Heidi Chan

Role: Sound Design & Original Music
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Heidi Chan composes and performs music, and designs sound for theatre and dance. Heidi plays bamboo flutes, percussion (including Japanese taiko drums), and modular synthesizers. 

For Blyth: Wing Night at the Boot (2018), Team on the Hill (2019), Café Daughter (2021).

Select theatre credits: Titus Andronicus 2.0, Macbeth (Tang Shu-Wing Studio, Hong Kong); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe, UK); Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (Sagacollectif/Architect/Passe Muraille); The Tempest (Company of Fools); Trojan Girls and the Outhouse of Atreus, No Save Points (Outside the March); Anahita’s Republic (Bustle & Beast); A Number (That Arts Group); Waterfall (Theatre Gargantua). https://linktr.ee/heidiwychan

Heidi Chan

Sound Design & Original Music

Heidi Chan composes and performs music, and designs sound for...

Beverley Cooper

Role: Playwright
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

This is Beverley’s 5th premiere in Blyth. Previously: The Eyes of Heaven, The Lonely Diner, If Truth Be Told and Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott (finalist for the Governor General’s Award). Other plays include Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (nominated for Prix Rideau Award) and Jim Watts, Girl Reporter playing this summer at 4th Line Theatre (featuring a cast of 29!) Beverley holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers. She has directed over 45 audiobooks for Penguin Random House and is a recipient of the Bra D’or Award, recognizing her support for women playwrights.

Beverley Cooper

Playwright

This is Beverley’s 5th premiere in Blyth. Previously: The Eyes...

Staci Hanley

Role: Stage Manager
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

For Blyth: Debut.

Other theatre: Select credits include Chapter Two (Stage West), The Marriage of Figaro, Cinderella (Calgary Opera), Grease (Western Canada Theatre), Sound of Music (Arts Club), Halfway There, Hurry Hard (Lighthouse Festival), Hairspray, Elf: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast and more (Theatre Aquarius), A Few Good Men, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Ghost: The Musical and more (Drayton Entertainment).

Other: Staci is an honours graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre program at Sheridan College majoring in Stage Management. Staci would like to thank her friends and family for all their support.

Staci Hanley

Stage Manager

For Blyth: Debut. Other theatre: Select credits include Chapter Two...

Ann-Marie Kerr

Role: Director
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

An award-winning theatre director, actor, mentor and teacher. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Select directing: Dear Rita (Tweed Theatre Company); Mamma Mia (Citadel High School, Halifax); Versus (Summerworks 2024); In Lieu of Flowers (Neptune Theatre); 7 Stories (Fountain School of Performing Arts, Halifax NS); One Discordant Violin (2b theatre company Halifax; NYC, Mumbai India, Montreal); #IAmTheCheese (Halifax Theatre for Young People/EFT Stages Festival); Frequencies (Heist, Halifax, NAC); Concord Floral (FSPA, Dalhousie); Secret Life of A Mother (Theatre Centre, Crow’s Theatre); Bed and Breakfast (Soulpepper); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Daughter (Theatre Centre; Summerworks, London UK; Intl tour); Snake in the Grass (Neptune Theatre); I, Claudia (Globe and Neptune Theatre); Stranger to Hard Work (Cathy Jones, Eastern Front Theatre, Ntl tour); The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects); The Debacle (Zuppa Theatre); Invisible Atom (2b theatre company, Halifax, Intl. tour).

A 2022 Siminovitch Prize finalist for Direction; Former Artistic Associate of Magnetic North Theatre Festival; Winner of Dora Mavor Moore and Robert Merritt awards; Inaugural winner of the Gina Wilkinson Award for Female Directors; Nova Scotia Masterworks Finalist 2012.

Ann-Marie Kerr

Director

An award-winning theatre director, actor, mentor and teacher. Her work...

Shawn Kerwin

Role: Set Design
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Shawn is thrilled to be back at Blyth to celebrate this anniversary year. She has designed over 20 productions for Blyth, going back to 1977. Her work has been seen across Canada and internationally. Recent work includes set design for Come From Away (Gander), set & costume design; The Lehman Trilogy, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Class (Belfry), The Goat, The Bakkhai (Stratford), Sea Sick (international tour). She has designed for Mirvish Productions, Artistic Fraud, Soulpepper, Charlottetown Festival, Signal Theatre, and others. In 2017 she co-created, with Jillian Keiley, the 150-person outdoor performance float in St. John’s. Shawn was a full-time faculty member in York University’s Department of Theatre and Performance for over 20 years, having taught her last classes this past spring.

Shawn Kerwin

Set Design

Shawn is thrilled to be back at Blyth to celebrate...

Alicia Salverda

Role: Assistant Stage Manager
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Alicia is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth Festival for a second season. Last year she worked as an apprentice stage manager at the Harvest Stage on The Donnellys: A Trilogy.  She is looking forward to her new role as an assistant stage manager.

Alicia Salverda

Assistant Stage Manager

Alicia is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth Festival...

Severn Thompson

Role: Dramaturge
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Severn is a director, theatre creator, actor, and associate artistic director for Blyth Festival who began her career here. While still in high school, she appeared in The Cookie War and Fires in the Night, followed later by plays such as Local Talent, Seeds, and last year’s Chronicles of Sarnia. As a director, previous productions include Beyond the Farm Show, Team on the Hill, Wing Night at the Boot, and The Pigeon King. Other directing credits include Candida (Shaw Festival, ’24), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in High Park) and Peter Pan (Bad Hats/Soulpepper). An alumna of Blyth’s Young Company, Severn is thrilled to be part of the Festival’s 50th season.

Severn Thompson

Dramaturge

Severn is a director, theatre creator, actor, and associate artistic...

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Role: Costume Design
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A TrilogyThe Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas Carol,  Wing Night at the Boot, Kitchen Radio, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Innocence Lost, Against the Grain, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Queen Milli of Galt, Schoolhouse, The Thirteenth One, Test Drive, Overboard!, Barndance Live!

Jennifer is honoured to be working on three new productions for Blyth’s 50th season! Jennifer has been fascinated with the language of clothes since she was a teenager and the study of clothing is her passion. She is a designer, educator, creator and purveyor of costume and fashion.  Jennifer is the owner of Pick a Posie Vintage – just down the street at the corner of Wellington and Queen. Drop by for a visit!

 

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Costume Design

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A Trilogy, The Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas...