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The Color Purple

Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Book by Marsha Norman; Music & Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by Kimberley Rampersad 
A co-production with the Citadel Theatre


Sponsored by The Asper Foundation | Gail Asper Family Foundation



October 22 - November 16
Preview: October 22 , October 23

John Hirsch Mainstage

ADDED PERFORMANCE: SAT NOV 16 AT 8:30PM

FIVE STARS – Winnipeg Free Press

“Celebrates strength, faith and the human spirit with a joyful noise” – CBC

Journey with Celie as she forges improbable friendships, dares to love and inspires those around her with humility and compassion. Soaring on the notes of a soul-raising Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple will leave you breathless.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 35 minutes (incl. 1 intermission)
Warnings: Strong language, mature content, theatrical haze
Production ID: 26934
Start Date: 10/24/2019 2:44:16 PM
End Date: 11/16/2019 2:44:25 PM
Title: The Color Purple
Playwright: Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Book by Marsha Norman; Music & Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by Kimberley Rampersad 
A co-production with the Citadel Theatre


Sponsored by The Asper Foundation | Gail Asper Family Foundation
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ADDED PERFORMANCE: SAT NOV 16 AT 8:30PM

FIVE STARS – Winnipeg Free Press

“Celebrates strength, faith and the human spirit with a joyful noise” – CBC

Journey with Celie as she forges improbable friendships, dares to love and inspires those around her with humility and compassion. Soaring on the notes of a soul-raising Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple will leave you breathless.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 35 minutes (incl. 1 intermission)
Warnings: Strong language, mature content, theatrical haze
Facility: John Hirsch Mainstage
Alternate URL: https://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/The-Color-Purple.aspx
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Actors

Mister Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: The Book of Mormon (Broadway); Twelfth Night (TC); Sousatzka (Teatro Proscenium Ltd.); Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud); Metamorphoses (NAC); The Color Purple (Neptune); Feelgood (TNB); Master Harold and the Boys (Thousand Islands Playhouse).

FILM/TV Selected: Tokens (web series); Between, 21 Thunder (Netflix); Frankie Drake, Rex, Working Moms (CBC); Taken (NBC); Rogue (DIRECTV); Blue Mountain State (Spike TV); Orphan Black (BBC America).

ET CETERA Ryan is also a trained operatic tenor who has performed across North America and Italy. Twitter: @ryanallen44

Harpo Andrew Broderick

Andrew Broderick

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Color Purple (Neptune); Grand Hotel, Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher (Shaw); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stratford); Hairspray (Charlottetown/Drayton/Rainbow); Dreamgirls (Grand); Hadestown (Citadel).

TRAINING Graduate of the Sheridan Musical Theatre Program.

ET CETERA Andrew is excited to share this very human and timely story with this talented cast and creative team. Special thanks to The Talent House; and loved ones at home who are the roots and reminders to always return home.

Shug Karen Burthwright

Karen Burthwright

ROYAL MTC The Rocky Horror Show (with CS).

OTHER THEATRE Favourite credits include: Shug Avery in The Color Purple (Neptune); Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Obeah Opera (Panamania 2015); and Fall for Dance North 2018 (Fleck Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Broadway Revival/Stratford/La Jolla Playhouse); Play Like A Winner (New York Music Festival 2017); Disenchanted (Westside Theatre); Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, Mamma Mia! (Toronto/first National Tours); Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (George Street Playhouse); Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café (Florida Studio Theatre); Nickie in Sweet Charity (Writers Theatre); Ragtime, Hot Mikado, Aida (Drury Lane Oakbrook).

FILM Superman: Man of Steel.

TRAINING Claude Watson School for the Arts, Earl Haig SS CWSA program.

ET CETERA Lots of love and gratitude to my mommy for all her support and encouragement over the years. Special thanks to Talent House and to all of my teachers and coaches. Karenburthwright.com

Preacher / Ol' Mister David Comrie

David Comrie

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE International: He was last seen as Mufasa in the musical The Lion King. Regional: Motown Gold, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grease, Les Misérables.

Film/TV Money Heist (La Casa de Papel Netflix).

ET CETERA David is excited to be back on the Canadian stage after living abroad for the past eight years. When not performing, David is a writer and is currently working on his first book. Immense gratitude to my family, Maxime, and the cast and creative team of The Color Purple. @iamdavidcomrie

Sofia Janelle Cooper

Janelle Cooper

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Canadian premiere of The Color Purple (Neptune); Twelfth Night, I Am For You, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (NAC); World Premiere of Sousatzka The Musical (Teatro); Waiting for the Parade, Charlotte’s Web, Penelopiad, Toad of Toad Hall (ATP); Speed Dating for Sperm Donors (Lunchbox); world premiere of John Ware Reimagined, Canadian premiere of Ruined, The Real McCoy and Vagina Monologues (Ellipsis Tree Collective).

FILM/TV John Ware Reclaimed (NFB); The Right Kind of Wrong (Serendipity); High Noon (Lifetime); Snow 2: Brain Freeze (ABC).

TRAINING Janelle holds a BFA in Drama specializing in Performance Creation from the University of Calgary.

ET CETERA Janelle is an award-winning actor and one of three 2019 finalists for the Gina Wilkinson Emerging Directors Prize.

Nettie Allison Edwards-Crewe

Allison Edwards-Crewe

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up (The Globe Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); School Girls (Obsidian/Nightwood Theatre); Girls Like That (Tarragon); ‘da Kink in my Hair (TC/NAC); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory); All Shook Up (Stage West Theatre); Hairspray (Rainbow); Dreamgirls (Grand).

FILM/TV Black Actress (Jungle Wild); Surviving Evil (Cineflix); The Witches Ball (Brain Power).

TRAINING Sheridan College – Bachelor of Arts Music Theatre.

ET CETERA Thanks to Kimberley, Floydd and the whole Royal MTC team for this amazing experience. Love to my family, friends and Monika for their ENDLESS support.

Adam Omar Forrest

Omar Forrest

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Twelve Angry Men (Drayton); The Hockey Sweater (NAC); The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Legally Blonde (TA); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera Company); Cabaret, Trojan Women (Stratford); Peter Pan (Neptune); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stage West Mississauga); The Lion King, Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); Touch the Sky (LKTYP).

FILM/TV Mirror, Mirror (Relativity Media); Repo: The Genetic Opera (Twisted Pictures); Da Kink in My Hair (Global); Da Vinci’s City Hall (CBC); Once Upon A Mattress (Paramount).

ET CETERA Thank you, Kimberley and Floydd, for this amazing experience. Thanks, TH.

Celie Tara Jackson

Tara Jackson

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Color Purple (Neptune); Brave Girl (Lunchbox); Jesus Christ Superstar, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Mamma Mia!, Hadestown, Bittergirl: The Musical (Citadel); Soul Sistas, Jesus Christ Superstar, HAIR, Back to the 80’s, Hairspray (Mayfield); Hollywood Hits, Rumours and Dreams (Stage West).

TRAINING An honours graduate of Berklee College of Music. She recently participated in the Broadway Dreams Intensive, and was nominated to perform in a showcase in New York.

ET CETERA Tara was Betty Award-nominated for Brave Girl (Lunchbox) and a Sterling award-winner for Hairspray (Mayfield). Much love to Steven, family and friends! Enjoy the #blackcellence. @taraatee

Buster Jesse Lipscombe

Jesse Lipscombe

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Candidate and The Party (Citadel); John Ware Reimagined (Workshop West).

FILM/TV #Roxy, It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway, Hell on Wheels, Resurrecting the Champ.

ET CETERA I want to dedicate this show to my mother (Monica) and sister (Deanne). Two of the biggest The Color Purple fans in the world and the reason musical theatre is such a huge part of my life!

Pa Michael-Lamont Lytle

Michael-Lamont Lytle

ROYAL MTC Dreamgirls (with TA).

OTHER THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King (Original Canadian casts); Chicago (Original French Canadian cast); Céline Dion (Colour of My Love tour); Cirque du Soleil; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Cinderella; Seussical; Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; Toronto Dance Theatre; Pippin.

FILM/TV Sing; Suits; Madam C. J. Walker Story.

TRAINING Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

ET CETERA Michael-Lamont dedicates this and all future performances to the two people who have always shown him unconditional love, his mother Barbara Lytle, and his husband D’Arcy McLenaghen.

Church Lady Darlene Masini McDermott

Masini McDermott

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Summerland, True North Mixtape, The Fence (Toronto Fringe Festival); Aladdin a Musical Spectacular, Wishes, Believe (Disney Cruise Line – Disney Fantasy); The Color Purple (Neptune).

TRAINING Wexford Collegiate School of the Arts, Sheridan College BA Musical Theatre. Trained by: Lorraine Lawson, Falconer Abraham, Ann Merrian, Barbara Johnston, Valorie Stanois, Gillian Saunders, Greg Peterson.

ET CETERA This show has taught me about love, forgiveness and gratitude. I want to thank Kimberley Rampersad, The Color Purple creatives and cast for having me be part of this journey. Thank you to my mother for always having my back. I love you. I hope you all enjoy this beautiful story and are as inspired as I have been.

Olivia Jameela McNeil

Jameela McNeil

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Sister Act, All Shook Up, Soul Sistas (Mayfield); A Christmas Carol (Carter-Ryan); Sleeping Beauty (Capitol); John Ware Reimagined (Workshop West).

TRAINING Graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program.

ET CETERA Jameela is an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominee. Thanks to my family for your love and support.

Church Lady Jarene Maiko Munroe

Maiko Munroe

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE She recently played the role of Emma Jones in Strike! The Musical (Rainbow) this past spring. Other select credits include Mimi in Rent (Rainbow); and B.J. in Smokey Joe’s Café (Smokey Joe’s Cafe).

ET CETERA The Color Purple is a very special show, and Maiko is grateful to be working with such a wonderful team on her first production with Royal MTC. She writes and produces original music in Toronto, where she currently resides, and is the recipient of two Western Canadian Music Awards. In her teens, she was a member of platinum award-winning pop/R&B group Sugar Jones.

Church Lady Doris Sarah Nairne

Sarah Nairne

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Church Lady in The Color Purple (Neptune); Mrs. Hubbard, Judge and The Machine in ALECK BELL: A Canadian Pop-rock Musical (Tweed & Co.); Fairy Godmother in Cinderella: The Panto (Drayton); Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (Lost and Found Theatre).

TV Commercials: Oh Henry!

ET CETERA Thank you to my family for being so supportive, and thank you to Royal MTC for continuing this amazing story. WTG! Thank you @canvassarah

Squeak Amber Tomlin

Amber Tomlin

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, You’ll Get Used To It!...The War Show (Drayton); Portia, Starbright Christmas (Victoria Playhouse); Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Turandot, Norma, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Nabucco, La Sonnambula, Margaret Garner, Porgy and Bess, La Rondine, The Marriage of Figaro, Romeo and Juliet (Detroit Opera House).

TV Art Beat (Detroit Public Television).

ET CETERA Thanks to Mike, dad, mom and Shantelle, your support means so much. To God be the glory! ambertomlin.com

Grady Tenaj Williams

Tenaj Williams

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Color Purple (Neptune); Touch Me: Songs for a (Dis) Connected Age, A Christmas Carol (TC); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Charlotte’s Web (ATP); King Lear, Macbeth (Shakespeare Company); Naughty But Nice, The Paperbag Princess: A Musical (Forte); Sextet (Verb); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rosebud).

ET CETERA It is such a pleasure to get to be a part of telling this beautiful and important story. I hope you all enjoy the show!

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Artistic Team

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Book Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman won the Pulitzer Prize for her play ‘Night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of the Broadway musical The Secret Garden. Ms. Norman is co-chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of the Juilliard School and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. I: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is a native of Kentucky who lives in New York City and Long Island with her two children.

Music & Lyrics Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell has a unique musical perspective, intimate voice and prolific treasure trove of lyrics that prove that a truly glowing talent only deepens with time. Composer of the classics “Get Here,” “If Only For One Night” and the Grammy-nominated “Piano In The Dark,” Brenda’s songwriting prowess and chameleon-like ability to shift between musical genres and combine styles trumpeted ovations in 2005 with the opening of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray co-wrote the music and lyrics. Brenda and her co-authors were also nominated for a 2007 Grammy in the Best Musical Show Album category for the original cast album.

Music & Lyrics Allee Willis

Allee Willis

Allee Willis is a one-woman creative think tank. A multi-disciplinary artist and visionary thinker whose range of imagination and productivity knows no bounds, her success exuberantly defies categorization; ‘unique’ pales as a descriptor. Willis is a Grammy-winning and Emmy- and Tony-nominated composer whose hit songs – including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Neutron Dance,” Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield’s “What Have I Done To Deserve This” and The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You (theme from Friends)” – have sold over 50 million records. In 2006, Willis’ songs were also featured in three of the top-grossing films of the year, Happy Feet, Night at the Museum and Babel.

Music & Lyrics Stephen Bray

Stephen Bray

Stephen Bray was thrilled to make his Broadway debut with The Color Purple. After beginning music studies with private instruction in Detroit, Bray continued training at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Working with Madonna, he wrote and produced many of her top-10 recordings, including “Angel,” “Into the Groove,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “True Blue” and “Express Yourself.” Performing with Breakfast Club, he earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and a top-10 single. He has composed and produced for multiplatinum artists including The Jets, Gladys Knight and Kylie Minogue. Film and television projects include Beverly Hills Cop II, Who’s That Girl?, All About the Benjamins and the theme for PBS’s California Connected. Stephen is developing artists for his Soultone label and looks forward to more musical theatre. He would like to thank his daughter Milena for her eternal patience and his family for their continuing support.

 

Director Kimberley Rampersad

Kimberley Rampersad

ROYAL MTC 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’s work on Man and Superman was recently featured in the New York Times. She is the Intern Artistic Director at the Shaw Festival. For her beloved sister, Penelope.

Music Director Floydd Ricketts

Floydd Ricketts

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Choir Boy (Centaur); Hello, Dolly; Les Misérables, The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, The Little Prince, My Fair Lady (Grand). Intern Music Director: Trouble in Tahiti, One Touch of Venus (Shaw).

TEACHING Course instructor, choral area, McGill University.

ET CETERA Artistic Director, Ensemble Noir; Co-founder, The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra.

Set Designer Brian Perchaluk

Brian Perchaluk

ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: The Cottage, John, A Doll’s House, The Humans, Di and Viv and Rose, Once (with Grand), Sarah Ballenden, Black Coffee, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, A Christmas Story, Harvey, August: Osage County, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Lonesome West, Patience, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC), M. Butterfly (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Brian’s work has been featured at theatres across the country, including two seasons each at the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Selected recent credits include: Falsettos (WJT/Dry Cold); The Whipping Man (WJT); Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Rainbow); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); New Magic Valley Fun Town, Prairie Nurse, Gracie, The Flats (PTE); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); King Lear, Fidelio (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada); Proud (TPM).

TRAINING Graduate of U of W and NTS.

ET CETERA Recipient of Gemini, Jessie Richardson, Prix Rideau and Evie Awards.

Costume Designer Ming Wong

Ming Wong

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Upcoming: Julius Caesar (Crow’s/Groundling); Hansel and Gretel (COC). Selected: Beautiful Man (Factory); Girls Like That (Tarragon); Life After – Dora nomination, Unsafe (CS); Four Chords and a Gun (Starvox); The Cherry Orchard – Dora nomination (Modern Times); The Wedding Party – Dora nomination (Crow’s); hang (Obsidian); Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera); Gertrude and Alice – Dora nomination (Buddies); Gorey Story – Dora nomination (Thistle Project).

FILM/TV Supers (Pilot, Good Film & TV); Scales (Short, Fruitful Productions); Breaking Down (Iskwe music video, Fruitful Productions); Buffaloed (Feature, Assistant Costume); Departure (Limited series, First buyer); The Beaverton (Seasons 1-3, Assistant Costume).

TRAINING Ming holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a major in Integrated Media.

ET CETERA Ming is a Toronto costume designer, stylist and technician. She works on a variety of projects ranging from dance, theatre, film and TV. Ming was nominated for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design 2017-19. mingwongdesign.com @mingcynthia (Instagram)

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC A Doll’s House (Lighting & Video Designer), It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Vietgone (Lighting & Video Designer), Heisenberg, The Humans, Outside Mullingar, Kill Me Now (with NAC), Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal), Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur (Lighting & Video Designer), The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 35 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s RWB, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, PTE, TPM and MTYP, to name a few.

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec www.pellucid.me.

 

Sound Designer Peter McBoyle

Peter McBoyle

ROYAL MTC Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Medea (with Mirvish), Orpheus Descending (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Most of the major Canadian theatres and in US cities such as New York, Boston, Las Vegas, LA, Dallas and Atlanta. Selected credits include Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors (Stratford); Come Fly Away (Broadway, Las Vegas, National Tour); Barrymore (Stratford/Tour/Broadway/Toronto); Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, West Side Story, Legally Blonde (National Tours).

TRAINING/Teaching Bachelor of Music
and Masters in Music Media and Technology from McGill. Previous faculty member at Ryerson University and Humber College.

ET CETERA Member of ADC (Associated Designers of Canada) and IATSE 829 (United Scenic Artists). Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support.

Dramaturg Mukonzi Musyoki

Mukonzi Musyoki

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Fight Director Miranda Allen

Miranda Allen

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Miranda is an Edmonton-based actor and internationally touring escape artist. She has specialized experience in whip-cracking, stunts and stage combat. In 2018 she premiered her first theatre/escape art fusion, Whiskey Business, where she was locked inside a full whiskey barrel (Found Festival) and was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Lizzie in Pretty Goblins (Workshop West). Miranda is honoured to be sharing her skills with this team.

Stilt Walking Coach Randall Fraser

Randall Fraser

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Assistant Director Patricia Darbasie

Patricia Darbasie

ROYAL MTC Actor: Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Actor: (selected) The Finest of Strangers (Teatro la Quindicina); Nine Parts of Desire (Maggie Tree); Going to St. Ives (Atlas); Ribbon (Ground Zero Productions); A Street Car Named Desire, (Globe Theatre). Director: Mesa (Altas); The Syringa Tree (York University); The Domino Heart (Edmonton Fringe).

TRAINING A graduate of University of Alberta’s BFA acting and MFA directing programs. York UniversityVoice Pedagogy. 

ET CETERA Pat has received two Sterling awards as an actor for Barbarians (Workshop West Theatre) and Seeds (Edmonton Fringe).

Stage Manager Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (with Mirvish), Once (with Grand), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal), Myth of the Ostrich, Late Company, Cabaret, Venus in Fur, The Melville Boys (tour), Wingfield On Ice (tour), Looking Back – West, Bad Dates (tour). Assistant Stage Manager: Billy Elliot the Musical, Jane Eyre, Gone With the Wind, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Educating Rita (tour), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Over 50 productions at theatres around Winnipeg, including Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College and member of CAEA.

ET CETERA Leslie also owns and operates Manitoba’s first mobile dog boutique – @updogboutiquewinnipeg – with her dog, Murtaugh.

Assistant Stage Manager Michael Duggan

Michael Duggan

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Vietgone (with fu-GEN/Hope and Hell), Hand to God. Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, 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 Dragonfly, Mary’s Wedding (TPM); Mamma Mia! (Rainbow); New Magic Valley Fun Town, Fly Me to the Moon (PTE); Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II (zone41); Hamlet, Timon of Athens (SIR).

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

ET CETERA Enjoy the show!

Apprentice Stage Manager Sarah McDowell

Sarah McDowell

ROYAL MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play.

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: The Trinity Unhinged, Beauty and the Lonely Beast (Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival); The Princess and the Goblin, Simply Cinderella, Snow White (Dramatic Theatre Company).

TRAINING Sarah is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film. Aside from stage management, Sarah contributes her talents to scenic painting and graphic design.

ET CETERA Sarah is delighted to be a part of Royal MTC’s 2019/2020 season. Many thanks to her family for their unconditional love and support.

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