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ANTHONY JAMES
Managing Artistic Producer | Director

Originally from Canada's west coast, Anthony began his career during his formative years as a model, actor, dancer, and vocalist before moving into film and television in his late teens.

As an artist, Anthony has worked as a writer, director, performer, producer, and choreographer. Some of his most coveted roles as a performer include the Master of Ceremonies in “Cabaret”, Danny Zuko, in “Grease”, Albert Peterson in “Bye Bye Birdie”, Jafar in ‘Aladdin’, Herbert Quale in ‘South Pacific’, Richie Valens in 'The Buddy Holly Story', and Chino in “West Side Story” to name just a few.

As a producer, Anthony has been at the helm of many notable productions including the recent record-breaking sold-out Vancouver Island premiere of ‘Matilda’, along with ‘Christmas with Sinatra’, ‘Motown Magic’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘The Way We Were’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Self Help’, ‘Gypsy’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, ‘Prelude to a Kiss’, ‘Curtain Up’, ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘The Journey’ among many others.

As a director, he recently had the honor of leading a record-breaking sold-out production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ with Gallery 7 and the critically acclaimed musical ‘Imogene – The Storybook Queen’, where he also co-authored the original story. Anthony’s work has covered a vast area of artistic disciplines including concert production, ballet, orchestral, fashion, modern dance, revues and full-length Broadway musicals.

Throughout a career that has spanned 38 years, Anthony has been associated with the creation, presentation and production of more than 360 artistic projects while at the same time working in executive management and consulting with several organization in Canada. 

Anthony has been the recipient of more than 15 awards for artistic excellence, community service, citizenship and philanthropy, most recently receiving a prestigious award from the Officers and Board Trustees of the National Geographic Society in recognition of his support for “Diffusing Geographic Knowledge and Promoting Research and Exploration”.

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MARIAH MADILL
Resident Associate Dance Captain

Mariah’s enthusiasm for dancing, singing, costumes and entertaining people is evident in her performances. She has been dancing since she was 3, played piano for 8 years, and has been thriving in her singing lessons over the last 3 years. She especially loves singing harmonies with her sisters and enjoyed performing at the Sooke Fine Arts Show when she was younger.

Mariah always loves the connections with the cast and crew and really enjoyed being part of the production 'Nutcracker in a Nutshell' with Sooke Dance Studio, 'Mamma Mia!' with Peninsula Players, and 'Annie' with Sooke Harbour Players. Mariah’s 9 years of Ballet show in her grace and strength in her dancing, and she has also loved Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. Her choreography has been recognized and won awards in dance festivals and competitions, and recently she choreographed and danced in a music video.

Mariah is proud to be a part of The National Stage Company of Canada and hopes to pursue a Fine Arts degree at Uvic this year.

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AMELIA TROTTIER
Executive Make-Up | Hair Designer

Amelia Trottier has been involved in the Arts for as long as she can remember. Whether that be backstage as part of the hair and makeup design, on stage, on the runway or even on-screen she is always thrilled to be a part of a new project.

Some of her favorite past projects she has been involved with is: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gallery 7- hair and makeup design), Peter and the Starcatcher (Gallery 7 - hair and makeup design / Mack), The Drowsy Chaperone (Delview- Janet Van De Graff/dance captain), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Delview- Olive Ostrovsky), Once Upon a Time (ABC network), Beauty Stat Cosmetics (DFO Global Video Team), VTG Jewelry (Runway), Love Fusion Wedding Show (Runway) and many more!

Amelia has owned her own small business since the age of 16. Her company Royal Court Princess Parties serves the Greater Vancouver area and also virtually as far as London! She is very excited to be a part of the National Stage Company of Canada's creative team.

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OCEAN EDGINGTON
Associate Props Manager

Ocean comes from a long list of artists within her extended family that has included vaudeville actors, opera singers, musicians, and authors and poets to name just a few.

Growing up on the west coast of Canada she was first introduced to the performing arts at age 2 by her father, Tony James. It didn’t take long before she began to develop her own creative journey through writing, drawing, and painting. Over the subsequent years she has since expanded on those interests to include photography, which she has always had a great passion for.

Ocean is delighted to be part of the National Stage Company of Canada as an Associate Props Manager and to lend her creative skills and expertise in the properties department. This opportunity marks Ocean’s first time working in professional theatre in a leadership role.

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CHERYL CHAFE
International Creative Director (Fashion)

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CHARLI FINDLAY
Resident Choreographer

Cheryl Chafe has and continues to put her brand on many aspects of the fashion and art world. First as a model at age 15, then creating and owning City Models and Talent Management, Cheryl continues to expand her portfolio by producing hundreds of shows for fashion and entertainment. Successful longevity and experience over the decades have made Cheryl Chafe the most recognized name in Atlantic Canada fashion, management and entertainment and has held many posts over the years. 

Cheryl has been an active board member of the Modeling Association of Canada, has consulted and mentored individuals and businesses on topics such as Auditioning for the Camera, Model Behavior, Body and Self Image and other relevant aspects for our current day.  Her ventures over the years have opened doors for actors and models of all ages, sizes and ethnicities as Cheryl’s company,

City Models and Talent Management represents an array of performers for film, television and all aspects of social media. When she is not producing fashion events, you can find this multi talented company owner and director in a classroom as a guest lecturer or in her busy role as instructor, actively engaged in workshops helping budding performers in Atlantic Canada compete for her many clients’ auditions and work. 

With her long list of successes in Eastern Canada, Cheryl now has her sites set on establishing business relationships on the West Coast, specifically Victoria, BC.

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MAKAYLA MADILL
Resident Associate Dance Captain

Makayla lives for theatre. As a child she could be found singing, dancing, making art, and putting on shows for her family. Her passion and dedication are apparent when she is performing on stage. Her journey started with dance at a young age and she has thrived in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. She has been performing in dance festivals and competitions since she was 9 years old and her proudest moments were winning multiple awards for her choreography.

She continues to play piano and thoroughly enjoys her singing lessons. Makayla loves composing songs and is often found at the piano writing and singing. Makayla plans to apply to UVic’s Fine Arts Program after she graduates.

Makayla’s favorite theatre roles have been Morticia in Addams Family with Kaleidoscope, the Narrator in Into the Woods with Four Seasons Musical Theatre and Ensemble in Mamma Mia! with Peninsula Players and she is so grateful to continue her journey with The National Stage Company Of Canada.

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Charli Findlay was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she took her first dance class at the age of three. She is a professionally trained dancer, singer and actress. Throughout her elementary and high school years, Charli competed in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Street Jazz, Hip Hop, POM and Musical Theatre. Charli has received many prestigious awards, titles and scholarships including invitations to New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Paris, Lisbon, and many locales within Canada. She has been invited to, competed at, and placed at The Dance World Cup for numerous years in Musical Theatre, Street Jazz and Hip Hop.

Charli has trained with and won awards from numerous professionals from around the world including Paul Becker, Menina Fortunato, Jonnis Tannis, Loic Mabanza, Melissa Mitro and many more. A few other career highlights include working with Dean Brodyin in the Canadian Country Music Awards, singing in the CBC Christmas Special with The Canadian Tenors and Beverley Mahood, and performing as part of the main act at WE Day Saskatoon. Charli began her career as a teenager performing in music videos, commercials and making her screen debut in Moments in Spacetime (2019).

Right out of high school, Charli moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in choreography and acting. She has recently graduated from the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts (2020) and has received a Diploma in the Dramatic Arts. Charli’s passion for dance and acting has grown into a love of creating and teaching. Charli is a strong advocate for precision and musicality which she pushes to demonstrate through her creations.

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AMY MARTIN
Executive Stage Manager

Vancouver Island born and raised, Amy is delighted to be touring her home with this incredible show. Her love for the theatre encompasses every medium possible, as she remembers being taken to symphonies and concerts as a child, auditioned for her first musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at age 10 where she was cast as the Scarecrow, and in college discovered her passion for stage management.

As a performer, some of Amy’s favourite roles include: Anne Shirley in ‘Anne of Green Gables’, Morticia in ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Helga/Chanteuse’ in Cabaret’. In production, she was taught the subtle art of stage management from the incomparable Jackie Adamthwaite at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, which she attended from 2015 – 2018, completing the Enriched Performing Arts Diploma before auditioning for and completing the 3rd year Company C Studio Ensemble program. After graduation, Amy stage managed ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ with Four Seasons Musical Theatre Society, and after a long COVID-19 hiatus she is beyond thrilled to finally be back in the booth with the National Stage Company of Canada.

MIRELLA STANDBRIDGE
Associate Scenic Designer

Born in Africa, raised in England and now almost totally Canadian in every way, Mirella can always be found drawing, doodling or painting. From skipping classes in elementary school to draw and paint school murals, to finding a talent for drawing caricatures in high school, Mirella has always embraced new ways of adding color and design to her life. 

Mirella attended Somerset College of Arts and Technology and achieved a National Diploma in Art and Design, specializing in graphics and illustration. 

Somehow Mirella ended up in the finance world, rather than the arts and continued to dabble in drawing and the arts including face painting, whilst raising her daughter. With a move from England to Calgary and then Victoria, Mirella found herself getting involved in the local community theatre world.  A chance comment by her daughter to an acting coach that “my mummy can draw” led to an opportunity to design theatre sets. Fourteen years later, Mirella is still enamored by the theatre, the arts and the community and family it represents. 

Mirella is never happier than with a glue gun in one hand and paint in her hair and is thrilled to be part of this exciting new company. 

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DAVID MALYSHEFF
Special Promotional Videographer

David Malysheff is the principal of Gamut Productions. He has more than 27 years extensive television production experience in film and broadcast video formats, and now specializing in High Definition TV.

As one of the most requested camera operators in Canada, David brings award winning skills and an outstanding depth of experience and creativity to all projects. He has shot for national and international networks and for hundreds of commercial, corporate and television producers in locations around the globe.

Malysheff’s skill as a camera operator often calls on him to perform in extreme circumstances. He’s spent literally hundreds of hours in helicopters, and has delivered quality Videography under nearly impossible time constraints to the highest standards- from Zodiacs in rapids, from horseback, from Africa to Alaska.

As well as working as a Director of Photography, Malysheff also possesses the added asset of being an experienced Producer/Director. As well, the experience David brings to the field crosses over all aspects of production. As a producer, director, audio technician, and editor David oversees all of Gamut’s projects to assure that they reach and exceed a high level of professional expectations.

At Gamut Productions, David applies his own professional high standards to his crews. This dedication to quality and innovation has built Gamut’s reputation as one of Canada’s foremost full-service production and post-production facilities.

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MATTHEW PITON
Executive Scenic Designer

Born and raised near Vancouver B.C., Matthew is a Lighting, Sound, Projection and Set Designer, as well as a Stage Manager, and Director working actively in the theatre community in B.C. He began his education in theatre more than 8 years working with his high school and local theatre companies. It became clear to him very early that he wanted to work professionally in Theatre. When Matthew graduated high school, he went on to theatre school at the University of the Fraser Valley where he graduated with a BA in theatre specializing in Design and Production. While at UFV Matthew has designed and been a technician on many shows including Lighting Design for UFV's production of Argonautika, Sound Design for their production of Twelfth Night, Projection Design for their production of Julius Caesar and Scenographic Design (Including Lights, Set, Projection and Props) for their production of Possible Worlds.

Throughout Matthew's education and work in the community, he has had the opportunity of learning from some of the most talented theatre professionals in the business, who have been able to teach him so much. Matthew is now at UBC completing an MFA in Theatre Design and Production while trying to expand his business and learn new methods from practitioners that work and teach at UBC.

While attending University, Matthew has worked extensively with Design and Technologies. He has also completed work on the  Theories and History of Theatre. This has allowed him to look at performance through the lens of theatre practitioners that have come before us. By using knowledge of these theories and adapting them he has been able to create his own unique style of Design, that he applies to his work in Theatre.

While working in the theatre community Matthew has also had many other opportunities. This includes, Stage Managing for Chambers Theatrical Society and working as a technician for local theatre companies. Currently, he is writing his Master's thesis on UBC's production of Timothy Findlay's The Wars, he is also assistant designing The Arts Club's Production of Noises Off and Set Designing Gallery 7's Production of The Secret Garden.

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DEREK FORD
Special Promotional Photographer

Derek’s dedication to the crafts of photography and video is evident through his keen ability to create engaging imagery and striking portraiture on the most challenging of assignments. Distinguished by creativity and expertise, Derek’s work evokes truth and emotion with every frame.

With gratitude Derek supports arts and community-oriented organizations which offer emergency shelter, supportive housing, integrated health care and other human support services.

Derek is available for assignment worldwide, and holds valid Canadian and UK/EEC passports.