JOSHUA BAINBRIDGE - Sound Design/Technician
Joshua Bainbridge is the Artistic Director of The Proscenium Club. He is an actor, writer, and director living in North Bay and a 2010 Graduate of Canadore College’s Theatre Arts Program. 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, Sit,James, 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 March of 2019, Joshua starred as John Procter in the Sun Dog Theatre Festival production of The Crucible.
In winter 2014, 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. In the summer of 2017, Josh adapted, directed and played the titular character in Macbeth at the On The Edge Fringe Festival. Winner of two Best in Fringe Awards; Jurors’ Choice and Audience Choice.
Josh has appeared in well over twenty film and television productions over the last few years. Recent credits include: New Eden for Crave TV, Too Close for Christmas for Netflix, as well as the upcoming feature films All My Puny Sorrows, and Kicking Blood - Joshua also works as a Northern OSLO ACTRA representative.
Rod is the founding Artistic Director for the Acting for Stage and Screen Program at Canadore College. Rod developed the curriculum for the program in 2004 seeing a need for professional actor training in Northern Ontario (the only school of its kind north of Toronto). He also serves as Artistic Director for Theatre Canadore (formerly Rep 21), comprised of graduating acting students. Rep 21 directing credits include All in the Timing, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Lark, Barefoot on the Moon, The Tragedy of David and Dave, Passion Play, As You Like It, Can You See Me Yet, The Donnellys, Macbeth, and The Libertine.
Rod has directed/produced over 135 productions to date, both nationally and internationally, ranging from the classics to the development of new Canadian work. He is recognized nationally for his directorial adaptations of Shakespeare. He was the 2009 winner of TVO’s Big Ideas/ Best Lecturer Competition for his lecture: “Adapting Shakespeare within a Modern Canadian Context.” Rod was a Guest Speaker at the ProfTalk Lecture Series at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto in 2014, lecturing on the state of theatre in the twenty-first century. Ten lecturers from across North America were invited for this prestigious learning series.
Recent directing highlights include: It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace (GTG), Eighteen Degrees (Stratford Spring Works Festival + North Bay), and Romeo and Juliet and King Lear (Watershed Shakespeare Festival). Rod 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 was the founding Artistic Director of the Nipissing Stage Company from 1999 to 2005. He directed 25 mainstage productions including the Ontario premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan and the Northern Ontario premieres of Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Stones in his Pockets as well as serving as co-author/director on the original musicals Train Town and Wanted. 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. The Othello Project was originally mounted at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Rod was nominated for a DORA Award for Outstanding Direction. The Othello Project received its American premiere at the Florida Shakespeare Festival in Miami.
Film and television acting credits include 3 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 Danforth in The Crucible (Sun Dog Theatre Festival), Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross (2014 Theatre Ontario Festival - GTG), Pablo Picasso in A Picasso (Word Toast Transport), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Winner – 2010 Theatre Ontario Festival - GTG), Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Watershed Shakespeare Festival), Renfield in Dracula (GTG), and four seasons with the Highlands Summer Theatre Festival.
Rod served as an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival for two seasons and was the first recipient of the Festival's Jean Gascon Director's Award and four 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.
.Rod’s latest novel, KINMOUNT, was published in October 2020. His first novel, A Matter of Will, was a finalist for the 2018 Northern Lit Award for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in Cloud Lake Literary, Blank Spaces Magazine, 150 Years Up North and More, and HighGrader magazine.
Rod graduated from York University in 1985 with a B.F.A. (Honours) in Acting/Directing. He graduated from the Humber School for Writers in 2013. He recently completed the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada certificate program.
MATT LISHMAN – Stage Manager
Matt Lishman is a multi-faceted artist with his main focus being acting. He has played Malcolm in Macbeth (Theatre North 2017), Cassidy in The Bonds that Hold Us (On The Edge Fringe 2017), Bobby in Tough (On The Edge Fringe 2016), and Philip in Sanctuary (On The Edge Fringe 2015). In May 2017, Matt appeared as Peter in the Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective production of Romeo and Juliet. Some of Matt’s Television/Film credits include parts in: Goalie, TVO’s Hard Rock Medical, CTV’s Cardinal, the Netflix original film, The New Romantic, as well as the film Astonishing Tales of Terror. At On The Edge Fringe Festival 2019, Matt made his directorial debut with Dragged, which earned a “Best of Fringe” nomination for Viewers’ Choice, while also appearing in the world premiere of Stephanie Kast’s new play The Cavewoman. Matt worked as Stage Manager and assistant carpenter on Proscenium Club’s 2018/2019 show, The Life and Death of John the Milkman. For the 2018/2019 touring production, Matt played the lead role of Jim in Sit, James. Matt portrayed Herrick in the Sun Dog Theatre Festival production of The Crucible. At On the Edge Fringe 2019, Matt wrote and directed The Tragedy of Errors, Winner of Best of Fringe: Outstanding Production.
Matt is a 2017 graduate of Canadore College’s Acting for Stage and Screen Program.
David Ives is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. He was born in Chicago in 1950 and educated at Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama. He began writing plays in the 1970s and achieved his breakthrough success in the 1990s with an evening of one-act plays called All in the Timing which ran Off-Broadway for over six hundred performances. He has written many full-length plays, including the Broadway production Venus in Fur. He has adapted French 17th- and 18th-century classical comedies, as well as thirty-three musicals for New York City’s "Encores!" series. His collaborators have included David Copperfield and Stephen Sondheim. Ives has also written short fiction and humor pieces for Spy Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine and The Hudson Review. He was a staff writer for Fox TV's Urban Anxiety. He is the author of The Phobia Clinic, a horror novel written in verse, and the young adult period piece Monsieur Eek. He has taught playwriting and screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and at Columbia University.
Tracey Halsey- Berti
TRACEY HALSEY- BERTI – Voice and Speech Coach
Tracey was born in London, England but spent much of her childhood bouncing between Nashville and the U.K. as her father was constantly on tour as guitarist and vocal arranger for the legendary Roy Orbison. She has spent over 40 years as an actor, singer, musician, voice actor, director and vocal coach. 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 favourite shows include Guys and Dolls, Oliver!, Grease, Stop the World I Want to Get Off, The Pirates of Penzance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Aladdin.
Tracey was a 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 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, Oliver! and The Donnellys. She was also honored to be vocal director and performer in the Canadian premiere of Ebenezer.
TV and film credits include Hard Rock Medical, Stage Fright, Northern Rescue, and Overtures.
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 many occasions. Tracey was a member of The Girls in Pearls who performed with the RCAF 22 Wing Band. She is a member of the Dressing Room Collective and has performed recently in Nunsense and BROADway Stories. 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 discover their authentic voices.
Stephanie Kast - Costume Coordinator
Stephanie Kast has appeared as Prissy Andrews in Anne of Green Gables, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd: The String of Pearls, and A Bride of Dracula in Joshua Bainbridge’s adaptation of the classic novel. Steph played the role of Alex in both the Canadore College Theatre Arts production of I Live with Him Every Day: The Tragedy of David and Dave and reprised the role in the show’s professional premiere, which toured in the fall of f016. In winter 2017, Steph appeared as Balthazar in the Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective production of Romeo and Juliet. She directed the world premiere of her original script The Bonds That Hold Us for the On The Edge Fringe in 2017. She also appeared as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Steph appeared as Joan Marshall in The Life and Death of John the Milkman. At the 2018, On the Edge Fringe Festival, she directed One Man, All Woman, as well as the her original work, The Cavewoman. Stephanie played Mercy Lewis in the Sun Dog Theatre Festival production of The Crucible. She then played Beth in The Proscenium’s 2018/2019 tour of Sit, James. At On the Edge Fringe 2019 Stephanie wrote and directed Artemisia, which went on to win Best of Fringe: Best Original Work. Steph appeared as Teresa in the Club’s 2019/2020 touring production, Barefoot on the Moon. Stephanie appears in the feature film Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe, and the TV Series New Eden. As a textile artist Steph focuses on making wearable art pieces that challenge convention and inspire imagination. Her work provokes thought while functioning as utility clothing or fashion depending on the environment she is giving response to.