If on a Christmas Night…
Se una notte a Natale…
Cast & Crew
Creator / Director / Performer
An award-winning director, playwright, producer, installation artist and performer, Daniele Bartolini was born in Florence, Italy and is now based in Toronto, Canada. He is the Artistic Director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and his creations have been presented in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and India.
Daniele’s recent highlights: The Curious Voyage (intercontinental 3 day long interactive journey between Barrie, Ontario and London, England, TIFT) Haunted Weather for a Stranger – First Experiment (Barfuss Theater Berlin; Germany), An Italian Christmas Carol (Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Canada)The Invisible City (SummerWorks Toronto, Canada), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival Toronto, Canada) Unfinished (Khoj New Dehli, India)
Daniele is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Art Access Prize and finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. The Stranger received a nomination for the Critic’s Award “Premio Rete Critica” from the Italian theatre Magazine PaneAcquaCulture for the edition at the Kilowatt Festival. Daniele Bartolini and DLT are the artists in residence at Villa Charities Inc. Daniele is honoured to be creating and directing the audience specific show If on A Christmas Night for at the Columbus Centre.
Rory de Brouwer
Rory de Brouwer is an actor and theatre creator. He has worked extensively with DLT to develop their highly immersive theatre style giving audiences a voice within a narrative. His theatre background is focused in physical and devised theatre with an emphasis on improvisation. Prior to joining DLT, Rory worked for several years with Tatiana Jennings, a former student of Anatoly Vasiliev and trained with Daniel Brooks at the Volcano Conservatory. Past credits include, Antony,The Curious Voyage, TIFT, 2018; Roy Orbison’s Ghost,The Invisible City, DLT, 2017; James,The Stranger, DLT, 2016. Rory is a graduate of the Humber Theatre Performance Program.
Interactive Environment Design / Performer
Franco Berti is an Italian-born and raised, Toronto based multimedia artist / teacher and chef. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. He began cooking professionally in Canada, developing a passion that took him around the world seeking inspiration. Franco’s work focuses on the process rather than the result while challenging the boundaries within the fields of art, gastronomy, history, and myth; bringing to focus to how we make and affect cultures and identities.
Danya Buonastella has been a core member of DopoLavoro Teatrale since 2013. She has performed in and and co-created a number of shows with the company, including The Stranger (SummerWorks/ International Tour), The Invisible City (SummerWorks) and OFF LIMITS ZONE (Luminato Festival). She has also worked with Theatre Smith-Gilmour (Death My Daughter, The A**holes: A Cabaret), Marie Beath Badian’s SmoothieLand (It’s Not About Kenny), and most recently played the lead role in Rachel Ganz’s The Queen’s Eulogy. She is currently running the new Theatre program at Villa Charities. Danya is a graduate of the Humber Theatre Program and École Philippe Gaulier.
Vincent is a two-time Jessie Award winning actor who works in both French and English. He has an Honours B.A. with Specialization in Theatre from the University of Ottawa, is a graduate of Studio 58, and he has completed the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance’s summer intensive. His main areas of interest include devised theatre, physical theatre, clown, and work that creatively tackles social issues. His theatre credits include The Curious Voyage (Talk is Free Theatre), Histoire d’amour (BoucharDanse), Unité Modèle (Théâtre la Seizième), Catacomb (Summerworks Performance Festival), Anonyme (Vortex Theatre), Bonjour, Là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième), The Stranger (DopoLavoro Teatrale), Bull (Rumble Theatre), Mathieu Mathématiques (Théâtre la Seizième), Let’s Talk About Sex, I Can’t Tell You (San Diego/Tijuana/Vancouver/Victoria Fringes), and Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième). He was recently awarded the Power Corporation prize from la Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. You can also catch Vincent in TV5’s web series Abigaëlle et le date coaching.
Production Manager / Performer
Raylene is a theatre and film creator residing in Toronto, ON. She has been collaborating with DLT since 2016, acting, co-directing, and managing shows, including The Stranger (DLT 2017), Off-Limits Zone (Luminato Festival 2016), The Invisible City (SummerWorks 2017), and most recently, The Curious Voyage (TIFT/DLT 2018). Her focus is on redefining the ways in which human beings interact and re-introducing human connection through the mediums of both audience specific theatre and film.
Michele Andrei, born in Florence, Italy, is a theatre performer, screen actor, theatre creator and producer. In his youth, he attended a number of theatre schools which allowed him to begin working professionally with avant-garde theatre companies since the age of 18. As a performer, he prefers working on contemporary dramaturgy and devised creations and has created award winning shows and characters alongside Italian and European leading theatre directors. Throughout his career, he has worked on International productions as an actor, director and producer. He interpreted pieces from S. Kane, M. Rahvenhill, M.Crimp and other British authors. Within the last few years, he worked alongside Antonio Latella (renowned International theatre director and current Artistic Director of the Venice Biennale), with whom he created a number of shows produced by pivotal European theatres such as Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Stadt Theater Basel. In 2006, together with Latella, he won the principal Italian theatre award Premio UBU for Best Production with STUDIO SU MEDEA. In 2012, he moved to Berlin where he collaborates as an actor with important German theatre institutions and manages Barfuss Theater where he produces artistic and community events with a particular attention to cultural fusion.
Interactive Environment Design / Costume Designer
Anahita Dehbonehie is an Iranian stage designer, production designer and installation artist, currently based in Toronto. This is Anahita’s third collaboration with director Daniele Bartolini, previously having worked on An Italian Christmas Carol and The Curious Voyage. Her practice is founded on the principle that works of art return us to truths more powerfully by their relationship to evocative sensory experiences. She is precisely interested in the creative tension that exists between innovation and creative expression on one side, and tradition and structure on the other, in any medium.
Her design work has been featured across Canada and internationally, including at the Prague Quadrennial, The Vilnius Capital of Culture, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Since making Toronto her home, Anahita has been recognized with a variety of nominations and awards in design.
Sound designer, sound engineer and technical director, Matteo Ciardi, was born in Florence, Italy. He began studying percussion at the age of nine at Atheneum Musicale Fiorentino and then with M° Federico Poli (Yamaha Artists). He received a degree in Performing Arts Management, with a specialization in Ethnomusicology. In the last 15 years, he has worked with directors including Luca Ronconi, Pippo Delbono, Virgilio Sieni and Bob Wilson. Matteo has also worked on international music and performance festivals such as The New Generation Festival in Italy (technical director and sound designer), Estate Fiesolana (chief sound engineer), Fabbrica Europa (sound engineer) and Drodesera (sound and video engineer). He founded Dogsound Studio, a recording and producing studio; Temporoom, a collective of electronic musician and producers. Matteo has also worked with rock bands Rivers and SuperA as drummer/producer.