Robert Chafe (Dramaturge)
Robert Chafe is a playwright based in St. John’s, whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, Australia and in the United States. He is the author of seventeen stage scripts and co-author of another eight. He was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh in 2004, and won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been writer in residence at Artistic Fraud, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Forest Forge Theatre, (Hampshire, UK), and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. His plays Oil and Water and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams each premiered in sold out runs in St. John’s and went on to tour Canada. In 2016 he premiered his first opera, Ours, with composer John Estacio (Opera on the Avalon) and released his first book of short fiction - Two Man Tent (Breakwater Books) - which went on to be a finalist for the Winterset Award. Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.
Pat Dempsey (Evan/Production Support)
Pat Dempsey is a theatre practitioner who has been working in the local theatre scene for over 20 years. A graduate of York University's Theatre Program, Pat has most recently been seen playing The Director in the web series Blue Moon, God in the short film Holy Smoke and as an Undercover Cop (spoiler!) in Republic of Doyle. He co-founded, the Norstead Theatre Festival, a summer theatre festival in L'Anse Aux Meadows, and has performed across Canada with the Sketch Comedy Troupe, The Serious.
Robert Gauthier (Lighting Design)
Robert is an award winning lighting designer having spent many years working across Canada including with the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Arts Centre. Currently, he is senior technician with the Resource Centre for the Arts in St. John’s NL.
Danielle Irvine (Director)
Danielle Irvine is an award-winning Newfoundland-based theatre director who has worked across Canada for over 20 years. Highlights of her career include six years teaching at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal; assistant directing at the Stratford Festival of Canada for two seasons (including being the first director to study in their Birmingham Conservatory); and winning the Canada Council for the Arts prestigious John Hirsch Prize for Directing and the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Protégée Prize under Jillian Keiley. Along with her current position as Artistic Director for Perchance Theatre, Danielle has co-founded two other successful theatre companies and is also the current founding artistic director of SweetlineTheatre. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations including Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and the Resource Centre for the Arts. Danielle has spent many years working in television and movie casting including CBC's Republic of Doyle and more recently for the Netflix series, Frontier.
Kirsti Mikoda (Stage Manager/Tour Coordinator)
Kirsti is a Stage Manager with many years of experience. Some of her credits from St. John’s include: Oedipus and Antigone (ACC), Parlour Song (C2C Theatre), Jerry’d Alive! (RCA), and the last four seasons of Perchance Theatre at Cupids, where she works as the Technical Director and Fight Choreographer.
Paul David Power (Tony/Playwright)
Paul David Power has spent the past 25 years working as a writer, playwright, actor and director. His formal training includes holding a BA in English with a concentration in theatre and a BAA in Journalism. Paul has a long history in raising awareness and understanding about disability issues through his work and currently is the Artistic Director for Power Productions.
George Robertson (Sound Design)
George Robertson lives in St John’s and has worked as an actor, musician, and sound designer (often simultaneously in two or three of these capacities) with many theatre companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Perchance Theatre, RCA Theatre Company, Persistence Theatre, Rising Tide, c2c theatre, Open Theatre Company, New Curtain Theatre, Kanutu Theatre, Poverty Cove Theatre Company, Shakespeare By The Sea, Beothuck Street Players, Nothing On Productions, and many others, as well as appearing in several locally produced film and television projects.
Matt White (Carl)
Matt White is a graduate of the Grenfell Campus' Fine Arts Program and is returning to the stage for Crippled after a hiatus. Matt's experience is varied - ranging from comedy to Shakespeare, Restoration Era drama to radio soap operas. Since graduating, Matt has spent time on air at various radio stations. He currently calls Portugal Cove home with his wife Denielle and two children, Eric and Emma. Matt is very grateful to be a part of such an important and thought provoking production.