Cast & Crew
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.
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.
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
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.