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Creative Team

Playwright: Clare Bayley
Director: Zachary Florence
Producer: Sabrina A. Bandali
Set and Lighting Designer: Jennifer Lennon
Costume Designer: Erin Frances Gerofsky
Sound Designer: Nick Carney
Fight Designer: Siobhan Richardson
Stage Manager: Marie-Claude Valiquet
Stage Manager (September 17 & 18): Sandi Becker
Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Producer: Kristina Yusupov
Production Manager: Courtney Pyke
Dialect Coach: John Fleming
Voice Coach: Robert Gontier

Sabrina A. Bandali (Producer)

Sabrina’s life in the theatre began when she appeared in Unionville Kindergarten’s production of Snow White as – unexpectedly – Snow White. More recently, she produced the 2014 SummerWorks production of The Container, and appeared in Nightwood Theatre’s benefit productions of Comedy of Errors (Duchess Solinus), Twelfth Night (Feste) and Much Ado About Nothing (Conrade). Sabrina was a member of the inaugural cohort of Artist Producers in the GENERATOR (formerly STAF) Artist Producer Training Program. Sabrina is delighted to produce the upcoming development workshop of In the Pits, a new play about the 1933 Christie Pits riot. A graduate of the University of King’s College, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, the University of Oxford, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Sabrina had avidly watched and made theatre in all of the cities in which she has lived. When not making theatre, Sabrina practices international trade and anti-corruption law at Bennett Jones LLP.

Clare Bayley (Playwright)

Clare’s plays include The Container, which premiered at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, Blue Skies (Hampstead), The Enchantment (National Theatre Studio), The Woman Who Swallowed a Pin (Southwark Playhouse), The Shift and Blavatsky (both Young Vic Studio) and Northern Lights (also produced on radio). For radio her work includes The Bringer of Sweets (BBC/CBL). She was awarded the Sunday Times Screenwriting Award for the screenplay Corridors in the Air. Clare is a former Theatre Editor of The Independent, as well as freelance journalist and theatre critic on various other publications.

Sandi Becker (Stage Manager – September 17 & 18)

Sandi is a Toronto-based stage manager. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Studies Programme. Selected credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre), Ultrasound (Cahoots/Theatre Passe Muraille), Man to Man/Licking Knives (Headstrong Collective), Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre), La Maleta (American Tour – Roseneath Theatre), Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre), Ubu Mayor (One Little Goat), The Tempest (Driftwood Theatre), Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (Roseneath Theatre), Tick Tick Boom (Angelwalk Theatre), The Odyssey (Driftwood Theatre), Miracle on 34th Street  (The Grand Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood Theatre), Stockholm (Seventh Stage/Nightwood). Upcoming credits include The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy (Eldritch Theatre).

Nick Carney (Sound Designer)

Nick has a broad knowledge and diverse resume in technical theatre covering aspects in management, video, lighting, and with a primary focus on sound design. Ex-Designer and Production Manager of Straight Camp – a theatre company for emerging queer artists and allies. Productions with Straight Camp include Spoon (Toronto Fringe, 2013), Roar (workshop, Videofag, 2014), Stumble, Topple, and Stand (Queer Pride, 2014). Nick has also received Theatre Ontario’s PTTP grant in 2013 where he completed an apprenticeship with sound designer Richard Feren. Since 2015, Nick has been happily working full-time as a Veterinarian Technician.

John Fleming (Dialect Coach)

John is a dialect coach and actor. He has coached for dozens of theatre productions, from big musicals like The Little Mermaid and Cabaret (Lower Ossington Theatre) to fabulous smaller shows like The Drowning Girls (Alumnae Theatre) to the Dora Award-winning After Miss Julie (Red One Theatre). He coaches for film and television for shows like Degrassi: Next Class11-22-63, and The Code, and for video games including Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. He’s glad to be a part of the important stories of The Container as well as The Unbelievers at the SummerWorks Festival this year.  Head to johnfleming.ca for more information about how to sound like someone from somewhere else.

Zachary Florence (Director)

Zachary’s directing credits include Little Death (RISER Project/The Theatre Centre), Gwen Powers (WORKhouse Theatre), Strawberries in January (Theatre of the Miraculous), Hydriotaphia (LAMDA), I Am a Strange Loop (LAMDA), Richard III (Central School of Speech and Drama – co-director) and Bloody Poetry (Drunk & Brilliant). Also active as a composer, Zachary has written music for Enchanted AprilPeace in Our Time and Come Back, Little Sheba (Shaw Festival), The Passion of Adele Hugo (Eastern Front Theatre – Merritt award) and A Spider’s Tale (Symphony Nova Scotia), and words and music for Experimental Selves (Shaw Festival workshop) and Children of Israel (Canadian Stage workshop). His songs can be heard on the albums Unlaced (Elizabeth Beeler) and Show Off (Gabi Epstein) and have been featured in numerous concerts and cabaret evenings. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Website: zacharyflorence.com

Erin Frances Gerofsky (Costume Designer)

Erin is a set and costume designer based out of Toronto. A graduate of the York University theatre program, Erin has recently added costuming for film to her repertoire. Recent theatre credits include: costume design for West Side Story, Peter and the Starcatcher, Anything Goes (LOT) and Deceitful Above All Things (Favour The Brave at Summerworks); set and costume design for Peter Pan (Yellow Door Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband (Watermark Theatre, PEI), Rifles (Praxis Theatre at NSTF); head of wardrobe for A Little Too Cozy (Against The Grain) and The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre). Erin would like to thank Zachary and Sabrina for inviting her to go on this journey with them, and to examine these characters a second time.

Robert Gontier (Voice Coach)

Robert’s voice/dialect coaching includes productions of Scarberia, To Kill a Mockingbird (YPT); Salt-Water Moon, Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre); Driving Miss Daisy, Therefore Choose Life (Harold Green); Mary’s Wedding (Stephenville Theatre); Chess, A Man of No Importance, Parade, A Doll’s House, Blood Brothers and Oklahoma! (Theatre Sheridan). Robert has taught Voice and Performance in the UK, Mexico, United States and across Canada. He’s currently a Professor of Voice, Text and Writing for the Stage at Sheridan College. Robert received his MA in Voice Studies from RCSSD (UK) and his BFA in Acting from Ryerson University.

Jennifer Lennon (Set and Lighting Designer)

Jennifer is a Toronto-based lighting designer for live performance. Recent design credits include Oliver! (Highlands Summer Festival), Die Fledermaus (Opera 5), Bombay Black (Factory Theatre, Dora Award), Banana Boys (Factory Theatre), The Twelve-Pound Look (Shaw Festival), The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz (Theatre Sheridan), Perspectives (School of Toronto Dance Theatre), Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct), Better Angels: A Parable (Call Me Scotty Productions) and Stupidhead! A Mucisal Cmoedy (Disorganized Productions). She also acted as lighting coordinator for Theatre Direct’s 2016 WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years. This spring, she looks forward to reimagining Stupidhead! A Mucisal Cmoedy at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Courtney Pyke (Production Manager)

Courtney is a Toronto based Stage and Production Manager. Notable credits include A Glass Hive AKA A Comedy of Errors (Randolph Academy – Production and Stage Manager), The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavannaugh (nominated for 2 2016 Dora Awards), Outside, The Money Tree (Roseneath Theatre -Production Manager), Castle, The Baby (Storefront Theatre – Production Manager), rock.paper.sistahz 13 (bcurrent – Production Manager), Vigil, Harmonic, Almost Morning, Pulse, Anomie (Claudia Schreier and Company, Ailey Citigroup Theater NYC – Production and Stage Manager), Paradise (mtspace & Gwaandak Theatre – Production Stage Manager), First Dance, Air (Tottering Biped Theatre – Production and Stage Manager, Lighting Designer), Piaf, A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty, Ghosts of Violence, Phantom of the Opera, Gala (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada – Company Stage Manager), We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Kenny Wax and Nick Brook Productions – Company Stage Manager), Women of Distinction Awards 2013, 2014, 2016 (YWCA – Stage Manager), The Nasty Show 2015 & 2016, Date Night, The Ethnic Show (Just for Laughs Montreal – Stage Manager), Growing Old Ain’t for Sissies (Mixed Company Theatre – Stage Manager), NAKED, Pearly Gidley (Lost & Found – Stage Manager), Perspectives, Perspetives 2, A Christmas Carol, Carmina Burana, Circus Terrifico, Variations in Love, Pheonix Rising (Motus O Dance Theatre – Stage Manager, Lighting Designer), Arkemy (Gadfly Dance – Stage Manager, Lighting Designer), Butcher (Nominated for 8 2016 Dora Awards, Theatre Centre & Why Not Theatre – ASM/PA), Good Mourning, Silences Between (Ballet Jorgen – Lighting Designer), Nutcracker, Classical and Contemporary, Anastasia (Ballet Jorgen – Lighting Director), The Addams Family (The Randolph Academy, Sound Designer).  Courtney has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. She is currently the Production Manager for Roseneath Theatre.

Siobhan Richardson (Fight Designer)

Siobhan is a fight director and actor/fighter/singer/dancer. Fight Direction credits include A Christmas Story and The Hobbit (The Grand Theatre, London), White Biting Dog (Soulpepper), The Trial of Judith K (Thought For Food Productions), Such Creatures (Nightswimming and Theatre Passe Muraille), Death of a Chief (Native Earth), James and the Giant Peach and To Kill a Mockingbird (Young Peoples’ Theatre) and Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre). She has taught stage combat across Canada and Europe, including London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Munich, Brittany, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Sweden, and taught at the recent World Stage Combat Conference. Acting credits include And Then The Lights Went Out (Stage West Calgary), Mo and Jess Kill Susie (Harley Dog Productions) and The Last Resort (Stirling Festival Theatre). Siobhan and her partner run Burning Mountain, dedicated to the growth and development of stage combat for the art form and for the artists. Website: SiobhanRichardson.com

Marie-Claude Valiquet (Stage Manager)

Marie-Claude is thrilled to be working with Theatre Fix for the first time. Her recent credits include Beneath Springhill: the Maurice Ruddick Story (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Scarberia (Young People’s Theatre), Panamania North Stage (Toronto2015 PanAm Games), The Sound of Cracking Bones/Le son des os qui craquent (Pleiades Theatre), Apocalypsis, Tomorrow’s Snow (Luminato), Museum of Nature Re-opening & Celebration (Momentum Planning & Communications), The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Co.) and Arcadia (Shaw Festival/Mirvish Productions). A graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, Marie-Claude apprenticed at the Shaw Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Ross Petty Productions, and Soulpepper. Her upcoming projects include Beneath Springhill: the Maurice Ruddick Story (Collingwood Theatre).

Kristina Yusupov (Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Producer)

Kristina has been passionate about theatre ever since her great-grandmother took her to see her first play back in Moscow at the age of four. Although Kristina did not originally pursue a career in theatre, her love did not fade and after having her children, she decided to follow her dreams and go back to school. She has recently completed the Performing Arts Preparation Program at Sheridan College. At Sheridan, Kristina had the pleasure of directing and stage managing her own adaptation of the first play she saw as a child – The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work on such an exciting project as The Container.