The Cast

Karen Bassett is a Halifax based theatre artist and proudly identifies with her Atlantic coast upbringing. Over 25 years she has performed for Neptune Theatre, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Ships’s Company Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Mulgrave Road Theare, Onelight Theatre, 2B Theatre and Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre.  Her performing has taken her across Canada, the United States, Iran, Fiji, and Vanautu. Karen is the Atlantic councillor for the Canadian Actors Equity Association, and a member of ACTRA and the Playwright Atlantic Resource Centre.

Kevin Curran is an award-winning Nova Scotian actor who has worked on stage, film, radio, and television throughout the Atlantic Provinces and across the country. Kevin is thrilled to be in Antigonish for his first season with the festival.

Matt Lacas is so excited to be back with FAST and getting back to what he loves. Matt is a Montreal native working and living out of Toronto. Matt has had the privilege of performing on stages across Canada, US, Europe and Asia. Selected Credits: A Brimful of Asha, Ben Hur (FAST), Fabulous Lipitones (Miracle Theatre, BC), Les Moutons (Japan Tour) and most recently Baloo in the US National Tour of Jungle Book directed Rick Miller and Craig Francis. Matt is also the founder of We Are Here Productions, a non-profit theatre company that aims to turn art into tangible aid for those in need worldwide. During the pandemic, Matt and his partner Rosie pivoted into teaching cocktail classes online to folks across the world with their new company Isolation Cocktails. Matt would like to thank his family, friends and his Mo for keeping him grounded. @is_that_mattlacas @wearehereproductions @isolation.cocktails

Rachel Lloyd is excited to join the Festival Antigonish team for her second season playing Marian in this fantastic outdoor adventure of Robin Hood! Select Theatre credits include: Crystal in Ben Hur (Festival Antigonish), Wendy in The Bitterest Time, Anna inSlut, Dawn in Les & Dawn (LunaSea Theatre), Brundibar in Brundibar, multiple roles in 9 Compositions/Art Atakk, Liz in Redfish, Petey in Two in the Coop (Halifax Theatre for Young People), The Mother in Goodbye Marianne, Corrie in The Damsel in Distress Who Saved Herself; The Little Boy in The Space Between (Theatre New Brunswick); Pedringano/Ghost in The Spanish Tragedy, Julia in The Duchess of Malfi (The Villain’s Theatre). Thanks to her parents and husband for their constant support and for being her biggest fans!

Wally MacKinnon is an award-winning actor, director and teacher based in Fredericton, NB. He has performed across Canada and enjoyed many summers in Antigonish over his 30+ year career and is looking forward to the 2021 season.  You may remember Wally in Festival Antigonish productions including: The Goodnight Bird, Ben Hur, Storm Warning, The Fantastiks, Ten Little Indians, Don’t Dress for Dinner and The Mousetrap. Other recent highlights include: EFT/Neptune Merritt Award winning play KAMP, Ship’s Company/TNB’s production of Any Given Moment which earned Wally a Merritt Award Best Actor nomination. Wally has numerous film and television credits that range from small independent films to large Hollywood productions. This includes the International Emmy Award winning film, The Phantoms. Wally is happy to be back in Antigonish and wants to thank is wife Sandi and son Liam for their love and support. www.WallyMacKinnon.com

James (Jimmy) MacLean (he/they) is an actor and multidisciplinary artist from Kjpuktuk (Halifax). He has done four seasons with Shakespeare By The Sea with notable roles such as Henry V and Puck; has worked with Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front, Zuppa, Halifax Theatre For Young People, Villain’s Theatre, and more. In Film/TV you can catch him in the upcoming series Chapelwaite, Diggstown (Season 3) and Compulsus. While not performing you can find them taking pictures, filmmaking, and other stuff, follow along @ohyeahjimmy on Instagram!

Noella Murphy (she/her) made her theatrical debut at the age of 11 in Theatre Antigonish’s production of The Sound of Music. From there, she appeared in every local production she could, which eventually led to her working with FAST in a variety of roles over many seasons. Noella is an alum of Kinsale’s Wooden O Drama Program (Ireland) and NSCAD University. A multidisciplinary artist, Noella often runs theatre camps, workshops, and art groups for different community groups, with a focus on performance and creation as a therapeutic outlet. Recent performance credits include: Listen to the Wind (Steady Theatre Co), Late Night Radio (North Barn Theatre Collective), The Blazing World (The Villains Theatre), Worry Duck (Halifax Fringe), and Eurydice (Theatre Antigonish). She is happy to be back in town with her partner, near her family and friends, after many years away.

Laura Teasdale’s first gig was singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” on a lumber pile up at her dad’s mill when she was three years old.  She has been treading the boards ever since.  She started performing with Theatre Antigonish when she was twelve and acted in the first season of Festival Antigonish at seventeen.   She went to theatre school in Quebec, and then spent the next twenty-five years gratefully making a living as an actor, musician, playwright, teacher, clown & cartoon voice. About three years ago she came home to the lumber mill and the Bauer where she has been writing, directing and acting in such productions as Being Hank & Patsy,  Lunenberg, Sunshine on Leith and Hector the Spectre.  She was honored to write Robin Hood with Andrea.

Naomi Vogt is overjoyed to perform live theatre again, returning to the Festival Antigonish for her second season. She has worked as an actor across the country, performing at the Caravan Farm Theatre, the Cultch, Rumble Theatre, Babelle Theatre and Dirt Road Productions. Her award winning solo show Big Sister, written in collaboration with younger sister and playwright Deborah Vogt, was presented at the Cultch Theatre in February 2020. She just wrapped her first feature film Crawdaddy (Art You Alive Productions) in June of this year. She has produced projects with The Masterworks Arts Awards Foundation, The Chop, Touchstone Theatre, Rapid Pitch Productions and Theatre Nova Scotia. This September, Naomi will begin a Master of Public Policy degree at Dalhousie to pursue a career in arts management (while hopefully taking outrageous performance gigs on the side). Thanks for having me, FAST!

Aquila Wibisono (he/him) is an emerging actor and writer from Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Having recently finished the Acting Program in Dalhousie, he is looking to create original digital art and live outdoor theatre performances. His recent credits include performing in FSPA’s onstage production of Mary Stuart (Lord Burleigh) and online productions of Machinal (The Lover) & Concord Floral (John Cabot). In 2019 he was a recipient of the Andrew and David Stitt Memorial Award for his excellence in Acting. Aquila is immensely grateful for the opportunity to work on his first professional theatre production during these pandemic times. Special thanks to his friends and family for their immense support.

The Creative Team

Karen Bassett began her fight direction journey while performing at Neptune Theatre and admiring the fight stylings of fight master, and later her mentor, Robert Seale. She searched for a play that featured fighting roles for women and when she couldn’t find one, she wrote her play Heroine. After three national productions with her as co-actor/playwright Heroine has been produced by four other Canadian theatre companies. Karen received the Theatre Nova Scotia scholarship for advanced studies in stage violence. She is the first fight director nominated in the Nova Scotia Merritt awards outstanding choreography category for her work on Neptune’s Shakespeare in Love. 

Kate Hennigar’s selected credits are assistant stage manager for Charley’s Aunt, Sex, The Glass Menagerie (Shaw Festival), A Huron County Christmas Carol (Blyth Festival), Under the Stairs (Young People’s Theatre); apprentice stage manager for Middletown, The Magician’s Nephew (Shaw Festival), Middletown (Crow’s Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Young People’s Theatre), TomorrowLove (Outside the March), Rose (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Repercussion Theatre), stage manager for The Trials of Brother Jero, Hello Out There (Shaw’s Directors Project), Vacuum, Orlando, Richard III (National Theatre School of Canada), Avenue Q, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Best Kind Productions). Kate grew up in Wolfville and after spending the past few years in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Montreal she’s excited to have returned home to Nova Scotia. TRAINING: BA and diploma in Performance and Communications Media, Memorial University of Newfoundland; National Theatre School of Canada’s production program.

Sarah MacKenzie is thrilled to be working as the Apprentice Stage Manager on Robin Hood: The Great Escape. A Halifax/K’jipuktuk based Stage Manager, Sarah is a recent graduate from the Technical Theatre program at Dalhousie University. This is her first time working with Festival Antigonish. Selected credits include Stage Manager for Hamlet (Halifax Regional Arts); Beyond Windows, Women of Troy, Love & Information (FSPA); and Apprentice Stage Manager for Bed & Breakfast, Odd Ducks (Ship’s Company).

Sarah O’Brien is immeasurably delighted to be returning to Nova Scotia for her twentieth season with Festival Antigonish, especially as we embark on this outdoor experiment, and much-anticipated return to making theatre for a live, actual audience.  During the last somewhat apocalyptic year in Toronto, Sarah has watched many companies pivot to new ways of reaching people, and has been fortunate enough to be involved in some great projects herself:  a streamed program of three fantastic companies an the Fleck Dance Theatre for Fall For Dance North in the fall, York University’s fourth year dancers online presentation of their final show this past spring,  and very recently, a wonderful, week-long Zoom workshop of New Harlem Production’s stunning play The First Stone which will rehearse and premiere in person in the winter of 2022.  This season is for Dad, who is not travelling east this year, and for Richard, Paul, Mabel, Irene, and Walter, who have some very good celestial seats for this show.

Elizabeth Perry is based out of Corner Brook, NL where she works as the Head of Wardrobe at Memorial University Grenfell Campus. She teaches sewing and pattern drafting while building the costumes for the school’s productions along with assistance from her students. She is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Costume Studies program and does design work for various theatres and festivals. She has worked as a costume builder with Neptune Theatre on productions such as Beauty and The Beast, Shakespeare in Love and The Colour Purple. Her other credits include Costume Director for the Symphony NS Nutcracker, and work with the Royal NS Tattoo. This will be her second year with Festival Antigonish! Her most recent design works include Frozen Jr (Neptune Theatre School), Ben Hur, The Goodnight Bird, Brimful of Asha (Festival Antigonish) and Brundibar (Halifax Theatre for Young People). She is also the recipient of the 2019 Wes Daniels Design Award.

Sabrina Stace Sabrina Stace is an emerging costume designer/wardrobe technician and is thrilled to be back in action after this whirlwind of a year! Recent/upcoming costume design credits include: Tintamarre: MURMUReS by Alex Fancy (Mount Allison University March 2021), Costumed Zoom Reading of Crypthand by Lily Falk, Directed by Laura Vingoe-Cram (Gale Force Theatre at EFT Stages Festival, June 2021), Where You Are by Krista Da Silva, Directed by Samantha Wilson (Theatre Baddeck, September 2021), and Crypthand by Lily Falk, Directed by Laura Vingoe-Cram (Gale Force Theatre Fall/Winter 2021).  Pre-Covid, Sabrina was the Touring Wardrobe Supervisor for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen with Anne of Green Gables: The Ballet (World Premiere) and The Nutcracker: A Canadian Story (2019-2020 season). Sabrina holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University (class of 2018), Fanshawe College’s Costume Production Program (class of 2019), and was a Wardrobe Practicum at the Banff Centre of the Arts (Summer 2019). Website: sabrinastace.wixsite.com/wardrobe

Laura Stinson crafts images from both found and traditional materials.  These creations become narratives, characters and atmospheres in a variety of theatrical spectacles. She began her career in puppetry with Bread and Puppet Theater in 2016 where she apprenticed under Peter Schumann. In addition to studying puppet animation in Nova Scotia with the Mermaid Theatre she also studied bunraku puppet building techniques with the Swedish master Thomas Lundqvist, puppetry performance with Joan Baixas of Barcelona and textile construction and puppet mechanics with Compagnie Coatimundi of Châteaurenard, France. In 2017 she collaborated with Noella Murphy and Julia Walker to form A Road Less Gravelled Productions, which has performed puppet shows at art festivals throughout Nova Scotia. After four years working as a touring member and subsequent resident puppeteer for Bread and Puppet, Laura co-founded The North Barn Theatre Collective in 2020. She currently lives and makes art in Mi’kma’ki.

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