an oak tree – Artists

Tim Crouch is a writer and performer. His latest play, England, has been critically acclaimed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, where it won a Fringe First. Tim was also awarded with a Herald ArchAngel for his body of work at Edinburgh over the years. Tim is currently under commission to the Royal Court. Tim’s first play, My Arm, premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 2003. It has since run in London (at BAC) and New York (59E59) as part of Brits Off Broadway. Critics’ Choice in both TIME OUT London and New York. Tim’s production of My Arm continues to tour the UK, Europe and North America and there have been other productions in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Australia. Tim’s adaptation of My Arm for BBC Radio 3 won the 2005 Prix Italia for Best Adapted Drama.

Tim’s second play for adults, an oak tree, opened at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 2005. It was winner of a Glasgow Herald Angel award. Tim also won Best Male Performer for the play at the Brighton Festival in 2006. an oak tree uses a different second actor at each performance. Second actors have included Christopher Eccleston, Toby Jones, Kathryn Hunter and Roger Lloyd-Pack. an oak tree has also toured throughout the world and it has had a commercial off-Broadway run at the Barrow Street Theatre, New York and won a Special Citation Obie. It opened at the Soho Theatre in February 2007 for a sell-out four week run.

Tim has written a trilogy of Shakespeare monologues for younger audiences – I, Caliban (2003), I Peaseblossom (2004), and I, Banquo (2005). Originally commissioned by Brighton Festival, these three plays played under the title Fairymonsterghost at the Unicorn Theatre in autumn 2006. Tim has also written for the National Theatre. His play, Shopping for Shoes, was commissioned by their Educational Department and has toured the UK. Other productions of Shopping for Shoes have taken place in Scotland, Australia and Germany. In 2006, he completed a commission for the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, the Theatre Royal, York and the Polka Theatre, Kaspar the Wild, which was written for primary school children to perform as part of the Playhouse Scheme.

Tim is a recipient of an award from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Tim is published by Faber & Faber and Oberon Books.

For more information on Tim’s work, please visit

David Cheoros (Director)

David studied theatre at the Universities of Waterloo and Victoria. He co-founded MAA & PAA Theatre with his wife, Karen Simonson. David has been the festival director at the Edmonton Fringe for a few years, and also taken shows to Fringe festivals across Canada, and in Washington and Adelaide. He’s also been Executive Director of the Film and Video Arts Society, Co-Producer of the Comedy Arts Festival, and General Manager of Theatre Network. Right now, he also produces the Edmonton International Literary Festival. He’s very lucky that such an extraordinary group of actors have volunteered to assist with this production, in performance and in rehearsal.

Dave Clarke (Performer)

Dave is a musician, actor and writer. This season, Dave’s work has been seen at the Citadel Theatre (Vimy, Sterling Award nomination), Theatre Network (Misery), Shadow Theatre (Three Viewings), and Concrete Theatre (Sprouts), to name just a few. Dave has been nominated for and won several awards for his work in theatre and film. His live score for the silent film SUNRISE played at the Metro Cinema in early November 2007. And you can hear more of his work at
A partial list of the performers who contributed to the rehearsal or performance of this production – with our deepest gratitude:

Timothy Anderson, Peter Brown, Tracey Carroll, Patricia Casey, Annette Christie, Brian Dooley, Norm Fassbender, Jeff Haslam, Andrea House, Sue Huff, Sharla Matkin, Bradley Moss, Andy Northrup, Kirsten Rasmussen, Trevor Schmidt, Scott Shpeley, Heather Swain, Melissa Thingelstad, Kevin Tokarsky

Irene Kunda (Stage Manager)

Irene has returned to Edmonton after a long stretch in Toronto’s arts community, working in arts administration for theatre, music, opera and ballet, with a side order of hands-on, behind the scenes work with community music theatre. Taking a break part-way through her Toronto experiences, she spent four years at the South Bank Centre (home of the Royal Festival Hall) in London, England, where music and art were the order of the day. This is her first stage management opportunity, and what an opportunity it has been!
Josef Kay (Sound Designer)

Josef returns to Edmonton from a run of the hit musical The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at the Café la Mama in New York. Following his work on an oak tree, he departs again on a 61-city two-year tour as goodwill ambassador for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.



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