Ken McNeilly

Director, Playwright, & Composer

A recent graduate of the PhD program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto, Ken is excited to see his qualitative research come to life on stage. He currently teaches at Brown Junior Public School in Toronto and is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Ken’s musical theatre career has been punctuated with other pursuits such as marathons and Ironman triathlons, but he is a longtime performer with an ARCT in Piano Performance and previous theatre credits that include Teen Angel in Grease, Stanley in A Bedfull of Foreigners, and Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap.

Sadie Epstein-Fine

Production Manager, Dramaturge, Choreographer, & Assistant Director

Sadie Epstein-Fine is a theatre student at York University, majoring in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. She has also trained in dance (The Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement) and in fight choreography, which has increasingly become her passion. Past credits include choreography for Goodnight Desdemona Goodmorning Juliet (2013), Romeo and Juliet (2013), and resident choreographer for the York student play festival, Playground (2014).

Brenda Duran

Stage Manager

Brenda is very excited to be stage managing her first Toronto Fringe show alongside such an amazingly talented cast and crew. She is currently in her third year, majoring in Theatre Production and Design at York University. She has stage managed more than ten shows, and she is sincerely honoured to work on this meaningful, substantive project.

Luke Pieroni

Set & Costume Designer

Luke is excited to be designing his first show with the Toronto Fringe Festival. He is currently entering his third year of study in the Devised Theatre program at York University. From performance to production, he has worked on shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Anything Goes, and Children of Eden.

Muhammad Waqas

Graphic Designer

Moe is currently studying Devised Theatre and Playwriting at York University, and hopes to utilize his degree by creating his own Toronto-based theatre company. Moe's previous theatre credits include Ensemble in KP (Devised Theatre Festival 2014), Misha in Milkbath (Paprika Festival 2013), and playwright for My Very Own Normal Family (Playground Festival 2013, VCP One Act Festival 2013, Odds and End Festival 2013).

Ben Chiasson

Actor

Ben is overwhelmingly happy to be a part of his first Fringe Festival show and to be working on such an important and meaningful project. Ben is entering his second year at Sheridan College in the Bachelor of Music Theatre program. Past theatre credits include include Riff in West Side Story and Mark in Rent (Etobicoke School of the Arts).

Julia Gartha

Actor

Julia is a graduate of Unionville High School’s Drama program. She was recently accepted into the Berklee College of Music and is planning on making her dreams become a reality in September 2015. Julia has been an integral part of the Unionville Theatre Company for many years, performing in shows such as Cats, Fame, and Peter Pan. In 2012, Julia came in 8th place in the CBC competition, Over the Rainbow, a search for Dorothy. This is Julia's first Toronto Fringe show, and she is both excited and proud to be a part of The Common Ground!

Tegan Macfarlane

Actor

Tegan Macfarlane is going into her third year at York University in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. She is very excited to be a part of Phenomenon Theatrix's debut production. Tegan has previously been in Muse by Veronica Apia (Little Black Afro) and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer (V-DAY Toronto). Tegan could not be more thrilled to be working with an incredibly talented cast and production team to bring The Common Ground: A Musical Dissertation to the Toronto Fringe.

Fiona Sauder

Actor

Fiona is an Ottawa-born artist and a recent graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. She is thrilled to be a part of this wildly talented group of delinquents and looks forward to future projects that are equally fun. Past theatre credits include Enough (Bad Hats Theatre Company), Alithea in The Country Wife (GBC), and Isabelle in Ring Around The Moon (GBC).

Suzanne McKenney

Actor

Suzanne has spent the last 24 years as a stage, television/film actor and singer/songwriter. After receiving a BFA in Theatre Performance from SMU, she accepted an apprenticeship offer at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training in Jupiter, Florida working with such greats as Charles Nelson-Reilly, Avery Schreiber and Burt Reynolds. After working in favourites like Evita, La Cage Aux Folles, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Suzanne moved to New York where she studied with Uta Hagen and before launching a travelling career as a singer/dancer. She then moved to Los Angeles where she performed in a multitude of plays, musicals, and television shows. She also starred in the movie, It’s All About You, which won best comedy at the 2001 Beverly Hills Film Festival.