Chris Earle is a playwright, actor, director, and Co-Artistic Director of the night kitchen. An alumnus of The Second City, he has directed numerous shows for the company, including Sixteen Scandals, Live Wrong and Prosper, and The Second City Guide to the Symphony, an acclaimed collaboration between The Second City and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His plays include Democrats Abroad (NYC Fringe Excellence Award), Russell Hill (produced by Tarragon Theatre, seven Dora nominations including Outstanding New Play) and Radio :30 (Dora Award - Outstanding New Play, Chalmers Award, Canadian Comedy Award), and Big Head Goes to Bed co-written with Shari Hollett). He has also scripted adaptations of Dickens' Hard Times (the night kitchen/Puppetmongers) and musical comedy versions of Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Robin Hood for Ross Petty Productions. As an actor he has worked at Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Columbus, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, the Blyth Festival, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Sudbury Theatre Centre, as well as numerous fringe festivals across Canada. TV credits include Slings and Arrows, The Newsroom, Conspiracy of Silence, and the voice of Roger Houston on the animated series Rescue Heroes.
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Jennifer has been a professional stage manager and lighting designer for twenty-seven years. During her extensive career she has worked on over 120 professional productions. In that time it has been her honour to have worked on eight original night kitchen Theatre productions as both stage manager and lighting designer, including the premier performances of Expectation, The Proceedings, Big Head Goes to Bed, and Radio∙30. Munga minga moonga.
Smart funny provocative theatre Artistic Directors Shari Hollett & Chris Earle Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bob Derkach (Sound Design) Bob is honoured to collaborate again on Radio :30. He is the Musical Director/Composer for the all-star female sketch troupe Women Fully Clothed, Ryan Stiles' Whose Live Anyway?, Drew Carey's Improv-A- Ganza and Monkey Toast--The Improvised Talk Show. Bob served as Musical Director/Composer for The Second City Theatre mainstages in Toronto ON, Edmonton AB, and Santa Monica CA from 1981-2006. In addition to his continuing compositional and sound design work for media, dance and theater, Bob's soundscape ‘The Winds of Mars’ opens Visions of Mars, which is an extra-terrestrial DVD-ROM artifact created by The Planetary Society, Pasadena CA as a time-capsule greeting for future settlers of Mars. It remains on-deck NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander. Bob has released 6 CDs of original electronic and piano music available on iTunes and at CD Baby. Visit his website at BobDerkachMusic.com.
Dana Andersen (“Mike” – Edmonton Fringe) Dana is an Edmonton-based actor, improvisor, filmmaker, writer and director. He is an alumnus of The Second City, and has worked closely with Mike Myers, Ryan Stiles, and Joe Flaherty, among others. He currently serves as director of the live improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, and has been a core member of the troupe since its founding in 1991. From 1995-1999, he co-hosted The Johnny and Poki Variety Hour at Edmonton's Varscona Theatre. His theatre credits include shows with Teatro la Quindicina, Panties Productions, and Rapid Fire Theatre. Film credits for Andersen include Purple Gas, Turnbuckle!, and Stray Dogs. He has written, directed and produced a number of independent films, including Rio Loco, Subplot, Subplot II and Hearts of Plastic.
Sam Earle (“Mike”, Radio :30, Winnipeg Fringe, Vancouver Fringe) Sam made his stage debut alongside his parents in Russell Hill at the Tarragon, though technically he also appeared with them - in utero – in Expectation at the 1993 Toronto Fringe. TV and film credits include Sticks and Stones, The Relationship, Found Footage and the web series Guidance. Sam spent five seasons on the hit Canadian series Degrassi, playing troubled teen K.C. Guthrie, and has been very active in Degrassi’s partnership with Free the Children, participating in aid projects in Ecuador, Haiti, India, and Ghana. Sam currently attends Victoria College at the University of Toronto.
Shari Hollett is a Toronto-based director, dramaturge, actor and writer, as well as Co-Artistic Director of the night kitchen with Chris Earle, with whom she co-wrote Expectation and Big Head Goes To Bed. Most recently she directed Real Estate for the Sudbury Theatre Centre, the premieres of Kate Lynch’s Early August at the Blyth Festival and Erin Fleck’s Those Who Can’t Do at Theatre Passe Muraille and was associate director/dramaturge on Liza Balkan’s Out the Window. Shari has specialized in dramaturging and directing original works including Sean Reycraft’s critically acclaimed One Good Marriage, Earle’s award-winning plays Radio:30 and Democrats Abroad in both Toronto and New York, Jonathan Wilson's That Gay Guy, Chris Leavin’s Poster Child, Deb Filler’s Filler Up and Jennifer Fawcett’s The Hurricane Project . She has also directed 2 shows for The Second City Detroit, as well as Second City's National Touring Co., and has directed 5 shows for Canadore College’s theatre program, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and You are Here. As an actor, Shari has appeared in her own work, as well as Video Cabaret’s City For Sale, Chris Earle’s Russell Hill and The Proceedings , The Martha Stewart Projects, White Trash Blue Eyes, Getting Ready, I’d never Give An Acrylic Scarf to a Man I Love, the improvisational Soap Opera Wedge Of Night. For The Second City London she did 5 revues as a writer/performer. Selected T.V. appearances include The West Wing, Stir of Echoes 2, Wild Card, Guilt by Association, Walter and Henry, Blue Murder, The Dan Jansen Story and SCTV.