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Larry Moss

Larry Moss®

Moss began his career at New York’s famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and went on to appear on Broadway in numerous productions including the first revival of West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins at New York City Center, Joe Layton’s Drat! The Cat!, Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite, directed by Michael Bennett, Burt Shevelove’s So Long 174th Street, Gerald Freedman’s The Robber Bridegroom, and Gene Saks’ I Love My Wife.

After teaching in New York at Juilliard and Circle in the Square, he moved to Los Angeles and founded The Larry Moss® Studio. It was here that he directed and developed Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree, which had its world premiere at ACT in Seattle. The Syringa Tree opened in New York in September 2000 and won the Obie Award for Best Play of 2001, the Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Circle Critics Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Drama League Honor and a nomination for the John Gassner Playwriting Award. The Syringa Tree has played too sold out houses and critical acclaim around the world, including London (The National Theater), Toronto (Can Stage), where it won the Dora Award for Best Actress and Best Play of 2005. Moss directed the TV version that was filmed by Trio Arts Network and most recently, Pamela and Larry, and their producer Matt Salinger, took The Syringa Tree on a profound journey of the heart, home to South Africa to the Baxter Theater.

Moss developed and directed Bo Eason’s Runt Of The Litter at Manhattan Class Company in January 2002 and when it re-opened in November 2007 at 37 Arts Theatre. It was voted one of the top ten plays of the year and was bought by Castle Rock to be made into a major motion picture. Runt had a National Tour which began in Seattle at ACT.

Moss has directed off-Broadway Michael Raynor’s Who is Floyd Stearn; Richard Kalinoski’s Beast On The Moon; Jack Holmes’s RFK (Drama League Award); and Josh Jonas’s Capture Now. He directed the World Premiere of Jam, a new musical, starring Clint Holmes, and the following at the Café Carlyle: Remembering Bobby Short, What Is This Thing Called Love (Bistro Award – Best Male Cabaret) and Stop this Train (Broadway Award for Best Celebrity Performance of the Year) all starring Clint Holmes and the concert When Everything Was Possible at City Center in New York Starring Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory. In Los Angeles, Richard Hellersen’s Dos Corazones both as a play and film; I Love My Wife starring Jason Alexander at Reprise; John Patrick Shanley’s Beggars In The House of Plenty, The Los Angeles premieres of Neil Labute’s In a Dark Dark House, and Tim Murphy’s Holding the Man. He will be directing Relative Insanity and Capture Now, two new films and Producing Monty (a biopic about Montgomery Clift), starring Matt Bomer for HBO Films.

Moss coached Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets (Academy Award); Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby (Academy Awards); Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile (Academy Award Nomination), Hank Azaria in Tuesdays With Morrie (Emmy Award), Jim Carrey in The Majestic, Tobey Maguire in Seabiscuit and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (Golden Globe Award and Academy Award Nomination); The Departed (Golden Globe Nomination); Blood Diamond (Golden Globe and Academy Award Nomination) and Shutter Island, Inception and J Edgar (SAG and Golden Globe Award Nominations), Django Unchained (Golden Globe Nomination), and Wolf of Wall Street (Golden Globe Award and Academy Award Nomination), Chris Rock in Top Five and Sutton Foster on Broadway Anything Goes (Tony Award).

Moss’s teaching career includes US, Canada, Europe and Australia. He was one of the master teachers on Triple Sensation, on CBC in Canada. His book on acting, The Intent to Live, was released by Bantam Dell in 2004.

Lindsay G Merrithew

Lindsay G. Merrithew: Tom Sergeant

Lindsay G. Merrithew is a graduate of Dalhousie University and The Juilliard Theater Center in NYC. Lindsay’s career has spanned stage, film and television in both Canada and the U.S.

Selected theatrical credits include the title role in Macbeth, Brutus in Julius Caesar—which was filmed and broadcast on BRAVO—Danton in Danton’s Death, and Chance Wayne in The Sweet Bird of Youth.

Selected film and television credits include lead roles in the made-for-television movie Perry Mason Returns, alongside Raymond Burr, and the CBS series Murder Times Seven with Richard Crenna. Lindsay had a leading role in the American made-for-television drama film Family Pictures, based on the novel of the same name by Sue Miller. It was directed by Philip Saville and starred Anjelica HustonSam NeillKyra Sedgwick, and Dermot Mulroney. The film earned Anjelica Huston a nomination for Best Actress—Miniseries or Television Film at the 51st Golden Globe Awards. It was also nominated for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards. He has held several recurring and guest lead roles, including the recurring role of Victor Kenilworth on the Canadian award-winning series Traders. He recently appeared in the Lifetime Network’s The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a 2015 American made-for-TV drama film on Marilyn Monroe, starring Kelli GarnerSusan SarandonEmily WatsonJeffrey Dean Morgan and Eva Amurri Martino. The four-hour miniseries is based on the New York Times’ best-seller of the same name by J. Randy Taraborrelli, and has been nominated for three Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Lindsay appears in the fifth season of the USA Network‘s hit TV show Suits (TV series) playing David Polk, the manipulative, wealthy, shark CEO of Adidas. He tries to take advantage of a smaller shoe company during a vulnerable time. He must answer to Harvey Specter played by series regular Gabriel Macht. Lindsay has appeared in several productions at the Shaw Festival, a Canadian theatre festival in Niagara-on-the-LakeOntario.Lindsay is a past member of Ontario’s Innovators Alliance for Canadian entrepreneurs.

Sara Topham

Sara Topham: Kyra Hollis

Most recently: Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling Off-Broadway for Red Bull Theatre, Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC and in Macau, China, and Olivia in Twelfth Night at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Other roles internationally include: Gwendolyn in Brian Bedford’s Broadway production of The Importance Of Being Earnest, Mrs Van Buren in the UK premiere of Intimate Apparel in London, and Dorothy in the World Premiere of Love Me Do in London.

Selected roles at The Stratford Festival include: Shakespeare’s Juliet, Rosalind, Cordelia, Olivia, Jessica, Diana, Anne Boleyn, and Princess Katherine, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Célimène in The Misanthrope, Wendy in Peter Pan, Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons, Laurencia in Fuente Ovejuna, Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Grace in London Assurance, Brooke in Noises Off, Cassandra in Agamemnon, Dot in The Swanne (Part II). Elsewhere: Cecily in Travesties (McCarter Theatre), Mrs. Elvested in Hedda Gabler and Miranda in The Tempest (Hartford Stage), The Governess in The Turn Of The Screw (Belfry Theatre), Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Neptune Theatre), and Rachel Peabody in Eloise At Christmastime for Disney.

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Tim Dowler-Coltman

Tim Dowler-Coltman: Edward Sergeant

Tim Dowler-Coltman was born in Edmonton, AB and has just recently graduated from The National Theatre School (2016).

During his time at NTS Tim has had the great fortune of working with some of the most reputable artists in the country both in class and on productions such as Total Liquidation (a devised piece lead by Jordan Tannahill), Orlando (Eda Holmes), Richard III (David Latham) & Hamlet (Alisa Palmer) of which he played the leading role.

Tim grew up in the theatre and at age 7 was cast in Sister Mary Ignatius… at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, from there he grew a passion for acting. He has had the opportunity to work alongside many professional actors in Citadel productions as varied as The Pillowman, Macbeth, A Christmas Carol (6 years) and Oliver! as the Artful Dodger.In addition to his stage work, he has also worked in numerous short film productions such as The Depths 3D (Skyward Motion Pictures), Ashram 69 (Triple 7 Films), Dead End Drive (Loose Change Films/AMA) and Stitches (Joe Media Group).

Debra Hanson

Debra Hanson

A multi-talented and award-winning designer, Debra moves fluidly and expertly between production design, sets and costume design for film, television, and theatre – most notably for the prestigious Stratford Festival Theatre.

Debra is adept at designing for all genres and periods, including the world of the “near future” for four seasons of Orphan Black (designing for multiple characters in the series, by the same actor, Tatiana Maslany). In television, she has also designed for three seasons of CBC’s Schitt’s Creek, starring comedy legends Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara; CTV sitcom Spun Out; the World War II period drama Bomb Girls (Global); and The Firm for NBC and E1 Entertainment, for which she won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Costume Design. Debra designed the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Cosi fan Tutti for director Atom Egoyan, for which she received a Dora Mayor Award nomination. She also designed and consulted for the film version of the one-man play, Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer and based on the life of John Barrymore.In 2009, Debra received a Gemini Award for Best Costume Design for CBC’s production of Othello, and was previously honoured with a 2004 Genie nomination for Best Costume Design for The Gospel of John, starring Christopher Plummer and Henry Ian Cusiak.

Debra’s feature credits include Atom Egoyan’s Remember, which reunited her with Christopher Plummer, and Queen of the Night; Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey; Chloe and Adoration (also for Atom Egoyan); the science fiction epic Outlander; Sarah Polley’s directorial debut, Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent; Snow Cake, starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss; Don McKellar’s second feature, Childstar; and Clement Virgo’s multi-award-winning contemporary love story, Love Come Down, starring Larenz Tate and Deborah Cox. Hanson received a Genie nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design for her work on the multi-award winning New Waterford Girl.

In the television world, movie/mini-series credits also include The Memory Keeper’s Daughter for Lifetime, The Man Who Saved Christmas, In God’s Country and Laurie Lynd’s BBC hit, I Was A Rat (starring Tom Conti and Brenda Fricker), as well as the television docudrama, Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen, starring Paul Soles, Deborah Harry, Sandra Bernhard, and Rufus Wainwright. She designed on the contemporary Crash & Burn series (Canwest), and Garth Drabinsky’s performing arts-based show, Triple Sensation. In 2007, she won a Gemini Award for her work on the dramatic dance interpretation of Daniel Defoe’s novel, Roxana.

Debra served as the Stratford Festival’s head of design from 1989 to 1994, and won a Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Costume Design for her work on the play, Translations. Associate Producer

Marilla Wex: Assistant Director/Dialect Coach

Kevin Bowers: Stage Manager

Kristin McCollum: Assistant Stage Manager

Bryan Steele: Technical Director and Production Manager

David Hoekstra: Props Master

Davida Tkach: Lighting Designer

Emily Porter: Sound Designer

Ming Wong: Wardrobe Coordinator

Stratford Festival: Set Construction

Matthew Plexman: Photographer