An eclectic international cast and first-rate creative team join forces to bring Strike! to screen
Robert Adetuyi made his writing and directing debut with Turn It Up, starring Jason Statham and Ja Rule. Robert’s credits include writing Sony Picture’s box office hit Stomp the Yard. Robert wrote the screenplay for Newline Cinema’s Code Name the Cleaner, starring Cedric The Entertainer and he wrote and directed You Got Served: Beat the World for Sony Pictures. Most recently Robert directed Universal’s Bring it On: World Smackdown and scripted Universal’s Honey the Soloist, which is currently in production.
Juno-award-winning Danny Schur is Canada’s most successful composer of musicals. After a successful career in the 1990’s as a writer/producer/manager for some of Canada’s top recording acts (Chantal Kreviazuk (Sony), Doc Walker (Universal), McMaster & James (BMG)), Danny pursued his passion for musical theatre and film. Of his five musicals, the award-winning musical Strike! (co-written with fellow Winnipegger Rick Chafe) is one of Canada’s most successful independent musical and one of only two musicals in Canada to be performed annually.
Rick Chafe is one of Canada’s leading playwrights, enjoying productions from Halifax to Victoria, earning him a nomination for the country’s most prestigious theatre prize – the Simonovitch Award. Variety Magazine praised Rick’s Shakespeare’s Dog’s (“Chafe gives Elizabethan England humour and poignancy”) and his musical Strike! (co-written with fellow Winnipegger Danny Schur) won the Kobzar National Literary Award and has had over a dozen productions nationwide.
Taavo Soodor has production designed over 40 feature films and television productions. He has worked for Paramount Pictures, Columbia Tri-Star, Sony Pictures and Lions Gate, earning Genie nominations for Best Achievement in Art Direction for Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses, Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden, and John Fawcett’s The Boy’s Club, as well as a Gemini nomination for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Program for the CBS television drama Haven.
Patti Henderson is a multiple Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. Patti has worked with Anna Paquin (Blue State), Samuel L. Jackson (Reasonable Doubt) and Rob Lowe (Prosecuting Casey Anthony). Other notable projects include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Brad Pitt) and A Bear Named Winnie (Michael Fassbender). Patti’s work on Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) received a nomination from the Costume Designers Guild for Excellence in a Period Film. For television, Patti designed costumes for The Wrath of Grapes: Don Cherry Part 2, Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, The Capture of the Green River Killer and the Many Trials of One Jane Doe.
Tom Mokry has been choreographing for stage and screen for over thirty years, with a style that combines folkloric, jazz and modern. Currently the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Tom’s work as choreographer has taken him across the world. Tom choreographed the world premiere production of Strike! in 2005 in Winnipeg, Canada and has directed and choreographed several outdoor spectacle productions of the musical as well.