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Vibrant. Inspired.  Live.
I tell riveting stories in evocative ways while honouring the actor's process

 

OUTDOOR THEATRE

Directing in the Open Air
Shakespearean adaptations by Catriona Leger (that's me!); other adaptations credited

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Pericles and Chorus create a storm at sea
Pericles and Chorus create a storm at sea

AL Connors, Mekdes Teshome, Mary Ellis, Jennifer Cecil

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Gower (as 5 person chorus)
Gower (as 5 person chorus)

LtoR: Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, Mary Ellis, Jennifer Cecil, Mekdes Teshome, Pierre Brault

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Promo Photo
Promo Photo

L to R: Jennifer Cecil, Mekdes Teshome, Mary Ellis, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, AL Connors, Pierre Brault

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Pericles and Chorus create a storm at sea
Pericles and Chorus create a storm at sea

AL Connors, Mekdes Teshome, Mary Ellis, Jennifer Cecil

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PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE

a Company of Fools, 2016
Costumes & Puppets by Vanessa Imeson
Set Design by Stephanie Dahmer Brett
Original Musical Score Composed by Mishelle Cuttler
Live action photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander


90 minute adaptation of the epic adventures of Pericles. This production, designed for a 7-week summer tour of Ottawa parks, featured 6 actors, 5 of whom played over 50 characters, in a fantasy world inspired by Game of Thrones and Walt Disney. Physical, family friendly, and accessible, with live music, 8 original songs, and audience participation.

Reviews here and here

The Professor's house was so big
The Professor's house was so big

Jessica Buchanan, Jakob Kopytko, Morgan Benedict, Rem Murray

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Lucy stepped into the wardrobe
Lucy stepped into the wardrobe

Rem Murray, Morgan Benedict, Jessica Buchanan

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Aslan revived
Aslan revived

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The Professor's house was so big
The Professor's house was so big

Jessica Buchanan, Jakob Kopytko, Morgan Benedict, Rem Murray

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

By C.S. Lewis
Adaptation by Melissa Young
Project X Theatre Under the Trees, 2022
Set design by Leon Schwesinger
Costume design by Marian Truscott
Puppet design by Randi Edmunson
Original music and sound design by Lukas Vanderlip
Photos by Lynn Sunderman Photography

A 4-person adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved classic tale staged in Prince Charles Park in Kamloops, BC. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy take a thrilling adventure beyond a wardrobe and into the faraway land of Narnia to help Aslan the Lion and their new animal friends save Narnia from the freezing clutches of the White Witch.

Dromio of Syracuse, Antipholous of Syracuse, Adriana, Luciana
Dromio of Syracuse, Antipholous of Syracuse, Adriana, Luciana

Scott Florence, Warren Bain, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Katie Ryerson

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Promo Photo by JVL Photography
Promo Photo by JVL Photography

LtoR: Katie Ryerson, Scott Florence, AL Connors, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Warren Bain, Geoff McBride (front)

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Audience interaction
Audience interaction

Katie Ryerson with Audience Member

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Dromio of Syracuse, Antipholous of Syracuse, Adriana, Luciana
Dromio of Syracuse, Antipholous of Syracuse, Adriana, Luciana

Scott Florence, Warren Bain, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Katie Ryerson

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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

a Company of Fools, 2015
Costumes by Vanessa Imeson
Set by David Brown
Live action photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander

A quirky and colourful, topsy-turvy storybook world brought to life by 6 actors. Full of slapstick, word play, romance and rhyme, this rollicking comical romp toured Ottawa parks for 7 weeks and was the Fools' first ever summer production to be nominated for the Prix Rideau Awards.

Review here
University of Ottawa Archival Project here

Master Page, Mistress Ford & Mistress Page
Master Page, Mistress Ford & Mistress Page

Simon Bradshaw, Katie Ryerson, Melanie Karin Brown

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Promo Photo by JVL Photography
Promo Photo by JVL Photography

L to R: Geoff McBride, Simon Bradshaw, Katie Ryerson, Matthew John Lundvall, Melanie Karin Brown, John Doucet

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Buck Basket
Buck Basket

Melanie Karen Brown, Matthew John Lundvall

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Master Page, Mistress Ford & Mistress Page
Master Page, Mistress Ford & Mistress Page

Simon Bradshaw, Katie Ryerson, Melanie Karin Brown

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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

 a Company of Fools, 2013
Costumes and Set by Vanessa Imeson
Music arranged by Tobie Slippert
Live action photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander

The Fools' 10th Annual Torchlight Shakespeare Under the Stars production. A 90 minute interactive adaptation with 6 actors playing 20 roles, touring in and around the National Capital Region all summer. Billed as "Downton Abbey meets Bugs Bunny," this whimsical rendition was set against the natural backdrop of Ottawa’s parks, shaken and stirred with an Edwardian twist. This highly physical production had audiences of all ages rolling in the aisles (or on the lawn, rather).

Review here

Bottom, Titania and Faeries
Bottom, Titania and Faeries

Ron Klappholz, Alix Sideris, Alison Hess, Will Lamont, Adam Pierre, Dorian Foley

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Oberon & Puck
Oberon & Puck

Quincy Armorer, Melissa Morris

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Amphitheatre with St. Lawrence River behind
Amphitheatre with St. Lawrence River behind

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott, ON

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Bottom, Titania and Faeries
Bottom, Titania and Faeries

Ron Klappholz, Alix Sideris, Alison Hess, Will Lamont, Adam Pierre, Dorian Foley

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, 2012
Set design by John Doucet
Costume design by Roberta Doylend
Music Composed and Arranged by Melissa Morris
Photo credit: Unknown

This full length production performed in and around the beloved waterfront amphitheatre in Prescott, ON featured frantic physical comedy, live music, audience interaction, and a Lady Gaga mash up on accordion, mandolin, harmonium and voices singing in 4-part harmony. Played to record breaking audiences, and nominated for multiple awards.

Reviews here and here

 

DEVISED THEATRE

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Created by the Break a Leg Collective: Morgan Benedict, Jessica Buchannan, Nathan Fedear, Allandra Gardiner, Catriona Leger, Brittney Martens, Devon Moore

In development

Theatre is illegal. What have we got to lose? A raw exploration of self, boundaries, and the ever-changing rules about how to produce theatre in the time of global pandemic.

Set by Catriona Leger

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Hasty Advice
Hasty Advice

With Audience Participant Mary Ellis

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Hasty Advice
Hasty Advice

With Audience Participant Richard Cliff

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Set by Catriona Leger

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HASTY ADVICE 5¢

subDevision, 2015
Created by Catriona Leger

An interactive pop up site specific piece where participants are given one on one sessions to ask probing questions about the direction of their lives. Sometimes advice is cheap and meaningful, sometimes it's just cheap.
Inspiration space - upper hallway of Enriched Bread Artists (an old bread factory turned into visual artist studios)

Catriona Leger

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Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger

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Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger

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Catriona Leger

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GOOD IRISH FRIENDS (OR, AN ODE TO WES ANDERSON)

Ottawa Theatre Challenge, 2017
Created by Catriona Leger & Geoff McBride

Two socially awkward friends discover their long unspoken love for one another on a rooftop with pigeons.

Devised for an annual 48-hour contest of creation, inspiration items assigned by another company included:
Spiderman Toque

King Pigeon Headline

Irish Gaelic Saying

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Nimue played by Dillis Ayafor

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Vivienne played by Kate Smith

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Kate Smith

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Nimue played by Dillis Ayafor

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LADIES OF THE LAKE

By Kate Smith, Catriona Leger & John Doucet

Skeleton Key Theatre
GCTC Undercurrents Festival 2013

Set Design by John Doucet
Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson

Lighting Design by Guilliaume Houët-Brisebois
Original Music by Kate Smith & Hillary Fay
Photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander

In an attempt to escape the terrifying visions that have been haunting her nightly, Vivienne embarks on a journey to end her increasingly disturbing nightmares.


A physically devised piece in one act that blends evocative movement, original music and text to tell an imagined origin story of the Lady of the Lake.

 

INDOOR THEATRE

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David Whitely & Chandel Gambles

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David Whitely & Chandel Gambles

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Promo Poster

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David Whitely & Chandel Gambles

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VENUS IN FUR

by David Ives

Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson
Set & Lighting Design by David Magladry
Photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander

Plosive Productions, 2014
The Gladstone Theatre

This award-winning play by David Ives is a delicious, suspense-packed study of the erotics of power. A writer-director laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play. Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress who turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness.

Jameson Parker, Davide Kaye

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DJ Oker Chen

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Niko Koupantsis, Jameson Parker, David Kaye, Brian Cochrane

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Jameson Parker, Davide Kaye

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THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS

by Jason Catalano, Jordan-Allen Dutton, GQ, Erik Weiner
Original Musical Score Composed by Anami Vice

Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson
Set & Lighting Design by Jon Tsang

Belfry Theatre, 2014
Arts Club Theatre, 2014
Twentysomething Theatre, 2012

A 4-person Rap and Hip-Hop adaptation of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, with a live dj
4 Jessie Richardson Awards Nominations with 2 wins

Katie Bunting, Brad Long

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Brad Long, Katie Bunting

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Katie Bunting, Zach Counsil, Brad Long

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Katie Bunting, Brad Long

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MACBETH

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Catriona Leger

Costume Design by Sarah Waghorn
Set Design by David Brown

Salamander Theatre, 2012-14

A 3-person adaptation designed for venue touring in and around Ottawa enjoyed 2 revivals after the original run.

Kate Smith

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Dillis Sonya Ayafor

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Set Design by John Doucet, Lighting Design by Guilliaume Houet, Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson

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Kate Smith

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LADIES OF THE LAKE

By Kate Smith, Catriona Leger & John Doucet

Skeleton Key Theatre
GCTC Undercurrents Festival 2013

Set Design by John Doucet
Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson

Lighting Design by Guillaume Houët-Brisebois
Original Music by Kate Smith & Hillary Fay
Photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander

Skeleton Key Theatre

GCTC Undercurrents Festival, 2013
World Premiere

 

THEATRE FOR POST SECONDARY PROGRAMS

Where productions indicate adaptation, gender parity has been incorporated to provide greater opportunities for women

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Juliet & Romeo
Juliet & Romeo

Meghan Chenosky, Jameson Parker

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Lady Capulet with Nurse
Lady Capulet with Nurse

Lto R: Moneca Melnick, Maria Luisa Alvarez,

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Promo Poster

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Juliet & Romeo
Juliet & Romeo

Meghan Chenosky, Jameson Parker

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ROMEO & JULIET

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Catriona Leger

Set Design by Ana Luisa Espinosa
Costume Design by Carmen Allatore
Original Music by Patrick Pennefather & Mishelle Cutlter
Photos in this gallery by Tim Matheson

University of British Columbia, 2010
Show Site

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Dead Man's Cell Phone 1.jpg

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Cell Phone Ballet
Cell Phone Ballet

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Falling
Falling

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Dead Man's Cell Phone 1.jpg

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DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE

by Sarah Ruhl

Set & Lighting Design by Leon Schwesinger
Costume Coordination by Marian Truscott
Original Music by Lukas Vanderlip
Photos in this gallery by Leon Schwesinger

Thompson Rivers University Theatre Program 2021

Come, sit thee down on this flowery bed
Come, sit thee down on this flowery bed

Titania, Bottom & Faeries

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Be as thou wast won't to be...
Be as thou wast won't to be...

Hermia, Lysander & Puck

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Marquee

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Come, sit thee down on this flowery bed
Come, sit thee down on this flowery bed

Titania, Bottom & Faeries

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Catriona Leger

Set Design by Ross Nichol
Costume Design by Marian Truscott
Original Music Composed by Lukas Vanderlip
Lighting Design by Leon Schwesinger
Photos in this gallery by Leon Schwesinger

Thompson Rivers University, 2020

Foreground: Nathanel, Holofernes; Background: Don Armado, Costard

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Boyet, Katharine, Maria, Rosaline

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LtoR: Dull, Holofernes, Nathaniel, Jaquenetta, Armado, Costard, Moth

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Foreground: Nathanel, Holofernes; Background: Don Armado, Costard

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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Catriona Leger

Set Design by John Doucet
Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson
Lighting Design by Margaret Coderre-Williams

University of Ottawa, 2015

Foreground: Philinte, Frank; Background: Eliante, Celimene

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Finger fight
Finger fight

Frank, Celimene, Oronte

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Frank, Celimene

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Foreground: Philinte, Frank; Background: Eliante, Celimene

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THE SCHOOL FOR LIES

by David Ives

Set Design by John Doucet
Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson

Photos in this gallery by Andrew Alexander

Algonquin College Theatre Arts  Program, 2016
Based on The Misanthrope by Moliere

Silhouettes
Silhouettes

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Weaving
Weaving

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Battle Silhouettes.png

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Silhouettes
Silhouettes

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THE PENELOPIAD

by Margaret Atwood

Original Musical Score by Melissa Morris


Set & Costume Design by Brian Smith

St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Program, 2018