About Us

Burt and Werneburg are Hallie Burt and Kate Werneburg. Their inaugural collaboration is Elizabeth - Darcy, first presented at the Toronto Fringe and currently being presented throughout Ontario. For more information about Burt and Werneburg and their collaborators, please read on:

Hallie Burt - Creator/Actor

Hallie Burt is a Toronto-based actor, creator and educator. Her credits include the Queer Bathroom Stories (Libido Productions), The Comedy of Errors (Urban Bard), Dufflebag Theatre Company, Beatrice in John and Beatrice (ShouldBe Theatre), and Faustus in Doctor Faustus (Randolph Academy). She co-created and stars in the critically acclaimed Elizabeth - Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (Burt and Werneburg). She has worked as an educator at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Centauri Summer Arts Camp and as a private acting coach.

Kate Werneburg - Creator/Actor*

Kate is an actor and writer. Her performance work for the stage includes work with The Nearly-World Famous Dufflebag Theatre (bilingual troupe), A Company of Fools, The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, Glasswater Theatre, Winterbird Arts, and the Hercinia Arts Collective. Her writing has been featured in the 2010 Toronto Fringe’s The Centre of Everything Civilised, at Ryerson’s New Voices 2008, and in staged readings with Theatre In Her Shoes and Canadian Stage's GYM program. She is a graduate of the British American Drama Academy and Ryerson Theatre School's Acting Program, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award of Excellence.

Kate Werneburg appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Tom Arthur Davis - Director (Elizabeth - Darcy)

Tom Arthur Davis is an award winning director, playwright, and actor. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received an H.B.A. specializing in theatre. His work has toured across North America including Toronto, Ottawa, New York, and Los Angeles. Davis is also the Artistic Director of Pandemic Theatre.

Recent Directing Credits: Five Fingers (wewillmeet productions), Mahmoud [Winner: Best of Fringe Toronto & NYC], Murder on Ossington, and Imbalance (all with Pandemic Theatre). Upcoming: Amusement (Nobody's Business Theatre/ Edmonton Fringe)

Bruce Pitkin - Dramaturg (Elizabeth - Darcy)

Bruce has performed, directed and taught in Japan, Germany, the United States and Canada. With an MFA in Performance from York University, he has worked with the Tadashi Suzuki Company, Japan and Shakespeare & Company, Boston. He was the Artistic Director of the Acting Academy, in Munich, Germany and has taught Shakespeare and Scene Study at the Randolph Academy since 2007. Directing credits include: Albertine in Five Times, Bernarda Albas Haus, Road, Elecktra, Mephisto, Kassandra, Makbeth, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, The Trojan Women, Top Girls, and Our Town. Bruce directed the 2012 Fringe hit The House of Bernarda Alba, receiving nods for Best Production, Ensemble and Director from NOW Magazine. Most recently, he directed Hitler’s Ass, a new comedy, at Sterling Studio Theatre’s One Act Festival in April and will be directing the stage adaptation of Aki Kaurismäki's I Hired a Contract Killer, at the 2013 Fringe.

Steve Vargo - Stage Management and Patron Shepherd(Elizabeth -Darcy)

Steve is a graduate of the Theatre Production program at Humber College, and also studied at George Brown College, with experience both on and off the stage. His past credits as a stage manager include Seams, Deepest Darkest, Elizabeth – Darcy, The War of the Clowns, Birth, The Deliverance of Juliet and Her Romeo, John and Beatrice, Peter and the Dinosaurs, Transit Diaries, Bloom, and the StArt Art Festival in Scarborough. As a lighting designer his credits include The Winter’s Tale, Seams, Deepest Darkest, The War of the Clowns, A Midsummer Nightmare, Julius Caesar Project, The Deliverance of Juliet and Her Romeo, Lady Julie, Teach Me, and Something Unspoken. Steve also works as a front-of-house floor manager for Toronto’s Koerner Hall, with many years of experience directing ticket holders like you—yes you!

Amelia Taverner - Costume Designer (Elizabeth - Darcy)

Amelia is very excited to be designing the costumes for Elizabeth - Darcy. She has just recently graduated from the York University BFA program in Theatre Production and Design. Past credits include 9-5 - Costume design, Kempenfelt Community Players, Wounds to the Face - Costume design,York University, Restoration - Head Cutter,York University. Big thanks to Kate and Hallie for making my first Fringe experience such a fun one!

Natasha Powell - Producer/Publicist (Elizabeth - Darcy)

A Toronto native, Natasha Powell is a dedicated member of the Toronto performing arts community and has worked for a number of arts organizations since 2008. Companies she has had the privilege to work for include the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, ManifesTO Festival for Community and Culture, Catalyst Dance Company, and most recently Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Volcano Theatre as the Metcalf Foundation Arts Management Intern, where her portfolio included event producing, marketing, fundraising, and communications for both companies. As an independent dance artist, Natasha has successfully produced and choreographed shows in the Toronto Fringe Festival, TD Bank’s Then and Now Series, and Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps series. She is the co-producer and choreographer behind the hit dance-theatre production, Gimme One Riddim, and is thrilled to be working with Burt and Werneburg on their upcoming presentation of Elizabeth-Darcy at the Campbell House Museum in Toronto!

PRODUCER-PUBLICIST SOUGHT BY BURT AND WERNEBURG

Hallie Burt and Kate Werneburg, creators of Elizabeth-Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, are seeking a producer-publicist to join their team for the December 16-20, 2015 run of the play at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum.

Elizabeth-Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, a site-specific, two-woman production, has toured Ontario for the past two years with stops outside the GTA in Perth, Napanee, and Kingston. This December it returns by popular demand for its fourth run in Toronto.

Right now, Burt and Werneburg are looking for someone to work with the company for only this run, but are open to a developing the relationship into a long-term one.

Some responsibilities and requirements this position will entail include:

SKILLS:

  • The ability to respond quickly and clearly to e-mails and phone calls
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • The ability to adapt to changing circumstances

QUALITIES:

  • Dependability
  • Honesty
  • Transparency
  • Creativity
  • Organization
  • A sense of humour

DUTIES:

  • Writing, sending, and following up on a press release
  • Inviting industry leaders and contacts to the run
  • Sourcing and pricing a printer for the poster to be displayed on Campbell House Corner Sign
  • Liaising with the venue
  • Generally assisting with the smooth running of the show, in pre-production and show week.

The time commitment needed will be part-time and flexible, and much work will be able to be done remotely. During the month before the production, and especially the two weeks right before the production, the producer-publicist will need to be available to field e-mails, phone calls, and in-person duties more regularly.

TO APPLY:

Please include:
- a cover letter outlining related experience and why you would like to work with this company on this production
- a resume
- at least one professional reference, including an e-mail and phone number

Please e-mail applications to Hallie and Kate at burt.werneburg@gmail.com by Thursday, October 8 at 11:30 pm. All applicants will be contacted.

About Elizabeth - Darcy

This is a love story. This is a comedy. This is two women playing all the parts. This is the Jane Austen you love with a squeeze of lemon. This is you moving through historic Campbell House with the story. This is you getting caught up, swept away and laughing out loud!

Hallie Burt and Kate Werneburg first presented a site-specific, two-woman adaptation of Pride and Prejudice called Elizabeth - Darcy at historic Campbell House as part of Toronto Fringe 2013. Catching the eye of the public and the critics, this piece received a "NNNN" rating from NOW magazine, garnering mentions from the same publication for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Direction.

Past performances:

Macpherson House, Napanee, ON. June 2015.

Theatre Kingston, Frontenac Club Inn. January-February 2015.

Campbell House Museum. December 2014.

Matheson House, Perth, ON. August 2014.

Campbell House Museum. December 2013.

Toronto Fringe. July 2013.

Press

Christopher Hoile, StageDoor ✭✭✭✭✩:

"Both Burt and Werneburg are expert at switching from role to role with just a turn of the head and change of voice. Indeed, much of the fun is watching the two constantly transform themselves – this freedom in acting nicely contradicting the novel’s depiction of restraints on the roles people are allowed to play."

Christina Kostoff, Mooney on Theatre:

"I’d hesitate to call such young performers virtuosos but that is the word that came to mind when I watched both Burt and Werneburg transition so elegantly from one character to another, in some cases literally at the drop of a hat."

Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine (NNNN, Oustanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction):

"...Hallie Burt and Kate Werneburg miraculously transform Jane Austen's novel into a clever two-hander that captures the plot, themes and gallery of characters with quick sharp strokes and striking theatricality...the talented actors, who at times have a split second to change character, understand each line and have a firm grasp of the arc of Austen's universal story. A delight."

Ramya Jegatheesan, Charlebois Post:

"Who says women cannot play men? And with panache to spare... It will entertain you. It is a fresh and innovative take on a beloved classic."

Masroora Haque, Mooney on Theatre:

"Werneburg’s Mrs. Bennett was played to over-dramatic pitch-perfection, just the way she ought to be played. Her portrayal of Mr. Collins… and Lady Catherine de Bourgh is spot on. Burt’s enactment of Liz Bennett is both lovely and scathing in her scenes with Mr. Darcy. I loved her Miss Caroline Bingley, so catty!"

goodtimeregencygirls.com:

"If you can only see one show this year the the Toronto Fringe make it Elizabeth - Darcy."