About the Actors
Miriam and Jared Canfield are siblings and storytellers based in New York City. They have performed together for over 15 years and are excited to be collaborating on The Trial of Faith.
Miriam Canfield * (Joan of Arc) graduated with a BFA in Drama from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied in the Stella Adler and Classical studios. Having trained in ballet, Miriam danced with the Chautauqua Festival Ballet where she also choreographed. She appeared in the NYC premiere of the play, The Fall, through FringeNYC that was selected for encore performances at Off-Broadway’s, “SoHo Playhouse.” Miriam recently directed her new play, The Art of Sisters: Tales and Letters by the Brontës, which premiered at the American Irish Historical Society, in February of 2019. She is currently in partnership with “Artists in Christian Testimony INTL.,” as the Artistic Director of, “Vision Productions,” with the mission to create content that is Life affirming.
Jared Canfield * (Jean, the Duke of Alencon, King Charles & Bishop Cauchon) earned his BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College, and is entering his second year at New York University’s Grad Acting MFA program. At NYU, Jared performed “Astrov” in Anton Chekov’s, Uncle Vanya, and the roles of “Macbeth,” and “Macduff,” in William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth. Recent roles in theatre include, "John” in The Yellow Wallpaper, and "Vittorio Vidal" in Sweet Charity. Jared's television credits include: Chicago Med, Scandal, and Extant.
* These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.
About the Director:
Jane Arnfield is an Associate Professor & Subject Head of Drama, Film & Television Production, Northumbria University UK. Graduating from Dartington College of Arts UK in 1988, Jane’s major work has been as a member of three ensembles: Mike Alfreds - Method & Madness, David Glass Ensemble facilitating & leading Lost Child Projects (South East Asia, South America, & Europe) & Northern Stage Ensemble, Hampstead Theatre, Young Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe – London, New York playing Imogen in Cymbeline with Mark Rylance.
An Associate Artist & member of the museum team for The Sleuk Rith Institute Phnom Penh Director Youk Chhang.
Jane’s research is focused on investigating the form of auto/biographical performance, collecting data of survival mechanisms deployed by humans in catastrophic circumstances.
Jane’s company Human Remain born in 2012 provides a home for her solo performance work: Geneva, The Gymnast, The Tin Ring http://www.thetinring.com/ as well as collaborative work such as directing The Fall by Lilia Rubin, Defiant Requiem Foundation http://www.defiantrequiem.org/ & The Forge UK http://www.intheforge.com/
The next Human Remain solo performance project is an adaptation of Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, directed by Mike Alfreds.
About the Production Team:
Erin Collins (stage manager) is a proud graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she received her BFA in Stage Management last June. Upon completing her degree, Erin spent her first six months post-grad as part of the production management team for the shows on Celebrity Cruises's newest ship, the Celebrity Edge. Most recently, she staged managed Nomads Art Collective's production of Mr. Kotomoto Is Definitely Not White. Some of Erin's favorite stage management credits include Growing Up Blue, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Michael Jordan in Lilliput, and We Are Proud to Present (The Theatre School).
The Trial of Faith Performance Schedule
The Trial of Faith will be performed at “The Madden Theatre,” in Downtown Naperville, on July 6th, 2019.
To purchase tickets visit: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/vision-event
News & Updates
As part of a benefit for “Vision Productions,” The Trial of Faith will perform at “The Madden Theater,” on North Central College’s Campus, July 6th @ 7:30 P.M.
For tickets visit: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/vision-event
“The Madden Theatre” is located at: 171 Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
About the play
"I am not afraid. I was born for this." - Joan of Arc
Standing firm in her faith throughout many trials during her short, but significant life, Joan of Arc's voice continues to resonate in each new century.
The Trial of Faith centers on Joan's trust in God, as she helped to save France through raising the siege of Orleans and crowning the rightful heir to the French throne.
By combining music, dance and drama, including the condemnation trial texts of 1431, The Trial of Faith, examines Joan’s relationships with three male figures who played an integral role in her mission to save France. The Trial of Faith seeks to honor Joan's courageous life seen through her passionate convictions and unceasing hope in God.