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Cast & Creative Team

Cast:

Wayne BurnsWayne Burns: Benvolio

Wayne is very excited to be making his Ruff debut. THEATRE: originated the roles of Angelo in Michal Grzejszczak’s Boys from the Burbs (Empty Room Collective) and Dane Timbrell in David S. Craig’s Tough Case (Left Foot First). FILM/TV: Wayne can be seen regularly as Prince Lykos in the TV series Olympus (Syfy) and has been featured on Mr. D (CBC), Remedy (Global) and Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) respectfully. He is a graduate of the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. AWARDS: 2014 ACTRA Maritimes Nomination for Best Actor in a Short Film – Bone Deep, 2011 & 2012 Theatre Nova Scotia Award Winner.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Ruff’s Macbeth – hands down.


Andrea Davis Head ShotAndrea Davis: Prince

THEATRE: Refuge (Nightwood) Intimate Apparel (Grand Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) The Ventriloquist (Factory Theatre) Recent Experiences (International Tour) Antigonick (Summerworks) Hamlet (CanStage) King John and All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare In The Rough) Muhammad of Yorkville (Nobody’s Business). FILM/TV: Orphan Black (Temple Street) Rookie Blue & The Firm (E-One) Saving Hope (NBC-TV) Nikita (Warner Bros) Da Kink In My Hair (Global TV) Casino Jack (Bagman Films) Little Mosque On The Prairie (CBC) Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures (Shaftsbury Films) Blake Holsey High (NBC-TV).

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Playing Blanche in King John in Withrow Park and for the first time experiencing Shakespeare’s words carrying my performance like a powerful and invisible guide. It’s a feeling I will never forget.


Philippa-ONLINE-CPhillipa Domville: Capulet

THEATRE: Most recently; Within the Glass and The Trouble with Mr Adams at the Tarragon theatre. Other theatre credits include: If We Were Birds, Chimera, Gravity Calling also at the Tarragon theatre, Macbeth, Lucy (Canadian Stage) Top Girls (MTC) Much Ado about Nothing, Comedy of Errors (Theatre by the Bay), Time after Time, The Chet Baker Project (Crow’s /Theatre Passe Muraille).  Shaw festival: Uncle Vanya, Madras House. Stratford Festival: Comedy of Errors, Bacchae, Fair Liberty’s Call. FILM/TV: (selected credits) The Imposter, Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Sworn to Silence, An Accidental Friendship. Recipient of the Christopher Plummer International Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Goble Theatre, a Dora Nomination for Time After Time. Philippa is a Theatre Movement Instructor Ryerson University and is currently working on her first novel.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: The  sense of awe, gratitude and occasionally true horror I experienced performing Lady Macbeth’s mad scene with an audience of over a thousand in late August under the stars.


Vivienne Endicott-DouglasVivien Endicott-Douglas: Romeo

THEATRE: Killer Joe (CoalMine Theatre) Harper Regan (Canadian Stage) Stopheart (Factory), Forests (Tarragon), A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash), Hush (Tarragon) and Ajax por nobody (Summerworks). FILM/TV: Vivien has appeared in the TV shows American Gods (Starz), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Copper (BBC America), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Rookie Blue (CTV) and The Line (TMN). Other notable film/ TV credits include: Let Me Down Easy, Forget & ForgiveThe Shape of Rex, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, How Eunice Got Her Baby, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Finn on the Fly and Shoebox Zoo. Vivien has never performed Shakespeare in the Park before and is thrilled to be a part of this production! She will be on stage next in The Circle at the Tarragon Theatre this fall.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: I went to see ‘My Co-Mates & Brothers in Exile’ with my parents and sister in Walter Saunders Park. The performers engaged the local audience with great energy and it was moving to connect with people as we wandered through the park and witnessed the story unfold. It felt like we were all sharing such a rare community experience. 


 Richard LeeRichard Lee: Tybalt/Friar

THEATRE: (selected credits) Chimerica (Canadian Stage/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Living (the living project), Monday Nights (6th Man Collective/Theatre Centre), Sultans of the Street & Cinderella: A RATical Retelling (Young Peoples’ Theatre), carried away on the crest of a wave (Tarragon Theatre), A Mid Summer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage). FILM/TV: Gaysian (Gaysian productions), Mayday (Cineflix Productions). Recipient of 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.  Also check out his interactive and immersive basketball show called, Monday Nights!  https://6thmancollective.wordpress.com. The show has passed but who knows! It might come back sooner than you know.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Performing on the brink of a thunder storm with wind raging around us as we approached the final scene! It was incredible just to have that ambience surround us.


Brendan-McMurtry-Howlett-Headshot_TheatreBrendan McMurtry Howlett: Paris/Mercutio

THEATRE: Brendan has directed three productions for Shakespeare in the Ruff – Two Gents; Cymbeline’s Reign; and Macbeth: Walking Shadows. Acting credits include: We Are Proud To Present… (Theatre Centre); Mistatim (RedSky/YPT); The Apology (Next Stage); “…and stockings for the ladies” (RustWerk). FILM/TV: American Gothic (CBS); Remedy (Global); Degrassi (Epitome). Brendan is also the founding artistic director of Shakespeare In The Ruff, inspired by the company he grew up watching in Withrow Park, up the hill from his childhood home.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Watching Diane D’Aquila make the earth stand still in Withrow Park with her curse in Richard III (2013). I swear you could hear a pin drop on the Danforth in that moment.


Ellora PatnaikEllora Patnaik: Nurse/Montague

THEATRE:  Free Outgoing, Her2 (Nightwood); Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon). FILM/TV:  My Own Country (Showtime), Tapish (Bollywood), How To Be Indie (YTV), Ride (Nickelodeon). Ellora trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Graduate and is Company Member. She appeared in the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival, in play Rukmini’s Gold, for which she was recognized by NOW Magazine in their list of Best Actors for the festival. In addition to being an actress, Ellora Patnaik is among the greatest Indian Classical (Odissi) dancers of her generation.  She continues to teach and perform.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Experiencing Shakespeare with a starry sky above and the warm summer earth beneath. Just need some comfort food and I’m off!


Founding & Core MemberKaitlyn Riordan: Juliet

THEATRE: Kaitlyn has performed in three productions for Shakespeare in the Ruff – Two Gents; Cymbeline’s Reign; and Macbeth: Walking Shadows. Other recent credits include: Something Fishy (Lighthouse Theatre), Mockingbird (Next Stage Festival-Dora Nomination), Look No Hans! (Drayton), The Merchant of Venice & Blithe Spirit (The Stratford Festival), The Apology (Next Stage Festival-Dora Nomination) and is a recipient of the Maureen Forrester (Guthrie) Award from The Stratford Festival. FILM/TV: Reign (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC). UP-COMING: Noises Off! at The Segal Centre in Montreal.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Every night during Ruff’s first season, in 2012, experiencing the nights getting shorter and the audiences getting bigger as we marvelled at having actually gotten Two Gents off the ground.


Creative Team:

Andrea Donaldson

Andrea Donaldson: Director

THEATRE: Andrea is Tarragon’s Associate Artistic Director. There, she has directed Within the Glass, Soliciting Temptation, as well as numerous workshops. Outside of Tarragon, directing credits include the following Dora-nominated projects: Mistatim (Red Sky Performance), The Atomic Weight of Happiness (Hub 14, The Loop Theatre & UNO Festival), Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille), Offensive Fouls (Theatre Direct), The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski (FemFest, UNO Festival, Factory Theatre, Diesel Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace).  Andrea was honoured with Stratford’s Jean Gascon Award for Direction, has been nominated for the John Hirsch Directing Award (2008 & 2011) and has received a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Production for performing in Theatre Direct’s URGE project and By the Way, Miss. UPCOMING: Quiver presented by Nightwood Theatre at Buddies and Sequence at Tarragon Theatre. Andrea is also the Program Director for Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip and co-Artistic Director of Groundwater Productions with Erin Shields.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: I associate Shakespeare in the Park with snuggling with (my child) Theo, in the chilly dark out past his bedtime.


Andre DuToitAndre du Toit: Lighting Designer

THEATRE: Take Me Back to Jefferson, The Assholes (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); The Double, Paolozzapedia (Bad New Days); Ralph + Lina (Edge of the Woods), Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote); Florence (Dietrich Group); Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Hart House); Art (Theatre North West); Bakelite Masterpiece (Tarragon Theatre); Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre); SPENT (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/Why Not Theatre/TheatreRUN)


Jenna McCutchenJenna McCutchen: Set/Costume/Props Designer

THEATRE: Set and costume design credits include Madam Mao (Azure River), She Mami Wata & the Pussy Witchhunt (Watah Theatre), Oregano (Theatre Rhea). Set design: Big Plans (Scapegoat Collective). Costume design: Killer Joe, The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Coal Mine Theatre), and co-costume design for The Winter’s Tale (Groundling Theatre). Assistant costume design: Harper Regan (CanStage) and three seasons at the Stratford Festival. FILM/TV: Orphan Black, o­-negative (TIFFtop10). Jenna is a graduate of NTS and York University, she has received 2 Dora nominations, and is a recipient of the Brian Jackson & the City of Stratford Guthrie Awards.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: This is my very first Shakespeare in the park as designer, collaborator and audience member.


Rose NapoliRose Napoli: Assistant Director

SELECTED THEATRE (ACTING):  Romeo & Juliet (Citadel) & (SLSF), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage) & (Citadel), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Hamlet (SLSF).  As a playwright, Rose’s plays include: Oregano, Lo (Or Dear Mr Wells), Shrew (A Big Fat Italian Comedy Inspired by William Shakespeare), Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains. She is currently a member of Tarragon Playwright’s Unit. Rose has been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance (The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh), a Rideau Award for Female Performance (The Fan), and a Capital Critics Award for Female Performance (Romeo & Juliet).

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Going on for an injured actor in High Park with four hours of rehearsal.


AJ RichardsonAndrew Joseph Richardson: Dramaturg

THEATRE: Dramaturgy: Two Gents; Richard III; Cymbeline’s Reign; Macbeth: Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff); The Tempest (Shakespeare by the Bow/Theatre Calgary).  Acting: Two GentsRichard III; Cymbeline’s ReignMacbeth: Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare BASH’d); Something from Nothing (Cascade Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing; Othello; A Bard Day’s Knight (Sound & Fury Theatre).  Directing: Situation Unknown (Guerrilla Ruffian Squad); ROCKGarden Party! (littlefingersmusic.com).  

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Sharing the stage with a rotation of dogs in Two Gents. You never knew what they would do, if they would sit and listen or if they’d stick their snout in an actor’s crotch


Mike DufaysMike Dufays: Fight Director

Michael has been a professional actor for over 20 years and a Stage Combat Instructor for over 12 years. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY, he also attended the illustrious Citadel/Banff Professional Training Program, and is a Certified Stage Combat Instructor with Fight Director’s Canada. Fight Director: Spamalot (Stephenville festival), The Castle, (Red One Theatre), Goodnight Desdemona[…] (Belfry Theatre), Assistant FD Dangerous Liasons, King of Theives, Julius Ceaser, MacBeth, Bartholomew Fair (Stratford), Recent Film: (As FD) Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Rick Chisholm Prod), Nominations (As Actor) Dora nomination for Arigato, Tokyo (Buddies in bad times) CCC nomination for Voice of the turtle (Classic theatre festival), (Stunt Performer) Breakout Male Action Star nomonation at AOFF for Heroic Bloodshed.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Playing Romeo at the Dallas Shakespeare festival, I felt ten feet tall at the 2nd largest outdoor theatre festival in America.


TRPThomas Ryder Payne: Sound Designer

Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Selected past work includes Stratford (Macbeth, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello), Shaw (Top Girls), Soulpepper (Father Comes Home from the Wars, Incident at Vichy, The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, Kim’s Convenience, La Ronde, Ghosts), CanStage (Chimerica, Domesticated, Harper Regan, Middle Place, Another Africa), Tarragon (Wormwood, Abyss, An Enemy of the People, Lungs, The Little Years, If We Were Birds, Leo), Crows (The Watershed, The Seagull, Someone Else), Modern Times (Blood Wedding, Forgiveness, The Lesson, Halaj, bloom), Toronto Dance Theatre, BIBT, NAC, TPM, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Nightwood, YPT, Factory and many others. Thomas has received 2 Dora awards and 17 nominations.


Production Team:

HollyRuffHeadshotjpgHolly LaFlamme: General Manager

Holly is a passionate and dedicated cultural administrator and arts advocate. She is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts with a diploma in Theatre. Following Randolph, she continued her studies at University of Toronto, specializing in Arts Management. She has worked in various administrative capacities for many cultural organizations in Toronto including Canadian Stage, Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto International Film Festival, and Annex Children’s Theatre in Education. In addition to her role as General Manager at Shakespeare in the Ruff, Holly currently works at the Writers Guild of Canada as Special Projects Assistant. During her years at University of Toronto, Holly was the recipient of the Edward Pickering Bursary in Arts Administration and the Abram Krashinsky Scholarship in the Visual and Performing Arts.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: While working at Canadian Stage, I led several pre-show backstage tours during Shakespeare in High Park 2013. It was a great feeling knowing that audiences would be able to enjoy the show and the beautiful outdoor setting with that much more knowledge and context.


Norah SmithNorah Smith: Associate Producer/Marketing Coordinator

Norah is an arts administrator and cultural enthusiast with a focus on programming and outreach. She has worked for The Luminato Festival, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Shakespeare In Action, De-Railed, Convergence Theatre, and Acting Up Stage. During her time working at Hart House, Norah spent 2 years helping to bring special art projects to life for the 2015 Pan American Games including the Pan Am Path, which she encourages all of you to bike or walk! Norah is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and University of Toronto’s Arts Management program. She currently works for George Brown College’s School of Design.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Bringing a busload of kids to see The Tempest and hearing all 50 of them erupt into screams during the kissing scene. 


Evelyn CampbellEvelyn Campbell: Production Manager

Evelyn is a graduate of the Ryerson Technical Theatre Program. She has worked with the Canadian Opera company, Lumianto and most prominently was the Production Manager with Opera Atelier where she worked on over 14 Opera’s, travelling to Europe and the US. 

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Seeing Macbeth –  As the sun begins to set and the magic of live entertainment in the park takes over.


Natasha Bean-Smith

Natasha Bean-Smith: Stage Manager

For Shakespeare in the Ruff – Two Gents, Richard III, and Macbeth: Walking Shadows. Other recent Stage Management credits include: Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage (Das Ding), Tarragon Theatre (Within the Glass,The Bakelite Masterpiece), Thousand Islands Playhouse (Dear Johnny Deere, The Ugly One, Saltwater Moon), Theatre Smash/fu-GEN Theatre (Durango), Theatre Smash (The Ugly One). Natasha is also a concert manager for Tafelmusik and tour manager for Opera Atelier’s biennial residency at the Opera Royal, Chateau de Versailles, France. Upcoming: Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage/Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Das Ding, Opera Atelier’s Dido and Aeneas.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Since we rehearse in the park as well as perform we often have community members following us on our journey to opening night. My favourite is when children playing nearby drop what they are doing and come sit and watch us rehearse and then weeks later seeing them come with their parents to watch it.


Troy Taylor headshotTroy Taylor: Assistant Stage Manager

Recent credits include Something Fishy (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Armband (Human Body Expression), Fall for Dance North (Fall for Dance Festival@ The Sony Centre), The Seagull (Crow’s Theatre/ Canadian Stage), and One Song Glory (Acting Upstage). Troy has also worked in the past with SM Arts,The Chappell Projects, Pollux Dance Company, and has interned at Soulpepper Theatre Company. He is very excited to be spending the rest of his summer with Shakespeare in the Ruff. 

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: ASM’ing A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the rustic farm grounds of the old Red Barn Theatre. 


Maricris RiveraMaricris Rivera: Front of House Manager

Maricris is a Toronto based stage manager, arts administrator, and musician. She has previously worked front of house with the Lower Ossington Theatre, and has also worked as assistant stage manager on their various productions, such as Peter and the Starcatcher, Avenue Q, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Other stage management credits include Pride Toronto, Short Dances (Alvin Collantes), Eve of St. George (TranscenDance Project), Querencia (BOSS Dance Company), and This is the August (Young Prince Collective). She is currently a live musician for FRESH Dance Intensive and also works as Outreach Coordinator for FRESH and TOES FOR DANCE. She is very excited to be working with Shakespeare in the Ruff this summer!

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Watching Macbeth in a park that was a 2-minute walk away from my home. Nothing like sitting on a blanket watching great theatre with the backdrop of a sunset and summer wind.


Bronwen headshotBronwen Bradley: Publicist

Bronwen has been fortunate to work with many wonderful arts organizations in Toronto, including Luminato, Canadian Stage, and Opera Atelier. When not enjoying theatre in the city, Bronwen can be found working with horses and teaching riding.

MOST LASTING EXPERIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: The sun setting over a production of Romeo & Juliet – magical!