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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 graduate of the UofA’s BFA Acting, she’s currently one of the Citadel Theatre’s Associate Artists. Previous Credits Include: 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).
Lora is a Sterling nominated actor and voiceover artist who is thankful to practice theatre and make her home here in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Previous credits include: Sweat, A Few Good Men, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre); The Ugly Duchess, Heroines, Mo and Jess Kill Susie (Northern Light Theatre); Bust, Let the Light of Day Through (Theatre Network); Circle Mirror Transformation, The Liars, Three Days of Rain (Shadow Theatre); The Invention of Romance (Workshop West Theatre). Lora is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program.
Patricia is an award winning artist with a multi-faceted career as an arts leader, producer, director, and actor. Recently she won the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, Comedy. She was the Intern Artistic Director with Neptune Theatre in Halifax. She is now the Artistic Programs Associate with Musical Stage Company in Toronto. Citadel credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, Shakespeare in Love. Upcoming in Edmonton: A Christmas Carol (Citadel), The Mountaintop (Shadow Theatre).
Sheldon is a Métis artist. Credits: Dear Rita, Stories from The Red Dirt Road (Confed Centre), Ministry of Grace (Belfry Theatre), Evangeline (Citadel Theatre/Confed Centre), The Garneau Block, Christmas Carol, Crazy for You, Alice Through the Looking Glass, One Man Two Guvnors, Julius Caesar, A Prairie Boy’s Winter, Vimy (Citadel Theatre), Tartuffe, The Sound of Music, Enron (National Arts Centre), After The Fire, BEARS (Punctuate! Theatre), NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre), HAIR The Musical, Shear Madness, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Buddy Holly Story and The Full Monty (Mayfield).
Farren is an actor, writer, and director. His acting credits include As You Like It, Shakespeare in Love, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Monty Python’s Spamalot (Citadel Theatre); The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary); Coriolanus (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Marvellous Pilgrims (Teatro La Quindicina); Forever Plaid (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); and, Made in Italy (Western Canada Theatre), which he has toured across Canada. Farren has been honored by the Sterling Awards on many occasions, most recently for his performances in Made in Italy and Monty Python’s Spamalot. In 2015, Farren was included in Avenue Magazine’s prestigious list of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40, in recognition of his artistic contributions to the city.
Tenaj is very excited to be back doing live theatre at the Citadel again. Citadel Theatre: The Color Purple (Co-pro with MTC). Other Theatre: Sweat (Theatre Aquarius), The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre), Touch Me: Songs for a (Dis) Connected Age, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Charlotte’s Web (ATP), King Lear, Macbeth (Shakespeare Company), Naughty but Nice, The Paperbag Princess: A Musical (Forte), Sextet (Verb), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rosebud). Film/TV: JANN (CTV/Hulu), Wynona Earp (Sci-Fyi), Big Sky (NBC), Meet me at Christmas (Hallmark).
Understudy (Dick, Manny, Chester/Clark)
Cameron Kneteman (he/him) is a singer, actor, and writer, originally from amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Previous Theatre Credits: Charles Bingley in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel Theatre); Gilbert in Anne and Gilbert (Guild Theatre); and Rolf in The Sound of Music (Western Canada Theatre). Previous Screen Credits: V/H/S 94; Murdoch Mysteries. Cameron is an artist recently diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. He is a co-creator (with Carly Neis and Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks) for Tune to A, a new play highlighting disability representation and allyship, premiering at Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival in 2022.
Understudy (Ms. Crotch)
Jenny (she/her) is an actor, singer, and arts educator based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). She is an ensemble member with Teatro La Quindicina. Previous credits include: As You Like It (Citadel Theatre/Manitoba Theatre Centre); A New Brain (Plain Jane Theatre); The Real Inspector Hound (Bright Young Things); Fever Land, Pith, A Lesson in Brio (Teatro La Quindicina); Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre); Outside Mullingar (Shadow Theatre); Airswimming (Praise Doris Productions), The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet (River City Shakespeare); You Are Happy (Blarney Productions and Dogheart Theatre) and Legoland (Blarney Productions).
Understudy (Rose, Lucy)
Kiana is a Chinese-Canadian actor, creator and clown, who has been blessed to work across Canada. She is thrilled to be working at the Citadel alongside such a wonderful team. Much love and thanks to her ever supportive friends and family. Previous Credits Include: Alice in Wonderland (Guild Festival Theatre); Hamlet in Isolation (Thou Art Here Theatre); Cymbeline (Shakespeare BASH’d); E-Day (Theatre Network); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Calgary/SBTB); That’s Danger! (Work Plays Schools Program); The School for Scandal, Doll House, The Lower Depths (Studio Theatre).
Holly is an actor, playwright and dramaturg based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Previous playwright credits include co-writing the two international collaborations, Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project (Theatrefront/Tarragon/Citadel/Neptune/Western Canadian tour) and Return: The Sarajevo Project (Theatrefront/Sarajevo Winter Festival/Tarragon, Dora Award nomination). As an actor, Holly has worked extensively across the country in theatre and film, including as a series regular on the international Emmy Award winning, The Newsroom. Currently, she is developing a modern adaptation of Chekov’s Three Sisters with music by Anton Lipovetsky.
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, Shakespeare in Love, Matilda, The Silver Arrow, and The Candidate and The Party. Daryl’s Beatles-infused adaptation of As You Like It has played at the Citadel, Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), RMTC (Winnipeg) and is currently running at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Whittyn Jason (they/them/theirs) is a queer, non-binary, mixed-race artist of South African and Ukrainian descent. They primarily work as a scenographer/lighting designer, the latter of which has been nominated for a Sterling Award. They are currently living and creating in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (colonially known as Edmonton). Previous credits include: 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).
Leona is a Sterling Award winning costume designer, improviser, performer and artist who has acted and deigned for Teatro La Quindicina since 1982 including Stewart Lemoine’s Pith! From here to Off-Broadway. Other design credits include Clybourne Park, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Heaven (Citadel Theatre); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Annapurna, The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre); 9 to 5, Hairspray, Sister Act (Mayfield Theatre). Film credits include Trevor Anderson’s The Man That Got Away and Before I change My Mind. Window Installation Hero Material featuring four notable Canadian Women.
Patrick (he/him) is a proud halfbreed of Nlaka’pamux (ing-klə-KAP-muhx) and Irish Canadian heritage. He is the General Manager of Concrete Theatre, and a co-contributor to the 35//50 Initiative. Recent works include lighting Mary’s Wedding: A Métis Love Story, A Brimful of Asha (Citadel Theatre), Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio (Alberta Musical Theatre Company), Triassic Parq (Uniform Theatre), Constellations (Flaming Peanuts), Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre), Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary), and co-directing Reckoning (Article 11). pbeagan.com
Daniela Fernandez (she/her) is a Latinx multidisciplinary artist. She is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program. Over the last year, Daniela has been diving into the world of sound, with the support of local designers. In 2020, she was one of the inaugural recipients of the RBC Horizon Emerging Artists Mentorship Program at The Citadel Theatre for Sound Design. Sound credits include: Hiraeth (Bright Young Things), Pia and Maria (Concrete Theatre), Run and Hide (Ghostlight Theatre Projects). Daniela can also be found performing on stage in the upcoming production of A Christmas Carol here this December. Saludos a mi familia!
Morgan works as an actor, fight director, arts educator and is a Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre. Her work primarily focuses on the development of new work, physical-based theatre and collective creation. As a performer, past work with Citadel includes Window into New Work, Delay – The Horizon Lab and Peter and the Starcatcher. Select fight direction credits include The Ministry of Grace (Belfry Theatre), Three Ladies (Remix the Ritual – Fringe Theatre Spotlight), Joan & Talbot (Kaleido Festival) (Thou Art Here Theatre), Dead Centre of Town (2016, 2018) (Catch the Keys Productions).
Janine is an Edmonton based Intimacy and Sterling nominated Fight Director, Intimacy Coordinator and Stunt Performer. Previous Citadel and Young Company Credits Include: 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: Billy the Kid (MGM International); Hey, Viktor! (Lightning Mill, North Country Cinema); Black Summer (Netflix); The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw (Gate 67 Films). She is the lucky mother of four.
TD Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel, Mieko works as a playwright, actor, director and dramaturg. For the Citadel: The Silver Arrow, The Garneau Block, A Brimful of Asha, How I Learned To Drive. Her work on new plays has taken her from coast to coast and recently includes co-directing/dramaturging Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre/SOUND OFF), dramaturging Love from Afar (Company of Fools) and dramaturging/directing The Temporary (Downstage) and Pia and Maria (Concrete). Next up, co-creating/directing Alberta Kitchen Party (Alberta Theatre Projects) and directing her own play Burning Mom at RMTC (Winnipeg).
Amanda Goldberg (she/her/elle) is a director and dramaturg from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is an honors graduate from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program and Concordia University’s Theatre and Development program. Her recent directing credits include: Belleville and Phaedra’s Love (University of Alberta), Yerma (Concordia University), City Boy (Mainline Theatre), and the three-time META nominated production, Smackhead (We Are One). Amanda is currently based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton, and is in the midst of working on her thesis production, Polly Teale’s Brontë, which will complete her research and earn her an MFA in Directing.
Sang-Sang is excited to be back at the Citadel working on this fun farce! Select Citadel credits include A Brimful of Asha, Tempest, Hadestown, Redpatch, Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, and Private Lives. Elsewhere, she has worked on Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program; Fever Land (Teatro La Quindicina) Makings of a Voice, The Blue Hour (SkirtsAfire); Disgraced (ATP); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre). Thanks to Anna. Stay safe everyone!
Assistant Stage Manager
Anna is thrilled to be back at the Citadel. Recent credits include: Rigoletto, The Misadventures of Count Ory, Hansel & Gretel, Electra, La Cenerentola, and Turandot (Edmonton Opera); rochdale, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sideshow (Citadel Theatre’s Young Company). She has worked as a stage manager and ASM in Edmonton since graduating from the Theatre Production Program at MacEwan in 2007. During the pandemic, she got back into acting to entertain her toddler, putting her diploma in Theatre Performance from Red Deer College to good use.