Jesse MacLean, Director
Jeremy Hutton, Co-Music Director, Sound Designer, Fight Director
Kieren MacMillan, Co-Music Director
Ashleigh Powell, Choreographer
Scott Penner, Set Designer
Melanie McNeill, Costume Designer
Simon Rossiter, Lighting Designer
Dustyn Wales, Production Stage Manager
Tali Anzel-Sivkin, Stage Manager
Carly Chamberlain, Assistant Director
Tara Litvack, Assistant Music Director
Emma Burtch, Assistant Stage Manager
Olga Petrik, Assistant Stage Manager
For Hart House Theatre: Debut
Selected Credits: Jesse is a veteran of nine seasons at Shakespeare By The Sea Halifax, he has directed 21 productions for the company and was named Co-Artistic Director prior to the start of the 2012 summer season. Selected directing credits for SBTS include: Richard III, MacBeth, Julius Caesar, Dracula, and the collective creations’ Robin Hood, Cinderelly and Treasure Island.
About: Jesse was born and raised in Nova Scotia, studied theatre at Bishop’s University in Quebec, and has worked steadily in theatre and film since graduating in 2002. He has toured extensively across North America and Asia with the internationally acclaimed puppetry company Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Jesse is thrilled to be part of the team bringing Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy to Hart House Theatre. He would like to thank his wife, Suzy, for holding down the fort while he is away, and thanks to everyone at Hart House Theatre, for believing in this project, which started in his head, somewhere in the woods on the East Coast back in 2005.
For Hart House Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (Director, Sound Designer, Fight Director), The Night of the Iguana (Director), Macbeth (Director in 2011), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Director), Richard III (Director, Sound Designer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director, Sound Designer), Arcadia (Director, Sound Designer), King Lear (Director, Fight Director, Composer), Hamlet (Hamlet, Fight Director, Composer, Sound Designer), Romeo and Juliet (Director, Fight Director, Composer), Othello (Director, Fight Director, Composer), As You like It (Orlando), Troilus and Cressida (Nestor), Macbeth (Macduff).
For Canopy Theatre Company: Twelfth Night (Director), Romeo and Juliet (Fight Director), As You Like It (Fight Director), Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio), Oedipus Rex (Chorus #9, Fight Director, Music Director), Coriolanus (Coriolanus, Fight Director), Titus Andronicus (Chiron), Antony and Cleopatra (Director, fight director), Julius Caesar (Cassius).
For Toronto Youth Theatre: Rocky Horror Show (Director), ToboR the RoboT (Writer, Director), Into The Woods (Director), Little Shop of Horrors (Director), A Musical Called Robin Hood (Writer, Director), Lucky Stiff (Director), Fairy Tale Ending (Writer, Director), City of Angels (Director), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Director), Urinetown (Director), Jesus Christ Superstar (Director).
Fight Directing Credits: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (CTP), Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Robin Hood, Pericles (SBTS), Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra (Alchemy Theatre).
About: Jeremy was the founding Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Theatre. He is also the resident fight director for the Classical Theatre Project and Hart House Theatre and is thrilled to be in his third season as Hart House Theatre’s Artistic Director.
For Hart House Theatre: Music Director & Bandleader, The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Selected Credits: Alice in Wonderland, Puss ’n Boots, Hansel & Gretel, Hats! (Stirling Festival Theatre); Just Out of Reach (Theatre of Music); Fairy Tale Ending (Role Your Own Theatre); West Side Story (Randolph Young Company); City of Angels, Lucky Stiff (Toronto Youth Theatre); The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! (Gypsy Theatre/Bluewater Playhouse). Upcoming: Drunken Moon (Musique21).
About: Kieren happily works both sides of the score. As a composer, he is regularly commissioned, performed, and recorded by artists and organizations throughout North America. His works — hailed by critics as “brilliant”, “smart and moving”, and “deeply satisfying” — have been seen and heard by thousands of people across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Kieren is also in demand as a keyboardist, singer, lecturer, and music director, with as many as one hundred live performances and appearances each year. He has been on the faculty of numerous music schools, camps, and festivals (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, NYSSSA, StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival), and was the inaugural Keynote Speaker at the University of Colorado–Boulder’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music. A big shout-out to the rest of the team (best co-creators ever!), and to Lada (best wife ever!). http://www.kierenmacmillan.info
For Hart House Theatre: Richard III, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, King Lear, Arcadia, Night of the Iguana.
Selected Credits: Cymbeline (Stratford Festival); Billy Bishop Goes To War (Globe Theatre), Hair (Grand Theatre London); Lawrence & Holloman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How It Works (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Jesus Chrysler, You Should Have Stayed Home (Praxis Theatre); An Experiment With an Airpump (U of W Drama); Twelfth Night, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classical Theatre Project); I Love You Because (Angelwalk Theatre), Ordinary Days (Winnipeg Studio Theatre/ Angelwalk); Stellaluna, (North American Tour, Kids Entertainment); Our Town, Sense & Sensibility (Montgomery Theatre).
About: Website: www.scottpennerdesign.com
For Hart House Theatre: Night of the Iguana (costume design), Macbeth (set design), Bullet for Adolf (set & costume design), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (costume design), and High Fidelity (costume design).
Selected Credits: Costume design for Les Fourberies de Scapin (Theatre Francais de Toronto), Bloodless (Theatre 20); set and costume design for Spelling 255 (Carousel Players), Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct), Madhouse Variations (Eldritch Theatre – Dora Award for Outstanding Costume Design), Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show (Eldritch Theatre); set design for The Last Five Years (Angelwalk Theatre); and assistant costume design for The War of 1812 (Videocabaret/Stratford).
About: Melanie will be doing the costume design for Shakespeare’s Nigga (Obsidian Theatre).
For Hart House Theatre: Macbeth.
Selected Credits: Théâtre français de Toronto (Les Fourberies de Scapin), Coleman Lemieux et Compagnie (Danser Perreault, Dichterliebe, and From the House of Mirth), Dancemakers (Jacob & Nova), The Montgomery Theatre (Sense and Sensibility, Our Town, Travels with My Aunt, and An Inspector Calls), Toronto Dance Theatre (Rivers), Cue6 Productions (Pieces), the dietrich group (The Land of F***, Paris 1994/Gallery, and Portrait).
About: Simon is a Toronto-based lighting designer who has had the pleasure of collaborating on more than 100 productions across Canada for both dance and theatre. He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, where he was honoured with the Sandy Black award for dedication to the craft of live theatre. He has previously been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon award. Upcoming collaborations include works with Toronto Dance Theatre and Christopher House (The Body in Question and Brussels/Toronto), Coleman Lemieux et Compagnie and James Kudelka (Alloneword and Malcolm & Me) and the Théâtre français de Toronto (Les Zinspirés).
For Hart House: King Lear, The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Selected Credits: Lost in Yonkers (HGJTC), The Hobbit (MTYP), i Think i Can (YPT/NAC), The Great Mountain (YPT/RedSky), Billy Bishop Goes to War, Faith Healer, Glengarry Glen Ross, Travesties, The Guardsman, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper), Iolanthe (TOT), ByoLogyc (Mission Business), Fairytale Ending: The Musical (Best of Fringe/Next stage), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Necessary Angel/Volcano), Waiting For Godot (Yes, Let’s Go). Upcoming: A Craigslist Cantata (Acting Upstage/Factory), Blue Planet (YPT).
About: Dustyn is so excited to be doing Robin Hood as second time having ASM’ed it at Toronto Youth Theatre 5 years ago.
For Hart House Theatre: The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Selected Credits: War Horse (Mirvish), Lost In Yonkers (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project), Hamlet (Classical Theatre Project), Violent Be Violet (Summerworks), Strange Mary Strange (Summerworks), Urinetown (McMaster Musical Theatre), Grease (MT), Footloose (MT), Pirates of Penzance (LUU OperaSoc), Marriage of Figaro (LUU OperaSoc).
About: Tali graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science (Biology).
For Hart House Theatre: Portia in Julius Caesar, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Selected Credits: Assistant Director for Driftwood Theatre’s musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Isabella in Measure For Measure, Adrianna in Comedy of Errors, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Portia in Julius Caesar, Jacquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Second Sister in Macbeth, Glen/Goon/Poor Person in Robin Hood, Mother in Jack and the Beanstalk-Market (Shakespeare By The Sea); Betty in Secretary! (RolyPoly Theatre); Natasha in Muhammad of Yorkville (Nobody’s Business Theatre); Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing (Canopy Theatre).
About: A graduate of The University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program, Carly’s acting background includes three seasons with Shakespeare By The Sea in Halifax, numerous independent theatre productions in Toronto, and a docudrama series you will probably never see. As a director and producer, Carly serves as Artistic Direction Apprentice with Driftwood Theatre Group and Artistic Producer for her own company, Neoteny Theatre. During the last week of March and first of April, Neoteny will be presenting a rare and exciting double bill of G.B. Shaw’s Overruled and Neil Labute’s Romance at Red Sandcastle Theatre. For more information go to www.neotenytheatre.com or follow Carly on Twitter: @CarlyCha
For Hart House Theatre: High Fidelity (Musical Assistant), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Musical Director).
Selected Credits: Set Those Sails: A Night of William Finn (Self-Produced), One Song Glory (Acting Up Stage Co.), tick, tick…BOOM! (Half-Pint Theatre), Into the Woods, Legally Blonde (Bravo Academy), Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, RENT (Toronto Youth Theatre), Into the Woods (Stageworks Toronto), Hair, Gypsy (VCDS), Urinetown (UC Follies), There’s Something About Ashley (Ashleyx2 Productions), The Laramie Project (Composer – Theatre Aurora), Honey, I’m Home! (Pianist – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche).
About: Tara Litvack is a musical director, accompanist, arranger, and vocal coach in Toronto. She is an honours graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Tara is on faculty at Bravo Academy and is the resident accompanist for Tracy Michailidis’ Songbook Masterclass Series. Tara will also be working with Clearwater Theatre Company in their upcoming season as resident music director. Please visit www.taralitvack.com or @taraliane on Twitter. Tara sends all her love to her family and Charlie and Woodstock.
For Hart House Theatre: Debut
Selected Credits: For Film and T.V.: Swatting Flies with Sledgehammers (Script Assistant, Crystal Ship Productions), Festival Italiano Di Johnny Lombardi (Production Assistant, CHIN TV).
About: Emma is a third-year student at the University of Toronto completing majors in Cinema Studies and English. During her undergrad, Emma has had the chance to pursue her passion for film through volunteering for TIFF, the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and the Female Eye on Film Festival. She enjoys writing for and about all aspects of film, theatre, and television.This is her first year working as an ASM and she hopes to continue her involvement with Hart House Theatre for years to come.
For Hart House Theatre: My Name is Rachel Corrie (ASM), Romeo and Juliet (ASM).
Selected Credits: Assistant for Mpath Productions with multi-media installations. Concept Artist for Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu’s (IFT Theatre) upcoming project.
About: Olga graduated from the Ryerson School of Interior Design. She is the founding member of Toronto’s artist collective ‘art of perception’. She likes to dabble with concept development, graphics, photography, and installation art and wants to further pursue production design. She believes that obstacles only enhance creatively and tries to embrace those boundaries. http://about.me/olgapetrik