Shakespeare in Action's production of SOUND AND FURY has been cancelled.

A formal statement will follow shortly.

Music, dance, and spoken word collide in this sharp, bold, and accessible world-premiere of Shakespeare’s most haunting play, MACBETH.  Inspired by the sounds and poetry of 90s era hip hop music and performed by five diverse and dynamic actors, SOUND AND FURY is Marcel Stewart’s smart and imaginative adaptation that bursts with rhythms and lyrics, putting a contemporary spin on this classic story of bloody ambition.
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Christopher Bautista

Macduff & Cast
Christopher Bautista is an American born actor, writer, poet, and creative based in Toronto and Los Angeles. His most memorable roles include Lyons in Fences, Othello in Othello and Tye McCool in Vieux Carre. In 2010, after serving on two deployments with the United States Marine Corps, Christopher rekindled his love for acting while studying English, Theatre, and Film at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Although he first fell in love with theatre, Christopher enjoys working as an actor in films, television, and commercials. He is also currently a member of Obsidian Theatre Company’s 2019/2020 Playwrights Unit and wishes to extend thanks to the company as well as all those whom he has studied under including a few of the most influential: Stacey Chaiken, Tony Abatemarco, Michell Gordon, Todd Boyd, Christopher Freeman and Randy Mell. Through both his work as an actor and writer, Christopher wishes to inspire others to share their gifts with the world. IG: @cp__b Twitter: @quotesbychrisb

Deborah Castrilli

Banquo & Cast
Deborah is from Halifax, Nova Scotia and is thrilled to be making her debut with Shakespeare in Action. Theatre: Squeak in The Color Purple (Canadian Premiere), Cinderella: The Revival, Mamma Mia! (Neptune Theatre), Joanne in Rent (DTS), Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown (CHS), Beauty and the Beast: The Pantomime (DTS), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (CHS) Film/TV: Gibson Woods (CBC Short Film), Mr. D (CBC) Deborah thanks the amazing creative team, cast, and crew; and all of her loved ones for their endless support.

Jay Oshaun (Joseph Njoku)

Jay Oshaun is a Canadian hip-hop artist/emcee who represents the independent hustle to the fullest, crafting his success by continuously doing things outside the box. He provides listeners with a unique flavour of witty melodies and relentless spirit while embracing the tantalizing flavours of the island, the heartbeat of the motherland, and a dash of that dark Toronto sound that is crafted by his go-to producer & brother Xpress aka DJXP. EverythingOShauN was born to parents of Nigerian and Jamaican lineage in the vibrant cradle of Toronto. Being raised with an appreciation for the performing arts, he quickly grew a fascination that would soon – though he didn’t know it yet – become his craft.

Joe Recinos

Malcolm & Cast
Joe Recinos (kab’ lajuj b’atz’ –twelve monkeys) was born and raised on Turtle Island with Maya roots from Iximulew (Guatemala). A poet and actor whose television credits include roles on Mayday, Dual Suspects, and The Strain. A Harold Award recipient whose passion for the arts extends behind the scenes. Joe has also sat on ArtsVote Toronto, Humber Advisory Committee, and several other juries. A trained facilitator, Joe has delivered various workshops on diversity and inclusion with Goodmans LLP and with communities across Ontario. A Humber Performance graduate, his extensive experience in the performing arts led him to found Creative Mafia Arts.

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Lady Macbeth & Cast
Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is an Afro-Caribbean, Toronto based actor, writer, producer, comedian and chef. Living her life at a multitude of intersections has motivated Khadijah's efforts to create meaningful and socially relevant work that is reflective of our social landscape. Khadijah is thrilled to be joining Shakespeare in Action on a production that combines her love for both hip hop and classical text. Notable credits include The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and The Book of Negroes for audio recordings, Lila in Kat Sandler’s Bang Bang, Laertes in Ravi Jain’s The Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You for the stage, Grand Army, American Gods, What We Do In The Shadows, Workin Moms, and Designated Survivor for television. Check out what else Khadijah is up to next on IG @dijyro and Twitter @dijyroberts.

MEET the creators

Michael Kelly

Director & Creator
Michael Kelly is an actor, director, producer, writer, teacher, and arts educator. He is the founder and current artistic director of “Shakespeare In Action” Theatre Company in Toronto. His work has attracted local, national and international media attention for its innovative work with young audiences; with feature presentations on W-5, Canada AM, TVO Imprint and C.B.C.’s “As It Happens.” His credits include directing many Shakespeare and contemporary plays; teaching master classes for the Shakespeare Globe in London, Canada’s Stratford Festival, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Globe Centre in NZ. Michael is an adjunct professor in the theatre department in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University. Over the past 5 years Michael has been pioneering new works of how Shakespeare meets Hip Hop culminating in the upcoming production of Sound and Fury a Macbeth Rap adaptation written by Marcel Stewart. Michael is a Paul Harris Fellow appointed by the Rotary international foundation as well as recipient of the Canada council J.B.C. Watkins Award given to outstanding Canadian artists to pursue academic research.

Marcel Stewart

Writer & Creator
Marcel is a theatre artist whose performance practice is rooted in the research of what stories have been told, how they have been told and by whom. The freedom to ask questions and responsibility to propose change is what inspires Marcel. Through theatre Marcel holds a mirror up to the world and reflects on his position in it, offering the chance for all those who experience his craft to do the same. He is constantly exploring new ways of telling stories, currently on screen through film and television.

MEET our team

Suzie Balogh

Production Manager
Suzie has been working as a Production Manager, Technical Director and Technician in Toronto’s Theatre scene for the last ten years. She spent five of those years employed at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre working as the Chamber’s house technician. Suzie has been lucky to work alongside many wonderful companies and artists and is very excited to be collaborating with Shakespeare in Action on Sound & Fury and in early 2020, the remount of Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers. Suzie has been involved in many festivals over the years such as the Toronto Fringe Festival, Rhubarb Festival, Luminato Festival, SummerWorks Festival as well as the late Magnetic North Theatre Festival. In the past she has worked with companies such as B Current, JD Dance, Nightwood Theatre, lemonTree Creations, Sulong Theatre, Native Earth, Aluna Theatre, FuGen Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Why Not Theatre, Quote Unquote Collective and many more.

David Browne

Sound Designer
David Browne is a current undergraduate student at York University's theater production, design and dramaturgy program. He has been involved with both theatre and music for many years and is excited to be sound designing this show. He hopes that you enjoy the performance.

Sylvia Defend

Set & Costume Designer
Sylvia Defend, has had the pleasure of working as a costumer in theatre, dance, opera and film for many years and is thrilled to be designing the set and costumes for Sound and Fury. Over the years, she was able to construct costumes for the Canadian and Broadway productions of the following : Showboat , Ragtime, Fosse, The Lion King, Mamma Mia,The Producers, Hairspray, Dirty Dancing, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, The Lord of the Rings, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. While working professionally she also found the time to teach costuming at York University and currently holds a full-time position in the Department of Theatre teaching costume courses and supervising students working on department shows. Sylvia was greatly honoured in 2015 by the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology with the Education Achievement Award, in 2017 she received the York University AMPD Junior Teaching Award and in 2018 a Harold Award.

Julia Howman

Head Tech
Julia Howman is a multidisciplinary designer and technician. Julia is a settler on Turtle Island, and resides in Tkaronto. Selected credits include: Co-Creator and Production Designer, The Chemical Valley Project (Broadleaf Theatre); Assistant Production Designer, The Tape Escape (Outside the March); 3 seasons with the Blyth Festival as House Technician.

Jaz-FairyJ (formerly known as Jasmyn Fyffe)

Choreography & Musical Direction
Jaz-FairyJ (formerly known as Jasmyn Fyffe) has been practicing her art as a Performing Artist, Choreographer and Arts Educator for 12 years. Most recent commissions include: Soul Pepper Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Cahoot's Theatre, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Etobicoke School of the Arts. She is thrilled to be a part of this stellar team of artists at Shakespeare in Action working “Sound and Fury” as both the choreographer and musical director. Other recent performance contracts include: Kemi Dance Projects, Ame Henderson, Robert Kingsbury and the Spice Girls Tribute band "Wannabe." As a solo artist, Fyffe has performed at: Summerworks Performance Festival, Dance Made in Canada Festival, Pulse Dance Conference, Older and Reckless, New Moves Contemporary Dance Festival (Pittsburgh), Lake Studios Berlin, Animating Spaces (Kaeja d’Dance) and Fresh Blood. New solo work set to premiere in Sept 2020 in Toronto and she was featured on CBC’s “HERstory in Black” honoring 150 Black Canadian women making a significant contribution to Canada” (2017). She was the 2019 guest mentor at the OMI international dance residency in Ghent NY this summer and Canadian modern dance force Claudia Moore says of Jaz "beautiful, brave performer- tender, vulnerable and deeply honest you continue to astonish me!"

Rikki Katarina

Projection Designer
Rikki Katarina is a recent Honours Grad from York University in Theatre Studies. She currently works for Shakespeare in Action as their Marketing & Admin Coordinator. Throughout her training, she’s had experience in play writing, directing, video editing, website design, sound recording/post-production and various on-set/crew positions. Rikki’s ability to approach her work with professionalism has been recognized by the John Abbott College Theatre Department where she studied Acting and received the Pamela Montgomery award for professionalism upon graduation. A native of Montreal, she now resides in Toronto.

Tiana Kralj

Design Assistant
Tiana Kralj is a Mississauga based emerging theatre artist. She commits herself to continuously explore alternative ways to tell stories by layering physicality with visual design elements. Some recent theatre credits include: costume designer for rochdale (SummerWorks 2019), set and paint assistant for Shakespeare in Action’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019), costume and props coordinator for Theatre Smith-Gilmour’s Metamorphoses (2019), set and costume designer for Catapulse Collective’s Refraction in the Devised Theatre Festival (2019), and wardrobe assistant for Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) and Romeo and Juliet (2018).

Michaela Steven

Stage Manager
Michaela is a stage manager, arts administrator, and writer. Stage management credits include; Romeo and Juliet (a Company of Fools), Behaviour, Rule of Three (Great Canadian Theatre Company), Onegin (Musical Stage Company/National Arts Centre), Mary Poppins (Young People's Theatre), A&R Angels (Crow's Theatre), Leading Ladies, You Are Here, Rose's Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Beautiful Man, Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre).

Christopher Trotman

Christopher Trotman, known professionally as Chris RT, is a Canadian born record producer, sound engineer, and DJ based in Montreal, Quebec. Chris released his first solo production album with 15 original tracks in 2011, which allowed him to show off his producing skills. A self-proclaimed experimental producer, he draws inspiration from the sounds of the old and new, and from different genres such as hip hop, funk, disco, jazz, and house. This album allowed him to share his newfound journey, and solidify his entry into the music world. Through this, Chris earned an invitation to perform at ARTBeat Montreal, a local show featuring the best of the best, and who’s stage has been graced by local giants who have gone on to massive success such as Kaytranada, Illa J, Shash’u, and High Klassified. He followed up this effort in 2012 with Lost HDD, and Unbalanced in 2013. Both carefully thought out albums that each has its own story. A true testament to his growth; these 3 albums display his rapid development with music production, and skillset. He started experimenting with FL 4, and eventually mastered Ableton, Maschine and Fruity Loops, all of which also allowed him to understand how to build a beat from scratch, understand the effect that each sound has, and the emotions tied to that sound. His most recent production in 2018, with New York-based artist Mimo, Make it Good, has been gaining traction and making waves with its smooth R&B, hip hop, and jazzy sound. He’s been able to work with many artists spanning different genres, and collaborate on various projects both locally and abroad that have allowed him to continue to broaden his horizons. Chris was born and raised in Montreal (Canada) to Caribbean parents who exposed him to an array of sounds that all play a vital part in his musical stylings. He’s been heavily influenced by J Dilla, but prides himself on his originality, and unique sound. Chris is slowly, but surely carving out his own groove, and making a permanent space for himself within the industry.

Imogen Wilson

Lighting Designer
Imogen Wilson is a Toronto born and based lighting designer. Recent lighting design credits include La Bohème: A National Tour of Bars (Against the Grain Theatre) A Beautiful View (Festival Players of Prince Edward County), What I Call Her (Crow's Theatre), PUMP, Love in Space! (Cat and the Queen). Imogen also works at the Stratford Festival as an assistant lighting designer. Recent assistant credits include Billy Elliot The Musical, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Front Page, Long Day's Journey into Night, Brontë: The World Without (Stratford Festival), Bat Outta Hell (Mirvish Theatre), Every Brilliant Thing (Canstage).