Hair – Production Team

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Julie Tomaino, Director and Choreographer*

Giustin MacLean, Music Supervisor

Jonathan Corkal, Music Director

Brandon Kleiman, Set Designer

Kathleen Black, Costume Designer

Kirsten Watt, Lighting Designer

Jeremy Hutton, Sound Designer

Blake Arsenault, Wig Designer

Katie Fitz-Gerald, Stage Manager

Nate Bitton, Fight Director

Lois Kivesto, Dramaturge

Scott Moyle, Stage Intimacy Consultant

Jennifer Jakob, Head of Wardrobe

Kelly Anderson, Head of Properties

Kira Duff and Susanna Feng, Set Painters

Maher Sinno, Assistant Director**

Nathan Sartore, Assistant Choreographer*

Jessie Glionna and Natalia Sydorenko, Assistant Costume Designer

Hareem Haider, Assistant Stage Manager

Nikki Vigneault, Assistant Stage Manager

Janelle Stewart, Assistant Head of Wardrobe

Victoria Banjavcic, Assistant of Wigs

Alex Edwards, Leigh Kasaboski, Tiffany Lam, Ilana MacDonald, Karen Ng, Clara Silwal, Rosamond Turner and Ting Wei (Iris) Shih, Wardrobe Build Crew

Tarquin Alexandra and Tiffany Lam, Wardrobe Running Crew

Katherine Fan and Natalia Sydorenko, Lighting Board Operators 

Lindsey Holland, Sound Operator

Saheb Dhody and Sheilla Shojaie, RF Technicians

Melissa Geng, Sophia Hinton, Brianna Lane, Candice Lee, Floris Looijesteijn, Yasmine Rez Kalla and Aleksei Shkurin, Production Assistants

 

*The participation of this artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance/Opera/Theatre Policy (DOT).

**Supported by the Dr. David E. Gardner Apprentice Director Program


Julie Tomaino, Director and Choreographer

Julie TomainoFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Crazy For You, How To Succeed..,& Chess (Theatre Sheridan); The Buddy Holly Story (The Globe Theatre); The Rocky Horror ShowWe Will Rock You (Magnus Theatre); Once (Citadel);Marvelous Wonderettes (Cortland Rep); From Here To Eternity, Saturday Night Fever, On The Town & Cabaret (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); Mary Poppins (Western Canada Theatre & Persephone Theatre); Footloose & Grease (Chemainus); Dames At Sea (Papermill Theatre Company).

Upcoming: On The Town (Sheridan College), Billy Elliot (Theatre Calgary), Newsies (TUTS).

About: Former Radio City Rockette, Jessie Award winning choreographer, lover of travel, and young stroke survivor. www.julietomaino.com

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Giustin MacLean, Music Supervisor

Giustin MacLeanFor Hart House Theatre: Heathers: the Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Carrie: the musical, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wedding Singer.

Selected Credits: Cinderella: A Merry Magical Pantomime (Torrent Productions); The Rocky Horror Show (Magnus Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk Is Free Theatre); Beauty and the Beast, Seussical (YPT); A Little Night Music, The Addams Family (Randolph Theatre); Gift of the Magi (Smile Theatre); The Bluenose (Eastern Front Theatre); Packed, Crack Of Doom (Bravo Academy); Footloose (Theatre Sheridan); Assassins: In Concert (Beyond Boundaries); Life After-Workshop (Yonge Street Theatricals/Canadian Stage/Musical Stage Co.); Dancer: A Musical In Ten Furlongs (Gingermar Productions); One Song Glory (Musical Stage Co.); Judas Star Supersong, Commencement: A Work of Fiction and Musical of Sorts, Group Therapy (Toronto Fringe); Perry Loved Mary (Old Flame Brewery Presents); #KanderAndEbb with Ryan G Hinds; I’m Still Here with Paula Wolfson.

About: Originally from Halifax, NS, Giustin is a Music Director, Conductor, Pianist, Orchestrator/Arranger and Keyboard Programmer based out of Toronto. Among the credits above, he has also worked at Randolph College for the Performing Arts and at Sheridan College, where he is on staff.

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Jonathan Corkal, Music Director

Jonathan CorkalFor Hart House Theatre: The Penelopiad (Music Director), Heathers: The Musical (Assoc. Music Director/Conductor)

Selected Credits: Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical Stage Co./Outside the March), Uncovered: Joni Mitchell and Carole King (Musical Stage Co.), Polly Peel (Toronto Fringe), Into the Woods, The Cradle Will Rock, and Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan).

About: Jonathan Corkal is a Toronto-based music director, pianist, copyist, actor, and a proud recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. He is currently working as an RBC Apprentice Music Supervisor/Arranger through Musical Stage Co., and is on staff at George Brown College. When he’s not on stage, he can be found at his piano or guitar, trying to convert ideas into songs. He is incredibly thankful to Julie, Giustin, and the entire Hart House team for the opportunity to work on such a fantastic piece. 

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Brandon Kleiman, Set Designer

Brandon KleimanFor Hart House Theatre: Jerry Springer–The Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, High Fidelity – The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Richard III, Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet, The Wedding Singer – The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, and most recently; Heathers: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, We The Family and Boeing Boeing.

Selected Credits: Life After, a new musical (Canadian Stage, Musical Stage Company and Young Street Theatricals – Dora nominated, outstanding set design); Undercover (Tarragon, Citadel and Virtigo, directed by Rebecca Northan); Our Town (Buddies In Bad Times and Theatre Rusticle); Shrek, The Musical (Globe Theatre).  

Upcoming: Next up in the city Brandon will be designing the set for Mule, a new play with Theatrefront and James and the Giant Peach the Musical with YES Theatre.

About: Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto with work appearing on stages across Canada. Brandon was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, and is a recipient of an OAC Chalmers Development Grant. For more information and a portfolio please visit www.brandonkleimandesign.com

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Kathleen Black, Costume Designer

Kathleen BlackFor Hart House Theatre: The 26th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeHedwig and the Angry Inch(audience choice for costume design 17/18) Boeing Boeing (audience choice for costume design 16/17), We the FamilyThe Tempest

Selected Credits: For film: #datingfail, Billy Boy, Sinkers. For the Lower Ossington Theatre: Evita, Hair, Spamalot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Sound of Music, Rent, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, The Woman in Black, Dora’s Pirate Adventure, Next to Normal, The Mousetrap, Buddy Holly and Stinky Kids. Head of Wardrobe for Grease (Grease Toronto) and for Classical Theatre Project (Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, Twelfth Night). Acting credits include: For Film/TV: A Handmaids Tale, Hug, Billy Boy, Fever and various commercials. For Theatre: Handle with Care (Tangled Web), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Rose Theatre), Some Girls (Empty Suitcase), Closer (Mnemonic Productions), Cinderella (GTA Pantomime), Lysistrata (Canopy Theatre) and performances of Tails at SickKids Hospital. Kathleen received the Television Bureau of Canada’s Bessie award for best performance in a commercial.

About: Kathleen is actively acting and designing in the Toronto theatre and film/TV scene. Updates at www.kathleenblack.org

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Kirsten Watt, Lighting Designer

Kirsten WattFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Kirsten has designed lighting for the Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Magnus Theatre, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Watermark Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Lost&Found Theatre, Teesri Duniya, Carousel Players, Essential Collective Theatre, Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects, Concordia University, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, Theatre Sheridan, and George Brown Theatre School.

Upcoming: The Penelopiad, God of Carnage, and Love & Information for University Players (Windsor); Here on the Flight Path for Sudbury Theatre Centre; The House of Martin Guerre for Theatre Sheridan (Oakville); and Boeing Boeing for Magnus Theatre (Thunder Bay).

About: Kirsten attained her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She specialized in lighting design at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. Kirsten is a member of Associated Designers of Canada, and L’Association des Professionnels des Arts de la Scène du Québec. She resides in Kitchener, Ontario. You can see more at her website www.kirstenwatt.ca.

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Jeremy Hutton, Sound Designer

Jeremy HuttonFor Hart House Theatre: Heathers: the Musical, Spelling Bee, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, We the Family, This is for you, Anna (Sound designer), The Tempest (Director, sound designer), Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Fight director, sound designer), Robin Hood (Writer, composer, fight director, co-musical director), Romeo and Juliet 2012 (Director, fight director, composer), The Night of the Iguana (Director, sound designer), Macbeth 2012 (Director, sound designer), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Director), Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director, sound designer), Arcadia (Director, sound designer), King Lear, Othello (Director, fight director, composer).

Selected Credits: Her Inside Life (Low Rise Productions with Leroy Street theatre and The Assembly Theatre), For Lower Ossington Theatre – Little Shop of Horrors (Director, musical director), Peter and the Star Catcher (Director, sound designer), Spamalot (Director). For Roll Your Own Theatre – Fairy Tale Ending (Writer, director). For Shakespeare by the Sea – Julius Ceasar (Sound designer, fight director), Snow White (Composer and musical director), Alice in Wonderland (Composer and musical director).

About: Jeremy is the founding Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Theatre and the former artistic director of Hart House Theatre.

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Katie Fitz-Gerald, Stage Manager

Katie Fitz-GeraldFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Stage Manager for Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan), Apprentice Stage Manager for Educating Rita (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Apprentice Stage Manager for King Charles (Studio 180 & Mirvish Productions), Assistant Stage Manager for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Theatre Sheridan).

Upcoming: Stage Manager for Canadian Tour of Canada’s Ballet Jorgen production of Copellia!

About: Katie Fitz-Gerald is a graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events Program at Sheridan College. Enjoy Hair!

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Lois Kivesto, Dramaturge

Lois KivestoFor Hart House Theatre: Into the Woods (Consultant)

Selected Credits: Programme Essays for Grand Hotel, Sweet Charity, The Light in the Piazza, Trouble in Tahiti, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies: In Concert & A Little Night Music (Shaw Festival); Programme Essays for Camelot & Jacques Brel (Stratford Festival); Musical Theatre Lecture (Arts & Letters Club of Toronto); Lecture-Conversation, Marry Me a Little (Tarragon Theatre); Programme Essays for The Story of My Life, Hair & Side by Side by Sondheim (Canadian Stage).

Upcoming: Pre-Season Lecture, Little Shop of Horrors (Stratford Festival); Programme Essay, Brigadoon (Shaw Festival).

About: As a University of Toronto music graduate (viola), Lois is delighted  to return to Hart House Theatre! She received a Ph.D. in theatre from New York University, with a dissertation on the works of James Lapine. Her essay “Comedy Tonight!” is published in Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook, part of the Garland Reference Library of the Humanities.  A Toronto-based researcher and consultant, Lois is a frequent lecturer for Stratford Festival, and McMaster Alumni Association.

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Blake Arsenault, Wig Designer

Blake ArsenaultFor Hart House Theatre: Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Heathers: The Musical, Carrie: the musical, 7 Stories, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Selected Credits: Miss Persona (season 1) Wig Designer, Match Game (season 1) Key Hairstylist, ODD SQUAD (tv movie) Wig Designer, Frankie Drake Mysteries (season 1 on CBC) Wig Supervisor, Prinsess Sparkley Butt (season 1 on Teletoon) Wig Designer, Heavy (2019) Personal Hairstylist For Miss Sophie Turner, James vs His Future Self (2019) Key Hairstyles.

About: Blake is a Hairstylist/Wig Maker and graduate of the AVEDA institute BC. With over 12 years experience working in film, television, commercial, music videos, magazine editorials and fashion shows. Over his years in the industry Blake has worked with a wide variety of celebrities and recording artists including Jenelle Monea, Ice-T, Gabby Hoffmann, Dave Foley, Russell Peters, Catharine O’Hara, Kristen Schaal and many more.
You can see more of Blake’s work at hairbyblakearsenault@weebly.com Instagram: @blake_arsenault

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Maher Sinno, Assistant Director

Maher SinnoFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Participant in the U of T Drama Festival for the past 4 years as an actor (I Can’t Trust Anyone, Everyone Hurts Me: A Comedy, Family Portrait) and a director (Lullaby & Apology and Eternal Return) winning two awards awards of merit and an audience choice award.

About: Maher is an Aquarian, “destined for greatness or madness”. He is a graduate of the U of T Drama Program with two majors and a minor in Psychology. His other major is Peace, Conflict, & Justice. Hair combines both his passion for theatre and his interest in global affairs and social justice. Maher is currently pursuing further studies in Performance and Drama. He would like to thank Hart House Theatre, Julie Tomaino, Grace Saoud, the tribe, hippies, friends and family.

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Nathan Sartore, Assistant Choreographer

Nathan SartoreFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Cinderella: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Mingo in Crazy for You, Kiss Me, Kate, Milky White in Into the Woods, Footloose (Theatre Sheridan); Urinetown, Cinderella: A Rat-ical Retelling, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joey in Blue Champagne (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Baby John in West Side Story (Rainbow Stage); Legally Blonde, Bye Bye Birdie (Theatre Under the Stars); Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly! (Royal City Musical Theatre).

About: Recent graduate of the Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Incredibly grateful to be a part of Julie’s magic.

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Hareem Haider, Assistant Stage Manager

hareem haiderFor Hart House Theatre: ASM for The Penelopiad, RF tech for The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee

About: Hareem is a (future) engineer by day, theatre enthusiast by night. Raised in steeltown Hamilton, Ontario, she has worked primarily on the admin side of young-people’s theatre and looks forward to taking those skills backstage for Hair. She is currently plotting to permanently live in Hart House Theatre. 

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Nikki Vigneault, Assistant Stage Manager

Nikki VigneaultFor Hart House Theatre: Debut 

Selected Credits: Stage Manager for Disaster! The Musical and Oliver! (Brand Out Productions); Stage Manager for Free to Be…You and Me (University of New Brunswick); Stage Manager for A Herman Tale and Goodbye Marianne (Theatre New Brunswick’s Young Company Tour); Assistant Technical Director for Any Given Moment (Theatre New Brunswick & Ship’s Company Coproduction); Acting Assistant Technical Director for Finding Wolastoq Voice (Theatre New Brunswick); Production Manager for Calithumpians: Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre (2015 and 2016 seasons)

About: Nikki Vigneault graduated from York University in 2017 with an honours in Theatre Production and has spent the last year in New Brunswick working in theatre. She is very excited that her first show back in Toronto is Hair.

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