ROB KEMPSON – Playwright & Director

kempson-rob-director-mockingbirdRob Kempson is a theatre artist and educator. A graduate of Queen’s University, Rob works as a playwright, director, and performer. Writer/Director: Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare); explicit (Rhubarb Festival); #legacy (Harbourfront Centre); In My Own Skin (YRDSB); The HV Project (Community); Intersections (TDSB Arts Co-Op). Director: Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). As a performer, he was most recently seen starring in his Dora-nominated musical The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille). He was a member of the 2014 Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, and is currently a Resident Artist Educator at Young People’s Theatre and the Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. More info at or @rob_kempson on Twitter.

ROSE NAPOLI – Gabriella



Rose nearly failed grade eleven math but is thrilled to join the Trig team nonetheless. This March, she can also be seen in Offline, which she has co-written with Jakob Ehman, based on work with a collective of beautiful artists  at Talk is Free Theatre. This year, she had two incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunities: she toured the US playing the title role in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Dora nomination for Outstanding performance) with Roseneath Theatre. And she got the chance to play Romeo in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s Romeo & Juliet for one glorious night, joining what she imagines is a small contingency of actors who have played both star-crossed lovers (she played Juliet twice, Citadel, SLSF) As a writer, her plays include: Oregano, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) -which can be heard at PlayMe Podcast- and Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains (which will be at the Toronto Fringe this summer). She is currently writing A Death and the Marias at Tarragon Theatre, where she is a member of the Playwrights Unit.



Theatre credits include: Don’t Dress For Dinner (TIP/ WCT/ Gateway Theatre); Boeing Boeing (TIP/ WCT); The Importance of Being Earnest (TIP); The Railway Children (Mirvish); The Dining Room (Down & Out/ Campbell House); The Little Years, The 39 Steps (Magnus); Romeo & JulietThe Secret Garden (Resurgence); The Shape of a Girl (First Light); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Touchmark); The Miser (Sudbury Theatre Centre) and Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and London Assurance (Stratford). Alison is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. She also works as a dialect coach and is a Teaching Artist for the Stratford Festival and Shakespeare in Action.


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Daniel is a Toronto-based theatre artist raised in Jamaica by a village of theatre artists, poets and educators. He is grateful to be grounded in their community strength and honoured to carry their creative legacy forward. He was Assistant Director on the workshop productions of Black Boys (in residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Dark Love (from the 54ology by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard). Recent acting includes Will in The Circle (Tarragon Theatre) and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria). Daniel was recipient of The Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award for his performance in Maria Gets A New Life by Cliff Cardinal. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Daniel is past member of the Playwrights Unit at Obsidian Theatre Company and Young Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

ANNA TREUSCH – Set & Costume Design



Anna is a Set and Costume Designer and Scenic Painter based in Toronto. Recent design credits include: Superior Donuts (CoalMine Theatre), Ayre (Costumes, Against The Grain), Shrek (Costumes, Theatre Sheridan) Salt ( Set, Costumes and Projections, LarkandWhimsy), Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre),The Public Servant (Nightwood and Common Boots),Tails From The City (DORA Award for Costume Design, Common Boots), Shannon 10:40 (Timeshare at Videofag), The Dog and the Angel (Costumes, Theatre Columbus), The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre, Dora Nomination for Costume Design), Free Outgoing (Set, Nightwood Theatre), Every Letter Counts (Factory Theatre). Upcoming: Daisy Amazed Me ( Thousand Islands Playhouse).





Kaileigh is a Dora-nominated Lighting Designer. She has spent six seasons at the Stratford Festival and two seasons at the Canadian Opera Company. Recent credits: The Breath in Between (Crow’s); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); CamBaby (Theatre Mischief); Salt Water Moon, A Line In The Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto: Sixth Violin (Carousel Players); Objections to Sex and Violence (Sex & Violence Collective). Kaileigh has designed for musicians Elizabeth Shepard, Nagata Schachu, and Plants and Animals. She is an alumni and an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada.



Selected sound design: In On It (Emergence), The Queen’s Conjuror (Circlesnake), Much Ado About Nothing (Hart House), The Unending (Convergence), Dalton & Company and Fishskin Trousers (Cart/Horse), This Hotel (Talk is Free), Late Company (Why Not), Dive (Mermaid Collective), Liver and Sucker (Theatre Brouhaha), Here Lies Henry and Little One (Common Roof), The Skriker (Red One). His album Grand Mal was released in May 2016, and he is currently scoring the independent feature film The River You Step In.