Cast & Crew


Creative Team

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as the hit sensation BOOM, MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed BOOM and BOOM X, and (w. Craig Francis) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, GAME of CLONES, Jungle Book, and (w. Craig Francis and Paul Van Dyck) Frankenstein; as well as animated series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He often teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.
 
Craig Francis is a writer, illustrator, performer, and multi-disciplinary creator, whose works are enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. A founding member of the 20K Collective, he is the co-author and co-director with Rick Miller on the productions Jungle Book and GAME of CLONES, as well as their Stage Manager. He's also the co-author and Stage Manager of the stage adaptation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (directed by Miller), and a producer, designer, and Stage Manager for Miller's solo productions BOOM and BOOM X. Craig is co-creating reimagined adaptations of Frankenstein (with Rick Miller and Paul Van Dyck), Wizard of Oz, Rose Red, and an Animazia animated series. Craig illustrates the cartoon characters for the Kidoons Network videos (as well as writing and voicing them), which are on display at museums in 4 provinces, with millions of views. Craig performed TheatreSports and improv comedy internationally for 12 years; stage credits include The Refugee Hotel (Teesri Duniya/Segal Centre). He lives in Montreal, where he has illustrated several books, and been a commentator on radio and TV.
Paul Van Dyck is a Toronto based playwright, director, and performer whose work has been produced in the United States, the United Kingdom, and throughout Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Rabbit in a Hat Productions, a company he founded with the mandate to produce new Canadian plays. Paul’s accolades include; The Revelation Award, Montreal English Critics Circle; Outstanding Direction (Oroonoko), Montreal English Theatre Awards; Best Production (Paradise Lost), New York Frigid Festival and Atlantic Fringe; Best Production (Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!), Montreal Fringe; Best Drama (The Harvester), Atlantic Fringe; and Le Prix Fred Barry Design (Blood Wild), Montreal Fringe. Paul is a past participant of the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival and was the 2014/15 National Forum Representative of Quebec for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He has directed at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre, and recently made his film directorial debut with Bright Young Things Productions’ A Motion Away. Since moving to Toronto a year ago his adaptation of Paradise Lost launched Western University’s new Theatre Studies Program, Blood Wild was presented at Toronto’s Next Stage Theatre Festival, while his libretto, The Harvester, received a workshop performance with FAWN Chamber Creative in Toronto and Ottawa. Paul is currently creating a play based on the life of William Lyon Mackenzie King with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
 
Patrick is a production designer for multiple performing arts disciplines, creating work in  Canada and touring internationally.  He is the recipient of 2 Dora Awards for independent lighting design and set design, and he was a nominee for the 2017 Pauline MacGibbon award in design.   His recent and upcoming design work includes; The Book of Life (volcano theatre), Charlotte: A Tri-coloured Play with Music (Theaturtle), Café Sarajevo (Bluemouth Inc.), Speculation (Leslie Ting),  The Nether (Coalmine Theatre | Studio 180),  The Harlequin Salon (Tafelmusik),  Elemental  (Harbourfront Centre),  Poison (Coalmine Theatre),  Party Game (Bluemouth Inc. / Necessary Angel),  Century Song (volcano theatre), Brave New World (Litmus Theatre), The Circle (Tarragon Theatre),  Extremophiles (Summerworks),  Killer Joe (Coalmine Theatre),  Late Company (Why Not Theatre),  Crawlspace (Videofag),  It Comes in Waves (Necessary Angel/Bluemouth).
Rebecca is a Toronto based lighting designer. Theatres and Dance companies include: Adelheid (Heidi Strauss), The Blyth Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Canadian Rep, Factory Theatre, GCTC, Tarragon Theatre, RMTC, National Arts Centre, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Volcano, Theatre Passe Muraille, Mirvish, HUM (Susanna Hood), Zata Omm (William Yong), Nightwood, nightswimming. She has received 3 Dora awards and many nominations for outstanding lighting design.
Richard has been creating soundscores and music for Canadian theatre, dance and film since 1992. Over the years, he has worked with many prominent theatre figures including Daniel MacIvor, Michael Hollingsworth, Peter Hinton, Sarah Garton Stanley, Daniel Brooks, Darren O’Donnell, Chris Abraham, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Albert Schultz, Guillermo Verdecchia; and companies across Canada, such as the Citadel in Edmonton, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Buddies In Bad Times, Neptune Theatre, and the Shaw Festival. His work has been heard around the world, in cities like Budapest, Sydney Australia, Tel Aviv, Dublin, New York, Manchester, Amsterdam, Tehran, and Prague. He has also composed music scores for films by Daniel MacIvor, Robert Lepage, Valerie Buhagiar, and others. Richard has won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the 1999 Pauline McGibbon Award, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Siminovitch Prize. www.haemorrhage-music.com/richard-feren

Irina Litvinenko is an accomplished creative artist, graphic designer, and video production artist. Irina has been a longstanding collaborator with Rick Miller and Craig Francis, including as Multimedia Designer for Jungle Book and BOOM X; assisting on onscreen media and DVD production for MacHomer and its educational Animated Shakespeare videos, brand design for BOOM and BOOM X, and video sequences and design elements for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. As a web and video artist, Irina is a designer, animator, and production editor of the Kidoons Network animated series. She has worked on advertising and multimedia campaigns for Performing Arts Centers across Canada and the US; for shows from BOWFIRE to Carol Burnett; and campaigns including TELUS, Cirque Musica, and the University of Kentucky Opera.