Creative Team
Playwright | David Yee

David Yee is a mixed race (half Chinese, half Scottish) playwright and actor, born and raised in Toronto. He is the co-founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere professional Asian Canadian theatre company. He is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for his plays lady in the red dress and carried away on the crest of a wave, which won the award in 2015 along with the Carol Bolt Award in 2013. He has worked extensively in the Asian Canadian community as an artist and an advocate.​

Director | Andy Houston

Andy Houston is an artist-researcher in intermedia and site-specific performance and an associate professor of theatre and performance at the University of Waterloo.

Since 1997, he has directed and dramaturged several large-scale site-specific, intermedia productions as well as other performance projects that address pressing topical issues.

As a scholar, Andy has published broadly in his field and he jas edited a Canadian Theatre Review issue on site-specific performance, as well as a collection of writings on environmental and site-specific theatre in Canada, published by Playwrights Canada Press.

 

Andy has been teaching at Canadian and European universities since 1991. In 2019, he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo. For more information, please see: http://www.andyhouston.net.

Associate Director | Mira J. Henderson

Mira J. Henderson is in her final year of an Honours Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre and Performance at the University of Waterloo, with 2 years of her degree being completed at Concordia University for their Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Acting in Montreal, Quebec (2017-2019). She has been working in directing, teaching, acting, and stage management since 2014. 

Most recently she has taken her extensive theatre expertise, and married it with her love of food, to create Ghost Light Cafe; a croissant bakery in Kitchener-Waterloo, with plans to develop it into a home for the performing arts in the Waterloo Region. 

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Set & Props Designer | Denyse Karn

Denyse has been designing sets, projections and costumes in Canadian theatre for the past 35 years. Over the past 20 years, she has focused on integrating new technology, multi-media, digital imaging and video projection into her design practice. Through the use and manipulation of projected images, she has been able to create dynamic performance spaces that allow for a truly collaborative adventure with directors, playwrights, other designers, actors and audiences. Denyse is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and has her BFA from NSCAD University. Denyse is an award winning designer and has received many Dora Mavor Moore nominations and awards, a Chalmer’s Award and four Merritt Award (Nova Scotia Theatre Award) for Outstanding Set, Projection and Costume design. Denyse is a full member of ADC. Select Designs include: Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird (Stratford Festival): King Charles III (Studio 180/Mirvish); Art, The Mountaintop (Grand Theatre, London); Onegin (Musical Stage Company); You Will Remember Me (Studio 180/Tarragon); NSFW (Studio 180); Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); The Watershed (Crow’s Theatre/Porte Parole); Her2, The Carousel, The Penelopiad, Happy Woman, The List (Nightwood); Twisted, Stop Heart (Factory); The Winter’s Tale (Canadian Stage); Routes (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); Top Girls (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Website; denysekarn.com (http://denysekarn.com)

Costume Designer | Nadine Grant

Nadine is a Canadian Dora nominated costume designer who has been living and working in the university sector in the US for the last 6. She was last at Emerson College in Boston, MA as Head of Costume Design. There she oversaw a season of nine shows, primarily designed by students, whom she mentored through the build and design process. She has an MFA in Costume Design & Technology from the University of Kansas City.

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Video Designer | Haui

"Haui's voice is layered: as male, as queer, as mixed-race, as black, as curious. His scope is vast: as director, as actor, as visual artist, as interpreter....His questions are endless. We need his art, his artistry and his voice."

Kimberley Rampersad, Associate Artistic Director of Shaw Festival

HAUI is a multidisciplinary artist who defies categorization. His work explores themes of race, gender and orientation. He recently released his feature film debut Mixed↑ produced with Jack Fox and in association with OUTtv which won Best Film & Best Director for the ByBlacks People’s Choice Award. He is currently creating a new operatic work based on Canadian contralto Portia White supported by the Ontario Arts Council. Upcoming you can see him working with Wildseed Blacks Arts Fellowship - a 20 month residency with Black Lives Matter Toronto, designing at the prestigious Luminato Festival in 2021, teaching and acting in film and theatre. For more information head to haui.ca

 

“Haui Davis – Howard, or “Haui”, as he positions himself, is a highly intelligent, witty and talented young man with a huge repertoire of skills...this is an exceptionally professional young man who will make his name, and soon, with a vengeance. His talents are wide-ranging– and unique.”
Martha Henry; Order of Canada, Order of ON; Hon LLD, PhD, DHum, DFA.

Lighting Designer | Nicole Reid

Nicole Reid is in her sixth and final year of Theatre and Performance at the University of Waterloo. 

Sound Designer | Deanna H. Choi

Deanna H. Choi (she/her) creates original music, sonic environments, and sound reinforcement systems for stage, screen, and interactive media. Formerly a researcher in behavioural neuroscience, she integrates principles of psychology into her composition and sound design. Her designs for plays and musicals have taken her across Canada, including the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Soulpepper, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Tarragon, Coal Mine, Necessary Angel, Crow’s Theatre, The Grand (London), Theatre New Brunswick, Factory, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and the Blyth Festival. She has scored a number of independent films, including Receiver (Reel Asian Film Festival, Best Short Award). She teaches sound design at the National Theatre School of Canada, UBC, McGill, and various other institutions. She is the 2020 laureate of the Pauline McGibbon Award for Theatre Design (the second sound designer in the award’s history), and has been nominated for the Louis Applebaum Composers Award and a Robert Merritt Award. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Screen Composers’ Guild of Canada, and SOCAN. Follow her @deanna.h.choi

Lighting Design Mentor | Kirsten Watt

Previously, for Waterloo Theatre & Performance: on love and Top Girls. Lighting designs elsewhere include: the Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Neptune Theatre, Watermark Theatre, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Carousel Players, Lost&Found Theatre, Hart House Theatre, George Brown Theatre, Theatre Sheridan, University of Windsor, and Concordia University. Kirsten studied theatre at the University of Alberta, and lighting design at the National Theatre School of Canada. Kirsten resides in Kitchener.

Vocal Coach | Paul de Jong

Paul de Jong is a Voice, Text, Speech and Dialect Instructor and Coach. He serves as the Head of Coaching at the Stratford Festival. He is also a Professor of Voice and Speech for the Humber College Theatre Performance Program where he recently completed a three-year appointment as Director of the program and where he also served as the Head of Voice for six years. He has taught at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training, the National Theatre School of Canada, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the George Brown Theatre School, the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, as well as at colleges in the United Kingdom. He received his Masters in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London, England) and is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. As a free-lance coach, Paul has worked with on productions for Teatro Proscenium, Soulpepper, Globe Theatre, Artistic Fraud, Grand Theatre, and Shakespeare by The Sea. In addition to working with actors, Paul has worked as a voice and speech consultant, training executives for such companies as the Aga Khan Museum, Bank of Montreal, Japan Foundation, Motorolla, Teranet, and Gandy Associates. Paul is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award, as well as a Distinguished Faculty Award from Humber College.

Production Team

Production Manager

Janelle Rainville

Technical Director

Christopher Greenhalgh

Assistant Technical Director 

Cameron Jolliffe

Assistant Production Manager

May Nemat Allah

Stage Manager

Madie Bennett

Scenic Painter

Madeline Samms​

Set Construction

Christopher Greenhalgh, Cameron Jolliffe, Kendalin Bishop

Head of Wardrobe

Yuru Su

Wardrobe Construction

Nadine Grant, Yuru Su

Mask Construction

Mara Hasnoot

Heads of Video

Abbey MacDonald, Tony Liu

Video Programmer

Nicholas Timmenga

Associate Sound Designer

Peter McBoyle

FOH Sound Mixer

Cameron Jolliffe

Lighting Programmer

Kendalin Bishop

Lighting Crew

Cameron Jolliffe, Kendalin Bishop

Publicity and Outreach Associate

Eloise Fan

Graphic and Poster Design

William Innes

Publicity and Outreach Assistant

Kiah Rolle