Cast & Crew


Cast

Levin is thrilled to be making his Asolo Repertory Theater debut as Mowgli! Levin hails from Sugar Land, TX and has just been seen playing “Beethoven” in Dog Sees God in NYC. Levin also recently originated the role of “Lottery” in the new musical Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Repertory Theater and also originated the role of “Dharun Ravi” in the new musical Poster Boy at Williamstown Theater Festival. Levin has also played “Bob” in the musical The Fabulous Lipitones at the New Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theater, and at The Florida Studio Theater. Levin would like to thank About Artists Agency for their endless support and his Mom, Dad, and brother Ruben for their unapologetic enthusiasm and love! For “The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf and the strength of the wolf is the Pack!”
 

Matt Lacas is ecstatic to be returning to the jungle with this wonderful team, having been part of the development process for Jungle Book since its conception. Matt is an international performer having been on stages all over Europe, Asia and across Canada. Selected Credits - Ram (Les Moutons, Corpus), Gomez (Addams Family Musical, RCPA), Bob (Fabulous Lipitones, Miracle Theatre), Demetrius (Titus Andronicus, MSTC). Matt is also the founder of We Are Here Productions, a theatre company that attempts to turn art into tangible aid for communities worldwide. Matt would like to thank those who keep him in check and not take luck for granted.
Anita is an award-winning actress, playwright and dancer. She attended the National Theatre School of Canada and has over 20 years of dance experience with formal training in kathak, bharatanatyam and odissi dance forms. Her acting debut in the film Murder Unveiled won her the Best Actress award at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore. She also appeared in Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In playwriting, Anita holds Canada’s Governor General's Protégé Prize in playwriting and was nominated for the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance for her play Same Same But Different. Her Fish Eyes Trilogy was published with graphic illustrations by Playwrights Canada Press, and her play Boys With Cars received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance. In 2017 she completed her Masters of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies and began developing a solo YouTube/Instagram series called "YesWeCandice".
 
Miriam Fernandes is an international actor, director, and theatre-maker. Acting credits includeAnimal Farm (Soulpepper Theatre), Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre), Dinner with the Gods (Wolf and Wallflower, Sydney AU), the World Premieres of The Snow Queen and A Sunday Affair (Theatre New Brunswick),  The Living (Summerworks Performance Festival), Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre), and The Biographer (Tango Co.).  She has trained with the SITI Company, and is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Miriam is the co-artistic director of YVA Theatre, an international company of artists from France, Norway and Canada. In 2017 she directed their inaugural production, Nesen, in the MiniMidiMaxi Festival in Bergen, Norway, and is currently in development for their new show, The First Time I Saw the Sea.  Miriam is the recipient of the Canada Council’s JPC Watkins award, the Imasco Performing Arts Award, and a Chalmers Professional Development Grant.  
 

Creative Team

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 the hit sensation BOOM, 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 BOOM and its forthcoming sequel BOOM X, and (w. Craig Francis) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, GAME of CLONES, and Jungle Book; as well as animated series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He 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.
Craig Francis is a renowned Canadian writer, illustrator, performer, and multi-disciplinary creator, whose works are enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. As a founding member of the 20K Collective, he is the co-Author and co-Director with Rick Miller of the theatrical productions Jungle Book and Game of Clones, as well as their Stage Manager. Craig is also the co-Author and Stage Manager of the hit touring production Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (directed by Miller), and a Producer and designer on Miller's solo productions BOOM and BOOM X. He is co-creating Frankenstein (with Miller and Paul Van Dyck), and writing Wizard of Oz and Rose Red. Craig illustrates the animated cartoons for the Kidoons Network, as well as writing and voicing the characters. The videos are on display at museums in 4 provinces, with millions of views. Craig has co-developed performing arts software; created award-winning marketing designs and brands; illustrated several books; appeared as a comedian on CBC, CTV, and Showtime; and his voices can be heard in animated series and games.

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.

Melanie is a Toronto-based set, costume, and puppet designer who has worked extensively with Eldritch Theatre, Videocabaret, and Théâtre français de Toronto. Other companies include Second City, Soulpepper Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, YPT, Obsidian Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Theatre 20, ProArte Danza, Driftwood Theatre, and many more. She also works in TV, mostly in French, including Production Designer for Échappe-toi si tu peux. Melanie has received two Dora Awards, three other Dora nominations, a Prix Rideau, and a nomination for the 2015 Prix d’Excellence artistique (Arrière-Scène). Melanie is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, and a member of ADC.
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 Animated Shakespeare, 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 the designer and production editor of the Kidoons Network animated series.
Rebecca is a Toronto based lighting designer. Theatres and Dance companies include: Adelheid (Heidi Strauss), The Blyth Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Canadian Rep, Factory Theatre, GCTC, Tarragon Theatre, RMTC, National Arts Centre, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Volcano, Theatre Passe Muraille, Mirvish, HUM (Susanna Hood), Zata Omm (William Yong), Nightwood, nightswimming. She has received 3 Dora awards and many nominations for outstanding lighting design.
 

A stalwart and consistent presence in the Canadian sound world, Debashis Sinha has realized projects in radiophonic art, sound art, theatre, dance, and music across Canada and internationally. A winner of 2 Dora Awards for Best Original Sound Design, his credits include productions with: The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw Festival, Why Not Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, The Theatre Centre, Nightwood Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tribal Crackling Wind, Project Humanity, Volcano Theatre and Necessary Angel, among others. His live sound practice on the concert stage has led to appearances at MUTEK, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Banff Centre, The Sound Symposium, ISEA, Madrid Abierto, and other venues. Sinha releases The White Dog on Berlin record label Establishment in early June, 2018. www.debsinha.com
 

DORA award-winning, JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran has effortlessly combined musical worlds, performing in over 20 countries across 6 continents with Autorickshaw, master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay (a cappella/live-looping) and Retrocity (80s a cappella revue). Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and performing with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and The Swingles. Suba is in demand as a vocalist, choral director, arranger, educator, composer and sound designer. She has composed and produced music for theatre, film, radio and dance. Highlights include collaborations with Deepa Mehta, the CBC and working for two seasons at the Stratford Festival. Theatre composer/sound design credits include Stratford Festival, (Komagata Maru Incident; The Aeneid), Soulpepper (For Coloured  Girls…;Tiger Bamboo Festival), Cahoots Theatre (The Enchanted Loom), Tarragon Theatre (Much Ado About Nothing); Nightswimming Theatre (Same Same, But Different); Nightwood Theatre (The  Penelopiad), Nightswimming/Cahoots Theatres (Bombay Black).
 
James Kendal is a freelance technician, carpenter and artist currently working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His long and varied career in performance began as a youngster with classical training in voice, violin, and 10 years as a classical ballet dancer. James has expanded his skillset into the realms of lighting, audio and video design, and carpentry along with stage and production management throughout the past decade. James has worked on many acclaimed and award-winning productions including - Really Big World, Sousatzka, Comfort by the Red Snow Collective, Legends of Horror at Cast Loma with Hit & Run Productions, The perfect word In/Future festival with Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Messiah Against the Grain Theatre, Steer Zata Omm Dance Projects amongst others. James looks forward to bringing Kidoons/WYRD Productions Jungle Book to the world with this wonderful cast and crew.
 

Jeff has a lifelong passion and vision for combining art and technology to develop original works. His projects are inspired by a love of storytelling and innovation. Through Kidoons theatrical productions, and digital works on the Kidoons Network, Jeff's artist collaborators help organizations to tell their stories onstage and online. He works with Not-for-Profits and corporate clients across Canada and the United States with a vision to inspire and empower all generations.