Troy Arsenian is an Ottawa-based theatre artist, and an emerging stage manager. He is an alumnus of the University of Ottawa’s Department of Theatre, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spring 2019. Since graduation, Troy has been working as a stage manager, and is currently undergoing the apprenticeship process with Canada’s Actor Equity Association. Pre-COVID Troy was the Artistic Director of Carleton Musical Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods,” which is planned to continue as soon as it is safe to do so. Troy is thankful to have the opportunity to continue his work in Theatre during the pandemic, and excited to be back with Lost Baggage for his second consecutive production.
Select credits include: “Deathtrap” (ASM, Classic Theatre Festival), “War of Two Worlds” (ASM, Great Canadian Theatre Company), “Worldly Women” (SM, Dance Fachin/Ottawa Fringe, Jury’s Choice Award winner), “I Am the Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World” (SM, Melissa Yuan-Innes/Ottawa Fringe, Best of Fest Award winner), “Antioche” (SM, Théâtre de Licorne) & “Something About New York” (SM, Lost Baggage Musical Theatre).
Mathieu is super hyped to be directing a show with such fantastic music and an enormously talented cast of friends from Lost Baggage. He has been involved with LBMT since its inception in 2018 and remains on the board of directors. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. When not managing LBMT, Mathieu can be found working as a teacher, musician, and music school administrator at Riverview School of Music. He also enjoys eating fruit, especially grapes. Mathieu sincerely thanks all those involved and for their commitment, especially given the present circumstances in the world.
Select credits include: “Something About New York” (Creator/Director, LBMT), “History of Love: On Broadway” (Musical Director/Performer, LBMT), “The Drunk Text” (Creator/Dylan, Miltonbone Productions), “Chicago” (Amos Hart, Carleton Musical Theatre Society), “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Leaf Coneybear, Carleton Musical Theatre Ensemble) “Company” (Harry, Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company), “21 Chump Street” (Derek, LBMT)
Morgan is thrilled to be taking on the role of Director for Surely Schwartz. He is a Canterbury Dance Program graduate and was last seen on stage as Chaz in Lost Baggage’s “Something About New York” and backstage as the Choreographer for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (OMTS). He has been doing theatre for 13 years now and was a competitive dancer most of his life. He has just moved to Toronto to pursue musical theatre further but is happy to still be able to be a very active member of Lost Baggage. He is also the Vice President on the board of directors for Lost Baggage Musical Theatre. He would like to thank his “babbirs” for always supporting him and Mathieu for always believing in him and being by his side. Morgan is excited to be able to navigate theatre through this “new normal” format of everything online and to be able to keep theatre alive during this unprecedented time.
Maya is very excited to be working with Lost Baggage Musical Theatre again in her fourth cabaret with the company. She is very thankful for this great opportunity to perform during these odd times. Maya’s theatrical journey has stretched over a lifetime, with several productions with her theatre family of the Greely Players (Shrek the Musical, Anne and Gilbert, the Little Mermaid), Toto Too (Avenue Q), and Lost Baggage Musical Theatre (A Little Lin Music, A Quarantunes Cabaret, Something About New York). She is very fortunate to live a life devoted to art, working as a professional photographer and participating in theatre arts as often as she can. She would like to thank her friends, family, and theatre family for all of their love and support.
Brendan is pleased to be ‘Dancing Through Life’ for a third time with Lost Baggage having previously be a cast member in A Quarantune’s Cabaret and A History of Love Cabaret earlier this year. Shortly before the world changed for everyone due to COVID-19, Brendan returned to the stage for the first time in seven years as Jason in TotoToo Theatre’s production of Bare: A Pop Opera. He looks forward to returning to the stage once live performances restart. In the meantime he’s joined friends for virtual play readings, some of which are screenplays he’s written. Brendan works on Parliament Hill trying to make a difference in the world and continues to train for competition with the Ottawa Rowing Club.
Dorian is excited to be back for his fourth show with Lost Baggage, and second in digital form. In addition to LBMT’s A Little Lin Music, History of Love on Broadway, and A Quarantunes Cabaret, he’s also performed in Tuba Czar’s Bad Broadway and Bad Broadway 4: Broadway Backwards, and was cast as the Narrator in CMTS’s Into the Woods – a production unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19.
Outside of cabaret and theatre performance, Dorian has been a choral singer for more than fifteen years. Currently he sings with Tone Cluster: Quite a Queer Choir and is the bass soloist at First Baptist Church of Ottawa. He loves music and theatre as a vehicle for communal expression, and is thrilled to be able to share that with people even in such tumultuous times.
Tifanni is very excited to be a part of Surely Schwartz. This would be her first time working on any form of theatre virtually. She has most recently been seen in Bare: A Pop Opera as the no-nonsense Sister Chantal and graced the stage with the iconic role of Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray the Musical. Tifanni is grateful for every opportunity she gets to perform.
Llewyn McKenna started their musical theatre life in a giant blow-up Mrs. Potts costume, which cemented their love of the craft. They are a passionate vocal graduate from Mayfield’s Regional Arts Program in Brampton, Ontario, the former VP Communications, Performer, and Musical Arranger for the Carleton Glee Club, and part of Ottawa’s Harmonia Choir.
This will mark their third time performing with Lost Baggage, having been a part of “A Little Lin Music” and “A Quarantunes Cabaret”. They are thrilled to be a part of another Lost Baggage Production and get the chance to work with other musical theatre fans during this difficult time.
Ainslie is so excited to be working with Lost Baggage Musical Theatre again, after her recent debut as Nicole in “Something About New York”. She previously performed in TotoToo Theatre’s “Avenue Q” as Bad Idea Bear. Ainslie has been involved with a variety of performing arts her whole life, from choirs to radio dramas. For the last five years she has mainly focused on performing and competing with the University of Waterloo’s various A Cappella groups. Ainslie can’t wait to share some of her favourite Stephen Schwartz songs online with you!
Joy Mwandemange, AKA Thandizo, is a Malawian musical artist and actress working in Ottawa Ontario. She studied music at Carleton University with a specialization in Musical Theatre while simultaneously honing her other passions of rapping, choreographing, directing and writing. Joy is a board member of Lost Baggage Musical Theatre (LBMT), in Ottawa, and directed their fundraiser ‘A Little Lin Music’ last November in preparation for their spring musical, Clue: The Musical, which she was set to musical direct (closed due to Covid). She is currently MD for LBMT’s ‘Surely, Schwartz: A Virtual Stephen Schwartz Cabaret’ as well as taking part in Black Theatre Workshops Artist Mentorship Program.
Past shows and roles include: Dir., MD, Choreo. A Little Lin Music (Lost Baggage), Director The Goat: Or Who is Sylvia (Taboo! Productions), The Ghomeshi Effect (2018-19 Tour), OMEN: The Musical (Toronto Fringe 2019)
Niku is very excited to be a part of Lost Baggage Musical Theatre’s “Surely Schwartz” production. This is her second show with LBMT, having also performed in “A Little Lin Music” in the fall of 2019. Niku has also been involved in Suzart Productions’ “Elf: The Musical” and “James and the Giant Peach”. She feels very fortunate to have been welcomed into the Ottawa musical theatre community after having moved to the city five years ago and continues to be inspired by all the talented individuals she has the pleasure of collaborating with. She hopes that you enjoy the show!
Nothing could be more ideal for Euan than attending school, work, and theatre from the comfort of his own home. He hardly remembers what the faces of other human beings look like and he prefers it that way. Before trying out this new-age, remotely-performed cabaret of the future, he was featured in meatspace productions with TotoToo Theatre (Avenue Q, 2019) and with Lost Baggage (Lost Baggage Launch Party, 2019; A Little Lin Music, 2019; History of Love, 2020). He’s also done work with local companies like Sock n’ Buskin and the Carleton Musical Theatre Ensemble. He’s currently studying Technical Writing at Algonquin College. Given the chance, he’d love to write a musical and if you are a talented composer you should probably hit him up for lyrics.
Sabrina Tang (ATCL) is a collaborative pianist and music teacher in the Ottawa area. She received her Diploma in Piano Performance from the Trinity College of London in 2007, and has been accompanying choirs, ensembles, and soloists since. As an active musician in the community, Sabrina is the accompanist for the Voices in Harmony choir, as well as the musical director at Gloucester Presbyterian Church. Sabrina is a co-founder of the Music in Greenboro concert series, which showcases local musicians and provides accessible, high-quality music for residents in the South Keys and Greenboro area.