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- BY KATE HAMILL
- Adapted from the novel by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Directed by JENNA RODGERS
Share the Delight, Love, and Spirit
This coming of age war–time story about a family during the holidays is a tale that has been cherished for generations. Jo March isn’t your typical Victorian lady. She is unconventional and headstrong. And she is convinced that one day she will be a great novelist. But tumultuous times surround her and her sisters. They need to be imaginative, wise, and brave – all while approaching adulthood in Civil War America. Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel adapted by Kate Hamill is sure to bring warmth and joy to your holiday season.
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- DIRECTOR JENNA RODGERS
- SET & LIGHTING DESIGN ANDY MORO
- COSTUME DESIGN WHITTYN JASON
- ORIGINAL MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN ALESSANDRO JULIANI
- PROJECTION DESIGN BETH KATES
- ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGN CHAD BLAIN
- VOICE & DIALECT COACH JANE MACFARLANE
- FIGHT DIRECTOR JOHN KNIGHT
- CHOREOGRAPHY & MOVEMENT COACH DANIELLE DESMARAIS
- STAGE MANAGER CARISSA SAMS
- ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER MEREDITH JOHNSON
- APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER MICHAEL LUONG
- CAST TARA BEAGAN, HEIDI DAMAYO, CHRISTOPHER HUNT, VANESSA LETICIA JETTÉ, KATHRYN KERBES, DEVIN MACKINNON, REBBEKAH OGDEN, BERNARDO PACHECO, DEAN STOCKDALE
- TC MENTORS PROGRAM HEIDS MACDONALD - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BRENDAN BRICELAND - ASSISTANT PROJECTION DESIGN
Cast and Creative Team
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Honour Beat (playwright). Tara Beagan is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish "Canadian" halfbreed. She is cofounder/director of ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro and based in Mohkinstsis. Beagan served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. Beagan has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre, NEPA, the National Arts Centre, Berton House, and most recently Prairie Theatre Exchange. Seven of her 35 plays are published. Two plays have received Dora Award nominations (one win). In 2018, Beagan was a finalist in the Alberta Playwrights’ Network competition. In 2020, Honour Beat won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Beagan is a Dora and Betty nominated actor, and a director. Along with protégé Joelle Peters, Beagan is the 2020 laureate of the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre.
(she/her) Theatre Calgary debut. Born and raised right here in Treaty 7 Territory, Heidi first auditioned for “Crocodile” in her junior high production of Peter Pan and is thrilled to have somehow ended up here! Select acting credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard on the Beach), Mustard (The Arts Club/Belfry) and New Canadian Kid (Green Thumb Theatre). She is also currently working on a commission from Nightswimming Theatre for their 5x25 Initiative, and she is this year's associate dramaturge at Lunchbox Theatre. Heidi is a graduate of UBC Theatre, an FDC Intermediate Actor-Combatant, a Wesbrook Scholar, and a recipient of the HSBC Undergraduate Award and Stephen Woodhouse Memorial Prize. She would like to dedicate this show to her parents, and to the tremendous English and Drama teachers who inspired her back when she was a little woman.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: Over 40 productions, including The Scarlet Letter, The Humans (assistant director), Twelfth Night, The Audience, 7 Stories, Glorious, Humble Boy, Copenhagen, True West, Private Lives, Memoir, The Importance of Being Earnest (1995), Charley’s Aunt, Amadeus, Tartuffe. Elsewhere: Driving Miss Daisy (Stage West), Clue, Dracula: The Bloody Truth (Vertigo Theatre), Gilgamesh Lazyboy, The Land, The Animals (One Yellow Rabbit), Waiting For Godot (Black Radish Theatre), The Wedding Party, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, 1979 (Alberta Theatre Projects), Flight Risk (Lunchbox Theatre), The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Caravan Farm Theatre). Film/TV: Heartland, Caitlin’s Way, Shanghai Noon, You Know My Name. Awards: Christopher received the 2018 Harry and Martha Cohen Award for his significant and sustained contribution to the Calgary theatre community. He’s also the recipient of eight of Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards for his acting. Upcoming: Resident Aliens (Theatre New Brunswick).
Vanessa Leticia Jetté
(she/her) Vanessa is a Mexican-Canadian artist living in Calgary. She is a multidisciplinary theatre and movement artist, and she is very excited to be working with all these amazing people to bring Little Women to life! You may have seen her previously on stages with companies such as Vertigo Theatre: Clue, Sherlock Holmes and The Vanishing Thimble; Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol; Lunchbox Theatre Stage Two series: By the Book; Major Matt Mason: Premium Content; One Yellow Rabbit: BeautifulYoungArtists; The Shakespeare Company: Hamlet Frequency. She is forever grateful to her family and to her partner Chris for all their support and she hopes you all enjoy the show!
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol, Enron, Billy Elliot the Musical. Elsewhere: Kathryn has worked extensively in Calgary at Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre, Stage West, Theatre Calgary and Vertigo Theatre as well as at the Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island. Selected favourite recent credits: The Hollow, Flight Risk, Book Club, Billy Elliot, Glorious, Outside Mullingar, The Outsider, Home for the Holidays, Sherlock Holmes and the Vanishing Thimble. Kathryn is the recipient of Betty Mitchell nominations and awards, a Calgary Critics Award, and, along with her husband, Hal, is a co-recipient of The Harry and Martha Cohen Award for significant and sustained contribution to theatre in Calgary. Kathryn would like to thank her family to whom she owes a huge debt of gratitude for their never ending support and love.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2019). Devin is thrilled to be back at Theatre Calgary working on this beautiful show with all of these amazing artists. Born and raised on PEI, Devin attained a BA from UPEI before studying at the National Theatre School of Canada. Elsewhere: Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, Paradise Lost, Long Day's Journey Into Night (u/s) (Stratford Festival), Murder in the Studio (u/s) (Vertigo), The Tempest (TSC), Crime Does Not Pay (Downstage), Liberation Days, The Mary Celeste, Nothing Less!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, In This Light, Frankenstein, The Ruins (Two Planks and A Passion). Training: UPEI, The National Theatre School of Canada, The Birmingham Conservatory. Special thanks to the team at Talent House, Wayne-O, Dad & Kim, and of course, Michaela.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow). Rebbekah is a multidisciplinary artist whose interests include painting, writing and acting. She is truly getting to live her dreams as an artist and she couldn't be more grateful. Rebbekah graduated from Rosebud School of the Arts in 2020 with an F.R.S.A in Theatre Arts. Her past show credits include: Cowgirl Up (Alberta Theatre Projects); Wandering with Wander (Storyfair Productions); A Christmas Story, The Kite, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol (Rosebud Theatre). Getting to be in Little Women as her debut role on the Max Bell Theatre stage is a dream come true for Rebbekah. She hopes you have an enjoyable show and a wonderful holiday season.
(he /him) Bernardo is an Albertan artist, excited to make his Theatre Calgary debut. After graduating from the University of Calgary’s Drama program, he trained with The Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, and participated in Arts Club Theatre’s Actors’ Intensive in Vancouver. Bernardo has been fortunate enough to enjoy an international career in theatre, television and voice over. Some highlights include: San Diego Repertory Theater, Citadel Theatre, Chinook Animation and Disney Fx. During the pandemic, Bernardo earned a diploma in Digital Audio Production from Pixel Blue College and now works as a freelance mixing engineer and audio editor between projects. Having just finished a tour with Citadel Theatre, Bernardo is thrilled to be finishing off 2022 back in his home city.
(they/them) Theatre Calgary debut. Dean Stockdale grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is a player and writer of music, a dancer, and a pacifist. They believe in the woo-woo, but more so in science. They want to create art that educates, informs, questions, and brings people together through the expansion of perspectives. Their most recent productions include FreeWill Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure (Francis Flute, Peaseblossom, Froth, Nun), University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre’s Rochdale (Whitman), U of A’s She Kills Monsters (Vera), U of A’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (musical direction and Longaville and Holofernes), and La Troupe du Jour’s Pandamour (music direction and numerous characters). They are beyond excited to be joining this year’s cast of Little Women for their first ever winter holiday show as a graduated professional!
Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2017), Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMaker’s Rep, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production—S&S), Arvada Center and others; upcoming productions at Shakespeare Theatre of DC, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Kansas City Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival and more. Upcoming world premieres: Little Women at the Jungle Theater and Primary Stages; Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre. She is currently working on new adaptations of “The Odyssey” and “The Scarlet Letter,” as well as several new original plays (Prostitute Play, In the Mines, Love Poem). Kate was one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season. kate-hamill.com
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Dramaturg - A Christmas Carol (2020 filmed production). Jenna is a mixed-race Director and Dramaturg who gratefully resides on land called Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary), on Treaty 7 Territory. She is the founding Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre – a company dedicated to producing and developing work by and for racialized artists. Jenna is also the Dramaturg for the Playwrights Lab at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Board Co-Chair of LMDA, and the Artstrek Director for Theatre Alberta. She is a passionate arts equity advocate, a graduate of the NTS Artistic Leadership Residency (2020), the Banff Centre’s Cultural Leadership Program (2019), and a member of the artEquity National Facilitator Training cohort (2018). Jenna is the most recent recipient of Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize. Recent directing credits include Hookman and The Green Line for Chromatic Theatre, Undressed at Alberta Theatre Projects, and Mary’s Wedding at the Citadel Theatre. Upcoming: Teenage Dick at Alberta Theatre Projects.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: Honour Beat, Admissions. Recent Theatre: In Spirit, Ministry of Grace, Reckoning, ROOM, Declaration, Deer Woman (ARTICLE 11 w/Tara Beagan), The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time (National Arts Centre / Neptune Theatre / Black Theatre Workshop), Post Mistress, Rez Sisters (RMTC), The Unnatuaral and Accidental Women (NAC), Blackhorse (Caravan Farm Theatre), The Herd (Citadel), Frozen River (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Third Colour, War Being Waged (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Time Stands Still, O’Kosi (Making Treaty 7), Sky Dancers (Anowara Dance), Flicker, Minowin, Raven Mother (Dancers of Damelahamid), Finding Wolastoq Voice (Theatre New Brunswick), Blood Water Earth, Blood Tides, The Mush Hole (Kahawi Dance Theatre). Film/TV: Co-Creation/Direction - Indigenous Day Live 2022 (APTN), Road to Hasalala Danxalax (Chan Centre/CBC), Deer Woman, Reckoning (ARTICLE 11). Upcoming: F-Word (Downstage Theatre / ATP), The Extractionist and Gaslight (Vertigo Theatre), Ministry of Grace (Making Treaty 7 w. Article 11), Space Girl (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Pisuwin (Atlantic Ballet Theatre).
(they/them) Theatre Calgary debut. Whittyn Jason is a queer, non-binary, mixed-race designer of South African and Ukrainian descent. They primarily live and create in amiskwacîwâskahikan (colonially known as Edmonton). TRecent credits include once + after (KNK Collective, presented by Brian Webb Dance Company), Re:Construct (RISER Edmonton), Smoke (Tiny Bear Jaws), The Wolves (Maggie Tree/The Citadel), The Fiancee, Heaven (The Citadel), and Night (Major Matt Mason Collective). Upcoming credits include The Royale (The Citadel), and Heaven (NAC). In addition to scenography and design, they are also the Festival Director for Found Festival (Common Ground Arts Society). Whittyn is a member of the ADC, and holds a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta.
(he/him) Alessandro (AJ) currently makes his living as an actor, singer, composer and sound- designer. He has been working at these disciplines off and on for the last 30 years. He is frequently executed, maimed, disemboweled, dismembered, immolated, petrified, crucified and/or air-locked on your favourite locally-shot television programs and films. He often lends his voice to the animated programs which your kids/grand-kids/great-grand-kids/eccentric uncles currently binge. His work as a composer and sound designer has augmented/detracted from live performances and films seen around the globe. People have occasionally given him trophies for his work. Some of them are transparent, and others more opaque. He makes his home in Vancouver with his partner and frequent collaborator, Meg Roe, and their three children.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: The Importance of Being Earnest, Steel Magnolias, Ragtime: A Concert Performance, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare by the Bow). Beth is a theatre-maker and an award-winning lighting, set, projection, and mixed-reality designer whose work has been seen on stages around the world for over 30 years. A leader in new forms of performance, she recently led a VR Performance residency at Canadian Stage, the Blyth Festival’s Young Company in VR, and co-created and directed Bury The Wren, a Virtual Reality / Live performance which was recently presented at World Stage Design 2022. Upcoming: A workshop at the Prague Quadrennial 2023 and a remount of Bury The Wren. Her favourite production is her son, Aaron. playgroundstudios.ca
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: Skylight. Theatre: O'kosi, 509, Okotoks, Kaahsinnoniks (MT7), Murder In The Studio (Vertigo Theatre), Crime & Punishment (Cloudsway), The Virgin Trial, The Last Wife (ATP), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Three Musketeers (Shakespeare Company). TV/Film/Docs: Innaihtsiiyisinnii (MT7), Homes & Lifestyles (CTV), Mings Dynasty (CBC Gem), Sensei, Grounded, Two Worlds, Karaoke Mamas (Telus Storyhive), The Healing (Calgary International Film Festival), P3, The Radicals (Banff Mountain Film Festival). In 2022 Chad received his first nomination and first Betty for his sound design work on Murder In The Studio (Vertigo Theatre). He has been nominated for the AMPIA Awards for his post production work in composition, overall sound and editing and obsesses about making everything sound awesome. In 2021, he produced his first documentary See Me: Change The Face of Addiction, and is co-founder of the Jamie Blain Memorial Foundation which supports healthy mountain lifestyles, mental wellness and stoking rad attitudes in youth. @snowboardingsaves Twitter/IG: @chadblain
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Resident Voice Coach – More than 60 productions since 2000 including The Importance of Being Earnest, Million Dollar Quartet, Steel Magnolias, Admissions, The Louder We Get, Noises Off, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Scarlet Letter, Mary and Max – A New Musical, Honour Beat, 11 seasons of Shakespeare by the Bow and 15 years of A Christmas Carol. Recently, Jane adapted and directed the 2022 Shakespeare on the Go production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has also worked for ATP, is the Voice & Dialect Consultant for Vertigo Theatre and the Voice & Text Coach for The Shakespeare Company. Jane also coaches Voice and Presence through her business Voice Activated. She has taught Voice for the Actor and Acting at such institutions as York University, Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, MRU, UofA, and is currently on faculty in the Drama Division in the School of Creative & Performing Arts at UCalgary.
(he/him) Theatre Calgary debut. John is a violence designer, director, and theatre arts educator based in Calgary/Mohkinstsis. He is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary and Ambrose University. He is also the owner/operator of Knight Fights, as well as a Certified Instructor and Fight Director with The Academy of Fight Directors Canada. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Calgary. Select credits: Filumena, Carmen (Calgary Opera), Hookman (Chromatic Theater & UofC), Between Us (Handsome Alice), No One’s Safe (Banff Centre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Spirit Fire Theatre), Julius Caesar (The Shakespeare Company). John would like to thank Eva for the constant support and encouragement. Up next John is designing violence for Ambrose Arts Theatre production of Gilgamesh.
(she/her) Theatre Calgary debut. Danielle Desmarais was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and has studied multiple dance disciplines for over 25 years, including jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre. She studied at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, and has since been choreographing and performing for theatre companies around town including Front Row Centre, Storybook Theatre, and Cappuccino Theatre, while teaching and sharing her love and passion for dance with people of all ages. Recent credits include Descendants: The Musical, Curious George and the Golden Meatball, and Return to Treasure Island (Storybook Theatre), The Wedding Singer (Front Row Centre), and Naughty but Nice: The Big V (Forte Musical Theatre Guild). When not choreographing or performing, you can find her at home with her two dogs, two cats, one daughter, and one immensely supportive wife.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Stage Manager – A Midsummer Night's Dream (2019, 2012), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, Hamlet (Shakespeare by the Bow). Assistant Stage Manager - Steel Magnolias, A Christmas Carol (2019), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Humans, Skylight, The Light in the Piazza, Bad Jews. Other selected credits: Undressed, Stealing Sam (Alberta Theatre Projects); Misery, Clue, Murder in the Studio, 39 Steps, The Haunting, Our Man in Havana, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Vertigo Theatre); The Children, A Doll’s House Pt. 2 (Belfry Theatre); Smoke (Downstage). Carissa would like to thank her fiancé, Myles, and her parents for their continued support.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Iceland. Meredith is a Calgary based stage manager who has stage managed with Alberta Theatre Projects, Bad Knaps Theatre, Black Radish Theatre, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, Handsome Alice Theatre, Heritage Park, Lunchbox Theatre, Making Treaty 7, Major Matt Mason Collective, One Yellow Rabbit, The Shakespeare Company, Spontaneous Theatre/Arts Club Theatre, Quest Theatre, Verb Theatre and Vertigo Theatre. Meredith wishes to thank the Dream Team for being the best company an SM could ask for in these hard times.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: Million Dollar Quartet. Elsewhere: Misery, Murder in the Studio (Vertigo Theatre), Legally Blonde, Descendants (Storybook Theatre), Frankenstein (Jupiter Theatre), The Strid (Downstage Stage It). Michael is a graduate from the University of Calgary. Since graduating he has worked with many smaller companies such as Ghost River Theatre and Storybook Theatre, and is excited to be coming back to Theatre Calgary for his second show. When not rehearsing Michael is spending time with his partner, hiking in the mountains or building puzzles.
(they/them) Theatre Calgary debut. Heids is a queer, non-binary theatre educator, actor, and director who works and creates in treaty 7 territory. They hold an FRSA in Acting from Rosebud School of the Arts and an IAC with Fight Directors Canada. Heids is curious about intersectionality in the theatre. It is their hope to explore ways of learning from each other in our vast experiences, and then – by extension – bring those experiences to story. Little Women has held a special place in Heids’ heart for many years, and they are so grateful to Jenna for her collaborative spirit. Previous directing credits include Almost, Maine (Rosebud School of the Arts), Communion (Fire Exit Theatre), The Bear (Robinson Productions), Salt Water Moon (Genesis Theatre), The Little Prince (Opia Productions), Agape (Incendiary Festival), The Raft (Cygnus Productions), and Kohkum & me (The Rest of Us Theatre). With love to Brooke. Merry Christmas, Calgary!
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: The Importance of Being Earnest (2022). Recently: Projection design - The Jungle Book, ATP. Brendan has been involved in the theatre / digital media creation world in various capacities over the years. From performing on cruise ships and the Toronto area, receiving his diploma in Visual Effects to most recently acting as the Head of Projection at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, he is very excited to be assisting Beth and continuing this amazing journey. Thank you Mark for always being my guiding light. brendanbriceland.com IG: @bsquaredcreative
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