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JOSEPH ZIEGLER For decades Joseph Ziegler’s proven him­self a skilled ac­tor, but in re­cent years he’s blos­somed as a direc­tor. Whether work­ing with Ge­orge Brown stu­dents on Love’s Labour’s Lost, at the Shaw Fes­ti­val in this sea­son’s Ma­jor Bar­bara or at the helm of Soulpep­per’s Ham­let, Ziegler re­veals his clear un­der­stand­ing of the text and his abil­ity to de­liver a work’s emo­tional truths. His act­ing hasn’t been put in moth­balls ei­ther – wit­ness his neatly con­trasted roles as the ethe­real ghost and the comic gravedig­ger in Ham­let, and his Dora-nom­i­nated turn as the drunken, pug­na­cious but ul­ti­mately cow­ardly pa­ter­fa­mil­ias in A Whis­tle In The Dark.

KAREN HINES Who can make us laugh and give us un­com­fort­able goose­bumps at the same time? Easy: Karen Hines’s vivid, self-cen­tred, kew­pie-doll clown Pochsy, who be­moans tragic world events while con­tribut­ing to them. Re­mem­ber the Third World kid she spon­sored, whose name she couldn’t pro­nounce, and her short-lived re­gret that she’d forgotten to send the cheque on time? Sharp­en­ing her skills by di­rect­ing that mas­ter­ful dark clown duo Mump and Smoot, Hines has also proven her tal­ents out of white­face, as a skilled ac­tor (An­gels In Amer­ica, The News­room, Swollen Tongues) and play­wright (Hello... Hello).

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