Barbara Poggemiller has been working in Canadian theatre for over 30 years as a teacher, director, actor and writer. She has taught and directed at National Theatre School, Concordia University, Dawson College, Mosaic Centre for Learning, Somerset House, and is currently in her 18th season teaching and directing at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria.
Barbara has created, adapted and directed productions for many theatres across Canada, including many seasons with the Geordie Theatre in Montreal, and has acted with Globe Theatre in Regina, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, and the Belfry, Bastion and Kaleidoscope theatres in Victoria.
She has received a Dora Mavor Moore award for directing, a Monday People’s Choice award for directing, a Montreal English Critics award for Adaptation and Direction and three Canada Council awards for the creation of new works.
The Winter’s Tale will be her seventh play as director for the GVSF.
Director of Twelfth Night
Janet Munsil did her theatre training at UVic in Directing and Design, but she has had few opportunities to do either as the Artistic Director of Intrepid Theatre (Victoria Fringe, Uno Fest, OUTstages, Metro Studio) for the past 25 years. In addition to her work in arts administration and festival production, she has been active as a playwright and is the author of work seen in past Victoria theatre seasons including 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 which was recently produced at Langham Court and the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. As a director, some of her favourite projects have included A Flea in Her Ear at Langham, Influence at the Metro Studio, and Henry IV Part 1 at the (former) Barley Mow Pub in Cadboro Bay. She is currently writing two new plays: Act of Faith for Realwheels Theatre in Vancouver, and one for the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon, with director Geoff Ewert. She lives in Oak Bay with her husband Actor-Cellist- Contractor Paul Terry, and the infamous dog, Monk.
Paulina in The Winter's Tale & Assistant Director of Twelfth Night
Noelle is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from Victoria. Her favourite performing credits include Ophelia (Hamlet/GVSF), Wendla (Spring Awakening/Go Bull Theatre), Dorothy (Thoroughly Modern Mille/VOS), Lina Lamont (Singin' in the Rain/Kaleidoscope Theatre), Sonia (Godspell/Epiphany Productions), Madame de Tourvel (Les Liaisons Dangereuses/Company C), and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz/Prairie Skies Musical Theatre). Noelle also works as a stage manager; selected stage management credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor (GVSF), and The Rocky Horror Show (RKO). Noelle also enjoys producing theatre, most recently producing a tour of Spring Awakening to northern BC. She has worked as a teacher at Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio and with ArtsREACH. The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival is very close to Noelle's heart, and she is so happy to be involved this season.
Florizel in The Winter's Tale & Viola in Twelfth Night
Will Carr couldn’t be more excited for his second season with GVSF. Will has just received his diploma from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and will be returning to the school in the fall as a member of Company C. His most recent credits include; Bert in Mary Poppins (CCPA), Mr. Lloyd in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (CCPA), A Little Green Leaf (Puppets for Peace) and Paris in Romeo and Juliet(GVSF). He has also recently music directed a piece for the TD Festival of New Works, and worked as the fight choreographer on The Two Gentlemen of Verona (CCPA). Will feels very lucky to be working with such a great company alongside many passionate artists this year, and can`t wait to honour Shakespeare`s legacy by bringing to life two of his great characters.
Camillo in The Winter's Tale & Music for Twelfth Night
Cam is an ELL teacher at UVic Continuing Studies by day and a singer/actor by night! He has been performing with the GVSF since the early 1990s when it was in a tent at the Inner Harbour. His most recent roles at the Festival were Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Egeus/Robin Starveling/Fairy in A Midsummer Might's Dream. This is his second time appearing in The Winter's Tale. The last was in a Savage God, Vancouver production in which he played the bear (no lines).
Cam is a guitar player and singer who leads interactive singsongs at various places around town for diverse populations, from Special Needs to Alzheimers, and loves the connection that music affords. He is thrilled to be helping with music in Twelfth Night and looks forward to a summer filled with gigs and jams.
Each summer Cam teaches the Drama component of a high school Musical Theatre course at nearby Smus (non audition). This year their show is Disney's Camp Rock, and it will be a blast! Their show will have a run at the Victoria Fringe Festival!
Thanks all for creating this event and for coming to our show!
Antigonus in The Winter's Tale
Geoff has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and has been involved with many GVSF productions. Past productions include: Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, and Measure for Measure. Geoff is thrilled at the opportunity to play Antigonus in The Winter's Tale!
Sebastian in Twelfth Night
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!
Dorcus and Emelia in The Winter's Tale
A recent graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Jesse is beyond thrilled to be spending her second summer in Victoria on Camosun's beautiful grounds with GVSF. The opportunity to music direct as well as acting in The Winter's Tale has been simply magical. Previous roles with GVSF include Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and ensemble in Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (CCPA), Mary Poppins (CCPA), and 2015 Pick of the Fringe, Lieutenant Nun (Puente/Snafu Dance Theatre/Theatre SKAM).
Geoffrey Ewert *
Leontes in The Winter's Tale & Maria in Twelfth Night
As a director and/or actor, Geoffrey has worked with companies across Canada and abroad such as (selected): Belfry Theatre, Sage Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Ghost River Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Nakai Theatre, Sunset Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Quest Theatre, Evergreen Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Chelsea Theatre (UK), Rich Mix (UK), Istropolitana (Slovakia), and Nordurpollinn (Iceland), along with several film and television credits. Geoffrey was recently seen in the Belfry Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol, GRT/ATP’s co-production of The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, and directed George F. Walker’s Adult Entertainment and The End of Civilization for Punctuate! Theatre in Edmonton. Recent award recognition includes: (as director) productions The Dazzle and One Flea Spare (Sage Theatre) both combined for a total of 8 Betty Mitchell Award Nominations; (as performer) Betty Mitchell Award Nomination - Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama, for Trainspotting (Sage Theatre), and Betty Mitchell Award Recipient – Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical, for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sage Theatre) which was remounted in November 2013 in Calgary. Geoffrey received his MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). www.geoffreyewert.com
* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy.
Cleomenes in The Winter's Tale & Orsino in Twelfth Night
Emma is thrilled to be making her debut with the GVSF this summer. She is a third year theatre student at UVIC, and can be seen in their upcoming season in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Gut Girls. Emma began her professional career at the age of thirteen as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at The Vancouver Playhouse, for which she received a Jesse Award nomination. Emma wishes to thank her friends and family for all their love and support.
Trevor Hinton *
Polixenes in The Winter's Tale & Olivia in Twelfth Night
This year is Trevor's second working with the GVSF, having played the roles of Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) and Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream) during the 2015 season as well as serving as fight choreographer for both productions. On the west coast, Trevor has worked with such companies as The Belfry, Kaleidoscope Theatre, The Electric Company, Blue Bridge Theatre, Itsazoo, Puente Theatre, Launch Pad, Atomic Vaudeville and many others. He has been the recipient of Victoria's Critic's Choice Best Actor award twice: for the title role in Richard III (community production, 2007) and most recently as Lucky in Blue Bridge's Waiting for Godot (professional production, 2015).
* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy.
Mercury in The Winter's Tale & Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night
Madeleine Humeny is a prairie girl being rapidly overtaken by the coast. She has just graduated from The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and is beyond excited to have been accepted to the Company C program in the fall. When not eating beef or robbing shepherds, you can catch her as Mary Ellen Smith at the BC Legislative Assembly and crying over pig videos.
Perdita in The Winter's Tale & Valentinein Twelfth Night
Amber Landry is an actor from Winnipeg, Manitoba, best defined by her love of bad jokes and a fierce passion for silliness. A recent graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Amber has also been accepted into CCPA’s 3rd year program (Company C). Amber is jazzed and ready to burst onto Victoria’s performing arts scene in her first season at GVSF! Recent performance credits include: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Silvia), Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical (Winifred Banks), and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Soloist).
Clown in The Winter's Tale
Colin comes from the Great White North of Whitehorse, Yukon! This is Colins first ever Shakespeare production and first time performing outside. Having just finished his first year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Colin feels lucky to get a part in this production. Going into his second year of the program in the fall has left Colin with an incredible love for theatre. His past credits include: Billy Bailey (CATS the Musical), Charlie Bucket (Willy Wonka), AD (The Book of Esther), George Noon (Cannibal! the Musical), Various (Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue), and this past spring he played Mr. Northbrook, understudied Robertson Ay, and was an ensemble member in Mary Poppins. This festival is a new chapter for Colin and he is bound to make the most of it.
Time and Frances in The Winter's Tale & Sea Captain in Twelfth Night
Frankie Mulder is a recent graduate from The Canadian College of Performing Arts. Originally from Edmonton, Frankie is excited to spend a warm summer here in Victoria. Selected credits include Lucetta in Two Gentlemen of Verona (CCPA), Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie (PKT), and ensemble in The Sound of Music (Citadel Theatre).
Shepherdess in The Winter's Tale & Sir Toby in Twelfth Night
Susie Mullen celebrates the Bard’s 400-year legacy with her fourth Festival season. A multi-talented cast of newcomers, return players, and seasoned professionals has been assembled for these productions – onstage, backstage, and offstage (VSS Board, staff, and volunteers). To the casts especially: what a pleasure to work and learn with you! Bravo and thank you all. I will count Sir Toby and the Shepherdess among my favourite Shakespeare roles, along with Mistress Quickly, the Nurse, and Pistol. Long live the Bard!
Anna and Mopsa in The Winter's Tale
Hannah is just tickled pink to be a part of GVSF for the first time. She recently played Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona which re-ignited her passion for Shakespeare and she is terribly happy to be continuing that on here in The Winter's Tale. 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 two 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. She is looking forward to returning for Company C in the fall for more incredible learning which will include a show at the Belfry. Hannah’s passion for sewing and textiles, which was passed on from her mother, has also lead her to become a part of the costume team at GVSF this year, for which she is very grateful. Enjoy your evening in the open air.
Autolycus in The Winter's Tale & Feste in Twelfth Night
Originally from Montreal, Joanie moved to Victoria in September 2015 to attend the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Prior to her studies at CCPA, Joanie completed a double DEC in Health Science and Classical Ballet at Dawson College in partnership with Ballet Divertimento. Joanie also studied classical voice with Guy Robitaille for 3 years before continuing and diversifying her voice training with Glenda Balkan-Champagne in Victoria. Some of her favourite credits include Amanda Perry (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie); The Wicked Witch (The Wizard of Oz – Ballet); Annie (Mary Poppins); Smokey Joe’s Café; Broadway Lights; En Dansant Les Mots. This summer, Joanie will also be performing with the Victoria based Dance Company Broken Rythms and will be producing and directing her first original play Bliss for the Victoria Fringe Festival at the end of August.
Karen Lee Pickett
GVSF Producing Artistic Director & Malvolio in Twelfth Night
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.
Hermione in The Winter's Tale& Curio in Twelfth Night
Charlotte originally hails from a small town called Portage La Prairie in Manitoba, but has grown very comfortable living in this gorgeous city. This is Charlotte's first season with the GVSF, and she could not be more excited, and feel more blessed to be a part of two beautiful shows with such amazing casts and directors. This past April, Charlotte graduated from a two year program at The Canadian College of Performing Arts, with an Enriched Diploma in Theatre performance. Some recent productions include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (CCPA) and Mary Poppins (CCPA). Charlotte would like to thank everyone at the GVSF, her beautiful family and friends, the many supporters of the festival, and the Bard himself.
“Action is eloquence.”
Sarah Jean Valiquette
Dion in The Winter's Tale & Antonio in Twelfth Night
Sarah Jean Valiquette grew up spending part of her time in small town Southern Alberta and the other part in Calgary. She acted throughout elementary and high school, and acquired a taste for Shakespeare through attending summer acting workshops at Mount Royal University. After graduating, SJ took three years off to travel - convinced that this would help her find a more practical passion than theatre. However, after taking a summer program on Shakespearian and contemporary theatre at Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London she realized practicality wasn’t really in her wheelhouse. In 2014 she began her studies at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. SJ is very excited to be making her debut with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival.
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 ASM Intern
Ellen Law is going into her third year at UVic studying Psychology and Applied Theatre Studies. She is beyond excited to work for the GVSF as a Production ASM Intern through the UVic Social Sciences Co-Op program. She has been involved in theatre on stage since the age of five, and is now expanding her horizons into the world of assistant stage management. Recent acting credits include Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (Victoria Fringe 2015), Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (Langham Court Theatre), Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Metro Studio), Cara in Castle in the Sky (Castlereigh Theatre), and be sure to catch her in August as Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh (Fringe 2016). Ellen is delighted to be joining a team of talented actors and crew members, and is thankful to Karen and Sylvia for the fantastic learning experience.
GVSF Technical Director & Lighting Designer
In addition to being a life time 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.
Designer of Twelfth Night
Jimbo is back for his second summer designing for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival! As a drag performer and clown, Jimbo loves the art of gender illusion and is excited to work with Janet Munsil to infuse this classic tale with its magic!
Jimbo is a local Performance Designer whose design credits include: Castle In The Sky - Castlereigh Productions - Victoria; Wizard of Oz- Shawnigan Lake Highschool, Victoria; Action Review - Atomic Vaudeville, Victoria; Matt&Ben - Atomic Vaudeville, Victoria; Rocky Horror Show - RKO Productions, Victoria & Whitehorse; A Night's Mare - Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong BC; Midsummer Nights Dream & Romeo and Juliet - Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Victoria; Waiting For Gadot - Blue Bridge, Victoria; The Punch and Judy Show - Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong; Ride The Cyclone - Atomic Vaudeville.
Assistant Director for The Winter's Tale
Pamela is a multidisciplinary artist mainly focussed on theatre making and photography. She has just returned from a tour in the UK with Theatre SKAM's Fashion Machine, a hybrid performance/installation piece that allows her to use both of these skills in a unique combination. After completing her theatre training, she worked in stage management at various theatre and opera companies across Canada. Now she is enjoying playing to her creative strengths as an emerging playwright and director. She has a B.F.A. in Theatre and a Diploma in Professional Photo-Imaging.