Miriam Goldstein (Artistic Director of The Edge, Lead Producer, Director)
Miriam is a theatre director, actor and producer based in Windsor, On. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Edge Productions, now entering its 8th season. Miriam’s work as a director focuses on underrepresented human experiences. Miriam is a graduate of the Ward Acting Studio in New York, NY where she studied the Meisner Technique & she holds a certificate in Shakespeare in Performance and Contemporary Acting from the Royal Academy of Drama in London, UK. Miriam’s most recent project (as of summer, 2018) was an all-female production of Henry V by William Shakespeare which focused on deconstructing gender in performance and the construct of theatre itself, putting women in roles that have historically been barred from them. This performance toured Ontario and also performed, pro-bono, in Grand Valley Institute for Women (a prison in Kitchener, ON).
Nathanial Cedroni (Executive Director of The Edge, Producer, Production Manager, Technical Director)
Nathanial is a jack of all trades who holds a BA honours in Theatre from Oakland University, Associates degree with a focus in visual arts from Macomb Community College and is licensed Journeyman Electrician. Nathanial is the Executive Director of The Edge Productions and does freelance set design while residing in South Walkerville with his beautiful wife, Miriam, and their two children, Savannah & Xavier.
Blythe Haynes (Artistic Director of Gangway! Theatre Co, Co-Producer)
Blythe is an actor & producer based in Toronto, ON. Blythe earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Gangway! Theatre Co, a company which focuses on female-based stories and Canadian content. Blythe, along with KT Bryski, proposed and founded the “History Actor” museum theatre program at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The duo created Six Stories, Told at Night (funded by the Ontario Arts Council) which won a PARSEC award in 2017. Six Stories had its theatrical debut in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, and was short-listed for Best of Fringe and marked the solidification of Gangway! Theatre Co. Blythe is excited about the new collaboration between The Edge Productions and Gangway!
Gordon Leary (Book & Lyrics)
Gordon is a Brooklyn-based lyricist and bookwriter from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His musicals have been produced/performed/read at Ars Nova, Diversionary Theatre, Dixon Place, The Director’s Company, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the York Theatre Company. Gordon’s work was awarded the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award and has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, the NAMT National Fund for New Musicals, and OPERA America. His musicals have been chosen for development through the Daegu International Musical Festival, National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals, Penn State Nu.Musicals, Seoul Musical Festival, and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Songs by Gordon have been heard at 54 Below, 92Y Tribeca, Auckland Art Gallery, Laurie Beechman Theatre, D-Lounge, Duplex, Goodspeed, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, NYMF, New York Theatre Barn, Rockwood Musical Hall, Symphony Space, and the Triad.
Gordon was a 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Musical Theatre Fellow and a member of Ars Nova’s 2013-2014 Uncharted, The Civilians’ 2015-2016 R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2016 Playground Playgroup, The Musical Theatre Factory’s 2016-2017 Lerner & Loewe Group, the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab’s 2017-2018 Collective, and Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73.
Gordon writes aggressively empathetic musicals about American pop history, identity, celebrity, growing up, mothers, legacies, and people making terrible choices.
Outside of theatre, Gordon has been a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Encores in Schools. He has written a number of books for English EGG, a Korean English-language educational publisher. He tries to practice piano as much as he can (so his childhood full of lessons doesn’t go to waste) and loves to draw and paint. If you want to know a secret, Gordon has seen every episode of every city of the Real Housewives series, but don’t judge (at least not too harshly.)
Gordon is a proud graduate of Vassar College and NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Julia Meinwald (Music)
Julia is a New York City based composer who likes writing for musical theatre (and the occasional film and computer game score) and eating kimchi.
Her musicals include PREGNANCY PACT, REB + VoDKa + ME, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, SOMETHING BLUE and ELEVATOR HEART. She and her collaborator Gordon Leary write aggressively empathetic shows that help them understand completely foreign points of view, like Anita Bryant's save-our-children crusade, online fan communities that formed around high school shooters, and groups of teenage girls who decide to get pregnant together. Julia's work has been produced at the Weston Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre, and developed through awesome groups like Ars Nova, the Civilians, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Dramatists Guild, Page 73 and exciting acronyms like 92Y, MTF, NAMT, NYMF, and YIMT.
Sam Poole (Music Director/Piano)
Sam is a student in the Bachelor of Music program with a concentration in jazz piano at the University of Windsor. He is absolutely thrilled to be revisiting a real treasure of a musical in Pregnancy Pact. His recent credits include Fun Home, Company (Korda Artistic Productions), The Last Five Years (Rural Stages Productions) Dreamgirls, The Wiz (Arts Collective Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Windsor Light Music Theatre). He also recently produced, directed and served as music director for a concert production of Songs for a New World in partial completion of his Bachelor of Music degree. He has also co-composed, along with Nicholas Bourque, music for the premier productions of Free: A New Musical (Extension-Korda Productions) and composed and orchestrated Another F***ing Christmas Play: A F***ing Musical (Post Productions). He also plays in the group Stiletto Fire who was rated one of the top wedding bands in Detroit.
Olivia Ridpath (Associate Producer & Assistant to the Director)
This is Olivia’s second time working on Pregnancy Pact, and fourth production with The Edge. She is very excited about being involved in this amazing show again, while getting a change to learn more about the production side. In September, she is going into her fourth year of her BFA in Acting with a minor in Music at the University of Windsor. You can catch her on stage in the 2019/2020 University Players season as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, and Miss Sheila Ray in Morning Sacrifice. A big thanks to her fantastic support system (you know who you are), and to the extremely talented cast and crew of the show for making this process the best. xx
Morgan Corbett-Collins (Stage Manager/Technical Facilitator/Lighting & Sound Design)
Morgan is overjoyed to be working for The Edge Productions on another fantastic season.
Past Productions: BASH, Boys in the Band, Pregnancy Pact (2017), Henry V, Venus in Fur (The Edge Productions, SM), FUN HOME (Kordazone Theatre, SM) , The Penelopiad (University Players, SM) Thank you to the cast and crew for an unforgettable experience, and thank you to the Corbett-Hreljac family for the constant flow of love and support.
Martin Ouellette (Audio Engineer)
Martin is an actor, director and former touring rock musician. With his wife he co-founded Bloomsbury House, a stage production company, and Churchwood Pictures, a photography studio. Both are located in the SHO Lofts.
Erin Callaghan (Visual Artist for Projections)
Erin is going into her final year at the University of Windsor for Drama. Previously she has been the scenic artist for UP’s A Streetcar Named Desire and next year she will be assistant costuming designing UP's Beauty and the Beast.
Logan Fletcher (Guitar)
Logan holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in performance from the University of Windsor, where he studied with Vaughn Klugh, Miles Finlayson, and Mike McNamara. He is an active teacher and performer in a variety of contexts. As a member of the Border City Collective he has put his jazz training into practice, and in addition started classical guitar in September and is currently prepping for the grade 8 RCM exam. He played guitar for Korda Artistic Productions Fun Home, and is excited to be back in the world of musical theatre.
Alex Aideira-Leite (Bass)
Alex started his musical career at 5 years old when he was influenced into listening to jazz and started playing piano and guitar around 13 years old. Alex began playing bass at age 13 and started to study jazz and blues with his bass teacher Chris Brockway. He is currently pursuing the Honours Bachelors of Music at the University of Windsor under the instruction of Mr. Michael Palazzolo, and Mr. Michael Karloff. Alex has both a jazz and a classical background as he studies both streams in school. He works with the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensembles to further his studies.
Nicholas Baddeley (Drums)
Nicholas is a Windsor based percussionist who specializes in the style of jazz drums and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. He is one of the founding members of the Border City Collective ( jazz ), as well as a core member in other music ensembles around the city. Nick has also been in the pit for many local musicals including Stephen Sondheim’s Company presented by Kordazone theatre as well as Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls presented by Arts Collective Theatre. Nick also teaches drums at Long & McQuade and is a part of the “Sabian Education Network”.
*We are very grateful for the Violin & Cello tracks recorded by Olivia Seal and John Kosty*
Samantha Bourque (Maddie) Samantha is beyond excited to be returning to the Pregnancy Pact team. Recent credits: Actor/Musician in Circle Game (Firehall Arts Centre/Arts Club Tour/Persephone Theatre), Guitarist/Ensemble in If/Then (Theatre Sheridan), Ella Hammer/Prof. Mamie in The Cradle Will Rock (Theatre Sheridan), Mona in the premiere of Trap Door (Theatre Sheridan), Maddie in Pregnancy Pact (The Edge Productions), Vocalist/Guitarist in The Voices Of Canada (Charlottetown Festival Young Company), Vocalist in Carner & Gregor’s Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza (le poisson rouge, NYC). When not performing, Samantha works for a charity called “Diva Day” that strives to empower young women in Kenya (and hopefully someday all over the world) through art, music and menstrual products/menstrual health education. She will be travelling to Kenya in Summer of 2019 with the Diva Day team, including Caroline and Melissa from the cast! If you want to learn more, you can find us on Instagram @ddivaday, or our website ddivaday.com. Enjoy the show!
Miranda Di Pietro (Brynn) Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Miranda Di Pietro is delighted to be back with The Edge Productions to reprise her role as Brynn in Pregnancy Pact. She has recently graduated from Ryerson School of Performance, where she received a BFA in Performance Acting. Most notably, Miranda has appeared as Penelope in Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Odyssey, Mary Haines in Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women, and Brutus in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. This winter, she also had the chance to work with UK-based theatre company, Frantic Assembly, where she helped develop an original production under the direction of Simon Pittman and Amelia Cardwell. Miranda has also taken a dive into playwriting with the completion of her first play, With The Lights On. Finally, she wants to thank all the brilliant women in this cast for making this such a wonderful experience, as well as Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary for writing this beautiful musical!
Melissa MacKenzie (Kaylee) Melissa is a proud Prince Edward Islander and a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. She is thrilled to be delving into Pregnancy Pact alongside these phenomenal women! Thanks and love to The Edge Productions and Gangway! Theatre Co. for elevating women’s voices with this project. Previous credits include: Kitsault (Pucl & Price), Her Sound (Diva Day), Anne & Gilbert (The Guild), Crazy for You, Kiss Me Kate, Trap Door, Bethune (Theatre Sheridan); Perfect Wedding, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Stephenville Theatre Festival); We Are Canadian, Soul of the Island (Charlottetown Festival). Melissa is also the Communications Director for Diva Day, which provides DivaCups and empowerment workshops to young women in Kenya to ensure no day of school is missed due to menstruation. Melissa is part of the team of six women led by the fearless Malindi Ayienga who will bring 1,000 DivaCups to 10 schools across western Kenya this summer. To help empower women’s education, visit ddivaday.org
Katie Mercier Miller (Jeanelle)
Katie is thrilled to be making her debut with The Edge Productions! Originally form Calgary, AB Katie is a proud graduate of Webster Conservatory's Class of 2016, with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Recent credits include; Mary Patrick U/S / Mary Martin of Tours, Sister Act (The Arts Centre of Coastal Carolina); Jeanie, Hair (Hart House Theatre) Deb, Ordinary Days (Cappuccino Musical Theatre); Katie Nanna/Doll, Mary Poppins (Variety Theatre, St. Louis); Pinkalicious, Pinkalicious (Storybook Theatre); Cathy Hiatt, The Last Five Years (Webster Conservatory); Into The Woods, The Pajama Game (Loretto Hilton Centre).Women of Lockerbie, Guys and Dolls (Webster Conservatory).
Much love to Mom, Dad and Hawley.
Caroline Burton (Sansanee)
Caroline is thrilled to be a part of the Pregnancy Pact team. Caroline’s previous credits include; Dancer, The Iris Project. (Punctuate Theatre!), Smile Serenades (Smile Theatre), Therese Small, Trap Door (Theatre Sheridan) And many more. Caroline is a proud member of Diva Day International. Diva Day empowers women’s education by providing its community with the platform and tools to fosters agency over their bodies, voices and stories. Melissa, Samantha and Caroline will be heading to Kenya in August with 1000 menstrual cups to participate in workshops with 1000 Kenyan girls. If you would like to check out Diva Day/Donate head to www.ddivaday.org
Anne Mazurik* (Jenn)
Anna Mazurik is an award-winning film and theatre artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Saskatoon, she is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Actor Training Conservatory and the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program at the University of Saskatchewan. Select theatre credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Persephone Theatre), The Thin Man (Vertigo Theatre/Persephone Theatre), Shrek The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher (Globe Theatre), Displaced (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival/Shumiatcher Sandbox Series/Live Five/Ground Cover Theatre), Naked Tourist, Sacred Mountain (Live Five/Dumbax Productions), Dominion (Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre), Twelfth Night, Richard III (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Lots of love to Miriam and the team for welcoming me to Ontario with this production!
* "The participation of the Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre policy (DOT)."
Sean Sennett (Cory/Justin)
Select Credits: Alan, God of Carnage (University Players); Sam/Skinner/Bart, Mr. Burns (University Players); Macbeth, Macbeth (University of Windsor)*; Cory/Justin, Canadian Premiere of Pregnancy Pact (The Edge Productions); Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar (WLMT); Jamie, The Last Five Years (ACT); Tony, West Side Story (ACT). Training: BFA(H)-Acting (University of Windsor), Shakespeare's Globe Workshop (The Globe Theatre), Stratford Intensive (Stratford Festival). Workshops: Pasek & Paul, Carner & Gregor, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk. Sean would like to thank his mentors who have pushed him through the years, Gordon, Julia, & Miriam for believing in him and bringing him back, and this talented, supportive cast for being amazing in every facet! "Hi mom and dad! I love you guys!"
Welcome to another season with The Edge Productions. This is our ninth year in operation and our eighth full season!
When our company was founded in 2010, it had a simple goal - tell stories we find compelling, make bold choices, work on pieces we care about and elevate voices that often get dismissed. We dreamt of a world where taboo subjects were normalized, risky shows were just shows and our audiences would be eclectic and from all walks of life. It sounds pretentious and likely seems unreasonable but this seemingly snooty and insane dream has taken us from contemporary plays to reinterpreted classical text but in 2019 we are getting back to where The Edge started… the musical. Of the 4 shows we’re producing this year only one, The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte, is a play. The other three are driven by music.
I don’t know if 7 seasons of nearly all plays left me missing the ability of the musical to exist in a heightened reality of beauty, melody and emotional honesty or if I suddenly found that the world was too difficult to exist in without a little harmony and gorgeous music supporting the emotional weight we’ve all been feeling, maybe it’s both, but truth-seeking musicals are back at The Edge Productions.
We start our season with Pregnancy Pact (Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary & Music by Julia Meinwald). It is hard hitting, funny and emotional… it also is focused on a group of teenage girls who choose to get pregnant between the ages of 15 and 17. It was inspired by the media craze surrounding the rumoured Gloucester Pregnancy Pact. In 2008 approximately 18 high school girls got pregnant at the same school. The adults pleaded that, “the girls made a pregnancy pact” while the girls in question say they hadn’t done anything of the kind and the media created such a circus that the town is still haunted by it today.
This piece, though inspired by the 2008 story, is an examination of what motivates a teenager to choose this kind of commitment or disruption, it’s an examination of friendship and an examination of consequences to young, formative choices. In a world that values grown over young voices and in a world in which we don’t tend to listen to teenagers at all, this is a story entirely told by the teenagers who make it up. With no adult characters Pregnancy Pact allows us deep and unfiltered access to the psyche of these teens.
We hope you find something in Pregnancy Pact, the way every single one of us has and we hope you stick with us for the rest of the season. Our new collaboration with Toronto-based company Gangway! Theatre Co is an incredible step towards our newest goal of making theatre in Canada less insular and we can’t wait for our next co-production in the fall.
Check out our full season here!
Sincerely & With Love,
Miriam Goldstein, our artistic director & director of Pregnancy Pact, and Sam Poole, music director of Pregnancy Pact, found themselves near a piano and recorded themselves goofing around with Secrets - a song from the show written by the incomparable Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary.
Check it out below!
Samantha Bourque as Maddie
Miranda DiPietro as Brynn
Katie Miller as Jeanelle
Melissa MacKenzie as Kaylee
Caroline Burton as Sansanee
Anna Mazurik as Jenn
Sean Sennett as Justin/Corey/Others
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The Edge Productions and Gangway! Theatre Co. are going to be collaborating on 2 productions a year, starting this year!
Miriam Goldstein of The Edge and Blythe Hanes of Gangway! believe that theatre can often be very insular and isolated from the theatrical community outside of the city you work in. Gangway! Theatre Co, like the Edge, focuses on telling stories with unique voices and perspectives.
Over the past two years The Edge has been actively trying to break the vacuum seal and change the theatrical landscape by bringing shows to cities beyond Windsor-Essex County and by engaging both local and out of town artists. This partnership is the next step in this mission. Last summer The Edge's all-female Henry V toured and sold out in six cities, while Venus in Fur this fall was met with rave reviews in both Windsor and Toronto. Pregnancy Pact will join these shows in traveling out of town and our new partnership with Gangway! Theatre will actively create channels for artists from different areas to connect and work together.
This exciting musical will start with a limited run in Windsor before moving to Toronto for a more extended run. Entering our 9th season, The Edge Productions, in collaboration with Gangway! Theatre Co., is bringing the deeply empathetic and hard hitting musical about a high-school pregnancy pact back to Canada. Previously produced by The Edge Productions in 2017 and performed in Windsor with an entirely student cast, Pregnancy Pact is back for a professional run in May of 2019. This is Pregnancy Pacts professional Canadian Premiere.
Coming back from the 2017 cast;
Samantha Bourque as Maddie
Miranda DiPietro as Brynn
& Sean Sennett as Corey/Justin
Pregnancy Pact is a pop-rock musical which tells the story of a group of teens who make a pact to become single mothers together. The 15-year-old Maddie is devoted to her three best friends and they are to her. So, when Brynn gets pregnant, the friends all plan to have children, raising them together and living a dream. Inspired by the 2008 news story of the Gloucester pregnancy pact that took the world by storm, Pregnancy Pact provides a unique chance to examine the intense journey this kind of decision creates.
Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary
Music by Julia Meinwald
Directed by The Edge Productions Founding Artistic Director, Miriam Goldstein,
Music Direction by Sam Poole,
Set & Projection Design by Nathanial Cedroni,
Lighting Design by Nathanial Cedroni & Morgan Corbett-Collins,
Stage Managed by Morgan Corbett-Collins
Lead Producer - Miriam Goldstein
Co-Producer - Blythe Hanes
Associate Producer - Olivia Ridpath
Full performance dates and information will be released in the coming weeks.
Submissions still be accepted for 4 female roles through February 28th! Submit here!
Fire sale on tickets for Venus in Fur in Windsor. Only 48 hours to get your cheap tickets!
Abby graduated from the University of Windsor with a double major in communication, media and film & dramatic art with a minor in psychology. She was thrilled to be apart of such an amazing cast and crew touring around Ontario. Her previous theatre work includes Assistant Directing for University Players: Clean House, Bedtime Stories, Blue Stockings and 39 Steps. Acting as Vi in Footloose, Queen Clytemnestra in Toothless and Blind, Principal in Grease, Pam in A.L.I.E.N. Mother Eurulie in Once On This Island. Abby would like to thank Miriam specifically for asking her to hop on this amazing ride. After the Henry V tour she will be on a film set for the film Boys vs. Girls as 1st assistant costumer.
Nathanial Cedroni (Set Design, Lighting Design & Build) Previous design work includes; design and build for Next To Normal (Cardinal/Korda), conceptual drawings for Eurydice (Korda Artistic Productions), conceptual drawings Sweeney Todd (Cardinal Music Productions), lighting/set design & build The Vagina Monologues, assistant sound editor Barefoot In The Park, lead carpenter bare: a pop opera (The Edge Productions), makeup design Little Mary Sunshine, Cosi Fan Tutte, special costume & properties design/build Pageant Play, assistant sound editor The Women of Lockerbie (Oakland University), special properties build/acquisition Grease, special properties build/acquisition & costumes Miss Saigon (Grosse Point Theatre), resident music editor for The Luna Dancers in Royal Oak, MI (2009-2012). Nathanial’s holds a BA honours in Theatre from Oakland University, and Associates degree with a focus in visual arts from Macomb Community College. Nathanial does freelance set design and resides in South Walkerville with his beautiful wife, Miriam, and their two children, Savannah & Xavier.
Miriam Goldstein is a director, actor, producer, writer and the founding Artistic Director & Producer of The Edge Productions. She studied at RADA and Mountview in London, England and is a graduate of the Ward Acting Studio’s Meisner Conservatory in NYC. Selected directing credits include: Pregnancy Pact (a Canadian Premiere), The Boys in the Band, Bash (The Edge Productions), The Dumb Waiter (Cog & Sprocket, Windsor), Two Noble Kinsmen, Private Lives (Nonsuch, London, UK), Lysistrata (Under New Management), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Alphabet Theatre Company, NY). For a full list of credits and training please visit her website at www.miriamrgoldstein.com
Molly could not be more excited to have her debut with The Edge Productions working on this wild and wonderful project. Past credits include: Widow’s Wedding Dress (SM, Independent Production); Lion in the Streets (ASM, University Players); Private Lives (Assistant Director, Dragonfly Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence, PRISM Theatre in the Park). Future Productions: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (SM, University Players); The Penelopiad (SM, University Players); Edward II (Dramaturg, The Edge Productions). Special thanks to Miriam for creating this opportunity, to the cast & crew for being the dream team, and to my family and Kees for being so eternally supportive.
Morgan is overjoyed to be working for The Edge Productions on another fantastic season.
Past Productions: BASH (The Edge Productions, SM), The Three Musketeers (University Players, ASM), Boys in the Band (The Edge Productions, SM), Pregnancy Pact (The Edge Productions, SM). Future Productions: FUN HOME -Sept 2018. (Kordazone Theatre, SM), and God of Carnage - March 2019. (University Players, SM)
Thank you to the cast and crew for an unforgettable experience, and thank you to the Corbett-Hreljac family for the constant flow of love and support. Much love to Maverick, Winston, and the rest of my furry family.
Meet our fabulous costume team. Jaqueline Karabatsos designed the costumes for Henry V with the tireless assistance of Kyra Scarlett. They designed, built and re-purposed 72 costume pieces. They did it all by hand and in a very short amount of time. They are heroes. Jackie is leaving us for Italy while we're on tour but we get to bring Kyra with us as costume mistress/hair & makeup.