A Doll

A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Joan Tindale
Directed by Rona Waddington

American sign language-interpreted performance February 14

Part of IbsenFest

Sponsored by The Asper Foundation

Special thanks: 
Hege Jakobsen Lepri and Melissa Morris.

January 30 - February 16
Preview: January 30

Tom Hendry Warehouse

"lively and stylish" CBC

Due to demand: performance added on Sat Feb 16 at 8:30pm

Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece resonates more than a century after the debut of Nora Helmer, whose bourgeois illusions are shattered by the realization that she’s merely a doll in her own home. Nora is so devoted to her husband that she'll do anything to save his life. But when she paints herself into a corner, Nora must decide how far she’ll go to protect her family.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes (incl. intermission)

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Dr. Rank Eric Blais

Eric Blais

ROYAL MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Clever Little Lies, The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Good People, Brief Encounter (with VP), Looking Back – West.

OTHER THEATRE Theatre Projects Manitoba, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Shakespeare in the Ruins and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

FILM/TV Break My Heart 1000 Times, All The Visible Light, The Pinkertons.

TEACHING Instructor at the University of Winnipeg.

Torvald Helmer Kevin Klassen

Kevin Klassen

ROYAL MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, A Christmas Carol, 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, 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: Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); HAMLET (the rest is silence) (Echo); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Time’s Fancy (Sixth Planet); Edward II (TBTR); Antony and Cleopatra (SIR); Arcadia (Citadel); Till It Hurts (PTE); John and Beatrice (TPM); Death of a Salesman (WJT).

FILM/TV Selected: Percy vs Monsanto, Smoky Mountain Christmas, Channel Zero, Barbara Blackwood, The Pinkertons, Elijah, New in Town, Niagara Motel.

ET CETERA Kevin is also an Artistic Associate with Echo Theatre: go see their production of Hedda Gabler featuring the incredible Charlene Van Buekenhout!

Anne-Marie Jennifer Lyon

Jennifer Lyon

ROYAL MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Myth of the Ostrich, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Secret Annex, A Christmas Story, The Penelopiad, Next to Normal, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol – The Musical, Steel Magnolias (1993). Assistant Director: The Fighting Days.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Little Thing, Big Thing (PTE); Spamalot (TA/Drayton); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Darling of the Day, The Wakowski Brothers, Guys and Dolls (TiFT); The Road to Hell, Communicating Doors (Persephone); My Fair Lady (Arts Club); The Comedy of Errors (SIR); The Father (WJT); Skylight (TNB); Comet in Moominland (MTYP, YPT, Montreal, NYC); 19 shows at Rainbow Stage (Wall of Fame inductee); Camelot, Man of La Mancha (Stratford); The Who’s Tommy (Mirvish). 

ET CETERA Jennifer will also be seen in The Cottage at Royal MTC this season.

Child Gavrail Momtchilov

Gavrail Momtchilov

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Hamlet (Such Stuff Players). Upcoming: Such Stuff Players Production, March 2019.

FILM/TV STAND! (Frantic Films); In Plain Sight.

TRAINING Funky Boys (Masterworks Dance Studio), Piano (Arlie Schulz).

ET CETERA Gavrail is a cheerful young boy who is always eager to lend a helping hand to those around him. He is just beginning to enjoy acting after watching his older siblings and is excited to perform with Royal MTC! “Thank you so much, Royal MTC, for this opportunity to act in A Doll’s House and my teachers who help me learn new skills!”


Emmy Kaloyana Momtchilov

Kaloyana Momtchilov

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Hamlet (Such Stuff Players). Upcoming: Such Stuff Players Production, March 2019.

FILM/TV STAND! (Frantic Films); In Plain Sight.

TRAINING Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, rhythmic gymnastics (Masterworks Dance Studio); audition workshops (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); private acting coach (Karen Ridd); piano (Arlie Schulz).

ET CETERA Kaloyana is a soft-hearted soul who loves opportunities to perform. She has fun playing around with dramatic characters and accents. She also enjoys art, animals and playing with her friends. She is very grateful to follow in her older sister’s footsteps and have an opportunity to work with Royal MTC! “Thank you also to my parents for giving me a chance at this experience.”


Kristine Linde Toni Reimer

Toni Reimer

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Timon of Athens, Richard III, A Stripped-Down Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIR); The Good, the Bad and the Munsch, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Mission: Munschpossible (PTE); Danny, King of the Basement (MTYP); Morning Coffee (Winnipeg Fringe); Fen (Sarasvàti).

FILM/TV Before Anything You Say, Men with Brooms, Less Than Kind, The Lookout.

ET CETERA Love to Nathan.


Nora Helmer Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Twelfth Night, The School for Scandal, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, She Stoops to Conquer (Stratford); King Charles III (Mirvish/Studio 180); The Wars (Grand); The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (NAC/TC); The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground); A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel); The Madonna Painter (Factory).

FILM/TV Private Eyes, MayDay, Eloise.

TRAINING Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson Theatre School.

ET CETERA Mary Savidge Award; Dora nomination for The Jones Boy (Outstanding Performance). Upcoming: Shannon returns to the Stratford Festival for the world première of Mother’s Daughter and The Crucible.


Nils Krogstad Cory Wojcik

Cory Wojcik

ROYAL MTC Actor: Once (with Grand), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, Hand to God, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, Harvey, Miracle on South Division Street, August: Osage County. Assistant Director: Morning After Grace.

OTHER THEATRE Actor: Butcher (PTE); West Side Story, The Producers, The Wizard of Oz (Rainbow); Jungle Book, Jabber, The Big League (MTYP); Another Way Home (WJT); Strike! The Musical (Danny Schur); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit Productions). Director: Mr. Burns (DTC); various productions with Celebrations Dinner Theatre and Winnipeg Fringe.

FILM/TV Actor: A Dog’s Purpose, Radius, The Pinkertons, Mad Ship.

ET CETERA Lots of love to Heather, Mackenzie and Logan.



Artistic Team

Playwright Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

One of the most-produced dramatists in the world, Ibsen (1828-1906) is revered in Norway as its most famous author and a national symbol, even though he spent much of his life abroad. He was largely responsible for the rise of realism in the theatre. In works that possess revelatory power, Ibsen challenged his audiences to question conventional morality and social conditions. Often controversial, his works were deeply unsettling to many of his Victorian contemporaries. He is now widely regarded as the “father of modern drama” and one of the greatest dramatists who ever lived.


Director Rona Waddington

Rona Waddington

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, The Three Musketeers, The Comedy of Errors (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); The Tempest, King Lear (New Open Space, Paris); Pygmalion, Ménage à Trois (Theatre Lac-Brome); Dry Streak (Grand); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Steel Magnolias, The Mousetrap (Drayton); Trying (Centaur); Oleanna (Sudbury Theatre Centre & Théâtre de Nesle). Orson’s Shadow, Waiting for Godot, The SantaLand Diaries, Chekov’s The Bear, Driving Miss Daisy, Power Lunch. Assistant Directing includes American Conservatory Theatre, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival. Resident Director The Railway Children (Mirvish).

ET CETERA Rona received an Ottawa Capital Critics Award for best director for Hamlet; an Ottawa Capital Critics nomination for direction of The Comedy of Errors; and a Les Masques nomination for best production for Trying.

Set & Costume Designer Brian Perchaluk

Brian Perchaluk

ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: 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, 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); 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 Winnipeg Theatre Awards.


Lighting Designer / Video Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC 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


Choreographer Catherine Wreford

Catherine Wreford

ROYAL MTC Choreographer: It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Heisenberg. Assistant Director: Million Dollar Quartet.

OTHER THEATRE Selected acting credits: West Side Story (Stratford); Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street (US Broadway Tour); 42nd Street, Oklahoma! (Broadway); The Music Man (Pittsburgh CLO); The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); A Chorus Line (WSO/Rainbow).

ET CETERA Catherine is originally from Winnipeg and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. In the summer of 2013, Catherine was diagnosed with brain cancer. She had an awake craniotomy, radiation, four kinds of chemotherapy for a year and was given two to six years to live. She is happy to be home and doing what she loves best. She has two amazing kids and an awesome husband.

Stage Manager Chris Pearce

Chris Pearce

ROYAL MTC 27 productions at the Mainstage, including Sense and Sensibility; 12th production at the Warehouse, including August: Osage County and The Seagull.

OTHER THEATRE Three Sisters (zone41/TPM); La Traviata (Manitoba Opera); La Bohème (COC); Butcher, The December Man, The Valley (PTE); A Man of No Importance (Dry Cold); Kindness (MTYP); five productions (Rainbow).

ET CETERA Three seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe. Seasons at the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown festivals and a run in London’s West End. In his free time, Chris volunteers at Habitat for Humanity.


Apprentice Stage Manager Katie Schmidt

Katie Schmidt

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Sense and Sensibility. Apprentice Costumer: Sarah Ballenden.

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Fem Fest Bake-Off and Cabaret (Sarasvàti). Costumer: Mary’s Wedding (TPM). Props and Set Coordinator: Timon of Athens (SIR).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Theatre and Film.

ET CETERA Katie is excited to be working on another Royal MTC production. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Raya and Moosie. She hopes you enjoy the show!