Meet the 2019 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, and involvement in special events at our Festival.  Meet our 2019 Riotous Youth below!

2019 Riotous Youth

Mahayla Galliford

Mahayla Galliford

Mahayla is delighted to be returning as a Riotous Youth for her third season at Bard! She has been enthralled by Shakespeare’s works from a young age, beginning when she was Queen Titania in an elementary school play. She participated in Young Shakespearean workshops, and continued with theatre throughout high school. She has also done some short films with the Young Actors Project. Mahayla is currently entering her second year in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation at Douglas College. She is grateful for this opportunity to be back at Bard on the Beach.

Sunshine O’Donovan

Sunshine O’Donovan

Sunshine is an author, actor, and aspiring playwright. A member of the Nlaka'pamux First Nation, she was lead actor in the coming-of-age feature film "Shana: the Wolf's Music," filmed in her home territory, the Nicola Valley. She has published indigenous historical fiction (short stories) and has written a one-act historical play, "Pink Tea." She is a former Young Shakespearean and volunteered at Bard on the Beach last year. In her free time, she likes reading, hiking and learning Thai kickboxing. Her favourite play is Henry V because of what it teaches about the complexities of war. She wants to learn how to extend the Shakespearean experience to a wider audience.

Katie Crompton

Katie Crompton

Katie is incredibly excited to be a Riotous Youth this summer. Though she calls Coquitlam home, she currently resides in Oakville, Ontario where she will be entering her third year of the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Before college, Katie was a part of numerous productions at her high school, Gleneagle Secondary, and Broadway Bound Performing Arts Studio, (now called Broadway Dance) Past credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide, Benny, Sarah U/S) Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio).

Isaac George-Hotchkiss

Isaac George-Hotchkiss

I am very excited to be back for my third summer at Bard on the Beach. My first 2 summers really opened my eyes to how much I truly love Shakespeare and this Festival. It has become such a special place in my heart and it is such a pleasure to get paid to work in this kind of job. I used to be very nervous about teaching younger people Shakespeare and showing why I loved it, but Bard helped me grow my confidence to the point where I now greatly enjoy it.

MaFer Douglas

MaFer Douglas

MaFer has recently graduated from her BFA in Theatre minor in Sociology at Simon Fraser University. She is a director, producer and actress. Currently, she is working in collaboration with Christian Ching and Angelo Villasoto in their emerging multi-disciplinary collective Xongos Arts Club. She has directed Deviance (2016-2018) and Tea Time With Anxiety (March 2019), and acted in multiple shows like STUFF, Blackbox Series 2016, Spring came to St. Petersburg and more. She hopes to keep directing new work and co-creating with her collaborators to explore the different worlds of Theatre, as well as giving voice to quiet characters or misunderstood characters, bringing people together and understanding a little better the human soul.

Anna Matthew

Anna Matthew

Anna is excited to be a 2019 Riotous Youth at Bard on the Beach. Anna has volunteered in the arts for many years, recently being a production manager for the IGNITE! Youth Festival. Anna is a ceramic artist and has created her own home studio. Having been a Young Shakespearean since the age of seven, she is thrilled to be able to share her joy and knowledge of Shakespeare with the Young Shakespeareans this summer. Anna is passionate about live theatre. She has spent the past three summers travelling to London and New York to see over 25 shows. 

Chantal Gering

Chantal Gering

Chantal is an emerging artist in the UBC BFA Acting Program working on the Coast Salish Territories. Chantal’s previous training includes Arts Umbrella’s Musical Theatre Program, the Senior Musical Theatre Intensive at Arts Club, and a 3-week Acting and Shakespeare course in the Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. Her professional roles include Bobbie James in Jordan Tannahill’s Concord Floral in the 2017 PuSh Festival, a performer in a collaborative piece called One of a Kind for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and Fay in Sally Stubbs' play Centurions for a Boca Del Lupo Residency. Aside from acting, Chantal has a deep passion for dance, she is a dance instructor at Lights Up Musical Theatre, she has choreographed two high school shows, and she is furthering her learning in ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance. 

Connor Riopel

Connor Riopel

Connor is currently enrolled in the BFA Acting program at UBC.  His most recent performance credits for UBC include Lion in the Streets (Timmy/David/Michael), Festival Di Commedia’18 (Pulcinello), and Book of Days (Reverend Bobby Groves). His other theatre credits: A Short Trip Through the Complex (Jordan), Here (Ensemble), Fools (Mishkin), and The Romeo Project (Friar Lawrence).  He has had a love for theatre his entire life and is thrilled to be exploring more Shakespeare through this internship!  

Anthony Goncharov

Anthony Goncharov

Anthony is a budding theatre artist currently working on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. He has just had the pleasure of finishing his first year in the Sheridan College Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program in the treaty lands of the Anishinaabe Nation. Some of his credits include: Concord Floral (PuSh Festival,) Sea of Stories (Peninsula Productions,) Centurions (Upcoming at Evergreen Cultural Centre,) as well as many shows at his old high school, Dr. Charles Best Secondary. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Riotous Youth this summer!