Cast & Crew

Creative Team

Paul Van Dyck is a Toronto based playwright, director, and performer whose work has been produced in the United States, the United Kingdom, and throughout Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Rabbit in a Hat Productions, a company he founded with the mandate to produce new Canadian plays. Paul’s accolades include; The Revelation Award, Montreal English Critics Circle; Outstanding Direction (Oroonoko), Montreal English Theatre Awards; Best Production (Paradise Lost), New York Frigid Festival and Atlantic Fringe; Best Production (Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!), Montreal Fringe; Best Drama (The Harvester), Atlantic Fringe; and Le Prix Fred Barry Design (Blood Wild), Montreal Fringe. Paul is a past participant of the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival and was the 2014/15 National Forum Representative of Quebec for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He has directed at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre, and recently made his film directorial debut with Bright Young Things Productions’ A Motion Away. Since moving to Toronto a year ago his adaptation of Paradise Lost launched Western University’s new Theatre Studies Program, Blood Wild was presented at Toronto’s Next Stage Theatre Festival, while his libretto, The Harvester, received a workshop performance with FAWN Chamber Creative in Toronto and Ottawa. Paul is currently creating a play based on the life of William Lyon Mackenzie King with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
CRAIG FRANCIS: Co-creator/artistic director Craig Francis’ creations have been enjoyed by millions of children and educators worldwide. He has collaborated with Rick Miller on multimedia design and marketing for shows from MacHomer to BOOM, and designed campaigns for Performing Arts Centers and hundreds of shows from The Second City to Live Nation to TELUS to Cineplex Big Screen Events. The creator and artistic director of the Kidoons ecological multimedia series Animazia, Francis has also illustrated several books including Hire Power! and Complete Idiot’s Guides, and appeared in Just For Laughs, on CBC, CTV, and Global. His voice is heard in several animated series and games.
Rick has a unique ability to crystallize elusive concepts into creative forms, and to share these visions in astounding, and innovative expressions. Entertainment Weekly has called Rick Miller “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He brings to the BOOM transmedia iniative deep collaborative experience, that ensures the highest quality and insightful direction.

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/performer who has played in 5 languages on 5 continents. His new theatrical production BOOM is a Kidoons and WYRD Production and premiered in 2014.  His solo creations MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL have garnered critical and commercial acclaim worldwide and his co-creation production of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea with Craig Francis will premiere in Toronto in 2015. 

He hosted three seasons of ABC's Just for Laughs, and Entertainment Weekly called him “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”.  A collaborator with Robert Lepage and Ex Machina, Miller has co-created and starred in the plays La Géométrie des Miracles, Zulu Time (with Peter Gabriel), LIPSYNCH and the film Possible Worlds. He hosts a History TV series Canadian Made and is developing a Bigger Than Jesus film, a HARDSELL TV series and a new performance production, BOOM.  He is involved in several educational, environmental, and youth-empowerment initiatives.  

Winner of the Dora Award for Best Production of a Play, 2005

Winner of the Dora Award for Best Actor in a principal role, 2005

Irina Litvinenko is an accomplished creative artist, graphic designer, and video production artist. Irina has been a longstanding collaborator with Rick Miller and Craig Francis, including as Multimedia Designer for Jungle Book and BOOM X; assisting on onscreen media and DVD production for MacHomer and its educational Animated Shakespeare videos, brand design for BOOM and BOOM X, and video sequences and design elements for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. As a web and video artist, Irina is a designer, animator, and production editor of the Kidoons Network animated series. She has worked on advertising and multimedia campaigns for Performing Arts Centers across Canada and the US; for shows from BOWFIRE to Carol Burnett; and campaigns including TELUS, Cirque Musica, and the University of Kentucky Opera.