Lezlie Wade

Wayne Gwillim
(musical director)
Mitchell Marcus
(artistic producer)
Dot Routledge
(stage manager)
Sarah Melamed
(set designer)
Paul Major
(lighting designer)
Matt Birnbaum
(production manager)

Lezlie is an actor, director, and playwright. She was the Artistic Director of The Georgian Theatre Festival from 2003 to 2005 and co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre in Port in St. Catharines from 1997 to 2000. She is also currently the founding Artistic Director of Theatremanation which produced the Canadian Premiere of Book of Days in 2002.

Lezlie’s directing credits include productions at Showboat Festival Theatre, Victoria Playhouse, The Kingston Grand Theatre, Theatre Orangeville, Sudbury Theatre Centre, and Smile Theatre Company. She was assistant director at Soulpepper and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab where she studied in 2001. Highlights include: Her adaptation of A Christmas Carol was recently done at Carousel Theatre in Vancouver and Smile Theatre Co. In 2001, Lezlie attended the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab where she currently remains a member. She recently directed Waiting for the Parade at U of T. Upcoming productions include the musical, Queen of the Mist with collaborator Wayne Gwillim. This summer, Lezlie will be attending the Shaw Festival Director’s Project. She is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and George Brown Theatre School and is honoured to be working on this beautiful show for Acting Up Stage with such a talented cast.

* Elegies is an Equity approved Independent Artists Projects Policy production.

Wayne Gwillim provided music direction for Acting Up Stage’s productions of tick, tick… BOOM! and john & jen. Recent credits include Pinocchio (Stirling Festival), The Last 5 Years (West Side Live, Hamilton), Candide (Regina Lyric Light Opera), Falsettos (Theatre Sheridan), and several shows with Smile Theatre. As a part-time faculty member of Sheridan College and Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, he works as an accompanist and vocal coach. Wayne is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Mitchell is the founder and Artistic Producer of Acting Up Stage Theatre Company. For three years, Mitchell has served as the Production & Marketing Coordinator for the It’s Always Something Variety Show at the Princess of Wales and Elgin Theatres, working closely with stars like Eric McCormack, Bryan Adams, Eugene Levy, Kim Cattrall, Jann Arden, Drew Carey, Victor Garber and Colm Wilkinson. Mitchell produced the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, has been the General Manager of the Paprika Festival, and was the Marketing/Fundraising Assistant at the Tarragon Theatre

Dot has been involved in theatre in the Toronto area for the past 17 years. This is her third production with Acting Up Stage Theatre Company and she is pleased to be working with this staggeringly talented group of folks once again. Stage Management credits include: john & jen and tick, tick … BOOM! (Acting Up Stage Theatre Company), Steel Magnolias (SP), Book of Liz (God's In The Dairy), Sunday School Drop Out (Fly On The Wall), Unidentified Human Remains (Crow's Theatre/Buddies in Bad Times), More! (Really Little Theatre Co.), Carousel and My Fair Lady (SMT) Stealing Freedom (Burning Bridges), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Spunky Monkey), Munsch Favourites, Jillian Jiggs, Paperbag Princess and many other shows starring singing royalty, animals and/or fruit (Solar Stage).

Sarah Melamed holds a BFA in Theatre Design from York University. Past credits include: Set and costume design for RYC’s The Wiz, and Summit Conference at Theatre Passe Murraille; Set design for Fallen Rock Productions’ Grease and Little Shop of Horrors; Costume design for the Randolph Academy production of The Laramie Project, Game Show, and Evita at the St. Lawrence Centre, the North American premiere of Shakuntala, among others. Sarah has worked with Seamless Costumes building the costumes for the world premier of The Lord Of The Rings (Mirvish Productions), The Banff Centre For the Arts as a seamstress for Fillumena and Festival Dance, The Alberta Ballet for Romeo and Juliet, The Canadian Opera Company as assistant costumer for Lucia and A Handmaid’s Tale, and as wardrobe mistress for Albert Herring. Sarah offers private mentorship programs in Art, Design, Costume Construction, and Professional Development in theatre.

Elegies is Paul's first collaboration with Acting Up Stage. In addition to designing over one hundred theatre and dance pieces across Ontario, Paul has taught at lighting techniques at York University and entertainment lighting at Ryerson University. He has also been a guest artist at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, George Brown College, and Sheridan College. Paul is currently completing an Architectural Lighting Certificate at Ryerson University.

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