Evan is the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Directors Lab North, a sister program to the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, of which he is an alum and now partnered with Luminato Festival. He is also the Co-Founder of the World Wide Lab, an International Directors collective. With that company, he has co-directed/created festivals in New York, Italy, Greece and Taiwan. In Germany he’s co-created/directed several immersive, site specific pieces. Highlights include We are the Play, for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin Bound with Sisyphos Der Flugelefant, I am Invisible with Bluespots Productions in Augsburg and In Transit at the 435 Art Zone in Taipei. In New York, he's worked with Fundamental Theatre Projects, Irondale, Fordham University and the New York City Centre Encores Series.
In Canada, Evan has directed for Angelwalk, Musical Stage Company, Impact Festival, Theatre Aquarius Studio Series, Summerworks, Fringe, Next Stage, Koogle Theatre and more. His plays include Aftershock and Strange Mary Strange (Best of Summerworks - Now Magazine), The Murmuration of Starlings and Unstuck (Frank Theatre Company). His short film Bagged, aired on the CBC, WIFT, DC Shorts and NSI. He has co-produced Homebody/Kabul (Mercury Theatre, Dora Nomination), Pterodactyls (Shakti Ent.), Talk Sixty To Me and an Ontario Tour of Shirley Valentine.
Evan trained at York University, Sheridan College and has his Professional Training Certificate in Theatre of the Oppressed from London, England where he studied with Augusto Boal. He is a member of the Chicago Directors Lab, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Tarragon Playwright’s Unit and an Associate Member of SDC. He was also a resident artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. He’s been nominated for the John Hirsch Directing Prize, Tom Hendry Award, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize, two Broadway World Awards and was a finalist for the Charles Abbott Directing Fellowship with the SDCF. He currently works at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston Texas, where he’s directed James and the Giant Peach, acts as Artistic Assistant and is the Head of Acting for the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. His work has been published in Germany, Canada and the USA. www.evantsitsias.com
Chilina is currently starring as Carole King in the musical Beautiful in the Broadway production at the Stephen Sondheim Theater where she's performed the role for two years. She spent the summer of 2017 in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre playing the role during the US National Tour.
She is also a singer/songwriter with a debut album What You Find In A Bottle. Chilina’s last appearance on Broadway was in 2012 when she played Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which also had successful runs at the Stratford Festival of Canada and the La Jolla Playhouse. Other US credits include the world premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, in which she originated the role of Phoebe at Hartford Stage and The Old Globe in San Diego (San Diego and Connecticut Outer Critics nominations) and Sophie in the 1st US National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Selected Canadian credits include the title role in Ted Dykstra’s Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival and original recording), the title role in Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Critic’s Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival (three Broadway World Awards) including Maria in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival, the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish), Philia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Stratford/Toronto), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Neptune) and the title role in Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius).
Chilina has worked with Burt Bacharach, guest starred in concert with Colm Wilkinson, guest starred with Jason Robert Brown at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and with Stephen Schwartz at the Panasonic Theatre. Chilina is a graduate of Sheridan College and the Birmingham Conservatory for classical theatre in Stratford. www.chilinakennedy.ca
SARA - JEANNE HOSIE
Sara-Jeanne has been working nationally as a theatre artist for over twenty years, and has received Jessie Richardson, Sterling Haynes, Ovation, and Critics Choice awards and nominations for her work. She dons many theatrical hats including acting, directing, choreographing, writing, producing, new play development and teaching.
Sara-Jeanne just had the honour of playing Alison Bechdel in The Canadian premiere of FUNHOME. Originally from Vancouver BC, she now calls Stratford home. She spent two seasons at The Stratford Festival of Canada as an Associate Director alongside Gary Griffin and Robert McQueen.
Favourite Roles include: Mary Poppins, Fantine, Sally Bowles, Patsy Cline, Betty Haynes, and Miss Shields (The Arts Club Theatre); Therese Dubuc in Les Belles Souers (Segal Centre/Theatre Calgary); Bakers Wife in Into the Woods (Neptune and Thousand Islands); Kate in The Wild Party, Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos (Musical Stage Company); Evil Stepmother in Slipper (ATP); Miss Sandra in All Shook UP (Drayton Entertainment); Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee, (The Belfry); Velma Kelly in Chicago (Mayfield); Adelaide in Guys & Dolls (The Gateway); Audrey in Little Shop (Bluebridge Repertory); Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Chemainus Theatre).
Favourite Direction & Choreography credits include: Associate Director on A Little Night Music and Man Of La Mancha (Stratford Festival); My Fair Lady, Alice vs Wonderland (Bluebridge Rep Theatre); Slipper (ATP); The Buddy Holly Story, Chickens (Chemainus Theatre); Godspell, Blood Brothers, Altar Boyz, SUDS (Arts Club Theatre); Wintertime and Into the Woods (CCPA) - Upcoming: SJ will be directing OUT OF ORDER for Drayton Entertainment.
Fun fact: Sara-Jeanne has an album of original music entitled “In Case You Didn’t Know”.