Choreographers

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Jillian Willems

CHOREOGRAPHER

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.

Beauty And The Beast

Stephanie (SAM) Manchulenko

CHOREOGRAPHER

“Sam” is grateful to be part of Beauty and the Beast, her 15th production with Rainbow. Most recently she played Sheila in A Chorus Line. Credits include Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Chicago (Rainbow Stage); White Christmas, Guys and Dolls (MTC) and two seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Film credits include Suicide Squad and Shall We Dance. She has choreographed for Talk is Free Theatre (Napoleon, Bye Bye Birdie, Emily), Celebrations and Chai and assisted for Shrek (RBS) and the Confederation Centre Young Company in Charlottetown. An avid traveller, Sam has taught yoga in Morocco, volunteered in Ghana and studied flamenco in Spain. She is passionate about living life to the fullest and spends much of her time teaching yoga, dance and meditation: samtheyogi.com

Jacquie Loewen

FIGHT DIRECTOR

Jacqueline has been creating violence for the stage almost as long as she’s been working in theatre. She has trained through an honours performance degree from the University of Winnipeg, and additionally with Fight Director’s of Canada in Toronto and at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. Some recent credits include: Macbeth (Bard on the Beach), Indigenous Playwrights New Works Workshop (Playwrights Theatre Center- Vancouver), Otello, Tocsca (Manitoba Opera), Westside Story (Rainbow Stage), Unnecessary Farce, Private Lives (RMTC), Am I Not King: The Last Concert of Richard II (Zone41), and Hand to God (RMTC) – for which she was nominated for a Winnipeg Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography.

Working in many forms of physical theatre and performance, Jacqueline is also a founding member of the sketch comedy group Hot Thespian Action, and has recently directed her third site specific opera, Don Giovanni (Manitoba Underground Opera).

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