2021/22 MENTEES

UmaBains.jpgUMA BAINS

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Willy Wonka Jr., Singin' in the Rain Jr., You are not alone: A Musical Medley, Tuck Everlasting *Canadian Premiere*, The Wonderful World of Disney, Newsies, Bright Lights of Broadway, Matilda, A New World (Junior Musical Theatre Company); High School Musical 2: On Stage (Oak Park High School).
TRAINING Junior Musical Theatre Company and Oak Park High School.
ET CETERA Thank you to Royal MTC for this great opportunity, and special thanks to my family and friends!

WrenBrian.jpgWREN BRIAN

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Director: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
OTHER THEATRE Playwriting: When (Climate Change Theatre Action 2021); Situation (Gwaandak Theatre and Yukon Human Rights Commission); Bystander (Gwaandak Theatre, also shortlisted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada Emerging Playwright Award in 2015); 11 Million (Theatre by the River Wine and Words); Something’s Not Right (Sarasvàti Productions Cabaret of Monologues). Self-produced at the Winnipeg Fringe: Animosity, Anomie (winner of the Harry S. Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play at the Fringe); SHARDS.
TRAINING BA Honours in Theatre & Film from the University of Winnipeg.
ET CETERA Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Emerging Playwrights Unit in association with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s The Sandbox.

IvyCharles.jpgIVY CHARLES

ROYAL MTC Orlando.
OTHER THEATRE Urinetown, Antony and Cleopatra, Cabaret (Studio 58); East Van Panto: Pinocchio (Theatre Replacements).
FILM Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime); Reframed (Electric Company Theatre).
TRAINING Graduate of Studio 58.
ET CETERA Ivy was the Head Coordinator of Studio 58’s Diversity Committee from 2019-2020, the Head Facilitator from 2018-2019 and the winner of the Hnatyshyn Grant for English theatre in 2019.

DaphneFinlayson.jpgDaphne Finlayson

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Director: It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play.
OTHER THEATRE Creator/Performer: Knock Knock Ginger, Art Walk in the Park (One Trunk Theatre). Director of Photography/Editor, Inhibition Exhibition (Village Conservatory). Director: (Art)ist (Hypothetical Projects/Winnipeg Fringe Festival); 12th Night: A Musical (Assistant Director, Village Conservatory/Keep Theatre); Pith!,Empathy, Deadly Politics (or a Murder Mystery Murder Mystery) (Black Hole Theatre Company)
TRAINING Currently enrolled in the Digital Film and Media Production program at Red River College Polytechnic. Graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Theatre Program.
ET CETERA Daphne is the recipient of the 2021 David Wyatt Scholarship from Reel Pride Film Festival, which she is putting towards furthering her training in digital theatre and media. She is currently the producer of Monkeys and Playbills, a biweekly musical theatre podcast hosted by Paul De Gurse and Jillian Willems.

CarlaHernandez.jpgCarla Hernandez

ROYAL MTC Orlando, Tiny Plays, Big Ideas.
FILM Filmmaker: Queer Fear.
ET CETERA Carla is a passionate storyteller from Treaty No.1 Territory. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ and Latinx community, she is driven to bringing support and awareness to unheard voices through her filmmaking. www.linktr.ee/carlaeher.

RochelleKives.jpgRochelle Kives

ROYAL MTC Where.Are.You.From. (Tiny Plays, Big Ideas). Upcoming: Calpurnia.
OTHER THEATRE Most recent: 25 Questions For A Jewish Mother, Precipice (WJT); Ma-Buhay WorkshopMiss Saigon, South Pacific, Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow); Elizabeth Rex (Bunbury Productions); A Year with Frog and Toad (MTYP); South Pacific (WSO); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Dry Cold); South Pacific (Regina Symphony Orchestra); The Who’s Tommy (Platinum Theatre).
FILM/TV A Kiss Before Christmas (Hallmark); Larry Saves The Canadian Health Care System (Tripwire Media Group).
TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program.
ET CETERA Rochelle spent 12 years performing as the lead singer in the production casts onboard NCL, Azamara and Celebrity Cruises. She is co-founder and producer of the vocal group Unique3, they travel as featured guest artists on various cruise lines around the world. Thank you to Royal MTC for creating this wonderful program!

FrancesKoncan.jpgFRANCES KONCAN

ROYAL MTC Director: Ode to RED Auntie (Tiny Plays, Big Ideas). Assistant Director: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (with Mirvish), The Humans. Apprentice Director: Seminar (with Mirvish). Playwright: Women of the Fur Trade.
OTHER THEATRE Seat-filler at the 2016 Tony Awards.
FILM Outdigenous (Writer/Director), THAT’S AWSM! (Writer).
TRAINING MFA Playwriting, City University of New York Brooklyn College.
ET CETERA Follow them at @franceskoncan on your generation’s preferred social media platform.

KathleenMacLean.jpgKathleen MacLean

ROYAL MTC Actor: Women of the Fur Trade. Playwright: In Conclusion (2020/21 Pimootayowin Creators Circle).
OTHER THEATRE Weesageechak Festival (NEPA – Native Earth Performing Arts); Torn Through Time (MTYP); The Third Colour (PTE); The Wolves (Live Five); The Threepenny Opera (NTS); The Rez Sisters (Stratford).
TRAINING Graduate of the 2018 Acting Class of the National Theatre School of Canada.
ET CETERA Kathleen is a 2Spirit, Métis-Settler from Treaty 6 Territory & the Homeland of the Métis (Saskatoon, SK). Kinanâskomitin to the Indigenous and Queer storytellers who have come before me – I stand on their shoulders.

EmilyMeadows.jpgEMILY MEADOWS

ROYAL MTC Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.
OTHER THEATRE Reefer Madness (WST); Stronger Together: Opening Doors to Mental Health (Suitcase Theatre); The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival Young Company/Eastern Canada touring company); We All Got Lost (Hamilton Fringe); The Last 48 (Winnipeg Fringe); world premiere of Senza Luce, Into the Woods, The Cradle Will Rock, Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow Stage).
TRAINING Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre from Sheridan; the Second City Conservatory Programme for Improv and Sketch Comedy, Toronto.
ET CETERA Grateful five-time Royal MTC Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Scholarship winner; recipient of the Elizabeth Mawson-Maud Whitmore scholarship for voice. An extra special thank you to Royal MTC, my encouraging family and supportive friends, especially mom, dad and Josh.

CarlyRackal.jpgCarly Rackal

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Twelfth Night (ShakespeareFest); The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Meraki Theatre); The Great Pillow War of '96 (Not My Favourite Daugher); Big Love, The Balcony, The Heidi Chronicles (U of W).
TRAINING/TEACHING University of Winnipeg Honours Acting; The Village Conservatory for Music Theatre; Creative Assistant and Instructor: Meraki Theatre
ET CETERA Carly is very honoured and grateful to be participating in this mentorship program. Lots of love always to her friends and family for always believing in her.

JosephSevillo.jpgJoseph Sevillo

ROYAL MTC The Wave, Evita, Billy Elliot the Musical.
OTHER THEATRE South Pacific, A Chorus Line, Fame, Rent, Shrek, Joseph Dreamcoat, Cinderella (Rainbow); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); Beauty and the Beast (Citadel/TC); Miss Saigon (Drayton); Seussical Canadian Premiere (YPT); Westside Story (Vancouver Opera); Altarboyz (PTE/WST); Skin (Magnus); Danny King of the Basement (MTYP).
TV Prison Dancer.
ET CETERA Creator of Ma-buhay! Musical, Founding Director of RISE Musical Theatre Co. Thank you to my parents who have always supported my love of the arts.

EmmaWelham.jpgEmma Welham

ROYAL MTC Production Dramaturg: Orlando.
OTHER THEATRE Director: To: Morrow (Sarasvàti). Assistant Director: Meet Me at Dawn (TBTR). Co-Director/Actor: Inhibition Exhibition (ViC). Actor: House at Pooh Corner (MTYP); Arcadia, Love’s Labour’s Lost (U of W); To Kill a Lizard (Sarasvàti); Student Body (Beau Theatre Co.); School of Rock (WST).
TRAINING Creative Manitoba Mentorship with Krista Jackson, University of Winnipeg (BAH Peformance), The Village Conservatory for Music Theatre.
ET CETERA Emma is the recipient of multiple Jean-Murray-Moray Sinclair scholarships and is grateful to Royal MTC for their continued support of her development as an artist.

ChaseWinnicky.jpgChase Winnicky

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Pot of Gold (Rainbow); Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Addams Family (Dry Cold); Alice in Wonderland - the Panto (Diversified Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Dauntless City Theatre); Andy Warhol Musical (Pop Up Theatre/Mirvish Workshop); The Nutcracker (National Ballet of Canada); The Drowsy Chaperone (Randolph); Assistant Choreographer on Godspell (WST); Lead Vocalist internationally with Oceania Cruises.
FILM/TV ’Tis the Season to be Merry, Crashing Through the Snow (Hallmark). Upcoming: The Porter (CBC/BET+); SkyMed (Paramount+/CBC/CBS).
TRAINING Randolph College for the Performing Arts. 
ET CETERA Huge thank you to Royal MTC for creating such an amazing mentorship program here in Winnipeg!  www.chasewinnicky.com