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Tom Patterson Theatre
August 7 – October 2 |
Opens August 24
Modern

THE DIVINERS


Based on the novel by Margaret Laurence

Text by Vern Thiessen with Yvette Nolan

Directed by Krista Jackson with Geneviève Pelletier

Choreographed by Cameron Carver

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“I TRIED DIVINING ONCE. NOTHING HAPPENED.” 

Novelist Morag Gunn, estranged from her only daughter, unable to write, struggling with the bottle, is adrift in a river of memories. Travelling from the present to the past to an imagined future, Morag’s journey encompasses her personal struggle for freedom and expression as well as those of the Métis and First Nations peoples of Manitoba. Adapted from Margaret Laurence’s classic Canadian novel, The Diviners receives its world première at the Stratford Festival. 


“Time is not linear in one’s memory and it is not linear in the play. The company of actors carry Morag on the river of her past and present. They are the currents that move her where she needs to go as she divines the story of her life.” —Co-director Krista Jackson




Production support is generously provided by Karon C. Bales & Charles E. Beall, Cathy & Paul Cotton, The Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins, The Fabio Mascarin Foundation, and The Tremain Family.

CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Irene Poole
    Irene Poole
    Morag
    2024: Pisanio in Cymbeline and Morag in The Diviners. 11th season. Stratford: Thérèse Dubuc in Les Belles-Soeurs, Marmee in Little Women, Interpreter in All's Well…, Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Dora Award, Tarragon); Leisure Society (Dora Award, Factory Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award, Birdland); Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies…). Film/TV: Frankie Drake, Salvation, Indian Horse, Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle. Et cetera: For my Labrador family.
    Portrait of Jesse Gervais
    Jesse Gervais
    Jules
    2024: Jules, Piper Gunn in The Diviners. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Clue (MTC/Grand Theatre); The Breathing Hole (NAC); Grand Ghosts (Grand Theatre); Jane Eyre, Silver Arrow, Crazy For You, Alice Through the Looking Glass, One Man, Two Guvnors, Measure for Measure (Citadel Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew (Free Will Players); 6.0,4th Graders, (NLT); 10\12, Passion Play, TheRealistic Joneses (Wild Side Productions); Joy Ride, Black Horse (Caravan Farm Theatre). Film/TV:Tiny Plastic Men Seasons 1-4 (Super Channel); Caution May Contain Nuts Seasons 2-4 (APTN); Blind Ambition, Joe Pickett.Voiceover:Mass Effect 1, 2, 3, Dragon Age: Origins, Anthem, Neverwinter Nights (BIOWARE). Training: BFA University of Alberta. Online: @jesse.gervais.
    Portrait of Jonathan Goad
    Jonathan Goad
    Christie

    Birmingham Conservatory, 1999

    2024: Belarius in Cymbeline and Christie in The Diviners. 17th season. Stratford: Directing - The Crucible. Acting - Monty Python's Spamalot, Henry VIII, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer…, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Pentecost, Phèdre, The Music Man, King John, Pericles, Orpheus Descending, Henry IV, Henry VI, Fiddler…, As You Like It, Fuente Ovejuna, Julius Caesar, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Bartholomew Fair, The Brothers Karamazov. Elsewhere: A Whistle in the Dark, Speaking in Tongues (Company Theatre); Our Class, The Laramie Project (Studio 180); King Lear (Soulpepper); Arcadia (Theatre Junction). Directing: John (Company Theatre). Film/TV: Reign, Alias Grace, Dark Matter, Dorsal, Nikita, Republic of Doyle, Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries, Unnatural History, Othello, Rookie Blue. Training: NTS, Birmingham Conservatory, U.Waterloo, Banff Centre. Teaching: NTS, Fanshawe. Et cetera: This season of playing Dads is for my Dad.

    Portrait of Josue Laboucane
    Josue Laboucane
    Lazarus

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2012/13

    2024: Philario, Gaoler in Cymbeline, Lazarus in The Diviners and understudy in Hedda Gabler. 11th season. Josue is a Métis actor, teaching artist and mask maker from the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa, Treaty 8, Fort St. John, BC. Stratford: Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, Merry Wives of Windsor, Front Page, Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, Tempest, Timon of Athens, Madwoman of Chaillot, The Changeling, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Vancouver: 4 seasons at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Director Martha Henry; Studio 58; Canadian National Voice Intensive. Twitter: @josuelaboucane. Instagram: @laboucanej.

    Portrait of Julie Lumsden
    Julie Lumsden
    Pique

    (she/her)

    2024: Helen, Mother in Cymbeline and Pique, Scots Morag in The Diviners. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Louise in Gypsy, Bella in Gaslight, On The Razzle, A Christmas Carol, EverybodyFlush, Brigadoon (Shaw Festival); Marianne in Sense and Sensibility, Sarah Ballenden (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare In The Ruins); Charlie Brown, James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Magnus Theatre); Les Flats (Le Cercle Moliére); Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid (Rainbow Stage). Opera: Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors (Edmonton Opera); Rose/Marguerite in Li Keur (Manitoba Opera); Peer Gynt (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra); MESSIAH/COMPLEX (Against The Grain/The Banff Centre). Voiceover: Those Pink Mountain Nights and The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson (Harper Collins). Training: Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance), University of Manitoba. Online: www.julielumsden.com. Et cetera: "Onward and upward!" For Uncle Darin, always. 

    Portrait of Christopher Allen
    Christopher Allen
    Lachlan
    2024: Cloten in Cymbeline and Lachlan in The Diviners. Stratford debut. Selected theatre credits: Rockabye (ARC Stage); The Master Plan (Crow's Theatre); Redbone Coonhound (Tarragon Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bard on the Beach); Sweat (Canadian Stage); Antigone…, Selfie (Young People's Theatre); Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage); The Adonis Project (The Piece of Mine Festival). Film & TV: Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+/CBS); Coroner, Workin' Moms (CBC); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC Television, Citytv); 13: The Musical (Netflix). Voiceover: Audiobook: No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot. Education: York University Acting Conservatory. Awards: Dora Award winner and nominee. Online: Instagram: @christopherallen.me.
    Portrait of Gabriel Antonacci
    Gabriel Antonacci
    Gord
    2024: Gord in The Diviners and appears in Something Rotten! 11th season. Stratford: Aaron in Chicago, Romeo in Play On!, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in King Lear, Rent, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first US tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in The Pacifier. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera:  Huge thanks to Stratford and Colin McMurray. Thank you to my wife, Robin Calvert, for being the best. This season is dedicated to our dog, Bella.
    Portrait of Michelle Bardach
    Michelle Bardach
    Ensemble

    (she/her) Coast Salish Indigenous (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw)

    2024: Appears in The Diviners and understudy in Something Rotten!. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Polly in Pollyanna and Jean in Maggie (Theatre Aquarius); Kathleen in Tell Tale Harbour and Miss Stacy in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Jovie in Elf (Grand Theatre); Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Sophie in Mamma Mia (Arts Club); Eponine in Les Miserables (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Film/TV: Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform), Dancing Through Christmas (Lifetime), First Native and Borderline (Orca Cove Media). Voiceover: Spirit Rangers (Netflix), Skookum and Chums (Telus), Barbie web shorts (Mattel). Live music: Vocalist for Indigenous music groups M'Girl and Tillicum Shantie. Training: Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. Online: MichelleBardach.com, IG: @michyb123.

     

    Portrait of Carla Bennett
    Carla Bennett
    Ensemble
    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and The Diviners. Ninth season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived, Carousel, The Adventures of Pericles, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing, West Side Story, A Funny... Forum, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, The King and I. Elsewhere: Holiday Inn (Shaw); Return to Grace, A Funny... Forum (Mirvish); multiple seasons for Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius and Neptune Theatre. Film/TV (selected):Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Next Step, Hellcats, Slings and Arrows, Honey. Choreographer: Elf: the Musical (Neptune); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Adventures of Pericles (Stratford); SEE (Season 3, AppleTV); Man Seeking Woman (FXX); six TV commercials (Famous Footwear, Staples). Associate Choreographer: Pacific Rim (Warner Bros). Assistant Choreographer: Holiday Inn (Shaw); Degrassi: Next Class, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (CBC). Online: @carlabennettshara. Et cetera: Love to Mike.

     

    Portrait of Dan Chameroy
    Dan Chameroy
    Brooke

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2003

    2024: Nostradamus in Something Rotten! and Brooke in The Diviners. 16th season. Stratford: Billy Flynn in Chicago, Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Winter's Tale, A Funny Thing Happened..., West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Cymbeline, Camelot. Elsewhere: The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare); A Little Night Music (Koerner Hall); Life After, The Wild Party (Musical Stage); Toronto/US National Tour of Matilda - Toronto Critics Award (Mirvish/Dodger); Of Human Bondage, Idiot's Delight (Soulpepper); Company (Theatre 20); The Arsonists, Into the Woods (Canadian Stage); The Magic Fire (Shaw); Beauty and the Beast - Dora Award, The Drowsy Chaperone (Mirvish). Film/TV: Leer Estates seasons 1 & 2 (Stratfest@Home), Murdoch Mysteries, Mittens and Pants, Super Why, Saving Me, Hotel Transylvania, Paw Patrol. Awards: Nominated for an ACTRA, multiple Dora and CSA 's. Love to Christine and Olivia. @danchameroy.

    Portrait of Jarret Cody
    Jarret Cody
    Ensemble
    2024: Swing in Something Rotten! and appears in The Diviners. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Shrek (TUTS); Crazy For You (The Gateway); Twist & Shout, Footloose (Chemainus Theatre); Mary Poppins (Arts Club and YPT); Mamma Mia (Arts Club and StageWest); Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); The Tempest (Banff/Citadel); Chicago (Globe); The Prom, Evita (Drayton), Joseph And ... (Tweed & Co.). Film/TV: Christmas Movie Magic, Phil: A Tale of Flossing and Plumbing, When Calls the Heart, Centre Stage - Dance Camp, Rags. Online: @jarretcody. Et cetera: Jarret is also an accomplished dance instructor and choreographer who loves nothing more than to share his passion for movement and storytelling.  He sends love and gratitude to everyone at da Costa Talent, his family, and Joey for their unending support.
    Portrait of Allison Edwards-Crewe
    Allison Edwards-Crewe
    Crispin
    2024: Imogen in Cymbeline, Crispin in The Diviners and understudy in Hedda Gabler. Third season. Stratford: Jo March in Little Women, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Diana in All's Well That Ends Well, Pierrette in Les Belles-Soeurs. Elsewhere: Serving Elizabeth (WCT); The Color Purple (Citadel and MTC); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian and Nightwood); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); Girls Like That (Tarragon); 'Da Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary and NAC); Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu), Surviving Evil (Cineflix), Black Actress (JungleWild). Audio Drama: Every…Every Day (Factory Theatre), Liming (Expect Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Dora and Toronto Critics Award for School Girls.... Et cetera: Immense gratitude to my amazing family, friends and Monika Thomas for their ENDLESS love and support. @alllisonec.


     

    Portrait of Henry Firmston
    Henry Firmston
    Understudy

    (he/him)

    2024: Nigel Bottom in Something Rotten! and understudy in The Diviners. Sixth season. Stratford: Historian/Not Dead Fred in Monty Python's Spamalot, A Wrinkle in Time, Chicago, Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, Rocky Horror Show, The House of Martin Guerre. Elsewhere: Tim in Chris, Mrs, Doody in Grease (Winter Garden); Sondheim: A Celebration (New Stages); Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); What a Wonderful World (VPP); Carnival Cruise Lines; Footloose, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family (Grand Theatre HSP). TV: Murdoch Mysteries. Training: Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ash and his parents. Huge thanks to Donna, Laura, Bruce and the wonderful TH gang, and all the mentors who have helped along the way. 

    Portrait of Bonnie Jordan
    Bonnie Jordan
    Swing
    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and Swing in The Diviners. Ninth season. Stratford: Hunyak in Chicago, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs. Dunlop/Dance Captain in The Music Man, Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street Chorus Girl in Warehouse 13, Locke and Key (Netflix). Instagram: @bonbondancer. Et cetera: Bonnie would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support. "Mom… this is for you!"
    Portrait of Bethany Kovarik
    Bethany Kovarik
    Ensemble

    (she/her)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and The Diviners. Eighth season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived, Liz in Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere (selected):Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Bangkok Thailand); Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton); Joseph…, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton, Grand Theatre). Film/TV (selected): Just Short of Reality (STRATFEST@HOME), The Boys, What We Do in the Shadows, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Training/Teaching: Graduate of Sheridan College, Musical Theatre Performance; certified yoga instructor, mentor and trainer to dancers. Online: @bethanykovarik. Et cetera: Forever grateful for the support of family and friends. Love to Mom, Dad, Chad, Ryan, Andrea, James and Talent House.

    Portrait of Gracie Mack
    Gracie Mack
    Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain, Ensemble

    Métis Nation of Alberta

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain, Ensemble in The Diviners. Third season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived, Chicago, The Flood (DWP), exercise your demons (DWP). Elsewhere: Lucille in Controlled Damage (Grand Theatre); Fame (Randolph Theatre). Film: A Way of Life (2022). Training: Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Awards: Randolph College Triple Threat Award and Governor General Award, Citizen of the Year 2023 (Sylvan Lake, Alberta). Online: Instagram: @graciemackk. Et cetera: My artistry is a stage for my ancestors and all of the women who came before me. Gratitude to the Stratford Festival for giving me the space to tell their stories. For my mom and dad, my brother and sister and always for Tia.
    Portrait of Jordan Mah
    Jordan Mah
    Ensemble

    (he/him)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and The Diviners. Sixth season. Stratford: Chicago, Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Brigadoon (Shaw Festival); Anne of Green Gables, Jesus Christ Superstar (Charlottetown Festival); Rock of Ages (Elgin Theatre); Mary Poppins (YPT); West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); Clara's Dream, Shumka at 50! China Tour (Shumka/SPI Productions). Film/TV: Mother of All Shows, Canada's Got Talent Season 2. Training: Grant MacEwan University, Theatre Arts. Instagram: @Djmah5. Et cetera: Jordan would like to thank everyone at The Talent House, his family, friends and mentors for all the incredible support. Remember: "on the opposite side of fear is opportunity". A special thanks to my rock, my love Christine.

    Portrait of Chris Mejaki
    Chris Mejaki

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/2023

    2024: Captain, Soldier in Cymbeline and appears in The Diviners. Third season. Stratford: Longaville in Love's Labour's Lost and Angel in Richard II. Elsewhere: Dr. Seward/Renfield/Jake in Written in Blood (Talk is Free Theatre); Orestes/Odysseus in The Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus (Outside the March); Writer/Reader in Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts). Film/TV: Principal in The Exchange, Actor in Unexplained. Radio/Recordings: Reader in This Place (CBC Radio). Training: National Theatre School (2018), Centre for Indigenous Theatre (2015). Awards: Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes, Protégé of Keith Barker (2023). Social Media: @chrismejaki (YouTube, Instagram, TikTok). Et cetera: Chris is also an emerging playwright, has one of the loudest laughs you'll ever hear, and will absolutely destroy you in a game of cribbage. x.

    Portrait of Evan Mercer
    Evan Mercer
    Ensemble

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Lord 2, Brother in Cymbeline and appears in The Diviners. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Truffaldino in A Servant of Two Masters, The Flying Doctor, Orlando in As You Like It, Our Eliza (Perchance); John Dodge in Middletown (NTS); Squawk (RCAT); Falling Trees (Poverty Cove); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (TNL); Salt-water Moon (Rising Tide); Almost Baymous (HalfHandsome). Film/TV: Son of a Critch (CBC); Hudson and Rex (CityTV); Little Dog (CBC); Frontier (Discovery/Netflix); Riverhead (Riverhead Prod.); Body and Bones (Scattered and Small Inc.). Et cetera: I am grateful and delighted to be making my debut on the Stratford stage. Thanks to you, the audience, for making what we do possible.

    Portrait of Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2024: Soldier in Cymbeline and understudy in Hedda Gabler and The Diviners. 14th season. Stratford: 13 seasons including Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Sally Simpson in Tommy, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Elsewhere: In 2019 Jennifer revived the role of Sally Simpson in The Who's Tommy In Concert, performing alongside Pete Townshend at The La Jolla Playhouse. She has also performed on stages across Canada: The Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Charlottetown Festival, Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Entertainment, Ross Petty Productions and YES Theatre. Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan), Acting (Red Deer College). Awards: Recipient of the 2022 William Needles award. Et cetera: All my love to Robert, Josephine, Mom and Dad. Thanks as always to Bruce and TH. 

    Portrait of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
    Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
    Understudy
    2024: Lady Clapham in Something Rotten! and understudy in The Diviners. Third season. Stratford: A Wrinkle in Time, Grand Magic,Every Little Nookie, Little Women. Elsewhere: Bang Bang (Kat Sandler), LULU v.7 (ted witzel), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Trey Anthony), We Are Proud to Present, Prince Hamlet (Ravi Jain). Audio Books/Recordings: Love Enough (Dionne Brand), Henry G20 (Christine Brubaker), The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (Esi Edugyan), The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill). Film/TV: Really Happy Someday, The Last of Us, American Gods, What We Do in the Shadows, Workin' MomsSlo-Pitch. Producing: Co-founder of 2Skins Entertainment; Black femme horror podcast, Ghoulz n Gyaldem and short films P!GS (CBC Gem) and DEFUND, a TIFF Top Ten Canadian Short Film of 2021.Online: @djpaulydij.
    Portrait of Anthony Santiago
    Anthony Santiago
    Royland
    2024: Frenchman, Sicillius in Cymbeline and Royland in The Diviners. Third season. Stratford: Earl of Gloucester in King Lear, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Player King and Priest in Hamlet and Elesin in Death and the King's HorsemanElsewhere: Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical (Gateway Theatre), Ezra in Heaven, Crooks in Of Mice and Men, Belize in Angels in America Part 2 (Citadel Theatre); Jerry in Betrayal (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Bill in Best of Enemies (Pacific Theatre); Peter in Company (Raincity Theatre); Brucie in SWEAT (The Arts Club/Citadel Theatre); Virgilio in Coriolanus (Bard on the Beach); Robert in Dear Elizabeth (Wunderdog Theatre). Training: Grant MacEwan University for Musical Theatre. Awards: Black Shoulders Legacy Award 2023, Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Company, Rain City Theatre. Et cetera: Much love to Mammy, Santi, James, Nya-Manet and AKC.
    Portrait of Tyrone Savage
    Tyrone Savage
    Gus

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2010/2011

    2024: Iachimo in Cymbeline, Gus in The Diviners and understudy in Hedda Gabler. Ninth season. Stratford: Love's Labour's Lost, Grand Magic, Richard II, Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Hay Fever, Three Musketeers, Much Ado, Henry V, Grapes of Wrath. Elsewhere:15 Dogs (Crow's Theatre); A Few Good Men (Drayton); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Sleuth (Mayfield); Stag and Doe (Neptune); The Gamblers (Talk Is Free); Chasse-Galerie (Storefront/Soulpepper). Film/TV/Video Games: Caillou, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Redwall, Wind at My Back. Training: Circle in the Square, Birmingham Conservatory, UofT. Et cetera: Tyrone dedicates this season to his parents Booth and Janet-Laine. With love beyond measure. 

    Portrait of Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane
    Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane
    Ensemble

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Portia in Something Rotten! and appears in The Diviners. Second season. Stratford: Joanne Jefferson in Rent, Richard II. Elsewhere: Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees, White Christmas, The Importance of Being Earnest, Shawground, 1922 in Concert, Charley's Aunt, Duke and the Two Irenes, Song for a Winters Night (Shaw Festival); Home For the Holidays (Theatre Aquarius); Emcee in Cabaret, Finding Black Joy, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Grand Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Stage West); Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet (Capitol Theatre); Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Rainbow Stage). Voiceover: We the Culture (Facebook). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. H.B. Beal Secondary and C.C.H. Online: Instagram: @oliviasinclairbrisbane. Et cetera: Olivia dedicates this season to her amazing support system, her family both chosen and biological, her friends and mentors. To anyone moving through life with bravery, joy, kindness and deep love.

    Portrait of Sara Topham
    Sara Topham
    Eva, Duchess

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2000

    2024: Hedda Tesman in Hedda Gabler and Eva, Duchess in The Diviners. 15th season. Sara is delighted to return to the Festival following a year playing Sally in the Original Broadway Company of Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt. Stratford: Shakespeare's Juliet, Olivia, Cordelia, Jessica, Rosalind; Elizabeth/Robyn (Serving Elizabeth), Ruth (Blithe Spirit), Célimène (The Misanthrope), Wendy (Peter Pan), Madame de Tourvel (Dangerous Liaisons), Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest), Laurencia (Fuente Ovejuna), Mabel (An Ideal Husband). Broadway: Cecily in Travesties, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. Off Broadway: Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling. In the UK:Love Me Do (Dorothy), Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Van Buren). Elsewhere: Two seasons at the Shaw Festival playing Saint Joan and Ann Whitfield in Man And Superman, Beatrice at The Old Globe, Titania and Ariel at Shakespeare Theatre DC and many other worldwide adventures! Et cetera: For B, always. 

CREATIVE

    Krista Jackson
    Director, Dramaturg

    2024: Director (with Geneviève Pelletier) and Dramaturg of The Diviners. Fourth season. Stratford: Associate Director: All My Sons, Assistant Director: Love's Labour's Lost, Mother Courage and Her Children. Elsewhere: The Retreat (Imago Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Shaw); A Doll's House: Part 2 (Mirvish/RMTC); Liars at a Funeral (Blyth Festival); Lion in Winter, Fly Me to the Moon (Grand Theatre); Sexy Laundry, Perfect Wedding, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Space Girl (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Dock Spider (Magnus Theatre); Iago Speaks (Shakespeare by the Saskatchewan); Awaken (Shakespeare by the Ruins/zone41); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, Private Lives, The Seagull (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Awards: Gina Wilkinson Prize, Jean Gascon Award. Online: kristajackson.net, imagotheatre.ca. Et cetera: Artistic & Executive Director of Imago Theatre in Montreal.

     

    Geneviève Pelletier
    Director, Cultural Consultant

    2024: Director (with Krista Jackson) and Cultural Consultant of The Diviners. Stratford debut. Geneviève Pelletier is a francophone Red River Métis actor and theatre director from the Red River Valley. Since 2012, she is the artistic and general director of le Théâtre Cercle Molière in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba. She is interested in nurturing a fertile creative space that includes as many cultures as there are voices, one that reflects the various communities she is engaged with.

    Cameron Carver
    Choreographer
    2024: Choreographer of La Cage Aux Folles and The Diviners. Second season. Stratford: Richard II. Elsewhere as Choreographer: Alice in Wonderland (Soulpepper/MTYP); Cabaret (Grand Theatre); Sweeney Todd (TIFT) [UK, Toronto and Argentina]; Something Bubbled… (TIFT/Outside the March); Spring Awakening (Redgrave Theatre); La Strada (UK Regional Tour); Manhattan Parisienne with Alain Boublil (The Other Palace). As Director/Choreographer: No Place Like Home (Edinburgh Fringe); Little Mermaid (Theatre Royal Bath); The Addams Family, The Wizard of Oz, Sweet Charity (St. Lawrence College). Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Original Choreography Alice in Wonderland (2023); Dora Award Outstanding Original Choreography Sweeney Todd (2022); Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022; UK Theatre Award for Little Mermaid (Best Show for Young People). Training: Sheridan College MT and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (MA Theatre Directing). Online: www.cameron-carver.com; Instagram @cam_carver Et cetera: Love you mom. xofc.
    MJ Dandeneau
    Musical Arranger, Music Director, Sound Designer

    2024: Musical arranger, music director and sound designer of The Diviners. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: A Charlie Brown Double Bill, Torn Through Time, Tiny Treasure, Frozen River (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); Katharsis, The War Being Waged, Ponderosa Pine, Space Girl (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Bassist in Bittergirl: The Musical, YAGA (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); La Liste, On Maronne!, Rise, Red River (Théâtre Cercle Molière); Women of the Fur Trade (National Arts Centre); Songide'ewin (Sarasvàti). MJ has also done sound and sound design for Mary Poppins as part of the Flin Flon Art Council series. Awards: Kevin Walters Legacy Award, Indigenous Full Circle Award and The Rise Award. Et cetera: MJ is a French Métis and Anishinaabe woman from the Red River Nation. Her mother's side comes from the Métis Red River Valley and her father's side comes from the Métis Nation/Anishinaabe people of Penetanguishene, Treaty 61. Miigwech Giga-waabamin.

    Bretta Gerecke
    Set and Lighting Designer

    2024: Set and lighting designer of The Diviners. Seventh season. Bretta is a set, lighting and costume designer for theatre, opera and circus. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she creates and tours new musicals across Canada, the US., the UK. and Australia. Bretta also designs for New York Theatre Workshop, The National Theatre, Birmingham REP, the RSC, Cirque du Soleil, the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Citadel Theatre and Grand Theatre. She is the recipient of over 25 awards including nominations for the Lucille Lortel Award. She represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs have been exhibited in Moscow, Beijing, Taipei and Canada. Online: bretta-gerecke.com.

    Jeff Chief
    Costume Designer

    (he/him)

    2024: Costume designer of The Diviners. Second season. Stratford: Women of the Fur Trade. Jeff Chief is Cree from Onion Lake First Nation on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan and currently lives in Saskatoon. Jeff's recent design credits include Mary of Patuanak (GTNT); Yaga (Belfry Theatre); Gaslight (Vertigo Theatre); Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion (Globe Theatre); The Fiancée (Persephone Theatre); Iago Speaks (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); The Rez Sisters (Royal MTC); Flush, Life After Hockey (La Troupe du Jour); Cottagers and Indians (Persephone Theatre); Being Here: The Refugee Project (Belfry Theatre); Ministry of Grace (Belfry Theatre); Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical (Confederation Centre of the Arts); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Hedda Noir (Theatre NorthWest); Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont (National Arts Centre); Ipperwash (Blyth Festival).

    Ariel Slack
    Assistant Set and Costume Designer

    2024: Assistant set and costume designer of The Diviners. Third season. Stratford: Designer of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Tennessee Williams Suite (Langham Directors' Workshop). Set designer of Three Sisters (Birmingham Conservatory Final Project). Assistant designer of Much Ado About Nothing. Assistant set designer of Love's Labour's Lost. Assistant designer of Richard III. Elsewhere (select credits): Writer/designer/actor: How to Believe in Anything (The Cultch/Vancouver Fringe Festival, winner of the Cultchivating the Fringe award); Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs (Carousel Theatre winner, Ovation Award for Outstanding Set Design); The Pillowman (Untold Wants); Mx (Off the Corner Productions/The Cultch); Spine (Backbone Theatre Collective); Alice in Glitterland (Geekenders); Superior Donuts (Ensemble Theatre Company, Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Set Design - Small Theatre). Training: Studio 58 (2018). Ariel is an associate member of ADC. Online: arielslack.squarespace.com.

    Simran Kapoor
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    2024: Assistant lighting designer of Cymbeline, Hedda Gabler and The Diviners. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Grand Magic and Wedding Band. Lighting designer of Langham DWP's A Tennessee Williams Suite and The Fall of the House of Atreus: A Cowboy Love Song. Elsewhere: Assistant lighting designer of Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Productions) and Contemporaneity (Anandam Dance Theatre). Lighting designer of Inheritance of Dance (Yi Dance), Do You Think You're Better Than Me? (Fringe), The Late Wedding (Theatre at York), Fruits of Labour (Devised Theatre Festival), Art of Time (Dance at York), Music Media Concert (MMC York), and Thirumagal. Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Theatre Production from York University. Awards: Canadian College Cricket Women's Nationals MVP and Women's Ontario Cup MVP & Best Bowler 2019. Online: simrankapooroffici.wixsite.com/simran-kapoorEt cetera: Love and gratitude to Mom, Grandma, Steve and Gavin.

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