The Chariot Cities is being co-produced by The Chariot Collective.

The Writers

Harrison Mooney

Harrison is a writer.  He runs the popular hockey blog Puck Daddy, and co-created Pass it to Bulis.  Harrison is a frequent contributor to the Vancouver Sun, Yahoo, and has also contributed to The Guardian and Macleans Magazine.  His travel book on Vancouver, Weird and Wild Vancouver, was published in 2012.  He's thrilled to finally be seeing this project on its feet and would like to thank Shantini for the blood, sweat and tears she's poured into making the project a reality, as well as for writing this bio.

Bryan Binnema

Bryan Binnema is an experienced and well-rounded Vancouver-based musician. He holds a diploma of Music from VCC with a focus on jazz and contemporary piano styles.He has played as part of bands in a variety of genres including rock, funk, r ‘n’ b, folk, and jazz, and in a classical context as an accompanist for opera vocalists. He has performed on many different stages in Vancouver, including the Orpheum as part of the World Harp Festival.  As a songwriter and an arranger he has made 2 EP’s.  These days, Bryan divides his time playing solo gigs or as an accompanist for different vocalists, as well as writing his own material.

The Director

Andy Toth

Andy Toth is a professional actor, director, producer and teacher. Andy won an Ovation Award for his whirlwind performance of Edna in Hairspray (Arts Club) after only 17 hours of rehearsal! Other stage credits include Company (Arts Club) and Urinetown, The Musical (Firehall Theatre).  Audiences saw more (like too-much-more…) of Andy in the Patrick Street Production of The Full Monty.  Directing credits include The Fantasticks, Assassins, and Last Call…a Post-Nuclear Cabaret. Andy also had the pleasure of directing Canadian Icon and CBC radio legend Jurgen Gothe in his hilarious wine show Up Your Glass… a wine entertainment. Andy coaches voice and integrated musical theatre performance at Capilano University and at Arts Umbrella, is the Artistic Director of the award-winning youth company Awkward Stage Productions and has been a guest lecturer at SFU.

The Cast

Jeff Gladstone - Jack Stackhouse

Jeff trained in Improv at the Loose Moose Theatre with Keith Johnstone, before moving to Vancouver and joining VTSL in 2000. He has been nominated for three Jessie Richardson awards and a Canadian Comedy Award. Jeff can be seen on stages across Western Canada, and in commercials for MacDonalds, and Canadian Direct Insurance. Upcoming film appearances include playing John D Rockefeller III in the feature Drawing Home, and playing Frankie in the animated series Mighty Mighty Monsters. Jeff recently released an album of original music, 'Hell Of A Girl'.

Alison Lynne Ward - Wendy Brownlee

Alison holds a B.F.A degree in Theatre from York University, a diploma from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and has trained extensively at Toronto’s Second City in Improvisation. She performed her recent one woman show "1/4 Life Crisis" in Toronto, Vancouver, Kelowna, Halifax and New York City where it won an Audience Choice Award.  She spends her time between writing scripts and articles, acting for film and theatre, dancing with Shot of Scotch Vancouver, teaching Pilates and producing.

Steven Greenfield - Julian Stackhouse

Steven is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College and a faculty member of the Capilano Musical Theatre program. Selected credits: musical director: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre),  The Wizard of Oz--Jessie nomination and Seussical--Jessie Award and OVATION! nomination (Carousel Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma! (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Mimi (or a Poisoner's Comedy) (Touchstone Theatre), Edges--Jessie nomination (Streamlight Productions); actor: The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre), Titanic (Theatre Under the Stars), West Side Story (Vancouver Opera), Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma! (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Broadway West Productions/Relephant Theatre), My Fair Lady and Seussical (Western Canada Theatre), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Ace Productions). He is a member of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association and on the board of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

 Shantini Klaassen - Beata Brownlee

Shantini's thrilled to be working with such a stellar team on this amazing project.  You may have seen her previously performing with TUTS, Gateway Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, and various other musical theatre companies across the city.  She's also the Operations Manager at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.  Shantini is an excellent Scrabble player, baker, can peel a banana with her toes, and LOVES Christmas.

Chris King - Truman Vine and others

Chris is a music director, performer, composer and teacher.  He has music directed and performed in over 50 productions all over the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.  Chris has been honoured with many awards, including 2 CTC Awards and 3 Ovation awards, including - most recently - the 2013 Outstanding Music Director Ovation Award for The King and I.  In February he was at the Chemainus Theatre Festival performing in the remount of the successful "The Buddy Holly Story."  This summer he returns for his 5th season with Theatre Under the Stars as the music director for "Shrek," and finishes the year MD'ing "Crazy for You" at the Gateway Theatre. 

The Company Manager

Lois Dawson

Lois is thrilled to be joining such a terrific team. Her recent stage management credits include Espresso (Pacific Theatre), This Stays in the Room (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades), Except in the Unlikely Event of War (HHG & Pi Theatre), Penelope (Rumble), Ride the Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville), and two shows at the 2013 SummerWorks festival in Toronto. Lois was the stage manager for the Richmond Olympic Oval during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, ASMed Viva Verdi: Die Spektakulare Opernshow in Zurich, and is a graduate of Trinity Western University. She can be found online at or @SMLois.

The Designers

Breanne Jackson- Costume Designer  

This is Breanne’s Fringe debut, and she is so excited to be working on two shows, both as a Costume Designer and Stage Manager (…didn’t see that coming, at Performance Works on GI). Breanne is the resident Set Designer at Beach House Theatre, where she has designed Shakespeare on the beach for the past two seasons. This is her first Costume Design and she is grateful to Andy for the opportunity and excited to be among such talented Vancouver artists.

Garreth Lau - Lighting Designer

This is Garreth’s first official Fringe design and he is excited to be participating in this capacity. He has been a technician at the Arts Club Theatre Company for the past 3 years and previously worked for companies including the Kay Meek Centre, Bard on the Beach, and the Roundhouse Community Center. Garreth attended Capilano University for technical theatre and graduated in 2009.

Athena Ivison - Co-Set Designer & Head of Props/Running Crew

Athena Ivison is a Vancouver based theatre artist and a recent graduate of Studio 58. Past credits include: Apprentice Stage Manager for Floyd Collins (Patrick Street Productions), Production assistant for An East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement and The Cultch), Set design for Annie (Talmud Torah School) Stage Manager for Balm in Gilead, Assistant Stage Manager for Spring Awakening, and Assistant to the costume designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Studio 58). Enjoy the Show!

Marcus Stusek - Co-Set Designer

Marcus Stusek is delighted to be a part of this wonderful show. His Set Design credits include Barefoot in the Park, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, The 39 Steps (River Road Theatre), Stalemate (Victoria Fringe), and The Rabbit Hole (Canadian College of Performing Arts), among others. Marcus usually works as the Head Stage Carpenter at the Arts Club's Stanley Theatre, but is currently on the central coast of BC filming bears and wolves.