To The Girls
by Meghan Greeley
STF is beyond excited to announce that we will close the 2021 festival season with the world premiere of TO THE GIRLS, our brand new play that is based on research and interviews conducted in the Bay St. George community! Written by award-winning playwright, Meghan Greeley (Corner Brook), and directed by STF’s own artistic director, Heather Braaten. To The Girls follows a group of young Newfoundland women working on Ernest Harmon as secretaries, personal and political upheaval is coming at them fast and har. When news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination puts the base on high alert, the lives of these women become inextricably linked to the future of a country in turmoil—an America that both is and is not their own
Bailey Jackson holds a BFA in Acting from Memorial University. Throughout the years, Bailey has played roles such as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Marina in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Varya in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, and Beatrice in the commedia dell’arte style Servant of Two Masters. In addition, she has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Maxim Mazumdar Award, the Dr. Harriet Ware Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts, and the 2021 University Medal of Excellence in Theatre.
Ben Dunphy is pleased to be returning for STF’s 43rd season. This is Ben’s 7th summer with STF and has primarily played bass guitar with the STF Band. He has also been a production assistant and a sound technician with the Festival. When not on the stage for STF you might catch Ben playing with the Fine Lads or doing sound for music and other entertainment events.
Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton is a Newfoundland and Labrador artist of unique distinction. She has been a professional theatre artist for forty years. She is the Artistic Director of Girl Power Inc. She is co-artistic director of the Kitchen Party Theatre Festival based in Grand Falls-Windsor. She is the Program Animateur for APTNL’s Thriving Together project. She’s had almost forty plays professionally produced in Canada, including the iconic Offensive to Some, also Woman in a Monkey Cage, Brazil Square, Our Frances, and, a new musical, co-written with Nicole Smith Girls from Away. Her two latest books were just released. Love, Life is available from www.breakwaterbooks.com. Girl Muckle and the Queer Hands is available now from www.problematicpress.com. Bernardine began her lengthy career forty years ago with the Stephenville Theatre Festival and is deeply grateful for this opportunity to work with this always amazing festival. For more about Bernardine visit www.bernardinestapleton.com.
Elizabeth Hicks is an actor, writer, sketch comedian, and filmmaker based in St. John’s, NL. Elizabeth has worked with many theatre companies in NL including Perchance Theatre, Artistic Fraud, Resource Centre for the Arts, Rising Tide Theatre, Power Productions, Mindless Theatrics, and 30for60. She writes and performs regularly with sketch comedy troupes Mom’s Girls and Halfhandsome. Elizabeth is of mixed Mi’kmaw/European descent with roots on the West Coast. She is thrilled to be a part of To the Girls here in Stephenville.
Emma Anderson is an actor and singer from Corner Brook, and holds a BFA in Acting from Grenfell Campus, MUN. Her past credits include Grenfell’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Three Sisters (Masha), Rising Tide Theatre’s West Moon (Sheila) and No Man’s Land (Nurse), New Found Family Drama Company’s Leroy’s Diner (Ronnie), Gros Morne Theatre Festival’s The Sinking of the S.S. Ethie (Mrs. Batten), and TNL’s Shellbird (Hannah) and Turncoat Hill (Beth). Emma is thrilled to be joining Stephenville Theatre Festival for the first time!
Emma Hewitt is from Jackson’s Arm, NL, but was raised in Toronto where she discovered her love for the performing arts at the Young People’s Theatre. During her time in school, Emma played characters such as Queen Elizabeth I (Mary Stuart), Sonya (Uncle Vanya) and also received the Tommy Sexton Triple Threat Award. In recent years, Emma has been a performer in Escape with Future Leisure and part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival where she played Harry/Mary inThe Sinking of the S.S. Ethie, the Host/Performer of Newfoundland Vinyland Sarah Singleton inThe Double Axe Murders.
Faith is excited to be back for another summer with STF stage managing Snow White, as well as Keep an Eye on Summer – The Music and Life of the Beach Boys. Faith is currently completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Select stage management credits include Alice in Wonderland (Grenfell Theatre), Güd Guffaw (Güd Productions), and A Christmas Carol (Stephenville Theatre Festival). Enjoy the shows and have a safe summer!
Geoff Willette has worked with both STF and community theatre in the Bay St. George area for many years, specializing in Set Construction/Design. Geoff has over 20 years of experience in construction and has also worked for the Arts & Culture Centre as Usher and a technician. Geoff will be serving STF as Head Carpenter on “To The Girls.”
Heather is honored to return for her fifth season as the Artistic Director of STF. An award-winning professional theatre director and playwright, Heather has specific interests and expertise in the fields of new play development, devised theatre, large ensemble physical theatre as well as musical theatre. She has directed over 40 professional productions across North America, most recent direction credits include: American Idiot, The Last Five Years, Spring Awakening, We Will Rock You, Little Red Riding Hood, Urinetown, Cinderella a Ratical Retelling, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Evita, Next to Normal. Heather also has theatre administration training and experience in the areas of artistic direction, company management, tour management and producing.
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Jordan Vincer (he/him) is a Stage Manager and Producer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He recently graduated with a B.F.A from Ryerson University’s School of Performance where he studied performance production and has been working in the field for the past 6 years. Jordan has stage managed shows like Once:The Musical (Theatre St. John’s), Dido and Belinda (OperaQTO), Peace of Mind, A Winter’s Night, Affinity (Mosaic Dance Company), and assistant stage managed shows such as Tosca (OOTA) and No Change in the Weather and These Are My Mountains (Terra Bruce Productions Inc.) Along with being a Stage Manager, Jordan is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of Riveting Productions, a company started in 2016 with Co-Founder Stef Curran which brings education and opportunity to students and young adults looking to learn all aspects of the theatre arts. With fundraising projects and shows highlighting queer art and performers, Riveting Productions focuses on growing our theatre community and expanding knowledge and education. Jordan is thrilled to be involved in the Stephenville Theatre Festival and looks forward to a safe and fun summer
Kylie is so excited to be the Costume Designer for Stephenville Theatre Festival again! Kylie graduated with a BFA in Stagecraft from MUN with a focus in costume design in 2002. She has since designed for STF from 2002-2005 and has worked in many theatre productions, television and film. Kylie currently works with the Arts & Culture Centres and opened Coast Clothing in 2013. She is happy to be part of “To The Girls”, telling a story about her beautiful home town of Stephenville.
Laird is a lighting, projection and set designer, technical director and production manager with more than 25 years of experience in the profession. His work spans design for theatre, dance, fine and performance art, installations, film and video, music, events and opera. Laird began his career in sculpture and photography, and then trained in film and video at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design, in Vancouver. He has been the lead design artist at The Stephenville Theatre Festival for the past five seasons, creating evocative designs for dozens of shows including American Idiot, The Last Five Years, We Will Rock You, Bittergirl, Urinetown, Avenue Q and many more. He is the contributing designer with the devised theatre ensemble TOOL KIT. He has been nominated several times for The Dora Mavor Moore award in Toronto for his lighting design and has been a designer, or technical director on many Dora winning and nominated productions. In conjunction with his design and management career in the arts, Laird has been mentoring, designing and teaching in the theatre program at Humber College in Toronto for the past 9 years. Laird has taught lighting courses, and has designed shows, mentored student designers, technicians and technical directors. Over the last 7 years, Laird has developed and continues to teach a devised theatre course in conjunction with 2 other professors. Laird continues to enjoy working on productions in both French and English
Born in Stephenville, raised in Corner Brook, Leahdawn has worked in theatre since her early teens, including acting for stage (TNL, Off Broadway Players, Theatre Perimetric), film (CNA Digital Filmmaking, Pope Productions), and radio (CBC, BOIR, CFCB), as well as directing and producing (PerSIStence, The Swan Players). She holds both a BA and a BFA from MUN, Grenfell Campus. Proudly L’nu (Mi’kmaq), she works as an Indigenous Sociocultural Consultant for the St John’s Arts community.
Hailing from St. John’s, Luke is a recent graduate of the Grenfell Theatre Program, playing roles such as Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Truffledino in A Servant of Two Masters and MacDuff in a certain Scottish Play. Previously, he has acted in shows with The Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Shakespeare by the Sea, and Beyond the Overpass. Luke would like to thank everyone involved in To The Girls and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Meghan Greeley is a writer, performer, and director from Corner Brook, NL. She holds a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Past playwriting credits include: The Cut of It (commissioned by White Rooster Theatre, premiered at the LSPU Hall in November 2019); The Blue Castle (commissioned by Rising Tide Theatre, premiered in 2018); Hunger (White Rooster, premiered in 2015 and remounted for a 2019 provincial tour), Jawbone (created through Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip program, 2018; workshop production at the 2020 Shakeup Festival with Downstage Theatre Society in Calgary and premiere production with White Rooster Theatre scheduled for Fall 2021); China (created while in residence at Tarragon through its Playwrights Unit, 2017); Kingdom (White Rooster Theatre, 2012–2013; CONTRA, 2016), and the short play Brother, Brother (InspiraTO winner). Greeley is currently writing a play about queerness within monarchical power structures with the support of the City of St. John’s and ArtsNL. She is also co-writing a musical with frequent collaborator Mallory Fisher, commissioned by Rising Tide Theatre.
Michelle Rex Bailey is a multifaceted artist from Port Rexton, NL, with experience in acting, singing, writing, casting and directing. She began her career with Rising Tide Theatre where she was part of the original cast in shows such as West Moon (Al Pittman) and No Man’s Land (Kevin Major) She has since been involved with many productions in both theatre and film such as Random Passage (Meg Andrews), Grand Seduction (Anne Tilley), Riverhead (Paula), and Tidy Package (Grace). Michelle is the recipient of both the Rhonda Payne Award (2008), and Incubator “Not Written in Stone” (2015).
Director: Heather Braaten *
Set Designer: Laird Macdonald
Lighting Designer: Laird Macdonald
Costume Designer: Kylie Cook
Production Manager: Laird Macdonald
Stage Manager: Jordan Vincer
Assistant Stage Manager: Faith Young
Sound Designer: Ben Dunphy
FOR THE STEPHENVILLE THEATRE FESTIVAL
Artistic Director: Heather Braaten*
General Manager: Benedict Pittman
Financial Administrator: Elizabeth Scott
FOR THE ACC
Manager: Wanda Cook
ACC Systems Administrator: Kylie Cook
Administration and Box Office:
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