The Ensemble

Katie Bunting – Ophelia

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Katie is honoured to be part of the Ottawa Shakespeare Company’s inaugural cast.  Most recently seen as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Ernest (Plosive Productions), she is currently a member of Third Wall Theatre’s resident company and will appear in their production of Exit the King in June.  Some of her favourite acting credits include The Empire Builders (Third Wall Theatre), The Devil and the Pilgrim and Making Deals with Gods (Scheherazade Theatre), Laura (Arbour Theatre Co.), Alls Well That Ends Well (Salamander Theatre), Fireface, The Women and Jabberwocky (Ottawa University Drama Guild).  Katie is a high school drama and history teacher and recently became certified as a Hatha yoga instructor.

Peter James Haworth – Player King

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Peter James Haworth is an accomplished actor who has performed throughout Canada and studied at the National Theatre School and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

 Peter has worked throughout Canada. Recently he played Christopher in Actors Repertory Company’s production of Martin Crimp’s The City. Amongst his other roles he played Hortensio in ShakespeareWorks’ production of The Taming of the Shrew, Anthonio in The Tempest at Winnipeg’s MTC. He starred as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra in Vancouver for the Bard on the Beach. At the Neptune Theatre he played Gabe in Dinner with Friends. He portrayed File in a production of The Rainmaker at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton where also he played in Who Has Seen the Wind. In the summer of 2000, he played the title role in Stolen Lies: The Albert Walker Story for the Blyth Theatre Festival. In Toronto, he was a member of the first Soulpepper season, playing Philinte in The Misanthrope. Other credits include Wit and Sam in Lips Together, Teeth Apart at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Belfrey Theatre, Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods (MTC, Gateway, Aquarius). He also played in The Philadelphia Story (The Grand and Citadel Theatres). He was the founder and co-Artistic Director of ShakespeareWorks, and Artistic Producer of Actors Repertory Company.

 His numerous televison and movie appearances include: Hollywoodland, State Within, Murder at 1600, La Sacrée, Kung Fu, The Wishing Tree, Total Recall, and The Breeder

Tania Levy – Goodman Delver

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Tania is excited to be a part of the newly-minted Ottawa Shakespeare Company and to have been part of its growth since 2008. A bilingual performer and writer, she has worked professionally in Ottawa since graduating from the University of Ottawa’s Theatre program in 2002. Tania is co-founder of Gruppo Rubato (www.rubato.ca), a theatre company dedicated to new works by Ottawa artists, with a healthy political bent. Select credits include: Airport Security, The Opposite of Infinity, The Man Who Went to Work One Day and Got Eaten by a Bear, Dawn of the Dad, The Jewish Princess Diaries, pygM@ILion, So, You’ve Decided to Be Evil, Listening, …and what she found there (Gruppo Rubato), As You Like It, Henry V, Top Girls (Third Wall Theatre), Le Projet Rideau Project (Théâtre la Catapulte), In the Works Festival (Odyssey Theatre). In addition to this, she also has a background in improvisation, site animation and is one of the three brains behind the new Ottawa Theatre Confidential podcast. If that’s not enough Tania for you, follow her day-to-day travesties on Twitter at @tanialevy!

Brad Long – Laertes

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Brad Long is thrilled to be part of the OSC’s inaugural production of Hamlet. Other recent theatre credits include As You Like It (Third Wall Theatre), 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 Twelfth Night with The Ottawa Theatre School. He is also a member of Kadozuke Kollektif (www.zuke.ca), a Toronto based theatre company that develops and produces large-scale experimental work rooted in classical themes. He is also an AMAZING bartender.

Michael Mancini – Hamlet

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Michael is honoured to be playing Hamlet and to be part of the Ottawa Shakespeare Company’s Ensemble. Michael was last seen as Touchstone in Third Wall Theatre Company’s production of As You Like It. Other credits with Third Wall Theatre 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 Optimists, The Last Liberal, Mambo Italiano, and Wit. Other credits include Twelfth Night at the National Arts Centre. For film and television, Michael played the lead role in the French language film Embargo (Société Radio Canada), 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). This is for Ernst, Klara and Milena, loves of my life.

Andrew Massingham – Claudius/Ghost

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As an actor, Andy has performed across Canada at such venues as the Stratford Shakespearean Festival (four seasons, including playing Feste in Twelfth Night), West Vancouver Cultural Centre, the Yukon Arts’ Centre, the National Arts Centre, Odyssey, Tarragon, Soulpepper, the Banff Centre and many others. He recently appeared in the premiere of The Shadow Cutter (GCTC). Other Ottawa acting credits include Bifurcate Me (Undercurrents GCTC), I, Blood Brothers (Gladstone),The Ark 2009; the Theatre of Ancient Greece (National Arts Centre), the title role in Peer Gynt (Third Wall-Rideau Nomination), and How the Other Half Loves (Gladstone-Rideau Nomination). Upcoming; Exit The King (Third Wall Theatre).

Andy’s wordless, solo play Rough House (nightswimming theatre) was presented at the National Art’s Centre and subsequently toured Canada and the U.S. He received a Dora award for his performance. Andy’s directing credits include Twelfth Night (Ottawa Theatre School), m (Guerilla Heart Juice), The Andrews Brothers and The Danish Play (The Gladstone), The Squatter Heart (Ottawa/Edmonton Fringe).

Charles McFarland – Director/Founder of the OSC

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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.

Stavros Sakiadis – Guildenstern

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Stavros is pleased to be working with the Ottawa Shakespeare Company. He is a native of Windsor, ON, and a graduate from the University of Windsor BFA acting program. He was seen last year in As You Like It as Silvius with Third Wall Theatre. Since moving to Ottawa he has been a company member with A Company of Fools in Twelfth Night where he played Sir Andrew and Sebastian and 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 at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. He is thrilled to have worked with such a talented group of artists. Enjoy the show!

Kevin Waghorn – Production Manager

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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 and Set Design

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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.

Robert Welch – Polonius

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Born and raised in Ottawa, Robert spent 8 years in the U.K. working as an actor at Crewe Rep; Derby Playhouse; Sidmouth Playhouse; Croydon Ashcroft; Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, Scotland for 8 months; York Theatre Royal and tours in Ulster, Scotland and England, including a show with Judy Dench and Michael Williams. Back in Canada, he worked at the Port Dover Lighthouse Festival for three seasons; in Toronto at Tarragon Theatre, Young Peoples Theatre, and Solar Stage. He also worked at Stage West Regina; Calgary Playhouse; La Poudriere in Montreal (Norman in The Norman Conquests); the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; and the NAC (The Secret Garden -twice, An ideal Husband and Hard Times). Fringe shows in Ottawa, Montreal, and Edmonton include a show written and performed by Robert on John A. Macdonald; Chinese Coffee; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Jeffrey Barnard is alive and well; Duck Variations, and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll. He recently appeared in As You Like It for Third Wall and in a movie of the week ”The Perfect Roommate”.

Scott Angus Wilson – Horatio

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Born and raised in Stratford Ontario, returning to his hometown Scott was extremely fortunate to have completed his apprenticeship at the Stratford Festival where he played the Second Gentleman in King Henry VIII (All is True), and appeared in Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, The Cherry Orchard, Julius Caesar and the Merchant of Venice.  In Ottawa, Scott played Exeter in Henry V and Jacques in As You Like It (Third Wall Theatre).

Other credits include Whiskey Serenade (Tribal Productions), Sometimes . . . (In the Blink), and The Whole Dip! . . . (Theatre 12) an award winning production that he co-wrote and produced.  Scott was also the voice of Lucky the dog on the children’s series Help Me Be My Best.  He was also the assistant director to Bruce Dow on Coaching Matters.  Scott is a graduate of the performance programme at Humber College.  Credits at Humber include, Captian Mummer in At the Black Pig’s Dyke, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macduff in Macbeth and Agis in The Triumph of Love. Scott is the recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie City of Stratford Award.

Ottawa Theatre School

Bruce Bissonnette – Director – Ottawa Theatre School

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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).

Diego Arvelo – Ensemble

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Diego is very pleased to be working at Centrepointe Theatres for the first time in his young career, and is eager to work with such a dedicated and versatile cast in the greatest play ever written.  Diego is currently in his third and final year at the Ottawa Theatre School, where he has had the pleasure of working with many in this cast before.  Recent credits include –Eddie in Blood Brothers (Gladstone Theatre), Feste in Twelfth Night (OTS), Under Milkwood (Shenkman Arts Centre).  Diego, in his spare time, enjoys playing hockey, writing music and lyrics.

Kyla Gray – Ensemble

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Kyla is in her third year of training with the Ottawa Theatre School and will be graduating this spring.  She is also working towards her Trinity College Performance Diploma.  Kyla has been a member of Third Wall Theatre`s Shakespeare Ensemble and has interned for the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.  She has previously appeared in Twelfth Night (directed by Andy Massingham) as Viola and in Under Milk Wood (directed by Jan Irwin) as multiple characters.  Next up, is the always entertaining Ottawa Fringe Festival with a brand new creation!

Kaitlin Miller – Ensemble

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Kaitlin is extremely honoured to be part of the Ottawa Shakespeare Company’s first ever production. She was most recently seen sharing the tales of a small Welsh village in Under Milkwood, following her exploration of gender diversity as Antonio and Maria in Twelfth Night. Other credits include: Blood Brothers (Gladstone Theatre), Beo’s Bedroom (OTS) and Impassioned Embraces (Ottawa Fringe). Kaitlin is currently in her third and final year at the Ottawa Theatre School Acting Conservatory. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew.

Jodi Morden – Ensemble

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Jodi is currently finishing up her graduating year at the Ottawa Theatre School, Acting Conservatory (OTS).  She has enjoyed playing Beo, the little girl who is afraid of the dark in the Theatre for Young Audiences Musical Beo’s Bedroom (OTS).  She was privileged to be to a part of the Ensemble cast of the Smash Hit Musical Blood Brothers (Gladstone Theatre), Impassioned Embraces (Ottawa Fringe Festival) and Under Milk Wood (Richcraft Theatre) and was excited to work with some of the most incredible talent Ottawa has to offer. Recently she took on the Role of Sebastian in Twelfth Night or What You Will (OTS). Upcoming: She will be travelling to Toronto to be a part of the Chorus for Yichud (Seclusion) (Theatre Passe Muraille) which will be touring to Ottawa for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

Greg Shand – Ensemble

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Greg Shand is currently enrolled at the Ottawa Theatre School (OTS) in his second year of study. As an emerging artist, he is proud to have been instructed by leading industry professionals, including Andy Massingham, Bruce Bissonnette and Kristina Watt. Previous credits include the hit musical Blood Brothers (Gladstone), Beo’s Bedroom (OTS), Twelfth Night (OTS), Under Milkwood (Shenkman) and he looks forward to taking on Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Hamlet (OSC). An ambitious writer, he is thrilled to be given these diverse opportunities and looks forward to exploring himself as an actor and an artist.

Henry Austin Shikongo – Ensemble

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Henry Austin Shikongo joins the Ottawa Shakespeare Ensemble in a fresh rendition of the Bard’s classic tale of murder, betrayal, love and questionable sanity in Hamlet. He is a proud member of the Ottawa Theatre School’s 2011 graduating class. Henry was the recipient of the Rich Little Endowment Fund, awarded by the City of Ottawa. He was last seen playing Orsino in Twelfth Night (OTS) and as Sammy ‘the bad Brother’ in Blood Brothers (Gladstone Theatre). This summer he will be part of a new creation of work, collaborating with the rest of the OTS 3rd years for a physical show being showcased at the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

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