Bria McLaughlin – Violet / Grandmother
A Toronto based Caribbean-Canadian actress and writer, Bria grew up in the suburbs of Whitby, Ontario. Since graduating from Ryerson Theatre School in 2015 she has performed across Canada. No stranger to theatre for young audiences, her credits include: In This World (Youtheatre), P@ndora (Youtheatre) and a workshop and staged reading of Amaryllis (Theatre Direct). Recent: Swan (Filament Incubator/Little Black Afro) and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Wolf Manor – Now Magazine’s critic’s pick). Other selected credits: The Dumb War (Newborn Theatre), Balm in Gilead (Ryerson Theatre), La Ronde (Ryerson Theatre). An emerging writer, Bria is currently developing a web series exploring women of colour in comedy. She is thrilled to be working with Roseneath Theatre on such a beautiful and relevant premiere.
Michaela Di Cesare – Sarah
Michaela is honoured to be helping Roseneath to premiere this heart-warming and important new play. Recent credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Humber River Shakespeare). State of Denial by Rahul Varma (Teesri Duniya Theatre), staged readings of Andrea Scott’s Eating Pomegranates Naked and Leah-Simone Bowen’s The Hallway (Black Theatre Workshop). Michaela performed her one-woman show 8 Ways my Mother was Conceived in Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Ottawa, Hudson, Winnipeg and Stratford. Michaela spent one year as the Playwright-in-Residence at Imago Theatre where she wrote In Search of Mrs. Pirandello, an official selection of the 2016 WildSide Festival at Centaur Theatre. Her latest play, Successions, was developed with Infinitheatre and received a staged reading at Centaur Theatre.
Robert Watson – Playwright
Robert is a Victoria-raised theatre artist who has called Toronto home for the past 15 years. Having worked as an actor, producer, publicist, makeup artist and sound designer for various theatrical productions, it is playwriting that gives him the most artistic satisfaction. Robert received a 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding New Play for The Money Tree. Selected writing credits include the sold-out Fringe hit Chasing Margaret Flatwood at Toronto’s Campbell House, Desperate Housepets at the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories and Phoebe Gilman’s The Balloon Tree (Toronto Fringe). Robert is playwright-in-residence at Theatre Awakening, where he developed The Ladies Room and Chasing Margaret Flatwood, and is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School.
Andrew Lamb – Director
Andrew Lamb is the Artistic Director of Roseneath Theatre and Theatre Awakening in Toronto. Andrew spent five seasons as the Director of Education at Tarragon Theatre and was part of the 2009 Director’s Lab at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York. Selected directing credits: The Money Tree, Outside, La Maleta-The Suitcase (Roseneath) Chasing Margaret Flatwood (Toronto Fringe), In This World (Roseneath/Tarragon) – Dora nomination for Outstanding Direction, Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (Roseneath/National Arts Centre), The (Post) Mistress (Thousand Islands/Neptune/Ship’s Co.), With Love and a Major Organ (Next Stage/Toronto Fringe), BURIED (Next Stage), My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish/Fringe). Andrew serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
Sandi Becker – Stage Manager
Sandi Becker is a Toronto based stage manager. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Studies Programme. Selected credits include: The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy (Eldritch Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre), Ultrasound (Cahoots/Theatre Passe Muraille), Man to Man/Licking Knives (Headstrong Collective), Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre), La Maleta-The Suitcase (American Tour, Roseneath), Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre), Ubu Mayor (One Little Goat), The Tempest (Driftwood Theatre), Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (Roseneath), Tick Tick Boom (Angelwalk Theatre), The Odyssey (Driftwood Theatre), Miracle on 34th Street (The Grand Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood Theatre), Stockholm (Seventh Stage/Nightwood). Upcoming: King Lear/Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage).
Beth Kates – Set / Projection Designer
Beth is a mom and an award-winning Lighting, Projection, Set, and Costume designer who started designing rock and roll at 14. She co-created the interactive installations LightSpan, Night Light Travels, and The ToyBox. She co-designed projections for Ragtime, Pygmalion, Light up the Sky, and Peter Hinton’s Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival, and for all the Ross Petty Pantomimes since 2011. Recently at The Blyth Festival, Beth co-created The Last Donnelly Standing with Gil Garratt & Paul Thompson, which she also designed. Highlights: Truth Be Told, SEEDS (Blyth), MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus, (Wyrd), The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper), SPIN(Buddies in Bad Times), Vigilante (Catalyst), Dora the Explorer (Koba), Brimful of Asha (Tarragon). Visit playgroundstudios.ca & bethkates.com
Melanie McNeill – Costume / Prop Designer
Melanie is a Toronto based set and costume designer who has worked extensively with Eldritch Theatre, Théâtre français de Toronto, Videocabaret and Driftwood Theatre. Other companies include Theatre Gargantua, Soulpepper Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Theatre 20, ProArte Danza and many more. She also does some work in TV, mostly creating very cool things for TfO. Melanie has received a Prix Rideaux (for le fa le do with Théâtre français de Toronto), two Dora Awards, 3 other Dora nominations and a nomination for the 2015 Prix d’Excellence artistique (Arrière-Scène). Her designs have been described as “simple yet striking” and “highly evocative”. Melanie is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and is a member of Associated Designers of Canada (ADC).
Verne Good – Sound Designer
For Roseneath Theatre, Verne has created sound for Outside and In This World. Other sound design credits include: Pericles, Hirsch (Stratford Festival), The 39 Steps, The Heidi Chronicles (Soulpepper), Up The Garden Path (Obsidian), Our Beautiful Sons, The Birds and The Bees (Blyth Festival), Was Spring, Communion (Tarragon), Queer Bathroom Stories (Buddies in Bad Times), The Odyssey (Driftwood), sound design and original music for Tick (Carousel Players), The Normal Heart, You Will Remember Me (Studio 180), The Atomic Weight of Happiness (StandUp Dance), Stockholm, The Red Queen Effect (Seventh Stage) and others. Upcoming: Sound designs for The Grand Theatre and Stratford Festival. Verne studied at Bishop’s University, National Theatre School of Canada and Humber College. She is also a certified personal trainer and poet.
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