André du Toit, LIGHTING DESIGNER
Selected Credits: Harlem Duet, Bakelite Masterpiece, the Double (Tarragon Theatre); Now You See Her, Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote Collective); Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); The Orchard (Shaw Festival); Paolozzapedia, Italian Mime Suicide, The Double (Bad New Days); Le Grand Continental (Luminato); Jerusalem (Outside the March/Company Theatre); Animal Farm, A Delicate Balance, Vimy, The 39 Steps (Soulpepper); Oraltorio (Obsidian/Soulpepper); The Assholes, As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); Helen’s Necklace, Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre). Awards: André has won three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and has been nominated for twelve.
Audrey Dwyer, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Selected Credits: Assistant Director for Theory, New Magic Valley Fun Town (Tarragon Theatre); Director for Blue Planet, One Thing Leads to Another (YPT); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Medea (Mirvish/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Good People, The Crucible (RMTC), thirsty (NAC), Clybourne Park, The Overwhelming (Mirvish/Studio 180), The Tempest (Canadian Stage), Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre). Select television and film credits: The Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC, Frantic Films), Da Kink in My Hair (Global), Really Me (Family Channel), The State Within (BBC/Shaftesbury), Man of the Year (Universal Pictures), Where the Truth Lies (Serendipity Films). Awards: Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre (Playwriting), Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Ensemble for One Thing Leads to Another (YPT), Dora nomination for The Apology. Other: Audrey was the Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre. She was the Artistic Director of Cow Over Moon Children's Theatre. She graduated from the National Theatre School. She is currently the Tarragon Theatre’s Urjo Kareda Residency Grant recipient in her role as Assistant Artistic Director.
Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, PLAYWRIGHT
Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is a Governor General and Dora nominated playwright, winner of The Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, and of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. She graduated from the playwriting program at National Theatre School and writes for theatre, radio, film, and television.
Theatre: The End of Pretending (Paprika, Summerworks, Regent theatre). Scratch (Factory Theatre, La Licorne, Theatre Plexus, Off-Broadway Players), Sudden Death (Next Stage) Twisted with Joseph Jomo Pierre (Factory Theatre). Directed and co-created: Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show (Arts and Culture Tour of NL and Labrador, Theatre Passe Muraille. Dramaturgy: Unknown Soldier written by Jonathan Seinen. Two Birds One Stone written by Natasha Greenblatt and Rimah Jabr (Tarragon workspace), Iphegenia and The Furies (On Taurian Land) by Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho) Saga Collectif. Charlotte wrote for CBC Radio's Afganada and for the TV series KING. Currently she is developing two new musicals as well as a few feature films.
Columpa Bobb, PERFORMER (“Guard”)
Selected Credits: Sixty Below (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Firehall Arts Centre), Jumping Mouse (co-writer w Marion deVries). Awards: Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Best Actress (The Ecstasy of Rita Joe), Jessie for Best Supporting Actress & Best Supporting Actress nomination (Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth), Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination - Outstanding Production Youth Category (Jumping Mouse). Returning the Gift Award - Contributions to North American Native Writing nomination. Other: Columpa has worked as a producer, director, playwright and performer across the country and globe for over 30 years now. She is pleased to announce the spring publication of a book of poetry titles Hope Matters, written with her Mother Lee Maracle and Sister Tanier Carter.
Joanna Yu, SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Selected Credits: Millenial Malcontent, Sequence - costumes, The Circle - costumes (Tarragon Theatre), costumes for School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian/Nightwood); set and costumes for the Canadian Premiere of Vietgone (RMTC/fu-GEN/Hope in Hell); set and costumes for Shakespeare in Love and Comedy of Errors (Neptune); costumes for the Premiere of The Breathing Hole, set for The Komagata Maru Incident; set and costumes for The Aeneid (Stratford Festival); set and costumes for Acha Bacha and The Drawer Boy (Buddies/TPM); costumes for Trace (Factory); costumes for acquiesce (Factory/fu-GEN); set for The Other Side of the Game (Cahoots/Obsidian); costumes for Bearing (Signal Theatre/Luminato); costumes for Butcher (Why Not Theatre/Mirvish). Upcoming: Rope (Shaw Festival); costumes for Lillies (Buddies/Lemontree); the sets for Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage - SiHP). Other: Joanna was born in Hong Kong and raised in Thornhill, Ontario. Joanna is the 2017 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award. www.joannayudesign.com
Matt White, DRAMATURG
Matt is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Green Light Arts. Prior to moving to Kitchener he produced theatre for 5 years with Necessary Angel Theatre, one of Canada’s foremost contemporary theatre companies. Directing for GLA: Will You Be My Friend, Touch, The Amish Project, Andy Warhol presents: Valerie, Camp Knot-a-cult, You Be Me (Guarded Girls workshop). Other directing: There are No Gays in Chechnya (PG1 Entertainment 2019), #churchtoo (Theatre of the Beat), Eurydice (University of Waterloo), Adam Bailey is on Fire (National Fringe circuit), Twelfth Night and Hamlet (KW Youth Theatre), Bone Cage (Hart House Theatre). Upcoming: The Seagull (University of Waterloo). Other: Matt is a sessional instructor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. He holds a Masters in Theatre from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama and an Hon. BA in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
Michaela Washburn, PERFORMER (“Kit”, “Girl 2”)
Selected Credits: La Bête, Animal Farm, White Biting Dog (Soulpepper); Fortune of Wolves (Theatre New Brunswick). Confederation Series (VideoCabaret). Awards: Dora Award winner (Confederation and Riel), Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award (nomination), K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Theatre (nomination). Other: Michaela has performed internationally at festivals and theatres in Wales, Aruba, and across Canada and the United States. Currently, she is honoured to stand in the role of Indigenous Arts Program Facilitator with this season’s Paprika Festival, mentoring the next generation of theatre makers. Upcoming: Michaela can be seen remounting this year’s SummerWorks Festival Production Winner Lost Together at the Soil Festival in June, followed by a production of Almighty Voice and His Wife at Soulpepper this fall.
Natasha Bean-Smith, STAGE MANAGER
Selected credits: Hamlet, Sequence, Within the Glass, The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Ugly One (Tarragon Theatre), Actéon & Pygmalion (Toronto, Chicago & Versailles), The Return of Ulysses, Dido & Aeneas (Opera Atelier), The Canadian, The Birds and the Bees, Dear Johnny Deere, Salt Water Moon (The Thousand Islands Playhouse), After the Fire (Punctuate! Theatre/Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts/Native Earth Performing Arts/The Theatre Centre), Kiss (Theatre Smash/ARC/Canadian Stage), Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN), Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage/TIP). Other: Concert Manager for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Richard Rose, DIRECTOR
Selected director credits: The Message, Hamlet, The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Summoned, Wormwood, The Realistic Jones, Abyss, Much Ado About Nothing, An Enemy of the People, A God in Need of Help, The Valley, This is War, No Great Mischief, The Real World?
Other: Richard Rose is the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre. Prior to joining the Tarragon in 2002, Richard was the founding Artistic Director at Necessary Angel (a position he held from 1978-2002), Associate Director for Canadian Stage Company, Director of the Stratford Festival Young Company and spent ten seasons directing at the Stratford Festival.
Siobhan Richardson, INTIMACY & FIGHT DIRECTOR
Siobhan was first drawn to Intimacy Directing when she read Tonia Sina’s article “Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer” for in The Fight Master, a stage combat trade magazine. A light bulb turned on, saying, “Yes! How have I never heard of this before”. Since then, she has seen the effectiveness of having a specific Intimacy Choreographer in the rehearsal room, and is thrilled to be part of the growing trend towards hiring Intimacy Choreographers to support actors and directors in these sensitive moments that are so vital to plot and character development.
Siobhan is also a professional actor/fighter/singer/dancer, and a certified Fight Director with FDC. Her approach to stage combat includes connecting choreography to the actor's process and intentions so that the violence is fully integrated into the action of the piece. She is the “go to” FD for numerous directors, producers and actors, and teaching career has taken her across Europe and Canada. She is dedicated to the growth and development of stage combat for the art form and for the artists in order to support a vibrant and healthy artistic community. www.SiobhanRichardson.com/Intimacy | www.youtube.com/actorsr | www.pocketlive.tv/live/fighteractress
Thomas Ryder Payne, SOUND DESIGNER
Selected Credits: The Message, This is War, The Little Years, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Golden Dragon, Forests, Hush, Rocking the Cradle, If We Were Birds, Alias Godot, Léo (Tarragon Theatre); Othello and The Matchmaker (Stratford Festival); La Ronde, Kim’s Convenience, Ghosts (Soulpepper), Someone Else, Another African, The Middle Place (Canadian Stage). Awards: 12 Dora nominations and 2 awards for Sound Design.
Virgilia Griffith, PERFORMER (“Brit”, “Correctional Officer 2”, “Girl 3”)
Selected Credits: Harlem Duet (Tarragon Theatre); Iphegenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (Saga Collectif), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper); The Wedding Party (Crow’s Theatre); Other Side of the Game (Cahoots/Obsidian Theatre); The Watershed (Porte Parole); Da Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary/NAC); How We Are (Polly Phokeev Productions); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); Byhalia, Mississippi (Cue6); The Power of Harriet T! (Carousel Players/Black Theatre Workshop). Awards: Virgilia is the winner of the Meta Emerging Artist Award for Gas Girls by Donna Michelle St. Bernard. She received a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding Female in an Independent Division for her performance of Honesty directed by Jordan Tannahill. Upcoming: Betrayal (Soulpepper)
Vivien Endicott-Douglas, PERFORMER (“Sid”, “Correctional Officer 1”, “Girl 1”)
Selected Credits: Infinity, The Circle, Forests, Hush (Tarragon Theatre); Category E and Killer Joe (CoalMine), The Secret Garden (YPT), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Harper Reagan (Canadian Stage); Stopheart (Factory Theatre). Awards: Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Performance in Lo, Or Dear Mr. Wells (Nightwood Theatre). Select television and film credits: Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Copper (BBC America), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Rookie Blue (CTV) and feature film The Shape of Rex (ACTRA Award nomination). Other: Vivien graduated from the Canadian Film Centre CBC Actor’s LAb in 2009. Vivien is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Guarded Girls team.