HUMMER and CHORUS
Pierre’s selected acting credits include: The Tempest, Two Gentleman of Verona (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Fest.), The Sound of Music, Pride & Prejudice, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Macbeth, The Odyssey, Vanya, Angel Square, Twelfth Night and The Secret Garden, (National Arts Centre). The Shadow Cutter, 5 O’Clock Bells (Prix Rideau Award: outstanding male performance), Blood on the Moon, The Man from the Capital, Stones in his Pockets, No Great Mischief, An Acre of Time and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Great Canadian Theatre Company); A Night in November (Capital Critics Award, outstanding performance), Catalpa, Kings of the Kilburn Side Road, How the other Half Loves, (Seven Thirty); The Barber of Seville (Opera Lyra). Pierre also works extensively as a playwright, teacher, director and stand-up comedian.
Attila Clemann is an Ottawa born theatre artist specializing in new works and physical theatre. Recent performing credits include Arms and the Man and The Financier at Odyssey Theatre. As a designer Attila has built sets for Plosive Theatre, The Ottawa Theatre School and Algonquin College. His scripts “…and Stockings for the Ladies.” and Whispers in the Air have toured through Quebec the Maritimes and parts of Ontario. He is presently developing a two hander called Lore with his wife Jodi Essery initiated as part of the Thousand Island Playhouse playwriting group. Attila is a graduate of Studio 58 and Ecole Jaques Lecoq. When Attila is not teaching or creating theatre he is a part-time cabinetmaker as well as a full-time father of two.
BABY BRIDGET and CHORUS
Megan Carty, Ottawa-born and based emerging theatre artist, received training from Studio 58 (Vancouver), One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary), and The Movement Theatre Studio (NYC). She has crossed Canada touring educational puppet shows for kids. Most recently, she was Braidie in The Shape of a Girl, which played many local high schools and won her a Spirit of the Capital Youth Award. With a passion for physical theatre and the creation of original work, Megan has two pieces in development – Me and My Monster and The Gold Project (featured at Ottawa’s Fresh Meat Festival). Other upcoming projects include You Didn’t Ask to Be Here (Theatre Underground/Ottawa Fringe), and The Space Between (Queen’s University/Isobel Bader Centre).
MUSICIAN and CHORUS Pat Maher was born in the 60s and raised in the 70s in Shannon, a small anglo/Irish town near Quebec City. Within a large musical family he was immersed in many genres of music playing tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass guitar. He came of age in the 80s and moved to Ottawa where he played Irish, rock, and folk music. Pat eventually grew up in the 90s and moved to Wakefield, Quebec where he now entertains his kids with bad jokes, plays bass as a sideman (Ian Tamblyn, Chris MacLean, Bobby Watt and Ecosse), and is a member of, at last count, three bands (The 2 Paddys, The Adorables, Tractor). He is also a mentor to local youth in the RBC Bluesfest sponsored program, Be in the Band. This is his first experience in the theatre.
After a decade of working and living around the world, Chris is happy to call Ottawa and western Quebec home. He spent his first year here living in a cabin up on the Gatineau River where he fell in love with the beautiful Gatineau Valley. Chris is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ottawa Acting Company, where he teaches, directs and produces He has also taught acting at the University of Ottawa, York University, and the Ottawa Theatre School. In 2013, the Acting Co. produced its first show – Glengarry Glen Ross, winning the Capital Critics Award for Best Professional Production. In 2014 Chris was nominated for a Prix-Rideau Best Actor award for Plosive’s production of Billy Bishop Goes to War.
Since 1972, Ian Tamblyn has released 37 albums/cds, and produced dozens of artists’ music, created over one hundred theatrical soundtracks and written thirteen plays. Selected Awards and Tributes: Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (2012) for guiding and creative work in the Canadian Arctic; the Estelle Klein and Helen Verger Awards for his contributions to Canadian folk music, honourary doctorate (Lakehead University), Distinguished Alumni Award (Trent University), English Songwriter of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2010), Ontario Folk Award (2013) for “Take the Mountain Down” and the Galaxie Grand prize, (Ontario Folk Conference, 2014) for “Away” (from The Labrador, final cd of theFour Coast Project.) A tribute album of his songs, Coastline of our Dreams, features covering artists Lynn Miles, Susan Crowe , Hart Rouge and Valdy. Writer in Residence at Carleton University (2014-15), Ian teaches song-writing to music students and will soon release Walking in the Footsteps, celebrating the Group of Seven (commissioned by the Art Gallery of Sudbury).
POOR BRIDGET and CHORUS
Doreen Taylor-Claxton is a soloist, actor, chamber musician and music director, moving easily among genres. She has worked with NAC Orchestra, The Ottawa Stilt Union, Odyssey Theatre, Deluxe Hot Sauce (of which she is a founding member), The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Upper Canada Playhouse, ThirdWall Theatre,and Opera Lyra Ottawa Young Artists.
A competition winner in both Canada and England, she has been heard in recital for CBC Radio; Jeunes Artistes, Artscape and Classical Encounters, The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, The Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Antigonish Performing Arts, Festival Antigonish and Vocalypse Productions. She has been a featured soloist with The University of Ottawa Orchestra, The Strings of St. John’s, The Toronto Sinfonietta and the Impressions in Jazz Orchestra.
MEAN HUGHIE and CHORUS
Born and raised in the Outaouais, Paul has been all across this land working mainly as an actor for nearly forty years. Before that he criss-crossed the country as a porter on the trains, as a singer-songwriter (till he fell into acting), a gardener at UVic, a cook and a waiter and a dishwasher, a carpenter (terrible wood butcher) and just about anything that would keep the wolf howling just beyond the front gate. When he finally got to walk out onto a stage as an actor a voice said “You’re home!” and ever since he has gotten to play a whole range of folks: a Vice-President, a psychiatrist, a merchant money-lender and pound of flesh seeker, an astronomer, a political organizer – and many more. It’s been so much fun to play.
AUNT DOTTIE and CHORUS
Actor, Artistic Leader 100 Watt Productions: Innocent Anarchy, Artistic Director Third Wall Academy. instructor University of Ottawa, Ottawa Children’s Theatre, off-ice coach for Skate Canada skater, musician & former dancer. Born in Scotland, grew up in Colombia, trained in the U.S, England & Canada. Resident Company member Third Wall Theatre & core member Deluxe Hot Sauce. Performed at NAC, GCTC, New Theatre of Ottawa, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, and Ottawa Fringe Festival. Select projects: Ashes to Ashes, Subdevision, Love’s Labors Lost, God of Carnage, Blackbird &Top Girls (Prix Rideau Awards for both). Recent creations with youth: the 100 Watt Earth Stage @ the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, Wild Life, the 3 Minute Play Festival for the NAC. Upcoming: I Have No Face, a new collaboration with Martha Ross.
Lewis Wynne-Jones recently appeared in Ed’s Story, a verbatim play inspired by the life and palliative treatment of a teenager diagnosed with cancer. Prior to that, Wynne-Jones appeared as Cale Blackwell in Paul LeDoux and David Young’s Fire, a musical based on the life of Jerry Lee Lewis. He debuted his one-man show, Listless, at the inaugural Halifax Suitcase festival. Other recent acting credits include Francis Hardy in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer; Casanova in Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real; Shelley Levene in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross; and an ensemble production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis.
FIDDLER At just 21 years of age, Ellen Daly is an award-winning fiddler from Ottawa who has won many prestigious fiddle competitions across North America, such as the 2011 Junior Canadian Open Fiddle Champion and the 2008 Eastern North American Irish Fiddling Champion, along with numerous Ontario fiddle competitions. She has been playing the fiddle for 15 years and enjoys playing many styles of music, including: Bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, Country, Jazz, Cape Breton, Old Time, Folk, and Classical. Ellen currently performs with numerous bands and ensembles, and she teaches music lessons all around the Ottawa area.
Jane Vanstone Osborn
This spring marks Jane’s 30th year as a Stage Manager. She began her career in Toronto working with the visually impaired at a theatre in the CNIB. Her latest project was “The Glass Menagerie” (Bear and Company at the Gladstone). Last summer she worked with Carolyn Hetherington on her one woman show “Women Who Shout at the Stars” (Ottawa Fringe and Toronto’s SummerWorks). Some career highlights include the Capital Critics award winning shows “And Slowly Beauty” (NAC/Belfry) and “A Christmas Carol” (NAC), and a Rideau Award for Stage Management on “The Turn of the Screw”. Jane has worked across Canada including 5 seasons with the Shaw Festival, and locally with the NAC, GCTC, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse. She has also stage managed school tours, puppets, and operas.
Artists who worked with us during the Development Phase
Karen Balcome | Robert Bockstael | John Koensgen | Brad Long | Geoff McBride | Kathy MacLennan | John Nolan
Development supporters (artistic)
Artistic Director, Great Canadian Theatre Company
Lise Anne Johnson
(past Artistic Director) Great Canadian Theatre Company
Associate Artistic Director, National Arts Centre English Theatre
Lighting Design Consultant
(Composer, Sound Designer, who fell for this story many years ago)