Summerworks 2018 Cast and Crew Bios

Box 4901 debuted in Toronto, Ontario in August 2018 as part of the Summerworks Festival with the following cast.

Bilal Baig, Performer

Bilal Baig is a queer-genderqueer-Muslim playwright, actor and devised theatre-maker. Bilal's first play, Acha Bacha, had its world premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in February 2018, and is currently being translated into French. Other plays include: Khwaja Seraand Blue Eyes Killed Him Without Blinkingwhich are in development at Buddies and Factory Theatre respectively, as well as a new devised work called Undecided with the Queer AF Collective. Bilal recently co-directed the Buddies Youth Ensemble in a collectively created piece called Clamorous Concordsand will be co-directing Eraser, an upcoming immersive physical theatre TYA show. Acting credits in new play workshops include: The Effeminates: A Queer Tale of Bloody Vengeance(Cahoots), The Men in White(Factory), Theory (Tarragon Theatre),Lilies(lemonTree creations), On (E)very (C)orner a (T)errorist (Theatre Centre), Common(Studio 180 Theatre). Bilal creates online and offline spaces for queer + trans South Asians through a collective called A Colour Deep, acolourdeep.ca

Hume Baugh, Performer

Hume Baugh is an actor, director, writer, teacher, and painter. He  trained at LAMDA and has worked in the theatre for 36 years. His credits include the StratfordandShaw Festivals, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Factory, Platform 9, Threshold, Ecce Homo, Buddies in Bad Times, among many others. His plays include Crush, which was nominated for a Best New Play Dora in the Independent Division, and the one-person show The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone, which he has performed in Toronto, Windsor, Ottawa, Montreal, and Kingston. Most recently, he directed Stuart O’Connell’s The Greatest Love Story Ever Forgotten at the 2018 Toronto Fringe, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men at Fanshawe College, and appeared in Theatre Rusticle’s Our Town at Buddies in Bad Times.

Keith Cole, Performer

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Izad Etemadi, Performer

Izad Etemadi is a Persian-Canadian actor, singer, writer and producer originally from Victoria, BC. He is the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Queer Artist Award from Buddies In Bad Times and a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He is best known for his portrayal of the charming, flamboyant and bearded Persian woman, Leila (@_badgirl_leila), who has performed to sold out houses and rave reviews across Canada. In 2016 he was commissioned by McMaster Universities’ School of Social Work to create a verbatim play based on a community research project about immigrant woman in Ontario. We Are Not The Others premiered at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 2016 and is now touring conferences across Ontario. This past spring he developed a storytelling program for refugee youth as part of Theatre Aquarius' new outreach initiative. @izadetemadi

Daniel Krolik, Performer

Daniel Krolik is thrilled to be making his Summerworks debut. Past theatre credits include Bed and Breakfast (Magnus Theatre), Stag and Doe (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Studio 180), Chasing Margaret Flatwood (Theatre Awakening), Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (Roseneath/NAC), and Release the Stars: the Ballad of Randy and Evi Quaid (Fringe/Next Stage, also co-wrote). Daniel can be seen in the web series A Gay Victorian Affair, and also co-hosts the podcast “BGM: Bad Gay Movies/Bitchy Gay Men.”

Michael Hughes, Performer

Michael Hughes is a New York City Bistro Award winner and Canadian Comedy Award nominee for his work as the creator and star of the internationally acclaimed Mickey & Judy.  Upcoming: Mickey & Judy (The Rose Theatre, Brampton/Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary), Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Michael is excited to be working with this great team, including Stacey Norton, with whom he exchanged hundreds of letters as a teenager. michaelhughes.ca

Tsholo Khalema, Performer

Tsholo Khalema is a multi-disciplinary artist and visionary currently based in Toronto. Recently he made his assistant directing debut with Audrey Dwyer's Calpurnia. Selected theatre credits include Mabo in Cake (New Harlem Production/Theatre Passe Muraille), Warren in Ceremony (Rhubarb Festival #39), Trix the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse Company) and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Clipped Right Wing Productions). He is always looking forward to new projects to grow as an actor, director and photographer.

Eric Morin, Performer

Eric Morin is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked from coast to coast. Most recently, he co-produced, directed and starred in The ARTillery Collective's production of Michael John LaChuisa's Hello Again. Credits include: Fun Home (The Musical Stage Company) World Premiere of Vigilante; a rock opera about the black Donnelly's (Catalyst Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Persephone Theatre) Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Thousand Island Playhouse) City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay) Falsettos (The Musical Stage Company), The Three Musketeers, Little Women, Midsummer Nights Dream, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Shakespeare in the Park (Canadian Stage), Next to Normal (The Arts Club), The Wizard of Oz (A Ross Petty Production), and Footloose (Drayton Entertainment). He holds a BFA from Ryerson University, is a graduate of the Banff/Citadel Professional Training Program, and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. theartillerycollective.com

G. Kyle Shields, Performer

G. Kyle Shields is a Toronto-based actor. Select theatre credits include: Cloud (Scapegoat Collective); Tough Jews (The Storefront Arts Initiative) which was nominated for a Dora for Outstanding Ensemble; three tours of Outside by Paul Dunn (Roseneath) for which he was nominated for a Dora for Individual Performance; Orpheus and Eurydice (Theatre TOnight); the marquise of O-- (the red light district/SummerWorks); explicit (Rob Kempson/Rhubarb); Maypole Rose (safeword/Circle Jerk); 911 (HUMANZOO); The Unseen Hand, Sucker (Theatre Brouhaha); The Man of Mode, Happy End, Little Women, Orpheus Descending (George Brown); The Rocky Horror Show (Port Mansion); The Diary of Anne Frank (Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects Young Company). He is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

Chy Ryan Spain, Performer

Chy Ryan Spain is a black, queer, gender non-binary multi-disciplinary artist, performer, activist, organizer, and educator. Spain was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2013 along with their fellow ensemble members for their work in Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical (EcceHomo). In 2018 Spain and the cast of pool (no water) (Cue6) took home a Dora Award for best ensemble in the independent theatre category. They regularly perform with Toronto’s premier women of colour burlesque troupe Les Femmes Fatales, and hold the inaugural title of Toronto’s Bent Beauty Supreme. Other select theatre credits include: Serenity Wild (Katie Sly); Rope Running Out (lemonTree); Small Axe (Project Humanity); The Queer Bathroom Stories (Libido Productions); The Pastor Phelps Project: A Fundamentalist Cabaret (Ecce Homo); antd their original solo lo performance piece The Price of Bleach (Rhubarb 2007).

Jonathan Tan, Performer

An actor, singer, and arts educator, Jonathan Tan has been enthusiastically involved in the development and presentation of new Canadian theatre for the past ten years.  Box 4901 marks Jonathan’s third year under the Summerworks umbrella, having previously appeared in Musical Works in Concert’s presentations of The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen and Through the Gates. Stage credits include David Yee’s Governor General’s Award-winning play, carried away on the crest of a wave (The National Arts Centre); Amadeus (TIFT); Seussical (YPT); Cowboy Versus Samurai (Soulpepper); Little Women (Theatre New Brunswick); Leslie Arden’s Gift of the Magi (Smile Theatre) and The Princess and the Handmaiden (YPT); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); and seven seasons at The Shaw Festival, including new Canadian works such as Kate Hennig’s Wilde Tales, Lisa Codrington’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, and Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Divine. Elsewhere, Jonathan has performed at Paris’ prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet in the post-minimalist opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, and lends his voice to principal characters in the animated series “Detentionaire” (Nelvana/Teletoon) and Kody Kapow (NBC Sprout).  Jonathan is a proud alumnus of Sheridan College and The University of Western Ontario.

Chris Tsujiuchi, Performer

Chris Tsujiuchi's performance credits include Recurring John (Summerworks Festival), Paradises Lost (Summerworks Festival), and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Lower Ossington Theatre). Musical Direction credits include Onegin (Musical Stage Company/National Arts Centre/Arts Club Western Canada Tour), 35MM (Toronto Premiere), Any Dream Will Do (Angelwalk Theatre), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe), and bare: the Canadian Premiere (WatersEdge Productions). Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with Sharron Matthews, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and can be seen performing in Asian Riffing Trio (aka ART), as well as his "Chris-terical" series of Cabarets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Geoffrey Whynot, Performer

Geoffry Whynot has been making theatre in Canada for about 30 years, including stints as an actor at Charlottetown, Shaw, Stratford, The Citadel, Globe Theatre, STC, and many appearances at the Toronto Fringe. He has lately been seen in Toronto in Hello Again (The Husband, ARTillery) and Our Town (Doc Gibbs, Theatre Rusticle). As a director, Geoff has worked extensively in Toronto's indie scene, and at Regina's Globe Theatre, Toronto Fringe, Sheridan College, University of Windsor, and Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio. Geoff is the Founding Director of the Globe Conservatory, and is a regular teacher at Randolph College. Oh, and he’s also writing a couple of plays. Stayed tuned for that. Please check out jonkaplanfund.com to help artists, and beadonor.ca to help us all.

sandra Henderson, Stage Manager

sandra Henderson is a performance practitioner based in Toronto, Ontario. Her practice in the arts is rooted strongly in the belief that performance projects are best understood holistically, bridging technical and artistic conversations and fostering dialogue across disciplines. She brings this belief to all of her work as a producer, production manager, tour coordinator, lighting designer, stage manager, rehearsal director, performer or technician. sandra has traveled across the globe with experimental choreography in Slovenia, Croatia and Japan; outdoor surrealist dance in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands; theatre for young audiences across remote parts of Canada, visiting the likes of Haida Gwaii, 100 Mile House, and Rainy River; and large-scale works of theatre and dance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques, the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, aboard Caravan Stage’s Amara Zee on the Louisiana bayou, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At home in Toronto, sandra spent three seasons as festival production manager for the Toronto Fringe Festival; two years apiece as tour and production manager for Necessary Angel Theatre Company (2011-13) and Red Sky Performance (2008-10); and was an Associate Artist with Public Recordings Performance Projects from 2013-2017. She is currently the Associate Producer at Why Not Theatre.

Lucy McPhee

Lucy McPhee is an Apprentice Stage Manager and new producer. She has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Canadian Stage, Musical Stage Company, Outside the March, Theatre Smash, ARC, and the Canadian Opera Company. This year she was a part of Nightwood Theatre's Young Innovators Program for emerging producers. Upcoming she will be producing a workshop of Fatuma Adar's new musical in progress, which began development in Obsidian Theatre's Playwrights Unit last year.