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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.


Brendan is so thrilled to be joining this amazing ensemble and creative team, and to be performing at Asolo! His credits include The Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center, NYC), The Firebird (Lincoln Center, NYC), La Divina Caricatura (Public Theater, NYC), Manipulation (Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC), The Tempest; A Christmas Carol; Playing Moliere (New York Classical, NYC) The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Henrietta Hermaline’s Fall From Great Heights (Ensemble Studio Theater, NYC), Don Cristobal (St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYC), The Maids (Egress Theatre, NYC), Petrushka (Shakespeare Theater, Washington DC), Parlour Song (Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh),  l’Arbre Enchanté (Fire Island Opera Festival), Aladdin (Emerald City, Chicago), Romeo and Juliet (Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Detroit) Médée (Theatre Lumen, Brussels, Belgium). He is also a theater director and a Professor of Theatre Performance at SUNY Purchase, New York. He lives in Brooklyn with his incredible and beautiful wife, Angie.  
Cuban-American, born and raised in Miami, Florida, Serafin Falcon graduated from UF with a Communications degree. Falcon’s first acting role was 1 line in TRANSPORTER 2. This led to guest roles in THE SOPRANOS (HBO), GRACELAND (FOX) and BURN NOTICE (USA), among others. While playing the leading role in THE IMAGINARY LIFE OF STREET SWEEPER AUGUST G at the Casa 0101 Theatre in Los Angeles, Nilo Cruz was in the audience and was taken with Falcon’s performance. 1 year later Cruz hired Falcon to play Forest Hunter in the premiere of HURRICANE at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Subsequently, Falcon played Palomo in Cruz’s ANNA IN THE TROPICS, and several roles recently in Cruz’s TSUNAMI at the Dade Cultural Arts Center. He just finished shooting 2 films, VANDAL, in Miami, Florida, and PUPPET MASTER-THE LITTLEST REICH, in Dallas, Texas. Falcon resides in Los Angeles, California.
Katie Melby is very excited to be joining the amazing team and cast of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. She is co-Artistic Director of 3 Sticks, a physical theatre company dedicated to making new work, that she co-founded with fellow graduates of the Lecoq-based London International School of Performing Arts in 2005. Their work has been presented across the US, Canada, and Japan. Her credits include Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center), Sister's Follies (Abrons Art Center), La Davina Caricatura (La Mama), The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Brooklyn Academy of Music), l’Arbre Enchanté (Fire Island Opera Festival), Firebird(Chilean Tour), American Weather (HERE Arts Center), and The Disappearing Man (Musical Theatre Factory). She is also a co-founder of Cloud City, a multi-disciplinary art space in Brooklyn, and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Creative Crew

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five 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. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed the stage shows BOOM, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, and GAME of CLONES, as well as several web series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He also teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.
Craig Francis is a writer, performer, visual artist and storyteller whose works have been enjoyed by millions of children worldwide. Co-creative director of the Kidoons Network and an accomplished cartoonist, he is the creator of animated series including Jerry Muskrat's The Greatest Lakes Adventure, Grandfather Frog's Water Wonderful World with museums and historic sites nationwide. He is a co-producer and Stage Manager with the hit show BOOM (Kidoons / WYRD Productions) and the co-creator with Rick Miller of new theatrical productions: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, the Star Wars / Game of Thrones parody GAME of CLONES, Frankenstein (with Paul Van Dyck), and the upcoming Jungle Book and Rose Red. Craig has developed marketing for performing arts centres, illustrated several books, appeared as a guest on CBC, CTV, Global, and Showtime. His voices can be heard in 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.

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.

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.

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 and DVD production for MacHomer, its educational Multimedia Outreach Modules, design for the brands of BOOM and onscreen, and video sequences and design elements for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. 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 artist and event producer in Winnipeg, MB. She is the founding Artistic Producer of One Trunk Theatre, captaining the creation of 15 original productions and one festival, since the company’s inception in 2012, including A Dollhouse of Commons, I Dream of Diesel, Mission Potluck, Taste and 204FM. She is known for boldly creative performance concepts, interdisciplinary collaboration, devised theatre and integrating technology into live performance. Andraea has travelled internationally as a performer and director of new Canadian plays, from the fringe circuit to Broadway. Notable collaborations include with Ghost River Theatre on their production of Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst at Alberta Theatre Projects as Assistant Director to Eric Rose, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea on international tours as Assistant Director to Rick Miller. She is Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba and is Co-Owner of Event Production and Arts Consultation Company Fête Jockey.
Puppet designer/builder Shawn Kettner has been creating puppets of all kinds for over 40 years. Her work includes everything from tiny 4” high Moomins to giant 10’ dragons and dinosaurs. Shawn is pleased to once again have her puppet creations at The New Victory Theatre, last seen here in Comet in Moomin Land. Shawn’s work has appeared in numerous productions, most recently The House of Pooh Corner, The Hobbit, Rapa Nui and The Cat Came Back. She 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 2200 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.

Hanna Puley is a Toronto based theatre and film designer. Credits include design for Henri Faberge’s Heligoland Follies, and Feint of Hart, costume design for Digits’ music video Street Violence as well as costume design on the Canadian Screen Award winning webseries Space Riders. Season 2 finished shooting at the end of May. Recent credits include design of the short film She Stoops to Conquer starring Julian Richings and the world premier of John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman is a Secret.

Laura Johnson is a Canadian lighting designer, stagehand, and jack of all trades in the theatre world. She graduated from York University with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design. In 2011, she volunteered at the Prague Quadrennial and had her work showcased in the Dublin Fringe Festival. Since then, she has been predominantly working in the Kitchener-Waterloo / Toronto regions. In 2015, Laura was Associate Lighting Designer for Canada 300, a National Conversation piece that traveled to 21 predominant Canadian cities, and has assisted with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea through its process, in both Toronto and Quebec City.

Production Crew

Peter Eaton is a freelance Production Manager and Technical Director based in Toronto, Ontario.  Recent projects include:  The James Plays for Luminato 2016 at The Hear Generating Station in Toronto, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea for Kidoons Inc. at The New Victory Theatre in New York City, and Helen Lawrence for Canadian Stage at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City, and the deSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp, Belgium.
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).
Rebecca Vandevelde is a (mostly lighting and video) designer, curator, technician, and anything-manager who creates interactive installations like Flip the Table and Blanket Fort with Art is Hard, freelance Production Manages, does lighting/video/everything design + production work with many independent theatres and festivals, and even sometimes writes/directs/designs interactive theatre for young audiences. Rebecca holds a BA in Drama, History and speaking French sometimes from Glendon College at York.
Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols is an international artist and technician who has worked on productions in Toronto, Barcelona, and Saskatoon. Most recently he has appeared as Jacob Mercer in Salt-Water Moon (Quarter Century Theatre), and Addy in the film Side by Side (Paradox Pictures). He has worked as an IATSE technician for the past 8 years and worked on projects such as ¬Burning Vision/Visió Ardent, a Catalan-Canadian co-production of the play by Marie Clements presented in Barcelona in 2016 (Tant per Tant). In addition, he has directed and produced a number of short films. He graduated from George Brown College’s Theatre Arts program where, in addition to playing roles such as Alexander Kalabushkin (The Suicide), Mr. Sullen (The Beaux’s Stratagem), and Joe (The Crackwalker), he produced and directed trailers and other promotional materials for the graduating season in 2015-16.

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

Thank You

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea has been a journey for us as well!  There are many people to whom we owe thanks for helping us explore:
Jeff Lord 
Don, Iris, Chris and the team at PANAMANIA team for the initial commission
The Canada Council For The Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.
Our many talented workshop actors: Raoul Bhaneja, Colin Doyle, Stephanie Baptist, Rob McLaughlin, Stefanie Wiens, Carson Nattrass, Toby Hughes, and Gil Garratt. 
Our Pan Am cast: Mary-Lee Picknell and Marco Poulin.
The creative design assistants: Laura Johnson-Sherratt, Jung-Hye Kim, and everyone else who contributed to staging this beast.
Ravi Jain
Jason Knight
Michael Levine
The team at La Caserne Dalhousie and Ex Machina
Leslee Silverman and Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Allen MacInnis and Young People’s Theatre
Andy McKim and Theatre Passe Muraille
Deborah Knight
Our Kidoons creative team in Montreal
Our ever-expanding network of web series partners across the continent
...and to water heroes and New Atlanteans everywhere!
- Rick Miller and Craig Francis, co-creators

Thanks for support from


Panamania TO2015 Arts and Culture Festival


Canada Council For The Arts


Ontario Arts Council


Toronto Arts Council