La Loca Cast & Crew

Erin Eldershaw

Joanna – Erin Eldershaw
For Pure Carbon: Cordelia/Mark Antony (64 Ways to Die: A Shakespeare Death Cabaret)
Erin Eldershaw is a Toronto-based actor/writer and a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. Past credits include: Mark Antony in The Julius Caesar Project (SpurOfTheMomentShakespeare), Ruth in Rocketbaby (TheArtsEngine), Elizabeth in Of Shapes Transformed By Love (AimForTheTangentTheatre), Roderigo in Othello (GoPlayProducing), Kathy in Nefarious Bed & Breakfast (MonkeymanProductions), Donna/Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream… A Puppet Epic! (ShakeyShake&Friends), and Wendla in Spring Awakening (GBC). She is also a dancer for Tsingory Dance Company. Erin cannot thank Alex and Katie enough for allowing her to work with such a talented group of ladies on this project. So thank you, thank you, thank you, etc.!

Aisha Bentham

Phantom/Philip – Aisha Bentham
For Pure Carbon: Debut
Aisha Bentham is an actor/playwright/creator. She has a strong interest in physical theatre and has worked with companies such as the SITI company, Pilobolus and has now stepped into the world of puppetry, with the Toronto based company, Artichoke Heart Collective. They will be remounting their show, We Walk Among You, at Tarragon Theatre this October. As Aisha continues to explore different genres, she looks forward to shifting focus towards film in the new year.

Laurel Brady

Phantom/Catherine – Laurel Brady
For Pure Carbon: Mercutio/Ophelia (64 Ways to Die: A Shakespeare Death Cabaret), Irina (Three Sisters: an experiment)
Laurel Brady is a Writer, Deviser, and Performer. Her most recent works include her one woman show, Surfacing, co-writing and performing in Chronicles of a Love Story at The lab Cab Festival, and a remount of her quirky comedy Early Retirement at the London Ontario Fringe Festival. She is so happy to be working on La Loca with such a fierce group of actors and the wonderful Alex Kentris. She hopes you enjoy the double bill!

Chelsea DabHilke

Phantom/Ferdinand – Chelsea Dab Hilke
For Pure Carbon: Debut
In 2011, Chelsea decided to make Toronto her home and has since been taken by its inspiring and creative theatre community. Chelsea has worked and studied in theatre since 2006 in Montreal, New York, and Toronto, in roles both backstage and onstage. Notable performances include Crave (University of Toronto), Crave (Wild Dream Theatre), Mrs. Dalloway (University of Toronto). Directing credits include This Is For You, Anna: A Spectacle of Revenge (University of Toronto). Chelsea will be directing This Is For You, Anna, a collectively created piece exploring feminine perspectives on women and violence, at Hart House theatre as part of the 2014-2015 season. She is eternally grateful for the exciting opportunities Toronto artists have provided her in the past 3 years and looks forward to being an active part of this community’s growth and vitality.

Sheri Godda

Phantom/Isabella – Sheri Godda
For Pure Carbon: Debut
Sheri is a graduate from York University’s Theatre Acting Conservatory program. She is extremely excited to be devising a show about the controversial life story of Joanna of Castile with such a talented group of performers. She was recently awarded Best Supporting Actress by My Entertainment World for her work in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” where she played multiple characters spanning various ages and genders. Look for Sheri in Echo Productions’ upcoming performance of “Dog See’s God” at The Space in Kensington Market. Theatre credits include: Igor (Frankenstein), Titania (a midsummer nights dream), Tullus Afudius (Coriolanus), St.joan / hockey player (the death of the spirit), The Mother (Wounds to the Face).

Annelise Hawrylek

Phantom/Beatriz – Annelise Hawrylak
For Pure Carbon: Debut
A graduate of Brandon University’s School of Music and the Randolph Academy, Annelise is thrilled to be exploring her crazy in tonight’s double bill. Originally from Fort Frances, more recent roles include Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Jamie in Concrete Kid. She has also represented her province as a soprano in the National Youth Choir of Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys learning aerial silks and pretending to play tennis. Her favourite places include museums, libraries, and trampoline world.

Daniela Pagliarello

Phantom/Magdalena – Daniela Pagliarello
For Pure Carbon: Debut
Daniela is an actor, choreographer, and writer, with a BFA Honours in Acting from York University. She coordinates and resides in the multi-disciplinary art gallery, NoWhere, here in Toronto, which showcases artists from around the world. She was nominated for Best Actress in an Independent Production by Entertainment World’s ‘My Theatre Awards’ for her role as Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Red Light Theatre Co.), and recently closed The Importance of Being Earnest at The Guild Festival, playing the role of Cecily. She lives for collaborating, digs Nick Cave, enjoys an eve at the AGO, and loves being around inspiring people. She is honored to be working with these lustrous theatre makers!

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Lighting Designer – Parker Nowlan

For Pure Carbon: Debut
Parker Nowlan is a Toronto based lighting designer with a strong passion for movement based arts. Recent design credits include: Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre); The Understory (Prairie Dance Circuit); Rhydhun 2012: Band Baaja Sanskriti (Sanskriti Art Ensemble); Corpus Matris (Toronto Fringe); InspiraTO Festival 2013; In Just Spring (Sacre Celebration); Sea Swirl (Frost Moon Dances); Onward Ho, My Love, and Crepuscular (with Gabriel Cropely) (Dusk Dances). Parker is also one half of electronic music duo HolloH.

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Set & Costume Designer – Erin Gerofsky

For Pure Carbon: Debut
Erin Gerofsky is a Toronto based set and costume designer, and theatre craftsperson.  A graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Design program, Erin was The Shaw Festival’s resident Design Assistant for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.  Recent design credits include: Set Design: The Importance of Being Earnest  (Guild Festival Theatre). Set and Costume Design: Rifles (Dir. Michael Wheeler, Praxis Theatre at Next Stage Fest), The Bear (Dir. Rose Plotek, Directors Projects at Shaw Festival), FourPlay (Dir. Krista Jackson, Directors Projects at Shaw Festival). Costume Design: The Container  (Dir. Zachary Florence, SummerWorks Festival), The Speedy (Dir. Chris Hanratty, UnSpun Theatre at World Stage), What I Learned From a Decade of Fear (Aluna Theatre, Tour: Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Bogota).  When not designing for theatre, Erin can be found hunting vintage drinking glasses at thrift stores for sport.  She’s thrilled to be the set and costume designer for Pure Carbon’s first fully mounted double bill, and for the chance to satisfy some teenage-gothdom-fuled artistic desires.