CHESTER BROWN – Graphic Novelist
Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent non-fiction graphic novels: Louis Riel and Paying For It. Brown began self-publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at twenty-three, and has been publishing with Drawn & Quarterly since 1991. He is also the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. His most recent book is 2016's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.
ZACH FRASER – Adaptation, Direction, Puppet Design
Zach is a director, actor, puppeteer, puppet maker and teacher. Directing credits include Love, Child (Anana Rydvald), Blindness based on José Saramago’s acclaimed novel (Abbott) & The Aeneid (META - Outstanding Indie Production). Puppet designs include The Nisei & the Narnauks (META - Outstanding Contribution to Theatre) & MacBeth - Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff, Toronto). Recent performances: Mémoire de Lou (Avant-Pays) and Province (Talisman/Other Theatre). In May 2018, Zach will direct an original adaptation of André Alexis’ award-winning novel Fifteen Dogs at John Abbott College, where he is a faculty member. He also teaches occasionally at the National Theatre School of Canada. Zach is a Nova Scotian married to an Italian raising two trilingual Quebecois boys and a bilingual dog.
MANON ST-JULES – French Translations
A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Manon has led a bilingual career, performing in classical and contemporary plays for big and small companies in Toronto (Canadian Stage, Festival of Classics, Theatre Direct, Pleaides), Montreal (Théâtre Denise Pelletier, Centaur Theatre, Segal Centre and Usine C), Sudbury (STC, TNO), and Ottawa (NAC, GCTC, Arts Court, Théâtre la Catapulte, Compagnie L’Atelier). Manon’s translations include: Bourré!, Alexis Diamond’s Stuffed! (Tapestry New Opera), L’hôtel, Alex Poch Goldin’s This Hotel (La Catapulte), Charlotte et le marchand de musique, Pierre et le loup and Presto Mambo by Peter Duschenes (Platypus Theatre) and the Vimy Project·by Arthur Milner performed at the Vimy Monument in France to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
ANNE LALANCETTE – Performer
Anne Lalancette has pursued her passion for puppets since 2006. On stage, she has performed in The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, The Umbrella (The Old Trout Puppet Workshop), Volte (The Grandstand show of the Calgary Stampede), The Season (Socalled, Pop Montreal) and Corbeau (Théâtre de l’Oeil). On television, she was operating the replica of René Simard on Prière de ne pas envoyer de fleurs (Radio-Canada), the puppets of Les Hipaloulas (TFO) and lately, the marionettes of the Robax commercials. On film, she was puppeteering on From Naughty to Nice (NFB) and Sale Gueule (Dock Films). Anne Lalancette is primarily a French speaker and comes from the very small town of Forestville, in Eastern Quebec.
JULIE TAMIKO MANNING – Performer
Julie is a bilingual sansei (3rd generation Japanese Canadian) hapa (mixed Asian/European) settler, born and raised in the Eastern Townships.· Selected theatre credits include: Elena in Butcher (Centaur), Sister in Pig Girl (Imago), Isabella Bird in Top Girls (Segal), Emilia in Othello (Segal Centre/Scapegoat Carnivale), and Clarence in Richard III (Metachroma). Her first play, Mixie and the Halfbreeds was written with Adrienne Wong and her second, The Tashme Project, a verbatim play about WWII Japanese Canadian internment camps, was co-created and performed with Matt Miwa.· Next up is Oedipus Rex (Scapegoat Carnivale) and Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (Talisman), both at The Centaur.·
BLAYNE MCLEOD – Performer
Blayne is A Cree Actor from Wabasca/Desmarais, a small Cree hamlet 2.5 hours north of Edmonton. He spent most of his life in Edmonton where he raised himself from the age of 14, and participated in numerous·art projects and school plays. In 2014, Blayne attended the Centre For Indigenous Theatre’s three-week summer-intensive program at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta. As a result of that introduction to theatre, he was·encouraged to come to Toronto to pursue a career in the arts. He is a recent graduate·of the Centre For Indigenous Theatre. Recent performances include Bent Boy by Herbie·Barns (CIT), The Witch Of Niagara by Daniel David Moses (CIT), and Money Can’t Be Eaten by Candy Blair (Paprika Festival). Blayne most recently participated in the Luminato Festival in Toronto.
JOCELYN SIOUI – Performer
Jocelyn is a writer, designer, actor, puppeteer, and Artistic Director of the theatre troupe Belzébrute. He is a founder of OUF! Festival Off Casteliers, an event dedicated to puppetry arts. ·A spirited artist with an infectious energy, his dynamic and inventive creations tour throughout Quebec, Canada and in France. His show·Shavirez, le Tsigane des mers·was awarded the Coup de Coeur prize at the prestigious World Festival of Puppet Theatres in Charleville-Mézières (Off) in 2013.·Born in Montreal,·Jocelyn is of Huron-Wendat heritage. He is just now beginning to investigate his genealogy and is becoming more and more interested in his family history. He strongly believes in the beauty of mixing races; a gift both artistically and for humanity.
JON LACHLAN STEWART - Performer
Jon is an actor, director and playwright, artistic director of Surreal SoReal Theatre, and co-artistic director of La Fille Du Laitier. Acting credits include Le Joueur (Theatre La Veille / Prospero) Travesties (Segal Centre), Harry the King (Repercussion Theatre), Big Shot (Canadian tour and bilingual production) The Goat, or Who is Sylvia (Citadel Theatre), The Palace Grand (understudy, Electric Company), Whale Riding Weather (Zee Zee Theatre), Flocons Pour Alicia, Ecran Fumée (Theatre la Seizieme), Fraises en Janvier (Lunitheatre). Jon is a bilingual Scottish Canadian, and father to a Québécois bilingual Canadian named Samuel Lachlan Bélanger.
ROMAIN FABRE – Set Designer
Romain is a graduate of the design program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and is a founding member of the creation-based theatre compagnie Trois Triste Tigres, where he creates set and costume designs for many of writer/director Olivier Kemeid’s productions. Other designs include: Masked by Itan Hatsor, directed by Anthony Black, (Neptune, Halifax); Rose by Martin Sherman·, directed by Diana Leblanc, (Segal Centre); and Truth & Treason by Rahul Varma, directed by Arianna Bardesono (Teesri Duniya). Upcoming projects include costume design for Five Kings (Trident, Quebec), and set & costume design for Les enivrés, directed by Florent Siaud (Prospero).
TRISTAN CAPACCHIONE – Original Score
Born in Toronto to a French mother and an Italian father, Tristan is an accomplished film composer and sound designer. His music has been heard at film festivals all over Canada and the world. He also moonlights in theatre design with a focus on original music, often featuring live musicians, in combination with rich ambiences and electronic soundscapes. Previously, Tristan has worked with director Zach Fraser on 3 other productions, including the critically acclaimed …and stockings for the ladies, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and Borealis. He currently lives in Montreal and is scoring a feature documentary to be released in the fall of 2017.
LUC PRAIRIE – Lighting Designer
Since 1974, Luc has been lighting up stages for theatres and operas across the country. He has worked for the Centaur Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper Theatre Compagnie Jean-Duceppe, Segal Centre, Canadian Stage, Théâtre de Quat’Sous, Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Théâtre Rideau Vert, Théâtre de l’Opsis, Montreal Young Company, Grand Theatre, Calgary Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, Belfry Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Manitoba Theatre Centre, NAC, Opera McGill, Opera Lyra, Edmonton Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Théâtre le Clou, Théâtre Bouches Décousues, Dynamo Théâtre. Théâtre Tout à Trac. He also teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada (French and English sections).
ATTILA CLEMANN - Production Support
JON CLEVELAND – Lighting Assistant
CLAUDE LEMELIN – Stage Manager
ISABEL QUINTERO FAIA – Assistant Stage Manager
TRISTYNN DUHEME – Technical Production Manager