Watermark’s 2018 acting company is a mix of professional actors from PEI, actors with family and professional history on the Island, and actors from across the country. Joining already announced acting company members Brielle Ansems and Robert Tsonos will be husband and wife acting team Geoffrey Pounsett and Madeleine Donohue, Paul Cowling, Richard Beaune, and local actor Jacob Hemphill.
A twenty-year veteran of Canadian theatre, Toronto based actor Geoffrey Pounsett has performed in theatres across the country, has been a company member with both the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals (Fire in 2002), and has appeared in several productions for Canadian Stage, Factory and Tarragon Theatres in Toronto.
Madeleine Donohue appeared in Midnight Madness and Old Wives’ Tales at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre, preceded by Deceitful Above All Things for the Storefront Theatre in Toronto. Other recent work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Humber River Shakespeare Company, and five seasons with Driftwood Theatre Group.
This will be actor Paul Cowling’s first time visiting PEI but he has some history on the Island — his mother’s family settled in Hunter River when they emigrated from Scotland many years ago. Paul has appeared on stage throughout Western Canada in such shows as I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, 9 to 5 The Musical, Hamlet, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and many others.
Richard Beaune returns to the Watermark after appearing as Friar Laurence in the company’s 2015 production of Romeo & Juliet. He has performed in every province and territory across Canada in both official languages over a 30 year career. His work has ranged from Shakespeare (30 professional productions and counting) to new works of physical theatre and all stops in between.
Local PEI actor Jacob Hemphill is in his 3rd year of studying Theatre and Opera Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His acting credits include The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz (Confederation Centre); My Fair Lady (The Grand Theatre); and The Magic Flute (Dalhousie Arts Centre).
All of these actors will be appearing in Dial M For Murder by Frederick Knott and A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill throughout the summer months as well as taking part in the Watermark Play Reading Series and most will teach acting classes in the company’s Teenage Acting Conservatory.
Dial M For Murder June 26–September 1
A Moon for the Misbegotten July 6–August 31
The Play Reading Series August 4, 15, and 22
The Teenage Acting Conservatory July 23–August 3
Watermark Theatre is located at 57 Church Hill Ave in North Rustico.
Info: 902-963-3963, www.watermarktheatre.com