TOMPKINSVILLE

A stage play about becoming "Master of Your Own Destiny"

2016 COMPANY

IAN SHERWOOD - COMPOSER

Everywhere To Go is Ian Sherwood's latest studio creation. Considered to be his best to date, it is chock-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood's signature style of imaginative, narrative writing. Sherwood is a musician, storyteller and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named “Contemporary Singer of the Year” by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, “Best Male Artist of the Year” by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia “Musician Of The Year.” Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.” “Born enigmatic performer. Brilliant lyrics. Lightening quick wit. Top notch all the way.” Jeff Libery – Take Liberty, CBC Saint John 

CAMERON SMILLIE -

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Cameron wears many hats with over 25 years experience in both the corporate and performing arts world. In 1993 he co-founded the company – Live at the Hippo Pool Events Inc. with his partner Carolynn, which has the distinction of having presented more of Canada’s Ballet Jorgen engagements than any other presenter, over 30 at last count. In addition, Live at the Hippo Pool Events has worked with a range of clients including Ballet Jorgen Canada, Brampton Arts Council, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and Ballet Kelowna.Presently Cameron has ongoing consulting projects with the Brampton Arts Council and Canada’s Ballet Jorgen and is also Business Manager for Juno Productions (Jake’s Gift), Executive Producer for Tompkinsville and Business Manager for Ted & Marion Outerbridge (Illusionists) He has received a total of 6 nominations from BC Touring and CAPACOA as Agent/Manager of the Year.

MARTHA IRVING-

DIRECTOR

An actor, director, and producer based in Halifax, Martha started her career in Prince Edward Island, working for the Charlottetown Summer Festival’s Lunchtime Theatre when she was 16. She studied theatre in the 3-year program at LAMDA in England and has since performed across Canada. A regular on the Neptune stage, Martha is also a co-founder and co-producer of LunaSea Theatre, creating theatre to highlight and foster the stories of women since 2007. For LunaSea, she has directed Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary (premiere), Leaving Wonderland (premiere), The Donahue Sisters, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, and Woman and Scarecrow. Other directing credits include Anne and Gilbert (Harbourfront, The Guild, NAC), Fascinating Ladies - Young At Heart (premiere), Tough Case – Left Foot First (premiere) and Shakespeare on Trial - Off the Leash (premiere), and The Pirates of Penzance (Neptune Youth Performance Company). She has been nominated for numerous Robert Merritt Awards as both an actor and director, winning Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (female) in 2014 for her work in LunaSea’s production of Ghosts and the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre in 2011. She was voted Best Halifax Actor (Female) in The Coast’s Best of Halifax Survey in 2006. She is soon to direct a staged reading of Lisa Cochrane’s Well Heeled for LunaSea before heading to Tompkinsville and exploring Cape Breton’s rich co-op beginnings.

HANNAH BURROWS - STAGE MANAGER

Hannah is delighted to revisit Tompkinsville with this talented team! Recent SM credits include: Goodnight Desdemona, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Mass Appeal, Marion Bridge (VST); Tightrope Time, Settling Africville (San Family); Marion Bridge (Neptune/VST); Leaving Wonderland (Lunasea); Contribution, Tribe of One (Doppler). As ASM: 7 seasons with Neptune, favourites include Stones in His Pockets, Shrek, Rexy!, Mary Poppins, Comedy of Errors, Sweeny Todd,  La Cage. She has also worked with Ship’s Company, Eastern Front, HTYP, Live Bait and Forerunner. Hannah is a graduate of Mount Allison University.

LEE J. CAMPBELL - ACTOR -  "Father Jimmy Tompkins/

Mine Manager"

Lee J. has been acting for some time now, as you can likely tell from the photo. Favourites include some years spent with the Mummer's Troupe of Nfld., A Ship Portrait in Parrsboro, NS, The Drawer Boy at ATF, The Gin Game at VST and co-founding Shakespeare In The Ruins in Winnipeg. This is his second time as a priest, having played one in Mass Appeal at VST (maybe there's a new career in the offing). He also teaches emerging actors in Neptune's FIT program. Best of all, thanks to Kit and son Shaylor, he is the proud "Grumpy" of twins Kestrel and Larkin and baby Sage. Cheers.

LAURA CASWELL - ACTOR - "Mary Laben"

Laura Caswell was born and raised in Ottawa where she fell in love with dancing, singing and theatre. She trained in New York (AMDA) and went on to earn a Masters in Performance in London, UK. Laura has studied many performance styles including puppetry, improv, stand-up comedy and cabaret. Laura has had the pleasure of working at Neptune Theatre for the past seven seasons, earning a Merritt nomination for her portrayal of "Miss Andrew/Bird Woman" in Mary Poppins.  

Upcoming Laura will be developing her Carol Burnett tribute show in Toronto with Smile Theatre. Laura is also the co-producer and curator of the Open Stage Halifax series at the Carleton. #openstahalifax  lauracaswell.com

IAN GILMORE - ACTOR - 

"Dancin' Archie Devison"

After a seven year hiatus, Ian is thrilled to be returning to the theatre world with Tompkinsville. Past credits include 15 seasons with Neptune Theatre in shows such as Cats, Chicago, West Side Story, Gypy and White Christmas. With training from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in B.C., Ian has performed from Dawson, Yukon, to Stephenville, Newfoundland, and beyond. Above and beyond performing, Ian has added director, choreographer, designer, writer, teacher and voice over actor to his credits. Thank you to Go Fly a Kyte Productions for this wonderful opportunity to help bring this fascinating story to life! Slainte!

JEFF SCHWAGER - ACTOR - "Joe Laben"

Jeff is an award-winning professional actor based in Dartmouth, NS. He has worked with regional theatre companies across Canada, but has called Nova Scotia home for the past nine years. Selected credits: Constellations (Keep Good Company), Liberation Days, Mary Celeste by Fire, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Crucible (Two Planks), MacBeth (WillPower),

Messenger (Eastern Front), Shakespeare on Trial (Off the Leash), Tom Smith’s Stupid Xmas (SBTS); Ghosts (LunaSea); Venus in Fur, The Motor Trade (Festival Antigonish); The Comedy of Errors, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, Intimate Apparel - Merritt Award, Peter Pan (Neptune). Jeff will be teaching with The Fountain School of Performing Arts in the new year, and will next appear on-stage in ART with Neptune Theatre.

KIERSTEN TOUGH - ACTOR -"Kathy Ann Devison/Mary Arnold"

*Also stage manager for Charlie Blake's Boat

Kiersten is director and actor who graduated from Dalhousie University’s Acting Progam. She has performed with Theatre New Brunswick, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Two Planks and a Passion, Live Bait Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre. She was an ensemble member of the acclaimed Halifax physical theatre company Zuppa Theatre Co. She has studied clown with Philippe Gaulier and Mump and Smoot. Since moving to Toronto she has created and performed Lear’s Shadow and Hellooo for The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival in Dufferin Grove Park and co-created and performed in Stranger Theatre’s Hanging of Franciose Laurent, at Summerworks (2010) and the Blyth Festival (2011). She has been a lead artist at Arts4All since 2011. Kiersten was assistant director on Jumblies Theatre’s Like an Old Tale in 2011 and directed Arts4All’s I Was A Brave Child, a multi-media celebration of a community radio play in 2013. Last spring she was a director/mentor for the Resident Company of The Paprika Festival at Theatre Passe Murraille and directed a series of short plays for Workman Arts in the spring 2014. Most recently she co-directed Humber Theatre's third year production This Side of Heaven.

CHRIS CORRIGAN - GUITAR

Raised in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

For the Charlottetown Festival: Canada Rocks!, Evangeline, Hairspray, Disco Cirque, British Invasion, Canada Rocks!, 18 Wheels, Fire, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. Other: Has toured and recorded with Lennie Gallant, Rita MacNeil, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Nathan Wiley, Thom Swift. Recipient of ECMA 2006 “Musician's Achievement Award.”