James Evans as Agamemnon in Clytemnestra by Liam Salmon (2018).  Directed by Sean O'Brien.  Design:  Christopher Pattenden, Adrienne Deely.  Photo: Jason Wighton 

The Newmarket National Play Festival is excited to introduce the names of the performing artists that will be featured in this year’s 3rd annual Ten Minute Play Festival, July 22-28, 2019 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.  

Scott Baker - Buried, Monsieur Leotard, The Steward

As a Newmarket native, Scott is thrilled to make his Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival debut. Scott established his professional career on the east coast after graduating from Dalhousie’s acting programme and is now including film and tv credits in Toronto. His notable performances include As You Like It (Two Planks and a Passion), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare by the Sea), Ghost Sonata (Dalhousie Theatre), and Leaving Wonderland (Luna Sea Theatre). TV credits include The Boys (Amazon Prime), The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Lifetime), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) and more. Love to my family and friends for coming out and enjoying the NNPF!


Gwyn Beaver - Valse Sentimentale, Viola

Gwyn has been a featured artist with the Montréal Jubilation Choir, and has worked with various jazz artists based in Montréal. She also presents concerts in the classical/operatic genre. Gwyn has performed with the l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Jongleur Opera, University of Québec at Montréal Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Cimarron Circuit Opera, The University of Texas Opera Theatre, and was an apprentice with the Houston Ebony Opera. Other credits include university and community theatre, including on-camera work with Les Enfants Production and Montréal Casting. She is a stagiaire with the Union des Artistes.


Bridget Bezanson - Buried, Seducing Harry, Written in Stone

Bridget is excited for her third summer with the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. She is an actor and classically trained singer with credits in regional theatre throughout Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Favourite performances include Funeral Sandwiches (NNPF), Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion), Love You Forever (Stirling Festival), No Way to Treat a Lady (Festival Antigonish), and Annie (Neptune Theatre). Other credits include voice work in radio drama and animation (CBC), radio commercials, and narration. A versatile vocalist, Bridget has recently performed at corporate events for Manulife and Shoppers Drug Mart, and performs regularly as a soloist and band singer. Bridget Bezanson is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.  www.bridgetbezanson.com


Meredith Busteed - Secret Santa, Written in Stone

Meredith is thrilled to be joining The Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival this summer. She is a music theatre performer with credits in regional theatre throughout Southern Ontario and the United Kingdom. Favourite performances include The Wizard of Oz (Diversified Theatre), 9 to 5 The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Assassins (RCS), Up the River (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Anne in Anne of Green Gables (MMT), and Mary in Mary’s Wedding (Theatre Kingston). Other credits include commercials with Rogers (Next Issue), Anti-mean tweets campaign (Sportsnet). A versatile performer, Meredith has also dedicated her career to teaching private voice, musical theatre and dance to the next generation of artists. @mabusteed


Katherine Cappellacci - Dispatch, Plus ça change, Secret Santa

Katherine is overjoyed to be returning to the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. Since receiving her BFA from Ryerson University’s School of Performance, Katherine has been acting, writing, travelling, and trying to save money. Recent theatre credits include: That’s Amore (Globus Theatre), Ghostbusters (Secret Sessions), Wagon Play (Theatre By Committee), The Kiss/The Pipe Test/Readahilics (Newmarket National Play Festival), Queen Marie (Alumnae Theatre), The Next Mary (Ergo Arts Pink Festival), and Snow White (Globus Theatre). Katherine tours with Dufflebag Theatre, is a mezzo/alto singer, and plays French horn. www.katherinecappellacci.com.


Stephanie Christiaens - Like a Kite, Written in Stone

Steph is excited to be making her debut at the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival! She has been performing around Southwestern Ontario for over 20 Years and recently made her professional debut last summer at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover in Stage Fright. Favourite performances include The Day They Shot John Lennon (Players’ Guild of Hamilton), Noises Off! (Dundas Little Theatre), The Whores (Stage 88), Key For Two (The Aldershot Players), and Don’t Misunderstand Me (Act 4 Productions). Other credits include TV commercials (CTV London), independent film productions (Post-Life Productions), and reporting for Rogers Local access network.


Tristan Claxton - Dispatch, The Last House, Monsieur Leotard

Tristan is thrilled to be returning for his second summer here at The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA program, Tristan earned his MA in Classical Acting form the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in the U.K. Recent credits include: Jeff in The Rear Window (Bygone Theatre), Hamlet in Hamlet(s) (Skipping Stones Theatre), Ferdinand in The Dutchess of Malfi (Shakespeare Bash'd), Mr. Daldry in The Next Room,  Rowan in Living With Olivia (RedWit Theatre), Izzy in Rage Against the King (Filament), Saturninus in Titus Andronicus (Hart House Theatre), Aufidius/Sicinius in Coriolanus (Skipping Stones Theatre). @tri_axton


Taylor Cranston- Centre Line, The Last House

Taylor is thrilled to be making her Newmarket National Ten-Minute Play Festival debut! She is an actor and singer, who will be starting her third year in the Acting program at the Ryerson School of Performance. Her credits include: As You Like It, Phebe/Lord (Bard in the Park), , A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puck/Snug (RSP), Transit of Venus, Celeste (RSP/Scene Study), All New People, Emma, (RSP/Scene Study), Les Miserables, Fantine, (NHS). Taylor has done summer intensives in NYC and with the Stratford Festival Shakespeare School. It is an honour to be a part of NNPF and such brilliant new Canadian work!


Heather Dick - Electra, The Leaves Beneath the Trees

Heather is delighted to be returning to the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival after appearing in the inaugural Festival in 2017.  She is an actor, director and voice artist with credits across Canada.  Favourite performances include:  Knickers! (Upper Canada Playhouse), Halfway There (Globus Theatre), Borne and Razed and The Diagnosis (Newmarket Festival), Jewel (Sirius Theatrical Co.), Talley’s Folly (Sudbury Theatre Centre), The House of Blue Leaves (Banff Festival), Noises Off (Stage West, Toronto), and Dirty Linen (Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary).  Other credits include:  commercials (radio & TV), narration, film and television productions.  Heather is also a passionate artist educator regularly coaching and training artists in voice and text.  Heather Dick is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.  www.siriustheatrical.com


James Evans - The Last House, Not Going Nowhere, Seducing Harry

James Llewellyn Evans is a Newmarket actor who began acting under the tutelage of Michael Halfin at Arts Huron before studying at the University of Windsor's BFA Acting conservatory. James has appeared on television and on film, as well as continued work in plays locally and across the GTA. This is James' third year with NNPF.  He also appeared in  Louis and Dave, the inaugural ten minute play that launched  the Newmarket National Play festival. 


Georgia Findlay - Indifference, Like a Kite, Penance

Georgia is incredibly proud to be a part of this year’s Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. She is a recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School, and is excited to be diving into her professional career as an actor and theatre-maker. Theatre highlights include The Caucasian Chalk Circle (George Brown Theatre School), You Never Can Tell (GBTS), Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman (GBTS), Equus (King’s Theatrical Society), and Almost, But Not Quite Touching (Red Sandcastle Theatre).  georgia.grace.findlay@gmail.com


Bryce Fletch - Like a Kite, Nothing but the Tooth

Bryce is excited to be performing at the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival for the first time. Stage credits include Goodbye Paris (Professional Dev. Workshop), Turtleneck (emerGENce Theatre), Adventure Island (Theatre by the Bay), and A Little Night Music (Dan School). Other credits include commercial and film. Bryce is a passionate artist, actor, and writer with a passion for storytelling. A graduate of Sheridan’s Performing Arts program and Queen’s University, Bryce is one of two artistic directors and a co-founder of YIKES Theatre Co. Keep up with Bryce on social media @brycesfletch


Jeff Gruich - The Leaves Beneath the Trees, Like a Kite, Viola

Jeff's selected theatre credits include:  Mr. Love in The Mysterious Mr. Love, Marc in Art and Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit (Globus Theatre), Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare in the Square), Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Rough), Howard Barker’s The Power Of the Dog (Equity Showcase Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, (Talking Camel Productions), The Othello Project (Walking Shadow Theatre), Bus Riley’s Back in Town / Glory in the Flower and Homespun (Toronto Fringe). Jeff also spent two seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada.  Jeff Gruich is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.


Harper Gunn - Nothing but the Tooth

Harper is very excited to be a part of this production. She has been acting since the age of three. On her bucket list, she dreams of one day performing alongside Anna Kendrick and she also dreams of one day being a film director who creates art that will make the world a better place. Stage credits include Soulpepper’s A Doll’s House directed by Daniel Brooks and Motus O’s A Christmas Carol. TV and film credits include Shazam, Life in a Year, 12 Monkeys, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Harper would like to thank her moms Cameron and Monika, her brother, Solan, and her wonderful agents at KG Talent.


Veronica Hortiguela - A Different School of Thought, Electra, Talking about the Baker

Veronica is a born and raised Torontonian and recent graduate of the Ryerson Performance Acting Program.  She made her professional stage debut in the 2018 Cue6 production of Dry Land, which was praised by the Globe and Mail as one of the Top 10 Theatre Performances of 2018, and landed her on NOW Magazine’s list of Breakthrough Theatre Artists of 2018.  She has since been working on a few voice projects, including leading a soon to premiere PBS animated series.  Veronica is thrilled to have been invited to participate in the NNPF, and to be spending the month telling dramatically different stories. Enjoy the festival!


Julia Hussey- Running Low, Secret Santa

Julia is thrilled to be returning to the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival for the third year in a row, and is very grateful to Half and the rest of the team for putting up with her for another year. A Fredericton native, Julia found her second home in the Newmarket area after completing her BFA at York University. Favourite performances include Penelopiad (Hart House Theatre), Fallen (Home for Wayward Artists), Lemon (Filament Incubator).


Stephen Ingram - The Steward, Valse Sentimentale

Stephen is excited to be performing in the NNPF for the first time! He was born and raised in Hamilton, ON and resides in London, ON whenever not on the road performing. Stephen has been performing as an actor/musician in theatres across Ontario for the past two years and hopes to continue to do so. A graduate of Western University’s faculty of music, he is also a composer, music director, and music teacher. Recent credits include: Summer of ’69 (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia) Glory Days (Upper Canada Playhouse), Plaid Tidings (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Aleck Bell (Tweed and Co. Theatre), Summer of Love (Meaford Hall).


Daniel Karpenchuk - The Last House, Not Going Nowhere, Valse Sentimentale

This is Dan’s second year with the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival.  Dan is a professional actor who has worked in Canada and internationally.  Favourite Performances include Sleuth (Rose Theatre, Brampton) Miracle on 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse, Morrisburg) The Drawer Boy (Rose Theatre, Brampton).  Last year at the NNPF Dan appeared in Old Age and Treachery, Valentine’s Day and The Other Side.  Selected theatre credits include The Prince of Naples, Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, As You Like It, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing.   Film and television credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Taken, Mayday, Home for Harvest and Autumn Stables.  Dan is also a writer, voice over artist and journalist.  Daniel Karpenchuk is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.


Faye Lavin - Parent/Child, Plus ça change, Talking about the Baker

Faye is excited to be at the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival for the first time. Faye is an actor, singer, dancer and producer with a rich background in the performing arts. Upon graduating from the elite Montreal school of music--Vincent d'Indy, followed by a stint at New York University's renowned affiliate CAP-21, she completed her training at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Recent theatre credits include Brilliant Traces (Tango Soul Productions, directed by Marianne McIsaac) and Duet for One (Tarragon Theatre, directed by Mark Schoenberg). Faye would like to thank her family for their unconditional love and support.  Faye Lavin is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.


JD Leslie - Parent/Child, Symphony No. 6, Viola

JD is delighted to return to the NewMarket  National Play Festival. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Program, she has developed a background for devised and physical theatre. Upon graduation, she continued her training with the Factory Mechanicals ('18/'19) at Factory Theatre and has worked as a workshop actress for the Tarragon’s Young Playwright Unit, the Paprika Festival’s Playwrights-in-Residence and Obsidian’s Playwright’s Unit.  When she’s not acting, she enjoys developing her craft as Playwright.  Credits include: The Three Musketeers, Blue Stockings, Les Belle Soeurs, Big Love (University players), The Comedy of Pericles (Malcontent Theatre), On Beauty, In Escrow, Oh, Romeo/No, Romeo, NNPF, 2018.


Anna Mazurik - A Different School of Thought, Plus ça change, Symphony No. 6

Anna is thrilled to be joining the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival for the very first time. Originally from Saskatoon, she is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Actor Training Conservatory and the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program at the University of Saskatchewan. An actor, singer, mover, and multi-instrumentalist, Anna's theatrical work has appeared across Canada and taken her to Singapore, and her work in film has been screened internationally and been recognized for numerous awards. Favourites include Displaced (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival/Ground Cover Theatre), Shrek, the Musical (Globe Theatre), and Fiddler on the Roof (Persephone Theatre).  Anna Mazurik is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.  www.annamazurik.com  


Marianne McIsaac - Buried, Penance

Ms. McIsaac returns for a second season with the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. Marianne continues to champion new play development whenever possible! Performances for Blyth, Toronto Fringe, Factory Theatre Lab, Theatre New Brunswick, Magnus, Muskoka Festival, Solar Stage, and Theatre Plus. Favourite roles include Melissa (Love Letters), Lenny (Crimes of The Heart), Germaine (Les Belles Soeurs), and most recently Emily Carr with Shadowpath. She has garnered both Genie and Gemini nominations. Films include Edwin Boyd, Improper Channels, and Suzanne,  For T.V. , The Baxters, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Another World, High Hopes, and The Littlest Hobo.  Marianne McIsaac is a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.


Daniela Rendon - Centre Line, Running Low, The Steward

Daniela is thrilled to be spending her summer at the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival. A recent graduate of Randolph College for the Performing Arts, she is an actor, singer and writer based in Toronto. Credits include Peer Gynt (Randolph Theatre), A Little Night Music (Randolph Theatre) and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pirandello Theatre). Daniela is excited to share these wonderful stories through NNPF.


Alexia Vassos - Nothing but the Tooth, Secret Santa, Written in Stone

Alexia is delighted to be involved with the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival for the very first time. She is a recent graduate from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Alexia's credits include: Olga in Three Sisters (Theatre Erindale), Silenus/Therapist/Baucis in Metamorphoses (Theatre Erindale) and Maria in Twelfth Night (Theatre Erindale).


Kiana Woo - Dispatch, Monsieur Leotard, Symphony No. 6

Kiana is a Chinese-Canadian actor, mover and creator with a special love for clown and physical theatre. She is a graduate of the BFA acting program at the University of Alberta. Kiana is incredibly excited to be a part of the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival this year. Selected credits include: That’s Danger! (Alberta Workers Health Centre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow), Doll House, The Lower Depths, and The School for Scandal (Studio Theatre), Silence and the Machine (Nextfest), Lion in the Streets, The Cerebra Soiree, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  (University of Alberta).


Kayne Wylie - Dispatch, Indifference

Born and raised in Newmarket, Kayne is thrilled to be joining the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival for the first time.  Kayne is a graduate of the Acting for Film & Television program at Humber College and continues to pursue his passion in Toronto. Credits include: Pseudopod Rejects, Blood Sonata, The Duplex, and Love Mouse (Canadian Play Festival); Before The After Party (Sears Drama Festival), Not Your Fault, That’s Life and Communists Mummies From Mars (Humber Film Production).  Kayne would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

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