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Anna Dalgleish & Zach Running Coyote
Romeo & Juliet
- By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Haysam Kadri and Jenna Turk
- Directed by Haysam Kadri, Animation by Kurt Firla
Home is where the Bard is.
The run of Romeo & Juliet has ended. We thank everyone who was able to join us online this summer!
Cast and Creative Team
University of Alberta (2019), MacEwan University (2015)
God’s Bread Melanie is thrilled to be back with Shakespeare by the Bow on their new online adventure this summer! Melanie is an Alberta-based performer and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, and as well a Diploma in Theatre Arts from MacEwan University. Favourite credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SBTB), They Who Surround Us (Gynourmous Pictures), Alex Cafuffle in On The Verge, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (U of A) Bobby James in Concord Floral (U of A and Edmonton Fringe) and Catch Me If You Can and Trojan Women (MacEwan University). She would like to thank her mom, her sister, Billy, and her pup Finn for all their love and support.
University of Alberta (2018), MacEwen University (2014)
Billy is an actor/singer from Edmonton, Alberta. His most recent theatre credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow), John in John & Jen (Imagine Performing Arts), Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow), Lyngstrand in The Lady from the Sea (Studio Theatre), Moth in Love’s Labours Lost (Freewill Shakespeare), Sampson in Romeo and Juliet (Freewill Shakespeare), and Skip Goldman in Rumpelstiltskin (Alberta Opera). This is Billy’s third time working with Shakespeare by the Bow and has had an absolute blast with Romeo & Juliet. He hopes the audience enjoys the new and improved online system Theatre Calgary has offered during these uncertain times.
Rosebud School of the Arts (2019)
I'm thrilled to learn from Juliet. She's smart, her feelings are transparent, and she's unafraid of committing utterly to her beliefs. I owe my education to Rosebud, where I acted in Rosebud Theatre's Cariboo Magi, The Amish Project, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, and Bright Star along with school productions. Since moving to Calgary last year, I've had the joy of acting in The lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (ATP), and The Tempest (The Shakespeare Company). Next up: Peter Pan (ATP). This show is for my Zach: my real-life Romeo. I love you to death.
University of Waterloo (2020)
Siddharth is an actor by day, engineer by night. His credits include Never Swim Alone, The 39 Steps, Where Have all the Lightning Bugs Gone (AHSDFA Provincial One Act festival), and A Midsummer’s Night Dream (The Shakespeare Company). He has co-directed and starred in a short film - Exam Day. He has simultaneously pursued a mechanical engineering degree; worked as a researcher at the Human Performance Lab (University of Calgary), as a designer at the Neurorehabilitation Lab (Waterloo) and maintained a career as a Manufacturing Design Engineer at Apple Inc. in California. Follow his crazy journey on his Youtube channel - Siddharth Kumar!
Zach Running Coyote (he/him)
Rosebud School of the Arts (2019)
Zach is an Indigenous actor, playwright and professional Trickster, dedicated to representing Indigenous bodies on stage. You may recognize him from his solo show Snowblind, at Lunchbox Theatre or from the various shows he appeared in at Rosebud Theatre. He wants to remind you that we aren’t alone in this strangest of times. All our Relations, human and not, are in this together. He thanks his family and ancestors for stories and songs, and Creator, for giving and sustaining life. He would also like to thank Baby Yoda for the gift of choccy milk and chicky nugs.
Kaeley Jade Wiebe
University of Alberta (2020)
An Edmonton-based actor, Kaeley is ecstatic to be joining the SBTB team in bringing this classic love story to life. Select theatre credits include: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., Shakespeare’s Dog (Studio Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (University of Alberta), Anne of Green Gables (Festival Players). Alongside her acting career, she has been making waves as a folk-pop singer/songwriter under 'Kaeley Jade', and her music has been featured on the Indigenous Music Countdown, on Spotify editorial playlists including New Music Friday, and on blogs from around the world. Her debut EP, Years Ago, is now available on all major streaming platforms.
George Brown Theatre School (2016)
Chelsea is a classically trained singer and actor who was born and raised in Weyburn, SK. In 2016 she graduated from George Brown Theatre School in Toronto and that following year produced, directed, and took the stage with her indie Theatre company Kindling Collective, which brought to the stage The Crucible followed by Monsters By Nature. For the past 2 years she has worked with Alberta Parks, in Kananaskis country, providing environmental education and theatrical performances to park visitors and local schools. Chelsea now proudly calls Calgary home and looks forward to working with this fantastic community of artists.
Stella Adler Studio of Acting (2018)
Kiana is a Taiwanese-Canadian performer born and raised in Mohkinstsis on Treaty 7 territory. She was most recently seen in Lighting the Way (Downstage Theatre) or as Sweetie in A Dinner Party (Bad Knaps Theatre Collective). In 2014 she played Titania, her first Shakespeare role ever (Calgary Young People’s Theatre). She is a playwright/producer mentee of the Stage It mentorship at Downstage Theatre and will present at the Shake Up festival in spring 2021. Kiana would like to thank the local theatre community for nurturing her over the years- there’s no place like home. More at kianawu.com
For Theatre Calgary: Director – The Shoplifters; Actor - A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Crucible, A Christmas Carol (2012-14), Enron, To Kill A Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing; Program Director for Shakespeare in the Park/Shakespeare by the Bow (2012-19).
Other directing credits include: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Arts Club, MTC, The Grand Theatre); Hammered Hamlet, Three Musketeers, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus (The Shakespeare Company); Might as well be Dead: Nero Wolfe (Vertigo); Metamorphoses (University of Calgary); Dracula, Prairie Boy’s Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mount Royal University); The Hobbit (Storybook); Dracula (Red Deer College).
Jenna is the Artistic Associate at Theatre Calgary where she assists in season programming, facilitates TC Mentors, and curates TC OUT LOUD. She earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. This year she trained in puppetry at the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive, she shot her first short film Bearcat with Herland, and she was proud to be the dramaturg in residence for YOUth Riot. Most recently for Theatre Calgary, Jenna directed Nicolas Billon’s Iceland. Wishing you all happy nights to happy days. xo
For Theatre Calgary: More than 60 productions since 2000 including Noises off, Iceland, Billy Elliot The Musical, The Scarlet Letter, Mary and Max – A New Musical, Honour Beat, The Secret Garden, Twelfth Night, The Audience, Skylight, Bad Jews, The Crucible, Liberation Days (WCT co-pro), One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mountaintop, Enron, 8 seasons of Shakespeare by the Bow and 16 years of A Christmas Carol.
Jane has also worked with ATP, is the Voice & Dialect Consultant for Vertigo Theatre and the Voice & Text Coach for The Shakespeare Company. She has taught at such institutions as York University, Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, MRU, UofA, and is currently teaching in the Drama Division in the School of Creative & Performing Arts at UCalgary.
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