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Peter Shaw

Jay is a Jessie Award winning theatre artist. He works in a variety of capacities within the theatre community including as an actor and designer. Recent credits include Redpatch (Technical Director, Hardline), Long Division (Actor, Pi Theatre) and Shop Talk (Actor, Theatre SKAM). He is thrilled to be back in Chemainus and to be working with, once again, an exceptionally talented group of people. Jay is a graduate of Studio 58.


Margaret Leavitt

Selected Theatre: Ring Of Fire (WCT, CTF), The Big Picture, 2000 Candles (Arts Engine). Film: Zero Hour: The Last Hour of Flight 11 (Netflix, Discovery), The Sun, Moon and Waves (Bravo!Fact). As Chemainus Theatre’s Education Coordinator and Artistic Associate, Andrea loves sharing her passion for theatre with children across Vancouver Island. Andrea is an accomplished photographer. See her work for sale in the gallery gift shop.


Set/Projection Design

T. Erin Gruber is a theatre designer with experience in set, lighting, costume and projected media design. She is a graduate with distinction of the BFA Theatre Design program at the University of Alberta and works across the country in theatres of all shapes and sizes. She is also a founding member of the ShowStages video collective, a group that strives to question and expand the boundaries of projected media’s role in theatre.


Costume Designer

Crystal is a graduate of the Fashion Design & Technology Program at Kwantlen University College. Past costume designs at the Chemainus Theatre Festival include Pride & Prejudice, A Lovely Sunday, Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, Grace & Glorie, Waiting for the Parade, All Shook Up (Gateway Theatre co-production), Countryside Christmas, and Ah, Wilderness! She would like to thank her parents for their support and encouragement.


Annie Cannon

Luisa is thrilled to be back in Chemainus! Past appearances include Lusia in A Shayna Maidel, Stewer in Chickens, and Miss Sandra in All Shook Up. She is a multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee, a YWCA Women of Distinction Award nominee of 2016, and runs True Voice Theatre Project in Vancouver’s DTES which explores issues of homelessness and community. For a more detailed biography, please visit Enjoy the show!


Apprentice Stage Manager

Shelby is excited to be back at Chemainus Theatre Festival. Previous credits at CTF include: Buddy; The Buddy Holly Story (2014), It’s a Wonderful Life (2013), Singin’ in the Rain (2013) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2012). Shelby has also enjoyed working with Western Edge Theatre in Nanaimo and Company of Rogues Theatre Studio in Calgary. She is grateful for the love and support of her family and friends.


Lighting Designer

Conor is a Vancouver-based lighting, set, and projection designer with an MFA from UBC Theatre. Previous credits include: Countryside Christmas, Gifts of the Magi, Delicious Lies, Munsch to Say, A Pretty Girl, The Mousetrap (Chemainus Theatre), Hamlet, Falstaff, Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, and Richard III (Bard on the Beach), Peter and the Starcatcher, Bakersfield Mist, Armstrong’s War, and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (ACT).


Sound Designer

A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico has written and performed with orchestra, big band, choir and for musical theatre. Recently Nico orchestrated the world premiere of the new musical The Best Laid Plans (PSP), music directed and orchestrated the hit Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry) and performed his original orchestrations for Tonight…Piaf! with the Vancouver Island Symphony.


Stage Manager

Jessica makes gin and theatre, usually as a stage manager. She recently made her debut as a director and playwright at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. With a specialization in new work, she has been honoured to help bring theatre to life behind the scenes in theatres from Chemainus in BC to the National Arts Centre in Ontario. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, she is proud of her Métis heritage and calls the Cowichan Valley home.


Henrietta Leavitt

Emma was last seen in Chemainus as Bobby in Hilda’s Yard and before that as squeaky Lina in Singin’ in the Rain. She has worked across Canada for such companies as The Arts Club, Touchstone, Green Thumb, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, The Globe, Vertigo, Drayton, The Belfry, Two Planks and a Passion and Solo Collective. Coming up next she will be in A Christmas Carol in Kamloops at Western Canada Theatre. She is a graduate of Studio 58.


Williamina Fleming

Silent Sky marks Anita’s 14th production at Chemainus Theatre Festival. Some favourites include: Chickens (1995), The Heiress, Lost in Yonkers, Enchanted April and Candida. Anita has worked with theatres across Canada and the USA. Based in Vancouver, she is very happy to be in the 25th anniversary season and to be a part of telling this story of inspiring real life women. Enjoy!