Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
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 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. www.dannnycarroll.ca
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.
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.
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 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).
Beauty And The Beast
Canadian Stage director Rob Herriot is thrilled to be coming back to the Rainbow Stage family to direct this production of Beauty and the Beast. Rob did his very first show with Rainbow Stage back in 1985. Since that first magical time he returned to the company in various ways – as a chorister, apprentice stage manager, and principal character. He credits Rainbow Stage with being one of the major influences in his career. Rob’s primary work is in opera where he has directed productions across North America. He has also been seen in Sweeney Todd, Man of No Importance, and A Little Night Music for Dry Cold Productions and also directed the 2012 production of Little Women.
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Paul De Gurse is a Winnipeg-based music director and conductor. He has been nominated for a Merritt award for outstanding music direction on Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre) and has won a Winnipeg Theatre award for best sound design, alongside Brian Perchaluk and Scott Henderson on The Whipping Man (WJT). Selected Credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia, Sister Act, West Side Story (Rainbow Stage); Sister Act (Drayton), Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia (Neptune) and Grey Gardens (Acting Up Stage Company). A Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); American Idiot, Heathers, Avenue Q (WST); Bridges of Madison County, Closer Than Ever (Dry Cold) and Stars of David (WJT). Paul also teaches at both the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art, and the U of W. Paul is thrilled to be “back home” at Rainbow Stage, and is honored to be conducting the final show of Carson’s first season. Thanks Carson, Jeff, Julie and the rest of the family for putting together such a great team.
Stephanie (SAM) Manchulenko
“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.
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).
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.
SET & PROPS DESIGN
Brian is happy to be designing the set for Beauty and the Beast, his eighth production for Rainbow Stage. Recent Rainbow Stage credits include Les Misérables, and Mamma Mia! Brian’s work has been featured on stages across the country, in the US, and Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the National Theatre School of Canada, and the recipient of Gemini, Jesse Richardson, Winnipeg Theatre, and Prix Rideau awards for his work.
Nancy is thrilled to once again be part of the creative team for Rainbow Stage. She has acted as Costume Coordinator for Rainbow’s productions of Annie (2013), Little Mermaid (2014), Sister Act (2015), and Shrek (2016). In addition, Nancy has been a proud member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 63 for 33 years, and a strong supporter of Winnipeg’s local theatre community. She looks forward to all of the challenges and rewards that coordinating Beauty and the Beast will bring, and to working with such a talented creative team, cast, and crew.
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: Mama 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)
SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE UP AND PROSTHETICS DESIGN
Christian is honored and thrilled to be part of the creative team for Beauty and the Beast. A former student of the University of Winnipeg, and coming up on 20 years of working in the Winnipeg theatre community in many capacities, Christian has loved getting the opportunity to create and fabricate the amazing characters in this timeless story. He is also a member of I.A.T.S.E. local 63 and the creator and founder of Post Mortem Productions, a special effects makeup and prop fabrication company. Select credits include; Evil Dead The Musical (Wasteland Productions); The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions); La Boheme, Falstaff (Manitoba Opera) and Macabre Tales (Puppy in Pants Productions). Christian dedicates his work to Finnian and Jessica
Thank you to all who keep theatre alive.
Behind the scenes.
Work With Us
Join our family.