Playwright Maureen Hunter
ROYAL MTC World premieres: Vinci (with NAC) (2002), Atlantis (with TC) (1996), Transit of Venus (1992), Beautiful Lake Winnipeg (1990). Provincial tour: Transit of Venus (1996).
OTHER THEATRE World premieres: Wild Mouth (Toronto, 2008) (Tarragon); The Queen of Queen Street (1989), Footprints on the Moon (1988), Poor Uncle Ernie in His Covered Cage (1986) (Agassiz Theatre); I Met a Bully on the Hill, co-written with Martha Brooks (Winnipeg, 1986) (PTE). UK premieres: Transit of Venus (1993) (Royal Shakespeare Company); Footprints on the Moon (London, upcoming 2017) (Finborough Theatre). US premieres: Transit of Venus (Stockbridge, Mass., 1998) (Berkshire Theatre); Footprints on the Moon (New York, 1997) (White Buffalo Theatre). French premiere: Atlantis (Montreal, 1999) (Théâtre de la Manufacture). Opera: World premiere: Transit of Venus (2007) (Manitoba Opera).
ET CETERA Maureen is delighted to premiere Sarah Ballenden at Royal MTC. Thanks to Steven, Camilla and everyone who made this happen. Thanks to Brian Quirt. Thanks to Gary, friends & family. Remembrances: Gord Shillingford, Craig Walls.
Director Steven Schipper
ROYAL MTC Selected: Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev, Unnecessary Farce, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Fiddler on the Roof, the world premieres of Maureen Hunter’s Atlantis (with TC), Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf (with Rubicon), Olaf Pyttlik’s The Wave and Bruce McManus’ A Christmas Carol, and the Canadian premieres of Quills, Proposals (with Mirvish) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).
OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA).
TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.
ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba.
Set & Costume Designer Brian Perchaluk
ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: Black Coffee, 23.5 Hours, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, A Christmas Story, Harvey, August: Osage County, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Lonesome West, Patience, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, M. Butterfly (with NAC).
OTHER THEATRE Brian’s work has been featured at theatres across the country, including two seasons each at the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Selected recent credits include: Les Misérables (Rainbow); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); The Flats, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, Butcher (PTE); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); King Lear, Fidelio (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada); Proud (TPM).
TRAINING Graduate of U of W and NTS.
ET CETERA Recipient of a Gemini Award for production design, and a Jessie Richardson Award and a Prix Rideau Award for outstanding set design.
Lighting Designer Scott Henderson
ROYAL MTC Over 50 productions since 1995, including Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, The Audience (with Mirvish), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Good People, Next to Normal, Red (with Belfry), The Seagull, Top Girls, The Shape of Things, Closer.
OTHER THEATRE Scott has designed lighting for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Shaw and Stratford festivals.
TRAINING Scott is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
ET CETERA Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for love and support.
Sound Designer Michael Wright
ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including Bittergirl: the Musical, Black Coffee, Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot the Musical, Seminar (with Mirvish), Late Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.
OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).
FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust.
ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.
Music Composer Ted Longbottom
Ted Longbottom is a Manitoba Métis singer-songwriter. Ted’s songs present a variety of original and traditional folk music, including ballads, reels and hornpipes. His songs narrate the history of the Métis and Aboriginal people.
Ted’s music has been featured on CBC, The Discovery Channel, PBS and the History Channel as well as the National Arts Centre. Ted has also performed at music festivals and children’s festivals across Canada and the USA, as well as in schools and Aboriginal communities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.
Title Creation: Eric Dizon
Fight Director Paul Essiembre
ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Unnecessary Farce, Things We Do For Love, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Heart of Robin Hood (with Mirvish), Other People’s Money, A Few Good Men (with Citadel).
OTHER THEATRE Four seasons at the Stratford Festival, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey, The Duchess of Malfi, Don Juan, Macbeth, Othello, Amadeus. Elsewhere: A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Butcher, The Best Brothers (PTE); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel); The Normal Heart, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (Studio 180); L’Emmerdeur, Le Dîner de cons, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Art (Théâtre français de Toronto); Othello (ATF); Tillsonburg (CS); Zadie’s Shoes, Oui (Factory); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur).
FILM/TV More than 50 film and television appearances and extensive work in documentary narration, animation and commercial voice-overs.
Assistant Director Erica Wilson
ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Selected: Shattered, Breaking Through, International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues (2016, 2017), Giving Voice (Sarasvàti); Romeo and Juliet, Little Red Riding Hood, Jumping Mouse (Urban Indigenous Theatre Company).
TRAINING/TEACHING Past training: MTYP, MTYP’s former Aboriginal training program and PTE. Teaching assisting: Urban Indigenous Theatre Company for two years (2014) then continued on with Native Youth Theatre at MTYP for three years (2016) and community-based workshops with Sarasvàti (2016).
ET CETERA Erica also worked three consecutive years behind the scenes of Indspire Awards show, which acknowledges Indigenous achievements within Canada that have taken place in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. She would also like to thank Steven for this wonderful opportunity and the experience working with Royal MTC.
Stage Manager Karyn Kumhyr
ROYAL MTC Chimerica (with CS), The Woman in Black, A Christmas Story, Ed’s Garage, Next to Normal, The Shunning, Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, The Tempest, Driving Miss Daisy, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes. Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Foreigner, Doc. Crew: My Name is Asher Lev, The Gin Game, Thimblerig, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Tempest, Side by Side by Sondheim.
OTHER THEATRE The 39 Steps (Harbourfront, PEI); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand); Anne & Gilbert (The Guild, PEI); The Jungle Book, James and the Giant Peach, Frog and Toad (MTYP); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story (MTYP, Arts Club, Citadel); Small Things, Altar Boyz, The Secret Mask (PTE); Molière, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (ATP); The Gin Game (Valley Summer Theatre); Bump, Snow Dance (Ship’s Company Theatre); The Addams Family, Urinetown (Dry Cold); The Drawer Boy (ATF).
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Duncan
ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Kinky Boots (Mirvish); The Marvelous Wonderettes (The Gravenhurst Opera House); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand); Cats (Nu Musical Theatricals); The Magic Flute (Opera Atelier); The Power of Harriet T! (YPT); La Calisto (The Glenn Gould School); Alligator Pie, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper); Lillian Alling (The Banff Centre for the Arts).
TRAINING Kate is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.
ET CETERA Kate is proud to work managing events for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Apprentice Stage Manager Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy
ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Bittergirl: The Musical. Props: Black Coffee, Hand to God, My Name is Asher Lev.
OTHER THEATRE Apprentice Stage Manager: Falstaff (MB Opera). Stage Manager: Vinegar Tom (U of W); Bake Off 2016 (Sarasvàti). Props: The Seduction Theory (Sarasvàti); La Cenerentola (U of M Opera Theatre); The Power of Yes (U of W).
TRAINING Graduating this June from the University of Winnipeg with a BA (Hons), specialization in Theatre Production and Stage Management.