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CAST & CREW

Moneesha "Misha" Bakshi (She/They) is a multi-media actor based in K'jpuktuk (Halifax). Originally from Tennessee, Misha is glad to be able to perform in Halifax, a place she's always considered home. Misha has recently completed the Acting Program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts. A proudly bisexual artist of color, Misha strives to create theatre that uplifts the voices of marginalized people while working her way towards becoming a C-list celebrity. Theatre: E.V.I.L (Halifax Fringe), Mary Stuart (FSPA), ClusterF**k (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre). Film and TV: The Real Pigs of Norfolk County (Eastlink), BeCos I Can (CBC).

Jade Douris-O’Hara (She/Her)  is an actor and choreographer from Toronto, Ontario who now lives in Halifax with her husband, Drew. She is the Studio Director of The Studio at Shakespeare by the Sea, the company’s year round theatre education department. For SBTS: Four seasons, including playing Dorothy in 2019’s The Wizard of Oz (Bronze Winner, The Coast Best of Halifax Awards). Other Theatre: As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Love’s Labour Lost (Shakespeare BASH’d - NOW Magazine’s Best Site-Specific Theatre Company 2018 and 2019), Romeo and Juliet (Dauntless City Theatre), A Different Kind of Job (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: According to Kids (CBC), Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at Play). Choreography: Shakespeare BASH’d, Shakespeare at Play, Dauntless City Theatre, four family shows at Shakespeare by the Sea including Alice in Wonderland (2018 Merritt Award nominee - Best Choreography). Twitter/Instagram/TikTok: @jadedourisohara.

Jade Douris-O'Hara

Helena

Raeesa Lalani (She/Her) is a performer and the Artistic Director of the Prismatic Arts Festival based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. She has long been active as an actress, singer, and has been known to tickle the ivories too! Some of her favourite performances include: playing Gillian on BBC Worldwides' Dinosapien, portraying Maria Von Trapp in Rundle College's production of The Sound of Music, and her role as 'Puck' in StoryBook Theatres' A Midsummers Nights Dream. Other accolades include being crowned Junior Miss Calgary 2005, winning first place at the NATS Singing Competition as well as the Musical Theatre at the Calgary Kiwanis Festival, and being a semi finalist in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search.

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Lalani


Titania/Hippolyta
 

Moneesha "Misha" Bakshi (She/They) is a multi-media actor based in K'jpuktuk (Halifax). Originally from Tennessee, Misha is glad to be able to perform in Halifax, a place she's always considered home. Misha has recently completed the Acting Program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts. A proudly bisexual artist of color, Misha strives to create theatre that uplifts the voices of marginalized people while working her way towards becoming a C-list celebrity. Theatre: E.V.I.L (Halifax Fringe), Mary Stuart (FSPA), ClusterF**k (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre). Film and TV: The Real Pigs of Norfolk County (Eastlink), BeCos I Can (CBC).

Misha Bakshi

Lysander

Adrian Choong (He/Him) is beyond excited to be back for his 3rd season at SBTS! Originally from Malaysia, Adrian graduated from the Fountain School of Performing Arts. Since then, he has worked on stage and on screen internationally! Some of his stage work include a Macbeth tour in his home country Malaysia with KL Shakespeare Players, MH370 (fu-GEN Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (Neptune Theatre), Settle Elsewhere (Theatre Du Poulet), and A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick). For Film, he had a blast working on The Good House (Tribeca Films), 4 episodes on Let’s Get Physical (Pop TV - RIP my LGP fam Jahmil French.), and recently been collaborating with YouTube sensation JinnyboyTV on films Papa and This is Your Life After Uni that has a combined of almost 1 million views on YouTube and earned Adrian a Best Actor Award at an international film in Bangkok!

Follow him on Instagram: @adrianchoong

Adrian Choong

Demetrius

Moneesha "Misha" Bakshi (She/They) is a multi-media actor based in K'jpuktuk (Halifax). Originally from Tennessee, Misha is glad to be able to perform in Halifax, a place she's always considered home. Misha has recently completed the Acting Program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts. A proudly bisexual artist of color, Misha strives to create theatre that uplifts the voices of marginalized people while working her way towards becoming a C-list celebrity. Theatre: E.V.I.L (Halifax Fringe), Mary Stuart (FSPA), ClusterF**k (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre). Film and TV: The Real Pigs of Norfolk County (Eastlink), BeCos I Can (CBC).

Jacob Sampson (He/Him) is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studies program and is a descendant of the Historic Black Nova Scotian community of Beechville. He has done many seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Othello, Oberon and Aaron.

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Jacob Sampson

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Jacob Sampson (He/Him) is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studies program and is a descendant of the Historic Black Nova Scotian community of Beechville. He has done many seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Othello, Oberon and Aaron.

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Garry Williams

Puck

Jacob Sampson (He/Him) is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studies program and is a descendant of the Historic Black Nova Scotian community of Beechville. He has done many seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Othello, Oberon and Aaron.

Shanoa Phillips (She/her) is a musical theatre actor from Nova Scotia who started out at a very young age at the local Unicorn Theatre. Having discovered a passion for musical theatre in her youth, she attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts after high school where she studied voice, dance and acting. She then completed her degree in Music at Acadia University where she studied vocal performance, and completed her Level 8 RCM certification in piano.

​Select SBTS credits: Wendy in Peter Pan, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Moth in Love's Labour's Lost, and more! 

Shanoa has always enjoyed teaching music to children and has over 10 years experience teaching in the arts! Having both performing and teaching experience in many musical styles (classical, musical theatre, pop, folk, etc.), Shanoa is excited to embark on each individual student's musical journey.

​You can book Shanoa for singing lessons and music lessons in person at the Park Place Theatre or via Zoom.

Email studio@shakespearebythesea.ca

Shanoa
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Hermia

Simon Rainville (he/him) is beyond thrilled to be returning to the park for his eighth season in ten years with SBTS, where he is probably best known for his roles as Sven in Robin Hood, and The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Simon’s career has taken him across Canada and around the world as a performer; but he feels most privileged to be working here in this beautiful park again. He is grateful for this time and space to be, the family who has supported and loved him from the beginning, and this precious opportunity to help share these stories.

Simon Rainville

Oberon/Theseus

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Drew Douris-O'Hara

Director

Moneesha "Misha" Bakshi (She/They) is a multi-media actor based in K'jpuktuk (Halifax). Originally from Tennessee, Misha is glad to be able to perform in Halifax, a place she's always considered home. Misha has recently completed the Acting Program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts. A proudly bisexual artist of color, Misha strives to create theatre that uplifts the voices of marginalized people while working her way towards becoming a C-list celebrity. Theatre: E.V.I.L (Halifax Fringe), Mary Stuart (FSPA), ClusterF**k (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre). Film and TV: The Real Pigs of Norfolk County (Eastlink), BeCos I Can (CBC).

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Oliver Dourais-Fleming

Costume Designer

Jacob Sampson (He/Him) is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studies program and is a descendant of the Historic Black Nova Scotian community of Beechville. He has done many seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Othello, Oberon and Aaron.

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Olivia Rankin

Production Stage Manager

Jacob Sampson (He/Him) is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studies program and is a descendant of the Historic Black Nova Scotian community of Beechville. He has done many seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Othello, Oberon and Aaron.

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Technical Director

Jacob Sampson (He/Him) is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studies program and is a descendant of the Historic Black Nova Scotian community of Beechville. He has done many seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Othello, Oberon and Aaron.