the ensemble

PAUL AMOS, Oberon/Theseus

Paul is an actor from Wales, UK. After studying at LAMDA, he worked with several prestigious theatre companies including the RSC and the National Theatre. In Canada, Paul spent two seasons with the Stratford Festival. TV credits include: Combat Hospital, Warehouse 13, Degrassi goes to Hollywood, Mudpit, She's The Mayor, Casualty (BBC), Designated Survivor, Working Moms, Frankie Drake. Indie Films include: Nexus, Long Gone Day, Darken, The Corruption of Divine Providence, Bastards, Sex After Kids, and the animated web series adaptation of Captain Canuck. Paul is best known for his recurring characters Dr. Roberts in Murdoch Mysteries and Vex in the Showcase/Syfy hit Lost Girl. Paul also voiced and mo-capped Jacob Frye in Ubisoft's acclaimed Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. 

ROB BERTOLA, Sound and Music Design

Rob Bertola is an award-winning Sound Designer. He has won several Genies, Geminis, Director's Guild Awards, a Golden Reel Award and two Emmys. Robert's diverse Sound Designer credits include live theatre, dramatic film, IMAX, animation, toy sounds, and a Museum soundscape for the Canadian sculptor Tony Bloom. "I am fascinated with using conventional and unconventional sources, mixed with perspectives, to invoke thought, feeling or vision."

ZACH COUNSIL, Bottom

Theatre: Ordinary Days, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (GCTC), The Three Musketeers, Antony & Cleopatra (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Prom Queen – The Musical (Segal Center), The Servant of Two Masters, The Game of Love & Chance (Odyssey Theatre), A Year with Frog & Toad (Rubarb Productions), Stag and Doe, No Sex Please, We’re British (Upper Canada Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Persephone Theatre), Bell, Book & Candle (Classic Theatre Festival), BatBoy - The Musical, Wild Abandon (Black Sheep Theatre), The 39 Steps, Stones in his Pockets, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (SevenThirty Productions), Cyrano De Bergerac (Plosive Productions). Zach also works as a Fight Director, SPFX Designer and Illusionist. Upcoming: Snake Oil, Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa.

NOAH FEAVER, Lighting Designer

Noah is a lighting designer originally from Vancouver, now resident in Toronto. Recent designs include: Factory – (Michael Caldwell); Welcome to Our Home – Tangled (Human Body Expression); Crépuscule (Chartier Danse); La Bohème (Against The Grain Theatre); Blue Valentine (Common People); Anything Goes, Rent (Mainstage Theatre Company); Cendrillon (The Royal Conservatory); Ruby Red Burlesque (Concrete Vertigo Productions); Dolphin, String Quartet no. 14 in G Major, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS (Rock Bottom Movement); Momentum 2017, Momentum 2016 (The School of Toronto Dance Theatre). Noah is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance and an Associate Member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

SHANNON LEA DOYLE, Set/Costume Design

Shannon  is a performance designer from Toronto. Her recent credits include: The Story (Common Boots Theatre), John (Company Theatre), The Last Wife (The Belfry Theatre / GCTC), Boy In The Moon, Breath In Between (Crows Theatre), Vimy, The Just, The Heidi Chronicles, The Anger of Ernest and Ernestine, The Dybbuk, (Soulpepper Theatre); I’m Doing This For You (Hayley McGee, Directed by Mitchell Cushman), Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Fiddler on The Roof (YES Theatre). Shannon holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University and is a graduate of the Soulpepper Theatre Academy where she worked under the mentorship of designer Lorenzo Savoini. In 2017 she won a Dora Mavor Moore award for her set design of John, was nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award and a Prix Rideau Award for her set design of The Last Wife at GCTC.

CHRISTINA FOX, Helena/Starveling

The Chekhov Collective: debut. Select Theatre Credits: Irina, Three Sisters (Wolf Manor Theatre), Shawna, The Dumb War (Newborn Theatre), Ever, Vacuum (NWF), Orlando, Orlando; Guildenstern, Hamlet; Kaitlyn, Total Liquidation (NTS). Select Film/TV Credits: How to Build a Better Boy (Disney), Reign (CW), Ashram ’69 (Triple 7 Films). Training: Christina has studied Shakespeare at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS). She trains with the Academy of Dramatic Combat in Toronto. 

NATASHA GREENBLATT, Hermia/Snug

Natasha is an actor, writer, director, educator and producer. Selected acting credits include Get Yourself Home Skyler James (Roseneath Theatre, Dora Award), The Railway Children (Mirvish, Marquis), The Importance of Being Earnest (National Arts Centre) and Alice Through The Looking Glass (NAC, Charlottetown Festival). Natasha's play The Peace Maker was published by Playwrights Canada as part of the anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diaspora. Two Birds One Stone, a collaboration with Rimah Jabr, was part of the 2016 RISER Series. Natasha is currently developing The Election with Common Boots Theatre. She looks forward to working on A Midsummer Night's Dream with this excellent company in the dead winter.

RACHEL JONES, Assistant Director

Selected Directing Credits: Sarah’s Daughters, (Jeff Nisker Productions), Philadelphia, Here I Come, (Ausable Theatre), Measure for Measure (Theatre Western), Lion in the Streets, (Theatre Soup). Selected Recent Acting: A Christmas Carol (The Grand Theatre), Antony & Cleopatra (Saint Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Late Night (Theatre Brouhaha/Zoomermedia), Hamlet/All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage, My Entertainment Theatre Award: Best Supporting Actress - Large Company), The Nerd and The Odd Couple (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), The Marriage Go-Round and Mary, Mary (Classic Theatre Festival), The 39 Steps (Theatre New Brunswick), The Continuing Adventures of the Boneyard Man (Natural Broadcasting Company).

MELINDA LITTLE, Movement Director

Melinda Little is a coach, teacher and actor who specializes in movement based work. She has taught at the Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory, Sheridan College, George Brown College, the University of Waterloo, The Randolph College for the Performing Arts and been a movement coach on many productions. As a performer, Melinda has worked at theatres across Canada including Mermaid Theatre, Theatre Beyond Words, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre and many indie companies including Theatre Panik and Theatre Rusticle. She has written two plays and is currently devising a new piece called Flow.

MICHAEL MAN, Demetrius/Quince

Michael is a Toronto-based actor and musician. Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre), King Lear, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It (Canadian Stage); The Other Shore 彼岸 (Gateway Theatre); The Jungle Book (Magnus Theatre); Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); The Snow Queen (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Potluck Festival (fu-GEN Theatre). Selected music: The Last Five Years (Music Director, YES Theatre); Les Misérables (Pianist, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra); Goblin Market (Pianist, Theatre Kingston). Michael is a graduate of Queen’s University and George Brown Theatre School.

JESSE NERENBERG, Lysander/Flute 

Selected Theatre: Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, The Three Musketeers (St. Lawrence Shakespeare); The Whipping Man (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre Edmonton); Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth (Shakespeare Bash’d); Casimir & Caroline (Howland Company); Birth (Pandemic Theatre); Journey's End (Empty Room); The SantaLand Diaries (Frosty Co-op); Equus (Hart House); Mary's Wedding (Brantbury Fair); Serious Money (RTS/Nightwood). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Fare Trade (Bell Media), Slasher Digital (Shaftesbury), Private Eyes (Global),  Warehouse 13 (SyFy), The Transporter (HBO Canada), Canadian Made and Storming Juno (History Television). Other: Graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and participant in the 2014 Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program.

RENA POLLEY, Titania/Hippolyta

Rena is an actor, writer, producer and teacher, and has worked in theatre, television and film for over twenty-five years. She has written, produced and performed in three short films that have toured various festivals around the world. She played Arkadina in the Chekhov's Collective's production of The Seagull, Ranyevskava in The Cherry Orchard and Olga Knipper in 'I Take Your Hand in Mine ...". Recent television includes: Suits, Designated Survivor, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries. Rena has been involved for over 17 years with the Michael Chekhov Association and is a founding member of Michael Chekhov Canada as well as The Chekhov Collective.

ELYSE QUESNEL, Stage Manager

Elyse is originally from Montreal, has spent the last few years jumping from city to city across Canada, including two seasons at the Shaw Festival as an apprentice. Most recently she stage managed The Three Musketeers and Antony and Cleopatra at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario, Playing with Fire at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal and Little Red: Panto with the Stirling Festival in Stirling, Ontario. She is very excited to be working with this wonderful cast and creative team. Next up, she will be stage managing Category E at the Coal Mine Theatre.

HEIDI REIMER, Producer

Heidi is a writer, editor, and project manager based in Toronto. She is the co-creator of the one-man show Strolling Player, and dramaturge and production consultant on Boy Beatle, a new play forthcoming in 2018. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Chatelaine, The New Quarterly, Literary MamaLittle Fiction, Outcrops: Northeastern Ontario Short Stories (Scrivener) and The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood (Goose Lane). 

ELIZABETH SAUNDERS, Puck/Egeus 

Liz is an actor/director/writer and acting instructor. Having performed in theatres throughout Canada, her acting credits include: Glengarry Glen Ross, The Vibrator Play, 4:48 Psychosis, StopHeart, 6 Essential Questions, Stones and Ashes, Unless, The Stone Angel, Transit of Venus, Goodnight Desdemona..., Confederation, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Crucible, La Bete, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Amadeus, Doc, Unidentified Human Remains, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, as well as several seasons at the Shaw Festival. TV/film credits include: IT, Alias Grace, Orphan Black, Imposters, Frankie Drake, Slings and Arrows, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, and Murdoch Mysteries. She holds a BFA in Acting and an MA in Theatre and Performance. 

RICHARD SHERIDAN WILLIS, Director

Trained: RADA. Richard has worked extensively at theatres throughout the world. Companies include Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Norway’s National Theatre, Peter Hall Company/London, Denver Centre Theatre Co, Shared Experience/London and The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia. He has performed his solo show Strolling Player in Washington DC, Hastings in the UK and at The Tarragon Theatre in the Toronto Fringe Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.