Cast & Creative

SarahThorpe (4) - for webSarah Thorpe – Creator / Performer
Sarah is an actor and co-founder/creative core member of Soup Can Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in theatre from York University, where she specialized in devised theatre and collective creation. Acting credits include Henry Boulton in The Loyalists, Anna in Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread Theatre), Jenny in The Threepenny Opera (UC Follies), You Should Have Stayed Home (Praxis Theatre/Original Norwegian/Summerworks), Bare (Canadian premiere; WatersEdge), The Nightwood (Backburner Productions/Luminato), Thomson Highway’s Pimooteewin: The Journey (world premiere; Soundstreams), Camoes: The One-Eyed Poet of Portugal (Clay & Paper Theatre), commercials for CAMH and OLG, and many-a student film. For Soup Can: directed No Exit (nominee – Best Director of an Independent/Regional production, My Theatre Awards 2013), Marat/Sade (nominee – Best Direction of a Musical, Broadway World Toronto Awards 2011), three versions of Love is a Poverty You Can Sell in the Toronto Fringe and Next Stage Festivals, and co-produced Circle Jerk, A Hand of Bridge, and Antigone. In 2013 she gave a talk at the Power Plant Gallery on Althea Thauberger’s film installation/documentary Marat Sade Bohnice, discussing it in relation to Soup Can’s production and the original 1960s production. Upcoming: producing The Seven Deadly Sins (summer 2015) and directing Edward Bond’s Lear (Nov 2015). More info:
Matt-online-BMatt Bernard – Director
Matt Bernard is a Canadian comedy writer/director working out of Toronto. He is one half of the comedy duo Bain and Bernard, who specialize in drastic comedic overhauls of Shakespearean plays, as well as creating original vaudeville stylised sketch comedy. Original works include The You’ve Never Seen Anything Like It Show, Time Machine Adventure Time, A Mid Summers Nightmare Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Desdemona Anyway, and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Hamlet. Matt has had his work performed across Ontario and in the United States. Matt coaches comedy performance and comedy writing at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. He thanks Rebecca Perry for always being able to find him work and Sarah Thorpe for taking him on for this project. Matt is currently unsure as to what would be an appropriate line to end off his biography.

c.cater 2Claire Hill – Scenographer
Claire’s scenography incorporates recycled materials, found-space and immersive environments. Design credits include Turtleneck, Donors, Nature of the Beast (safeword), Nine Mile Portage, Macbeth (Theatre By the Bay), Madeline Robin Known as Roxane (Theatre Doubletake), Firebrand (Single Thread Theatre Company), Human Furniture, Contractions, Les Liasions Dangereuses (Red One Theatre Collective), C u t (ArteBote Collective), Cockfight and Retreat (Theatre Brouhaha). Claire is an Associate member of ADC.
Randy LeeRandy Lee – Lighting Designer
Randy Lee is a York University graduate, majoring in Theatre Production. Previous collaborations with Soup Can Theatre include Circle Jerk, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2, A Hand of Bridge/No Exit, Antigone and Marat/Sade. Also a founding member of Fly By Night Theatre Company.
Jakob EhmanJakob Ehman – Sound Designer
Jakob is a Toronto based Actor/Director/Playwright/Sound Designer and the founder of HUMANZOO. He is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. His most recent acting credits include: Skriker (Red One), Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread), Cockfight (Theatre Brouhaha), Minotaur* (YPT), Firebrand (Single Thread), Donors* (safeword) Blue Planet (YPT), turtleneck (safeword), HATCHED (Triangle-Pi). His directing credits include: Dangerous Liaisons (Red One), Sex and This (Aim for the Tangent), 911 by Jakob Ehman (HUMANZOO), Normal** by Anthony Neilson (HUMANZOO/ Hamilton Fringe).*Dora Award Nominated-Outstanding Performance. **Critics Choice Award-Hamilton Fringe
Rebecca Perry – Dramaturge / Assistant Director
Bio coming soon.
Karen Knox HeadshotKaren Knox – Creative Consultant
Karen Knox is a Toronto based actress, writer, and director. Karen has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed productions including Kasia in the world premier of John Patrick Shanley’s play, A Woman is A Secret, (Theatre Centre) Mme De Tourvelle in Red One Theatre Company’s Dangerous Liaisons, Kate in Taming of the Shrew (R.O.T.C), The Skriker (R.O.T.C), and Kate and Sam are Not Breaking Up (Cue6). This summer she will be playing the lead role in Odyssey Theatre’s annual outdoor classics festival in Ottawa.

She directed Single Thread Theatre Company’s spectacular sold out run of Much Ado About Nothing this past September at Toronto’s historic Spadina House Museum. You can catch her on screen in CBC’s latest season of Murdoch Mysteries, and in Muse Entertainment’s new series, Sugar Sisters.

Kathleen HemsworthKathleen Hemsworth – Stage Manager
Kathleen is a recent graduate of York University’s Theatre Production Program and excited to be taking part in such a unique show with Soup Can Theatre. She has an annoyingly persistent passion for stage managing and plans to continue in theatre, combining all cultural events with as she pursues a certificate in Event Management from Humber College. Selected stage management credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread Theatre), Vectors of Their Interest (Surplus Value Theatre), Better Angels (NIF 2014and World Stage Design (Cardiff, Wales 2013).
Scott Dermody (photo courtesy of Scarlet O'Neill)Scott Dermody – Producer
Scott is a Toronto-based theatre professional. He is a co-founder and Creative Core member of Soup Can Theatre.  He is also the Dora Awards and Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA).  Scott’s career in theatre thus far encompasses on and off stage roles. He has been a producer for most Soup Can Theatre shows since its inception, as well as having a crack at directing (for Soup Can Theatre and V-Day Toronto) and production managing (Soup Can Theatre and Single Thread Theatre). As an actor, Scott has played in classics, avant-garde multidisciplinary work, clown turns, children’s theatre, murder mysteries and a few short films.  As a recipient of Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program grant in 2013, Scott worked with and was mentored by Aislinn Rose, General Manager of The Theatre Centre.  He has taught introductory theatre courses in GTA-area schools, and ran a theatre camp in Vaughan for two years.  Scott holds a BA in theatre from Queen’s University.
 Justin HeadshotJustin Haigh – Producer
Justin is a graduate of York University’s Film Production and Screenwriting program but has found a happy home in the world of independent theatre. Justin is proud to be one of the founding members of Soup Can Theatre; his credits include Soup Can Theatre’s previous five productions, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (Writer/Emcee segment Co-Director/Co-Producer), Marat/Sade (Sound Designer/Set Co-Designer/Co-Producer), Antigone (Co-Producer), A Hand of Bridge / No Exit (Co-Producer, No Exit Dramaturge, Sound Designer, Set Co-Designer), Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (Writer/Emcee segment Co-Director/Co-Producer), and The Session – part of Circle Jerk (Writer/Director).



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