The Tempest

Apr 20 - May 12, 2019

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The Tempest

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.
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by JOSETTE BUSHELL-MINGO
Set and Costume Design by DREW FACEY
Lighting Design by BONNIE BEECHER
Sound Design by DAVE CLARKE

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Shoctor Theatre
Recommended for ages 14+

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Cast & Creative Team

  • Lorne Cardinal
    Prospero
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    Lorne Cardinal
    Prospero

    Lorne is thrilled to be back on home territory and working with this incredibly talented cast and brilliant director for the Citadel! It's been awhile since Royal Hunt of the Sun. Lorne may be best known for his work on CTV's Corner Gas, playing the ruggedly handsome Sgt. Davis Quinton (also in animated form). Some of his previous stage credits include: Henry VIII in Kate Henning's The Last Wife for (ATP); Frank in G.G Award-winning  Where The Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring; and Jacob & Issac in Ken Williams' Thunderstick (Theatre Network/Persephone/Western Canada Theatre). Lorne's television and film credits include When The Heart Calls, Bad Seed, Trouble with Christmas, Tin Star, and soon to be released short film, Henry's Heart, to name a few. His voice work can also be heard on Corner Gas Animated for Comedy Network, and Molly of Denali, set to air on PBS. Lorne is also a director the stage and screen.  He would like to thank his wife, Monique Hurteau, without whom this journey would not be possible. 

  • Nadien Chu
    Queen Alonsa
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    Nadien Chu
    Queen Alonsa

    Nadien Chu is a graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA Acting Program, and is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. She is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful new reimagining of The Tempest. Special thanks to Josette Bushell-Mingo, Nicole Sander and her friends at NICA, her incredible family, KS, LC, NC and Freya.

    Select theatre credits include: The Thin Man (Vertigo Theatre); Pretty Goblins (Sterling Award) and Ladies Who Lynch (Workshop West); All the Little Animals I have Eaten, One Yellow Rabbit, The Believers, 10/12, Roxy Performance Series, Charlotte's Web, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects); 9 Parts of Desire (The Maggie Tree); Space//Space, Cleopatra’s Sister, Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Cherish (Northern Light Theatre); Hamlet/The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor/The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar/The Tempest, Twelfth Night/Othello, TitusAndronicus (Sterling Award), Romeo and Juliet/Love’s Labour’s Lost (Free Will Shakespeare Festival); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Penelopiad, August Osage County (Citadel Theatre); The Ugly One, The Crackwalker, Mourning Dove, Kill Your Television, Pig Girl (Sterling Nomination), Palace of the End (Sterling Nomination, Theatre Network); and Cuckoos (Sterling Nomination, Edmonton International Fringe Festival).

  • Jarret Cody
    Sebastian
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    Jarret Cody
    Sebastian

    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-Coltman
    Ferdinand/Ariel
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    Braydon Dowler-Coltman
    Ferdinand/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 Hudson
    Ariel
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    Hayley Hudson
    Ariel

    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 (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 Deaf actor and dancer. She lives in Kingston with her husband and three children. 

  • Thurga Kanagasekarampillai
    Miranda
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    Thurga Kanagasekarampillai
    Miranda

    Thurga Kanagasekarampillai is a Deaf Sri Lankan 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 Kwan
    Antonio
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    Derek Kwan
    Antonio

    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 Lovell
    Ariel
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    Sage Lovell
    Ariel

    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 atwww.deafspectrum.com.

  • Elizabeth Morris
    Trinculo
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    Elizabeth Morris
    Trinculo

    Elizabeth is a professional actor and a full member of ACTRA and CAEA. In the summer of 2017, she became Stratford Festival’s first Deaf signing actor in a production called, The Madwoman of Chaillot. She is also an American Sign Language (ASL) coach and consultant for films and theatres. She also works as a Deaf interpreter for a several theatres, for their productions. In spring of 2017, She graduated at OCAD University, with MDes in Inclusive Design. Her research was based on creating live theatre more accessible and inclusive for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, including their families and friends. Her exhibition was shown at GradEx 102nd and won a medal for Inclusive Design.

    She has lived in England, Japan, USA, and Canada. Her career as a professional actor has taken her around the globe (Japan, Australia, Romania, South Africa, Mexico, USA, and Canada). She was involved with a tour theatre company called, National Theatre of the Deaf (Hartford, CT), and Quest for Arts (Washington, D.C.). Currently, she is co-founder of Deaf Spirit Theatre Group (three Deaf women show- in Kingston, Ontario). They performed at Sounds Off Festival, in Edmonton, Alberta (2017 and 2018). It was Canada’s first Deaf theatre’s festival. Also, they performed at H’Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario. It is for all families of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing- together.  

    She performed in a production called, Ultrasound (Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by Cahoots Theatre); Bird Brain (Young People's Theatre - nominated for a Dora Award). During the summer of 2017, she became the first Deaf actor who performed in a production called, The Madwoman of Chaillot (Stratford Festival). In 2019, she looks forward to performing in Concrete Theatre’s Song That My Mother Never Sung Me, and Citadel Theatre’s The Tempest.

    As an ASL coach, Elizabeth coached for a production called, Love You Forever and More... (Dora Award - Outstanding Production); and Bird Brain (Young People's Theatre); Tribes (Canadian Stage); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stratford Festival); and The Spirit (Native Earth Performing Arts). She also coached for an episode on the television show, Flashpoint.    

    As a Deaf Interpreter, she interpreted for National Arts Centre’s Up to Low and Alice Through the Looking-Glass, as well as Young People’s Theatre’s Selfies, The Secret Garden, and Munsch’s Time.

    With her passion in theatre (as an actor, ASL coach, and Deaf Interpreter), her goal is to set up a business, exploring, developing, consulting, and educating; creative ways of making live theatre more accessible and inclusive for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and their families/friends. She feels that everyone deserves to go to a live theatre anytime to enjoy the experience, together, with families and friends. Everyone deserves to feel fully inclusively at all times.

  • Troy O'Donnell
    Stephono
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    Troy O'Donnell
    Stephono

    For the Citadel: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Saint Joan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Crucible. Elsewhere: It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatre Northwest); Le Parapluie and The Umbrella (Quest Theatre); Anxiety and The Righteous Woman (Theatre Yes); An Inspector Calls, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and The Diary of Anne Frank (Rosebud Theatre); The Early Bloomer and Smokescreen (Concrete Theatre); Adult Entertainment and The End of Civilization (Punctuate! Theatre); The Falstaff Project (Thou Art Here); The Clean House (Trunk Theatre); The 39 Steps (Mayfield); and many productions with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Troy is a founding member and Artistic Associate of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.

  • Barbara Poggemiller
    Ariel
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    Barbara Poggemiller
    Ariel

    Barbara Poggemiller has been working in Canadian theatre many years as an actor, director, and teacher. She has worked for theatres such as Centaur, Geordie Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Debajehmujig Theatre, among others. She teaches and directs for the Canadian College of Performing Arts (Victoria, B.C.) and the Victoria Shakespeare Society. Barbara performed the one-woman play, The River of Time, for the Uno Festival in Victoria, B.C.  She is thrilled to be part of this new adventure at the Citadel Theatre!

  • Denise Read
    Gonzala/Ariel
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    Denise Read
    Gonzala/Ariel

    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 Strachan
    Caliban
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    Ray Strachan
    Caliban

    Ray Strachan is a Winnipeg-born Canadian Theatre Artist of Filipino and Grenadian descent, and a graduate of the Black Hole Theatre Company. He has been fortunate to work across Canada with theatre companies such as Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Theatre NorthWest, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Theatre 180, Citadel Theatre, Shakespeare in the Ruins, and Theatre Calgary. He is the recipient of the 2017 Winnipeg Theatre Award  for his lead performance in The Whipping and is nominated in 2018 for his performance in Deserter as Staff Sargent Yeo. Ray is honoured and excited to be studying at the Banff Centre, collaborating with such a diverse and talented group of artists. 

  • Suchiththa Wickremosooriya
    Ariel
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    Suchiththa Wickremosooriya
    Ariel

    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 Youssouf
    Ariel
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    Hodan Youssouf
    Ariel

    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-Mingo
    Director
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    Josette Bushell-Mingo
    Director
  • Drew Facey
    Set & Costume Designer
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    Drew Facey
    Set & Costume Designer
  • Bonnie Beecher
    Lighting Designer
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    Bonnie Beecher
    Lighting Designer
  • Dave Clarke
    Sound Designer
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    Dave Clarke
    Sound Designer
  • Tiphaine Girault-Bath
    Intern Director
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    Tiphaine Girault-Bath
    Intern Director

    Tiphaine Girault is a critical illustrator and multidisciplinary artist. Through images and texts, she explores the intersections of people; their languages, cultures, and perspectives in literature, visual arts, and theatre. Tiphaine is a co-founded of SPiLL.PROpagation (2009), a non-profit artist centre for creation and production in sign language. Tiphaine works to generate new artistic practices that fully engage with Deaf-sign language artists and to harness their full potential. At the core if her work, Tiphaine collaborates with artists from different languages and cultures to produce art that stimulates reflection and positive social change.

  • Michelle Chan
    Stage Manager
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    Michelle Chan
    Stage Manager
  • Sang-Sang Lee
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Sang-Sang Lee
    Assistant Stage Manager

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Runs Apr 20 - May 12, 2019
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