The 2018 PPTF Collective
Adam Brazier | Samantha Bruce | Nathan Carragher
Mark Fraser | Becca Griffin | Ainsley Kendrick
Katie Kerr | Melissa Kramer | Cameron MacDuffee
Jeana MacIsaac | Donnie Macphee | Dian Miguel
Catherine O'Brien | Marlane O'Brien | Graham Putnam
Brandon Howard Roy | Rosie Shaw | Suzanne Wilkie
For The Guild
Eric Fortune | Michelle Hooper | Alanna Jankov
Producer; Director; Performer
Selected credits include: Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival); Into the Woods, Woman in White (Broadway); Pal Joey, Pygmalion (Shaw); Romeo and Juliet, Oedipus Rex, The Miracle Worker, Man of La Mancha (Stratford); The Last days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland); Passion (Chicago Shakespeare); 39 Steps, The Last Five Years, The Rocky Horror Show (MTC); Press Conference (The Guild). Adam lives in Charlottetown with his brilliant wife and two boys.
Assistant Stage Manager
Samantha loves working & volunteering both onstage & backstage and has been very lucky to do so for so long. After studying voice, performing in several community musicals & taking part in University choirs she headed to NYC for an intensive training program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the Fall/Winter of 2015 she received training from Talent Inc. Canada while working with the TV production 'Reign'. In 2016 she worked as SM for Kings Playhouse and in 2017 was part of Anne & Gilbert's stage crew while performing in play readings at different venues such as Watermark Theatre. She is a member on the ACTPEI board & teaches voice at Long & McQuade. Her favourite theatre roles were Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Marta in Waiting for the Parade, Julia Gibbs in Our Town & Diane in Sinners. She will be returning to Anne & Gilbert as ASM for the 2018 season.
Nathan is joining PPTF for the first time this year! Stay tuned for his bio.
Technical Director, The Guild
Eric attended the Ontario School of Audio Recording Technology in London, Ontario. Before working at The Guild, he toured as sound tech for various musical acts including Paper Lions. Eric began his time at The Guild as a technician in 2007, and has since moved into a position as Theatre Manager. Well known throughout the Island, Eric looks forward to helping make The Guild sound and look spectacular!
Over the past six years Mark has directed shows for The Victoria Playhouse and The Guild as well as performed in many productions in PEI and in other parts of Canada throughout his extensive career. Now a permanent resident of Charlottetown, Mark is delighted to be part of this wonderful collective - which gathers just down the street from his house - and would like to express his sincere gratitude for the efforts of everyone involved. Thank you and enjoy the show!
Becca Griffin is a local performer, originally from Saint John, NB, but has been surviving and thriving here in Charlottetown since 2012. She attended the Holland College School of Performing Arts, graduating in 2014 with a certificate and diploma in Theatre Performance. Since then, Becca has worked with multiple companies. From dinner theatre to working with The Victoria Playhouse, she has seen and performed on many a’stage. Becca also owns and operates The Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Co. which produces content for young audiences. In her spare time, Becca enjoys walks to the harbour, listening to CBC Radio, and slow-dancing in the kitchen with her tabby, Linus. @BeccaTheWitch
Events and Operations Manager, The Guild
Michelle has worked in the Arts and not-for-profit sectors for the past 10 years. She is a graduate from Dalhousie University with a double major in Theatre Studies and English Literature, and was proud to be a part of Neptune Theatre’s Box Office and Front of House team during that time. Before joining The Guild, Michelle was planning events and doing community development work with the CNIB in Charlottetown. She also has experience as a Box Office and Front of House manager from a variety of theatres, including The Victoria Playhouse, Centrepointe Theatre, The Shenkman Arts Centre, and Darlinghurst Theatre Co. Michelle is very excited to work with so many talented artists and performers on Prince Edward Island.
Executive Director, The Guild
Alanna is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience successfully managing her own company, Image Factory, as well, she is an established Island visual artist whose work has been exhibited at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, among other galleries across Canada. With proven marketing and communications skills, she is an community leader , a Holland College distinguished Alumni Award recipient, winner of the 2016 Cultural Industry Award of PEI, and has recently supported the PEI government in its events and planning protocols and strategies. Alanna has a keen appreciation for The Guild and the role it plays in our cultural community, and sees opportunities for The Guild to grow its connection to artists, performers, government partners, private sector sponsors, and audiences. In the last five years of being Executive Director, The Guild has continued to grow into a cultural hub where artists gain much needed exposure, creative industries have space to be innovative, and the community has a meeting spot where everyone feels welcomed. She is thrilled to lead The Guild and looks forward to a long and dynamic relationship as she continues to support and strengthen The Guild’s mission to provide members of the cultural and arts community a vibrant, supportive, affordable, creative space in which to develop and flourish, by providing access to the Gallery, the theatre, office space, studio space, and skilled staff.
Ainsley Kendrick recently moved back to the Island after 11 years in Toronto. Her time in the "big smoke" was spent production managing and stage managing for a plethora of amazing dance companies and the last 6 years she worked as the Marketing Manager for Volunteer Toronto. This summer, she helped out her folks with their award winning experiential tour company, Experience PEI. She and her wife, Dian are happy to call PEI their new home and are honoured to be working with this amazing group of people.
Katie is joining PPTF for the first time this year! Stay tuned for her bio.
Selected credits include: Anne of Green Gables, Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival); Silence (The Guild); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre by the Bay); The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Birdland). Melissa is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. She lives in Charlottetown with her husband and two boys.
Cameron is an actor and musician originally from Ontario and is now an Islander By Choice! In his 25-plus years as a performer he has worked coast to coast in Canada including five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival. Cameron lives with his wife Karen in the wilds of Bonshaw.
Jeana is thrilled and excited to be the Stage Manager for PEI PWYC Theatre Festival. Jeana attended Dalhousie University studying acting, has been a property and restaurant manager. She graduated from the Holland College Heritage Retrofit Carpentry program in 2015. Jeana was the Assistant Stage Manager for Anne and Gilbert in 2015-16 and will be heading back for the upcoming 2017 season as the Stage Manager here at The Guild. Her love of theatre, carpentry and all things creative makes bringing The PWYC Theatre Festival to life a joy. Jeana wants to thank her friends and family for their unlimited support in all her adventures. Congratulations to the cast and creative team, please enjoy!
This is Donnie's third winter doing off-season theatre on the Island, though he has been working professionally for nearly 25 years. Originally from London, Ontario, his favorite roles include: Algernon in The Importance Of Being Earnest (Watermark Theatre), Stewpot in South Pacific (Stratford Festival), Dr. William Fergusson in Bloodless: The Trial Of Burke And Hare (Theatre 20). Donnie moved to the Island three years ago with his beautiful wife, Rosie.
Production Photographer; Performer
Dian is joining PPTF for the first time this year! Stay tuned for her bio.
Catherine has worked as a professional actor in theatres across Canada for over 30 years, including eight seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Acting credits include: Marilla in Anne and Gilbert at The Guild, Ethel in Footloose for Drayton Entertainment, Miss Stacey in Anne of Green Gables and Beth/Twink in Separate Beds at the Charlottetown Festival.
Catherine is the co-founder of Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors – a professional theatre company dedicated to producing original Canadian musicals and touring them to island seniors’ facilities. She served as Artistic Producer for 10 years. Catherine served as Artistic Director for the Harbourfront Theatre Summer Festival for three seasons. Most recent directing and choreography credits include: Anne and Gilbert - The Guild, The (Post) Mistress – Victoria Playhouse; The Affections of May, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Nunsense, Forever Plaid (director/choreographer) - Harbourfront Theatre; Dr. Magnificent’s Travelling Musical Medicine Show (co-writer/director) – Young at Heart Theatre.
This is Marlane's second season with PPTF. Stay tuned for her bio!
Graham Putnam has been a writer, producer and comedic performer on PEI stages for nearly two decades, notably in the comedy groups Sketch 22 and Popalopalots as well as appearances in the Confederation Centre Christmas Pantos Aladdin and Robyn Hood. Along with numerous theatre shows, he lends whatever creative hand he can to local web, TV and film productions like Just Passing Through and jiggers. As a hobby and occasionally a job he edits videos for himself and others and tries to be as creative as possible and still make a living in a province he is happy and proud to call home.
BRANDON HOWARD ROY
Brandon is so excited to be making some theatre with the PPTF during his first PEI winter! Originally from Montreal, he is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program, where he performed in Sunday in the Park with George, Dogfight, Floyd Collins, Senza Luce, and originated the role of "Skor" in the Canadian Music Theatre Project’s new musical Rumspringa Break. He has spent four summers on Prince Edward Island living in 1864 with the Confederation Centre’s Confederation Players, teaching musical theatre at the Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts, in addition to performing in three seasons of Feast Dinner Theatre musical comedies. He made his professional Montreal debut under Donna Feore’s direction in the world premiere of The Hockey Sweater: A Musical at the Segal Centre in the fall of 2017, and is very excited to be joining the 2018 company of Anne & Gilbert right here at The Guild.
Producer; Director; Performer
Rosie Shaw began her PEI career at the Confederation Centre as writer/PR/social media manager (The Founding Father: 12-city Canadian tour); she is now Director of Philanthropic and Donor Partnerships for the Centre. Other highlights as Producer include last year's In the Morning, Grace and Glorie and It's All in the Timing (PPTF); Company, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke & Hare (Theatre 20); and the world premiere of A Misfortune (NSTF - Toronto). Prior to moving to the Island, she was founding General Manager for Theatre 20 (2009-15). She has held positions in Publicity, PR and corporate communications at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, Canadian Stage, Sony Centre and PEI’s Watermark Theatre. Rosie is excited - well, excited and scared - to be making her debuts both on stage and as a director this season... CARPE DIEM!
Suzanne is a local actor and creative currently making her home on Prince Edward Island. She is in her first year of Dance Performance at Holland College's dance and is also a graduate of Randolph Academy's Musical Theatre Program in Toronto, ON. Since returning to the Island in 2016, she has immersed herself in the arts community, participating in community productions, co-directing a play with The Cats Pajamas Theatre Co, as well as polishing up her admin skills as the Festival Coordinator for the 2017 Island Fringe Festival. She is very excited to be working with such a wonderful team in the midst of a cold and snowy PEI winter!