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Glory

Artist Bios

The Cast

Kate Dion-Richard (Helen Schmuck) Kate Dion-Richard (Helen Schmuck)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Odd Couple (Arts Club), The Learned Ladies, Harvey, The Dining Room (Western Gold), Jeeves Takes a Bow (Chemainus), This Is War (Rumble: Tremors), The Flick, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Blue Bridge), Debts (Itsazoo), A Doll’s House (Greenwich Playhouse), The Government Inspector (Lost Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Finborough Theatre), Auditorium (Buxton and Edinburgh Fringes). Film/TV (selected): Man in the High Castle (Amazon), Death Note (Netflix), Same Time Next Week (PixL), Finding Mr. Right II (EDKO), Bridal Wave (Hallmark), Once Upon a Time (ABC), Psych (NBC/Universal). Winner of a Betty Mitchell Award for GLORY (2018). Kate has a B.F.A in Acting from the University of Victoria, and an M.A. from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Forever grateful to James and Tracey for this Canadian gem. Thank you MPSHJ and my B. Game on!
 

Katie Ryerson (Hilda Ranscombe) Katie Ryerson (Hilda Ranscombe)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): The Drowning Girls, Ordinary Days, Generous, Janet Wilson Meets The Queen (Great Canadian Theatre Company), The Sound of Music, Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion (National Arts Centre), Armstrong’s War (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Into The Woods (Thousand Islands Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz (Globe Theatre). Katie is overjoyed to be donning a Rivulettes jersey again, having originated the role of Hilda in the world premiere of GLORY at Western Canada Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects last year (Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble). Katie holds a B.F.A from Ryerson University, and completed the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Training Program in 2017. Huge thanks to James and Tracey, and love to fiancé Warren! Instagram: @katelynryerson
 

Advah Soudack (Marm Schmuck) Advah Soudack (Marm Schmuck)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Two Views from the Sylvia (Kol Halev Productions), Parade (Fighting Chance Productions), Sail Away (Applause Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof (Vancouver Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard, The Clink, Crimes of the Heart (University of Alberta). Film/TV (selected): Pass The Salt (Panta Mosleh/Hayley Gray), Planet Hulk (Marvel/Lionsgate), Gintama (TV Tokyo), My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Hasbro), Polly Pocket (Family Channel/DHX), Beyblade Burst Evolution (TXN/Disney). For her role in Parade, Advah won the CTC Award – Best Actress Lead Performance, and was also nominated for an Amy Wallis Ovation Award. Advah has a B.F.A in Acting from the University of Alberta. Thank you to Tracey and James for this wonderful opportunity. Advah is beyond thrilled to be joining the GLORY team. Thank you to Eema, Abba, Aviam, and Josh for your constant support, encouragement, and love.
 

Andrew Wheeler (Herb Fach) Andrew Wheeler (Herb Fach)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other recent theatre (selected): Hir (Pi Theatre), Onegin (Arts Club National Tour), The Best Laid Plans (Patrick Street), The Day Before Christmas (Arts Club), Footloose, Les Misérables (Chemainus), and 11 seasons of Shakespeare at Bard On The Beach. Film/TV (selected): Riverdale (CW), iZombie (CW), The Killing (AMC), Gracepoint (Fox). Andrew is delighted to be a part of this wonderful piece of Canadian sports history and to be celebrating his 40th year as a professional actor!
 


Morgan Yamada (Nellie Ranscombe) Morgan Yamada (Nellie Ranscombe)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Giant, Scent Bar (Ghost River Theatre), Dead Centre of Town (Catch the Keys Productions), Bello (YPT: Concrete Theatre & L’Unithéâtre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel Theatre), The Bully Project, Under Cover (Concrete Theatre). Morgan is elated to back on the ice with the fantastic GLORY team! She is an Edmonton-based actor, fight choreographer and graduate of the University of Alberta’s B.F.A Acting Program. She is also an Advanced Actor Combatant with Fight Directors Canada. Many thanks to her family, friends, and Mac for their never-ending support. For more info follow her instagram: @morganyamada.
 

The Creative Team

James MacDonald (Director) James MacDonald (Director)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Vimy, GLORY, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet (Western Canada Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Venus in Fur, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Citadel), Julius Caesar (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), The Old Ladies (Shaw Festival), A Few Good Men (Citadel/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Miss Shakespeare (Escape Artists, Vancouver), As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage, Toronto). James is the Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre, the founding Artistic Director of the River City Shakespeare Festival, and the former Program Director of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
 

Tracey Power (Playwright & Choreographer) Tracey Power (Playwright & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Director/Choreographer of ELF: The Musical (Western Canada Theatre); Creator/Director of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (National Tour) coming to Western Canada Theatre in 2020; Writer of the musical, Miss Shakespeare (Musical TheatreWorks), Garage Alec (Theatre RoadHouse), Back to You: The Life and Music of Lucille Starr (Prairie Theatre Exchange), The Great Mountain (Red Sky National/International Tour), Living Shadows: A Story of Mary Pickford (Canadian Tour). Her newest musical work in development, Hey Viola!, co-created with Krystle Dos Santos, is about civil rights icon Viola Desmond, and will play at the Magnetic North Festival. Her adaptation of The Jungle Book has played internationally and is published by Bakers Plays/Samuel French. Tracey is also an award winning actor who has played theatres across Canada and Internationally. She is the recipient of the Betty Mitchell, Sterling and Jessie Richardson awards for her work. www.traceypower.ca
 

Narda McCarroll (Set & Lighting Designer) Narda McCarroll (Set & Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Narda is an award-winning set, costume and lighting designer based in Calgary. Her work has been seen on stages across the country, including at the Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre, Grand Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Persephone, Globe Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo, Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Gateway Theatre, Chemainus and Western Canada Theatre. Narda designed the costumes for The Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton for 16 seasons. She also designed the costumes for the feature film Cut Bank. To see images of her work, visit www.narda.ca.
 

Cindy Wiebe (Costume Designer) Cindy Wiebe (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): GLORY, Million Dollar Quartet, Made in Italy, Closer Than Ever, Dreary and Izzy, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre), Don’t Dress For Dinner (Western Canada Theatre with Thousand Islands Playhouse/Richmond Gateway Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Rex, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest (Project X).
 


Steve Charles (Sound Designer) Steve Charles (Sound Designer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Once (The Arts Club), Empire of the Son (VACT), Othello (Bard on the Beach), Love Bomb (Shameless Hussies), Urinetown (Firehall Theatre), Brief Encounter (Playhouse/MTC), Dance Marathon (Bluemouth Inc.). With the Escape Artists, he helped create Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar in 2015, and he continues to perform in their show Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen across Canada. Film/TV: Galala (Unis TV). Steve is the Music Director of the music competition Pacifique en Chanson. Steve is a composer and performer from Vancouver. He tours internationally with bands Viper Central and The Fugitives as a multi-instrumentalist and is very active in Vancouver's music scene.
 

Emma Hammond (Stage Manager) Emma Hammond (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Bombay Black (Chokhani Productions), Circle Game, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Firehall), Rock Legends (Chemainus Theatre), La Traviata, La Boheme, Simon Boccanegra (Pacific Opera), Faust, Merry Widow, Turandot, and Requiem for a Lost Girl (Vancouver Opera). Emma is a Vancouver-based Stage Manager who splits her time between opera, theatre, and musicals. Thanks to her family for their support, and to Justin for the love and laughter.
 


Koh Lauren Quan (Assistant Stage Manager) Koh Lauren Quan (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. As a hockey fan and a proud Canadian, Koh is thrilled to be part of taking this inspirational production of GLORY across the country! She has been a member of the performing arts community, both on and offstage, for over twenty years. Most recent stage management credits include several productions with companies such as The Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Awkward Stage Productions, and Radical System Art. Koh is also an illustrator, birth doula, and a Hufflepuff. Instagram + Twitter: @kohlaurenquan