Lisa Stevens is an international, award-winning director/choreographer with credits spanning the globe. She was recently honoured with an induction into UNESCO’S CID (Conseil International de la Danse) the official umbrella organization which recognizes the most prominent Federations, Organizations and selected individuals in all forms of dance worldwide.
She has also been recognized by the Broadway World Awards for her work on The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins, and Spamalot; received an NYMF Award of Excellence (Common Grounds); Ovation Awards for Xanadu, Spamalot, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; 17 nominations by the Canadian Theater Critics Awards (Mary Poppins); Betty Mitchell Awards (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Anne of Green Gables, and Cats); Jessie Richardson Awards (Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly!); and most notably, an Olivier Award for Best Choreography for the West End production of Bombay Dreams, for which she contributed as Associate Choreographer. The show also received a Tony nod for it’s Broadway run.
Following Broadway, Lisa choreographed the U.S. Tour of Bombay Dreams then spent the next 6 years with Disney Theatrical choreographing the World Premiere, and subsequent companies, of the enormously successful Disney’s High School Musical. Disney’s High School Musical 2 was to follow with companies in both the US and the UK. Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of 9 to 5 came soon afterwards with tours in both the UK and the US.
Regionally, there has been a diversity of musicals ranging from new works to workshops and reinventions, all exhibiting Lisa’s broad spectrum of genre and style. New works include a boxing musical aptly named Cutman (Goodspeed, CT), First Wives Club (The Old Globe, San Diego), Empty City (NY) and the upcoming Canadian/UK co-pro The Little Prince, a musical adaptation composed by Nicholas Lloyd Webber. Currently, she is the ‘dance coach’ for an upcoming feature,Tackling Romeo, which will have its Broadway adaptation in 2017/18.
Lisa has also served as Director/Choreographer for the Victory Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Artistic Director of the National Artists Program for the Canada Games, has written and directed two Bollywood musicals — Tauba Tauba and Shakalaka Bombay — and choreographed/directed the Smash Hit Award performances in London for Artist Of The Year.
As a performer, Lisa was in the original West End cast of Chicago, as well as D.C. and Associate Choreographer for the West End/Broadway companies of Bombay Dreams. She is prominently featured in the films Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and danced/sang 5 seasons on the BBC series Star For A Night. As an actress, Lisa co-starred in the films Rumble In The Bronx andBlood Ring 2. Her favourite achievement thus far was performing for Her Majesty The Queen at the Palace Theater in England.
Creative Stage Vision Director for Cirque de Soleil
Krista Monson is one of today’s most imaginative and innovative creative, stage, casting and vision directors and an inspiring and evocative instructor and guest speaker.
Krista recently spent the past nine years with Cirque du Soleil, first as Artistic Director of “O”, followed by Casting Director for Cirque du Soleil’s resident shows worldwide and most recently as Conceptor and Stage Director for Cirque du Soleil Special Events.
As Artistic Director of the renowned production “O” in Las Vegas, she was responsible for upholding the show’s artistic vision and integrity – a task she accomplished with success by leading a collaboration of performing artists, coaches, stage managers, performance medicine specialists, and technicians, all stemming from a wide array of cultures, languages and areas of expertise.
Following her work as Artistic Director, Ms. Monson was invited to pilot and develop the first delocalized casting department for Cirque du Soleil based in the United States. Along with an international team of scouts and advisors, she was accountable for the placement of hundreds of artists for all resident shows worldwide including those shows in Las Vegas, Asia, Orlando, New York and Los Angeles. In 2012, she was featured in the CNN series Leading Women , an OMEGA Ladymatic sponsored series that features outstanding women at the top of their chosen fields.
Darcy comes directly to Company C after serving as Assistant Director for the critically acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of Dangerous Liaisons. During 7 Seasons as an actor and associate director with the Stratford Festival, his credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (associate director), Fuente Ovejuna, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, Patience, The Three Musketeers, Hello, Dolly! (associate director), The Music Man and The King and I (assistant director).
Stratford Festival Casting Credits: Cabaret; Love’s Labours Lost; The Music Man and The King and I. Darcy was the Associate Director for Little Women on Broadway (starring Sutton Foster) and the first U.S. national tour (starring Maureen McGovern)
Recent directing credits: As Bees in Honey Drown (Company C); Sleeping Beauty (Sudbury Theatre Centre).
Associate director credits: Heartland (Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison, WI/Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas, TX) and Not Wanted on the Voyage (CanStage)
Other directing credits: 2,346 Miles from Broadway; The Twilight Players and The Barber Shop.
Favourite Acting Credits: The Who’s Tommy (National Tour, Mirvish Prod.); Spirit of A Nation (National Tour, Original Cast Recording); Chess (The American); Cabaret (Emcee u/s, performed); Pirates of Penzance (Frederic); The Full Monty (Malcolm), Footloose (Canadian première).
Film/TV: Hairspray; Missing; Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
Training: BFA-directing, University of Victoria. Darcy was invited to participate in the inaugural Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, a series of masterclasses and workshops led by Des McAnuff, John Doyle; Gary Griffin, Robin Phillips, Peter Hinton and Marti Maraden.
Upcoming Directing Projects: Antony & Cleopatra (Studio Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival – Directors’ Project); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Sudbury Theatre Centre, 2011).