Bios The Heidi Chronicles
Wendy Wasserstein, Playwright
Wendy Wasserstein’s play The Heidi Chronicles won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. For The SIsters Rosenseig she received the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award, a Tony Award nomination, and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre. Other plays include Old Money, An American Daughter, and Third. She taught at Columbia University, New York University, Juilliard School, and Princeton University, and held an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College. Wasserstein was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Yale School of Drama.
Ilana Linden, Director
Ilana is a visual artist, writer, actor, theatre director/producer and filmmaker. She is the founder of Bulldog Productions theatre company, which was one of Montreal’s leading professional English theatre companies. Ilana produced all of Bulldog’s acclaimed productions, including the Canadian premiere of David Mamet’s Oleanna, winner of the Masque Award for best English language production. Ilana directed several of the company’s plays, including Terrance McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles and Homeward Bound by Elliot Hayes. In 2005 Ilana wrote and directed Josef’s Daughter, a feature documentary about aging and mortality that aired nationally on CBC’s The Passionate Eye.
Breanna Dillon, Heidi
Breanna is a Dora-nominated actor, a My Entertainment World Critic’s Pick Nominee, and was recently named a "Breakthrough Stage Artist of 2018," by NOW Magazine. She is a proud graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. A co-founder of Witchboy Theatre, Breanna has co-produced and performed in all 4 of their successful productions including: "The Doll Play" by Joanne Sarazen, "What Happened Was..." by Tom Noonan, "Metropolitan Operas" by Joe Pintauro and "Love and Human Remains" by Brad Fraser. She most recently co-starred in OneFourOne Collective's 2019 Best of Fringe and Patrons Pick winning play "The Huns" by Michael Ross Albert at the Crowsnest Theatre, which garnered sold out shows and outstanding reviews. Last year she served as a producer on "The Late Henry Moss" by Sam Shepard (Unit 102), and co-produced/assistant-directed the world premiere of George F. Walker's Kill the Poor (Leroy Street Theatre). Breanna is very grateful to the Alumnae Theatre Company for the opportunity to play this incredible role with such a hard working cast and crew.
Daniel Jones, Scoop
Daniel is proud to make his Toronto stage debut at The Alumnae Theatre! He’s a graduate of Moravian College with a B.A. in English/Theatre Performance and did post-university training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and most recently at Second City here in Toronto. He’s performed throughout North America and abroad including Krakow, Poland and Capetown, South Africa. Favourite roles along the way include: the title character in Tartuffe, James in Etta Jenks and Prince Charming in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He’s a budding voiceover artist and is soon to be seen in the short film, Kilalanin.
Eitan Shalmon, Peter
Eitan is an actor and improviser from Toronto. He is a graduate of The University of Toronto's Theatre and Drama Studies Program, as well as the Conservatory Program at the Second City Training Centre. Some of his highlights include performing in Improv Showdown and The Naughty Listers at Second City, along with being a Principle Prankster on YTV's Undercover High. This is his first performance on the Alumnae stage, and he is honoured and elated to work with this incredible cast and crew.
Joyce Chan-Baretta, Susan
Joyce is very excited to work with Alumnae Theatre this season. Previously, she was in "Nana's Naughty Knickers" and
" Stepping Out" with Theatre Etobicoke. If she looks vaguely familiar, you may have seen her in commercials for Buick, Boston Pizza, TD Mortgages and more. She has studied at the Tom Todoroff Studio and Shakespeare Without Fear in NYC, and is currently studying at The Actors Workshop in Toronto. She loves connecting with theatre and film people, so feel free to drop her a line at email@example.com.
Brianna Diodati, Fran/Molly/Betsy/April
Brianna, born and raised in Calgary, recently made the move to the big city of Toronto! She is a proud alumna of The Youth Singers of Calgary Organization and The University of Lethbridge's Theatre Program. Highlights include playing Sloane Peterson in the Western Canada touring production of Ferris Bueller’s School of Rock, Ms. Gardner in Carrie: The Musical, and Roberto Zucco in Roberto Zucco. Most recently, she was seen on the Hart House Theatre Stage in The Penelopiad. She sends big thanks to her dear loved ones and The Heidi Chronicles' hardworking and vibrant team!
Rebecca MacDonald, Becky/Clara/Denise
Rebecca is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College Theatre and Drama Studies joint specialist program where her most recent stage credit was as Irina in Theatre Erindale's production of Three Sisters. Since she has just finished school and been released into the world, she is very excited to start working and creating in Toronto theatre!
Noah Sisson, Chris/Mark/TV Attendant/Waiter/Ray
Noah is currently completing a BFA in Performance Creation at York University. His most recent work at York includes co-creating and co-starring in an original physical theatre piece 'dead skin' for the 2019 Devised Theatre Festival and writing/directing original play 'Rose's Thoughts from the Raft' for the 2018 playGround Festival. He will be playing Dean Richards in the upcoming web series 'Stunt Club' on YouTube. This is his first time working with Alumnae, and he is thrilled to be part of this incredible story!
Nadine Charleson, Lisa/Jill/Debbie
Nadine is a graduate of the Theatre Performance program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After working behind the scenes in film and TV in Vancouver, she is thrilled to be making her Toronto theatre debut in The Heidi Chronicles with the Alumnae Theatre Company. Love to her family, friends and especially her husband Jovahn for their constant love and support. Instagram: @nadinecharleson