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About Alternative Theatre Works (ATW)
Alternative Theatre Works (ATW) is devoted to producing alternative theatre in the Stratford region. This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Approved co-op. ATW co-founders are Peggy Coffey (Elsie), Robert King(Harold), Barbara Peirce Marshall (Communications Director) and Brad Rudy(Director). Co-op members for this production include Cam Oates (The Boy).
Alternative Theatre Works thanks the Guthrie Committee for making this co-op production possible through the Douglas Campbell Award to Create Theatre. ATW dedicates this production to the memory of Douglas Campbell, a tremendous force in Canadian theatre, and one of Ms. Coffey’s first directors and mentors.
Co-op members are joined for this production by volunteer stage
manager, Elizabeth Thomas, and crewmember, Kody LeSouder.
About the Members of this ATW Co-op
Peggy Coffey has been active in Canadian theatre for over 30 years as an actor, director and educator. A Stratford Festival veteran actor, selected roles: Cressida/Troilus and Cressida, Hermia/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julia/Two Gentleman of Verona, Shrew/Shakespeare’s Universe. Other selected credits include, Olivia/Twelfth Night/CanStage, Phebe/As You Like It/CanStage, Juliet/Romeo and Juliet/Neptune Theatre. Peggy has appeared in leading roles in theatres across Canada, and most recently directed Fiddler on the Roof for the St. Clair College Musical Theatre Program at The Chrysler Centre in Windsor. Falling: A Wake is a ‘dream come true’ for Peggy. She is thrilled to be working with her favorite Canadian actor, Robert King. Peggy thanks the 2009 Guthrie Awards Committee for the Douglas Campbell Award, and hopes the committee agrees we have put the money to good use! Peggy thanks her fellow co-op members.
Robert King has worked in theatres across the country. Robert is a 20 year veteran of The Stratford Festival playing lead and supporting roles. He has been seen in theatres across the country and has originated many roles. Robert originated the role of Owen in the popular Melville Boys, for Norm Foster at Theatre New Brunswick. Selected roles include:Angus/Drawer Boy/Drayton Theatre, Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme/Centaur Theatre, HenryV/Williams/McMorris/Stratford Festival, County Hearts/Snag/Blyth Festival. Robert is very happy to be working with an actress he has loved and admired for many years -- Peggy Coffey. He would like to thank the Guthrie Committee of the Stratford Festival for the Douglas Campbell Award for Creating Theatre. In November, Robert will perform in Bolsheviki, a new play by David Fennario at Infinitheatre, directed by Guy Sprung. Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy Coffey, and children, Mary and Lawrence.
Barbara Peirce Marshall is a performing artist, educator & arts publicist with more than 30 years professional experience in television, film, theatre, radio and live music performance. She is also a published arts journalist, photographer and graphic designer. Her television and film appearances include principle/recurring roles on CBC's Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour, It's Happening with Martin Short and on NBC's daytime serial drama The Moment of Truth, the CBC Good Company and National Film Board of Canada productions. She has played lead roles in theatrical productions in Toronto, and performed live in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Originally from Toronto, Barbara currently lives and works in Windsor, Ontario, where she works as a corporate communications and public relations manager for EnWin Utilities and as a sessional faculty member for the St. Clair College Performing Arts programme. She is proud to be a founding member of Alternative Theatre Works, Stratford, and delighted to use her communications skills to support ATW’s inaugural production.
Brad Rudy Brad has been a professional actor for 30 years. A member of the Stratford Festival company for 22 seasons, his roles have included Bill Sikes (Oliver!), title role (The Count of Monty Cristo), The Common Man (A Man for all Seasons), and Laertes (Hamlet). Brad has appeared in almost the entire Shakespeare cannon. He has spent the last 2 summers at The Blyth Festival where he appeared as Harold in Mail Order Bride, and in The Stephen Truscott Story. This summer at Blyth, Brad is performing in Border Town Café and The Book Of Esther. Directing credits include Our Town (Mercury Theatre) and Girls in the Gang (St. Clair College). He currently teaches acting at St. Clair College, Windsor and Fanshawe College, London. Brad is also an accomplished Stage Fighter and Fight Director.