Creative Team

Co-Founders: Melanie White & Carlyn Rhamey

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Melanie White - Artistic Director, Playwright/Performer

Melanie White is a Fanshawe College graduate and co-founder of Squirrel Suit Productions. Melanie works intensely to create new and innovative theatre and  support young actors in their community. Melanie is a conservatively trained actor, director, playwright, and paramedic student.

Melanie has starred in Hamlet, Splendor in the Grass, Unity 1918, and has written the Fringe shows Skirts in a Box, and In Their Shoes.

Melanie directed and dramaturged Squirrel Suit's production of SAOR (Free) for it's 2016 Ontario/Quebec tour and teamed up with Funeral Pyre Theatre to co-direct the dark yet fun production of Titus Andronicus. Last year Melanie led character workshops for FP Theatre's cast of Taming of the Shrew and worked on the productions Shine The Light Campaign for the London Abused Women's Shelter. 

Currently Melanie is beginning work on Squirrel Suit's 2019 London production: TBA.


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Carlyn Rhamey - Artistic Producer, Playwright/Performer

Carlyn Rhamey is an award-winning storyteller and theatre creator currently living in Hamilton, ON. She is a proud Fanshawe Theatre Arts Alumni and co-founder of Squirrel Suit Productions.  Carlyn had wrote and performed two solo storytelling shows SAOR (Best of Venue, Hamilton Fringe) and The ADHD Project (Ottawa Fringe Emerging Artist Award). Both received critical acclaim on the Fringe Festival circuit.  Carlyn participated in the 16/17 Hamilton Fringe ALERT (Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training) Program and recently produced and stage managed Squirrel Suit's production of Here Lies Henry by Daniel MacIvor. 

Currently Carlyn is involved in two playwrights units: FEMINISTA: A Women's Room and The Junction creation program with Theatre Aquarius. Carlyn also works with adults with special needs, is an ADHD advocate, avid coffee drinker and vegetarian. 

Selected credits include: Movie Night: Episode 2 (A New Friend) (HamilTEN), The ADHD Project (Squirrel Suit), SAOR (Squirrel Suit), “Lavinia Andronicus” in Titus Andronicus (Squirrel Suit/Funeral Pyre Theatre),"Ophelia" in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Passionfool Theatre), "Abigail Williams“ in The Crucible (Passionfool Theatre), performer/playwright of In Their Shoes (Squirrel Suit), "Bridget” in Moonshine (Toronto Irish Players), Shakespeare on a Subway (Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective), “Sissy” in Unity (1918) (Fanshawe), "Ophelia” in Hamlet (Fanshawe).