ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP

EVAN TSITSIAS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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 and My Berlin with Sisyphos Der Flugelefant and I am Invisible with Bluespots Productions in Augsburg. 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 Musical Stage Company, Angelwalk, Impact Festival, Theatre Aquarius Studio Series, Summerworks, Fringe, Next Stage 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 a 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 a Dora Award, 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 divides his time between Toronto and Houston, where he’s worked with Houston Grand Opera and spent the last 6 years at Theatre Under the Stars, directing, acting as Artistic Assistant and is Head of Acting for the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. His work has been published in Germany, Canada and the USA and most recently his book, The Directors Lab was published by Playwrights Canada Press. www.evantsitsias.com

CHILINA KENNEDY

CO-ARTISTIC PRODUCER

Chilina is known for playing Carole King in the musical Beautiful on Broadway for over 1,200 performances. She also recently originated the Tony-award winning role of Dina on the First Broadway National Tour of The Band’s Visit. Chilina’s first 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), the world premiere of A Sign Of The Times as Cindy (Delaware Theatre Company), Binky in the Off-Broadway world premiere of This Ain’t No Disco (Dir. Darko Tresnjak/Chor. Camille A. Brown) 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 Broadways World Awards) including Maria in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, Eva Peròn in Evita, Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate, 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 is also a singer/songwriter with a debut album “What You Find In A Bottle”, released in 2015. Chilina has written a new musical Call It Love with Eric Holmes, who is known for being a writer for The Good Fight on CBS. Featuring music and lyrics by Chilina, book co-written by Eric and Chilina, and musical arrangements by Rick Fox, Call It Love has been developed in the New York City area by Eclipse Theatre Company; with the first Canadian workshop planned for May 2020.

Chilina has worked with Burt Bacharach, guest starred in concert with the TSO, Colm Wilkinson and Jason Robert Brown. You can hear Chilina’s voice on CBC’s < i>Celebrate The Seasons and Carols For A Cure. Chilina is a graduate of Sheridan College and the Birmingham Conservatory for classical theatre in Stratford.

www.chilinakennedy.ca

ANDREW SEOK

CO-ARTISTIC PRODUCER

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Andrew Seok began his career as a Musical Theatre Singer & Composer, branching out into Vocal Coaching, Singer / Songwriter, Record Producer, TV / Film Composer, Theatre Creator, and Filmmaker.

With the success of his first stage musical, ‘ECHOES’, Andrew went on to produce and direct the feature film version, which premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. He is currently in the final stages of post-production for his second musical feature film, 'What Am I Without You?'. Andrew has written and directed a musical short film starring Ma-Anne Dionisio and Jeff Madden, as well as a dance short film where the entire story is told through contemporary dance, both of which are soon to be released. In 2019, Andrew wrote the Toronto Fringe Festival hit, ‘UNRAVELLED’ as his second live stage musical project, which was followed up with his mega musical, 'The Man With The Golden Heart' to have premiered in 2020 - now postponed due to the Covid-19.

As a Juno nominated music producer, Andrew has written and produced music for worldwide campaigns for Nike, Coke, Samsung, Visa, Dove, X-Box, The Super Bowl, BMW, Dragonball Z, as well as numerous TV series such as, 'Playmakers' (ESPN), 'Global Morning Show', 'Canada’s Worst Driver', 'Marketplace' (CBC), and many shows on the Discovery Channel. Andrew has also worked with artists such as, Feist, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Jully Black, Jeff Healey, and Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Anastasia); as well as having produced songs featured in the 'American Pie' movie franchise.

Most recently, Andrew has written a short musical film, '90 Days', a love story during Covid-19 times, and also his third feature length musical film, 'Where Do We Go From Here?', a story about the complexities of modern relationships.

Andrew is currently hard at work at completing his latest live stage musical which is based on a classic story but re-imagined in a way that no one will ever look at it the same way again.