Director (Creation / King Lear)
Raised in: Thornhill, ON/Based in: Ottawa, ON
For the NAC: Peter has been the Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre since 2005. For the NAC he has directed Allen Cole's The Wrong Son, Gloria Montero's Frida K., Marie Clements' Copper Thunderbird (co-production with Urban Ink Productions), Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (co-production with Citadel Theatre) and The Comedy of Errors (co-production with Centaur Theatre), William Congreve's The Way of the World, Sam Shepard's Buried Child and Selma Lagerlöf's The Changeling translated by Sylvia Söderlind, Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children (co-production with Manitoba Theatre Centre), Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Michel Tremblay's Saint Carmen of The Main translated by Linda Gaboriau (co-production with Canadian Stage). In 2008, he was awarded the Audrey Ashley Award for outstanding contribution to Ottawa theatre by the Capital Critics Circle. In September 2007, Mr. Hinton welcomed to the NAC Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom the NAC English Theatre partnered to produce the world premiere of Margaret Atwood's stage adaptation of her novel, The Penelopiad. This collaboration marked the first partnership between the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Canadian theatre company.
Theatre: Before coming to the National Arts Centre, Peter was an associate artist at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons, directing The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's Universe, The Odyssey, Fanny Kemble, The Duchess of Malfi, Into the Woods, and all three parts of his own verse trilogy entitled The Swanne. Peter was the Dramaturg in Residence at Playwrights Workshop Montreal for five years and has been Associate Artistic Director at both The Canadian Stage and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. On December 30, 2009, Peter Hinton was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Musical Director (Oliver!) / Composer and Musical Director (Creation)
Raised in: Halifax, NS/Based in: Toronto, ON
For the NAC: Saint Carmen of The Main (co-production with Canadian Stage), nativity, Mother Courage and her Children (co-production with Manitoba Theatre Centre), A Christmas Carol, The Wrong Son (directed by Peter Hinton) and Pélagie (co-production with Canadian Stage).
Theatre: As composer, musical director, lyricist and/or book writer on musical theatre works such as Anything That Moves (with Ann-Marie MacDonald and Alisa Palmer), The Miracle Man (with Michael O’Brien) and The Bricklin (with Paul Ledoux), and composed music for the Shaw Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Soulpepper Theatre. He has won numerous awards, including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards and a Best Film Score Award from the Atlantic Film Festival. His musical, Rockbound, recently played to great acclaim in Nova Scotia, winning five Robert Merritt Awards, including Best New Play and Best Production. Rockbound was also shortlisted for the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Award.
Production Dramaturg (Oliver! / Creation / King Lear)
Raised in: Toronto, ON/Based in: Ottawa, ON
For the NAC: As Company Dramaturg and Artistic Associate, Paula works on all aspects of theatre programming and development.
Theatre: Before coming to the NAC, Paula was the Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal for 9 1/2 years. Prior to that, she was president of Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre and has been the Associate Dramaturg at the New Play Centre in Vancouver and at the Banff Centre’s Playwrights’ Colony and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Paula has worked as dramaturg with such playwrights as Marie Clements, Copper Thunderbird (co-production with Urban Ink productions) and Burning Vision (nominated for a Governor General’s Award); Peter Hinton, The Swanne: Parts I, II and III (produced at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival); and Larry Tremblay, A Chair in Love, a comic opera, music by John Metcalfe (produced at the Swansea Festival in Wales and Éspace Go in Montreal).
Other: Paula is also a radio producer, foley artist and teacher. Before joining the National Arts Centre, she was CBC Radio’s Drama Producer for the Maritime region. She was also Associate Producer for Live Art Productions: New Dance Series, a foley artist for Salter Street Films, and the producer and host of the program Artspeak on CKDU-FM.
Director (Oliver!) / Choreographer (Creation)
Raised in: Vancouver, BC/Based in: Toronto, ON.
For the NAC: The Ark (2011), Saint Carmen of The Main (co-production with Canadian Stage), Associate Director and choreographer for nativity, actor and choreographer for Romeo & Juliet, choreographer and Assistant Director for The Drowsy Chaperone (co-production with Citadel Theatre of the Vancouver Playhouse Company production) and A Christmas Carol.
Theatre: (Directing) Driving Miss Daisy starring Michael Learned and Walter Borden (Starbright Summer Festival) and the Canadian premiere of The 39 Steps (the 1000 Islands Playhouse). Other directorial credits include Tuesday’s With Morrie (Starbright Summer Festival). (Choreography) The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse/Citadel Theatre/NAC and 1000 Islands Playhouse – Jessie Richardson nomination for “Significant Artistic Achievement”, Sterling Award for “Outstanding Choreography”); Rocky Horror, Buddy Holly (Theatre Aquarius); Palmer Park, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grand Night 2004- 2006 (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage); Anything Goes (TUTS); Marvelous Wonderettes (1000 Islands). (Acting) To Kill A Mockingbird, My One And Only, Shakespeare’s Universe, Into the Woods, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver!, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Gigi, My Fair Lady, and Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); White Christmas (Theatre Aquarius and Neptune Theatre).
Other: Dayna is the proud recipient of two Tyrone Guthrie awards and the Richard March award.
Set and Costume Designer (Creation)
Raised in: London, UK and Toronto, ON/Based in: Toronto, ON
For the NAC: NAC Debut.
Theatre: Karyn is a set, costume and projection designer based in Toronto and recently designed Forests for Tarragon Theatre. She has designed for the Globe Theatre (Regina), Vertigo Theatre (Calgary), the Banff Centre, Brock University, the Chemainus Festival (Vancouver Island), the Gateway Theatre (Vancouver), Presentation House Theatre (Vancouver) Blackbird Theatre (Vancouver), shameless hussy productions (Vancouver), Green Thumb Theatre (Vancouver) and Kaleidoscope Theatre (Victoria). Upcoming Karyn will be designing a new translation of The Birds for the Gateway Theatre in Vancouver.
Other: Karyn has an MFA in design for theatre for University of Victoria and a BA in Visual Art and Theatre from Brock University.
Lighting Designer (Creation)
Born in: Toronto, ON/Based in: Moncton, NB
For the NAC: The Changeling, Associate Designer for Agokwe.
Theatre: Metamorphoses (Sheridan College), Clerambard/Cock-a-doodle-dandy (George Brown College),Harvest (New Stages, Peterborough), Bella Donna (Burning Passions).
Other: Currently the Assistant Technical Director for Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada.
Stage Manager (Salt-Water Moon / Creation / Glace Bay Miners’ Museum )
Raised in: Ottawa, ON/Based in: Ottawa, ON
For the NAC: Laurie began her stage management career as an apprentice with Jean Roberts’ company at the National Arts Centre. Since then she has, between stints across the country, been a member of John Wood’s company and worked with Andis Celms, Marti Maraden, Peter Hinton and now Jillian Keiley. In her years with the NAC, Laurie has stage managed amongst others nativity, Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily (co-production with Arts Club Theatre), The Ark (2009, 2008, 2006), The Way of the World (co-production with Soulpepper Theatre), Macbeth (co-production with Citadel Theatre), Falstaff (co-production with Old Castle Group), The Wrong Son, The Unanswered Question, After the Orchard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Trying (co-production with Canadian Stage), Hamlet, and The Winter’s Tale.
Theatre: Laurie has also been Production Stage Manager for the Shaw Festival (1988–2002); Artistic Coordinator, English Galas for Just for Laughs, Montreal (2005); Production Stage Manager for Theatre Calgary, and Stage Manager for Mirvish Productions, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and The Grand Theatre (London).
Apprentice Stage Manager (Salt-Water Moon / Creation)
Assistant Stage Manager (Glace Bay Miners’ Museum)
Raised in: Ottawa, ON/Based in: Ottawa, ON
For the NAC: Creation, Salt-Water Moon.
Theatre: Most recently, Loreen finished her apprenticeship with Circle Mirror Transformation (Great Canadian Theatre Company). Loreen was the Green Room Manager for the 2012 Juno Awards Gala and Production Assistant at the Festival Theatre for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Other apprentice credits include: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 2011); Civil Elegies (Soulpepper Theatre); Dog Sees God (M. Rubinoff Productions); The December Man (L’homme de décembre) (Canadian Stage); and Rose (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company). Stage Manager: Canadian premiere of The Grapes of Wrath (Theatre@York); Assistant Stage Manager: He Sang, She Sang (Markham Theatre); Vacancy (York University, Creative Ensemble).
Other: BFA Honours in Theatre Production and Design from York University. Loreen wishes to thank her family and friends for the all the love, support and encouragement.