Richard has worked with the Screaming Monkeys since 2005. Selected acting credits include Norman in "Arabian Nights" by David Ives, The Teacher in "The Presidential Call" & The Applicant in "The Lie Detector Operator" by Kirk Buis.
Barbara-Audrey Bergeron is a theatre, improvisation and video producer, director, performer, and author. She started and is currently co-directing the first French-language improvisation league in Toronto called the Improbables, and created the non-for profit community theatre group Les Indisciplinés de Toronto. She has been involved with the Sanctuary drama program since 2005 and feels honored to be part of the 10th anniversary show.
Mark Lindan has been mathematically proven to not exist, so any claimed previous acting credits are highly dubious and should be taken with, at minimum, a twenty-ounce Big Gulp full of salt. As that much salt could instantly kill you, it's perhaps best to just trust the math. If you believe you see him performing in a production, please consult a medical mathematician immediately.
Traci Noble came to Sanctuary to see the drawer boy in 2009 and caught the Sanctuary bug. Great people, great food and a great atmosphere. Selected acting credits include: "Wonderful" & "Transient Voices" by Shannon Blake, and "The Elephant Man" by Bernard Pomerance. Traci loves learning things about herself from the people she gets to work with. Enjoy the show!
Jeffrey Roel is a Toronto-based artist and recent graduate of York University's Acting Conservatory. He writes, acts and directs all over the city and recent credits include Panfish Productions' Offers of Home, and the upcoming The Harrowing with his own company Clock Tower Theatre. It is with immense anticipation that he looks forward to the upcoming shows here at Sanctuary and he is ever grateful to Lyf Stolte and company for the opportunity.
Manda Whitney is a Toronto based actor/writer who has been happily involved in Sanctuary productions for six years. When she's not eating Cheez Whiz or giving birth on stage for the sake of her art, she is writing and producing incredibly geeky Youtube vids. Hopefully soon she will be a nerd queen. She would like to thank all her friends and family for all of the support and awesomeness on her continuing adventure.
Allison Wilson-Forbes has had a varied background in film production, academic study, and the performing arts. She has performed on stage as Katherina Cavalieri in a theatre production of Amadeus and as Eunique in the play Wonderful. In addition to several roles in indy film productions, she has made television appearances in Flashpoint, Saving Hope, and will be seen in the upcoming season of the critically acclaimed series, Orphan Black. This is her second collaboration with the Screaming Monkeys.
Lyf Stolte is a graduate of Rosebud School of the Arts in Rosebud, Alberta. He is from all over the place, but has decided to make Toronto home at this time. Lyf moved to Toronto from Saskatoon in 2003 and is working as Actor-in-Residence at Sanctuary, a drop-in, outreach church community that particularly values the poor and excluded. Since 2003, Lyf has expanded his artistic repertoire with directing, along with producing, set design, props and costumes, promotions and some graphic design. Selected directing credits include Wonderful by Shannon Blake (The Bench/Sanctuary, 2011), The Passages of Everett Manning by Shannon Blake (Screaming Monkeys, 2008), Words, Words, Words, Captive Audience, Arabian Nights and Babel’s in Arms by David Ives (Screaming Monkeys, 2004-2007), Entertaining Mr. Helms and An Altar Boy Talks To God by Christopher Durang (Screaming Monkeys, 2006).
Brian Chmielewski has been part of the Canadian arts scene for almost two decades as a freelance designer, full time technician and part-time artist. He has been part of large scale and intimate shows throughout that time. The most recent production he worked on was Offers of Home as Lyf's scenic designer and jumped at the chance to do it again. Brian is pleased to be part of the production team for Sanctuary's Theatre program 10 year anniversary and hopes you enjoy the show!
Kat McCubbing is a Toronto based stage manager and set/costume designer. She enjoys storytelling through words, costumes, sets, lights and images. She would like to thank Lyf for inviting her back to help tell the Screaming Monkeys' story.
Kat's favourite show credits include: ToyBox (Playground Studios), Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier), Sweeney Todd (Sheridan College), 2000 Candles (The Arts Engine) Damien (The Bench Theatre Initiative), and The Story (Theatre Columbus).
Jackie is a set and props designer specializing in period work for both theatre and short films. She worked with Lyf last summer on Panfish Productions’ Offers of Home, and is glad to be working with Sanctuary for the first time. Selected credits include: Richard III (Shakespeare in the Ruff); The Wedding Singer (Hart House Theatre); The Glass Cage (Snowdrop Productions); Dial M for Murder (Bygone Theatre); Twelfth Night (Canopy Theatre Company).
Kaili is new to the Sanctuary community and has been hanging out with the Screaming Monkeys this year as a Community Arts placement student. Her area of interest and focus is voice and singing, but the Screaming Monkeys are helping her fall deeply in love with theatre. Kaili is a jill of many trades (including church administrator and singing teacher!), and is looking forward to taking on a new one as the 10th Anniversary Showcase's Stage Manager!
For the past 10 years, Sanctuary’s drama troupe, the Screaming Monkeys, have been providing an opportunity for people to express themselves (to cry to the heavens, to rail against the gods, to laugh without scorn, and to love unconditionally). We are celebrating these 10 years by re-living many of these moments; moments of fear, joy, absurdity, despair, hope and love.
The Screaming Monkeys are made up of a variety of our friends, street-involved, housed and professionals alike. Some have always dreamt of acting, some were in their high school productions but haven't done much since, one of our team performed at Massey Hall and Stage West, while still others are just looking to try their hand at something new.
Imagine a world where your voice is never heard, where you are never valued, where you are told to shut up, your thoughts and opinions don’t matter.
Now imagine how you would behave in that world.
We don’t want that world to be a reality. We value all voices no matter how rough.
Drama, theatre, the arts are not just a sentimental pastime luxury, they present a powerful opportunity to be heard in a world full of sound and fury; the arts are about expressing yourself, being heard, and discovering dignity. The arts are about receiving and imparting dignity. When you discover your voice, you recognize that others have voices too and they need to be heard. Dignity is contagious.
Theatre gives people a voice when they feel like they have none. People go to the theatre to listen, to hear, to be challenged. Our community needs to be listened to, their stories need to be heard, and they have a challenge to issue to the rest of society: be with us.
"When truth is spoken in theatre, theatre can show us what it is like to be the person who believes this truth." ~ Paul Woodruff