Neptune Theatre Presents
Theatre New Brunswick’s Production of
The Boat
By Alistair MacLeod
Adapted by Ryan Griffith

March 21 – April 9, 2017



Ron Kennell

Role: Son Bio: Having performed in shows from Toronto to Winnipeg and from the Arctic to Iran, Ron is grateful to be at TNB. Ron was member of the Stratford Festival Company for 6 years and is a two-time Dora award nominee. Ron’s first short film (Reveille) and feature film (Dr. Cabbie) were both released in 2014. Upcoming: Leaving Turtleford (short: director), Blood Harvest (short: producer) and Lions of the Sea (feature: writer). For our fathers…. Campbell and Wayne.


Jon de Leon

Role: Father Bio: Jon de Leon is a Toronto based actor/creative thrilled to be joining the talented team of The Boat in his first production with TNB. Selected theatre credits include featured roles in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre), Every Letter Counts by Nina Lee Aquino (Factory Theatre), and three seasons at the Stratford Festival. Recent film and TV credits include featured roles in Rookie Blue (CTV), Lost Girl (Showcase) and will next appear in the Alexander Payne film, Downsizing (Mega Omaha Filns Inc.).


Stephanie MacDonald

Role: Mother Neptune: Communion, Marion Bridge Select Theatre credits: Liberation Days, Mary Celeste by fire (Two Planks and a Passion); The Weekend Healer (KAZAN CO-OP); Watching Glory Die (Mulgrave Road Theatre); Talk Sexxxy, Short Skirt Butch (LAP PRO). Bio: She is the recipient of two Robert Merritt Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and one for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role.


Graham Percy

Role: Uncle Bio: Graham currently makes his home in Calgary with his wife, actor Jamie Konchak, and their awesome pup Pepper.  A New Brunswick native, he has worked across the country with Neptune, Two Planks, Mermaid, Canstage, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, and The Arts Club, among many others.  Recent projects include the world premiere of The Big Sleep with Vertigo, The Audience with Theatre Calgary, Liberation Days with Two Planks, and a remount of the award-winning Slowly I Turn with Zuppa Theatre.



Ryan Griffith

Role: Playwright Bio: Ryan Griffith grew up along the banks of the Saint John River in Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryan enjoys performing and writing for theatres in his home province. His play LUTZ was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2011. His short play Shepody, Rage And Wolfe was featured as part of the National Elevator Project Plays produced by Theatre Yes in Edmonton and Halifax. Ryan is the Artistic Director for the Next Folding Theatre Company in Fredericton, NB.


Thomas Morgan Jones

Role: Director Bio: Thomas is an award-winning director, playwright, movement coach, dramaturg, and teacher. For over 15 years he has created theatre nationally and internationally with companies and schools that include: The Stratford Festival, Theatre Direct, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Charlottetown Festival, Carousel Players, Cia Enviezada (Brazil), NTS, Sheridan, and The Randolph Academy. He holds a BA from Guelph, an MA from UofT, and has trained with SITI Company in NYC/Madrid/Paris and SCOT in Japan, Italy and Fredericton.


Deanna H. Choi

Role: Sound Designer Bio: Deanna studied neuroscience (BScH Queen’s University) before making a leap of faith into theatre. She is a Toronto-based violinist, composer, and educator. Previous design credits include Alien Creature (Theatre Passe-Muraille), Laurier (TNB), The Death of Mrs. Gandhi (Next Stage). She has an alter-ego named Ludmilla. Deanna is thrilled to be back working with the artists at TNB. Website:


David DeGrow

Role: Lighting Designer Bio: David DeGrow is a designer, academic, and teacher whose work has been seen across Toronto and across Canada. He is in the third year of his PhD at the University of Toronto, where his research examines how theatre companies shape performance space, and vice versa. He is also Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Jones Roy with the great Thomas Morgan Jones and Anusree Roy.


Mike Johnston

Role: Set Designer Bio: Mike is a set, lighting and projection designer residing in Fredericton. In addition to his freelance work, he has been the technical director and resident designer for the UNB drama program since 1997.  Recent design credits: Better Living (Theatre UNB); RED (TNB & Sudbury Theatre Centre); Angel’s River (NotaBle Acts); Lac Athabasca (Theatre Free Radical); Noises Off (Saint John Theatre Co.) Thanks to Thom and the rest of the talented 'crew' on The Boat!


Sherry Kinnear

Role: Costume Designer Bio: Sherry is the costume designer for the TNB Young Company and TNB Theatre School as well as the Head of Wardrobe for all branches of the company. Sherry most recently designed costumes for Mary Poppins, Marion Bridge, Vigil, and has created costumes for A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Miracle on 34th Street and many other TNB productions over the past ten years.


Christine Oakey

Role: Stage Manager Neptune: Beauty and the Beast, Great Expectations, Miss Caledonia, Oliver!  Bio: Christine has served as stage manager with many of Atlantic Canada’s theatres, including 2b Theatre, WillPower, Eastern Front Theatre, and Two Planks and most frequently touring with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Christine has worked in Regina, Prince George, Edmonton, Blyth and Toronto in addition to six seasons as Assistant Stage Manager at the Shaw Festival in Niagara ­on ­the ­Lake, Ontario. She has twice received the Merritt award for Best Stage Manager, most recently in 2014.