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 musicals.
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.
Marian Wihak has twice won Gemini Awards for Best Production Design (Larry Weinstein’s September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill and Eric Till’s Pit Pony), as well as the Gold Medal for Production Design at the New York International Television Festival. Other selected credits include Larry Weinstein’s, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, Alfons Adetuyi’s LoveJacked, Agnieska Holland’s Julie Walking Home and A Girl Like Me, and Stephen William’s Milgaard.
Maureen Petkau has been designing costumes professionally in film, TV and theatre since 2001. She has created steampunk Peter Pan to the dark world of drug addiction. She has dressed Timothy Olyphant (High Life), Gael Garcia Bernal (Deserted Cities), Malcom Mcdowell (Silent Night) and a couple of sick chickens who needed sweaters.
Lindsay Nelko has choreographed on FOX’s hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance as well as the nationally televised opening ceremonies for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, NBC/Universal’s American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky and most recently the feature film, Into the Light. Lindsay was named the “Best Emerging Choreographer” by Dance Magazine.