Meet the Artists


To the Country

MONIQUE MARCKER is an actress of considerable talent and has recently moved back to Winnipeg after living in Toronto for several years. Monique worked a great deal with Popular Theatre Alliance under the direction of Margo Charlton and she appeared in several of their main productions, as well as touring some of their ongoing shows.  Monique studied theatre at University of Winnipeg and she most recently appeared in The Elmwood Visitation written by Carolyn Gray at Theatre Projects Manitoba.

Carolyn Gray is a multi-skilled theatre artist who has worked on countless independent theatre projects as an actor, designer, director and writer. She trained at University of Winnipeg, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Vancouver) and Pratt Institute of Art and Design (New York). She has been a long time member of Adhere and Deny Object Puppet Theatre in Winnipeg. She is a published playwright, puppet maker and ventriloquist. Carolyn was recently awarded the Manitoba Day Award for excellence in archival research.

Deco Dawson was named one of the top 25 young independent filmmakers in North America by New York’s Filmmaker Magazine in 2002, and one of the top 10 Canadian Industry Trailblazers by The Reel World Film Festival, Deco has been achieving international acclaim for his body of short film work for a number of years.  Having directed and produced ten short films, including FILM(dzama) the winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2001 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD and The Ann Arbor Film Festival’s 2002 BEST TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD, Dawson has screened his films in festivals across the globe.  Of late, Dawson has received seven survey retrospectives of his films in Canada As well as forming a body of solo film work and limited edition art films, Dawson associate co-directed and edited the dance feature film Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary with cult filmmaker Guy Maddin.  The film won the GOLDEN PRAGUE AWARD at the 2002 Golden Prague International Television Festival, and an International Emmy Award for Best Performing Arts.   From 2000-2003 Dawson and Maddin created a handful of short films with Maddin directing and Dawson both filming and editing, including the 2001 winner of the BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM OF THE YEAR AWARD, handed out by the Critics of Lincoln Centre to The Heart of the World.

Sharon Bajer received her theatre training at Studio 58 in Vancouver and has studied advanced physical theatre with Anne-Lise Gabold in Copenhagen. As an actress, Sharon has worked across Canada, in Europe and in Israel. She has directed five plays and collaborated on many collective creations including an adaptation of Brecht’s The Wedding. Sharon is the creator of Jesus Does Laundry Too, a multi media performance that premiered at Tamahnous Theatre in Vancouver and at Theatre Projects in Winnipeg. Sharon is a former member of Adhere and Deny Object Puppet Theatre and has written several plays, including Molly’s Veil, which premiered at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg. Sharon has been nominated for several awards as an actress and writer including The John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, two Blizzard awards, a Nova Scotia Merritt Award and The Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best New Book by a Manitoba Author.

Carson Nattrass - Since graduating from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program in 2003, Carson has enjoyed a diverse and mobile career. A six-time recipient of the Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Scholarship, he has worked professionally across the country as an actor, singer, writer and fight choreographer.  In 2003 he was awarded Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Fringe Work for Change Room. In 2006, CAEA recognized his career thus far with the Emerging Theatre Artist of the Year Award. In 2007 he was awarded Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical/Comedy for his performance in Ground Zero Theatre’s production of Urinetown. He has traveled as far as the Yukon, New York, London and Milan to experience and study the world of theatre. In 2006, he traveled to Castilioncello, Italy to shadow fellow Manitoban, Vern Thiessen’s writing retreat. His first play, Red/White+Blue is in development with the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council.

ROSS MCMILLAN is a much sought after Winnipeg actor, playwright and director. Trained at University of Manitoba and The Vancouver Voice Intensive, Ross is a driving force in the Winnipeg independent theatre scene. He was one of the founding members of Persona Theatre, which produced Endgame, Notes from Underground, Bosoms and Neglect and The Designated Mourner. He has worked across Canada as an actor and recently won the Blizzard Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Guy Madden’s Saddest Music in the World. He was also featured in Twilight of the Ice Nymphs and continues to appear in many of film and television productions produced in Manitoba. Ross has written several plays including Washing Spider Out and Toby’s Made Up Mind.

GRAHAM ASHMORE is a long time member of Adhere and Deny Theatre and is also an active participant in the Winnipeg alternative theatre scene. Graham has appeared in several productions at MTC including the acclaimed Glengarry Glen Ross, The Tempest and A Christmas Carol. Graham is a member of the original Winnipegger Ensemble. He has studied theatre at University of Winnipeg as well as with Ker Wells (of Primus Theatre), Richard Armstrong, Gary Logan and Dennis Krausnick.


DARIA PUTTAERT is proud to be a part of the lovely Winnipegger's Ensemble for "To the Country". Other Winnipeg stages that she has appeared on include: MTC, PTE, TPM, and with the Tom-Tom Co-op. Daria would like to thank her new husband, but old partner in it all, Jamie.

SIMON MIRON - With a Masters degree in performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and a diploma from Grant MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts Program, Simon first joined White Rabbit as a performer in 2007. He now brings a professional and creative flair to his role, which primarily finds him in director and creative advisor’s chairs.

During his studies, Simon worked as a choreographer, workshop leader and drama tutor at RSAMD and since his return to Canada has taught Voice and Acting Through Song at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. He has also performed with companies across the UK and Canada including: Rainbow Stage, MTYP, Gilbert and Sullivan Society and MTC.


Meg McMillan - Costume Design

Costume designer for such films as The Haunting in Connecticut, Elijah, My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World and Lucid, Meg is a welcome addition to the Winnipegger Ensemble.