ALAIN RICHER, Artistic Director, Director of Anything Goes & 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.
Lillian King recently moved to Toronto from the States and is very excited to be working with Mainstage! This winter she was the Assistant Director for Acting Up Stage’s production of Grey Gardens, and also worked as a director on their teen program, One Song Glory. For the last year she served as Assistant Artistic Director and Director of Education at Northern Stage in Vermont, where she directed productions of Blithe Spirit, Songs for a New World and 13. She recently graduated with her MFA in directing from Boston University’s School of Theatre, and last year was the Assistant Director on Rocky the Musical at Broadway’s Winter Garden. Lillian was Assistant Director for Peter and the Starcatcher at NYTW, on Broadway, and was Associate Director for the First National Tour. For seven summers Lillian worked at the New London Barn Playhouse where she directed A Little Night Music, The Student Prince, Legally Blonde, and Almost, Maine. She also served as Assistant Artistic Director at the Barn for two summers and ran the Junior Intern program for two years before that.
Originally from Winnipeg Manitoba, Michele is thrilled to be hitting the high seas choreographing Anything Goes with Mainstage Theatre. Past choreography credits include Avenue Q, Junie B Jones, Anything Goes, Fancy Nancy, Spamalot, Rent, and The Sound of Music (Choreographer/ The LOT), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Blue Champagne, and Tales of Ti-Jean (Choreographer/ Stephenville Theatre Festival), and Back In ’59 (Asst. Choreographer/ Showboat Theatre.) She is also the recipient of Best Choreography at Candance and The Young Choreographers Award at Shinedance. Although a lover of all dance, tap has a special place in her heart and if she can inspire even one person to fall in love with tap, her job is done. XOXO
For Mainstage: Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray. 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.
This is Martine’s fifth 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.
Christopher is a multi-disciplined artist currently based in Toronto. He is very pleased to be working on such an exciting production with such talented people! Theatre Credits (selected): Link in Hairspray (YES Theatre), Ferdinand in The Tempest (Ravenous Theatre), Archer in The Beaux Stratagem (GBTS), Egor in The Suicide (GBTS), Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan (GBTS), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Old Flame Brewery), Tunny in American Idiot (YES Theatre), Riff in West Side Story (ESA), Roger in Rent (ESA). Training (selected): George Brown Theatre School; Etobicoke School of the Arts.