Sébastien Bertrand is a versatile artist, working as a writer, actor, and screenwriter. In television, he has recently worked as a screenwriter on projects such as 1001 Nights, Makinium, La Vie Compliquée de Léa Olivier and Mehdi et Val. The latter two series were nominated for Kidscreen Awards and Prix Gémeaux.
Sébastien’s theatre credits include La Cantatrice chauve, Le Malade imaginaire and Les Précieuses ridicules, all produced by Théâtre français de Toronto. As a bilingual actor, he has also taken part in plays such as Vimy at Soulpepper and The Language of the Heart at Théâtre Passe Muraille. As a director, his play Les Zinspirés Puissance 4 was critically acclaimed, winning Best Direction at the Dora Awards in 2016. His television credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Less Than Kind and Mégallô.
Recently, Sébastien wrote Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Correspondances Inédites, an eight-episode web series produced by TfT with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. The series has received critical acclaim, winning Best Web Series at the Montreal Independent Film Festival (2022) and the Toronto International Women’s Film Festival (2023).
Originally from Montreal, Karine has been based in Toronto for over 18 years and is firmly rooted in the Franco-Ontarian and Toronto artistic communities. An accomplished actress, she performs in both theatre and television. Karine was also heavily involved with TfT, before assuming the position of Artistic Director in 2021, not only as an actress (Le Misanthrope; La Seconde surprise de l’amour; Ici, les arbres s’enracinent dans l’eau; Voies.x ouvertes : Convictions), but also as dramaturgical advisor for the Les Zinspiré.e.s writing competition, and as writer, producer and director. Karine directed eight episodes of the TfT web series Les Liaisons dangereuses : Correspondances inédites, and recently played the role of Karen Hines in Crawlspace : Une vraie de vraie histoire d’horreur immobilière, a play that will begin a national tour next year.
Set, Lighting and Accessories
Glenn Davidson is delighted to return to TfT. He designed the set and lighting for the 2015 and 2018 editions of Les Zinspiré.e.s, and other TfT productions such as La Soirée Tchekhov, Lettres d’amour, Cœur de Chien, À toi pour toujours, Ta Marie-Lou, Albertine en cinq temps, La Cantatrice chauve, Les Zinspiré.e.s : Dix-Joncté.e.s, and Crawlspace: Une vraie de vraie histoire vécue d’horreur immobilière. Previous projects include Undercover (Tarragon Theatre), Bombers (4th Line Theatre), Freud’s Last Session (Harold Green Jewish Theatre) and Tale of Two Cities (Tafelmusik). His work has won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and he is the recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award.
Set and Props Assistant
Originally from Poland, Natalia is a jack-of-all-trades, with a passion for theatre and design.
After graduating from architecture school in France, she decided to devote herself to the art of storytelling in a variety of ways. Museum, cinema and theatre, her career path reflects her curiosity and her taste for travel, which is constantly renewed.
An adventurer in her spare time, Natalia arrived in Canada last January. Her drive? New artistic territories to explore.
Composition and Transition Choreography
Geneviève Cholette has been involved in musical comedy and theatre for over 25 years, touring across Canada and France. In addition to performing hundreds of shows with Les Chiclettes, she has choreographed, co-directed and written lyrics for many of their songs. With three albums to their credit, Les Chiclettes have won several Trilles Or awards (Best Group, Discovery, Jazz Group) and Réseau Ontario awards (Coup de foudre, ROSEQ, RADARTS, Franco-Fête de Toronto & Réseau des grands espaces). - LesChiclettes.com
She has performed several leading roles, including: Maria - West Side Story (m.e.s. Phillip Nero), Luisa - The Fantasticks (M.e.s. Douglas Campbell), Maria - Twelfth Night, designated one of the five best shows of the year by Montreal’s The Gazette, (m.e.s. Moira Wiley) and Da Vinci-Ado - Da Vinci, at the famous Casino de Paris theatre.
A graduate of Sheridan College, (Musical Theatre Performance), Geneviève has choreographed and directed such plays as: The Sound Of Music (with Georges Masswolh-Come from Away), Grease, Annie, Anne Of Green Gables, Somewhere In The World/Spirit Of A Nation at Roy Thomson Hall (with 750 young artists) as well as the Vaches-The Musical showcase (winner of 4 Contact Ontarois awards). In 2009, she founded Studio Unio (a French-language musical theatre company), where she has directed over 5,000 emerging artists. UNIO.CA
Benjamin Gibson is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer based in Hamilton, Canada. He works with acoustic and electronic textures in various genres, including dance, hip-hop, experimental classical and ambient music. After composing scores and sound design as a film student at Ryerson University, Ben moved to Europe to work on music, doing stints in Amsterdam and Paris. His band, Marienbad, was a live electronic duo that composed and performed disco and house music. He has performed at numerous venues in Toronto, including Mod Club, Lee’s Palace and Sneaky Dee’s. In recent years, Ben has turned to composing and sound design for live theatre. Ben’s musical influences include John Coltrane, Erik Satie, Madonna, Sonic Youth, M.I.A., DJ Screw, Brian Eno, and Aphex Twin.
After studying theatre at the University of Ottawa, where she discovered her passion for costume design, Sophie spent the next few years working in film and television. She distinguishes herself by working on a wide variety of genres and styles, from modern to classic, and from comedy to horror. She has worked as a costume designer on many projects, including Killer High and Paris Paris 2nd season. It’s with great pleasure that she now rediscovers the theatre scene, where her love of costume was born. Many thanks to her exceptional collaborators/costume designers: Emily Kowalik and Jenni Lee.
Christoph is thrilled to be part of the King’s Daughters team. A Toronto-based actor, singer, stage manager and educator, Christoph graduated from York University’s theatre program with a double major in Devised Theatre and Design. After graduating, Christoph immersed himself in the world of stage management, parallel to his performing career, he continues to work in theatre, both on and off stage, often wearing many hats. Christoph is passionate about creating and developing new work, and although he has worked mainly in musical theatre in recent years, he is delighted to return to the world of site-specific theatre with this original piece! When he’s not in the theatre, he can be found singing with the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir. Some favorite stage credits include: Something Rotten, The Lightning Thief, The Drowsy Chaperone, Drama 101 (2017 and 2019 at Toronto Fringe), Legally Blonde, Newsies (Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts), Forever Plaid (Starvox Entertainment), Hansel & Gretel, The Crack of Doom (Yellow Door Theatre Project) and recently Le Concierge (Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, TfT, Dopolavoro Teatrale) @Christophib
With a degree in social work and education, Mathieu’s early professional life revolved around his profession as a specialized educator, while at the same time pursuing a career as a musician. Following a retraining in the administrative world, he left France in 2020 to move to Toronto. As life is all about meeting new people and sharing experiences, he was hired at the end of 2021 as Assistant General Manager of the Théâtre français de Toronto. This was his first exposure to the world of culture and entertainment. There, he discovered the incredible richness of the French-speaking community and wanted to become a player in safeguarding, growing, and developing this beautiful family. Thanks to his commitment and motivation, he was trained by Théâtre Action to become TfT’s new production manager.