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April 26 – October 26 |
Opens May 27
Shakespeare

TWELFTH NIGHT


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Seana McKenna

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“O TIME, THOU MUST UNTANGLE THIS, NOT I. IT IS TOO HARD A KNOT FOR ME T'UNTIE.”

A terrible storm leaves Viola shipwrecked on the island of Illyria. A woman alone in a strange land, Viola disguises herself as “Cesario” and enters the service of Duke Orsino to deliver love letters to Countess Olivia. Orsino’s plan backfires when Olivia falls for Cesario, whose heart now belongs to Orsino, who is still smitten with Olivia. When Viola’s twin brother appears, complications peak! Twelfth Night remains one of the Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, a sumptuous feast of unrequited love, mistaken identity, high poetry and riveting drama, reimagined in a setting closer to our time and around the corner from the Summer of Love: the late ’60s.

“One of the best casts assembled for a Twelfth Night.” – Globe and Mail

“This Twelfth Night is a worthy, and enormously entertaining, addition to Stratford’s decade-long celebration of Shakespeare.” – Postmedia




Runtime:

Two hours and 52 minutes, including one 18-minute intermission*
*Please note that all run times are approximate


Resources:

Twelfth Night Study Guide

The 2024 Season is supported by Ophelia Lazaridis.


Production Sponsors:

Priscilla Costello

Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine

Peggy Ptasznik

Laurie J. Scott

The Whiteside Foundation

Catherine Wilkes in memory of David


CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Laura Condlln
    Laura Condlln
    Malvolio

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2004/2005

    2024: Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Hook in Wendy and Peter Pan. 16th season. Stratford (selected): Pauline (Casey and Diana), Mary Shelley (Frankenstein Revived), Emelia (Othello), Irene Malloy (Matchmaker), Mistress Page (Merry Wives of Windsor), Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan), Ashley (Virgin Trial), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Helena (Midsummer Night's Dream), Audrey (As You Like It), Chorus Leader (Bakkhai). Elsewhere (selected): 15 Dogs (Crow's); goldfish (Here For Now); Fun Home (Mirvish/Musical Stage Company); A Delicate Balance, Idomeneus, The Heidi Chronicles, Of Human Bondage, The Crucible, The Norman Conquests (Soulpepper); An Enemy of the People, Sextet (Tarragon); Chimerica (Canadian Stage/MTC); THIS, Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage); Top Girls (Segal Centre); 4:48 Psychosis (Necessary Angel). Awards: Dora nominee/winner, two-time Toronto Theatre Critics award winner. Film/TV: The Players (dir. Sarah Galea-Davis), Wilfred (dir. Samuel Davey), The Lake (Amazon), Nurses (Global), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC). Et cetera: For Jnr, thank you.

    Portrait of Jessica B. Hill
    Jessica B. Hill
    Viola

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2014/15

    2024: Viola in Twelfth Night and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Eighth season. Stratford: Helen in All's Well That Ends Well, Lady Anne in Richard III, Emily Brontë in Brontë: The World Without, Bess in Mother's Daughter, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. Playwright: The Dark Lady (Shakespeare in the Ruins/Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Pandora (Prairie Theatre Exchange) - both are available in the Stratford Festival Shop. Film/TV: Five Days at Memorial, The BoysKings of Napa, Hero: The Life and Times of Ulric Cross, 30 vies. Voice/Mocap: Assassin's Creed: Origins, Unannounced Ubisoft project. Training: Dawson College, McGill University, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Bernard Amyot Teaching Award - National Theatre School, Mary Savidge Award - Stratford Festival. Online: Instagram: @jessicabhill. Et cetera: To the people who bring us home.

    Portrait of Sarah Dodd
    Sarah Dodd
    Maria
    2024: Maria in Twelfth Night and appears in London Assurance. 13th season. Stratford (selected): Lady Scroop (Richard II), Sian Ap Dafydd (1939), Mollie Malloy (The Front Page), Sin (Paradise Lost), Dr. Livesey (Treasure Island), Miss Prism (The Importance of Being Earnest), Lady Anne (Richard III), Electra (Electra, The Flies), Sibyl (Private Lives) and Lady Macduff (Macbeth). Elsewhere (selected): The Antipodes, Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine); Mustard, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Communion, The Fall, Humble Boy (Tarragon); Domesticated, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Age of Arousal, The Penelopiad (Nightwood); Terminus (Outside the March/Centaur/Belfry). Film/TV: Priscilla, Anne with an E, Titans, Ginny & Georgia. Awards: Two Dora Awards with four nominations, a Toronto Critics' Award and a Jerry.

     

    Portrait of Deborah Hay
    Deborah Hay
    Feste

    Birmingham Conservatory, 1999

    2024: Feste in Twelfth Night and Lady Gay Spanker in London Assurance. Seventh season. Stratford (selected): Katerina, Taming of the Shrew; Marina and Thaisa, Pericles; Emilia, Othello; Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing. Shaw Festival (selected): Madame Arcati, Blithe Spirit; Roxane, Cyrano de Bergerac; God, Everybody; Grushinskaya, Grand Hotel; Sally Bowles, Cabaret; Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady; Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday. Elsewhere: Fall On Your Knees (World Première/Canadian Tour); As You Like It, The School for Lies (Chicago Shakespeare); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage); Lear (Groundling); Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre); A Doll's House, Part 2 (RMTC/Mirvish); London Road (Canadian Stage). Film/ Television: Catherine Cardinal in Cardinal (CTV); Good Sam; Five Days at Memorial; Murdoch Mysteries; Acts of Crime; Four in the Morning; Saving Hope; RemedyThe Anniversary.

    Portrait of Vanessa Sears
    Vanessa Sears
    Olivia

    (she/her)

    2024: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Olivia in Twelfth Night and understudy in London Assurance. Fourth season. Stratford: Little Shop of Horrors, Billy Elliot, Why We Tell the Story, Up Close and Musical. Elsewhere: New York, New York (Broadway); Alice in Wonderland (Bad Hats/Soulpepper); Queen Goneril, King Lear (Soulpepper); Is God Is (Obsidian/CanStage/Necessary Angel); Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz (YPT); An Octoroon, Grand Hotel, The Magician's Nephew, Holiday Inn (Shaw Festival); Passing Strange, Caroline or Change (Musical Stage Co/Obsidian); Kinky Boots (Mirvish). Film: Sappy Holiday, 14 Love Letters, Suits, Sex/Life, Y: The Last Man. Voice Acting: My Little Pony, The Downloaded. Awards: Multiple Dora Award and TTCA Award wins, BroadwayWorld Award, Critic's Pick Award. Online: Instagram: @Vanessa_Sears. Et cetera: Vanessa is an educator, an emerging director, and Vice Chair of the CGA board. Love to Richard and the whole team.

    Portrait of André Sills
    André Sills
    Orsino

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2005

    2024: Orsino in Twelfth Night and director of Get That Hope. 10th season. Stratford: King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus, The Tempest, etc. Elsewhere: Director: The Royale (Citadel Theatre); Gloria (ARC/Crow's). Acting: Glass Menagerie, Sex, An Octoroon, "Master Harold"...and the Boys (Shaw Festival); Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre). Film/TV: Revenge of the Black Best Friend, Kim's Convenience (CBC); Slumberland (Netflix); Private Idiots (YouTube). Voiceover: Tiny Louis in Summer Memories (Family); Fins in Sago Mini Friends (Apple TV). Training: George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Sterling Award for Direction, The Royale; Toronto Theatre Critics Award and Dora Award - Best Actor, "Master Harold"...and the Boys; MyEntWorld Critics' Pick Award - Best Actor, An Octoroon. Online: Instagram: @dre373. Et cetera: Love you NARI.

    Portrait of Scott Wentworth
    Scott Wentworth
    Sir Toby Belch
    2024: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet and Constable Samuel Squeezer in London Assurance. 28th season. A Tony and Olivier Award nominee, Scott has worked on and off Broadway, in London's West End and in theatres across the US and Canada. Stratford credits include Macbeth, Iago, Shylock, the title role in John Gabriel Borkman, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night. His directing credits here include both parts of Henry IV, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and All's Well That Ends Well. Film and TV work includes Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead, Law & Order and Orphan Black. Fans may remember him as Kermit in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Last season he played King Lear for Shakespeare BASH'd, and Henry in the first American production of The Lehman Trilogy.
    Portrait of Rylan Wilkie
    Rylan Wilkie
    Sir Andrew Aguecheek

    (he/him)

    2024: Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Cool in London Assurance and appears in Romeo and Juliet. Ninth season. Stratford: Cornwall in King Lear, Balthasar in Much Ado…, Parolles in All's Well…, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Lucullus in Timon…, Wessex in Shakespeare in Love, Karl Gustav in Christina, The Girl King, White Knight in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: La Bête (Talk is Free); Lion in Winter (Grand); East of Berlin, The December Man, Shakespeare's Dog (ATP); Am I Not King? (Zone 41); Enron (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth); The Story (Common Boots); Macbeth, Mother Courage (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Wilfrid, Charity, Blue Smoke, The Secret of the Nutcracker, See This Movie. Training: National Theatre School. Awards: John Hirsch Award; Betty Award for Vincent in Brixton; Dora, Montreal Critics' Circle and Evie Award nominations. Instagram: @wilkierylan.

    Portrait of Hilary Adams
    Hilary Adams

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Pert in London Assurance, appears in Twelfth Night and understudy in Romeo and Juliet. Third season. Stratford: Grand Magic, Love's Labour's Lost, The Miser, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Schoolhouse, Macbeth, The Ruins, Frankenstein, In This Light, As You Like It, Iliad by Fire (Two Planks); A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It (Shakespeare BASH'd); As You Like It, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare by the Sea). Film/TV: Compulsus, King & Pawn (BellTV). Recordings: Ophelia, Sending Love (Spotify, Apple Music) Composer: WOLF, Flimsy (Hurricane Productions); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare BASH'd). Awards: Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role (Schoolhouse). Training: Dalhousie University. Online: @hilary_adamss.Et cetera: This season is dedicated to Gordon Bowlby, who took me to my first Stratford show where I fell in love with Theatre…I made it Grandad!

    Portrait of David Collins
    David Collins
    Sea Captain
    2024: Sea Captain in Twelfth Night, Max Harkaway in London Assurance and appears in Romeo and Juliet. 16th season. Stratford: Richard II, Grand Magic, Richard III, The Miser, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Front Page, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, The Changeling, Macbeth, As You Like It, Pericles, King Lear, 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/ NYC); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Founding Member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV/Video Games: Sex/Life, Frankie Drake, Diggstown, The Coroner, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Killjoys, Watch Dogs 2, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, Nurse.Fighter.Boy. Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.
    Portrait of Nick Dolan
    Nick Dolan
    2024: Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, Seth Soakem in London Assurance  and appears in Twelfth Night. Fourth season. Stratford: Gordon in Rent, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere: The Louder We Get (Theatre Calgary); Killing Time (Mixtape Projects); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre); Once (Theatre St. John's); Written in Blood (Talk is Free Theatre). Film/TV: Partum, recurring principal on Locke & Key, Red Iron Road. Training: BFA, Toronto Metropolitan University. Et cetera: Nick wishes special thanks and love to his partner Sara, and family Sean, John & Jen. He is thrilled to return to the Festival this year.
    Portrait of Thomas Duplessie
    Thomas Duplessie

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Peter in Romeo and Juliet, Martin in London Assurance and appears in Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: Harry Percy in Richard II, Waiter in Grand Magic and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Elsewhere: A Few Good Men, Twelve Angry Men, The Miracle Worker, The Birds and the Bees, Death of a Salesman, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drayton); The Cider House Rules reading (Talk is Free); Suitcases/Provenance workshop (Canadian Stage). Film/TV: JumpDarling (opposite Cloris Leachman), In The Dark, Murdoch Mysteries, Man Seeking Woman, Heroes Reborn, Bitten, Reign. Radio/Recordings: Strange Loops (audiobook). Training: The Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Online: Instagram: @tomsdup. Et cetera: Thomas dedicates this season to his teachers past and present. 

    Portrait of Austin Eckert
    Austin Eckert
    Sebastian
    2024: Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Paris in Romeo and Juliet and Charles Courtly in London Assurance. Third season. Stratford: Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing), Albany (King Lear), Laertes (Hamlet). Elsewhere: The Royale (Citadel Theatre); Being Here: The Refugee Project, Taking Shakespeare, Spring Awakening (Belfry Theatre); As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club Theatre); Miss Understood (PuSh Festival); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Shakespeare in Love, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale (Bard on the Beach); Mamma Mia! (WCT); HAIR (Mayfield Theatre); As You Like It (Citadel Theatre/MTC). Film/TV: Supernatural, Batwoman, The Flash (CW); Colony (USA); The Magicians (SyFy); Narcoleap (CBC/Telus). Training: The Canadian College of Performing Arts. Awards: Sterling Awards (The Royale), Leo Awards (Narcoleap). Online: @austineckert.
    Portrait of Jenna-Lee Hyde
    Jenna-Lee Hyde
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2024: Appears in Romeo and Juliet, London Assurance, and understudy in Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: Cecilia in Women of the Fur Trade. Elsewhere: Every Brilliant Thing (Burnt Thicket/Live Five, Fire Exit, Globe Theatre, Winterruption); Our Town (Theatre Rusticle/Buddies in Bad Times); Drowning Girls, Secret Mask, Pride and Prejudice (Globe Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Birds and the Bees, Farndale Ave...Christmas Carol (Persephone Theatre). Other: House Co (Second City). TV/Film: Workin' Moms (CBC), Benched (Short). Training: Globe Theatre Conservatory, University of Saskatchewan (BFA). Awards: SAT Award for Outstanding Performance (Narrator in Every Brilliant Thing, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Callie in Stop Kiss). Online: www.jennaleehyde.com. Et cetera: Born-and-raised on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan, Jenna-Lee now lives in Tkaronto. She's very grateful to be here. 

    Portrait of Andrew Iles
    Andrew Iles
    Valentine

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2017/18

    2024: Valentine in Twelfth Night, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and appears in London Assurance. Seventh season. Stratford: Duke of Burgundy in King Lear, Jeremy in Hamlet-911, The Boy in Three Tall Women, Sir Henry Guildford in Henry VIII, Eribo, A Bully in The Neverending Story, Harold in An Ideal Husband, appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird and understudied in Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere: Atreyu in The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre). Film/TV: Guest star on What We Do in the Shadows season four finale (FX), Reign (CW) and Murder U (Discovery ID). Training: BFA, University of Windsor; Birmingham Conservatory. Instagram: @iles4miles.

    Portrait of John Kirkpatrick
    John Kirkpatrick
    Priest
    2024: Priest in Twelfth Night, Balthasar, Friar John in Romeo and Juliet and James in London Assurance. 10th season. Stratford: Reynaldo, Hamlet; Endicott, The Front Page; Walter Cunningham Sr., To Kill a Mockingbird; Lt. Brannigan, Guys and Dolls; Apothecary, Romeo and Juliet; Doctor, Macbeth; Oliver, As You Like It; Deuxfois, The Hypochondriac; Marcellus/Fortinbras, Hamlet; Boyet, Love's Labour's Lost; Descartes, Christina, The Girl King; Red Knight/Walrus, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Jaques, As You Like It; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Lucio, Measure for Measure (Citadel); Slim, Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary); Tybalt/Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Calgary); Everard, Age of Arousal (ATP); Milan, Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Kent, King Lear; Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night (Freewill).Training: BFA Acting, University of Alberta. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Measure for Measure. Et cetera: Former Artistic Director, Freewill Shakespeare Festival. All my love to Breanna, Aidan, Finn and Betsy.
    Portrait of Tarique Lewis
    Tarique Lewis

    2024: Sampson in Romeo and Juliet and appears in Twelfth Night and London Assurance. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Kirk in Riot (Renaissance Canadian Theatre Company). Training: Toronto Metropolitan University: School of Performance. Online: @Incogtico. Et cetera: I dedicate this to my family and friends who continue to support me. PS. Momma I love you.

    Portrait of Jonathan Mason
    Jonathan Mason

    Birmingham Conservatory 2020/21

    2024: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and appears in Twelfth Night and London Assurance. Fifth season. Stratford: Shrimp Man in Wedding Band, Much Ado About Nothing, Lord in All's Well That Ends Well, Little Women, Demetrius, Quince, Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Birmingham Conservatory). Elsewhere: Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Paul Verral in Born Yesterday (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Henry Baskerville in Hound of the Baskervilles (Royal Canadian Theatre Co.); Young Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Film/TV: Fragile Seeds (feature), The Flash, Far Cry 4, Monkey Up, Cascadia, Ollie and Emma. Training: Birmingham Conservatory, LAMDA (Masters with Distinction, Classical Acting). Et cetera: Thanks to my family and the cast and crew. Jonathan dedicates this season to his late father Gregory Mason.

    Portrait of Marissa Orjalo
    Marissa Orjalo

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Grace Harkaway in London Assurance and appears in Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Second season. Stratford: Les Belles-Soeurs and King Lear. Elsewhere: Nina in Lucky by Marie Barlizo (rEvolver); Hermia in A (Musical) Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre); Lucky in FEARLESS by David Yee (fu-GEN Theatre); Olivia in Twelfth Night (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV: Eli Roth's Be Mine, 13: The Musical, Titans season 4, Daughter Dearest, ReGenesis. Audio/Voiceover: Anne of Green Gables. Playwriting: twice blessed (fu-GEN Theatre). Awards: Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Award (University of Toronto); Dora Mavor Moore Award (Stratford Festival). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Theatre and Drama Studies with Sheridan College; University of Toronto (MA). Online: www.marissaorjalo.com @MarissaOrjalo. Et cetera: Gratitude always to Carlos Bulosan Theatre and fu-GEN Theatre.

    Portrait of Glynis Ranney
    Glynis Ranney
    2024: Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, appears in Twelfth Night and London Assurance. Sixth season. Stratford: Much Ado About Nothing, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, The Mikado, The Gondoliers. Shaw: Mack & Mabel, Tristan, Floyd Collins, The Constant Wife, Happy End, The Coronation Voyage, She Loves Me, Easy Virtue. Elsewhere: Into the Woods [New Zealand], The Other Place, Sweeney Todd [Toronto & UK - Dora Award],  Sunday in the Park with George (Talk Is Free Theatre); London Road, Passion, The House of Martin Guerre (Canadian Stage Company); Anything That Moves (Tarragon Theatre - Dora Award); Falsettos (Musical Stage Company); Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone (Drayton Entertainment); Side by Side by Sondheim (Grand Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Atlantic Theatre Festival); The Glass Menagerie (Prairie Theatre Exchange); My Fair Lady (Neptune Theatre, Centaur Theatre, PTE, ATP). Et cetera: Glynis lives with her husband, Mike Nadajewski, and their son in Stratford.
    Portrait of Antonette Rudder
    Antonette Rudder

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet and appears in Twelfth Night and London Assurance. Fourth season. Stratford: Julia Augustine in Wedding Band, understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs, Chorus in Hamlet-911, understudy in Every Little Nookie, Angela in Here's What It Takes (workshop), Swing in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere (selected): Princess Buttercup in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Lorraine in All Shook Up (Drayton Festival); Soul Sistas (Mayfield); Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Film/TV: In The Dark, Take Note, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Hot Zone: Anthrax, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, People of Earth, Surviving Evil. Training: St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre. Online: @Toni_Rudd.

    Portrait of Michael Spencer-Davis
    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Fabian
    2024: Fabian in Twelfth Night, Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Adolphus Spanker in London Assurance. 12th season. Stratford: Richard II, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, The Miser, The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: Dock Spider (Magnus Theatre); The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (Tiny Room); Jerusalem (OTM/Company Theatre); Silence, Art (Grand Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Pitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (NAC).
    Portrait of Rob Stone
    Rob Stone
    Onstage Musician

    2024: Onstage musician in Twelfth Night and Festival Theatre fanfares. 19th season. Stratford:  Rob has been playing the trombone at the Stratford Festival for the past 19 years. Elsewhere: While studying music in Los Angeles on a Canada Council grant, Rob had the chance to play alongside jazz greats Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Bill Watrous and Louie Bellson. On returning to Canada, Rob taught at Western University, and played with Canadian greats such as Rob McConnell, Lorne Lofsky, Pat LaBarbera and Steve McDade. Rob is also active in the symphonic field, performing regularly with Orchestra London Canada. Awards: In 1993, Rob won the Frank Rosolino Award, given out by the International Trombone Association. Et cetera: It's great to be back for another season in Stratford.

    Portrait of Emilio Vieira
    Emilio Vieira
    Antonio

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16

    2024: Antonio in Twelfth Night, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Richard Dazzle in London Assurance. Seventh season. Stratford Festival credits include: Richard II, Grand Magic, Love's Labour's Lost, Richard III, The Miser, The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Twelfth Night, A School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Elsewhere: The Three Musketeers (RMTC); february: a love story (Globus Theatre); Two Noble Kinsmen and Cymbeline (Shakespeare BASH'd); Towards Youth: a play on Radical Hope (Crow's Theatre); Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare in High Park); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage); Coriolanus (Dartmouth, New Hampshire). Emilio trained under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Thank you for supporting live theatre. Instagram: @emiliovieira. 

CREATIVE

    Seana McKenna
    Director

    2024: Director of Twelfth Night. 31st season. Ms. McKenna was last seen at the Festival as Rose in Les Belles-Soeurs, and was recently at Crow's Theatre in Bad Roads. Her directorial credits include King Lear (The Shakespeare Company/Hit and Myth Productions), the premières of The Wonder of it All and Spit (Here For Now Theatre) and "Valley Song" (New Globe), which received five Dora Awards in the Independent Theatre Division, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction. Among the more than 150 roles she has played are Juliet, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Lear, Blanche Dubois, Hedda Gabler, Mother Courage, Saint Joan, Eliza Doolittle and Medea. She has taught extensively across North America, and has received three Doras, one Jessie, one Genie, three Honorary Doctorates, and is a member of The Order of Canada.

    Christina Poddubiuk
    Set and Costume Designer

    2024: Set and costume designer of Twelfth Night. 17th season. Stratford: Private Lives (costumes), Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, John Gabriel Borkman and Phèdre. Elsewhere: Designed many productions for the Shaw Festival including On the Razzle, The Importance of Being Earnest (costumes), Pygmalion (costumes), Faith Healer and Come Back Little Sheba; The Wars (Grand Theatre); La Traviata (Manitoba Opera/Edmonton Opera/Pacific Opera/Vancouver Opera/Opéra de Montréal); The Audience (RMTC/Mirvish); The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary); Don Quichotte (COC); Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Capriccio (Pacific Opera Victoria); Romeo and Juliet (Denver Center Theater); The Children, A Doll's House Part 2, Venus in Fur, A Tender Thing (Belfry Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); many productions for Soulpepper including the inaugural season's Don Carlos; Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Chicago Shakespeare). Training: McGill University and National Theatre School.

    Bonnie Beecher
    Lighting Designer

    2024: Lighting designer of Something Rotten! and Twelfth Night. 13th season. Stratford: Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, Ghosts, Timon of Athens, Henry V, Duchess of Malfi, Hosanna, John Gabriel Borkman, The Changeling, The Crucible, Paradise Lost. Elsewhere: Lighting designer for major theatres across Canada and many venues internationally. Recent productions include: Giselle and Krabat (Ballet AM Rhein, Dusseldorf); Jazz, Maria Stuart (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe); I Forgive You (Artistic Fraud); Swan Lake, Emma Bovary (National Ballet of Canada); The Shadow of a Doubt (Shaw Festival); Carmen (Edmonton Opera); Angels in America (That Theatre Company); A Kiss to the World (Ballet Am Rhein, Dusseldorf); Dion (Coal Mine Theatre). Upcoming: Aportia Chryptych (Canadian Opera Company); Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Human Heart (Shaw Festival). Online: bonnie-beecher.squarespace.com.

    Paul Shilton
    Composer

    2024: Composer of Twelfth Night. Ninth season. Stratford: In past years, Paul has composed the music for The Adventures of Pericles at the Tom Patterson Theatre, Edward II at the Studio Theatre, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and An Ideal Husband at the Festival Theatre, and Dark Lady of the Sonnets, a Stratford/CBC Radio co-production recorded live at the Glenn Gould Studio. Elsewhere: Paul has composed film music for Ballinran Entertainment. In 2021, he composed and performed the music for So, how's it been? produced by Here for Now Theatre in Stratford. Paul is also the Music Director (Minister of Music) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stratford.

    Verne Good
    Sound Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Sound Designer of Twelfth Night. 11th season. Stratford: Sound designer and composer, Othello; Sound designer Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, Long Day's Journey Into Night, To Kill a Mockingbird and others. Elsewhere: The Mountaintop, Art, Honour Beat (The Grand); New Canadian Curling Club, Pigeon King, The Birds and the Bees (Blyth); The Normal Heart, NSFW (Studio 180); The Other Side of the Game (Cahoots); The Heidi Chronicles, 39 Steps [Dora Nomination] (Soulpepper); Free as Injuns (Native Earth); Birds of a Feather, Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls, In This World (Roseneath); The Virgin Trial (GCTC); Was Spring, Communion (Tarragon); Bingo, Bang Bang (Factory); Up The Garden Path (Obsidian). Training: Bishop's University, National Theatre School. 

    Anita Nittoly
    Fight and Intimacy Director

    2024: Fight and intimacy director of the 2024 season. Seventh season. Stratford: Fight director of The Rez Sisters and intimacy director of Serving Elizabeth (2021); Fight director for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Selected Fight/Intimacy Director Credits: 3 Sisters (Soulpepper); Bad Roads (Crow's); WildWoman (Soulpepper); Hamlet (The Rose); Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (TIP); Fall on Your Knees (Canadian Stage/Neptune/NAC); Maggie (Theatre Aquarius); Counter Offence (Segal Centre); Fairview (Canadian Stage); Prodigal (Crow's); Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus (Factory); Our Place (Cahoots/TPM); Kronborg (Confederation Centre). Other: Stage combat instructor, fight director, and sexual choreographer at the National Theatre School. Selected Stunt Performer/Stunt Actor Credits: Law and Order: Toronto, SEE, Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases, Titans, The Boys, Rabbit Hole, What We Do in the Shadows, various Ubisoft motion capture productions. Online: anitanittoly.com.

    Stephanie Graham
    Choreographer
    2024: Choreographer of Twelfth Night. Fourth season. Stratford: Actor: Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!, Snow White in Into the Woods, Liane D'Exelmans in Gigi, My One and Only, Hello, Dolly! Elsewhere (selected): Director: Matilda (TUTS); The Last Five Years (YRG); Mamma Mia, Miss Caledonia (Tweed). Director/choreographer: Cinderella (Neptune); Music Man, Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands); Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Shrek, Little Mermaid, All Shook Up (Globe). Choreographer: Fun Home, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party (Musical Stage); Chariots of Fire (Grand); The Addams Family, Peter Pan (Neptune); Crazy for You (Capitol); Mary Poppins, Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Next to Normal (RMTC). Awards: Dora Award Outstanding Choreography - The Wild Party. Online: www.stephaniegraham.ca; @sgrahamchoreo. Et cetera: Stephanie is a founding member of the Canadian Guild of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Co-Founder/Artistic Producer of Theatre Making Movement. Love to Rob. Xo
    David Chinchilla
    Associate Fight Director

    2024: Associate fight director of the 2024 season. Third season. Stratford (selected):King Lear, Richard III, Little Women. Elsewhere: Hamlet (Hit & Myth Productions); The Amen Corner (Shaw Festival); Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre School); Girl in the Photograph (Chameleon Productions). Selected Film and TV (Acting and Stunts):FUBAR, The Fabric of Christmas, Chucky, Far Cry 6, Mayor of Kingstown, Reacher, Revenge of the Black Best Friend, The Hot Zone, The Boys, Dark Matter, Kill Joys, Teen Titans, Lucky Day, Amazing Race Canada, Frankie Drake. Training: Humber Theatre Performance program, various martial arts schools, acting for film and TV at the renown Pro Actors Lab in Toronto. Online: Instagram: @davidchinchillaofficial. 

    Lydie Dubuisson
    Assistant Director

    Langham Directors' Workshop, 2024

    2024: Assistant director of Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: Les Belles-Soeurs (Script Consultant). Elsewhere: Director: Bad Boys du Rire (JFL); Afrodisiaque (Collectif Potomitan); Sharing Our Stories, Telling Our Lives (Teesri Duniya Theatre); Afro Drag (PHI Centre); Jjanice+ (La Reine aux Ailes d'Écailles, Places des Arts). Co Director: Ringtone (Imago Theatre). Associate Director: Diggers (Black Theatre Workshop and Prairie Exchange Theatre). Playwright: Shelburne (Theatre Tableau d'Hôte); Sanctuary (Black Theatre Workshop). Co-Playwright: Blackout: The Concordia Computer Riots (Theatre Tableau d'Hôte). Curator: Arrivals Legacy Seedpool Project, Arrivals Belonging Project. Training: BFA, Concordia University. Awards: Zoofest 2022, Best Show (Afrodisiaque). JFL 2023, Best Outdoor Show (Bad Boys du Rire). Online: Instagram @Lydie.Dubuisson. Et cetera: Artistic Associate, Black Theatre Workshop (2020-23); Fireworks Play Development, Program Director, Teesri Duniya Theatre (2021-22). Étienne & Albert, Maman vous aimes fort!

    Freddy Van Camp
    Assistant Set Designer

    (she/they)

    2024: Assistant set designer of Something Rotten!, Twelfth Night, Romeo and JulietLondon Assurance and assistant costume designer of Get That Hope. Second season. Stratford: Richard II, Wedding Band. Elsewhere: Designer: There are No Gays in Chechnya (Page 1 Theatre). Costumes: Sweet Charity (AUTS). Online: @freddy.vancamp. 

    CS Fergusson-Vaux
    Assistant Costume Designer

    (she/they)

    2024: Design Coordinator of the Stratford Festival. Assistant costume designer of Twelfth Night. Stratford debut. A theatrical and visual artist with a fervent belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in bold cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. Recent works include projects with The Arts Club Theatre, Persephone Theatre, The Search Party, and Zee Zee Theatre. She gratefully stands in resolute solidarity with her hosts and stewards of the occupied lands and waters both the Treaty Territories of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the qiqéyt (QayQayt), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

    Katherine Hochman
    Assistant Costume Designer

    2024: Assistant costume designer of Twelfth Night. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Costume designer of The Curse of Windhollow at Stage West Theatre, Fort Worth Texas. Training: University of Guelph - Art History. Costume Design Apprenticeship - Stage West Theatre, Fort Worth, Texas.

    Linas Kairys
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    2024: Assistant lighting designer of Something Rotten! and Twelfth Night. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer, King Lear and Rent. Lighting designer, The Langham Directors' Workshop 2023. Lighting designer, Birmingham Conservatory presentation: Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Lighting designer and technical director: Gintarine Jonines (Toronto Gintaras). Lighting designer: Newsies (Yellow Door Theatre); Little Rock Show (Artist - Robbie Roth); Tinkerbell (University of Windsor). Assistant lighting designer: Fall for Dance North 2023. Lighting and projection designer: Homeland. Lighting and set design: The Twenties EP Release (Artist - Patrick Dean). Lighting designer: Uphill Climb (Berklee College of Music NYC); This is How We Live (TMU); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (TMU); Mixtape (Mixtape projects). Training: MA, Live Experience Design, Berklee College of Music. BFA, Performance Production, Toronto Metropolitan University. Online:www.linaskairysdesigns.com and @linokdesigns.

    Anne Murphy
    Stage Manager

    2024: Stage manager of Twelfth Night and assistant stage manager of Romeo and Juliet. 32nd season. Elsewhere: Back in '59 (Thousand Islands Playhouse); 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, 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, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Expo '86 in Vancouver. Et cetera: Annie lives in Stratford with her partner, Anne; their daughter Brianna; Luna, the cutest German Spitz/poodle ever; and two beautiful cats.

    Erin Fitzgerald
    Assistant Stage Manager

    2024 Assistant stage manager of Twelfth Night and Something Rotten! Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Dear Evan Hansen, Kinky Boots, The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish); Fun Home (Musical Stage Company/Mirvish); Life After (Canadian Stage/Musical Stage Company). Other credits include shows for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoots, The Globe Theatre, Theatre Aquarius and Drayton Entertainment.

    Caitlin Mears
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant stage manager of Twelfth Night and London Assurance. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Rent, Les Belles-Soeurs; apprentice stage manager of Chicago, The Miser, Three Tall Women; Festival Theatre production assistant. Elsewhere: Stage manager - Bluebeard's Castle (Against the Grain Theatre); The Laundry List (Vintage Taps); rochdale (SummerWorks). Assistant stage manager - A Huron County Christmas Carol (Blyth Festival); The Breathing Hole (National Arts Centre); The Tender Land (UofT Opera). Apprentice stage manager - Homes: A Refugee Story,Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre); August: Osage County (Soulpepper); Cinderella: The Panto (Capitol Theatre); Angel (Opera Atelier). Apprentice production manager - Twelfth Night (a Company of Fools). Training: York University, SMArts. Et cetera: Caitlin would like to thank her friends, family, and mentors for all their support.

    Corinne Richards
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2024: Assistant stage manager of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. 37th season. Stratford: Festival productions include 24 Shakespearean plays plus Serving Elizabeth, The Front Page, Napoli Milionaria!, The School for Scandal, All My Sons, The Physicists, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Thrill, Wanderlust, The Grapes of Wrath, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Home, Memoir, Les Belles-Soeurs, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Amadeus, Little Women, The Country Wife, Pride and Prejudice, An Ideal Husband, Ghosts, The Lark, a 1998 New York City transfer of Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. Elsewhere: Corinne has also worked for the Grand Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre and Red Barn Theatre. Training: University of Waterloo. Et cetera: I dedicate this season to my Dad. I thank him for instilling in me a love of the arts and for always supporting me through my own journey.
    Krista Blackwood
    Production Stage Manager

    2024: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre. 10th season. Stratford: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre ('23). Assistant stage manager of Chicago, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Production stage manager for the Charlottetown Festival, Soulpepper, Perchance Theatre, Theatrefront. Stage manager for The Segal Centre/NAC, Citadel Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Opera on the Avalon, Western Canada Theatre, Persistence Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Tarragon Theatre. A proud Newfoundlander, Krista stage managed the first Newfoundland production of Come From Away (Rubinoff/ACC) in Gander last summer.

    Lourdess (Louey) Sumners
    Production Assistant

    (she/her)

    2024: Production assistant of the Festival Theatre. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ghost the Musical, The Fiancé (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Training: University of Victoria. Online: @louesums. Et cetera: Louey would like to thank her little sister, family and friends for all their love and support. 

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