We The Family – Production Team


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George F. Walker, Playwright

Andrea Wasserman, Director

Brandon Kleiman, Set Designer

Kathleen Black, Costume Designer

David DeGrow, Lighting Designer

Jeremy Hutton, Sound Designer

Tara Mohan, Stage Manager

Jackie McClelland, Properties

Eleanor Kschischang, Assistant Director**

Karthy Chin, Assistant Set Designer

Alan Trumble, Assistant Lighting Designer

Juliana Bertosa and Lucy McPhee, Assistant Stage Managers



George F. Walker, Playwright

George F. WalkerGeorge F. Walker has received nine Chalmers Awards, five Dora Awards, three Governor General’s Awards (including a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award) and the Order of Canada. In 1997 his six-play cycle Suburban Motel premiered at Factory Theatre (Toronto) and Rattlestick Productions (New York). Plays from the cycle have since had numerous productions in the US, the UK and Germany.

Walker’s latest plays have recently made their debuts as follows: Moss Park, the sequel to Tough!, premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto in October 2013; The Ravine opened at the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls in March 2014; Dead Metaphor had its world premiere at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in February 2013 and premiered in Canada at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto in May 2014; and The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa in June 2014.

Parents Night opened at the Pearl Company in Hamilton in September 2014, produced by CrazyLady Productions. CrazyLady premiered his latest play, The Bigger Issue, in Toronto in April 2015, alongside a remount of Parents Night.

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Andrea Wasserman, Director

Andrea WassermanFor Hart House Theatre: As Director – Criminals in Love (2008) and Hamlet (2006). As performer – Jerry Springer-The Opera, Regan in King Lear, Rhonda and Scarlett in Lion in the Streets (Hart House Theatre)

Selected Credits: Directing – Escape from Happiness (Alumnae Theatre), Lysistrata-the sex strike, Romeo and Juliet, Oedipus Rex and The Trojan Women (while Artistic Director of Canopy Theatre Company); Closing (WriteNOW Festival); Four Ways ‘Til Rain (Pencilneck – Toronto Fringe); The Dishwashers (AD for Red Barn Theatre); Macbeth (AD for Classical Theatre Project); Wild Abandon (Tacklebox); Zastrozzi (For the Love of Louis). Performing – Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Clytemnestra in Electra, Volumnia in Coriolanus (Canopy Theatre Company); Spin Kitchen (Shipbrecht), Maria in Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre Project); Sally in A Lie of the Mind (Alumnae Theatre); Agnes in Marion Bridge (Glen Morris Studio); Shirley in Criminal Genius, Gail in Criminals in Love, the Queen in Rumours of Our Death, Lilliane in Theatre of the Film Noir (For the Love of Louis); Bob in See Bob Run (Tacklebox).

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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. Brandon will also be designing the set for Boeing Boeing later this season.

Selected set and costume design Credits: Real Estate, Mourning Dove, In Piazza San Dominico (Sudbury Theatre Centre); 39 Steps (Gin Soak’d Productions); Venus in Fur (Theatre Kingston); War of the Roses (Theatre Aquarius); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Easy Street Productions); Blind Date (Rebecca Northan, director, World Stage at Harbourfront Centre, Dora-nominated: outstanding production); Macbeth (CTP); Napoleon: The Musical, No Way to Treat A Lady (Talk Is Free Theatre).

Upcoming: Blind Date (Tarragon Theatre); The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre North West).

Other: Brandon recently spent five season with the Stratford Festival of Canada as a design assistant and has assisted on projects in New York, Los Angeles and across Canada. For more information and Brandon’s portfolio please visit www.brandonkleimandesign.com

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Kathleen Black, Costume Designer

Kathleen BlackFor Hart House Theatre: The Tempest

Selected Credits: 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 performs in 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 @ www.kathleenblack.com

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David DeGrow, Lighting Designer

David DeGrowFor Hart House Theatre: Lighting Design for Bone Cage.

Selected Credits: Monday Nights (Sixth Man/Theatre Centre); Morro & Jasp: 9-5 (UNIT Productions/Factory Theatre); Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (Spiderwoman/Native Earth); Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots (Tapestry Opera); Dreaming of Rob Ford (Mike Daisey/Crow’s Theatre); The Hours That Remain (Gwaandak/New Harlem); Of Mice and Morro and Jasp (UNIT Productions); The Power of Harriet T (Carousel Players); the tin drum (Unspun Theatre); A Song for Tomorrow (New Harlem/MT Space); Passion Play (Outside the March/Sheep No Wool/Convergence); 501: Toronto in Transit (Theatre Passe Muraille); Hallaj (Modern Times Stage Company); Almighty Voice and his Wife (Native Earth Performing Arts); Letters to my Grandma, Pyaasa (Theatre Jones Roy).

Upcoming: Pyaasa for Theatre Passe Muraille.

About: David has been nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and is beginning the second year of his PhD at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on performance spaces in Toronto and how they shape, and are shaped by, the theatre companies that use them.

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Jeremy Hutton, Sound Designer

Jeremy HuttonFor Hart House Theatre: This is for You, Anna (Sound designer), The Tempest (Director), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), The Importance of Being Earnest (Sound designer), Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 2013 (Fight director and 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 (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).

Selected Credits: For Lower Ossington Theatre – Cabaret (Director), The Sound of Music (Director), Spamalot (Director). 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 (Fight director, Music Director). For Roll Your Own Theatre – Fairy Tale Ending (Writer, Director). For Shakespeare by the Sea – Snow White (Composer and Musical director), Alice in Wonderland (Composer and Musical director), Hamlet (Fight Director), Titus Andronicus (Fight Director), Robin Hood (Writer, composer, fight director). For Toronto Youth Theatre – Rocky Horror Show (Director), ToboR the RoboT (Writer, Director), Into The Woods (Director), Little Shop of Horrors (Director), Lucky Stiff (Director), City of Angels (Director), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director), Urinetown (Director), Jesus Christ Superstar (Director).

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.

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Tara Mohan, Stage Manager

Tara MohanFor Hart House Theatre: As Stage Manager: The Importance of Being Earnest

Selected Credits: UNBXBL (Gadfly), Klorofyl (Gadfly, presented by DansEncore), ASM for Dance/Triple Threat Showcase (Randolph Academy), The Book of Sandalwood (inDANCE), 8th Annual Showcase (Outside Looking In), Unleashed 2015 (George Brown Dance), Silent Voices (Dancetheatre David Earle), Project L (Human Body Expression), ASM for Yonge-Dundas Stage (Toronto Pride), Aforismo (Gadfly), Assistant Stage Manager/Metcalf Foundation Intern for Toronto Dance Theatre’s 2012/2013 Season. For the Lower Ossington Theatre: Rocket Man, Hey Jude, Beauty and the Beast, Don’t Stop Me Now, Ice Queen, Avenue Q.

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Jackie McClelland, Properties

Jackie McClellandFor Hart House Theatre: This is for You Anna, Jesus Christ SuperstarThe TempestThe Importance of Being Earnest, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), The Wedding Singer, Twelfth Night, Bone Cage, Bent, Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy, Romeo and Juliet.

Selected Credits: The 39 Steps (Gin-Soak’d Productions), The Woolgatherer (Toronto Fringe Festival), Escape from Happiness (Alumnae Theatre), Hairspray, RENT (Lower Ossington Theatre), The Land of Promise (Theatre Double Take), the dreamer examines his pillow (JR Theatre). Film: High School Health (Luminato Festival), Honey, I’m Home! (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche).

About: Jackie is a set and props designer specializing in period work for both theatre and short films.

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Eleanor Kschischang, Assistant Director**

Eleanor KschischangFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Directing and writing – The Sleeping Giant of Thunder Bay (2013 SEARS Ontario Drama Festival Entry). For the Lower Ossington Theatre: Head Painter for Mary Poppins; Production Assistant for Sound of Music, Dora’s Pirate Adventure, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rent, Spamalot.

About: Eleanor has been awarded an excellence of directing and writing for her SEARS Ontario Drama Festival entry as well as the “Spirit of the Festival” award. She is actively pursuing an education and career in theatre and the performing arts.

** supported by the Dr. David E. Gardner Apprentice Director Program

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Karthy Chin, Assistant Set Designer

Karthy ChinFor Hart House Theatre: Assistant Set Designer for The Importance of Being Earnest

Selected Credits: Directing-The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Set and Props Design-Into the Woods, The Third Story, Mousetrap (TCDS); Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, The Producers (JM Drama).

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Lucy McPhee, Assistant Stage Manager

Lucy McPheeFor Hart House Theatre: Stage Manager for U of T Festival of Dance 2015, Assistant Stage Manager for The Importance of Being Earnest, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).

Selected Credits: Stage Manager for Boston Marriage (Headstrong Collective), bare: a pop opera (Woodsworth Performing Arts Collective). Assistant Stage Manager for Home For Boys (UC Follies), Theatre of Magic (Tafelmusik). Writer and Production Manager for Green Gables Fables (independent webseries).

About: Lucy is a fourth year student at U of T studying biochemistry and neuroscience.

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