Eva Blahut [March 22, 2014] is an actor and director who made her home in London after graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2005. She is co-founder of London’s Passionfool Theatre Company, and counts Medea, As You Like It‘s Phebe, and Solange from The Maids among her favourite roles. She teaches acting at The Grand Theatre’s Grand Academy and in private coaching sessions. Thanks to her family and Justin for their endless support, and thank you, Peter, for this one-of-a-kind opportunity!
Jeff Culbert [March 7, 2014] is an actor, director, playwright, dramaturge, and author. He has founded, co-founded, or been an original member of many of London’s theatre institutions, including Theatre in London.ca, the Grand Theatre’s Playwrights Cabaret, and The Boneyard Man. Selected credits include The Donnelly Sideshow (touring, 2011–2014), A Pitiful Ambition (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth Festival), archy and mehitabel (touring, 2009 – 2011), One-Man Masque (Toronto Masque Theatre), Gaev in The Cherry Orchard (Theatre Soup), and Dupuis Tarwater in Outlaw (Port Mansion Theatre).
Originally from Newfoundland, Mikaela Dyke [March 19, 2014] is a writer and performer who now makes her home in Toronto. An improviser for over a decade, Mikaela has training in solo improvisation, mask, Commedia dell’Arte, clown, storytelling and Alexander technique. Her recent theatre credits include: Arm’s Length (Summerworks festival); A Rustling (Playwrights of Spring Festival); Sky (Rabbittown Theatre Productions); Buried Child (Beothuck Street Players); Comedy of Errors (SBTS); My Name is Rachel Corrie (Forest Productions) and Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid (Parent Productions). Her solo shows, Dying Hard and Epic Pitch, have won multiple critical and audience awards. Mikaela was an original member of Bea Arthur (The Improv Group) and Rulers of the Universe, and appeared with members of the Bad Dog Repertory Players and Tony Ho for Tony Ho’s Peak Falls, as well as with members of Sex T-Rex, Peter N’ Chris and Theatre Brouhaha for the Storefront Theatre’s Special Constables.
Dan Ebbs [March 20, 2014] is an amateur playwright/actor/director/songwriter/ teacher/caregiver with over 3 decades of experience in the theatre and has written almost 40 plays. He has taught in Southwestern Ontario, South Korea and the Czech Republic, and has acted in London, Toronto, Banff and Halifax. His 2 published plays are Home and Native Land and As Night to the Day (latter in Ontario Playwrights, published by Playwrights Canada Press and Theatre Ontario). He currently teaches in the Thames Valley District School Board via the London Arts Council’s Artists in Residence program. Catch his latest one-man show A Different Drummer (about Henry David Thoreau—directed by Peter Janes!) in various London locations this spring and at the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford in May.
Sarah Green [March 27, 2014] is thrilled to be joining the cast of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit for its debut in London. Past stage credits include Oleanna (Carol), Agnes of God (Dr. Livingstone) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Player). Directing credits include (w)hole, Broken Armour, Not-So-Grimm Tales – an award winner at the Sears Drama Festival, and OKTC’s The Sound of Music and The Laramie Project. In addition to her theatre credits, Sarah also performs as a soprano soloist in recital and concert settings. Working as an Artist Educator Sarah has found great joy collaborating with companies such as The Canadian Stage Company, The Paprika Theatre Festival and Theatre Passe Muraille. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Drama in Education from the University of Windsor as well as a Bachelor of Education (Arts Focus) from OISE/University of Toronto. Currently Sarah is the Head of Guidance at Blyth Academy in London.
Kerry Hishon‘s [March 26, 2014] recent onstage credits include Duel Love (Maybles’ Productions), [THEY FIGHT!] (Shrew’d Business), and Edward II (Empty Space Productions). Kerry has directed shows for Original Kids Theatre Company, LYTE at the Palace, and Out of Sight Productions. She blogs at kerryhishon.com. Thanks always to her wonderful husband Shawn for putting up with all this theatre craziness and to Peter for this opportunity!
Adam Holowitz [March 8, 2014] is the Artistic Director of AlvegoRoot Theatre Company, for which he has directed Running Rude, Press Cuttings, Endgame, Beard, Macbeth, On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, Uncle Vanya, and Waiting for Godot. He wrote and performed Manor Park, as well as playing Kenneth in The Easter Egg. He wrote and directed Grimes of the Borough. For Theatre Nemesis: Armahg in The Chime, Wee Jim in An Upper Canada Christmas Carol, Assistant Director: Grey Days Preferable, Drunheller and Gliese: A Wicked Brew and Hamlet (A.D.D). Adam is currently attending Fanshawe’s Acting Program and afterwards intends to pursue a masters in stage direction. Adam writes poetry and works in visual art along with theatre. This June, for AlvegoRoot, he will be directing Grey Days Preferable, a play about Paul Peel, in the London Fringe. He will also be hosting the fifth annual Story Evening on May 9 at the Landon Library.
Justin Peter Quesnelle [March 14, 2014] is the co-Artistic Director/Founder of The Passionfool Theatre Company, resident troupe at The ARTS Project. Acting credits include: Thomas in Venus in Fur, Bobby in Company, Tom in Fat Pig, Joe in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Marc in Art, and Various in The Laramie Project (Fountainhead Theatre); Victor in House, Doyle in Earshot, Adam in Monster, Michael in Debris, Paul in Three in the Back, Two in the Head, Herald in The Marat/Sade, Man in 7 Stories, and Frank in Never Swim Alone (Passionfool Theatre); Richard in The Lion in Winter (LCP); Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross (Column 13); Tom in The Glass Menagerie (QP Productions); Vince in Tape and Orson in It’s All True (Theatre Soup); Miles in The Drawer Boy (Arbitrary Angle); Jamie in The Retreat from Moscow (Theatre Black and White); Philip in Orphans and Hank in Marvin’s Room (Theatre Woodstock); Mickey in Blood Brothers and Rossetti in Clever as Paint (Theatre Western); and Various in the Playwrights Cabaret (The Grand Theatre). He will be directing Passionfool’s production of Moises Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde which plays at The ARTS Project this November.
Francesca Ranalli [March 21, 2014] has performed in opera, theatre and recital in Canada, Europe and the United States. Select credits include Vanda in Venus in Fur, Red in Red, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Elizabeth Bennet in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Francesca has recently moved into directing as well, acting as assistant to the director for La Traviata (Highlands Opera Studio), and she will be participating in the Spring 2014 Opera Nuova program as an intern assistant director for Carmen, and director for The Brothers Grimm. She also teaches in the Fanshawe College Theatre Arts Acting Program. Francesca holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa and has participated in Salamander Theatre’s Shakespeare Young Company and Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Young Artist Programme. Love to family, friends, and her dear S and L.
Matthew J. Stewart [March 26, 2014] is thrilled to be participating in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. A graduate of Queen’s University’s drama department, he is the co-founder of that dinosaur is blue Productions, best-known for its award-winning original piece Men Telling Stories, and which toured the Canadian Fringe circuits for several summers. Most recently, Matthew could be seen in LCP’s production of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Brickenden Award-winner for Outstanding Ensemble, and the Fringe’s Lost Soul Stroll. He would like to extend his thanks to Peter for this opportunity, and to family and friends for their ongoing support.
Deighton Thomas [March 29, 2014], ex CFL lineman, now theatre teacher, playwright and actor, has appeared in many productions in London, Port Stanley, and Calgary but this kind of theatre experience is a first. And it’s firsts that make life so interesting.
Jeff Werkmeister [March 15, 2014] is a founding member of both The Boneyard Man series and the Fully Insured stream of consciousness comedy troupe. For more than 10 years now Jeff has performed with almost everyone on every stage in every category of live theatre.