The Howland Company is a Toronto-based theatre ensemble made up of the following core-artists:
Selected Theatre: The Glass Menagerie (Grand Theatre), Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company), Macbeth: Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare BASH’D), 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: Flowers of the Field (Birchwolfe Productions), Frankie Drake (CBC), Departure (Global), Pure (WGN America), Georgetown (InterTitle Films), The Girlfriend Experience (Starz!), American Hangman (Sony Pictures), Beauty and the Beast (CW), 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: The Wolves (The Howland Company & Crow’s Theatre), Punk Rock (The Howland Company), Entrances and Exits (Best of Toronto Fringe) Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Patron’s Pick, Toronto Fringe), 52 Pick-Up (Best of Toronto Fringe), And Now, The End (SummerWorks).
Selected Media: Private Eyes (Global TV), Baroness Von Sketch (CBC), Save Me (CBC), Workin’ Moms (CBC), The Show Show (Intermission Magazine), Designated Survivor (ABC), Angry Angel (ABC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Lost Girl (Showcase) and Ben’s at Home (Awk Silence Prod).
Awards: 2 ‘My Entertainment Awards’, ‘Cayle Chernin Award’ Winner, ‘Dora Award’ Nomination, ‘Canadian Comedy Award’ Nomination.
Other: Ruth is an actor, producer and writer from Toronto. She has most recently joined the cast of Global TV’s Private Eyes as rookie cop, Danica Powers and is a Founding Member of The Howland Company. She has produced for CTV, been published in The Globe and Mail and performed on various stages, screens and festivals throughout the city including JFL 42, Sketchfest and The Toronto Fringe Festival. @Ruth_Goodwin
Selected Credits: The Wolves, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons,52 Pick-Up, The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company); Little Shop of Horrors (Stratford Festival); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Picture This, Parfumerie, Riverboat (Soulpepper); Jerusalem, Mr. Burns (Outside the March); Disgraced (Mirvish/Citadel/Hope & Hell); The Realistic Joneses, An Enemy of the People (Tarragon); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations); Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk Is Free); The 39 Steps (3P Productions); My Fair Lady (Capitol Theatre); Hilda’s Yard, Here on the Flight Path (Foster Festival); Lear: A Retrospective (World Stage); Fall For Dance North (Sony Centre). Sam has also worked for dance: made in canada, Hot Docs, TIFF and Ryerson University.
Other: Conference Assistant Stage Managing the Arts in Canada Conference 2014. Ryerson University B.F.A Theatre Performance Production.
Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster
Selected Media: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Fringe (FOX), Smallville (WB), Shattered (Showcase)
Other: Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company, Training Day Facilitator and Intersection Associate Producer with the Paprika Festival. BFA University of British Columbia, Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program, Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, Alumni of the Loran Award.
Upcoming: Courtney is looking forward to joining the acting company at The Shaw Festival this summer.
Selected Theatre: Punk Rock (The Howland Company), Stag and Doe (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning (Blyth Festival), Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company), The Tempest (Hart House), Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre), 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), Genesis And Other Stories (Aim for the Tangent Theatre), Falling: A Wake (Blyth Festival), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Hart House Theatre) Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket Theatre), Narcisse (St. Joseph Historical Society), Winter’s Tale, Angel’s Trumpet, The Russian Play (Theatre Erindale).
Selected Media: The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)
Awards: “Outstanding Ensemble” Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination (Punk Rock), “Outstanding Ensemble” Critics’ Pick Award nomination (Punk Rock), Governor General’s Award of Excellence for Community Based Programming (Narcisse)
Other: Lead singer and song-writer of Toronto indie punk band Stuck Out Here, Diploma in Professional Actor Training (Sheridan College), Honours B.A. Theatre & Drama Studies Specialist (University of Toronto)
Selected Design: For the Howland Company – The Wolves, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, The Glass Menagerie, Casimir and Caroline. Other recent work includes Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre), Serenity Wild, Pearle Harbour’s Chatauqua, What Linda Said, (SummerWorks 2017); Black Boys (Saga Collectif / Buddies In Bad Times); LEAR: A Retrospective (World Stage 2017); Two Birds One Stone (RISER 2017); The Libertine (TIFT); Sinners’ Lounge (Canada’s Wonderland); Dusk Dances (2015-2017; Sylvie Bouchard); Crazy For You (Port Hope Festival Theatre); The Trial of Judith K (Thought for Food Productions); Mourning Dove (Sudbury Theatre Centre).
Other: Jareth is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. He has worked as an assistant lighting designer with companies such as the Stratford Festival (six seasons) and the Canadian Opera Company (five seasons), and toured across Canada and the U.S.
Selected Theatre: 52 Pick-Up (The Howland Company); Of Human Bondage, Spoon River, The Heidi Chronicles, The Dybbuk, Idiot’s Delight, Great Expectations, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper Theatre); Mustard (Tarragon); The Lion in Winter (Grand Theatre); Armstrong’s War (Canadian Rep); Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre); After Juliet (YPT)
Selected Media: Kim’s Convenience (CBC)
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: Upcoming: Liars at a Funeral, How I Met My Husband (Blyth Festival), Previous Credits: Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Punk Rock, Casimir and Caroline, 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company), Prairie Nurse (Lighthouse Festival/Showboat Theatre), Stag and Doe, Jonas and Barry in the Home (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre), SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare, Videofag), As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare BASH’d), Oliver! (Port Hope Festival Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Fly By Night Theatre).
Selected Media: Dorothy’s Secret (Windy Corner Pictures, 2015 Toronto International Short Film Festival Official Selection), Mayday (Season 13, Cineflix Prod. Inc), Under the Same Sun (Skin Deep), Tinder (Bryan Kowalsky Films), Black & White (Cité Amérique Inc)
Awards: “Best Ensemble Performance” Toronto Theatre Critics Association Award (The Wolves), “Outstanding Ensemble” Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination (Punk Rock), “Outstanding Ensemble” Critics’ Pick nomination (The Wolves & Punk Rock), “Outstanding Ensemble” Critics’ Pick Award (Casimir and Caroline).
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). @HallieSeline
Selected Theatre: Try Hard: A Conservatory 6 Grad Show (Second City Toronto); #7 Love (Froth Productions/Summerworks); Bite-Sized (Broadleaf Theatre/Fringe Festival); Antigonick (University of Toronto); Katie of Heilbronn: An Obsession by Mr. Heinrich Von Kleist (University of Toronto)
The Howland Company was founded in 2013 by the following members:
Alexander Crowther, Ruth Goodwin, James Graham, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Cameron Laurie, Adrian Morningstar, Paolo Santalucia, Hallie Seline, Thomas Swayne, and Kristen Zaza.
Canadian Stage’s 2016 RBC Emerging Company in Residence
The Howland Company was thrilled to be Canadian Stage’s 2016 Company in Residence. As part of this residency, The Howland Company worked on developing both Casimir & Caroline, focusing on the piece’s next phase of development following its 2015 staged workshop, and take rimbaud, which enjoyed a sold-out staged presentation at Canadian Stage.
The Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Company in Residence initiative was created out of a desire to support the work of emerging artists who are developing and producing theatre as new companies. Each season, a resident company is selected to receive access to Canadian Stage staff, space, resources, and a work-in-progress showing for a project of their choosing. The resident company also assists in curating workshops for the Emerging Artist Program membership.