HENRY IAN CUSICK
Henry Ian Cusick brings a uniquely touching and human portrayal of Jesus to the screen in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Born in Peru, raised in Trinidad and Scotland, he now lives in England with his wife Annie and their three boys - Elias, Lucas and Esau.
Cusick trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before joining the Citizens Theatre where he played his first leading roles including Dorian Gray in "THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY", Hamlet in "THE MAROWITZ HAMLET", Horner in "THE COUNTRY WIFE". While at the Edinburgh International Festival, he appeared as Stolzius in "THE SOLDIERS" and as Tasso in "TORQUATO TASSO,"
for which he received a special commendation for the Ian Charleson Award.
Other theatrical credits include roles as Cassio in "OTHELLO," Demetrius in "A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM" and Pompey in "ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA" for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Green in "RICHARD II", Arthur in "MACHINE WRECKERS" and Dollabella in "ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA" for the Royal National Theatre; Nick in "THE LA PLAYS" for The Almedia and Le Vicomte De
Valmont in "LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES" for the Liverpool Playhouse.
TV and Film credits include playing Gideon Mantell in "DINOSAUR HUNTERS"; Dr Talbot in "2000 ACRES OF SKY" for 3 series; Matt in "CARLA"; Miles in "THE BOOK GROUP" (series regular) and Sgt. Michael Clark in "MURDER ROOMS".
Lending his voice to the role of narrator in the epic feature film THE GOSPEL OF JOHN is celebrated Canadian actor Christopher Plummer. It was in Montreal, his hometown, that Plummer began his professional career in both French and English. Since his New York debut in 1954, he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and Londons West End. He was also a leading actor at Englands National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Canadas Stratford Festival,
and is recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his generation. His last Broadway appearance was in the award-winning performance of BARRYMORE, in which h has toured all over North America. Plummer has written for the stage, television and the concert hall. In 1986, he was inducted into Theatres Hall of Fame.
As a veteran of over 80 motion pictures, his films include the Oscar-winning, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, WATERLOO, THE PINK PANTHER, SILENT PARTNER, BATTLE OF BRITAIN, THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, MURDER BY DECREE, SOMEWHERE IN TIME, STAR TREK VI, DRAGNET, WOLF, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, 12 MONKEYS, WES CRAVEN PRESENTS DRACULA 2000 and many others. More recently, he has been seen in NICHOLAS NICKELBY, and ARARAT.
Plummers latest successes are his portrayals of TV journalist Mike Wallace in Disneys award-winning film, THE INSIDER, for which won both the Los Angeles and Boston Critics Awards, and of F. Lee Bailey in NBCs critically acclaimed TV Movie, AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Plummer is back on the big screen this fall in COLD CREEK MANOR, and can be seen onstage at the Lincoln Center Theater in KING LEAR.
Since his start in the Golden Years of live television, his TV appearances number into the hundreds.
Apart from numerous honors from the UK, USA, Austria and Canada, Plummer has won two Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, Britains Evening Standard Award, Canadas Genie Award, plus many nominations. He has been made an Honorary Doctor of Arts from New Yorks Julliard School and in 1968, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, his countrys highest honor.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Daniel Kash continues the artistic tradition established by his mother, world-renowned opera contralto Maureen Forrester, and his father, Eugene Kash, a concert violinist/conductor. After studying at the Drama Centre in London, England, Kash returned to North America, appearing in numerous television productions including "LAW & ORDER," "ME AND MY SHADOWS," "HAVEN," "SLEEP ROOM" and "DUE SOUTH,"
in which he appeared as a series regular. His feature film work is extensive with credits including Mike Figgis' "DEVIL'S THROAT," Lasse Hallstrom's "SHIPPING NEWS," James Cameron's "ALIENS," "DON'T SAY A WORD," starring Michael Douglas, "INFERNO," starring Ray Liotta and the DreamWorks action/comedy "THE TUXEDO" starring Jackie Chan. Kash also stars in acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan's feature film, "GROSS MISCONDUCT."
His work in the theatre is equally comprehensive with credits including "THE BEGGAR'S OPERA" (Macheath: Soulpepper), "END OF CIVILIZATION" (George Walker: Factory), "LIFE IS A DREAM" (Segismund: Skylight),
"STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE" (Stanley: Crucible, Sheffield), "UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS" and the "TRUE NATURE OF LOVE" (Bernie: Crow's), "SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL" and Schillar's "JOAN OF ARC" (World Premiere: Glasgow Citizen's), "MACBETH" and "ARTURO UI" (Stratford Festival, "RATBAG" (Rathead: Canadian Stage), "DONUT CITY" (Canadian Stage), "GIRLS IN THE GANG" (Martha Henry: Grand), "BLOOD
BROTHERS" (Canadian Stage), "COMEDY OF ERRORS" (Canadian Stage) and "THE TEMPEST" (Magnus).
The accomplished actor has lent his talents to both theatrical and film directing and counts "KISS ME MY STOMACH HURTS" (Dogtooth) and "SECURITY" (Tarragon Theatre) among his theatrical directorial credits. "GERMGIRL" (2001) and "FLIP PHONE" (2003) mark Kash's foray into the realm of feature film direction.
His work has garnered international critical acclaim with the actor winning the Grand Prix de la Competition Festival Cinema Tout Ecran - Geneva 1995 and The Golden Gate Award - San Francisco, plus two Best Actor - Gemini Award nominations. He is married to actress/producer Hayley Tyson and has two sons - Tyson and Mackenzie.
Portraying the role of the Leading Pharisee in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN is Richard Lintern. Accomplished in film, theatre and television, Richard was born in Taunton, Somerset, England. He won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where he received his artistic training.
Upon completion of his studies, Richard took on his first role playing opposite Sophia Loren in the mini-series entitled "MOMA LUCIA." His theatrical credits include roles in "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE," "MY NIGHT WITH REG," DIAL M FOR MURDER," "HAMLET," and the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "THE DUCHESS OF MALFI."
Over the course of his career, he has appeared in numerous television productions including "POIROT," "HOUSE OF ELIOT," "CADFAEL," IMOGEN'S FACE," "SWEET REVENGE," plus "READY WHEN YOU ARE MR. MCGILL," in which he takes the leading role.
Recently, Richard has been working at the National Theatre with Tony Award winning director Jack O'Brien ("HAIRSPRAY") on the production "HIS GIRL FRIDAY," based on the Cary Grant film
The multi-talented Stephen Russell appears as Pliate in GOSPEL OF JOHN. A highly accomplished actor and veteran of more than twenty seasons at the Stratford Festival Theatre, Stephen has preformed in numerous productions and counts performances in "RICHARD II" and "HENRY IV," among his title roles. Other Stratford appearances include roles in "WINTER'S TALE," "RICHARD III," "GLASS MENAGERIE," "CABARET" and "THE
THREE MUSKETEERS." The Stratford 2003 season saw him play the role of the archdeacon Dom Claude Frolo, in the Festival's production of "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME."
He has entertained theatre audiences in both Canada and the United States, appearing in "MACBETH" in New York, and "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE" in Costa Mesa, California. At the conclusion of the Stratford 2003 season, Stephen will head to New York once again, where he will appear in Christopher Plummer's "KING LEAR," at the Lincoln Center.
His film and television performances include appearances in Timothy Findley's "THE WARS," "PATHFINDER," " "DIAMONDS," "COUNTERSTRIKE," "SWEATING BULLETS" and "A FAMILY OF COPS," starring Charles Bronson. He lives in Stratford, Ontario with his wife Astrid and two children, Andrew and Isabelle.
John the Baptist
Scott Handy takes on the role of John the Baptist in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. A graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature, Scott received his theatrical training at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
He has worked extensively in the theatre including three years with Cheek by Jowl, two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and many productions in the London's famed West End, in New York and around the world.
While with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Scott appeared as Orsinio in "TWELFTH NIGHT," Bassanio in "MERCHANT OF VENICE," Ariel in "TEMPEST" and David' in "VICTORIA" (world premiere). Additional theatre credits include his performances as 'Horatio' in "HAMLET," directed by Peter Brook at the Centre for Theatre Research, Paris, and subsequent world tour; 'Sandy' in "HAY
FEVER" (National Tour and West End) directed by Declan Donnellan, 'Ferdinand' in "THE DUCHESS OF MALFI" (nominated for the Ian Charleston award) and 'Orlando' in the all-male "AS YOU LIKE IT," both directed by Declan Donnellan for Cheek by Jowl (World Tour and West End). Scott also appeared as 'Eric' in the first cast of the Royal National Theatre's West End production of "AN INSPECTOR CALLS," directed by Stephen Daldry.
His film work includes "SHADOWLANDS" for director Richard Attenborough, "A KNIGHT'S TALE," for Columbia pictures, "HAMLET," for Peter Brook, "SKAGGERAKK," for Soren Karl Jacobson and "THE THOMAS LUPER SUITCASES," the second film of the trilogy, for Peter Greenaway.
Scott has appeared in numerous television productions including "HENRY VIII" (forthcoming), "THE DARK HERETIC", "UNDER THE SUN," "DANGERFIELD," "THE MOONSTONE," "TRUE LOVE," "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE," "HEROES AND VILLAINS," "CASUALTY" and "POIROT."
Equally comfortable in the various mediums of film, television and the stage, Stuart Bunce takes on the role of John, the storyteller, in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Born in Beckenham, Kent, Stuart received his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
His many roles include 'Gabriel' in Roberto Faenza's film "THE LOST
LOVER," 'Wilfred Owen' in 'REGENERATION,' for BBC Films, 'Charles Gore' in
"THE JURY" directed by Pete Travis and 'Phillipe Lispard' in the BBC production of "SCARLET PIMPERNEL." Other television credits include appearances in "MRS. BRADLEY MYSTERIES, "ALL THE KINGS MEN," "BABES IN THE WOOD," "MIDSOMER MURDERS" and the popular BBC series "CASUALTY."
Stuart's theatrical credits include appearances as 'Burgundy in Adrian Noble's production of "KING LEAR" at the Royal Shakespeare Company and as Romeo in Neil Bartlett's "ROMEO & JULIET" at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Stuart recently played 'Lucius' in the remake of 'SPARTACUS,' directed by Robert Dornhelm. Additional recent credits include his performance as 'Harry Freeman' in 'POW,' directed by John Strickland for Company Television.
A native of London, England, Tristan Gemmill portrays Andrew in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
Educated at the Tonbridge School and a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia, Tristan has performed in a variety television productions for BBC TV, LWT and Pearson, including appearances in "THE MRS. BRADLEY MYSTERIES," "DOCTORS," "SAM'S GAME," "LONDON'S BURNING" and "TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION IV." Included among Mr. Gemmill's theatrical credits are performances with
the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, the English Touring Theatre and the Chichester Festival Theatre in a variety of productions including "DANGEROUS CORNER," "THREE SISTERS," DESIGN FOR LIVING," "GASLIGHT," "CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT," "HENRY V" and BATS.
Tristan has recently finished filming the new BBC TV series "GRASS" which was devised by, and stars, Simon Day of the prolific UK sketch show "THE FAST SHOW".
A multi-lingual talent fluent in five languages, Andrew Pifko takes on the role of Philip in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. A graduate of the University of Toronto with
an Honours B.Sc. in MicroBiology, Andrew taught English in Japan and Israel before developing his career in the arts. His artistic training includes studying at the Claude Watson School of the Arts (four-year performance and directing program), as well as studying Classical Performance Technique, Rehearsal Technique at the Soulpepper Theatre. He travelled to England, where he completed a Post-Graduate Year of Classical Performance at L.A.M.D.A. His educational qualifications, both in
Canada and England, gave him the technical expertise to practice his talent in the performing arts.
Andrew's theatrical credits include roles in "I LOVE YOU YOU'RE PERFECT," "NOW CHANGE," "THE CRADLE WILL ROCK," directed by David
Oiye and the French comedy "COUNTERFEIT SECRETS," directed by John Van Burek and co-starring Arsinee Khanjian. Andrew has also appeared in the Dora Mavor Moore-nominated "OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD" and the acclaimed "CLOUD NINE", under the direction of Soulpepper Associate Artistic Director, Daryl Cloran. He was also a participant in the workshop of "SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS" underthe direction of Marvin Hamlisch. Recently, he appeared in the Dora Mavor
Moore Award-winning director Chris Abraham's "ROMEO & JULIET" as 'Mercutio'.
He has appeared in numerous film and television productions including the feature "RETURNING," directed by Soo Lyu ("RUB AND TUG'), in which he played the lead. Other credits include Showtime's "QUEER AS FOLK," Global's "BLUE MURDER," USA Films' "HIDDEN AGENDA " and the upcoming movie, "FANCY DANCING," with Jason Priestly.
Andrew was also a featured comic on "ELVIRA KURT - ADVENTURES
IN COMEDY" for which he wrote and performed two sequences, one of which was included in the comedy special. He has lent his vocal talents to a number of television commercials and productions including playing the role of Glenn Gould in CBC Radio Drama's national production, "Goodnight Glenn".
Versatile and talented, actor Elliot Levey portrays Nathanael in the GOSPEL OF JOHN. A strong stage actor who is equally at home in film and television, Elliot studied Philosophy at Oxford University. He counts numerous theatrical productions among his credits including appearances in "MONKEY" (Young Vic Theatre), "LOVE'S WORK (The Gate Theatre/Royal National Theatre Studio), "THE TEMPEST" (AandBC/British Council), "MACBETH" (Piccadilly
Theatre), "PROPOSALS" (West Yorkshire Playhouse), THE COMEDY OF ERRORS" (Royal Shakespeare Company), "IF I WERE LIFTED UP FROM EARTH" (AandBC Theatre), "ARABIAN NIGHTS," "MILK AND BLOOD" (BAC), "THE WARP" (three mills island), "THE RECKLESS ARE DYING OUT" (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), "TOUNGETIED" (Young Vic Theatre), "TALES OF HOFFMAN" (National Theatre Studio) and "CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY"
(Royal National Theatre Studio), to mention just a few.
Elliot's television appearances include roles in "AMNESIA," "SIRENS," "FAT FRIENDS" and "VICTORIA" for ITV plus "DOCTORS," "A LUMP IN MY THROAT" and "LOVEJOY" for the BBC. Included among his feature film credits are "SUPERTEX," "AN HOUR IN PARADISE," "DOMINOES," "JUDAS AND JESUS," "THE LOW DOWN," "JASON
AND THE ARGONAUTS," "JESUS," "QUEUES AND PEES," "WILDWOOD" and "BEFORE THE LAW."
This past summer, Elliot played Marc Chagall in "TONIGHT WE FLY" at the Edinburgh Festival.
Acclaimed stage and film actor Diego Matamoros is Nicodemus in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Diego moved with his family to Antwerp, Belgium, where he lived until immigrating to Canada at the age of nine. Upon completion of his education in Toronto, he traveled to London, England, where he studied theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Returning to Canada, he spent five seasons with the prestigious Stratford Theatre Festival, where
he performed in numerous Shakespearean productions including "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Love's Labour's Lost," "Much Ado About Nothing" and in renowned Canadian author Robertson Davies' play, "World of Wonders."
While at Stratford, Diego had the opportunity to work with a number of acclaimed Stratford Artistic Directors including John Hirsch, Michael Langham and Robin Phillips. He has performed in theatres across Canada. He has also performed leading roles in the United States in "The Barber of Seville" (Chicago), "Amadeus" (Cincinnati) and Off-Broadway (New York). He has made over forty guest appearances in both
American and Canadian television productions including guest roles in "Deliberate Intent," starring Timothy Hutton and Ron Rifkin and in "I'll be Home for Christmas," starring Jack Palance. He was honoured with a Gemini Award for his performance as Dr. Goldman in the miniseries "The Sleep Room".
A founding member of Soulpepper Theatre, Diego currently holds the positions of Associate Artistic Director and Head of Training and Professional Development for the Toronto-based classical theatre company. He has been honoured with two Dora Awards (Best Performance) for his roles as Clov in Samuel Beckett's "End Game" and Dr. Triletsky in Anton Chekhov's "Platonov." In addition to performing, he has applied
his creative talents to teaching and directing productions at colleges and universities in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Married to actress Robyn Stevan, he is the father of two daughters, Chloe and Dominique.
ALAN VAN SPRANG
A native of Calgary, Alberta, and a graduate of Mount Royal College's Theatre program, Canadian actor Alan Van Sprang portrays Judas Iscariot in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
Alan launched his professional acting career in Calgary, where he performed for three seasons with Shakespeare in the Park, and five years with Theatre Calgary. He appeared in numerous Shakespearean productions including "HAMLET," "THE TEMPEST," "AS YOU LIKE IT," "ARCADIA" and "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW." Additional theatrical credits include roles in "EVITA," "ANOTHER
SATURDAY NIGHT," "BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT" and "THE HEIRESS."
In addition to his theatre work, Alan has successfully crafted a career in film and television in both Canada and the United States, having worked steadily in both Toronto and Los Angeles. Counted among his film credits are "NARC," starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric, "STEAL THIS MOVIE," opposite Janine Garafalo and Vincent D'Onofrio, "CARPOOL," "MASTERMINDS," "APOCOLYPSE,"
"RUSH OF FEAR," "DO OR DIE" and "MACBETH." His television credits are extensive with appearances in "MONK," "BLISS," MUTANT X," "ADVENTURE INC.," "VIPER," "LA FEMME NIKITA," "TRADERS," "MADE IN CANADA," "DROP THE BEAT," Showtime's "SOUL FOOD," NBCTelevision's "THE ANNE RICE PROJECT/EARTH ANGELS" and producer Dick Wolfe's series, "D.C.," to mention
just a few.
Alan lives in Toronto with his fiance, Sarah Robichaud, and their one-year old son, Logan.
Accomplished stage actor Stuart Fox performs the poignant role of the Blind Beggar in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Currently appearing at Scarborough's
Stephen Joseph Theatre playing the role of 'Moricet' in "THE GAME HUNTER," Stuart has made numerous appearances for the Orange Tree, Richmond, including "BODIES", "WHAT THE HEART FEELS", "THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE", "THREE SISTERS", "SPERM WARS", "TEETH TOGETHER, "LIPS APART", "THE WAY OF THE WORLD," plus two French farces, "CAUGHT IN THE ACT" and "HAVE YOU ANYTHING TO DECLARE?"
Other theatre work includes roles in "KING LEAR" (Bristol Old Vic), "CONFUSIONS" (Salisbury), "OLEANNA & BROKEN GLASS" (Northampton), "THE ILLUSION" (Manchester Royal Exchange) and "SONG OF THE WESTERN MEN" (Chichester). In London's famed theatrical West End, he has appeared in "FILUMENA MARTHRAMO", "THE NORMAL HEART" and "FEAR & LOATHING IN
Stuart's television credits include appearances in "THE VICE" (Carlton), "CASUALTY" (BBC), "THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL" (BBC), "EASTENDERS" (BBC), "GIRLS NIGHT" (Granada), "THE BILL" (Thames TV), "LOVE HURTS" (BBC / Alamo), amongst others. He has also lent his talents to radio for which he recently recorded the Phillip Pullman Trilogy, "HIS DARK MATERIALS."
British actor David Meyer portrays the Lame Man in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, David received a B.A. in English and American literature from Kent University and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Upon completion of his studies, he participated in the world tour of Peter Brook's benchmark production of "MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM." He went on to study mime with Lindsay Kemp and appeared in the Kemp Company's Broadway
production of "FLOWERS AND THE MAIDS." He has performed in numerous Shakespearean films including "HAMLET," "THE TEMPEST" and "MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM." Other film credits include "BENT," "WAR REQUIEM," "THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT," David appeared with his twin brother, Tony, as double villains in the James Bond film, "OCTOPUSSY." He also appeared in "THE THIRD WALKER" a film directed by Terri McLuhan
which was shot in the Cape Breton Islands.
David has also directed opera for the London Opera Festival, including Benjamin Britton's "MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM," at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. He continues to work with Globe Education at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London as an actor and teacher. This past summer saw David performing in a production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Devon, England.
A founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company, Nancy Palk has starred in their productions of "THE WINTER'S TALE", "A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL", "THE MAIDS", "PRESENT LAUGHTER", "LA RONDE", "DON CARLOS", "THE MISANTHROPE", "OUR TOWN" and "PLATONOV".
Nancy has performed in Toronto and throughout Canada at CanStage in "MOLLY SWEENEY", "DANCING AT LUGHNASSA", "ARCADIA" and at the Tarragon in "PERFECT PIE", "SLED", "I AM YOURS", "MEMORY OF WATER". At the Stratford Festival, Nancy played Rosalind in "AS YOU LIKE IT", Viola in "TWELFTH NIGHT", Nurse in "ROMEO AND JULIET". She
also played Lady MacBeth (Theatre for a New Audience, N.Y. and the Grand Theatre, London.) and Queen Elizabeth in "RICHARD III" for the New York Shakespeare Festival. On TV and film, she has been seen in "THE LORETTA CLAIBORNE STORY", "FOR LOVE OF OLIVIA", "A WOMAN'S PLACE" and in the title role in "MARY SILLIMAN'S WAR." This summer (2003) Nancy will play the title role in PHEDRE for Soulpepper Theatre Company.
Mother of Jesus
Born in Cornwall, England, Diana trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. On completion she toured the USA, Canada, Europe and Israel with The Bristol Old Vic Company, playing in "HAMLET", "ROMEO & JULIET" and "MEASURE FOR MEASURE," directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie.
She then worked extensively in repertory theatre in the UK, which included a tour to Hong Kong with the Birmingham Rep playing Katherine in "HENRY V", Isabella in "THE CHANGELING" and Pat in Edward Bond's "THE POPE'S WEDDING."
Diana joined the Royal Shakespeare Company to play Nerissa in "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE" and stayed with the company for over five years playing in "HIPPOLYTUS", "THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA", "TITUS ANDRONICUS", "THE WINTERS TALE", "MEASURE FOR MEASURE" and "THE GREEKS," adapted and directed by John Barton.
She then toured South Africa and Europe with the RSC playing Madame de Volanges in "LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSE."
Television credits include "POLDARK", "THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE", "THE CAMOMILE LAWN", "ME & MY GIRL", "MINDER", "NEXT OF KIN" and a "WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE."
Diana has recently been working for BBC Radio Four, recording a drama series and a number of plays.
NICOLAS VAN BUREK
Toronto-born actor Nicolas Van Burek plays the role of the Young Levite in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. With an interest in acting stemming back to his days as a child playing in the rehearsal halls of Toronto's French Theatre, which was founded and operated by his father, performing is clearly in Nicolas' heritage.
Beginning his professional acting career at the age of nine, he spent the next several years working primarily in film and television, with credits including appearances in "THE RELIC HUNTER," "BEOWULF," "ONE KILL," and "EARTH FINAL CONFLICT."
Now, eighteen years later, Nicolas is in his sixth season at the prestigious Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, currently playing the role of
Quasimodo in a new adaptation of "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME." Having worked extensively in Toronto, Montreal, Banff and now Stratford, Nicolas has had the opportunity of working with many talented individuals on numerous exciting projects including the Disney special "THE CHRISTMAS STAR," which starred veteran actor Ed Asner. Included among his favourite performances are his roles as Alan Strang in "Equus", Malcolm in "MACBETH", Gratiano in "THE
MERCHANT OF VENICE", Tybalt in "ROMEO AND JULIET" and, again, this season's Quasimodo in "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME."
Veteran Canadian actor William Pappas portrays the Elderly Levite in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, William has over forty years of experience in the performing arts as a General Manager, Producer, Presenter, Production Manager, Educator and Actor.
He received his training at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Theatre and English Literature and completed his graduate studies (M.F.A.) at the Goodman Memorial Theatre of the Art Institute of Chicago.
William has performed on the stage as well as in films and television with his theatrical credits including "MOTHER COURAGE," "GALILEO," "MACBETH," THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT," "ANNA KARENINA," "THE COCKTAIL PARTY," "MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS" and "HE WHO GETS SLAPPED."
His film and television credits include performances in "TORSO," "RELIC HUNTER," "DANGEROUS EVIDENCE," "THANKS OF A GRATEFUL NATION" and "TRADERS," in which he appeared for three seasons.
He was a founding member and past president of the Canadian Arts Presenters Association and member of the advisory committee to the 1988 Winter Olympic Arts Festival. He has also served as a member of the Opera America Management Relations Committee and the Committee for Special Constituencies for the Handicapped.
He was invited to Banff in 1982, to fill the newly created position of General Manager, Theatre Complex for the Banff Centre for the Arts. In this role, he established an advance training program for technicians, designers and stage managers, as well as serving as Producer for the Banff Performance programs.
Other arts organization with which William has been involved include The Atlanta Civic Opera, The Tulsa Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Opera Company of Boston, Atlanta Municipal Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse and the College of Santa Fe, Greer Garson Theatre, where he appeared as an Educator and Guest Artist.
Since moving to Stratford in 1994, he has been involved in numerous activities including projects with the Centre in the Square. In addition, William has lectured at the Centre for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo. He is married to Anne Moore, the Manager of Wardrobe for the Stratford Festival.
Appearing in the role of Caiaphas in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN is Canadian actor Cedric Smith. A multi-talented singer/actor/composer, he began his career as a folk singer in Stratford, Ontario, where he founded "Perth County Conspiracy," a folk group which incorporated social and political satire with music, recorded five albums and toured extensively.
His theatrical career includes co-adapting and composing music for "TEN LOST YEARS," the stage adaptation of Barry Broadfoot's classic history of the Great Depression. He also adapted and composed music for "THE ROAD TO CHARLOTTETOWN," based on the writings of Prince Edward Island poet, Milton Acorn. His stage performances include the title role in "RICHARD III," at the Manitoba Theatre Centre,
'Salieri,' at the Vancouver Playhouse production of "AMADEUS," and 'Billy Bishop' in over 350 performances of "BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR." Other theatrical credits include four seasons with Canada's prestigious Stratford Theatre Festival.
Cedric's work in television is vast and includes the lead role of 'Captain Sims' on the television series "THE CAMPBELL'S," which ran for four seasons; the CBC mini-series "LOVE AND HATE: THE COLIN THATCHER STORY," which won rave reviews and drew unprecedented audiences when broadcast on NBC in the United States; "STREET TIME," "MUTANT X," "SOUL FOOD," "EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT,"
"BLUE MURDER" and "ROAD TO AVONLEA," for which he earned the 1993 Best Actor Gemini Award. He has lent his vocal talents to the animated series 'X-MEN," for which he performed as 'Professor X' and is the series narrator of "TURNING POINTS IN HISTORY," now in its sixth season on the History Channel.
Listed among his film credits are "WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND," "GREY OWL," "SEA PEOPLE," "HEAVEN ON EARTH," and "IN THE FALL," in which he played the lead and was honoured with the Yorkton Film Festival Best Actor Award.