Kelly has dedicated 30 years to the theatre as a director, producer, actor, artistic director and educator. She trained at the University of Winnipeg in acting, the University of Calgary in directing, and is an alumna of the Shaw Festival Director’s Project where she co-translated, adapted and directed Georges Feydeau’s Hortense a dit: “je m’en fou!” OR Mouthing Off! She has also been fortunate to train with members of SITI Co., and Shakespeare’s Globe. Kelly has directed and acted in over 75 productions. Some of her favourite projects include Albertine in Five Times, American Buffalo, THE 39 STEPS, Macbeth, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cassilis Engagement, Passion, and Vinegar Tom and Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill. As an educator, she has directed and taught acting to hundreds of university students in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. Kelly has also had the privilege of directing some of the country’s top actors while freelancing as a director, and serving as Artistic Director for Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects (LTP), a company she co-founded with actor and partner, Ric Reid, and for which she was awarded the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. Most recently, Kelly produced Judith Thompson’s Watching Glory Die, re-written and directed by Judith Thompson, for Windsor Feminist Theatre in Windsor and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.
Ric was born and raised in Vancouver, trained in acting at Douglas College and the University of Alberta, and has been been acting in television and film and gracing the boards across this country for over 40 years. He is about to enter his 17th season as a member of The Shaw Festival acting ensemble and is thrilled to be returning to Winnipeg in January! Ric enjoys teaching students in university and high school in stage combat and acting, and is a tremendous advocate for drama in schools. Some of his favourites projects include: The Ladykillers, Sex, Henry V, Hound of the Baskervilles, Me and My Girl, Come Back Little Sheba, When the Rain Stops Falling, The Magic Fire (Shaw Festival) Shakespeare’s Villains, American Buffalo, Educating Rita, It’s A Wonderful Life, Criminal Genius, THE 39 STEPS (Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects) The Humans (Citadel, Canadian Stage, Theatre Calgary), A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Proof (Citadel and RMTC Winnipeg). Ric co-founded Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects with his partner, Kelly Daniels, in 2006, which ran for nine seasons. Ric has been nominated for his work in 20 productions throughout his career, most recently for the Toronto’s Critic’s Choice in Toronto for his performance in The Humans directed by Jackie Maxwell (Canadian Stage, TO).
Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka's Metamorphosis, The Trial and Agamemnon after Aeschylus, and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Berkoff’s original stage plays include East, West, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry’s Christmas, Massage, Acapulco and Brighton Beach Scumbags. He has performed his trilogy of solo shows, One Man, Shakespeare’s Villains and Requiem for Ground Zero, in venues all over the world. Films Steven has acted in include A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolulte Beginners, and The Krays. He directed and co-starred with Joan Collins in the film version of his play Decadence.