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Have We Forgotten?:The Hope Project, Festival Gems I, original song & spoken text created for the Stratford Festival- CD
Integrated Arts Workshops,
Myfanwy Ashmore, Marion Day,
Liesel Deppe, Christina Gordon,
Neesa Kenemy, Alan Laing,
Andrew MacDonald, Carol McFadden,
Kerry McManus, Charlene Nafziger,
Brad Rudy, Eileen Smith,
Theatre Beyond Words
Members of Theatre Counterpoise
is a director, educator, writer and dramaturg. She has worked at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Shaw Festival, Blyth Festival, Driftwood Theatre, Huron Country Playhouse, Stephenville Festival, Tidemark Theatre, Stirling Festival Theatre, the National Film Board of Canada, Sheridan College’s Music Theatre – Performing Arts Preparation Program and the Canadian Opera Company. Most recently she directed Norm Foster’s Looking at Magnus Theatre. This July Luisa will continue to indulge in her passion for the Bard’s works and will be returning for her second season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to direct for the Shakespeare School Program.
has composed music for most of the major theatres in Canada and has also directed professionally. His long association with the Stratford Festival has produced compositions for 35 productions, the most recent being Macbeth (2004). His many theatre scores include Nothing Sacred (Centrestage), The Oresteia of Aeschylus and Camino Real (National Arts Centre), Hamlet (Neptune), and The Dybbuk (Manitoba Theatre Centre). He has held positions as Music Director at The Stratford Festival, Neptune Theatre, and the National Arts Centre. Alan is a former mathematician, holds three degrees from the University of Manitoba, and has been a recital flautist, jazz pianist, radio actor, and mineral prospector.
Christina Gordon (Choreographer/Performer) has performed for 6 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival appearing in Fuente Ovejuna, Pirates of Penzance, Alice, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Patience, Hello, Dolly!, Into the Woods, Oliver! and South Pacific. In 2007, she participated in Have We Forgotten: The Hope Project (Vimy Ridge), reprised the roles of Jennyanydots/Jellylorum in Cats (Drayton Festival), played Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Port Hope) and was Mama Bear in the Stirling Festival Theatre’s panto Goldilocks. She has performed at numerous theatres across Canada including The Canadian Stage Company, The Lighthouse Festival, Neptune Theatre, and has taken her solo concert, Songs of the Reel, to British Columbia. She recently premièred her new show, The Cat Came Back Again, at the Tidemark Theatre in her hometown of Campbell River, B.C., where she is also known as Laffy Taffy of the Sweet Tease Burlesque Troupe. Christina has recorded The Purple Album: Songs my Mother Used to Try and Whistle and Festival Gems I. She has also choreographed over 6 musicals, numerous workshops and taught dance for 30 yrs.
is excited to be back in his second Toronto Fringe show since Duel of Ages (2007). Some of his past performances include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; South Pacific; Footloose; Village of Idiots; As You Like It; She Loves Me; West Side Story and most recently The Wizard of Oz at the Citadel Theatre. As well as being a director and fight choreographer on several projects, Stuart can currently be seen as a super villain at www.teamepic.tv. Love and thanks to his friends and family for always believing in him. Until next time!
has recently performed in 2008 for The Blythe Festival Season, other productions include Our Town and in Under Milk Wood, at the new Mercury Theatre, St Mary's, Ontario, and the role of Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, at ShakespeareWorks, Toronto. While at the Stratford Festival, she received the Mary Savidge Award given to promising young actors in the classics, and played many roles including Jessica, Cecily Cardew, Juliet, Lavinia, Ophelia, and the title role in The Country Wife. Marion is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and a student of l’Ecole de Mime Corporel de Montréal. Marion has been a stage actor in Canada for 20 years.
for the Stratford Festival, has performed in The King and I, A Grand Night for Stratford, and Impulse. Other performance credits include Rumpleteazer in CATS (Drayton Entertainment and Sunshine Festival), Gertie Pye/dance captain in Anne of Green Gables (Stage West), Un Ballo in Maschera (Canadian Opera Company) The Pearl Fishers (Opera Ontario), Les Moutons (Corpus Dance Projects), Impulse (Avon Theatre), and choreographic works by David Earle, Nicola Pantin, William Yong and Karen DuPlessis and Matjash Mrozewski. Neesa has also taught dance and pilates at Sheridan College, U of T, George Brown College, and many dance studios throughout Canada.
Three years as artistic director of Terpsichore’s Feat Dance Theatre has lead to the creation of Creative Habitat a dance cooperative based in Toronto.
has enjoyed a 30 year career in the Theatre which has taken him across the country with stops in Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops, Edmonton, Saskatoon, London, Petrolia, Port Dover, Orangeville, Kingston, Ottawa, 8 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and of course, his home town, Toronto. There was also a stint as a Ring Master in a Circus! As if the Theatre is not exciting enough, for the past year and a half David has been a Flight Instructor sharing the joys of flying above the green fields of Perth County and Stratford. David wishes to thank Louise, Andrew and Kate who always keep his feet firmly planted on the ground no matter what he’s doing.
has performed with such choreographers as Michael Lichtefeld (Stratford Festival/The King and I), Renaud Doucet, Robert Desrosiers, Max Reimer, Jenn Goodwin, Bill T. Jones, Mitch Kirsh, Vicki St. Denys, Gabby Kamino, Laurie Raymond and Sylvie Bouchard of Corpus (Les Jeux de la Francophonie at which the company won a gold medal) Some of her theatre work includes performances with One Yellow Rabbit, Bald Ego Theatre, Alianak Productions and choreography for The Stratford Festival, Victoria Playhouse, The Red Barn, Second City, 3 Degrees Dance and Theatre, Theaturtle and Spark Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet Remixed and Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (recipient of the 2003/2004 Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding choreography) Dance film credits include Blues Brothers 2000, various music videos and short films for Big Toad Productions, Revolver, CBC and Bravo!FACT.
Since finishing acting school at Theatre Humber in 1993 Matt has been performing as an actor, stage fighter and fight director. He has trained with both Fight Directors Canada and the Society of American Fight Directors. In the past he has performed such Shakespearian roles as Tybalt and Leartes, as well as many soldiers, thugs, and duellists, including several roles in the 2007 Fringe Show, Duel of Ages. The past few years have been spent on historical martial arts study including German long sword, tomahawk and long knife, and a personal favourite…Scottish Backsword! Apart from acting and stage combat Matt takes great inspiration from the epic fantasy genre and has a particular love of traditional archery, which he continues to practice and teach.
trained in musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, then returned to her home province and met Matt two weeks later at a stage combat workshop. Siobhán received her advanced actor/combatant certification in 2003, her Instructor certification in 2007, and over the last 8 years has trained and taken combat workshops with over 50 instructors from around the world. She has been able to combine her love of acting, singing, dancing, and fighting in the recent world premiere of Marty Chan and Robert Walsh’s The Forbidden Phoenix (The Citadel Theatre/LKTYP), and then return to straight performance in Marjorie Chan’s premiere of The Madness of the Square (Cahoots Theatre Projects), and Jean Genet’s The Maids (Whirligig Productions). Previous Toronto Fringe Festival appearance was in 2007’s Duel of Ages (True Edge Productions). Upcoming is training and research with the Shenandoah Project, and the remount of The Forbidden Phoenix (MTYP, Winnipeg). www.SiobhanRichardson.com
has been a member of the Stratford Festival Company for 20 seasons. In that time, he has appeared in over 50 productions- many of them musicals. He has recently played in Fuente Ovejuna and The Trojan Women. He also played Bill Sikes in Oliver. He first arrived in Stratford in 1985 as chorus member in The Pirates of Penzance. That lead to a Toronto / U.S.tour of Brian Macdonald's The Mikado, and roles in Barnum (MTC/Grand Theatre) and Stratford productions of Cabaret and My Fair Lady. Other roles include Jojo (Irma la Douce), Paul (Kiss Me Kate), Sargeant of Police (The Pirates of Penzance), Olin Britt (The Music Man) and Sir Dinadan (Camelot). Brad is also appeared s Uncle Henry (Wizard of Oz) and Mayor Shinn (The Music Man) for Theatre Aquarius. He was a founding member of the Stratford based doo-wop group JD and the White Boys. While in recent years, Brad's Festival roles have concentrated more on the classical/dramatic work, he still stays involved on workshopping new musical work.
has performed at the Banff, Charlottetown, Sunshine, Showboat and Stratford Festivals. Eileen has been involved in integrated arts workshops and performance programming for the last several years as a producer, educator and a performer working within the AMDSB, independent theatre production and summer concert programming complimenting the Stratford Festival. Selected credits include: Mrs Spencer and Mrs Sloane with the Drayton Entertainment production of Anne of Green Gables;The Sound of Music, Patience, The Gondoliers, Inherit the Wind and Katisha in The Mikado for the Stratford Festival; Ma Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life for The Grand Theatre, London; The Mother in Hansel & Gretel for Between Friends Theatre; and over 40 productions with The Canadian Opera Company. Eileen is the founder of Hermione Presents a professional collective of performing, media and creative artists. She also teaches voice in Toronto and Stratford.
s a busy accompanist, composer/arranger and musical director. She most recently completed her fourth season with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival where she was assistant musical director and keyboardist for “The Music Man”. A graduate of the music and education faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Charlene has traveled across the country accompanying for various artists, including Cynthia Dale. She has had the opportunity to perform with both the National Arts Center Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
is active as an educator and musical director. Currently, she is a vocal coach at University of Western Ontario, has been a part time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the theatre divisions of Ryerson University and Sheridan College. She maintains a private studio teaching piano, voice and theory in Kitchener, Ontario. As Music Director for regional professional theatres, her selected favorites shows include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Nunsense, Nunsense 2, Forever Plaid, Dads…the Musical, and Once Upon a Mattress. Her accompanying skills are highly regarded and sought after in the classical, contemporary and musical theatre repertoire. In September, 2007, she assumed the duties of Director of Music/Organist at Forest Hill United Church. She graduated with the Master of Voice Pedagogy degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey in May, 2007.
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Liesel Deppe is a flutist who moved to Stratford with her husband, Andrew MacDonald in 2006. She is a member of the Windsor Symphony and freelances in the southern Ontario area. Liesel received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa; her Master of Music from the University of Western Ontario, and an Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule fuer Musik in Muenchen, Germany. Liesel recently returned from a 3-month study trip to the United Kingdom and Europe, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts. Liesel enjoys living in Stratford and also plays piccolo with the Stratford Civic Orchestra.
Originally trained as a classical musician on the French horn, Andrew MacDonald is one of Stratford’s newest lawyers. Andrew obtained his Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montréal, and his Master of Music from Arizona State University. He played professionally in Canada and the USA for several years before making a switch to the law approximately 5 years ago. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2007. Andrew enjoys living in Stratford and is actively involved with the Stratford Civic Orchestra and the Stratford Concert Band.