Name: Johnna Wright
What Excites Johnna About The Clockmaker:
I love the way the story is so multi-layered. You could go back and see this play again, once you know where the twists and turns are, and get even more out of it than you did the first time.
Johnna is delighted to be directing for Live Five twice this season, having started in September with Reasons to be Pretty (Fire in the Hole/Live Five). Recent credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan; SATAward, Achievement in Direction). Johnna is a two-time recipient of Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bard on the Beach 2013, and The Triumph of Love, Blackbird Theatre 2008). She is proud to have co-founded several Canadian theatre companies, including Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Next, she will direct for Drayton Entertainment in Ontario.
Name: Chris Donlevy
Role: Sound Designer
What Excites Chris About The Clockmaker:
This show immediately puts us off balance, with its wonderful blend of intrigue, humour, and tension, and never lets up. It’s a piece of writing that really drives, and I believe Saskatoon audiences will be talking about this story long after they leave the theatre.
Chris is thrilled to have worked on The Clockmaker, his second Live Five show and first as a sound designer! Chris is a BFA-Acting graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. He has designed and composed for various productions in the past. Sound credits: Saskatchewan Outdoors (Embrace Theatre/Saskatchewan Provincial Parks); Dr. Frightful Presents: DEAD AIR (Neverending Highway Productions); Bottome’s Dreame (Embrace Theatre). Performing credits: It’s A Wonderful Life (Persephone Theatre); Candide; Carmen (Opera Nuova); Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre/Live Five); The Composer is Dead (Saskatoon Symphony); Into The Woods (Greystone Theatre). Upcoming: Two Corpses Go Dancing (Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five), and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Persephone Theatre).
Name: Jenna Maren
Role: Set Designer
What Jenna Says When People Ask Why They Should See The Clockmaker:
You should see The Clockmaker for the cast! They were fantastic at the first reading and will be fantastic on show day.
What Excites Jenna most About The Clockmaker:
The characters in The Clockmaker offer the most excitement for me. They are subtle, but very rich.
Jenna has had a wonderful time working with such a talented group of artists. Recent credits: Set design for Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre/Live Five), 2014 SaskTel Youth Tour (Persphone Theatre), La Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour), and A Man A Fish (Persephone’s Deep End Series) for which she won a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award. Upcoming : Set design for La Raccourcie (La Troupe du Jour). Special thanks to Grahame Kent and Charlie Peters for creating opportunities for Saskatoon artists.
Name: Charlie Peters
Role: Actor – Heinrich Mann
What Excites Charlie About The Clockmaker:
It’s a script that keeps you guessing. It is, at turns, romantic, funny, scary, and fascinating. It’s well-written. But it’s also performed by an amazing cast, supported by a creative team of hugely talented folks. That’s a great combination!
Charlie has a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan but works in theatre not only as an actor but also as a stage director, playwright, dramaturge, lighting designer, and educator. In 2013 he won the SATAward for Outstanding Emerging Artist and was nominated in 2014 in the Outstanding Direction category for Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre/Live Five). He has recently worked at Live Five, Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon Opera, the Saskatoon Fringe, and with the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. He is the founding director of Embrace Theatre.
Upcoming: Lighting Designer, Two Corpses Go Dancing (Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five); Director, Hansel and Gretel (Saskatoon Opera in Schools).
Name: Jamie Lee Shebelski
Role: Actor – Madame Pierre
What Jamie Says When People Ask Why They Should See The Clockmaker:
It’s a lovely story, with a bit of mystery to keep you guessing. Plus, there’s cuckoo clocks!
Previous shows with Live Five include The Science of Disconnection (RiverCity Theatre Co-op), It’s All True, Scorched Ice, and The Coronation Voyage (Last Exit Theatre). Other select theatre credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Persephone Theatre/WCT); Velocity (Persephone Theatre); Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Gordon Winter (Persephone Theatre/National Arts Centre); The Alchemist (Dancing Sky Theatre); Perfect Pie (Nakai Theatre); Merlin (Western Canada Theatre); Silence (Northern Light Theatre); and Lig & Bittle (Concrete Theatre/YPT). Jamie Lee received a SATAward for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for her 2009/2010 Body of Work. She is a proud graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto and Canada’s National Voice Intensive.
Name: Will Brooks
Role: Lighting Designer
What Excites Will About The Clockmaker:
It is never as simple as it seems! I love a script that draws you in with its charm and apparent simplicity and then goes further and gets more complicated with each step. It is the sign of a smart and skilled playwright and this is a great example.
Most recently Will directed Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and assistant lighting designed Persephone Theatre’s It’s A Wonderful Life. Also with Persephone Theatre some of his recent directing credits were My Chernobyl, Edward the Crazy Man, and God of Carnage. His directing has also been seen recently with independent companies with productions of Waiting for the Parade and The Science of Disconnection. As a lighting designer or assistant lighting designer Will has done work recently on The Science of Disconnection, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and A History of Breathing