Fiona has performed extensively at theatres across Canada and briefly in the US and Great Britain. She spent 5 seasons at the Stratford Festival and 13 seasons at Shaw, where recently she appeared in Iho, The Divine, Dance of Death, and A Woman of No importance. Earlier this year, Fiona played Elizabeth II in the Mirvish/RMTC co production of “The Audience’. Her film work includes ‘ My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ and “The Time Traveller’s Wife’). She has an honorary doctorate from Bishop’s University, was the 2010 recipient of the ACTRA Award of Excellence, and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
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Claire Burns is a Toronto based actor, director and theatre creator. Claire holds an HBA in Political Science and History from U of T as well as a degree in Classical Performance from George Brown Theatre School. Recent acting credits include; The Drawer Boy Film (Perez/Ostroff), The River You Step In (FilmCoop), The Castle (ROTC), Abigail’s Party (precisely peter), Disco Pigs (aLastingdose). Recent Directing credits include: You know I know (4Gorgons), Human Furniture (ROTC/Triangle Pi), DIVINE (Storefront/ROTC).
Playwriting: Human Furniture, Hatched, True North.
Claire is the Artistic Managing Director of the Storefront Arts Initiative in Toronto. Upcoming: After Wrestling (Factory/BloodPact/Storefront), Feminist Fuck It Festival (Storefront). Follow on insty: @clairzies
Anne Van Leeuwen
Anne received her Bachelor of Drama from Bishop’s University, and in 2012 successfully navigated a year of training with New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School. She made her Toronto directorial debut this past January with Red Light Winter (Unit 102 Actors Co.). Some favourite acting roles include Marge in Tough Jews (Storefront Theatre/Spadina Avenue Gang), Anna in Old Times (Unit 102 Actors Co.), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Unit 102 & LST), Hermione in The Winter's Tale (Leroy Street Theatre), Thin in Out at Sea (Leroy Street Theatre), Guildenstern in Hamlet (Unit 102 Actors Co.), Nicole Bottom in A Midsummer Nightmare (Leroy Street Theatre), Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler (Desiderata Collective), Romeo in The Deliverance of Juliet & her Romeo (Leroy Street Theatre), and Sarah Goodwin in Time Stands Still (Leroy Street Theatre).
Anne would like to thank the cast and crew, and her family and friends for their constant support.
The Chance is the third world premiere of one of George F Walker's plays that Wes has directed, after Parents Night (The Pearl Company/Hamilton, CrazyLady/Theatre Passe Muraille) and The Bigger Issue (CrazyLady/Theatre Passe Muraille). Other directing credits include Walker's Criminal Genius, Rukmini's Gold, Scenic View, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Larger than Life: The Musical and Speed-the Plow with various companies in Toronto and the Niagara Region. He was assistant director to George F. Walker for the World Premiere of Walker’s play The Ravine and served as director and dramaturge for The Naked Ballerina (NOW Magazine Outstanding Direction Toronto Fringe Festival). As an actor, Wes has worked in two world premieres of George F Walker’s plays; The Ravine and The Damage Done, and in Walker's Dead Metaphor, at Theatre Aquarius. Other credits include The Blyth Festival, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young Peoples Theatre & the co-creation and performance of The Outdoor Donnellys & The Georgian Expedition, collectives directed and conceived by Paul Thompson. Wes is originally from Niagara Falls and attended Brock University in St. Catharines.
Wes is honoured to be working on his favourite playwright's first all-female play with a cast of three powerful and inspiring women.
Lin is delighted to be working on her first George F. Walker production with Leroy Street Theatre. As Stage Manager, she has worked on a number of notable productions including The Chasse-Galerie (Red One Theatre Collective—winner of 2 Dora awards), Stupid F**king Bird (Bird Collective), and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? (ROTC / Brief Case Productions). In 2015, she was awarded the MyTheatreAward for Outstanding Stage Management. Lin has also worked on other theatre productions producing props, lighting design, and building puppets. Additionally, she works with The Storefront Theatre generating all their programs. She is currently working on getting her Equity card in Stage Management. Prior to this, Lin has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years before switching careers. She could not have accomplished this career change without the love and support of her husband of 22 years.
"Producer, Set Designer"
Chris has been creating theatre with Leroy Street since it's inception in 2013. His directorial debut was in 2016 with a production of Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" Chris is very honoured to be a part of George F. Walker's new play "The Chance" and he is looking forward to continuing to produce great plays at Leroy Street Theatre's new home The Assembly Theatre.
Tim Lindsay is a sound designer born & raised in Toronto. Some of his recent designs include “pool (no water)”, “We Three”, “Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up” (Cue6); “Othello” (Driftwood/Bard's Bus Tour); “Red Light Winter” (Unit 102); “Big Plans” (Scapegoat Collective); “Sea Sick” (2014 world premiere, international tour, and performances across southern Ontario in autumn 2017 produced by The Theatre Centre); “Radiant Vermin”, “Brimstone & Treacle” (Precisely Peter); “After Miss Julie” (Red One Theatre Collective); and six new plays by Kat Sandler/Theatre Brouhaha, including “Bright Lights” (2016 Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe). Tim also works as a technical director at The Theatre Centre, and with BFL Theatre for whom he designed and co-produced its hit Canadian touring version of “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” and the 2017 Toronto premiere of “Hard Core Logo: Live”.
Martha is a recent graduate of the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto, in which she studied acting and playwriting and was first familiarized with George F. Walker’s work. At the University of Toronto, she had roles in various plays such as George F. Walker’s Theatre of the Film Noir and Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre. She is excited to be involved in this production of The Chance in the role of Assistant Director and wants to thank everyone involved in making this production possible.
"Producer, Production Manager"
Melissa Wright is a Toronto based production manager and a proud graduate of Bishop's University. She has been with Leroy Street Theatre since the very beginning and is so proud to be a part of this world premiere show. Past credits with her other love, Unit 102 Actors Co. include: Miss; Old Times; Of Mice and Men; Lakeboat; Red Light Winter; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Steve is a graduate of the Theatre Production program at Humber College, and his credits as a Lighting Designer include: Miss, For The Love Of Pie, Post No Bills, Blue Remembered Hills, The Queen's Conjurer, Old Times (MyTheatreAwards Winner - Lighting Design 2016), The Harvester, The Goat, Of Mice and Men, Twelfth Night, The Bitch of the Baskervilles, Red Light Winter, The Winter’s Tale, Seams, Deepest Darkest, The War of the Clowns, A Midsummer Nightmare, The Julius Caesar Project, The Deliverance of Juliet and Her Romeo, Lady Julie, Teach Me, and Something Unspoken.