SMART PEOPLE – CAST AND CREW

 

David Mackay – Director

David is a Vancouver based director, actor and playwright. For Mitch and Murray Productions he has directed Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw, Lungs and Race. He has also directed One Man 2 Guvnors, Boeing Boeing, Venus in Fur and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Arts Club, The Government Inspector at Studio 58, and The Crucible at Temple University in Philadelphia.

He has worked extensively at Bard on the Beach as a director/actor and is one of the original performers and co-creators of Axis Theatre’s The Number 14. David is currently developing a new play with Axis, Floored, based on a short story by Dino Buzzati. He graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Directing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

 

Kwesi Ameyaw – Playing Jackson

Since completing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC where he majored in Theatre and Political Science, Kwesi has established himself as a busy film, stage and voice over actor.

Recent Theatre highlights include the role of Officer Dan in the Boys Club Network production of Man Up as well as the role of Henry Brown for Mitch and Murray Productions in the Jessie nominated Canadian Premiere of David Mamet’s Race.  Most recent Film/TV credits include his recurring guest star role on the CW’s Legends Of Tommorow as Dr. Mid-Nite, as well as appearances in Man of Steel, The Confirmation, The A Team and Capote.

He also works as an acting coach at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.

 

 

Tricia Collins – Playing Ginny

Tricia Collins is a versatile actress and storyteller. Her plays and films have been presented at festivals internationally. Her one woman theatre production Gravity, also known as Deep Water Well, has toured internationally to Trinidad and opened Carifesta the Caribbean Festival of the Arts in Guyana garnering high acclaim. Gravity is a one-woman play and video art installation embedded in 500lbs of salt, which tells the history of Chinese women historically transported through the British West Indies. In 2006 her magic realist play Dreaming Elevators was produced by La Luna Productions and was directed by the late and great Lorena Gale.

As an actress Tricia’s lead acting roles on stage include The City and The City for The Only Animal, Bob for The Shadbolt, News of the World for Neworld Theatre, Beaver by Claudia Dey, The Unnatural & Accidental Women at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Hunted directed by Maiko Bae Yamamoto, Women in Fish for CBC Radio One, and Rare Earth Arias written by the Downtown Eastside Women’s Writing Group and presented by urban ink productions. On-screen credits include Clinch, Evil Men, The Good Mistress, Luna: Spirit of the Whale, The Guard, Supernatural, Eureka and Reaper.

 

Aaron Craven – Playing Brian

For Mitch and Murray Productions, Aaron has been onstage in previous productions of Detroit, Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw, and Race. He directed Rapture, Blister, Burn for the company in 2015. Other theatre credits include Wilde Holiday Shorts (Chemainus Theatre) and Gaslight (Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles). Aaron has previously directed productions of GlenGarry Glen Ross and Closer.

A busy Film/TV actor, Aaron splits time between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Credits include Somewhere Between, Final Vision, Aftermath, Travelers, The Flash, Castle, Ties That Bind, Big Eyes, The Age of Adaline and Gracepoint. Also a writer and director, his short film The Acting Teacher screened at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival. He also coaches actors through The Working Actors Gym, the training wing of Mitch and Murray Productions.

 

Katrina Reynolds – Playing Valerie

Katrina moved to Vancouver in 2014 with the intention to explore a new chapter in life, on and off the stage. Being gifted the opportunity to join the cast of Smart People has been a gorgeous addition to this new chapter.

Theatre credits include;  Bittergirl the musical, Avenue Q, Rock of Ages, Godspell (The ArtsClub), Puttin on the Ritz (The Belfry), Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway),  Camelot, Fiddler On The Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy (Stratford Festival), Hair (CanStage), Dreamgirls (Theatre Aquarius, The Grand Theatre, MTC), Mack and Mable, Hotel Pecadillo (Shaw Festival), Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival), Footloose (Drayton Entertainment).

Film and Television: The View, the 2012 Tony Awards, Untold Stories of the ER.
Other: Kat would like to thank her incredible parents, Nelson and Brenda Reynolds, and her Fiancé, Liam Begley for their endless love and support.

 

David Roberts – Set Designer

Veteran set designer David Roberts has worked on every Mitch and Murray Productions show since Becky Shaw in 2013. Recent shows include How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone), Detroit and Rapture, Blister, Bun (Mitch and Murray), The Invisible Hand (Pi), The Rivals (Blackbird), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Persephone, Saskatoon), The Piano Teacher (Arts Club) and Riot (Electric company/Hard Rubber Orchestra).

David is a multiple Jessie winner and member of The Associated Designers of Canada.

 

 

Chengyan Boon – Lighting Designer

Chengyan Boon is a Vancouver-based theatrical lighting and projections designer and stage manager, with a BFA Theatre Production and Design from UBC. He is a frequent collaborator with companies around town such as: Theatre in the Raw, Tomoe Arts, United Players, Gateway Academy, Notre Dame Regional Secondary, Aenigma Theatre and Pacific Theatre. Artistically, he is heavily interested in immersive world building by layering on complexities and little details, as well as emotionally engaging storytelling. However, he is still very much exploring the world of design and finding a style and voice for himself.

Highlights: Lighting Designer on Ovation Award-winning musical The Raymur Mothers (Best New Work) with Theatre in the Raw.  Associate Lighting Designer on Jessie-nominated play Iceland (Best Lighting Design) with John Webber and Dirt Road Productions.  Lighting Designer on Pick of the Fringe play Mrs. Singh and Me with the South Asian Arts Society.

 

Jennifer Wilson – Stage Manager

Jennifer Wilson is a Graduate from Simon Fraser University. She has a BFA in Theatre Production with a focus in Stage Managing and a Minor in Archaeology. Recent credits include Detroit (Mitch and Murray Productions), The Girl Who Was Raised By Wolverine (Vancouver Fringe Festival), Lighting Designer for Tomorrow, Today (SFU Blackbox), Apprentice Stage Manager for Arthur Boy King with Carousel Theatre, Stage Manager for The Rocky Horror Show (Fighting Chance Productions), Production Stage Manager for SFU Directing Projects and Apprentice Stage Manager for Suessical (Carousel Theatre).

 

Kate Isaac – Communications

Kate was born in Sydney, Australia. After leaving a career in law, Kate decided to pursue her
love of the arts, enrolling in acting school and dedicating her time and energy to perfecting her
craft. In Australia, she produced over 50 professional music videos and TV commercials, before
relocating to Vancouver.

 

ANNE MARIE DELUISE – Co-Producer

Anne Marie has been a tireless supporter of Mitch and Murray Productions from the beginning, attending shows and providing support during the initial years of the company’s growth. An accomplished actor with a long resume of Film/TV roles, Anne Marie is one of the true leaders of our local industry in BC.

 

 

Lydia R. Diamond – Playwright

Award winning Plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Mo’Olelo, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Plowshares, Second Stage, Steppenwolf, and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Steppenwolf (4), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout. A recipient of many playwriting awards, Lydia was also an ’05/’06 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, is a Board Member at Chicago Dramatists, and a 2012/2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. Lydia is an NU graduate (’91), has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College and is 2013-14 Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage.