Previously at the NAC: Silence, Candida. Blyth Festival credits: Seeds (actor), Wing Night at the Boot, Beyond the Farm Show (director). Other selected directing credits: Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre/Soulpepper) (three Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding Director); Madam Mao (Azure River/SummerWorks Festival). As an actor, Severn has worked at both the Shaw and Stratford festivals as well as theatres across the country. She is Associate Artistic Director at the Blyth Festival and is currently a York University MFA candidate in collaboration with Canadian Stage. Upcoming: directing Measure for Measure at Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park.
Previously for the NAC: Onegin (collaboration with Musical Stage Company). Blyth Festival credits: If Truth Be Told, Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning, Mr. New Year’s Eve, Stag and Doe, Kitchen Radio, Dear Johnny Deere, Queen Milli of Galt, Reverend Jonah, Another Season’s Harvest, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. Elsewhere: Rebecca has worked across the country with the Belfry Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Factory Theatre, Arts Club Theatre Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Musical Stage Company, Obsidian Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Studio 180, Drayton Entertainment, Charlottetown Festival, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Vancouver Playhouse and Bard on the Beach, among others. She has been nominated for three Jessie Richardson Awards, a Betty Mitchell Award, a Calgary Theatre Critics Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, and was the recipient of The Jessie Richardson Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Rebecca is a graduate of Studio 58. Rebecca would like to thank the kind folks in and around Huron County who shared their stories with us.
Blyth Festival credits: Mr. New Year’s Eve, Seeds, Fury, Kitchen Radio, Stag and Doe, Dear Johnny Deere. Other selected credits: Spoon River Cabaret (Soulpepper/Global Cabaret Festival); The Bricklin (Theatre New Brunswick); The Christian Republican Fundraiser in Dayton, Tennessee (Toronto Fringe Festival ‘08); The Shape of Things (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); S.S. Tenacity, You Can’t Take It With You, Lord of the Flies, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Peter Pan, Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, The Chocolate Soldier and The Shop at Sly Corner (Shaw Festival).
Gil is in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival. An award-winning actor, playwright, director and dramaturge, Gil has worked across Canada at many of the country’s major theatres including the National Arts Centre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Theatre Direct, Shakespeare in High Park, and Theatre Northwest in Prince George, BC. Several of Gil’s plays have been translated into French and performed in Ottawa and Quebec. Gil’s 2014 play St. Anne’s Reel is published by Scirocco Drama. Gil is the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, a Huron County Culture Award for Individual Artist, and has been nominated for a Robert Merritt Award.
Blyth Festival credits: Mr. New Year’s Eve: Guy Lombardo. Other selected credits: The Drawer Boy, Lear, Measure For Measure, The Winter’s Tale (Groundling Theatre); Once (Neptune Theatre); Shakespeare in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, The Pirates of Penzance, The Grapes of Wrath, As You Like It, and Jacques Brel (Stratford Festival). Between 1993 and 2002, George toured as the founding cellist, guitarist and mandolinist of Quartetto Gelato. He is also a songwriter.
Blyth Festival credits: Mr. New Year’s Eve, If Truth Be Told, Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning, St. Anne’s Reel, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Dear Johnny Deere, Death of the Hired Man, Barn Dance Live. Other selected credits: Hamlet (Tarragon Theatre); Colours in the Storm, Rock & Roll, The Foursome (The Grand Theatre); Evangeline, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Charlottetown Theatre). He has also performed at Theatre Passe Muraille, Neptune Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Calgary and Citadel Theatre, as well as in many film and television productions. Jack is also an accomplished singer, musician and composer.
Blyth Festival credits: Costume Design for Mr. New Year’s Eve, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt and Design Assistant for Fury (2015). Gemma is an artist with a background in performance and puppet building. Originally from Calgary, her work has taken her across Canada, collaborating with companies such as the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Soulpepper, SideMart Theatrical Grocery, Alberta Theatre Projects, Centaur Theatre, and Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, to name a few. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, she most recently studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She lives in Bayfield, Ontario with her family: Gil, Gideon, Gulliver and Goldie.
Blyth Festival Credits: Mr. New Year’s Eve, Filthy Rich, Sometime, Never, Anne, The Albert Walker Story. Birgitte co-produced and starred in Ayad Aktar’s award-winning play Disgraced as a Mirvish Productions/Hope and Hell Theatre co‑production, in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre for two runs as well as the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Other theatre credits include: Mom’s the Word (Drayton Festival Theatre/Magnus Theatre), The Rochdale Project (as a co-creator and actor at Theatre Passe Muraille), as well as numerous shows at the Blyth Festival, Great Canadian Theatre Company, and National Arts Centre. On television she plays a recurring role on The Handmaid’s Tale and recently appeared in Workin’ Moms. She is also in Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Hacker, A Family Man and Population Zero. Birgitte has appeared in and voiced many commercials and, most recently, the animated series Luna Around the World.
Greg is an actor and musician who lives in Charlottetown, PEI. Blyth Festival credits include: Wilberforce Hotel, Kitchen Radio, Stag and Doe, and Vimy. Other recent theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, On the Road with Dutch Mason, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Hamlet (Tarragon Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Charlottetown Festival); The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Dear Johnny Deere (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Dream a Little Dream (The Grand Theatre); and Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show (Theatre Passe Muraille), which he co-created. Film and television credits include: Frontier (Netflix/Discovery), Alias Grace (Netflix/CBC), Covert Affairs (Universal), and Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury.) Greg is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Blyth Festival credits: The New Canadian Curling Club, If Truth Be Told, Seeds, Stag and Doe, St. Anne’s Reel, Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. For the last 30 years Steve has designed award-winning sets and lighting for more than 300 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. His work has toured extensively and been seen all across Canada, as well as the United States, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia and Asia, and has mainly focused on new and original plays. He has designed the world premieres of hundreds of shows, many of which have achieved considerable acclaim. Steve has received several awards including a MECCA (Montreal English Critics Circle Award), and four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his set and lighting designs. He has also been nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards including the Siminovitch Prize, the Pauline McGibbon Award, the K.M. Hunter Award, and 31 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
Recent favourites include: Sound Design for To Kill a Mockingbird, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, Hirsch (Stratford Festival); Fences, Art, The Mountaintop (The Grand Theatre); The Other Side of the Game (Cahoots Theatre/Obsidian Theatre); The Birds and the Bees, The New Canadian Curling Club (Blyth Festival); The 39 Steps (Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination), Up the Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); Was Spring, Communion (Tarragon Theatre); Queer Bathroom Stories (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Free as Injuns (Native Earth Performing Arts); Sound Design and Composition for The Virgin Trial (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Outside, Birds of a Feather, Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls (Roseneath Theatre); Tick (Carousel Players); The Red Queen, Stockholm (Seventh Stage Productions); You Will Remember Me, The Normal Heart (Studio 180); The Atomic Weight of Happiness (StandUp Dance). Training: Bishop’s University, National Theatre School of Canada.
Blyth Festival credits: House Technician 2017/2018. Elsewhere: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk is Free Theatre); The Bells Are Ringing, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pippin (Showtime); IMP (Epigraph Collective); Sunday in the Park with George, Senza Luce (Theatre Sheridan); As an assistant: Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre); Passing Strange (Obsidian Theatre/Musical Stage Company); Silence (The Grand Theatre); Stupid Fucking Bird (Bird Collective); Measure For Measure, The Winter’s Tale (Groundling Theatre). Jeff is currently working as an Assistant Lighting Designer at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Previously at the NAC: Take Me Back to Jefferson (Theatre Smith Gilmour). Blyth Festival credits: 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, The New Canadian Curling Club, Mr. New Year’s Eve, Kitchen Radio, Stag and Doe, Beyond the Farm Show, Garrison’s Garage, Dear Johnny Deere, The Devil We Know, The Nuttalls. Other selected credits: The Snow Queen (Canadian Children’s Opera Company); The Nether (Coal Mine Theatre/Studio 180); Hedda Noir, It’s a Wonderful Life, Half Life, Alice in Wonderland, Fly Me to the Moon, Art (Theatre NorthWest); As I Lay Dying, SPENT (Theatre Smith Gilmour); Still/Falling, Celestial Being (Green Thumb Theatre); The Show that Smells or the Last Temptation of Jimmie Rodgers (Clawhammer Theatre); Gimme Shelter (Why Not Theatre); The Wanderers (Cahoots Theatre); and dirty butterfly (Bound to Create Theatre). Heather is grateful for another flight with this flock. She originally hails from Clinton, Ontario.
Lori has been stage managing for over 13 years and has worked on many productions across the country. Favourite credits include: Anything Goes and The Miracle Worker (Chemainus Theatre Festival); The Comedy of Errors (Driftwood Theatre); Harvest (New Stages Theatre Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (Shakespeare in Action); When the Reaper Calls and Self Help (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); ‘Tis the Season (Smile Theatre); Liars at a Funeral (Truth’n’Lies Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (Sudbury Theatre Centre); How Black Mothers Say I Love You and trace (Factory Theatre); West Side Story (Drayton Entertainment); and A Christmas Story (Theatre Orangeville).