Burning Boat Theatre is
a newly formed collective of individuals with a passion for theatre and a
passion for Newfoundland and Labrador, whose talents have brought you such
remarkable productions as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,
Blood Brothers, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, The
Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Evita and
other award-winning, critically acclaimed theatre productions.
Born of a strong desire
to present compelling theatre that reflects and challenges the culture of
Newfoundland and Labrador, Burning Boat Theatre offers its debut performance
of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, A Parable, with award-winning director
Clar Doyle and featuring veteran actors Michael Coady and Jacinta
Graham, well known to Newfoundland audiences (and also introducing Toronto
actor, Virginia Kingston). Though this is our first production as a
new theatre collective, the theatre professionals in our company have worked
together for over 15 years and bring to the stage the accumulated experience
of decades. Award-winning veterans of the Newfoundland stage, our members
also bring together stage and screen experience from Toronto, New York and
Los Angeles. However, it is the culture of Newfoundland that burns in the
heart of this company.
The Burning Boat logo speaks
to us on many levels. Primarily,
though, the boat salutes our industriousness as a people of the sea, the flames
evoke our passion as a nation. To a seafaring culture like ours, the idea
of "burning your boat" is, of course, ridiculous and has been scoffed
at when politicians of yesteryear have "reportedly" suggested it.
However, we are still a people willing to take risks, often throwing caution
to the wind to pursue burning desires, navigate uncharted waters and find
new ways to a prosperous future.
Inasmuch as the Burning
Boat logo is an homage to the strength of the Newfoundland people, it also
offers a challenge as it plays with the notion of cultural stereotypes and
provokes an examination of how others see us and how we see ourselves as a
people. And this is the mandate of Burning Boat Theatre - to present compelling
theatre that celebrates the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador yet examines
and challenges cultural representations.
Producer / "Father Flynn" - With over 35 productions
to his credit, Michael has worked with many Newfoundland and Labrador
theatre companies including Beothuck Street Players and Spirit of Newfoundland.
His Newfoundland theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nest, Blood Brothers, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me,
The Lonesome West, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and Art (which garnered
him a Best Supporting Actor award at the 2002 Newfoundland and
Labrador Drama Festival). In Toronto, Michael played lead roles in such
productions as Evita and Cabaret. Michael was also cast
in the Canadian premiere of Urinetown, directed by John Rando,
the Tony Award winning director of the Broadway production. This CanStage
show also swept the Dora Awards in 2005, taking 6 awards, including
Outstanding Production of a Musical. Michael has worked on many independent
short and feature films (one of which, Obsession, he co-wrote, co-produced
and starred in). In 2007, he appeared on the History Channel series,
Zero Hour - North Hollywood Shootout. His commercials for the
Canadian Association of Optometrists and Canadian Women's Foundation
are in rotation across Canada.
Michael also brings his theatre and film production experience to Burning
Boat, having directed and produced theatre in Newfoundland since 1993.
While serving as President of Beothuck Street Players from 1999 - 2002,
Michael assisted in producing such shows as Evita and Graceland while
actively involved in maintaining the theatre company's web presence
and marketing initiatives. In 2002, Michael served as Festival Co-Chair
for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Drama Festival. While preparing
marketing strategies and designing promotional materials for the festival,
Michael enjoyed the community building work of creating partnerships
with the corporate community. Currently living in Los Angeles, he is
thrilled to come home and produce this amazing play for Newfoundland
audiences. For more information on Michael, visit MichaelCoady.com.
/ Designer - Clar's credentials defy logical word limits
for a theatre biography. He is an icon of Newfoundland and Labrador
I know he would never let me say that. So, knowing Clar's
modesty, I had to at least try to search for other descriptors. I was
going to use the term "Veteran" ... it works ... it implies
service, valour. I was going to use "Royalty" but Clar would
probably kill me! I wonder if he would accept "Knight of Newfoundland
Sir Clar Doyle. I guess he will have to live
with "Icon" ... some one or thing universally recognized to
be representative of something. And that something, in this case, is
the theatre of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Clar Doyle has a unique
vision for creating theatre, from designing and directing his own scripts
to bringing new life to drama classics. With countless awards to his
credit, he has directed some 20 plays such as Blood Brothers,
Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar and Death of a Salesman
(which garnered him an award for Best Direction at the 2003
Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival). Clar has designed 40 plays
including Westside Story, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching
Toward the Somme as well as The Beauty Queen of Leenane and
The Lonesome West for which he won consecutive awards for Best
Set Design at the 2000 and 2001 Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival.
Clar has written over 15 produced plays including Not Recommended
For Children, Yesterday's Men, and Out From Here which
garnered him top honors in the 1997 Newfoundland and Labrador Playwrighting
Competition. And these are really only his achievements since the
he refuses to talk about what he was up to before that,
but the stories are legend. Of course, none of this even touches on
his acting credits in a dozen productions or more. With retirement from
Memorial University and more time on his hands these days, one can only
imagine what theatre magic lies in store.
/ "Sister James" - Virginia was born in the thriving
metropolis of Kingston, Ontario. Having lived and worked in Ireland
where she became involved in the Galway Youth Players, Virginia relocated
to Toronto where she studied acting at the Players Academy. Working
with the Toronto Irish Players, she performed in James Joyce's The
Dead. Virginia has also written, directed and acted in two short
films. The first, Boots, was inspired by a story about mismatched
footwear with a tragic ending and the second, Obsession, is a
glimpse into one man's bizarre baby embued world. Virginia is now working
on a feature length film about a young woman's search for truth in a
world manufactured by lies. She is currently living in Los Angeles while
studying Entertainment Media at UCLA with a concentration in acting
and directing. For more information visit VirginiaKingston.com.
Aloysius" - Jacinta is well-known to Newfoundland and
Labrador theatre and music audiences. Actively involved with Beothuck
Street Players since their first production in 1995, she has given us
memorable performances in such roles as Nurse Ratched in One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Maisie Madigan in Juno and the Paycock,
Mrs. Lyons in Blood Brothers, just to name a few. In 2000 she
won a Best Actress award for her work in The Beauty Queen
of Leenane at the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Drama Festival.
At the same festival in 1996 and 2002, she was awarded Best Supporting
Actress for roles in Juno and the Paycock and Drink The
Mercury. Jacinta balances her passion for acting with her passion
for teaching students of music and theatre arts and has mounted critically
acclaimed musical theatre productions at Brother Rice and Gonzaga High
Manager - Jennifer has been a music teacher in the St. John's
and surrounding area since 1996 and as of February of this year has
been the Fine Arts Itinerant for the Eastern School District. Behind
the scenes, her theatre experiences include technical assistant for
Elephant Song(2008) and musical director and conductor for Pippin
in Okayama, Japan (1996). While she has spent years directing, co-writing
and producing cabarets and performance opportunities for her students
at school, Jennifer's only venture on the stage was as a high priest
in Beothuck Street Players' production of Jesus Christ Superstar(2006).
Jennifer is thrilled to have the opportunity to be stage manager for
"Doubt" and has thoroughly enjoyed working with such a great
cast and crew.
Muller" - We are proud to introduce Grace Okwera who joins
Burning Boat Theatre for her first appearance on stage. A student of English
Literature and a member of a number of church choirs (including Pius X
in St. John's), Grace has had a great love of the arts from an early age.
Born in Uganda, she worked in Swaziland for 4 years as a teacher before
coming to Canada in 1993. Now a Canadian citizen, Grace teaches ESL to
new immigrants at the Association for New Canadians.