Retreat – Production Team

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Kat Sandler, Playwright

Claire Burns, Director*

Christine Urquhart, Set Designer

Ming Wong, Costume Designer

Steph Raposo, Lighting Designer

Bri Proke, Sound Designer

Lin-Mei Lay, Stage Manager

Louisa Zhu, Fight Director*

Jacqueline Siu, Associate Director

Natalia Sydorenko, Assistant Set Designer

Hareem Haider, Assistant Lighting Designer

Samantha Pierre, Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Jakob, Head of Wardrobe

Kelly Anderson, Head of Properties

Susanna Feng and Kim North, Scenic Painters

Natalie Voorn, Costume Assistant

Lindsey Holland, Zafrin Islam, Sheilla Shojaie and Natalia Sydorenko, Operators

Amanda Abbasi, Tarquin Alexandra, Katie Doyle, Tiffany Lam, Brianna Lane, Floris Looijesteijn, Alberta Tam and Levi Tepner, 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).


Kat Sandler, Playwright

Kat SandlerFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

About: Kat Sandler is a writer, director and Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has staged fourteen of her original plays in the last eight years, including hits Punch Up, Liver and Delicacy. Her play, Mustard (Tarragon Theatre) won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (General Division), and Bang Bang (Factory Theatre) was nominated for the same award in 2018. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright, and the winner of the Austin Film Festival Award for Best Podcast Script. Kat is currently working on several television projects and writing and co-directing The Party and The Candidate to be staged concurrently at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton in April.  She’d like to thank the original team that brought Retreat to life in 2014, and everyone at Hart House for bringing it back.

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Claire Burns, Director

Claire BurnsFor Hart House Theatre: Columbia in Rocky Horror Show, Chorus in Reefer Madness

Selected Credits: Director in DIVINE (Storefront Theatre), Jo in The Chance (Leroy Street Theatre), Producer Krapp’s Last Tape (Singing Swan/Theatre Passe Muraille), Janet in The Drawer Boy Film (Open City Works)

Upcoming: Producer Fay & Fluffy’s House Party (Buddies in Bad Times), Producer The Philosopher’s Wife (Storefront/Paradigm/Small Wooden Shoe)

About: Claire Burns is a queer actor, director, theatre creator, producer and feminist. Claire holds an HBA in Political Science and History from U of T as well as a degree in Classical Performance from George Brown Theatre School. Claire is the Artistic Managing Director of the Storefront Theatre in Toronto. She​ is committed to reducing how discrimination based on race, gender expression, sexuality, ability and mental health manifests in theatrical ecology and practice. She is a co-founder of We Are Egg Donors and an advocate for egg donors in Canada for which she has appeared on CBC’s The National and in the Globe and Mail. Claire was named one of NOW magazine’s Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2017. Follow on insty: @clairzies and check out www.weareeggdonors.com

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Christine Urquhart, Set Designer

Christine UrquhartFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: INTERNATIONAL: Medea (Zen Zen Zo); The WholeheartedThe Island (Massive Company, National Theatre Scotland); Die Fledermaus (Welsh National Opera); Call of the Sparrows (Proudly Asian Theatre). TORONTO: Iphigenia and the Furies (Saga Collectif); I Call Myself Princess and Good Morning Viet – Mom (Cahoots); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (George Brown); Dinner With The Duchess (Next Stage Festival). DESIGN ASSISTANT: Mustard, Bunny (Tarragon); Strangers Babies (Theatre Panik); Jerusalem (Outside The March); Animal Farm (Soulpepper), SHAW FESTIVAL 2018 . 

Upcoming: Slowdance (Toronto Dance Theatre); In The Next Room (Sheridan and U of T); Whole World (Carousel Players); Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Eraser (Riser Project); Antigone (Young People’s Theatre). 

About: Christine is a Set and Costume Designer originally from the UK, but has lived and worked in and around Europe and Eastern Europe, with long term investments in Australia and New Zealand, and currently Canada. urquhartdesign.com   

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Ming Wong, Costume Designer

Ming WongFor Hart House Theatre: Bone Cage, Bent, Yellowface, Macbeth, King Lear, Jerry Springer-The Opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, Rosencrantz and Guildenstren are Dead.

Selected Credits: Life After (Canadian Stage-Dora nomination); The Wedding Party (Crow’s Theatre-Dora nomination); Out the Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre); Hang (Obsidian Theatre); Crazy For You, Footloose, Hello Dolly (Theatre Sheridan); Strangers, Babies (Theatre Panik); Die Fledermaus, La Cecchina (Glenn Gould Opera School); Breathing Corpses (Coal Mine Theatre); Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera-Dora winner, Outstanding new opera); Gertrude and Alice (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre-Dora nomination); Domesticated (Company Theatre/Canadian Stage); The River (Coal Mine Theatre); Supers (Pilot, Good Film & TV); Scales (Short film, Jessica Lea Fleming); Pelleas et Melisande (Against The Grain); Gorey Story (Thistle Project-Dora Nomination).

Upcoming: Unsafe (Canadian Stage), The Magic Flute (Glenn Gould Opera School), The Cherry Orchard (Modern Times), A Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre), Hansal and Gretel (Canadian Opera Company).

About: Ming is a costume designer, stylist and wardrobe technician based in Toronto. She has worked on a variety of projects ranging from theatre to film & TV. She was nominated for the Virginia & Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design (2017 & 2018).

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Steph Raposo, Lighting Designer

Steph RaposoFor Hart House Theatre: The Penelopiad

Selected Credits: Lighting Designer, A Bear Awake In Winter (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Sound Designer & Composer, Ga Ting (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Technical Director, Everything I Couldn’t Tell You (RISER Project); Sound Designer, IMP (epigraph collective and Filament Theatre); Lighting Designer, Gray (Theatre Inamorata); Lighting Designer, The Clean House (Alumnae Theatre).

Upcoming: Technical Director, Eraser (Why Not Theatre, RISER Project).

About: Steph is a lighting and sound designer, as well as an amateur composer. They are the Managing and Technical Director of Little Black Afro Theatre, but you can find them most at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre where they work as the Cabaret Technician.

 

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Bri Proke, Sound Designer

Bri ProkeFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Writer/Producer of No Clowns Allowed (Blood Pact Theatre), Producer/Sound Designer, After Wrestling (Blood Pact Theatre/Storefront Theatre/Factory Theatre), Producer/Sound Designer, Kill Your Parents in Viking Alberta (Blood Pact Theatre, Storefront Theatre)

Upcoming: Producer, Dock Mother God Society (Blood Pact Theatre), Writer/Director, Shark Week (Fool’s Collective)

About: Bri is the co-artist director of Blood Pact Theatre, a founding member of Fool’s Collective (a Canadian collective of independent filmmakers), and an associate producer for The Storefront Theatre. When Bri isn’t working as a theatre practitioner, she fills her time as a freelance art director/writer/director for the Toronto indie film & TV community. Blood Pact Theatre (and Bri) have just opened their new multi-disciplinary space, Grand Canyon, in the Junction. For more info, follow her on Instagram: @briproke and check our www.bloodpact.ca

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Lin-Mei Lay, Stage Manager

Lin-Mei LayFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected SM Credits: 2015, 2016 Dora Winner, The Chasse-Galerie (Red One: PSM; Kabin / Storefront / Soulpepper: Apprentice SM); Will You Be My Friend? (Theatre Passe Maurille / Green Light Arts); Andy Warhol Musical (Pop-UpTheatre / FringeTO 2018); The Chance (Leroy Street); Stupid F**king Bird (Bird Collective: SM / Props); Follow Your Heart (Evolution Dance Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Les Liaisons Dangereuse (Red One); Divine  (Red One / Summerworks 2017); Othello (Ale House: PSM); Rattled (Brouillon: PSM / LD).

Other Credits: The Story (Common Boots: Head of Props); The Good Doctor Holmes (Tanagra Collective: LD); A Drop of Water (Slice of Pi / FringeTO 2015: LD); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Humber: Assistant LD); We Walk Among You (Artichoke Heart: Head Puppet Builder); Cinéma Vérité! (RUFF 2015: Puppet Builder / Designer); Language (Assistant Production Designer).

About: Lin is a multi-discipline theatre practitioner. Her primary focus is stage management with some lighting design and dabbles in props. She is the winner of the inaugural MyTheatre Award for Outstanding Stage Management. Prior to this, Lin has worked in the IT industry for 15+ years. She is a graduate of Humber’s Theatre Production Program.

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Louisa Zhu, Fight Director

Louisa ZhuFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: AS FIGHT DIRECTOR: Yellow Rabbit (Soulpepper/Silk Bath Collective), DIVINE (Storefront Theatre), Silk Bath (Silk Bath Collective). AS PERFORMER: The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre), Reflector (Theatre Gargantua), Sex Tape Project (fu-GEN), Treasure Island (Solar Stage *Dora Nomination-Ensemble).

Upcoming: Fight Director A Blow in the Face (Nightwood Theatre/Bald Ego Theatre)

About: Louisa is an actor and performance combat artist based in Toronto. She is a Certified Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada and is also the Director of Training for the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. Louisa is also part of the teaching faculty at George Brown College (Acting for Media Program) and Rapier Wit.

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Natalia Sydorenko, Assistant Set Designer

Natalia SydorenkoFor Hart House Theatre: Hair and Retreat (Lighting Board Operator), Hair (Assistant Costume Designer), Heathers: The Musical and The Penelopiad (Wardrobe Running Crew).

Selected Credits: SMC’s Beauty and the Beast (Lighting Designer), Skule Nite 1T6 & 1T7 (Master Painter).

About: Natalia is currently studying electrical engineering at UofT and spending too much time at Hart House Theatre. She has been working on many different parts of the productions to gain experience to continue to work in theatre after graduation. After working as a scenic painter in Skule Nite for two years, she is excited to expand her experience as the assistant set designer for Retreat and to work with such an amazing designer as Christine.

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Hareem Haider, Assistant Lighting Designer

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

About: Hareem is a (future) engineer by day, theatre enthusiast by night. After seeing Steph’s amazing work on The Penelopiad she is extremely excited to work alongside them on Retreat. She is currently plotting to permanently reside in Hart House Theatre.

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Samantha Pierre, Assistant Stage Manager

Samantha PierreFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

About: Samantha is a second year U of T student studying statistics, economics and math. Samantha has loved theatre since the age of four when she played Tinkerbelle in Peter Pan. A trained musical theatre performer, ballet dancer and opera singer, Samantha has worked both on and behind stage for several community and professional productions. Samantha aspires for a career in finance, eventually hoping to one day produce her own broadway musical. She wishes to thank Chiara for never letting her throw away her shot.

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