THE CHEKHOV ENSEMBLE for our audio readings

SUSAN COYNE, A Work of Art 

Susan is  both an actor and a writer. As an actor, she has played leading roles across Canada, including the Stratford Festival, the Tarragon Theatre, and Soulpepper Theatre, of which she is a founding member. She is the author of a bestselling memoir, Kingfisher Days which she also adapted for the Tarragon stage. She has also adapted plays by Turgenev and Chekhov for the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival and Soulpepper. For television, she co-created, co-wrote, and starred in the acclaimed series Slings and Arrows for which she won multiple Gemini awards. Most recently, she wrote a feature film, The Man Who Invented Christmas and was a writer and producer on two Amazon series: Mozart in the Jungle and Daisy Jones and the Six.  Susan will also be appearing in the upcoming feature film French Exit.

NANCY PALK, Sarah Bernhardt Comes to Town

Nancy has been living and acting in Toronto, for forty years. She is a Founding Member of Soulpepper Theatre, acting in August Osage County, Angels in America, Ghosts, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Hamlet, A Winter’s Tale, and King Lear. Her directing credits there, include White Biting Dog, True West and The Gigli Concert. Nancy has performed at Tarragon, CanStage, Stratford, Shaw, and in NYC. She has taught at NTS, Humber, George Brown, Tarragon and Soulpepper. Film/TV credits include Catch and Rescue, The Other Half, and Rogue


Rena is an actor, writer, producer and teacher.  She wrote, produced and performed in three short films

that toured various festivals. She performed in the Chekhov Collective's The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, A Midsummer Night's Dream and I Take Your Hand In Mine which recently toured Washington D.C. Rena has been involved for 20 years with the Michael Chekhov Association and is a founding member of Michael Chekhov Canada as well as The Chekhov Collective. She recently completed Don Shebib's new film "Night Talk"

DAVID STORCH, Questions Posed by a Mad Mathematician

David is an actor, a director, and a teacher. Most recently, he directed Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, a co-production of Canadian Stage and Studio 180. He plays Ian Brown in the Crow’s Theatre production of The Boy in the Moon, which has been presented in Toronto, London, and Gananoque, and which will visit The Globe Theatre in Regina in April. An audio version of that play is available on CBC’s PlayMe podcast. He plays Thomas Edison on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, and was part of that show’s 200th episode this season.


Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Joseph Ziegler came to Canada in the 1970’s to go to the National Theatre School in Montreal. It was there that he met his future wife, Nancy Palk. They just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and they live in Toronto. In the meantime, Joseph has worked across Canada as an actor and as a director, with many seasons at the Shaw Festival, and also at the Stratford Festival. He is very proud to be a founding member of Toronto’s Soupepper Theatre Company. He has also worked in television and on film: 2 seasons with CBC’s Side Effects, 3 seasons with Black Harbour; and others, too numerous to mention.

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