Julia is an actor, director, and producer, as well as a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Shakespeare BASH’d, where she has produced all of the company’s productions. She has worked as the Managing Director of Common Boots Theatre and is now part of the team at The Theatre Centre. For Shakespeare BASH’d, Julia has directed The Comedy of Errors, and assistant directed The Changeling. She has also performed in many BASH’d productions, including The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and Volpone (staged reading).
Selected Additional Credits: Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen and This Property is Condemned (Director, The Playwright Project), Modern Love (Co-Creator, Next Stage), As You Like It (Text Coach, Theatre By the Bay), and as an actor OVER, See Bob Run (Theatre Caravel), reasons to the pretty (The Labute Cycle), The Forest (Red One Theatre Collective), Dublin Carol (Fly on the Wall). Julia is a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Stage GYM program and a graduate of the joint acting program at UofT and Sheridan College.
James has been a Shakespeare fan all his life, having performed with Resurgence Theatre Company as a teenager and again as a professional later in his career.
After graduating from Ryerson Theatre School, James jumped right into the big bad world of commercial work and film & television acting. He has been seen in a number of national commercials, including spots for Boston Pizza, Honda, and Expedia. Also, he has appeared on The Jon Dore Show, XIII: The Series and in a number of feature films including: And Now A Word From Our Sponsors and The Movie Out Here.
In 2010, James co-founded Shakespeare BASH’d with his wife, Julia. For the company, James has directed staged readings of Romeo and Juliet (2010), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011), Edward II (2015), and Volpone (2017), as well as the full productions of Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Twelfth Night. He played Petruchio in the company’s Best of Fringe winning production of The Taming of the Shrew in 2012 and the remount in 2015, and played Benedick in their sold-out production of Much Ado About Nothing in the 2013 Toronto Fringe. In addition, here are some of James’ selected theatre credits: A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Shakespeare’s Magic, and The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre by the Bay), Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath Theatre, US Tour), Sleeping Beauty (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Paradise by the River (Shadowpath Theatre).
James just completed his second season at the Stratford Festival as part of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Directing. There he has assistant directed Macbeth, Bunny, and Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare BASH’d presents
by William Shakespeare
February 6-11, 2018
at the Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St)
Shakespeare’s epic drama about a powerful villain manipulating his way to the crown is given a barroom staging by Shakespeare BASH’d.
You don’t want to miss this bare-bones, visceral, and all too relevant production.
Tickets on sale now at www.shakespearebashd.com
$25 at the door (pending availability)
Tuesday, February 6 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 7 – 7:30pm
Thursday, February 8 – 7:30pm
Friday, February 9 – 7:30pm
Saturday, February 10 – 2:00pm
Saturday, February 10 – 7:30pm
Sunday, February 11 – 2:00pm
Directed by Julia Nish-Lapidus
Featuring: Cosette Derome, Jade Douris, Jennifer Dzialoszynski, Suzette McCanny, Shalyn McFaul, Drew O’Hara, Trevor Pease, Catherine Rainville, James Wallis, Kelly Wong, Joseph Zita
Associate Director: Megan Miles
Stage Manager: Christopher Brackett
Fight Director: Nate Bitton
Movement Coach: Brad Cook
Marketing Design: Kyle Purcell