Heathers: The Musical – Production Team

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Jennifer Walls, Director

Giustin MacLean, Music Director

Amanda Nuttall, Choreographer

Brandon Kleiman, Set Designer

Erin Frances Gerofsky, Costume Designer

Melissa Joakim, Lighting and Projections Designer

Nate Bitton, Fight Choreographer

Lacey Juk, Stage Manager

Shannon Dunbar, Assistant Director *

Jonathan Corkal, Associate Music Director/Keyboard I

Michael Henley, Assistant Music Director/Keyboard II

Nicole Bell, Assistant Lighting Designer

Tara Costello and Lanndis De Lallo, Assistant Stage Managers

Blake Arsenault, Wig Master

Stephen StChristian, Makeup Coordinator

Jennifer Jakob, Head of Wardrobe

Kelly Anderson, Head of Properties/Set Design Assistant

Alyssa Obrigewitsch, Production Stage Manager

Kelly Anderson and Kira Duff, Scenic Painting

Cherie Chiu, Jordan Currie, Saheb Dhody, Abigail Lewis, Lindsay Lowes, Natalia Sydorenko, Tamoya Thomas, Kevin Yue, Running Crew

Katherine Fan,Danielle Holder, Ron Ma, Karen McElroy, Nidhi Sharma, Levi Tepner, Niki Yang, Operators

Euweng Chan, Johnathan Clancy, Anna Dinissuk, Tracy Fang, Jessie Glionna, Aurora Joot, Meredith LaCasse, Jinyoung Lee, Summer Li, Lucie Morillon, Betty Paton, Loralie Pollard, Hannah Scott, Aleksei Shkurin, Jelena Sibalija, Dora Skenderi, Alberta Tam, Rosamond Turner, Production Assistants

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


Jennifer Walls, Director

Jennifer WallsFor Hart House Theatre: Mary Lane in Reefer Madness, Marie LaSalle in High Fidelity.

Selected Credits: Canada 151, Better Late Than Sorry (Drayton Entertainment), Hard Core Logo (Breathe Feel Love Theatre), Little Miss County Fair (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), The Rocky Horror Show, RENT (Fallen Rock Productions)Finalist on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria for CBC, network voice for Family Jr. channel.

About: A graduate of Sheridan Institute’s Musical Theatre Performance program, Jennifer is a Toronto based performer, producer and voice actor. Most recently she was a performer as well as assistant to the director in Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry at Drayton Entertainment. She has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in her one-woman show Liza Live! as well as her autobiographical rock cabaret Jagged Little Me featuring the music of Alanis Morissette. She has also enjoyed four seasons as a performer at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia. Jennifer has also produced a number of successful productions at the Toronto Fringe including The Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl series and Baker’s Dozen, Twelve Angry Puppets. She was also the host and producer of Singular Sensation, A Musical Theatre Open Mic, Toronto’s premier weekly musical theatre event that ran for seven years in the city and is currently a curator of the Sunday Cabaret Series at Toronto’s 120 Diner, mentoring young and emerging performers helping create and produce Cabaret. This past year Jennifer was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine. As a voice actor she is the voice of the Family Jr. channel as well as a recurring character on PBS’s Peg + Cat and Amazon’s Creative Galaxy. She is also a voice teacher and a mental health advocate. Up next, Jennifer will be returning to the Victoria Playhouse for the 2018 Christmas Jamboree. Massive love and thanks to the team at Hart house for this amazing opportunity and the brilliant creative and production teams for their vision, faith and support along this wild and crazy journey. www.jenniferwalls.com

 

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Giustin MacLean, Music Director

Giustin MacLeanFor Hart House Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hedwig and the Angry InchCarrie: the musical, Into the WoodsJesus Christ SuperstarThe Wedding Singer.

Selected Credits: Beauty and the Beast, Seussical (YPT); A Little Night MusicThe Addams Family (Randolph Theatre); Gift of the Magi (Smile Theatre); The Bluenose (Eastern Front Theatre); PackedCrack 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.

Upcoming: The Rocky Horror Show (Magnus Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk Is Free Theatre).

About: Originally from Halifax, NS, Giustin is a Music Director, Conductor, Pianist, Orchestrator/Arranger and Keyboard Programmer based out of Toronto. Since arriving in Toronto, Giustin has worked with such companies as The Musical Stage Company, Canadian Stage, Yonge Street Theatricals, Drayton Entertainment, Young People’s Theatre, Gingermar Productions, and Smile Theatre. He has also worked at Randolph College for the Performing Arts and at Sheridan College, where he is on staff. Giustin’s versatility has lead him to work on a number of original works, concerts and cabarets. Giustin is thrilled with the work of his Associate Music Director, Jonathan Corkal, and his Assistant Music Director, Michael Henley.

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Amanda Nuttall, Choreographer

Amanda NuttallFor Hart House Theatre: Carrie: the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wedding Singer, Cabaret.

Selected Credits: We Will Rock You (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Moll (World Premiere-Randolph College); Context (Echo Productions); The Music Man, Darling of the Day, The Wakowski Bros., Guys & Dolls (Talk is Free Theatre); Heart of Steel (Next Stage Festival); Merrily We Roll Along (Theatre Sheridan); The Rocky Horror Show (Fallen Rock Productions)

About: Amanda is also a film writer and producer alongside her wonderful husband, Mark! 

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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; 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: In the spring Brandon will return to The Globe Theatre in Regina for Mamma Mia. In Toronto he’ll be designing the set for Mary Poppins (Young Peoples 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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Erin Frances Gerofsky, Costume Designer

Erin Frances GerofskyFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Set and Costume Design for Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera 5), Costume Design for Provok’d Wife (GBTS), Set and Costume Design for TapEx: Forbidden (Tapestry Opera), Costume Design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Associate Set Design for The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (Crow’s Theatre), Set and Costume Design for An Ideal Husband (Watermark Theatre), Set Design for The Importance of Being Earnest (Guild Festival Theatre), Set and Costume Design for Rifles (Praxis/NSTF), Shaw Festival Design Assistant 2012 and 2013 seasons.               

Upcoming: Newsies for the Lower Ossington Theatre

About: Erin Frances Gerofsky is a Toronto based set and costume designer for Theatre, Opera and Film.  When not designing for live performance she enjoys baking, photography and a host of hobbies that look suspiciously like work.  You can see more of her designs at www.efgerofskydesign.blogspot.ca

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Melissa Joakim, Lighting and Projection Design

Melissa JoakimFor Hart House Theatre: Lighting Design, Titus AndronicusProjection Design, Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Lighting Design, 7 Stories.

Selected Credits: Lighting and Projection Design: This is the Point (Ahuri Theatre and Theatre Centre), After The Blackout (RARE Theatre and Soulpepper), Lighting Design: Balaklava Blues (Luminato, Latitude), Pearle Harbour’s Battle Cry (Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times); Projection Design: Flashing Lights, (Bad New Days, Ahuri Theatre, Theatre Centre); Dissidents (Arc Stage Company).

Upcoming: Production Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer for Sea Sick, Canadian Tour (Theatre Centre); Scenographer for Prophecy Fog (Theatre Centre). 

About: Melissa Joakim is a scenographer based in Toronto. She is a nominee for a Dora Award in Lighting Design, and for the Pauline McGibbon Award. 

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Nate Bitton, Fight Choreographer

Nate BittonFor Hart House Theatre: Laertes in Hamlet, Jamie in Bone Cage, Romeo/Iago/Chorus in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Fight Director for Titus Andronicus, The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, 7 Stories, Carrie: the musical, Hamlet, Tideline, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), The Wedding Singer.

Selected Credits: For Shakespeare Bash’d – Antonio/Valentine/Fight Director (Twelfth Night), Lennox (Macbeth), Mortimer (Edward II), Fight Director (King John, Hamlet and Comedy of Errors). For Rarely Pure – Oliver/Fight Director (As You Like It, Half a League, Valkyrie). For Randolph Theatre – Fight Director (Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Lord of the Flies). Others – Fight Director for Kill Your Parents in Viking Alberta (Storefront/Bloodpact)  Fight Director for Nature of the Beast (Safeword Theatre), Fight Director for As You Like It (Theatre By the Bay), Demetrius/First Fairy/Snout in Midsummer Nights Dream (Urban Bard), Fight Director for Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre), Enobarbus/Fight Director in Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Elusive), Leo in How Coyote Was Swallowed by the Sandia Mountains (Toronto/Montreal Fringe), Stunt Coordinator for Out With Dad (J. Leaver Productions -Award Winning Webseries)

About: Nate is a Toronto based actor, award winning fight director and certified stage combat instructor. You can follow all of his thrilling stage combat heroics on twitter and instagram @FrostBitton and check out his website at www.natebitton.com!

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Lacey Juk, Stage Manager

Lacey JukFor Hart House: ASM for Bone Cage, ASM for Romeo and Juliet.

Selected Credits: SM – Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Toronto Fringe), Assassins in Concert (Toronto Musical Concerts), Don Pasquale (Opera York), Girl’s End: A one women musical workshop (First Sight festival), ASM – Madam Mao (SummerWorks), SM – Revolutions (Tapestry New Opera), ASM – The Taming of the Shrew (Rose Theatre Brampton).

About: Lacey is so excited to be returning to Hart House Theatre this season to stage manage Heathers: The Musical and exercise her passion for musical theatre. Lacey is a Toronto based stage manager that has been working in production for eight years. During this time Lacey has had the opportunity to tour with shows around Canada, USA and the Edinburgh Fringe. When not working on a show, Lacey studies aerial hoop and silks, and teaches circus arts to children in after school programs.

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Shannon Dunbar, Assistant Director

Shannon DUnbarFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Sunday in the Park with George (Trinity College Drama Society), Colours in the Storm (Victoria College Drama Society), The Last 5 Years (Victoria College Drama Society)

About: Shannon is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto, majoring in drama and archeology. When she is not following her passion for directing, she participates in inter college theatre on campus doing lighting design.

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Jonathan Corkal, Associate Music Director/Keyboard I

Jonathan CorkalFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Dr Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical Stage Co./Outside the March); 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, actor and proud recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. 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 Hart House Theatre, the entire Heathers team, and especially Giustin for the opportunity to work on this show. Enjoy!

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Michael Henley, Assistant Music Director / Keyboard II

Michael HenleyFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Sunday in the Park with George, Lizzie: The Musical (Trinity College Drama Society); Colours in the Storm, The Last Five Years, RENT (Victoria College Drama Society); Seamless Greetings: The X-Mas Files (Players), The Chemical Valley Project, Bite-Sized (Broadleaf Theatre).

About: Michael Henley is an award-wining music director and performer from Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, Michael can be found performing with various ensembles around the city, including Big Smoke Brass (@bigsmokebrassband). Follow his work on Facebook and Instagram @michaeldavidhenley.

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Kelly Anderson, Head of Properties/Set Design Assistant

Kelly AndersonFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected credits: Production Designer Best Kept Secrets, Omnium Gatherum (Theatre By Committee); Production Designer April in Autumn (Warren Sulatycky) for film; Costume Designer Jib & Jab (Kurt Ogilvie) for film; Costume Designer Faust (Theatre By The Bay)

Upcoming: Wagon Play (Theatre By Committee)

About: Kelly Anderson is a graduate of York University’s theatre program, specializing in Design, Playwriting and Devised Theatre.  Recently, she has been working as a playwright, set, costume, lighting and sound designer in theatre – and a costume and production designer in film.  She is the company designer for Theatre By Committee.

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Alyssa Obrigewitsch, Production Stage Manager

Alyssa ObrigewitschFor Hart House Theatre: Tideline, Much Ado About Nothing, Carrie: The Musical, 7 Stories, Festival of Dance 2017 & 2018, The Crucible.

Selected Stage Management Credits: Willy Wonka (Lower Ossington Theatre), Alex the Artist (Fringe Fest 2017), Evita and Fiddler on the Roof (SMC Troubadours). ASM Credits: Once Upon a Time, Elements, and Taking Flight (Only Human Dance Company), Sister Act (Lower Ossington Theatre), Crave (UofT Drama Centre), Little Shop of Horrors (UC Follies)

About: Alyssa spent a great deal of time at Hart House Theatre as a student volunteer, and since graduating from the UofT in 2017 has had the pleasure of working as the Student and Volunteer Coordinator at Hart House Theatre for the 2017/2018 season. She is thrilled to be back for the 2018/2019 season as a Production Stage Manager.

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