The Tempest – Cast

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Peter Higginson, Prospero – exiled Duke of Milan

Katherine Fogler, Miranda – his daughter

Amaka Umeh, Ariel – an airy spirit

William Foley, Caliban – a savage and deformed slave

Scott Moore, Alonso – king of Naples

Andrei Preda, Ferdinand – his son

Michael Adam Hogan, Sebastian – brother to Alonso

Michael McLeister, Gonzalo – a trusted older councilor

Jesse Phillips, Antonio – usurping Duke of Milan, brother to Prospero

Jamie Johnson, Adrian – a lord/Boatswain

Paolo Santalucia, Stephano – a drunken butler *

Cameron Laurie, Trinculo – a jester

Polly Phokeev, Goddess

 

Ensemble:

Erin Eldershaw

Matthew Fuller

Brittany Rae Robinson

Vanessa Salazar

Mitch Wedgewood

 

Mariners:

Dillon Caines
Armon Ghaeinizadeh
Saad Ilyas
Christo Luksatrio
Jake Rutigliano

 


 


Peter Higginson, Prospero

 

Peter HigginsonFor Hart House Theatre: Freddie in Bent, 2013; Nonno in Night of the Iguana, 2012; Duncan in Macbeth, 2011; Dysart in Equus, 2010; Henry VI in Richard III, 2010; Lear in King Lear, 2008; William in Criminals in Love, 2008; Ghost in Hamlet, 2006 ; Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, 2005; Don Gonzalo in The Joker of Seville, 1980; Afanasi in Last Summer in Chulimsk, 1979; Lundestad in League of Youth, 1978; Mereia in Caligula, 1975.

Selected Credits: Chaplain in The Lady’s Not For Burning, Dr Ballad in The Killdeer, Dr Gratton in The Glass Cage (Alumnae Theatre); Prospero in The Tempest (Bard in the Park); Tiresius/Shepherd in Oedipus Rex, Montague/Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet, (Canopy Theatre); Brabantio in Othello, Porter/Doctor/Seaton in Macbeth, Ghost/Luciano/Gravedigger in Hamlet (Tempest Theatre Co.); Brutus in Julius Caesar, Virgadamo in It’s Nothing Serious, Max in The Real Thing, Doctor/Announcer in Paid on Both Sides (Robert Gill Theatre)

 

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Katherine Fogler, Miranda

 

Katherine FoglerFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Tessie Hutchinson in The Lottery, Woman in Fall of the City (Atlantic Acting School); Liberty in A Shot at McLovin’ with Tila Tequila, Phoebe in Bill Nye-lence (Queen’s Players).

About: Katherine is an alumna of the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory in NYC. She also studied acting at Broadway’s Circle in the Square and is certified and recommended in stage combat by The Society of American Fight Directors.

Katherine is a graduate of Queen’s University where she performed with the Queen’s Players musical sketch comedy troupe. She has recently returned to Toronto where she trains and performs in the Second City Longform Conservatory program. Katherine is thrilled to be a part of the Hart House 2014/2015 season.

 

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Amaka Umeh, Ariel

 

Amaka UmehFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Narrator in Into the Woods, George W. Bush in Stuff Happens, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts); Dancer with Casa de Naz (Calgary, AB); General Matilda B. Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (Summerstock Theatre Society, Calgary, AB).

Upcoming: Sabrina Fair for Amicus Productions, Jesus Christ Superstar for Lower Ossington Theatre.

About: It is with great pleasure and gratitude that Amaka joins the 2014/2015 Hart House Theatre season. She is a newly blossomed graduate of the Randolph Academy garden and a current member of Toronto Dance Project. She also enjoys writing and reciting poetry, and playing her ukulele. Feel free to connect with her social media: @AmakaSays_ (Twitter) and @AmakaSees (Instagram)!

 

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William Foley, Caliban

 

William FoleyFor Hart House Theatre: Iago in Othello (2004), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (2005), Macbeth in Macbeth (2011), The Sheriff of Nottingham (co-writer) in Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy (2013).

Selected Credits: Richard III in Richard III, Gower in Pericles, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare by the Sea 2003-2005); Co-creator/Sheriff of Nottingham for The Adventures of Robin Hood (Shakespeare by the Sea 2005, and remounts 2011, HHT 2013); Jake Simcoe in Skye Gilbert’s St. Francis of Millbrook (4th Line Theatre, 2012).

Upcoming: Horror Film Kingdom Come as Charles Monroe, December 2nd. You Tube channel ‘Billy & Friends’ in Spring 2015.

About: Ten years ago, William was blessed to work in this wonderful theatre for the first time and is thrilled to be back as a part of this talented cast. William has been at it since graduating from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program in 1995, taking occasional breaks to follow whim wherever it decided to take him. In 2011 William relocated to Toronto and is happily plugin’ away. William loves talking about himself in the third person (yes he does!) and also goes by the artistic pseudonym ‘Kreddible Trout’ (curious? kreddibletrout.com)

 

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Scott Moore, Alonso

 

Scott MooreFor Hart House Theatre: Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Cassius in Julius Caesar and Clarence in Richard III.

Selected Credits: Coulmier in Marat/Sade (Soup Can Theatre); Bob Float in The Aquarium and Robert Greene in It Was Kit (Triple Take Productions); Balthazar in The Spanish Tragedy, Gilbert in Knives in Hens, Hitler in Mein Kampf, Tobias in Delicate Balance, and Deflores in The Changeling (Graduate Drama Centre); Caesar in Julius Caesar, Master Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Alchemy Theatre); Goldberg in The Birthday Party and Ernest in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine (Rhino Productions).

About: After training at the Ryerson Theatre School, Scott has performed in numerous shows in Toronto, and is thrilled to be returning to Hart House Theatre.

 

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Andrei Preda, Ferdinand

 

Andrei PredaFor Hart House Theatre: Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Selected Credits: Medvedenko in The Seagull (The Chekhov Collective), Kipps in The Woman in Black (Lower Ossington Theatre), Mace/Tamagotchi/Pale Person in Trashman’s Dilemma (Ottawa Fringe/New Fangled Stages), Vladimir in Waiting for Godot (Sweet Nothing Productions), Macbeth in Macbeth (University of Windsor Studio Theatre).

About: Andrei is a Toronto-based actor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Windsor. He has trained with the SITI company as well as with the MICHA Association.

 

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Michael Adam Hogan, Sebastian

 

Michael HoganFor Hart House Theatre: John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest

Selected Credits: Jaques in As You Like It (Rarely Pure Theatre), Mace/Tamagotchi/Pale Person in Trashman’s Dilemma (Ottawa Fringe/New Fangled Stages), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Sweet Nothing Productions), Philip Elton in Emma (University Players), Captain Brice in Arcadia (University Players).

About: Michael is a Toronto-based actor and recent graduate of the University of Windsor, holding a BFA from its School of Dramatic Art. He has also trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School, with the SITI Company, and the MICHA Association.

 

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Michael McLeister, Gonzalo.

 

Michael m\MLeisterFor Hart House Theatre: Porter, Old Man, Doctor, in Macbeth.

Selected Credits: For Soup-Can Theatre, Teiresius in Antigone; for Forward Theatre, Polonius in Hamlet; for Summerworks 2011, Detainee in You Should Have Stayed Home; for Inspirato Festival, Chris in Push, Red in Sheila; for PanFish Productions, Ernest in Impromptu, Arte in Welcome To The Moon; for Montreal’s Repercussion Theatre, Duncan/Porter in Macbeth, Quince/Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Egean in The Comedy Of Errors, Friar Lawrence in Romeo And Juliet; for the Robert Gill Theatre, Florio in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Griswald in It’s NothingSerious; for the Bloor West Players, The Inquisitor in The Lark; for Harbourfront Theatre, Angelo in Leonardo’s Last Supper; for the Limelite Theatre, Cord Elam in Oklahoma!, Avhram in Fiddler On The Roof, Franz in The Sound Of Music, Bobby, Bartender, Street Cockney, Footman and A.S.M. for My Fair Lady, Harbison in South Pacific.

About: Michael is also a singer/songwriter who sometimes performs at open stages throughout Toronto. He has also performed in several films lately: In Marco Veltri’s Words To Remember, Shattered Bricks Productions’ Mentamorphosis, and as the narrator in Underground Sunshine’s Nuclear Hope.

 

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Jesse Phillips, Antonio

 

Jesse PhillipsFor Hart House Theatre: The Prince in Romeo and Juliet, Claudius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.

Selected Credits: Film –  Adam in Due Process (Noble House Film & Television), Tyler in Air Hockey (KaBoom! Entertainment), John in The Day of John (Gasfire Films). Theatre – Gratiano in Merchant of Venice (Canopy Theatre).

About:  A graduate of George Brown College Theatre Arts program, Jesse is excited to be back performing in Hart House again.

 

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Jamie Johnson, Adrian/Boatswain

 

Jamie JohnsonFor Hart House Theatre: Polonius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Selected Credits: Joaquin in Salvador (We Heart Heartbeats Prods.), Lindqvist in Easter (Naught, A Theatre Company), Omar in Theory (Fireworks/Alumnae Theatre), Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Bash’d), Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap (Lower Ossington Theatre), Leonard/Lulubelle in Nobody’s Perfect (Theatre Etobicoke), Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor (Village Players), Bartender in The Get Happy Hour With Judy (FFT Prod.).

About: Jamie is an actor/playwright living in Toronto. He holds a BFA and MFA from York University. His recent writing work (readings and workshops) includes: Lessons and The Horse-Killers (Toronto Cold Reads), I Will Be Me (Sing For Your Supper), The Punching Judy Show (Sterling Studio), Falling (New Ideas Festival).

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Paolo Santalucia, Stephano *

 

Paolo SantaluciaFor Hart House Theatre: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.

Selected Credits: Of Human Bondage, Idiot’s Delight, Great Expectations, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper Theatre); 52 Pick-Up (The Howland Company); And Now, The End (Summerworks); After Juliet (YPT)

About: Paolo has received two Dora Awards for Outstanding Ensemble for Of Human Bondage and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

 

*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

 

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Cameron Laurie, Trinculo

 

Cameron LaurieFor Hart House Theatre: Gregory and Peter in Romeo & Juliet, Donalbain and Young Siward in Macbeth.

Selected Credits: Elliot in Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre), Man in 52 Pick-Up (The Howland Co./TO Fringe), Christopher in Genesis & Other Stories (Aim for the Tangent Theatre), Matthew in Falling: Awake (Blyth Festival), Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew (Rose Theatre Brampton), Joshua in Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket Theatre), Scott Fitzgerald in Angel’s Trumpet, Piotr in The Russian Play (Theatre Erindale).

About: Cameron studied acting at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College’s joint actor training program. He is a founding member of the Toronto based Howland Company.

 

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Polly Phokeev, Goddess

 

Polly PhokeevFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Third Witch in Weїrd (Theatre Arcturus); Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread Theatre Company); Lucia in My Last (Theatre Double Take); Comedy, Colin and Old Woman in Mucedorus (Poculi Ludique Societas); Ensemble in The Cinderella Project (Peanut Butter People); Viola Dane in Adventures of a Professional Corpse (Bent Spoons); Alice/Bar Fly in Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (Soup Can Theatre); Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Fly By Night Theatre Company); Belize in Dracula: A Love Story (Brant Theatre Workshops); Martha Finch in The Loyalists (Single Thread Theatre Company); Diana, Gallejas, and Ensemble in The Rules, Sally and Japan in Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart (UCDP) and Ensemble in 4.48 Psychosis (TCDS).

About: Polly Phokeev is also a writer, currently working on her first full-length play, Seams. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto..

 

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Erin Eldershaw, Ensemble

 

Erin EldershawFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Mark Anthony in The Julius Caesar Project (SOTMS Collective); Ruth in Rocketbaby (The Arts Engine); Sophia in Powder, Clothile in Doppleganged (InspiraTO Festival 2014); Elizabeth in Of Shapes Transformed by Love (Aim For The Tangent Theatre); Roderigo in Othello (Go Play Producing); Jenny in Ghosts, Kathy in Nefarious Bed&Breakfast (Monkeyman Productions); Donna/Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream… A Puppet Epic!, Donna/Stephanio in The Tempest… A Puppet Epic! (Shakey-Shake and Friends); and Wendla in Spring Awakening (George Brown College).

About: Erin Eldershaw graduated from George Brown Theatre School a little over a year ago and has since had the pleasure of working with many independent theatre companies all over Toronto. She also dances with Tsingory Dance Company based out of Toronto and Montreal. If interested, be sure to check out Female Therapy’s pilot episode, a series currently in development.

 

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Matthew Fuller, Ensemble

 

Matthew FullerFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Tin Man in Emerald City (Baby Gumm Productions); James MacCallum in Colours in the Storm and Billy Flynn u/s in Chicago (Theatre Sheridan); Ross in Macbeth and Teen Angel in Grease (The Grand Theatre).

Upcoming: Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Hart House Theatre).

About: A graduate from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program, Matthew is a Toronto-based actor. He is thrilled to be making his Hart House debut in The Tempest. Matthew also does a lot of work with aerial silks and loves expanding into new performance areas.

 

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Brittany Rae Robinson, Ensemble

 

Brittany Rae RobinsonFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Widow in Of Shapes Transformed By Love (New Born Theatre/Aim For the Tangent), Featured Vocal Soloist in Stars of Tomorrow (Twin Towns Resort), Janet Van De Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Sheridan), Nikki Crandall in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Highland Summer Festival).

About: A Toronto-based actor and alumni of Sheridan College Music Theatre, Brittany is very excited and honoured to be part of the Hart House Theatre 2014/2015 season. She is also an aspiring singer/songwriter and hopes to record in the very near future.

 

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Vanessa Salazar, Ensemble

 

Vanessa SalazarFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Dad, Sasha and Chorus in Concrete Kid (Blue Dagger Theatre), Angry Vagina in The Vagina Monologues (Adam Samsom Theatre), Anita in Push-ups (Theatreyarbo), Kane in Text Messages Hurt More When You’re at the Airport (Ryerson University), Simon in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Randolph Academy), Chutney in Legally Blonde (Randolph Academy), Dancer for REVERSE (Tastes of the Hill Festival)

About: Vanessa Salazar is a hip hop dancing, poetry slamming, rock and roll singing graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. They are currently collaborating on the creation of a performance art troupe named The Director.

 

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Mitch Wedgewood, Ensemble
Mitch WedgewoodFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Ferdinand in The Tempest (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Eglamour in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Rumpelstiltskin in Rumpelstiltskin (Solar Stage); Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods (TCDS); Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Randolph Academy); Killer in I Hired A Contract Killer (Randolph Academy).

About: Mitch Wedgewood is a self-proclaimed former prairie boy nerd. He is now a Toronto-based actor having graduated from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. His passions (aside from the obvious art-related ones) include: coffee, board games, the morning, teacup pigs, and the colour yellow.

 

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