Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists in making money from their art. Ravi was shortlisted for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize, and won both the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for an Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at l’École internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, and was the inaugural artistic-director-in-residence at The Theatre Centre. For more information on Why Not Theatre, visit www.theatrewhynot.orgRead full NAC bio ›
Christine’s stage credits include Portia’s Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Asking For It (Crow’s Theatre/Nightwood Theatre); Iceland (Why Not Theatre); Cam Baby (Toronto Fringe Festival); The Road to Paradise (Human Cargo/Crow’s Theatre); Tom at the Farm (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); The Seagull (Crow’s Theatre); Belleville (Company Theatre); Vimy, Farther West (Soulpepper); Between the Sheets (Nightwood Theatre); The Great Gatsby (The Grand Theatre); Andromache (Necessary Angel Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage); The Turn of the Screw (DVxT); Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (KICK Theatre); Twelfth Night (Resurgence Theatre); and Gorey Story (Thistle Project). Screen credits include The Go-Getters, Hyena Road, The Captive, Stories We Tell and The Stone Angel. Christine has received a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Canadian Screen Award, and the Birks Diamond Tribute to Women in Film.
Toronto Theatre Critics Award Winner for Best Actress in a Play in 2017 for her role as Horatio in Prince Hamlet and Sweden Riksteatern’s Artist of the Year 2015, Dawn Jani Birley is a versatile actor spanning more than ten years of professional experience in theatre and film. Birley attained a Master of Arts in Physical Theatre with Merit from St Mary’s University in London and her career takes her all over the world. Favourite credits include being cast in the world’s first sign language opera, Kung Karls Jakt, as Najdra in När vinterns stjärnor lyser här and as Horatio. Her passion is to show that Deaf and hearing can work together on the front line in bringing about positive change in today’s world.
Miriam Fernandes is a Toronto-based actor, director and theatre-maker. She is the Associate Artistic Director for Why Not Theatre and the Co-Artistic Director for YVA Company. Acting credits include Jungle Book (WYRD/Kidoons); Animal Farm (Soulpepper); Dinner with the Gods (Wolf and Wallflower, Sydney, AU); The Snow Queen and A Sunday Affair (Theatre New Brunswick); The Living (Summerworks Performance Festival); and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre). She trained with the SITI Company and is a graduate of l’École internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. With YVA, she directed Nesen (MiniMidiMaxi Festival, Bergen, NO) and is currently developing new projects including an adaptation of Three Little Pigs and her new play, Partition.
Barbara is delighted to be part of this great adventure. She has performed in many theatres across Canada, most recently in A Doll’s House Part 2 (Belfry Theatre) and The Humans (Theatre Calgary). Over the years, she’s appeared at most Toronto theatres, where she has been honoured with two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Upcoming on Vision TV, she stars in the filmed version of Diane Flacks’ Unholy (Nightwood Theatre Production). Her film career has included such Canadian works as Life, Still Mine, Men with Brooms, Hypercube, Dead Ringers and Skinwalkers. Canadian television work includes continuing roles in Road to Avonlea, This is Wonderland, Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Best Laid Plans and many television movies.
Jeff is grateful to be touring Prince Hamlet with such a beautiful group of artists. He is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong. Recently, he premiered and performed in his play trace, produced by Factory Theatre, in association with b current, directed by Nina Lee Aquino. His acting credits include Hana’s Suitcase (Tour: Toronto/Montreal/Seattle/Young People’s Theatre); Unknown Soldier (lemontree creations); Murderers Confess at Christmastime (Outside The March); The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (Repercussion Theatre); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Orphan Black (BBC America). As a playwright, Jeff is working on a modern adaptation of antigone, produced by Young People’s Theatre. His debut play, trace, will be published by Playwrights Canada Press. Jeff is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Hannah Miller is a Toronto-based mother and theatre-maker, originally from Ra’anana, Israel. Most recently she played the role of Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon in Bar Mitzvah Boy (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). Favourite credits include: Lividia Swan in Head Over Heels (Caravan Farm Theatre); Abigail Williams in The Crucible (Soulpepper); Morgan Libra in Leviathan (Sex-T-Rex); Giulietta Massina in Fellini Cabaret (ProArteDanza); Evelyn in The Tribunal (Martha Ross & John Millard); as well as some obscure docudramas you might have seen on TV very late at night. Upcoming performances include Eden in Birds of a Kind by Wajdi Mouawad (Stratford Festival). Hannah is thrilled to be reunited with her Prince Hamlet family. It is truly a gift to be here.
Rick Roberts most recently appeared in Animal Farm, Waiting for Godot and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper); An Enemy of the People and Within the Glass (Tarragon Theatre). Earlier credits include Proud (Belfry Theatre); Zastrozzi (Stratford Festival); and Brutus in Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre). His film and TV work includes the title role in the CBC movie Jack; This Life (CBC); Republic of Doyle (CBC); Coroner (CBC); Still Mine (directed by Michael MacGowan); and Jonestown: Paradise Lost (Next Films). Rick co-directed Melody Johnson’s one-woman show Miss Caledonia and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Soulpepper. He has written several plays and has developed shows for television. He’s a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated and My Entertainment Award winning actor, writer, producer and chef. Living her life at a multitude of intersections has motivated Khadijah’s efforts to create meaningful and socially relevant work that is reflective of our cultural landscape. Notable credits include audiobook narration for The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and The Book of Negroes; for the theatre, Lila in Kat Sandler’s Bang Bang and Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); for television, American Gods, What We Do in the Shadows, Workin Moms and Designated Survivor.
Recent credits: Sisters (Soulpepper) and Bang Bang (Factory Theatre). Six seasons at Stratford include Harlem Duet, Agamemnon, Shakespeare in Love and The Aeneid. Other: The Importance of Being Earnest and Stuff Happens (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects); The Tempest (Canadian Stage); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre); Doubt (Citadel Theatre); ‘da KINK in my hair (San Diego and UK). Film/TV: Schitt’s Creek (CBC); King (Showcase); Saving Hope (CTV/NBC); Corner Gas: The Movie, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, Lars and the Real Girl, Slings and Arrows. Awards: a Dora Mavor Moore Award, an ensemble NAACP Award, an Elizabeth Sterling Award, and the Best Actress Award at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.Read full NAC bio ›
Lorenzo Savoini is an award-winning set, costume and lighting designer. Most notably, he has created designs for Soulpepper Theatre, Stratford Festival, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Neptune Theatre, National Arts Centre, Theatrefront and Why Not Theatre. His design for Soulpepper’s Of Human Bondage was selected to represent Canada at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. He is the co-creator of Cage, a multi-disciplinary performance art-theatre piece, which along with Of Human Bondage, had its Off-Broadway debut in 2017 at Signature Theatre’s Pershing Square Theatre. He has won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and been nominated for 15 others.
André du Toit is a lighting designer for live performance based in Toronto. His designs have received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and a Toronto Theatre Critics Award. His recent credits include Now You See Her, Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote Collective); The Orchard (Shaw Festival); Le Grand Continental (Luminato Festival); Jerusalem (Outside the March/Company Theatre); Animal Farm, A Delicate Balance, Vimy, The 39 Steps (Soulpepper); Italian Mime Suicide, Paolozzapedia, The Double (Bad New Days); Love and Information (Canadian Stage); Oraltorio (Obsidian Theatre/Soulpepper); Harlem Duet (Tarragon Theatre); The Assholes, As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); Helen’s Necklace and Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre).
Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Past work includes designs for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Young People’s Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, Modern Times Stage Company, Aluna Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and many others. Thomas has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 19 nominations.
Neha Ross is a Stage Manager currently working and residing in Toronto. Since graduating in 2008 from Theatre Tech at Sheridan College, her love for travelling and the theatre community has taken her all across Canada as well as to India with new works. Born and raised in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and of Indian descent, Neha is now proud to call Canada home. Selected credits include Iceland (Why Not Theatre); We Are Proud to Present... (Theatre Centre); Animal Farm, 27 Club (Soulpepper); Other Side of the Game (Cahoots Theatre/Obsidian Theatre); One Thing Leads to Another (Young People’s Theatre); Assistant Stage Manager for The Birds and the Bees, The Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival 2015 and 2016); and Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper).
Selected Credits: Philosopher’s Wife (Paradigm Productions); Prairie Nurse (Factory Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse); Poison (Coal Mine Theatre); Salt‑Water Moon (Factory Theatre/WhyNot Theatre/Mirvish Productions); S H E E T S (Veritas Theatre); Late Night (ZoomerMedia, Theatre Brouhaha); Faust (Theatre by the Bay); Byhalia, Mississippi (Cue6 Productions). “When I was nine years old living in Zrenjanin, Serbia, my friends and I started making plays and skits that we’d perform for our neighbourhood in front of the building I was raised in. I still dig it.”
Andrew Pye is a theatrical Lighting Designer, Technical Director and Production Manager based in Vancouver and Toronto. His work can be found on stage in many mediums such as ballet, modern dance, opera and traditional theatre across Canada. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, the Vancouver Design Forum and Vancouver Island University, and studies Design and Production at the University of British Columbia. Lately, Andrew’s career has shifted to focus his creative and technical muscles on emotionally charged pieces of theatre surrounding multiculturalism and inclusion. Some of his recent technical direction work includes Empire of the Son (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre); King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre Company); Out The Window (Theatre Centre); and Wet (ITSAZOO).
Kevin Matthew Wong is a theatre creator, performer and producer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, a company that merges environmentalism and live performance. His ongoing work The Chemical Valley Project is a multimedia solo performance about environmentalism and reconciliation, created in collaboration with Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray, and co-creator Julia Howman. Kevin has been lucky to work and create with Cahoots Theatre, the Koffler Centre, Music Picnic, Carousel Players, Why Not Theatre, and the social justice residency The Gardarev Center. Upcoming: projection design for Good Morning, VietMom, on tour at The Belfry Theatre in March 2019, and performing The Chemical Valley Project at Theatre Passe Muraille in April 2019.