2016-2017 Season Company
Birbal, Brothel #9
David has performed, directed and sung in theatre, opera, film and TV across North America. From National Tours of Showboat, Phantom Of The Opera and Sunset Blvd. to three seasons at The Shaw Festival, from appearances on television series The X-Files, Psych, DaVinci’s Inquest, Outer Limits, etc., to the movies: Postal, Dead Cold & Little Women. Favourite appearances on stage include: Prospero in The Tempest and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Theatre), Officer Lockstock in Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre), Ranjit (Leonato) in Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto), Monsieur Thenardier in Les Miserables (WCTC) and The Editor in Tear the Curtain & Big Davey in Billy Elliot at The Stanley Theatre. Later this season David performs in Elbow Room Café: The Musical at The York Theatre and in Athol Fugaard’s post-apartheid play Valley Song at Pacific Theatre.
Assistant Stage Manager, Brothel #9
Shila is a recent graduate of the Technical Theatre Program at Capilano University. Recent credits: Stage Manager: Featuring Loretta (Punchback Projects), Dry Land (Rumble Theatre), How Much Are Those Feelings in The Window (Share Productions), Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show, and Good Person of Setzuan (Exit 22). She'd like to thank the cast and crew for making this an amazing experience!
Accent coach, Brothel #9
Supriya Bhattacharyya came to Canada in 1980 from Patna, India where she was training in Indian classical vocal music. Sadly, she did not pursue her music in Canada as she stayed home to raise her children. During this time she took part in voluntary work. Supriya continues to passionately run a Bengali language Sunday school for the last 26 years on behalf of the Lower Mainland Bengali Cultural Society. Later in life, she received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from UBC. She currently works for a not-for-profit organization.
Fight Choreographer, Brothel #9
For Touchstone Theatre: actor–Clay (1983) directed by John Cooper, White Biting Dog (1985) directed by Roy Surette, Unity, 1918 (2001 and remount) directed by Katrina Dunn, Apple (2003) directed by Rachel Ditor; director–Palace of the End (co-pro w/ Felix Culpa, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, co-directed with Katrina Dunn, Mindy Parfitt 2009); fights–Clay, Farther West, Lost Souls and Missing Persons, Little Mercy’s First Murder, How to Survive an Apocalypse. Most recently Bloom performed in The Nether with Redcurrant Collective, Scratch (Theatre Plexus), Apres Moi (Ruby Slippers) and the locally shot series Frequency, Rogue, Ice and iZombie. He will be appearing at The Cultch in RealWheels’ Creeps November 30-December 10. Bloom is a graduate of Studio 58, where he is currently on the faculty.
Director, Brothel #9
Katrina is thrilled to be directing Brothel #9 upon the completion of her tenure as Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre. Since 1997 she has directed many Canadian plays for the company and garnered seven Jessie Richardson nominations for Outstanding Direction, winning once for her direction of Michael Healey’s Kicked and once for her co-direction of Palace of the End. Katrina helped launch the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival with Norman Armour and created In Tune: The Art of Canadian Musicals with Rachel Ditor. She is currently studying towards a PhD at UBC.
Set & Props Designer, Brothel #9
Drew has been designing sets and costumes for opera and theatre over the past nine years. Recent highlights include: Onegin (Arts Club), Das Ding (CanStage), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Bard), Into the Woods (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Evita, Stickboy (Vancouver Opera), À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, (Théâtre la Seizième), The Romeo Initiative (Touchstone), Whipping Man (Pacific), ‘Art’ (Gateway), Indian Arm, Penelope (Rumble). He was also the Exhibition Designer for Future Worlds, an interdisciplinary theatrical event at UBC. Upcoming projects include: Me & My Girl (Shaw Festival), The Marriage of Figaro (Vancouver Opera), Bonjour, la, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième), Comedy of Errors (Western Canada). Drew is the recipient of thirteen Jessie Awards for outstanding design and twenty-eight nominations. He is a graduate of Studio 58. www.drewfacey.com
Costume Designer, Brothel #9
Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh is glad to be returning to work on another production for Touchstone Theatre. She has been working as a costume designer in the film industry, working on various television series and features. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2002 with a BFA in theatre technical and design (major in costumes) and has a diploma in fashion design. Some of her previous works include Shelter From The Storm, Mimi (or A Poisoner’s Comedy), for which she won a Jessie, and Prodigal Son for Touchstone Theatre, Tidelines a co-production of Touchstone and NeWorld Theatre, and Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun for Western Canada Theatre. Farnaz looks forward to keeping her roots alive by working on one or two theatre shows a year and continuing on expanding her experience in the film industry.
Lighting Designer & Production Manager, Happy Place
Happy Place marks Adrian’s 20th lighting design for Touchstone Theatre, and his 3rd collaboration with Roy Surette. Previous credits (selected) include Brothel #9, Late Company, The Concessions, The Romeo Initiative and Unity (1918). Other local and national design credits include work for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, Ballet BC, Electric Company Theatre, Realwheels, The Vancouver Playhouse, Music On Main, Pacific Opera Victoria, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), and the Charlottetown Festival among many others. Adrian has been the recipient of multiple Jessie Richardson awards for his work as a lighting designer and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. Upcoming: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, an East Van Panto for Theatre Replacement / The Cultch, The Humans at the Arts Club's Stanley Theatre and C’mon, Angie! for Touchstone in June.
Samira, Happy Place
Adele is humbled to share the stage with these fierce women. A graduate of Studio 58, she has worked in various capacities with a number of theatre companies throughout Vancouver. Recent stage credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach); Walt Whitman’s Secret (frank theatre); Jabber (Manitoba Theatre for Young People) and Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre) – for which she won her first Jessie. Adele will next be appearing as Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Carousel Theatre).
Salaudin, Brothel #9
Shekhar has worked with theatres across Canada including: Bard on the Beach, CanStage, Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Globe Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, National Centre of Performing Arts (India); some Film & TV work include: Arctic Air, Battlestar Galactica, Elegy, Motive, Sanctuary, Second Chance. Next up, he will star in Men in White at the Arts Club in the spring. Shekhar is also an author with two award winning children's books published by Annick Press; and his novel, An Extraordinary Destiny will be published by Brindle & Glass in 2017.
Playwright, Brothel #9
Anusree Roy is a Governor General’s Award nominated writer and actor whose work has been produced internationally. Her plays include: Sultans of the Street, Brothel #9, Roshni, Letters to my Grandma and Pyaasa. She holds an M.A. from the University of Toronto and has been published by Playwrights Canada Press. Her plays and performances have won her four Dora Mavor Moore Awards along with multiple nominations. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, RBC Emerging Artist Award, The Carol Bolt Award and The Siminovitch Protégé Prize. Anusree’s playwright residencies include: Nightwood Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Blyth Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille and The Canadian Stage Company. Her new play Trident Moon which she has developed with Nightwood Theatre just premiered this October at U.K.’s Finborough Theatre and her commission for Factory Theatre, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, will premiere in Spring 2017. She will be continuing at the Stratford Festival for her second season this upcoming spring.
Nina, Happy Place
For Touchstone: Brothel #9 (Jessie Award), Eternal Hydra, Palace of the End (Jessie Award), Age of Arousal, Life After God, The Family Way, 15 Seconds, The Orphan Muses (Jessie nomination). Elsewhere: Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Electric Company, Arts Club, Neworld Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre etc. Film/TV: Current recurring guest stars on Arrow and Heartland. Numerous feature films with Bruce Sweeney. And other stuff. Recent voice-over projects include Ironman (cartoon series), Breadwinner (animated feature premiering at TIFF 2017) and audiobook narration for Random House. Thanks Pamela, for this story. Roy, for coming home. And Lotus - my touchstone.
Clients, Brothel #9
Munish Sharma is a performer with over a dozen theatre, TV, stage, and burlesque productions to his credit. He has worked steadily as a performing artist for a decade, splitting his time between Vancouver, Calgary, and Regina. In 2015, Munish was also recognized by the Vancouver Fringe Festival, winning The Pick of the Fringe Award for his production and one-act play Mrs. Singh and Me. It was Munish’s first written play credit. Additional career highlights include This Is War (Rumble Theatre, Tremors 2014), Iceland (Dirt Road Productions), The Invisible Hand (Jessie Nomination, Pi Theatre) and Canada’s first South Asian sketch-comedy production, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken. Co-founded by Munish in 2010, the Butter Chicken troupe and its savoury skits have drawn much press coverage, and sold-out venues across British Columbia, and Alberta. Munish will be making his Arts Club debut in The Men in White in the Winter of 2017.
Music Supervisor, Brothel #9
Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, producer and composer. Specializing in vocal percussion and live looping, his sound blends the rhythms of poetry and spoken word with a dynamic range of cultural hybridity. Inspired by folk and classical forms of music from around the world, his musical expressions can range from groove oriented hip hop beats, to contemporary fusions of classical ragas; scores for the National Film Board of Canada and remixes of vintage bollywood tunes, to experimental compositions for dance and theatre productions. www.rupsidhu.com
Stage Manager, Brothel #9
Some of Joanne’s stage managing credits include fifteen seasons in the Douglas Campbell Theatre tent at Bard on the Beach, The Rivals, All That Fall, Don Juan and Waiting For Godot (Blackbird Theatre), The Highest Step in the World (Ghost River Theatre), Tiny Music (Jump Current) and Any Night (Dual Minds). A few other credits include This, Moonlight and Magnolias and Copenhagen for The Vancouver Playhouse. A national tour of Where The Blood Mixes (Playhouse/Belfry), Blackbird (Rumble/Theatre Conspiracy), The Black Rider (November Theatre), Revenge (Felix Culpa), The Monument (Felix Culpa/Rumble), Recovery, Soulless and Hedda Gabbler (Rumble) and some previous shows for Touchstone Theatre, Demon Voice, How It Works, Lisa Lisa, The Family Way and Emphysema.
Technical Director & Sound Editor - Brothel #9
Scott is a Toronto-hailing, Vancouver-based sound and lighting designer and technical director. This is his third season working with Touchstone, previous credits including Late Company, The Best Laid Plans: A Musical and In Tune. Other select credits include Bakersfield Mist (Arts Club), The Duchess AKA Wallis Simpson (Ruby Slippers), Foreign Radical (Theatre Conspiracy), Made of Stone (Prohibition Theatre), Dying City (Aenigma Theatre) and The Concierge of Vancouver (Matchmaker Productions). Scott holds a BFA in Theatre Production from UBC and has received two Jessie nominations for sound design and an Ovation nomination for lighting design.