Bronwyn Steinberg is delighted to be back at the Gladstone to direct Marion Bridge. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Ottawa and has also trained in original theatre creation with One Yellow Rabbit. Directing credits include the world premiere of Corpus with her own Counterpoint Players at Arts Court Theatre, In the Next Room or the vibrator play at the Gladstone (Prix Rideau Award nomination for Outstanding Direction and winner for Outstanding Production), and My Name is Asher Lev (9th Hour). She served as assistant director to Lise Ann Johnson on Circle Mirror Transformation (GCTC) and as directing intern with Peter Hinton on both Mother Courage and A Christmas Carol (NAC). Her solo play, OCCUPY ME (written with Sarah Waisvisz) was recognized with a Prix Rideau Award nomination for Outstanding New Creation. Bronwyn is also the founder and series curator for TACTICS – Ottawa’s newest independent theatre series in residence at Arts Court Theatre, and she was recently named as a finalist for both the Council for the Arts in Ottawa’s RBC Emerging Artist Award and the Ontario Arts Council’s John Hirsch Director’s Award. Her next adventure is as Assistant Director in the Stratford Production of Hamlet.
Daniel MacIvor (Playwright)
Daniel is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and currently lives in Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia. From 1987 to 2007 with Sherrie Johnson he ran da da kamera, a respected international touring company that brought his work to Australia, Israel, Europe, the UK, Brazil and extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Daniel has written numerous award-winning theatre productions including Small Things; Arigato, Tokyo; The Best Brothers; Bingo; See Bob Run; Wild Abandon; How It Works; The Soldier Dreams; You Are Here; In On It; His Greatness; A Beautiful View. His work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. With Daniel Brooks he created the solo shows House, Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac and most recently This Is What Happens Next. Daniel received Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2006 for his collection of plays I Still Love You and in 2008 he was awarded the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of a New York Village Voice Obie Award and a GLAAD Award for his play In On It. Also a filmmaker he is the writer/director of Past Perfect, Wilby Wonderful the co-writer of Whole New Thing and the writer of Marion Bridge and Trigger.
Born in Newmarket Ontario, Hilary grew up in the Greater Toronto Area. She discovered her love for Theatre and Stage Managing at an early age while attending the Integrated Arts Program at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School. She went on to study Theatre Arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa where she graduated in ’09. Since graduating college she has become a well known artist in the Ottawa area. She was nominated for the Technical/ Stage Management Prix Rideau award in 2010 for her work on A Flea in Her Ear (SevenThirty Productions), as well as receiving the Prix Rideau Award for Emerging Artist of 2010! Recent Equity Apprentice credits include: The Boy in the Moon (GCTC), Bingo! (Factory Theatre). Recent Stage Managing credits include: RiderGirl (RiderGirl Productions), Hunchbacks of Notre Dame (Blacksheep Theatre), Stones in His Pockets (SevenThirty Productions), Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety (Evolution Theatre), Hamlet 2011 (Ottawa Shakespeare Company). Hilary is delighted to add Marion Bridge to her list, working with such a talented team of women has been a blast and an honour, “Ladies, this is the half!”
Sarah Neiman (Assistant Stage Manager)
An Ottawa native, Sarah is excited to be a part of a production that celebrates the talent of women. A theatre enthusiast from a young age, Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, and is fascinated by the ways in which physical performance can represent and perpetuate moral and ethical frameworks. She has only recently taken opportunities to help bring stories to life on stage and Marion Bridge is Sarah’s sixth show working on a stage management team. Previous shows include Narnia: A Musical (2014 – Assistant Stage Manager and Properties Designer), The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce (2014 – Stage Manager), The Magician’s Nephew (2014 – Assistant Stage Manager), and Freud’s Last Session (2013 – Performance Stage Manager).
Robin Guy (Agnes, Producer)
A passion project is a beautiful thing. Robin is thrilled to finally launch this exciting work, with this amazing team of talented women. Previous work includes productions with Plosive!, SevenThirty, Bear & Co., 9th Hour, and Vision Theatre, such as The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Cyrano de Bergerac, …Dr. Fell, A Flea in Her Ear, and As You Like It. Other local work includes Three Sisters 2009 production Birth (Director, Gillian), and various shows at the Ottawa Fringe, as well as Annie in The Miracle Worker, Maria in The Sound of Music, Diana in Anne of Green Gables, and Christina in Dancing at Lughnasa. She records voiceovers for numerous audio projects and can often be seen slashing, throttling, or running and screaming in 3 inch heels at Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre. Offstage, Robin teaches music and theatre, and wrangles two small children, a collie, and a very patient partner.
Shawna Pasini (Theresa)
Ottawa native, Shawna is a familiar face at local theatres and feels like the luckiest girl in the world to be sharing the stage with her two best friends. Previous work includes productions: Life After God(Stacey) with Vision Theatre, Divas with Zucchini Grotto, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels(Christine), West Side Story (Maria), Grease (Sandy), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), A Little Night Music (Anne) and Guys and Dolls(Sarah) with Orpheus, The Perfect Wedding, Rumours, Don’t Tell Mother with A.C.T, Into the Woods (Cinderella) with Adella and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) & The Perfect Wedding at The OLT. Other credits include Me, My House and I on the W Network and a regular with Eddie May Murder Mysteries at Scarlet’s Dinner Theatre. Never really off the stage, she spends her days as a drama teacher at All Saints High School, where she has directed over 50 plays and musicals. Selected productions include Lucky Stiff, The Foreigner, Anything Goes and The Miracle Worker. She has directed several shows for CCFOC productions and she runs a musical theatre camp for children each summer with Orpheus Musical Theatre Society. She has just been cast in the role of her life: mother to the sweet adorable 4 month old Gracie. She would like to thank her husband Mark for taking on double duty to allow her to do this show.
Cindy Beaton (Louise)
Cindy is thrilled to be working with this team and on this show. By day she’s a high school drama teacher but at night she gets to perform great roles like Anne in Anne of Green Gables, Nancy in Oliver and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Orpheus, and Doris in Same Time Next Year and Mary in Mauritius with OLT. She received a CCC award for best actor as Judy in Perfect Wedding and an EODL award for Supporting Actress playing Bernice in Self Help. Cindy recently won the CCC award for Best Director of a Community Production for her direction of Legally Blonde the Musical for Orpheus.
Andrea Steinwand (Scenic Design)
Andrea Steinwand is delighted to be a part of the Marion Bridge team. An Edmonton native, she holds a BFA Drama, Technical Theatre Specialization from the U of A. For the past 15 years she has worked with theatres across Canada including Neptune (Halifax), RMTC and Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg), Citadel (Edmonton), and the NAC, as well as with numerous smaller companies in each community. She shares her accumulated skills with emerging scenic artists as a faculty member with the Banff Centre summer arts practicum program. Now making her home in Ottawa, she has branched into set design and construction beginning with Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Arts Court), Narnia – A Musical (9th Hour) and currently with this production for Three Sisters. Andrea would like to thank the Ottawa theatre community for making her welcome, and her wife Heather for her enthusiastic support.