The Crucible – Cast


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Listed alphabetically:

Jon Berrie, John Proctor

Anthony Botelho, Rev Parris

Abigail Craven, Betty Parris

Joanna Decc, Mercy Lewis

Thomas Gough, Giles Corey

Tomas Ketchum, Thomas Putnam

Courtney Lamanna, Abigail Williams

Allyson Landy, Anne Putnam

Charlin McIsaac, Suzanna

Brandon Nicoletti, Ezekiel Cheever / Marshall Herrick

David John Phillips, Danforth

Tom Anthony Quinn, Francis Nurse

Nicholas Koy Santillo, Rev Hale

Melissa Taylor, Elizabeth Proctor

Nina Rose Taylor, Mary Warren

Magda Uculmana-Falcon, Tituba

Marilyn Willock, Rebecca Nurse



Jon Berrie, John Proctor

Jon BerrieFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Francesco in Europeans  (Angry Scottish Van), Reese in How To Get Away With It (1984), Detective John in A Gun And A Ring (Eyecatch Multimedia), Eric in Generations (Ryerson University), Charles/Corin in As You Like It (Ryerson University)

About: Jon is an actor, singer-songwriter and visual artist based out of Toronto. This is his first theatre performance in over ten years and he is thrilled to be part of such a talented team.  Jon can also be found facilitating regular mindfulness meditation groups at Victoria College for the University of Toronto Mindful Moments program.

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Anthony Botelho, Reverend Samuel Parris

Anthony BotelhoFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Tommy Burt in The Hogtown Experience (Hogtown Collective); Yvan in Art (Plain Stage); Bill Sikes in Oliver! (CCP); Radius in Rossum’s Universal Robots (Blameworthy); Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity, Leon Czolgosz in Assassins (CMTP); Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Antique Fables); Baritony Danza in SQUAT (Fringe).

About: Anthony is a Toronto actor, voice actor, and writer, and he’s thrilled to be making his Hart House Theatre debut as a part of this incredible team. In addition to his work as a performer, Anthony is also a regular writer for the satirical website The Beaverton as well a co-creator of the horror anthology podcast The Wrong Station. You can contact him at ajv.botelho@gmail.com

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Abigail Craven, Betty Parris

The CrucibleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

About: Abigail is thrilled to make her theatre debut in The Crucible. The 12-year-old Toronto native has taken part in Interprovincial Music Camp’s Music Theatre and Rock Band sessions and studies music theatre at Broadway Arts Centre as well as acting. She is also a drummer and enjoys singing, figure skating, yoga and has a deep love of animals. 

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Joanna Decc, Mercy Lewis

Joanna DeccFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (TCDS/UofT); Abigail Williams in The Crucible (SMC Troubadours/UofT); Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (UC Follies/UofT); Wyndham Brandon in Rope (TCDS/UofT); Cassandra in Trojan Barbie (VCDS/UofT); Sophia in Tactile Maladies (Future Theatre Festival/Seven Siblings Theatre); Elaine in Calendar Girls (Theatre Scarborough).

About: Joanna Decc is a Toronto based actor and theatre artist. She is currently completing her final year of her degree in Drama and English at the University of Toronto. During her time at UofT Joanna was awarded the prestigious Donald Sutherland Award for Best Performance presented to her by Maev Beaty at the University of Toronto’s 2016 Drama Festival for her portrayal of Calamine in Saltwater Forests. She has also received the UofT Drama Award for Best Performance in a Play for Cassandra in Trojan Barbie, as well as the TCDS Drama Award for Best Performer for her portrayal of Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The Crucible marks one of Joanna’s first productions outside of UofT and she is very excited to be a part of the team! Find Joanna on Twitter: @joannadecc and Instagram: @jdecc

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Thomas Gough, Giles Corey

Thomas GoughFor Hart House Theatre: Chaplain in A Clockwork Orange, Brabantio in Othello, Old Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Harry Raymond in The Stillborn Lover, Polonius in Hamlet (2006), Cæsar in Julius Cæsar, Hawthorne in Stephen And Mr. Wilde, Gloucester in King Lear, Jellaby in Arcadia, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hastings in Richard III, Frank Strang in Equus, Jürgen in Bullet For Adolf, Nazi Captain in Bent, Polonius in Hamlet.

About: Thomas Gough was first on stage at the age of five, but clearly remembers
acting before that. He works frequently in the Independent Theatre in Toronto,
having appeared in the last few years with the Alumnæ Theatre, Safeword,
Single Thread, the Storefront, Thought For Food, Theatre Lab, Plain Stage, and
Unspoken Theatre, as well as Theatre By The Bay (Barrie) and the Kick And
Push Festival (Kingston). The Crucible is his sixteenth Hart House show. He
also does film, television, and recording work.

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Tomas Ketchum, Thomas Putnam

Tomas KetchumFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Monsieur Tournel in A Flea in Her Ear (Pulse Theatre); The Prince in Fair Verona (Lost&Gone); Jaques in As you like It (Theatre by the Bay); Alan Seymour in Picnic, Tybalt in The Capulets & Montagues, Mr. Dabler in The Witlings (Theatre Erindale).

About: Tomas Ketchum is a Toronto based actor and singer and is excited to be joining the team for his debut role at Hart House Theatre. Originally from Barrie ON, Tomas is a recent graduate Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto and now hopes to make breaks in the Canadian theatre industry. He thanks you for coming to Hart House Theatre’s The Crucible and hopes you enjoy the show.

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Courtney Lamanna, Abigail Williams

Courtney LamannaFor Hart House Theatre: Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Selected Credits: Spring Awakening (Lower Ossington Theatre), Dog Sees God (Echo Productions), Context (Echo Productions)

Upcoming: Love Between the Lines (HERstory Counts), Charlie: Son of Man (Echo Productions).

About: In 2012, Courtney had the chance to perform one of her dream roles on the Hart House stage, and she is thrilled to be back here six years later to perform another one (luckily she never aged out of her ‘unruly teenager’ hit). The Crucible has always been an important story to Courtney, and to tell it alongside this powerful cast is truly a dream come true. Thank you to Michael Rubinstein for always making it happen.  

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Allyson Landy, Ann Putnam

Allyson LandyFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Alice Russell in The Best Man (Stage Centre Productions); Muriel Bingham in The Fox on the Fairway (The Village Players); Christine Latham in Forty Carats (Encore Entertainment); and Maggy Donovan in Remember, Maggy? (Encore Entertainment). Film Credit: Boss in Boss (Paper Freeway Productions).

About: Allyson is a graduate of the University of Toronto (English Literature & Theatre) and University of Toronto Law School. After stepping away from the stage for many years to practise corporate law and raise her beautiful family, Allyson recently had the opportunity to return to one of her first great loves. She is thrilled to be making her Hart House Theatre debut in such an iconic play and alongside such a talented cast and creative team.
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Brandon Nicoletti, Ezekiel Cheever / Marshall Herrick  

Brandon NicolettiFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: In On It (emerGENce); Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings); Jeffrey (Capricorn 9); The Enchanted, The Beaux Stratagem, The Suicide, Lady Winderemere’s Fan, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Changeling (George Brown).  Film & TV: Cold Valley (CV Productions), Asylum (REM Productions), Andy and the Upside (Gorilla Milkshake).  Commercial: monster.com (Radke), and Caprara Barristers (ill Productions/TLN). 

Upcoming: Working as a producer for Spur-Of-The-Moments’ Shakespeare in Hospitals program.

About: Brandon is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Toronto, ON.  In addition to his work as an actor, he has also worked as a producer and director working on such shows as: Turtleneck (emerGENce), Faust (Theatre By The Bay), We Must Have More Men (Theatre By The Bay), Never Swim Alone (emerGENce), A Beautiful View (Cawthra Park), and Misha (Cawthra Park).  Brandon is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.  To learn more about him and his theatre company, emerGENce Theatre, visit www.brandonnicoletti.com

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David John Phillips, Danforth

David John PhillipsFor Hart House Theatre:  Herr Fahrenkopf in Night of the Iguana, Lennox in Macbeth

Selected Credits: Father Larry in Fair Verona (Lost & Gone), Halvard Solness in The Master Builder (Against the Grain); Protasius in Purgatory in Ingleton (Summerworks); Rölle in Purgatory in Ingolstadt (Goethe House New York); Paravicini in The Mousetrap (Lower Ossington Theatre); Orgon in Tartuffe (Village Players). Co-director/co-producer/collaborative creator of Work and Play at the Threshold of Legibility (UofT Studio Theatre). Film: Dim the Fluorescents (Grand Jury Prize Slamdance), Diamond Tongues (official selection Slamdance), Almost Adults (official selection Inside Out), Swerve (web series), Sundowners, Health Class (official selection Frameline), Läck, 24 Hour Diner.

About: djp is an actor and director based in Toronto and New York. He holds a BFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. You can reach him through his website: DavidJohnPhillips.net

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Tom Anthony Quinn, Francis Nurse

Tom QuinnFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Doctor Gibbs in Our Town (New Stages Theatre); Robert in Proof, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Macduff in Macbeth, Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap, (Peterborough Theatre Guild); Phillie in Problem Child and Criminal Genius, Roberto in Death and the Maiden, William St. Clair in 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol, (Northumberland Players); Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Vanguard Productions); Robert in Proof (ACT Prince Edward Island).

About:  Tom is an educator and actor from Millbrook Ontario. Since 2008, he has worked/lived part-time in PEI where he has been a sessional instructor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island.  Tom is delighted to be making his Toronto and Hart House Theatre debut alongside such a stellar team.  

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Nicholas Koy Santillo, Reverend John Hale

Nicholas Koy SantilloFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ducdame Ensemble), Richard III in Good King Richard (Golden Age Prod.), King John in King John (LAMDA), Monkey King in Journey to the West (Jingju Canada)

About: Koy has recently returned home after studying and working in Europe, China and the United States, for the better part of a decade.  He is a native Annexian and the proud cat-dad of the cutest predator north of the wall. www.nicholas-santillo.com

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Melissa Taylor, Elizabeth Proctor

Melissa TaylorFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Catherine in Proof, Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Mia in That Face (Langham Court Theatre), Philomela in If We Were Birds (Theatre Inconnu) and Valerie in The Weir (Jarvolution Theatre).

About: Melissa Taylor is also a playwright and director. Her plays have been produced independently around Victoria, BC (her hometown) as well as Toronto. She completed her M.F.A in Playwriting at the University of Victoria in 2017, and just relocated to Toronto this fall. She is excited to be a part of this production, and to be working with the talented cast and crew. 

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Nina Rose Taylor, Mary Warren

Nina Rose TaylorFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House (Etobicoke School of the Arts presented by The Theatre Centre), Constance in The Three Musketeers (Etobicoke School of the Arts), Vanessa in Kristen Thomson’s Someone Else (Crow’s Theatre/Canadian Stage, dir. Chris Abraham), Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (National Arts Centre, dir. Peter Hinton). 

About: Nina is currently is a full-time student in the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto/Sheridan College. She is deeply honoured to be making her Hart House Theatre debut in this harrowing and timely play with such an exceptional team. 

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Magda Uculmana-Falcon, Tituba

Magda Uculmana-FalconFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Stagehand in The Drowsy Chaperone (Ryerson Musical Theatre Co.), Member of the 2017 Soulpepper City Youth Academy (Soulpepper Theatre), Playwright of Shakespeare in High Park’s Territorial Tales: Afro-Peruana (Canadian Stage), Member of the 2017 Black Women Film! Canada.

About: Magda is a multidisciplinary artist based in downtown Toronto. She is really excited about making her Hart House Theatre debut in The Crucible. It wasn’t too long ago when she would come to Hart House Theatre’s student matinees with her high school drama class. It feels surreal being on stage after years of admiring from the audience seat. 

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Marilyn Willock, Rebecca Nurse

Marilyn WillockFor Hart House Theatre:  Debut

Selected Credits:  Maureen in David & Lisa (MSA Players), Mrs.  Brady in Inherit the Wind (Scarborough Players), Ethel in Moon Over Buffalo (Scarborough Guild), The Chief Elder in The Giver (Dyson Productions), Dr. Radjinski in Rough Justice (The Curtain Club). Film & Television:  Student films for York University, Toronto Film School, Humber College, Centennial College, several docu-dramas, biography for Heritage Moments, corporate training videos and academic promotional videos.

About:  Marilyn is a graduate of the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing & the McGill School for graduate nurses. After an adventurous nursing career in Canada, USA, Mexico and Grenada, she trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art & the Toronto Academy for Acting in Film & Television. Resume can be seen on Google, LinkedIn & Facebook.

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