For the NAC: 2 Pianos 4 Hands (as writer and director in 2000, and as writer, performer and director in 2012), member of the company for two seasons 1977–79. Richard was born in Montreal and received his acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He has performed in theatres across Canada and abroad, as well as in feature films, television and radio. He has directed well over 130 productions for theatres across the country, the vast majority being original and/or Canadian works. As a writer, he wrote or co-wrote 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Sibs (also made into a TV movie for the CBC), The Theory of Relatives, i.d., Letters from Lehrer, Care and Soft Pedaling. His newest play, Athabasca, co-written with David S. Craig, played The Next Stage Festival this past January, and will be remounted next summer in Toronto. 2 Pianos 4 Hands has played on five continents and in over 150 cities since it opened in 1996. Greenblatt himself has performed the play almost 1,000 times across Canada, in New York City, Washington D.C., London and Tokyo.
He has taught acting, directing, and play creation at most of the theatre training institutions in Canada and directed the premieres of many ground-breaking and award-winning plays for young audiences. Most recently, he directed Hook Up, a new opera for Tapestry Opera, and directed Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle with the graduating students of George Brown College. Upcoming, he will be directing Judith Thompson’s adaptation of Elektra at Humber College and reprising his role in Jani Lauzon’s play I Call Myself Princess at the Globe Theatre in Regina. He has received numerous nominations for his work and has won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards and two Floyd S. Chalmers Play Chalmers Awards. He lives in Toronto with partner Tanya Greve and their daughter, Amelia, and is the proud father of Natasha, Will, and the dearly missed Luke Greenblatt.
For the NAC: Fire (acting), The Dumb Waiter and The Importance of Being Earnest (directing), 2 Pianos 4 Hands (as writer in 2000, and as writer, performer and director in 2012). Ted has played leading roles on every major stage in Canada, and has directed dozens of award-winning productions as well. His musical Evangeline was produced by the Charlottetown Festival twice, as well as at the Citadel Theatre in 2015–16. He and his wife Diana Bentley founded and now run Toronto’s hottest new indie theatre, The Coal Mine, where they have produced 15 sold-out productions over five seasons. He is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto where he has directed, acted, composed and written for dozens of productions.
He has received five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, as well as Gemini Awards, a Robert Merritt Award, an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award and Floyd S. Chalmers Play Chalmers Awards, and has oodles of award nominations for acting, directing, composing, writing and producing. He is proud to be the voice of Dad Tiger on Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (PBS), and has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows. He loves tennis, soccer, the Oilers (he accepts your sympathy) and being a dad to Theo, Rosie and Henry!
For the NAC: Sanctuary Song (Music Director). Reza Jacobs is an award-winning music director, arranger, composer and sound designer, known for his versatility in style and genre. His credits include sound design and composition for the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Volcano, Cahoots, the Luminato Festival and Harbourfront’s World Stage Festival. As Music Director, he has won Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Life After (Best Music Direction 2018, Best Musical 2018), London Road (Best Music Direction 2014, Best Musical 2014), Caroline, or Change (Best Music Direction and Best Musical 2012) and Assassins (Best Musical, 2010). He has played Ted in 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Globe Theatre/Centaur Theatre) and he has also been the resident Canadian Music Director for Andrea Martin’s one-woman show, Everything Must Go. Recently, he composed the music for the mainstage production of Twelfth Night at the Stratford Festival. He is the inaugural Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux Director of Music for the Musical Stage Company and will music direct their inaugural production at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2020 – a new production of Caroline, or Change. Thank you Stephanie, Arabel, Iris, Max, Emma, Colin, Ted and Richard.
For the NAC: Debut. Max Roll is a New York based actor born in the UK to international concert pianists Michael Roll and Juliana Markova. Max attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department studying Piano and Clarinet. After spending a year in Berlin, he eventually moved to the United States to study music at Queens College. After switching majors, Max was accepted to the Yale School of Drama from which he graduated in 2013. Since graduating Yale, Max has played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Orsino in Twelfth Night, both for Reading Between the Lines Theatre. Max toured the UK for Blackeyed Theatre Company as Jay Gatsby in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby by Stephen Sharkey. This is Max’s first run of 2 Pianos 4 Hands in the role of Richard, having previously played Ted at both the Chemainus Theatre Festival and Thousand Islands Playhouse. Thank you to Dale Brown Casting, Colin Rivers, my amazing wife Sarah, my parents, Reza, and last but definitely not least, Richard and Ted for the magic.
For the NAC: Set and Lighting Design for The Pigeon King, 2 Pianos 4 Hands (2000, 2012); Lighting Design for 7 Important Things, The Great Mountain, A Common Man’s Guide to Loving Women. Other: Lighting designs include Nathan the Wise, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Physicists (Stratford Festival); Of Marriage and Men, 1837: The Farmers Revolt (Shaw Festival); 1979 (Shaw Festival/GCTC); Next to Normal (The Musical Stage Company/ Mirvish Productions); Passing Strange (Musical Stage Company/Obsidian Theatre); Heisenberg, Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom (Canadian Stage). For more than three decades, Steve has designed award-winning sets and lighting for more than 500 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. His work has been seen all across Canada, the United States, the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, as well as Russia, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. He has been nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards including the Siminovitch Prize and 33 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, which he has won four times.
For the NAC: Debut. Select credits: Stage Manager: Charlotte (Theaturtle; European tour; International Tour: Luminato/World Stage Design Festival); Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre); Mary’s Wedding (Crow’s Theatre/Solo Productions); Mary Poppins (Young People’s Theatre); The Last Party (Fringe Festival); 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Drawer Boy (Theatre Passe Muraille); Rumspringa Break! (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Freedom Singer (National Tour); Banana Boys (Factory Theatre); The Sound of Music (Opera on the Avalon). Assistant Stage Manager: Sisters (Soulpepper Theatre Company), Constellations, Hamlet/All’s Well That Ends Well, Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom, Domesticated, Tragedy of Caesar/Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage); 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Marquis Entertainment).
For the NAC: Debut. Ashley has worked in the Ottawa theatre scene for many years and recently has been working in many theatres around Ontario. Credits include Bed & Breakfast (GCTC); As You Like It and Taming of the Shrew (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Screwball Comedy (Theatre Orangeville); 39 Steps (730 Productions); Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of the Cryptic Compendium (Eddie May Mysteries); A Midwinter’s Dream Tale (A Company of Fools/GCTC); and His Girl Friday (GCTC). Thank you to Zach Counsil and his family for their support. Enjoy this magical show!
For the NAC: Debut. Brendan trained at York University where he concurrently studied collective creation and technical theatre with a focus on lighting design. When not with Marquis Entertainment, he is a key player with McWood Studios building for film, TV, live events, commercial and residential custom architectural fabrication and the occasional piece of theatre. Previous technical direction credits include Bed & Breakfast Tour (Globe Theatre/Marquis Entertainment); 2 Pianos 4 Hands Tour (Western Canada Theatre/Grand Theatre/Neptune Theatre/Chemainus Festival Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse, all with Marquis Entertainment); two seasons at the Blyth Festival; one season at Globus Theatre; and the 2006 World Stage Design Exhibition (OISTAT/USITT).
For the NAC: 2 Pianos 4 Hands (2000, 2012). Theatrical producing and general management credits include Next to Normal (2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award winner for Outstanding Production and Audience Choice Award) and Fun Home (Musical Stage Company/Mirvish Productions); Bed & Breakfast (Globe Theatre); world premiere of Arrabal (Panasonic Theatre – Mirvish Productions 2013–2014 Season); the North American premiere of The Railway Children (Mirvish, 2011 Dora Mavor Moore Audience Choice Award); 2 Pianos 4 Hands in Toronto (Mirvish Productions), Tokyo (Shochiku), Hong Kong, Australia, and for more than 25 regional theatres throughout the Canada and US; Shakespeare’s Will (Stratford Festival and US tour to Merrimack Repertory Theatre and other venues); The Rat Pack: Live at Las Vegas (Mirvish); and Mom’s the Word (on tour throughout Canada). Upcoming in 2020: Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Company/Obsidian Theatre/Winter Garden Theatre); Colin/Marquis Literary also represents many of Canada’s top playwrights, composers and lyricists. www.mqlit.ca