ALAIN RICHER, Artistic Director, Director of The Addams Family & Set Designer
Alain is a graduate of both the Queen’s University Drama Department and English Department. He is a television production designer for the Télévision Francophone en Ontario (TFO). Before arriving in Toronto, Alain spent six years studying and practicing theatre in Kingston where he co-founded and produced Collective Productions, for which he was most active in the roles of Director and Designer. For Mainstage Theatre Company, he has directed Pippin, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and designed Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and Singing in the Rain. Other Toronto Credits include: Lighting Design: Le malade imaginaire (TFT), Death Clowns in Guantanamo Bay (Drama Centre); One Good Marriage (FLINT theatre); Set Design: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (ATIC), Delicacy (Theatre Brouhaha). He has also worked as Production Manager, Technical Director and Scenic Artist.
JOHANNA LAWRIE, Mainstage Administrator
For Mainstage: Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Footloose, Rent, and Anything Goes. Other credits include John and Jen (LOC Productions), Crazy for You and A New Brain (Queen’s Musical Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Fallen Rock Productions), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Lock and Keynote Productions). Shari is the musical director and a founding member of Open Corps, a collaborative theatre ensemble, with whom she has developed and music directed Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…, The Soldier’s Tale, Pictures at an Exhibition, and Children’s Corner. Her original cabaret musical, “WAKE”, written and performed with Chris Jackman, premiered with Gros Morne Summer Music in summer ’14 and toured Northern Ontario with the LaSalle Theatre. Shari is also a music director for Acting Up Stage’s One Song Glory, an annual youth training program and cabaret, and is a teacher in the Kids division at Randolph Academy. She is the founder of Lock and Keynote Productions, a company dedicated to producing musical theatre camps in Northern Ontario and Western Newfoundland.
BRITTANY BANKS, The Addams Family Choreographer
Brittany is thrilled to be joining the Mainstage team this fall as the choreographer on this fabulous, quirky show! Originally from Prince Edward Island and now based in Toronto, Brittany is an established performer, director/choreographer and dance instructor. She is the the current choreographer for Anne & Gilbert, the Musical (The Guild, PEI) – which she also had the pleasure of choreographing at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa – and has directed and/or choreographed productions of Highland Storm, Grease, Go Go Beach, Footloose, Fame and High School Musical. She is a registered dance instructor (ABATD) and has taught and led master classes at various dance studios around the maritimes and here in Ontario. As a performer, Brittany was the 2015/16 recipient of Musical Stage Co’s prestigious Banks Prize, and is currently performing in Jim Betts’ new musical adaptation of Sunshine Sketches (Smile Theatre). Other performance credits include: Pride & Joy (Smile Theatre), Red Rock Diner (Drayton), Dandelions in the Wind (Daniels Spectrum), UnCovered: Simon & Garfunkel (Musical Stage Co/Koerner Hall); Diana in Anne & Gilbert (The Guild); Sally in You’re A Good Man… (Indian River Festival); Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (Vagabond). Brittany has also performed at the Canada Games, the Vancouver Olympics and in Tokyo, Japan. Training: Randolph Academy, University of Prince Edward Island (BMus). @brittanyybanks
This is Martine’s ninth show with Mainstage and she is thrilled to be working with them once again. She has worked as a production manager, assistant stage manager costume designer, and head of wardrobe. Most recently, she was the costume designer for an independent short film. Martine graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. (Honors) in Drama and Film in 2012 and from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in 2013.
MARIANNA ROSATO, Stage Manager
A Toronto native, Marianna Rosato received her BFA as a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School’s Technical Production Program in 2006. Marianna spent three years as the Assistant Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre as the Metcalf Foundation Intern. Since then she has stage managed works for Dancemakers, ColemanLemiuex & Compagnie, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, Adelheid Dance Projects, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, BoucharDanse, Raagini Dance, Dreamwalker Dance Company, JD Dance, Tracey Norman, firstthingsfirst productions, the Older & Reckless series for Moonhorse Dance Theatre, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Pia Bouman School of Dance. Outside of the dance world, Marianna is very proud to be the resident Production Stage Manager for MAINSTAGE Theatre Company and the Children’s Arts Theatre School program.