Neil Barclay (Juror #11)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Guys and Dolls (Capitol Theatre), ELF: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius) and productions with The Grand Theatre, Studio 180, Acting Up Stage, Theatre North West, Geva Theater Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Passe Muraille, National Arts Centre and Canadian Stage Company. Since 1990, Neil has been an ensemble member at Shaw Festival appearing in more than 60 productions including The Emperor in Androcles and the Lion, The Director in Stage Kiss, the title role in Uncle Vanya, and John Reid in After the Dance. Upcoming: Santa in ELF: The Musical (Persephone Theatre).
Terry Barna (Juror #6)
Drayton Entertainment: The Birds & The Bees, Shear Madness, Bedtime Stories, The Love List, The Odd Couple. Other theatre: Terry has performed or directed over 60 shows since leaving the corporate world in 2001. Film/TV: Terry has been on TV screens around the world in films, commercials, and hosting daytime on RogersTV. He has had regular roles in Stock & Awe and Meet the Family, which garnered him a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. As always, much love goes out to Lynne, Rachel and Christian, who continue to cheer him on as he chases this wacky dream of his. Thank you for joining us in the jury room today!
Skye Brandon (Juror #8)
Drayton Entertainment: Death of a Salesman. Other theatre (selected): Hamlet (Outstanding Leading Performance, SATA), Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV Part I (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Matchmaker, Titus Andronicus (Stratford Festival), The Secret Mask (Globe Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Persephone), Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Ruins), The Secret Mask, Chimera (PTE), The Coronation Voyage, Beatrice and Virgil (Last Exit Theatre). Film/TV: Just Friends (Benderspink/New Line), Corner Gas (CTV), Redemption SK (Lasa Media). Skye thanks Kristi and Pyper, and dedicates this one to Ann, Ross, and Nel.
Benedict Campbell (Juror #3)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: A Doll’s House Part 2 (Belfry, Victoria), The Drawer Boy (Festival Player, Prince Edward County), A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre, London), King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach), 14 seasons at Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Mack and Mabel, Sweeney Todd, Our Town, St. Joan, The Entertainer and My Fair Lady. 10 seasons at Stratford Festival including Oedipus Rex, King Lear (also Lincoln Center New York), Henry IV Part 1 & 2, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, The Alchemist, Julius Caesar, and many other theatres across Canada. Film/TV (selected): Republic of Doyle, Slings and Arrow, History of Canada, and many more.
Keith Dinicol (Juror #9)
Drayton Entertainment: Pickering in My Fair Lady. Other theatre (selected): Stratford Festival: 29 seasons including Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Everett Baker in Crazy For You. Western Canada Theatre: Salieri in Amadeus. Chicago Shakespeare: Crabtree in The School for Scandal. Mirvish: Max in The Sound of Music. Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Schitt’s Creek, Designated Survivor. Keith is a proud father of three children and two granddaughters.
Thomas Duplessie (Juror #5)
Drayton Entertainment: The Miracle Worker, The Birds & The Bees, Death of a Salesman, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other theatre: Provenance/Suitcases (Canadian Stage Workshop), Dog Sees God (Echo Productions). Film/TV: In The Dark (CW), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Man Seeking Women (FXX), Heroes Reborn (NBC), Bitten (Space/Syfy), Reign (CW). Thomas most recently wrapped shooting on the feature film, Jump, Darling, starring opposite Cloris Leachman and Linda Kash. Thomas is a graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Thank you to Marti Maraden, David Connolly, Alex Mustakas, and to the cast and crew. Thank you to Bruce and everyone at The Talent House.
J. Sean Elliot (Juror #12)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kings & Queens of Country, The Little Mermaid, Million Dollar Quartet, Marathon of Hope, The Odd Couple, The Affections of May, Murder at the Best Western, Moon Over Buffalo, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Me and My Girl. Other theatre: Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Move Over Mrs. Markham (Stage West Calgary), Rob Roy (Edinburgh Festival). Film/TV: Anne (2018), Murdoch Mysteries (2015). Love and gratitude to Alex Mustakas and all the fabulous Drayton Entertainment folks who have made Drayton a home away from home for so many actors for so many years! www.jsean.com
Omar Forrest (Guard)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: The Hockey Sweater (Segal/NAC), The Wizard of Oz (YPT), Sister Act (Rainbow Stage), Legally Blonde (Theatre Aquarius), West Side Story (Vancouver Opera Company), Cabaret, Trojan Women (Stratford), Peter Pan (Neptune), Joseph… (Stagewest Mississauga), The Lion King, The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish), Touch the Sky (LKTYP). Film/TV: Mirror, Mirror (Relativity Media), Repo: The Genetic Opera (Twisted Pictures), Da Kink in My Hair (Global), Da Vinci’s City Hall (CBC), Once Upon A Mattress (Paramount). Thanks to Marti, Alex and the Drayton Entertainment team for having me.
Jacob James (Juror #1)
Drayton Entertainment: Assistant Director: The 39 Steps. Performer: Annie, Look No Hans!, The Men’s Foursome, Office Hours, Out of Order. Seven seasons with the Stratford Festival, five seasons with Thousand Islands Playhouse, five seasons with Videocabaret, two seasons with Globe Theatre Regina, Soulpepper, Theatre Aquarius, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Kingston, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Magnus Theatre. Film/TV: TURN: Washington’s Spies (AMC), Fireman Sam (Calon UK), The Martian Chronicles (BBC). Jacob has taught Shakespeare and Acting at universities across Canada and the U.S. for over 15 years. Graduate of National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory, Second City Conservatory.
Kevin Kruchkywich (Juror #7)
Drayton Entertainment: Death of a Salesman, Office Hours, Look No Hans!, Last Chance Romance. Other theatre (selected): Paradise Lost, Henry VIII (Stratford), Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie (Theatre Calgary), Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse), The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe), Hedda Gabler (Persephone), The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Falstaff (Bard On The Beach), The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC), The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry), Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable (ATP), Boeing Boeing, The School For Scandal (Arts Club), The Woman In Black (Chemainus), Guys and Dolls (Gateway), Macbeth (Theatre Nomad England/South Africa Tour), Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (BeMe).
Cyrus Lane (Juror #2)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Four Chords and a Gun (Fleck Theatre/Toronto/ Broadway Playhouse/Chicago), The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience (Soulpepper), Bunny (Tarragon Theatre/Stratford Festival), A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty Productions), The Changeling, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Cymbeline, Peter Pan (Stratford Festival), The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille), Passion Play (Outside the March/Sheep No Wool/Convergence), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Minotaur (YPT), Rock N Roll, Take Me Out, Habeas Corpus (Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Cyrus plays Rupert Newsome on Murdoch Mysteries. Instagram: @cyruslane
Brad Rudy (Juror #10)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla, West Side Story, Who's Under Where?. Other theatre (selected): 26 seasons with Stratford Festival, favourite roles including: Pembroke, Bill Sykes, George Stub, Edmond Dantes, Rochefort, Common Man, Laertes. Ted in War Horse (Mirvish), Frank in Educating Rita (Lighthouse), Pierre in The Father, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Mal in If I Were You, Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life, Gabe in Dinner With Friends (Theatre Aquarius). Director: A Tender Thing, Wind in the Willows Christmas, Falling: A Wake (Alternative Theatre Works), It's Morning Now (Players' Guild), The Book of Esther (Prince Edward County), Our Town (Mercury Theatre). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Mercer Report, Maniac Mansion. "Always sunshine behind the clouds..."
Jeffrey Wetsch (Juror #4)
Drayton Entertainment: The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman, Deathtrap, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Heiress. Other theatre (selected): Off The Grid (Theatre Orangville), The Ghost Island Light, Melville Boys (Lighthouse), Minotaur (YPT), Hamlet and the Russians (Parry Sound/Ottawa), Jesus Chrysler (Passe Muraille), The Great Gatsby, Schippel The Plumber (Grand), Dirty Dancing, Orpheus Descending (Mirvish), A Doll’s House (Globe), Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, The Swanne, Romeo and Juliet, Agamemnon (Stratford Festival). Film/TV (selected): Wayne, Holly Hoodie, Taken, Private Eyes, Bomb Girls, Alias Grace, Mohawk Girls, Saving Hope, Pirates Passage, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle (CBC), Reign, Rookie Blue (ABC). Jeffrey thanks Alex, Marti and his wonderful family.
The Creative Team
Marti Maraden (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: The Miracle Worker, The Birds & The Bees, The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman, Harvest, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Odd Couple, Looking, Deathtrap, Tuesdays with Morrie, Sleuth. Other theatre: Artistic Director of English Theatre for the National Arts Centre for eight years. Eighteen seasons as an actor and director at the Stratford Festival. In 2008, Ms. Maraden was a Co-Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Productions include: The Winter’s Tale, The Trojan Women, The Merchant of Venice, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Seven seasons as an actor and director at the Shaw Festival. Director of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Globe Theatre) and many more productions across North America.
Allan Wilbee (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: The Miracle Worker, Man of La Mancha, The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman, One for the Pot, Harvest, All Shook Up, Footloose, Chicago, Deathtrap, Tuesdays with Morrie, Sleuth, Twelve Angry Men, See How They Run, The Heiress, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden. Other theatre: Anthony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Elizabeth Rex, Richard III (Stratford), Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing…, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Grand), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Theatre Orangeville), Into the Woods (Theatre Sheridan). Costume Design: Proof (Canadian Stage), Wit (Citadel), The Crucible (Manitoba Theatre).
Jennifer Wonnacott (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. With more than 20 years’ experience in theatre wardrobe production, Jennie is thrilled to be using her costume knowledge for design. Past production credits include shows with the Stratford Festival, Mirvish, Theatre Aquarius, and others. Jennie is the winner of the 2016 Pauline McGibbon Award from the Ontario Arts Council. Many thanks to Marti and Jenine for giving their confidence in this endeavor, and to family and friends for their support.
Louise Guinand (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: The Rainmaker, Harvest, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Odd Couple, Last Chance Romance, Looking, Deathtrap, Tuesdays with Morrie. Other theatre (selected): Over 500 shows across Canada and the United States. Recent productions include Henry VIII (Stratford Festival), Rope (Shaw Festival), Cakewalk (Blyth Festival), The Hobbit (Globe Theatre). Louise is a graduate of Queen’s University and the National Theatre School. She is a member of Associated Designers of Canada. She is delighted to be designing lights for Drayton Entertainment.
Catriona MacFarlane (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Little Mermaid, Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph…, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other theatre: Stage Manager: ELF: The Musical, Million Dollar Quartet, Beauty and the Beast, The Big Sleep (Theatre Aquarius), On Golden Pond (Orillia Opera House/Rose Theatre). Production Stage Manager: 14 Seasons with Stage West Theatre, Mississauga. Catriona received her Master’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Toronto. Thanks to Alex, Max, Marti and my husband Jon-Alex and daughters Aly and Fiona for their love and support.
Kelly Boudreau (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia!. Other theatre: ELF: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatre Aquarius), Jerusalem (The Company Theatre/OTM), John (The Company Theatre), Innocence Lost (Soulpepper), Silence (Grand Theatre), Dry Powder (Evermore Theatre), Macbeth, On Golden Pond (Rose Theatre Brampton), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Classic Theatre Project), The Melville Boys (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Off/Balance (Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival). Kelly is a graduate of the Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry Program at Sheridan College.