Stratford: West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Music Man, Moby Dick.
Elsewhere: Selected credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Grand Theatre); Sweet Charity, Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Verb.atim, Rain (Helix Dance Project).
Training: Advanced certificates in RAD, CDTA and ADAPT syllabuses. Banff ballet school, RWB School, and is an alumnus of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Et cetera: In between performing gigs, Matt spends his time choreographing and teaching dance all across Canada with his co-owned dance workshop company, Shuffle Pop. “Nothing in my life could be done without the inspiration and support of my friends and family. Thanks, love, peace.”
Stratford: Amazon in Peter Pan, Tina in King of Thieves, Rose in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosalia in West Side Story.
Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Helix Dance Project, The Vagina Monologues, Anton in Show Business, The Wizard of Oz.
Television: Credits include RenegadePress.com, The Incredible Story Studio.
Et cetera: Mary is thrilled and blessed to be part of this wonderful Stratford company. A big thank-you to Stephen and Peter, Mum and Christine; and love to the Ladle.
Recently: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stratford/Mirvish Productions)
Elsewhere: Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Pippin, Carnival (Olga) and Big Time Operator (Bambi); Panopticon for The Dance Concept.
Film/TV: Hellcats (CW Network).
Training: Proud graduate of Sheridan Institute’s Music Theatre Performance Program.
Et cetera: Jacqueline would like to thank Scot Denton, Marie Baron for always being there, Stephen and Peter, and, of course, her mom and dad.
Stratford: My One and Only and Oklahoma!
Elsewhere: Mark was a member of the renowned a cappella group The Nylons (1997-2005). Theatre credits include Ragtime and Shenandoah (Broadway); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Elgin Theatre and Canadian national tour); Miss Saigon (Princess of Wales Theatre); Dreamgirls (Stage West Calgary and Theatre Aquarius); Sweet Charity and Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment); A Starbright Christmas (D2 Entertainment).
Film: Anchor Baby (Nigerian/Canadian feature).
Awards: Legend Award (World A Cappella Association).
Et cetera: Music producer/director, composer, writer and teacher. “Heartfelt thanks to the family life has given me. For the love of Art.”
Stratford (selected): Trinculo, The Tempest; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Pseudolus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Emcee, Cabaret; Dromio of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors; Luther Billis, South Pacific; the Baker, Into the Woods; Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Guys and Dolls; Sancho Panza, Man of La Mancha.
Elsewhere: Broadway: Jane Eyre, The Music Man, Anything Goes (a benefit for Lincoln Center Theater). Toronto: Pirelli, Sweeney Todd (Canadian Stage, Dora nomination), Mr. Fox, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (LKTYP).
Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury/Granada); The Rick Mercer Report (CBC); The Tempest (Melbar Entertainment).
Solo Recordings: Keepin’ Out of Mischief, Lucky to Be Me.
Training: BFA Acting, MFA Directing, UBC.
Et cetera: “In loving memory of the ‘Mysterious Man,’ Peter Donaldson.”
Stratford: Oliver!, South Pacific.
Elsewhere: Selected credits: Joey Primo in Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing (North American première) (Mirvish); Tap Dogs (2010 North American tour); Munkustrap in Cats (Neptune); Big Deal in West Side Story (Citadel); Brigadoon, Country Legends, Oklahoma! (Drayton); White Christmas (Aquarius).
Film/TV: Score: A Hockey Musical (2010 TIFF opener), Once Upon a Mattress (ABC/ Disney), Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Columbia Pictures), The John Dore Show, Road to Avonlea.
Training: Second City.
Awards: Mr. Dance of Canada.
Et cetera: Proud member of the MGT. Ryan would like to thank his family for all their support, his friends from “the ‘shwa” for always having his back, and everyone at the Talent House for getting him to the place he loves the most: the stage.
Stratford: Lois Lane (Kiss Me, Kate), Eva Perón (Evita), Maria (West Side Story), Philia (Forum). A proud member of the 2009/10 Birmingham Conservatory.
Elsewhere: Chilina recently reprised Philia in Forum at the Canon Theatre in Toronto. Other credits include Guest Artist for an evening with Jason Robert Brown at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio; The President (Lydia), Wonderful Town (Eileen), Summer and Smoke (Nellie), Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, Major Barbara, Follies – In Concert (Shaw Festival); Reprise Concerts (St. Lawrence Centre); Variations on a Nervous Breakdown (TIFT); The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); Mamma Mia! (Sophie) (U.S. first national tour); Anne of Green Gables, Emily (Charlottetown Festival); On Albert Street, Seussical – The Musical (Aquarius); A Chorus Line, The Last Resort (Stage West).
Recordings: Chilina is featured on CBC’s Celebrate the Seasons and has recorded with Burt Bacharach.
Broadway: Billy Flynn in Chicago, title role in Dracula, The Musical, Frank ‘N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), The Boys From Syracuse, Scar in The Lion King, The Sisters Rosensweig. He also appeared in the National Tours of Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Touring Broadway Award) and Peter Pan.
Off-Broadway credits include Treasure Island, Jeffery, Beau Jest (Outer Critics Circle nominations), Richard III and Othello.
Recent regional credits: Kiss Me Kate (Reprise!, Muny), A Flea In Her Ear, (Williamstown), Private Lives and Travesties (Long Wharf, CT Critics Award), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Old Globe), Uncle Vanya (Arena Stage), Racing Demon and Blithe Spirit (Guthrie), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare Theater) and Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse). Mr. Hewitt has performed throughout Japan, Europe and the US with the Suzuki Company of Toga.
TV/film credits include “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Frasier,” “All My Children,” narration for the Discovery, History and National Geographic channels and Julie Taymor’s Fool’s Fire.
Training: PTTP currently at U. of Delaware.
Stratford: Mike in Jacques Brel, Amiens in As You Like It, Hero in Forum, Glad Hand in West Side Story.
Elsewhere:Forum (Mirvish Productions); Happy End, The President, The Yalta Game, Hotel Peccadillo, Follies: In Concert, Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival); Fiddler on the Roof (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Cotton Patch Gospel, Lend Me a Tenor, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Boy Friend (Drayton Entertainment); Pélagie (Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre); The Mousetrap (Saidye Bronfman Centre); Kiss Me, Kate, Harvest Moon Rising, One Night Stand (Talk Is Free Theatre); Larry’s Party (Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre); Little Women, Dads! (Victoria Playhouse); ‘Twas (Theatre Orangeville); Emily, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival).
Et cetera: Co-founder of Talk Is Free Theatre, based in Barrie, Ontario. “Heaps of love to woman and lad.”
Stratford: Queequeg in Moby Dick, Olin Britt in The Music Man, Montgomery in My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Elsewhere: La Bohème (Broadway); Kismet, Of Thee I Sing (New York City Center Encores!); Cinderella (New York City Opera); Four Saints in Three Acts (Chicago Opera Theater); Beauty and the Beast (The Grand Theatre, Western Canada Theatre); Dark Star Requiem (Luminato); Floyd Collins, Pal Joey (Shaw Festival); Porgy and Bess (Toronto Symphony); Joseph… (Stage West); Broadway Baritones (Starbright); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall); Elsewhereless (Tapestry); Show Boat (Livent).
Film/TV: The Producers.
Recordings: Debut album, Marcus Nance – The Voice Next Door (available in the Theatre Store); La Bohème, Ragtime, Show Boat (cast recordings). Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council, Dora nominee (Elsewhereless).
Training: BA in voice, Fresno State University.
Stratford: Orlando (As You Like It), The Winter’s Tale, Tony (West Side Story), Valvert (Cyrano), Bobby (Cabaret), Slim (Oklahoma!), King Lear.
Elsewhere: Beast (Beauty and the Beast) (Persephone), Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar) (Stage West Calgary, Sunshine Festival), Curly (Oklahoma!) (Aquarius), Henry (Jasper Station) (Lighthouse Festival), Danny (Grease) (Stage West Mississauga), Bill (Kiss Me, Kate) (Sunshine Festival), Huck (Big River) (Drayton), Young Hercules (Hercules) (Disney), Lucentio (Romancin’ the One I Love) (Winter Garden), Rafe (One Night Stand) (London, England), Mamma Mia! (Mirvish). Recent travels included a trip home to Saskatchewan, where he created a concert of musical-theatre songs with Chilina Kennedy in support of Regina’s Golden Apple Theatre Company.
Film/TV: Bridegroom (The Gospel of John), Alex (Shapeshifter), Schumacher (Strike!), Cruel Intentions 2, On My Mind.
Training: Birmingham Conservatory (2009), Randolph Academy.
Awards: John Hirsch Guthrie Award (2010).
Elsewhere: Selected credits: Beauty and the Beast (Bella) (Ross Petty Productions); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish Productions); High School Musical (Gabriella) and Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment); British Invasion (Stage West Calgary).
Recordings: Her four-times-platinum single, “Alive,” and certified gold self-titled debut album are available nation-wide and online through Sony/BMG Canada.
Et cetera: Melissa is honoured to be joining the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She’d like to thank her family, TH, GMMF and R for their love and support.
Previously: Dancing has always been Laurin’s focus, with performances on-screen, on tour and on international stages. Amidst dancing and traveling, Laurin has had the opportunity to share her contemporary-style master classes and workshops with dancers across Canada. Recently, acting became a new possibility to explore after she landed lead role Tiki in the independent film Happy Slapping (directed by Christos Sourligas, Elephant Shoes) to be released in fall 2011. In the near future, she hopes to train and continue to build her résumé in theatre. It is always the thrill of live performances that fuels her passion. Laurin Padolina’s credits include Sur le Rythme, Spectacular!, Rogers Wireless, Centre Stage 2, Aliens in America, Kickin’ It Old School, Reefer Madness, Musique Plus, Eureka, The L Word, Bell Mobility, Catwoman, Disney Radio, Warner Bros., Sony BMG, Bravo!, the Cheetah Girls, Sarah McLachlan, Pinup Saints, Gary Kurtz, Eva Avila, Shiloh, Cirque Fantastic, L’Oreal.
Et cetera: Laurin is thrilled to be making her debut performance in theatre with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Elsewhere: Karisma in Hair (Canadian Stage); Michelle in Dreamgirls (Stage West Calgary); Mack and Mabel and Hotel Peccadillo (Shaw Festival); Bird Girl #3 in Seussical (Theatre Aquarius); Lorelle Robinson in Dreamgirls (MTC, Theatre Aquarius and the Grand Theatre); featured singer in One Hit Wonders and Motown Gold (Stage West Mississauga and Calgary); Tina Turner in The Wedding Singer (Stage West); Little Inez in Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival).
Film/TV: Singer in Zesty Mango McDonald’s commercial.
Training: Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.
Et cetera: Kat would like to thank her wonderful and supportive parents, Nelson and Brenda Reynolds. “I couldn’t do it without you guys!”
Stratford: Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls. Thrilled to be back at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival!
Theatre: The Lion King – Las Vegas company; Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You, The Lion King – Mirvish Productions; West Side Story, Peter Pan – Citadel Theatre.
Film/TV: Chicago, Honey and A Brave New Girl.
Et cetera: “Love and thanks to my family, friends, MM and the T. House Gang for their love and support.”
Stratford: Kiss Me, Kate (Nathaniel), Evita, Forum, West Side Story (Chino), Cabaret, My One and Only (New Rhythm Boy), Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes (Luke).
Elsewhere: Forum (Stratford/Mirvish); final Broadway company and U.S. national tour of Cats (Mistoffelees); Contact (first U.S. national tour); Miss Saigon (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera); The Drowsy Chaperone (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Cinderella (Ross Petty); Sweet Charity (assistant choreographer) (Stage West Calgary); West Side Story (Chino) (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Hair (Karma) (Canadian Stage); Beauty and the Beast (Grand, Drayton/Aquarius); Pleasure Island, Kids of the Kingdom (Disney World, FL).
Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (Dora Mavor Moore).
Et cetera: Julius would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Elsewhere: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Old Deuteronomy in Cats (Drayton Entertainment and Neptune Theatre), John in Miss Saigon (Drayton Entertainment), Wayne (Curtis understudy) in Dreamgirls (Canadian cast première – Stage West Calgary, MTC, Theatre Aquarius and The Grand, London, Ontario), OCE Niagara, Smokey Joe’s Café (Stage West Mississauga), Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (GCP).
Websites: Lee Siegel (actor/director) on Facebook and www.myspace.com/LeeSiegel.
Et cetera: “Much love to my incredible family, Mom, Dad, friends and foes who may have come and gone but taught me so much about life; to the Talent House gang and Bruce for seeing something in a young guy from Niagara; to God (thank you!); and to you, our audience: thank you for supporting the arts! Enjoy!”
Stratford: Angie the Ox/Nicely and Big Jule understudy (Guys and Dolls), Quartet Tenor #2 (Anything Goes).
Elsewhere: Lonny (Rock of Ages) (Mirvish); Big Bopper (The Buddy Holly Story), Herman (Sweet Charity), Bouley (Damn Yankees), ensemble (One Hit Wonders), Canadian Explosion, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Stage West); Eddie/Dr. Scott (The Rocky Horror Show) (Theatre New Brunswick); Hank (Nursery School Musical) (Berkeley Street Theatre); Parker (Rock and Roll) (Grand Theatre); Aaron (The Compleat Works…), Fleshcreep (Jack and the Beanstalk) (Gayety Theatre); Roger (Grease) (Citadel Theatre), Moose (Crazy for You) (Huron Country Playhouse).
Film/TV:Breakout Kings (A&E series); feature films Felling Shadows, Silent but Deadly, Deacons for Defense; Canadian Idol, season 3 (third-place finalist).
Recordings: Debut self-titled album available in stores across Canada through Sony/BMG Canada.
Training: Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program.
Stratford: King of Thieves (Mercer), Peter Pan (Noodler), HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado, The Gondoliers.
Elsewhere: Four seasons with the Charlottetown Festival (Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables); two seasons with the Shaw Festival (Alexius in The Chocolate Soldier); Broadway company and U.S. national tour of Ragtime; original Canadian productions of Cats (Gus the Theatre Cat), Les Misérables and Beauty and the Beast; Candide (Voltaire et al), Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera; Looking and The Love List, Magnus Theatre. Over 100 productions in all, with theatre and opera companies across Canada and in Europe.
Et cetera: Writer and director. “Very proud and pleased to be sharing the Stratford stage with my son!”
Stratford: Evita (Che), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul).
Elsewhere (selected): Les Misérables (Marius, U.S. tour), West Side Story (Tony, 50th-anniversary international tour), A Little Night Music (Henrik, Baltimore Center Stage), Songs for a New World (Man 1, Syracuse Stage), See Rock City (Rick/Cutter, Transport Group), The Woman Upstairs (Jack, NYMF).
Training: Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts (drama/voice); BFA, Syracuse University (musical theatre). Awards: 2010 Broadway World Toronto Award: Best Actor in a Musical for Che in last year’s Evita.
Websites: Visit www.josh-young.com for other credits and information. Stop by the Theatre Store and pick up a copy of Josh’s brand-new album, Still Dreaming of Paradise, featuring a mix of re-imagined Broadway songs and pop classics (due out in August). Also included are tracks from last year’s Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. This album and his debut are available on iTunes and Josh’s website as well. Josh is the founder/producer of a concert series to give exposure to the next generation of musical-theatre songwriters: www.cuttingedgecomposers.com.
Et cetera: Josh would like to thank Gary Griffin and Rick Fox for bringing him to Stratford, as well as Des McAnuff, Antoni Cimolino and the patrons of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for the honour of another season here. “Thanks as always to my mother and father for their support and to Allan and Rena, my Canadian parents.”
Stratford: A Funny Thing… Forum, West Side Story (2009, assistant choreographer), The Music Man, Fuente Ovejuna, Gigi, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, West Side Story (1999), The Tempest.
Elsewhere: A Funny Thing… Forum (Mirvish); The Voice of the Turtle (Classic Theatre Festival); Guys and Dolls (NAC); White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, Cats (Neptune Theatre).
Film/TV: Hairspray (New Line), Roxana (Bravo!), The Music Man, Eloise at the Plaza (Disney), Interstate 60, Charms for the Easy Life, Missing, On the Line, Get Over It.
Awards: Krista is the proud recipient of four Guthrie Awards.
Et cetera: Krista is also a certified Pilates instructor. “So much love to my wonderfully supportive family.”
Elsewhere: North American tour of Fiddler on the Roof with Topol and Harvey Fierstein, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (August Wilson Theater, N.Y.C.), Disney’s When You Wish (Theatre Under the Stars, TX), A Chorus Line (Coastal Carolina, SC), White Christmas (Carousel, OH), Guys and Dolls (Drayton), West Side Story (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Hello, Dolly! and Fiddler on the Roof (Vancouver Playhouse).
Film: Reefer Madness (Showtime), Once Upon a Mattress (ABC/Disney).
Choreography/Teaching: Soul Kitchen (Joe’s Pub, N.Y.C.), High School Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse, associate), Juilliard School, Circle in the Square, Broadway Connections.
Training: UBC (BA), Circle in the Square, newly certified yoga instructor.
Et cetera: A Vancouver native now residing in New York City, Matthew is honoured to be here at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. “Thank you, Talent House. Love and gratitude to my family.”