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Joseph Abetria-web.jpgJoseph Abetria

ROYAL MTC Costume Designer: Bang Bang (with Belfry), Last Train to Nibroc (tour). Apprentice Costume Designer: Billy Elliot the Musical.
OTHER THEATRE (selected) Costume Designer: Plé (Plé Collective presented by MTYP); Spelling 2-5-5 (MTYP); Women of the Fur Trade (Vault Projects); Mary’s Wedding, Iceland (TPM); Concord Floral, Vinegar Tom, The Laramie Project (U of W). Set Designer: Richard III (SIR). Production Designer: The Game, Two Indians, The Seduction Theory (Sarasvàti Productions). Assistant Costume Designer: Othello, The Neverending Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford).
TRAINING University of Winnipeg. 


Philip Akin-web.jpgPhilip Akin

ROYAL MTC Director: The Humans.
OTHER THEATRE Recent and selected directing: Million Billion Pieces by David Brock/Gareth Williams (YPT); Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu (Obsidian); 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt by Rick Salutin (Shaw); Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (2017) (Musical Stage Co./Obsidian); Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard (Shaw/Obsidian); Up the Garden Path by Lisa Codrington, Venus’ Daughter by Meghan Swaby (Obsidian). Upcoming: Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress (Shaw).
ET CETERA Head of the Philip Akin Black Shoulders Legacy Award; Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre Company (2003 to 2020); Dora Awards for Best Director in the General Theatre Division (2012, 2017); Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Director (2017, 2019); My Entertainment Award: Best Director: Venus’ Daughter (2016); William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life (2014); CAEA Life Membership Award; PGC: Women’s Caucus Bra D’Or Award for supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights; Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award; TAPA Silver Ticket Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts (2010).


Reneltta Arluk-web.jpgReneltta Arluk

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
ET CETERA Reneltta is an Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree mom from the Northwest Territories. She is founder of Akpik Theatre, a northern focused professional Indigenous Theatre company. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, this nomadic environment gave Reneltta the skills to become the multi-disciplined artist she is now. For nearly two decades, Reneltta has taken part in or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and overseas. Under Akpik Theatre, Reneltta has written, produced, and performed various works creating space for Indigenous led voice. Current works include Pawâkan Macbeth, a Plains Cree takeover of Macbeth written by Arluk on Treaty 6 territory. Pawâkan Macbeth was inspired by working with youth and elders on the Frog Lake reserve. Reneltta is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and Reneltta is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to direct at The Stratford Festival. There she was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie - Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award for her direction of The Breathing Hole. Reneltta is Director of Indigenous Arts at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity.


Nina Lee Aquino-web.jpgNina Lee Aquino

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Nina has directed world premieres and revivals at theatres across the country.
TEACHING Nina has lectured, taught and directed innovative projects at educational institutions such as Humber College, University of Toronto Mississauga Sheridan, York University, and the National Theatre School. She was recently appointed Adjunct Professor at York University’s Department of Theatre.  
ET CETERA With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina was the founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre company, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (2-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre. She became Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, currently holds the same position at Factory Theatre, and is the President of the Board of Directors at the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award 2018, and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.


Deanna-Choi-web.jpgDeanna H. Choi

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Happy Place (PTE). Elsewhere in Canada: productions for Soulpepper, Shaw, Stratford, Canadian Stage, Howland Company, Crow’s, Nightwood, Theatre New Brunswick, Blyth, Coal Mine, Necessary Angel, Factory, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Calgary, Nightwood, buddies, lemontree, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Calgary, fu-GEN. 
FILM/TV Receiver (Reel Asian Best Short Award).
TEACHING Guest instructor at NTS, McGill, UofT, Ryerson, UBC.
ET CETERA Deanna is the laureate of the 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award (Ontario Arts Council). splitbrainsound.com


David Connolly-web.jpgDavid Connolly

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Associate Artistic Director, Drayton Entertainment where he has directed the Canadian regional theatre premieres of Kinky Boots, Newsies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia! and High School Musical.
FILM/TV Director/ Choreographer, CBC series The Doodlebops and The Moblees. Choreographer, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s series, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
TRAINING/TEACHING David holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Sheridan College. As the only amputee to have performed on Broadway, David is a proud advocate who’s deeply committed to matters concerning inclusion in the arts. As an educator, he has been an Adjunct Professor, Director, and Advisor to the Musical Theatre Performance Programs at St Lawrence College, Sheridan College, Randolph College, and Vandercook College.
ET CETERA Recipient of the Premier of Ontario’s Award of Excellence. DavidWConnolly.com


Beth Dart-web.jpgBeth Dart

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Dead Centre of Town (2007-2019), Curio Shoppe, Ursa Major, SNOUT by Megan Dart (Catch the Keys Productions); Tracks by Mac Brock and Ensemble (Amoris Projects); Jezebel at the Still Point by Ainsley Hillyard (Bumblebear Productions); OCD, Functional and Gemini by Louise Casemore (Defiance Theatre); 900 Seconds by Christine Lesiak (Small Matters Productions).
ET CETERA Beth is the co-artistic producer of award-winning indie theatre company Catch the Keys Productions, best known for Dead Centre of Town, an annual site-specific theatre experience inspired by the ghost stories of Edmonton’s past. She is the co-artistic producer of Common Ground Arts Society and Festival Director of Found Festival, Edmonton’s multidisciplinary found space and site-specific arts festival.


Sunny-Drake-web.jpgSunny Drake

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
ET CETERA Sunny’s inventive plays/performance works have been translated into four languages and presented in over 60 cities across the world. His wide range of audiences have spanned international arts festivals, elderly ladies in regional theatres and queers in underground warehouses. Sunny was commissioned by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, PACT and ATFC to write the 2019 World Theatre Day message for Canada. He was awarded the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize 2019 ($25,000) for having a significant impact on performing arts in Ontario, and was a finalist for the K. M. Hunter Theatre Award (2018). He was a playwright-in-residence at Stratford in 2019. Sunny was born and grown in Australia and has lived in Tkaronto (Toronto) since 2011.  


Haysam Kadri.jpgHaysam Kadri

ROYAL MTC Director/Fight Director: A Thousand Splendid Suns (postponed due to COVID-19).
OTHER THEATRE Director: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Grand Theatre, The Arts Club); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hammered Hamlet, The Three Musketeers, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus (The Shakespeare Co.); The Shoplifters, Romeo and Juliet, Victors, Villains & Vixens, Hamlet After Dark (TC); The Wizard of Oz (ATP); Better Off Dead: Nero Wolfe (Vertigo Theatre); Metamorphoses (University of Calgary); Dracula, A Prairie Boy’s Winter (Mount Royal University); The Hobbit (Storybook Theatre); Dracula (Red Deer College); Double Falsehood (Shakespeare in the Park).
ET CETERA Haysam is the Artistic Producer of The Shakespeare Company and Program Director of Shake-speare by the Bow in Calgary.


Laura Nanni-web.jpgLaura Nanni

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
ET CETERA Laura Nanni is a curator, producer and artist, known for her successful leadership of initiatives focused on artistic experimentation, community building, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public space. Since 2016, as Artistic and Managing Director of SummerWorks, she has led the organization through a significant period of growth and transformation. Past roles include: Programming Supervisor for Nuit Blanche Toronto; Rhubarb Festival Director for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; as well as Curator and Program Coordinator for the HATCH mentorship and residency program at Harbourfront Centre. She has also worked for a variety of arts organizations and festivals, including Circus Orange, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, FADO Performance Art Centre, The Theatre Centre, Stratford Festival of Canada, Vancouver Cultural Olympiad and Toronto International Film Festival. Her artistic projects and collaborations, often site-specific, have been presented across North America, Europe and the UK. More info at laurananni.com.


Yvette Nolan-web.jpgYvette Nolan

ROYAL MTC LOOT, Mornings at Seven, The 101 Miracles of Hope Chance, Winnipeg Fringe Festival (1988 -1991).
OTHER THEATRE You Can’t Get There From Here, The Unplugging (Factory); Katharsis (PTE); Reasonable Doubt (Persephone); The Penelopiad (Ferre Play); Shanawdithit (Tapestry Opera); Bearing (Signal/Luminato); Death of a Chief, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, A Very Polite Genocide, Salt Baby, Annie Mae’s Movement (NEPA); The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (NAC/WCTC); BLADE (Hardly Art).
FILM A Common Experience (w.Shane Belcourt).
TEACHING Founded Young Voices/Aniimikiig at Native Earth. Dramaturg across Turtle Island.
ET CETERA Artistic Director Native Earth Performing Arts, 2003-2011. Currently pursuing her Masters of Public Policy at JSGS on the Board Governance in theatre.


Kimberley Rampersad-web.jpgKimberley Rampersad

ROYAL MTC Director: The Color Purple (with Citadel). Choreographer: Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (with Arts Club/Citadel), Bittergirl: The Musical, Legally Blonde (Royal MTC/MBA). Assistant Director: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (2009). Actor: Cabaret, The Penelopiad, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), Judy in White Christmas, Dreamgirls (with TA), Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC), Lady, Be Good!.
OTHER THEATRE Director: Man and Superman, O’Flaherty, V.C. (Shaw); The Color Purple (Neptune); Intimate Apparel (WJT); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (GCTC); hang (Obsidian); Routes (MTYP).
ET CETERA Kimberley works with the Gina Wilkinson Prize, the Philip Akin – Black Shoulders Legacy Award, and is a board director of the AFC. She is the Associate Artistic Director at the Shaw Festival.


Maiko Yamamoto-web.jpgMaiko Yamamoto

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Co-Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based performance company, Theatre Replacement, founded with James Long. With the company she has created over 20 new works, many of which have toured to festivals and venues around the world. Recent directing credits include: Panto Come Home! MINE, Little Volcano, Town Choir, Town Criers.
TRAINING BFA from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts; MAA (Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Art) from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
ET CETERA Maiko Yamamoto is a Vancouver-based artist who creates new, experimental and intercultural works of performance. Many of these works are built through a practice of collaboration and include theatre projects, public art works, and performance installations. 
In addition, Maiko teaches performance and mentors artists for a range of different companies and organizations, both in Canada and abroad. She also occasionally works as a curator and writes about performance for a variety of publications. Maiko is the 2019 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize in Directing, with James Long. 

 

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