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June 26 – September 29 |
Opens August 9


By Edward Albee

Directed by Dean Gabourie

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Celebrated architect Martin Gray is easing into dignified middle age when he shatters his reputation and family life by falling in love with a goat. What can he do—the heart has its reasons! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? challenges our contemporary notions of tolerance with the dizzying wordplay and wit that crowned Edward Albee one of the great 20th-century playwrights.

“The humour in Albee’s writing opens us up emotionally, through the laughter, so that the tragedy can get in there and make us feel.” —Director Dean Gabourie

Production support is generously provided by Sylvia Soyka.



    Portrait of Lucy Peacock
    Lucy Peacock
    2024: Cymbeline in Cymbeline and Stevie in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 37th season. Stratford: Recipient of the 2023 Stratford Festival Legacy Award. Over 80 productions including Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Mary Stuart, Volumnia, Queen Elizabeth, and Satan. Also: Three Tall Women, All My Sons, Private Lives, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Les Belles-Soeurs, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead and Late Night with Lucy. Training: The National Theatre School and the grace and wisdom of all the extraordinary artists, colleagues and conspirators over the years. Et cetera: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to journey through these stories and Forever Blessed by the Real Story, my husband Christopher and our Harri and Ben.
    Portrait of Rick Roberts
    Rick Roberts

    2024: Duke in Cymbeline and Martin in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Third season. Stratford: Capulet in R+J, Zastrozzi in Zastrozzi. Elsewhere: Copenhagen (NAC); Prodigal (Howland/Crow's Theatre); Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); Animal Farm, Waiting for Godot and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper); Enemy of the People, Within the Glass, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Molière, John and Beatrice and Rune Arlidge (Tarragon Theatre); Proud (Belfry Theatre); Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre). Film/TV: Transplant (CTV/NBC); Jack, Fortunate Son, This Life, Coroner (CBC); Still Mine, North of Albany, FarCry 6 (Ubisoft). Director: Miss Caledonia, Person of Interest, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Soulpepper). Playwright: Orestes, Fish/Wife, Kite, co-wrote the musical Mimi with Melody Johnson and Allan Cole (Tarragon Theatre). Awards: ACTRA and CSA award. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. 

    Portrait of Matthew Kabwe
    Matthew Kabwe
    2024: Caius Lucius in Cymbeline and Ross in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Third season. Stratford:Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, Grand Magic, Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Sir in Encore (Tableau D'Hôte); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV/Video Games:Toopy and Binoo: The Movie, La Maison Bleue, Outriders: Worldslayer. Training: Dawson College, Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance META for Martin in MOB (Centaur Theatre). Online:, Et cetera: Matthew sends wishes of love and thanks to his many supporters; especially Dr. AAHW. Matthew is thrilled to be returning to the Stratford Festival for his third season. Matthew is also B.
    Portrait of Anthony Palermo
    Anthony Palermo

    2024: Billy in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and Lord 1, Brother in Cymbeline. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Admetus in Alcestis, Orgon in Tartuffe, Frank Thorney in The Witch of Edmonton (Theatre Erindale); She, Men, and the Giant Snake (Soulpepper Theatre); Retrograde (Toronto Fringe); Julius Caesar, Bare: A Pop Opera, Ghost Quartet, Essay (University of Toronto). Film/TV: Workin' Moms Seasons 6 and 7 (CBC/Netflix); Macy Murdoch (CBC/Shaftesbury); Pie Boy (Ace Entertainment Inc). Writer/Composer: The Gray: A Wilde Musical (Hart House Theatre); One Song Glory (Musical Stage Company); Mythic Women (University of Toronto). Training: Theatre and Drama Studies - University of Toronto/Sheridan College. Online:, @anthxnypalermo. Et cetera: Grateful to be making my Stratford debut this season and for the endless support of my family and friends.


    Dean Gabourie


    2024: Director of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 11th season. Dean Gabourie has been creating provocative theatre in Canada and abroad for over thirty years.  Gabourie is an artist, scholar, educator, and founding artistic director of the award-winning ACME Theatre Co. Stratford: Assistant/Associate Artistic Director 2008-2012. Director of Bereav'd of Light, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Best Brothers, The Thrill. Dean has acted as an assistant director to Richard Monette, Des McAnuff and Antoni Cimolino. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie award; Jean Gascon Directors award; and Artistic Director Richard Monette personally nominated Gabourie's body of work for the John Hirsch Directors award. Training: Gabourie holds a master's degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph and is an alumnus of the Theatre School, Toronto Metropolitan University. Et cetera: For Marcelle.


    Shawn Kerwin
    Set and Costume Designer

    2024: Set and costume designer of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Sixth season. Stratford: The Bakkhai, The Winter's Tale, The Glass Menagerie, Ned and Jack, Footfalls, Not I, Medea, StargazingCome and Go, From an Abandoned Work. Elsewhere: Set and costume design: The Lehman Trilogy (Belfry Theatre); Betty's Song (Charlottetown Festival); Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Class (Belfry Theatre); Between Breaths (Artistic Fraud); Sea Sick (Theatre Centre); float (co-creator with Jillian Keiley) (Choral Canada/ St. John's NFLD). Set Design: Come From Away (Gander, NL); Grand Ghosts (Grand Theatre); I'm Every Woman (Charlottetown Festival); Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud). Costume Design: The Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin (Signal Theatre/Soundstreams); If Truth Be Told (Blyth Festival); All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park). Other: Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, York University.

    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Lighting Designer


    2024: Lighting designer of Hedda Gabler and The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 11th season. Stratford: Little Women, Cabaret Series 2021, Othello, The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Love You Wrong Time (Bad Muse Collective); After the Fire (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Kinky Boots, The Prom, Ghost, Honk! (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Kaileigh is the founding General Manager of the annual winter light festival, Lights On Stratford. They are an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and the School of Performance in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Toronto Metropolitan University and a member of ADC IATSE Local 659.

    Adam Campbell
    Sound Designer


    2024: Sound designer of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and assistant sound designer of Something Rotten!, La Cage aux Folles. Third season. Stratford: Richard II (associate sound designer); DWP 2022 (sound designer); Frankenstein Revived, Rent, King Lear, Les Belles-Soeurs, Chicago, Hamlet and Death and the King's Horseman (assistant sound designer). Elsewhere: Sound designer for Jack! A Beanstalk Panto (Capitol Theatre); A Huron County Christmas Carol, John Ware Reimagined (Blyth Festival); associate sound designer for Orphée+ (Edmonton Opera); composer for BODY, Alone Together, Four, What Happened To Lee (Human Body Expression); Lasterday (Kaeja d'Dance); A Sonata Of Shadows (CCDT); orchestra for 42nd Street, Singin' In The Rain, Piaf/Dietrich, Ain't Too Proud (Mirvish); percussionist with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ladom Ensemble. Recording: Debut album, Guess I'm a People Too (2019) available on all platforms. Et cetera: Grateful to be working alongside such incredible artists to bring this season to life!



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