Cast & Crew


DORA AWARD WINNER 2016 - Best Ensemble in a Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Young People's Theatre
Amy Matysio is an award winning Canadian stage and screen actress, improviser and voice over artist with over 100 credits to her name. Film credits include her breakout role in New Line Cinema's Just Friends (opposite Ryan Reynolds and Anna Farris), Chained, Ferocious, Stephen King's Dolan's Cadillac, Stranded, indie hit Lawrence and Holloman and cult smash WolfCop. Small screen credits include Rookie Blue(Global/ABC), Emmy winning Odd Squad (PBS),inSecurity (CBC), Corner Gas (CTV), as well asco-starring in Single White Spenny (Showcase) and the Canadian Screen Award winning web series Space Riders: Division Earth (CTV/Hulu). She is an eight time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and the creator, writer and star of the multiple award winning web series inSAYSHAble.Upcoming releases include the highly anticipatedWolfCop2 and two new series; Epic Studiosstarring opposite EpicLLOYD (Epic Rap Battles of History) and The Guilt Free Zone (APTN). She is currently recording a new animated series for 9Story to be released in 2017. Follow @myMatysio
DORA AWARD WINNER 2016 - Best Ensemble in a Play, VideoCabaret's THE GREAT WAR

Jamie has been nominated for multiple Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and has performed in cities all over the world. Recent acting credits include: Thomas Novachek (Venus in Fur), and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), for the Citadel Theatre; Antipholus of Ephesus (Comedy of Errors), and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) for St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; Michael Armstrong (Armstrong’s War) for Theatre Network; Sky Marx (Genius Code) for Surreal SoReal Theatre/Catalyst Theatre.

Creative Team

Craig Francis is a writer, performer, visual artist and storyteller whose works have been enjoyed by millions of children worldwide. Co-creative director of the Kidoons Network and an accomplished cartoonist, he is the creator of animated series including Jerry Muskrat's The Greatest Lakes Adventure, Grandfather Frog's Water Wonderful World with museums and historic sites nationwide. He is a co-producer and Stage Manager with the hit show BOOM (Kidoons / WYRD Productions) and the co-creator with Rick Miller of new theatrical productions: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, the Star Wars / Game of Thrones parody GAME of CLONES, Frankenstein (with Paul Van Dyck), and the upcoming Jungle Book and Rose Red. Craig has developed marketing for performing arts centres, illustrated several books, appeared as a guest on CBC, CTV, Global, and Showtime. His voices can be heard in animated series and video games.
Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed the stage shows BOOM, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, and GAME of CLONES, as well as several web series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He also teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.

Irina Litvinenko is a creative artist, graphic designer for print and web, and video production artist. She has worked on multimedia campaigns for Performing Arts Centers across Canada and the U.S. and for shows from BOWFIRE to Carol Burnett; and managed event marketing campaigns ranging from The Joy of Dance Studio Toronto to TELUS Skins. Irina has been a longstanding multimedia collaborator with Rick Miller and Craig Francis, including assisting on onscreen media and DVD production for MacHomer, its educational Multimedia Outreach Modules, design for the brands of BOOM and onscreen, and video sequences and design elements for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. As a web and video production artist, Irina is a collaborator and editor of Jerry Muskrat's Greatest Lakes Adventure and other Kidoons series.

Astrid Janson’s set and costume design work has been seen on stages across Canada, from the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to the Pacific Opera in Victoria, BC. Canadian theatres include the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, The Canadian Opera Co., The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage,  Citadel Theatre,  The National Ballet,  the National Arts Centre., the Manitoba Theatre Centre, most Toronto theatres, and 13 Plays for Videocabaret. Her television career includes award winning films, specials and series. Civic projects include the interior of the Ontario Pavilion at Expo ’86 and a Discovery Gallery for the ROM. Internationally, Astrid has worked in Germany, Amsterdam, Paris, Sweden, China, Philadelphia, Houston and New York. For 14 years Astrid taught Theatre Design at the University of Toronto as an instructor and then Assistant Professor. She has been recognized with numerous honours for her design work, including 18 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Gemini Award, and a Toronto Drama Bench Award. She is the recipient of The Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Wilfrid Laurier University.