photo by Dahlia Katz.
uche ama (nzinga mbande)
This is Uche’s Fringe Toronto debut! She could not be more gracious towards this group of actors. She has been changed by the process and inspired by the synergy. She graduated from the St Clair Musical Theatre program and since then has been blessed to travel overseas to study and perform with Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida. Thank you to her friends and family who continue to support her on this journey, And a huge thank you to this incredible cast who has truly changed her. Other credits include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, (Lower Ossington) & Princess Who Kisses The Frog in Disenchanted (Starvox Entertainment).
kit boulter (vesta tilley)
Kit is part of a growing movement towards gender parity and recognition of non-binary identities portrayed in the acting industry. They have appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch as Yitzhak; as Ursula in The Little Mermaid (both the LOT) and has been twice-nominated for A Dora Mavor Moore Award for their work in Solar Stage’s Treasure Island. They are thrilled to be portraying famous male impersonator Vesta Tilley in Nasty as a classic queer icon thrust into the jarring wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey of Toronto Fringe.
Catch up with Kit and their continuing (and often piratey) adventures on twitter or instagram as @cpt_kit
joella crichton (sojourner truth)
Joella Crichton is a Toronto native and graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory. She is passionate about her Caribbean heritage and is the reigning Queen of Carnival here in Toronto, a title that she has won eight times. Joella graduated from the 2014-2015 inaugural acting program at Factory Theatre called The Mechanicals. Joella is delighted to be performing at the Toronto Fringe with Maelstrom Collective in Nasty. This August, she will be performing as Lysander in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream with Shakespeare in the Ruff directed by Megan Watson. In October, she has the wonderful opportunity to play Regan in King Lear, with The Ad Hoc Collective directed by Ash Knight.
nickeshia garrick (oshún)
Nickeshia Garrick was born in Toronto, Ontario and has been performing since the tender age of six. She received her dance training at the National Ballet School of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre and Carousel Dance Centre. Her classical vocal training was achieved as a vocal major at Eastwood Collegiate Institute. Nickeshia holds her BFA in Dance and Theatre at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), and is Co-Owner, Personal Trainer/Fitness/Pilates teacher with Damask Studios (Toronto). Nickeshia is thrilled to be part of Fringe 2017 (Toronto) in the Theatre Production, Nasty.
annelise hawrylak (léa papin)
Originally from Northern Ontario, Annelise is a Dora Mavor Moore-nominated actor based in Toronto. Favourite projects have included A Merry Munsch Pyjama Party (Solar Stage), Twelfth Night (Dauntless City Theatre), Kingdom (Contra Theatre), and the feminist sleepover-turned-exorcism, Bitchcraft (Pure Carbon). Annelise is a graduate of the school of music at Brandon University as well as the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. In her spare time she enjoys random acts of climbing, running through cemeteries in the middle of the night, and going on adventures with her dire wolf, Gunnar. Much love to Christopher and the rest of the House of Fun and Music.
maighdlin mahoney (irma grese)
Maighdlin Mahoney is a Toronto based actor, singer, dancer, producer and creator. After graduating from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, where she appeared in Our Country’s Good and Spring Awakening, she has been focusing on work in the theatre where she can combine performance and creation. Maighdlin was the co-founder and co-producer of NonExistent Theatre for it’s first year, and performed as Hermia in NonExistent’s inaugural production of A Midsumer Night’s Dream. More recently, she co-produced Rosanna Saracino’s new play Suitcases and began studying English and History at the University of Toronto. She is thrilled to now be one of the founding members of Maelstrom Art Collective and producing and performing in their inaugural production of Nasty in the Toronto Fringe Festival.
tea nguyen (wu zetian)
Tea Nguyen is a Niagara College Alumni of their Acting for Film and Television Program, as well as a Second City Alumni of their improv program. In 2014 she made her debut to theatre in the New York Internarional Fringe Festival in the off-off Broadway show "No Visible Scars", where she stars in a two hander drama. Tea is a co-founder of Broadview Productions and is a producer and visionary alongside her partners. She took on the New York Fringe again as an associate producer for the musical "Kill Sister, Kill!", a dark comedy musical. Tea is also diverse in music as a singer/songwriter. You can find Tea working in the studio on her first EP, releasing next year. When she is not busy infront of a camera or microphone, she is training hard in Taekwondo, aspiring to earn her first degree Black Belt. Her favorite weapons are Nunchukus, Sais and the Bo Staff!
nikolas nikita (medusa)
Nikolas Nikita is a graduate of the acting program at Ryerson Theatre School. As a performer, Nikolas has been blessed to play many fabulous roles alongside many magnificent colleagues. This is Nikolas’ debut performance with Maelstrom Art Collective, and the first time in the Toronto Fringe. Thanks to all the Nasty Women who have shaped the person Nikolas is today.
denise norman (lilith)
Denise Norman recent credits: Dr. H.H.Holmes in The Good Doctor Holmes and His Children of God (Passe Muraille Backspace); Woman Silenced (Red Sandcastle); Alice Suitcases (Sandbox Artscape); Bottom Midsumer Night’s Dream (Majlis Art Garden); Patience little Pricks (Toronto Fringe); MadriGals 18th Century Carols A Christmas Carol (Red Sandcastle); Everywoman 1 Oubliette (Summerworks-Passe Muraille Backspace); Mary Pickford Sweetheart (Haliburton Highlands). Denise also sings with the Newfoundland trio Daughters of The Rock, and also with The MadriGALS performing 18-19th century music.
jordi o'dael (alice kyteler)
Jordi O'Dael is a trans nonbinary stage/voice actor, director, playwright, comedian, and now producer. A UWinnipeg and Randolph Academy alum, they have based their career largely on playing 12 year olds and sadistic magical beings. Select credits include: Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nonexistent Theatre), Bodies Strange (Messy Kween Collective, Toronto Fringe 2016), and the titular character in The Adventures of Jillian Jiggs (Solar Stage.)
sofía rodríguez (sor juana inéz de la cruz)
Sofia Rodriguez was born and raised in the City of Mountains: Monterrey, Mexico. She is an emerging multidisciplinary artist, creator and collaborator currently based in Toronto. A graduate of Randolph Academy’s Musical Theatre Performance Program and this season's Emerging Creator Unit at Buddies in Bad Times.
Her recent work includes El Retorno/I Return (Riser Project), Anato/mía (Rhubarb Festival), Suitcases (Artscape Sandbox) a reading of The Refugee Hotel (Aluna Theatre) and the short Love You to Death (Inside Out Festival).
heath v. salazar (hades)
Heath V. Salazar is a Dora Award winning latinx writer/actor/singer/dancer who performs as male, female and gender variant. Freshly returned from a residency in Spoken Word at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, they've since wrapped shooting Language, the multilingual film adaption of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Select credits include creator/performer on Chasse-Galerie (Storefront Theatre), script consultant/actor on Out With Dad, writer/performer on the devised theatre piece Suitcases (R. Saracino Productions), writer/performer in Dance Animal (Best of Fringe 2016, Dance Animal), choreographer/featured dancer in Gossip(mojopro films), TOUGH! (ENSEMBLE Canadian Youth Theatre), This is the August (Young Prince Collective) and chorus member of The Victor Singers (the choir featured in Josh Groban’s Toronto performance of his Stages tour). Up next, they’ll be performing in We Are Not the Others as a part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.
shai tannyan (elizabeth báthory)
Shai could not be more thrilled to be working on NASTY with this eclectic group of fierce feminists. She fell into acting entirely by accident, deciding to audition for a musical for two reasons: her love of music, and the crush she had on a girl who was also auditioning. She procured a principal role and has not looked back since. Her love of the stage extends far beyond musicals, although she will always credit musical theatre for getting her on stage in the first place. She has extensive experience working backstage as well as on stage.
Select stage credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Stageworks Toronto, 2015); Nawal at 40 in Scorched (UC Follies, 2016); Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Hammer Entertainment, 2016); Lady Windermere in Lady Windermere’s Fan (Village Playhouse, 2014)