Lakeshore Players Dorval is lucky and eternally grateful for all the enormously talented people who donate their time and effort to bring you all our productions.

This is their story.


Steve Gillam ThumbSteve Gillam – Director
Steve grew up on a maple syrup farm in the Eastern Townships, the youngest of 8 children.  The day he turned 16 he boarded a train for Portugal, but ended up in the Yukon, where he stayed for 6 years raising sled dogs.  While there, he was fortunate enough to see a touring production of “King Lear, The Musical”, starting his love affair with the theatre.  After completing a degree in puppetry… Okay… None of that is true.  But Steve has been an active member of Lakeshore Players Dorval for 20 seasons.  He has acted in 22 productions (most recently as Oberon in Shakespeare In Hollywood) and this is his 9th time directing for us.  He has also designed costumes and sets for oodles of shows.  And he was president for 7 years.  We’re sick of writing about him.



Mélanie Desjardins – GloriaMelDesjardinsThumb
Mélanie is excited to back with the Lakeshore Players Dorval for her third season. You may have seen her as Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take it With You, (a little too much of her) as Janie McMichael in Not Now, Darling and as Puck in this season’s Shakespeare In Hollywood. Mélanie is thrilled to be working with such a talented and fun group of people.


JeremyGlennThumbJeremy Glenn – Bernard
Jeremy joined the Lakeshore Players Dorval family in 2009, and has since worked backstage on a number of productions as well as being on stage in many shows including Having Hope at Home, Jane Eyre, as Charlie Chaplin in The Cat’s Meow and most recently in Sabrina Fair in the fall of 2014. Outside of the world of performing arts, Jeremy is a landscape architect. He would like to thank the entire production team of Boeing Boeing, especially the crew, for all the hard work that rarely gets its proper recognition.  Jeremy is also President of Lakeshore Players Dorval and is grateful to the board and all the members for making his job so easy!  Enjoy the show!

Theresa Knowles ThumbTheresa Knowles – Gretchen
Theresa is happy to be back at Lakeshore Players Dorval after appearing as Mollie Ralston in last season’s production of The Mousetrap. Her past acting credits include numerous appearances in Ottawa theatre productions. Some of her favourite roles include Jane in Smash (Tara Players), Joanne in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Toto Too Theatre), Jane Banbury in Fallen Angels and Veronica Cray in The Hollow (Ottawa Little Theatre). Over the past year, Theresa has also often appeared on the Montreal Improv stage, most recently as Fern Segal in Truth Talk A.M. She holds a degree in Theatre from York University and works in the institutional communications office at Concordia University. As always, she thanks her family and friends for their love and support.

Lia Ludbrook ThumbLia Ludbrook – Gabriella
Lia has just completed her studies in Education at McGill University, and is looking forward to getting into the Elementary classroom. Prior to this, she graduated from the John Abbott Professional Theatre Program in 2011. Lia’s favourite recent theatre-related experience is putting on an original play with a group of fifteen children in Malawi, Africa in the summer of 2014. It is her hope not only to continue to pursue her own love of acting but also to continue to inspire this same love of the arts in children. Straight out of Shakespeare In Hollywood and the world of Lydia Lansing, Lia is excited to take on another role with Lakeshore Players Dorval.

Sylvia Mauri Thumb 2Sylvia Mauri – Berthe
Ooh la la !! What a thrill it was for Sylvia to be working with such a talented cast and, after twenty years, to once again have Steve direct her in a show!
All those years of intensive French lessons at the Sore Bone Academy finally paid off – playing Berthe was truly a delight for her. It wasn’t easy, but…
In the few years since returning to the stage, Sylvia has played the tap-dancing Lorraine Fleming in 42nd Street (Hudson Music Club), the lovably crazy Duchess in Alice in Wonderland (Hudson Players Club), the widow Tova Schwartz in The Widow Schwartz (Hudson Players Club) and Southern belle Monette Gentry in Always a Bridesmaid (Stone Soup Productions).
Heartfelt thanks to  Lakeshore Players Dorval for the warm welcome and for the wonderful camaraderie experienced during this production!

Sterling Mawhinney ThumbSterling Mawhinney – Robert
Sterling is pleased to be back for another Lakeshore Players Dorval production. Sterling has previously appeared in the LP productions of The Cat’s Meow, The Real Inspector Hound, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rehearsal for Murder and The Mousetrap. Selected credits include Lion in the Streets as Bill and Seven Stories as Rodney for Tableau D’Hote Theatre, Man of La Mancha as Juan for The Segal Centre, The Crucible as Hopkins for Centaur Theatre and Rope as Rupert Cadell for La Maison. Sterling will follow up this show by making his directorial debut in a short play he has written called Have you seen my Monster? It will debut in the Shortstanding Festival later in February. Enjoy the show.


Joanne_Miller_ThumbJoanne Miller – Producer & Props
Joanne is excited to be producing her first show for Lakeshore Players Dorval after last season’s acting debut in Not Now, Darling. Joanne was grateful to work with such a talented team… it was nothing like herding cats, as she’d been warned. She hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!



Linda Sheshko ThumbLinda Sheshko – Stage Manager
Hitherto in her six years with Lakeshore Players Dorval, Linda has been more involved with the onstage part of the company’s work, most recently as Julia McKinlock in Sabrina Fair. This season she has taken on the new challenge of stage managing after apprenticing under Lise Fortin last year.  She hopes and trusts that that training will see her through this, her first solo flight, without too much turbulence.  But if you see the “Fasten Seatbelts” signs light up, look out!


Gillian Gilbert – Assistant Stage ManagerGillian Gilbert Thumb
Originally from the U.K., Gillian enjoyed a misspent youth singing in rock bands (notably with Steve Hackett of Genesis). In Canada, she appeared at Le Festin du Gouverneur and Mount Royal Operatic Society. Since joining Lakeshore Players Dorval, she adored hamming it up in Shakespeare In Hollywood as Seamstress/Extra and has also appeared in Jane Eyre as well as numerous behind the scenes frolicking. Gillian wishes to thank the entire organization for making theatre such a welcoming part of her life. Cheers to all the cast, backstage buddies and crew.

Holli Drum – Assistant Stage ManagerHolli Drum Thumb

Holli has been a Lakeshore Players Dorval staple for more than 20 years, and a priceless member of the backstage team. In her other life, Holli is also involved with the Girl Guides and Brownies in Dorval.



Karen Pierce ThumbKaren Pearce – Costume Designer
Karen has been involved in most aspects of theatre over the years but soon realized that costuming was her great passion and also had the benefit of being a great excuse to expand her wardrobe, give in to a genetically predetermined hoarding tendency and stay in shape (clothing weighs a lot). Karen loves to paint a picture with colour, pattern and sparkle and some people say they can recognize her costumes even before reading the program (Karen hopes this is a good thing). Many thanks to LP for the opportunities and challenges over the years and looking forward to future collaborations…

Anita Krausz Thumb2Anita Krausz – Props

New to the Lakeshore Players Dorval, Anita is excited to be working on the props for Boeing Boeing. This marks her return to the theatre since playing the lead role in her junior high production of The Diary of Anne Frank (in which she overacted, badly). With a background in visual presentation, graphic design and a passion for all things vintage, she’d like to come back as an interior designer in her next life. Until then, look for her at garage sales and church bazaars.


LiseFortinThumbLise Fortin – Board Operator
Lise has been involved in community theatres both onstage and backstage for over 30 years.  Among her favourite onstage roles are Linda in Les Belles Soeurs & Diane in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (UW drama dept), Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Great River Players) and Queen Isabella in Edward II and the title role in Macbeth (Upstage Productions).  With Lakeshore Players Dorval she has worked mostly backstage, usually stage managing or operating lighting and sound boards.


ESauvéThumbEric Sauvé – Sound Design
Being a former flight attendant/air steward, Eric was fully ready to take on the role of either Gloria, Gretchen or Gabriella. But alas, the auditions did not go as well as planned and he shaved his legs for nothing. Que sera sera. Sound design is something else Eric knows a thing or two about, and it doesn’t require shaving anything.
Welcome aboard LP Air.


Seamus Ryan ThumbSeamus Ryan – Lighting Design
Seamus Ryan is a professional Stage Manager and theatre technician working in Montreal for the last twelve years. He has worked on several productions at the Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Geordie Productions, Black Theatre Workshop and Theatre Lac Brome to name a few. His previous lighting designs for Lakeshore Players Dorval include And Then There Were None and Fools.