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Festival Theatre
May 10 – October 27 |
Opens May 28


by William Shakespeare
Director Antoni Cimolino


In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take?

House Program: The Tempest

Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen Burfield & family, by Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine, by Dr. M.L. Myers, by The Westaway Charitable Foundation, and by Jack Whiteside.

Support for the 2018 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein and Claire Foerster.

2018 publicity photography by Clay Stang – The Garden 



    Portrait of Martha Henry
    Martha Henry
     2018: Prospero in The Tempest. Director of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. 44th season. Martha Henry's first season at the Stratford Festival was in 1962, playing Miranda to William Hutt's first Prospero in The Tempest. She has since appeared in some 65 productions at this great Festival, 30 of them plays by Shakespeare. She has worked for 10 artistic directors and is now proud to re-visit The Tempest with the remarkable Antoni Cimolino. Ms. Henry is the recipient of Stratford's Legacy Award and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
    Portrait of Graham Abbey
    Graham Abbey

    2018: Antonio in The Tempest and Tullus Aufidius in Coriolanus. 20th Season. Stratford: Orgon (Tartuffe), 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 (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 (School for Scandal) (Chicago). 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, Lear (Groundling). Et cetera: Artistic Director, Groundling Theatre. Artistic Director, Festival Players of Prince Edward County (

    Portrait of Michael Blake
    Michael Blake

    2018: Caliban in The Tempest, Cominius in Coriolanus and Errico in Napoli Milionaria! Seventh season. Stratford:Tartuffe, School for Scandal, Macbeth, All My Sons, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V, Merry Wives. Elsewhere: Lincoln, Topdog/Underdog (Arts Club); James, Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Beast/Prince, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); MLK, The Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston); Edmund, King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach); Simba, The Lion King (Mirvish/Disney); Othello, Othello (Bard on the Beach); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet; Eilif, Mother Courage; Nativity, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Gratiano/Morocco, The Merchant of Venice (SITR); Mitch, Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); Orlando, As You Like It (Soulpepper); Rock and Roll (Canadian Stage); Wilbur County Blues (Blyth). Film/TV: The Expanse, Senior Trip, YTV Rocks, Degrassi Junior High. Training: NTS, Soulpepper Academy, St. Michael's Choir School. Online: Twitter and Instagram: @samo_crown

    Portrait of Sébastien Heins
    Sébastien Heins
    2018: Ferdinand in The Tempest, Courtesan, Jailor in The Comedy of Errors and Pascalino in Napoli Milionaria! Third season. Stratford: Charles Surface (The School for Scandal); Servilius (Timon of Athens); Aumerle, Prince John (Breath of Kings: Rebellion); Prince John, Mouldy, Le Fer (Breath of Kings: Redemption). Elsewhere (selected): Bang Bang (Factory Theatre), Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (b current/FOX Entertainment Agency); Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March/Crow's/Starvox); Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March); The Lion King (Mirvish). Film/TV: CTV's The Listener, SuperChannel's Darknet, CBC's Cracked. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Tullio Cedraschi Award, NTS; Toronto Urban Film Festival's City Stories Award, Her Chance to Dream; Best Emerging Artist Award, United Solo Festival, N.Y.C. Online: @sebastienheins; Et cetera: Sébastien dedicates this season to equality and respect. He thanks his family, friends, colleagues, and incredible partner, Dasha, for making his life as an artist an epic adventure every day.
    Portrait of Tom McCamus
    Tom McCamus
     2018: Stephano in The Tempest, Menenius Agrippa in Coriolanus and Gennaro in Napoli Milionaria! 16th season. Tom has spent 15 seasons with the Festival appearing in roles ranging from Richard III and King John to King Arthur and Captain Hook. He has performed in many theatres in Toronto and across Canada, most recently with the Groundling Theatre Company's productions of The Winter's Tale and Measure for Measure. Tom is also fortunate to have been a part of the Canadian film and television industry for many years, appearing in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Room. Last summer he returned to the Shaw Festival after an absence of almost 30 years but is thrilled to be back at the Stratford Festival with his wife, Chick Reid, and their four dogs.
    Portrait of André Morin
    André Morin
    2018: Ariel in The Tempest and understudy in Napoli Milionaria!. Sixth season. Stratford: Parry in The Virgin Trial, Messenger in Bakkhai, Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diggory in She Stoops to ConquerMother Courage and Her ChildrenKing JohnRomeo and JulietElsewhere: John in The Lion in Winter (The Grand); Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Online: Twitter @Andre_P_MorinEt cetera: Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari.
    Portrait of Stephen Ouimette
    Stephen Ouimette
     2018: Trinculo in The Tempest and Junius Brutus in Coriolanus. Director of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. 24th season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Twelfth Night, The Homecoming, The Importance of Being Earnest, All's Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, King John, No Exit, Hamlet, Richard III, Amadeus, Julius Caesar. Director:Timon of Athens (2004, 2017). Elsewhere: The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theatre, 2012; BAM, 2015); The Alchemist (Yale Rep); Endgame (NAC); Troilus and Cressida, The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare); La Bête (Broadway/West End); leading roles across Canada. Film/TV:Cardinal, Slings and Arrows, Conspiracy of Silence, The Top of His Head. Awards: Gemini (Slings and Arrows), Blizzard (Heater), Doras (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Seven Stories, B Movie: The Play), Ottawa Critics Circle (I Am My Own Wife), Sterling (La Bête), Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.
    Portrait of Lucy Peacock
    Lucy Peacock

    2018: Juno in The Tempest, Volumnia in Coriolanus and Satan in Paradise Lost. 31 seasons at Stratford Festival including Agave/Bakkhai, Maria/Twelfth Night, Kate Keller/All My Sons, Mary Stuart/Mary Stuart, Gunhilde/John Gabriel Borkman, Mrs. Hardcastle/She Stoops to Conquer, Judith Bliss/Hay Fever, Mrs. Sullen/The Beaux' Stratagem, Elora/The Thrill, Masha/Three Sisters, Dolly/Hello, Dolly!, Anna/The King and I, Nana/For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Desdemona, the Duchess of Malfi, Late Night with Lucy. Elsewhere: Winnie/Happy Days (National Theatre School), Paulina/Winter's Tale, Duchess/Measure for Measure (Groundling Theatre), Queen Lear (University of Northern Colorado). Training: National Theatre School. Et cetera: Author of Limericks by Lucy Peacock as the Duchess of Malfi: Written as She Lay Dead on the Stage.

    Portrait of André Sills
    André Sills
     2018: Sebastian in The Tempest, Coriolanus in Coriolanus and Brigadiere Ciappa in Napoli Milionaria! Fifth season. Elsewhere: Pitts in The Madness of George III, BJJ/George/M'Closky in An Octoroon, Black Bearer in The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival); Sam in "Master Harold" … and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre); various roles in Kim's Convenience national tour (Soulpepper); Othello in Shakespeare's Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); George in Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects); Othello, Radio Golf (St. Louis Black Repertory Company). Film/TV: Double Crossed, Karma's a B*tch, Suits, Sensitivity Training I and II. Training: Birmingham Conservatory, George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Dora Award and Toronto Theatre Critics Award for "Master Harold" … and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre). Online: Twitter: @andresills373. Et cetera: Resident Artist of ARC.
    Portrait of Mamie Zwettler
    Mamie Zwettler
    2018: Miranda in The Tempest, Officer 1 in The Comedy of Errors  and Teresa in Napoli Milionaria! Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ophelia in Hamlet, Adam/Audrey in As You Like It, Aeneas in Troilus and Cressida, Genevieve in Long Christmas Dinner (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom and Dad.
    Portrait of Rod Beattie
    Rod Beattie
    2018: Gonzalo in The Tempest and Dr. Pinch, Luce in The Comedy of Errors. 17th 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 performed the Wingfield series (by Dan Needles) for 33 years, totalling almost 5,000 performances. Other credits include Bill in The Love List, Greg in Sylvia (Belfry Theatre); Johnny Pateen Mike in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Theatre Calgary); Proctor in The Crucible (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Professor in Oleanna (Grand Theatre, National Arts Centre). Training: Master's degree in English, University of Toronto. Awards: In 2017, Rod was appointed Member of the Order of Canada. He has also won Stratford's Bronze Star Award, a Dora, a Sterling, a Gemini and the "Critic's Award" (Sarasota).
    Portrait of Wayne Best
    Wayne Best
     2018: Master in The Tempest, Host in Coriolanus and understudy in Napoli Milionaria! 23rd season. Stratford: Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), The Prospector (The Madwoman of Chaillot), Duke of Gloucester, Worcester, Archbishop of Canterbury, King Charles (Breath of Kings), Antiochus, Simonides (Pericles), Surly (The Alchemist), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Axel Oxenstierna (Christina, The Girl King), Hubert (King John), Caliban (The Tempest), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Buckingham (Richard III), Macduff (Macbeth), Fluellen (Henry V), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Cornwall (King Lear), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller, Karl (Heaven), Abbott (Inexpressible Island), Anderson (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme), Quinn (The Affections of May), Johnny (Balconville), Jacob Mercer (Salt-Water Moon), Taylor (K2), Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid).
    Portrait of David Collins
    David Collins

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

    Portrait of Martha Farrell
    Martha Farrell
     2018: Donna Peppenela in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest and Coriolanus. Ninth season. Stratford: Highlights include The Misanthrope, Camelot, Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan, As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Birds, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale (Birmingham Conservatory). Elsewhere: The 39 Steps (Stage West); Romeo and Juliet (Atlantic Ballet Theatre/Theatre New Brunswick); The Graduate (Theatre New Brunswick); Somewhere in the World (Charlottetown Festival); Norwegian and Renaissance Cruises. Training: Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Award, Mary Savidge Award (Stratford), Rosemary Burns Award, Greg Bond Award (Theatre Sheridan).
    Portrait of Farhang Ghajar
    Farhang Ghajar
     2018: Federico in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest and Coriolanus. Second season. Stratford: The School for Scandal, Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Elsewhere: Iago in Othello (McMaster Thespian Company); Hamlet in Hamlet's Dorm (McMaster University); Jesus in The Last Judgement (University of Toronto). Film/TV: Man Seeking Woman (FXX); Dark Matter (Syfy); lead in Capture Kill Release, lead in Something to Hide, principal in Uncle Brian (independent feature films). Training: Advanced Shakespeare (Kristin Linklater, Orkney, Scotland), Strasberg Method Intensive (Tony Greco, N.Y.C.), scene study (Angela Besharah and Jimi Shlag, Toronto), scene study (Caymichael Patten, N.Y.C.), Actors Exchange (David Matheson, Toronto). Awards: Michael Mawson Award (Stratford 2017). Et cetera: Forever grateful for this good fortune.
    Portrait of Alexis Gordon
    Alexis Gordon

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

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

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

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

    2018: Boatswain in The Tempest, Surrogate in Coriolanus and Doctor in Napoli Milionaria! Eighth season. Stratford: Orsino (Twelfth Night), Seyton (Macbeth), Dr. Jim Bayliss (All My Sons), Thaliard, Leonine (Pericles), Eilif (Mother Courage), Melun (King John), Bellievre (Mary Stuart), Abhorson (Measure for Measure), Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Mountaintop (Grand); Big Sam, Gone With the Wind (RMTC); Seyton, Macbeth; Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Macduff, Macbeth (First Folio Theatre); King, King Hedley II (Karamu); Moustique, Dream on Monkey Mountain; Junior, Before It Hits Home; Cleveland Play House; Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Theater Wit, Chicago; The Great Lakes Theater Festival. Film/TV: The Beast (Sony), Ask Gilby, Maybe By Then, Thunder Bay. Training: Ohio University, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: E.B. would like to dedicate his work to his parents and grandmother, and to the memory of his Papa, who will always be in the front row.

    Portrait of Johnathan Sousa
    Johnathan Sousa

    2018: Francisco in The Tempest, Lieutenant in Coriolanus  and Amedeo in Napoli Milionaria!Third season. Stratford: Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Valere in Tartuffe. Elsewhere: Charlie Breathing Corpses (Coal Mine Theatre). Film/TV: Rookie Blue (Global TV), The Animal Project (principal), Relative Happiness (lead), What We Have (lead), Kidnap Capital (lead). Training: Ryerson Theatre School (2010), Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre Actors' Conservatory. Awards: Lou Taube Memorial Award, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @jsous29. Et cetera: Thanks to Alicia Jeffery, my family and friends, and my future wife, Brittany, for always supporting me. 

    Portrait of Emilio Vieira
    Emilio Vieira
    2018: Adrian in The Tempest, Caller in Coriolanus  and Peppe "The Jack" in Napoli Milionaria! Third season. Stratford: Curio and understudied/appeared as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Damis in Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Birmingham Conservatory: As You Like It, Dido: Queen of Carthage, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Richard III. Elsewhere: Andrew in Towards Youth: a cycle of plays on radical hope (Project Humanity/Crow's Theatre); Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Guild Festival Theatre); Charles/Amiens in As You Like It, Lucius Andronicus in Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette; BFA Specialized Honours in Acting, York University; Intermediate Actor-Combatant, Rapier Wit. Et cetera: It's 2018: TIME'S UP!
    Portrait of Gordon Patrick White
    Gordon Patrick White
    2018: Egeon in The Comedy of Errors, Guard #2 in Napoli Milionaria!  and appears in The Tempest.  Second season. Stratford: Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Edgar, King Lear (NAC); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre North West); Clov, Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville Festival); Titus, The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp, Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Robbie, A Very Polite Genocide (Native Earth Performing Arts); Injun Joe/Fred, Dead White Writer on the Floor (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Gracie's Choice, Trudeau II, Black Harbour, Charlie Zone, Picnicface. Training: BFA, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Et cetera: Wela'lin to my family in Newfoundland, my friends in Nova Scotia, and all my relations on Turtle Island.
    Portrait of Brigit Wilson
    Brigit Wilson

    2018: Valeria in Coriolanus, Amalia in Napoli Milionaria! and appears in The Tempest. 13th season. Stratford: School for Scandal, Macbeth, As You Like It, Hypochondriac, Pericles, Alchemist, Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, Count of Monte Cristo, The Triumph of Love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending (Stratford, MTC, Mirvish), Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, Grapes of Wrath, King John, Christina, Mother Courage. Elsewhere: Agamemnon (Next Stage); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand/Five & Dime Productions - Dora nomination); Enron (Theatre Calgary); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Glorious, Man of La Mancha (TBTB); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Another Season's Harvest (Blyth); The Odd Couple (Segal). TV: Harriet Sims, The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: Twitter @HOOPOOHEART.


    Antoni Cimolino
    2018: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Director of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 31st season. Stratford: Directing credits include The School for Scandal; Macbeth; The Hypochondriac; Hamlet; The Alchemist; King Lear; The Beaux' Stratagem; Mary Stuart; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; The Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus, with Colm Feore and Martha Henry; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; King John; Love's Labour's Lost, with Brian Bedford; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; The Night of the Iguana; and Filumena, with Richard Monette. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Cimolino was instrumental in establishing the Festival's Endowment Foundation, which now stands at $80 million, as well as in the renovation of its Avon Theatre and the creation of its Studio Theatre. In January 2018, Mr. Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney launched a $100-million campaign to build a glorious new Tom Patterson Theatre, a campaign that had already achieved 70% of its target at the time of its public launch. Elsewhere: The Canadian première of ENRON (Theatre Calgary); Twelfth Night (Attic Theatre, Detroit); A Woman of No Importance (Hilberry Theater, Detroit). A champion of the arts and culture, Mr. Cimolino served as the Founding Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, New York's Lincoln Center and City Center, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He also spearheaded the Festival's involvement in a joint project with CUSO International, Canada's international volunteer co-operation agency, to establish a performing arts and educational centre in the city of Suchitoto, El Salvador.
    Bretta Gerecke
     2018: Designer of The Tempest. Fourth season. Bretta is thrilled to be working at the Festival and is a set, lighting and costume designer for theatre, circus and opera. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she creates and tours new musicals across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Bretta also designs for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, The RSC, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, The Grand and the National Arts Centre. She is the recipient of over 25 awards including a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Awards (Best Costume Design, Off Broadway) and three times short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize. Last year she represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs were exhibited in Moscow, Beijing and Taipei.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer
     2018: Lighting designer of The Tempest, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show and Napoli Milionaria! 14th season. Stratford (selected): Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Macbeth (2009, 2016), A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet (2008, 2015), The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 2014), Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It. Elsewhere: The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); A Christmas Carol, Enron (NAC); Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); Così Fan Tutte (Canadian Opera Company); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Liv Stein, Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Mary Poppins, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Berthold Carrière
     2018:  Director of Music Emeritus. Composer for The Tempest. 41st season. Stratford: Director of Music, 1975-2009; composed/arranged/conducted over 90 productions, including The Mikado (U.S./Broadway/London), HMS Pinafore (U.S. tour), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Patience in Concert. Composer for Christopher Plummer's King Lear and Brian Bedford's The Importance of Being Earnest (Lincoln Center). Elsewhere: Theatre Royal Haymarket: Dame Maggie Smith's Virginia. Film/TV/Radio: NBC's Little Gloria… Happy at Last, TVO's Canadian Literature series (composer); numerous CBC radio and television productions. Training: Université de Montréal, B. Mus.; Western University, M. Mus. Awards: Dora Awards: The Boy Friend (1981), The Mikado (1987). Tyrone Guthrie Award, contribution to theatre at large, 1973. Western University Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2000; Faculty of Music Wall of Fame, 2001; Doctor of Music degree, Western University, 2015. Member of the Order of Canada, 2001. Et cetera: Bert dedicates this season to the memory of Alan Laing.
    Thomas Ryder Payne
    Sound Designer
     2018: Composer for Paradise Lost and sound designer of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 10th season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Macbeth, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Othello, The Matchmaker, The Little Years. Elsewhere: Designs for BIBT, Soulpepper, Shaw, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Factory, Theatre Passe Muraille, NAC, Blyth Festival, RMTC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Volcano, Nightwood, Modern Times, Aluna, Crow's and many others. Film: Blood Harvest, Hero.Traitor.Patriot, Alegra & Jim, Robert's Circle. Training: Studied composition with James Tenney, Honours BA, York University. Awards: 17 nominations and two Dora Awards for Sound Design and Composition. Et cetera: Started as a songwriter with a four-track tape machine and still endlessly fascinated with the storytelling possibilities of layered sound.
    John Stead
    Fight Director
     2018: Head of Stage Combat. Fight director of The Tempest,  The Music Man, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Comedy of Errors, Brontë: The World Without, Coriolanus and Paradise Lost. 25th season. Stratford: Fight director, 200+ productions. Elsewhere: 600+ productions, including 20 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: Designated Survivor, Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, XIII, Lost Girl, Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, Mutant X, The Dresden Files, The Adventures of Sinbad. 500+ 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).; IMDB:
    Philippa Domville
    Movement Director
    2018: Movement director for The Tempest. Stratford: Luciana, The Comedy of Errors; Chorus, The Bacchae; Eddie, Fair Liberty's Call. Elsewhere (selected): Capulet, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Within the Glass, The Trouble with Mr. Adams, If We Were Birds (Tarragon); Lady Macbeth, Macbeth; Lucy (Canadian Stage); Top Girls (MTC); The Penelopiad (Royal Shakespeare Company/NAC); Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing; Adrianna, The Comedy of Errors (Theatre by the Bay); The Chet Baker Project (Crow's/Theatre Passe Muraille - Dora nomination). Film/TV (recent): Damnation (USA Network/Netflix ), The Imposter (CFC), Ikomi (Ubisoft), Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Sworn to Silence.Et cetera: Philippa wrote, choreographed and produced Grymye, Persephone Project and Marilyn the Mermaid with her own company, Theatre Petit Jeu. She has worked as a theatre movement instructor at Ryerson University for the last 17 years.
    Anita Nittoly
    Associate Fight Director
    2018: Associate fight director of The Tempest, The Music Man, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Comedy of Errors, Brontë: The World Without, Coriolanus and Paradise Lost. Third season. Stratford: 2013: assistant fight director; 2017: associate fight director. Elsewhere: Outside the March/The Company Theatre, 2018: Jerusalem. Centaur Theatre, 2018: Successions; 2017: The 39 Steps. Film/TV: Lead stunt double in Dark Matter, stunt actor in KIN; other stunt credits include Teen Titans, 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries. Elsewhere: Fight director and stage combat instructor at the National Theatre School in Montreal.
    Sam White
    First Assistant Director
     2018: First assistant director of The Tempest. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Artistic Director at Shakespeare in Detroit. Training: Wayne State University, ArtEquity 2017 cohort, FAIR at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Awards: Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellow, PEPSI's Making Black History Now recipient, Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 Award. Online: Twitter @DetroitSamWhite. Et cetera: Sam dedicates this moment to Janet White, Cal Schwartz and the late, great Dominique Lowell - an actor with talents that were such stuff as dreams are made on.
    Tyler J. Seguin
    Second Assistant Director
     2018: Second assistant director of The Tempest. Second season. Stratford: Assistant director, Treasure Island. Elsewhere: Director: Dark Heart, Measure for Measure, The Trial of Judith K., The Memo, The Aleatory Project (Thought For Food Productions), Life List (Toronto Fringe), Yarn (SummerWorks), The Cousins of Corsica (SpringWorks). Artistic associate: Antony and Cleopatra, Three Musketeers (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival). Assistant director: Mourning Dove (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Actor: Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Our Town (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Puppetry: From Naughty to Nice (Old Trout Puppet Workshop), Handle With Care (Toronto FringeKids!), Little Shop of Horrors, A Child's Garden of Verses (Theatre New Brunswick). Training: BA, Theatre Studies, University of Toronto; Diploma of Acting, Sheridan. Online:; Et cetera: Tyler is the company producer for Thought For Food Productions. Thanks to Helen - my partner in life and art.
    Anne Murphy
    Stage Manager
     2018: Stage manager of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 26th season. Stratford: Anne is pleased to be back for the 2018 season. Elsewhere: Cabaret (MTC), Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre), Orpheus Descending (MTC, Royal Alexandra Theatre), toured the Belfry Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking to the Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre, toured with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the NAC's The Mikado and worked on The Lion King and Jane Eyre in Toronto. She has had the pleasure of working across Canada at the Grand Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre (production manager for two years), Manitoba Theatre Centre and Expo '86 in Vancouver. Et cetera: Anne lives in Stratford with her partner, Anne; their son, Callum; daughter Brianna; Richard, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever; Lucy, the cutest Maltipoo ever; and three beautiful cats.
    Katherine Arcus
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Tempest  and Coriolanus Ninth season. Stratford: The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, 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); Head à Tête (Theatre Direct); The Sound of Music (Mirvish); Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions); Homebody/Kabul (Berkeley Street Theatre). 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: Thank you to mom and dad for all your love and support.
    Corinne Richards
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria!  31st season. Stratford: Festival productions include 20 Shakespearean plays (some multiple times) plus The School for Scandal, All My Sons, The Physicists, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Thrill, Wanderlust, The Grapes of Wrath, The Homecoming, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Home, Memoir, Les Belles-Soeurs, Phaedra, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Amadeus, Little Women, The Country Wife, Pride and Prejudice, An Ideal Husband, Ghosts, The Lark and a 1998 run at the City Center in New York City of Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Elsewhere: Corinne has also worked for the Grand Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, the National Arts Centre, the Red Barn Theatre and Douglas Beattie Productions. Training: University of Waterloo. Et cetera: I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work on my second Tempest with Martha Henry after doing my first with William Hutt.
    Melissa Veal
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Tempest and Napoli Milionaria! 13th season. Stratford: 2017: Assistant stage manager of Timon of Athens. Melissa also spent 10 seasons in the wig department at the Festival. For the past two seasons, she has had the honour to serve as the coordinator of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under Stephen Ouimette. A huge thank you to the Conservatory actors for their dedication and inspiration, and to all the teachers and coaches. Elsewhere: For the previous 11 years before her work with the BCCT, she was the wig and makeup designer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she garnered two Jeff Awards for Artistic Specialization and Wig and Makeup Design. Awards: Four Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award, and The Hurckes Award.  Et cetera: Love to my family and friends for all their love and support.
    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
     2018: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Paradise Lost. 18th season. Stratford (selected): The Virgin Trial, A Little Night Music, The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Tommy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest (2010). Elsewhere: Most recently Meghan was the stage manager of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, directed by Alan Dilworth at Soulpepper. Meghan has worked 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. Awards: 2017 Tyrone Award, Stratford Festival. Et cetera: Much love and respect to Beatrice, Ella and Peter for making her so proud and happy.
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager
    2018: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of The Music Man. 23rd season. Stratford: Shows include A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager; over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company 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; associate 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-show fundraisers. Et cetera: Love to her fiancé, Paul, daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law, Andrew, and her beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor.


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