A truly unique retelling of Shakespeare’s most magical story, directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, former Artistic Director of Tyst Teater, Sweden’s National Deaf Theatre, from 2005-2018. The Tempest will feature Deaf and hearing actors onstage together.
In Shakespeare’s fantastic tale of loss and reconciliation, a deposed ruler uses his magic to seek vengeance on those who robbed him of his throne and marooned him on a remote island. But what shape will his revenge take?
Featuring the participants of the 2018/19 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
The Citadel is proud to support SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival for Deaf performing arts, based in Edmonton.
Directed by JOSETTE BUSHELL-MINGO
Set and Costume Design by DREW FACEY
Lighting Design by BONNIE BEECHER
Sound Design by DAVE CLARKE
Cast & Creative Team
- Lorne CardinalProspero×Lorne CardinalProspero
Lorne is best known for his work on CTV’s Corner Gas, playing Sgt. Davis Quinton. Previous stage credits include The Last Wife (ATP); G.G Award-winning, Where the Blood Mixes; and Thunderstick (Theatre Network, Persephone Theatre, Western Canada Theatre). Recent television and film credits include When Calls the Heart, Bad Seed, and Tin Star. His voice work can also be heard on Corner Gas Animated (Comedy Network), and Molly of Denali (PBS). Lorne is also a director of the stage and screen. He wants to thank his wife, Monique Hurteau, for her love and support.
- Nadien ChuQueen Alonsa×Nadien ChuQueen Alonsa
Nadien is thrilled to be a part of this reimagining of The Tempest. Special thanks to Josette Bushell-Mingo and her incredible family: KS, LC, NC, and Freya. Select theatre credits: The Thin Man (Vertigo Theatre); Pretty Goblins (Sterling Award - Workshop West); All the Little Animals I have Eaten (OYR); Charlotte’s Web (ATP); Space//Space (Northern Light); Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Titus Andronicus (Sterling Award - FreeWill Shakespeare); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Penelopiad (Citadel); Pig Girl (Sterling Nomination) and Palace of the End (Sterling Nomination - Theatre Network).
- Jarret CodySebastian/Ariel/Movement Captain×Jarret CodySebastian/Ariel/Movement Captain
Jarret is thrilled to be joining the Citadel Theatre family, and hopes everyone thoroughly enjoys this production of The Tempest. Previous theatre credits include Shrek (TUTS); Crazy For You (Gateway); Twist and Shout, and Footloose (Chemainus Theatre); Mary Poppins and Mamma Mia! (Arts Clubs); Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); and Mary Poppins (YPT). Love and gratitude to everyone at DaCosta Talent, friends and family, and my parents.
- Braydon Dowler-ColtmanFerdinand/Ariel×Braydon Dowler-ColtmanFerdinand/Ariel
Braydon is an Edmonton-based theatre artist, and an Artistic Associate with Blarney Productions. He is a graduate of the BFA acting program at the University of Alberta. Select theatre credits include Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actor’s Theatre); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); To Be Moved, Scaramouche Jones, Subway Circus (Blarney Productions); The Salon of the Talking Turk (Teatro La Quindicina); Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre); That’s Danger (AWHC); Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); Bloody Poetry, Blood Wedding (Studio Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, The Pillowman (Citadel Theatre).
- Hayley HudsonAriel×Hayley HudsonAriel
Hayley is thrilled to be in The Tempest. Elsewhere, credits include: Santa Claus Panto, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and MacDeath (Kings Town Players); Welfarewell, Calendar Girls, Villages of Idiots (Domino Theatre); Frank Dickens’ Christmas Carols,
and Godspell (Rosebud Theatre). Hayley is a graduate of Rosebud School of the Arts. Over the past three years, she has been involved
in Edmonton’s Deaf Theatre Festival, Sound Off with her Theatre Company, Deaf Spirit Theatre, with three Deaf artists. She is a Deaf actor and dancer. She lives in Kingston with her husband and three children.
- Thurga KanagasekarampillaiMiranda×Thurga KanagasekarampillaiMiranda
Thurga Kanagasekarampillai is a Deaf Tamil Canadian Queer artist. She recently graduated with Honours in the Acting for Media program at George Brown College. Thurga worked with Cahoots Theatre on The Enchanted Loom as a Deaf Interpreter in 2016; and with Red Dress Production on Drift Seeds in 2017. Recently, she worked with violinist Leslie Ting, as an ASL performer for Speculation, a multi-disciplinary performance. She also worked as a Deaf interpreter for the same show in November 2018.
- Derek KwanAntonio×Derek KwanAntonio
Derek Kwan is an actor, singer, and creator working at the intersection of theatre, music and movement in a number of forms including opera, clown, and puppetry. Recent highlights include an immersive Sweeney Todd in London, England (Talk is Free Theatre); Mr. Shi and His Lover (Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Supporting Actor in a Musical; Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination: Outstanding Male Performer, Musical Division; Tarragon/Toronto; NAC/Ottawa); The Blue Bird (Theatre de la Sardine, Taipei); Blood Weddings (Modern Times/Aluna, Toronto); I, Claudia (Theatre Ignite, Taipei); Tails From the City (Common Boots Theatre, Toronto).
- Sage LovellAriel×Sage LovellAriel
Deaf artist Sage Lovell is a writer, actor, and educator with an educational background from Gallaudet University. Sage is the founder of Deaf Spectrum – a collective focused to promote sign language inclusion in the arts community. In 2017, Sage worked on a project called Deaf, What? alongside with Deaf Photographer Alice Lo, to capture the portraits and stories of 50 Deaf Canadians. In 2018, Sage was one of the lucky recipients to be awarded a Defty Award for their sign language poetry titled The Four Elements. To learn more about Sage, check out their website at www.deafspectrum.com.
- Elizabeth MorrisTrincula×Elizabeth MorrisTrincula
Elizabeth is a professional actor and a full member of ACTRA and CAEA, whose career has taken her around the globe. In the summer of 2017, she became Stratford Festival’s first Deaf signing actor in a production called The Madwoman of Chaillot. She is an American Sign Language (ASL) coach and consultant for films and theatres, as well as a Deaf interpreter for several theatres. She is the co-founder of Deaf Spirit Theatre Group (Kingston, Ontario). She has a master’s degree in Inclusive Design, focusing on creating live theatre to be accessible and inclusive for Deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as their families.
- Troy O'DonnellStephano×Troy O'DonnellStephano
Troy has appeared in several productions at the Citadel Theatre including Julius Caesar and Hamlet. Elsewhere, he has appeared in It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatre Northwest); The Umbrella (Quest Theatre); Anxiety (Theatre Yes); An Inspector Calls, and The Diary of Anne Frank (Rosebud Theatre); The Early Bloomer, and Smokescreen (Concrete Theatre); The Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate! Theatre); The Clean House (Trunk Theatre); The 39 Steps (Mayfield); as well as many performances with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival where he is a founding member and Artistic Associate.
- Barbara PoggemillerAriel×Barbara PoggemillerAriel
Barbara has a long career in Canadian Theatre as an actor, director, and teacher. She has worked with Centaur and Geordie Theatre (Montreal); Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg); Debajehmajig Theatre (Manitoulin Island); as well as Kaleidoscope and Victoria Shakespeare Society. She teaches and directs for the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts (Victoria). She is grateful to her family and friends for their support, especially her beautiful daughters who give her heart and courage every day. She is thrilled to be part of this exciting adventure!
- Denise ReadGonzala×Denise ReadGonzala
The Tempest marks Denise's Citadel debut. Select credits include writing, directing, and acting for The Ghost Nightmare, and Romeo & Juliet: The World is Destroyed by Two Communities. Acting credits include Animal Farm, The Miser, and The Red Blood. Denise has also written, directed, performed, and filmed Twin Brothers, Romeo & Juliet in ASL, Shantelle & Keith wedding, Oh! Beautiful Hands, Oh! Quelle Belle Mains. Denise is the Sole Proprietor, founder and director of ASLSQ Entertainment. www.aslsqentertainment.ca
- Ray StrachanCaliban×Ray StrachanCaliban
Ray Strachan is a Winnipeg-born Theatre Artist of Filipino and Grenadian descent, and a graduate of the Black Hole Theatre Company. He’s been fortunate to work with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Theatre NorthWest, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Theatre 180, Citadel Theatre, and Theatre Calgary. He is the recipient of the 2018 Winnipeg Theatre Award for his performance as Staff Sergeant Yeo in Daniel Thau-Eleff’s Deserter, and in 2017 for his performance as Simon in The Whipping Man. Ray can also be seen on Netflix as series regular John Bell on The Pinkertons.
- Suchiththa WickremesooriyaAriel×Suchiththa WickremesooriyaAriel
A Sri Lankan actor with a musical theatre background, Suchiththa is excited to make his professional Shakespearean debut with the Citadel! Shakespeare was a significant part of his training in the UK, and he has always loved older texts, which, surprisingly, he finds easier than modern prose. Select credits: The Secret Garden (Theatre Calgary), Pocket Rocket (Lost and Found Theatre), Creases in My Sari (Alumnae Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Dancyn). Many thanks to his wife, Ruth, for always supporting his crazy dreams.
- Hodan YoussoufAriel×Hodan YoussoufAriel
Deaf since childhood, Hodan was born in Somalia. Since this country does not offer education services to deaf people, her family decided to immigrate to France in 1985. Today Hodan is active with the Montreal deaf community, participating in various cultural activities and initiatives. She collaborated with Cinéall Production on various films. As an actress, she performed in the play Traversée of the Voyageurs Immobiles, as well as Bernard Adamus's La Part du Devil.
- Josette Bushell-MingoDirector×Josette Bushell-MingoDirector
As an award-winning actress and international director, Josette’s career spans over 35 years. She has directed for The Royal Opera House, Riksteatern, and Norrbottensteatern. Josette directed the first ever Penelopiad RSC. Awards include an OBE, Kruth Medal for Contribution to Sign Language Performance, Grannevik Award, and Expressen Award for Theatre. She was also nominated for an Oliver Award for her role as Rafiki in The Lion King. Josette was Artistic Director for Tyst Teater, the home of dramatic art in Swedish Sign Language. Josette is now the new head of acting for Stockholm University; the first woman, and person of African descent to ever hold the post.
Photo Credit: Urban Jören
- Drew FaceySet & Costume Designer×Drew FaceySet & Costume Designer
Drew has been a set and costume designer for over a decade, with his work being seen across Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand. He has designed over 150 shows for a wide range of companies, including The Shaw Festival, Can Stage, Theatre Smash, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, Rumble, The Globe, and Touchstone. He has been honored with 16 Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Design. Drew and his partner have traveled extensively in Asia and Latin America where he draws inspiration for his work.
- Bonnie BeecherLighting Designer×Bonnie BeecherLighting Designer
Bonnie has designed lights for over 400 productions for theatre, opera, and dance across Canada and internationally. Her work has been seen in most theatres across Canada including Shaw, Stratford, The Canadian Opera, The National Ballet of Canada, Soulpepper, Opera Atelier, Canadian Stage, and The Grand Theatre. Bonnie has also been working extensively in Europe and internationally for the past 16 years. Recent productions include Hadrian (Canadian Opera); Paradise Lost (Stratford); She Wore Red (Dortmund Ballet, Germany); and Portal (Acosta Danza, Havana, Cuba). Bonnie lives in Toronto. www.bonniebeecher.com
- Dave ClarkeSound Design & Original Composition×Dave ClarkeSound Design & Original Composition
Dave has composed sound and music for theatre, film, dance, and multi-media for three decades. His family opera in English and American Sign Language, Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre), premiered in Edmonton in February 2019. Previous designs for the Citadel Theatre include Vimy, Blackbird, and The Pillow Man. Recent designs include Élise contre l'extinction totale (L'UniThéâtre); The Cardiac Shadow (Northern Light Theatre); The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre); and Constellations (Alberta Theatre Projects).
- Jonathan Hawley PurvisFight Director×Jonathan Hawley PurvisFight Director
Jonathan is a member of Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stage Fight Society in Europe. Fight Direction for the Citadel: The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, Spamlot, The Penelopiad, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other: As You Like It, Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); Antony & Cleopatra, Three Musketeers, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, (St. Lawrence Shakespeare); I Am For You (Concrete Theatre); and Singin’ in the Rain (Chemianus). Love to his family: Alana, Fela, and Caddell.
- Tiphaine Girault-BathAssistant Director×Tiphaine Girault-BathAssistant Director
Tiphaine is a visual storyteller, director, and translator. Originating from France, Tiphaine has a BA in Graphic Novel and works in French, English, and two signed languages. For over ten years Tiphaine has worked as a professional artist in comic arts, printmaking, and sign language translation and performance. Her work has been a featured in several exhibitions and documentaries. Tiphaine has hosted national arts leadership residencies expanding art practices in sign language with SPiLL.Propagation, and in 2018, was honoured for her leadership in the arts in LSQ in Quebec.
Photo Credit: Jason Theriault
- Valerie PlancheAssistant Director×Valerie PlancheAssistant Director
An award-winning actor, director and instructor with over 30 years of experience on stage, as well as in film and television. Selected credits as a Director include Constellations (Alberta Theatre Projects); Bad Jews, and Skylight (Theatre Calgary). At the Citadel, Valerie has performed in The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Equus, and directed Sweat. Valerie was awarded the Michelle Dias Award in 2018 from Theatre Alberta, and the Gina Wilkinson Prize from the Shaw Festival in 2015.
- Michelle ChanStage Manager×Michelle ChanStage Manager
This is Michelle’s 19th season at the Citadel Theatre, and she’s thrilled to be working on this very exciting and challenging project. Michelle has been the Resident Stage Manager at the Citadel Theatre for the last 11 years. Selected Citadel credits include Once, A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, and Sweeney Todd. Big Thanks to Sang Sang and Ira!
- Sang-Sang LeeAssistant Stage Manager×Sang-Sang LeeAssistant Stage Manager
Select Citadel credits include Redpatch, Hadestown, Mamma Mia!, Sense and Sensibility, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, The Sound of Music, and Rocky Horror. Elsewhere, she has worked on Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, Antessy (Concrete Theatre); Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (Freewill Shakespeare); Don Giovanni (COSI); and Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre). Thanks to Michelle and Ira.
- Ira TuzlukovaApprentice Stage Manager×Ira TuzlukovaApprentice Stage Manager
Ira Tuzlukova is a first time apprentice at the Citadel Theatre. She feels very fortunate and excited to be part of such an amazing production. She is currently in the second year of her MA in Drama at the University of Alberta where she is investigating the impact of technology on stage management profession. Originally from Russia, Ira has been actively involved in Canada’s theater scene for almost six years. Her previous credits include stage managing Candide, assistant stage managing Chamber Werx and Kopernikus at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, as well as apprenticing for productions of Lillies and Cinderella at Edmonton Opera. She hopes you enjoy the performance.