Michael Frayn is a journalist, playwright, novelist and translator. Copenhagen won both the Evening Standard and Tony Awards for Best Play. He lives in London, England.
Jillian Keiley is an award-winning director from St. John’s, Newfoundland and founder of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Jillian has directed and taught across Canada and internationally. She received her BFA in Theatre from York University and was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Letters from both Memorial University and York University. She was the winner of the Siminovitch Prize for Directing in 2004 and the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize in 1997. Jillian assumed her role as NAC English Theatre Artistic Director in August 2012, and her productions at the NAC have included The Neverending Story, Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses: Based on the Myths of Ovid, Tartuffe, Oil and Water and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. She has also directed Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank and As You Like It for the Stratford Festival. Tempting Providence, her collaboration with Robert Chafe for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, toured internationally for 12 years and will be the inaugural production at the launch of the Nurse Myra Bennett Theatre in Cow Head, Newfoundland this summer.Read full NAC bio ›
Allegra Fulton is an award-winning actress whose distinguished career on stage and screen has taken her across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, where she has also worked as a director. She is known for her haunting portrayal of Frida Kahlo in the solo tour-de-force performance of Gloria Montero’s Frida K., which toured internationally, including a run at the NAC in 2007, and is currently being prepared for a revival. Her acclaimed Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and a turn in Mae West’s Sex this past season at the Shaw Festival, in addition to a Broadway World nomination for Best Actress in Nick Green’s Dinner with the Duchess, and appearance as the infamous Church Lady in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy, won Fulton a nod in NOW Magazine, naming her one of the Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2019. The year 2020 began with another success in Lynn Nottages’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT (Canadian Stage/Studio 180). Recent on-screen work includes Oscar-winning Best Picture The Shape of Water, Suits, Fargo, Cardinal, Schitt’s Creek, International Emmy Award-winning 19-2, Strange But True, Wayne, Kim’s Convenience, Workin’ Moms and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. She is delighted to be back at the NAC.
Jesse is making his NAC debut. Theatre credits include Bunny, Hamlet, Sequence (Tarragon Theatre); Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre); Our Beautiful Sons (Blyth Festival); Miss Bennet, The Wickhams (The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis); The Bakkhai (Marigny Opera House, New Orleans); and Hacked (Caravan Stage Tour). TV credits include Murdoch Mysteries, American Gods, The Detail, Salvation and Mayday. Writing projects include Hallelujah, It’s Holly (Playwrights Guild 2019 Emerging Artist Award); The Things You Think I’m Thinking (short film, played over 70 festivals, received 12 awards); Gilgamesh and Enkidu (Pivot Arts Festival, Chicago/La MaMa, New York City – 2021). Jesse trained at the National Theatre School of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre.
Rick Roberts currently stars in the new CBC series Fortunate Son. Recent appearances include Nurses (Corus/Global); Coroner and This Life (CBC). He played the role of Jack Layton in the CBC TV movie Jack for which he received the Canadian Screen Award and the ACTRA Award for Best Actor. He recently appeared at the NAC in Why Not Theatre’s Prince Hamlet. Other recent favourites include Animal Farm, Waiting for Godot, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper); Within the Glass and Enemy of the People (Tarragon Theatre). Rick has written and directed several plays and has developed projects for television. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Previous designs for the NAC include The Sound of Music and Anne & Gilbert: The Musical. As a designer and educator, Roger has worked extensively throughout Canada for many companies including the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Curtain Razors, the Globe Theatre, Theatre Network, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Keyano Theatre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. Roger has a couple Prix Rideau Award nominations and a win, some Capital Critics Circle Award nominations, a couple Betty Mitchell Award nominations, multiple Roger Sterling Award nominations and wins, and a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination from a very, very long time ago. He also once taught theatre design at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta).
An award-winning lighting designer, writer and performer, Itai is Artistic Director of the Elbow Theatre in Vancouver. Itai has designed lighting for over 300 shows, winning five Jessie Richardson Awards, the Associated Designers of Canada’s Jack King Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Victoria’s Spotlight Choice Award, a Winnipeg Theatre Award, a Guthrie Award and the Dublin Fringe Design Award. He was shortlisted for the Siminovitch Prize in 2018. Itai’s one-man show How to Disappear Completely (The Chop, directed by James Long) has been remounted 30 times in 26 cities, and continues to tour nationally and internationally.
Sound design credits include The Neverending Story (NAC in association with the Stratford Festival), Anne and Gilbert: The Musical, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It (Stratford Festival); The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Under Wraps, Afterimage, Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Ann and Seamus (Shallaway); Rick Mercer’s Show Me the Button, I’ll Push It. Film/TV credits include Boom Operator: Republic of Doyle, Random Passage (CBC); Love and Savagery (Morag); Rare Birds (Lions Gate Films). Production Sound: Danny (NFB); Misery Harbour (UIP Denmark). Producer/Engineer: Wreckhouse (Sherry Ryan); Hunter Hunter, Spectators (Amelia Curran); Dardanelles, The Eastern Light (Dardanelles); The Once, We Win Some We Lose (The Once); All Will Be Well (Fortunate Ones). Musician: Boy on Bridge (Alan Doyle). Awards: JUNO for Hunter Hunter; East Coast Music Award for The Once, Duane Andrews; MUSIC NL Industry Professional of the Year.
Mikaela Davies is an actor, director and creator of new work. She was recently Associate Director for the NAC/Stratford Festival production of The Neverending Story, and has performed in eight shows at Soulpepper and spent four seasons at the Stratford Festival, as an actor and member of the Michael Langham Conservatory for Classical Direction. Davies is the inaugural recipient of the Jon Kaplan Canadian Stage Performer Award, and was nominated for an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for her titular performance in Miss Bennet as well as a Montreal English Theatre Award for her performance in The Last Wife. Davies assistant-directed Robert Lepage’s Coriolanus at Stratford and directed The Winter’s Tale for the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.
Kai-Yueh Chen is thrilled to be back at NAC and working alongside some of the best theatre makers in Canada. Born in Taiwan and raised in England, Kai immigrated to Canada in 2005 with his family and attended McGill University and the National Theatre School. Previous credits for the NAC include The Marriage of Figaro, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Tartuffe and Metamorphoses: Based on the Myths of Ovid. Kai has also worked with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots Theatre, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Factory Theatre, fu‑GEN Theatre, the Grand Theatre, Mirvish, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Neptune Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Soulpepper, Sullivan Entertainment Theatre Centre, Theatre Direct, The Cultch, Vertigo Theatre, Volcano Theatre and Young People’s Theatre.
J Hopkins is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from Ottawa, Ontario. They are also a graduate of the Algonquin College Theatre Arts program and wear many hats in the community with credits in stage management, performance and design. J was previously Apprentice Stage Manager for Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), and Assistant Stage Manager for the Lawyer Play: Macbeth (both Great Canadian Theatre Company); and Assistant Stage Manager for The Blizzard of Oz (Ottawa Musicals). Stage Management credits include Honey Dew Me (theatre decentered/Undercurrents Festival 2020); and Fierce, A Christmas Carol (Black Sheep Theatre). Sending love to their family, especially C and J!