2018 Participants

Lara Arabian

Lara Arabian is a trilingual Dora-nominated Toronto-based performer by way of Beirut, Lebanon, upstate New York and Paris, France. Recently, she was in remounts of Modern Times/Aluna Theatre’s Blood Wedding (six Dora awards) and Theatre Fix’s The Container, for which her work was singled out by critics as ‘stand out.’ A film and television actress, her films have been showcased at the Reel Asian Film Festival, Raindance, and the prestigious Cleveland Film Festival. Lara also serves on the jury of the Pomegranate Film Festival. She is currently writing and developing her first one-woman show.

April Banigan

April has been performing in theatre and film/TV for over 20 years. Select theatre credits include The Last Train, Boston Marriage (Shadow Theatre), Blood Oranges, Silence (Northern Light Theatre), The Blue Light, My One And Only (Workshop West Theatre), See How They Run (Mayfield Theatre), The Constant Wife, A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman (Citadel Theatre), and Age of Arousal (Maggie Tree). TV credits include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Street Justice, and Media Sense. She was nominated for a Rosie Award for her performance in the feature film A Louder Silence. April teaches drama at the Foote Theatre School.

Daniel Briere

Daniel is a graduate of Mount Royal College’s unfortunately now defunct Performance Arts program in Calgary, and the National Theatre School in Montreal. Based in Toronto, his work has been seen across the country. Favourite roles include Ashley Wilkes (Gone with the Wind, RMTC), Charles Condemine (Blithe Spirit, Watermark Theatre), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet, Stratford Festival). He also makes puppets, directs, writes, loves silly voices, and is thrilled to join the team at Banff/Citadel in 2018!

Patricia Cerra

Patricia is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta and her work has taken her across western Canada. Recent credits include: Shakespeare In Love (Citadel Theatre & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), I Heard About Your Murder (Teatro La Quindicina), Soliciting Temptation (Sage Theatre & Shadow Theatre), Gordon (Theatre Network). She’s worked with Blarney Productions, Send in the Girls and Northern Light Theatre, and has toured several times with Concrete Theatre and the Alberta Workers Health Centre. She’s worked as a director, educator, and mentor and is an avid traveller, surfer and MMA/Muay Thai enthusiast.

Victor Dolhai

Theatre credits include:  Pride and Prejudice (Citadel/Banff Centre); Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Bard on the Beach); Private Lives, The Glass Menagerie, The Fantasticks (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre – Founding Artist); The Mousetrap, Pirates of Penzance (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Wild Dogs on the Moscow Trains (Summerworks); A Christmas Carol (Theatre NorthWest); Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Brilliant! (Belfry/Electric Company); Little Women (Persephone); The Full Monty (Patrick Street); Grimm Tales (Itsazoo); Narnia (Kaleidoscope); BLiNK (SNAFU Dance Theatre – Founding Artist); 21 cabarets with Atomic Vaudeville; and three seasons at Stratford Festival. Film/TV credits include: Reboot: The Guardian Code, Android Employed.

Scott Farley

Scott* is elated to be a part of The Silver Arrow! Recent credits: The Moblees Live! On a Wishin' Mission (Drayton Entertainment), My Child (Haus of Casati), Hamlet... A Puppet Epic! (Shakey-Shake & Friends); The War of the Roses: A Game of Kings (Theatre Aquarius); The Wedding Singer, Twelfth Night (Hart House Theatre - winner; Best Supporting Actor). Film/TV: Private Eyes, Elliot the Littlest Reindeer, Schitt’s Creek, Baroness Von Sketch Show, The Moblees. Scott’s a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and the conservatory program at The Second City. He’s a member of the improv troupe HOT BARLEY.

*For Scott's participation, we acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. 

Kristi Hansen

Kristi’s acting credits include Irma Voth (Theatre Network); The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre); Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Citadel); Christina/Philippe (Northern Light Theatre); 10 out of 12 and Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); The Jazz Mother, Pith, The Scent of Compulsion, and The Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro la Quindicina); The Sound of Music (NAC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King LearRomeo and Juliet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Freewill Players); Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre); Apocalypse Prairie (Azimuth Theatre); Grace et Gloria (l’Unithéâtre); The Supine Cobbler, Monstrosities, Age of Arousal, Hroses: An Affront to Reason, Folie à Deux, and Hunger Striking (The Maggie Tree). Kristi's the co-founder/co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree, Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre, and an ensemble member of Teatro la Quindicina. 

Natasha Mumba

Natasha Mumba was born in Kalulushi, Zambia, and has been fortunate enough to work as an actress here in Canada since 2014. She has had the pleasure of working at the Shaw Festival: Dracula, Middletown,The Adventures of the Black Girl, Alice in Wonderland, Tarragon Theatre, Millennial Malcontent, Theatre Kingston; The Mountaintop, Driftwood Theatre Group; Hamlet (Ontario tour), New Words Festival; The Circle. Training: The National Theatre School of Canada. 

Kevin Ouellet

Kevin is an Edmonton-based performer who graduated from the Drama program at the University of Alberta. He is also an aerialist and instructor with Firefly Theatre and Circus. Kevin is eager to blend theatre and aerial arts together with such an amazing cast! Select credits include Panache (Firefly Theatre), Sky Life (Firefly Theatre), Craniatrium (Firefly Theatre), Tristan in Tristan and Isolde (Serca Festival), and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera).

Jesse Gervais

Previous Citadel Productions include: Crazy For You, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, One Man, Two Guvnors, Measure for Measure, and A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere: Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labours Lost (Free Will Players); 6.0 …, The Fourth Graders Present. . ., Fat Pig (NLT); 10\12, Passion Play, Realistic Joneses (Wild Side Productions); Buddy, Little One, Let The Light Of Day Through (Theatre Network); Nami Namersson: The Viking Who Liked to Name Things (Concrete Theatre). TV credits: Tiny Plastic Men (Super Channel). Jesse has been a multiple nominee and the recipient of three Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Independent Production. Jesse has a BFA from the University of Alberta.

Giovanni Spina

As a child, Giovanni could be found pretending to be a monkey swinging in jungle gyms barely touching the ground. Since then, his imagination was cultivated at Ryerson University (BFA Acting) and University of Toronto (ArtDip Classical Voice). He’s had the opportunity to stretch his abilities through performances as Mitch Mahoney (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and France (Tragedie of Lear - Ad-Hoc Theatre). To have the opportunity to return to his roots through The Silver Arrow and swing around while immersed in another world is a personal journey in full circle.

Louisa Zhu

Louisa is an actor and performance combat artist based in Toronto. Recent acting credits include: Reflector (Theatre Gargantua), Sex Tape Project (fu-GEN), and Treasure Island (Solar Stage), for which she earned a Dora nomination as part of the acting ensemble. She has recently been shooting a new Canadian series, Rising Suns, as a series regular. Louisa is also a Certified Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. She is part of the teaching teams at the George Brown College Acting for Media Program and Rapier Wit in Toronto.

Brenley Charkow Intern Director - Mamma Mia!

Brenley is a director, playwright, dramaturge, and indie theatre producer. Select directing credits include A Bright Room Called DayTom at the FarmIf We Were BirdsSeagullsThe WavesMo and Jess Kill Susie; Almost, Maine; and On The Other Side of the World. She’s been an assistant at The Grand Theatre, Studio 180, The Musical Stage Company and will assist on The Humans at the Citadel. Recently Brenley has worked as an assistant dramaturge, literary intern, and director for Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Alberta. www.brenleycharkow.com

Jasmine Chen Intern Director - The Silver Arrow

Jasmine Chen is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary theatre artist. Her performance credits include: the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young Peoples Theatre, Talisman Theatre, Volcano Theatre, and many more. Jasmine is a director of new creation and opera. She is currently in residence at B Current Performings Arts, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Cahoots Theatre. Jasmine is a passionate arts educator, as well as a movement consultant for opera and theatre. Website: msjasminechen.com.