The Penelopiad – Production Team

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Michelle Langille, Director*

Holly Meyer-Dymny, Set Designer

Cat Haywood, Costume Designer

Steph Raposo, Lighting Designer

Andy Trithardt, Sound Designer

Jonathan Corkal, Music Director

Kathleen Hemsworth, Stage Manager

Hannah-Rae Sabyan, Assistant Director**

Christie Del Monte, Offsite Costume Design Assistant

Alexis Venerus, Onsite Costume Design Assistant

Tarquin Alexandra and Hareem Haider, Assistant Stage Managers

Kira Duff, Scenic Painter

Jennifer Jakob, Head of Wardrobe

Kelly Anderson, Head of Properties

Alyssa Obrigewitsch, Production Stage Manager

Victoria Banjavcic, Alex Edwards, Amal Ismail-Ladak, Brianna Lane, Dora Skenderi, Natalia Sydorenko, Jinyoung Lee, Wardrobe Build Crew

Melanie Chiro, Sumana Dhanani, Danielle Holder, Zafrin Islam, Paul Nunez, Maria Ochoa, Loralie Pollard, Aleksei Shkurin, Levi Tepner, Rosamond Turner, Veronica Vatsa, Production Assistants

Tara Costello, Natalia Sydorenko, Tamoya Thomas, Wardrobe Running Crew

Lindsey Holland, Sheilla Shojaie, Operators


*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

Michelle Langille, Director

Michelle LangilleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits:  Director – Ibsen’s Ghost (Theatre Inamorata), Assistant Director – Lo (or Dear Mr Wells) (Nightwood Theatre/Crow’s Theatre), The Hobbit (Festival Antigonish). Actor: Opal – Gray (Theatre Inamorata); Clothilde – Clique Claque (Pea Green Theatre); Mary – Mary’s Wedding, Mary – Salt Water Moon (Single Thread Theatre Company); Anna – Midnight Madness (Ontario Street Theatre); Evelyn – The Shape of Things (Volition Co-op); Madame Desmesortes – Ring Around the Moon, An Ideal Husband, The Country Wife, The Rose Tattoo (George Brown Theatre School); Beauty and the Beast, Evita, The Sound of Music, Oliver!  – Neptune Theatre

Upcoming: – Woman – A Man Walks Into a Bar (Amblemore Collective).

About: Michelle is an actor/director/producer/playwright, a founding member of Theatre Inamorata and a proud graduate of George Brown College’s Theatre program. She spent the last year finishing the latest draft of her first full length play Ten Days through Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program.  She is beyond thrilled to be bringing The Penelopiad to Hart HouseTheatre as it encompasses all of her passions; language, feminism, storytelling and community.



Holly Meyer-Dymny, Set Designer

Holly Meyer-DymnyFor Hart House Theatre: Set Design Titus Andronicus

Selected Credits: Set Designer Into The Woods, The Sound of Music, Set and Projection Designer Tosca, Dead Man Walking (Opera On The Avalon); Production Designer Anne of Green Gables, Sunshine Sketches, Gift of the Magi (SMILE Theatre); Set Design Assistant The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Tempest, To Kill A Mockingbird (Stratford Festival); Set Design L’Homme et le Ciel (FAWN Chamber Creative); Set and Lighting Design Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot (FAWN/Opera Lyra Ottawa).

Upcoming: The Frankie Andrews Holiday Special (SMILE), Cendrillon (Laurier University)

About: Holly Meyer-Dymny is a theatre designer and visual artist based in Ontario. She has designed for opera, theatre, and dance productions with companies such as Hart House Theatre, Opera on the Avalon, Opera Lyra Ottawa, TOES for Dance, and Smile Theatre. She was a set design assistant at the Stratford Festival for two seasons.



Cat Haywood, Costume Designer

Cat HaywoodFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Costume Design: The 39 Steps (Classical Theatre Project), Seussical: The Musical (Lower Ossington), Delicacy (Brouhaha), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Blue Bridge). Production Design: A Number (Lunar Stage Project); The Princess Knight, Jillian Jiggs (Solar Stage); Tarrare: A Story of Hunger, Struwwelpeter (Suspicious Moustache). Set Design Assistant:  As You Like It (Blue Bridge), Sweeny Todd (Citadel). TV: Wardrobe and Art Department: The Neddeaus of Duquesne Island (Floyder Films)

Upcoming:  The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do (Solar Stage) and Resident Designer for the Lunar Stage Project.

About: Cat is a Toronto-based designer and a proud graduate of the MFA Theatre design program at the University of Victoria. Eleven years ago, Cat set off on her first student costume design for The Odyssey (Chaos Theory); how nostalgic it is to return to this same myth, over a decade later, through Penelope’s retelling. 



Steph Raposo, Lighting Designer

Steph RaposoFor Hart House Theatre: This is their first production with Hart House Theatre, but will be joining the team again this spring as the Lighting Designer for Retreat.

Selected Credits: 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: Lighting Designer – A Bear Awake In Winter for Next Stage Theatre Festival (Factory Main); Sound Designer – Ga Ting for Next Stage Theatre Festival (Factory Studio).

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.



Andy Trithardt, Sound Designer

Andy TrithardtFor Hart House Theatre: Sound Designer for Much Ado About Nothing

Selected Sound Credits: Punk Rock (Howland Company), Wildfire and After the Blackout (Rare/Soulpepper), Gray (Inamorata), Trigonometry (Timeshare), Offline and This Hotel (Talk is Free), The Queen’s Conjuror (Circlesnake), The Unending (Convergence), Dalton & Co and Fishskin Trousers (Cart/Horse), Late Company (Why Not), Dive (Mermaid Collective), Liver and Sucker (Theatre Brouhaha), The Skriker (Red One).

Recent Acting Credits: The Unending (Convergence), Prairie Nurse (Station Arts), Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone), Offline (Talk is Free).

About: Andy’s last album Grand Mal was released in 2016, and he recently scored the independent feature film The River You Step In.



Jonathan Corkal, Music Director

Jonathan CorkalFor Hart House Theatre: Heathers: the Musical (Assoc. Music Director/Conductor)

Selected Credits: Dr Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical Stage Co./Outside the March); Polly Peel (Toronto Fringe); Into the Woods, The Cradle Will Rock, and Crazy for You (Theatre Sheridan).

About: Jonathan Corkal is a Toronto-based music director, pianist, copyist, actor, and a proud recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. He is currently working as an RBC Apprentice Music Supervisor/Arranger through Musical Stage Co., as well as being on staff at George Brown College. When he’s not on stage, he can be found at his piano or guitar, trying to convert ideas into songs. He is incredibly thankful to Hart House Theatre, and to the entire Penelopiad team, for the opportunity to work on such a fantastic piece.



Kathleen Hemsworth, Stage Manager

Kathleen HemsworthFor Hart House Theatre: Titus Andronicus 

Selected Credits: Fake Nerd Girl (Wild Talk),  The Five Points (Theatre by the Bay), Measure for Measure (Thought for Food), Heretic (Soup Can), Much Ado About Nothing (Remount-Single Thread), World Stage Design (Cardiff, Wales).

Upcoming: A Christmas Carol at Campbell House with the Three Ships Collective. 

About: Kathleen is an award-winning stage manager, working predominantly in the Toronto indie theatre scene, and festival circuit. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from York University and is a graduate of the Humber College Event Management program. Her hometown is Wawa, Ontario, which you may know of if you’ve ever been hitchhiking. 



Hannah-Rae Sabyan, Assistant Director

Hannah-Rae SabyanFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Playwright/Director of Pills and Mangoes (HHT Drama Festival), Director of In Conflict (CDTPS), Director of SEVEN: City of Wine (UC Follies), Actor (Not I, A Piece of Monologue) Beckett Shorts (CDTPS MainStage), Ismene/Eurydike in Antigonick (CDTPS), Nora in A Doll’s House (WINDS), Chorus in Sweet Charity (UC Follies), and Les Miserables (Glass Half Full Productions).

About: Hannah-Rae is a Toronto based director, actress and amateur playwright as well as a recent graduate from University of Toronto’s Drama Specialist and English Major programs. She recently returned from an intensive workshop for movement theatre at Ecolé de Jacque Lecoq in France and hopes to continue to explore movement and devised theatre. Hannah-Rae is ecstatic and thankful to be working with the talented cast and crew of The Penelopiad, a show that she has been dreaming of being a part of since discovering it many years ago. 



Tarquin Alexandra, Assistant Stage Manager

Tarquin AlexandraFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Spirit Express); Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (No Strings Theatre), Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors; Doctor  in YOLO, Ensemble in FOMO (Toronto Youth Theatre).

About: Tarquin is an actor, singer/songwriter and indie pop recording artist based in
Toronto. Her debut EP Pretend was released earlier this year. She wrote the score for
Toronto Youth Theatre’s 2018 summer season, and has written for artists signed to Play
Records. Tarquin is thrilled to be working on such a powerful piece of storytelling, and so
thankful to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible cast and crew.