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June 11 – October 29 |
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LITTLE WOMEN


Based on the novels Little Women and Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

Adapted for the stage by Jordi Mand

Directed by Esther Jun


AN ENDEARING COMING-OF-AGE CLASSIC


Aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path?

This production takes place in present day, with 1860's period costumes.


House Program: Little Women

Runtime: Two hours and 52 minutes, including one 20-minute interval

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Production support is generously provided by The Schulich Foundation.

Support for the creation of Little Women is generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.

Photo credits: Allison Edwards-Crewe as Jo March in Little Women. Photo by David Hou.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Brefny Caribou
    Beth March

    2022: Beth March in Little Women and appears in All's Well That Ends Well. Third season. Brefny is a Cree/Irish-settler performer and creator from Toronto. She holds an MFA in Acting from York University. With curiosity, patience and lots of humour, Brefny focuses her attention on works surrounding identity and decolonization, striving to evolve her artistic practice on the regular. She has worked across the country with notable companies and collectives including Theatre Kingston, Urban Ink and Caravan Farm Theatre. Brefny is also a co-creator of The Solitudes (Aluna Theatre/Nightwood Theatre), a collective-creation piece centred around the histories of eight ensemble members, inspired by the world of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, which had its world première in January 2020. Most recently, Brefny participated in Aluna Theatre's Winter Artist Residency and Native Earth Performing Arts' Animikiig Creators Unit.

    Allison Edwards-Crewe
    Jo March
    2022: Jo March in Little Women and Diana in All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Serving Elizabeth (Western Canada Theatre); The Color Purple (Citadel and MTC); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian and Nightwood Theatre); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); 'Da Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary and NAC); Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu), 48 Christmas Wishes (Cineflix), Surviving Evil (Cineflix), Black Actress (JungleWild). Audio Drama: Every Minute of Every Day (Factory Theatre), Liming (Expect Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Dora Award and Toronto Critics Award for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Et cetera: I am so grateful for my amazing family, friends and Monika Thomas for their ENDLESS love and support. @alllisonec.
    Verónica Hortigüela
    Meg March
    2022: Meg March in Little Women and Crystal in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Favourite credits include Mary in Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company) and Amy in Dry Land (Cue6 Productions). Verónica has had the pleasure of working with Shakespeare in the Ruff, Tarragon Theatre and YPT on the development of new plays. Training: X University School of Performance, BFA Acting. Awards: Dora Award: Best Ensemble for Casimir and Caroline, The Howland Company; Des McAnuff Award for Excellence in Contemporary, Classical & Musical Theatre, X University; recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts: Research and Creation Grant for her devised work with The Raccoons.
    Lindsay Wu
    Amy March

    (she/her)

    2022: Amy March in Little Women and appears in All's Well That Ends Well. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Mandy, Between A Wokand a Hot Pot (Cahoots, workshop); Kitty, WILDWOMAN (Soulpepper, workshop); Penny, Lady Sunrise (Factory); Thetis/Karmyne, Armadillos (Factory, workshop); Child 2/Whisper 4, Beneath the Bed (Toronto Fringe); Elvira, Blithe Spirit (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV: Mani Pedi (short film), Coming Distractions (web series), Grand Army (Netflix). Training: Theatre and Drama Studies at University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

    Marion Adler
    Aunt March

    2022: Aunt March in Little Women and Margaret in Every Little Nookie. 10th season. Stratford: Grandma Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, lyricist for The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cicero, Volumnius in Julius Caesar, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Gabrielle in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Diana in and lyricist for The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: Paulina and Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Philaminte in The Learned Ladies, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Emilia in Othello, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Et cetera: Ms Adler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning lyricist. 

    Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
    John Brooke
    2022: John Brooke in Little Women and Smash in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Trout in Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre); Tom in The Glass Menagerie (The Grand Theatre); creator/performer in Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times); Belize in Angels in America (Arts Club); Leonardo da Vinci/Isaac in Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom (Canadian Stage); Philip Clandon in You Never Can Tell (Shaw Festival). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Stephen is a wandering poet who creates their own Poetic-Dreamscape-Odysseys. They seek to create work that activates the soul and takes us into a world of imagination, like Willy Wonka. Stephen dedicates their season to all their different families. "Love you all."
    John Koensgen
    James Laurence

    (he/him)

    2022: James Laurence in Little Women and Kenneth in Every Little Nookie. Second season. Stratford: Oliver Davenport in Pentecost, Duke of Venice in Othello. Elsewhere (selected): Emir in Blissful State of Surrender (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Josef Džibrilovo in Butcher (Alberta Theatre Projects, GCTC, Theatre Centre, Mirvish); Perfectionist/Pilgrim in Glenn (Necessary Angel/GCTC); Alexander in No Great Mischief (Thousand Islands Playhouse, GCTC); Lester Pearson/James Ralston in Rexy (Neptune Theatre); Duncan in Macbeth (National Arts Centre); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (NAC); Campbell in Inexpressible Island (GCTC); Ray in Blackbird (Third Wall); Torvald in The Doll House (GCTC); Claudius in Hamlet (St. Lawrence Shakespeare). Film/TV (selected): The Aviator, I'm Not There, The Dead Zone, The Detectives, The Disappearance, The Best Laid Plans. Animation Voicework (selected): The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Dennis the Menace. Et cetera: John dedicates this season to his spouse, Laurie.

    Richard Lam
    Laurie Laurence

    (he/him)

    2022: Laurie Laurence in Little Women and Matt in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Rapunzel's Prince/Florinda/Milky White in Into the Woods, Babayev in Sin and Sorrow Are Common To All, Ish28 in For Both Resting and Breeding (Talk Is Free); Dougie/Dodo in Alice In Wonderland, Curly/Bill Jukes in Peter Pan (Bad Hats); Claudio in Measure for Measure, Barachio in Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage); Emcee in Once (Citadel Theatre); Rodrigo in LULU v. 7 (red light district/Buddies In Bad Times); Mike in New Canadian Curling Club (Thousand Islands Playhouse); 15 productions at Soulpepper Theatre including Spoon River, Of Human Bondage, Incident at Vichy, The Dybbuk, Marat/Sade. Film/TV: Painkiller, Private Eyes, Defund (short), Disclosure (short). Training: University of Alberta, Soulpepper Academy. Online: @rickyslams. Et cetera: Richard is thrilled to be making his Stratford festival debut this season. Thanks always to my parents for all of their love and support!

    Irene Poole
    Marmee

    2022: Marmee in Little Women and First Soldier in All's Well That Ends Well. Ninth season. Stratford: Veronique St. Pierre understudy in The Rez Sisters, Queen Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies in Bad Times); Escape from Happiness, Better Living, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Factory Theatre); Age of Arousal (ATP). Film/TV: Frankie Drake (CBC), Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures), Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM), Breakout Kings. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Leisure Society

    Rylan Wilkie
    Professor Bhaer

    (he/him)

    2022: Professor Bhaer in Little Women and Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well Seventh season. Stratford: The Crucible, The Neverending Story, Henry VIII, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, Pericles, The Alchemist, Christina, The Girl King, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Elsewhere: Lion in Winter (Grand); Am I Not King? (Zone 41); Enron (Theatre Calgary); Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth); The Story (Theatre Columbus); Macbeth, Mother Courage (Caravan Farm); A Doll's House (Globe); East of Berlin, The December Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Shakespeare's Dog (ATP). Film/TV: Wilfrid, Charity, Homefront, Blue Smoke, The Secret of the Nutcracker, See This Movie. Training: NTS. Awards: Stratford's John Hirsch Award; Betty Mitchell Award for Vincent in Brixton. Et cetera: Much love to Krystin, Anna and my family. Online: Instagram @wilkierylan.

    Robert King
    Understudy

    2022: Phoenix in Every Little Nookie and understudy in Little Women. 27th season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, Macbeth, Hamlet, Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Richard II, Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives, Dream, Pericles, Henry V, Henry VI, An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Madwoman of Chaillot, Three Musketeers, Shoemakers' Holiday, Treasure Island, Count of Monte Cristo, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grapes of Wrath, Home, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ah, Wilderness!, Quiet in the Land, The Donnellys. Elsewhere: A Tender Thing, A Wind in the Willows Christmas, The Yalta Game, Afterplay, Falling: A Wake, Bolsheviki (ATW); The Melville Boys (TNB); In the Wake of Wettlaufer, Cakewalk, I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Garrison's Garage, Country Hearts (Blyth Festival). Et cetera: Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy Coffey. 

    Jonathan Mason
    Understudy

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2019/21

    2022: Appears in All's Well That Ends Well and understudy in Little Women. Third season. Stratford: Demetrius, Peter Quince, Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Birmingham Conservatory). Elsewhere: Iago in Othello, Richard in Richard III, Sparkish in The Country Wife, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art); Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Paul Verral in Born Yesterday (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Henry Baskerville in Hound of the Baskervilles (Royal Canadian Theatre Co.); Young Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Film/TV: Fragile Seeds (feature film), The Flash, Far Cry 4, Monkey Up, Cascadia, Ollie and Emma. Directing: Julius Caesar, Mr. Burns, LaRonde at New Image College, Vancouver, BC. Training: Birmingham Conservatory 2019, 2021; LAMDA (Masters with Distinction, Classical Acting). Jonathan dedicates this season to his family and memory of his father.

    Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2022: Grace in Every Little Nookie and understudy in Little Women. Stratford debut. Khadijah is a multi-award winning actor, writer and producer based in Toronto. Theatre: Lila in Bang Bang (Kat Sandler), Laertes in Prince Hamlet (Ravi Jain), Geschwitz in LULU v.7 (ted witzel), Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Trey Anthony), Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present... (Ravi Jain). Audio Books/Recordings: The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill), The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (Esi Edugyan), Henry G20 (Christine Brubaker). Film/TV: The Last of Us (HBO), American Gods (Freemantle/Starz), What We Do in the Shadows (FX), Workin' Moms (CBC), Slo-Pitch (Shaftesbury/Boss & Co). Producing: Co-founder of 2Skins Entertainment - slate includes Ghoulz n Gyaldem, Black femme horror review podcast; Rooted Imagination, Transformations Project, NAC; P!GS, a short available on CBC Gem; DEFUND, one of TIFF's Top Ten Canadian Short Films of 2021.

    Jane Spidell
    Understudy
    2022: Understudy in Little Women and Every Little Nookie. 12th season. Stratford: The Physicists, Pericles, The Trojan Women, Palmer Park, The Swanne, The Trials of Ezra Pound, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Long Days Journey. Elsewhere: The Wedding Party (Crow's, Vancouver Arts Club); The River (Coal Mine); The Africa Trilogy (Volcano/Luminato); The Real World?, Rune Arlidge, Lion in the Streets, Motel Hélène (Tarragon); Body and Soul, Blood (Passe Muraille); Escape from Happiness, Adult Entertainment (Factory); Doc, Leaving Home, The Price, The Time of Your Life, Our Town, Miss Julie (Soulpepper); Macbeth, Othello (NAC); A Moon for the Misbegotten (Centaur); Streetcar Named Desire, How I Learned to Drive, Suddenly Last Summer (Citadel). Film/TV: American Gods, Cardinal, The Detail, Remember, One Week, Men With Brooms, The Detail, Reign, Orphan Black, Slings and Arrows. Awards: Two Doras; Amelia Hall Guthrie. Et cetera: Love to C & A.
    Rose Tuong
    Understudy

    (they/them)

    2022: Annabel in Every Little Nookie and understudy in Little Women. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Acrobat, Italian Mime Suicide (Bad New Days); The Ladder Project (Political Movement); Puck/Magistrate, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in Action); Blondie, Other Jesus (Public Recordings, Festival TransAmériques); lulu, lulu v.7//aspects of a femme fatale (Buddies, the red light district); Diana/Rinaldo, All's Well That Ends Well and Ophelia, Hamlet (Canadian Stage); Flake, the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo ui (karfiol collective, the red light district). Training: El Intérprete (Buenos Aires), Soulpepper Academy (Toronto), York University (Toronto). Love note: It's pretty much one of the best things ever to work and play creatively, collaboratively and authentically with others. Big thanks to everyone, in all temporalities, who have helped make a vocation in storytelling possible for me. For my part I endeavour to promote the conditions that make a life of creativity and agency a given for each of us.

    Jordi Mand
    Playwright

    Playwright of Little Women.

    Jordi Mand is a Toronto-based writer who works in theatre, TV, and film. Her plays have been produced nationally, internationally, published, and translated into multiple languages. Her first play, Between the Sheets, was produced by Nightwood Theatre in 2012 and has been produced all over the world since its première. The National Post's Robert Cushman hailed her writing as a subtler, more charitable take on Mamet, with the long-range technique of Ibsen and the short-haul intensity of Strindberg. Her play, Caught, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. Caught anticipated the intersection of privilege and abuse that has only become more relevant since its staging. Her play, This Will Be Excellent, was produced by Carousel Players in 2018 and was her first foray into writing for a young audience. The show had a sold-out tour of schools across Ontario. In 2018, Mand's play, Brontë: The World Without, premièred at the Stratford Festival. The play follows the lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë in a striking historical drama, which examines what it was like to be an ambitious woman in the 1800s.

    Mand was a writer on the fourth season of the hit CTV drama, Cardinal. She is an alumna of the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program at the CFC and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's Acting Program.

    Upcoming: Mand has new plays in development with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre Company. She is also the writer of the upcoming film adaptation of Harriet Alida Lye's thriller, The Honey Farm, and is currently in development on an original TV series with Alibi Entertainment.

    She dedicates this production of Little Women to her very own Marmee. 

    Esther Jun
    Director

    (she/her) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2016

    2022: Director of Little Women and Artistic Associate, Planning, and Director of the Langham Directors' Workshop for the Stratford Festival. Fourth season. Stratford: Director: I Am William. Assistant director: John Gabriel Borkman. 2020: Assistant director: Richard III. Elsewhere: Director: Planet Munsch (George Brown); Pal Joey, The Gamblers, Amadeus (Talk Is Free); The Promised Land (Soulpepper); The Omnibus Bill (Counterpoint Players); Theory, Girls Like That (Tarragon); The Private Life Cabaret (Theatre ARTaud); The Last Wife (The Belfry, GCTC); Rococo (Shaw Festival); Bremen Rock City (Song Trolley Productions); Cowboy Mouth, Trout Stanley (Heart In Hand); Yellow Face (Hart House); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (DeusXM). Actor: Originated the role of Janet in Kim's Convenience (Soulpepper). Training: BA (Honours) Directing, Drama Centre London. Et cetera: Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon (2016-2018); Co-Founder of Directors Lab North. Love and gratitude to my dearest friends and family, especially Mike, Lola, the kitties and Frida.

    Teresa Przybylski
    Set Designer
    2022: Set designer of Little Women. 13th season. Stratford: 2019, Nathan the Wise (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing); 2017, The Madwoman of Chaillot (Jean Giraudoux); 2016, The Hypochondriac (Molière); 2015, Hamlet (William Shakespeare); 2013, Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett); 2009, Zastrozzi (George F. Walker); 2003, The Birds (Aristophanes); 2000, Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare) (set design); 1999, A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare); 1998, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (William Shakespeare) (set design); 1994 and 1995, The Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare). Elsewhere: 2019, A Doll's House Part 2, MTC/Mirvish Productions; 2018, Oh What a Lovely War, Shaw Festival; 2017, Heisenberg, Canadian Stage; 2015, Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, Canadian Stage; 2013, Lady Windermere's Fan, Shaw Festival (set design). Teaching: She teaches theatre design at York University. Awards: Five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, 21 nominations; two Gemini Awards.
    A.W. Nadine Grant
    Costume Designer
    2022: Costume designer of Little Women. Third season. Stratford: Costume designer: Serving Elizabeth. Assistant costume designer: The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Elsewhere: black odyssey boston (The Front Porch Arts Collective); Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Between Riverside and Crazy (SpeakEasy Stage Company); 3/5ths: Trapped in a Travelling Minstrel Show (Sleeping Weasel); Turn of the Screw (DVxT Theatre); 'da Kink in My Hair (Trey Anthony Studio); Ruined (Obsidian Theatre Company); Tonic for Desperate Times, Imprints (Theatre Gargantua); Borderlands, Broke-ology (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Training: MFA Costume Design and Technology, University of Missouri - Kansas City. Awards: Ian & Molly Lindsay Young Designer Fellowship; USITT Costume Design & Technology Award, 2009. Online: sidonie78.wixsite.com/awnadinegrant. Instagram: NadineGrantDaley. Nadine dedicates this season to her family.
    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Lighting Designer
    2022: Lighting designer of Little Women. 10th season. Stratford: Lighting designer, 2021 cabaret series, Othello, The Comedy of Errors. Assistant lighting designer, six seasons (2011-2016). Studio Theatre technical director, 2013. Elsewhere: After the Fire (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Ghost, Honk! (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Kaileigh has designed for musicians Elizabeth Shepherd, Nagata Shachu, and Plants and Animals. Et cetera: An instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada and "X" University. A member of IATSE Local 659 and ADC.
    Emily Porter
    Sound Designer

    (she/her)

    2022: Sound designer of Little Women. Second season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot. Elsewhere: Emily has worked on productions across Canada and internationally. Canadian sound designs have been with Globe Theatre, Luminato, Asha Productions, Grand Theatre, Rainbow Stage, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage, Theatre20, Shaw Festival, Canadian Opera Company. Awards: Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Sound Design - Into the Woods. Et cetera: Teaches college and university theatrical sound design and technology. I would like to thank my family for their continued support.

    Bob White
    Dramaturge

    (he/him)

    2022: Dramaturge of Little Women, Every Little Nookie and Hamlet-911. 14th season. Stratford: Former Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Dramaturgy credits include Kate Hennig's Queenmaker Trilogy, Paradise Lost, The Breathing Hole, Bunny and many others. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Lab (1997-2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979-1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary. In 2018, Bob was awarded the GE Lessing Award for Career Achievement by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is a member of the Order of Canada. 

    Geoff Scovell
    Fight Director

    2022: Supervising fight director for the 2022 season. 11th season. Stratford: Associate fight director: 2013-2020 seasons. Assistant fight director: 2004 and 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director: Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV: Stunts (selected): See (seasons two and three), The Lost Symbol, The Boys (three seasons), Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, Clarice, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Wayne, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Utopia Falls, Supergirl, Impulse, What We Do in the Shadows, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Orphan Black, Carrie, Total Recall. Training: Fight Master. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.

    Alyssa Martin
    Movement Director
    2022: Movement director of Little Women. Second season. Stratford: Choreographer of I Am William; creator of peasantz (Lab Research Process). Choreography/Direction for Stage: DinoLand (X University); Bin Chicken (Toronto Dance Theatre); hollow mountain, fantasylover, Dolphin, string quartet no. 14 in g major, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS (Rock Bottom Movement); FUTUREDANCE (Rock Bottom Movement, Canadian Stage); STAR SEED, that infinite feeling (Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre). Choreography for Theatre/Musicals: Twelfth Night (Theatre Sheridan); Pal Joey (Talk Is Free Theatre); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); Nashville Stories, Cherry Corsage (David Bernstein). For Film: Like A Rainbow (Telehorn); this is not a passion project (Rock Bottom Movement); STEVIE (Ante Kovac). Training: X University BFA Honours in Dance. Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Production and Ensemble; Canadian Stage Award for Direction; Jack McAllister Award; Bulmash-Siegel Development Award. Online: rockbottommovement.com, @rockbottommovement, @itsalyssamartin.
    Zoë Marsland
    Assistant Director

    (she/her) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2022

    2022: Assistant director of Little Women. Stratford debut. Directing: Half Girl/Half Face (SummerWorks, rEvolver Festival, Uno Festival); Hot Verisimilitude (Paprika Festival); Gertrude (Judson Church); Naked Ladies (Summerworks, Videofag); Leasing Office Please Hold (The Wild Project); Sounds That Feel Good (Bizarre Bushwick); Vectors of Their Interest (Toronto Fringe). Playwriting: Subject Re: Family Drama (Rita and Burton Goldberg Festival); Ficken3000 (Loewe Theatre); Zygote Crisis (Festival of Wahlberliner); Pyramid-Shaped Marble Attachments (Factory Wired). Training: BA, McGill University; MFA, Hunter College. Other: Zoë is an alumna of Factory Theatre's playwriting group, and has served on the advisory boards of the Paprika Festival and Undiscovered Countries. She has assisted on projects for Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Praxis Theatre, English Theatre Berlin, and the team behind Come From Away.

    Kadi Badiou
    Assistant Set Designer
    2022: Assistant set designer of Little Women and Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Film/TV: Kadi is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada. Through the DGC's guild apprentice program, she worked as an assistant art director in set design on Locke & Key seasons two and three, and The Winter Palace. She also worked as a set dresser on The First Encounter, Two Turtle Doves and Once Upon a Christmas Miracle through IATSE local 856. Other: In Winnipeg, where she was born and raised, Kadi worked as an art educator and workshop facilitator for multiple non-profit organizations (Art City, Gallery 1C03, WestendBIZ). As a multidisciplinary artist, she has exhibited her work in various group shows in Toronto and Winnipeg. Training: Kadi holds a certificate in Design for Arts & Entertainment from Ryerson University and a BFA Honours in Visual Art from the University of Manitoba. Online: kadibadiou.com.
    Mary-Jo Carter Dodd
    Assistant Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2022: Assistant designer of Chicago and assistant costume designer of Little Women. Eighth season. Elsewhere: Head of Wardrobe for 25 years in Toronto for such companies as Young People's Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel and Canadian Stage. Also worked on many productions at the Canadian Opera Company. Training: Diploma, Honours BA in Theatre Production - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Et cetera: Mary-Jo is happy to be back at the Festival, finally being able to work on the musical. Also, at the same time, mentoring assistant costume designers who are new to the design office. Mary-Jo continues to create her art and sell it across Canada.

    Des'ree Gray
    Assistant Costume Designer
    2022: Assistant costume designer of Little Women. Stratford debut. Des'ree Gray is a Toronto-based costume designer with experience in film and theatre. She is a graduate of Ryerson University's Production Design Program and takes pride in her abilities in all stages of the design process. Elsewhere: Assistant costume designer for 1851: Spirit & Voice (Soulpepper Theatre); designer for Designing The Revolution (Theatre Passe Muraille); costume designer for Chloe=Catalyst (Culchaworks Art Collective); key makeup artist for The Barber of Seville (UofT Opera); head of wardrobe and makeup for Transform T.O. (ARCA Productions); costume designer/head of wardrobe for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ryerson Theatre).
    Scarlett Larry
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    (she/her)

    2022: Assistant lighting designer of Little Women.  Fourth season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager of I Am William; assistant lighting designer of Wendy & Peter Pan; production assistant for the Avon Theatre and Langham Directors' Workshop. Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager of Julius Caesar (Crow's/Groundling Theatre); stage manager and associate lighting designer of Kiviuq Returns: An Inuit Epic (Qaggiavuut, National Theatre of Greenland, Tarragon Theatre); writer/director of The Stage Manager's Guide to Dating Assholes (self-produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Toronto Fringe Festival). Training: York University, MA in Art History, and BFA in Theatre Production and Design. Awards: Outstanding Global Achievement Award from York University, Guthrie Award from Stratford Festival.

    Michael Wanless
    Assistant Sound Designer

    (they/them)

    2022: Assistant sound designer of Little Women. Stratford debut. Michael is a sound designer and theatre artist currently based in Regina. They are a graduate of the Production, Design, and Technical Arts program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and have worked professionally as a sound designer since 2013. Their recent projects include Holdin' On To What's Golden with Globe Theatre, Bunk #7 with The Raven Collective, and producing and sound designing the narrative podcast The Rest is Electric. They have also worked in live sound mixing for over a decade, with experience working in large concert venues and outdoor festivals. Their interests are wide-ranging, but of particular interest to them are queer stories as well as other marginalized and under-served communities. Their sound portfolio can be found here: bit.ly/mkwsound.

    Jennifer Dzialoszynski
    Assistant Fight Director

    (she/her)

    2022: Assistant fight director for Hamlet, Richard III, Little Women, All's Well That Ends WellEvery Little Nookie, Hamlet-911, The Miser, Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Is God Is (Canadian Stage/Obsidian/Necessary Angel), Three Women of Swatow, Theory, Girls Like That (Tarragon), The Nether (Coal Mine/Studio 180), Poison (Coal Mine), Hello Bertha, Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen, Rococo, Lithuania (Shaw Festival), Boeing, Boeing, Perfect Wedding (Magnus Theatre) Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Bash'd). Selected Film/TV: SkyMed (CBC), Let It Snow (Netflix), Shut Up (Short), Dark Matter (SyFy), XIII The Series (Showcase). Training: Ryerson University. Awards: My Entertainment World Award for Hamlet and many nominations, Dora Award Nomination for Kindertransport. Et cetera: Jenn is also an actor and voice performer and is grateful to have performed on stages across kanata (Canada).

    Kim Lott
    Stage Manager

    2022: Stage manager of Little Women. 25th season. Stratford: Stage manager credits (selected): Play On! cabaret, Wendy & Peter Pan (interrupted by COVID-19), Mother's Daughter, The Matchmaker, Titus Andronicus, Evita, West Side Story. Assistant stage manager credits (selected): Treasure Island, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, South Pacific, The King and I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere: Stage manager credits (selected): Ring of Fire, Hana's Suitcase, Annie, Twist and Shout (Grand Theatre); My Fair Lady (Drayton Entertainment). Et cetera: To my incredible family! My loving husband, kids (here and in Shanghai), parents, sisters and the many in-laws, nieces and nephews, and family friends. Thank you for your continued unconditional love and support. I love you all dearly.

    Katherine Arcus
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2022: Assistant stage manager of Little Women. 12th season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, Coriolanus, The Tempest, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Breath of Kings, She Stoops to Conquer, The Last Wife, Mother Courage, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Elektra, The Winter's Tale, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair. Elsewhere: Credits include Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper), Tartuffe (CanStage), Blue Remembered Hills UK tour (Northern Stage), Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival), Head à Tête (Theatre Direct), The Sound of Music (Mirvish), Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions). Film/TV: Writers' assistant Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (CBC), story coordinator for Less Than Kind (HBO Canada), Picnicface (Comedy Network), Zerby Derby (TVO). Training: Technical theatre program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Et cetera: Huge thank you to Auntie Ann for making this season possible!
    Madison Kalbhenn
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2022: Assistant stage manager of Little Women and Every Little Nookie. Fifth season. Stratford: I Am William, To Kill a Mockingbird, production assistant for Avon and Festival theatres. Elsewhere: Fifteen Dogs, Master and Margarita (Crow's Theatre), Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre/Groundling Theatre), Riverboat Coffee House: A Yorkville Scene (Soulpepper Theatre), Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands Playhouse), The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre), Actéon and Pygmalion (Harris Theatre/Royal Opera Versailles/Opera Atelier), Idomeneo, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier), acquiesce (Factory Theatre), Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre). Script supervisor for Ross Petty's A Christmas Carol and stage management intern for Wicked (Broadway). 

    Melissa Rood
    Assistant Stage Manager

    2022: Stage manager of Every Little Nookie and assistant stage manager of Little Women. 22nd season. Stratford: Favourites include Coriolanus, Shakespeare in Love, The Last Wife, Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Henry V, The Alchemist, Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two and Beau Dixon's cabaret, Freedom. Elsewhere: Most recently: Walter Borden's The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time at the NAC and films of The Resurrection and Angel with Opera Atelier. Rood stage manages for theatre, dance and opera; on new translations and world premières; with one-woman shows to casts of thousands; in Inuktitut and Ummonian; from the Middle East to the Arctic Circle. Training: Sheridan College (Theatre Arts - Technical Production); University of Waterloo (Social Work). Awards: Proud recipient of the KP Hay Award. Et cetera: Arts educator and youth advocate, Melissa extends gratitude to those inviting her to help tell a different story.

    Angela Mae Bago
    Apprentice Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2022: Apprentice stage manager of Little Women. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Apprentice stage manager for Draw Me Close (Soulpepper Theatre/National Film Board of Canada); stage manager for Salt-Water Moon (Guild Festival Theatre); stage manager for Letters to my Grandma (Paprika Festival); festival stage manager for Tales from the Flipside (Carlos Bulosan Theatre); apprentice stage manager for A (Musical) Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre); lighting designer for not_ALL.? Filetype:Unknown (Third Wheel Theatre Co); apprentice stage manager for Rosalynde (or As You Like It) (Driftwood Theatre); assistant stage manager for She Stoops to Conquer (Guild Festival Theatre). Training: Ryerson University, Performance Production + Design; Humber College, Theatre Arts - Technical Production. Et cetera: Angela thanks her family and friends for contributing to her creative and curious nature that led her to this point.

    Bona Duncan
    Production Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio theatres and stage manager of 1939. 22nd season. Stratford: Stage manager: Private Lives, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bakkhai, Tartuffe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet. Assistant stage manager: The Neverending Story, Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Bona has had the good fortune to have worked in many theatres across our country over her career. Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA, Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.

    Bruno Gonsalves
    Production Stage Manager

    2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio Theatres and assistant stage manager of Every Little Nookie. 30th season. Stratford: Selected productions: Private Lives, The Front Page, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV, Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend, Tartuffe, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Physicists, The Alchemist, The Matchmaker, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Bonjour, là, Bonjour. Elsewhere: Grand Theatre, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Mirvish.

    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager

    2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio Theatres and stage manager of Chicago. 26th season. Stratford: Shows include Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. I am so grateful to be back at work.

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