (assistant director - RMTC). Training: The University of Winnipeg, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Online:; @RBeilfuss. Et cetera: There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state? - Lord Byron. 

    Portrait of Tim Campbell
    Tim Campbell
    The Police Officer

    2017: Alcibiades in Timon of Athens, Lollio in The Changeling and The Police Officer in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Ninth season. Stratford (selected): Chris Keller in All My Sons,Bunny,Macbeth (twice), Hamlet (twice), Julius Caesar, The Tempest, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Henry IV (1), Henry IV (2), Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida. Elsewhere: Credits include Venus in Fur (ATP); Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare). Film/TV: Reign, Republic of Doyle, Warehouse 13, Nikita, The L.A. Complex, Saving Hope, Deadly Hope, The Firm, Lost Girl, Against the Wall, Combat Hospital, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Killshot, Hollywoodland. Awards: Dora Award, Best Ensemble (Twelve Angry Men). Past recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie Award (for outstanding contribution to the Stratford Festival).

    Portrait of David Collins
    David Collins
    The Baron

    2017: Old Athenian, Second Senator in Timon of Athens, Vermandero in The Changeling and The Baron in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Ninth season. Stratford: Macbeth, As You Like It, The Hypochondriac, The Adventures of Pericles, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Shakuntala (Premiere Dance Theatre); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish); The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Donut City (Canadian Stage); Pusha Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Passe Muraille); Top Gun the Musical (Factory Theatre/N.Y.C.); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); founding member, Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Watch Dogs 2, 12 Monkeys, Jean of the Joneses, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, The Firm, ReGenesis, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, MVP, Warehouse 13, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, XIII. Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.

    Portrait of Mikaela Davies
    Mikaela Davies
    Irma, the Kitchen Girl

    2017: Third Stranger in Timon of Athens, Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling  and Irma, the Kitchen Girl, in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Second season. Stratford: Katherine, Dauphin, Young Mowbray, Salisbury, Shadow, Lady Attending the Queen in Breath of Kings: Rebellion and Redemption. Elsewhere: Leonora in The Libertine (TIFT), Nurse Jane/Faith Matheny in Spoon River, Rossignol in Marat/Sade (Dora nominations for Best Ensemble), Gittel in The Dybbuk, Mary Warren in The Crucible, Flipote in Tartuffe, Mrs. Cherry in Idiot's Delight, Natasha in The Thirst of Hearts, Molly Ivors in The Dead (Soulpepper Theatre). Other: Director of Richard the Second (Secret Shakespeare), Seams (SummerWorks). Director and co-developer of How We Are; associate director of Blackbird (Artscape); assistant director of The Dead (Soulpepper). Training: Soulpepper Academy, Dome Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award recipient, Brian Cloutte Memorial Bursary. Online: @MikaelaLily. Et cetera: "Whether you think you can or you can't - you're right."

    Portrait of Ijeoma Emesowum
    Ijeoma Emesowum
    The First Lady

    2017: Phrynia, Cupid, Second Stranger in Timon of Athens, Diaphanta in The Changeling and The First Lady in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Fourth season. Stratford: Gentlewoman in Macbeth, Phebe in As You Like It, Third Doctor, La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac, Maria in Love's Labour's Lost, Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Antony and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Five seasons with the Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, The Admirable Crichton, The Women, The Devil's Disciple, Born Yesterday, Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Stratford Festival HD). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Online: Twitter: @UsoIje. Et cetera: "Love and thanks to my family and Jake."

    Portrait of Jacklyn Francis
    Jacklyn Francis
    Sibylle, The Flower Seller
    2017: Timandra, First Stranger in Timon of Athens, Sibylle, The Flower Seller in The Madwoman of Chaillot and appears in The Changeling. Fifth season. Stratford: Past highlights include Celia in As You Like It and Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Elsewhere: Citadel Theatre, Blyth Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Canadian Stage, YPT, Theatre Northwest, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Resurgence Theatre, Theatre By the Bay, Brookstone Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Thought For Food, Pencil Kit Productions, The Troubled Souls Co-op, Equity Showcase Theatre, the Toronto Fringe, and SummerWorks. Film and TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie BlueFlashpoint, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Missing, Train 48, Do No Harm, Starhunter 2300, It's Always Something, Our Hero, The City, FX: The Series, Falling Fire (feature film). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Banff/Citadel Robbins Academy. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Award.
    Portrait of Isaac Giles
    Isaac Giles
    The Juggler
    2017: Juggler in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Demetrius/Flute, AMidsummer Night's Dream (Humber River Shakespeare Company); Jimmy, Finishing the Suit, Ferdinand/Caliban, The Tempest (Bear & co.); Constantine Treplyov, The Seagull, Menelaos, Orestes, Hector, Troilus and Cressida, Paris, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV: Josh, Autumn Springs (IMPACT Arts). Training: Diploma in Acting, Sheridan; Honours BA, University of Toronto. Et cetera: Many thanks to Hannah, Mom, Dad, my family, Jess and Eric the Juggler.
    Portrait of Jessica B. Hill
    Jessica B. Hill
    The Second Lady
    2017: Philota, Lucullus's Friend in Timon of Athens, Isabella in The Changeling and The Second Lady in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Third season. Stratford: Lydia Lubey (All My Sons), Lola (Bunny), Dame Pliant (The Alchemist). Birmingham Conservatory: Duchess of York/Richard (Richard III), Paulina (The Winter's Tale). Elsewhere: Ilona in The Play's the Thing, Petra in An Enemy of the People (Segal Centre); Les Zinspirés 2.0 (Théâtre français de Toronto); Lena Horne in Joe Louis: An American Romance (Infinithéâtre); Holly in The Lady Smith (Black Theatre Workshop); Scapin, Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre); Tamora in Titus Andronicus (Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company); Jehanne in Jehanne of the Witches (Tableau d'hôte). Film/TV: 30 vies (Radio-Canada); The Battle of Wills (Informaction). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; McGill University; Dawson College. Awards: Mary Savidge Award (2016); Elsa Bolam Award (2006); Brian Cloutte Award (2005). Online: Et cetera: "Love and gratitude to my family and friends."
    Portrait of Kim Horsman
    Kim Horsman
    Constance, the Madwoman of Passy
    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 Zara Jestadt
    Zara Jestadt
    The Third Lady
    2017: Caphis in Timon of Athens, The Third Lady in The Madwoman of Chaillot and appears in The Changeling. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan, Mayor in The Enchanted and Zinka in The Suicide (George Brown Theatre School); Mary in Lazarus and His Beloved (Broken Hill Theatre). Film/TV: Maggie in The Days of Destitute (Imaginarium Studio Inc.). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, George Brown Theatre School, McGill University, Etobicoke School of the Arts. Awards: Dean's Award, Timsel Challenge Award (George Brown Theatre School). Et cetera: Thank you to Mom, Dad, family and friends for your constant support and inspiration. It means the world.
    Portrait of Josh Johnston
    Josh Johnston
    The Handyman
    2017: Lucillius, Second Bandit in Timon of Athens, The Handyman in The Madwoman of Chaillot and appears in The Changeling. Third season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost. Directors' Workshop Presentation: Coriolanus in Coriolanus. Birmingham Conservatory: Richmond in Richard III, Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Young Shepherd in The Winter's Tale. Elsewhere (selected): Sebastian in Who's Under Where? (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); Giri in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (red light district); Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Unit 102); Kenzie in Fleeto (Tiny Room). Film: Joey in Chickens (Moir Movies); Stephen in The Silver Chevy (Sheridan College). Training: BFA in Acting, York University; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Michael Mawson Award. "Her very silence is the still centre of this turning world."
    Portrait of Qasim Khan
    Qasim Khan
    The Shoelace Peddler
    2017: Merchant, Third Bandit in Timon of Athens, Alonzo de Piracquo in The Changeling and The Shoelace Peddler in The Madwoman of ChaillotElsewhere: Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, Das Ding (Canadian Stage); Alligator Pie,Animal Farm, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians, Dirt (Soulpepper); Alice Through the Looking-Glass,Anne of Green Gables, workshop of A Misfortune (Charlottetown Festival); Beneath The Banyan Tree (Theatre Direct); A Craigslist Cantata (Acting Up/ATP/Citadel/NAC); Shannon 10:40 (Videofag); workshops of Later I Can Tell You About Jesus, United Nathans (Studio 180) and Acha Bacha (Theatre Passe Muraille). Film/TV: Riftworld Chronicles, Nikita, Saving Hope, Dan for Mayor, Little Mosque.Training: Soulpepper Academy, University of Toronto/Sheridan. Et cetera: Dora Award nominee and winner (Banyan Tree); International Actor Fellow of Shakespeare's Globe. Huge thank-you to Robyn and the AMI family; Beth, Jackie, Stephen, Donna; Aysha and Family, Matt, friends for their love, and his beautiful Mum. Follow @theqasimkhan.
    Portrait of Robert King
    Robert King
    Dr. Jadin

    2017: Lucius in Timon of Athens, Dr. Jadin in The Madwoman of Chaillot and appears in The Changeling. 24th season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, Hamlet, Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Three Musketeers, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Richard II, Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives of Windsor, Dream, Pericles, Henry V, Henry VI, Shoemakers' Holiday, Treasure Island, Count of Monte Cristo, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grapes of Wrath, Home, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ah, Wilderness!, Quiet in the Land, The Donnellys. Elsewhere: A Wind in the Willows Christmas, The Yalta Game, Afterplay, Falling: A Wake (Alternative Theatre Works); Bolsheviki (world première, Infinithéâtre/ATW); Owen, The Melville Boys (world première, TNB); Blyth Festival, five seasons: I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Garrison's Garage, Country Hearts. Et cetera: A proud "Domie" - Dawson College's Dome Theatre program. Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy, and children, Mary and Lawrence.

    Portrait of Josue Laboucane
    Josue Laboucane
    A Nasty Man

    2017: Poet in Timon of Athens, A Nasty Man in The Madwoman of Chaillot and appears in The Changeling. Fifth season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI in Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Vancouver's Bard on the Beach); The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: One Jessie Award; Sydney J. Risk Award. Et cetera: Josue also loves teaching, directing and mask-making. Twitter: @josuelaboucane

    Portrait of Cyrus Lane
    Cyrus Lane
    The Sewer Worker

    2017: Ventidius, First Bandit in Timon of Athens, Alsemero in The Changeling and The Sewer-Worker in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Sixth season. Stratford: Macbeth, As You Like It, Bunny, The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Peter Pan, King of Thieves, Cymbeline, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: TomorrowLove (Outside the March); Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre); RIFLES (Next Stage Festival); Passion Play (Convergence, Outside the March, Sheep No Wool); Rock 'n' Roll, Habeas Corpus, Take Me Out, Sweeney Todd, Amadeus (Canadian Stage); Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Talk Is Free); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT). TV:Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, The Summit. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Awards: Two Dora Awards (Ensemble - Passion Play, Twelve Angry Men). Online: Twitter: @CyrusALane. Beethoven Blog: Et cetera: Love to Joanne and Eliza XO.  

    Portrait of Elizabeth Morris
    Elizabeth Morris
    Florette, The Deaf Signer
     2017: Florette, The Deaf Signer in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Miranda in Ultrasound (Cahoots Theatre); Queen, Storyteller, Bird in Bird Brain (Young People's Theatre); Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Signing Bard workshop with Shakespeare Link Canada); ensemble in Little Theatre (National Theatre of the Deaf), ensemble in Mosaic (Quest for Arts Theatre touring company), Ensemble in Road Signs (Road Signs Theatre touring company). Film/TV: Deaf Victim in Understanding Sexual Violence (Facilitator Films), signing model (Natasha Nicholson Photography), Signing Customer in Campbell Soup (BBDO). Radio/Recordings: Guest appearance in What is Your Dream? (CBC Radio), guest appearance in Angela Morris's Story: Having Children with Hearing Loss (CBC Radio), guest appearance in Out of their Minds: They've Lost their Senses (CBC Radio). Training: Gallaudet University's Theatre, Educational Drama. Awards: Dora Award for Love You Forever and More (ASL coach), Young People's Theatre. Online:; @TheKeroppieliz.
    Portrait of Mike Nadajewski
    Mike Nadajewski
    The Street Singer
    2017: Painter in Timon of Athens, Jasperino in The Changeling and The Street Singer in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Eighth season. Stratford: Mr. Tumnus in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare in Love, The Aeneid, The Physicists, Hamlet, Peter Sellars's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar (also Broadway), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, As You Like It, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (also Mirvish). Elsewhere: George in Sunday in the Park with George (Talk Is Free Theatre); Emcee in Cabaret (Manitoba Theatre Centre). Other credits include productions with Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Charlottetown Festival, Talk Is Free Theatre (co-founder), and three seasons with the Shaw Festival. Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Online: @mikenadajewski.
    Portrait of Gareth Potter
    Gareth Potter
    The Lifeguard

    2017: First Senator in Timon of Athens, Antonio in The Changeling and The Lifeguard in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 14th season. Stratford: Peter (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Aeneas (The Aeneid), Thom (The Last Wife), Sandy Tyrell (Hay Fever), Lodovico (Othello), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Dauphin (Henry V), Richmond (Richard III), Hosanna (Hosanna), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Proteus (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), Malcolm (Macbeth) (twice), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Nathaniel (Love's Labour's Lost), Edgar (King Lear), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Pierrot (Don Juan), Cromwell (Henry VIII). Elsewhere: Thom (The Last Wife) (Soulpepper); Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) (MTC); Clown (The 39 Steps) (Globe); Simon/Wahab (Scorched) (Citadel/Tarragon); Pierrot (Don Juan) (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde); Narrator (The Rape of Lucrece) (Theatre Ste. Catherine); Henry V (Henry V) (Gravy Bath). Training: NTS, John Abbott College, Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Michael Mawson Award, Chalmers Training Award. Et cetera:  "Much love to Sarah and my girls."


    Portrait of Michael Spencer-Davis
    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Martial, The Waiter

    2017: Flavius in Timon of Athens, Alibius in The Changeling and Martial, The Waiter in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Seventh season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid,Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds,Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus,Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: Art (Grand Theatre); Hound of The Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); The Castle (Storefront); ThePitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Innocence Lost (Centaur/NAC); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (NAC); Medea (Manitoba Theatre Centre/Mirvish); Macbeth, Othello (NAC/Citadel); The Elephant Man, Heaven (Canadian Stage); The Real Thing, Humble Boy (MTC); As You Like It, Einstein's Gift (Citadel).

    Portrait of Rylan Wilkie
    Rylan Wilkie
    The Broker

    2017: Lucullus in Timon of Athens, Pedro in The Changeling and The Broker in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Fourth season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The HypochondriacPericlesThe AlchemistThe PhysicistsChristina, The Girl KingAlice Through the Looking-GlassKing JohnElsewhere: Lion in Winter (Grand); Am I Not King? (Zone 41); Enron  (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm ShowHaving Hope at Home  (Blyth); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Blue Planet (YPT); MacbethMother CourageA Midsummer Night's Dream (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe); East of BerlinThe December ManAround the World in 80 DaysShakespeare's DogThe Blue Light  (ATP); Three Tall Women (MTC). Film/TV: HomefrontBlue SmokeThe Secret of the NutcrackerSee This MovieTraining: NTS. Awards:  Stratford's 2014 John Hirsch Award; Dora, Betty and META nominations; Betty Mitchell Award for Vincent in BrixtonEt cetera: "Much love to KP and my family."

    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.


    David Edney

    Translator of The Madwoman of Chaillot.

    Stratford: Molière's Don Juan, 2006. 

    David Edney has translated some 60 plays from French, and more recently from Italian and Spanish. Eleven have been published, including Beaumarchais, The Three Figaro Plays (Dovehouse); Molière, The Lavish Lovers (CRRS); and Jarry, King Ubu, in Broadview Anthology of Drama. Many of the translations have been performed, including: Molière's The Miser (Citadel Theatre, directed by Jean Gascon), Beaumarchais's The Barber of Seville and Molière's George Dandin (Persephone Theatre), Jules Renard's To Have and to Hold in the Shaw Festival's reading series, broadcast on CBC radio; Jaques/Jouvet, Elvira (25th Street Theatre, Chichester Festival, and the Stratford Festival's reading series). French playwright Olivier Py has directed two Edney translations of his works: The Exaltation of the Labyrinth (New York University) and Epistle to Young Actors (Edinburgh Festival).

    Mr. Edney is an Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Saskatchewan. He applauds the Stratford Festival's willingness to produce drama not often staged in North America, by authors such as Schiller, Corneille, Lope de Vega, and Giraudoux. Such broadening of horizons opens minds and enriches lives. In working on this project, he has appreciated advice from dramaturge Bob White and director Donna Feore, input from actors on the text, and the calm, unflappable efficiency of stage management.



    Donna Feore
    2017: Director and choreographer of Guys and Dolls and director of The Madwoman of Chaillot. 23rd season. Stratford: Director/choreographer: A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlie Brown, Cyrano de Bergerac, Oklahoma!, Oliver! Elsewhere: Creative producer/director: Life Reflected: a multimedia orchestral project, NACO (world première). Director: Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream (NACO); Yorkville (world première, Blyth); The Very Best of Broadway with Audra McDonald, Marvin Hamlisch; Rock 'n' Roll, It's a Wonderful Life (Canadian Stage); Lecture on the Weather, A Soldier's Tale with F. Murray Abraham (DSO); Mozart: A Life in Letters (TSO); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Choreographer: Siegfried (COC/Opéra National de Lyon); Tosca, Red Emma, Oedipus Rex (Dora Award) (COC). Film/TV: Politics Is Cruel (Rhombus), Mean Girls, Eloise, Martin and Lewis, Stormy Weather, Romeo and Juliette, Don Giovanni Unmasked.Upcoming: Director/choreographer of a new musical, The Hockey Sweater (Segal Centre, 2017).
    Teresa Przybylski
    2017: Designer of The Madwoman of Chaillot. 11th season. Stratford: 2016, The Hypochondriac (Molière); 2015, Hamlet (William Shakespeare); 2013, Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett); 2009, Zastrozzi (George F. Walker); 2003, The Birds (Aristophanes); 2000, Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare) (set design); 1999, A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare); 1998, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (William Shakespeare) (set design); 1994 and 1995, The Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare). Elsewhere: Selected recent credits: 2016, The Death of the King, Modern Times Stage Company; 2016, Hedda Gabler, Necessary Angel; 2016, I Lost My Talk, National Arts Centre (costume design); 2015, Infinity, Tarragon, Volcano Theatre; 2015, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Canadian Stage; 2013, Lady Windermere's Fan, Shaw Festival (set design). Teaching: She teaches theatre design at York University. Awards: Five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, 20 nominations; two Gemini Awards for production design.
    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting Designer
    2017: Lighting designer of Timon of Athens, The Virgin Trial and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Ninth season. Stratford: Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Breath of Kings: Redemption, Bunny, The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Last Wife, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Man of La Mancha, Christina, The Girl King, Waiting for Godot, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Little Years, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Elsewhere: The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Necessary Angel, Studio 180, Crow's Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Edmonton Opera, among many others. Awards: Pauline McGibbon Award, three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and a Montreal English Theatre Award.
    Peter McBoyle
    Sound Designer
    2017: Sound designer of Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore and The Madwoman of Chaillot. 22nd season. Stratford (selected): Over 60 productions including A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Antony and Cleopatra, Fiddler on the Roof, A Word or Two, Jacques Brel. Elsewhere: Peter has worked at most of the major Canadian theatres and in U.S. cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Dallas and Atlanta. His Broadway credits include Come Fly Away and Barrymore and his tours include Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde and West Side Story. Peter teaches Theatre Sound at Humber College. Training: BA, MA in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta), Come Fly Away; Dora nomination, Fire. Et cetera: "Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support."
    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:
    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.
    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.

    Ann Baggley
    Assistant Director

    2017: Assistant director of Guys and Dolls and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Sixth season. Stratford: Ann is very happy to be back at the Festival as assistant director to Donna Feore. Assistant director: A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof. Actor: Emily in Our Town, Agnes in The School for Wives (with Brian Bedford) and Les Belles-Soeurs. Elsewhere: Assistant to the Creative Producer and Director: Life Reflected, an immersive multimedia project with NACO. Actor: ensemble at Shaw Festival for six seasons; worked in regional theatres across the country. Et cetera: Ann co-created Start Stratford Arts and Culture Magazine, an online publication for which she writes and does photography. Online:

    Anselmo DeSousa
    American Sign Language Consultant
    Michael Hart
    Stage Manager

    2017: Stage manager of Timon of Athens and The Madwoman of Chaillot. 21st season. Stratford: The Adventures of Pericles,Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, The Tempest, starring Christopher Plummer, The Importance of Being Earnest and King Lear, both starring Brian Bedford, The Taming of the Shrew, A Delicate Balance, The Duchess of Malfi, The Liar, Fallen Angels, The Swanne: George III (The Death of Cupid), The Swanne: Princess Charlotte (The Acts of Venus), The Swanne: Queen Victoria (The Seduction of Nemesis), High-Gravel-Blind, Eternal Hydra. Elsewhere: Liv Stein (Canadian Stage); Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage); Body Politic (Buddies); The Death of the King (Modern Times); The Winter's Tale (Groundling 2016); Bombay Black (Factory); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades); Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC); Wit (Centaur); Real Live Girl (MTC Warehouse); Einstein's Gift (Grand); Hamlet (Neptune).

    Holly Korhonen
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Timon of Athens and The Madwoman of Chaillot. 16th season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ever Yours, Oscar, Cabaret, My One and Only, The Comedy of Errors, South Pacific, Oliver!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Edward II, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anything Goes, Henry VI. Stage manager: Birmingham Conservatory, 2006, 2007. Awards: Recipient of the Tanya Award and three Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Holly would like to thank her partner, Steve, and their children, Jennica and Jackson, for all their love and support.
    Loreen Gibson
    Assistant Stage Manager

    2017: Assistant stage manager of The Virgin Trial and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Fourth season. Stratford:Possible Worlds, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, The Tempest, Kiss Me, Kate, As You Like It. Elsewhere (selected): Stage manager for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize celebration and Moonlodge; assistant stage manager: A Christmas Carol, Anne and Gilbert: The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Sound of Music, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (co-production with Neptune Theatre) (National Arts Centre); The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Carmen (Opera Lyra Ottawa); The Ladies Foursome, Man of La Mancha (Globe Theatre); Metamorphosis (Mirvish Productions); Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Civil Elegies (Soulpepper); The December Man (L'homme de décembre) (Canadian Stage).  Training: BFA in Design and Production, York University.  Awards: Guthrie Award recipient. Et cetera: Big thanks to family and friends for the love, support and encouragement!

    Janine Ralph
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and assistant stage manager of The Changeling. 27th season. Stratford: Last season Janine was production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre and also stage-managed John Gabriel Borkman. Past credits include stage manager of a variety of productions at the Festival, Tom Patterson and Avon theatres and the Masonic Hall. Elsewhere: Janine has stage-managed for Talk Is Free Theatre, Barrie. She stage-managed Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and production-managed for Singapore Repertory Theatre. She has worked on the Asian Games' ceremonies in Qatar; in various theatres in Ontario, including Young People's Theatre; and for CBC TV in Toronto and BBC TV in England.


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