In his past 19 seasons at Stratford, Edward has served as Assistant Director of Oklahoma!, A Delicate Balance, Oliver!, Ghosts, The Lark, Quiet in the Land, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Associate Director of King Henry VIII, The Donnellys: Sticks & Stones, and West Side Story. Other directing credits include Fuente Ovajuna, Voces des las Cerras, Vivir Para Contarla; Teatro EsArtes El Salvador. Noye’s Fludde (CBC); Dance of Death; Weird Kid; Nightlight; Sometimes…; and Nunsense, Baby, Six for Song, Little Shop of Horrors, On Golden Pond and On the Fourth (SummerStage Theatre, Boulder, Colorado). If I Could, and Two Minutes to Midnight; Teatro Es Artes and The World Festival of Children’s Theatre. Edward co-created landmark multi-disciplined adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Mozambique with Shakespeare Link Canada and Montes Numuli and Romeo and Juliet, a hearing/deaf multilingual experiment, with Shakespeare Link Canada. He continues to work with artists in El Salvador in partnership with The Stratford Festival and CUSO International. Edward has taught acting at the University of Guelph and the National Theatre School of Canada and has taught Classical Theatre for Humber College, George Brown College, The Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Cawthra Park School for the Arts and the National Ballet School of Canada. For Michigan State University, Edward has taught classical theatre and theatre for young audiences and directed The Beaux Stratagem, Cyrano de Bergerac and James and the Giant Peach. His production company, In the Blink, produces youth-oriented theatre in the Toronto area and he regularly voiced characters for the TVO/Treehouse series Mighty Machines. Edward is a BFA acting graduate of the University of Windsor.
Thomas Olajide is a Dora Mavor Moore Award-nominated, Toronto-based actor from Vancouver, British Columbia and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Some of his film credits include Inhuman Condition (Nominated for Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media – Fiction in the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards), Mariner (Part of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival’s Canada’s Top Ten), and Designated Survivor (Netflix) Some theatre credits include: Black Boys (Saga Collectif and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Beaux Stratagem (Stratford Festival); Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale (Canadian Stage); and The Whipping Man and Ruined (Obsidian Theatre). In 2014, he received the Stratford Festival’s Peter Donaldson Award for Great Promise in Shakespeare and the Classics. Thomas is a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s CBC Actors Conservatory. He can next be seen in the feature film ‘White Lie’ which recently had its world premiere screening at this year’s TIFF.
Sheena D. Robertson
Sheena is a theatre/film director/producer, photographer and passionate artist- educator. Recently, she has directed numerous documentaries focused on arts advocacy, and directed/produced the one-man show Lizardboy – which toured nationally, receiving the Audience Choice Award at the Summerworks Festival. Her collaborative digital story-telling project Stories from the Inner City, has received international distribution. Currently her focus is as the Artistic Director/Founder of Kick Start Arts – a not-for-profit that facilitates projects in both school and community settings – engaging diverse communities in creation, thought, and collaboration. A central initiative of KSA is the innovative Regent Park Project. This community-engaged process sees professional artists working collaboratively with emerging artists – supporting the telling of their stories with integrity and connectedness. The goal of the project is to share stories not often heard in the main stream, and to offer access to the professional film world. This has been highly successful, with Sheena Directing and Producing both Season 1 and 2 of the resulting web series. (www.RegentParkProject.com) Sheena has worked extensively in diverse settings locally, nationally and internationally for over 20 years. She pioneered the Artist-Education Certification Program for the Royal Conservatory – acting as the founding Course Director. She has worked as both a drama and pedagogy facilitator at OISE/UofT, training hundreds of local and international teachers, always focusing on the power of the arts to explore issues of social justice. She is passionate about the arts as a powerful tool that creates community, engages participants, and establishes equitable environments, encouraging critical thinking, debate, and creative freedom.
Sheena has been recognized for her work by her community – she was a finalist for the TAC’s Diversity Award.