Carmina Bernhardt is an experienced actress in theatre and film (new writing, musical, classical) and an emerging producer/writer/director of theatre and film at Stolen Cactus. Training includes a BA in Music Theatre from Capilano University, Canada and an MA Acting for Screen with Distinction from the Royal Central School for a Speech & Drama, London. She has been a professional actor in Vancouver, Toronto and London for eight years, originally hailing from Vancouver, but now happily living in London, England. Her background is of mixed Caucasian and Japanese ethnicity. She can also be found vlogging away on the Flaws Daily YouTube channel and on Snapchat at carminaberns.
Lauren Allen is a theatre artist hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. After having studied Musical Theatre through Grant MacEwan University (2013), Lauren returned to Saskatoon to work in both English and French. She has now worked as an actor, singer, dancer, producer, social media manager, box office assistant, front of house manager, and assistant director. Lauren currently sits on the Compass Points National Planning Committee for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and is a member and volunteer at The Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals. More information at lauren-allen.net
Alicia Johnston is a Winnipeg-based, classically trained, bilingual professional actress with over fifteen years of work experience in theatre, film and television. Following three years of intensive study at the National
Theatre School of Canada and most recently at the Hagen Institute in New York City, Alicia has been contracted to perform in both French and English in cities across the country, including Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Favourite roles include Elena in Butcher (Prairie Theatre Exchange) Hermione& Dorcas in The Winters Tale (Tom Tom Theatre) Octavia & Soothsayer in Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare in The Ruins) Mimi in the French and English productions of Fort Mac (Théâtre Vice Versa Theatre) Pixie & Sonya in Essay & The Russian Play (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre) Annette in Le Dieu du Carnage, Gittel in Deux sur la Balançoire, Judith in Boing Boing et Louise in Tragédie de Théâtre Sans Animaux (Théâtre Cercle Molière) Louise in La Maculée, Gertrude in Coffre Fort and Amanda in La Grande Vague (La Troupe du Jour).
Carol Greyeyes is an actor, writer, educator and member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. She is the former artistic director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) and founding principal of the Indigenous Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a junior story editor for North of 60 and has written for CBC, TVO, Global, APTN, SCN, for radio and series television. She wrote and co-produced a documentary film, For Love of the Land, for SCN and CBC. Carol also wrote, produced, and performed the film version of her dance theatre piece, Indian Blue, for Bravo!FACT. Carol holds a BFA and B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.F.A. from York University. She has directed and taught in theatres all over Canada and the USA and has acted in film, television, radio, and on the stage and has been nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Awards and SATAwards in the Best Actor category. Carol was on the faculty of the Aboriginal Screenwriters at The Banff Centre and has taught theatre for First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and the coordinator of the new Certificate of Proficiency wîchêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program in addition to maintaining her professional acting career.
att Keyes holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Saskatchewan. He has appeared in numerous TV shows (Quantico, The Art of More, The Lottery,Bullet in the Face, Corner Gas), short films (Lamb, The Badger, Never Tear Us Apart) and many theatrical productions (The Permanent Guest, Nothing Sacred, The Four of Us). Matt is delighted to be appearing alongside such passionate collaborators in the project known as Encore.
Christopher Manousos is a Toronto based actor and theatre creator. Some of his selected theatre credits include: Jonny, This Is War (Persephone Theatre); Dionysus, The Bacchae (32teeth collective); and a collection of Soldiers, Drunks, and Pages, Henry V (Stratford Festival). Christopher has extensively trained in Suzuki & Viewpoints, both in Canada and New York with members of Anne Bogart’s, SITI Company. Last summer he traveled to Japan, where he trained with Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga. He was one of the inaugural members of Toronto's Factory Theatre's artist training & mentorship program, The Factory Mechanicals (2014-2015). He is thrilled to be exploring this text with such a fantastic company of artists, and is very thankful for the opportunity to do so.
Emmanuel Kabongo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the age of 11, Emmanuel's family immigrated to Canada, seeking further opportunity in Toronto. Emmanuel is the oldest of six children and, while he and his siblings excelled in athletics, he always had a keen interest in the arts. He attended college in Toronto where he studied arts/theatre and played on the varsity basketball team. Outside of school, Emmanuel began taking workshops for acting in film and television. At the end of the school year, Emmanuel was cast in his first student film, and was also recruited to attend a Canadian university on a basketball scholarship. Because of his tremendous passion for his new craft, Emmanuel turned down the basketball scholarship to pursue an acting career instead.
Kabongo studied with Earl Nanhu at EVN Studios. Emmanuel received the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation scholarship and completed the Actors Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre in 2015. He is fluent in French and English and has over 10 years of experience teaching his craft to school age children in summer day camps, before & after care programs, and high school drama workshops. Emmanuel enjoys staying in great shape physically and mentally by continuing to indulge his first loves: soccer, basketball, and reading.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Natalie splits her time between France & Canada where she works as a bilingual actress, director and producer. Recent theatre credits include: Toute la vie (Atelier Théâtrale de Création); Le Jardin, Le Père (Le Cercle Molière); Et le reflet de notre lune dansera, Les Mots d'Ados (La Troupe du Jour); This is War, Dead Man's Cell Phone, The 39 Steps, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Persephone Theatre); Lady Julie, La duchesse de Langeais, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Apuka Theatre). Film/TV: L'Aveugle et la Cardinale (Frédérick Laurent); Shot Down (David Spowart); Bodies (Andrei Fehéregyhàzi); The Break Up (Kate Ashby); Ne Lâche Pas (Anthony Greene); Inside – Golden Sheaf nomination (Yaz Rabadi); Rabbit Falls (APTN).
In 2014, Natalie was the recipient of the Prix Formation du ministère de la culture de l'ontario (FATFC) as well as a selected participant in the 2015 Rencontres Internationales du Festival TransAmériques de Montréal (ATFC).