Much Ado About Nothing – Cast

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Shalyn McFaul, Beatrice

Christopher Darroch, Benedick

Tatiana Deans, Hero

Alan Shonfield, Claudio

Mike Vitorovich, Leonato

Laura Meadows, Don John

Chanakya Mukherjee, Don Pedro

Lesley Robertson, Dogberry

Dylan Evans, Borachio

Megan Miles, Ursula/First Watchman

Sarah Marchand, Margaret

Laura Vincent, Verges

Maggie Hammel, Seacole (2nd Watch) / Messenger

Erik Helle, Conrade/Friar Frances

Ilan Tzitrin, Balthasar/Sexton



Shalyn McFaul, Beatrice

Shalyn McFaulFor Hart House Theatre: Gretchen in Boeing Boeing.

Selected Credits: Antonia in Much Ado About Nothing (Unit 102 Theatre & Leroy Street Theatre); Narrator/Shepherd in The Winter’s Tale (Leroy Street Theatre); Anna in Devices (Alumnae Theatre); Suky Tawdry in Beggar’s Opera (Seven Tyrants Theatre); Eva in The Disappearing, Cathy Hyatt in The Last Five Years, Eileen Brennan in Godspell, Dianne in You Still Can’t, Blair/Lay in Remnants: A Fable (Pacific Theatre).

About: Shalyn is a bit of a North American nomad who has zig-zagged across the continent, living in Southern California, NYC, and Vancouver before landing in Toronto two years ago. Shalyn is a graduate of the Theatre program at Trinity Western University. In addition to performing, Shalyn has also ventured into the world of costume design. Find her at shalynmcfaul.com.

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Christopher Darroch, Benedick

Christopher DarrochFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Hamlet, The Odyssey, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Driftwood Theatre Group), Gone With The Wind (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Calendar Girls (Moonpath Productions), A Man of No Importance (Acting UpStage), 10 seasons with The Nearly World Famous Dufflebag Theatre.

About: Born and raised in Toronto, Chris is an actor, musician and educator. He is a graduate of George Brown College’s conservatory acting program, and has been lucky enough to perform for audiences all over North America and overseas in Southeast Asia.

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Tatiana Deans, Hero

Tatiana DeansFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: The Ancient and Damaged Skriker in The Skriker (Randolph Academy).

About: Tatiana Deans is a recent graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and is so excited to be making her Hart House Theatre debut as a part of this production.

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Alan Shonfield, Claudio

Alan ShonfieldFor Hart House Theatre: Rosencrantz/Priest in Hamlet

Selected Credits: voice of Lear in King Lear (Cosmic Fishing Theatre), Joan of Arc in Henry VI, Part One, Berenger in Rhinoceros, Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Rivers/Young King/Richmond in Richard III, Mathieu in On Love, Banquo in Macbeth (UWaterloo Drama).

About: Born and raised in Toronto, Alan holds a BA in Drama from the University of Waterloo, where he was the 2015 recipient of the Lloy Coutts Acting Award.

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Mike Vitorovich, Leonato

Mike VitorovichFor Hart House Theatre: Ali in We the Family.

Selected Credits: Caliban in The Tempest (Confidential Shakespeare); Cliff in Jesus Jello (Zaw Productions); La Condamine in A Measure of The World (Fireworks Festival); Mr. Manatee in The Killdeer, Roy in Cosi; and Richard in You Are Here (Alumnae Theatre); Saturninus in Titus Andronicus (Redlight District); Ferdinand in The Tempest (Alchemy Theatre)

About: Currently seeking representation. Mike is also an aspiring comic. In addition, Mike is known for his work with set building and with home renovations. He enjoys the constant challenges that you are faced with when trying to turn someone’s vision – thought up from the ether – into a reality on this earth (both inside and outside the theatre) as well as the various other constraints that inevitably come up in the process. That is fun, that is theatre, that is life: work hard, work through it, laugh throughout; repeat.

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Laura Meadows, Don John

Laura MeadowsFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Silenced (HERstory Counts Theatre Company); Olivia in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre Troupe); Tina in This is My Last Transmission (Alumnae Theatre); the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (The Guild Festival Theatre); Luciana in The Comedy of Errors (Theatre@York); Trackel in The Ecstatic Bible (Theatre@York); Hamlet and Ophelia in Hamletmachine (Theatre@York).

About: Originally from the rainy city of Bath, in the UK, actress Laura Meadows has made Toronto her home base for the past ten years. She graduated from York University’s Acting Conservatory Program (BFA) last year. Laura is so excited to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew for her first Hart House Theatre show. She is currently writing and performing in her very first theatre piece with HERstory Counts, which focuses on bringing a voice to ‘silenced womyn’ in today’s modern world. See more at facebook.com/LauraMeadowsArtist

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Chanakya Mukherjee, Don Pedro

Chanakya MukherjeeFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Bobby in Tough! (Canadian Rep Theatre, TO); Alonso in The Tempest (Theatre Calgary/ SBTB); Charles/ Sam in The Gargantuan (Swallow-a-Bicycle, CA); Charlie in Sarah and the Dinosaur (Fire Exit Theatre, CA); Polidori in Bloody Poetry, Pompey in Measure for Measure, Vanzetti in Comrades (University of Calgary).

Upcoming: Chanakya can also be seen this fall as Giles Corey in Kindling Collective’s premier production of The Crucible, playing at The Attic Arts Hub, Oct. 27 – 30.

About: Chanakya is a recent graduate from the Drama program at the University of Calgary (2015), and has been a grateful and involved member of the theatre community in Calgary. An opportunity to hone his craft and life at large has now brought him to Toronto. He is excited to be a part of Much Ado About Nothing, and would like to thank Ms. Chamberlain and Hart House Theatre for this wonderful opportunity.

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Lesley Robertson, Dogberry

Lesley RobertsonFor Hart House Theatre: Marianne 1 in This Is For You, Anna; Constance in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet); the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet; Cordelia in King Lear.

Selected Credits: The Forest (Red One Theatre), King John (Shakespeare BASH’d), Nine Mile Portage (TBTB), Escape From Happiness (Alumnae), You Can Sleep When You’re Dead (Theatre Lab), My Darling Judith (Thames Theatre), The Hystericon (Good Old Neon, Fringe), Two Gents (SITR).

Upcoming: Feste in Shakespeare BASH’d’s production of Twelfth Night at the Monarch Tavern.

About: Originally from Waterloo, Lesley studied English literature at Queen’s and U of T (M.A.) before she dove into acting full-time at George Brown Theatre School. Lesley also expresses her creativity through the theatre collective Theatre Inamorata and her comedy duo The Diddlin’ Bibbles.

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Dylan Evans, Borachio

Dylan EvansFor Hart House Theatre: Guildenstern/Francisco in Hamlet

Selected Credits: Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Confidential Shakespeare Project), Jake in False Start (Toronto Fringe Festival), Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Seven Siblings Theatre).

About: Dylan is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School’s BFA Acting program and was an ensemble member for Spur-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective’s Shakespeare-in-Hospitals 2015 tour.

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Megan Miles, Ursula/First Watchman

Megan MilesFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Rosencrantz in Hamlet (Shakespeare BASH’D), Viola in Twelfth Night (Shakey-Shake and Friends), Hannibal in Happy End (GBTS), Iris in Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (UCFollies), Marta in Waiting for the Parade (GBTS), C in Bittergirl (VOGT)

Upcoming: Tomazo in The Changeling (Shakespeare BASH’D) at the Imperial Pub Nov. 13, 2016

About: Megan is an actor and puppeteer. She co-founded the children’s puppet Shakespeare company Shakey-Shake and Friends with her husband Tom McGee which has had an ‘epic’ run at the Toronto Fringe Festival for the past 5 years. (shakeyshakeandfriends.com) She also works frequently with Shakespeare BASH’d and Theatre Brouhaha. She is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School.

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Sarah Marchand, Margaret

Sarah MarchandFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: A Moment of Silence (SummerWorks Festival) Birthday Cake (Toronto Fringe Festival) Iza the Brave (Toronto Fringe Festival), Niagra 1953 (Small But Mighty Productions) R.U.R (Blameworthy Productions), A Tournament of Lies (Theatre by Committee), Macbeth (Wolf Manor Theatre Collection)

About: Sarah studied at the University of Toronto (MA Theatre) and Concordia University (BFA Honours Performance and English Literature). She is trained in burlesque, Beijing Opera, improv, singing and clown. Awards: The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant in English Theatre (2013). Check out sarahmarchand.com

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Laura Vincent, Verges

Laura VincentFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: The Tempest (Confidential Shakespeare Project); Bitch of the Baskervilles (Socratic Theatre/Unit 102); Title role in Hamlet (Socratic Theatre); Jesus Jello (Toronto Fringe); Lysistrata (Canopy Theatre); Palace of the End, Closer (Alumnae Theatre). On camera: The Cocksure Lads Movie (feature, dir. Murray Foster)

About: Originally from London England, Laura Vincent came to Canada to study art at Queen’s before moving to Toronto and studying acting at The Player’s Academy. She is also a painter and some of her work can be seen on her twitter account (https://twitter.com/lauravincentart) although it hasn’t been updated in a very long time as she’s lazy and bad at internetting.

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Maggie Hammel, Seacole (2nd Watch) / Messenger

Maggie HammelFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: For the Love of Gracie Gray (Live Bait); Women Beware Women, The Maid’s Tragedy (The Villain’s Theatre); Girls! Girls! Girls! (Angel’s and Heroes); She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Arts Guild); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, An Evening of Ives II and III (Lion’s Den Theatre).

About: Originally from Alberta, Maggie Hammel is a recent transplant to Toronto, after spending several years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Maggie is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Acting Program, and has since trained with Shakespeare & Company (Lenox. MA) and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre (Bali, Indonesia).

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Erik Helle, Conrade/Friar Francis

Erik HelleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Seven Siblings), Orestes in Elektra (Toronto Fringe), Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors (The Confidential Shakespeare Project), Kent in reasons to be pretty (University of Windsor), Antonio in Twelfth Night (University Players).

About: Erik is a University of Windsor graduate with a BFA in Acting.  He is a well regarded thespian within his group of friends, who are not thespians…

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Ilan Tzitrin, Balthasar/Sexton

Ilan TzitrinFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: As an actor: Mr. Paravicini, The Mousetrap; Gaston, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; 2nd Knight/2nd Tempter, Murder in the Cathedral; Juror 8, 12 Angry Jurors; George, The Actor’s Nightmare. As a writer/director: Guillotin (U of T Drama Festival).

About: Born in Israel to Soviet emigrants, Ilan moved to northern Toronto at age six, where everyone else with his background was already residing. He is currently working on his Physics Ph.D. at U of T, but sees it as imperative to act, write and whistle in his spare time. He is eliminated – that is to say, mostly elated and a little intimidated – to work with such a remarkable group of people in his first Hart House Theatre show.

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