Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio, fiction and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Between Breaths and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (adapted from the novel by Wayne Johnston). He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been twice shortlisted for Arts NL’s Artist of the Year, as well as being shortlisted for the 2011 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. He has been guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. In 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.Read full NAC bio ›
Over the past ten years, The Once has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada. The Newfoundland-based band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. The Once are rooted in essential musical elements: Geraldine Hollett’s incandescent voice, the trio’s gorgeous harmonies and the spirited acoustic instrumentation supplied by Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill. The band first came together while part of a summer theatre company in 2006 singing around a kitchen table. Their chemistry was so immediate — a “light-bulb moment” according to Dale — that it led them to keep singing and making music together. It’s fitting then that through this collaboration with Artistic Fraud, The Once have returned to the theatre to compose the score for Between Breaths. The Once are on tour this summer and are headlining the 42nd Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival. For concert dates or where to find their music – Time Enough (2018), We Win Some We Lose (2016), Departures (2014), This is a Christmas Album (2012), Row Upon Row of the People They Know (2011), and The Once (2010) – visit www.theonce.ca
Jillian was the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and became the Artistic Director for the National Arts Centre English Theatre in 2012. Productions she directed for presentation at the NAC include Andy Jones’ Tartuffe, A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, as well as Oil and Water and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams from Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. For the Stratford Festival, she directed Alice Through the Looking-Glass (in association with the NAC), The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It and Bakkhai. She is a frequent collaborator with Robert Chafe and their production for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, Tempting Providence, toured internationally for over a decade. She has directed all but one of Artistic Fraud’s 23 years worth of works. She is the winner of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and holds two honorary doctorates, from York University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently in rehearsals at the Stratford Festival for The Neverending Story, opening this spring. She recently extended her term as Artistic Director for NAC English Theatre until 2022.Read full NAC bio ›
Theatre credits: Charlie Smallwood in the premiere of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Arthur in Salvage: A Story of a House, and Strange Man in the premiere of In Your Dreams Freud (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); King Richard in Richard III and Macduff in Macbeth (Perchance Theatre); Joey in A Steady Rain, Teach in American Buffalo, Shelley Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross, Charlie Conlon in Stones in His Pockets and Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black (Rabbittown Theatre); Jack in The Weir (Team Broken Earth); John in Oleanna and Morgan in The Drawer Boy (Sweetline Theatre Company); Commissioner WishHeart in the premiere of Falling Trees (Poverty Cove Theatre). TV/film: Sgt. Daniel Hood in The Republic of Doyle; Joe in The Grand Seduction; Sheriff Cal Ossler in Braven; and Rig in A Fire in the Cold Season. He most recently appeared in The Ennis Sisters’ video California Wine. Steve thanks his wife Michelle for her continued love and support. He also thanks the Lien family, for once again allowing him to share their husband and father with the world.
Berni is a Newfoundland-Labrador writer and performer of unique distinction. She was just listed on the Playwrights Guild of Canada Sure Fire List of top 23 plays from female playwrights in Canada for her play The Pope and Princess Di. Her play Woman in a Monkey Cage was also listed. She is the recipient of the 2018 Arts and Letters Award (Newfoundland and Labrador) for dramatic script for her one-woman play, Dolly. She is the recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write her book for young Selkies and other creatures called Girly Muckle and the Queer Hands. Her new memoir is called Love, Life. To read her blogs and see her available plays, visit bernistapleton.com
Darryl is from Terra Nova. He holds a BFA from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (Memorial University), where he received the Tommy Sexton Triple Threat Award. In the past few years, he has been the recipient of two International Best Actor awards for his performance in Noel Harris’ film Touch. Select theatre credits include The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Robert Chafe (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Falling Trees and The Battery by Meg Coles, Rabbit Rabbit by Amy Lee Lavoie (Poverty Cove Theatre Company); Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Perchance Theatre); Tempting Providence and Isle of Demons by Robert Chafe, Winter by Nell Leyshon, Double Axe Murder by Berni Stapleton, The Weir by Conor McPherson, The Cripple of Innishmaan by Martin McDonagh (Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador); The Infinity Plays by Justin Simms (RCA Theatre Company); Pains of Youth (C2C Theatre); Newfoundlands (Forest Forge Theatre Company, U.K.); The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (Wonderbolt Circus); The Taming of the Shrew (New Curtain Theatre); No Man’s Land by Kevin Major, February by Lisa Moore (Rising Tide Theatre). Film/TV: A Fire in the Cold Season (Cold Season Films); Rex (Pope/Shaftesbury); Little Dog (CBC/Little Dog); An Audience of Chairs (Wreckhouse Prod/Film Works); Caught (CBC/Roy Patterson Inc.); Crown & Anchor (C&A Inc.); Touch (Telefilm/NIFCO); Frontier (Netflix/Take the Shot); Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftsbury/CBC); Hard Light (NFB); Republic of Doyle (CBC/Take the Shot); Screamers: The Hunting (Reel One). You can find Hopkins’ music online at www.avalonstanley.com
Since the release of her debut album AERA, Newfoundland native Brianna Gosse has taken the East Coast by storm. Her sophisticated songwriting paired with powerhouse vocals have earned her nominations from the East Coast Music Association and MusicNL, taking home Album of the Year in 2014. She has shared the stage with Canadian icons such as Ron Sexsmith and Basia Bulat, and her music has graced television screens across Canada in movie and commercial placements. She is deeply proud to be a part of Artistic Fraud’s latest production and can’t wait to help in sharing this beautiful story.
Steve is a tender balladeer known for his velvet-tinged baritone and expansive range. He is the recipient of the 2018 Borealis Music Prize and winner of three 2017 MusicNL Awards (Alternative Album, Country Album, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year). Maloney was the Dawson City Music Festival’s 2017 Songwriter in Residence. Recent theatre credits include Rent (Roger), and Brulé (Étienne Brulé).
Kevin has been a Newfoundland-based theatre artist for over 20 years working both on and off the stage. Selected credits: Head of Props for Revue (Rising Tide Theatre) and Ours (Opera on the Avalon). Director: Song of the Mermaid (IAM Theatre Festival) and The Mon Show (Kanutu Theatre). Assistant Director: Tartuffe (National Arts Centre) and ...float... (Choral Canada). This past year he launched his micro theatre project, The Temporary Theatre, directing his play And Then the Rain Came. Most recently he performed his one-man mask show, Broken, at the Festival of New Dance. Kevin holds a BFA (Acting) from Grenfell College and an MFA (Directing/Creation) from York University.
Duane is a St. John’s-based musician active as a composer/arranger in a variety of styles. His orchestrations and arrangements have been performed by ensembles such as Symphony Nova Scotia, the Calos Youth Orchestra, the Gower Community Band, the Shallaway and Lady Cove Women’s choirs and the Earhart Ensemble which he founded in 2016.
Kellie is the Artistic Director of Shallaway Youth Choir and Founder and Artistic Director of Lady Cove Women’s Choir. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both music and music education from Memorial University as well as a Master’s degree in choral conducting. Most recently, the senior choir of Shallaway received first place in the International Llangollen Choral Competition in Wales and an award for the overall highest mark of the festival. Lady Cove Women’s Choir is a two-time winner of the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs and was invited to represent Canada at the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina. Kellie’s work has taken her across Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the US, South America, Europe and Asia. From deep and proud roots in Newfoundland and Labrador, she has become well-known both in Canada and internationally for embracing the medium of choral singing as an opportunity to explore leadership potential, identity building, and social/civic engagement.
Previously for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland: Fear of Flight, Afterimage, Oil and Water, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. For the NAC: Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre, as well as Curator for The Collaborations and leader for The Cycle(s). Sarah co-founded and is creative catalyst for SpiderWebShow, and is also a former Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Most recent directing credits include Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Out The Window (Luminato Festival/The Theatre Centre); Kill Me Now (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre); Bunny (Stratford Festival); Helen Lawrence (Canadian Stage/Brooklyn Academy of Music/Munich Kammerspiele and elsewhere); and We Keep Coming Back (Jewish Culture Fest, Krakow, Poland and Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto). Sarah received the 2016 Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Elliot Hayes Award, the 2017 Manitoba Theatre Award for best direction for Kill Me Now and the 2018 Honorary Member Award for the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Sarah will direct Erin Shields’ Paradise Lost as part of NAC English Theatre’s 50th anniversary season in 2019–2020. She will never get over how lucky she is to work with Robert and Jill.Read full NAC bio ›
Shawn is an award-winning set and costume designer based in Toronto. She has designed sets and costumes for theatres across Canada as well as in the United States and England. Recent design credits include Set and Costume Design: The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival); Speed the Plow (Belfry Theatre); A Tender Thing, Great Expectations (Soulpepper); Dead Metaphor (Mirvish Productions/Canadian Rep Theatre/Theatre Aquarius); Sea Sick (The Theatre Centre); If Truth Be Told, Having Hope at Home, A Killing Snow (Blyth Festival); Brothel #9, And So It Goes (Factory Theatre); Buddy (Grand Theatre); ...float... (Choral Canada). Set Design: Colours in the Storm, Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes (Grand Theatre); The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Afterimage (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland). Costume Design: All’s Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park); Miracle on 34th Street (Grand Theatre); How Do I Love Thee (Canadian Rep Theatre); Zipangu (Soundstreams Canada). She is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Theatre, York University, and recently completed the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy Postgraduate Certificate at the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College.
Previously for the NAC: The Sound of Music, Metamorphoses: Based on the Myths of Ovid, The Real Thing, The Way of the World (co-production with Soulpepper), Copenhagen, The Importance of Being Earnest. Other theatre credits: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Under Wraps (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Chasing Champions (Ship’s Company in association with Eastern Front Theatre); The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre); The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre); As You Like It, The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford Festival); What a Young Wife Ought to Know, The God That Comes (2b theatre). She works in theatres across Canada and has toured her designs throughout the US, Japan, New Zealand and Tasmania. Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of seven Robert Merritt Awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, Leigh Ann teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada. She’s so very happy to be bringing this wonderful story from her home province to you all.
Brian is a designer for theatre from Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and Sheridan College as well as a co-founder of Mindless Theatrics in St. John’s. Selected credits include Come From Away in concert (Mirvish Productions); The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show (Stratford Festival); Once (Segal Centre); The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Once, Mamma Mia! (Theatre St. John’s); Tibb’s Eve, Chapel Arm (Mindless Theatrics); The Other Place (Canadian Stage); Big Shot (SurReal So Real); Sherlock, A Woman Is A Secret, Ballad of the Young Offender (SideMart Theatrical Grocery). Brian is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Sharon is a director, actor, playwright and storyteller who grew up in Ottawa. Now based in St. John’s, she recently directed The Stars are Always Brighter When the Lights Go Out (Best Kind Productions); transVersing (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland/For the Love of Learning); Shake It Up (Shakespeare by the Sea); Woman, Naked (Girl Power); Sexy Laundry (New Curtain Theatre); The Good Body (Nothing On Productions); and Give Me Back (skc originals/For the Love of Learning). She was in Ottawa in 2018 to direct Cymbeline with Bear & Co, and is so pleased to be home again with Between Breaths.
Emily is a Montreal-based video and production designer. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s scenography program, the University of Ottawa’s Theatre program, and has spent time as a projection technologist at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is the co-founder of potatoCakes_Digital, a production design and digital arts collective operating out of Montreal. Emily’s main interests in theatre involve the integration of technology into traditional art forms and the exploration of how visual art can help facilitate the telling of a story. Selected past credits include Kamloopa (video designer) (Western Canada Theatre/The Cultch/Persephone Theatre, 2018); The Sink (director and designer) (Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015, Judges Choice Award): A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else (lighting and video designer) (Theatre New Brunswick, 2019).
Mara is a St.John’s-based stage manager and production manager. Credits include The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Once (Theatre St. John’s); Offensive to Some, Isle of Demons (PerSIStence Theatre Company); As One, Dead Man Walking (Opera on the Avalon); Mamma Mia!, The Little Mermaid (Theatre St. John’s); Kate Crackerberry (White Rooster Theatre); Circus Glorious, Bolt Out of the Blue (Wonderbolt Circus); Hunger (White Rooster Theatre); and four seasons at the Grand Bank Regional Theatre.
Pat is a St. John’s-based designer. Recent design credits include Video Design: Alice and Other Wonderlands (Kittiwake Dance Co.); Remnants (White Rooster). Sound Design: Men of Misfortune (RCA Theatre Company); Happy Days, Little Shop of Horrors, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Mount Pearl Senior High); Fun Home, Next to Normal, Urinetown: The Musical, 13: The Musical, Avenue Q (Best Kind Productions). Light, Sound and Video Design: Here and Now by Steve Coombs (LSPU Hall Theatre); Poison directed by Charlie Tomlinson (RCA Theatre). Lighting Design: Resurrecting Mary (SwiFT); Drinking Again (NAX). Pat is also creating the lighting design for RCA Theatre Company’s upcoming Significant Other Series presentation of Frank Barry’s The Curious Case of Madame D, and the Sound Design for Best Kind Productions’ Be More Chill. When not designing, Pat also applies his technical skills as the Associate Technical Director at the LSPU Hall Theatre and teacher of technical theatre at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Patrick is the Managing Producer for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. He is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration. He is co-Artistic Director of Double Sure Theatre, co-founder of the St. John’s Short Play Festival, and chair of the Association of Professional Theatre of NL. Recent acting credits include Kafka in Her Closely at the Festival of New Dance and Nail Biter at St. John’s Shorts. For Artistic Fraud, Patrick has produced Under Wraps, Oil and Water (Canadian Tour 2014), The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (NL and Canadian Tour 2017), Between Breaths and transVersing.