The 2017 PPTF Collective
Adam Brazier | Lexi Durant | Mark Fraser | Becca Griffin
| Luke Ignace | Lori Linkletter | Melissa Kramer |
Jeana MacIsaac | Donnie Macphee | Lennie MacPherson
| Fraser McCallum | Catherine O'Brien |
Marlane O'Brien | Graham Putnam | Rosie Shaw
Director: Grace & Glorie; Sure Thing
Performer: Sure Thing; The Philadelphia
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.
Creater/Performer: In the Morning
Lexi is an active member of the theatre and dance community on Prince Edward Island. She has over 10 years of dance experience, and currently teaches jazz, contemporary, and hip hop at Dance Virtuosa. She has also been a teaching assistant in musical theatre, dance, and drama classes and camps. Lexi is passionate about building stronger communities through the performing arts, and is so excited to be a part of the first PPTF! Enjoy the shows!
Director: Words, Words, Words; Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Over the past five 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!
Performer: Universal Language; Words, Words, Words;
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
As a member of PPTF I desire to maximize each opportunity that I am blessed with. Falling short is sometimes unavoidable, but I wish to minimize those occurrences with hard work, future insight, and creativity. I am originally from the Caribbean, Grand Bahama Island. I left the Bahamas in 2013 seeking to further my studies in the arts, attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Holland College's Theatre Arts program. I am currently studying Business Administration at Holland College which will assist me in implementing my plans more efficiently. I desire to one day start my own company which will bring various cultures together through the arts.
Creater/Performer: In the Morning
Lori owns and operates Linkletter Music School in Charlottetown, teaching voice, piano, theory, history, harmony and music theatre. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, obtaining her Performance and Teaching Certificates in 1997.
Since returning to PEI, Lori has been active as a choral conductor, music director, director and as stage manager for theatre events. Lori was music director for the Confederation Centre of the Arts Christmas shows Babes in Toyland, The Littlest Angel, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Lori has also stage managed the Charlottetown Festival of Lights concerts.
Lori has been active in many theatre productions and originated the role of Maude in the musical The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery.
As well as creating and directing In The Morning, Lori is currently directing 101 Dalmatians Kids and Madagascar Jr. to be performed at The Guild this spring and summer.
Performer: Sure Thing, The Philadelphia
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.
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!
Performer: Universal Language, Mere Mortals
Donnie Macphee 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 two years ago with his beautiful wife, Rosie.
Performer: Mere Mortals; Words, Words, Words
Lennie MacPherson is a writer and performer based in Charlottetown. He is featured in a number of films and web series produced in PEI, including Jiggers, Profile PEI and Just Passing Through. On stage, he helped create 1864: the Tall Hat Chronicles and several show runs with comedy troupe Sketch 22. Recent projects include the satire Cultural Audit 2025, and comedy shorts Hockey Fundamentals with Lennie and Pelly McGeoghegan. He can be seen in the upcoming film A Blessing from the Sea, to be released late 2017. He helped found, and currently serves as co-chair for "this town is small," an organization dedicated to the contemporary arts on PEI.
Performer: Words, Words, Words; Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Theatre: Jacob Mercer in Salt-Water Moon (Kings Playhouse); Fred in A Christmas Carol (Watermark Theatre); Ryan Seabiscuit in Cinderella; Will Scarlett in Robyn Hood (Confederation Centre); George in Our Town, Inherit the Wind, and Jack the Ripper (ACT).
Other: Lead singer/band-leader for ECMA nominees Racoon Bandit; founding member/performer with 4 Skit's Sake Improv; publicist at Confederation Centre/Charlottetown Festival. Thanks to all for this wonderful experience. Enjoy!
Performer: Grace and Glorie
Director: Universal Language
Catherine has worked as a professional actor in theatres across Canada for over 30 years, including eight seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Recent acting credits include: Rachel Lynde in Anne and Gilbert at tThe Guild, Ethel in Footloose for Drayton Entertainment, Beth/Twink in Separate Beds at the Charlottetown Festival.
Catherine moved to PEI in 2004 and was 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: 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), Extraordinary, Canada In Love (director), The Big Red Radio Show (choreographer) – Young at Heart Theatre; The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz (assistant director) - Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Performer: Grace and Glorie
Director: The Philadelphia
Performer: The Philadelphia, Variations on the Death of Trotsky, Mere Mortals
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.
Rosie Shaw began her PEI career on a 12-city Canadian tour for the Confederation Centre as writer/PR/social media manager (The Sir John A. Tour). She is now Director of Philanthropic and Donor Partnerships for the Centre. She served as founding General Manager for Theatre 20 from 2009-15 until she moved to the Island. Other career highlights include Producer (Theatre 20's Company, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke & Hare; Common Descent's A Misfortune, various indie theatre productions), positions in PR at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, Canadian Stage, Sony Centre and PEI’s Montgomery Theatre (now Watermark). Rosie lives in downtown Charlottetown with her husband Donnie, a spunky senior Yorkie-Chihuahua, and a cheeky rescued Starling.