The Company

The Howland Company is an artist-led and art-driven Toronto-based theatre company.
Howland’s collective-leadership model is made up of the following core-artists:

Artistic Leaders:


Alexander Crowther

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 MediaFlowers 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

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Ruth Goodwin

Selected Theatre: The Wolves (The Howland Company & Crow’s Theatre), Punk Rock (The Howland Company), Entrances and Exits (Best of Toronto Fringe & Canadian Comedy Award Nomination) 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: Toronto Theatre Critics Award, 2 My Entertainment Awards, Cayle Chernin Award, Dora Award Nomination, Canadian Comedy Award Nomination.
Other: Ruth is an actor, producer and writer from Toronto and a Founding Member of The Howland Company. She has been named a “Top Artist to Watch” by The Toronto Star and Now Magazine and she currently plays the role of Danica Powers alongside Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson in Global TV’s Private Eyes. Ruth 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


Sam Hale

Selected Credits: Casimir & CarolineThe 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); Into The WoodsHedwig 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, Aunt Agnes For Christmas (Foster Festival); Fall For Dance North (Sony Centre/Harbourfront).
Sam has also worked for dance: made in canada, Hot Docs, TIFF, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, as well as serving as Associate Producer of Virtual Project for Talk Is Free Theatre.


Qasim Khan

Selected Theatre: Paradise Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Neverending Story, Henry VIII, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Crucible (Stratford Festival); Paradise Lost (Centaur); Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Das Ding (Canadian Stage); Alligator Pie, Letters from the Great War, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians, Dirt (Soulpepper); Alice Through The Looking-Glass, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); A Craigslist Cantata (ATP/ Citadel/ NAC); Acha Bacha (Theatre Passe-Muraille); Beneath The Banyan Tree (Theatre Direct); Shannon 10:40 (Videofag); and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (TNB).
Selected Media: Sneakerella (Disney); Clarice (CBS); The Early Modern Cooking Show (Stratfest@Home); Timon of Athens, Henry VIII (Stratford HD); Nikita (CW); Saving Hope, Dan For Mayor (CTV); The Riftworld Chronicles, Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC).
Awards: Dora Award nominee/winner; John Hirsch Memorial Award (Stratford); MyTheatre, BroadwayWorld Award nominee.
Other: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy and the University of Toronto/Sheridan College joint Acting program; International Actor Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe. Follow @theqasimkhan


Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

Selected Theatre: Three Women of Swatow  (Director, Tarragon Theatre), The Wolves (Director, The Howland Company & Crow’s Theatre), 52 PICK-UP (Co-Director, The Howland Company), Man and Superman, Cyrano de Bergerac (Shaw Festival) Innocence Lost, Idomeneus, Spoon River, Incident at Vichy, Blood Wedding, Alligator Pie, Marat/Sade, Eurydice, The Dining Room, Of Human Bondage, Idiot’s Delight, The Barber of Seville, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, The Royal Comedians, Dirt (Soulpepper); Tin Drum (UnSpun), The Flood Thereafter (Canadian Stage); The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Summerworks); Macbeth: Nach Shakespeare (Theatre Conspiracy); Pride and Prejudice (Citadel Theatre); As You Like It (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); The Wild Party (Pint Size Tall); Twelfth Night (What You Will)
Selected Media: The Drawer Boy, Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Fringe (FOX), Smallville (WB), Shattered (Showcase)
Other: Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre, Instructor with Sheridan College, Former Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company, Former Directors Lab Facilitator and Trainer with the Paprika Festival, and mentor with the AMY Project. BFA University of British Columbia, Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program, Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, Alumna of the Loran Award.


Cameron Laurie

Selected Theatre: Casimir and Caroline, Punk Rock (The Howland Company), Stag and Doe (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning, Falling: A Wake (Blyth Festival), Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre), 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company/Toronto Fringe), Genesis And Other Stories (Aim for the Tangent Theatre), The Tempest, 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 (Punk Rock), “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.

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Jareth Li

Selected Design: For the Howland Company – Casimir and Caroline, The WolvesLemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, The Glass Menagerie. Other recent work includes The Three Women of Swatow, Copy That (Tarragon Theatre); Serving Elizabeth (Western Canada Theatre); Hilot Means Healer (Cahoots Theatre); Ring of Fire (Citadel Theatre); Iphigenia and the Furies, Black Boys (Saga Collectif); Yellow Rabbit (Silk Bath); Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre), Prairie Nurse (Factory Theatre, TIP); Chautauqua (Pearle Harbour Presents); Two Birds One Stone (RISER 2017, Various tours).
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. He is also a stagecraft instructor at York University. 

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Paolo Santalucia

Selected Theatre: Casimir and Caroline, 52 Pick-Up (The Howland Company); The Seagull, Bed and Breakfast, La Bete, The Goat, Picture This, 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); Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre); 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, 1 nomination
Other: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy; Diploma in Professional Actor Training (Sheridan College), Honours B.A. Theatre & Drama Studies Specialist (University of Toronto)

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Hallie Seline

Selected Theatre: Upcoming: Liars at a Funeral, How I Met My Husband (Blyth Festival). Previous Credits: Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Punk Rock, 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company); Prairie Nurse (Lighthouse Festival/Showboat Theatre); Stag and Doe, Jonas and Barry in the Home (Bluewater Summer Playhouse); As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare BASH’d); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare, Videofag); Oliver! (Port Hope Festival Theatre)
Selected MediaThe Grind (Neon Grey Films), Kick Me (The Jefferies Brothers), Dorothy’s Secret (Windy Corner Pictures,  Toronto International Short Film Festival Official Selection), Mayday (Cineflix Prod. Inc), Under the Same Sun (Skin Deep)
Awards: “Outstanding Ensemble” Dora Mavor Moore Award (Casimir and Caroline), “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)
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 

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.