Julius Caesar

June 15 – September 24 · BMO Mainstage

“Et tu, Brute?” (Julius Caesar).

Shakespeare’s riveting drama tells the story of the leader Julius Caesar, who is murdered by those he trusts – a murder that his closest ally, Mark Antony, is unable to stop. This timeless story, in a modern-day setting, is about the human drive to get and hold on to power – and how order and good government can turn to chaos when personal ambition is unchecked.  Julius Caesar is powerfully connected to our world’s political landscape, with its fractured integrity, and it raises profound questions for us all.

Adapted by Stephen Drover. Directed by Cherissa Richards (Harlem Duet, 2022).

Content Advisory: Gunshots, murder, suicide, self-harm, non-toxic haze, violence, warfare, flashing lights & video projections.

Season and production run dates subject to change.

Production run time: 2hrs 10mins, including intermission

Supported byDavid and Pamela Richardson Foundation

 

Photo Credit: Jennifer Lines as Mark Antony Photo & Image Design: Emily Cooper

The Story

The Conspiracy
Julius Caesar has just returned to Rome as a hero after a great military success.

He attends a victory gathering with his supporters and friends. As they arrive, a soothsayer advises him to “beware the Ides of March,” but he dismisses the warning. Mark Antony, along with the citizens, offers Caesar the crown three times; each time, Caesar refuses it.

Meantime, a group of senators led by Cassius believe that Caesar’s success and impending political reforms could pose a threat to their status and power. They are plotting to get rid of him. Cassius tries to persuade Caesar’s good friend Brutus that Caesar must be killed to protect the republic. Brutus is conflicted over what to do, but at last he decides to join with Cassius and the others in a plan to assassinate Caesar.

The Assassination
The next day is March 15, the Ides of March. Caesar’s wife Calphurnia tells him she has had strange dreams that forecast terrifying events. She begs her husband to stay away from the senate that day. But the conspirators come to Caesar’s house, still pretending to be his friends and supporters, and they convince him to come to the Capitol.

Once at the Senate, Brutus, Cassius and their co-conspirators surround Caesar and one by one, they stab him. Brutus strikes last. Caesar exclaims “et tu, Brute” (you too, Brutus), and then he dies.

The Consequences
At Caesar’s funeral, Brutus addresses the people and convinces them that Caesar’s murder was necessary in order to protect Rome and the people. But Mark Antony speaks next and while he doesn’t directly condemn the conspirators, his choice of words turns the crowd against them and they are forced to flee the city.

Mark Antony joins with Octavius to get revenge for Caesar’s murder. They raise an army to face the forces that have been assembled by Brutus and his co-conspirators.

The opposing armies gather on the battlefield at Phillipi. As the battle looms, Brutus and Cassius argue over motives and strategy but they manage to resolve their differences.

Later that night Brutus is visited by the ghost of Caesar with a threatening prediction, but his decision to fight is
not shaken. The next morning the two armies meet. The outcome of the battle will determine the fates of the leaders, the conspirators and the republic as a whole.

Trailer

*Strobe effect advisory*

Cinematography & Video Editing by Art Left Creative

Director's Notes

Have you ever been in a situation where you were torn between your loyalty to a friend and your responsibility to do what’s best for the greater good? The play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare explores this theme most deeply through the character of Brutus, who struggles with his complicated moral values and makes life or death decisions in the pursuit of political freedom and justice. However, as he strives for a free and just state, he makes fatal errors that lead to a raging civil war and ultimately his downfall.

As I read and reflected on the play, I found myself getting invested in the relationships between the characters and their struggles with fears and suspicions of tyranny and ultimate power. I could see how easily a leader can gain an alarming amount of popularity and control, and how difficult it can be to stand up to them when the stakes are so high.

One of the things I love about this play is how relevant it is today. We can draw parallels between the characters’ struggles and the complex political issues we face in our own world. By placing the story in the present for this production, we can examine how we fight for our beliefs and needs, and how our actions can impact the world around us.

So, I ask you: what or who would you sacrifice for the greater good? Would you put the needs of the many before the needs of the few, even if it meant going against a close friend or loved one? These are tough questions that the play forces us to confront and consider in our own lives. It reminds us that the world is a complicated place, and that sometimes the right thing to do is not so clear-cut.

Cherissa Richards, Director

Cast & Creative Team

Candelario Andrade

Video Designer

Recent design credits: White Girls in Moccasins (frank theatre); Six of One (Studio 58); White Noise (Savage Society/Firehall); Clean/Espejos and The Boy in the Moon (Neworld); Do you mind if I sit here? (Theatre Replacement); and Pathetic Fallacy (The Chop). Recent editing: Grand Acts of Hope (Mortal Coil/Coastal Wolf Pack); Project Element (Vancouver International Children’s Festival); Done/Undone and Bard Beyond the Beach (Bard on the Beach); and Artificial Eden (SFU).

Henry Beasley (he/him)

Cinna the Poet / Citizen / Soldier

Henry is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist originally from New Westminster, traditional territory of the Qayqayt Nation. He has worked with Gateway Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Infinithéâtre, Rising Tide, and most recently, The Undercurrents Festival, where his original music and sound design was heard in Three Plays for the End of the World. Training: National Theatre School, Capilano University. He dedicates this performance to his family, and his bass playing to Tony. www.henrybeasley.ca

Scott Bellis (he/him)

Soothsayer / Citizen / Soldier

Scott is an actor, director, and acting instructor who has worked across Canada in over 180 theatrical productions since 1987. He was a founding member of Bard in 1990, and over the years has played roles such as Hamlet, Touchstone, King John, Bottom, and Lear’s Fool. Last summer he directed their successful production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is the recipient of five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and currently serves as Council President for the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Oriana Camporese

Assistant Costume Designer

Oriana is a freelance costume professional working in and around Vancouver. Shevhas been the Head Dresser for the Arts Club, 2014-2021. Favourite shows include Mary Poppins, Baskerville, Angels in America: Part One and Part 2, Noises Off, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, and Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol. Oriana has also worked for Vancouver Opera, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Gateway Theatre, The Cultch, PNE, Ballet BC, Broadway Across Canada, The Killers, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé.

Jennifer Copping (she/her)

Understudy for Mark Antony / Calphurnia / Citizen / Soldier

Jennifer is a multiple-time nominee and winner of awards as an actress. Theatre (select): Kinky Boots, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Day Before Christmas, Godspell, Les Misérables, Tommy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jersey Boys, Indian Arm, and Detroit. Film/TV (select): Devil In Ohio, Once Upon A Mattress, Slither, Becoming Redwood*, Fargo, Bates Motel, Debris, Alaska Daily, and The Cases Of Mystery Lane. *Leo Award for Lead Performance by a Female.

Ryan Cormack (he/him)

Assistant Set Designer

Ryan is returning for his third season at Bard. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University and studied set and costume design at NTS. Design credits include A Shakesperience (Bard); Yaga and Mamma Mia! (Touchstone); OZ (CTYP); Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (DSDM); and If/Then and Bring It On (QMT). As assistant: Done/Undone and Romeo and Juliet (Bard); Forgiveness and Kinky Boots (Arts Club); The Birds (Pacific Opera Victoria); The Jungle Book (ATP); and Actually and The Great Divide (Harold Green/Obsidian).

Andrew Cownden (any)

Understudy for Soothsayer / Citizen / Octavius's Lieutenant / Soldier

This is Andrew’s fifth season with Bard. Recent credits include Wabash, Shakespeare in Love, and Launce, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bard); Max Detweiler, The Sound of Music (Arts Club); The Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz (Western Canada Theatre); Julian Marsh, 42nd Street (TUTS); and The Emcee, Cabaret (Royal City Musical Theatre). He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. www.andrewcownden.com

Sharon Crandall

Calphurnia / Citizen / Soldier

Sharon is grateful to be working on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Select theatre: As You Like It and Lysistrata (Bard); 9 to 5 (Citadel); As You Like It (RMTC/Citadel); and Matilda (RMTC/Citadel/Arts Club). Select film/ TV: The Last of Us, Pillow Talk, and The Kid Detective. Coming up: Holidazed (Hallmark). Much love to AW, LC, and SC. Huge thanks to KN, the Bard family, and YOU, the audience. www.sharoncrandallofficial.com

Kate De Lorme

Sound Designer

Kate is a sound artist from the Okanagan living on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəyə̓ m, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilw̓ ətaʔɬ peoples, aka Vancouver, BC. Kate’s work integrates immersive spatial sound landscapes, technology, and sound healing. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre Design and Production (UBC) and has a certification in Audio Engineering. Working in sound design since the age of 16, her work has been primarily in live performance with a large focus on contemporary dance. Kate is the co-founder of Lobe Studio.

Oscar Derkx (he/him)

Octavius Caesar / Citizen / Soldier

Oscar is an actor and musician based in Edmonton. Selected credits: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel/Arts Club); As You Like It and Trouble In Mind (RMTC/Citadel); Peter and the Starcatcher, Once, and A Christmas Carol (Citadel); The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Winter’s Tale (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Evelyn Strange and Lost Lemoine (Teatro La Quindicina); The Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate! Theatre); and The Antyssey (Concrete Theatre).

Stephen Drover (he/him)

Production Dramaturg

Stephen is a dramaturg and director who has helped to make over 60 shows and has taught and directed at Memorial University, Douglas College and UBC. He has an MFA in Directing from UBC and an MA in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy from the University of Ottawa where he researched process analysis of contemporary Shakespeare adaptations. He works at the Arts Club where he oversees New Works and Professional Engagement.

Ben Elliott (he/him)

Decius Brutus

Ben is excited to return for his ninth season at Bard. Favourite Bard credits: Autolycus, The Winter’s Tale; Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; and the Bear, Elizabeth Rex. Ben is a multi-Jessie Award nominee and won a Jessie Award for Musical Direction for Bard’s The Merry Wives Of Windsor. Ben is a recipient of the Edmund Kean Sword Award, a graduate of Bishop’s University and Studio 58, and the proud husband to Kori.

Jonathan Hawley Purvis (he/him)

Choreographer / Fight Director

Jonathan is a fight director, actor, choreographer, and stunt performer. Select fight direction credits include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and Shakespeare in Love (Bard); As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare and Milwaukee Rep); Antony & Cleopatra, The Three Musketeers, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet (St. Lawrence Shakespeare); and The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare In Love, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, The Penelopiad, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel).

Olivia Hutt (she/her)

Casca

Olivia is a Canadian actor living in Vancouver. She is honoured to play and engage as a settler on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy ̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. Last seen at Bard on the Beach: Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. As a theatre artist she has worked for other companies such as Mitch and Murray Productions, ITSAZOO Productions, ZeeZee Theatre, Green Thumb Theatre and YPT. A Jessie Richardson Award winner, a collaborator, dramaturg, teacher, and advocate of constructively decolonizing theatre today. Thank you for coming to see theatre.

Matthew Ip Shaw 葉 銘 康

Understudy for Decius Brutus / Octavius Caesar / Citizen / Citizen / Soldier

Matthew is a multi-hyphenate artist from Vancouver, BC. After training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York, Matt began performing fights with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. As an Asian-Canadian, Matt strives for equality in the arts and has made it his mission to foster a collaborative environment for all creators. His most recent projects include Running Man and his role at The Improv Centre’s Mainstage Ensemble.

Sam Jeffery (she/her)

Assistant Fight Director

Sam is an award-nominated fight director, actor, certified intimacy director and coordinator, and educator born and raised in ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ/amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. She’s delighted to now make the coast her home. Select fight credits: Flowers of the Rarest (Flowers Artists’ Collective); Dooja Ghar: The Other House (Monsoon Festival); Oil (UBC); Michael Mysterious (Pyretic Productions); Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Blarney/You Are Here); and Henry V, Twelfth Night, and Julius Caesar (The Malachites). www.samjeffery.com

Pam Johnson

Set Designer

Since 1998, Pam’s Bard credits include Romeo and Juliet, Done/Undone, Coriolanus, All’s Well that Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, Richard II, Titus Andronicus, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and Richard III. Pam has received several Jessie Awards, as well as a Career Achievement Award.

Gerald King

Lighting Designer

Gerald’s recent credits for Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of The Shrew, and Shakespeare In Love. Other: As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare); Bad Parent and Kuroko (vAct); Matilda (Royal MTC/Citadel/Arts Club); Chariots of Fire (Grand Theatre); carried away on the crest of a wave (NAC); The Flying Dutchman, Faust, Dead Man Walking, and Evita (Vancouver Opera); No Child (Arts Club); Wabi-Sabi (Kokoro Dance); and Carmen (Pacific Opera Victoria).

Alexandra Lainfiesta (she/her)

Trebonius / Citizen / Soldier

Born and raised in Guatemala, Alexandra’s a graduate of Studio 58 and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She has performed across Canada, including four seasons at the Stratford Festival. She is the recipient of two Dora Awards, two Jessie Richardson Awards and the 2022 BC Lieutenant Governor General Arts and Music Award. She’s currently developing her first full-length play, Bella Luz, through Arts Club’s Silver Commission Program and is a BC/Yukon councillor for Canadian Actor’s Equity. www.alexandralainfiesta.com

Vanessa Lefan Yuen 樂凡 (she/they)

Associate Sound Designer

Lefan is a Taiwanese multidisciplinary artist working with sound, movement, images, and words as ways of storytelling, connection, and inquiry intangible. Her works include the short film do you understand? presented at The Reach Gallery in 2021; her debut album What Holds Us Together, released in 2022; and ongoing residencies with What Lab, researching the intersection between her aerial hoop practice, electroacoustic music, sound installation, and controlled feedback.

Jennifer Lines (she/her)

Mark Antony

Jennifer is a Vancouver-based actor who has performed locally and internationally for over 25 years with theatre companies such as Bard on the Beach (over 35 productions), the Arts Club, the Belfry Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, MTC, the Caravan Theatre, and Axis Theatre. Jennifer is a two-time Jessie Award winner and received her BFA in Acting from the University of Victoria. Recent film/TV credits include Yellowjackets, The Night Agent, and Resident Alien.

Matthew MacDonald-Bain

Metellus / Citizen / Soldier

Matthew is delighted to be making his Bard debut! He is a two-time Jessie Award winner for Acting and Sound Design. Select credits: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and The Day Before Christmas (Arts Club); The Café, Wet, and The Competition Is Fierce (ITSAZOO); Love/Sick and The Wolves (Stone’s Throw); Not So Dumb (Green Thumb); The Out Vigil (Firepot); and Bright Blue Future, Bug, and Of Mice And Men (Hardline). Matthew is a graduate of Studio 58. Thank you to my wonderful wife Jalen for all the love and support.

Alison Matthews (she/her)

Head Voice & Text Coach

Alison has coached over forty productions for the festival since 2008. She is a voice specialist in the Drama Department at the University of Alberta, and she taught for five years with the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. As a speech trainer, she has worked with academics at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and with immigrant and refugee women at the Vancouver Chapter of The Shoe Project. With three decades of professional acting experience, Alison has numerous film and television credits, and is a well-known voiceover artist. She holds a M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of British Columbia, and Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. Learn more at: www.alisonmatthews.com

Andrew McNee (he/him)

Brutus

Born and raised in Vancouver, Andrew has been working in theatre, film, and television for the past 22 years. Theatre has taken him across Canada, to Europe, and the UK. Recent theatre credits: Buffoon, Noises Off, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Boeing-Boeing, One Man, Two Guvnors, Misery, and Mustard. Select film and television credits include being murdered and blown up in locally filmed productions. Andrew is a graduate of Studio 58.

Naomi Ngebulana (she/they)

Cinna / Citizen / Soldier

Naomi graduated with an MFA from the Guildford School of Acting in 2020. After patiently waiting for theatres to reopen, she’s excited to have begun working professionally. Recent credits: Fall on Your Knees (Canadian Stage); Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors (Segal Centre); and Educating Rita (Watermark Theatre). Outside of living the dream, she’s a certified yoga instructor and either on her mat or eating her favourite Haagen Dazs ice cream, the vanilla one with the chocolate covered almonds.

Hina Nishioka (she/her)

Assistant Lighting Designer

Hina is a lighting designer based in the Lower Mainland of BC. Originally from Japan, she enjoys exploring projects with a variety of cultural backgrounds. Her selected lighting design credits include Yaga (Touchstone); Blue Stockings (Studio 58); and Kwê (Jeanette Kotowich). Assistant lighting design credits: Harlem Duet (Bard on the Beach); Bad Parent (vAct); Wabi-Sabi (Kokoro Dance); and Othello (University of Victoria).

Jessica Oostergo

Costume Designer

Jessica is a set and costume designer from Vancouver, and a longtime Bard company member. Recent credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride (Arts Club); Stupid F*cking Bird (Search Party); An Undeveloped Sound (Electric Company); A Chorus Line (Studio 58); and Almost a Full Moon (Citadel Theatre). Jessica is a three-time Jessie Award winner and seven-time nominee. She is a graduate of Studio 58 and Emily Carr and a member of ADC 659.

Evan Rein

Lucius / Citizen / Soldier

Evan is thrilled to be making his Bard debut. Select theatre credits: Pacific Theatre, Globe Theatre, and CTYP. Select film/TV credits: Under the Bridge (Hulu); Upload (Amazon); Valley of the Boom (National Geographic); Nancy Drew (CW); and Heartland (CBC). For his performance in Blue Hour, Evan was nominated for a Leo Award and a UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture. Evan is a graduate of Studio 58.

Chelsea Rose (she/her)

Portia / Citizen / Soldier

Chelsea is an award-winning recording artist, actor, and songwriter. She attended the University of Victoria and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Chelsea is the vocalist and songwriter of Ophelia Falling. Credits include The Sound of Music, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, and REDPATCH (Arts Club/Citadel); The Café (Aphotic/ITSAZOO); Th’owxiya (Axis); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gateway); Les Filles Du Roi (The Cultch/Urban Ink/Fugue/Raven); Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Firehall); and Broken Sex Doll (Virtual Stage).

Cherissa Richards (she/her)

Director

This is Cherissa’s third season at Bard on the Beach (Harlem Duet Director - 2022, Timon of Athens - Assistant Director - 2018-Meg Roe). She has completed directing apprentice programs at Bard on the Beach, the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival. Directing credits: Trouble in Mind - Royal MTC, Red Velvet - Crow's Theatre, VOICE - Prairie Theatre Exchange, Meet Me At Dawn - Theatre By The River, Last days of Judas Iscariot - Canadian College of Performing Arts. Directing Residency- National Theatre School of Canada - 2021, Directing fellowship - This Gen- WhyNot Theatre 2021. RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Award - Crow's Theatre 2021.

Angelica Schwartz (they/them)

Directing Apprentice

Born on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB), Schwartz is a Jessie Award–winning director and creator. Schwartz is passionate about community building, redefining leadership models, and finding optimism in the face of uncertainty. Additionally, they are the community engagement manager for Neworld Theatre. Select company credits include the National Arts Centre, Buddies in Bad Times, Electric Company Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and more. Schwartz is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and Studio 58. www.angelicaschwartz.com

Emma Slipp (she/her)

Cassius

Career highlights: Sense and Sensibility, Noises Off, and Farewell, My Lovely (Arts Club); Stupid F*cking Bird, Bunny, and The Father (Search Party); As You Like It and Macbeth (Bard); Boeing-Boeing (Persephone); Silent Sky and Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus); Elbow Room Cafe (Zee Zee); Moss Park (Green Thumb); Sleeping Beauty (Globe); Killer Joe (ITSAZOO); Three Sisters (Only Child Collective); King Lear (Honest Fishmongers); and The Violet Hour (Belfry). Studio 58 graduate and Jessie Award winner.

Joanne P.B. Smith

Production Stage Manager

Joanne hopes you enjoy the shows under the tents this year. Joanne has been a stage manager for many a year for many companies, in both theatre and dance.

Jennifer Stewart (she/her)

Assistant Stage Manager

Jenn lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy ̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has had the pleasure of working in a range of backstage roles, including multiple seasons in various capacities with Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto, Caravan Farm Theatre, and tours with vAct and Electric Company Theatre. She has designed shows for ITSAZOO, Théâtre la Seizième, Zee Zee, Delinquent, and frank theatre. This is Jenn’s ninth season with Bard. She graduated from Studio 58 and completed her Master’s Degree at UBC. She is a member of CAEA and ADC659.

Marco Walker-Ng

Citizen / Octavius's Lieutenant

In 2015 Marco needed to take some classes to remain eligible for the rugby team at the University of Ottawa. He chose theatre because he thought it would be fun. He was right. Oddly enough, his favourite project was a scene from Julius Caesar. WWE wrestling was also one of his favourite pastimes to perform on his brothers and sister. It’s time to layeth the smackdown. Enjoy the show!

Andrew Wheeler (he/him)

Julius Caesar

12 seasons for Bard. Recent theatre: Kinky Boots, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, and Onegin (Arts Club); Glory (WCTC/Drayton); House and Home, Proud, and Urinetown (Firehall); HIR (Pi); and Les Misérables and Footloose (Chemainus). Other credits: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Playhouse Theatre); Studies In Motion (Electric Company); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish/Littlestar); and Translations (Stratford). Recent film and TV: Fargo, Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, Riverdale, and two seasons of Pillow Talk. Upcoming: Elf (Arts Club).

Melanie Yeats (she/they)

Intimacy Director

Melanie has worked for more than 25 years in the performing arts as a performer, dramaturg, director, playwright, and intimacy director with companies such as Carousel Theatre, Tara Cheyenne Performance, re:Naissance Opera, Universal Limited, Music on Main, Upintheair, Neworld, Joe Ink, Boca del Lupo, Pi Theatre, and more, collaborating on many new works, including interdisciplinary projects with theatre, dance, and music artists. Melanie is also proud to serve as Creative Managing Director at Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Yuting Yue

Apprentice Stage Manager

Yuting is thrilled to be joining Bard this season! Recent credits include Apprentice Stage Manager for My Little Tomato (vAct/Zee Zee); Production Assistant for TED2022: A New Era; and Stage Manager for What the Buddha Never Taught (WTBNT Productions) and Cauldron (Vital Spark).

Sally Zori (them/them)

Citizen / Soldier

A transgender Iraqi raised in the UAE and different parts of “Canada”. Sally is a session musician, percussionist, and content creator. They have played stages and theatres in North America, Europe, and Australia with different bands, orchestras, musicals, and theatre shows, and was the percussionist for Aretha Franklin (NYE 2008). Today, Sally is in the early stages of exploring different mediums of art practices including video art, sound design, and projection design.

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