2016 Artists: Ladies of the CNR

Three women sneak into an empty and abandoned locomotive repair shop, their former employ during World War II. They revisit the world of the machines that temporarily held them captive, and re-experience the challenges of life on the Homefront.

Ladies of the CNR is a vignette inspired by a powerful wartime photograph with the provocative caption: “Ladies of the CNR Shops, Stratford 1944.”


Courtesy of Perth Archives



The project is conceived by Kelly McIntosh, actor, director, and devisor of theatre. Kelly brings her experience of creating shows through research/interview techniques learned from director Paul Thompson of Farm Show fame. Their collaboration credits include The Outdoor Donnellys, Death of a Hired Man, and Hippie for the Blyth Festival. Kelly has worked in theatres across the country and acted in the inaugural production of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad at the Royal Shakespeare Company.




Stacy Smith is an actor, arts educator and theatre-maker. She’s worked in theatres throughout the country and extensively in television and film.  She was nominated for a Genie award for her work in the film New Waterford Girl. She recently completed a run of The Ladies Foursome at Theatre Aquarius and Drayton Entertainment.




Baptiste Neis is a graduate of Concordia University’s Acting Program with a Drama For Human Development specialization. Baptiste most recently co-facilitated a community puppet capacity building project in Newfoundland with David Lane of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop.  A founding member of the Clever Crones, she presented a new work in development at Springworks 2016, The Baker’s Daughter.







Jody Satchell, crew/performer: Jody is a Perth County Organic Farmer, and works as a carpenter at the Stratford Festival Scenic Shops.





Heather Davies provides directorial assistance for the vignette. Heather’s directorial credits span across North America, the UK Germany and Spain. Filling a variety of directing roles Heather has worked with an impressive list of theatre companies that includes the Stratford Festival, The Grand Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Upcoming: Colours in the Storm at The Grand, London ON


Early dramaturgical/ research assistance by Elizabeth Davidson.


‘Lady of the CNR’ Ilona Steinacker with Kelly McIntosh

Kelly McIntosh explains how ‘Ladies of the CNR’ relates to the theme of Unharvested Histories: 

Many people have sought me out to share their stories and to encourage me to continue. The shops are a big deal in Stratford. For one, they loom, empty, cavernous, dangerous, unresolved. Most locals I meet are connected one way or another through a family member. I see this story not just as a Stratford story, but a national story, and of women, and a perspective on our involvement with industry not unlike the Bomb Girls and Riveters. But for the lone photograph who would have remembered them? Our aim is to share and celebrate these women, who rose to the occasion, to a moment in history where necessity bent the gender lines. Many of their descendants tell me oh mum never talked about that, I didn’t even know there was a photograph, isn’t that something?


Good news! Unharvested Histories DEADLINE EXTENDED past long weekend!

GOOD NEWS for dancers, poets, musicians, film makers, students and historians who want to share lesser known histories off the page & on the stage: Staging Our Histories has extended the submission deadline for Unharvested Histories in Goderich to better accommodate our submitting artists.

Artist submissions will now be accepted until midnight on July 4th, 2016. If you haven’t already started a written or recorded proposal that outlines how you would bring #UnharvestedHistories to life on the stage or screen, you have one extra week to create material and pinpoint your technical needs. See our submission guidelines for more detailed information on what our co-organizers will be looking for when selecting pieces, and what to include in your proposal. For the 2016 event in Goderich, we’re seeking a diversity of storytelling mediums & performance styles, as well as diverse histories that matter to individuals and communities across Huron County and surrounding communities.

Prospective performers can submit early or send questions about their proposal for more detailed feedback and guidance from our co-directors. We’d love to hear from you! Email us at staginghistories@gmail.com, tweet us @stagehist or message us via Facebook.




One week ago, the first-ever Staging Our Histories featured seven extraordinary stories examining the past and its repercussions in the present, performed live to a full house at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage. We are very thankful to the talents of our performers and our superb host, Adrian Harewood, for making the evening enthralling & unforgettable.

There were many people who made Staging Our Histories possible, however, that you didn’t get a chance to see on stage. The co-directors would like to thank the following individuals for their support and their valuable time, as well as all other colleagues and friends who supported and promoted the event:

To our core volunteer team, who have been a vital part of Staging Our Histories from almost the beginning, we owe a huge debt of gratitude for everything they contributed behind-the-scenes during our months of planning, and the huge amount of work they did on May 31st!

Kathryn Boschmann, for taking time out of a busy week to run communications for us on Sunday

Matthew Moore, for learning to be our stage manager in one afternoon and doing a fantastic job

Christina Parsons, for being an mvp & making sure everything was where it was supposed to be, when it was supposed to be there

Tannis Price, our dedicated & talented photographer who tirelessly documented the whole day

Christopher Chaban, for his constant assistance, including crucial door-holding, on May 31st

For their generous help with running errands & being all the places we couldn’t be, and/or clean-up after the reception…

Sujata & Arvind Bajpeyi

Alex Wilkinson

Erin Gurski & Michael Chiarello

Vinayak Bansal, Anusha Jahagirdar, Zahir Bakhari, Saumya Bansal, Fizza Ahmed SheikhLeah Teichroeb & Meagan Barnhart

Jenny Srour, for kindly offering to watch the young son of a performer so she could participate in our talk-backs

Marissa Romano, for opening her home to our performers

For donating tickets…

Sharon & Laurie Cox

Siobhan Falconer

For generous donations of food, drinks or gifts…


David’s Tea

Pure Kitchen

Stella Luna Gelato Cafe

ZaZaZa Pizza

Our caterers…

Kettleman’s Bagels, for our rehearsal lunch

Johnny Farina, for our reception sandwiches

Our Printers…

Merriam Print

David Dean, for his support & the donation of his book History, Memory, Performance 

James Opp & John Walsh, for their guidance on behalf of the CCPH

Our Sponsors

Carleton University’s Department of History

The Carleton Centre for Public History

Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences-Office of the Dean

The National Arts Centre‘s Fourth Stage

Two Days until Staging Our Histories! Why we Can’t Wait

Excited for history to take the stage? You’re not the only one. Don’t take our word for it; check out why Ottawa, as well as the arts & academic communities at large, is psyched for history (a)live and off the page THIS SUNDAY! Get your tickets

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Staging Our Histories at the National Arts Centre Box Office

Does the way we tell the story change our understanding of history?

Join the performers of Staging our Histories May 31st at the National Arts Centre to witness seven performances that bring new perspectives to the past and invite the audience to interact with history. Check out Staging Our Histories on the NAC’s website in English and French.

Eight powerful stories told via film, theatre, poetry and oral storytelling will illuminate the past and its impact on the present for one evening in Ottawa. At Staging Our Histories, creative storytelling will bring the origins of a local landmark to life, film and theatre will investigate the memories contained in a grandmother’s home remedies, and poetry will express the lived experience of colonial legacies, among other performances.

And mark your calendars! Tickets for Staging Our Histories are officially on sale at the National Arts Centre’s box office on April 6th at 10 am!

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May 31st, 7:30 pm                       National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage

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We’re pleased to announce that you can now reserve your seat at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth stage to experience ten talented artists embodying the past and its implications in the present through storytelling, film, theatre and poetry. The evening will additionally feature talk-backs between audience and artists moderated by host Adrian Harewood.

Be a part of our first year and participate in a dialogue regarding how history is told and how it is received. Our audience is a significant and valued part of an interactive, one-of-a-kind evening of live performances and conversation. A ticket to Staging Our Histories grants you the chance to see eight extraordinary works, an opportunity to address the artists, and an invitation to an end-of-the-night reception at the National Arts Centre.

Carol Jones


Formée en danse et jeu, spécialiste en percussions corporelles, Carol Jones œuvre dans le milieu artistique depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années.  La danse l’a menée au théâtre.  Diplômée à la maîtrise en théâtre, elle joue, danse et choréthéâtrographie. On l’a vue tant sur scène (Free, Pour filles de couleur,  Angélique); à la télé (Chez Denise, Les dames de cœur, Watatatow, 19-2) qu’au cinéma (Le Matou, Louis 19, Je me souviens. La femme allongée).

Fille d’un jazzman (batterie), nourrie par les rythmes africains, Carol développe sa technique de percussions corporelles, associant diverses danses percussives et rythmes de la batterie, qu’elle enseigne dans diverses écoles (UQAM, Rencontre Théâtre Ados, etc.). Également, elle collabore à des productions musicales comme celles de l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

Dans le cadre de l’activité « Qui a mis le feu à Montréal le 10 avril 1734? » initiée par le Centre d’Histoire de Montréal, elle crée le personnage Angélique qu’elle présente depuis 2007 dans les écoles et les bibliothèques.  Ainsi, chaque année elle amène quelques deux cents élèves à répondre, sous forme théâtrale, à la question. Tout récemment, le projet s’est mérité un Prix d’Excellence décerné par l’Association Québécoise des Interprètes du Patrimoine.

En 2010, avec l’aide du Conseil des Arts du Canada et de l’Unesco, elle présentait Free à la Salle Carpe diem. Cette pièce entièrement exprimée en percussions corporelles pose un regard sur le trafic humain contemporain. Son art la fait voyager : Brésil, Turquie, Trois-Rivières, Sierra Leone, etc. où elle participe à maints événements et festivals. En 2015, suite à une résidence de création au Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Free prendra l’affiche au Théâtre de la Providence, salle annexée à ce même Collège.

Actuellement étudiante à l’American Dance Therapy Association, Carol achève une maîtrise en danse thérapie.

Trained in dance and theatre, and a specialist in corporeal percussion, Carol Jones has been active in the artistic field for over 20 years. Dance  led her to theatre. With a Master’s in theatre, she acts, dances and choreographs. She has been seen on stage (Free, Pour filles de couleur,  Angélique); on television (Chez Denise, Les dames de cœur, Watatatow, 19-2) and cinéma (Le Matou, Louis 19, Je me souviens. La femme allongée).

Daughter of a jazzman (drummer), inspired by African rhythms, Carol develops her corporeal percussion, associating diverse percussive dances and drum rhythms, which she teaches in various schools (UQAM, Rencontre Théâtre Ados, etc.). She also collaborates on musical productions such as the Greater Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra.

Within the framework of the activity “Qui a mis le feu à Montréal le 10 avril 1734?” (who set fire to Montreal the 10th of April 1734?) initiated by the Montreal History Center, she created the Angélique character, whom she has presented since 2007 in schools and libraries. Therefore, each year, she gets two hundred students to respond, in theatrical form, to this question. Quite recently, the project earned the Prix d’Excellence (excellence prize) given by the Association Québécoise des Interprètes du Patrimoine (Quebec Association of Heritage Interpreters).

In 2010, with the help of the National Council of the Arts of Canada and UNESCO, she presented FREE at the Carpe Diem Hall. This piece, entirely expressed in corporeal percussions, focuses on contemporary human trafficking. Her art makes her travel: Brazil, Turkey, Trois-Rivières, Sierra Leone, etc., where she takes part in many events and festivals. In 2015, after a residency at the Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, FREE will be presented at the Théâtre de la Providence, a hall annexed to this same College.

Currently a student at the American Dance Therapy Association, Carol is completing a Master’s in Dance Therapy.