PETER VAN WART is a member of the fellowship of actors who made up the International Shakespeare's Globe Company 2002 in such roles as Richard III and Pandarus.
Peter is a familiar face on TV and film over the past 30 years. Highlights on stage include; Pseuolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,Touchstone in As You Like It, Serge in Art, Malvolio inTwelfth Night, the King in Alls Well That Ends Well for S.I.T.S.the Duke in Measure for Measure and Boyet in Loves Labours Lost at the York Shakespeare Festival,Titus in Titus Andronicus in Halifax, Meneleus inTrojan Women in Los Angeles.
As a director, Peter brought R&J Brampton from development to the stage in 2007 and helmed The Original Practices productions of Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night at the Heritage Theatre in Brampton September 2005. Other directorial accomplishments include Shakespeare on the Thames' inaugural production of Twelfth Night in 2002 and their 2004 production of As You Like It held in Gibbons Park in London, Ontario. He directed The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose Theatre in Brampton in the summers of 2008/2009. He recently directed The Clandestine Marriagefor the graduating production at Erindale Theatre Program at UofT.
As a teacher, Peter has been teaching Shakespeare for the Actor at Uof T UC Drama and The Randolph Theatre Academy as well as Equity Showcase Theatre for professionals. He also founded The Classical Theatre Lab at Equity Showcase in 1998.
LEZLIE WADE is a Tom Hendry and Dora nominated writer and director. Recent directing credits include: Obeah Opera (Panamania/Nightwood), The Twelve Pound Look (Shaw Festival) Dream A Little Dream (The Grand Theatre); Dog Sees God (Rubinoff Productions); Elegies & A Man of No Importance (Acting Up Stage Company); The Yalta Game (Shaw Festival). She was the associate director on Henry V at the Stratford Festival and assistant director on Fuente Ovejuna, As You Like It, A Word or Two andJesus Christ Superstar. She continued to work on Superstar at the Lajolla Playhouse and on Broadway. She was also associate director/ choreographer on The Toxic Avenger for Dancap, and Love, Loss and What I Wore for Roth/Rubinoff productions. As a writer her musical adaptation of The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen with collaborator, Daniel Green was recently work-shopped at the ASCAP DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop for Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty and Dick Scanlan. It also received workshops at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and AMTP. Last season it was short-listed for the Tom Hendry award for best new Canadian musical and received an NYC workshop this past fall.