Creative Team

Debbie Patterson


Debbie is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founding associate of Shakespeare in the Ruins, served as Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year and as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange. She was the U of W Carol Shields Writer in Residence 2012 and Playwright in Residence at Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2014/15 and is currently a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit. In 2014 she was selected for the United Nations Platform for Action Committee’s annual Activist Award and was honoured with the Mayor’s Winnipeg Arts Council Making a Mark Award in 2017. She is a proud advocate for disability arts through her work with her new company Sick + Twisted Theatre.

Danny Carroll

Music Director

Danny has worked at Rainbow Stage as rehearsal pianist and/or playing in the pit orchestra from 1993 – 2005, 2015-16. Music Director Credits: It’s a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play, The Tempest, La Cage aux Folles and A MidSummer Night’s Dream - Community Plays (RMTC), Nine, Company (Dry Cold), James and the Giant Peach (MTYP). Selected Composing Credits: A Christmas Carol, Gone With the Wind, Romeo and Juliet, It's a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play, The Tempest (RMTC); How the Heavens Go, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Best Brothers, Having Hope at Home (PTE); Jungle Book, New Canadian Kid, Peter Pan, Night Light (MTYP); Lenin's Embalmers, Death of a Salesman, Einstein's Gift (WJT). Thanks to Debbie and this wonderful team! Hugs to linshildot and l’aura.

Jillian Willems


Jillian is thrilled to be back working for the company with which her love of theatre was first discovered. Select choreographic credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Uniform Theatre); American Idiot (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); Mr. Burns (District Theatre Collective); Assassins (Loose Ends); Zanna, Don’t (Threeform); Dogfight (Threeform); Bloodless (Apprentice, White Rabbit); Company (Stage 16). Select performance credits include: South Pacific (Regina Symphony); A Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); South Pacific (WSO); The Stock (ALTC); Heathers (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); Aida (Edmonton Opera); Dogfight (Threeform); Letters and Words (Synaethesis); Annie (Rainbow Stage). Many thanks to her partner, her family, and her friends.

Design Team

Scott Henderson

Lighting Design

Scott is excited to be back at Rainbow Stage for the summer of 2018. Now in his 19th season designing for Rainbow, Scott has lit 28 Rainbow Stage productions including Beauty and the Beast (2009), Rent (2010), West Side Story (2002, 2015), Les Miserables (2015) and Mamma Mia (2017). Scott is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for their love and support.

Ksenia Broda-Milian

Set, Props & Costume Design

Ksenia is happy to return to Rainbow, where she was set and costume designer for Cash: Ring of Fire, and set design apprentice for two seasons. This season her work was seen in Stage Frights (True North & One Trunk), Heavenly Bodies (Happy/Accidents), Frankenstein (UWinnipeg), New Beginnings (Sarasvàti), and Armstrong’s War (Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops). Ksenia is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, a graduate of the University of Alberta and University of Winnipeg, and trained with Off the Wall Artist’s Alliance, Ghost River Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Creative Manitoba. With experience training in, performing, and teaching musical theatre and dance, Ksenia is intrigued by design’s interaction with movement, and is always excited to work on a musical! Thanks to my parents for their support. Enjoy the show!

Emily Porter

Sound Design

Emily Porter is an ADC sound designer/engineer who has worked on theatrical projects across Canada and the US. She is the owner of Dual Audio Services. For Rainbow Stage: Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek The Musical. Other credits include: Mama Mia, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods (Neptune Theatre); Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Jazz Singer, Kindertransport, Sister Rosensweig (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Footloose (Sheridan College), Jacob Two Two (Young People’s Theatre); Apocalypsis (Associate SD, Luminato); On the Rocks, The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille); The Arsonists, ‘Art’ (Canadian Stage); Bloodless (Theatre20); Love From Afar (COC); St Carmen of the Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); The Admirable Crichton (Shaw Festival).

Stage Management

Leslie Watson

Stage Manager

Leslie's dog, Murtaugh, is absolutely dismayed that she will be returning to Rainbow Stage for her 13th consecutive season, and 21st production. He will spend the summer at daycare, pining for his mom, while she will be collaborating with some of the city's best artists. Some of Leslie's favourite past shows at Rainbow have been: Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, and RENT - to name a few - while Murtaugh enjoyed sitting inside Audrey Two as a puppy last summer. They both hope to have some spare time this year to spend with Sean.

Michelle Lagassé

Assistant Stage Manager

Michelle feels privileged to be returning to Rainbow Stage to ASM this great musical. Previous Rainbow Stage musicals which she worked on were Miss Saigon and Footloose. She has ASM’d for the Manitoba Opera on La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Die Fledermaus and The Marriage of Figaro. Michelle has stage managed and assistant stage managed for PTE, RMTC, TPM, Théâtre Cercle Molière and WJT as well as The Shaw Festival, The Globe Theatre, GCTC and The Citadel Theatre. She was the coordinator of the Carol Shield's Festival of New Works for 14 years, worked on the last 5 Federal Elections and she is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Laura Gow

Apprentice Stage Manager

Laura is a composer and stage manager from Winnipeg who recently completed her B. Mus. (Composition) at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. Past credits include La Traviata (Manitoba Opera), Gracie (PTE), Mamma Mia! (Rainbow Stage), and The Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold Productions). Outside of stage management, Laura serves as the Director of Production for Manitoba Underground Opera. She has also written a short opera, titled Morgues & Meows, which was performed as part of the 2017 Winnipeg New Music Festival.


Danny Carroll

Conductor, Keyboard

Derrick Gottfried


Julian Bradford


Rob Siwik


Tony Cyre