Daniel Abrahamson (cast: R.I.G.E.L.) is 011001 to be joining the talented team behind "The Pirate Queen of the Stars". For Toronto Fringe; "Deadmouse: the Musical" David Goudda; "Hugh and I" composer/lyricist/Hugh, "Act Now" composer/lyricist, "Funny Business" composer/lyricist; all Patrons Pick. Elsewhere Andy in "For Life" and Brad in "The Rocky Horror Show" for STC, Austin in "I Love You Because" Stage West Calgary, Mischa in "Nutcracker Story Time" National Ballet, and thousands of other Canadian Musicals. Thanks for supporting new Canadian shows!
Paul Barnes (cast: Captain Lance Thruster) is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Second City Conservatory program. An actor, comedian and puppeteer, he is thrilled to be in his fourth year as a cast member of the Second City's Educational and Family Companies. He is also a principal cast member on the TVO/Jim Henson kids show Hi Opie!, and performs with various improv and sketch troupes around Toronto such as PotterProv, DogScience and We Happy Few as well as being half of the comedy duo Men with Mustaches. He is delighted that he gets to spend his adult working life playing with toys and making pretend.
Seth Drabinsky (cast: Lord Starsmiter) is an actor and singer based in Toronto and is thrilled to return to the Fringe this year after appearing in last years award winning hit The Philanderess (Truth 'n' Lies). Seth is also known for his performance as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he has performed in Toronto with his theatre company BFL Theatre, and across Canada, receiving critical acclaim. Other credits include Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2 (Soup Can Theatre/Fringe 2013).The Killing Game (Art & Lies Productions), And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens (Afterglow Theatre), Loving The Stranger (Ecce Homo/Next Stage Festival 2012), Woody Allan's play Death (art & lies productions), Pretty Little Instincts (SNAFU Dance/SummerWorks 2011), Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (TUTS, Vancouver); Henry Spofford in Lorelie, Ozzie inIrene, and Gigi (Applause!); Guys and Dolls (Gateway); Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream (The Banff Centre). Seth holds a Bachelors of Music from UBC.
Peter Cavell (music and lyrics/musical director) is a composer/lyricist, pianist, writer, sound-artist, and occasional thereminist. He holds degrees in classical composition from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Victoria, where his music was described as "sarcastic" and "very sarcastic". Since then, his compositions have been performed throughout Canada, the US, the UK, Holland, Bosnia, Singapore, and Japan. Since 2009, Peter has worked as a Musical Director at the Second City Training Centre of Toronto, where he teaches musical improv and has composed or improvised music for hundreds of performances. Peter is perhaps best known as co-writer (with Megan Phillips) of the 2015 hit musical People Suck, though you might have also seen him or heard his music in the Maude-Lynne plays (Nobody's Business Theatre), the 2012 and 2013 Fringe hit The Soaps, or on the kids' show Razzberry Jazzberry Jam on CBC. www.petercavell.com
Nicky Nasrallah (choreographer/assistant director) - Fringe: Everyone Loves Sealand (Dick/Producer), Everything Is Fine... (Writer/Performer), Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A Go-Go! (Slim Melvin) Theatre: The Goodbye Girl - Confidential Musical Theatre Project (Billy/Mark), Rent (Mark), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), A Chorus Line (Bobby), Fame (Choreographer), Little Red Theatre (several seasons as Performer/Choreographer). Comedy (Performer/Writer): Panacea (NNNNN - NOW Magazine), Fuck It (Panacea), Twerkin' 9 to 5 (Second City Conservatory), My Little Tony (Second City Musical Conservatory), Deranged Marriage (Improv Duo), Golden Ages/One Night Only (Musical Improv), Quip Talk With Nicky (Talk Show - Host), Queer Comics (Youtube). When he's not onstage, he is teaching music to babies through Fun With Music Together, musical theatre to children and teens through Act One School of Drama, and dance to adults through Beyography, his all Beyoncé tribute dance program that has swept the nation. Twitter: @NickyNasrallah Web: TheNickyNetwork.com
Sarah Lynn Strange (cast: Eridani) is absolutely tickled to be making her Toronto Fringe Festival Debut with The Pirate Queen of the Stars! Previous credits include the Evil Queen Diabolica in Snow White: A Panto with Drayton Festival, Sister Mary Patrick in Rainbow Stage's production of Sister Act, as well as workshops of Prom Queen, a new Canadian musical, with Theatre Aquarius, and I'll Fly Away with Tweed & Co. She is a graduate of Sheridan College's Musical Theatre Performance program, and of late, has been voicing series lead Dilys Price on children's animated TV Series 'Fireman Sam'. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @Srsloaf. This production, and all productions, are for Deb.
Megan Phillips, (cast: Vega / producer) comes from Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA (Music Hons) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA (Musical Theatre Performance) from Mountview Academy in London, UK. Fancy right? Megan has also studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC, and with a bunch of instructors in Vancouver. Favourite project to date has been performing Lead in, and being one half of the team of creative team of People Suck (Patron's Pick, Best of Fringe, Ed Mirvish Award, NNNN - Now! Mag), currently in development with Second City. Other theatre/musical performances are: Cori, VSO Presents! (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Evelyn, Homecoming King (world premiere, 30 Below Theatre), Fay, Here on the Flight Path (Metro Theatre), and Georgeanne, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (BR Productions). Her solo show Breaking Velocity has played in Toronto, Vancouver, and NYC at various festivals. She also performs standup and improv and is stoked AF to work with the Pirate Queen's ridiculously good-looking crew. www.meganphillips.com, @megnatphil
Mat Mailandt (director) is a Toronto based performer, director and producer. He performs in Canada's premiere hip hop improv troupe NOTORIOUS as well as Blank Verse an improv duo that makes Shakespeare simple. Mat has directed extensively in Calgary, where he hails from, but The Pirate Queen of the Stars marks his Toronto directorial debut. As a performer he has toured North America and Europe, earning the 2015 Calgary Fringe Outstanding Artist award during last Fringe season. He also teaches comedy at Second City and across Canada with his residency program Think Fast/Pense Vite.
Andrea Miller (stage manager) is a freelance stage manager, audio producer, and proverbial jack of all trades. She plied her skills throughout the UK for five years including production on three Edinburgh Fringe runs, a radio sitcom, and a documentary for BBC Radio 4. She did not meet the Queen.
Since moving back to Toronto she works as a stage manager, online producer and general swiss army knife for the Social Capital Theatre. She's also worked on a range of Toronto productions including One Night Only at the Factory Theatre, the 2016 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival & Outside Looking In at the Sony Centre. She's thrilled to be working on Pirate Queen of the Stars and combining her loves of musicals, science fiction, and making people show up on time.
Andrew Templeton (book) - past recent credits include: What You Want: Toronto (MachineFair/Theatre Passe Muraille); Babylonia (Radix, part of the Free Fall Festival), What You Want (MachineFair), Fever (Radix), Biographies of the Dead & Dying (MachineFair; productions in Vancouver and Toronto), This Mortal Flesh (MachineFair; Jessie nominated for Outstanding Original Script), Portia, My Love (ETC; Jessie nominated for Outstanding Original Script). One of the winners of the 2011 Vancouver-based Crazy8's film competition with Funny Business, he's currently working on his first feature length screenplay, Goodbye Kitty.
Dan B Rosen (assistant producer) is a screenwriter, director, improviser and lover of the arts, especially if robots are involved. He has optioned two feature screenplays, one of which is the feature version of his sci-fi dramedy short Joe & Mary's Kid (it has a robot in it!). He studied screenwriting at the National Film & Television School in England, where he wrote the award-winning animated short Canuck Black. He has written for film, animation and video games. In addition to getting onboard Pirate Queen, he is directing his next sci-fi dramedy short Super Girl. Outside of film, he is half of the improv duo Flux In A Box.