The Dining Room PosterBy A.R. Gurney

Directed by: Dylan Roberts Penney Shore

Performances: March 29-April 1, 1995

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building


The Dining Room, a play by A.R. Gurney, examines both old fashioned and modern family life and values.  The entire play takes place around a dining room table, with an ensemble cast of six, donning many roles during the course of the play.  The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray everything from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish Housemaids.

The University of Waterloo Drama Department's production of The Dining Room was presented as a mainstage production and served as the undergraduate thesis project for two fourth year Drama students, Dylan Roberts and Penney Shore.  Shore and Roberts were considered the co-producers with the help of student Stephanie McCarthy.  They also served as directors and actors in this project.  Completing the team was: Josh Bateson (actor) Jennifer Clarke (actor), and Tara Kallwitz has been signed on as overseeing director.  The Design team consisted of Deborah Hebblethwaite (set and costumes) and Terry Tremeer (lighting).


Actor #1 - Dylan Roberts

Actor #2 - Josh Bateson

Actor #3 - James DiGioia

Actress #1 - Jennifer Clark

Actress #2 - Stephanie McCarthy

Actress #3 - Penney Shore

Creative Team

Directors – Tara Kallwitz, Stephanie McCarthy, Dylan Roberts, Penney Shore

Set / Costume Design – Deborah Hebblethwaite

Lighting Design – Terry Treemer

​Production Team

Production Manager -Theresa Vaughan

Stage Manager – Robin Carry

Head of Properties – Calvin Sweers

Electrician/LX Operator – Richard Schweitzer

Head Carpenter – Jennifer Mahoney

Assistant Stage Managers – Tim Gentle, Tim Jackson

Sound Board Operator – Charmi Zoll

Wardrobe Assistant / Dresser – Susan Tschirhart

Carpentry / Paint Crew – Jennifer Anderson, Stephanie Arango, Jennifer Clark, Teresa Dunet, Alkan Emin, Ann Miller, Allison Oleszkowicz, Amanda Ray, Mary Slimmon

Publicity – Joyce Hahn

Photographer – Chris Hughes

Thesis Advisor – William Chadwick

Technical Director, Drama – Alex Kordics

Special Thanks

Gerald Carrey

Trudy McCarthy

William Chesney

Allison Oleszkowicz

Celia Clark

Anand Rajaram

Anne-Marie Donovan

Pauline Shore

Jonathan Goad

Jocelyne Sobeski

Joel Greenberg

Speech Communication

Susan Hebblethwaite

Darlene Spencer

Household China

University Club

Dan Kelley

Dr. Andy Zajak

Krista Little