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A modern-day doctoral student who reenacts his favorite science fiction tale, Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, as part of his thesis. When he is transported into the pages of the story, taking on the role of the narrator, Jules, along with Professor Aronnax and Ned Land, is taken prisoner aboard the Nautilus. He idolizes Captain Nemo, the story’s antihero, and finds delight in controlling the outcome of the characters’ journey.
Claire Wells, Jules’s thesis advisor, is an expert in environmental research. Wells warns, “If the oceans die, we die.” In Jules’s reenactment, Wells becomes Professor Claire Arronax, an ichthyologist in search of an explanation for a series of incidents in which ships have been sunk by something undersea. Aronnax forms a bond with Captain Nemo, telling him that he could reemerge as “the savior that rescues all humankind from itself.”
 
A master harpoonist from Canada who joins the expedition to hunt down the “sea creature”. Ned cherishes freedom above all else, and believes that "a man’s not alive if he’s not free". When faced with a life aboard the Nautilus, Ned is particularly reluctant, and questions Nemo’s motives. Ned's drive to escape confinement plays a big role in the fate of his fellow passengers/prisoners.
 
The architect and builder of his electric-powered submarine, the Nautilus, Nemo is controlled and confident. He is intent on travelling to great lengths to create his own Utopian world, and to discover the mysteries that lie at the darkest depths of the ocean. Living in self-imposed exile from land and from modern civilization, and refusing to recognize law or governance, Nemo is driven to protect his vision and secrets at any cost.

Cast

Theatre (Selected) - Taking Care of Baby (Storefront); Speaking In Tongues, Festen, A Whistle in the Dark (Company Theatre); War Of 1812, The Great War, Red River Rebellion (VideoCab); Eco Show, Half Life (Necessary Angel); Heart of Robin Hood, Lion King, Death of a Salesman (Mirvish); King Lear, Merchant of Venice, War of 1812  (Stratford); Sherlock Holmes, Dinner With Friends (Aquarius) Waiting For Godot, The Fighting Days, Beauty Queen of Leenane (MTC); Television (Selected): Poor Richard’s Almanack, Murdoch Mysteries (recurring), Killjoys, Rogue, Transporter, Saving Hope, Republic of Doyle. Film (Selected): Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Goon, The Anniversary, The Running Season, Solo, Molly Maxwell, Casino Jack, The Five Senses. Dora Award: War of 1812, nomination for Astrov in Uncle Vanya.
 

Suzy Jane Hunt is so excited to work with this great team on 20K Leagues Under the Sea. Some of her favorite theatre credits include Viola in Twelfth Night at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Annie in The Real Thing at The Wilma in Philadelphia, Penny in rogerandtom at HERE Arts Center, Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck on Broadway, and Martha in Jim Leonard’s Battlehymn in Los Angeles. Suzy recurs as Pastor Tim’s wife Alice on the Emmy nominated FX series The Americans. Some other favorite tv credits include Schiffman on Person of Interest, The Good Wife, The Blacklist, Blindspot, and Believe, as well as the upcoming film Collateral Beauty. Suzy grew up in Murfreesboro,  TN, studied theatre at the University of Evansville and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Theatre Education at NYU. She is a proud member of The Actors Center.
Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in 5 languages on 5 continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. Rick recently taught an interdisciplinary class at U of T called The Architecture of Creativity and co-starred in the Canadian premiere of Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage). He is also developing various projects including BOOM and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, all of which involve educational, environmental and youth-empowerment initiatives. Rick is from Montreal, but now lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their 2 daughters.
Based in Montreal, Marcel has performed in various theatres across Canada and Europe, and is a past member of both the Stratford Festival and National Arts Centre of Canada acting companies. Recent credits include Sigmund Freud in Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel (2b Theatre, Halifax) and Trigorin in The Seagull (Segal Centre, Montreal). Film and Television credits include Taking Lives, Wicker Park, 300, Snakes and Ladders, and the upcoming miniseries, Insomnia. He is a frequent guest-artist at the National Theatre School of Canada, and a proud member of Playwrights' Workshop Montréal.
 

Creative Team

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer / director / actor / musician / educator who has performed in 5 languages on 5 continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. Rick recently taught an interdisciplinary class at U of T called The Architecture of Creativity and co-starred in the Canadian premiere of Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage). As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons network, he has most recently developed the stage show BOOM and a number of educational, environmental and youth-empowerment initiatives. Rick is from Montreal, but now lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their 2 daughters.
Craig Francis is a creative director at Kidoons network, and an award-winning writer, illustrator, and performer. His animated web series, education campaigns, and cartoon voices have been enjoyed by millions of families worldwide. He has designed brands and campaigns for Performing Arts Centers, and hundreds of shows from Plácido Domingo to Cineplex Big Screen Events, and two lines of frozen food! He has collaborated with Rick Miller’s WYRD Productions on creative direction for marketing hit shows from MacHomer to BOOM. Raised in BC, Craig co-founded 2 improvisation troupes in Montreal, touring nationally and performing in 5 Just For Laughs Festivals, including as its spokesperson. Craig has illustrated several books, including Complete Idiot's Guide series, and Hire Power by Karen Schaffer. He has appeared as a guest on CBC, CTV, and Global, and his voice is heard in several animated series and video games. 
 

Deco Dawson is an international award winning filmmaker from Winnipeg, Canada. His 15 innovative short films remain at times unclassifiable, continually blurring the lines between dramatic, documentary, animation and experimental film, often creating fantastical worlds with miniatures, archival footage, meticulous set design, in-camera effects and grainy, textured filmstock. Dawson is a Canadian Screen Award nominee, and a two-time winner of the Best Short Film Award from the Toronto International Film Festival for his films KEEP A MODEST HEAD in 2012 and FILM(dzama) in 2001, which also won the Best Technical Innovation award at the 2002 Ann Arbor Film Festival. In addition to screening at major festivals worldwide, Dawson has been host to solo retrospectives of his work in France, Spain, USA and Canada.
 

Itai Erdal has designed over 200 shows in over 40 cities around the world. Some of the companies he worked for include: The Stratford Festival, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Citadel, Factory, Tarragon, Soulpepper, Volcano, ATP, Touchstone, Electric Company and Theatre Replacement. He received the Jack King award in 2005, a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2007, the Dublin Fringe Design award in 2008, Jessie Richardson awards in 2003, 2009 & 2011, Victoria's Critics' Choice Spotlight award in 2012 and a Guthrie Award in 2013. Itai’s one-man show How to Disappear Completely (The Chop) has toured to 17 cities in North America and Europe and continues to tour nationally and internationally. It won the best director award at the 2013 Summerworks Festival. Itai is the artistic director of The Elbow Theatre in Vancouver and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. www.itaierdal.com
 

Richard has been creating soundscores and music for Canadian theatre, dance and film since 1992. Over the years, he has worked with many prominent theatre figures including Daniel MacIvor, Michael Hollingsworth, Peter Hinton, Sarah Garton Stanley, Daniel Brooks, Darren O’Donnell, Chris Abraham, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Albert Schultz, Guillermo Verdecchia; and companies across Canada, such as the Citadel in Edmonton, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Buddies In Bad Times, Neptune Theatre, and the Shaw Festival. His work has been heard around the world, in cities like Budapest, Sydney Australia, Tel Aviv, Dublin, New York, Manchester, Amsterdam, Tehran, and Prague. He has also composed music scores for films by Daniel MacIvor, Robert Lepage, Valerie Buhagiar, and others. Richard has won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the 1999 Pauline McGibbon Award, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Siminovitch Prize. www.haemorrhage-music.com/richard-feren
 

Yannik Larivée trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, and at Central Saint-Martins in London. Now based in Toronto, his work has been seen on the stages of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Tarragon Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto; The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts and Imago Theatre in Montreal; the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm; Teatro Nacional de Cuba in Havana; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; New York’s Lincoln Centre; the Opera National du Rhin in France; Opera Zuid in the Netherlands and the Nuremberg Staatstheater.
 

Peter is a freelance Production Manager and Technical Director, currently based out of Peterborough ON; he joined the team in July, during Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea's run at PANAMANIA during the TO2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, and is excited to be in New York for this U.S. premiere at The New Victory Theater. Recent credits include: Helen Lawrence, Canadian Stage; Apocalypsis, Luminato Festival; M’Dea Undone, Tapestry Opera.
 

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry Crystal has been blessed to work across Canada and internationally. Stage managing some wonderful productions such as The Daisy Theatre (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes), Penny Plain (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes), Tails (Calgary Stampede), Half Life (Necessary Angel), Under Milkwood (Soulpepper Theatre Co.), Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper Theatre co./ Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Necessary Angel), This is What Happens Next (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage), Civil Elegies (Soulpepper Theatre Co.), Tuesdays with Morrie (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Of the Fields, Lately (Soulpepper Theatre Co.), Billy Bishop (Soulpepper Theatre Co.), Divisadero (Necessary Angel), Are you Ok (Necessary Angel/Peggy Baker Dance Projects), Zero Hour (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Andromache (Necessary Angel) to name a few. Other work experience include Sales Manager (Westsun), Theatre Technician (Marquis Entertainment), Sales Associate (Burlington Performing Arts Centre), Lighting Design (various Theatres).
 

Irina Litvinenko is a creative artist, graphic designer for print and web, and video production artist. She has worked on multimedia campaigns for Performing Arts Centers across Canada and the U.S. and for shows from BOWFIRE to Carol Burnett; and managed event marketing campaigns ranging from The Joy of Dance Studio Toronto to TELUS Skins. Irina has been a longstanding multimedia collaborator with Rick Miller and Craig Francis, including assisting on onscreen media for MacHomer, its educational Multimedia Outreach Modules, design for the brands of BOOM and onscreen, brand and design elements for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and its marketing. As a web and video production artist, Irina is a collaborator and editor of Jerry Muskrat's Greatest Lakes Adventure and other Kidoons series.
 

Andraea Sartison is a theatre creator, director and producer based in Winnipeg with a specific interested in new work and devised theatre. She is the founding Artistic Producer of One Trunk Theatre whose mandate is to create and facilitate new theatrical work that is interdisciplinary and created collaboratively. With One Trunk she has produced, directed and co-created seven festivals productions across the country. This year she is honoured to be recognized by her peers as one of Winnipeg’s Group of Eight Top Emerging Theatre Artists and will open her new work I Dream of Diesel in Winnipeg, and Assistant Direct both The 20K Collective’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and the world premiere of Ghost River Theatre’s The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst at Alberta Theatre Projects. 
 
Puppet designer/builder Shawn Kettner has been creating puppets of all kinds for over 30 years. Her work includes everything from tiny 10 cm high Moomins to giant 3 m dragons and dinosaurs. Shawn's work has appeared in numerous performances at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, most recently The House of Pooh Corner, The Hobbit, Rapa Nui and The Cat Came Back. Her work has also been seen at Carousel Players (St. Catherines), Geordie Productions (Montreal), Prairie Theatre Exchange and Koba Entertainment (Winnipeg). Shawn is the artistic coordinator for Many Voices, One World; an artist collective focused on promoting peace and community building through storytelling and art projects in the schools. Her company Patient Puppets Inc. has produced over 1975 medical demonstration puppets for use in hospitals and clinics around the world.
 

Marcus Jamin is an actor, puppeteer and designer. His puppetry work has been featured at Theatre Passe Muraille, the SummerWorks Festival, the Fresh Ideas Festival, the Lab Cab Festival and Les Trois Jours de Casteliers in Montreal. He has had the privilege of acting as the Workshop Assistant to Ronnie Burkett on his productions of Penny Plain and The Daisy Theatre. Most recently he designed and built the puppets for Outside the March’s Mr. Burns, a Post-electric Play.  Marcus is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
 

Kidoons and WYRD Productions engages under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.