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May 13 – October 21 |
Opens May 29


by William Shakespeare
Director Martha Henry


Shipwrecked twins, a lovesick duke and a self-important servant who becomes the ultimate fashion victim: love throws everyone for a loop in a comic riot of misdirected desire.

Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen Burfield & family, by Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine and by Jack Whiteside.

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



    Portrait of Sarah Afful
    Sarah Afful

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

    Portrait of Rod Beattie
    Rod Beattie
    2017: Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Crabtree in The School for Scandal and Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe. 16th season. Stratford: Over 50 productions - favourites include Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, York in Henry VI, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Glenn Gould in Glenn, title role in Macbeth, Pistol in Henry V and the first six Wingfield plays. Elsewhere: Rod has been a part of the Wingfield series (by Dan Needles) for 32 years, totalling almost 5,000 performances. Other credits include Bill in The Love List, Greg in Sylvia (Belfry Theatre, Victoria); Johnny Pateen Mike in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Theatre Calgary); Proctor in The Crucible (Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg); Professor in Oleanna (Grand Theatre, London, and National Arts Centre, Ottawa). Training: Master's degree in English. Awards: Rod has won a Dora, a Sterling, a Gemini and the "Critic's Award" (Sarasota).
    Portrait of Brent Carver
    Brent Carver
    2017: Feste in Twelfth Night and Rowley in The School for Scandal. Ninth season. Stratford: Selected credits: As You Like It, Jacques Brel, Fiddler on the Roof, Elizabeth Rex, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Cabaret, The Pirates of Penzance, Foxfire, Long Day's Journey. Elsewhere: Selected credits: The Winter's Tale (Groundling); Romeo and Juliet (Broadway); The Elephant Man, Vigil, Tartuffe (Canadian Stage); The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish Productions); High Life (Crow's Theatre); Don Carlos (Soulpepper); Richard III and Cyrano de Bergerac (The Citadel); King Lear, Parade (The Lincoln Center, N.Y.C.); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Toronto, London, N.Y.C.); Art of Time (Toronto, Vancouver). Awards: Recipient of Dora, Gemini, Etrog, N.Y. Drama Desk, Tony Award and London Olivier Award. Film/TV/Recordings:Once in a Lifetime, Ararat, The Event, Sleepy Hollow, Deeply, The Wars, Young at Heart, Lilies, Parade and Cyrano.
    Portrait of Lucy Peacock
    Lucy Peacock

    2017: Maria in Twelfth Night and Agave in Bakkhai. Celebrating 30 seasons. "Since arriving at the Festival from the National Theatre School in 1984, I have performed in over 70 shows with a cameo appearance in my two best and most rewarding productions: our sons, Harrison and Benjamin, who are now on their own journeys as theatre artists. I have learned about Life and Art through the lens of some of the greatest stories ever told. To everyone who has travelled alongside me on these beautiful stages, to my fellow Actors, to the Artistic Directors and Staff, Musicians, Composers, Directors, Designers, Stage Crews, Dressers, Stage Managers, and Coaches, to You, the witnesses of our Love's Labours, to my Friends and Family, to my husband, Christopher, and our beautiful sons … Thank you. 'My affection hath an unknown bottom, like the Bay of Portugal.'"

    Portrait of Geraint Wyn Davies
    Geraint Wyn Davies
    Sir Toby Belch

    2017: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal. 14th season. Stratford (selected): Falstaff , Fluellen, Claudius, Möbius, Cook (Mother Courage), Antony, Duke Vincentio, Leicester, Cymbeline, Malachi Stack, King Arthur, Stephano, Dylan Thomas, Julius Caesar, Bottom, Polonius, Henry Higgins, Henry V, Bassanio, Tom Fashion, D'Artagnan, Richmond, Edward IV, Hortensio, Antipholus of Syracuse, Pericles. Elsewhere: New York: King Lear (Lincoln Center); Poetic License (Directors Company); Do Not Go Gentle (Clurman Theatre); Women Beware Women (Red Bull); Canadian Stage's Liv Stein, The Elephant Man; Shaw Festival, five seasons; Prospero, Richard III, Cyrano (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Love's Labour's Lost (RSC); Hamlet, Henry VIII (Chichester Festival); An Enemy of the People (Lyric Hammersmith, London); two seasons, Theatr Clwyd's artistic associate (Welsh National Company). Film/TV (selected): ReGenesis, Murdoch Mysteries, 24, Slings and Arrows, Black Harbour, Airwolf, Forever Knight, American Psycho II, Hypercube, One of the Hollywood Ten, Conspiracy of Fear.

    Portrait of Tom Rooney
    Tom Rooney
    Sir Andrew Aguecheek

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

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

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

    Portrait of Shannon Taylor
    Shannon Taylor

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

    Portrait of Maev Beaty
    Maev Beaty

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

    Portrait of Michael Blake
    Michael Blake

    2017: Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Mr. Balance in The School for Scandal and Cleante in Tartuffe. Sixth season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, King Lear, Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives. Elsewhere: James, Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Beast/Prince, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); MLK, The Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston); Edmund, King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach); Simba, The Lion King (Mirvish/Disney); Othello, Othello (Bard on the Beach); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Scientific Americans (SideMart/Segal Centre); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet; Eilif, Mother Courage; Nativity, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Gratiano/Morocco, The Merchant of Venice (SITR); Mitch, …Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); Orlando, As You Like It (Soulpepper); Rock and Roll (Canadian Stage); Wilbur County Blues (Blyth). Film/TV: The Expanse, Senior Trip, YTV Rocks, Degrassi Junior High. Training: NTS, Soulpepper Academy, St. Michael's Choir School. Online: Twitter: @samo_crown.

    Portrait of Matthew G. Brown
    Matthew G. Brown
    Sea Captain, Priest
    2017: Sea Captain, Priest in Twelfth Night, Sir Toby Bumper in The School for Scandal and understudy in TartuffeStratford: The Specialist in Tommy, Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Sister Act (Drayton); Wizard of Oz, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cinderella (a RATtical retelling), Seussical (YPT); I Think I Can (YPT, NAC); Grey Gardens (Acting Up Stage); The Postman (Panamania); Killer Business (Next Stage); Hair (Grand); Jersey Boys (Dancap, Dodgers); Dreamgirls (Theatre Aquarius, MTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); 5 Guys Named Moe (Theatre Cambridge). Film/TV (selected): Gridlocked (Hackybox), The Kennedys (History), Dark Matter (SYFY/Space), Open Heart (YTV), Odd Squad (PBS), Hailstorm (CFC), Instant Star (CTV), Rattan (CFC), Mr. D (CBC), Rookie Blue (Global). Training: RAPA, The Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory. Awards: Best ensemble, Wizard of Oz; Best Ensemble, Cinderella (a RATicall retelling). Et cetera: Thank you, God, Mom, cast and crew. Twitter: @Mr_M_G_B.
    Portrait of Mac Fyfe
    Mac Fyfe
    2017: Valentine in Twelfth Night and Dionysos in Bakkhai. Third season. Stratford: Michael in The Elephant Song, Fitzgibbons in The War of 1812. Elsewhere: Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons (STC); Anatol in Thirst of Hearts (Soulpepper); Pierre Trudeau in Trudeau and the FLQ /Trudeau and the PQ (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper). Film/TV: Series lead in Saving Hope, guest appearance on CTV's Cracked. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Dora Award for Trudeau and the FLQ.
    Portrait of Farhang Ghajar
    Farhang Ghajar
    2017: Gentleman #2 in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Iago in Othello (McMaster Thespian Company); Hamlet in Hamlet's Dorm (McMaster University); Jesus in The Last Judgement (University of Toronto). Film/TV: Man Seeking Woman (FXX); Dark Matter (Syfy); lead in Capture Kill Release, lead in Something to Hide, principal in Uncle Brian (independent feature films). Training: Strasberg Method Intensive (Tony Greco, N.Y.C.), scene study (Angela Besharah and Jimi Shlag, Toronto), scene study (Caymichael Patten, N.Y.C.), Actors Exchange (David Matheson, Toronto). Online: Instagram: @far_hang. Et cetera: "Love and gratitude to you. That's right. You, reading this right now."
    Portrait of Gordon S. Miller
    Gordon S. Miller

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

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

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

    Portrait of Stephen Russell
    Stephen Russell

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

    Portrait of Johnathan Sousa
    Johnathan Sousa
    Second Officer

    2017: Second Officer in Twelfth Night, Careless in The School for Scandal and Valere in Tartuffe. Second season. Stratford: Hotspur in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Prince Thomas, Williams in Breath of Kings: Redemption and understudy in John Gabriel Borkman. Elsewhere: Charlie Breathing Corpses (Coal Mine Theatre). Film/TV: Rookie Blue (Global TV), The Animal Project (principal), Relative Happiness (lead), What We Have (lead), Kidnap Capital (lead). Training: Ryerson Theatre School (2010), Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre Actors' Conservatory. Awards: Lou Taube Memorial Award, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @jsous29.

    Portrait of Emilio Vieira
    Emilio Vieira
    2017: Curio in Twelfth Night, Damis in Tartuffe and appears in The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Birmingham Conservatory: As You Like It, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Richard III. Elsewhere: Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Guild Festival Theatre); Charles/Amiens in As You Like It, Lucius Andronicus in Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage); Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1, Scullery in Road, Cassius in Julius Caesar (York University). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette; BFA Specialized Honours in Acting, York University; Intermediate Actor-Combatant, Rapier Wit. Canada 150: Emilio is honoured to participate in this season which commemorates Canada 150 and is thrilled to see a majority of female directors fill these stages with incredible work.
    Portrait of Brigit Wilson
    Brigit Wilson

    2017: Mrs. Candour in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. 12th season. Stratford: Macbeth, As You Like It, The Hypochondriac, Pericles, The Alchemist, The Swanne, All's Well, Quiet in the Land, Hunchback, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Triumph of Love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending (Stratford, MTC, Mirvish), Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, Grapes of Wrath, King John, Christina, Mother Courage. Elsewhere: Clytemnestra, Agamemnon (Next Stage Festival); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand/Five & Dime Productions - Dora nomination); Enron (Theatre Calgary); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Glorious, Man of La Mancha (TBTB); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Another Season's Harvest (Blyth); The Odd Couple (Segal Centre). TV: Harriet Sims, The Campbells (four seasons). Film: Beyond Innocence, Anne of Avonlea, The Marriage Bed, Echoes in the Darkness, Lustre. Online: @HOOPOOHEART.

    Portrait of Tim Ziegler
    Tim Ziegler
    2017: Gentleman #1 in The School for Scandal, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Tartuffe. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet (RMTC); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, You Can't Take It With You, Sunshine Boys (Soulpepper); Gimme That Prime Time Religion, The Winslows of Derryvore, The Cavan Blazers (4th Line Theatre); Harvey, John Bull's Other Island, Riders to the Sea (Shaw Festival); Do You Take This Man (Globus Theatre); Hogtown (The Hogtown Collective). Film/TV: Mayday (National Geographic/Discovery), Reign (CBS), Nikita (CW), Flashpoint (CTV), Combat Hospital (ABC/Shaw). Online:; @TheTimZiegler.
    Martha Henry
    2017: Director of Twelfth Night. Director of Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. 43rd season. For Stratford as Director: All My Sons (Joseph Ziegler, Lucy Peacock), She Stoops to Conquer (Maev Beaty, Brad Hodder), Mother Courage and Her Children (Seana McKenna), Measure for Measure (Geraint Wyn Davies, Stephen Ouimette), Three Sisters (Lucy Peacock), Of Mice and Men (Graham Greene), Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex (Diane D'Aquila, Brent Carver), Antony and Cleopatra (Peter Donaldson, Diane D'Aquila), Richard II (Geordie Johnson), Richard III (Tom McCamus), An Enemy of the People (David Fox), Brief Lives (Douglas Rain). Director: Stratford's Birmingham Conservatory, 2007-17. Elsewhere: Artistic Director: London's Grand Theatre, 1988-94. Directed across Canada: Shaw Festival, Segal Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Canadian Stage, Toronto Free Theatre, Tarragon. Ms Henry has been honoured with Stratford's Legacy Award, Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award, seven honorary doctorates. Member of the Order of Ontario, Companion of the Order of Canada.
    John Pennoyer
    2017: Designer of Twelfth Night. 28th season. Stratford: Mother Courage and Her Children, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale, Three Sisters, The Trojan Women, Twelfth Night, Pericles, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Merchant of Venice, Ghosts, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Lecturer, Dalhousie University Theatre Department; Alberta Theatre Projects, the Banff Festival, the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Le Théâtre du Trident, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. Training: McMaster University, Humanities, '71; designer-in-training, Stratford Festival.
    Louise Guinand
    Lighting Designer
     2017: Lighting designer of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. 31st season. Stratford: Over 60 productions including All My Sons, She Stoops to Conquer, The Winter's Tale, A Delicate Balance, Elizabeth Rex, Long Day's Journey Into Night. Elsewhere: Ms Guinand has designed lights for over 500 shows across Canada and the United States at many theatres, including the Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Grand Theatre, WCTC, Globe Theatre, Soulpepper, Kennedy Center and Neptune. Recent productions include The Dance of Death, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw); The Lion in Winter (Grand); Peter and the Starcatcher, The Last Wife (Globe); The Comedy of Errors (WCTC). Training: A graduate of Queen's University and the National Theatre School. Awards: One Dora Award. Multiple Dora and Sterling nominations.
    Reza Jacobs
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2017: Composer and sound designer of Twelfth Night. Reza Jacobs is an award-winning music director, arranger, composer and sound designer, known for his versatility in style and genre. His credits include sound design and composition for the Shaw Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Volcano, Cahoots, Luminato Festival and Harbourfront's World Stage Festival. As music director he has won Dora Awards for London Road (Best Music Direction 2014, Best Musical 2014), Caroline, or Change (Best Music Direction and Best Musical 2012) and Assassins (Best Musical 2010). He played Ted in 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Globe, Centaur) and has also been the resident Canadian music director for Andrea Martin's one-woman show, Everything Must Go. He is the inaugural Penny Fine and Hugh Furneaux Director of Music for the Musical Stage Company (formerly Acting Up Stage) and will music-direct the Canadian première of Fun Home this year.
    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:
    Valerie Moore
    Movement Director
    2017: Movement director for Twelfth Night and The Changeling. Stratford: Choreography for Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labour's Lost. Shaw Festival (selected): Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher, Ragtime, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, director of Follies: In Concert. Elsewhere (selected): Directed Rufus Wainwright's Gentlemen Prefer Broadway; Side by Side by Sondheim; Rock and Roll; Dancing in Poppies; Little Shop of Horrors; Cabaret; Berlin to Broadway; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Choreography (selected): Anything That Moves; Pal Joey; Assassins. Film/TV: Choreographic consultant for So You Think You Can Dance Canada; Sugar Time for HBO; Jim Carrey's Unnatural Acts. Teaching: Stratford Festival's Birmingham Conservatory for nine years.
    Graham Abbey
    Associate Director

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

    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.
    Ann Stuart
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Twelfth Night and assistant stage manager of Bakkhai. 36th season. Stratford: Ann has worked in all four of the Festival's theatres on over 70 productions, including 29 of Shakespeare's plays, with Artistic Directors Michael Langham, Robin Phillips, John Neville, David William, Richard Monette and Antoni Cimolino. This is her eighth collaboration with Martha Henry whose acclaimed production of All My Sons she stage managed last season. From 2007 till 2016 she was coordinator of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre under Director Martha Henry. From 1978 till 1980 she worked as personal assistant to Artistic Director Robin Phillips and in 2013 she stage managed Robin's final work for the theatre, a showing of Twelfth Night with the Birmingham Conservatory. This is for him and for his partner Joseph Mandel.
    Corinne Richards
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Twelfth Night and The School for Scandal. 30th season. Stratford: Festival productions include 20 Shakespearean plays (some multiple times) plus 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 am thrilled that this year my son, Timothy, has finally discovered he likes drama.
    John Gray
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of Guys and Dolls and assistant stage manager of Twelfth Night. Seventh season. Stratford: Most recently: As You Like It (2016), Twelfth Night (2011), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Measure for Measure (2005). Elsewhere: Kinky Boots (Toronto), The Heart of Robin Hood (Winnipeg and Toronto), Les Misérables (Toronto and Melbourne), The Wizard of Oz (Toronto), War Horse (Toronto). Et cetera: In memory of David Toguri, his great work here at the Festival and all over the world.
    Jane Honek
    Apprentice Stage Manager
    2017: Apprentice stage manager of Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: Production assistant of the Avon and Studio theatres (2016). Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager: Sequence (Tarragon Theatre); Dido & Aeneas (Opera Atelier); Apocalypsis (Luminato Festival); Death & Desire (Against the Grain Theatre); La Bohème (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy).  Stage manager: Agamemnon (Next Stage Theatre Festival); L'Homme et le Ciel (Fawn Chamber Creative); El Gato Con Botas/Folk Songs by Berio (The Glenn Gould School); Gimme That Prime Time Religion (4th Line Theatre). Production assistant at the Canadian Opera Company (2015/2016). Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2016).
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. 21st season. Stratford: Shows include A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I. Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager; over 25 years with the COC as a stage manager and choreographer; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; assistant director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Cynthia has worked in many forms of live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies for sporting events and variety -how fundraisers. Et cetera: Love to her fiancé, Paul, daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law, Andrew, and her beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy and Koston. Cynthia is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her third grandchild.


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