Spelling Bee – Production Team


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Cory Doran, Director*

Giustin MacLean, Music Director

Sabrina Hooper, Choreographer

Brandon Kleiman, Set Designer

Kathleen Black, Costume Designer

André du Toit, Lighting Designer

Jeremy Hutton, Sound Designer

Ndola Hutton, Stage Manager

Jennifer Jakob, Head of Wardrobe

Stephanie Venerus, Head of Properties

Michael Manning, Assistant Director**

Veronica Georgieva, Wardrobe Assistant

Caroline Shim and Veronica Vatsa, Assistant Stage Managers

John Wamsley, Dance Captain

Sara Ahmadieh Rad, Painter

Andrew Grigsby, Lighting Operator

Veronica Bu, Xizi Luo, Nala Ren, Aleksei Shkurin, Dora Skenderi and Niki Yang, Production Crew

Victoria Banjavcic, Tara Costello, Saheb Dhody, Tracy Fang, Melissa Geng, Hareem Haider, Erandy Rogel, Dora Skenderi, Caroline Xue and Niki Yang, Running Crew

 

*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



Cory Doran, Director

Cory DoranFor Hart House Theatre: Boeing Boeing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Pseudolus in  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Selected Credits: Comme Si, Comme Ca (Theatre By Committee); Empty Boxes (Homestead Theatre Project); Parfumerie, Funny Money (Scarborough Players); 9 to 5 the Musical (SMT); God (Core Players).  

About:  Cory is an award winning actor who can be heard regularly on your radio and TV. He does the voices for successful cartoon shows such as Wild Kratts, Cat in the Hat, Freaktown, The 3 Amigonauts, Little Charmers, Luna Petunia, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, as well as many many more.  Cory would like to thank his cast and crew for their amazing ability to come in and play, each and every rehearsal.   A special thanks go to his uber supportive wife Alexa and their three kids.    

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Giustin MacLean, Music Director

Giustin MacLeanFor Hart House Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Carrie: the musical, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wedding Singer.

Selected Credits: Footloose (Theatre Sheridan), Seussical (Young People’s Theatre); Dancer: A Musical In Ten Furlongs (Gingermar Prod.); One Song Glory (Acting Up
Stage); Bye Bye Birdie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Into the Woods, Jr. (RHCPA); Commencement: A Work of Fiction and Musical of Sorts, Group Therapy (Toronto Fringe); Perry Loved Mary (Old Flame Brewery Presents); Piaf: Songs Of The Nightingale (Bronwyn Odille Prod.).

Upcoming: Beauty and the Beast (Young People’s Theatre)

About: Originally from Nova Scotia, Giustin now lives in Toronto and works as a Music Director, Conductor, Pianist, Vocal Coach and Keyboard Programmer. He is on staff as a pianist at Sheridan College and has been a Guest Artist at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Sabrina Hooper, Choreographer

Sabrina HooperFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Music Man, Anne of Green Gables, 9 to 5 The Musical (Scarborough Music Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ryleepuss Productions).

Upcoming: Right after opening weekend of Spelling Bee, Sabrina will be channeling her creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky side as she helps cast The Addams Family for Scarborough Music Theatre, which opens February 1, 2018.

About: Sabrina is thrilled to be making her Hart House debut supported by such a strong artistic team! She grew up in the dance community of northern Ontario and made the move to Toronto over a decade ago. After an 8 year hiatus from performing, Sabrina caught the theatre bug in 2011 and has since been involved in 13 productions (and counting) as either a performer or choreographer. She is a two-time THEA nominee with the ACT-CO Festival for Best Choreography in a Musical. When not on stage, she is a traditional “9 to 5’er” in the financial district, which she describes as the ideal “yin to her yang”; it’s all about the work-life balance. Instagram/Twitter: @sh7oops

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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; We The Family and Boeing Boeing.

Selected Credits: Undercover, A New Improvised Murder Mystery (Rebecca Northan, Tarragon, Vertigo & The Citadel); Life After, A New Musical (Canadian Stage & The Musical Theatre Co.); Our Town (Theatre Rusticle & Buddies In Bad Times);  The Little Mermaid (The Globe Theatre); Designer in Residence 16/17 Sudbury Theatre Centre; Reframed (AGO & Musical Stage Co.); One Night Only (Factory Theatre, Dora Mavor Moor Audience Choice Award 2016); Blind Date (Tarragon Theatre, Dora nominated Outstanding Production); Sousatzka: The Musical (set design associate, Theatro Proscenium Ltd.).

Upcoming:  My Name is Asher Lev (set and costume, Harold Green Jewish Theatre & Studio 180), A Christmas Story (Sudbury Theatre Centre) and Shrek: The Musical (The Globe Theatre).

About: Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto. For more information and a portfolio please visit brandonkleimandesign.com 

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Kathleen Black, Costume Designer

Kathleen BlackFor Hart House Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boeing Boeing (audience choice for costume design), We the FamilyThe Tempest

Selected Credits: For film: #datingfail, Billy Boy, Sinkers. For Classical Theatre Project: Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, Twelfth Night. 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. Acting credits include: Handle with Care (Tangled Web), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Rose Theatre), Reggie in Some Girls (Empty Suitcase), Alice in Closer (Mnemonic Productions), the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (GTA Pantomime), Iris in Lysistrata (Canopy Theatre) and performances of Tails at SickKids Hospital.  Recently, 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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André du Toit, Lighting Designer

Andre de Toit, Lighting DesignerFor Hart House Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Tideline, Hamlet, Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar

Selected Credits: Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); Vimy, The 39 Steps (Soulpepper); Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote Collective); Italian Mime Suicide, Three Red Days, Paolozzapedia, The Double (Bad New Days); Les Miserables, The Assholes, As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Asking For It (In Association); Quiver (Nightwood Theatre); The Amish Project (Green Light Arts); FLORENCE (The Dietrich Group); Art (Theatre North West); Oraltorio (MotionLive Collective); Jackie Burroughs is Dead (Danceworks/Danielle Baskerville); Ralph + Lina (Edge of Woods Theatre). 

Upcoming: This is the Point (Ahuri Theatre); A Delicate Balance (Soulpepper)

About: Andre has won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and has been nominated for nine.

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Jeremy Hutton, Sound Designer

Jeremy HuttonFor Hart House Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2017 (Sound designer), We the Family 2015 (Sound designer) This is for you, Anna 2015 (Sound designer), The Tempest 2014 (Director, sound designer), Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 2013 (Fight director, sound designer), Robin Hood 2012 (Writer, composer, fight director, co-musical director), Romeo and Juliet 2012 (Director, fight director, composer), The Night of the Iguana 2012 (Director, sound designer), Macbeth 2012 (Director, sound designer), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 2011 (Director), Richard III 2011, (Director, Sound Designer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director, Sound Designer),  Arcadia (Director, sound designer), King Lear (Director, fight director, composer), Othello (Director, fight director, composer).

Selected Credits: For Lower Ossington Theatre – Little Shop of Horrors (Director, music 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 was the founding Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Theatre and the former artistic director of Hart House Theatre.

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Ndola Hutton, Stage Manager

Ndola HuttonFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Stage Manager for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Co-Stage Manager of The Music Man (Scarborough Music Theatre); Stage Manager for Dance Animal: Toronto (Toronto Fringe); Assistant Stage Manager for Cabaret (StageWorks Toronto).

Upcoming: The Addams Family for SMT

About: Ndola Hutton has been a big believer in Theatre Magic for ten years. She is a dog lover, coffee fanatic and camping enthusiast. Ndola graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Theatre Production and Design program, before moving back to Toronto to pursue a career in stage management.

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Stephanie Venerus, Head of Properties

Stephanie VenerusFor Hart House Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Selected Credits: Set Work: Confederation Part I: Confederation & Riel, Confederation Part II: Scandal & Rebellion (Video Cabaret) Props: A Window for Murder (Miller Memorial Church), Mother (Independent Film), The Love Game (Red Sandcastle Theatre)

Upcoming: Stephanie is happy to be coming on board and working with Hart House Theatre for their 2017/2018 season.

About: Stephanie is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Production Program, as well as Sheridan College’s Special Effects Makeup Prosthetics and Props Program. She loves getting her hands messy and making whatever fun creation gets thrown her way. http://www.stephvenerus.com

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