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Ted Dykstra

Playwright

Ted has played leading roles on every major stage in Canada, and has directed dozens of award winning productions as well. His new musical, the smash hit Evangeline, was recently produced in Charlottetown PEI for a second season as well the Citadel Theatre in 2015/16. He is the Artistic Curator of Toronto’s hottest new indie theatre The Coal Mine, and a founding member of Soul Pepper Theatre in Toronto where he has directed, acted, composed, and written for dozens of productions. He has received five Dora Awards, as well as Gemini, Merritt, Sterling, and Chalmers Awards, and has oodles of award nominations for acting, directing, composing, writing, and producing. Currently, he is the voice of DadTiger on Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (PBS). He loves tennis, the Oilers (he accepts your sympathy), and being a dad to Rosie and Thea.

Richard Greenblatt

Playwright/Director

Richard was born in Montréal and received his acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He has performed in theatres across Canada and abroad, as well as in feature films, television and radio. He has directed well over 120 productions for theatres across the country; the vast majority being original and/or Canadian works.

As a writer, he wrote or co-wrote: 2 Pianos 4 Hands,Sibs (also made into a TV movie for ttle CBC), The Theory of Relatives, id., Letters from Lehrer; Care, and Soft Pedaling. 2 Pianos4 Hands has played on five continems andin over150 cities since it opened in1996. Greenblatt himself has performedthe play over 900 times across Canada, and in New York City, Washington D.C., London and Tokyo. His newest play is called Athabasca, co-written with David S.Craig, about the Tar Sands and the nature of protest

He has taught acting, directing, and play creation at most of the theatre training institutions in Canada. He has also directed the premieres of many ground-breaking and award-winning plays for young audiences. Upcoming, he will act in Stupid F**king Bird (an adaptation of Chakov’s The Seagull by Aaron Posner) in Toronto, and is dramaturging a new opera for Tapastry Opera about social media and rape culture at Canadian universities.

He has received numerous nominations for his work, and has won seven Dora Awards and two Chalmers Awards. He lives in Toronto with partner Tanya Greve and their daughter, Amelia, and is the proud father of Natasha,Will, and the dearly missed Luke Greenblatt.

Bryce Kulak

Richard

Bryce has been performing professionally for 25 years. Credits include productions at The Citadel (director Robin Phillips), Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Aquarius, and Mirvish. He co-created and tours with Bohemians in Brooklyn, The Judgment of Paris, and From Weimar to Vaudeville, chamber-musicals hosted by CBC’s Tom Allen and premiered at Music Niagara, Chamberfest Ottawa, and the Global Cabaret Festival. Award-winning projects as a composer include the musical Nami Namersson, the play Bears, the short musical La Casati, and the movie-musical The Man That Got Away, in which he also starred. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won the Short Film Prize, and went on to garner awards worldwide. (See it at dirtcityfilms.com.) Bryce regularly produces and performs sold-out cabarets at Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto; highlights are on their podcast. Buy his albums Welcome, Tin Can Telephone, and The Man That Got Away on iTunes and at brycekulak.com.

“Focused, specific and intriguing stories…appealing voice…grand, glorious gravitas and elegant flourishes…fine piano work. These are well-crafted, articulate, literate songs. The cool Kulak meditates or boldly states – and always captivates.” — Cabaret Scenes NYC

Max Roll

Ted

Max Roll is a New York based actor born in the UK to International Concert Pianists Michael Roll and Juliana Markova. Max attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department studying Piano and Clarinet. After spending a year in Berlin, he eventually moved to the United States to study music at Queens College. After switching majors, Max was accepted to the Yale School of Drama from which he graduated in 2013.

Since graduating Yale, Max has played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Orsino in Twelfth Night both for RBL Theatre. Last year, Max toured the UK for Blackeyed Theatre Company as Jay Gatsby in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby by Stephen Sharkey. Max continues to workshop REDRUM: The Musical Parody of The Shining, starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and three time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch. Thank you to Dale Brown, Colin Rivers, Sarah, my parents, Bryce, and last but definitely not least, Richard and Ted for the magic.

Brendan Gilhuly

Technical Director

Brendan trained at York University where he concurrently studied collective creation and technical theatre with a focus on lighting design. When not with 2P4H, these days he earns his bread as a scenic carpenter for film, tv and theatre. Previous technical direction credits include: 2 Pianos 4 Hands Tour (Western Canada Theatre, The Grand, Neptune Theatre); 2 Seasons at the Blyth Summer Festival; 1 Season at Globus Theatre; and the 2006 World Stage Design Exhibition (OISTAT/USITT)

 

Jason Golinsky

Associate Production Designer

Jason has been the Associate for 2 Pianos 4 Hands in Canada, the UK and the US for the past 10 years.

Jason has also been the Canadian Associate Lighting Designer for Life Death and the Blues (Theatre Passe Muraille), the Canadian production of Warhorse and Stars on Ice; Lighting Director for Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Nutcracker  (Ballet Jorgen Canada); and Assistant Lighting Designer for We Will Rock You, The Sound of Music, Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing (Mirvish Productions). He is currently the production manager at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto and looking for more lights to direct (or design).

 

Steve Lucas

Production Designer

For 30 years Steve has designed award winning sets and lighting for more than 400 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. His work has been seen all across Canada, the United States, the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, as well as Russia, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. He has been nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards including the Simonvitch Prize in Theatre and twenty nine Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, which he has won 4 times.

 

Andrea Schurman

Stage Manager

Andrea is excited to be in Chemainus this spring!  Most recently she stage managed James and the Giant Peach for YPT. Other recent credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel), 2 seasons with the Shaw Festival, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Grand Theatre), NSFW (Studio 180), The Mountaintop (Obsidian), and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Globe/Persephone).  She has worked from coast to coast (and Barbados!) with many wonderful companies including Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Soul Pepper, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Cahoots, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood, Factory Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, TNB, Tapestry New Opera, Ross Petty Productions, and the Stratford Festival.  Next up, she will PSM Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown.

 

Becca Jorgensen

Apprentice Stage Manager

Becca is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and Management. She is elated to call 2 Pianos 4 Hands her first Apprenticeship. Independent Theatre: Stage Manager: Threepenny Opera, Lion in the Streets, Picnic (University of Victoria); The Princess Rescue Force, The Wyrd Sisters (Victoria Fringe Festival); Rocky Horror: Live (Atomic Vaudeville). ASM: Reasons To Be Pretty (University of Victoria).

Colin Rivers

Producer, Marquis Entertainment

Theatrical Producing and General Management Credits include the World Premiere of Arrabal (Panasonic Theatre – Mirvish Productions 2013-14 Season); the North American Premiere The Railway Children (Mirvish, 2011 Dora Audience Choice Award);  2P4H in Toronto (Mirvish), Tokyo (Shochiku), Hong Kong, Australia, and for more than 25 regional theatres throughout the Canada and US; Shakespeare’s Will (The Stratford Festival and on tour in the US to Merrimak Rep and other venues); The Rat Pack: Live at Las Vegas (Mirvish); and Mom’s the Word (on tour throughout Canada).

Colin / Marquis Literary also represents a number of Canada’s top playwrights. www.mqlit.ca