Founded in 1964 by Robin Alder, the McGill Savoy Society is the oldest university-affiliated Gilbert and Sullivan troupe in Canada. A student-run organization operating under the auspices of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), the McGill Savoy Society is a high-profile non-profit theatre group which produces a mainstage operetta each year as well as a variety of side shows. The productions’ cast, technical team and creative team are largely composed of McGill students and recent graduates, and the Society is led by an all-student executive team.

Executives (2021-22)

President and TreasurerMichael
Cast Member at LargeMatthew
"Little" Member at LargeGabi Kofsky
Sponsorships, Publications and MarketingFred

For all production information

ProducerDaniel Benjamin

About the Executives

Michael Quinsey (President)

Michael Quinsey is a McGill student in his final year of studying English Literature and Computer Science from Windsor, Ontario, a.k.a. that one city you can’t find on the map. He has been a part of the Savoy chorus for four years since joining their 2018 production of Iolanthe and became a part of Savoy’s exec team during their subsequent run of Ruddigore. When he doesn’t have his nose buried in a book or a keyboard, Michael has fun running around the mountain, watching Jeopardy!, and being a very mediocre chef.

Alice Wu (Vice-President)

Alice Wu is a U3 English Literature student minoring in French. A pacifist, she somehow keeps getting cast as murderous older women, like in high school productions of And Then There Were None and Arsenic and Old Lace, as well as in the radio drama Sojourns in Space, currently running on CKUT 90.3 FM. Savoy has given her a second family at McGill, and she’s so thankful to the cast, crew, and orchestra of Pirates for their hard work this year. When she’s not in the theatre, you’ll probably find her chatting up a storm or living vicariously through cooking shows.

Eden Augustine (Secretary)

Eden Augustine (she/her) is a fourth-year Physics student, minoring in Computer Science. She has performed in the last three McGill Savoy Society mainstage productions and will be playing Edith in the upcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance. Outside of Savoy, she has performed in such shows as Head Over Heels, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Importance of Being Earnest. As well, Eden is a graduate of the Tap City Youth Ensemble (TCYE) at the American Tap Dance Foundation. With TCYE, she has danced on such stages as New York’s City Center and the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Matthew Erskine (Cast Member at Large)

Matthew Erskine (he/him) is a U3 Political Science Honours student minoring in Economics. He has had a prolific acting career during his four years with the McGill Savoy Society, having played a cursed baron, an ambitious gondolier, and a diligent boatswain. This year he will be playing the cowardly, but well-meaning, Police Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance. Behind the scenes, Matthew works as the Society’s Member-at-Large, helping to maintain spirits during these turbulent times.

Fred Azeredo (Sponsorships, Publications and Marketing)

Fred Azeredo, U2 Religious Studies major, is not much for singing or dancing, but you’ll have to pry his Gilbert & Sullivan collection from his cold, dead hands. He joined this year as Savoy’s Marketing Exec, somehow managing to juggle that with producing a radio serial for CKUT–FM and writing some weird stuff of his own. In whatever free time remains, he enjoys watching forties black and white classics and eighties horror schlock. Oh, yeah, and school.