Sunday at The Segal: Every Brilliant Thing

Oct 24, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021 | Online

11 A.M.

There is something uniquely powerful about Every Brilliant Thing’s single performer, interactive format. This virtual Sunday @ the Segal panel will gather a group of panelists who have played the role, often known as the Narrator or She/Him, to discuss their own understanding of the show. Listen in as we discuss why this show has touched the hearts of so many, exploring how the different experiences of each actor shapes the way that the performance and character are received by audiences. We are grateful to welcome guest panelists Jenna-Lee Hyde (Narrator at Burnt Thicket Theatre, Live Five, Fire Exit Theatre, Globe Theatre), Dawn Petten (Narrator at Belfry Theatre), Steve Ross (Narrator at New Stages), John Ullyatt (Narrator at Citadel Theatre), and Daniel Brochu (Segal Centre). Our 2021-2022 season host Sarah Deshaies (CJAD radio) will moderate with her signature warm and insightful style.

Pour yourself a warm cup of coffee, grab some snacks, and join us for this enriching and entertaining online conversation on Facebook or YouTube...right from the comfort of your home!

Jenna Lee Hyde 
Jenna-Lee is a prairie born-and-raised actor and artist living in Toronto. Select theatre credits include: Every Brilliant Thing (Burnt Thicket Theatre, Live Five, Fire Exit Theatre, Globe Theatre), Molly Bloom (Fourth Gorgon Theatre / Toronto Fringe, NAC #canadaperforms), Our Town (Theatre Rusticle / Buddies in Bad Times), Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Film/TV: Workin’ Moms (CBC). She has also performed at Second City in Toronto as a member of House Co.; @jennaleehyde 

Dawn Petten
Dawn is an actor who works and lives on the ancestral, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver. Dawn performed Every Brilliant Thing at the beloved Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC (directed by Estelle Shook), just before COVID shut down our stages and before she could tour the show to Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops. Dawn is a multiple Jessie Richardson Award nominee and winner. Favourite productions include Tear the Curtain!; A Doll’s House; as well as a number of seasons at Bard on the Beach, numerous shows at Caravan Farm Theatre, and many years with Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto (another rendition of which she goes into rehearsal for in a of couple weeks). #1 on Dawn’s Brilliant List: the dance moves of her 4-year-old daughter.

Steve Ross
Stratford: Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Man of La Mancha, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: goldfish (Here for Now), Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (Dora Award) (TIFT); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).

John Ullyat
John Ullyatt (UH-lee-it) (he/him/his/il/lui) is a native Montrealer who makes his home in Edmonton. John played Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl at the Segal Centre. He performed Every Brilliant Thing at the Citadel Theatre right before the beginning of the pandemic. He’s worked at many theatres across the country from Victoria to Montreal and is co-founder of Firefly Theatre & Circus. He is a notable street performer whose works have travelled to Japan, Ireland, and all over Canada. Over the past year and a half, he has become Head Distiller at Lone Pine Distilling in Edmonton.

Daniel Brochu
Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021), Tribes, Haunted Hillbilly (SideMart Theatrical Grocery), Scientific Americans, Othello, Guys and Dolls Elsewhere Little Prince (Geordie), Art (Hudson Village Theatre), Last Night at the Gayety, Alice and the World we Live In (Centaur); 30 years of cartoon and voice over experience Awards Best Supporting Actor for Othello (METAs 2013); Three Daytime Emmy Awards for Arthur on PBS