ABYSS

Maria Milisavljević, Playwright

Born in Arnsberg, Germany, Maria Milisavljević is an award-winning, Dora-nominated playwright, theatre creator, dramaturg and translator. Over the past sixteen years, Maria has worked with various theatres and companies across Germany, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She is the artistic director of the TheaterTruppe, which she founded in 2005 and through which she has directed, created and written most of her work. Maria’s work includes productions of classics, modern classics and her own plays Annas Fest (2008), hell/warm (2009) and Hero of the Day (2010).

Maria’s play Abyss was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2015 for “Outstanding New Play.” Her adaptation of Enemy of the People (with Richard Rose) for the Saint John Theatre Company went on an international tour to Theater Konstanz, Germany, in January 2017.

Maria holds a doctoral degree in English and translates her works into English herself. She is also the recipient of a three-year scholarship grant by the Bavarian Ministry for Sciences and the Arts. In 2009, she received the John McGrath Scholarship in Theatre Studies of the Scottish Universities for Hero of the Day.

Maria Milisavljević, Playwright

Born in Arnsberg, Germany, Maria Milisavljević is an award-winning, Dora-nominated playwright, theatre creator, dramaturg and translator. Over the past sixteen years, Maria has worked with various theatres and companies across Germany, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She is the artistic director of the TheaterTruppe, which she founded in 2005 and through which she has directed, created and written most of her work. Maria’s work includes productions of classics, modern classics and her own plays Annas Fest (2008), hell/warm (2009) and Hero of the Day (2010).

Maria’s play Abyss was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2015 for “Outstanding New Play.” Her adaptation of Enemy of the People (with Richard Rose) for the Saint John Theatre Company went on an international tour to Theater Konstanz, Germany, in January 2017.

Maria holds a doctoral degree in English and translates her works into English herself. She is also the recipient of a three-year scholarship grant by the Bavarian Ministry for Sciences and the Arts. In 2009, she received the John McGrath Scholarship in Theatre Studies of the Scottish Universities for Hero of the Day.

Richard Rose, Director

For over 30 years, Richard Rose has been a distinguished director in Canadian theatre.

Currently, Mr. Rose serves as Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, Canada’s leading new play theatre. He was previously Founding Artistic Director of the highly regarded Necessary Angel Theatre, as well as Director of Stratford Festival’s Young Company and Associate Director of the Canadian Stage Company.

Mr. Rose’s awards include five Toronto Dora awards for Direction, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Direction and Audience Choice Award from the Bitef Festival in Belgrade. In addition, he has received the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize, the City of Toronto Mayor’s Award for career achievements, and an Honourary Doctorate from Thorneloe University in Sudbury.

Mr. Rose has directed over 150 productions across Canada and internationally in Los Angeles, New York’s Off Broadway and London’s West End, as well as opera and film productions.

Mandy E. MacLean

(Oromocto, NB)

“She”

Mandy MacLean is originally from New Brunswick. Her recent acting work includes: hiraeth (with Varrick Grimes); Ending Silence (YPU, Tarragon Theatre); Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre); Meloncholiac: The Music of Scott Walker (Summerworks). Her directing work includes: Honesty by Jordan Tanahill for the Honest Ed’s Closing Party; Project Assistant to Ted Witzel on Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage); Assistant Director to Diana Belshaw on The Park; and Assistant Director to Varrick Grimes on Till Eulgespiegel. Her recent training includes: Suzuki and Viewpoints/Composition and Speaking (SITI Company of New York); Suzuki (Kameron Steel of SCOT and Thomas Morgan Jones). She is a graduate of Humber Theatre Performance and the University of New Brunswick. She has over a decade of experience working with children, and currently lives in Toronto where she is represented by Catalyst TCM. She is thrilled to be back in the province.

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'She'-Mandy-MacLean

Mandy E. MacLean

(Oromocto, NB)

“She”

Mandy MacLean is originally from New Brunswick. Her recent acting work includes: hiraeth (with Varrick Grimes); Ending Silence (YPU, Tarragon Theatre); Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre); Meloncholiac: The Music of Scott Walker (Summerworks). Her directing work includes: Honesty by Jordan Tanahill for the Honest Ed’s Closing Party; Project Assistant to Ted Witzel on Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage); Assistant Director to Diana Belshaw on The Park; and Assistant Director to Varrick Grimes on Till Eulgespiegel. Her recent training includes: Suzuki and Viewpoints/Composition and Speaking (SITI Company of New York); Suzuki (Kameron Steel of SCOT and Thomas Morgan Jones). She is a graduate of Humber Theatre Performance and the University of New Brunswick. She has over a decade of experience working with children, and currently lives in Toronto where she is represented by Catalyst TCM. She is thrilled to be back in the province.

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Evan Mercer

(Shearstown, NL)

“Vlado”

Evan Mercer is currently based out of St. John’s. He has been lucky enough to have worked with many different companies including Perchance Theatre, Rising Tide, Poverty Cove Theatre, and many others. He also currently plays the role of Spam on CBC’s Little Dog. Evan is delighted to be working with the ARC.

Caroline Bell

(Saint John, NB)

“I”

Caroline Bell is from Quispamsis, NB where she first starred as Tree #2 and never looked back. A recent graduate of George Brown’s Theatre Performance Program, Caroline has had the great joy of performing in many Saint John and Toronto productions including: Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Ravenous Theatre); Girlie in A Girl Should Know Her Etiquette (self-created); Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helen of Troy in The Penelopiad (George Brown Theatre School); and Improviser in [INSERT TITLE HERE] The Musical! (Improvisation Corporation). Her role as Juliet in Saint John Theatre Company’s bilingual Romeo and Juliet when she was fifteen was a huge moment and inspired her to pursue this career as well as this wonderful program! She is so happy to be back sharing with the community that made her excited about acting in the first place, and snuggling with her cat.

Caroline Bell

(Saint John, NB)

“I”

Caroline Bell is from Quispamsis, NB where she first starred as Tree #2 and never looked back. A recent graduate of George Brown’s Theatre Performance Program, Caroline has had the great joy of performing in many Saint John and Toronto productions including: Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Ravenous Theatre); Girlie in A Girl Should Know Her Etiquette (self-created); Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helen of Troy in The Penelopiad (George Brown Theatre School); and Improviser in [INSERT TITLE HERE] The Musical! (Improvisation Corporation). Her role as Juliet in Saint John Theatre Company’s bilingual Romeo and Juliet when she was fifteen was a huge moment and inspired her to pursue this career as well as this wonderful program! She is so happy to be back sharing with the community that made her excited about acting in the first place, and snuggling with her cat.