THE CHEKHOV ENSEMBLE

SUSAN COYNE, Director 

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, Narrator / Korostelev

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

KELLY PENNER, Ryabovsky

Kelly is a Toronto based actor, born and raised in Kingsville, Ontario.  Canada's most southern town!  After a (very) brief stint studying Kinesiology and a few unremarkable university soccer seasons, he graduated from the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting Program.  Previous theatre credits include: Harry Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (STC); Romeo in R&J (Humber River); Laertes in Hamlet (SLSF); The Antipholous Twins in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Bash’d); Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (CTP); Jim in The Railway Children (Mirvish); An Ideal Husband, The Doctors Dilemma (Shaw Fest). Film/TV credits include: Chad Werewolf in What We Do In the Shadows, Bad Blood, Designated Survivor, and Baroness Von Sketch. 

RENA POLLEY, Olga Ivanovna

Rena is an actor, writer, producer and teacher and has worked in theatre and  television for over twenty years. She performed in The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, A Midsummer Night's Dream and I Take Your Hand in Mine for The Chekhov Collective.  She co-wrote and performed in three short films that toured various festivals around the world. Recent television includes: Suits, Designated Survivor, Saving Hope. Murdoch Mysteries and most recently Don Shibeb's new film Nightalk. Rena has been involved for 18 years with the Michael Chekhov Association and is the co-founder of Michael Chekhov Canada.

DAVID STORCH, Osip Stepanitch Dymov

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.

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