Shortwave Theatre Festival




Announcing The Shortwave Theatre Festival Company!


Our Playwrights


Philip_and_Lucinda_1.jpg Zita Nyarady & Myque Franz

The Grand Salto Theatre, led by Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz, creates playful, physical and thought provoking performances through theatre, circus, clown, mask and dance.
Their performances range from unique physical comedy on themes such as dinosaurs (The Philip & Lucinda Dino-Show) to vaudeville (The Philip & Lucinda Show) to stunning visual storytelling about family history in Hungary post WW2 (Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story) to quirky takes on feminist history (Air-Heart) to site-specific-community-based art (Wapsipinicon Theatre Festival) to customized performances created for cabarets, festivals and events. Their critically acclaimed and award winning shows have been presented at:  HarbourKIDS, The Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton Clown Festivals, Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Toronto Buskerfest, In the Soil Festival, Centaur Theatre, Word of the Street and with Odin Teatret in Denmark. They are thrilled to create their very first radio play, The Philip & Lucinda Radio Show, with the Shortwave Festival.



Rysia Andrade

Rysia is a queer storyteller and artsworker working in Kingston and Toronto, ON. Though she is a poet, theatre-maker and street artist, she considers her big lesbian heart to be her greatest work of art. She eats a lot of raw-cookie dough and has never had e coli. You can take a walk with her at To Buy A Pencil podcast on Spotify and Google Podcasts. For the Shortwave Theatre Festival, she has written A Strong Girl.



Sarah Emtage

Sarah lives in Kingston and works as a library technician at St. Lawrence College. Besides writing Sound Castle she's written two poetry books, Paperscape and The Second Rate Poetry of S. M. Emtage. She's very good at killing house plants and forgetting to take out the trash, and she's pretty good at whistling. She likes to tell stories and loves to grow in knowing Jesus. She has written The Soundcastle for the Shortwave Theatre Festival.


Robert Downes

R.J.Downes has been a playwright, producer, stage manager, director and occasional actor for over 26 years. As a playwright his works have been performed all across the GTA as well as in Hamilton, Stratford, & Kingston. As a producer, director and stage manager he has worked with a wide and eclectic range of production companies in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
Noted produced plays include: Homesick (Triple Take Productions 1999), Music and Laughter (Triple Take Productions 1999), Crime and Etiquette (Triple Take Productions 2001), Modern Ritual (New Ideas Festival 2003), Platypus (Rhubarb! Festival 2004), Charades (No Sweetheart Required 2006), Death To Dating co-written with Kathryn Malek (New Ideas Festival 2007), Last Dance of The Dark Cloaked Avenger (Beautiful Lie Productions 2007), Without Whom (Toronto/Hamilton Fringe Festivals, The Stranger (New Ideas Festival 2009), Flowers (No Sweetheart Required 2010), Tightrope (New Ideas Festival 2010/Toronto Fringe Festival 2010), Two Actresses (New Ideas Festival 2013) and remounts of Without Whom (Stratford Springworks Festival 2013, Storefront Fringe Festival 2019)


Our Directors



Maddy Scovil

Maddy is a Kingston-based theatre artist and educator. Though she has worked as an actor, director, playwright and producer in Kingston for many years, she is thrilled to be working on her first collaboration with The Cellar Door Project. She is fairly new to radio theatre as well but is eager to return to it after working on CFRC’s The War of the Worlds in 2018.  During her BAH in Drama and French and her BEd in Arts Education at Queen’s University, she worked extensively with the children’s theatre troupe The Barefoot Players and fell in love with theatre for young audiences and theatre education. In her final year with them she got her first taste for directing and has since worked with companies like the Stratford Shakespeare Festival School, as well as local companies like Blue Canoe Productions and Viva Productions. Most days you can find her performing puppet shows or hosting arts-based workshops at the library. For Shortwave, Maddy is directing Rysia Andrade's play, A Strong Girl


Liam Bidmead

Liam is a Director, Actor, Musician and Composer with a primary focus working on interdisciplinary collaboration for the stage. He is the Founder and Artistic Producer of GRID Stage Company. Liam was also the Artistic Director and Founder of Coldwater Youth Arts Theatre, an all youth theatre company in his hometown of Coldwater Ontario. Directing credits include: Pool (No Water), The Typographer’s Dream (GRID Stage Company), Spring Awakening, Spamalot (Blue Canoe Productions), Little Women the Broadway Musical and Youth Will Rock You (CYAT). Select Acting credits include: Our House (Cellar Door Project), As You Like It, Aladdin (Theatre by The Bay) Reel World, Deja Brew (AMDA), Honk! (Georgian Theatre), Seussical the Musical (The Orillia Opera House). Film and Television credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, E.V.I.L. Liam has trained with Peter Hinton, Alan Dilworth, Elaine Overholt, Armstrong Acting Studios, Second City, Volcano Theatre, and has participated in numerous workshops and masterclasses with Theatre Ontario and The Director’s Series. He is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Liam is directing Robert Downes' The Revolution has Failed for the Shortwave Theatre Festival.


Becky Bridger

Becky is excited to be exploring the art of radio drama with the Shortwave Theatre Festival. Her past directing credits include:The Pigeon (Storefront Fringe Festival), The Crucible (Brockville Theatre Guild), My Darling Judith (Brockville Theatre Guild), Miracle on 34th Street (Brockville  Theatre Guild), and The List (Toronto Fringe Festival). Becky has completed her Master of Arts in Drama from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama and Environmental Studies from Queens University. She also has a Bachelor of Education from York University, and is certified by the Ontario College of Teachers. When not directing, Becky also enjoys performing onstage and for her three boys at home. Becky is directing Sarah Emtage's The Soundcastle.


Anthony D.P. Mann

Anthony is a writer, director, and producer of internationally-acclaimed audio dramas for Bleak December Inc., a label specializing in the adaptation of classic tales of horror and mystery.  His work has featured the creative talents of Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Sir Derek Jacobi and Brian Blessed among other legends of film & television. As a filmmaker, Anthony has helmed and appeared in five feature films, all currently enjoying worldwide distribution.  Anthony can also be heard voiceing several beloved characters including The Count, The Librarian, and The Oracle on the album Return to Frirghtenstein, a new audio reboot of the cult Canadian TV series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.  For Shortwave Theatre Festival, Anthony is directing Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz's play, Philip and Lucinda.



Our Actors


Tracey Guptill

MiTracey is a movement-based actor, collaborative creator, and teaching artist who recently studied with Philippe Gaulier in France. She founded anARC Theatre and developed the coLABoratory method as a part of her Performance as Research master's thesis completed with the Environmental Studies department at Queen's University in 2014. This method was used to co-create ‘When I Get There’ for her thesis, the feminist punk rock show ‘Anybody Can Be Pussy Riot’ that won Best in Fest at Kingston’s Storefront Festival, and ‘Our House’, a site-specific piece about civic engagement developed with the Cellar Door Project at Kingston’s Grad Club. Tracey has worked as an actor in Kingston under the direction of Kim Renders, with Single Thread Theatre Company, and in Ottawa’s theatre scene with Third Wall Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre, The Company of Fools and Les Ateliers du Corps with Daniel Mroz. Tracey is a co-founder of the Kingston Stilters and she teaches the Foundations of Acting at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University. She was recently a Lead Artist for the 2019 inFORMING CONTENT Lab with Volcano Theatre.  For Shortwave, Tracey will perform in two plays, A Strong Girl and The Revolution Has Failed.



Douglas Connors

Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised, Kingston resident (since 2015) Douglas Connors is keeping busy enjoying his recently attained triple-threat status. He trained as a contemporary dancer (admitted to BFA in Modern Dance at Concordia University) and has dabbled in choreography. 

An actor since the age of 10, among his many stage credits you'll find: Martin Yesterday (Matt), Sauna: The Musical (Maurice), And Then There Were None (Dr Armstrong), Bent (Greta) and, Matilda (Rudolpho). His baritone vocals have been featured in various musicals such as: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Jimmy), Naked Boys Singing, Nunsense A-men! (Sister Mary Leo), and Chicago (The Judge). 

Kingstonians may recently have seen Douglas at Domino Theatre in To Kill a Mockingbird, and he'll soon be there again, in the male lead role of Patrick Flanagan in Kingstown Theatre's upcoming production of David French's side-splitting comedy Jitters. Douglas has done children’s theatre, once pitched and hosted a game show on public access, and has appeared in TV commercials, public service announcements, corporate videos, short films, and YouTube videos. 

Among his passions are cooking, travel, curling, tennis, and salty/saucy political commentary (check out his Twitter or True North Eager Beaver page on Facebook). Douglas is very much looking forward to adding radio theatre to his repertoire and is excited to join CFRC's talented Shortwave Theatre Company. 

A big, grateful shout out goes to his Sweetie, Alexandru, who graciously gives up time with him for theatre projects and, to you, the audience (here in Kingston and from wherever you may be listening) who are supporting this project with your valuable attention.



Helen Von Bretzke

Helen  is a stage and film actress who is excited to now play on air with the Shortwave Theatre Festival Company.  Favourite roles include Sandy in the The Crackwalker, Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Maria in Twelfth Night with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Ruth in Blithe Spirit at Domino, and Agnes in Bug for Kingstown Players. Helen made her film debut as Jane in the psychological horror Boneyard (2020). She is a graduate of Queen's Drama.


Michelle Kasaboski

Michelle is on a journey to establish herself as a top Jazz & Adult Contemporary singer in the Canadian music scene. Commended for her rich tone and vocal command, she continues to draw praise from audiences and musicians alike, including Juno Award winning artists Ranee Lee (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, 2010) and Hugh Johnston (MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, 2012). 

Enjoyed by audiences for her on-stage charm and smooth vocals, Michelle’s most recent stamp of approval has come from platinum selling recording artist and Canadian tenor, John McDermott, with whom Michelle joined as a guest at his Kingston and Ottawa Christmas concerts in December 2019, following the success of her own 3rd Annual Christmas Concert to a packed crowd at Kingston's Grand Theatre. In addition to her performance successes, Michelle released an EP of Jazz Standards, “The Very Thought of You” in December 2018 and an original Christmas single, “My Only Wish This Christmas Time” in November 2019. Michelle's music is available on all digital platforms to stream and download. 

Recent theatre credits include starring in “Goodbye Paris”, written by Paul Ledoux and John Roby, and directed by Eda Holmes (2019), as well as roles in “Birds”, directed by Craig Walker (2018), and “A Little Night Music”, directed by Tim Fort (2018). In Spring 2020 Michelle will perform in the workshop cast of a brand new musical being developed by composer Leslie Arden (“The House of Martin Guerre”) and Governor General Literacy Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy. 

Michelle is currently completing her Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University (2020) in Kingston, Ontario. For Shortwave, Michelle will perform in A Strong Girl and Philip and Lucinda.


Francesca Pang

Francesca is excited to return to radio theatre in Kingston after her debut in CFRC’s production of War of the Worlds in 2018. She is a graduate from Queen’s University and holds Bachelors in Fine Art and Education, specializing as an Artist in Community Education. When she isn’t working at a desk, she is a practising visual artist and an avid performing arts enthusiast - you can find her creating in the studio, grooving in the dance studio, wielding a sabre, or telling stories and singing anywhere it is socially acceptable to do so. Francesca is looking forward to bringing stories to life with the Shortwave Theatre Festival team and is over the moon to be a part of this project.



Vicky Hargreaves

With over twenty years of drawing inspiration in and through theatre, Vicki has worked professionally as an actor, director, arts educator and producer. This past year, she returned to Kingston as General Manager for The Kick and Push festival and continues to work in the Kingston arts ecology as advocate and theatre maker. Vicki knows from both her International and Canadian work that the arts are nurtured and explored in the nooks and crannies of a city. The Shortwave Radio Theatre Festival represents the best of that kind of exploration. Vicki is thrilled to work on this project as an actor with the talented members of The Shortwave Radio Theatre Festival community.



Jaime Maitland

Jaime was born and raised in Gananoque, Ontario and has had an interest in performing since since he was a young age. He is especially interested in any opportunity to make people laugh. By day he is a structural engineer to support his creative endeavours, which include voice-acting, improv and screenwriting. The Shortwave Theatre Festival is his first foray into radio drama and he is very excited to be a part of the Company.


Maddy Scoville

Maddy is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama and French programs. She has also completed her B. Ed in Arts Education. She is eager to return to radio after her first experience with CFRC’s production of War of the Worlds. She has appeared in and directed many local stage productions and commercials including: Mind Games (2019 Storefront Fringe Festival), All the Stage is a World (The Barefoot Players), Typographer’s Dream (GRID Stage Company), and The House of Martin Guerre (The Dan School of Drama and Music). She is thrilled to finally be working with The Shortwave Theatre Festivall.








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