The National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage Company, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre production of
Fall On Your Knees
World Premiere Adaptation for the stage by Hannah Moscovitch and Alisa Palmer
Co-Created and Written by Hannah Moscovitch
Co-Created and Directed by Alisa Palmer
Production Dramaturgy by Mel Hague
Based on the Novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Running Time (Part One: Family Tree): Approximately 3 hours with one intermission
Running Time (Part Two: The Diary): Approximately 3 hours with two intermissions
Age Recommendation: 16+ (with parental discretion)
Content Advisory: This production contains themes and scenes of incest, physical and sexual abuse and violence, partial nudity, graphic and sexual content, strong language, smoke and haze, and e-cigarettes. Content may be triggering for some.
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"To believe and yet to have no hope is to thirst beside a fountain."
Relentless ambition, forbidden love, and a secret that could shatter the foundation of a family.
Written by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian writer, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees chronicles three generations of Cape Breton Island’s Piper family. The story moves from the battlefields of the First World War, to the emerging jazz scene in Harlem, New York, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters.
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From the Stage Door
“We are proud to be partnering with four extraordinary theatre organizations to bring the historic stage-telling of Fall On Your Knees to four cities – ending right here in London! This highly original experience will break MacDonald’s beloved story into two parts to chronicle the full lifespan of the novel. Whether you see the first part, second part, or both, it will be an experience to remember.” – Dennis Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director
Tim has appeared in over 35 productions at the Stratford Festival, including John Proctor in The Crucible, Buckingham in Henry VIII, Chris Keller in All My Sons, and Horatio in Hamlet. Other theatre credits include Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC); Death of a Salesman, Twelve Angry Men, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Soulpepper); and Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare). Recent film and TV credits: Robyn Hood (Global), Under the Banner of Heaven (FX), You Can Live Forever (Prospector Films), and V/H/S/94 (Shudder).
Janelle Cooper is an award-winning Actor, a Director, Choreographer, Producer, Writer, and a Founder and the Artistic Director of Ellipsis Tree Collective. Janelle’s expertise is in the excavation of lived experience through performance creation/devising and multi-genre storytelling, IBPOC artistic mentorship, and EDID (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization) education through organizations like Black Pledge and The SCPA EDID Action Committee. Select acting credits: John Ware Reimagined (Blyth), The Color Purple (Neptune/Citadel/Royal Manitoba), Twelfth Night (Theatre Calgary/NAC), Adventures of a Black Girl, I Am For You (NAC); Speed Dating (Lunchbox); Charlotte’s Web, Penelopiad, Toad of Road Hall (ATP).
Diane Flacks is a writer/actor. Her 5th solo play, Guilt, dir. by Alisa Palmer, just premiered at One Yellow Rabbit, and is being developed with Tarragon. Pre-Covid, Diane played Nathan in Nathan the Wise (Stratford) and wrote & starred in the Dora nominated Unholy (Nightwood). Selected acting: 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (WJT), Body Politic (Dora nom), Yichud (TPM). Selected playwrighting: Waiting Room, SIBS and Care with Richard Greenblatt (Tarragon), Luba, Simply, Luba (Kobzar award) and her hit solo shows Myth Me, By A Thread, Random Acts and Bear With Me (adapted from her book). She was CBC radio’s longtime National parenting columnist & TV writing includes Workin’ Moms, Baroness, and Kids In The Hall.
(Selected) Jenna - Hamlet-911, Hermia - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival); Eva - April Fools (Segal Centre); UnCovered: Notes from the Heart (Musical Stage Co.); Girl - Once (Segal Centre); Audrey - As You Like It, Phillipa - The Taming of the Shrew (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Andrea - Dark Vanilla Jungle (Blarney Productions); Halley -Armstrong’s War (Theatre Network); Mary Pickford - Murdoch Mysteries (Season 15).
Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Two-time nominee – Sterling Award; three-time nominee – Edmonton Music Award; recipient of 2019 Montreal English Theatre Award for Lead Performance in a Musical & Emerging Artist; recipient of 2019 Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists.
Canadian/International credits include: As You Like It (Jeff Award Nomination) and School for Lies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Caroline, Or Change (Musical Stage Co), A Doll’s House Pt.2 (MTC/Mirvish), as well as nine seasons at the Shaw Festival and six seasons at the Stratford Festival. Deborah played Catharine Cardinal in CTV’s awardwinning crime drama Cardinal, and Therese Mendez in Apple TV’s mini series Five Days at Memorial, and starred in the feature film The Anniversary. Upcoming, Deb will be returning to the Shaw Festival to play in Blithe Spirit and The Game of Love and Chance.
Originally from Winnipeg, Samantha has performed on stages across Canada and the US. Broadway credits include Les Miserables (Cosette), Phantom of the Opera (Christine). Other selected theatre credits include: Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon (Off-Broadway), Les Miserables (Mirvish), August Osage Country, Christmas at Pemberley (RMTC), Gracie (PTE), The Mousetrap (Cape Playhouse), South Pacific (Drury Lane), Nine, The Light in The Piazza (Dry Cold Productions). Film: The Editor, Who We Are Now (TIFF Premieres). Samantha is a proud graduate of the University of Alberta BFA Acting Program. I am so very grateful to be telling this story. Much love to mama and dad. @samjeannehill
Drew grew up on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe (Ottawa). For GCTC past credits include: Forever Young, This is War, Generous and Proud. Other favorites include: Taming of the Shrew, As you Like it, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well (SLSF) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Company of Fools) Children of the Bear (Outside the March) Woyzeck’s Head (Third Wall) where Drew was nominated for a Prix Rideau award. Drew is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Tony was born and raised is Toronto and is a 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for his performance in Soulpepper’s Pipeline. Tony is a Humber College and York University Alumni. Some of Tony’s recent productions include Actually (Obsidian Theatre), Copy That (Tarragon Theatre) and Pipeline (Soulpepper Theatre). Currently, Tony can be seen on Apple Tv’s season 3 of Daytime Emmy winning show Ghostwriter as Malcolm Turner. Want to know what’s next for Tony? Check him out at www.tonyofori.com.
Cara Rebecca is an actor, fight director, creator and emerging director.
Theatre credits include: Cowgirl Up (ATP), Indecent (Segal), The Ward Cabaret (Harbourfront), Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion), Don’t Read the Comments (Segal, Centaur, Fringe & Touring). Film/TV: Love in the Time of Coronavirus (self-produced), Antioch (Talisman), Pandora (Youtheatre), We F*ck (Indie), Forbidden (Discovery), Word! (TVO Kids), Elle (Fokus). Cara is a co-founder of Ragtag, a multidisciplinary collective whose inaugural installation QUEERasure will premiere in Montreal later this year. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School, McGill, and is accredited with the Academy of Dramatic Combat.
Maryem Tollar is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances. She composed the music for the song Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind for Canadian Stage’s production of As You Like It, directed by Anand Rajaram in 2022. She was nominated for a 2010 Dora Award for outstanding cast in Nine Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo; and was in the 2009 Dora Award winning production of R. Murray Shafer’s opera The Children’s Crusade, playing the role of Ariana. Her voice has been heard CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. She performs with several Toronto musical groups including: Al Qahwa and Turkwaz. Maryem was awarded the inaugural 2019 Johanna Metcalf Prize for Performing Arts.
To my family, friends, and fans: thank you for your support. Theatre: Hamlet in Hamlet; Praise-Singer in Death and the King’s Horseman; Helena, Flute, Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 1851: Spirit and Voice (Soulpepper/Myseum); 00 in The Wolves (Howland/Crow’s); Abigail in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in High Park); Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Young People’s Theatre); Ariel in The Tempest (Hart House). Training: Factory Theatre Mechanicals; Randolph College. Awards: BBPA Harry Jerome Award; Dora Awards for The Wolves and Moby: A Whale of a Tale (Art & Water). Online: @yesamaka.
Dakota Jamal Wellman is a performer, educator, and creator, originally from Port Hope (ON) and currently based in Montreal. He is an alumni of Bishop’s University (B.A. Drama, 2015) and of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program (2015-2016). For his work on Simone Half and Half (Black Theatre Workshop), Dakota was awarded the 2020 META for Outstanding Supporting Performance. Selected theatre credits include: Pool (No Water) (Persephone Productions), Superdogs (Segal Centre for Performing Arts), Summer of Sonnets (Repercussion Theatre), and Don’t Read The Comments (Sermo Scomber Theatre). Film/TV: The Christmas Checklist, Terror Train, The Naughty Nine, About Sex, and Fester.
In addition to this novel being her all-time favourite, she has been involved in its creation as a piece of theatre for over a dozen years. Jenny has been in over fifty productions at the Shaw Festival since 1996, including You Can’t Take It With You, Time And The Conways, Peter Pan, Merrily We Roll Along, Pal Joey, Albertine in Five Times, Happy End, Guys and Dolls, Peter And The Starcatcher, Oh What A Lovely War, Androcles And The Lion, Holiday Inn. Other credits include The Fighting Days (ECT), The 39 Steps, Educating Rita (Lyndesfarne), Cyberia (NAC). BFA Concordia University.
Born in Lebanon and raised in Montreal, Antoine has worked in theatres across Canada and the US. His love of Shakespeare prompted a move to Stratford, where he spent five seasons performing classical plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles, King John, The Merchant of Venice, John Gabriel Borkman, The Alchemist, The Madwoman of Chaillot and Mother Courage. Antoine’s taste for adventure then spurred him to seize the opportunity of appearing in Groundling Theatre’s production of King Lear in Toronto, before accepting a role in The Last Wife at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre. More recently, he was employed south of the border at Washington DC’s Arena Stage in A Thousand Splendid Suns – a role he’d reprised a few months after the production toured San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
Kira Chisholm (she/her) is an actor and theatre-maker who grew up on the land of the Wolastoqiyik (Fredericton, NB). She graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting program in 2022 and is currently based in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 Territory. Recent theatre credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, The Brother/Mother-Showman/Gradeschool Chum in Venus, Jezebel in An Irresistible Urge to do Something Inadvisable, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre School of Canada). Velma Kelly in Chicago, Agave in The Bacchae (Theatre St. Thomas); Isabella in Measure for Measure, Lady Anne in Richard III (Bard in the Barracks).
Naomi got her start in community shows in Calgary, then moved to Toronto “for the culture”, eventually ending up in England, where she graduated with an MFA from the Guildford School of Acting. In 2020. She has been waiting ever so patiently for theatres to re-open and is excited to have made her professional debut this year. Theatre credits include: Educating Rita (Watermark Theatre), DRACULA: A Comedy of Terrors (Segal Centre) Outside of living the dream, she’s a certified yoga instructor and either on her mat or eating ice cream. Haagen Dazs. The vanilla one with the chocolate covered almonds.
Alisa Palmer is a theatre director, playwright, and producer whose work crosses genres. Palmer’s work is characterized by vivid performances, a bold use of music, and a passionate commitment to the body politic. Ms. Palmer has premiered and toured original and provocative theatre creations for close to thirty years and has directed numerous world premieres of Canadian plays including East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch, Sibs by Diane Flacks and Richard Greenblatt (Tarragon Theatre), Body Politic by Nick Green (Buddies in Bad Times) Belle Moral (Shaw Festival and NAC) and most recently Hamlet-911 (Stratford Festival) both by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Ms. Palmer spent eight seasons at the Shaw Festival (selected credits: The Women, Sunday in the Park with George, The Philanderer and Pal Joey) and directed the box office breaking production of Good-Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) featuring the playwright in the leading role (Canadian Stage). As Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre, Ms. Palmer oversaw the premiere of landmark plays including Djanet Sears’ Harlem Duet and Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, and Alex Bulmer’s Smudge, the first professional play by a visually impaired theatre maker. Ms. Palmer directed Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at Soulpepper and Cloud 9 (Mirvish Entertainment), where she was also Resident Director for the World Premier of Lord of the Rings. Currently Ms. Palmer is the Executive Artistic Director of the National Theatre School of Canada, English Section. Ms. Palmer is the recipient of numerous awards, including numerous Dora and Chalmers Awards. She is a three-time finalist for the Siminovitch Prize for Directing and is a proud recipient of a Harold Award. Ms. Palmer is Artistic Producer of Vita Brevis Arts.
Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright and TV writer whose work for the stage has been widely produced across Canada and internationally. She has won numerous accolades for her playwriting, including the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize and the Governor General’s Award. Past writing for the stage includes: East of Berlin, This is War, Bunny, Sexual Misconduct of the Middles Classes, and Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (co-created with Ben Caplan and Christian Barry). In television, Hannah is the Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Head Writer of Little Bird for Bell Media and Rezolution alongside Jennifer Podemski. Most recently, Hannah was Co-Executive Producer on Interview With The Vampire for AMC with Gran Via and Dwight Street Book Club producing.
Cherissa Richards has appeared on stage and screen throughout Canada. Recent directing credits: Red Velvet (Crow’s Theatre); Harlem Duet (Bard on the Beach); Meet me at Dawn (Theatre by the River); VOICE (Prairie Theatre Exchange); The Power of Harriet T (Manitoba Theatre for Young People). Cherissa is a Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director recipient-‘21, Why Not This Gen Directing Fellow-‘21, she received a directing diploma from National Theatre School directing residency in independent study-‘21. Directing residencies: Bard on the Beach, Shaw Fesitval, Stratford Festival. Upcoming Directing: Trouble in Mind (Royal MTC/Citadel), Julius Caeser (Bard on the Beach) 2023, Diggers (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Black Theatre Workshop) 2024.
Natasha Powell is a Toronto native who has been working in the dance industry for 17 years. Her soulful approach to movement that transcends genre can be seen and felt in her choreography and teachings. No stranger to the stage, Natasha has collaborated and created over 20 dance works for live performance. As the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for her company HOLLA JAZZ, she created the award-winning show FLOOR’D - the company’s first full-length production, presenting historical jazz dances in a new light. The production was nominated for 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards (including Outstanding Original Choreography by Powell, and Outstanding Production) winner of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and named one of top 10 dance shows.
A visionary with a passion for excellence, Hollywood Jade wears multiple hats as a choreographer, artistic director, performance coach, and media personality, among others. Selected credits: Choreographer Sleeping Beauty (Capitol Theatre), Choreographer The Soul Of Motown (Stage West), Resident Choreographer/Guest judge Canada’s Drag Race (Crave/World Of Wonder), Assistant Choreographer - The United States vs Billie Holiday (Hulu), Choreographer - Queen Tut (Fae), Choreographer - Accused (Fox).
Tereka T is a passionate performing artist and dance professional, always looking for ways to explore and tell diverse stories. She has appeared on screen and on stages in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Credits include Facing Home: Love and Redemption (Kashedance), Shades (Esie Mensah Creations), Tribute to Harry Belafonte (Culchaworks), and Margarita (Holla Jazz). Tereka won a Dora Award for Best Ensemble as part of the cast of Floor’d (Holla Jazz). She has appeared in series American Gods and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker and Canadian film Door Mouse. This is her first production with Canadian Stage.
Based in New York & Toronto, Sean Mayes enjoys a varied career as a conductor, music director, orchestrator, arranger, composer, author & educator, spanning the range of numerous musical styles between Broadway, theatre, opera, classical & pops. Conducting credits include: Hadestown & MJ (Broadway), The Color Purple (Canadian Premiere), and Black Broadway with American Pops Orchestra (PBS National Broadcast). Other credits include: Come From Away (Music Supervisor, Finland), aportia chryptych (Composer/Music Supervisor, Canadian Opera Company), King Lear (Composer, Stratford 2023). André De Shields with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Orchestrations, Music Direction). Other: Co- author of An Inconvenient History of Black British Musical Theatre & Reframing the Musical (Bloomsbury).
Camellia is a Toronto based set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance and site-specific performance installations and collaborations.
Recent designs for theatre and opera include collaborations with The Electric Company, Factory Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Against the Grain, Banff Centre, Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera, Helikon Opera (Moscow), Minnesota Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Santa Fe Opera, and Tapestry New Opera. Camellia has received six Dora Mavor Moor Awards (Toronto), a Sterling Award (Edmonton), a Chalmers Award Grant, 2006 Siminovitch Protégé Prize, and the 2016 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design.
Judith Bowden has been designing for the theatre for the past 25 years.
Selected credits include: costume design for Queen Goneril and King Lear, Soul Pepper Theatre. The Humans, Citadel Theatre/Canadian Stage. London Road, The Other Place, Canadian Stage. Sense and Sensibility, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Chimerica, M.T.C./ Canadian Stage. Set and Costume design for White Christmas, Gaslight, Holiday Inn, LadyKillers, Grand Hotel, St Joan, and Sweeney Todd, costume design - Cabaret, at the Shaw Festival where she has designed for the past 20 seasons. She has had the pleasure of working at a number of theatres including the National Arts Centre, The Grand Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, P.O.V. Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, Crows Theatre, ATP and Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
Joyce Padua is a Toronto-based costume designer, cutter, and head of wardrobe. A BFA graduate of York University, her work as a designer and assistant has been featured in several productions including shows with the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, and Factory Theatre. In 2021, Joyce was nominated as a Siminovitch Prize Protegée under designer Gillian Gallow. Previous theatre credits include: Costume design: Too True to Be Good (Shaw Festival), Year of the Rat (Factory Theatre), Desire Under the Elms (Shaw Festival), Head of Wardrobe: TOKA (Theatre Passe-Muraille), Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre), Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre), Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine Theatre).
Recently: Hamlet 911, The Neverending Story, As You Like it, The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford), The Breathing Hole, Metamorphosis (NAC), Misery, The Rocky Horror Show (Neptune), Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Belfry Theatre), For A Look or a Touch (Pacific Opera Victoria), Tell Tale Harbour (Confederation Centre for the Arts), Between Breaths, Everybody Just C@lm The F#ck Down (Artistic Fraud), The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre), The Third Colour (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre, Crows Theatre), and The God That Comes (2b). Leigh Ann is a teacher and coach at NTS. She is originally from Nfld and now lives in Nova Scotia and works all over the country. She’s honoured to be part of the telling of this story with these remarkable people.
Brian is a designer for theatre from Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador and is a graduate from The National Theatre School of Canada and Sheridan College. Selected credits include: Come From Away in concert [Mirvish, Marquis Ent], Billy Elliott, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors [Stratford Festival], Elf, Grow, Mary Poppins [The Grand Theatre], Once [Segal Centre], Everybody Just C@lm The F#ck Down, Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams [Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland], Supper Club, Birthday Balloon [RCA Theatre]. Brian is a board member of the IATSE Local 659, The Associated Designers of Canada.
Douglas Price is an award-winning composer, music director, and teacher from London, Ontario. He is an alumni of the Shaw Theatre Festival’s music directing internship program (mentor: Dr. Paul Sportelli), a masters graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and he inaugurated the position of Head of Music at the National Theatre School of Canada (2014-2020). He is the founder and creator of tunetorialz.com (an online catalogue of musical theatre lessons), and he recently launched his first book, Seventeen To Millionaire, a personal finance book for Canadian teenagers available at seventeentomillionaire.com.
Selected Fight Director credits: 2019 Season (The Stratford Festival); The Last Wife, The 39 Steps, Successions (Centaur Theatre); Whole World (Carousel Players); Kitchen Radio, Stag & Doe, 2018 Season (Blyth Festival); Don Quichotte, Die Walkure, Carmen (Canadian Opera Company, Associate Fight Master). Stage Combat Instructor and Fight Director/Sexual Choreographer (National Theatre School). Intimacy Choreographer: Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus (Outside The March/Factory Theatre/Factory Theatre); Our Place (Cahoots Theatre/Theatre Passe Murraille); TV/FILM: Stunt Performer/Stunt Actor (selected credits: SEE, Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases, Teen Titans, The Boys, Rabbit Hole, What We Do in the Shadows, various Ubisoft motion capture productions).
Mel Hague is a Toronto based Curator and dramaturge. Mel is the Artistic Director of Factory Theatre in Toronto. Previously, Mel has worked with Canadian Stage Company, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Obsidian Theatre Company, IFT Theatre, Factory Theatre, Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, current performing arts, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Queer Acts Festival, The Paprika Festival, and Mulgrave Road Theatre. Mel was the Director of the Rhubarb Festival from 2014 - 2019 and was selected as a Leader in Residence at the National Theatre School of Canada (2018/19). Selected Dramaturgy work includes Venus’ Daughter by Meghan Swaby (Obsidian Theatre Company, 2016) Up the Garden Path by Lisa Codrington (Obsidian Theatre Company, 2016), Black Boys by Saga Collectif (with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2018) lulu v.7 aspects of a femme fatale (red light district with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2018) Always Still the Dawn by Susanna Fournier (Canadian Stage, 2020). Mel is a member of the Board of Directors for the Summerworks Festival.
Theatre Credits: London Road, The Syringa Tree, Rock ’n’ Roll (Canadian Stage), 19 seasons with The Stratford Festival; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Cloud Nine, The Lord of the Rings, The Producers (Mirvish); Shaw Festival; War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Royal National Theatre/Mirvish); Matilda (Royal Shakespeare Company/Mirvish); Oroonoko, Chair (Theatre for a New Audience, New York). Television: Good Sam (CBS), Reacher (Amazon), Republic of Doyle (CBC). Teaching: Head of Voice, National Theatre School of Canada (2009-16); Centre for Indigenous Theatre; Birmingham Conservatory. Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Voice), Guildhall School of Music & Drama (BA Acting).
Yousef Kadoura is a Disabled Lebanese-Canadian actor, writer, and curator as well as a graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada (2017). He was the producer and host of Walking the Space, a podcast series exploring disability in the arts, and was previously the 2018 Curator in Residence at Tangled Art + Disability. Yousef’s recent theatre credits include: P.T. Barker, Inangible Adorations Caravan, as a part in Toronto’s Year of Public Art (2022) Jonathan, Jonathan La Figure du Goeland, with Geordie theatre (2021), and Jihad, Eraser, as a part of the Riser Project (2019).
Ann-Marie MacDonald is an author, playwright, and actor. She is known for her novels, Fall On Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, Adult Onset, and Fayne, as well as her plays, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Belle Moral: A Natural History, and Hamlet 911. Her work as an actor on stage and screen has earned her a Gemini Award and a Genie Nomination, and she hosted and narrated CBC TV’s documentary series, Life and Times and Doc Zone. Her writing has been honoured with awards including the Chalmers, the Dora Mavor Moore, the Governor General’s, and the Commonwealth Prize. Ann-Marie is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. In 2019 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her activism for LGBTQ2S+ rights.
26 seasons at the Stratford Festival including All’s Well That Ends Well, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Hay Fever, The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer, The Duchess of Malfi, The Swanne Trilogy amongst others; Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage); Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage); Body Politic (Buddies); The Death Of The King (Modern Times); The Winter’s Tale (Groundling); Bombay Black (Factory); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades); Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC); Real Live Girl (MTC); Fully Committed, Silence, Einstein’s Gift (Grand Theatre); Wit (Centaur); Hamlet (Neptune).
Sarah Miller is a Toronto-based freelance stage manager for live theatre and events. She’s worked with arts organizations across the country including City of Toronto Cultural Events, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and more. Select credits include: I Send You This Cadmium Red (Art of Time); A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Capitol Theatre); What Makes a Man (Canadian Stage/Necessary Angel); MixTape (Crow’s Theatre/Grand Theatre); Bang Bang, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); The Runner (Human Cargo/ Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Monday Nights (Luminato/Theatre Centre); Of Mice and Morro and Jasp (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Mirvish); Lil’ Red Robin Hood (Ross Petty Productions); Sisters, Innocence Lost, Of Human Bondage, Spoon River, A Christmas Carol, Hosanna, The Heidi Chronicles, Angels in America (Soulpepper Theatre); Forever Plaid (Starvox Entertainment); Orestes, Yaga (Tarragon Theatre); The De Chardin Project (Theatre Passe Muraille) and Freedom Singer (Project Humanity). Sarah is a mentor and instructor of Stage Management and has worked with students at Toronto Metropolitan University and Humber College.
Virg(she/her) is a freelance stage manager and props builder based in Mi’kma’ki, Halifax Nova Scotia.
Select Stage Management Credits: Elapultiek (Tour for Two Planks and a Passion) Crimes of the Heart, Boeing Boeing (Watermark Theatre) Dayboil, Good Grief, Half-Cracked, Hook, Line & Sinner (Ship’s Company Theatre) #IAMTHECHEESE (Eastern Front Theatre & Halifax Theatre for Young People) Beneath Springhill, The Lear Project (Neptune Theatre) Hamlet (Below the Salt) Brundibar (Halifax Theatre for Young People) People, Places & Things, La Calandra (Fountain School of Performing Arts) Pocket Rocket (Theatre Baddeck)
Props Credits: Elf the Musical, Rocky Horror, Woman in Black (Neptune Theatre)
producer and multi-instrumentalist originally
from Windsor, Ontario. She studied the viola at the
University of Victoria before spending nine years
immersed in Toronto’s creative music and theatre
communities. Anna performs her own music as
Linaire: experimental electro-pop combining
emotionally lucid lyrics with synths, strings, and
lo-fi beats. A self-titled debut album was released in
2020. Anna has also contributed, both as creator
and performer, to numerous projects across music,
theatre, film and dance. Most recently, she was
musical director, co-creator and performer in Joe
Jack et John’s Les waitress sont tristes in Montreal,
where she now lives.
Murray got his start playing the bagpipes when he
was 8 years old. In his twenties Spencer moved to
Toronto to study saxophone at Humber College
with jazz legend, Pat LaBarbera, but at night
he was studying Irish flute with Juno-winning
Irish musician, Loretto Reid. In 2016, Spencer
was accepted to the University of Limerick in
Ireland, where he became the first ever Canadian
to receive a Master’s degree in the Uilleann
piping. Spencer has performed as a soloist with
the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and with
the Canadian company of Come From Away for
over 850 performances. He is about to release his
second album with his band Pipeslinger.
Credits: Maryem Tollar is a renowned EgyptianCanadian vocalist, known for her world music
performances. She composed the music for the
song Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind for Canadian
Stage’s production of As You Like It, directed by
Anand Rajaram in 2022. She was nominated
for a 2010 Dora Award for outstanding cast in
Nine Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo; and was in
the 2009 Dora Award winning production of
R. Murray Shafer’s opera The Children’s Crusade,
playing the role of Ariana. Her voice has been
heard CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R.
Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. She
performs with several Toronto musical groups
including: Al Qahwa and Turkwaz. Maryem was
awarded the inaugural 2019 Johanna Metcalf
Prize for Performing Arts.