Vancouver, 1st September, 2019
United Players is delighted to announce that C. W. (Toph) Marshall is our Incoming Artistic Director. Toph will spend a year under the mentorship of Artistic Director Andrée Karas, who, for the last 36 years as Artistic Director, has guided United Players to its current successful position in the Vancouver theatre scene. In September 2020 Toph will take over the reins and Andrée will step down to become Artistic Director Emerita. No, she’s not going - just moving up!
It is, as you can imagine, a momentous time for us, but Toph is no stranger to United Players and we are so happy with his appointment. His first contact was in 1995 when he provided the translation for our production of Trojan Women, which was directed by Andrée Karas. Since then he has directed Helen, The Prince’s Play, The Invention of Love and the world première of Tony Harrison's The Misanthrope for us.
A Classics professor at UBC, Toph has directed a dozen ancient plays through his company MASC (Modern Actors Staging Classics) and has founded improv troupes in Montreal, Edinburgh and Sackville, NB. He has written books on Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Roman Comedy. He has directed over a dozen plays from Victoria to St. John’s, as well as in Edinburgh. In Vancouver, as well as the productions for United Players, he has directed Mark Twain’s Diaries of Adam and Eve for Ensemble Theatre Company. And he acts too! Acting credits include Polonius in Hamlet (BlackSpear, Vancouver), Miles Gloriosus in Funny Thing (Triptych, Vancouver), Bassanio in Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare by the Sea, St. John’s) and Antony in Julius Caesar (SBTS).
We are so enthused and excited to have him on board!
The United Players Board of Directors