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Lucy Hill

Role: Dee Dee/Mia
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Cast

Lucy is delighted to be returning to Blyth this summer! She was last seen on the Blyth Festival Stage as ‘Tiffany’ in Cakewalk, wearing her favourite costume ever, a ginormous 80s wedding dress. In addition to performing on stages across Canada, Lucy has also appeared in the TV series Hudson & Rex, Murdoch Mysteries, and The Baroness von Sketch Show. Most recently, Lucy had the honour of voicing a young Dr. Ruth for the podcast Exile.

Lucy Hill

Dee Dee/Mia

Lucy is delighted to be returning to Blyth this summer!...

Nora McLellan

Role: Mavis
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Cast

I’m thrilled to be back in Blyth after appearing in The Birds and the Bees. Recently appeared in Sense and Sensibility at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. Spent many seasons at Shaw and Stratford Festivals. I play Sister Rose on Son of a Critch CBC and CBC Gem.

Nora McLellan

Mavis

I’m thrilled to be back in Blyth after appearing in...

Justin Otto

Justin Otto

Role: Quint/Cam
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Cast

Justin is a former baseball player, drunk, hillbilly turned actor, writer, producer. His theatrical curiosities include new work, masculinity, the working class, adaptation, and actual chaos. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Second City Toronto, and a bunch of other fancy places. Justin was last seen in the premiere of Frances Koncan’s SpaceGirl (PTE) and bullying adults as Malvolio in Tim Crouch’s award-winning solo piece –  I, Malvolio (4.5 stars Winnipeg Free Press, NNNN). Upcoming: Alter Boys (CBC). His new play HORSES goes into workshops this fall. And look for updates on his short film, Drunk All the Time. 

E-transfers (commissions & treats) : justinjonotto@gmail.com

IG: @btbamotto

Also here to call out all the nepotism and class barriers to acting and the arts. Give these articles a read. Or don’t. And don’t take these bios too seriously.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/24/nepotism-in-the-movies-its-time-to-call-out-the-acting-school-of-mum-and-dad

https://citygirlnetwork.com/magazine/working-class-in-theatre

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/feb/27/class-ceiling-working-class-actors-study

Justin Otto

Quint/Cam

Justin is a former baseball player, drunk, hillbilly turned actor,...

Amy Rutherford

Role: Leorah/Evelyn
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Cast

Amy is very excited to be performing at Blyth for the first time! An award-winning actor, Amy has worked with many of Canada’s leading directors and playwrights. Recent acting credits: An Undeveloped Sound (Electric Company Theatre) Public Enemy (Canadian Stage) A Streetcar Named Desire (Soulpepper Theatre)  Infinity (Volcano Theatre) Amy is also a published playwright. Her play Mortified, won The Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for Best Play of 2018.

Amy Rutherford

Leorah/Evelyn

Amy is very excited to be performing at Blyth for...

Blair Williams

Role: Frank/Wayne
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Cast

Blair is delighted to be making his Blyth Festival debut, and to be back onstage after the last show he was in closed early due to the pandemic. As an actor and director, Blair has worked in the theatre for more than thirty five years across Canada, the US and England. As director: Here On The Flight Path (Foster Festival); Light Up The Sky; A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur, Peace In Our Time, The Millionairess, Ways Of The Heart, The President (Shaw Festival); Pericles (Dalhousie University); A Fond Husband, Love For Love and The Provok’d Wife (George Brown); The Play’s The Thing(Segal Centre); Rope (Vertigo Theatre). Acting credits include: A Bellyfull (Theatre Aquarius); OSLO (Studio 180); Unholy (Nightwood); The Game’s Afoot at Vertigo Theatre (Calgary); Educating Rita for the Thousand Islands Playhouse; Flesh and Other Fragments Of Love (Tarragon); Pig (Buddies in Bad Times) and over thirty productions with the Shaw Festival. Blair has also played the Segal Centre; Soulpepper; Theatre Calgary; Citadel Theatre; Canadian Stage; The Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; Geva Theatre, Rochester, and the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England. Blair has toured the US and Australia with the internationally renown chamber orchestra Tafelmusik. He directs and reads audio books, and is the voice of Mr. Porter on Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol. A native of North Bay, Ontario Blair is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Blair Williams

Frank/Wayne

Blair is delighted to be making his Blyth Festival debut,...

Sophia Fabiilli

Role: Playwright
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Sophia is a playwright, actor, director, and educator. She is thrilled to be making her debut at the Blyth Festival. As an award-winning playwright, her works include: The Philanderess (The Second City Award for Best New Comedy, 2015), Liars at a Funeral (Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award, 2018), and her newest project, Why It’s Impossible to Raise a Girl is set to premiere next year (stay tuned). Recently, she directed Every Brilliant Thing at the Thousand Islands Playhouse (2022) where she served as the Associate Artistic Director for three seasons. She’s also a graduate of the Bell Media Prime Time TV Writing Program at the Canadian Film Centre and completed her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. For more: sophiafab.com

Sophia Fabiilli

Playwright

Sophia is a playwright, actor, director, and educator. She is...

Brynn Godenir

Role: Assistant Director
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Brynn Godenir is a multi-disciplinary artist and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She has a passion for movement-based play, classical text, and fluffy dogs. Recent theatre credits include Space Girl (PTE), Like We Used To (Roseneath theatre), and Nell Gwynn (NTS). During the theatre industries pandemic hiatus, Brynn also found passion for film and has appeared in the TV shows Titans (Netflix/CW), Burden of Truth (CBC/CW) and Coroner (CBC/CW), and the films Erase & Rewind, Love Strikes Twice, Writing a Love Song, Christmas Reboot, The Love Subscription, On the 12th Date of Christmas, and Christmas by the Book.

Brynn Godenir

Assistant Director

Brynn Godenir is a multi-disciplinary artist and a graduate of...

Louise Guinand

Role: Lighting Designer
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Liars at a Funeral is Louise’s 20th lighting design for Blyth Festival since starting her career here in 1981. Since then she has designed lights for almost 600 shows across Canada and in the United States.  Recent credits include Casey and Diana (Stratford Festival); Beneath Springhill (Theatre Orangeville); Post-Democracy (Tarragon). Next project is Les Belles Soeurs (Stratford Festival).  It is always special to come back to the theatre where her career began!

Louise Guinand

Lighting Designer

Liars at a Funeral is Louise’s 20th lighting design for...

Krista Jackson

Role: Director
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Blyth Festival: First Engagement.
Selected Directing: Space Girl (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Dock Spider (Magnus); Iago Speaks (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Dancing at Lughnasa (Shaw Festival); A Doll’s House: Part 2 (Mirvish/ Manitoba Theatre Centre); The Lion in Winter, (The Grand); Perfect Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Associate Director: All My Sons (Stratford Festival).
Upcoming: Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Retreat (Imago Theatre). Artistic Director of Imago Theatre in Montreal.  www.kristajackson.net

Krista Jackson

Director

Blyth Festival: First Engagement. Selected Directing: Space Girl (Prairie Theatre...

Sue Lepage

Role: Set and Costume Designer
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Sue LePage has been designing for theatre, dance and opera for more than 40 years. Last season she designed the set for Too True to be Good at the Shaw Festival. Her new designs for “Anne of Green Gables the Ballet” (Canada’s Ballet Jorgen) had premiered and commenced to tour Canada and the United States when Covid shut them down. Other recent designs include Jani Lauzon’s I Call Myself Princess (Globe Theatre), sets for Bend it Like Beckham (Starvox) and costumes for Brigadoon at the Shaw Festival, where her credits include Me and My Girl, Ragtime, Saint Joan, Arcadia, Born Yesterday and many others.

In the world of opera her designs include the premiers of new work such as John Estacio and John Murrell’s Filumena, Frobisher, and Lillian Alling. Recent Toronto productions include Disgraced (Mirvish/ Hope in Hell), Beauty and the Beast (YPT), Innocence Lost (Soulpepper) and many shows over the years at Canadian Stage, Tarragon and Factory Theatre. Her work has appeared at major theatres across the country including The Banff Centre, Citadel, RMTC, National Arts Centre, Charlottetown Festival, Neptune Theatre and the Stratford Festival. Sue has been lucky to work with many great directors and some of Canada’s finest playwrights including James Reaney, David French, Judith Thompson, Tomson Highway, John Murrell and Carole Frechette. She is thrilled by the return of live performance and a new era of fresh voices and exciting new work.

Sue Lepage

Set and Costume Designer

Sue LePage has been designing for theatre, dance and opera...

Emma Marcy

Emma Marcy

Role: Assistant Stage Manager
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Emma is an actor and stage manager working to obtain a BA in Dramatic Arts at Brock University. She has been an actress in a variety of educational videos for D2L (Desire to Learn). Her stage management credits include: Girls and Boys, The Pomegranate Project, Spit (Here For Now Theatre Company), Nobody’s Children, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Yellow Door Theatre Project). Emma would like to thank the Blyth Festival as their Young Company and dedication to local youth talent was integral to her journey as a theatre artist.

Emma Marcy

Assistant Stage Manager

Emma is an actor and stage manager working to obtain...

Sandy Plunkett

Role: Production Stage Manager
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Blyth Credits: The Drawer Boy (Assistant Stage Manager) The Berlin Blues and Ipperwash

Selected Credits: Orphan Song, Bunny, (Tarragon Theatre), The Fish Eyes Trilogy, Boys with Cars (Nightswimming), This, Flood Thereafter, (Canadian Stage Company), Dividing Lines, Madre, (Aluna Theatre), Public Servant, Weather the Weather, (Theatre Columbus / Common Boots), Gladstone Variations, Yichud (seclusion) (Convergence), The Silicone Diaries (Buddies in Bad Times), and 7 summers with Dream in High Park. Sandy is the great-grandson of Morley Plunkett of the almost forgotten WW1 Canadian Vaudeville Troupe, The Dumbells.

Sandy Plunkett

Production Stage Manager

Blyth Credits: The Drawer Boy (Assistant Stage Manager) The Berlin...

Lyon Smith

Role: Sound Designer
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Select credits: 5 seasons as the sound designer for Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park as well as designing the productions Venus in Fur, Liv Stein and Game of Love and Chance, creator and composer for the Last Donnelly Standing at Blyth in addition to designing productions of Mary’s Wedding,In the Wake of Wettlaufer, Truth be Told and The Drawer Boy. Lyon designed sound for clown duo Moro and Jasp with 9 to 5 and Stupefaction, Venus’ Daughter for Obsidian theatre, and Prairie Nurse, the Waltz  and You Can’t Get There From Here, Vol. 3 for Factory Theatre and the Gig at theatre Aquarius.

Lyon Smith

Sound Designer

Select credits: 5 seasons as the sound designer for Canadian...

Katerina Sokyrko

Role: Stage Manager
Categories: Liars At a Funeral Creative Team

Katerina is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth Festival this season, after working on The Team on the Hill, Jumbo, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, The New Canadian Curling Club, The Pigeon King, and Mr. New Years Eve.  Elsewhere, her credits as a stage manager include Snow WhiteSelfie (Young People’s Theatre); Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria); Cabaret (Grand Theatre); Silence (National Arts Centre); Million Dollar Quartet, The Secret Mask (Theatre Northwest).  As an assistant stage manager, she has worked on Cosi fan tutte, The Birds, Don Giovanni, Flight, Il trittico, La traviata, La boheme, Les Feluettes, The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera Victoria); Hamlet-911 (Stratford Festival); Mary Poppins, The Ladies Foursome (Grand Theatre);  Twelfth Night (National Arts Centre).

Katerina Sokyrko

Stage Manager

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