The Howland Company’s 52 Pick-Up features a rotating cast of five couples:
Selected Theatre: 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), Lady Julie (Apuka Theatre/Campbell House); Woyzeck (Shotgun Players, Berkeley); Once in a Lifetime, Higher, Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco); Metamorphosis (Aurora Theatre, Berkeley); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew (Flower City Theatre Festival, Brampton)
Selected Media: Reign (CW), Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft)
Awards: Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award – Best Lead Actor (Metamorphosis)
Other: BFA University of Windsor, MFA American Conservatory Theatre
Selected Theatre: And Now, The End (SummerWorks 2014), 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), Tagged and It’s Complicated (Out of Reach Theatre), Antigone (Vagabond Theatre), The Ghost of the Tree (Wellington Street Theatre), Charlie is Having a Baby (Toronto Fringe Festival), BroadProv (Lower Ossington Theatre), Rhinoceros (The Belfast Players), The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (Queen’s Theatre).
Selected Media: Lost Girl (Showcase), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Acceptance (ACTRA Film Challenge Winner), Ben’s At Home (Awkward Silence Productions)
Awards: Vitamin Water Scholarship (AAS), Fred Euringer Award in Drama (Queen’s University)
Selected Theatre: Rupert in NSFW (Studio 180), Titus Andronicus, As You Like It (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage), 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), New Jerusalem (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), The Adventures of a Professional Corpse (Toronto Fringe Festival), South Pacific (U.S. National Tour), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C.), As You Like It (Two Pence Shakespeare, Chicago), Beyond the Score (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Selected Media: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC)
Other: Northwestern University, Apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lab Company at Hangar Theatre (Ithaca NY), and Acting Fellow at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Selected Theatre: Circle Jerk (safeword/Soup Can Theatre), As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (CanStage/Shakespeare in High Park), Prayers for the New World (Glasswater Theatre), The Life of Jude (Falling Hammer Productions/SummerWorks), Offers of Home (Panfish Productions), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Streetcar Named Desire, As You Like It (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), Pornography (Theatre Inconnu), Inside, Yerma, Wreckage, Romeo and Juliet (Phoenix Theatres).
Other: Originally from Calgary, Alexander earned a BFA from University of Victoria and has called Toronto home for three years now. Alexander could not be more excited to join The Howland Company for the remount of 52 Pick-Up. Can’t wait to see you at the show!
Selected Theatre: Shannon 10:40 (timeshare/Videofag), Macbeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare BASH’d), 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), Fury (Staged Reading, Blyth Festival), Elephants in the Room Ensemble (Theatre Passe Muraille), Oliver! (Port Hope Festival Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Fly By Night Theatre), Angel’s Trumpet (Erindale Fringe). Upcoming: Jonas and Barry in the Home (Bluewater Summer Playhouse).
Selected Media: Dorothy’s Secret (Short Film, Lifeguard Productions), Mayday (Season 13, Cinefix Prod. Inc), Under the Same Sun ( Documentary Voice Over, Skin Deep), Tinder (Short Film, Bryan Kowalsky Films), Black & White (Documentary Voice Over, Cité Amérique Inc)
Other: Diploma in Professional Actor Training (Sheridan College), Honours B.A. Theatre & Drama Studies Specialist (University of Toronto), Diploma in Cinema, Video, Communications (Dawson College), Associate Producer of Marketing & Publicity (Theatre Passe Muraille), Seventh Stage Theatre Producing Intern, Co-founder & Editor in Chief of inthegreenroom.ca a Toronto-based theatre arts website dedicated to be “a space for artists to connect off stage”.
Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a graduate of the Humber Theatre Performance Program. With a physically based approach, she was able to develop an understanding of devised ensemble and original work. When she’s not acting, writing, moving through space, or pretending that she’s the “illest rapper alive”, you can find her in a kitchen, concocting something divine. Most recently Khadijah played the role of Tara in Brandon Crone’s Contempt as well as Black Woman in Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present… under the direction of Ravi Jain. You may have also caught a glimpse of her in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest feature film, Crimson Peak. Other notable credits include playing St. Monica in Unit 102’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Othello in Go Play Producing’s Othello, and Abe Lincoln in First Act’s award winning production of Hair. Listen out for her upcoming audio book release of The Book of Negroes, where she brings to life one of African Canadian literature’s most iconic heroines.
Selected Theatre: 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), Pieces of Penelope (New Ideas Festival); Piecing Together Pauline (Fire and Air Productions); The Man With the Flower in His Mouth (U of T Drama Centre); Marat/Sade (Soup Can Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Jane Eyre, String of Pearls (Theatre Erindale)
Selected Media: Beauty and the Beast (The CW Network)
Awards: Outstanding Performance, Piecing Together Pauline (NOW Magazine: annual list of Fringe Highlights)
Other: Master of Arts in Study of Drama, Theatre and Performance (University of Toronto); Diploma in Professional Actor Training (Sheridan College); Honours B.A. Theatre and Drama Studies Specialist (University of Toronto); ARCT Performers Candidate, Classical Piano (Royal Conservatory of Music).
Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster
Other: BFA University of British Columbia, Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program, Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, Alumni of the Loran Award.
Selected Theatre: 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe); Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre-Upcoming); The Dybbuk (Upcoming), The Royal Comedians, The Crucible, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Great Expectations, Idiot’s Delight, Of Human Bondage (Soulpepper Theatre); Elephants in the Room Ensemble (Theatre Passe Muraille); Romeo and Juliet (Hart House Theatre); After Juliet (YPT); Twelfth Night (Canopy Theatre); Benjamin Britton Anniversary (The Orpheus Choir) Le Shaga (Spiel Players).
Awards: 2 Dora Awards
Other: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy; Diploma in Professional Actor Training (Sheridan College), Honours B.A. Theatre & Drama Studies Specialist (University of Toronto)
Selected Theatre: 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe); Ajax (Por Nobody), And Now, The End (SummerWorks); The Beaver Den: A New Canadian Musical (Lower Ossington Theatre/Jazz Squared Theatre); Easter (Naught); InspiraTO Festival 2013; Literary Picnic (Luminato); New Voices 2014 (Ryerson Theatre School); Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest (Hart House Theatre); How to Save Trees (New Voices 2013); Dance Weekend Youth Night (Dance Ontario).
Other: Conference Assistant Stage Managing the Arts in Canada Conference 2014. Ryerson University B.F.A Theatre Performance Production.