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"Rings true as a heartfelt love letter to the bonds of friendship" – Free Press

After a devastating loss, Erin, a concert pianist, is no longer able to play. Inspired by a chance encounter, she approaches Elaine, a gifted piano teacher, to help her find music again. The weekly sessions start tentatively but soon find a rhythm that enriches the lives of both women.
 
Scored with exquisite piano music and awarded the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, The Piano Teacher is a moving and lyrical play about love, loss, friendship and the healing power of music.
 

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Warnings: 
Strong language, mature themes

 

Running time: 
Approx. 2 hours (incl. intermission)



Cast & Crew

Production
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Dorothy Dittrich

Playwright

Playwright Dorothy Dittrich
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Dorothy Dittrich

Dorothy Dittrich is an award-winning playwright, composer, sound designer, and musical director. Her most recent play, The Piano Teacher, is the recipient of the Governor General’s award for English-language drama. An Arts Club Theatre Silver Commission, it went on to win the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. Dorothy’s other plays include The Dissociates, Lesser Demons, Two Part Invention and If the Moon Falls. Her musical When We Were Singing has been produced across Canada from The Belfry, to Buddies in Bad Times, the National Arts Centre and in the US. It was workshopped at the Manhattan Theatre Company in New York City. Dorothy’s work – including sound design and musical direction – has garnered her a number of Jessie Awards and nominations including two Dora Mavor Moore nominations for When We Were Singing. She is the proud recipient of the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Emerging Playwright. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Dorothy has a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies. Originally a Vancouver resident, Dorothy has recently moved to Vancouver Island where she continues to write and play music.

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Simon Miron

Director

Director Simon Miron
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Simon Miron

ROYAL MTC Director: The (Post) Mistress. Assistant Director: The Cottage. Actor: Orlando, The Dresser.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North (MB Opera); The Seat Next to the King, Whatever Happens After, Freestyle Fantastique, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years (Winnipeg Fringe); Pippin (ViC/WST); American Idiot, Young Frankenstein (WST); The Last 48 (ArtLaunch); Lucky Stiff (MDA); 7 Stories (TBTR); 

TRAINING/TEACHING Founding member of the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre (ViC). Simon holds a Masters from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, trained with Peter Hinton at the Stratford Festival and is a graduate of the theatre arts program at MacEwan University. 

ET CETERA Simon is a francophone Métis artist who self identifies as two spirited. They enjoy creating multidisciplinary art through collaboration and self-exploration. 

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Shauna Jones

Set Designer

Set Designer Shauna Jones
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Shauna Jones

ROYAL MTC Costume Designer: Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes. Assistant Set Designer: Calpurnia (with NAC/Black Theatre Workshop), The (Post) Mistress, Women of the Fur Trade, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.

OTHER THEATRE Dogtown (Yukon Arts Centre); Frozen River (MTYP); Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale / Le conte d’hiver (SIR/TCM); Lawrence and Holloman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Guild Hall – Whitehorse, YT).

TRAINING Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Practicum program (2019).

ET CETERA Shauna is an associate member of the ADC (Associated Designers of Canada).

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Joseph Abetria

Costume Designer

Costume Designer Joseph Abetria
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Joseph Abetria

ROYAL MTC Costume Designer: Calpurnia (with NAC/Black Theatre Workshop); Tiny Plays, Big Ideas; Bang Bang (with Belfry); Last Train to Nibroc. Associate Costume Designer: Into the Woods. Apprentice Costume Designer: Billy Elliot the Musical. 2020/21 National Mentorship Program.

OTHER THEATRE (selected) Costume Designer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Grand Ghost (Grand); Snow White, Spelling 2-5-5 (MTYP); Volare, Space Girl, Voice (PTE); Plé (Plé Collective presented by MTYP); Women of the Fur Trade (Vault Projects); Mary’s Wedding, Iceland (TPM). Production Designer: The Player King (SIR); The Game, Two Indians (Sarasvàti). Assistant Costume Designer: Othello, The Neverending Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg.

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jaymez

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer jaymez
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jaymez

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Feast, By Grand Central Station, Ghost Light (PTE); A Wrinkle in Time (Stratford); Castor et Pollux (Manitoba Underground Opera); Angle Mort (Stéphanie Morin-Robert Performance Society/TCM); Pandora (SIR/PTE); Chase Scenes (Ming Hon/Adults Only Video); Empreinte(s) (TCM/Compagnie La Muse/Compagnie du Jour); Making Treaty 4 (MT4 Collective, Globe Theatre); Exciting Consequences (Adults Only Video/PTE). 

TRAINING Holds a BFA in Video from the University of Manitoba.

ET CETERA jaymez sits on the board of IATSE Local ADC659, serving as the Central Regional Representative. He was Co-Awarded the Winnipeg Theatre Awards for Outstanding Design in 2018 (Deserter – Moving Target) and 2019 (Red Earth – One Trunk).

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Justin Stadnyk

Sound Designer

Sound Designer Justin Stadnyk
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Justin Stadnyk

ROYAL MTC Assistant Director: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (with Segal). Actor: The Sound of Music (with Citadel), Into the Woods, As You Like It (with Citadel), Matilda the Musical (with Arts Club/Citadel), Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Fiddler on the Roof, The Wave. 2023/24 National Mentorship Program.

OTHER THEATRE Sound Designer: Great Expectations, Red Fightin’ Blue, Redemption (TIFT); Narrow Bridge, After Jerusalem, Bar Mitzvah Boy (WJT). Actor: Kinky Boots (Mirvish); The Prom, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Dry Cold); Dear Jack, Dear Louise, Falsettos (WJT); Pal Joey, Into the Woods (TIFT); A Little Night Music, Wonderful Town (Shaw); Saturday Night Fever (National Tour); Kinky Boots, Hairspray (Drayton); Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde (TA); Anne of Green Gables, Ring of Fire (Charlottetown); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow); Robin Hood, Cinderella (Ross Petty).

FILM/TV Who Was I That Night (Lifetime); King of the Camp (YTV).

ET CETERA Say hi and read more @j_stadnyk. justinstadnyk.com

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Jodi Kristjanson

Assistant Director / Piano Coach

Assistant Director / Piano Coach Jodi Kristjanson
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Jodi Kristjanson

ROYAL MTC Actor: Trouble in Mind (with Citadel). Apprentice Director: New.

OTHER THEATRE (selected) Actor: Seekers of Atlantis (Canada Council/MAP); Whatever Happens After? (Naked Theatre); Knock Knock Ginger (One Trunk Theatre); Seasons of Love (ViC); The Country Wife, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Hedda Gabler (Drama Studio London). Musical Director: The Selfish Giant (DSL); Little Women (Genesis). Director: Once Upon a Mattress (Genesis).

FILM (selected) Canada in Focus (Coelement); Inhibition Exhibition (ViC); A Winter Getaway (Hallmark).

TRAINING/TEACHING Alumna of Drama Studio London and the ViC; Bachelor of Philosophy (Carleton University/Collège Universitaire Dominicain). Jodi is a co-founder of Genesis School of Dance, where she heads up the musical theatre program.

ET CETERA Jodi is also a pianist, writer, choreographer, singer and dancer. Much love to my family, friends and wonderful piano teachers over the years (Sr. Josephine ❤️ ). ICXC

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Margaret Brook

Stage Manager

Stage Manager Margaret Brook
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Margaret Brook

ROYAL MTC Burning Mom, Women of the Fur Trade, John, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, The Humans, Outside Mullingar, Million Dollar Quartet, Unnecessary Farce, The Devil’s Music, The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad, The Fighting Days, The 39 Steps, The Syringa Tree and more.

OTHER THEATRE Escaped Alone (Full of Days Collective); Awaken (SIR/zone41). Other theatres include PTE, Manitoba Opera, MTYP and Royal MTC co-productions with the Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Royal Alex, Saidye Bronfman.

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Devon Helm

Apprentice Stage Manager

Apprentice Stage Manager Devon Helm
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Devon Helm

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Trouble in Mind. Child Supervisor: The Sound of Music.

OTHER THEATRE Pool (No Water) (Stage Manager – Winnipeg Fringe Festival). Climate & Main (Stage Manager – TPM). For U of W: Concord Floral (Wardrobe Coordinator), Frankenstein (Production Assistant), Time and the Conways (Sound Designer), Love of the Nightingale, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Assistant Stage Manager), Everybody (Set Designer), 365 Days/365 Plays, Alunsina’s Love (Stage Manager). FAME the Musical (Design Mentee – WST).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Bachelor of Arts – Stage Management & Production. SMArts Conference 2023.

ET CETERA All my love to my family and friends!

Cast
Erin Gwendolyn Collins
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Gwendolyn Collins

ROYAL MTC The Penelopiad, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Last Train to Nibroc (Regional Tour).

OTHER THEATRE Tiny Treasures, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (MTYP); Red Earth, I Dream of Diesel (One Trunk Theatre/TPM); Mission Potluck, 204FM, Hamlet as Told on the Streets (One Trunk Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (TBTR); Way to Heaven, One of Ours (WJT); Munscha Meeya, Munschtopia (PTE).

FILM/TV Little Bird (Crave, APTN); Orphan: First Kill (Paramount); The Return (Strata Studios); Channel Zero (SYFY); The Pinkertons (Pink Pictures); Stand! The Musical (Frantic Films).

TRAINING BA Honors degree from the U of W department of Theatre and Film.

Tom Chris Sousa
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Chris Sousa

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Paper Bag Princess (PTE); How to Live Forever (Hypothetical Projects); Hedda Reimagined (Vault Projects); This Land Floods (TPM); The Young Creators Unit (MTYP).

TV Heartland Homicides, Sunshine Slayings, Alter Boys (Farpoint).

TRAINING Chris is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s acting honours program.

ET CETERA Chris is beyond grateful to be a part of this production. Chris would like to shoutout his family and close friends who have always given him their love and support.

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Jane Testar

Elaine

Elaine Jane Testar
Jane Testar photo

Jane Testar

ROYAL MTC Private Lives.

OTHER THEATRE None of This Is Happening (TPM); The Winter’s Tale (SIR); Que Faire d’Albert/What To Do With Albert (Cercle Molière/PTE); Outside Joke’s A Christmas Carol: Bigger Dickens Energy (PTE).

TV Le Monde de Gabrielle Roy (CBC); Less Than Kind (Citytv).

TRAINING Graduate of the Acting Honours program at the University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Jane is a member of the musical improv company Outside Joke, the sketch comedy troupe Hot Thespian Action, and the Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir. Forever grateful to her parents...for making her take piano lessons.

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Production ID: 31928
Start Date: 2/28/2024 1:47:24 PM
End Date: 3/16/2024 1:47:36 PM
Title: The Piano Teacher
Playwright: By Dorothy Dittrich
Billing: Directed by Simon Miron
Warnings: Strong language, mature themes
Synopsis: "Rings true as a heartfelt love letter to the bonds of friendship" – Free Press

After a devastating loss, Erin, a concert pianist, is no longer able to play. Inspired by a chance encounter, she approaches Elaine, a gifted piano teacher, to help her find music again. The weekly sessions start tentatively but soon find a rhythm that enriches the lives of both women.
 
Scored with exquisite piano music and awarded the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, The Piano Teacher is a moving and lyrical play about love, loss, friendship and the healing power of music.
 

Click on the image to download the digital program:

Ovation4Cover.jpg

Facility: Tom Hendry Warehouse
Alternate URL: https://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/The-Piano-Teacher.aspx
Play Image:
Word Mark: 289a672f-a1d4-4abd-b85d-219c2a0a6063
Rotator Image: 840068a0-d0ec-4229-9473-891b45b554c6
Display Rotator From: 2/5/2024 9:00:00 AM
Display Rotator To: 3/16/2024 6:00:00 PM
 

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