BRENDAN McMURTRY-HOWLETT | CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & FOUNDING MEMBER
Born and raised in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Brendan grew up watching the original Shakespeare theatre company every summer in Withrow Park. Brendan has been a director, performer and teacher across Canada and internationally. Recent acting credits: Member of the National Arts Centre Acting Company – Pride & Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC), Innocence Lost (Centaur Threatre/NAC); Bea (Actor’s Rep. Co.); the one-person show “…and stockings for the ladies” (Rustwerk/NYC); The Overwhelming (CanStage/Studio 180); Percy Shelley in The Apology (NextStage – Dora Nomination); Florizel in The Winter’s Tale (CanStage; Dream in High Park). Directing: Two Gents (Shakespeare In The Ruff); Blood Moon (Edinburgh Festival); Honey in the Lion’s Head (RetaliationTheatre); Terrorism (Actors Repertory Company). Brendan has taught a wide range of theatre subjects from Shakespeare to puppetry, for kids of all ages. He is a member of the Actor’s Repertory Company and is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada.
ANDREW JOSEPH RICHARDSON | DRAMATURG & FOUNDING MEMBER
Andrew Joseph Richardson is an Indo-Canadian actor, director, and dramaturg. He is a graduate of both the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton (where he is originally from) and the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. He is also the Co-Ordinator of the Guerrilla Ruffian Squad and directed their production, Situation Unknown (a Shakespearean improv performance), at the Shakespeare Lives microfestival in libraries across Toronto. A.J. has lead the adaptations for every summer production of Shakespeare in the Ruff in collaboration with each show’s director. He has also created short adaptations of Henry VI, Part 3 and Julius Caesar (amongst others) for Original Practices events. His adaptation of The Tempest was directed by Diane D’Aquila for Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow. He directed the Shakespeare-in-Hospitals Program for Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective in 2014. Selected Acting: Launce in Two Gents, Cloten in Cymbeline’s Reign, and Banquo in Macbeth: Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare BASH’d), Joseph in Something from Nothing (Cascade Theatre), Horatio in Hamlet (Forward Theatre), and Rodorigo in Othello (Sound and Fury Theatre).
KAITLYN RIORDAN | CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & FOUNDING MEMBER
After studying acting in her native Montreal, at Dawson, Kaitlyn went to England to attend LAMDA (The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts). Since then she has worked and lived around the UK & USA, selected credits: 1st Witch in Macbeth (Lost Theatre Co-UK & Spanish Tour), Carol in Oleanna (Judi Dench Theatre-London), Viola in Twelfth Night (National UK Tour Original Theatre Co), Evelyn in Shape of Things (Porthlight Prod-NJ), Edward/Betty in Cloud 9 (Whirled Peas Prod-NYC), Ophelia in Hamlet & Celia in As You Like It (TheatreWorks-Colorado; Ovation Nomination). She moved back to Canada 4 years ago, selected credits since then include; Short Story Long (Fringe- Best of Fringe North & South), The Return of Corporal Mazenet (SummerWorks), Paradise by The River (Shadowpath Prod.), Third Floor (SummerWorks) & Mary Shelley in The Apology (Next Stage Festival-Dora Nomination). Kaitlyn played Silvia/Lucetta, in Ruff’s inaugural show; Two Gents and spent the 2013 season at The Stratford Festival, in Blithe Spirit & The Merchant of Venice. This past summer she acted in Drayton Entertainment’s Look, No Hans! and played Imogen in Cymbeline’s Reign with Ruff. Film/TV credits include Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) & Reign (CW). Kaitlyn is a member of the 2015 Playwright’s Unit at The Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Caitlin was born and raised in Oshawa, where she attended a performing arts high school, majoring in drama. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Drama in Education and a Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Windsor. After returning to Toronto in 2004 she started teaching, first in a private school before moving on to the Toronto District School Board. Currently she teaches drama and English to grade 8 students. After taking a break to raise her two daughters, Caitlin is thrilled to be returning to the theatre world with Shakespeare in the Ruff. She had many fond memories of seeing Shakespeare in the Park productions as a kid, and can’t wait to help contribute to the memories of other budding actors via the Young Ruffians Apprenticeship Program.