Tim Fort has worked most recently for Theatre Kingston with Hothouse, Winter Wonderettes, The Grandkid, many others. A Producing Director at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont for more than 30 years – more than 100 productions directed or performed there. Lighting Designer for more than 200 shows across North America at theatres including the Thousand Islands Playhouse and The National Arts Centre. Tim is the Former Head of Queen’s Drama, Graduate Coordinator for the Dan School (and cross-appointee to Cultural Studies). Emeritus Professor at Queen’s since January 2021. Lover of musical theatre and fan of John Lazarus. Happy to be working with old friends once again.
Johnnie Jordan For most of his career, was heard and not seen. The NYC native was a radio fixture for over 35 years, entertaining unsuspecting listeners in Honolulu, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle, as well as Fresno, Monterey, and Montreal. You may have seen him as the Apollo Theater MC in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Reverend Sykes in To Kill A Mockingbird, or in the Theatre Kingston presentation of The Meeting, as Rashad, Malcolm X's bodyguard. Johnnie has graced the small screen as a grieving father in See No Evil, as well as roles in Titans, Reacher, and The Mayor of Kingstown, Johnnie has worked as a voice artist, and has even done stand-up comedy here in Kingston.
Johnnie has high praise for the performers he has known here in the Limestone City: "I've been acquainted with some top notch entertainers over the years, and without a doubt, Kingston's Theatre community is extraordinary! I've always felt privileged when given the opportunity to work with such wonderful, talented people."
ALLAN DAY returns once again to light a show in the same building he started out in theatre 30 years ago. He’s been busy with live shows all over the place as a designer, technical director, production manager and rigger, and has been the head of lighting at the Fleck Dance theatre at the Harbourfront Centre for the past 10 years. A lot of shows and a lot of touring since he started here. It’s been a pleasure to join this talented cast and wonderful Director and Stage manager.
Emily Ramsammy is a professional young adult who loves working behind the scene to create masterpieces for all to see. She is a team worker who can adapt to any situation and work well under pressure to meet expectations.
Anne-Sophie Grenier is a multi disciplinary artist and cultural worker with a penchant for flair and chaos. Originally from Montreal where she played many roles on stage and screen, she has been in Kingston for three years now working as the Executive Director of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre. You may recognize her as having played Maggie in the Domino Theatre’s 2019 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and most recently as Maria in Queen of Swords at the 2021 Storefront Fringe.
Helen Bretzke is delighted to join fellow Kingston theatre artists in raising the voices of We Speak. Favourite past roles include Sandy in The Crackwalker, Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, sassy Maria in Twelfth Night, prim Ruth in Blithe Spirit, and drug-addled Agnes in Tracy Letts’ Bug. Helen stars as Jane in the psychological horror film, Boneyard (2020). She is a graduate of Queen's Drama.
Ryan Clement has now acted for three productions at Theatre Kingston. Previous performances with Theatre Kingston include “Ernest” in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine and “Pierre” in Brebeuf’s Ghost. Additional acting credits: Dionysus: A Celebration of Defiance, WasteAWAY (Chipped Off Performance Collective), Dreaming and Duelling (Rogue and Peasant Theatre Company), Our Town, The Crucible, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Bayridge Revue Society).
As Set Designer this is Ryan Clement's first production at the Tett Centre for Theatre Kingston. Past credits with Theatre Kingston include Vigil, L’Homme Invisible/ The Invisible Man, Candida, Rough Magic, and Meltdown. Additional design credits: Here We Are (Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre), This is How We Got Here (Continuum Theatre/New Harlem Productions for Factory Theatre’s SummerWorks Festival), Rhinoceros, or What’s Different About Me (Chipped Off Performance Collective).
Kelly Dear is an award winning educator, writer, actor and comedian who has been lending her rapier wit to classrooms, lecture halls and stages across Canada for over 30 yrs. She has hosted Ottawa and Kingston Pride multiple times as well fronting hundreds of fundraisers - including ones for cancer which she says is is doing fine on its own. So after a long break from comedy festivals and performing for kids, Kels is super excited to join Theatre Kingston team. To We Speak she has leant her brain to dramaturgy and Costume inspiration.
Abby Wolfe loves theatre so much and has missed it due to covid! She is so glad to be back and doing what she loves again. Her last production was Noises Off! She has worked with Blue Canoe, and looks forward to more amazing experiences, much like this production
Selina Chiarelli has performed in Paris, and Brussels as a jazz/ classical vocalist and spoken word artist. An active member of the arts scene in Kingston, Montreal, and Toronto as performer, arts administrator, and creative activist. Favourite roles include Tanya in Meistersingers’ production of Mamma Mia, Bobbie in King’s Town Player’s Goodbye Picadilly (at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.) Selina founded The Firebird Sessions showcasing a Female forward music scene at Musikki café and the Isabel Bader Centre mainstage. And her one woman- one musician show A Cabaret of Wanton Words launched what is now known as the Theatre Kingston's Tett Specials.
Anne Marie Mortensen is a Theatre Producer, Director, writer and founder of BottleTree Productions. As Stagemanager, she will have opened the last three Theatre Kingston seasons, Happy Days, The Meeting and now We Speak.
Rosemary Doyle has been musing over the possibility of this play since the I Speak monologue writing festival took place, she is now delighted to help in anyway she can to bring these stories to life. Many thanks to Hersh Jacob who has created a limited edition book of the original I-Speak words, so you, dear audience, can look at the source material and see how these beautiful stories came magically together.