2018/2019 Season

THE TEAM by Michael Kras

The TEAM by Michael Kra

Essential Collective Theatre presents the world premiere of The Team penned by Hamilton playwright Michael Kras, winner of the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize and nominated for the 2018 Tom Hendry TYA Award.

Ushering in a cast of five young women, The Team is a rapid-fire, heart-squeezing, fiercely funny portrait of five teenagers facing the crushing weights of expectation, grief, fear, and identity as they stand on the precipice of their uncertain futures.

Written to be relevant, accessible, and compassionate, the play wrestles with the often homophobic jock culture and cyberbullying found in high schools. With performances in both St. Catharines’ FirstOntario Performing Art Centre and Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius

Produced by Essential Collective Theatre

In Association with: The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

& Theatre Aquarius

Supported by: Niagara Investment In Culture

Niagara Region
Creative Team

Directed by Colin Bruce Anthes

Costume Design – Jo Pacinda

Set & Lighting Design – James McCoy

Sound Design – Ethan Rising

Production Manager – Rebecca Walsh

Stage Manager – Jessica Campbell- Manacle


Lennon Bradford

Emily Lukasik

Kaitlin Race

Laura Welch

Kaylyn Valdez Scott

Blood Lightning

Story by Joseph Recinos

Created by Joseph Recinos and Colin Bruce Anthes

Niagara-raised performer Joseph Recinos guides through the complex terrain of being from two places at once. Through the use of traditional storytelling, hip-hop, movement, song and poetry, and travelling from Niagara to Guatemala to Standing Rock, this one-person show chronicles the true story of one artist’s reclaiming of their ancestral voice.

Creative Team

Directed by Colin Bruce Anthes

Set, Lighting and Projections Design by James McCoy

Wardrobe & Props Designed by Crystal Zettle

Sound Design by Classic Roots

Joseph Recinos*

Stage Manager – Jessica Campbell-Maracle

Production Manager – Rebecca Walsh

Photography by – Phoenix Rising Studio

Graphic Design by – Lila Bata-Walsh