In 1880, Johannah Donnelly and her six dangerous yet devoted sons were a fierce Irish immigrant clan unafraid to take what was theirs – and they paid for it with their lives.
Now “The Black Donnellys” have returned from the dead to remind us of a shocking chapter in Canadian history. A riveting new rock musical about family, forgiveness and frontier justice from the creators of Frankenstein and Nevermore.
"The very best songs in the show, of which there are many, literally had audience members on the edge of their seats."- Sean Meyer, Our London
“Vigilante builds to a wrenching, violent conclusion that is powerful indeed. And it ends with a heart grabbing anthem…”- Colin Maclean, Edmonton Sun
Originally from Toronto, Jan studied at the University of Alberta and went on to play major roles from Charlottetown to Vancouver. She has enjoyed return engagements with the Shaw Festival, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Royal Alex, Thousand Islands Playhouse and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. She has also appeared as guest soprano with the Kingston Symphony, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra of Victoria, BC and Music by the Sea in Bamfield, BC. Most recently, she directed The Hollow for Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. Selected directing credits include Betty Mitchell and Elizabeth Sterling Hanes Award nominated productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Buddy Holly Story, The Mountaintop and God of Carnage for Theatre Calgary, and Dangerous Corner and Murder on the Nile for Vertigo Theatre. Jan was shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson Prize in 2013.
For Catalyst: Vigilante. Elsewhere: Miracle on 34th Street, The Comedy of Errors, The Importance of Being Earnest (Neptune); Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Art, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Theatre Northwest); It’s A Wonderful Life (Chemainus, Persephone Theatre, Theatre Aquarius); A Few Good Men (Citadel/RMTC); The 39 Steps (Globe); Little Women, The Three Musketeers (Citadel); An Ideal Husband (Theatre Calgary); Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone); A Christmas Carol (The Grand); Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Festival); seven seasons with the Shaw Festival, favourites include The Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara, Happy End and The Cassilis Engagement.
Kris Joseph lives in Edmonton but has deep roots in Saskatchewan and Ontario, and is proud to help bring Vigilante back to his old homes. He's worked across the country, with credits including The Runcible Riddle (Catch The Keys), Much Ado About Nothing (Thou Art Here), The Three Musketeers and Little Women (Citadel Theatre), Whispering Pines, Facts and Zadie’s Shoes (Great Canadian Theatre Company), The Turn of The Screw (Screwdriver Collective), Airport Security and The Churchill Protocol (Gruppo Rubato); Oliver, Creation, A Christmas Carol, Mother Courage, The Changeling, and Macbeth (Canada’s National Arts Centre), The Pillowman (Vision Theatre), and Doubt (Gladstone Productions) and three seasons with the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. His newest undertaking is a dual Master’s degree, which he hopes to complete before retirement.
Lucas is proud to be touring Vigilante to three incredible venues with Catalyst Theatre. He has worked all over Canada at theatres such as Theatre Aquarius, the Segal Centre, Citadel Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, the Mayfield, Rainbow Stage, Persephone Theatre, Smile Theatre, Orillia Opera House, Theatre New Brunswick, and Theatre St. John’s. He has spent time singing and cruising aboard Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia and also recently musically directed a concert version of Carrie: the Musical in Toronto. His film and TV credits include recurring boyband leader Danny T in Odd Squad and Odd Squad: the Movie (PBS/TVO), Warehouse 13, Incorporated (SyFy).
Eric is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked and collaborated with some of Canada's most distinguished theatre companies. Credits include: Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Thousand Island Playhouse) City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay) Falsettos (Acting Up Stage), The Three Musketeers, Little Women, Midsummer Nights Dream, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre) Shakespeare in the Park (Canadian Stage) Next to Normal (The Arts Club) The Wizard of Oz (a Ross Petty Production), Footloose (Drayton Entertainment). Directing Credits: Julius Caesar (Ryerson) Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage) A Grand Time in the Rapids (Thousand Island Playhouse). Eric is a graduate of the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program (2011/12) earned his BFA at the Ryerson Theatre School, and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Carson made his Catalyst Theatre debut in the cast of Nevermore for Persephone Theatre. He is thrilled to reprise the role of Will Donnelly alongside his Donnelly clan in Catalyst Theatre’s tour of Vigilante. Elsewhere, Carson has directed James and the Giant Peach for MTYP and Ring of Fire, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and Footloose for Rainbow Stage. He has performed across Canada for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Mirvish Productions, The Belfry Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Free Will Players, Theatre Calgary, Ground Zero, Regina Globe, Persephone Theatre, Magnus Theatre, Theatre Orangeville, Talk is Free and Festival Antigonish.
Scott is exhilarated to be part of Vigilante! Hailing originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Scott has been working professionally as a Singer/Actor/Performer, touring and working across Canada, for the last 17 years. Some of his favourites include: Bert in Mary Poppins (Arts Club Theatre); Khashogghi in We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Kenickie in Grease (Citadel Theatre); Arch Deacon Claude Frollo in Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre).
Benjamin couldn't be happier to be on tour with this show and this group of actors. Past credits include: Theatre: West Side Story (Citadel) Peter and The Starcatcher (Arts Club), Cabaret and Chicago (Mayfield), Vigilante (Citadel/Catalyst Theatre), Andrew and Andrea, Mavra and La Tragedie de Carmen (Assistant Director - LTO); The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre); That Summer (Theatre Northwest); Romeo and Juliet and James and The Giant Peach (ProjectX). Film/TV: Canada: Story of Us (CBC) Odd Squad (PBS).
At 15, Taylor Cochrane released his first full-length record entitled Awesome Like A Possum. The album was nothing to write home about but it was the beginning of Cochrane’s passionate addiction to writing music. Years later, 36?, one of Cochrane’s most prolific ongoing musical endeavours, released the record where do we go from here?. The Album received critical acclaim and brought home the band a Western Canadian Music Award for Rock Recording of the Year. That same year, 36? was awarded third place in The Peak Performance Project, an Alberta wide musical development competition. Cochrane is currently working on new records under 36? and Jason Famous. His work on Vigilante marks the beginning of his hands on experience with long time passion of musical theatre.
Scott has been a guitarist for 15 years in rock, funk, and jazz groups. In his teens he gravitated towards classic rock and heavy metal music, but also discovered jazz fusion, progressive rock and R&B along the way. He received a music director’s award for excellence in jazz as a part of the high school big band. Since 2013 he has played guitar, occasional keyboards and backing vocals in the Calgary band “36?” 36? has toured across Canada extensively and in 2015 won Best Rock Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards for their debut album “where do we go from here?”. Over the course of the summer of 2016, 36? recorded their second LP at the Banff Centre with producer/engineer Graham Lessard. They plan to release the album in mid-2017.
Allison is excited to be back to perform for Catalyst since The Soul Collector. Select credits: Dear Johnny Deere, One Man Two Guvnors, A Christmas Carol, Theatre Calgary; Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Company; Waiting for the Parade, The Red Priest, Ash Rizin, The Penelopiad, ATP; Double Indemnity, In the Heat of the Night, Sweeney Todd, Vertigo; Closer, GZT/H&M; Ring of Fire, Rainbow Stage; A Worthy Opponent, Lunchbox; The Piper, Downstage; Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Essay, Urban Curvz; Twisted, Maria Rasputin Presents, Forte; Goodnight Desdemona (Good-morning Juliet), Handsome Alice. AWARDS: Betty Mitchell awards received for acting: Romeo and Juliet, Ash Rizin and Twisted. Seven Betty Mitchell nominations, Jessie and Betty nominated Sound designer, Musical director and composer. Love to B, P, the Lynch and Griffiths families.
Nathan Setterlund is an accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor of Arts from Grant MacEwan University. He has performed in musical groups Fractal Pattern, Mass Choir, Viking Fell and with Catalyst Theatre's Vigilante in 2015. As a prominent member of the Edmonton music scene he is excited to work with the Catalyst team once again.
Kurtis Schultz is a producer, engineer, multi-Instrumentalist and DJ currently living in Edmonton, Alberta. Though his skill-set is eclectic, his true passion lies in performance. With the drum-set as his tool, he lives to create and grow as a musician.
Jonathan is a director, writer and composer who has spearheaded the creation of twenty-two original Canadian productions, several of which have had an international reach. He has directed at more than 85 theatres across Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and the United States, including in London's West End and New York's Broadway district. His work has been recognized with more than 40 British, Canadian and American awards and nominations and has been published in the United States by Playscripts, and in Canada by Playwrights Canada Press, Newest Press and Bayeaux Arts. Recordings of his music can be found on iTunes and at Broadway Records, and his productions are featured in American Theatre, Maclean’s, Canadian Theatre Review, and PRISM International. Jonathan is the Artistic Director of Catalyst Theatre, now based in the 700-seat Maclab Theatre in Edmonton's downtown arts district.
Laura has choreographed Vigilante, Hunchback, Nevermore and Frankenstein for Catalyst Theatre. Other credits include West Side Story, Spamalot (The Citadel Theatre), Made in Italy (Western Canadian Theatre), Enron (National Arts Centre), Chicago and Footloose (The Mayfield), Next To Normal (Citadel Theatre /Theatre Calgary), The Yellow Wallpaper (Expanse Festival), I Think I’m Fallin’, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Home is a Beautiful Word and Spring Awakening (Belfry Theatre), new musicals Rich and Rapa Nui (Manitoba Theatre for Young People). Laura is also an instructor for The Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program. Upcoming is Jesus Christ Superstar (The Mayfield). Sterling Awards for Choreography include (West Side Story, Chicago, Spamalot and Nevermore), and a Lucille Lortel nomination for the Off-Broadway run of Nevermore.
Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton based Sound Designer and Composer. Recent Design/Composition credits include: Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre/ Alberta Theatre Projects), Romeo & Juliet (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Or The Whale (Wishbone Theatre), Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (Citadel Theatre/ Persephone Theatre/ Alberta Theatre Projects), ENRON (National Arts Centre), Whisper (Studio Theatre/ Catalyst Theatre). Michelle et Ti Jean, Palace of the End (Theatre Network). Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello (Freewill Shakespeare Festival). Matthew also currently resides as the Sound Supervisor for the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.
Select credits with Catalyst Theatre include: The Blue Orphan, Frankenstein, Carmen Angel, Nevermore, Hunchback, The Soul Collector, and Vigilante. Wade holds diplomas in Music, Recording, and Theatre Production from MacEwan University, where he has been an instructor and sound designer for the Theatre Production program for the past twenty-two years. A board member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Wade has designed and toured numerous productions across Canada, the United States, and Europe. He also operates his own production company offering services in design, consulting, rentals and sales, production management, and pyrotechnics. Last summer Wade designed the sound and video components for the ADC Canadian Exhibition held during the Prague Quadrennial of Design 2015, which received the CITT Award for Technical Merit.
Director, dramaturge and conversationalist, Sarah is originally, from Montreal, now lives in Kingston and works from Ottawa. She is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre and Interim Facilitator for Indigenous Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre, creative catalyst SpiderWebShow, and is a former AD of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Throughout her award-winning career, Sarah works from coast to coast and internationally. Curator for The Collaborations, leader for The Cycle(s), and recent directing Bunny (Stratford Festival) Helen Lawrence (CanStage, BAM, Kammerspiele etc.,) We Keep Coming Back (Jewish Culture Fest, Krakow/Ashkenaz, Toronto) She trained at École Jacques Lecoq, Vancouver Film School and received her BA and MA from Queens University. She teaches at The National Theatre School of Canada and Queen’s. Sarah received The LMDA Elliot Hayes Award for her focus on the Indigenous Body of Performance work in Canada.
Narda is elated to be a part of this incredible production. She is a set, costumes and lighting designer currently based in Calgary. Some of her favorite design credits include: The Penelopiad, Julius Caesar, True Love Lies, Extinction Song, Vimy (Citadel Theatre); The Circle, Cockroach, Red, Mary’s Wedding (Alberta Theatre Projects); Turn of the Screw, Sweeney Todd (Vertigo Theatre); The Trespassers (Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse); The Drowning Girls (Bent out of Shape National Tour). Narda designed the costumes for The Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton for 16 seasons. She also designed the costumes for the feature film Cut Bank. She is the recipient of 4 Sterling Awards, 2 Betty Mitchell Awards, a Victoria Critic Choice Spotlight Award and a Sat Award. Her website is narda.ca.
Beth is an award-winning Lighting, Projection, Set, and Costume designer who started working in rock and roll at 14. She is the co-creative director of Playground Studios, whose installations include LightSpan, Night Light Travels and The ToyBox. They also created projections for all the Ross Petty Pantomimes since 2011, as well as Ragtime, Pygmalion, Light up the Sky, and Peter Hinton’s Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival. Beth recently co-created The Last Donnelly Standing with Gil Garratt & Paul Thompson for The Blyth Festival, which explored the life of Robert Donnelly and was improvised nightly – both text and her designs. Highlights: Truth Be Told, SEEDS (Blyth), MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus, (Wyrd), The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper), SPIN (Buddies in Bad Times), Brimful of Asha (Tarragon); Dora the Explorer (Koba). playgroundstudios.ca bethkates.com
Jim Bob is a freelance Production Manager/Technical Director. Catalyst Theatre productions he has worked on include: “Fortune Falls”, “Vigilante”, “The Soul Collector”, “Hunchback”, “Nevermore”, “Frankenstein” and “The Blue Orphan”. Other examples of client projects: Sabbatical Production Manager replacement for the University of Alberta’s Drama Department; Production Manager 2015 Canada Winter Games and Technical Director for the Alberta Centennial 2005 Royal Visit. He has also worked for: The Stratford Festival; The Banff Centre; The Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Vancouver Playhouse and The Canadian Stage Company. For more information visit his web site at Mopboy.com.
Doug Mertz is thrilled to be working with the Catalyst team for the first time. He is an actor and teacher in addition to being a dialect coach. Most recently he coached dialects for A Christmas Carol (for the eighth year), Million Dollar Quartet and West Side Story for the Citadel Theatre. He has coached dialects for more than 40 shows in the US and Canada and has taught dialects in both countries as well, most recently for the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, Theatre Alberta’s DramaWorks, Rapid Fire Theatre and the Foote Theatre School. Doug is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Citadel Theatre and will be appearing there later this season in Peter and the Star Catcher.