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 Sina A. Suren is a multidisciplinary performance artist, specializing in writing, directing and acting. Born in Iran to a doctor family, he had the opportunity to experience the many professional fields such as programing, chemistry and biology but he vigorously followed a profession in performance arts. Feeling repressed in that community and seeking the best training possible, he and his family migrated to Canada where he continued his education and received his technical degree in professional acting from John Abbott Theatre program. He followed his training by spending multiple semester studying acting in Sheridan College and English literature at University of Toronto. He finished his Bachelor degree at University of Concordia in Performance Creation.

Sina is an avid and passionate fan of history and a believer in the strong capacity of performance artist and storytellers in bringing social change. He is an author of multiple social essays, fictional stories and plays, short and full-length, with his play “Gracchi” becoming a finalist in Infinitheatre Write-on-Q competition.
He has had the chance to direct theatres and short films of multiple genre, in multiple languages and international texts, with his projects gaining international recognition.
After graduation, Sina founded the Rise Theatre Company, with the goal of offering visibility to new performance artist and allowing them to showcase their talents in the many disciplines of theatre.
Currently he spends his professional time acting as the artistic director of Rise Theatre Company as well as collaborating with different artistic groups across the island of Montreal. Creating content for Parnian online T.V. and writing.

Bryan Libero received his DEC in Professional Theatre from John Abbott College in 2008 and his BFA in Theatrical Performance from Concordia University in 2012. Selected credits include: “Compleat Female Stage Beauty: Persephone Productions; “Hair” In the Wings Promotions; “33 Variations” Brave New Productions and most recent “Cherry Docs” Acts to Grind Theatre. He has also appeared in TV and films such as 19-2, The Art of More, District 31 and Mother!

Adrienne Gantenberg is a costume designer and recycled fur artisan who is passionate about creative reuse. She studied Fashion Design in her hometown of Chicago before moving to Brussels where she worked for a fashion label, exhibited her visual art, and made costumes for student films at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Louvain-La-Neuve. In 2017 she came to Montreal to further pursue her costume career through the Design for the Theatre program at Concordia University graduating in May 2020. She has worked as a costume designer and wardrobe technician on many theatre productions throughout Montreal. In 2018 she won the Montreal Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Costume Design for the Addams Family (WISTA), and again in 2019 for her work on Bonnie and Clyde (Contact Theatre).


Odin Rezai is a 3d artist who specializes in modeling and texturing, he like to work from sketches / concept art and create stylized models. Odin discovered his passion for modelling in 2017, when he enrolled to Dawson college in 3d animation & CGI that introduced him to Autodesk Maya and zbrush! He has been honing my skills from school, and applying them in other programs such as Photoshop and After Effects. He has found an interest in working with different digital mediums as well, which has given him more range in his abilities to do freelance work. He is experienced in producing 3d art for advertising and for small content creators. "My current involvement in Gracchi has lead me to creating matte paintings to achieve the final results of the backgrounds, giving the audience a more immersive experience with the story telling while viewing the play in action".



Joanna Felemegos is a Montreal native who has always had a passion for acting. Despite
her love for the performing arts, she chose to study law at the University of Sherbrooke,
graduating with a degree in notarial law. After graduation, Joanna opened her own
Family Law Notary firm, but her passion for the arts never faded.
Joanna has been performing since she was young, showcasing her talents as a pianist and
Greek folk dancer. She has performed at Place des Arts with La Troupe Folklorique
Grèque de Montreal ORPHEAS. In 2019, she played in the Saint-Ambroise Montreal
Fringe Festival and appeared in Antonin Artaud’s Spurt of Blood by Marissa Blair. That
same year, she also performed as various characters in The Pillowman by Martin
McDonagh (Snowglobe Theatre).
Joanna has lent her voice to various productions as well, including playing Jennifer in
Red Paper for the Bête Noire Festival 2021. She has also worked on the set of movies and
TV shows such as The Bold Type, Transplant, Megantic, and Completement lycée.
Despite her busy schedule, Joanna manages to run her successful family-owned toy store
business, Jouets LOL Toys, which specializes in educational and special needs toys and
games. Her business not only operates locally but also worldwide. She even performs
funny sketches for her toy store on TikTok (@Jouetsloltoys).
Joanna is not only a performer but also a co-director and stage manager of the play ‘Twas
the First Christmas in July After Covid, which premiered at the Saint-Ambroise Montreal
Fringe Festival in 2023. In addition to her involvement in ‘Twas the First Christmas in
July After Covid, Joanna further showcases her passion for the arts as an assistant
manager for A Red Riding Hood, a captivating and enchanting production by Marissa
Blair, featured as part of the 2023 OFF-Fringe programming.
She once again takes on the roles of co-director and stage manager for the Rise Theatre
production of their original play, The Keeper, written by Sina Suren. She looks forward
to working with an amazing cast and crew of talented people.
While she enjoys her current career path, Joanna also looks forward to one day pursuing
acting on television series and movies.

Jeanne Potvin, immersed in the business from an early age, has always had a passion for storytelling and mythology. Starting her acting journey in film and television at the tender age of 4, she eventually discovered her love for theatre performance as she grew older. She stands out through her particular attention to details within movement and body language techniques.

With her recent graduation from Dawson College in Professional Theatre and acceptance into Concordia for Creative Writing, Jeanne is determined to find a way to pursue her passions and travel the world as a personal interest. Her goal is to combine her love for performing arts and writing, allowing her to not only work in a field she adores but also explore different cultures and experiences along the way. 


Julian Bird recently graduated from the Professional Theatre program at John Abbott College (Class of 2023). Some acting credits include: Juror #10 in “12 Angry Jurors”, Nina & Kostya in “The Nina Variations”, Romeo & Ghost in “Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet)”, Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night's Dream" as well as a swing for Nick,Kevin, and Sheldon for Wista’s production of “The Prom”. Julian is very excited to be apart of more theatre and is very passionate about getting more in touch with the theatre community in general. Being raised by a musical family, Julian is no stranger to performance art and is always excited to be apart of a new project. 

A second generation Canadian, born to Cambodian parents, raised in Montreal, but brought up by British influences, Reagan Prum is an oddity with a penchant for the performing arts. He graduated from the Dawson Theatre Program in 2022, having also had 7 years of competitive improv experience under his belt. With a strong passion for video games and animation, he commits most of his time nowadays to developing his craft as a VO artist, whether it be through auditions, workshops, coaching, or through simply enjoying the medium. Despite this, he remains an avid fan of theatre and is always happy to be on the stage!


Canadian born to Lebanese-Palestinian parents, Dalia Charafeddine debuted her acting career as a child as a voice actor in At the Window. As a young adult, she played in the short film Remnants and performed her first theatrical role as Karima in the production Birthmark. This propelled her to train under the direction of actor Tom Todoroff and complete a full time acting program at House of Actors. A student of life and always eager to expand her knowledge, Dalia has recently completed training for film and theater at Les Ateliers Fichaud and currently at Triple Threat Academy. She is also very keen on script writing and filmmaking. When she isn’t creating something new, Dalia is found exploring nature, lost in a book or improving a skill.

Travis Cochran is an emerging artist based in Montréal, with a passion for theatre, poetry and the unique ways people gather to play games, share memories and tell stories. They are a graduate of John Abbott College's Professional Theatre program (Class of 2022), having performed in productions of Matei Visniec’s “Decomposed Theatre; Or the Human Trashcan” and Caryl Churchill's “Love and Information” while in school. Recently, they have performed alongside other members of the Rise Theatre Collective in their 2022 show “Gracchi”. Travis looks to continue his artistic formation in the future by exploring styles and performance media that he has only just dipped his toe into, such as puppetry, mime and clown.

Meriem Naas is a McGill student majoring in Drama and Theatre and minoring at McGill. She has been acting since the age of 9 and has been loving it ever since. She is the Publicity Co-Director at Tuesday Night Café Theatre (TNC). Recent acting credits include The Final Outcome: The Truth Is…(Artista 2022) and Blood Family Sometimes Not (Concordia Production 2023) and Townville (2023 Moyse Hall Production).


Samantha Cicchino is currently a 3rd year student at John Abbott college in the professional theater program. Most recently, she could be found performing the role of Nikki in WISTA’s production of “The Prom” as well as Hermia in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Other credits include performances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in “The Nutcracker” (2019), Ensemble in “Mamma Mia” as well as Gabrielle in “The Madwoman of Chaillot”. Samantha is a very musical person, she has been professionally playing the guitar since she was 7 and classically singing since she was 12. She is currently working at Stage Coach as a singing teacher where she has had the opportunity to be the musical director for “The Sound of Music” as well as “Matilda”.

Dawson is an actor and singer from Montreal, Canada and an alumnus of the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College who has the passion to help tell stories and encourage imagination in the audience. His theatre credits include Ross in Macbeth, Chorus member in The Oresteia and Joseph K. and Guard in The Trial.

Samuel Valentim-Gervais seems like he might've been a productive member of society in another life. Unfortunately, contracting the theatre bug in high school has left him in a sorry state of addiction. Making his debut as baby Jesus in a nativity scene, today he can often be found scaring off poor townsfolk in the streets, emoting at passers-by. Born and raised in Montreal, he continues to afflict this city to this very day, and he is very excited to be inflicting himself on you!

Sevda Bighal was 14 when she started studying theatre and not long after, she fell in love with
the art. In 2019, her mother decided to migrate to Canada from Iran. Here, she of course
wanted to continue her studies in theatre, and she is currently a student in professional theatre
acting at John Abbott College. She played the role of Talaat in a production of Bivehaye
Ghamgineh Salareh Jang directed by Shahaboddin Hoseinpour, in Iran. And more recently
she’s played the roles of Irma as well as the Mute in a production of The Madwoman of Chaillot
and Peaseblossom in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both directed by Tracy-
Leigh Campbell. She also had the opportunity to bring Shakespeare’s Fairies to The Green
Avenue festival this summer. She is so excited to be a part of The Keeper’s cast, sharing with
everyone some of the stories she grew up with.


Justin is a professional actor, aspiring playwright, novelist and screenwriter, as well as a recent graduate from the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College. He is very excited to be a part of Rise Theatre’s ‘The Keeper’, as his professional debut. Aside from acting he has a passion for reading, video games and classical theatre.