Joan Bendon and William Colgate may call Muskoka home but their work has taken them across Canada and the world. Married for 40 years, Joan and Bill’s combined theatrical experience represents close to a century of “trodding the boards.”
Why is Muskoka Players just the two of you?
Anything more ambitious and the cost to you becomes prohibitive. The plays we’ve chosen require little or no sets and only two actors (at most). Thus meeting the criteria to make this possible – simplicity and economy.
SELECTED STAGE CREDITS
Map of the World (Canadian Stage), The Tempest (Dream In High Park), Pal Joey (Tarragon Theatre), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It Al For You (National Arts Centre), Twelfth Night, Jacob Two Two & the Hooded Fang and Treasure Island (Young People’s Theatre), Mr. Pickwick (Toronto Workshop Productions).
Two more recent performances include Norm Foster’s The Gentleman Clothier (Orillia Opera House) and Billy Bishop in Dot the T’s touring production of Billy Bishop Goes To War.
OTHER SELECTED ACTING CREDITS
Created and performed the role of Shanachie for the 2018 Natalie MacMaster/Donnell Leahy Celtic Family Christmas Tour.
Numerous additional credits include film, television, CBC radio drama, cartoon & commercial voice work. Bill has shared screen time with Diane Keaton, Kiefer Sutherland, Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack, to name a few.
Bill is also an award-winning singer/songwriter and recorded 3 albums of original music.
SELECTED ACTING CREDITS
The Gentleman Clothier (Orillia Opera House), On A first Name Basis (Dot The T’s Muskoka Tour), Hedda Gabler, Waiting For Godot, Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest (Cyclos Theatre), The Ivy Room (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Look Back In Anger, Female Transport (Equity Showcase Theatre), Marat Sade (Equity Conservatory Project), The Velveteen Rabbit, Cinderella (Playbill Theatre) and numerous children’s shows (Theatre Go Round).
SELECTED DIRECTING CREDITS
Billy Bishop Goes To War, On A First Name Basis (Dot The T), What The Butler Saw, Lion In Winter (Cyclos Theatre), numerous children’s shows (Cycle Children’s Theatre), The Dumb Waiter (Toronto Fringe), A Christmas Carol (Huntsville Theatre Co.).
SELECTED CORPORATE CREDITS
Numerous original musical creations as well as adaptations of Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Casablanca, Grease and Burlesque for many corporate clients.