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A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Bruce McManus
From the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Steven Schipper


John Hirsch Mainstage

With Ebenezer Scrooge, everything is "bah humbug" at Christmas. But something shifts when the ghost of his business partner visits to save him from a bitter demise. Experience Scrooge's epic transformation in this beloved tale of compassion, hope and redemption.

Recommended for ages 9+ | Warnings: Theatrical fog/haze, pyro, strobes & flashes
Approx. running time: 2 hours (including intermission)
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Peter Cratchit / Prisoner / Dick Omar Benson

Omar Benson

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Story.

OTHER THEATRE Peter Pan (MTYP); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow); Shrek The Musical (Glenlawn Collegiate); Aladdin (Dramatic Theatre); The Faerie Queen, Nutcracker (RWB).

FILM/TV Bunks (Disney); Sunnyside; Aloft; Channel Zero; Burden of Truth; Voiceover Safe Work Manitoba.

TRAINING/TEACHING MTYP in Junior Theatre 4 years, RWB in Musical Theatre Ensemble 7 years, Dance 11 years RWB, Encore Studio, Marquis Dance Academy, film training various Film Studios, worked at MTYP volunteer & teaching assistant Summer Camp Theatre/Film, worked at Rainbow Stage volunteer & teaching assistant Summer Camp Musical Theatre.

ET CETERA Awards: Canadian National Dance Championship Jr. Triple Threat Award and Manitoba Dance Festival Jr. Musical Theatre Scholarship. I would like to thank Steven for this amazing opportunity to perform on this amazing stage again! Thanks Royal MTC staff, my friends and family for your support.


Mrs. Fezziwig / Fred’s Wife / Laundress / Mother in Debt Andrea del Campo

Andrea del Campo

ROYAL MTC Kill Me Now (with NAC), The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad.


OTHER THEATRE Beautiful Man (TPM); Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play (District Theatre Collective); Sunday in the Park with George (Gallery Works); Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Rainbow); James and the Giant Peach, Rich (MTYP); Bad Jews (WJT); Munsch Ado About Nothing (PTE); A Stripped-Down Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIR); Strike! (Danny Schur Productions).


FILM/TV My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Open Window (Official Selections, TIFF); Sorry for Your Loss; Blood Pressure; Stegman Is Dead; Radius; The Pinkertons; Wingin’ It (Family Channel); Men with Brooms (CBC TV).


ET CETERA Andrea is a proud member of local musical improv company, Outside Joke.


Gravedigger / Fiddler Paul Essiembre

Paul Essiembre

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, The Audience (with Mirvish), Unnecessary Farce, Things We Do For Love, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Heart of Robin Hood (with Mirvish), Other People’s Money, A Few Good Men (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Four seasons at the Stratford Festival, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey, The Duchess of Malfi, Don Juan, Macbeth, Othello, Amadeus. Elsewhere: The Bridges of Madison County, A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Butcher, The Best Brothers (PTE); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel); The Normal Heart, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (Studio 180); L’Emmerdeur, Le Dîner de cons, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Art (Théâtre français de Toronto); Othello (ATF); Tillsonburg (CS); Zadie’s Shoes, Oui (Factory); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur).

FILM/TV More than 50 film and television appearances and extensive work in documentary narration, animation and commercial voice-overs.

Young Scrooge / Prisoner / Beggar / Christmas Present's Sprite / Fred Guest / Father in Debt Kevin P. Gabel

Kevin P. Gabel

ROYAL MTC Alice Through the Looking-Glass.

OTHER THEATRE Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes (TBTR); Proud (TPM); Miss N Me, EDEN (Sarasvàti); The Hollow, How the Other Half Loves, Fallen Angels (Master Playwright Festival); The Bunker, Georama, Undress Me (Winnipeg Fringe).

FILM/TV The Pinkertons, Passionflower.

TRAINING BA Honours in Theatre & Film at the University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Kevin is a filmmaker whose most recent film, Seven Drinks, has played in nearly 20 film festivals in Canada, the United States and South Africa. His one-man play Undress Me was shortlisted for the Harry Rintoul Award for Playwriting.


Kathy Cratchit / Turkey Boy / David / Want Isla Gorton

Isla Gorton

ROYAL MTC First appearance.


FILM/TV Patterns (Short), I Knew My Murderer.

TRAINING Voice (Jacqueline Harding at Manitoba Conservatory of Music); Film Acting (Tamara Gorski and Expressions Film Studio); Musical Theatre (RWB).

ET CETERA Isla began her acting career in commercials and it has become a real passion. She loves to tell stories through performance and hopes one day to write and direct her own work. Isla would like to thank Royal MTC for the opportunity to learn and perform with such a wonderful group of people. She also thanks her mom and dad for encouraging her to follow her passion.


Kathy Cratchit / Turkey Boy / David / Want Isabel Haderer

Isabel Haderer

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

TRAINING Tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop training at Karen Luba School of Dance Inc. (KLSD) since 2013.

ET CETERA Isabel loves to entertain and is excited to be making her Royal MTC debut! She performed at this year’s Canada Summer Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and has danced with the Blue Bomber Junior Cheer and Dance Team. She was chosen to be a Kid Correspondent for Family Fun Day at Assiniboine Park as well as for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2017. Isabel would like to thank Directors Karen (Luba) Betz and Brenda Luba and the staff at KLSD for their encouragement, discipline and support. Special thank you to MMOC Children’s Choir Director Patrick Mathews. Love and many thanks to Isabel’s family and to her great big circle of friends who always get her where she needs to be.



Ghost of Christmas Future / School Mistress / Fezziwig Guest / Christmas Present's Sprite / Fred Guest Lindsay Johnson

Lindsay Johnson

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Passion (Red Hen Collective), Shattered (Sarasvàti), The Time In-Between, The Palatine, The Writing on the Stall (Fill The (W)hole Theatre Co.); The Cassilis Engagement, Rough for Theatre II, Enchanted April, The Power of Yes (U of W); Quickies with Chekhov (This Reality Theatre).

TV Channel Zero: No End House.

TRAINING Graduate of the University of Winnipeg Honours Acting program.

ET CETERA Love to her family and friends!


Bob Cratchit / Fezziwig Guest Kevin Klassen

Kevin Klassen

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, The Audience (with Mirvish), Chimerica (with CS), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Romeo and Juliet, The Melville Boys (tour), The Shunning, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life - A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Our Town, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, The Dresser, Feelgood (with GCTC), King Lear, Romeo and Juliet.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: A Strange Pair (Echo); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Time's Fancy (Sixth Planet); Edward II (TBTR); Antony and Cleopatra (SIR); Arcadia (Citadel); Annie (Rainbow); Till It Hurts (PTE); John and Beatrice (TPM); Death of a Salesman (WJT).

FILM/TV Channel Zero, Barbara Blackwood, The Pinkertons, Elijah, New in Town, Niagara Motel.

ET CETERA Kevin is also a director and playwright, and has received the Harry Rintoul Award and the Reg Skene Award. He is an Artistic Associate with Echo Theatre, and is happily married to Echo’s Artistic Producer: the incredible Charlene Van Buekenhout.


Peter Cratchit / Prisoner / Dick Keenan Lehmann

Keenan Lehmann

ROYAL MTC Billy Elliot the Musical.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Werther, Falstaff, Turandot and La Bohème (MB Opera); German Silver (Sarasvàti FemFest); Voice for Mike the Knight Touring Show (Koba Entertainment).

FILM/TV Selected: Channel Zero – Season 1 & 2 (NBC/SYFY Network); The Midnight Man (T. Zariwny); The Pinkertons (CHCH); Heaven is for Real (Sony); Hogie the Globehopper (Netflix).

TRAINING Presently: Grade 6 Voice (Melanie Whyte), Private Acting Coach (Jacqueline Guertin/Adam Hurtig/Carson Nattrass), Drums/Voice/Guitar/Bass (School of Rock Winnipeg), Tap/Musical Theatre (LA Dance).

ET CETERA Highlights this year include: attending a Broadway musical audition in New York (being called back as one of the three final choices), a lead recurring role in the NBC/SYFY Network TV Series Channel Zero, playing Small Boy in Billy Elliot the Musical (Royal MTC), singing back-up vocals for Bros. Landreth and singing with The Tenors at the MTS Centre. Keenan is extremely grateful to all his teachers, coaches, mentors and supporters for helping him pursue his dreams and obtain his goals. Thank you all so very much! “I would not be so brave to the world without the courage you give me” – Peter Cratchit. Enjoy the show!


Ghost of Christmas Present / Gentleman 1 John B. Lowe

John B. Lowe

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Harvey, Unnecessary Farce.

OTHER THEATRE Common Sense Cabarets (Broccolo Creative); The Secret Mask, The Savannah Disputation, Having Hope at Home (PTE); Here on the Flight Path, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Drawer Boy (Sunshine Theatre); An Inspector Calls (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Measure for Measure (Citadel); Dear Santa, Over the River and Through the Woods (Western Canada Theatre).

FILM/TV Series regular: Tiny Plastic Men, Cashing In, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy. Movies: Juliana and the Medicine Fish, Reasonable Doubt, Silent Night, The Christmas Heart, Lucky Christmas, Wedding for One, Locked Down, The Hessen Conspiracy, The Secrets of Comfort House, Fido, The Butterfly Effect, The Ultimate Christmas Present. TV appearances: The Pinkertons, Less Than Kind, Millennium, The X-Files, The New Addams Family, Cold Squad.

ET CETERA Producer for Broccolo Creative ( Writer/Director of short films W(or)K, Just One and Windows of White. Formerly School Director at Prairie Theatre Exchange.


Jacob Marley / Fred Guest / Man of Business 1 Arne MacPherson

Arne MacPherson

ROYAL MTC Selected: Black Coffee, 23.5 Hours, Unnecessary Farce, The Hound of the Baskervilles (tour), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, A Few Good Men (with Citadel), August: Osage County, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), The Crucible, King Lear.

OTHER THEATRE Mamma Mia! (Rainbow), Hamlet, Richard III, Othello and others (SIR); I Dream of Diesel (One Trunk Theatre/TPM); Encore (TPM); Tribes, Ivanov, Way to Heaven, Lenin’s Embalmers (WJT). Arne also works as a director, with credits at Royal MTC Tom Hendry Warehouse, TPM, SIR, PTE, MTYP and with many independent producers.

FILM/TV Arne has appeared in over 25 shot-in-Winnipeg film and television productions.

TRAINING Graduate of the BFA (Acting) program at the University of Alberta.

ET CETERA Arne’s family, Deb, Gislina and Solmund, are all Winnipeg artists.

Topper / Prisoner / Apprentice / Christmas Present's Sprite / Man of Business 2 Darren Martens

Darren Martens

ROYAL MTC Alice Through the Looking-Glass.

OTHER THEATRE Little Shop of Horrors, Les Misérables, The Producers (Rainbow); Another Way Home (WJT); A Little Night Music, The Addams Family (Dry Cold); Munsch Upon a Time (PTE); American Idiot, Heathers: The Musical, Avenue Q (WST); Into the Woods (District Theatre Collective).

TRAINING Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from the U of M, Opera NUOVA Training Intensive, Rainbow Stage Training Intensive.

ET CETERA This performance is dedicated to my late father, Gary.


Mr. Fezziwig / Gentleman 2 / Man of Business 3 Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

ROYAL MTC Sarah Ballenden, Black Coffee, Chimerica (with CS), The Woman in Black, The Seagull, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, The Constant Wife (with Citadel), In the Next Room or the vibrator play (with Tarragon), Travels with My Aunt, Homeward Bound (with VP).

OTHER THEATRE Present Laughter, Measure for Measure, A Christmas Carol (Citadel); Proud, Dionysus in Stony Mountain, The Daffodil Man (TPM); Copenhagen (PTE); As You Like It, Julius Caesar (SIR); Quo Vadis, Notes from Underground (Winnipeg Fringe Festival).

FILM/TV Less Than Kind, Lovesick, We Were Children.

Fred / Apprentice Ryan James Miller

Ryan James Miller

ROYAL MTC Seminar (with Mirvish), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind.

OTHER THEATRE The Best Brothers (WCT/TNW/Kay Meek); Tribes, Buyer and Cellar, Prior in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika (WJT); South Pacific (Rainbow); TheMiser of Middlegate (zone41/TPM); Julius Caesar (SIR); member of sketch comedy troupe Hot Thespian Action.

TRAINING University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Thank you friends and family for your endless encouragement and inspiration. Love always to Mom and Adam.


Belinda Cratchit / Mary / Ignorance Esther Momtchilov

Esther Momtchilov

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE We Three Spies, Dear Edwina Jr. (Masterworks Dance Studio); What God Looks Like, What If (Winnipeg Centre Vineyard); Hamlet (Such Stuff Players); Upcoming: Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Masterworks Dance Studio).

TRAINING Dance: Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Acro (Masterworks Dance Studio); Theatre: Musical Theatre (Masterworks Dance Studio); Drama (Winnipeg Centre Vineyard); Shakespeare acting and private coaching (Such Stuff Players); Music: Piano level 4 (MYC, Private).

ET CETERA Esther is a vibrant performer who enjoys learning new skills and showcasing them on stage. Her other passions include art and taking care of babies and small children. She is grateful to all her teachers and coaches who inspire her to strive for excellence and encourage her in her talents. She is excited for this opportunity to work with Royal MTC!

Bailiff / Fezziwig Guest / Belle's Husband / Fred Guest Carson Nattrass

Carson Nattrass

ROYAL MTC Billy Elliot the Musical, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Pride and Prejudice, Glengarry Glen Ross, Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC), A Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, Much Ado About Nothing.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Footloose (Rainbow), James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); As an actor, Carson has performed in Winnipeg for Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Dry Cold Productions, White Rabbit, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Danny Schur Productions, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Across Canada: Mirvish, Belfry, Citadel, Catalyst, Free Will, Theatre Calgary, Ground Zero, Lunchbox, Regina Globe, Persephone, Magnus, Theatre Orangeville, Talk is Free and Festival Antigonish.

FILM/TV The Pinkertons, Aloft, Reasonable Doubt, Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, A Bear Named Winnie, Falcon Beach.

TRAINING BFA, University of Alberta.

ET CETERA Love to my mom, my Sharon and my Theodore. @carsonnattrass.


Ebenezer Scrooge Robb Paterson

Robb Paterson

ROYAL MTC Director: selected: Next to Normal, Our Town, Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC), Trying, My Fair Lady, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, White Christmas, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Woman in Black, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Retreat from Moscow, Steel Magnolias, Fully Committed. Selected roles at Royal MTC: Reverend Peters in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Billy Bishop, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol – The Musical and many others.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Big The Musical, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast (twice) (Rainbow); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story, Seussical the Musical, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (MTYP); Oliver! (Centaur); The Affections of May (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Recent acting: The Birds and the Bees (PTE); Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow).

OTHER THEATRE Robb was the Associate Artistic Director at Royal MTC from 2003 to 2015. It's good to be back!


Martha Cratchit / Caroller / Fezziwig Guest / Lena Robyn Pooley

Robyn Pooley

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE South Pacific (Rainbow and WSO); Unplugged (Greenkids); Into the Woods (District Theatre Collective); Dance off of Conscious Uncoupling, AfriCanada, Generation Nexxt (Sarasvàti); The Diary of Anne Frank, Faustus, A Doll’s House (U of W); Neighbours (White Rabbit Productions).

TRAINING Graduate of the Acting Honours program at the University of Winnipeg and Canada’s National Voice Intensive.

ET CETERA Robyn is also a choreographer for Glenlawn Collegiate and Those Guys Acappella. She is so grateful for this wonderful opportunity at Royal MTC. She sends thank yous and love to her family and to Bernie!

Fanny / Fezziwig Guest / Susan / Fred Guest Cassandra Potenza

Cassandra Potenza

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Singapore and Dubai tours of Alice in Wonderland (Creativiva); Seven Ages (Second Strike),; Washing the Dead (InspiraTO); The Beaux’ Stratagem, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Suicide, The Enchanted (George Brown Theatre School); Footloose (Rainbow).

FILM/TV Burden of Truth (CBC), Break My Heart 1000 Times (Gold Circle), A Dream of Christmas (Hallmark), Forbidden (Discovery ID USA).

TRAINING Graduate of George Brown Theatre School (2016).

ET CETERA Many thanks to Steven and the rest of the Royal MTC team for this wonderful opportunity!


Ghost of Christmas Past / Mrs. Cratchit Cherissa Richards

Cherissa Richards

ROYAL MTC The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

OTHER THEATRE 1837 Farmer’s Revolt, Dracula, Richard III, The Power of Harriet T, Eating Pomegranates Naked, Tough Case, Eternal Hydra, Dirty Butterfly, On the Rocks, The Admirable Crichton, An Ideal Husband, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Seven, Our Lady of 121st Street.

FILM/TV Max & Shred, The Christmas Heart, Wrong Turn 4, Heater.

TRAINING/TEACHING M.F.A. Acting-York University, National Theatre School, B.A.H. Theatre-University of Winnipeg, Ecole Philippe Gaulier-Clown. Instructor: 1st year Theatre Performance-University of Winnipeg, York University.


Belinda Cratchit / Mary / Ignorance Meredith Rose

Meredith Rose

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Lion King, James and the Giant Peach (SJASD Divisional Musical Theatre); Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka, Singin’ in the Rain (Junior Musical Theatre Company); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Piper Pride Productions). Upcoming: Seussical the Musical (SJASD Divisional Musical Theatre); Aida (Piper Pride Productions).

FILM Scab, The Midnight Man.

TRAINING Musical Theatre (Paula Olko, Katrina German); Voice (Julie Biggs); Acting (Lois Brothers).

ET CETERA Meredith is thrilled to share the stage with this amazing cast and work with this creative team! When she is not singing and acting you can find her pursuing her other passion, horseback riding. Words to live by - Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.


Belle / Ms. Jones / Cleaning Lady Heather Russell

Heather Russell

ROYAL MTC Unnecessary Farce, Armstrong’s War.

OTHER THEATRE Romeo and Juliet (SIR); Iceland (TPM); Expressions vives (Cercle Molière); Night Light, Dying To Be Thin (MTYP); Magical Mystery Munsch (PTE); My Name is Rachel Corrie (MayWorks); The Sh!t Show (The Talentless Lumps); The Crackwalker (Sweet and Salty Collective).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg; PTE@PTE.

ET CETERA Heather is a founding member of Sweet and Salty Collective and The Talentless Lumps. Love to Cam and Casper.


Tiny Tim / Ebenezer / Boy Scrooge / Child in Debt Renelle Thiessen

Renelle Thiessen

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (North Kildonan Community Players); Welcome Spikey’s Points and Catch a Friend (Jade Productions).

TRAINING Renelle is currently a grade 5 student at École Henri-Bergeron. 

ET CETERA Renelle has received the Medal of Excellence from Conservatory Canada for grade 3 piano.


Tiny Tim / Ebenezer / Boy Scrooge / Child in Debt Isaac Vint

Isaac Vint

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

FILM Book of Vaudeville (Farpoint Films).

TRAINING Theatre classes at PTE.

ET CETERA Isaac is thrilled to be part of A Christmas Carol. He wants to thank his family for everything especially his big sister Cooper for helping him with his lines.

Set Designer Gillian Gallow

Gillian Gallow

ROYAL MTC Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, Seminar (with Mirvish), Hirsch, Venus in Fur, God of Carnage (with VP), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, with TC).

OTHER THEATRE Louis Riel (costumes, COC); An Octoroon (Shaw); The Physicists, The Three Musketeers (costumes), Hirsch (set/costumes) (Stratford); King Lear, Stuff Happens (set/costumes, NAC); Mary Poppins (costumes, Citadel/TC); Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary, Awake and Sing! (costumes, Soulpepper); Night, The Road to Paradise (set/costumes, Human Cargo); Appetite (set/costumes, Volcano/TPM); The Mill (set, Theatrefront). 

TRAINING York University, BFA.

ET CETERA Gillian is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore awards.


Lighting Designer Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson

ROYAL MTC Over 50 productions since 1995, including A Christmas Carol (2005), Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, The Audience (with Mirvish), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Next to Normal, Red (with Belfry), The Seagull, Top Girls.

OTHER THEATRE Scott has designed lighting for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Shaw and Stratford festivals.

TRAINING Scott is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

ET CETERA Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for love and support.


Artistic Team

Playwright Bruce McManus

Bruce McManus

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Carol (2005). Playwright in Residence 1984-85.

OTHER THEATRE All Restaurant Fires Are Arson, Selkirk Avenue, The Chinese Man Said Goodbye, A Doll’s House, Schedules (PTE); Three Sisters (zone41); Selkirk Avenue, Calenture (Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba); Caffe, House Rules, Getting Somewhere (U of W). Various independent and Fringe productions and Arts Club Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Magnus Theatre.

ET CETERA Playwriting Instructor/Playwright in Residence Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, University of Winnipeg. Nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Drama.


Director Steven Schipper

Steven Schipper

ROYAL MTC Selected: Sarah Ballenden, Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev, Unnecessary Farce, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Fiddler on the Roof, the world premieres of Maureen Hunter’s Atlantis (with TC), Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf (with Rubicon), Olaf Pyttlik’s The Wave and Bruce McManus’ A Christmas Carol (2005), and the Canadian premieres of Quills, Proposals (with Mirvish) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA).

TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba.

Costume Designer Judith Bowden

Judith Bowden

ROYAL MTC Costume Designer: Gone With the Wind, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol (2005), Pride and Prejudice. Set & Costume Designer: Chimerica (with CS), Strong Poison, Proof (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE 15 seasons with the Shaw Festival, including recently: My Fair Lady (Costumes); Saint Joan, An Ideal Husband, Sunday in the Park with George, Belle Moral (Set & Costumes). Recently, as Costume Designer: My Fair Lady, The Music Man (Arena Stage, Washington DC); Faith Healer (Soulpepper). Recently, as Set & Costume Designer: Musik für das Ende (Soundstreams and Crows Theatre); Nativity (NAC); La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo (Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant) (Pacific Opera Victoria); Top Girls (Soulpepper); Cloud 9 (Mirvish). Judith’s designs have also been seen at Canadian Stage, PTE, Alberta Theatre Projects, Tarragon, Theatre Calgary and the Grand Theatre.


Composer / Vocal Coach Danny Carroll

Danny Carroll

ROYAL MTC Selected composing credits include: Gone With the Wind, Romeo and Juliet, The Shunning, It’s a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play, Pride and Prejudice, Over the Tavern, The Tempest, Retreat from Moscow, A Christmas Carol (2005), Trying, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lawyers Play).

OTHER THEATRE The Jungle Book, New Canadian Kid, Peter Pan, Night Light, James and the Giant Peach (Musical Director) (MTYP); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, The Best Brothers, Having Hope at Home (PTE); Lenin’s Embalmers, Death of a Salesman, Einstein’s Gift, Tales of the Allergist’s Wife, The Year of the Flood (WJT); The Inscrutable Fugue (Echo Theatre). 

ET CETERA Danny Carroll is a Winnipeg musician, composer and music educator. Hugs to LinsHilDot and l’aura.

Sound Designer John Bent Jr.

John Bent Jr.

ROYAL MTC More than 50 shows since 1998, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie, A Christmas Story, Next to Normal, The 39 Steps, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Syringa Tree, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rocky Horror Show (with CS), A Christmas Carol (2005), Evita (with TC), Camelot (with TC/Citadel), King Lear, Wit. Head of Audio from 1998 to 2015.

OTHER THEATRE Savannah Sipping Society, Desdemona, Spider’s Web (R-G Productions); The Shadowy Waters (Eternal Rose Theatre); The Diary of Anne Frank (Segal/Neptune); Search for Signs, Keely and Du, The Heart As It Lived, Grace (ATP); Lion in the Streets (Sage Theatre); Some Assembly Required (Northern Light Theatre).

Choreographer Teri-Lynn Friesen

Teri-Lynn Friesen

ROYAL MTC Assistant Director: Billy Elliot the Musical. Apprentice Director: Late Company.

OTHER THEATRE Apprentice Director: Mary Poppins, Sister Act (Rainbow); Time’s Fancy, Corner Of (Winnipeg Fringe). Teri-Lynn has also worked with many local companies including Flipside Opera, Theatre by the River, Echo Theatre and produced two pop-up theatrical experiences at The Forks.

TRAINING Graduate of the U of W Theatre and Film Program (BA Hon). Second-year training with the Emerging Creators Unit at MTYP.

ET CETERA Teri-Lynn is a three-time recipient of the Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarship. Thank you!


Accessibility Consultant Stefanie Wiens OT Reg (MB)

Stefanie Wiens OT Reg (MB)

ROYAL MTC Accessibility Consultant: Kill Me Now. Actor: The Audience (with Mirvish), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Miracle on South Division Street, Strong Poison, Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III. Assistant Director: Steel Magnolias. Apprentice Director: Calendar Girls (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Blithe Spirit (Echo Theatre/CowardFest); The Touring Test, Wild Magic (Winnipeg Fringe); Kindness (MTYP); A Moon for the Misbegotten (O’NeillFest); Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof (Rainbow).

FILM/TV Selected: The Pinkertons, Barbara Blackwood Movie (post-production).

TRAINING U of M, U of W.

ET CETERA Stefanie is thrilled to put her occupational therapy skills to use toward enabling inclusion and accessibility in professional theatre. To learn more, please visit her blog:


Apprentice Director Rebekah Enns

Rebekah Enns

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Heidi Chronicles (U of W); Misfit (DIO Festival); as well as design for Concord Floral, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Big Love (U of W).

TRAINING Rebekah Enns studied Design and Directing at the University of Winnipeg, she also recently travelled to The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance to study Clown.

ET CETERA Rebekah would like to thank her family for their unending support.


Assistant Set Designer Eric Dizon

Eric Dizon

ROYAL MTC Sarah Ballenden, Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet.

TRAINING Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; masterclasses from the National Theatre School of Canada; Dip. (Honours) in Communication Design from Red River College and studied Industrial Design at Mapúa University Manila.

ET CETERA Many thanks to the fabulous Gillian Gallow and the incredible team of Royal MTC. Eric is a multidisciplinary designer with a focus in performing


Lighting Design Apprentice Tori Popp

Tori Popp

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Lighting Design: The Heidi Chronicles, Big Love (U of W); The Stock (ArtLaunch Theatre Company); Production Management: FemFest 2016 & 2017 (Sarasvàti); Tigers Be Still (District Theatre Collective).

TRAINING Tori is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts Hons., with a specialization in Theatre Production and Stage Management.

ET CETERA Enjoy! Thank you to everyone who works so hard at Royal MTC: onstage, backstage and everywhere in between!


Stage Manager Karyn Kumhyr

Karyn Kumhyr

ROYAL MTC Sarah Ballenden, Chimerica (with CS), The Woman in Black, A Christmas Story, Ed’s Garage, Next to Normal, The Shunning, Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, The Tempest, Driving Miss Daisy, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes. Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Foreigner, Doc. Crew: My Name is Asher Lev, The Gin Game, Thimblerig, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Tempest, Side by Side by Sondheim.

OTHER THEATRE The 39 Steps (Harbourfront, PEI); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand); Anne & Gilbert (The Guild, PEI); The Jungle Book, James and the Giant Peach, (MTYP); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story (MTYP, Arts Club, Citadel); Small Things, Altar Boyz, The Secret Mask (PTE); Molière, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (ATP); The Gin Game (Valley Summer Theatre); Bump, Snow Dance (Ship’s Company Theatre); The Addams Family, Urinetown (Dry Cold); The Drawer Boy (ATF).

FILM/TV JT (The JT Leroy Story), Burden of Truth (CBC TV Series), Into Invisible Light (Frantic Films).

ET CETERA This is for my mother, who enriched my life by passing on to me her love of storytelling.


Assistant Stage Manager Michael Duggan

Michael Duggan

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Hand to God. Assistant Stage Manager: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (with Citadel), Chimerica, Clever Little Lies, The Glass Menagerie, Other People’s Money. Apprentice Stage Manager: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, The Shunning, Brief Encounter, The Seafarer, Steel Magnolias. Props: Gone With the Wind.

OTHER THEATRE Mamma Mia! (Rainbow); The Birds and the Bees (PTE); Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II (zone41); Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (SIR).

TRAINING B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Production and Stage Management at the University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Enjoy the show!


Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Freundl

Jessica Freundl

ROYAL MTC Billy Elliot The Musical, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Penelopiad, Miracle on South Division Street (John Hirsch Mainstage & regional tour), August: Osage County, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Looking Back – West.

OTHER THEATRE Mary Poppins (Globe); Munsch Upon a Time (tour, PTE); Nutcracker (RWB); The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (SIR); Dying to Be Thin (MTYP); EDEN, Kayak (Sarasvàti FemFest); Hairspray (Rainbow); King’s Park (Moving Target); The Father (WJT); Lenin’s Embalmers (WJT/HGJT); Juliet and Romeo, faust(us): a fantasy, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, The Distance from Here (U of W).

TRAINING Jessica is a graduate of the U of W Department of Theatre and Film, majoring in Stage Management and Production.

ET CETERA Love and kisses to my extra supportive husband! I cannot wait until my name is Jessica Pukay everywhere!


Apprentice Stage Manager Steven Smits

Steven Smits

ROYAL MTC Assistant Production Manager (2016/17 season).

OTHER THEATRE Production Assistant of the Festival Theatre (Stratford); Apprentice Stage Manager of Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing, Technical Director of Romeo and Juliet and Comedy of Errors
(St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Sound Design of The Passage (Montreal Fringe).


TRAINING Production Program - National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (Stratford). A special thanks to my Royal MTC family, to my family back home, and to Linsey Callaghan for their unending support!


Child Supervisor: Adeline Sokulski