September 12 - October 1, 2017

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Neptune Theatre presents Porte Parole's Production of
SEEDS
by Annabel Soutar
Directed by Chris Abraham

 

MEET THE CAST

Bruce Dinsmore

Role: Cast Bio: Greetings Halifax, I'm thrilled to be back with my roaming Porte Parole family sharing Seeds with you. I can assure you there are no better folks to work and play with. Big love as always to my gang back home who graciously tolerate Daddy's absences. Go Habs and...  Sociable!

 

Mariah Inger

Role: Cast Bio: Mariah Inger was raised in Montreal and began her career on stage at a young age. Since then, she has worked with such names as George Clooney, Tony Goldwyn, Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson. She has also worked as an animated voice actor and on ‘Motion Capture’ for multiple video games. Recent film/TV/theatre credits include: 19-2, Art of More, Real Detective, Murdoch Mysteries - The Westwoods, Chloe’s Choice, She Said/He Said, The Overwhelming, and Black Media.

 

Alex Ivanovici

Role: Cast Bio: Alex Ivanovici, co-founder of Porte Parole Productions, has worked as a bilingual actor, theatre director, and teacher in Montreal since his graduation from the Dome Theatre School in 1992. Alex is currently co-writing a new documentary play about democracy in America with Annabel Soutar and Brett Watson. You can Google Alex Ivanovici to find out more about Alex's film, TV and video game career. Alex would like to thank you for making the effort to come out to the Neptune Theatre and engage with each other about Life…

 

Tanja Jacobs

Role: Cast/Associate Director Bio: Tanja Jacobs is an award winning actress and director. Most recently she directed Twelfth Night for the Canadian Stage annual Shakespeare in High Park. Last year she directed The Model Apartment for Harold Green Jewish Theatre. As an actress she appeared most recently in The Watershed at Tarragon and at Centaur. For her work as an actress in Toronto, Tanja has received eleven Dora nominations and three awards. This summer Tanja completed her MFA in Stage Direction at York University in Collaboration with Canadian Stage.

Cary Lawrence

Role: Cast Bio: Cary has made Montreal her home since 1990. Cary is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. She has had the pleasure to work on both sides of the linguistic barrier working in film, TV, voice and theatre. Credits include: Sticks and Stones, A Life Interrupted, The History of Love, 19-2, Nos Étés, Tabou and Yamaska. Cary is President of the Montreal Branch of ACTRA. Cary lives with her husband, writer Thomas LaPierre, and her two fabulous daughters.

Eric Peterson

Role: Percy Schmeiser Bio: Eric Peterson has been acting in theatres both large and small in this country for fifty years. His work in Canadian television is extensive most notably Street Legal, This Is Wonderland, and Corner Gas. He holds a honourary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Order of Canada.

Amelia Sargisson

Role: The Playwright Bio: Amelia is excited to revisit the ever-relevant Seeds after touring the production through Western Canada in Winter 2016. Also for Porte Parole/Crow's, Amelia appeared in the English and French premières of The Watershed (Le Partage des eaux). Recently, she played Viola and Cordelia in Twelfth Night and Lear for Shakespeare in High Park, and up next, she will be doing The 39 Steps at Centaur.

 

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

Annabel Soutar

Role: Playwright Bio: Annabel Soutar is a Montreal-based playwright and theatre producer. In 2000 she co-founded the documentary theatre company Porte Parole Productions with actor Alex Ivanovici and she has since acted as its Artistic Director. Annabel studied English and Theatre at Princeton University where she learned about the documentary approach to theatre. Since 1998 she has written many plays - Novembre, 2000 Questions, Santé, Import/Export, Sexy béton, Seeds, The Watershed and Fredy. Annabel’s documentary plays have been performed in Quebec since 2000, and since 2012 they have toured to six different provinces across Canada. Her acclaimed plays Seeds and The Watershed have both been published by Talon Books and the French version of SeedsGrains – was published by Les Editions ecosociété. In 2015 The Globe & Mail named Annabel to its list of Artists of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Abraham

Role: Director Bio: Chris Abraham has been the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre since 2007. At Crow’s, he has directed numerous productions including Eternal Hydra, I, Claudia, Boxhead, The Country, and Instructions to Any Future Socialist Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas. Chris is a multi-award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg and teacher who has worked with Canada’s foremost artists and theatres, including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Globe Theatre, Theatre Junction, among many others. In 2000, he co-founded and was the Co-Artistic Director of Bill Glassco’s Montreal Young Company. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s award winning hit I, Claudia for which he won a Gemini award. The film was also named one of 2004’s top ten Canadian films by the Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Julie Fox

Role: Set & Costume Designer Bio: Julie Fox has been a production designer for theatre, dance and opera in Canada for over 20 years. Theatre credits include: Stratford Festival, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Junction, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, Buddies, Necessary Angel, Volcano, Canadian Stage, Segal Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Citadel, Manitoba Theatre Centre. She has received four Dora Awards for outstanding set design, the Virginia Cooper Award for costume design, and been nominated for Sterling and META awards. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, where she also teaches.

Ana Cappelluto

Role: Lighting Designer Bio: Ana Cappelluto is based in Montréal and has worked with many local companies, most recently: Black Theatre Workshop, Geordie Productions and Dulcinea Langfelder & Co and Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Her designs have traveled to numerous international festivals including Londrina International Festival in Brazil, Singapore Arts Festival, Valencia International Arts Festival in Venezuela, Festival International des Théâtres Francophones and Le Festival d'Avignon in France. She is a Professor at Concordia University in Montréal.

 

Richard Feren

Role: Music & Sound Designer Bio: Richard has been creating soundscores and music for Canadian theatre, dance and film since 1992 for companies such as the Citadel in Edmonton, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Buddies In Bad Times, Neptune Theatre, VideoCabaret, and the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. He has also composed music scores for films by Daniel MacIvor, Robert Lepage, Valerie Buhagiar, and others. Richard has won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the 1999 Pauline McGibbon Award, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Siminovitch Prize.

Elysha Poirier

Role: Video Production / Media Design Bio: Elysha Poirier is a video artist and animator working in various forms of performance, theatre and installation. Her methods in painting and design have been adapted to video for live performance, where she utilizes low-fi technologies and analog techniques to combine with media rich practices. She has performed with a diversity of artists stemming from dance, experimental music, film and theatre. Her work has been described as playfully organic, and embraces strong relationships to sound and movement.

Heather Lewis

Role: Stage Manager Neptune: SM highlights include: Once, Miracle on 34th St, Shrek, Addams Family, Billy Bishop, Into the Woods, West Side Story. ASM: Over 20 shows, including Kim's Convenience, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde... Most Recently: Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart (GB Production) Elsewhere: SM/ASM for Charlottetown Festival, Soulpepper, Angels & Heroes, 2b theatre, OneLight, Two Planks, Eastern Front, Shaw Festival, LunaSea, Mulgrave, Centaur. Etc: Thanks to Merissa for bringing me aboard!

Angeline St. Amour

Role: Video Manager Bio: Hailing from the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Angeline is a freelance Lighting Designer, Video Designer, and Manager. Select credits include: Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival); Anne and Gilbert, Mary Poppins (Stage Prophets); and The Watershed (Porte Parole). Angeline is thrilled to split her time between Toronto, Montreal and Nova Scotia working with many different theatrical and dance companies in a variety of roles.

 

Normand Vincent

Role: Technical Director Bio: Normand Vincent has worked for French and English companies all over Canada for 30 years, engaging his numerous skills as actor, director, stage manager and technical director to the benefit of renowned companies, such as Lemieux Pilon 4D art (La Tempête, Norman), PPS Danse (Bagne, Les Chaises), Montanaro Danse (N.A.S.A), Des mots d’la dynamite (Là où j’habite). It is with great pleasure that he has joined Porte Parole’s team as Technical Director, giving his full attention to the numerous projects of this ever striving Canadian theatre company.

 

Peter Balov

Role: Sound Engineer and Assistant Technical Director Bio: Peter works as a sound designer, sound engineer, and technical director in music, theatre, circus, dance, and television. Experience includes 16 years and numerous creations with 4Dart/Michel Lemieux/Victor Pilon, including the recent Icare, co-produced with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde; as well as the sound design of ten musicals with the Segal Centre. Other credits include Rain with Cirque Eloize and multiple productions with Les 7 Doigts de la Main. In 2012, Peter co-founded the Cassia Project, through which he's co-led performance collaborations in Lithuania, Greece, and Bulgaria.

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