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 The Newmarket National Play Festival is excited to announce the names of the artists that will be featured in this year’s inaugural Ten Minute Play Festival, July 21-23, 2017 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.  

Hilary Adams Good to Go; The Syndrome Thing; Philosophy is Dead (and so are we)

Hilary is thrilled to be a part of the Newmarket National Ten-Minute Play Festival. Hilary is a recent graduate of the Dalhousie Acting Programme and is very excited to be moving to Ontario. She has just returned from a fifteen-month North American tour of Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny with Mermaid theatre of Nova Scotia. Her other recent theatre credits include: Celia in As You Like It, Goneril in King Lear, Percussionist in Pinocchio, Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra, Cindy in Sleeping Beauty, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, the Fairy Bartender in Cinderelly and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, (Shakespeare by the Sea). The Biologist in Code Green (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia), Pampinea in The Decameron, Thaisa in Pericles and The Cook in The Ghost Sonata (DalTheatre 2013-2014), The Boy in 937 (Atlantic Fringe), Phebe in As You Like It and Company in Iliad by Fire (Two Planks and a Passion). Thanks and love to all of those who support me in pursuing my dream.

Chadwick Allen Good to Go; Bed Sport; Road

"This industry isn't about making it so much as continuing to do it"

 Shaun Majumbner


Chad Allen graduated from Ottawa University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Theatre. After a few years and numerous productions Chad picked up and moved to Toronto where he has continued to perform and study whenever and wherever he can. Chad can currently be found teaching at Fraser Studios where he has been honing his craft for the last 5 years. Chad  has mostly been doing film and television, “Dark Matter”, “The Kennedy’s: After Camelot,” but has found his way back to the stage in “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and “His Girl Friday”. Chad is excited to be a part of the first Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival.

“You can’t make up tomorrow the effort you didn’t put in today”

Coach John Wooden

Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols - Baguette; River Flows West

Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols is an emerging artist and creator who has worked on productions in Toronto, Barcelona, and Saskatoon. Most recently he has appeared as Jacob Mercer in Salt-Water Moon (Quarter Century Theatre), and Cheever in The Crucible, in addition to Addy and Nelson in the films Side by Side (Paradox Pictures) and Sebastian (Bonpland Pictures). He has also directed and produced a number of short films.He graduated from George Brown College’s Theatre Arts program in 2016 where, in addition to playing roles such as Alexander Kalabushkin (The Suicide), Mr. Sullen (The Beaux’s Stratagem), and Joe (The Crackwalker), he produced and directed trailers and other promotional materials for the graduating season in 2015-16.

Bridget Bezanson - The Syndrome Thing; Road

Bridget is an actor and classically trained singer with credits in regional theatre in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Favorite performances include Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion), Love You Forever (Stirling Festival), Return Ticket (OneLight Theatre), Boeing Boeing (Festival Antigonish), The Sound of Music (Neptune Theatre), and Belinda the Bicycle Witch (Willpower Theatre). She was one of the resident artists in the Ontario Shebang project, a multi-disciplinary artists’ collective in partnership with Toronto's DreamWalker Dance Company. As a voice actor, she has worked in radio drama and animation for CBC, commercials, and narration. A versatile vocalist, Bridget also performs regularly as a soloist and band singer. She is excited to be a part of The NewMarket National this summer.

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Helly Chester - The Mess; A Love in Vein; A Day at the Beach

Helly trained in New York City at the HB Studios with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghoff and at The Sonia Moore Studio Theatre with Sonia Moore.  She has appeared on stage, film, and TV in New York City, Estonia, and Toronto.  Helly has deep roots in the teaching profession where she worked for many years as a theatre arts teacher of youth and adults.  Now she is renewing her own performing career while continuing to freelance as an educator.

Selected theatre credits:  New York - Edna in Butley (The Courtyard Playhouse), Louise in The Channeller (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Jill in Orient Beach (American Playhouse Theatre).  Estonia - Tallinn City Theatre, various roles.  Toronto – Mme. Maute and Eugenie in Total Eclipse (TSP Studios), Beatrice in Servant of Two Masters (Columbus Centre Theatre), Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit and Cissy in Quartet (Village Playhouse), Nora in Escape from Happiness, Damienne in I am Marguerite, and Dr. Vera Peters in Radical (Alumnae Theatre), Dolly in Kitchen Witches (Bruce County Playhouse), Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap (Lower Ossington Theatre), Lauren in Hazel (Red Sandcastle Theatre).   

Trevor Curran - Just Enough; The Results

Trevor is very excited to return to work in his hometown. His passion for acting began at Huron Heights Secondary School. There he participated in the musical, the Sears Ontario Drama Festival, and the Canadian Play festival. The NewMarket National Play Festival is extremely appealing as he has a love of fostering new Canadian works. After Huron he attended Sheridan College for Musical Theatre Performance. At Sheridan he was privileged to be a part of the first workshop of Come From Away. As both a writer and performer Trevor is excited for the future of Canadian musical theatre. Special thanks to Beth Ferkranus, Michael Halfin, Ralph Small, and Leslie O’dell.

Heather Dick - 241; The Diagnosis; Borne and Razed

Heather Dick is an accomplished Actor, Director, Author and Coach (voice and acting) who has worked on stages across the country and appeared in films, on television and in commercials. Some of her favourite acting credits include Molly in OLD LOVE and Marjorie in JEWEL (Sirius Theatrical Company, Toronto), Sally in TALLEY’S FOLLY (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Poppy in NOISES OFF (Stage West), Doris in SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (Kawartha Summer Theatre) and Bunny Flingus in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES (Banff Festival). Heather is currently working as dramaturge and directing EARTH TOURIST which will run in the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. Other selected directing credits include THE ART OF LISTENING (North American Premiere, Toronto Fringe), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and INTO THE WOODS, Jr. (No Strings Theatre, Toronto), LA SANTE, C’EST PAS SORCIER (Waterwood Productions, Toronto/Ontario tour), MAIL-ORDER ANNIE, NEW CANADIAN KID, FORGOTTEN VOICES and TAPESTRY OF DREAMS (Sirius Theatrical Company). This spring, Heather was thrilled to learn that her story, COLOUR THERAPY, had won First Prize in the 2017 JOSEPH SMRDELJ Short Story Contest (Writers and Editors Network, Etobicoke). Her short story, THE RITUAL, appears in Canadian Voices, Volume II and her one-act play DINNER AT LE PAPILLON BLUE was published in the fall of 2011. In 2013, the Sirius Theatrical Company produced and toured her full-length play, FORGOTTEN VOICES to 8 outdoor locations with a cast of 35. UPCOMING: In August, Heather will be playing Rita in Norm Foster’s HALFWAY THERE at Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon. Heather is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new Festival and to have the opportunity to work with so many talented artists.

Landon Doak - Borne and Raised; Bed Sport

Landon Doak is an actor and singer-songwriter who was born and raised right here in Newmarket! He is a graduate of the Arts Huron program as well as a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. Upon graduation Landon appeared at the Shaw Festival in "A Woman of no Importance" and "Dance of Death." Other favorite credits include; Jacob in "Salt-Water Moon" (Old Flame Brewing Company), Miles in "The Drawer Boy" (Essential Collective Theatre) and Michael Darling in "Peter Pan" (Bad Hats Theatre).  Landon also composed music for Peter Pan, and is looking forward to the production’s remount at Soulpepper Theatre Company this December. Landon is thrilled to be back performing in his home town where his love for the theatre began. Thank you to my friends and family for your consistent support.

James Evans - The Dilemma; The Results

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. He also appeared in  "Louis and Dave", the inaugural ten minute play that launched  the Newmarket National Play festival. 

Stuart Fink - A Chance on Love; Good to Go; The Dilemma

Stuart Fink has worked professionally as an actor and director in 4 provinces and one state so far. Most recently he performed with Broadway Live Broadway's production of Beauty and the Beast, and assistant directed You Will Remember Me by Francois Archambault at the Centaur Theatre. Selected acting credits include Millet in Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, Jack in the Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde, Juror #10 in 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. On screen he has been seen in the Hollywood movie The Walk, on television with shows People of Earth, Being Human, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, The Patriot and Mohawk Girls. Stuart has a DEC in Theatre from John Abbott College and a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. He is the Artistic Director of inFurnace Theatre in Montreal. He would like to thank Michael Halfin and the Newmarket Festival for this, his first Ontario theatre production since he relocated to Toronto! He can be reached at stuartcfink@gmail.com.!

Jackson Fowlow - Baguette, Road; A Day at the Beach

Jackson is grateful to the Town of Newmarket for getting this vital, exciting Festival underway, and is excited to perform for all of you. Last month you may have caught him with Mixed Company at Comedy Bar in Toronto. Before that it would be more of a fluke to have seen him onstage, as he was covered head to toe in black fabric, puppeteering in a Production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia) for over a year and a half on a World Tour that saw him in Asia for 4 months, and covering most of the U.S. in the remaining time. Before that Jackson has enjoyed acting in Nova Scotia in roles such as Silvius/William in As You Like It and Paris/Polydamas in Iliad By Fire (TwoPlanks Theatre), Greg in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Valley Summer Theatre), as well as an excellent season with DalTheatre where he completed his undergraduate Theatre training. He is happy to now be here in Ontario, looks forward to continue working with great people, and thanks his friends and family for their constant support. Please, enjoy yourselves.

Marina Gomes - Road, Daze at the Park

Raised in Toronto, Marina Gomes is a young artist who received her BFA-Acting at the University of Windsor. She has trained at the Stratford Summer Program, participated in workshops with members of the SITI company and has been in a number of programs at the Soul Pepper Company.  As an artist, Marina is thrilled to explore other peoples’ stories and bring to life productions that are exciting, thoughtful, and entertaining.   Marina’s background is in devised as well as physical theatre, and she is excited to keep discovering more of the Canadian theatre scene.   Marina is extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful festival and to work with such a great group of artists. Thank you everyone, especially friends and family, for coming out and joining us. 

Scott Griffin - Borne and Razed; The Hoofers

Scott is thrilled to be in the inaugural season of The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival.  The theatre bug bit when he was 14 and played Ebenezer Scrooge – complete with braces and acne!  As an adult, Scott has played King Arthur in Camelot, Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey for Stage Centre Productions.  Most recently, Scott played the Friar in Romeo and Juliet for Bard in the Park.  Directing credits include Arsenic and Old Lace, You Never Can Tell and The Best Man.  He is particularly excited about being onstage with the love of his life, Isabel Hornstein, in a Norm Foster original play.

Alexa Higgins - Just Enough

Alexa Higgins is a theatre artist, currently based in Toronto, who has studied and performed across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and England. She is currently completing her MA in Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a founding member of Loose Cannons Collective (ON), and Hot Garbage Players (NB), and is a member of the physical theatre company the coop. Alexa has worked as a playwright (Bergman Gets Results 2015) and as a director (Fort Faith for the Notable Acts Theatre Company, and The Bacchae under Director Lisa Anne Ross at Theatre Saint Thomas). Recent acting credits include Marina in Pericles (Bard in the Barracks), Detective Allison in Back to Zero (NFTC), Carrie Lynn in Angel’s River (Notable Acts Mainstage), The Christmas Tree (Live Bait), and the world premiere of the coop’s physical theatre show A Record of Us, based on the collected texts of David Adams Richards. Film credits include The Beautifully Drowned and Chiaroscuro for Frictive Pictures, and Stranger Company and Referent for Strike Productions. Alexa is thrilled to be a part of the Newmarket National Play Festival!

Julie Holdsworth - Iphigenia, Philosophy is Dead (and so are we); Bed Sport

Julie is very excited to be working with the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival.  

Julie began her career in television and film production and worked for several years as an Assistant Director before shifting her focus to Acting, her true passion.  She has appeared at the Toronto Fringe Festival and also in various television shows , short films and commercials.  

Enjoy the Festival! Enjoy the great town of Newmarket!!

Isabel Hornstein - The Results; The Hoofers

Isabel is excited to be part of this new Festival and overjoyed that she gets to be in a Norm Foster show!  Isabel started her career in musical theatre, performing at The Charlottetown Festival, the Limelight Dinner Theatre and other venues across Canada.  She is now content to act part time, and teach music for the Toronto District School Board full time.  Favourite credits include: Sylvia, Stepping Out; Muriel, Plaza Suite; Fairy Godmother and Witch Mama, The Toronto Kid Fringe productions of Cinderella and Rapunzel; Mogan Le Fey, Camelot; and Agnes Gooch, Mame. She created and performed the Role of Chloe in Vinnie’s Cabaret and Speakeasy, (Limelight and La Cage). Earlier in her career, she appeared as Ado Annie in Oklahoma (Limelight); Godspell (Hamilton Place); Side by Side by Sondheim (Burns Wharf, Manatoulin), Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera, (Banff).  She even got to disco dance as a special guest star on a King of Kensington.  She won an Ethel Merman impersonation contest and writes, produces and directs murder mysteries where she gets to play some highly unsavoury characters.

Andrea Houssin - A Chance on Love; Good to Go; Tango at Eight

Andrea is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural NewMarket National Play Festival. A recent transplant to Toronto, Andrea’s work has been seen across the country. Selected theatre credits include: Kate in Seminar (Mirvish/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Eve in Waiting for the Parade (Western Canada Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse); Kate in The Pirates of Penzance (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Project X Theatre); a provincial tour ofMunsch Upon a Time (Prairie Theatre Exchange); and the world premiere of Good Intentions (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre). Film/TV: Radius (Farpoint), Room for Rent(EMA). Andrea also teaches and directs theatre. Online: www.andreahoussin.ca; Twitter @andreahoussinCA. Andrea is a graduate of Studio 58.

David Hudyma - Baguette; Hatching in a Cage

David is incredibly excited to be making his debut at the NewMarket Ten Minute Play festival, and to be working with such a talented group of theatre practitioners. David is a recent graduate of the BFA program at the University of Windsor and can't thank the school enough for all the wonderful training. David would also like to thank all the casts and crews of the festival for their tireless work, and as always his cousin. Credits include; For Fringe: Out of Our Hands (Edward), For University Players: Dancing at Laughnasa (Michael), Scapino! (Geronte), Anna in the Tropics (Santiago), For Independant: The Shape of Things (Adam).

Irena Huljak - The Diagnosis; Philosophy is Dead (and so are we);  Tango at Eight

Irena Huljak was in the Off- Broadway production“Shakespeare in Space “ (Mint Theatre). She enjoyed roles such as Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” (Classical Theatre Brooklyn) and Beatrice in “The Changeling” (Annex Theatre). Recently she produced a web-series “Open“. Some television credits include “Warehouse 13“ and the new series “Anne“.  She just finished a development project about the modernization of The Trojan Woman renamed Fallen. Fallen is scheduled for a remount this coming August.

Julia Hussey - Back in Town; The Mess

Originally hailing from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Julia Hussey is a Toronto-based actor and singer, and a recent York University alumna. On top of her theatrical pursuits and passions, Julia also finds great joy teaching yoga in Newmarket. She would like to thank everyone for coming out to support this festival, and the fabulous organizers and artists making it happen. Recent credits: Fallen (Theresa Ohanian), Til Death (Filament Incubator), Lemon (Filament Incubator).

Isabella Kondrat - 241; Philosophy is Dead (and so are we)

Isabella is entering her third year of George Brown’s Theatre Performance program, where she has played such roles as: Mrs. Heidelberg in The Clandestine Marriage, The Duchess of Olivarez in Don Carlos, and Janie in The Valley. She also created and starred in a play based on the works and letters of Jane Austen, that was presented as a part of a 9-hour long period study performance. Outside of George Brown, Isabella has enjoyed performing as a princess and pirate (but not both at the same time) for children. She is originally from Ottawa, and is a proud graduate of Canterbury High School for the Arts. She is thankful for everyone who is a part of this delightful masque, and for those here in support of it tonight!

Mark Kreder - A Love in Vein; Back in Town; Daze at the Park

Mark Kreder is an actor based out of Mississauga, Ontario. In 2014 he graduated from the University of Windsor’s B.F.A- Acting program. He has done workshops with Kari Margolis, The SITI company and has participated in the Stratford Academy. His most recent roles include: Paul in Pocket Rocket (Lost and Found Theatre), Billy Fiddler in Wounded Soldiers (4th Line Theatre) Poach in Straight Up! (Small but Mighty) and Nick in So Lovely Here on Earth (InspiraTO Festival 2017). When Mark is not on stage, he can be found at Young People’s Theatre working as a resident artist-educator or making videos for his YouTube channel, The ScienceFACTion Show.  Mark is thrilled to be a part of the NewMarket National Play Festival, working with so many amazing artists. Enjoy the shows!

Scott Maudsley - A Day at the Beach; Two-Hander

Scott recently played the title character and the Chief of Police in Dina Morrone’s Moose on the Loose which played in both Sudbury and Thunder Bay where it had its Canadian Premiere.  Also recent are Angus in the Port Stanley Festival Theatre’s production of the Drawer Boy and Frank in their production of Mini Putt, written by Simon Joynes.  Other selected credits are Marcel Pochon in 4th Line’s Eldorado Town, George in Magnus Theatre’s Same Time Next Year and also as Jack in their production of Norm Foster’s Storm Warning.  Also, nearer to home, Scott has been an active member of Mysteriously Yours for over 20 years and has performed several roles including Achilles in The Miracle of St. Antony for Atrium Theatre.  Scott has been on the big screen as Dodge in Carver’s Gate, and George in Wide Awake.  He has also appeared on the small screen in Doc, Codename Eternity, and as Officer Findlay in Anne of Green Gables.  And if you haven’t seen him in any of the above, you will certainly remember him as the Dad in the Turtles commercial which has played every Christmas for the past 6 years or even better, on the Air Canada in-flight safety video. 

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John Sellens - Two-Hander

John has been active in theatre for over 25 years, originally based in Waterloo, and now in York Region.  His recent appearances include "Outlaw", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Doubt", "Storm Warning", "7-10 Split", "84 Charing Cross Road", "The Affections of May", and "Trying".  John received an ACT-CO award for his roles in "Bedtime Stories", a Theatre Ontario "Thea" award in 2007 for his performance in "Outlaw", and won "Best Lighting Design - Comedy" for "Old Love" in 2014. He especially enjoys new and interesting Canadian plays with small casts,
and is thrilled to be part of the first Newmarket National Play Festival.A devoted father of three, John also plays alto sax with the Markham Concert Band.

Kyra Van Den Enden - A Love in Vein, Daze at the Park

Kyra Van Den Enden has just completed her third year of acting training at Ryerson School of Performance. Her Acting Credits include: Eurydice (dir. Robynne Harder, 2017); The Artful Widow (dir. Adam Paolozza, 2017); The Venetian Twins (dir. Adam Paolozza, 2017), The Cherry Orchard (dir. Cynthia Ashperger, 2016) Clown (dir. Leah Cherniak and Helen Donnelly, 2016); and Peer Gynt (dir. Leah Cherniak, 2016). She has also performed original monologues from her Character Analeise at Pencil Kit Productions 2017 spring Showcase, and performed in a collective creation at Soulpepper Theatre as part of the Youth Mentorship Program.

Kathleen Welch - Hatching in a Cage; Iphigenia; River Flows West

Kathleen Welch is an actor, theatre creator, and founding member of OPIA Theatre Collective. With OPIA Theatre Collective, Kathleen has originated the roles of Catherine in Widow's Wedding Dress and Clara in Fermata. Kathleen holds a BFA in Acting from The University of Windsor where she focused a great deal on the creation of new works. Selected acting credits: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Paper Knife Theatre), Saturninus in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre), Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa (University Players), Richard in Richard III (University of Windsor). Kathleen is also passionate about writing and is looking forward to premiering her new play at OPIA’s Dark Crop Theatre Festival in August. When not doing theatre, Kathleen enjoys playing piano, eating cheesy foods, and reading Victorian literature.