GVSF Producing Artistic Director & Co-Director of Macbeth
Karen received her classical theatre training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
A recognized award-winning artist with over 25 years’ experience as an actor, director, producer, teacher and playwright, Karen’s credits include work with Deep Ellum Ensemble in New York City, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Friends of Italian Opera in Berlin and the Dublin Gay and Lesbian International Theatre Festival. Her Shakespeare roles span Lady Macbeth to Adriana in Comedy of Errors to Maria in Twelfth Night. She has appeared locally in productions with Intrepid Theatre, Langham Court Theatre, Victoria Operatic Society, William Head on Stage, Theatre Inconnu, and Giggling Iguana. This is her fifth season with the GVSF.
As producing artistic director of the Festival, Karen brings a vision to provide local actors the opportunity to work with mentors to grow their craft and excite audiences by making Shakespeare accessible to all.
Director of Love's Labour's Lost
Janet Munsil is happy to return to the GVSF this summer, having directed Twelfth Night in 2016. Better known as a festival producer and playwright, she is the author of The Ugly Duchess, Be Still, Circus Fire, Emphysema, Influence, That Elusive Spark (Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Literature), I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key, and an adaptation of Pride & Prejudice produced earlier this year at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Over the past year, she has been an Artist in Residence at UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, working on two new plays: Act of Faith (Realwheels Theatre in Vancouver), and Sveva (Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon).
This fall, she directs Girl in the Goldfish Bowl by Morris Panych at Langham Court Theatre and will return to UVic to do her MFA in Writing. She lives in Oak Bay with her husband Actor-Cellist-Contractor Paul Terry, and the infamous dog, Monk.
Co-Director of Macbeth
Kate Rubin has been an independent theatre artist and educator in Victoria for 30 years. Her work as a director, teacher, and performer, has been diverse and extensive, from running her own theatre studio, Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio, for 22 years, to working as an independent artist with many companies including The Belfry Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Puente Theatre, Theatre Inconnu, and The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival.
She directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for GVSF in the summer of 2013. Her most recent directing credits are Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner (2016), William Head on Stage (WHoS) : Time Waits for No One - A Prison Play (2014) , HERE: A Captive Odyssey (2015) and Katrina Kadoski’s Cougar Annie Tales (2014 to present).
Young Siward/Seyton in Macbeth & Dumain in Love's Labour's Lost
This is Evan’s first year with the GSVF. Previous acting roles include Freddy Fixit in The Government Inspector (UVic Mainstage), and Vasily in Wild Honey (UVic Mainstage).
Evan is Going into his fourth year of the University of Victoria’s Acting program and attended Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek program from 2009 – 2013.
He would like to thank his professors for helping him grow as an artist.
Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost
Jarod is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival for the first time this summer. A graduate of Victoria’s Canadian College of Performing Arts, Jarod works locally as an actor, sound designer, and projection designer.
Past performance credits include James and the Giant Peach (Kaleidoscope), Into the Woods (Company C), and Great Expectations (CCPA). Recent projection designs include The Little Prince (Kaleidoscope), The Triangle Factory Fire Project, and Under Milk Wood (CCPA). Other production credits include sound design for Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, as well as stage management for the world premiere of Cities and Girls (CCPA).
Porter in Macbeth & Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost
Cam is an ELL(Uvic)/drama/music teacher by day and an actor by night. He also has music sessions, at Lifetime, with adults living with disabilities, which he loves. Recent productions (Theatre Inconnu) include Love Kills, Kafka the Musical, Tom Waits in Alice, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, C*ck, and Shockheaded Peter. He has also performed for over 25 years, though with some breaks, with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. His most recent roles with GVSF were Camillo in The Winter's Tale, and femme fatale musician in Twelfth Night.
This past Fall, Cam was part of an exciting GVSF educational initiative at Craigdarroch Castle, facilitating acting workshops with over 600 local secondary students! This past Spring, Cam played the role of Leonato in Much (Less) Ado About Nothing (Launch Pad Co), and dedicated it to the memory of his longtime acting pal Susie Mullen, who was a valued actor as well as board member of the GVSF, and an overall theatre communist for so very many years.
Costard in Love's Labour's Lost
Geoff has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Dordt College and has been involved with the GVSF since playing Osric in their 2004 production of Hamlet. Other roles include Antigonus in last year’s The Winter’s Tale, Borachio and Verges in separate productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Ratcliff in Richard III, and The Provost in Measure For Measure. He has also played Lennox, Menteith, and The Porter, in separate versions of Macbeth.
When not acting, Geoff spends much of his time directing productions for several of the local theatre companies in town, including Where There’s a Will (GVSF fundraiser), which was co-written by Ian Case and Karen Lee Pickett.
Geoff would like to dedicate his performance to the late Susie Mullen - a greater friend, Shakespeare never had.
Duncan/Old Man in Macbeth & Dull/Forester/Mercade in Love's Labour's Lost
Emily has been involved with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival for several years and is very excited to be back for another summer.
Past performances include Hamlet, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V,Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a fantastic cast and crew again this year.
Emily would also like to thank you, the audience, for your continued support of the GVSF. Enjoy the show!
Nathaniel in Love's Labour's Lost
Blake has been working backstage in theatre for nearly 45 years, but Love's Labour's Lost will be his first time acting Shakespeare in over 30 years. Blake is excited to be part of the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival for the first time. Last year, Blake performed with Langham Court Theatre and Hallmark Motion Pictures.
He gratefully thanks his wife, Marla, and their dogs, Precious and MacPherson, who will all miss him while he is exploring his acting side. Also thanks to the company, crew, and management of the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, and many thanks to the patrons and audiences of our show.
Macbeth in Macbeth & Longaville in Love's Labour's Lost
Since graduating from UVic's theatre program in 2007, Trevor's life has been enriched through acting internationally, with a wide diversity of talented artists. On the west coast, Trevor has been on stage with the Belfry, Kaleidoscope, Blue Bridge, Atomic Vaudeville, The Electric Company, Itsazoo, Launch Pad, Giggling Iguana and, of course, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, to name a few. This is his third season as a mentor actor in the festival. Previous seasons saw Trevor as Olivia in Twelfth Night, Polixynes/The Bear in The Winter's Tale, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.
Witch/Murderer/Lady Macduff/Gentlewoman in Macbeth & Princess in Love's Labour's Lost
Madeleine dedicates her GVSF season to her friend, Susie Mullen, her sweet Sir Toby Belch. The last time Madeleine saw Susie, was to visit her in the hospital. Susie was in the middle of telling a beautifully poignant story, and in the midst of it, looked at Madeleine's pants and said, "Ugh. Sequins. I wouldn't pay two cents for those," whereupon she continued with her tale.
Leontes in The Winter's Tale & Maria in Twelfth Night
Katrina is very excited to join the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival for her second year. She was previously seen as Sister Joan in Romeo & Juliet and as Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
After graduating from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Katrina played Susanna Walcott in The Crucible (Langham Court Theatre) and also acted as the production’s dance captain. This January, Katrina had the chance to teach the class Acting for Animators at the Victoria College of Art, where she learned just as much as she taught.
Katrina would like to thank her Mom & Dad for all their love and continuing support, and Kalyna & Julian for being the inspiring friends she couldn’t live without. Merde!
Young Macduff in Macbeth
Kai has loved drama since very reluctantly trying his first class at Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio, age 7. He studied there for years with Erica Parker Petty, with Tim Gosley at Theatre Inconnu, and then three years with Pat Rundell at Kaleidoscope. He has also taken a film course with Tarlington Training in Vancouver, and film classes with Jessica Van Der Veen.
Kai's main performance experience has been the role of the Boy in Waiting For Godot (Blue Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre). He was also in the Ensemble of Joan in a recent production by Theatre Skam.
Kai is really excited to be in Macbeth. He has seen various GVSF productions and is thrilled to actually be in one.
Fleance in Macbeth
Juliana is ecstatic to be playing the role of Fleance in this year's production of Macbeth. At just 13 years old, she has done school musicals at Central Middle School for the past two years, as well as performed in This Little Light (Belfry Theatre) this past Christmas. She has also done some film work in Love Under the Stars, Cedar Cove, and a few others.
This will be Juliana's first Shakespeare experience! She is madly thankful to everyone who has opened this opportunity to her, such as her lovely parents, her inspiring neighbour Wendy Magahay, her wonderful Drama and English teachers Allison Balabach and Charlotte Dorion, and, of course, the magnificent cast and crew!
Messenger/Lord/Menteith in Macbeth & Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost & Costume Coordinator
Hannah is just tickled pink to be a part of GVSF again. Last year she played Anna and Mopsa in The Winter's Tale. Before that, Julia was in Two Gentlemen of Verona, which re-ignited her passion for Shakespeare.
Other past credits include CHICAGO, Oliver Twist and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all in her hometown of Nelson BC. Hannah has been attending The Canadian College of Performing Arts for the past few years, where she learned about the beauty of what The Bard has to offer from such amazing teachers as Christopher Weddell, Dr. Iris MacGregor Bannerman and Adrienne Smook.
Enjoy your evening in the open air.
Witch/Murderer in Macbeth
Joanie is thrilled to play a Witch and a Murderer in Macbeth. She is very glad to share the experience, which will be a very different challenge for her, with this amazing cast. In GVSF's 2016 season, she played Feste in Twelfth Night and Autolycus in Winter's Tale.
Joanie graduated from CCPA in April 2016, has danced with Broken Rhythms Victoria (Pretty Good Not Bad Productions), and directed and produced Bliss (Sky Corner - Victoria Fringe Festival). She has also performed as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Atomic Vaudeville).
She couldn't be more grateful for her experiences, over the winter, on the paths of Camino de Santiago in France and Spain, which taught her so much, both personally and as an actress.
Banquo/Old Siward in Macbeth & Kingin Love's Labour's Lost
Brian is new to beautiful British Columbia and the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. He hails from a frozen cornfield, south of the border in Michigan. He received his B.A. in Theatre and Philosophy from Grand Valley State University, where he was a recipient of the Shakespeare Scholarship. While there, he played such notable Shakespearean roles as Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, and Caliban in The Tempest (for which he won a Grand Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor).
He honed his writing and music skills in the mossy dampness of greater Seattle, where he co-wrote, and played Ben Gunn in Treasure Island the Musical, and played Dr. Sanderson in Harvey, Renfield in Dracula, as well as directed some radio-theatre.
For the past decade, he’s been basking in the sunshine of the Bay Area in California, where he played countless roles, wrote dozens of short plays, directed, did scenic design, and produced for his independent-theatre companies: Battle Stache Studios and Round Belly Theater Company, as well as with SHOTZ SF, Piano Fight, Theater Pub, Actors Ensemble Berkeley, Quixotic Players, Footloose Dance Company, The Thick Rick Ones, and Awesome Theater.
Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
Adrienne is thrilled to be playing Lady Macbeth in this year's Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. She was last seen on the GVSF stage in The Taming of the Shrew and Henry V as part of the 2015 season. Other acting credits include: The 39 Steps (Vertigo Theatre), Amadeus (Alberta Theatre Projects), and Enchanted April (Theatre Calgary).
Locally, Adrienne provides voice and accent coaching for actors and theatre companies such as the Belfry Theatre and Kaleidoscope Theatre. Adrienne teaches Actor’s Voice at The Canadian College of Performing Arts and is the Senior School Drama Teacher at Glenlyon Norfolk School.
Adrienne holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, and an MA in Voice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.
* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.
Moth in Love's Labour's Lost
Erin Spence is thrilled to be making her GVSF debut, playing Moth. Select past credits include Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Painted Fish) and Ayah in The Secret Garden (Arbutus Studios).
Erin has recently completed her second year in the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University in Vancouver. Erin would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and the amazing cast and creative team for the incredible experience.
Lennox in Macbeth
Charlotte originally hails from a small town called Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, but has grown very comfortable living in this gorgeous city. This is Charlotte's second season with The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, and she could not be more excited, or feel more blessed, to be a part of two beautiful shows, with such amazing casts and directors. This February, she graduated from The Canadian College of Performing Arts (Company C) studio ensemble third-year program.
Some recent productions include Rose Maybud in Ruddigore (Company C), Quartet in This Little Light (Company C/Belfry), and Hermoine in The Winters Tale (GVSF).
Charlotte would like to thank everyone at the GVSF, her beautiful family and friends, the many supporters of the festival, and the Bard himself.
Sarah Jean Valiquette
Macduff/Doctor in Macbeth & Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost
SJ Valiquette is a fourth-year theatre major at the University of Victoria. She is excited to be back for her second season with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival.
Previous credits include Twelfth Night and The Winters Tale (GVSF 2016), The Quiet Environmentalist (Victoria Fringe Festival 2016), and The Inspector (Phoenix Theatre 2017.)
Mary Van Den Bossche
Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost
Mary is very excited to be playing Berowne in her first production with the GVSF. Her previous credits include Maggie in Gut Girls (UVic Phoenix Mainstage), C in Crave (MFA project), and Osip in Wild Honey (UVic Phoenix Mainstage).
Mary is originally from Ontario but moved out West to study theatre at the University of Victoria. Mary is going into her fourth year of the performance specialization at UVic. She would like to thank the GVSF for this amazing opportunity, as well as her family for listening to her talk endlessly about Shakespeare. You can see Mary this November on the Phoenix Mainstage in their fall production of The Madwoman of Chaillot.
Witch/Murderer in Macbeth & Katherine in Love's Labour's Lost
Hilary is excited to be performing in her first GVSF shows as Second Witch and Second Murderer in Macbeth, and as Katherine in Love's Labour's Lost.
Previous shows in which Hilary has appeared are Sky Corner (Victoria Fringe Festival), Foundation and Tic Tic Toc (SATCo), as well as applied theatre shows in the community.
She is currently going into her third year in the department of theatre at the University of Victoria. Hilary would like to thank those who are closest to her for their endless love and support. She hopes that you enjoy the show!
Malcolm in Macbeth
Candace is delighted to return to the GVSF stage for her fourth season with the company, playing Malcolm in Macbeth. Developing her craft, on the grounds of Camosun College, with this wonderful team is her favourite way to spend her summers. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Candace co-founded Rebel Knock Out Productions in 2014, and produced, marketed, and performed in two successful runs of The Rocky Horror Show in Victoria, which then toured to the Yukon Territories.
Candace has had the pleasure of playing such roles as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GVSF), Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (RKO), Alice Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor (GFSV), and Constanze in Amadeus (Kaleidoscope Theatre).
In addition to being a lifetime member of the Victoria Shakespeare Society, Paul has acted as the Festival's Technical Director since 2004. This summer Paul welcomes the opportunity to work with both production directors as Lighting Designer and hopes to be able enhance your experience of spending an evening with our talented cast and crew enjoying the Bard.
Production Stage Manager
Sylvia Lindstrom has been involved in theatre in BC for thirty-five years. She has worked with Courtenay Little Theatre, CYMC, Pacific Opera, Bastion Theatre, Langham Court Theatre, William Head on Stage, Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Savoyards), Capital Comedy Theatre, VOS, Giggling Iguana Productions, Outpost 31, Theatre Inconnu, and numerous Fringe productions (from 1989 to 2015). She was stage manager for two GVSF plays in 2002 and 2003 and is pleased to be rejoining the Shakespeare fold for this most important year of Shakespearean celebration.
Production Stage Manager (rehearsals) & Lighting Design
Carolyn is a local technician, sound designer, and stage manager, who also occasionally delves into directing and other design fields. She is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria, and has been lucky enough to freelance since her graduation. Stage management credits include Spin (OutSpoke Productions, Belfry Spark Festival), Animal Crackers (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), and Lovers-Winners (Phoenix Theatre). Carolyn is also one of the members of Vino Buono Productions, a brand new company in Victoria. This is Carolyn’s first season with GVSF, and she is very excited to be involved.
Carole Klemm has been a professional set designer and scenic painter in Canada for 30 years. She has worked with The National Arts Centre, The Manitoba Theatre Center, the Belfry Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Chemainus Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Blue Bridge Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre and WHoS (William Head on Stage), among others. She is the head scenic painter for the Belfry Theatre and the Victoria Operatic Society. Her last work with GVSF was the production design for The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2013. Her most recent work as set designer is with the Belfry Theatre’s Taking Off, Feb 2017.
Production Assistant Stage Manager
This is Nolan's first time working with the GVSF and he is incredibly honoured to have been invited onto the production team. Nolan has been involved in theatre since his early teens, being involved in each of his high school productions, working with the St Luke's Players, as well as having plenty of improvisational theatre experience. He just finished his third term at Langara College's Studio 58 acting program, this past April, and is excited to continue working with Shakespeare over the summer break.