Creative Team

JONATHAN CHRISTENSON (Writer, Composer, Lyricist, Director) Jonathan is a director, playwright and composer and the artistic director of Canada’s Catalyst Theatre. His plays – The Invisible, Vigilante, The Soul Collector, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, The Blue Orphan, and The House of Pootsie Plunket, to name a few – have appeared at theatres throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, the U.S. and Canada and at such festivals as the London International Festival of Theatre, Luminato, Le Carrefour, The High Performance Rodeo, The PuSh Festival, and Magnetic North. His work as a writer, director and composer has been honoured by Canada’s Sterling, Betty Mitchell and SAT Awards, Scotland’s Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards, and the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Awards. He has also received multiple nominations for the UK’s Stage Awards, the Dora Awards, and the Alberta Book Awards. In 2011, Venture Magazine named him one of “Alberta’s Fifty Most Influential People” and Alberta Playwrights Network chose him as one of Alberta’s one hundred most significant theatre artists of the past one hundred years. His plays have been published by Playwrights Canada Press and Newest Press and his work has been featured in American Theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, PRISM International, Canada World View and All Stages Magazine. Last year Bayeux Arts published his first children’s book, Maximilian’s Mistake.

BRETTA GERECKE (Production Designer) graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design.  She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has designed world premieres that have toured internationally to Great Britain, Australia, and the U.S. and across Canada. Bretta also works at The Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Theatre Calgary, The Globe Theatre, The Stratford Festival and Cirque du Soleil. She is the recipient of over twenty awards, including Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, Jessie Richardson Awards, Betty Mitchell Awards and SAT Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set, Lighting and Costume Design; The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; The Global Women of Vision Award; Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40.  She designed a summer home on Devil’s Lake, Alberta, is a marathon runner, and continues her work as an Archaeological Illustrator.

LAURA KREWSKI (Choreographer) has choreographed original musicals The Invisible, Frankenstein, Hunchback and Vigilante for Catalyst Theatre. Other credits include West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Spamalot,Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Chicago and original productions of Made in Italy, Home is a Beautiful Word, Freefall and Jazz Playground. She has worked with The Citadel Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Belfry Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Opera, Vancouver Arts Club, Persephone Theatre, and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Laura has received five Sterling Awards, two Betty Mitchells and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture.

WADE STAPLES (Sound Designer) holds diplomas in Music, Recording, and Theatre Production from MacEwan University, where he has been an instructor and designer for the Theatre Production program for the past twenty-one years. A board member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Wade has designed and toured numerous productions across Canada, the United States, and Europe. This summer Wade will be designing sound for the ADC Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Design 2015.

MATTHEW SKOPYK (Music Producer) is an Edmonton-based sound designer, composer and music producer. Music production credits include: Vigilante, The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre). Sound design and composition credits include: Titus Andronicus (Free Will Players), Palace of the End (Theatre Network), Enron (National Arts Centre) and Playing With Fire (Alberta Theatre Projects/ Citadel Theatre). Matthew currently resides as the Head of Audio for the Drama Department at the University of Alberta.