Body Awareness – Cast and Crew

AARON CRAVEN – Director

For Mitch and Murray Productions, Aaron has been onstage in previous productions of Smart People, Detroit, Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw, and Race. He directed Sex with Strangers for the company in 2018 and Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2015. Other theatre credits include Wilde Holiday Shorts (Chemainus Theatre) and Gaslight (Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles).

A busy Film/TV actor, Aaron splits time between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Credits include iZombie, The Bletchley Circle, Somewhere Between, Aftermath, Travelers, The Flash, Castle, Ties That Bind, Big Eyes, The Age of Adaline and Gracepoint. Aaron also coaches professional actors weekly in a renowned acting class at The Working Actors Gym.

SULEKA MATHEW – Actor, playing Phyllis

Suleka’s last foray into theatre was to direct a little gem called Soon (Young Storytellers) in Los Angeles.

Previous theatre includes roles in:  Anne of Green Gables, Lovers and Liars, As You Like It (Carousel Theatre), and Whispers in the Dark (MTYP). In the years  between, she worked in television as a series regular on Claws, (TNT) Red Widow (ABC) Men in Trees (ABC) and DaVinci’s Inquest (CBC). Films:  Midnight Sun, Touch of Pink, and The Score. Recurring or guest roles: Flashpoint,  NCIS, Castle, and the West Wing, and Veronica Tennant’s multidiscipline piece for CBC, Shadow Pleasures, inspired by the work of Michael Ondaatje.

Performances for CBC Radio include readings of Bharati Mukherji’s “The Management of Grief”, Anne Giardini’s novel “The Sad Truth About Happiness” and Rohinton Mistry’s “A Fine Balance.” 

JENNIFER COPPING – Actor, playing Joyce

Jennifer Copping is a multiple nominee and winner of awards for her work as an actress over her 30 year plus career. Her passion for performing began at a very young age and she has continued to study and hone her craft as an actor ,director , teacher , mentor and theatre creator. Some career highlights are:

For the Arts Club: Reflections On Crooked Walking ( Debut ,1987);  The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time; The Day Before Christmas ; Godspell ; White Christmas ; Funny Girl 

Other Theatre:(Select) Anything Goes (TUTS) ; Anne Of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival)  Les Miserables (Mirvish); Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drabinsky); Tommy (Mirvish); Jersey Boys (Dancap); Indian Arm (Rumble); Detroit (Mitch & Murray); City Of Angels (PIT Collective)

Film & TV: (Select) Once Upon A Mattress; Slither; Becoming Redwood; Supernatural; Fargo; Bates Motel; When Calls The Heart; Mother Of All Lies; Van Helsing; Travelers and the  feature film Rabbit currently airing on Superchannel.

Other: Best Actress Leo Award for Becoming Redwood. Instructor  for the Langara College Film Arts Dept. Jennifer has directed many plays and musicals over the past 15 years . Most recently City Of Angels and Good People. Her proudest accomplishments are her 20 year marriage and  two beautiful boys.

JOHN MURPHY – Actor, playing Frank

John is a Vancouver director, actor, playwright and musician.

Directing: Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure (Bard on the Beach).The Odd Couple,Twisted Christmas Carol, Baskerville, and The Santaland Diaries (Arts Club). True Story, Harry’s Christmas, Sex Drugs Rock and Roll (revolution theatre),Volpone, Duet for One (United Players), Fifty Words (Mitch and Murray), Ghosts in Baghdad (Working Spark) and Woody Sed (Theatre Bagger – Jessie Nomination).

Acting: August: Osage County,The Optimists, Cyrano, A Flea in her Ear and Sheer Madness (Arts Club); Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, The Tempest, Macbeth, King Lear and Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach), Hotel Bethlehem (Ruby Slippers); The Dissemblers and Eternal Hydra (Touchstone), and Ali and Ali (Neworld). Playwriting:The Heretic, Edinburgh Fringe; and True Story (Jessie Award for Best New Play). John writes and plays music with his band, China Repair.

ZAC SCOTT – Actor, playing Jared

Zac is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this script as Annie Baker is his favourite writer. Past credits include Michael Armstrong (Armstrong’s War, Western Canada Theatre), John Pelly (The Double Axe Murders, Rusticate Theatre), Ian Smith (Hidden, Itsazoo productions) Cal (The Out Vigil, Twenty Something Theatre), and Johnny Henderson (This is War, Rumble Theatre). He is an actor, sound designer and producer. Zac is the general manager and one of the founders of Sticks and Stones Theatre and played Dennis Ziegler in their inaugural production This is Our Youth, as well as KJ in last seasons production of The Aliens, also by Annie Baker. He would like to thank his family, friends and Ruthie for giving out love and support like they are free hats Zac is a graduate of Studio 58.

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), Smart People, Detroit and Rapture, Blister, Burn (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.

 

CELESTE ENGLISH – Lighting Designer

Celeste English is a lighting designer and theatre professional born and raised in Vancouver, BC. As a recent graduate of SFU’s theatre production and design program she has had the unique opportunity to design and collaborate on over 35 productions during her time there. Since, she has worked with such organizations as Electric Company Theatre, The Arts Club, Inverso Productions, Mascall Dance and more as a designer, assistant designer and collaborator. All the while she has worked as a freelance stage manager, technical director and production manager on indie theatre productions. Celeste has also works as an Arts Instructor for various arts studios + organizations across BC in instructing children in scenic and lighting elements of theatre; she finds immense joy in sharing a love of theatre design with children and young people.

SUSAN D. CURRIE – Stage Manager

Susan is a BC / Ontario based stage manager working in the industry for over two decades.

Mitch and Murray Productions debut. Select productions:  Angels in America – parts 1 & 2;  Anne of Green Gables; Beggars Opera; big The Musical; Footloose (bonded for life); Bonds of Interest (Comedia de Arte);  Coriolanus; (powerful);  Dancing at Lughnasa (poor but happy);  Footloose (happy show); Hamlet (many quotes used today);  Happy Place (they’re not so happy);  How I Learned to Drive;  King Lear (we should all howl in the wind);  Light in the Piazza (ASM happiness); Lion in Winter (female power);  Mary’s Wedding (could do this show forever);  Million Dollar Quartet (why I like to ASM); Mozart & Salieri (15 min script turned into 90 min production); The 39 Steps (scratch off the bucket list);  The Foreigner (mocking of those that think they’re superior);  The Nether (thought provoking);   

…to name a few.

KATE ISAAC – Communications

Kate was born in Sydney Australia and has lived in Vancouver Canada for the past decade. Leaving behind a career in law, Kate decided to pursue her love of the arts, enrolling in acting school and eventually permanently relocating to Canada.

In Australia, she produced over 50 professional music videos and TV commercials. In Canada she has worked dominantly as a television and film actress. Her most recent roles include those on The Good Doctor, Loudermilk, When Calls The Heart and Chesapeake Shores. Kate also runs a TEEN acting class for The Working Actors Gym – the educational wing of Mitch and Murray Productions.

ANNIE BAKER – Playwright

Annie Baker’s full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, for which she also designed the costumes (Soho Rep). Ms. Baker’s plays have been performed at over 100 theatres across the USA and in England, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Latvia, Sweden, and Russia. She is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a member of New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and EST. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell fellowship and a Master Artist Residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts. A published anthology of her work, The Vermont Plays, is available from TCG books.

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