The Ensemble

Andrew Moore – Julius Caesar

Born in Ottawa, actor, director, writer Andrew Moodie began his career on stage. His first professional performance was in a production of David Fennario’s ‘Nothing to Lose’, produced and directed by Zack Crane. The play was performed at the legendary Lafayette House. From that performance he was able to launch a career performing in many of Canada’s most respected theatres, including The Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, LKTYP, Second City, and the Canadian Stage Company. He garnered a Dora nomination for Best Male Performance for his rendition of ‘Othello’, and he won a Dora award for his performance in Roseneath’s Theatre’s production of David Craig’s ‘Health Class’. In 1995, he launched a successful playwriting career when the Factory Theatre produced his play ‘Riot’. The production won the prestigious Chalmers award for Best New Production. Since then, he has written several other plays including ‘A Common Man’s Guide to Loving Women’, ‘Oui’, ‘The Lady Smith’, ‘The Real McCoy’, and ‘Toronto the Good’. In 2006 he was a member of the creative team that developed the hit CBC radio drama ‘Afghanada’, which won the a Writer’s Guild of Canada award in 2007. In January of 2006 he became the host of TVO’s series Big Ideas. In spite of a busy career in theatre, he has been able to work with some fascinating directors and counts working with Jeremy Podeswa, Donald Petrie, Sarah Polley, as highlights of his career.

Jacob James – Brutus

Jacob is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada, The Birmingham Conservatory (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Second City Conservatory, and York University’s Teaching Artist program, He spent six seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his work included Ariel in The Tempest (opposite William Hutt) and Moth in Love’s Labors Lost (opposite Brian Bedford). Four seasons with The Thousand Islands Playhouse: Russian Play/Essay, Drowsy Chaperone, 39 Steps, and Billy Bishop Goes to War. Most recently Jacob played Prime Minister R.B. Bennett and Adolf Hitler in Videocabaret’s Life and Times of Mackenzie King in Toronto. Upcoming: The War of 1812 with Videocabaret at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Jacob is honored to be making his Ottawa Shakespeare Company debut.

Michael Mancini – Cassius

Michael is one of the founders of the Ottawa Shakespeare Company and was last seen as Hamlet in the OSC’s inaugural production. He also played Touchstone in the Third Wall Theatre Company’s production of As You Like It. Other credits with Third Wall include the title role in Henry V and Mephistopheles in Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus. Michael has also worked at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in productions of The OptimistsThe Last LiberalMambo Italiano, and Wit. Other theatre credits include Twelfth Night at the National Arts Centre. Recent television credits include Jean-Paul in the CBC’s Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the lead role in the French language film Embargo (Société Radio Canada). Other film credits include A Perfect Marriage (Lionsgate), the Canadian feature film A Taste of Jupiter (Distinct Features) and he was the voice of Lawrence in the animated television series For Better Or For Worse (Teletoon).

Brad Long – Mark Anthony

Brad Long is thrilled to be back for OSC’s second production.  Recent theatre credits include Dreams of Whales with New Theatre of Ottawa, The Fan with Odyssey Theatre, Laertes in OSC’s Hamlet 2011, The Pillowman (Rideau Award nominee for Emerging Artist, 2009), A Company of Fools’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “I”, Little Martyrs with Evolution Theatre and a dizzying array of characters in Twelfth Night with The Ottawa Theatre School. Look for him this summer at The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello. 


Katie Bunting – Portia

Katie made her professional debut in 2008 in Third Wall Theatre’s award-winning production of The Empire Builders. After being away from the stage the following two years, completing her Bachelor of Education and teaching high school, Katie returned to her first love, theatre, in January 2011. She is grateful for the wonderful roles she played in her emerging year including Gwendolen in Plosive’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Ophelia in The Ottawa Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet 2011, Queen Marie in Third Wall’s Exit the King and many colourful characters in a Company of Fool’s Antony and Cleapatra and Plosive’s The Shadow. She is currently playing in Plosive’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac at The Gladstone Theatre. Katie is a yoga instructor at Upward Dog Yoga Centre and her yoga website can be visited at

Sarah McVie – Calpurnia

A native of Ottawa, Sarah has been working as a professional actor for over ten years.  She spent five seasons performing at the Stratford Festival of Canada, where her roles included: Cordelia in King Lear opposite Christopher Plummer, The Bawd in Pericles, Lady MacDuff in Macbeth, and Marianna in All’s Well that End’s Well.  Sarah was also a member of the 2001 Stratford Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training and was honoured with the John Hirsh Award for most promising young actor.  Since returning to Ottawa Sarah has appeared in numerous productions including: Swollen Tongues, The Man from the Capitol, Zadie’s Shoes and Strawberries in January (GCTC), Educating Rita (Arts Court), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Vision Theatre),  The Bookshop and The Great Frost (NAC).  Sarah also teaches acting and is a guest lecturer at Carleton Univeristy.

Matthew Gibson – Casca

Diego Arvelo – Octavius Caesar

Diego is a recent graduate of the Ottawa Theatre School and is honored to be back for his second season with the Ottawa Shakespeare Company.  He has had the pleasure of working with many in this cast on past projects.  Recent credits include: Charlie in Glitch (Ottawa Fringe), Rosencrantz in Hamlet 2011 (OSC) and a member of the Wedding Chorus in Yichud:Seclusion, which played at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, and ran during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival here in our nation’s capital. Diego, in his spare time, is a hockey fanatic, a musician, and a cardistry enthusiast.


Spencer Robson – Decius Brutus

Spencer Robson is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting Program and is proud to be a new member of the OSC. Recent credits include: Ross in Macbeth (Hart House), Doug in One Man Show (Docket Theatre), Victor in Down Dangerous Passes Road (Brighton Fringe Festival, UK), Septimus Hodge in Arcadia, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UP), Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Carter in Fat Pig (University Studio). Spencer will also be playing Roy in Sky Gilbert’s new play, St Francis of Millbrook, in August/September (4th Line Theatre) and is currently work shopping his one man show, HIM.

Stavros Sakiadis – Titinius

Stavros is pleased to be working with the Ottawa Shakespeare Company again. He is a native of Windsor, ON, and a graduate from the University of Windsor BFA acting program. He was seen last year in Hamlet as Guildenstern and also did the fight choreography. Since moving to Ottawa he has been a company member with Third Wall Theatre in As You Like It as Silvius, A Company of Fools in Twelfth Night where he played Sir Andrew and Sebastian, he also did the fight choreography for Romeo and Juliet. He has also worked with Odyssey Theatre. Stavros spent two years working in the Maritimes with ‘Theatre New Brunswick’ and ‘Shakespeare by the Sea’. Past roles include Lord Stanley (Richard III), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Paris (Romeo & Juliet), Will Scarlet (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice) and Clyde (Cut!). As well as acting Stavros is a director and fight choreographer. During the year Stavros is a High School Drama teacher. He is thrilled to have worked with such a talented group of artists. Thank you to my family and friends for there continued support. Caity S’agapou parapoli. Enjoy the show!


Charles McFarland – Director/Founder of the OSC

Charles McFarland grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and has an M.A. in English Literature from Cambridge University.  As a stage director, he has over 60 stage productions at major theatres across Canada to his credit, including the Stratford Festival (Young Company), Manitoba Theatre Centre, Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre London, Theatre New Brunswick, Great Canadian Theatre Company and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.  Living in Ottawa since 1992, he combines artistic work with producing and arts presenting.  A former Artistic Director and Managing Director of several theatres across Canada, he has since 2006 been Artistic Producer of City of Ottawa Theatres: Centrepointe Theatres (Performing Arts Centre of the Year 2009, Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Award) – now “previewing” its brand-new Studio Theatre and Production Centre with this Ottawa Shakespeare Company/ Ottawa Theatre School production of Hamlet 2011 – and the Shenkman Arts Centre which opened June 2009.  As the first project director/ campaign chair for GCTC’s new theatre, that makes three performing arts building projects in six years!

Recent stage productions include: for Third Wall Theatre: As You Like It and Henry V (as the director/ founder of its Shakespeare Ensemble of local actors) at the Irving Greenberg Theatre, Top Girls (two Rideau Awards), The Real Inspector Hound, Dangerous Liaisons, and Doctor Faustus.  For Great Canadian Theatre Company:  A Number (Capital Theatre Awards Best Production 2007), Wit (2003 Capital Critics and Golden Cherry awards), The Optimists, The Faraway Nearby, Feelgood and the world premiere of The Last Liberal.  He most recently directed Blood Brothers at The Gladstone, Ottawa.  Charles currently serves as President of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and is a faculty member (Shakespeare Conservatory) of the Ottawa Theatre School.

Kevin Waghorn – Production Manager and Stage Manager

Kevin has most recently served as Lighting Designer on Voice of the Turtle (Classic Theatre Festival) and has previously worked as Stage Manager on Airport Security (Gruppo Rubato), Cranked (Green Thumb Theatre), Children’s Republic, The Optimists, Man From The Capital, A Number, The Fall, Swollen Tongues, Relative Good, The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia?, Mourning Dove (Great Canadian Theatre Company), Doctor Faustus, Miss Julie, Dangerous Liaisons (Third Wall Theatre), and Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Company of Fools). Kevin also keeps busy as the Facility and Rentals Manager at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre and spent four years as Executive Producer of the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Sarah Waghorn – Costume Design

Sarah has worked in the Ottawa theatre scene for the past nine years. She started out in New Zealand, at the Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Opera. After five years as Head of Props and Wardrobe for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, she became a freelance designer of costumes and props. Sarah was nominated for four Rideau Awards (2008 and 2009) for both her costume design and set designs. She worked on the award-winning production, Countries Shaped Like Stars for Mi Casa Theatre, as well as numerous productions at the University of Ottawa and Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.

Ottawa Theatre School

Bruce Bissonnette – Director – Ottawa Theatre School

Bruce is a Professional Actor, Director, and Teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the Director of The Ottawa Theatre School as well the Director of Adult Programs for the Ottawa School of Speech & Drama where he develops the curriculum and course content for all adult courses. He started his career in 1986 studying Acting at George Brown Theatre School and Directing at The Canadian Film Institute. His selected Directing credits include: Spider Juice, Work! Jobs in Progress, Our Town, The Duplex, 7 Stories, Blade and An Acre Of Time. His selected Acting credits include: Bordertown Cafe (Gryphon Theatre), Transit of Venus (Magnus Theatre), East of Elvis (Sudbury Theatre), The Mousetrap (Showboat Festival), Aladdin (Limelight Theatre), The Best Present (Carousel Players), Patria 1 (Canadian Opera Company). Bruce’s Film and Television credits include: Jake and Phyllis (Canadian Film Centre), Street Legal (CBC), Kids in the Hall (Broadway Video), and Family Passions (CBC).


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