Meet the 2017 Riotous Youth

Riotous Youth is a paid, post-secondary internship. Designed for young people either beginning or considering a career in theatre, the program combines training and experience in teaching artistry, Shakespeare performance, public speaking and leadership, including one unique opportunity for someone pursuing stage management. Meet our 2017 Riotous Youth below!

2017 Riotous Youth

Brianna Bagshaw-Stocks

Brianna Bagshaw-Stocks

Brianna is very excited to be joining this year’s Riotous Youth. She has been attending Bard on the Beach productions for so many years she can’t remember her first show, but they are always a highlight of the summer. As a teen, Brianna participated in Young Shakespeareans and was a member of Art’s Umbrella’s Pre-Professional Theatre Troupes. She spent the summer of 2011, at age 15, sewing snaps on corsets and helping Franke-N-Furter into his boots for the Rocky Horror Show, while interning with Project X Theatre Company in Kamloops. Brianna is currently pursuing an Acting Specialization for her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal.

Nick Benz

Nick Benz

Nick is excited to be joining Riotous Youth for the 2017 season! Nick has a varied background working as a fitness and dance instructor, as well as in film and television. TV credits include: Gotham (Fox), Red Oaks (Showtime), and Good Morning America (ABC). Nick also appeared in the film Foxfire which premiered at TIFF in 2011. Nick is also an accomplished dancer, having studied under Beyoncé’s choreographer for two years. Nick also works in modelling and is an accomplished horseback rider.

Nova Dexter

Nova Dexter

Nova is joining the Riotous Youth for her first summer. Nova has loved theatre and acting since a young age, but it was her four years in the Young Shakespeareans Workshops that truly inspired her to follow theatre. While currently pursuing an Associate Diploma in Performing Speech and Drama from the Trinity College of London, she also plans to match it with an alternate degree. Nova was a Gold Level Volunteer at Bard last season, and has a great love for books and singing!

Bonnie Duff

Bonnie Duff

Bonnie is thrilled to come back to Bard as a Riotous Youth! Her love of Shakespeare began here many eons ago as a Young Shakespearean. Other theatrical endeavours include training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London this past fall, and she was most recently seen locally as Juliet in Awkward Stage Production’s “Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet”, and in “TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus” (2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival Pick of the Fringe and 2016 Fakespeare Festival Remount). Many thanks to both the Bard family and her incredibly supportive real one.

Dominic Duff

Dominic Duff

Dominic Duff is a student of medieval history on the east coast for most of the year and grew up as a theatrically inclined cook and backpacker on the west coast. He has been in youth and university theatre productions, student films and has done Young Shakespeareans and/or was alternatively involved in Bard since he was about 8. He is passionate about history, education, theatre, travel, and cooking - and all combinations thereof. His favourite Shakespeare play is Much ado About Nothing and he is very excited to be part of the team this summer.

Hannah Everett

Hannah Everett

Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the Riotous Youth program for the third time. As a Young Shakespearean for many years, it seems she can’t get enough of Bard. She is currently pursuing a degree in acting from the UBC BFA program and has also trained with Gateway, and the Theatre Performance Intensive at Stratford. Recent credits include A Shakespearience, and Shakespeare Unhinged (Riotous Youth), Edward II, and The Vagina Monologues (UBC), and Les Belles Soeurs (Sidekick Players). When she is not acting, she is most likely rollerskating, reading, or tap dancing (badly).

Mahayla Galliford

Mahayla Galliford

Mahayla is thrilled to be part of Riotous Youth this year. Shakespeare’s works have interested her from an early age where she played Queen Titania in an elementary school play. She continued with theatre throughout high school, and participated in the Young Shakespeareans Workshops for 3 summers. Her past work includes short films with the Young Actors Project, and several musicals and other productions while in high school. She is currently a student at VCC taking American Sign Language. She is grateful for this opportunity to continue with Bard on the Beach as a teaching artist in training!

Emma Hoogeveen

Emma Hoogeveen

Emma is thrilled to be joining the Riotous Youth this year as the Stage Manager! She is a second-year student at Simon Fraser University studying Theatre Production and Design, working behind the scenes in shows including "Wild State", "Romeo + Juliet", and "Bah!Humbug". In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, knitting and watching bad TV shows. She has spent the past 3 summers as a Bard volunteer and incredibly glad to be back a part of the Bard family in a new exciting way!

Isaac Hotchkiss

Isaac Hotchkiss

I am so exciting to be part of Riotous Youth. It's really special to me to be part of this program, as Young Shakespeareans was really my first intro not just Shakespeare, but acting in general, it holds a very special place in my heart, so it's amazing to have come full circle as I will be helping young actors, probably in the same position as I was. Getting to work with all the amazing people at Bard, plus the other Youths is just a cherry on this exquisite cake! I could not be more thankful for this wonderful experience.

Julian Legere

Julian Legere

Julian is a lifelong theatre rat who obtained his Bachelors of Performing Arts from Capilano University. Recent appearances include It Was a Dark and Stormy Night & Love, Sex, and the IRS (RCTC), The Importance of Being Earnest (A Bunch of Actors) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Alchemy Theatre,) Age of Minority (Staged Reading, National Arts Centre), and Phantasmagoria: Circus of Dreams (Loose Leaf Collective/PuSh Festival. Directing: Julius Caesar (2GV). You Will Remember Me - Asst. Dir. (Ruby Slippers.) Julian also works as a teacher, stage manager, stagehand, and arts administrator all over Metro Vancouver. FB: @julianlegeretheatre Instagram/Twitter: @julianlegere

Gillian Lonergan

Gillian Lonergan

Gillian is entering her Third Year of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus) and Sheridan College. Young Shakespeareans: The Taming of the Shrew. Other training: First Step Actors’ Studio. Gillian is trained in classical ballet, most notably under Gelsey Kirkland, and Philip Beamish. Recent credits: Jenna- Undone (The Beck Festival at Theatre Erindale); Assistant Stage Manager- The Mill on the Floss (Theatre Erindale); Cheryl- The Nut Case (UTM Drama Club). Past roles: Gazer- The Cagebirds (Windsor Secondary); Witch- Macbeth (Windsor Secondary); Samantha- Dancing With Shadows (feature film by Byron Lamarque). Upcoming: Theatre Erindale 2017/2018 Studio Series. Gillian is thrilled and thankful to be joining the Bard team!

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew is a second-year Riotous Youth with a deep passion for Shakespeare. He is pursuing a BFA in Acting at UBC with a concurrent Masters in Management at the Sauder School of Business. Recent credits include Spenser in Edward II, 3 in Crimp Shorts (Theatre UBC), Earnest in Home Fires Burning (UBC Players Club), and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (UBC Musical Theatre Troupe). He was also a gold-level volunteer at Bard during the 2013-16 seasons. He was unwillingly dragged to Bard in 2009 but now credits it with his love of Shakespeare. Twitter: @RhodesTheatre

David Volpov

David Volpov

David has always been a lover of theatre and Shakespeare. After many summers of taking Young Shakespeareans workshops at Bard on the Beach, David is thrilled to be rejoining the Bard community as a Riotous Youth member. He is currently studying at UBC, where he hopes to enter into the BFA Acting program. His favourite Shakespearean play is Macbeth, his favourite Shakespearean villain is Richard III, and his favourite Shakespearean insult is "Draw your neck out of your collar."