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MERVON MEHTA received his training under the late Sanford Meisner in New York and spent the next several years performing in New York (as a founding member of the Neighborhood Group Theatre), in regional theatre and on television. In 1987 he returned to his native Canada where he appeared in Hamlet (Laertes), Julius Caesar (Marulus/Messala), The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio), The Secret Garden (Craven) and Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). He spent two seasons at the Stratford Festival appearing in Romeo and Juliet (Paris), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), The Tempest (Sebastion), The Rules of the Game and director Michael Langham's critically acclaimed production of Timon of Athens starring Brian Bedford. While at Stratford he was a recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Award. Other roles include Rodolpho in A View from the Bridge, Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Bernie in Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and Cuirette in Michel Tremblay's Hosanna. On television he has been seen in The Untouchables, Choices (with George C. Scott), on several daytime soap operas and Romeo and Juliet.
He moved to Chicago in 1993 and has appeared in The Seagull (Treplev) at Touchstone Theatre, in Once in a Lifetime (Jerry) at the Court Theatre, and in The Cure at Troy (Neoptolemus) directed by Bernie Sahlins at Steppenwolf Theatre. Mehta has also appeared at Apple Tree Theatre as Armenian Holocaust survivor Aram Tomassian in Beast on the Moon and as Holocaust denier Bernard Cooper in Denial.
He has performed Beethoven’s Egmont twice before - with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, England and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago - both under the baton of Lawrence Foster. Last summer he made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut reciting the Richard Dehmel poem upon which Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht is based.