The Company

The Howland Company is a Toronto-based theatre ensemble made up of the following artists:


Alexander Crowther

Selected 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 MediaBeauty 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

Danny Ghantous

Selected Theatre: UPCOMING: The Invisible Hand (Theatre Aquarius) Salt-Water Moon (WhyNot/ Factory Theatre). Previous Credits: Midsummer-Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Sheets (Veritas Theatre), Tideline (Hart House), Dreams (Canadian Rep Theatre), Lemon (Filament Incubator), A Line in the Sand (Factory Theatre)*
Selected Film: Victim (Skyless Films), Dawn Hughes & The Rise of Eve Fantastic (Sketchy Content Productions), Marty (Gregory Fox), In Which the Matter of Taste Comes Into Question (Sydni Lazarus)
Awards: Nomination for Oustanding Performance, Dora Awards, 2016 (A Line in the Sand), Winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, 2016 (A Line in the Sand).
Other: Danny is a Greek-born, Egyptian-raised, Lebanese-Palestinian actor based in Toronto and a graduate of Ryerson’s Theatre Program.

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Ruth Goodwin

Selected Theatre: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Toronto Fringe), 52 Pick-Up (Best of Toronto Fringe), Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company), And Now, The End (SummerWorks), Tagged and It’s Complicated (Out of Reach Theatre)
Selected Media: Save Me (CBC), Workin’ Moms (CBC), Designated Survivor (ABC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Lost Girl (Showcase) and Ben’s at Home

Other: Ruth Goodwin is an actor, producer, writer from Toronto (you’ve probably seen her during the commercial breaks of your favourite shows plugging the occasional Tim Horton’s wrap or car.) She has produced for CTV, been published in The Globe and Mail and performed on various stages and screens throughout the city. Ruth is also Co-Host and Co-Producer of Intermission Magazine’s comedic web series The Show Show. @Ruth_Goodwin


James Graham

Selected Theatre: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (The Toronto Fringe), The Glass Menagerie (73H Productions/The Howland Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Director, Unit 102/Leroy St), Mockingbird (NSTF, Dora Nominee), King John (Shakespeare BASH’D, 2015 My Entertainment Award Winner, Best Supporting Actor), 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), 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


Sam Hale

Selected Credits: 52 Pick-Up, The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company); 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); Parfumerie (Soulpepper); Mr. Burns (Outside The March); Lear: A Retrospective (World Stage); My Fair Lady (Capitol Theatre); Here On The Flight Path (Foster Festival); The Last Five Years (Daemon Theatre); And Now The End (SummerWorks); Jesus Christ Superstar (Hart House), Fall For Dance North (Sony Centre).
Other: Conference Assistant Stage Managing the Arts in Canada Conference 2014. Ryerson University B.F.A Theatre Performance Production.


Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

Selected Theatre: Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company), 52 PICK-UP (Co-Director, The Howland Company), 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: 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 upcoming projects with Soulpepper and Public Recordings, and is excited to be part of the company of Soulpepper on 42nd street, presenting shows in New York City in July of 2017.

Cameron Laurie

Selected Theatre: 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: 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)

Jareth Li

Selected Design: For the Howland Company – Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, The Glass Menagerie, Casimir and Carolin. Other recent work includes Serenity Wild, Pearle Harbour’s ChatauquaWhat 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.
Upcoming: Upcoming projects include a Canadian Tour of Black Boys, and Risky Phil at Young People’s Theatre.

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Paolo Santalucia

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)


Hallie Seline

Selected TheatreStag and Doe (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre), Jonas and Barry in the Home (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Casimir and Caroline, 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company), SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare, Videofag), Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare BASH’d), 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).
Selected Media:  Dorothy’s Secret (Short Film, Windy Corner Pictures, 2015 Toronto International Short Film Festival Official Selection), Mayday (Season 13, Cineflix 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), Co-founder & Editor in Chief of a Toronto-based theatre arts website dedicated to be “a space for artists to connect offstage”. @HallieSeline


Thomas Swayne

Selected Theatre: Aladdin (Production Associate, Disney Theatrical Group), Shakespeare in Love (Production Coordinator, Disney Theatrical Group/Sonia Friedman Productions), Once On This Island (Metcalf Intern Producer, Acting Up Stage Company), Aladdin (Creative Production Assistant, Disney Theatrical Group), The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Producer, SummerWorks), The Barber of Seville (Asst. Director, Soulpepper), Queen for A Day: The Musical (Asst. Producer)
Selected Media: Host (Entertainment Toronto, Two Seasons)
Awards: Recipient of Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship with Acting Up Stage Company
Other: B.F.A Acting from Ryerson Theatre School

Mimi Warshaw

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)

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Kristen Zaza 

Selected Theatre: EARNSHAW (Self-produced workshop), Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company), Twelfth Night (Cawrk Theatrical Productions), 52 PICK-UP (The Howland Company), 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), After Juliet (YPT)
Selected Media: Beauty and the Beast (The CW Network)
Awards: Outstanding Performance, Piecing Together Pauline (NOW Magazine’s 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). Also a musician and composer, Kristen’s recent musical credits include Hamlet (Musical Director – Hart House Theatre), Measure (still) for Measure (Composer – University of Exeter), and her original play, EARNSHAW (Writer/Composer).

Canadian Stage’s 2016 RBC Emerging Company in Residence

The Howland Company is thrilled to have been Canadian Stage’s 2016 Company in Residence. As part of this residency, The Howland Company has been developing both Casimir & Caroline, focusing on the piece’s next phase of development following its 2015 staged workshop, with the goal of a full production in the near future, 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.