Creative & Crew


JENNIFER NEALES—DIRECTORIMG_0460

Jennifer Neales has been acting around the world for over 20 years and is the Founder, Co-Artistic Producer and Co-Artistic Director of HERstory Counts. Some of her selected theatre credits include: Tina in the Off-Broadway Musical “Ruthless”; Jennie Malone in “Chapter Two”, touring in Japan; Roberta in “Love and Human Extinction” (Fringe Festival’s Best Actor 2009); a lead in Trey Anthony’s “I am NOT a Dinner Mint”; Evelyn in “The Shape of Things” (2012 Fringe Festival’s Best of Fringe – Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts), and acting and touring with Trey Anthony Productions as Suzy in “’da Kink in My Hair” in New York City, North Carolina, Texas, the Northwest Territories, Ottawa, Mississauga and Toronto. Her selected film credits include: Vi in Stormcloud (InsideOut Film Festival – International Tour); Amanda in “Did You Hear Jake and Courtney Broke Up?”; Maggie in Waack Revolt (InsideOut Film Festival short film winner, 2014) and Vanessa in Allie has an Affair. Jennifer is now and always writing her own one-womyn show “The Invisible Bride’s Maid”.

_C0A1367EK copyEVANGELIA KAMBITES—DRAMATURG

Evangelia Kambites is a singer, actor, dancer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, writer, and Co-Artistic Producer and Co-Artistic Director of HERstory Counts. She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Music and Drama from Queen’s University. She has extensive training for stage and screen, as well as 20 years of vocal training in various styles. Notable stage credits include the Sterling Award-winning production of Hairspray (Mayfield Theatre), BuddyThe Buddy Holly Story (Theatre North West), the Jessie Award-winning production of Avenue Q (Arts Club), The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God(NAC/Centaur/BTW), and the inaugural production of HERstory Counts. Selected television credits include Minority Report (Fox), Heroes Reborn (NBC), Incorporated (CBS/SYFY). Evangelia is a feminist, and activist, supporting movements such as Black Lives Matter and Yes All Women. HERstory Counts and its mandate are deeply rooted in her fundamental beliefs of equality and opportunity for womyn of diverse origins. The pursuit of art is the pursuit of life.

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ORDENA STEPHENS-THOMPSON—ACTING COACH

is an actress/performer who has worked extensively in television and is a veteran of the theatre. She is happy to returns to HERstory Counts in the new role of assistant director and consultant.  Her theatre credits include, How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Trey Anthony/ Girls in Bowties), Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, Enemy of the People (Stratford Festival), Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, ‘da kink in my hair (Mirvish Productions), Yellowman, Who Knew Granny (Obsidian Theatre/Factory) The Real McCoy (GCTC/Factory) Another Africa (Canadian Stage). Selected television and film credits include;  See Me Now, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, ‘da kink in my hair, Rookie Blue, Committed, New in Town, 10,000 Black men Name George and Our America. Ordena is also a wife, mother of two and a creator of Decorative Concepts.

 

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CAITLIN COOKE—STAGE MANAGER 

Caitlin Cooke is an energetic member of the Toronto Arts community. She previously studied musical theatre, clown, and Shakespeare performance at Westmount Collegiate Institute in their ArtsWestmount Drama program. Theatre credits include: Social Media Representative, Herstory Counts, Stage Manager, Choreographic Works, Ryerson Theatre School; Vocalist, Bound to the Rocks, New Voices Festival, Ryerson Theatre School, Hair and Makeup Supervisor, Ryerson Theatre School, Assistant Stage Manager, Confessions of a Red Headed Coffee Shop Girl, Toronto Fringe Festival, Wardrobe Supervisor, New Voices Festival, Ryerson Theatre School; Assistant Stage Manager, La Ronde, Ryerson Theatre School, Vocalist/Chorus, One Song Glory, Acting Up Stage Company. She currently attends Ryerson University for the Performance Production program. Caitlin feels incredibly honored to be a part of HERstory Counts, working alongside such talented and inspiring womyn. She cannot wait for you to see this incredibly important and relevant work.

MAYA FINDLAY—ASSISTANT STAGE MANGERIMG_5390

Maya Findlay is currently in third year Theatre Production at Ryerson University. Former credits include: Ryerson Dances with James Kudulka (Asst. Stage Manager), First and Second year Acting Scene Study  (Stage Manager) and TREPIDUS, as part of Ryerson’s New Voices Festival (Stage Manager). This summer, Maya was busy teaching dance as well as writing and directing two children’s productions for Original Kids Theatre Company. Maya is honored to be part of HERStory counts this year, with such an inspiring team.

SHAYNA VIRSV_44-2GINILLO—SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Shayna Virginillo is so excited to be a part of HERstory Counts. She is a multi-disciplinary performer, writer and collaborator who recently graduated from the Acting Program at the National Theatre School. Selected theatre credits include Squeak in The Listening Room (NTS), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Hudson Village Theatre), Ophelia in Hamlet (NTS) and Jayda in Total Liquidation (NTS). She is curious and passionate about what gets people talking and what makes people listen. As the social media facilitator, her goal is to fight for and find all the ways the stories of diverse womyn will be heard.