Actor, Director, Writer
Whistling Fish Theatre Productions 1997-now
and Stage Adaptations
CLARET AND AMBER, 2011
THE REMARKABLE EMILY CARR, 2009
GOLD! IS IT REALLY WORTH IT ALL?, 2006
ROCKBOUND THE MUSICAL, 2001
ADVENTURES WITH ALICE, 2006
THE WOMAN FROM CHAILLOT, 2005
CRY FROM THE FOREST, 1994
England and raised in eastern Canada, Susan's stage training
includes full-time studies at both Rose Bruford College, Kent,
England -'69-'70- and The Vancouver Playhouse Acting School,
performed professionally in a number of theatres in both Canada
and the US, including City Stage, The Vancouver Playhouse, Centaur
Theatre, Youththeatre; Mermaid Theatre, and in the US in Seattle,
WA; and upstate NY.
& writing credits include Rockbound the Musical -2001-Nelson
BC/2003-Sidney, BC-; a staged reading with music of GOLD!
Is it Really Worth it All?
-Charlie White Theatre, Sidney, BC -2006- and Cry from the
Forest -Trevor John Studios, Ottawa (1994).
credits include Three Penny Opera, Johnny Mangano & His
Astonishing Dogs, Mapping the Soul, Blind Dancers, Berthe, Mad
Woman of Chaillot, Waiting for the Parade, new adaptations
of Mad Woman and Adventures with Alice -Victoria, BC
-2005, and Tales and Songs of the Sea -Christ Church
Cathedral, Victoria, BC-2005.
Susan researched and co-created forty-four music travelogue
shows for the nationally aired TV series, STEEPLECHASING
for Vision TV -'98-'03.
also written & directed 2 commissioned documentaries: Working
with Differences -1994- and In Search of Evelyn Garbary
Susan has been Artistic Director of Whistling Fish Productions
which she co-founded in 1997 in NS with partner Geoff Noble.
Her play, The Remarkable Emily Carr, was adapted for
the 2010 Discovery Series at Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver
& Amber,' conceived by Susan and produced by Whistling Fish
Productions in 2013, explores the lively dynamics that evolve
at an imagined encounter between two Canadian icons: BC artist,
Emily Carr, and P.E.I. author, L. Maud Montgomery. Susan took
on the role of Carr in the play's one-hour version mounted for
the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival at the 'Cultch' Lab Theatre
(see review on 'Claret &
current stage project, 'A Northern Tapestry', in which she performs
with Geoff Noble, was conceived and written in 2014.
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Director
years, Geoff has been delighting audiences with his warm voice,
strong stage presence and poetic lyrics.
songwriter, his music has been featured on television, stage
and radio; and his material has been recorded and covered by
many artists both in North America, and the UK.
Leeds, England in 1950 Geoff started singing at a very early
age. After completing high school in Castleford, he went on
to receive a teaching certificate in English and Drama at Bretton
Hall College, Yorkshire. He then taught High School Drama for
5 years before deciding to focus on his entertainment career
to Canada in 1978 and has since worked as a songwriter and performer.
He has recorded 6 albums of his original music; written the
songs and music for 3 full length musicals; been contracted
to write promotional songs and music for the BC Government,
the NS Government, and the Federal Government (Parks Canada).
He has written
educational material based on the history of BC and Canada that
was placed in every elementary school in BC, as well as many
other schools across the country.
been described by Vision TV as "Canada's Sir Harry Seacombe".
The TV series Steeplechasing, hosted by Geoff, aired
on national TV in Canada for 5 years. For its last 3 seasons,
it was the most popular 'Made in Canada' series on Vision TV,
with a weekly audience of over 100,000. Steeplechasing
was co-written by Geoff and Susan Shillingford and most of the
songs Geoff performed on the show were his own compositions
written for each show location. In 2013, he directed the abridged
version of 'Claret and Amber' for the Vancouver Fringe
Festival while taking the role of 'The Waiter'. Geoff
is currently performing eleven of his songs in the Whistling
Fish Production of 'A Northern Tapestry' (see review on 'A
Northern Tapestry' page).