Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – Cast

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Nathan Bitton; Romeo, Chorus, Iago and Ghost. Co-Fight Director
Cydney Penner; Desdemona, Ramona, Mercutio and Servant
Nicholas Porteous; Professor, Othello, Tybalt and Nurse
Katie Ribout; Juliet, Student and Soldier
Lesley Robertson, Constance Ledbelly



Nathan Bitton; Romeo, Chorus, Iago and Ghost


Nathan BittonFor Hart House Theatre: Jamie in Bone Cage, Fight Director for Twelfth Night and The Wedding Singer


Selected Credits: Oliver in As You Like It (Rarely Pure), Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Elusive), Basil Rathbone/Riberac/Tex in Duel of Ages (Next Stage Theatre Festival), Demetrius/Snout/First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Urban Bard), Leo in How Coyote was Swallowed by the Sandia Mountains (Toronto Fringe & Montreal Fringe – Best original creation nominee), Assistant Director for Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Theatre Erindale).


About: Having opened the Hart House season as Jamie in Bone Cage, Nathan is thrilled to have the chance to close off the season with this wonderful cast and crew. Nathan is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College Theatre and Drama Studies program. When not performing, Nathan also works as a fight director and certified Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. You can see Nathan this summer in the Toronto Fringe playing Dumaine in the Shakespeare BASH’d production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.




Cydney Penner, Desdemona, Ramona, Mercutio and Servant


Cydney PennerFor Hart House Theatre: Debut


Selected Theatre Credits: Isabelle in The Washing Machine (Red Betty Theatre/Next Stage Festival); Antigone in Antigone (Soup Can Theatre); Creator/Voice One/The Other Woman in BLOOM (Steam Powered Theatre); Woman in Woman in a Monkey Cage (Royal Porcupine Productions); Creator/Performer in In 40 Years… (INCLUDE Studios); Molly in The F-Word (360 Productions); Trisha in Big Sexy (Infinite Furnace Productions); Margaret Kehoe in Last Man Hanged, Isabelle in ‘Ring Round The Moon (Gairbraid Theatre); Farie Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Forward Theatre).


Selected Film Credits: Streamer (TimePiece Productions, Premiered at the 2013 Blood in the Snow Festival), A Full Rotation (Wake Up Fast), Curious and Unusual Deaths (The Discovery Channel), Abolition (SKG Films), The Secret Society of Nobodies (SecretSON Productions), Middle State (Wiz Productions), There Is No Undo (Digital Canaries).


Upcoming: Cydney can be seen next in the series Soft Targets as Stace


About: Cydney is a graduate of the University of Toronto/Sheridan College Conservatory Acting Program and Co-Creator of Steam Powered Theatre.




Nicholas Porteous, Professor, Othello, Tybalt and Nurse


Nicholas PorteousFor Hart House Theatre: Debut


Selected Credits: For theatre; D3TC in Vangroovy (Theatre Ocean), The Voice in The Hystericon (Good Old Neon), Fitz in Passion, Poison, & Petrification (Red Sandcastle Theatre), Gerald in A Woman of No Importance (Alumnae Theatre), Stevie in Criminal Genius (Squidamisu) For film; Frodude in Lord of Recycling (Megasteakman), Louis in The Acquaintance (Senile Owl), Tyson in Beach Ball PI (One Night Stand)


Upcoming: Nicholas can be seen as the rather unsavoury Rupert in Eating Grief, a short film about friendship and cannibalism.


About: Nicholas is a Toronto-based actor and filmmaker. He’s delighted to be depicting such a diverse collection of characters. You can find more of his work at




Katie Ribout, Juliet, Student and Soldier


Katie RiboutFor Hart House Theatre: Debut


Selected Credits: As You Like It (Rarely Pure Theatre); Antony and Cleopatra (The Theatre Elusive); The Trojan Women (Alumnae Theatre); Arcadia, PostMortem, Lysistrata (Univeristy Players); Dead Man Walking (Assumption University); The Winter’s Tale, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Fat Pig (Studio Theatre).


Upcoming: Katie will be starring in Less Than Satisfactory, an original web series set to premiere in the new year.


About: Katie is a proud graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting Programme and is simply tickled pink to be tackling Juliet in one of her favourite plays in the history of the world!




Lesley Robertson, Constance Ledbelly


Lesley RobertsonFor Hart House Theatre: the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Cordelia in King Lear.


Selected Credits: Ellie Poole in You Can Sleep When You’re Dead (Theatre Lab), Judith in My Darling Judith (Thames Theatre), Augustine in The Hystericon (Good Old Neon – Toronto Fringe 2013), Karol the Clown in Death Clowns in Guantanamo Bay (Grad Centre for Drama), Julia in Two Gents (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Hedda in Botched (Cleen Theatre – Toronto Fringe 2012), Jo in Little Women (George Brown Theatre School) and Kalike in Lysistrata (Canopy Theatre Company).


Upcoming: Lesley will be performing in a fundraiser performance of J.M. Barrie’s one-act play Ibsen’s Ghost at the Women’s Art Association of Canada on Sunday March 2.


About: Lesley is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, and also holds a B.A.H. from Queen’s University and an M.A. from U of T in English Literature. Lesley’s greatest theatrical interests are classical theatre and clown. Lesley is also a co-creator of Theatre Inamorata: