2017 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program Participants

Stephen CoombsSteve Coombes

Steve has been an actor and director for four decades, and a husband and father for almost three.  Recent theatre credits include Claudius in Hamlet, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing,  Toby Belch in Twelfe Night,  Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey.  Steve has appeared in episodes of Breakout Kings, SCTV, Kojack, Rookie Blue, Kim’s Convenience and played a Spanish Grandmother on Wingin’ It.  His Sherlock Holmes one act play Norbury has received several productions and a full length play Force of Will is in development.  This is Steve’s first appearance with Citadel.

Cornish_Belinda--DSC_1364-07-03-27_11_16_49-2Belinda Cornish

Belinda is delighted to be back at the Citadel, having previously appeared in A Christmas Carol and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Other favourite credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The Realistic Joneses (Wildside Productions); Whiplash Weekend, The Exquisite Hour, Witness To A Conga (Teatro La Quindicina); Don’t Dress For Dinner, Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps (Mayfield Theatre); The Deep Blue Sea, We Were Dancing (Bright Young Things). She is a two-time Sterling Award-winning writer, for her plays Little Elephants and Category E, a core company member of DieNasty; the Live Improvised Soap Opera, and can be seen in Superchannel’s cult sitcom Tiny Plastic Men. She spends her spare time training as an aerialist with Firefly Theatre and Circus, and her new life ambition is to look graceful in the air whilst not breaking her neck.

Robin CraigRobin Craig   

Robin Craig has been a professional actor for over 35 years.  She graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in English and Theatre and moved to Toronto where she was one of the original company members at Tarragon Theatre – she has performed across the country and was a member of the Shaw Festival for six seasons.  She has appeared at Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Lighthouse, Young People’s Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, Victoria Playhouse, Nightwood, Canstage, and both the Confederation and Jubilee Theatres in Prince Edward Island.  She is equally accomplished as an actor and singer.  Her television credits include playing Spinner’s Mother on Degrassi – The Next Generation and Toppy Bailey in Wind at My Back for which she won a Gemini Award.  She is married to playwright David S. Craig (Danny, King of the Basement).

Patrick Dodd.Patrick Dodd 

Patrick is a Calgary-born, Vancouver-based actor and improviser. His favourite credits include Red (Aenigma Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Beach House Theatre), and Fool For Love (Clockwork Theatre), as well as performing in the Vancouver International Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon (New York). Patrick is ecstatic to be part of the Citadel/Banff Program, and knows he could not have done it without all the amazing people in his life. He has a B.Eng. from McGill University and a M.Eng. from UBC. 

Stephen Gartner.newStephen Gartner

Stephen Gartner: Citadel debut as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. Selected Theatre Credits: Blithe Spirit (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Great Expectations, The Comedy of Errors, Frankenstein, Romeo & Juliet (Neptune Theatre), Peter and The Starcatcher, Mary Poppins, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre), Yankee Tavern, The Hobbit, It’s A Wonderful Life, Macbeth (Grand Theatre), Seven seasons at The Stratford Festival including: Henry V, Don Juan, Cymbeline, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear. Stephen is a graduate of the National Theatre School, Stratford’s Birmingham Academy and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.

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Julia is honored to be returning as a participant in the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program this year.  Originally from Calgary, Julia is now based both in Vancouver and Alberta. Select credits include Arcadia, and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/National Arts Centre); William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead (The Shakespeare Company/ Ground Zero/Hit & Myth); Othello and Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow); Cymbeline, Fuddy Meers (Studio Theatre, U of A); and Whisper (Studio Theatre/ Catalyst) Julia is a former ensemble member with Rapid Fire Theatre and a graduate of the BFA acting program at U of A.

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Kristin is thrilled to be a part of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program and to be making her Citadel Theatre debut. She is an Edmonton based performer and instructor and a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Red Deer College and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Recent credits include: If We Were Birds (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre), The Unsyncables (Dammittammy Productions), Fortune Falls (Workshop- Catalyst Theatre), The Mommy Monologues (Workshop- Skirts Afire) and Release the McCrackin (Accidental Humour Co.). Much love and gratitude to Ash and her 3 children for all their support.

Emily McCourt.Emily McCourt

Emily is honoured and delighted to be a part of The Banff/Citadel Professional Program! A huge lover of both the Program’s previous works, and of Jane Austin’s novels, she is very excited to be back at the Citadel once again for Sense And Sensibility. Favourite credits include playing violin in Sterling Award Nominated Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre/Citadel Theatre, in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre), Bone Cage(Theatre Yes), Bright Lights, Cold Water (Toy Guns Dance Theatre), Fiddle Cat (Kompany! Family Theatre), How to Eat Like a Child (Promise Productions), Sandrine/Ginette – Almost Maine (ACT), Salome (BLT/Studio theatre/UofA), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Celsius Youth Theatre). Film credits include Cut Bank (Kilburn Media/A24), the upcoming Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania (Diabolique Films), The Icarus Complex (Cave Puppet Films), and Impact (Urban Video) – A promotional short for Edmonton’s own Mosaic Centre. She wants to give a huge shout-out to her family for their unconditional support of her ventures. You can keep up with her confusion on twitter @esmccourt or on facebook www.facebook.com/Emilysmccourt

MattOConnorHeadShotMatt O’Connor

MATT O’CONNOR – Originally from Barrie, Ontario, now based out of Toronto, Matt is a graduate of the BFA acting conservatory program from the Ryerson Theatre School. This is Matt’s third time appearing at the Citadel Theatre after debuting as Baptiste in Evangeline in 2015, and second time participating in the Banff/Citadel Conservatory Program. Selected theatre credits include: West Side Story (Citadel Theatre), Evangeline (Confederation Centre/Citadel Theatre co-production), Summerland (Toronto Fringe), Elly’s Emotions (Theatre Collingwood) Corpus Dance Projects (international touring), They All Do It (Odyssey Theatre), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre by the Bay). Film and television credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Country Crush, The Carmilla Series, Golden Teachers, Lawmen, The Door, Ozion, Paranormal Witness, and See No Evil. He is very grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank Bob, his family, and Chino.

IMG_0121 copyKatie Ryerson

Katie is overjoyed to be joining this wonderful group of artists for the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Training Program and Sense & Sensibility. A born Calgarian and raised in Ottawa, Katie now calls Toronto home. Most recent credits include: Miracle on 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse); Armstrong’s War (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Cinderella in Into the Woods (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Janet Wilson Meets The Queen (World Premiere, Prix Rideau Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance), GenerousPomme & ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! (GCTC); Dream a Little Dream (The Grand); The Sound of Music (NAC); Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (The Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hal & Falstaff, Rosalind in As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors (a Company of Fools). Katie is an honours graduate from Ryerson University’s BFA Performance Acting Program.

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Adam is incredibly grateful to be back in his hometown and performing at the Citadel, a space that not too long ago could only be conceived of in dreams. Adam is an Edmonton born actor, with professional work credits in Edmonton, Calgary, and now Toronto, having made the move to the 6ix in the summer of 2015. Adam studied musical theater in Edmonton, graduating from Grant MacEwan University in 2013. Selected show credits include Into The Woods, Spring Awakening (Grant MacEwan); Aladdin, (Albera Opera); The Full Monty (Two One Way Tickets to Broadway); Naughty But Nice (Forte Theatre); Urinetown, (Front Row Center); As You Like It (The Shakespeare Company); Misprint (Musical Works in Concert); and most recently, A Servant Of Two Masters with Odyssey theater In Ottawa. Adam also works as a studio vocalist for the Youtube channel Super Simple Songs. Outside of acting, Adam works as a humble school bus driver, is a
slackline enthusiast, tries his best to be the change he wants to see in the world, and writes songs. He hopes you will check out his compositional work on SoundCloud, under the alias Skies Minus. Adam sends his gratitude to you and he hopes you enjoy the performance!

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A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ conservatory program in New York City, Madison now works as an actress and emerging writer in Toronto. Theatre credits include: Killer Joe (The Coal Mine), A Spirit’s Face (Native Earth), Present Laughter (East Side Players), Buried Child (Mary MacArthur, NYC). Television: Extreme Babysitting (YTV), Dual Suspects (Global). Recipient of Nightwood Theatre‘s prestigious Write From the Hip playwright mentorship, 2014. Participant of TheYoung Ensemble  (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC). Trained in sketch, improv, and stand-up from The Second City Toronto and a former member of the touring troupe Touch My Stereotype, Madison always appreciates a good joke and loves to make people laugh (with varying degrees of success) through her self-penned, comic performances.

Beth Dart HeadshotBeth Dart (Intern Director – Peter and the Starcatcher)

Beth Dart is a director, producer, theatre collaborator, lighting designer, and stage manager. She is the co-artistic producer of Catch the Keys Productions, an independent arts-based event and production company known for Dead Centre of Town, an annual site-specific theatre experience inspired by the true crimes and ghost stories of Edmonton’s past. She is the artistic producer of Common Ground Art Society and Found Festival, Edmonton’s only multidisciplinary found space and site specific arts festival. From 2008-2016, Beth curated the Nextfest NiteClubs, a series of multidisciplinary performance parties showcasing emerging artists. She works regularly with Good Women Dance Collective, Defiance Theatre, Send in the Girls Burlesque, Azimuth Theatre and is the programmer and stage manager of The Late Night Cabaret at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Kristen Finlay.Head.2016Kristen Finlay (Intern Director – Sense and Sensibility)

Kristen is a director, playwright, actor and designer who has been active in the Edmonton area for the past 11 years. Selected directing credits include Chess, Proof, Rabbit Hole, Nine, and Crimes of the Heart(Walterdale); From Something, Little Monsters, CRACK, and Pieces (Finally Sauces); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ELOPE); The Last 5 Years (TOWTTB/Round Barn); Shout! (Round Barn); Playmates (New Works – U of A), and Sweeney Todd (TOWTTB). Playwriting credits include Pieces, From Something, Little Monsters, Zachary and the Storytelling Stones, Tight Rope, and The Easy Road. Selected acting credits include Double, Double – The Musical (Finally Sauces); Shout! (Round Barn); On the Wire (20th St. Productions); The Threepenny Opera andThe Misanthrope (Walterdale); and A Little Night Music (Festival Players). Much love and gratitude to Mark, Oliver and Gibson for supporting her in this exciting learning opportunity. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @smeep22003 or read her local arts blog, Finster Finds.

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