07 08 Season
By David Hare
Directed by Joel Greenberg
February 29 – March 29, 2008
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
Beginning in the first days of the Bush administration and following its march to war, Stuff Happens is a dramatic speculation, authenticated from multiple real-life sources, on the behind-closed-doors proceedings that have shaped recent world events. Renowned playwright David Hare blends documented public-record information and theatrical invention to create a riveting drama that centres on still-living history.
Stuff Happens premiered in September 2004 at the National Theatre in London, England. New York’s Public Theater production ran from March through June 2006, and received a Drama Desk Award for best ensemble, as well as nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Director of a Play.
Presented by Studio 180, Stuff Happens played to tremendous critical acclaim and sold-out houses. In their year-end highlights, seven prominent writers from the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine and National Post listed Stuff Happens among the top theatre productions of 2008.
Listed among the top theatre productions of the year by Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, and the National Post.
Written by David Hare
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Featuring Guy Bannerman, Ian D. Clark, Paul Essiembre, Barry Flatman, Neil Foster, David Fox, Andrew Gillies, Deborah Grover, Michael Healey, Sam Khalilieh, Hardee T. Lineham, Mark McGrinder, Yanna McIntosh, Sarah Orenstein, and Nigel Shawn Williams
Stage Managed by Robert Harding
Assistant Stage Managed by Ashlyn Ireland
Apprentice Stage Managed by Liz Campbell
Set and Costume Designed by Michael Gianfrancesco
Lighting Designed by Kimberly Purtell
Sound Designed by Michael Laird
Produced by Derrick Chua
Associate Produced by Jessica Greenberg and Kimwun Perehinec
David Hare is one of Great Britain’s most prolific playwrights, having written close to 40 plays. In 2015, a longtime theatre critic for The Washington Post called him “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” Slag, his first play, was produced in 1970, and his impressive body of work includes Knuckle, The Great Exhibition, Brassneck (with Howard Brenton), Fanshen, Teeth ’n’ Smiles, Plenty, A Map of the World, Pravda (with Brenton), Wrecked Eggs, The Bay at Nice, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, Amy’s View, The Blue Room (adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde), The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath of Life, The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane, Berlin/Wall, The Power of Yes, South Downs, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Red Barn, and I’m Not Running. As a screenwriter, Hare has received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Hours and The Reader, and has also adapted several of his plays for film and television. Other screenplays include Paris by Night, Strapless, Damage, and Denial. Hare has also directed for stage, film, and television. He is the author of a memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, and was knighted in 1998.
For Studio 180: The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Passion of the Chris & The Laramie Project. A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.
For Studio 180: debut. Guy was a child actor in Toronto before joining the Stratford Festival in 1964 (Guthrie Award, 1969). Guy then worked at theatres across Canada, joining the Shaw Festival in 1986 and appearing in over 4000 performances during 29 seasons there (Newton Award, 2003). After earning his MA (Drama) at the University of Essex (UK) in 1988, Guy served as artist-in- residence and/or teacher at universities including Guelph, Dalhousie, Queen’s and Brock. In 2010 Guy received the Paul Reynolds Award to expand Manners of the Mandate, a program with actress Sharry Flett that introduces actors to the costumes and customs of the Victorian Age. They have since presented this work for theatre groups, universities and theatre schools across Canada. On television, Guy has appeared on Warehouse 13, The Firm and Murdoch Mysteries, and is still heard as the voice of Mr. Bear on Rupert the Bear.
Ian D. Clark
For Studio 180: debut. Selected theatre includes Cymbeline, Matchmaker, Grapes of Wrath (Stratford Festival); The Foreigner (Royal Alex – title role); An Ideal Husband at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, where he is privileged to have been invited eight times; and, most recently, The Importance of Being Earnest (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Ian’s US appearances include productions at both the Annenberg and Arden Theatres (Philadelphia); The Constant Wife (Coconut Grove, Miami – Best Actor Award); and his own A Collection of British Rubbish comedy (Bradford Centre, Boston – Broadway-optioned). Ian is a Shaw Festival veteran and has also appeared at Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre and all major theatres in the country. Film and TV: 14 features, including Equus, Lilies, 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould and The Arrow; five major series, including Road to Avonlea and The Associates; starring role in the pilot for SOLD; and most recently Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope and Reign. Ian holds an MA from McGill and has served as a jury member for the Canadian Academy during the awards season. Ian was proud to receive a Toronto Theatre Critics Award in 2013.
For Studio 180: debut. Other theatre credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, The Duchess of Malfi, Don Juan, Macbeth (Stratford Festival); Don Juan (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde); Le Dîner de Cons, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Art (Théâtre Français de Toronto); Tillsonburg (Canadian Stage); Zadie’s Shoes, Oui (Factory Theatre); Sleuth (Saidye Bronfman); Othello (Atlantic Theatre Festival); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur Theatre); Taming of the Shrew (World Stage Festival); and Goodnight Desdemona/Good Morning Juliet (Great Canadian Theatre Company). Some film and TV: Good Dog (HBO Canada); Covert Affairs (USA Network); Warehouse 13 (SyFy); ReGenesis, Blue Murder (Global); Flashpoint, Degrassi TNG, Plague City, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye (CTV); At the Hotel, The Newsroom, Freedom of the Air, A People’s History of Canada (CBC); Kevin Hill (UPN); Queer as Folk, Coast to Coast (Showtime). Extensive work as a voice artist includes documentary narration, notably on Journey to the Edge of the Universe and Earth: The Making of a Planet for Discovery Canada; animated series, including Silver Surfer (FOX), My Dad the Rock Star (Nelvana) and Rescue Heroes (WB); and countless commercial voice-overs. Upcoming: L’Emmerdeur (Théâtre Français de Toronto).
For Studio 180: debut. Most Recently: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts). Selected Film credits include Daniel’s Daughter, The Andromeda Strain, Guns, The Company, The State Within, Saw III, Just Friends, Fatal Error, This Child of Mine, Our Fathers, Perfect Strangers, H20, Rules of Engagement, The Last Sign, True Blue, Elizabeth Smart Story, The Mary Kay Story, My Name is Tanino, Dash & Lilly, Seawolf, Orient Express. Selected Television credits include ReGenesis, This is Wonderland, Tilt, Missing, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Blue Murder, Monk, Odyssey V, Largo Winch, Leap Years, Manchester Prep, Earth: Final Conflict, Family Passions, Dog House, Bizarre, Ramona. Barry served on the National, Guild and Toronto executives of ACTRA for over ten years and has received the honorary title of President Emeritus for Toronto and Life Membership.
For Studio 180: debut. Selected theatre credits include Seussical, Self Help, Ethan Claymore, Moon Over Buffalo, (Theatre Aquarius); Death and The Maiden, The Clean House, Twelfth Night, A Man for All Seasons (Globe Theatre); A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, 400 KMS (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); Habeas Corpus, Amadeus, The Beard of Avon (Canadian Stage); Beauty and The Beast, The Foursome, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Grand Theatre); Theatre of The Film Noir, Where Is Kabuki? (Factory Theatre); Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Saltwater Moon (Red Barn Theatre). He has been a Company member of the Blyth, Stratford and Shaw Festivals and was also Artistic Associate of Toronto’s Factory Theatre. He received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his performance in The Girls in the Gang. TV and Film credits include Living Death, Cinderella Man, Bookey’s Mark, This is Wonderland, True CSI, Twice in A Lifetime, Doc, The Sleep Room, A Simple Wish, Kids In The Hall.
For Studio 180: Arab-Israeli Cookbook. David has received numerous accolades for his stage performances across the country, including a Toronto Dora Mavor Moore Award for Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy, a Maritime Merritt Award for Michael Cook’s Jacob’s Wake and an Edmonton Sterling Award for Paul Quarrington’s The Invention of Poetry, as well as six other theatre nominations. In the early 1970s, he was part of the vital collective theatre movement at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, creating The Farm Show and 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt among other works. His focus on new Canadian work continues to this day. Over the years, David has worked with such filmmakers as Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World), Peter Mettler (The Top of His Head), Sir Richard Attenborough (Grey Owl), Patricia Rozema (When Night is Falling – Genie Nomination, Supporting Role), Chris Grismer (Clutch), Fabrizzio Filippo (The Human Kazoo), Charles Binamé (H2O II: Trojan Horse) and Jeremy Podeswa (Fugitive Pieces). He has worked with such actors as William H. Macy in the TV film Reversible Errors and Lou Gossett Jr. in For Love of Olivia. On television, David played the title role in Shakespeare’s King Lear and, for five seasons, played teacher Clive Pettibone on Road to Avonlea. He has appeared in such series as Due South, The Eleventh Hour, Poltergeist, This is Wonderland, Puppets Who Kill, the CBC/ Sienna Films pilot The Altar Boy Gang, CBC’s six-part series Northern Town, directed by Gary Burns, and the CBC series Heartland. Recent credits include the series lead in Across the River to Motor City, created by Bob Wetheimer, directed by Michael de Carlo and produced by Chum/City and David Devine, a recurring role on the CBC/Temple Street Series Being Erica and a Guest Star role in the new Showcase series Crash Burn.
For Studio 180: debut. Andrew’s credits include The Devil’s Disciple (Neptune Theatre – 2009 Merritt Award for Best Supporting Actor) and Missing (Factory Theatre). Other credits include Hamlet in Hamlet (Vancouver Playhouse); Cyrano in Cyrano (Royal Alexandra Theatre); 14 seasons at The Shaw Festival with Christopher Newton as Artistic Director; 2 seasons at The Stratford Festival with John Hirsch as Artistic Director; 11 productions at The Manitoba Theatre Centre; and appearances for Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects playRites 97/98, Theatre Aquarius, National Arts Centre, Toronto Free, Canadian Stage, Tarragon and Necessary Angel. Film and television (selected): The Virgin Suicides, How to Deal, That Touch of Pink, The Associates, Code Name Eternity, Mutant X, Paradise Falls, Monk, Angela’s Eyes, Missing, Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Wild Girl. Andrew is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Theatre Program. He has been nominated for a Best Actor Dora Award and the Andrew Allen Award in radio for The Christmas Adventures of Fatty Nicholson (CBC).
For Studio 180: debut. Deborah has worked in various theatres across the country for over 30 years. Selected performances include Corinne in Beaux Gestes and Beautiful Deeds, the Writer in Sylvia Fraser’s My Father’s House, Marc Antony in the all-female Julius Caesar and Simone in Marat Sade. She recently returned to The Blyth Festival to perform Innocence Lost – a play about Steven Truscott. Deborah’s selected film credits include the short film Mordu, Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies, Six Figures, The Shipping News, James Allodi’s The Uncles and Norman Jewison’s Agnes of God. Most recently, Deborah has been working in television, in episodes of Being Erica, Warehouse 13 and as a recurring character in the new YTV series How To Be Indie and the ABC series Happy Town. Deborah is proud to be serving as a Board member for The Actors’ Fund and is blessed with the love and support of Beech, Kyle, Tess, Chris, Andrea and Elisabeth.
For Studio 180: debut. Most recent acting credits: Proud (Proud Productions), Are You Okay (Peggy Baker Dance Projects/Necessary Angel), Radio Play (Peggy Baker Dance Projects), Them and Us (Theatre Passe Muraille), Frost/Nixon (Canadian Stage/Vancouver Playhouse), and The Pessimist and The Optimists (Tarragon Theatre). Other acting credits include The End of Civilization (Factory Theatre), Marie and Bruce (SummerWorks Festival), Ballad for a Rumrunner’s Daughter (Blyth Festival) and Kicked (Toronto Fringe). Since 1996, Michael has also had a career as a playwright.
For Studio 180: debut. Elsewhere: Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) (Nightwood Theatre/Crow’s Theatre), ART (The Grand Theatre), The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots/Factory), Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Passion Play (Crow’s Theatre/Various), Facts (GCTC).
Hardee T. Lineham
For Studio 180: debut. Hardee’s recent stage credits include Dying To Be Sick (Pleiades Theatre); Crave (Nightwood Theatre); Omnium Gatherum, Proof, Richard III (Dora Winner), Henry VI, Edward VI, Tempest, Spring Awakening, Summerfolk, Plenty (Canadian Stage); Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth, School for Wives (Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver); Scary Stories, Madboy Chronicles, Six Degrees (Alberta Theatre Projects); Love and Anger, White Biting Dog, As You Like It (Stratford Festival). He also received Dora Nominations for Crackwalker, Lie of the Mind and Science Fiction. Hardee’s film & TV credits include Cary in The Jane Show, Loving Loretta, Santa Baby, Shoemaker (Genie Nomination), Top of the Food Chain, The Big Hit, The Italian Machine, Dead Zone, Puppets Who Kill, Traders, P.S.I. Factor, Twice in a Lifetime, Little Mosque on the Prairie and Murdoch Mysteries.
For Studio 180: Offensive Shadows, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook The Passion of the Chris & The Laramie Project. Mark is a Co-Founder of Studio 180 and co-ordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program. He also adapted and directed Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for the company and has assistant directed productions of Blackbird, God of Carnage and The Laramie Project 10th Anniversary reading. Mark was a member of the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble for 5 seasons and performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National Touring Company. Film and television credits include; Spotlight, Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.
For Studio 180: debut. Selected theatre credits include Mary Stuart, Phedre (Soulpepper); Generous (Tarragon), The Monument (Obsidian); Hedda Gabler (Volcano); Belle (Factory/ NAC); The Syringa Tree, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage); Skylight (Tarragon-Dora Award); Valley Song (New Globe Theatre-Dora Award); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Bear (NAC); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath Theatre); Lambton Kent (Volcano/Edinburgh Festival); Trace (co-writer/performer), Trojan Women, Palmer Park, The Illusion, Cyrano, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night (Stratford Festival). Film and Television: This is Wonderland, Doomstown (Gemini Award), The Sentinel, Riverdale, John Q, Finn’s Girl, A Very Lucky Girl (Lifetime), Willa’s Wildlife, A Raisin in the Sun (ABC); The Weight (TMN). Yanna has taught and directed at the National Theatre School and Humber College.
For Studio 180: debut. Sarah has appeared on stages across Canada, from her hometown of Halifax to the Queen Charlotte Islands, winning multiple awards in her career. Some of her many Film and T.V. credits include the film Albatross and the series Station Eleven and Less than Kosher. Selected theatre credits: 13 seasons at Shaw Festival, including Millionairess, Blithe Spirit , Councillor at Law and Heartbreak House, Tarragon Theatre including Patience, Collected Works of Billy The Kid, Scorched (Canadian tour) and The Message, 5 seasons at Stratford Festival, including Shakespeare in Love, Birds of a Kind and Nathan the Wise. She Is strongly committed to new play development and mentoring the next generation of actors and directors.
Nigel Shawn Williams
For Studio 180: debut. Nigel’s selected theatre credits as an actor include Palmer Park, Fuente Ovejuna, Odyssey, Harlem Duet, Our Town, Twelfth Night, Treasure Island (Stratford Festival); The Ventriloquist (Factory Theatre); Salieri in Amadeus (Alberta Theatre Projects – Betty Mitchell Award Nomination); Hedda Gabler, Varieté (Dora Nomination), Two Words For Snow (Dora Award for Best Actor) (Volcano); Wade in the Water (Centaur Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Arts Centre); Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Consecrated Ground (Obsidian Theatre); Belle (Factory Theatre); Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Millionairess, Rashomon, Simpleton of the Unexpected Isle, Petrified Forest (Shaw Festival); Harlem Duet (world premiere – Nightwood/Canadian Stage); Angels in America (Canadian premiere – Manitoba Theatre Centre); Othello (Ford Centre for the Performing Arts); Six Degrees of Separation (Canadian premiere – Alberta Theatre Projects/Canadian Stage – Dora Award for Best Actor); Omnium Gatherum, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III (Canadian Stage). Directing credits include Shakespeare’s Dog (Alberta Theatre Projects), The Bewitched (York University), Home (playRites Festival ATP), Laius: City of Wine (Nightswimming/York University), Falling in Time (CrossCurrents Festival/Factory Theatre), Blacks Don’t Bowl (Black Theatre Workshop – Mecca and Masque Nominations), The Monument (Obsidian Theatre – Dora Award for Best Director) and Simple, Celibate, Sober (Toronto Fringe). Film & TV credits include XIII, Phantom Punch, Odyssey V, John Q, Vendetta, Down in the Delta, series regular for The Jane Show (Global), The City (CTV) and The Famous Jett Jackson (Disney Channel).
For Studio 180: debut. Credits elsewhere include Divisidero: A Performance, This Is What Happens Next (Necessary Angel); Side by Side by Sondheim (The Grand Theatre); “Master Harold”…and the boys (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Happy Days (Theatre Columbus); Another Home Invasion, Communion, A Beautiful View, How It Works, Past Perfect (Tarragon Theatre); Festen, Marion Bridge, A Whistle in the Dark (Company Theatre); British Invasion!, British Invasion 2: America Strikes Back! (Charlottetown Festival); Seussical (YPT); Carmela’s Table (Centaur Theatre); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Resurgence Theatre).
Assistant Stage Manager
For Studio 180: The Arab-Israeli Cookbook. Most Recently: Three Sisters, Blithe Spirit (Soulpepper Theatre); Cringeworthy (Planet 88); The Gut Girls, The Country Wife, War and Peace, Hot’L Baltimore, Big Love (George Brown College); The Amorous Servant (Pleiades Theatre); Family Stories: Belgrade (Actors Repertory Company); Lust’s Labour’s Lost (Toronto Fringe).
Apprentice Stage Manager
For Studio 180: debut. Other credits include Wife Begins at Forty, Hotbed Hotel, Not Now Darling, The Sensuous Senator, The Odd Couple and The Long Weekend (Upper Canada Playhouse). As Apprentice Stage Manager, The 39 Steps (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Another Home Invasion, The Black Rider, Alias Godot (Tarragon Theatre); Cash on Delivery, Wrong for Each Other, Perfect Wedding, Out of Order, The Affections of May, Wally’s Café, A Gift to Last (Upper Canada Playhouse); Suessical (SilverMist Productions); and Mambo Italiano (Bellweather Productions at The Sudbury Theatre Centre). As Company Manager, High School Musical 2 (SilverMist Productions at The Niagara Centre for the Arts).
Set and Costume Designer
For Studio 180: The Arab-Israeli Cookbook & The Laramie Project. Michael’s set & costume design credits for theatre, opera and dance include A Few Good Men (Citadel/MTC); Trouble in Tahiti, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days (costumes), One Touch of Venus (costumes) (Shaw Festival); Caroline or Change (set, Acting Up Stage/Obsidian); Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (set) (YPT); Romeo and Juliet, The 39 Steps, White Christmas (set), Fiddler on the Roof (costumes) (MTC); The Drowsy Chaperone (set, MTC/Theatre Calgary); Rodin/Claudel, Kaleidoscope (set) (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens); Svadba, Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour, The Midnight Court – presented at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); In Colour (National Ballet of Canada); A View from the Bridge (set, Segal Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors (set) (Canadian Stage). Michael has spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival and most recently designed the scenery for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was the 2008 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design from the Ontario Arts Foundation, and received the Brian Jackson Award from the Stratford Festival.
For Studio 180: debut. Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance and is thrilled to be working with Studio 180 once again. Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia. She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Tapestry Opera, Hamilton Opera, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Place des Arts, among many others. She has also designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a Sterling Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award. She is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada and IATSE ADC659.
For Studio 180: debut. Selected Sound Design credits: Annie, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Princess and the Handmaiden, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Seussical (YPT/Citadel Theatre); Spamalot!, Sound of Music, Little Women (Citadel Theatre); Great Expectations, Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Legally Blonde (Neptune Theatre); Speaking in Tongues, Through the Leaves, Festen, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); A Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Off B’way); and A Beautiful View (da da kamera).
For Studio 180: The Arab-Israeli Cookbook & The Laramie Project. A co-founder of Studio 180, Derrick is an entertainment lawyer and award-winning theatre producer. Recent productions include I’m Doing This For You (Edinburgh, Amsterdam, London, Tampere, Piotrowice Nyskie, Halifax, Toronto), Counting Sheep (Edinburgh), Confessions and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Edinburgh, Brighton), Dance Animal (Toronto Fringe), Obeah Opera (PANAMANIA), The God That Comes & When It Rains (Edinburgh Fringe), Oh My Irma (International Tour: Edinburgh Fringe, Berlin, London, Kosovo, Ulaanbaatar, Brighton, Amsterdam, Kiel, New York, Victoria), Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Dancemakers), Gruesome Playground Injuries (The Theatre Centre). Derrick is past-President of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and sits on the boards of The AFC, Theatre Museum Canada, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Groundling Theatre. He is the recipient of a Dora Award, a Harold Award, a NOW Magazine Award as Toronto’s Best Indie Producer, and a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association Honorary Membership for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts.
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For Studio 180: The Arab-Israeli Cookbook & The Laramie Project. Jessica (she/her) is Studio 180’s Director of Youth and Community Engagement, a co-creator of the IN CLASS program, and a core member of the company since 2004. She is a Dora-nominated actor and a leader in drama education with a passion for promoting youth empowerment and building community through theatre. As an actor she has performed on stages across Canada and the US, including Studio 180, Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Project: Humanity, Magnus Theatre, YPT, The Citadel, MTYP, Passe Muraille, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Theatre New Brunswick, Willow Cabin Theatre and Theatreworks/USA. She has appeared on The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries and Being Erica as well as the animated series Fish ‘n Chips. At Studio 180 Jessica oversees all education and Beyond the Stage programming including the creation of study guide resources and the curation of lobby exhibits, chats, panels, talkbacks and other special events. She worked as Education Coordinator for ARCfest: Toronto’s Human Rights Arts Festival, and is the Director of Child Engagement for the Child-ish Collective. She holds an Honours BA in political science and women’s studies from McGill University and completed her classical acting training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and as an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky.
For Studio 180: The Arab-Israeli Cookbook & The Laramie Project. Kimwun is a co-founder, artist educator and member of the Core Artistic Team for Studio 180. Other selected credits include Frankenstein’s Boy, Madhouse Variations, Sideshow of the Damned (Eldritch Theatre); Chasing Margaret Flatwood (Theatre Awakening); Like Wolves (GCTC); Wrecked (Roseneath Theatre); This Is About the Push (Seventh Stage); Mourning Dove (Ark Collective); Vanities (Theatre in Port); Spain (Absit Omen); Phae (Collective Architecture); High-Gravel-Blind, Shadows, Walk Right Up (Stratford Festival). Film and TV credits include recurring roles on the TMN series The Line and the web series B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye; and Puppets Who Kill, Nikita and Thieves. Kimwun has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Ensemble) and is a graduate of the actor training program at George Brown College.
Frighteningly good Studio 180 production! Slashingly funny and unexpectedly touching! A company of 15 amazing actors, led with skill by director Joel Greenberg, offer[s] us a compelling story whose ending has not yet been written. You can’t afford to miss it.Toronto Star ★★★★
Killer Canadian premiere! It is difficult to imagine a better production of this play! Director Joel Greenberg has staged the events leading from George W. Bush’s first inauguration to the 2003 Iraq invasion with such velocity that you must dig your fingernails into your armrest to hold on. 15 stellar actors […] keep this finely tuned machine running.Globe and Mail
A thrilling peek behind the closed doors of the White House.680 News
Pretty powerful stuff! A compelling piece of theatre that charts the confrontation between men and women of conscience in the face of global crisis in a world where might has too long been mistaken for right.Toronto Sun ★★★★
The 15-member cast is superb, as is Joel Greenberg’s taut direction. This is a don’t-miss production.Classical 96.3 FM