Cast & Creative Team
Citadel debut. Other theatre credits: “Ma Rainey” in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, “Wild Woman” in Rose, Idomeneus (Soulpepper); “Novelette” in ‘da kink in my hair (Arts Club, Vancouver); Freedom (Stratford); Spoon River (Signature Centre NYC). Recent film/series credits include: Mysticons, Total Dramarama, Hannibal, Wayne. Radio/Recordings: “Narrator” in The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights (JazzFM Radio); “Mr. King Dice” in Cuphead. Much love to Tanisha. For mom.
Andrew Broderick is a Toronto-based theatre artist. Previous Credits Include: The Color Purple (Neptune/Citadel/MTC); Hadestown (Citadel); Choir Boy (Canadian Stage); Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher, Everybody (Shaw Festival); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance (Stratford Festival); Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival/Drayton Entertainment/Rainbow Stage); Dreamgirls (The Grand Theatre); and South Pacific (Drayton Entertainment). He would like to thank all the creatives on and offstage for telling this timely story, agents at The Talent House and all his loved ones.
Oscar Derkx is an actor and musician based here in Edmonton. Selected credits: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel Theatre/Arts Club); As You Like It (RMTC/Citadel Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher, Once, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Evelyn Strange, Lost Lemoine, The Hothouse Prince (Teatro La Quindicina); Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate Theatre); The Antyssey, Under Cover (Concrete Theatre); Ride (Lunchbox Theatre); Barvinok (Pyretic Productions/Tarragon Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Kill Shakespeare (Thou Art Here).
Network (Citadel & RMTC); Perfect Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Cabret, Venus, Assistance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre School of Canada); Hamlet (Shakespeare In The Ruins); Torn Through Time (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); Home 2.0, New Beginnings, Shattered (Sarasvati Productions); Marat/Sade, Nothing Sacred, After Magritte, Titus Andronicus (Black Hole Theatre Company). Film/ TV: Made for Each Other, Love In Design, Journey Back To Christmas (Hallmark Productions); Channel Zero (Syfy). Love to my family & Friends!
Jodi Kristjanson is a Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist. She is an alumna of Drama Studio London & the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre, & a co-founder of Genesis School of Dance. Previous credits include: Whatever Happens After? (Naked Theatre); Knock Knock Ginger (One Trunk Theatre); Seasons of Love (ViC); The Country Wife, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Hedda Gabler (Drama Studio London); Apprentice Director: New (RMTC); Musical Director: The Selfish Giant (DSL); Little Women (Genesis). Much love to my family & friends. ICXC
Citadel: Network (co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Candidate, The Party, A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher, Death of a Salesman, One Man, Two Guvnors, and Beauty and the Beast. Glenn is delighted to be part of Trouble in Mind with these remarkable people. At Shadow Theatre: Outside Mullingar, Mistakes Were Made, The Odd Couple, Sexy Laundry and Flyfisher’s Companion.
Originally from Montreal, Alex has performed across Canada and his plays have been produced internationally. Theatre: Network, Scorched, Intimate Apparel (Citadel); Ma Rainey, Incident at Vichy (Dora Award-Soulpepper); Bang Bang (Evie Award/RMTC/Belfry); Oslo, Disgraced (Mirvish); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Harper Regan, Angels in America (Canadian Stage); My Name is Asher Lev (Segal-META Award); Remnants, Democracy (Tarragon); King Lear (RMTC); Amadeus, Possible Worlds (TIFT/Munich). Film/TV: Little Bird, The Porter, Made for Each Other, Skymed, Suits, Flashpoint. Playwriting: The Trial of William Shakespeare. Cringeworthy, This Hotel (Dora Nominations), Yahrzeit (German tour). Alexpochgoldin.com
Geoffrey is a Saskatchewan-born/Toronto-based actor, educator and Dora-nominated director. He is honoured to be making his Citadel debut with this fantastic play. Previous credits include: The Philadelphia Story, Fire (Betty nomination) (Theatre Calgary); You Will Remember Me, How Do I Love Thee? (ATP); War Horse (Mirvish); Serving Elizabeth (Western Canada Theatre); Doubt (Theatre Northwest); Oslo (Studio 180/Mirvish); No Great Mischief, If We Were Birds (Tarragon); Moon For The Misbegotten (Watermark); multiple seasons at the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals. Selected film/TV: It (New Line); Accused (Fox); Grand Army (Netflix); Macy Murdoch (CBC).
Alvin’s numerous stage credits in the United States and Canada include work with The Citadel (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 1989), Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Seattle Repertory Theater, Alberta Theatre Projects, Indiana Repertory Theater, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Vancouver Playhouse, and The Arts Club Theatre. He has over 150 IMDB credits including more than 20 Hallmark movies and currently the roles of Pop Tate on Riverdale, Lewis Thompson on Resident Alien and voices on the animated series My Little Pony and Polly Pockets. Alvin is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.
Alice Childress (1916–1994) was a playwright, novelist and actress. She is a founding member of the American Negro Theatre and wrote her first play, Florence, in 1949. The script was written in one night on a dare from a close friend and then the play was produced off-Broadway in 1950. In 1952, Alice became the first African American woman to see her play Gold Through The Trees professionally produced in New York. Alice is best known today for her 1973 novel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But A Sandwich, which was subsequently made into a movie in 1978. Other plays written by her include Just A Little Simple (1950), Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story In Black and White (1966) and Gullah (1984). Throughout her career, she examined the true meaning of being black, and especially of being black and female. As Alice herself once said, “I concentrate on portraying have-nots in a have society.”
For Royal MTC: Assistant Director: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Actor: The Mountaintop, Sense and Sensibility, Di and Viv and Rose, A Christmas Carol, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (co-production with Citadel), Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Other theatre credits include: Director: Red Velvet-Globe & Mail Critic’s Pick (Crow’s Theatre); Backstage at Carnegie Hall (Centaur); Meet me at Dawn (Theatre by the River); VOICE (PTE); Subjection of Kezia, Poof (Shaw); The Power of Harriet T (MTYP). Associate/Assistant Director: Fall on Your Knees (CanStage/Neptune/NAC/Grand); Ladykillers, Getting Married (Shaw); Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach). Upcoming Directing: Julius Caeser (Bard on the Beach). cherissarichards.com
Set and Props Designer
Cory is an award-winning designer whose set, costume, lighting, and video designs have received both national and international recognition. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Previous designs for the Citadel include Almost a Full Moon, A Christmas Carol, Ring of Fire, Matilda, Once, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, Million Dollar Quartet, Venus in Fur, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Evangeline, Mary Poppins, and Next to Normal.
Sarah is a Nigerian multi-disciplinary artist, and designer based in Calgary. Select design credits: Death and the King’s Horseman (Stratford Festival); Steel Magnolias (Theatre Calgary); The Fiancée, The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre); Scope (Lunchbox Theatre); Murder in the Studio (Vertigo Theatre); Gimme Chance Leh (Chromatic Theatre); Sound of Music, Where Words Once Were (StoryBook Theatre). Sarah is the 2022 winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award in Calgary. She is passionate about storytelling, and creative exploration through the arts. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support.
Kevin just finished designing Pride & Prejudice across the lobby in the Maclab. He is looking forward to having designs on both mainstages. Past designs include Avenue Q, Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre); Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer (Grindstone Theatre); Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy and Penny Plain (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes); Sister Act (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada ADC659 & IATSE Local 210. He is Chair of the Alberta Section of CITT and Principal Lighting Operator at the Jubilee Auditorium. www.lxdesign.ca
Ashley Au (she/they) is a Winnipeg-based bassist, composer, sound artist, arranger, and queer creative. A multifaceted musician, Ashley specializes in the upright and electric basses—performing, touring and recording extensively. As a composer and sound artist, Ashley’s work can be found behind various theatre and dance productions in the city. Current and past projects include work with Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson; folk roots songstress Carly Dow; internationally-acclaimed Americana tastemaker Scott Nolan; composer/trumpeter Chuck Copanace; Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers; and Polaris Prize-nominated hip-hop outfit Super Duty Tough Work. Ashley is the Artistic Director of Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival. She recently scored her first opera, Inertia (libretto by Christene Brown), commissioned by Loose Tea Music Theatre (TO).
Citadel debut. Tré is a published and award-winning creator and educator. Based on the Kwakwaka’wakw Territory of North Vancouver Island, BC. Tré has been featured in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times for his work as Dialect Coach on Regina King’s One Night in Miami…, a Juilliard Teaching Fellowship Finalist (2021) and the keynote speaker for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference in 2021. Dialect Coach on the CBC & BET’s Emmy-nominated period drama The Porter, and on Amazon’s newly released The Peripheral. He is currently in production as Acting & Dialect Coach on the new franchise film The Exorcist. Raised in North Carolina, he is of proud Black and Indigenous descent.
Voice and Dialect Coach
Tom is a Winnipeg-based actor, voice, dialect, and text coach. This is his first time working for the Citadel Theatre! Previous coaching credits include: The Rez Sisters, Jane Eyre (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Richard III (Shakespeare in the Ruins); Iceland, Mary’s Wedding (Theatre Projects Manitoba); Little Thing, Big Thing (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Shrek (Rainbow Stage). Tom has an MFA in Acting with a Voice Specialization from York University. Thank you Aedan and Erin for your love and support.
Melissa is a Winnipeg-based actor and the Apprentice Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre supported by the Manitoba Arts Council. Selected credits include The Three Musketeers (Royal MTC); Orlando (Assistant Director, Royal MTC); Voice (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Spelling 2-5-5 (MTYP); School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian/Nightwood Theatre); Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Ruins); Blink (One Trunk/Walk & Talk); Home 2.0, The Game, New Beginnings (Sarasvàti); O(phelia) (ShakespeareFest); Animosity (Winnipeg Fringe); Time and the Conways, Concord Floral, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (U of W).
Apprentice Costume Designer
Kate is a Winnipeg-based designer and theatre artist. Previous design credits include Orlando, The World Goes ‘Round (RMTC); Alunsina’s Love, Blink, 365 Plays/365 Days, People, Places and Things (UW); Innocence Lost, Urinetown (MTYP YoCo); Bloodsuckers (ADM). A huge thank you to my family, Royal MTC and the Citadel as well as everyone else who has supported me in my journey.
Lisa is thrilled to be back at the Citadel. Selected credits include: The Unnatural and Accidental Women (National Arts Centre); Six, Hadestown (Citadel Theatre); Flight, Fidelio (Pacific Opera Victoria); Romeo and Juliet, Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre); The Cure for Death by Lightning, Liberation Days, Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre); The December Man, Steel Kiss (Green Thumb Theatre); and Doubt (Theatre Calgary/MTC). Lisa was the project manager for World Stage Design 2022, the production stage manager for the Summer Arts Festival at the Banff Centre for four years and spent seven seasons at the Stratford Festival.
Assistant Stage Manager
Citadel: The Royale, The Garneau Block, Made in Italy (Stage Manager); Children of God, Peter and the Starcatcher, and A Christmas Carol (Assistant Stage Manager); Freewill Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Comedy of Errors, and The Merchant of Venice (Stage Manager); other stage management credits include Last Chance Leduc (Snowflake Productions); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); Bello (Concrete Theatre/l’UniThéâtre); Bust (Theatre Network); The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux (Northern Light Theatre/l’UniThéâtre); and assistant stage managing Mamma Mia! (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) and Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre).
Apprentice Stage Manager
Charlotte Braid (she/her) is an emerging Stage Manager in Alberta. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Stage Management program. She is excited to work for the Citadel for the first time as part of this wonderful team. Recent credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Storybook Theatre); Home for the Holidays (Lunchbox Theatre); New Mythic Works (Thousand Faces Festival); Rochdale, She Kills Monsters, Love Labour’s Lost (U of A Studio Theatre). Charlotte would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.