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Cast & Creative Team
Bessie, Helen, Rosamund, Ensemble
Helen Belay (she/her) is an Ethiopian-Canadian actor and storyteller who’s been playing with words and obsessed with all things beautiful since she was a wee babe in Bedford, England. A UofA BFA Acting graduate, she’s currently one of the Citadel Theatre’s Associate Artists. Previous Credits Include: The Fiancée, Heaven (Citadel Theatre); Here There Be Night (WWPT); The Blue Hour (SkirtsAFire Festival); The Society of the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonious (Theatre Network); Cinderella (Globe Theatre); Lost Lemoine Part 1&2, Vidalia (Teatro La Quindicina); Lenin’s Embalmers, All for Love (Studio Theatre).
Thank you to this wonderful team, her loved ones and anyone and everyone that’s ever plucked up the courage to tell a story.
Mrs. Reed, Grace Poole, Diana, Ensemble
Nadien Chu is a theatre artist living and calling home Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory. She is very grateful to
be working with this incredible ensemble of Creators. Enjoy the show!
Select theatre credits include: Pretty Goblins (Workshop West/Sterling Award); The Roomate (Shadow Theatre); The Thin Man (Vertigo Theatre); All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (One Yellow Rabbit); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects); Space//Space (Northern Light Theatre); Macbeth, Titus Andronicus (Freewill Shakespeare Festival/Sterling Award); The Tempest, The Penelopiad (Citadel Theatre); Pig Girl, Palace of the End (Theatre Network).
Nadien would like to thank Daryl Cloran and her wonderful family for all of their love and endless support.
Young Jane, Adèle, Ensemble
Ivy is delighted to return to the Citadel, where her production highlights include Tim (2021) and Susan Cratchit (2019/2020) in A Christmas Carol, and Agnes in Slight of Mind (2019, Theatre Yes co-production). You may also recognize Ivy as the 2019 Fringe Theatre Festival co-mascot, Max from Where the Wild Things Fringe. Ivy enjoys creating through theatre, music, and visual art and can be seen in Victoria School’s upcoming production, AWAKENING! Ivy would like to thank her friends, family, and teachers for their support and encouragement.
Thank you to Dave & Derrique DeGagné and Lindsey Walker.
St. John, Mason, Mrs. Scatcherd, Ensemble
Braydon is an Edmonton-based actor, director and dancer. Select credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, The Pillowman (Citadel Theatre); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actor’s Theatre); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); To Be Moved, A Quiet Place, Scaramouche Jones, Subway Circus (Blarney Productions); The Salon of the Talking Turk (Teatro La Quindicina); Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre); Passion Play (Wild Side Productions). Training: Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Training Program; University of Alberta BFA acting program. Braydon is also the co-host and producer of 3 sports podcasts presented weekly by The Ordinary Podcasting Network.
Jane, Miss Abbott, Ensemble
Hailey Gillis is a performer, composer, singer, writer, voice actor and arts educator, hailing from Grimsby Ontario. Hailey’s work in many different mediums has taken her across Canada from Charlottetown PEI to Vancouver BC, as well as off-Broadway in NYC. She was acknowledged with a New York Times ‘Critics Pick’ award for her work as a musical theatre artist, and has been nominated for numerous Dora Mavor Moore awards. In addition to performance, Hailey Gillis has been composing music for the past ten years, working with acclaimed international producers. Most recently she has been working on a collaboration for a new Canadian musical with Crow’s Theatre. Selected theatre credits: Uncovered the Music of Dolly Parton (Musical Stage Company), Ghost Quartet (Crow’s Theatre), Rose, Steinbeck Through Song, The Dybbuk, Marat/Sade, Blood Wedding, The Crucible, The Thirst of Hearts, The Dead, Alligator Pie, Idiot’s Delight (Soulpepper); The Invisible (Catalyst/Vertigo Theatre); Onegin (The Musical Stage Company/The National Arts Center); Spoon River (The Signature Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Bard on the Beach). Recently she partnered with Penguin Random House to narrate the Audiobook: Tell Me When You Feel Something. She has a Diploma in Acting from Sheridan Institute of Technology and a B.A. Honours Degree in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy.
Mr. Brocklehurst, Lady Ingram, Hannah, Ensemble / Fight Captain
Garett Ross is a graduate of the theatre programs at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan. Previous credits include: Shakespeare in Love, Peter and the Starcatcher, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (The Citadel Theatre), Fever-Land, I Heard About Your Murder (Teatro La Quindicina), Nevermore, The Soul Collector, Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (Vertigo Theatre), Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary), Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre), Outside Mullingar, The Best Brothers, Beginning of August (Shadow Theatre), Chicago, Hairspray, Sheer Madness (Mayfield Dinner Theatre).
Maralyn Ryan is a director, educator, writer, arts administrator and actor. For the Citadel Theatre: The Humans, Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Lend Me A Tenor. Selected acting credits: Vivian Bearing in Wit (Globe Theatre); A Guide to Mourning (Alberta Theatre Projects); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatre Calgary); Homeward Bound (the Grand Theatre/National Arts Centre); Master Class (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Joy and Shop at Sly Corner (the Shaw Festival); Crackpot (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Belfry Theatre); Thirteen Hands (Canadian Stage/National Arts Centre); Hamlet (Freewill Players); TrueWest (Theatre Network); Private Lives (Northern Light Theatre); Seed Savers (Workshop West); Terry and the Dog (Edmonton Actor’s Theatre); The Last Romance (Mayfield Theatre); Rabbit Hole (Persephone Theatre). A Lie of the Mind (Phoenix Theatre). The Sterling Award for Most Valuable Contribution to Theatre was presented to Maralyn acknowledging her extensive theatre career in Edmonton.
Gratitude and love sent to for this extraordinary team, my family and you, the audience.
John is very familiar to Citadel audiences from 1996’s South of China to Every Brilliant Thing right before the pandemic. Favourite roles include Cabaret, The Pillowman, Matilda (RMTC/Citadel/Arts Club), Beauty and the Beast (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Rocky Horror Show, Death of a Salesman, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Citadel). He has worked across the country in many theatres from The Segal Centre in Montreal to The Belfry Theatre in Victoria. For the past year and a half, John has been Head Distiller at Lone Pine Distilling.
Miss Temple, Miss Ingram, Mary, Ensemble / Understudy
Gianna Vacirca is a dancer, actor, choreographer and performing artist. She is also an Italian pastaia and the creator of bell’uovo, a bespoke naturally colourful handmade pasta business based here in Edmonton (@bell_uovo). Coming up, Gianna will be performing in Evelyn Strange with Teatro La Quindicina as well as choreographing Tiny Bear Jaws’ newest play for Toronto’s Why Not Theatre’s RISER. Previous Credits Include: Bears (Punctuate! Theatre & Dreamspeakers & Citadel Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Noises Off (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Vague Harvest, Ludicrous Pie, A Second Round of Seconds (Teatro La Quindicina); Blood: A Scientific Romance (The Maggie Tree); Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).
Jesse is a Métis actor and creator based in Edmonton. Some previous credits include: The Silver Arrow, Crazy For You, Alice Through the Looking Glass, One Man Two Guvnors, Measure for Measure, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labours Lost (Free Will Players); 6.0, 4th Graders Present…,Fat Pig (NLT); 10\12, Passion Play, Realistic Joneses (Wild Side Productions); Buddy, Little One, Let The Light Of Day Through (Theatre Network); Tiny Plastic Men (Super Channel); Caution May Contain Nuts (APTN); Blind Ambition: The Wop May Story. Jesse has a BFA from the University of Alberta.
Christina is a mixed race artist hailing from amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Selected credits include: Agammemnon (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre); Michael Mysterious (Pyretic Productions); Much Ado About Nothing, Winter’s Tale (Freewill Players); Sprouts! (Concrete Theatre); Here There Be Night (Workshop West Theatre); and Chrysothemis, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Studio Theatre). Upcoming: Kitka (Pyretic Productions). Christina is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program.
Stephanie is an Edmonton-based actor, improviser, aerialist and podcast host. Previous credits: Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer (Grindstone Theatre); The Silver Arrow, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, How I Learned to Drive, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Citadel Theatre /Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Lend Me a Tenor, Boeing Boeing (Mayfield Inn); Othello (Citadel / National Arts Centre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Freewill Players); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre); Meet Me at Christmas (Hallmark Movie); Abducted (Horned Serpent Productions).
Thank you to Lorne, Nathan, Shaun and the Boop for all their support.
Artistic Director of the Citadel. Daryl has directed internationally in countries such as South Africa and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and across Canada, including: Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Arts Club (Vancouver), Canadian Stage and Tarragon (Toronto). For the Citadel, Daryl has recently directed: A Christmas Carol, The Fiancée, Shakespeare in Love, Matilda, The Silver Arrow, and The Candidate & The Party. Daryl’s award-winning, Beatles-infused adaptation of As You Like It has played at the Citadel, Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), RMTC (Winnipeg), Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Erin Shields is a playwright and performer. Previous credits: Paradise Lost (Stratford Festival/Centaur Theatre); Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish/Segal Centre); Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre); The Lady from the Sea (Shaw Festival); If We Were Birds, The Millennial Malcontent, and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre); Instant (Geordie Theatre). Awards: Governor General’s Award for If We Were Birds, QWF Prize for Paradise Lost, Dora and META for Instant. Books: The Millennial Malcontent, Beautiful Man and Other Short Plays, Paradise Lost, Mistatim/Instant, Soliciting Temptation, If We Were Birds (Playwrights Canada Press). Upcoming: Queen Goneril (Soulpepper Theatre).
Jane Eyre is performed by arrangement with Ian Arnold, Catalyst TCM Inc. www.catalysttcm.com
Set and Props Designer
Anahita Dehbonehie is an Iranian designer and artist currently based in Toronto. She is drawn specifically to work that questions form and content while creating space for contemporary conversation. Previous Credits Include: Revelations (UpInTheAir/The Shadbolt Centre); The Flick (Outside the March/ Crow’s Theatre); Hand to God (CoalmineTheatre); Take Da MIlk Nah (National Arts Centre/ Theatre Passe Muraille); The Lesson (Modern Times Theatre); Possible Worlds (The Stratford Festival).
Thanks to Nicholas Brownlee and Del.
Judith Bowden has been designing for the theatre for the past 25 years. Set and costume design credits include: Set for Desire Under the Elms (Shaw Festival); Paradise Lost (The Centaur Theatre); The Humans (Citadel Theatre/Canadian Stage); London Road, The Other Place (Canadian Stage); Sense and Sensibility (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Chimerica (MTC/Canadian Stage); Holiday Inn, LadyKillers, Grand Hotel, St Joan, and Sweeney Todd at the Shaw Festival where she has designed for the past 20 seasons. Recent costume design credits include: Junk, Watch on the Rhine, My Fair Lady at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.; Paradise Lost and The Changeling at the Stratford Festival. She has had the pleasure of working across the country including the National Arts Centre, The Grand theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, P.O.V. Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, Crows Theatre, ATP.
Bonnie is a Lighting Designer from Toronto. She has lit over 400 shows for theatre, opera and dance across Canada and internationally. Her work for The Citadel includes A Servant of Two Masters and The Tempest. Bonnie’s work has been seen at most theatres across Canada including The Canadian Opera, Canadian Stage, The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet B.C., Opera Atelier, Edmonton Opera, The Grand Theatre, and Soulpepper Theatre. Recent works include ROOM for the Grand, Was Ihr Wollt (Karlsruhe Ballett, Germany), Geschlossene Spiele (Ballet Am Rhein, Dusseldorf), and The Runner (Human Cargo)
Upcoming projects include Don Giovanni (POV), Triple Bill (Ballet B.C.), Swan Lake (National Ballet), and Just to Get Married (Shaw Festival). www.bonniebeecher.com
Composer, Sound Designer
Jonathan is a musician, composer, and sound designer from Vancouver, currently residing in Mexico City. He is very happy to be returning to The Citadel after his previous engagement creating the score for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Previous credits include designs and compositions for companies such as Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, Quest Theatre, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, The Green Fools, One Yellow Rabbit, and more.
Ainsley Hillyard is an Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton)-based artist of settler descent. She is a choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. Select choreography credits include: Mr. Burns: A post electric play (You Are Here Theatre and Blarney Productions). Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography: Bears (Pyretic Productions). Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography: Ursa Major (Catch The Keys Productions). Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography, and assistant choreographer: Hadestown (Citadel Theatre). Ainsley enjoys long walks with her French bulldog Jezebel and reading sci-fi.
Fight Director, Intimacy Director
Janine is an Edmonton based Intimacy and a Sterling nominated Fight Director, as well as an Intimacy Coordinator and Stunt Performer. Previous Citadel and Young Company Credits Include: Peter Pan Goes Wrong, A Christmas Carol, The Fiancée; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; After Juliet; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Bat-Boy: The Musical. Previous Theatre Credits Include: Simone el le Whole Shebang (L’UniThéâtre); MacBeth (The Malachite Theatre Collective). Film Credits Include: Under the Banner of Heaven (FXP, Imagine Television); Billy the Kid (MGM International); Black Summer (Netflix); The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw (Gate 67 Films). She is the lucky mother of four.
Lianna Makuch (she/her) is a second-generation Ukrainian Canadian theatre artist. She is a performer, playwright, and emerging director. Lianna is a producer with Punctuate! Theatre and the co-Artistic Producer of Pyretic Productions. She is the playwright and principal performer in Barvinok (Pyretic Productions/Punctuate! Theatre), which has garnered her awards and recognition from across the country and in Ukraine. The show will be touring Alberta in Fall 2022. Her new play, Kitka, will be premiering in Edmonton in May 2022. Lianna is thrilled to be a part of this incredible creative team!
Assistant Set and Props Designer
Whittyn Jason (they/them/theirs) is a queer, non-binary, mixed-race artist of South African and Ukrainian descent. They are currently living and creating in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (colonially known as Edmonton), where they work primarily as a scenographer. Previous credits include: The Fiancée, Heaven, A Brimful of Asha (Citadel Theatre), and Night (Major Matt Mason Collective). They hold a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta, and are a member of Associated Designers of Canada (ADC). In addition to scenography, they’re also the Festival Director for Found Festival (Common Ground Arts Society).
Maddy (she/her) is a multi-discipline stage manager based in Tk’emlúps, BC, and is so grateful to a part of this production at The Citadel. Many thanks to Daryl and Cheryl for having her, and to Nyssa for being the best teammate. And of course, thanks to Greg for his unwavering support. Previous credits include: Chelsea Hotel, A Broad’s Way Cabaret, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Silent Light (Banff Centre); The New Canadian Curling Club, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Thousand Islands Playhouse/Western Canada Theatre); Kamloopa (Western Canada Theatre/The Cultch/Persephone Theatre/GTNT).
Assistant Stage Manager
Nyssa is thrilled to return to Citadel for this production of Jane Eyre. Nyssa is an Edmonton-based stage manager and graduate of the Technical Theatre program at the University of Alberta. Some of her recent stage-management credits include: The Mountaintop (Shadow Theatre); The World Goes ‘Round (MacEwan University); Something Unspoken (NLT); Here There Be Night (WWPT); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (You Are Here Theatre & Blarney Prod.); The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Catalyst); Matilda, Christmas Carol and Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre).
Adam has worked as a Child Supervisor, Wardrobe Maintenance /Dresser, Musical Theatre Instructor, and Performer for The Citadel Theatre. He is also a Community Programming Outreach Assistant for the Edmonton Arts Council. Previous theatre credits include: The Bully Project, Are We There Yet? (Concrete Theatre); The Super Groovy ‘70s Show (The Mayfield Dinner Theatre); West Side Story (The Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); Oliver!, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, A Christmas Carol (The Citadel Theatre); Onegin (The Arts Club /Catalyst Theatre); Boy Groove (Azimuth Theatre, Ribbit Productions).
Jenna is an emerging arts manager in Edmonton. She graduated with a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management at MacEwan University in 2021 and plans to go back for her degree in fall 2022. Jenna has also done several community theatre shows at Stageworks Academy of the Performing Arts Leduc participating as an actor, stagehand, and lighting technician. Select credits include Mary Poppins, Mama Mia!, and Legally Blonde. She has spent the majority of 2021 and 2022 working as a Production Assistant and Health Captain at the Citadel Theatre.
Caitlan is an Edmonton-based Latinx theatre technician, currently working as a Production Assistant with Citadel Theatre. She is a graduate of the Theatre Production Diploma from MacEwan University and has studied at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity. Previous credits include: Guys and Dolls (MacEwan); Hamlet, Comedy of Errors (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); A Charlie Brown Christmas ft. The Jerry Granelli Trio, Ruben and the Dark (Banff Centre); Scenes From The Sidewalk (Plain Jane Theatre).
Saron Beraki (She/They) is an Eritrean-Canadian theatre technician based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. Recent work includes: La Bohème (Edmonton Opera); The Fiancée (Citadel Theatre); Le Nozze de Figaro (Edmonton Opera); The Importance of Being Earnest (Teatro La Quindicina); Everything’s Coming Up Chickens: A Revue (Plain Jane Theatre). They are super excited to be a part of the team that makes the magic happen.