2017 SUMMER COMPANY:
*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy.
Gabriella Albino (Hermia) is excited to be making her Festival Players debut in this exciting season! Born and raised in Toronto, she has trained throughout the city for several years and has performed for companies such as Nightwood, Musical Stage Company, Randolph, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, and YES Theatre where she is a resident artist. She is a recent graduate of the George Brown Theatre School where she studied classical theatre and performed in “The Penelopiad”, “As You Like It”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Cavalcade”, and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”. Other favourite credits include: Nina in “In the Heights”, Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Les Miserables in Concert” with the SSO, “Admissions”, and the Canadian Premiere of Eve Ensler’s “Emotional Creature”.
Geoffrey Armour (Quince) is delighted to be performing in his first season with Festival Players. Last summer on tour with Driftwood Theatre he had the distinct pleasure of staying a full week in Prince Edward County and upon hearing of his casting this season, quite literally, leapt for joy. So come one and all to share in the marvellous season the company has in store. There will be laughter and tears and with any luck a midnight skinny dip in Sandbanks Provincial Park. Does anyone know if you need a permit for that? See you at the Theatre.
Neil Babcock (Demetrius) is an actor born and raised in Toronto. He is extremely excited and humbled to be part of The Festival Players 2017 summer season and can’t wait to share this Dream with others. Neil attended the George Brown College Acting Conservatory Program, completed studies at Canada’s National Voice Intensive in Vancouver, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a focus in specialized theatre studies. Television and film credits include: Degrassi: Next Class, Defiance, Alien Mysteries, Baxter, Warehouse 13, Sundae, I Was a Boy, and Grey Gardens. Theatre credits: Dreams (Canadian Rep Theatre), Carnival Revels (Toronto Consort), Mucedorus (Poculi Liquide Societas), Absolute Alice (Stratford Factory Productions), You Never Can Tell (George Brown Theatre), A Winter’s Tale (George Brown Theatre), Henry VI Part I (CNVI), Escape from Happiness (UofT), Better Living (UofT), Saint Joan (UofT), and Cymbeline (UofT).
Bruce Dow (Bottom) Broadway/NYC: King Herod, Jesus Christ Superstar (Tony® Nominated Revival) Robert, Jane Eyre; Jacey Squires, The Music Man; Bishop Dobson/Sailor, Anything Goes (a benefit for Lincoln Center Theater); Prismatic, Granadine, Neil Wechsler’s Yale Drama Series winning play (a reading). Stratford Shakespeare Festival (selected): Trinculo, The Tempest, starring Christopher Plummer; Pseudolus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Emcee, Cabaret; Dromio of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors; the Baker, Into the Woods; Luther Billis, South Pacific; Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Guys and Dolls; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Solanio, The Merchant of Venice;. Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury/Granada); Rick Mercer Report (CBC); The Tempest (Bravo!, Melbar Entertainment Group). Solo Recordings: Keepin’ Out of Mischief, Lucky to Be Me (available in the lobby, iTunes, and Amazon). Cabaret: Bruce is a member of Cabaret West, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and MACnyc. Training: BFA Acting, MFA Directing, UBC. Website: www.brucedow.com.
Alex Furber (Lysander) – For Festival Player of Prince Edward County : Debut Selected Theatre: My Night With Reg, (Studio 180/Mirvish), Marathon of Hope, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drayton), Jitters (Soulpepper) , Gilbert Blythe in Anne and Gilbert (NAC) , Red (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Lion in Winter, The Rainmaker (Watermark) Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Albert Narracott in Warhorse, (Mirvish). Film and Television : Reign, Mayday, Murdoch Mysteries, Flashpoint Other: Graduate of The National Theatre School. Twitter: @Alexfurber
Anna Hardwick (Hippolyta/Titania) is an actor, producer and writer based in Toronto. Selected film & television credits include “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” directed by Katie Holmes, “Slasher” (NBC), “Good Witch,” “Lost Girl,” “Defiance” and guest starring in the upcoming series “Raising Expectations,” created by Tom Saunders (Arrested Development). She also performed in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning “Birdman,” as well as “Casino Jack,” “Cosmopolis” and the short films “Shavasana,” “Satisfaction” and “Blind Spot.” She just completed her second short film, which she wrote and performed in, “Orchid,” which won support from the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee. Her first short film, “Baby Brain,” which she wrote, produced and starred in, premiered at both the Toronto and New York International Short Film Festivals and was directed by Mars Horodyski. Anna has performed at theatres across the country and recently produced and starred in the critically-acclaimed world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s “A Woman Is a Secret.” Anna is a graduate of LAMDA in the UK and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program in Alberta. She is so happy to return to her roots by performing Shakespeare in her beloved Prince Edward County where she co-owns The Ferg. www.annahardwick.com
Luke Kimball (Flute) is making his professional theatre debut. As an actor Luke has appeared in about fifteen productions (give or take a few). Some of his favourites have included ”Into The Woods”, “Metamorphoses”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (a separate production in which he played Puck), “A Chorus Line”, “Almost, Maine” and a contemporary retelling of the story “Faust”. Luke also started his own theatre company a year ago with the hope to tell stories he thinks are important, and a mandate to create a place in which young “theatre workers” can begin to bridge the gap into the professional world of a working artist.
Philip Knox (Egeus/Starveling) graduated from Ryerson University’s Theatre school and completed post graduate studies in McMaster Universities Theatre Arts. He has been involved with Toronto Arts Productions, Actors Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Works and the County theatre groups of Marysburgh Mummers, Prince Edward Community Theatre and the County Theatre Group filling a number of roles from acting, directing, stage management and producing. County acting roles include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pesudolus), Shadowlands (Alan Greg, Doctor) and The Lazier Murder Trial (Gilbert Jones). Toronto and Hamilton (selected) acting roles include Agamemnon (Agamemnon), The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio, Hortensio), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), Measure for Measure (Claudio), Richard II (Northumberland) and the Tempest (Ferdinand). Philip now lives fulltime in the County and is a volunteer on air co-host on 99.3 County FM.
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey (Director) – Jeannette Lambermont-Morey has directed for theatres across Canada and the United States, from the Stratford Festival, to the Virginia Stage Company; including such theatres as The Citadel (Edmonton), The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), Atlantic Theatre Festival (Nova Scotia), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton) the Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque), Talk is Free Theatre, and, Theatre by the Bay (Barrie), the New World Theatre Project (St. John’s, NFLD), Huron Country Playhouse (Grand Bend); and Toronto theatres, Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Harbourfront Centre, and The Toronto International Fringe Festival, to name a few. She has worked extensively in college and university theatre programs as a director and instructor. Jeannette was Artistic Director of the New World Theatre Project in Newfoundland 2012/13, and served as Executive Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada from 1999 to 2015. Jeannette continues as Awards Officer for the organization. Jeannette has developed several musicals (for example, Faust with Leslie Arden; and Moving Day with Cathy Elliott) and is directing Leslie Arden’s Harvest Moon Rising for the Women of Musical Theatre Festival in Toronto this summer. Jeannette’s production of Mike Bartlett’s My Child won the 2016 My Theatre Award for Outstanding production in the small theatre category.
Siobhàn O’Malley (Helena) – Siobhàn is delighted to be part of the Festival Players of Prince Edward County this season. Most recently Siobhàn appeared as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (The Secret Shakespeare Series). Her past credits include ensemble in Love and Information, Martha in Spring Awakening, Mrs. Givings in In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Reverend Salvation in The Cradle Will Rock, Hannah/Helen in Buddleia (The Lir). Film: Aoife in gas (Rebecca Daly/The Lir). Training: The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Connor Thompson (Theseus/Oberon) is a Dora-nominated and Canadian Comedy Award-winning actor, writer, and improvisor originally from Grey County, Ontario. At Second City Toronto he wrote and starred in three mainstage shows, and as an improvisor has taught and performed around the world with his duo, Lusty Mannequins. He is the co-creator of The Playcast, a playwriting and podcast series in which an audience suggestion inspires a brand new play, written in a month and then live-read before an audience. In 2015 he was asked to write new verses for Camille Saint-Saens’ CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, which was performed by the Toronto Symphony and pianists Jan Lisiecki and Emanuel Ax.
Dylan Trowbridge (Puck/Philip Strate) is a Toronto-based actor and director. Acting credits include Mary Stuart, The Grapes of Wrath, Titus Andronicus (Stratford Festival), The Coronation Voyage, Widowers’ Houses, Peter Pan (Shaw Festival), Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, Tribes (Canadian Stage), Taking Care of Baby (Storefront Theatre, MyTheatre Award) and the West End Production of Dirty Dancing. He is also the artistic associate with Theatrefront, which he co-founded in 1999. Dylan recently directed the multi-Dora award nominated production of The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy (Eldritch Theatre). Film and Television credits include: American Hangman, Dark Matter, Private Eyes, Alias Grace, The Dark and Seraphim.
Lindsay Forde (Costume Designer) is an award winning set and costume designer and technician based in Toronto. She won a 2017 ACTCO award for costume design for her work on Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Amicus), and was a recipient of a 2012 Theatre Ontario Professional Theatre Training Grant in set design with Erik Diaz in Boston, MA and environs. Select Design Credits: 9 Parts of Desire (7th Stage), The Impresario (Milton Centre for the Arts Grand Opening), Sense and Sensibility, Villette, Barefoot in the Park, A Chorus of Disapproval (Amicus), Hairspray, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Divas: Do It All (The Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT), The Playboy of the Western World (GBC Theatre School). As Assistant Designer: That Face (Nightwood/Canadian Stage), A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash), The Mad Bomber, Teddy and Alice (Seven Angels, Waterbury, CT), Hello, Dolly! (North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Penobscot, Bangor, ME). Lindsay has been a stitcher for Stratford, Mirvish, COC, Soulpepper, The Sharon Playhouse, and various film & television productions. Lindsay was Head of Wardrobe for the 2010 Sharon Playhouse season, and First Hand for five seasons at the George Brown Theatre School.
Nick Di Gaetano (Composer and Sound Designer) is a musician and comedian whose career includes clown shows, puppet shows, improv shows, shows for children, punk/hardcore bands, performance art, voice overs and a ton of original music for stage, screen and recorded mediums. He lives in the uncomfortable place where weird, sad and irreverent collide and is a self-described professional collaborator and renaissance man. He is the co-artistic director of Mi Casa Theatre in Ottawa, an Artistic Associate with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary and a Resident Artist at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in Toronto.
John Thompson (Set and Lighting Designer) credits include, A Splinter in The Heart (Festival Players) God of Carnage, The Normal Heart, Our Class, My Night With Reg (Studio 180 Theatre); Speaking in Tongues, The Test, Through the Leaves (Dora Award), Festen, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Divisadero (Necessary Angel); The Retreat from Moscow, The Tempest, The Clean House, A Christmas Carol, Humble Boy, The Shape of Things (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, The Mill on the Floss, Betrayal, Twelfth Night, Don Carlos, The Misanthrope (Soulpepper); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); The Pessimist, Care, Alice’s Affair, Helen’s Necklace, Russell Hill, Little Mercy’s First Murder, The Good Life, Skylight, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Earshot, The Road to Hell (Tarragon Theatre); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre – Dora Award); Caught, Unity 1918, Blood (Theatre Passe Muraille) John teaches design at the University of Toronto Drama Centre.
Eve Harvey (Assistant Costume Designer) – Eve is a local Prince Edward County photographer with a passion for costume design and sewing. She has designed the costumes for The Quest – a play performed by Entertainingly Different at RHS Garden Rosemoor in the UK. She is excited to be working on her first three shows as assistant costume designer for Festival Players. Although Eve has lived all over Ontario and the UK, she now calls PEC home. She runs a photography business with a focus on portraiture and commercial photography.
Susan Currie (Stage Manager) – Susan is a Vancouver based Stage Manager who is happy to be working in her home province of Ontario. With too many productions to name, selected credits are: Refuge; The Nether; The Ectasy of Rita Joe; Ernestein Shuswap Gets Her Trout; High Flying Bird (The Firehall Centre, Vancouver) – Footloose; Anne of Green Gables; Big-The Musical (Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver) – Dirty Old Woman (The Cultch) – The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions) – Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; (Obscura Productions) – The 39 Steps; How I Learned to Drive; Dancing at Lughnasa; Medea (Peninsula Productions) – Lion In Winter; (Jericho Arts Centre) – Angels in America; Millennium Approaches; Perestroika (Hoarse Raven Theatre.)
Peter McBoyle (Sound Designer) – Peter has worked at most of the major Canadian theatres and in US cities such as New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Dallas and Atlanta. He lives in
Stratford where he has spent 22 seasons at the Stratford Festival designing
over 60 productions. His Broadway credits include Come Fly
Away and Barrymore and his national tours include Sister Act, Catch Me If
You Can, Come Fly Away and West Side Story. Recent projects include Guys
and Dolls, HMS Pinafore and The Madwoman of Chailot for Stratford,
Million Dollar Quartet and Anne of Green Gables for Charlottetown and the
US premier of the Tango Rock Musical Arrabal in Boston. Peter is a member
of the Associated Designers of Canada, United Scenic Artists and the AF of
M. He is a graduate of McGill University and teaches theatre sound at
Humber College. Peter would like to thanks his wife Meghan and their
daughters Ella and Beatrice for their unending support.