by Alice Birch • Directed by Jennifer Tarver
Arlen Aguayo Stewart
Arlen is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based actor and creator with an eclectic background in film, theatre, circus, dance and music who is fluent in five languages. As a child actor, Arlen began her career starring in Dead Silent, opposite Rob Lowe, and the acclaimed short Soother, winner at Uppsala’s International Film Festival. She won VFCC’s Best Actress for her starring role in Roads in February, Best Canadian First Feature winner at TIFF and VFCC, selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten. Other film credits include On the Basis of Sex, Zoe and Appiness. TV credits include The Bold Type (Freeform), Taken (NBC), In Contempt (BET). She has appeared in numerous plays such as Human Animals, Crees in the Caribbean, Unseamly, Dark Love, and the one-woman show, Half Girl/Half Face, performed at Unofest, revolver, and SummerWorks. Arlen is excited to share the stage with such a talented group of humans!
Clare divides her time between Montreal and Toronto. She has been instrumental in the first early years of what was once called ‘alternative’ or ‘underground’ theatre. Its focus was to bring to Canadian audiences Canadian playwrights and Canadian productions of international playwrights. Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Factory Lab, and others, presented English premiers of Michel Tremblay, premiers of Judith Thompson, George Walker, and others. Clare was a founding member of Toronto Free Theatre, now part of CanStage. Most recent production: Escaped Alone, by Caryl Churchill, directed by Jennifer Tarver, co-produced by Soulpepper and Necessary Angel, 2018.
Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre Conservatory Program in New York City. She is an actor, playwright, devised theatre creator, dancer, producer and arts educator. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Discord and Din Theatre, and a founding member of [elephants] collective. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists. As an actor, Jenna has worked in both the United States and Canada, and was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in Lela & Co. (Discord and Din Theatre’s 2017 production). As a writer she has written everything from radio shows to animated shorts, webseries to feature films, site-specific work to full-length plays. Upcoming, Jenna’s play Mine is being produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in March 2020.
Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a genderqueer, multi-disciplinary performer/creator, and first-generation Nikkei-Canadian settler proud to make Tkarón:to their home. Teiya comes from a background of over a decade of singing both traditional and contemporary operatic roles across North America and Europe, most recently praised as “a force of nature” by the Toronto Star. They combine opera, theatre, and taiko in their artistic practice and strive to center equity-seeking artists and their works through the initiative Amplified Opera. Teiya is a co-founder/member of Queer AF Collective and founder of the Vocal Dōjō. This season: The Wager (Theatre Gargantua), Cio-cio san Madama Butterfly (Windsor Symphony), Assistant Director All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (Nightwood), Soloist Beethoven's 9th (Kingston Symphony). Next season their original work The Queen in Me will premiere in Toronto. For more info: www.teiyakasahara.com or follow @teiyakasahara.
Recent productions: August: Osage County, Soulpepper; Middletown, Crow's Theatre (Dora Nomination - Acting), King Charles III, Studio 180; The Orchard (After Chekhov), Stage Kiss, Middletown, St. Joan, Engaged, Pygmalion, The Philanderer, His Girl Friday, The President, Summer and Smoke, Belle Moral, Journey’s End, Nothing Sacred, Detective Story, Doctor’s Dilemma, Shaw Festival; Rabbit Hole, Neptune Theatre; Private Lives, Citadel Theatre (Sterling Nomination - Acting); The Philadelphia Story, Theatre Calgary; Betrayal, Theatre And Company; She Stoops To Conquer, co-production The Grand/Vancouver Playhouse; It’s All True, Touchstone Theatre. Jeff is a graduate of Studio 58.
Selected credits: Serving Elizabeth (WCT), Copy That (Tarragon Theatre), Actually (Obsidian Theatre), Miss Julie (Quarter Century Theatre Company), A Doll’s House (Quarter Century
Theatre Company), Gash (Egro Pink Fest workshop), Controlled Damage (Call Me Scotty workshop), Let’s Go (Theatre Passe Muraille), Bonds Beyond (Glass Reflections Theatre Collective), The Model Apartment (Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts/
Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Lost (Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts). Selected Film/TV: Bad Kids( Winner of the UTM Film fest), Love Thong (Winner of the Boston International Film Festival), American Gods (Amazon Prime/Star TV), Supergirl (CTV), Dreams (Film). Up Next: Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Island Playhouse) Other: Tony is a graduate of Humber’s Theatre Performance conservatory and York University’s BFA program.Tony is also a recording artist for hip hop group Iambic. Tony is extremely excited to take you all on this new adventure. Find out what’s next for Tony by visiting www.tonyofori.com.
Creative + Production Team
Assistant Director & Producing Intern
Set & Costume Design
Thomas Ryder Payne & Rebecca Everett
Andre du Toit