A hot chapter of the Cold War.
THE ROMEO INITIATIVE
BY TRINA DAVIES
3 TO 13 MAR 2016
PART ROMANTIC COMEDY. PART SPY THRILLER.
While on vacation, a young secretary thinks she’s found the perfect man. But at the height of the Cold War, things are never really what they seem. Based on a real East German intelligence program, The Romeo Initiative is a story of love and deception that’s equal parts romantic comedy and spy thriller.
(See Director’s bio below)
Shaina Silver-Baird is excited to be making her STC debut in The Romeo Initiative. Since graduating with her BFA in theatre performance from York University, she has worked across the country as both an actor and singer/songwriter. Favourite credits include: Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre); The Chasse Galerie (Storefront Theatre); Fitz Happens! (Theatre 20); The Ghost Ship (Sundown Theater); The Lamp (Best Drama TISFF). She recently released her debut album with folk band Crooked House Road, produced by JUNO-winning producer Ken Whiteley.
Caitlin is thrilled to be making her Sudbury Theatre Centre premiere in The Romeo Initiative. Based in Toronto, she trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and has performed on stages across Canada. Select credits: Look No Hans! (Drayton Entertainment); Overruled, Romance (Neoteny); It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatre New Brunswick); Raton Laveur (Fracas Theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Shakespeare by the Sea). Film and television credits include Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, Life and The Divide.
Director/STC Artistic Executive Director
As Artistic Executive Director Caleb oversees all the artistic and administrative aspects of STC. He spent five seasons as Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick where he launched New Voices Opening Acts, the Next Stage Studio and the Extras Presents series. He produced over 50 projects, saw the highest percentage of local theatre artists on stage in TNB’s history and secured the funds for the completion of their in-house studio theatre. Prior to TNB, Caleb participated in an International Artist Fellowship and served as a resident tour director for Shakespeare’s Globe. He holds a BFA Honors Acting from York, an MFA in Directing from Middlesex (UK) and trained with The Stratford Festival’s Conservatory, Moscow’s GITIS Academy and the Banff Centre. He has premiered roles for the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, The Blyth Festival, The Stratford Festival and The Old Vic. He has taught workshops in London, Poland and Germany. Caleb serves as the Caucus Director on the Board for PACT and has received the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award and a New Brunswick Arts Board Excellence Award. Select writing credits include adaptations of Nights Below Station Street (Eliot Haze Award), Hockey Dreams, and Beaverbrook with David Adams Richards. Romeo and Juliet (Toronto Sun Fringe “Hot Pick”) and Somme Letters Home. Recently seen, STC’s Miracle on 34th Street and this season’s A Christmas Carol with composer Michael Doherty. This is the sixth production he’s directed at STC, and his STC acting debut.
For STC: Playwright-in-Residence
Born in this beautiful crater, Matthew studied acting at Ryerson University and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. He runs the Playwrights’ Junction at STC, and is the co-director of PlaySmelter, Sudbury’s festival of new play development. He is a Genie-nominated screenwriter, a novelist and his play, Black Dog: 4 vs the world will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2016. He will be directing STC’s upcoming Young Company production of #TheWaterTower. In his spare time, he is usually working.
For STC: 30+ productions
For the past 16 years, Geoffrey has designed over 30 sets for STC, including The Clockmaker, Mucking in the Drift, Sweeney Todd, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Cabaret, The Full Monty, and In Piazza San Domenico. In his career, he has designed everything from operas to musicals to a mime show based on the works of George Orwell. “The reason I keep coming back to work in Sudbury is the theatre family I love working with here, including the audiences. I’d like to thank you all.”
Louise emigrated to Canada from England in 2002 and worked for several years in Ottawa as the Resident Costume Designer for ‘a Company of Fools’. She has worked as Head of Costume and Props for The Great Canadian Theatre in Ottawa and designed for Theatrophy Undead Theatre and The Ottawa Stilt Union. She has taught/designed for Ottawa University Theatre/Music Departments and Algonquin College Theatre Programme. Louise won the Rideau Award for Outstanding Costume Design for A Midwinter’s Dream Tale in 2009 and was nominated for Richard III (‘a Company of Fools’) and Moribund (Theatrophy Theatre) in 2008.
For STC: In Piazza San Domenico
A Toronto-based lighting designer, Simon returns to STC after lighting In Piazza San Domenico last year. He has created more than 150 original designs, including works with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Factory Theatre, Hart House Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, théâtre français de Toronto, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Theatre New Brunswick. Simon works regularly with students at both Humber College and Ryerson University. His designs have received two Dora award and five nominations, and he is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
For STC: Multiple productions including Morning Dove, In Piazza San Domenico and Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Happy to be back in the designer’s chair again, Ben is looking forward to another season here at STC. When he’s not deeply submerged in the world of sound design, Ben can be found backstage working as Technical Director or preparing the new lighting rig for upcoming events.
For STC: In Piazza San Domenico, RED, Mourning Dove, The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol +11 others
Eamonn is happy to be joining the company of The Romeo Initiative. Most recently Eamonn had been serving as the Operations Manager for STC after Stage Managing four shows here last season. Eamonn has also Stage Managed with Drayton Entertainment, Theatre New Brunswick, and The Shaw Festival amongst others. Eamonn sends his love to his wife Jane Russell, and is ever grateful to be working in Sudbury.
Apprentice Stage Manager
For STC: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Christmas Carol
Elizabeth graduated from Thorneloe University at Laurentian in June 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Production. Past productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, In The Heights, and Fiddler on the Roof with YES Theatre. She is STC’s Apprentice Stage Manager for the 15|16 season.