The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A play by Simon Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

A co-production with the Citadel Theatre

"Plenty of inspiring, emotionally powerful story" – CBC

John Hirsch Mainstage

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When Christopher is accused of killing his neighbour's dog, he has no choice but to break out of his comfort zone and start his own investigation.


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Mrs. Alexander Terri Cherniack

Terri Cherniack

ROYAL MTC Chimerica (with CS), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Late Company, The Seagull, Other People’s Money, Gone With the Wind, Romeo and Juliet, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), Strong Poison, The Price, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Our Town, The Dresser, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Philadelphia Story (with TC), King Lear, The Crucible, Season’s Greetings, Homeward Bound (with VP), Dancing at Lughnasa (with NAC), The Miracle Worker, The Heidi Chronicles (with Mirvish), The Attic, The Pearls & Three Fine Girls, None is Too Many (with WJT), Waiting for the Parade.

OTHER THEATRE In Winnipeg: Blithe Spirit (Echo Theatre); The Swearing Jar, The Savannah Disputation, Glorious, Having Hope at Home, Copenhagen, Love and Anger, All Fall Down, The Fighting Days (PTE); Stripped-Down Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors (SIR); Social Security, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Crossing Delancey (WJT); The Colour of Vowels, Cruel and Unusual Punishment (TPM). Terri has worked at theatres across the country from Vancouver to Halifax.

FILM/TV Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Category 7: The End of the World, Haunting Sarah, Everybody’s Doing It, Hell on Heels.

TRAINING Graduate of U of W, U of M and the National Theatre School of Canada.

Ed Boone David W. Keeley

David W. Keeley

ROYAL MTC The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

OTHER THEATRE Credits include: Hamlet, As You Like It, Oliver!, True Love Lies (Citadel); The Light in the Piazza (TC, Critter nomination); Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre). For Mirvish in Toronto, David has performed in Rock of Ages, Billy Elliot The Musical and Mamma Mia!, which led to him being cast in the original Broadway production. David has also served eight seasons at the Stratford Festival, appearing in Richard III, Oklahoma! and Coriolanus, among others. He won a Dora Award for his portrayal of Officer Lockstock in Canadian Stage’s production of Urinetown.

FILM/TV Includes: American Gothic, Murdoch Mysteries, Copper, Saving Hope, The Listener, Rookie Blue, The Manchurian Candidate and the upcoming The JonBenét Story.

Punk Girl Beverly Ndukwu

Beverly Ndukwu

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Danny, King of the Basement (MTYP).

FILM/TV Mr. Young, The Choking Game, Devil’s Gate, Room for Rent.

ET CETERA Thank you to friends and family for the never-ending love and support. The arts have impacted my life in so many positive ways. It’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride I never want to get off of. This is for you, Kev!

Reverend Peters Robb Paterson

Robb Paterson

ROYAL MTC Director: Next to Normal, Our Town, Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC), Trying, My Fair Lady, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, White Christmas, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Woman in Black, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Retreat from Moscow, Steel Magnolias, Fully Committed and others. Roles at Royal MTC: Billy Bishop, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol – The Musical and many others.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Big The Musical, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast (twice) (Rainbow); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story, Seussical the Musical, Square Eyes, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Land of Trash, Showdown (MTYP); Oliver! (Centaur); The Affections of May (Sudbury Theatre Centre).

Siobhan Cherissa Richards

Cherissa Richards

ROYAL MTC Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

OTHER THEATRE Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (SIR); The Power of Harriet T (Carousel Players, Black Theatre Workshop); Tough Case (MTYP); Eternal Hydra (Touchstone Theatre); two seasons with the Shaw Festival.

FILM You can see Cherissa onscreen every Christmas as Dr. Shirazi in the Hallmark movie The Christmas Heart.

TRAINING Studied at NTS and is a theatre grad from the U of W and an MFA graduate of York University.

ET CETERA This winter, Cherissa will be assistant directing MTYP’s The Jungle Book.

Man with Socks Jamie Robinson

Jamie Robinson

ROYAL MTC Medea (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Selected: four seasons with the Stratford Festival; title role in Richard III (Metachroma Theatre, META Award nomination); Gas Girls (New Harlem Productions, Dora nomination); Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 (WJT); West Indian Diary (Ground Zero Productions); Romeo and Juliet (CS).

FILM/TV Credits include: Saving Hope (CTV); Rogue (DirecTV); Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury); Celeste in the City (ABC); ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Disney); The Fraternity (Universal Studios).

ET CETERA Hailing from Toronto, Jamie is Artistic Director of the Guild Festival Theatre, runs the Mentor & Apprentice Program for Obsidian Theatre and teaches Acting at York University, where he holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Directing and Education.

Christopher Boone Edmund Stapleton

Edmund Stapleton

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Spelling 2-5-5 (Carousel Players); You Never Can Tell, The Charity That Began at Home, Arms and the Man (Shaw); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow); The Tempest, Julius Caesar (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Henry IV, Part 1, The Merchant of Venice (Perchance Theatre).

TRAINING University of Alberta, Memorial University.

ET CETERA 2012 Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant – Acting (English Theatre).

Roger Shears John Ullyatt

John Ullyatt

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Private Lives, Death of a Salesman, The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Cabaret, I Am My Own Wife, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Citadel). He was most recently at the Edmonton Fringe directing and acting in We Were Dancing and Puttin’ on the Ritz at the Belfry Theatre.

ET CETERA John is a founding member of Firefly Theatre – Edmonton’s circus theatre, with whom he created and performed in Craniatrium, Duck Duck Bang and Primordial Blues. He is also a notable street theatre artist whose works include, most recently, The Giant Magic 8 Ball and The Human Fountain, which has been all across Canada, Ireland and Japan.

Mrs. Gascoyne/Mrs. Shears Stephanie Wolfe

Stephanie Wolfe

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, How I Learned to Drive, Angels in America: Perestroika, The Cherry Orchard (Citadel); The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Teatro La Quindicina); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre).

FILM/TV Tiny Plastic Men, 40 Below and Falling, A Louder Silence, Caution: May Contain Nuts, Delmer and Marta.

TRAINING BFA, University of Alberta; BA, University of Saskatchewan.

ET CETERA Stephanie is the proud mom of two awesome boys. She is also a voiceover artist for many popular video games and has trained as an aerialist with Firefly Theatre and Circus. Awards: Sterling Award, AMPIA Award, Canadian Comedy Award.

Judy Boone Patricia Zentilli

Patricia Zentilli

ROYAL MTC The Last Five Years.

OTHER THEATRE Credits include: Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Citadel); The Last Five Years, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Theatre Network); Closer Than Ever, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (WCT); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors (Mayfield); Mack and Mabel (Plain Jane); Rabbit Hole, Hamlet, Of Mice and Men, Member of the Wedding (Neptune); Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors (CS); A New Brain (Acting Up Stage).

FILM/TV Credits include the upcoming feature #Roxy, Delmer and Marta (AMPIA nomination), Tiny Plastic Men, Call Me Fitz, Dan for Mayor, Rick Mercer Report, The Jane Show, Blue Murder, Lexx and Wonderfalls.

ET CETERA Patricia has worked across Canada in theatre, film, television and cabaret. She is thrilled to be a part of the Canadian premiere of this beautiful show.


Artistic Team

Playwright Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright whose work includes Bluebird (Royal Court, 1998); Herons (Royal Court, 2001); Port (Manchester Royal Exchange, 2002 – Pearson Award for Best New Play); Christmas (Bush Theatre, 2004); Country Music (Royal Court, 2004); On the Shore of the Wide World (Manchester Royal Exchange/National Theatre, 2005 – Olivier Award for Best New Play); Motortown (Royal Court, 2006); Harper Regan (National Theatre, 2008); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre/Traverse Theatre, 2008–2009); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007, Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, 2009); Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith/Manchester Royal Exchange, 2009); The Trial of Ubu (Schauspielhaus, Essen/Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, written in collaboration with David Eldridge and Robert Holman (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010); Marine Parade, a play with songs composed by Mark Eitzel (Brighton Festival, 2010); T5 (Traverse Theatre, 2010); Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre, 2011); and an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I am the Wind (Young Vic Theatre, 2011). Simon is currently under commission to the National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, and the Young Vic. Television credits include an adaptation of Pornography for Coming Up (Channel 4, 2009) and Dive (Granada/BBC, 2009).

Director Heidi Malazdrewich

Heidi Malazdrewich

ROYAL MTC Director: Myth of the Ostrich, The Secret Annex. Assistant Director: The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. Apprentice Director: Gone With the Wind, Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Actor/Apprentice Director: Romeo and Juliet.

OTHER THEATRE Director: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Royal MTC/MBA); New Canadian Kid (MTYP); Perfect Pie, Essay (University of Calgary); The Princess and the Pea (Little Opera Company); The Apiarist (Whole Hearted Productions); The Darling Family (Winnipeg Fringe).

TRAINING/TEACHING Heidi has taught theatre at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Calgary.

ET CETERA Heidi was the Director-in-Residence at Rainbow Stage for the 2015 season.

Set, Costume & Lighting Designer T Erin Gruber

T Erin Gruber

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Recent credits include Café Daughter (Production Design, Sterling Award nomination for Set Design, Workshop West); Category E (Production Design, Sterling Award for Lighting Design, Maggie Tree Collective); Bears (Production Design, Pyretic Productions); Mary Poppins (Video and Lighting Design, Globe) and Ring of Fire (Set and Video Design, Chemainus).

TRAINING Graduate with distinction of the University of Alberta.

ET CETERA T. Erin Gruber is an independent theatre designer with experience in set, lighting, costume and projected media design. She works across the country in theatres of all shapes and sizes. She is a founding member of the ShowStages collective, a group that strives to question and expand the boundaries of projected media’s role in theatre ( For more information, visit her website at

Projection Designer Joel Adria

Joel Adria

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Recent projects include Cockroach (ATP); The Little Mermaid (SCA Fine Arts); A Little Too Cozy (Banff Centre/Against the Grain); Mary Poppins (Globe); Category E (The Maggie Tree); Helen Lawrence (CS); Bears (Pyretic Productions); Tulugak (NAC).

TRAINING/TEACHING Joel is an alumnus of the University of Alberta’s Technical Theatre program and is the faculty Projection Technologist at Banff Centre.

ET CETERA Joel is a freelance multimedia designer and technician based in Alberta. Projects include stage design for Ignite (Edmonton Economic Development); Flora: Digital Greenhouse (Nuit Blanche Edmonton); and video work for corporate clients including TED Conferences and Fountain Tire. Joel is a co-founder of ShowStages collective. His work on DELETE (CCTC) was recently included in the Canadian exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial 2015.

Sound Designer Elijah Lindenberger

Elijah Lindenberger

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Recent production credits include Video Programmer for Evangeline, BOOM, Avenue Q and Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story. He was also Technical Director and Co-Production Designer for Edmonton’s Ignite Festival (2015) and Scenic Carpenter for Category E (Maggie Tree).

ET CETERA Elijah is an accomplished scenic carpenter, technical director, and sound and video designer. His work is motivated by his fascination with the relationship between performance, live sound and video creation. He is currently the head of the video department at the Citadel Theatre. As a founding member of the ShowStages collective, Elijah strives to further the integration of interactive performance technology in Canadian theatre. He hopes you enjoy the show, and the opportunity to experience life through a new perspective.

Movement Designer Linda Garneau

Linda Garneau

ROYAL MTC Assassins.

OTHER THEATRE Linda is the Artistic Director of the Helix Dance Project, whose works include The Waiting Room, Rain, Unearth and Integration. Theatre credits include three seasons with the Shaw Festival, as well as productions for the National Arts Centre, Rainbow Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre, Sheridan Theatre and Drayton Entertainment. Other credits include the opening ceremony for the Pan Am Games (Guadalajara), Juno and Gemini Awards, and repeat guest choreographer for Stars on Ice.

TRAINING/TEACHING Linda is a choreographer, educator and student with an MA in Dance Studies from York University. She continues to enjoy freelance choreography, teaching both at home and abroad, and is a faculty member at Sheridan College.

Fight Director Janine Waddell

Janine Waddell

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Pains of Youth (Studio Theatre); Swordplay: the Musical (ACME Theatre Company); Days of Wine and Roses (Trunk Theatre); Kill Shakespeare (Thou Art Here); McCrackin 2 (Accidental Humour); Albertine in Five Times (Walterdale Playhouse); Miss Julie (50% Fruit Productions).

FILM/TV Plight: The Superhero Rock Opera (Group of Rogues).

TRAINING Graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program.

ET CETERA Janine is an internationally-certified Advanced Actor Combatant and sits on the Board of Directors for Fight Directors Canada. When not choreographing violence or teaching it at the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School, Janine can be found with her four wonderful children. She would like to give special thanks to her partner in life both on and off the stage.

Dialect Coach David Ley

David Ley

ROYAL MTC To Kill a Mockingbird (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE David spent 10 seasons as a Voice Coach at Canada’s Stratford Festival and continues to be a regular instructor in Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory.

TRAINING/TEACHING David holds an MFA in performance from York University. He is a Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Alberta where he teaches Voice and Speech, Dialects and Acting.

ET CETERA He has done numerous feature newspaper interviews commenting on dialects and vocal performance and has been featured in two CBC documentaries on Canadian speech. His “Three Minutes to a Proper British Dialect” video has been seen over a million times on YouTube.

Composer Matthew Skopyk

Matthew Skopyk

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Recent Design/Composition credits include Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Or the Whale (Wishbone Theatre); Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre/Citadel); Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (Citadel/Persephone/ATP); ENRON (NAC); Whisper (Studio Theatre/Catalyst Theatre); Michel et Ti Jean, Palace of the End (Theatre Network).

ET CETERA Matthew is an Edmonton-based Sound Designer and Composer. He currently resides as the Sound Supervisor for the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.

Assistant Designer Cheyenne Sykes

Cheyenne Sykes

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Select design credits include Lighting/Co-Scenic Design for The Runcible Riddle (Catch the Keys Productions); Lighting Design for Pins & Needles (The Provincetown Playhouse, NYU); Set Design for Rock and Roll Refugee (Royal Family Productions); Lighting/Set Design for The Seagull (Columbia University). Select assistant credits include Assistant Lighting Design for Ironbound (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Assistant Lighting Design for Exile is my Home (Theater for the New City); Assistant Lighting Design for the NYU Faculty Spring Dance Concert (Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYU); and Assistant Lighting Design for Stealing Time (Gelsey Kirkland Academy).

ET CETERA Cheyenne is a New York-based multi-disciplinary designer, practicing in both the USA and Canada. Most recently she was the Nikos Stage Master Electrician at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This past fall she served as an intern for designer Justin Townsend.

Stage Manager Michelle Chan

Michelle Chan

ROYAL MTC A Few Good Men (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, West Side Story, A Christmas Carol, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, August: Osage County, Sweeney Todd (selected Citadel credits); The Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel/YPT).

ET CETERA Big thanks to Michael Duggan.

Assistant Stage Manager Michael Duggan

Michael Duggan

ROYAL MTC Chimerica (with CS), Clever Little Lies, The Glass Menagerie, Other People’s Money, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play, The Shunning, Brief Encounter, The Seafarer, Steel Magnolias. Props: Gone With the Wind.

OTHER THEATRE Recent credits include: All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever (Playground Collective, NZ); Iceland, John & Beatrice (TPM); Les Misérables, Annie, Cats (Rainbow); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (WJT).

TRAINING Michael is a graduate of the U of W, with a BA (Hons.) in stage management and production.

ET CETERA Enjoy the show!

Apprentice Stage Manager Holly LaJambe

Holly LaJambe

ROYAL MTC Myth of the Ostrich, Billy Elliot The Musical, Late Company, Cabaret, Venus in Fur.

OTHER THEATRE Holly has stage managed for the Fire & Water Music Festival, Sarasvàti Productions, Girls Only Productions, Winnipeg Pride and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society. She has also apprentice stage managed for Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and Manitoba Opera.

TRAINING Holly is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a triple honours in History, Production and Stage Management. She has also completed the requirements for a BA in Acting and a specialization in Costuming.

ET CETERA Holly is very happy to be apprenticing with Royal MTC again.



Director Heidi Malazdrewich shares insight about the show:

The Set, Costume & Lighting Designer talks about the creative process: