Raise The Stakes Presents
Alison Louder is a Canadian actress, writer, improviser, producer and director from Montreal, Québec. Although currently a resident of Toronto, she was nevertheless voted #9 Best Local Actress in CULT MTL’s annual Best Of Montreal poll. A familiar face on TV, most widely known for her recurring roles for the SyFy Network (Emily on Being Human, Sister Amy on Helix), lately Alison’s been winning hearts across Canada with guest star appearances on Saving Hope and Murdoch Mysteries, the latter as iconic Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Alison has produced two short films which both premiered at Toronto Indie Film Festival: Hannah & Anna: Danger Girls (2016) and Harvest Moon (2017). She is currently working on two new short film scripts. She's also been training as a director and dramaturge on various Fringe Festival productions, most recently on the remount of Paul Van Dyck's award-winning The Harvester, and Welcome to the Bunker! - both Toronto Fringe hits. She stays loyal to her Montreal theatre roots by sitting on the Board of Directors for MainLine Theatre and Montreal Fringe Festival to this day. Selected feature film appearances include Elephant Song, Another Silence and On The Road; she will next appear in Xavier Dolan’s upcoming feature The Life and Death of John F. Donovan. Alison is an alumna of the Dome Theatre (Dawson College), the late Jacqueline McClintock's Orphanspace Studio, Toronto’s Bad Dog Comedy Theatre Academy and New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
Albane Sophia Chateau
Albane was trained at the Superior School of Performing Arts (Paris 2006) and at Lionel Groulx's College in Musical Theatre (Ste-Thérèse 2012). In Paris, she starred in the tales The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid (Grand Paris Theatre 2007, European tour 2008). In Montreal, she performed in the musical Geronimo Stilton, winner of an ADISQ Award, directed by Serge Postigo (Monument National 2013). She was Marie-Robert in Sister Act, directed by Denise Filiatrault and Anastasia Steele in the hit parody 50 Shades (Saint Denis Theatre 2014 - 2016). She took part in many artistic creations, such as N'Queen of Paris (staged by Robert Marien 2014), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Segal Center 2015), Les Zurbains (Théâtre du Clou 2016) and Amsterdam, Jacques Brel (Maison Corbeau 2016). Actress, Singer and Director, she travelled to Moscow, Helsinki and Paris to make short films, and is involved in the Kino Movement.
After graduating from N.T.S.C. in French, Maxime played villains for Quebec productions such as: Mensonges, Tout sur moi, Cheval Serpent and L’imposteur. Although trained in French, it’s in English that he gets differently interesting roles like a drunken fisherman in The Walk, by Robert Zemeckis, an irritating reporter or a British stylist in House of Versace. He also performed in physical and lyrical forms in La Couleur du Gris by Omnibus, Les Atrides, Pharmak(h)aos, The Only Bar and Raise The Stakes' 2016 production of Macbeth.
Since graduating from the Dome last June, Gabriel has played such roles as Kyle in Memento Mori at the Fringe (Kaleidoscope), Clytemnestra as a one night guest appearance in Tragic Queens (CABAL), and Eddie in The Last Wife, as part of the Her Side Festival (Imago). He also recently directed and produced Gruesome Playground Injuries with his company, Playground Productions. Gabriel is elated to be working with Raise The Stakes on Antigone – marking his return to the Greeks since playing Hippolytos at the Dome!
ANTONIO BAVARO is delighted to play in their 2nd Greek tragedy, after playing vengeful Aphrodite in MTL Fringe 2012's showing of Hippolytus; and also is amazed to be returning to playing in a church after portraying Jesus Christ in Sarah Stanley's Concordia production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Antonio relates to Teiresias as he too suffers from visual impairment & often sees his good advice fall upon deaf ears *nudge nudge*... You can catch Antonio as either of his alter-egos regularly around town: drag queen Connie Lingua has a show at Café Cléopatre the second Saturday of every month with the House of Laureen, or may be seen taking off their clothes as boylesque sensation Tony Bravo.
This will be Niamh’s first production with Raise The Stakes, moving to Montréal from Ireland in 2017. There is a strong tradition of music and acting in her family. From a young age she was involved in many productions in Brewery Lane Theatre in her town of Carrick on Suir. She most recently played the part of Adela in Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. With a great appreciation for more classical theatre, Niamh is delighted to be cast in Antigone.
Hailing from the Laurentians, Skyler Clark is a Dawson Professional Theatre graduate who has since been growing as an actor and performer in Montreal. Since graduation, she has had the pleasure of performing Raise The Stakes' Macbeth, Théâtre Sans Argent's Troilus & Cressida, Snowglobe Productions' Much Ado About Nothing and both productions of Tantalus' Adoration. Skyler is thrilled to be working with Raise The Stakes once more, and to be aiding in bringing this exciting piece before today's audience.
Isabelle Giroux is very excited to be part of this Raise The Stakes production as she is more active on the French Canadian side of the acting world. You might have seen her in series like District 31 as Mélanie Giroux, Ruptures as Eve Charlebois, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge's wife, or in the children TV show Salmigondis as the ballerina/princess Crinoline. On stage, she's had the pleasure to work with Juste pour Rire, on such productions as Grease, Hairspray, Le Petit Roy; with Spectra for Le Big Bazar; and independently, Spring Awakening. She is a graduate from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.
as Guard, Attendant
What can be said about Nazeer Khan that hasn't already been said? Critics call him, "Who? what? Please stop calling this number!" and "alright."
He is a stand up comedian and improviser based out of Montreal, QC studying and performing at various clubs and theaters around the city including Theatre Sainte-Catherine, Comedy Works and the Comedy Nest. Although he will be making his stage acting debut, Nazeer has been featured in various feature films including X-Mem: Apocalypse, Death Wish and Atmostopia as an actor. Nazeer is an experienced writer, director and producer of award winning shorts including Growing Pains and You'd Have to Be an Idiot to Believe this. He will be playing Guard in Antigone.
Little does he know that he the 98th reincarnation of the great Hindu god of preservation Vishnu. With enough time on the cushion and mat, he, like all beings, will attain true happiness and enlightenment. Until then, he will continue to play in this illusory game of life to get by, but will do so with enough awareness, playfulness and detachment to be reminded that it is all impermanent.
Zamera Amy Topolovec
as Teiresias' Boy
21 years old, Zamera Amy Topolovec has studied in both French and English theatre. Recently, she has been seen playing a phantom in the live musical Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show at the MainLine Theatre and Marietta Yerby in Hands of it's enemy at Dawson College. Zamera A. also enjoys singing (you can sometimes catch her singing in the metro), she likes doing artistic make up/face painting as well as learning different languages and hopes to combine them in her future career.
Christian’s passion for drama and his natural affinity for the works of Shakespeare declared themselves early and influenced his training. After graduating with Distinction from Concordia University in Honours English Lit and Creative writing, Christian went on to LAMDA in London, England, where he trained in historical dance under Diana Scrivener; in Laban under James Kemp; excelled in stage combat under the tutelage of Jonathan Waller and Rodney Cottier; and received a Master’s degree in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre in September 2015.
Nils Svensson-Carell graduated from Dawson College's Professional Theatre Program in 2015 and has since played parts in numerous productions such as Flask in Persephone's Moby Dick, Borachio in Snowglobe Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing, Talbot in Cabal's Mary Stewart and Adrian in Tantalus' Adoration. He is excited to participate in his first Raise The Stakes production and to bring the chorus of Antigone to life.
Stephen Maclean Rogers
SMR is thrilled to be returning to RTS after playing Thane Lennox in Macbeth in 2016. He has a degree in European Studies from the University of Guelph and moved to Montreal in the fall of 2013. He is the Company Manager of the Segal Centre where he has worked admin/logistics on over twenty productions. Recent acting credits include: Soul Doctor, The Producers, Joseph..., FAME, Oklahoma (SMTS), Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy the Musical (RCMPI) and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (First Light Theatre).
For you, Mom!
Lucas DiTecco has had a passion for performance every since he can remember. Since graduating from the Dawson Professional Theatre program, Lucas has performed in a variety of shows including Raise the Stakes production Lunduntown, the WFFIA improv team, Montreal Sketchfest, Complete Female Stage Beauty with Persephone Productions and many others. Lucas played the recurring role of Ramon in the last season of 30 Vies and held a supporting role in an episode of District 31 produced by Radio-Canada. He has also played Julien in the short A L'Autre cote du mur with Les Films du Reverbères. On the English side, he can be seen in the Incendo MOW, Serialized and also on the CBC series The Detectives. In addition, Lucas has been in a Hema Quebec commercial, as well as a Desjardins spot.
Lucas cannot wait to showcase his love for comedy, character and voice-over work in the future and is very excited to be performing in his second production with Raise the Stakes theatre.
Jeremy Cabrera is an aspiring Asian Canadian actor with two goals in mind: To create what he deems as, in his own colloquial terms, “dope art”, and to re mold the image of what an Asian actor is seen as today. He hopes to be a part of a movement that helps see more Asian actors in both theatre and film, not just as the comedic relief best bud or the tech geek who never finds romance but in other, better developed roles as well. Asian Hamlet anyone? He is also a graduate from the Dawson Theatre program. His credits include Ritchie Valens in Them Good Ol Boys (Fringe Fest 2017), Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Major Ross in Our Country’s Good and Lord Illingworth in A Woman of No Importance.
Musical Director, Composer, Upright Bass
Lloyd White is a Jazz bassist and composer currently based out of Montreal. He studied music at Bishop's University where he earned his Honours in Music Performance. Since moving to Montreal, Lloyd has been heavily involved in the theatre scene, acting as pit band member for various production such as Le Nouveau international's production of ATM: The Musical as well as Raise The Stakes' production of Macbeth.
Gideon Yellin is a Jazz guitarist and composer from Montreal, Quebec. He has had the opportunity to partake in intensive weekend seminars on music theory and performance with Jon Damian of the Berklee College of Music and Steve Groves of the Ottawa Guitar School, as well as attend master classes on composition and improvisation with Alex Skolnick and Seamus Blake. Gideon has worked extensively with Bishops University, as an ensemble musician for both their proffessional theatre programs and the Bishops University Singers. This is not the first time working with Raise The Stakes Theatre.
Alex Lepanto is a drummer born and raised in Montreal, currently enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at Concordia University. Outside of studies he spends a lot of time playing shows in various musical styles all around the city, often with his group The Firing Squad who also serve as the house band for Art Machine, the weekly variety show at Theatre Sainte Catherine. This is his third performance as a member of Raise The Stakes Theatre, having previously played music for their production of Macbeth and acted as Charlie Dibbles in Lunduntown.
Originally from New York City, Jenny is a multifaceted performer, musician, and theatre educator. She has a B.F.A. in Music Theater from The Hartt School (University of Hartford), studied Classical Voice and Musical Theatre Development at the Manhattan School of Music, and Harp under Laura Majestic. Jenny is the music director of the Montreal Childrens Theatre, music director and instructor for the Segal Center Academy, and artistic director of Marin Avenue Production Co. When not playing harp, she works as a vocalist, dancer, actor, and director in Montreal and along the U.S. East Coast. Some credits include: Rhonda, Fancy Nancy! The Musical (Cote St Luc Dramatic Society), Carla, NINE (New York Summer Voice Festival) Napoleonic Apparition, A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage, dir. Darko Trensjak) Music Director, Choreography, Tin Pan Alley (Marin Avenue) Harp 1, Miss Saigon (Paramount Theatre), Outstanding Rising Harpist (Montouk NY Music Festival)
Anton Golikov trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and at the Dawson Professional Theatre Program. He founded Raise The Stakes Theatre in April of 2012 and has been at the helm of 11 productions alternating as a director and an actor. He has worked in Montreal, London, Paris and Bordeaux on stage and in film. Past productions include: Salt Water Moon, True West, Suddenly Last Summer, Lunduntown, Seduced, The Bald Soprano, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tavernac, Fat Man Dancing and Macbeth.
Caitlin is a multidisciplinary artist working in Theatre and Film. She graduated from the Design for Theatre program at Concordia University last April. She works in costumes, props and lighting but has also done art direction and built miniatures. She hates sleeping with her socks on and has recently worked on The Bluebird Mechanicles by Talya Rubin which premiered in September in Australia.
A graduate of Concordia University’s Design for the Theatre program, Patricia has designed on productions such as A Perfect Picture by 32 Hour Perspectives for the Montreal Fringe Festival (2016) and Centaur’s Wildside Festival (2017), Alice Remix by Concordia University and A Nightmare for Oberon by Hopegrown for the Montreal Fringe Festival (2015). Having also previously assisted on Concordia’s production of Antigone, the play had already acquired a spot on Patricia’s favourite plays list and this was an appreciated opportunity to put her mark on the play.
Iehente Foote, Kanien'kehá:ka from Kahnawake, Quebec. She has been involved with Theatre and the arts for 13 years. Having preformed in many productions in Kahnawake & Toronto; as well as production on multiple film, TV & theatre productions across Turtle Island. They are an Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula, and does Art-Based Research & Learning for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network around sexual & mental health, human rights, environmental and reproductive justice, and other issues.
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