Joshua Bainbridge - FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY
Joshua Bainbridge is the Artistic Director of The Proscenium Club, an actor, writer, director living in North Bay and a Graduate of Canadore College’s Theatre Arts Program. He founded the theatre company J2 Productions in 2009, adapting Reservoir Dogs into a stage show and starring as Mr. White. Josh has written and directed a number of original and adapted works including I Hear You Ride Horses, People Grieving, The Three Musketeers Trilogy (appearing as Athos in all three parts), Robin Hood: King of the Outlaws (Little John), The Life and Death of John the Milkman, Paper Dolls and Poison Ground, Barefoot on the Moon, and I Live with Him Every Day: The Tragedy of David and Dave. Other notable roles include Edmund in the Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective (WSFC) production of King Lear. Ben in The Night of the Living Dead, Hank in Marvin’s Room, Richard in You Are Here and as Mercutio in the WSFC production of Romeo and Juliet.
In winter 2013, Josh’s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross won him the honor of Best Director at the 2014 QUONTA festival as well as winning Best Production.
Josh also works in film and television and has appeared in Harold and Lorna, the feature films A Dark Truth, Mums the Word, Joseph and Mary, Country Crush, The New Romantic as well as the television series Dark Rising: Warrior of the Worlds, Bad Blood, What Would Sal Do? and Cardinal. Joshua played Stig in the series premiere of the USA Network series Eyewitness and was a series regular on TVO’s Hard Rock Medical. Josh will appear in the upcoming season of Crave TV’s Letterkenny.
Josh recently adapted, directed and played the titular character in Macbeth at the On The Edge Fringe Festival. He is the winner of two Best in Fringe Awards - Jurors’ Choice and Audience Choice.
John Batchelor - LIGHTING DESIGN
John discovered his passion for lighting design at the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art, graduating with an Honours BFA. He designed Androcles and the Lion and Checkhov in Yalta for Performing Arts Windsor, and was lighting designer for both Summer Stock and Residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was both Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the U.S. tour of Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises’ Mabel-Two Nights at the Bowling Alley and We Can Do That, ending the tour at the Fleck Dance Theatre at Toronto’s Harbourfront.
John had the pleasure of assisting Michael Whitfield in designing La Traviata and Kismet at the Royal Alexandria Theatre. He was TD and LD for Theatre Etobicoke for four seasons, and recently worked with the Kingston Catholic School Board designing Les Miserables.
John is delighted to be working with Rod Carley again, with whom he has collaborated on All’s Well That Ends Well (Domino Theatre), Coriolanus (Skylight Theatre/Walking Shadow Theatre), Oedipus/The Critic (Pinnacle Playhouse), The Passion of Dracula (Brockville Arts Centre), Macbeth (Blackhorse Theatre), The Crucible (Theatre Etobicoke), Passion Play (Rep 21), King Lear (Walking Shadow Theatre and Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective), and Romeo and Juliet (Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective). Last summer he designed Barefoot on the Moon for Rep 21. Previous Rep 21 credits include I Live With Him Every Day or The Tragedy of David and Dave and Passion Play.
Nathaniel Brubacher - FIGHT CAPTAIN
Rod Carley - DIRECTOR / SET DESIGN
Rod is Artistic Director for Canadore College’s Acting For Stage And Screen program as well as Artistic Director of Rep 21. He is also a part-time English Professor with Nipissing University. He has directed over 125 productions to date, both nationally and internationally, ranging from the classics to the development of new Canadian work. Recent directing credits include Eighteen Degrees (Stratford’s Spring Works Festival + North Bay), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (GTG – commemorating Canada’s 150), Romeo + Juliet and King Lear (Watershed Shakespeare Festival). Rep 21 directing credits include: Barefoot on the Moon, The Tragedy of David and Dave, Passion Play, As You Like It, The Donnellys, Macbeth and The Libertine.
He directed the Ontario premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Berkeley St. Theatre in Toronto and the Canadian premiere of Talking to Terrorists. He is as an Associate Producer on the independent film The Drawer Boy, making the rounds on the festival circuit.
Rod was the founding Artistic Director of the Nipissing Stage Company in North Bay from 1999 to 2005. He directed 25 mainstage productions including the Ontario premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, as well as serving as co-author/director on the original musicals Train Town and Wanted and dramaturge/director on the original musical Indian Heart, documenting the controversial life of Grey Owl.
Additional directing highlights include the Northern Ontario premieres of The Laramie Project, Angels in America, Our Country’s Good, The Othello Project and High Life. He is recognized nationally for his directorial adaptations of Shakespeare, having adapted and directed 17 of his works. He was the 2009 winner of TVO’s Big Ideas/ Best Lecturer Competition for his lecture: “Adapting Shakespeare within a Modern Canadian Context.”
Rod served as an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival in 1990 and 1991 (Young Company) and was the first recipient of the Festival’s Jean Gascon Director’s Award and three Tyrone Guthrie Awards. He was inducted into the Brockville and Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2017 and the North Bay Entertainers Hall of Recognition in 2015 and was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Theatre, the John Hirsch Director’s Award and Pauline McGibbon Award.
Recent film/television acting credits include three seasons on Hard Rock Medical (TVO), Cardinal (CTV), Carter, Joseph and Mary, Frat Pack, A Dark Truth, Algonquin, The Savage Tales of Summer Vale and Harold and Lorna. Stage acting highlights include: Zastrozzi (CAEA Artists Collective), Dracula (GTG ), Glengarry Glen Ross (2014 Theatre Ontario Festival), A Picasso (Word Toast Transport), Three Musketeers (J2 Productions), Slam!, Witless (Northern Arts Grants projects) and Waiting for Godot (Winner – 2010 Theatre Ontario Festival).
He recently completed an Ontario book tour with his debut novel, A Matter of Will (short-listed for 2018 Northern Lit Award for Fiction). His creative non-fiction story, A Farewell to Steam, was published in the newly released anthology, Up North 150 Years and More. He is currently at work on his second novel.
Tracey Halsey Berti - STAGE MANAGER / VOCAL& SINGING COACH
Tracey comes from a long line of theatre performers and has spent over 35 years in the profession as an actress, singer, musician, radio performer, director and vocal coach. A native of Great Britain, she trained at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting and the London School of Natural Voice. As a child, she attended Anna Scher’s Children’s Theatre School. She practiced her craft touring U.K. repertory theatres such as York Theatre Royal, Sheffield Crucible, Derby Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, Oldham Theatre Royal, and Salisbury Playhouse. She then moved to the West End of London to perform in musicals including West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blood Brothers and Girlfriends. Other favorite shows include Guys and Dolls, Oliver!, Blood Brothers, Grease, Stop the World I Want to Get Off, The Pirates of Penzance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Aladdin.
Tracey was a popular soloist with the BBC Radio Orchestra in London, on the weekly shows Friday Night is Music Night and Songs from the Shows. A highlight of Tracey’s career came in 1989 when she was honoured to be asked, by Royal Appointment, to perform with the cast of The Broadway Show in a private audience for Her Royal Highness Princess Diana at the Nottingham Playhouse.
Canadian theatre credits include Elvis the Musical (Royal Alexandra, Toronto; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; Theatre St. Denis, Montreal), the Ontario premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Berkeley St. Theatre, Toronto), the Canadian premiere of Talking to Terrorists, and Eighteen Degrees by Maureen Cassidy (Spring Works Festival in Stratford, Ontario; North Bay Museum). Directorial work includes the Northern Ontario premiere of I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, and musical direction for Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver! She was also honored to be involved as vocal director and performer in the Canadian premiere of Ebenezer.
TV and film credits include Hard Rock Medical, Stage Fright, and Overtures (Channel 4 UK).
Locally, Tracey has performed in shows with Gateway Theatre Guild, Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, the Interlink Choir, Trinity Arts, and Cando Theatre (Bucket List Cabaret). She has sung with the North Bay Symphony Orchestra as a soloist on two occasions. Tracey was a member of The Girls in Pearls and had the pleasure to perform with the RCAF 22 Wing Band over many years. Her most recent credit was playing Sister Hubert in Nunsense. She has been the Voice and Speech, Singing, and Musical Theatre instructor at Canadore College since the program began in 2005. Tracey is also a certified sound therapist and is passionate about helping people to discover their authentic voices.
Peggy Haskins - COSTUME DESIGN
Peggy’s past design and construction credits include the recent Watershed Shakespeare Festival productions of Romeo + Juliet and King Lear and Eighteen Degrees at Stratford Spring Works and North Bay.
Rep 21 productions including As You Like It, The Libertine, The Donnellys, Macbeth, Waiting for the Parade, Rag and Bone, Passion Play, I Live With Him Every Day or The Tragedy of David + Dave and Barefoot on the Moon.
She has contributed to many Gateway Theatre Guild productions, including Rod Carley’s adaptation of Henry V (QUONTA Outstanding Costume Design Award, 2006), Shadowlands, Private Lives, Elizabeth Rex, and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as Nipissing Stage Company’s The Tempest starring David Fox. Peggy is always grateful and appreciative for the support and love of her husband, Brian.
Michelle Jackett - CHOREOGRAPHY
Michelle has been a professional performer for 25 years. She received her training at the esteemed Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Some of Michelle’s favourite professional credits include Me and My Girl, 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, Hair, Nunsense, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Disney World. Other Stage credits include, Jesus Christ Superstar, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, the King and I, The Philadelphia Story, The World Goes Round, Cabaret and Brighton Beach Memoirs and most recently, Romeo and Juliet. Recent film and television credits include: Death Comes to Town, Stage Fright, Hard Rock Medical, and Mums the Word.
Michelle is an arts educator with the Ontario Arts Council and has been a grant recipient and jury member for Northern Ontario. Michelle also holds the position Dance Outreach Coordinator for the Capitol Centre, through Ontario Dances and the Ontario Arts Council and has worked with numerous local theatre groups, as a choreographer and director including, Theatre Outreach on Stage, Summer Challenge, Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, North Bay Choral Society and Gateway Theatre Guild.
Michelle is the founder and Artistic Director of Can-do Theatre, an organization dedicated to staging original works for children, teens and adults in our community with mixed abilities. She is the force behind two favorite local theatre events and fundraisers, The Bucket List Cabaret, and Gateway Theatre Guild’s Music Theatre Weekend.
Michelle is the Program Coordinator for Canadore College’s Acting for Stage and Screen program and teaches: Movement for Actors, Introduction to Dance, Music Theatre and Comedy Scene Study.
Kevin Lachance - SET CONSTRUCTION
Kevin was born in Sudbury and has always been fascinated with the weird and wonderful in all aspects of life. His upbringing was colourful and slightly rebellious on his part to say the least. “I turned to music at a very young age and never turned back, using it as a release tool!”
He thrives for passionate perfection to the fullest degree in all his work. As well as his music career, Kevin is an intellectual being and always has a lot of ideas brewing in his mind – accompanied with the drive to complete them as well. He has had many different past job titles from cooking, sand-blasting, industrial painting, and, now, running his own business as a carpenter/contractor in North Bay – DARK KINGDOM CARPENTRY.
“They are more than just a client to me. They are a friend by the end of the job” You can see it in Kenin’s work, creativeness and positivity. One word that can explain him in a nutshell...... himself!
Ben Leggett - SOUND DESIGN / SOUND TECHNICIAN
Ben Leggett is a music producer, recording engineer, mixer, songwriter and composer with extensive experience in the Canadian music and film industries. Originally hailing from Corbeil, ON, Leggett’s time spent in various bands led naturally to a career in music production. His company, Ben Leggett Recording, was founded in 2009 and has since produced work for over 30 independent artists, as well as film scores, voice recordings and live-to-tape recordings for clients as diverse as #1 Soundscan folk musician Craig Cardiff and the Ministry of Labour. Ben is a Post Production Technologist with Canadore’s Digital Cinematography program.
Dilip Patel - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / LIGHTING TECHNICIAN
Dilip has been working at the Capitol Centre for the last 13 years as a stage technician. He has also worked with Canadore’s Rep 21 since its inception, in the capacity of technical director, assistant technical director, crew chief, and lighting technician.
He has been volunteering with Gateway Theatre Guild for the last 11 years as a lighting assistant and lighting designer.
Paul Smylie - SCENIC PAINTER
Paul’s interest in art, and especially painting began in childhood as an inherent part of his personality. He shares a similar passion for nature which is evident in the most of his work. Creating two murals for The Jungle Book for the Nipissing Stage Company was his first foray into painting for the stage (that ‘stage’ is now a woman’s lingerie store in a local mall). He has since had the opportunity to paint for a number of local shows including the locally written and produced Hope Op and Curved for the GTG as well as the Realistic Joneses. Most recently he led construction of the set for The Intruder, another Gateway production.
He has also assisted in scenic painting on King Lear and Romeo and Juliet (Watershed Shakespeare Festival) and Eighteen Degrees (Word Toast Transport).
What Paul most enjoys about helping create the space for the cast to play on or within is being part of a team of hardworking, creative, passionate people who all play an integral role in bringing their dreams to life. Once again, he is happy to ply his craft to help bring this summer’s Rep 21 offering to life.