- KATHRYN AKIN (The Alexander Technique/Physical Text and Devising)
- CINDY BLOCK (Storytelling, Voice)
- MARK BROWNELL (Theatre History, Canadian Drama, Creative Process)
- LEAH CHERNIAK (Clown)
- MAURIZIO DODARO (Dramatic Literature)
- LAUREN FERRERO (Speech)
- SHARRY FLETT (Monologue)
- SIMON FON (Stage Combat)
- LESLIE FRENCH (Movement, Vocal Masque)
- KAREN GLAVE (TV Acting)
- TODD HAMMOND (Acting, Director, Vocal Masque)
- VRENIA IVONOFFSKI (Mask, Commedia Dell’Arte)
- JOHN JARVIS (Period Study)
- PAM JOHNSON (Contact Improvisation)
- DEBORA JOY (Voice)
- JEANNETTE LAMBERMONT-MOREY (Guest Director, Monologue, Period Study)
- PAUL LAMPERT (Scene Study)
- ANNA MacKAY-SMITH (Fundamentals of Acting, Introduction to Monologue)
- C. KENNEDY MacKINNON (Shakespeare)
- ROBERT McCOLLUM (Dance)
- ALLYSON McMACKON (Guest Director)
- SUE MINER (Career Studies)
- GEOFF POUNSETT (Vocal Masque, Shakespeare Scene Study, Speech)
- DIANA REIS (Acting)
- ED SAHELY (Group Improvisation)
- ELIZABETH SAUNDERS (Scene Study)
- JAMES SIMON (Artistic Director, Director, Business of Acting, Scene Study)
- JULIE TEPPERMAN (Business of Acting)
- SEVERN THOMPSON (Shakespeare Scene Study)
- J. RIGZIN TUTE (Music)
- BLAIR WILLIAMS (Guest Director)
- PETER C. WYLDE (Text Study)
KATHRYN AKIN (THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE / PHYSICAL TEXT AND DEVISING)
Kathryn Akin is a Canadian performer, teacher and director who has also trained and worked extensively in Britain. She qualified in England as a teacher of the Alexander Technique with Walter Carrington, one of FM Alexander’s first generation of teachers and his assistant for many years. She is a member of the British Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (MSTAT) and has been teaching Alexander Technique to actors and non- actors for over a decade. Kathryn also trained extensively in actor movement and devising with master teacher Monika Pagneux (LeCoq, Peter Brook) and worked as Pagneux's assistant teacher in London. She received further training from members of the highly regarded UK theatre companies, Complicite, Frantic Assembly and Told by an Idiot. Her coaching or directorial work in professional settings includes Shakespeare and Company in the USA, Equity Showcase Theatre and Canadian Stage here in Toronto and in London with the Dende Collective and the renowned British theatre company, Shared Experience. In Britain Kathryn has taught or directed at RADA, LAMDA, The Central School of Speech and Drama and The Mountview Academy. In Canada she has taught at Humber College, Equity Showcase and is on the current faculty of George Brown Theatre School. As a performer herself, Kathryn has been seen on many Canadian main stages over the years such as the Shaw Festival, the NAC, the Grand Theatre, the Elgin Theatre, Young People’s Theatre and the Royal Alexandra. Recent Canadian stage credits include ‘Cora’ the MTC/ Mirvish co-production of Calendar Girls, 'Diana' in Next To Normal at both the Tarragon Theatre and in the Theatre Calgary/Citadel co-production (Sterling, Calgary Critics and Betty Mitchell nominations for best actress) and development work with the innovative Theatre Gargantua here in Toronto. During her time in the UK, her performance credits include plays, musicals and multi discipline/devised work at leading theatres such as the Bristol Old Vic, the Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, the New End and the King’s Head as well as many productions in London’s West End for international directors such as Trevor Nunn and Lindsay Posner. Other acting credits include television appearances and radio dramas for both the CBC and BBC. Kathryn currently resides in Toronto with her young family.
CINDY BLOCK (STORYTELLING, VOICE & MOVEMENT)
Cindy Block holds an honorary BFA and an MFA in Acting, a Teaching Diploma from York University and a certificate to teach Embodied Practices®. She studied Acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York and is a veteran actor of the Canadian stage, having played over 30 professional roles. Throughout her performance career, she has participated in the artistic development of several new Canadian works and was co-founder of P.I.E. Theatre in Vancouver. She is currently a core performer with Toronto Playback Theatre: an improvisational form developed to generate dialogue in community and encourage the recognition of shared experience through story telling. Her artistic research includes extensive study and application of the practice of Authentic Movement to writing, performance and collective creation for the stage, culminating in a Master’s Thesis. She has been a co-presenter of this research at the International Festival of Making Theatre in Athens, Greece, The Myth and Theatre Festival’s Summer University at the Roy Hart Centre in France, and at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference. Over the past 15 years she has taught voice, movement, collective creation and Embodied Practice® at York University’s Theatre Department, the Humber College Comedy School, The Centre for Indigenous Theatre as well as privately with industry professionals. She is currently on Faculty at Canada’s National Voice Intensive, George Brown Theatre School, The University of Toronto and The Professional Actor’s Lab. Her Pedagogical interest is in the synthesis of voice and movement principles for performance and her recent work in the Butoh based production of Eunioa won two Dora Nominations
MARK BROWNELL (THEATRE HISTORY, CREATIVE PROCESS)
MARK BROWNELL is an award winning Canadian playwright and co-artistic director of the Pea Green Theatre Group with his wife and partner Sue Miner. Awards: Nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award for his play Monsieur d'Eon. He received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his libretto Iron Road and a Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Medici Slot Machine. He is also the recent recipient of the Harold Indie Theatre Award. In 2011 Scirocco Drama published his "Break A Leg! An Actor's Guide to Theatrical Practices, Phrases and Superstitions". Other work includes The Gate of Harmonious Interest, The Schoolyard Carmen, The Barbecue King, The Martha Stewart Projects, Playballs, High Sticking - Three Period Plays, The Chevalier St. George, The Storyteller’s Bag and The Weaving Maiden.
LEAH CHERNIAK (CLOWN)
LEAH CHERNIAK Leah Cherniak is the Co-Founder with Martha Ross of Theatre Columbus in Toronto. The company has created over 30 new plays and has an excellent reputation for innovative productions of classics. For Theatre Columbus she directed and co-created most of the company's repertoire, including:The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, Gynty (an adaptation of Peer Gynt), Twelfth Night, The Betrayal, Hotel Loopy, Dance of the Red Skirts, And Up They Flew (by Martha Ross) and many more. She created and performed the role of Jelly in The Attic, the Pearls and 3 Fine Girls. Other directing highlights include: Nativity, by Peter Anderson, Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, The Little Years by John Mighton at The National Arts Centre, Ottawa; The Book of Esther and Schoolhouse, by Leanna Brodie and Having Hope at Home by David Craig at The Blyth Festival; Past Perfect by Michel Tremblay, Rune Arlidge by Michael Healey and John and Beatrice by Carole Frechette at Tarragon Theatre; The Miracle Worker at The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre and I Claudia by Kristen Thompson at The Segal Centre in Montreal among others. Most recently she directed The Barber of Seville at Soulpepper and Six Essential Questions by Priscila Uppal at Factory Theatre. Leah is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper and the Associate Director of The Soulpepper Academy. Leah teaches an intensive clown course for the Ryerson Theatre Program. She also teaches Directing at University of Toronto.
MAURIZIO DODARO (DRAMATIC LITERATURE)
Maurizio holds a BA Honours in Italian Studies and History from York University, a MA in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto, a MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and is currently completing his PhD in Drama at U of T. His theatre work has included: dramaturge for Verdi's Don Carlos for the Chicago Opera House, Julius Caesar for the Stratford Festival, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets and The Clairvoyant for the Drama Centre at the U of T.; producer for San Pascal Baylon and Qui Fra Noi Facendoci Compagnia at the Alumni Theatre, U of T and Mozart and Salieri: An Operatic Paraphrase After Rimsky – Korsakov and Mozart at the Robert Gill Theatre; costume designer for Il Re Cervo (Robert Gill Theatre); The Transfiguration, The Annunciation and The Last Judgment (the York Cycle Plays); The Cabot Voyages (Campiello Players). In addition to George Brown College, Maurizio has taught at the Columbus Centre, Ryerson University and the York Catholic District School Board.
LAUREN FERRARO (SPEECH)
Lauren trained as a Voice and Speech Practitioner in England at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London where she received a Master’s Degree in Voice and Speech Studies and Pedagogy. She has taught in various Colleges and Universities including Kingston College and The University of London, England; as well as Voice and Speech Instructor for The Ryerson Theatre School. She is currently teaching Advanced Speaking and Presentation Technology with the Master Professional Communications Department at Ryerson University and is the head of Speech at George Brown Theatre School. As an Accent and Dialect coach, she trained in London, England and New York City with Dudley Knight and Phil Thompson, exploring new techniques and tools in the world of phonetics and accents; bringing world class training to her home base in Toronto. Lauren coaches for various productions and private clients modifying and softening accents for artists, ESL clients and business associates. She is the founding member of the company YOUR VOICE AND YOU which gives personalized voice, speech and presentation workshops; specializing in one-on-one coaching for all artistic, personal and business endeavours. Travelling Toronto and the GTA, Lauren is a frequent speaker at various conferences, cultural events and educational institutions; giving lectures and seminars on various topics including: Finding Your Authoritative Voice, Vocal Identity and The Lost Art of Speaking, just to name a few. Lauren trained as an actor and singer in Toronto and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance, Acting from Ryerson University. For over 15 years she has performed professionally in various summer theatres across southern Ontario and is a part time adjudicator for music, drama and speech-arts festivals including the Kiwanis Festival. Lauren can also be seen on the shows Daytime, In the Know and In Georgina giving weekly expert tips and advice on vocal health and speech exercises.
SHARRY FLETT (MONOLOGUE)
SHARRY FLETT has just completed her twenty-sixth season at the Shaw Festival. In 2014 she appeared in The Philadelphia Story, and The Charity That Began At Home. Ms Flett has appeared in over 52 productions at the Shaw including: Lady Windermere’s Fan, Enchanted April, A Man and Some Women, Come Back Little Sheba, My Fair Lady, Maria Severa, Age of Arousal, The Women, Sunday in the Park with George, A Month in the Country, Summer and Smoke, High Society, The Magic Fire, The Autumn Garden, Major Barbara, Man and Superman, Floyd Collins, Blood Relations, His Majesty, The Return of the Prodigal, Six Characters in Search of an Author, A Woman of No Importance, Getting Married, Rebecca, Joy, Hobson's Choice, The Seagull, The Secret Life, The Hollow, Cavalcade, Busman's Honeymoon, Eden End, The Silver King, Lulu, Hedda Gabler, Misalliance, Night Must Fall, Berkeley Square, Dangerous Corner, Once in a Lifetime, and War and Peace. Ms Flett earned two music degrees from McGill University before studying theatre at the Webber-Douglas Academy in London, England. She began her career in musical theatre at Charlottetown. In 1981 she played Kate to Len Cariou's Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the Stratford Festival. She appeared at Stratford for three seasons in She Stoops to Conquer, The Misanthrope, The Tempest, and Translations. She also appeared in Company at Centre Stage; as Nora in A Doll’s House at Theatre London; and for Theatre Aquarius as Ellen Dean in Wuthering Heights, Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire and the 2012 production of The Pitman Painters. She also served as Assistant Director on the Canadian Stage Company production of Passion. Ms Flett's television work has been recognized with Best Actress Gemini nomination for War Brides and a Best Supporting Actress Gemini nomination for The Suicide Murders. Her television and film credits include the starring role in 35 episodes of Full House with Sharry Flett for TVO, as well as appearances on CBC Sunday Arts, Eleventh Hour, Forever Knight, Street Legal, Secret Service, Top Cops, Jane of Lantern Hill, and Shades of Black for CTV. She currently teaches between seasons at George Brown Theatre School and partners with fellow Shaw Ensemble member Guy Bannerman to teach a specialized course on the manners and social history of Shaw’s lifetime, which has been taken to National Theatre School, University of Toronto, and Queens University. She also served as etiquette coach to Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange on the HBO film Grey Gardens.
SIMON FON (STAGE COMBAT)
With over 600 professional credits stretching from Broadway to Stratford to Yellowknife, Simon specializes in all areas: Weaponry, Aerial Flying, Unarmed Combat (Eastern and Western). Fight Master with FDC. Executive Director and Founder of RIOT A.C.T. earning 17 nominations and 8 awards, including Simon for Male Action Performer of the Year 2009 AOF Festival – California. www.simonfon.com and www.riotact.ca
LESLIE FRENCH (MOVEMENT, VOCAL MASQUE)
LESLIE FRENCH is an internationally recognized movement teacher and coach. She is beginning her 29th year as movement teacher at George Brown College. As well as teaching at George Brown, Leslie has worked as a movement coach at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for 5 seasons and previously taught for 8 years in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. Until recently Leslie taught in the evenings at her own school The Centre of Movement where she originally studied. After five years of intensive study in body wisdom, modern dance, mime, improvisation and composition with Til Thiele, former master teacher and principal of the Mary Wigman School in Berlin, Til passed on The Centre of Movement to Leslie. Working with the question 'what is important for an actor' she began to develop her own innovative and personal approach to teaching the actor process in movement terms. She is one of the first people in Canada to teach movement specifically for the actor. As well as George Brown, Leslie has taught at the Maggie Basset Studio, Ryerson's Act Two Studio, Theatre Ontario's Summer Intensive, Harbourfront, OISE, Charlottetown Festival Young People's Company and many other places. Since studying with Til Thiele, she has developed her work further through her studies in Sensory Awareness with Charlotte Selver, Authentic Movement with Judith Koltai and Janet Adler, Syntonics with Judith Koltai, and Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Foundation. Presently Leslie is participating as a supporting member in a Masterclass of Embodied Practice TM with Judith Koltai. As well, she is a founding member of a recent movement research project called The Cassandra Project. Leslie is the only person in Canada certified by Charlotte Selver to teach the practice of Sensory Awareness. As well as teaching classes and workshops, Leslie gives private movement sessions in Toronto.
TODD HAMMOND (ACTING, VOCAL MASQUE)
Todd Hammond is a director, playwright, acting instructor, and is currently on staff at the George Brown Theatre Department. His writing credits include Fish and Starker which he directed for his own company Alchemy Theatre Projects, White/Noise/Jump (director/co-author, Parallel Exit, Best Production Award, New York International Fringe Theatre Festival). Recent directing credits include Fanny's First Play and J. M. Barrie's The Old Lady Shows Her Medals for the Shaw Festival, the Harry Somers opera A Midwinter's Dream for Soundstreams Canada and the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus. Other credits include Short Sharp Mamet (David Mamet/Accessible Theatre), Alias Barcode (Young People's Theatre), Philip-Dimitri Galas' Performance Hell - Avante Vaudeville (BabyJump Project - Toronto and New York), Suddenly Shakespeare and The Lost Land (Shakespeare In Action), Peter Barnes' The Bewitched (Equity Showcase/George Brown), The Crucible (George Brown), King Lear, and Peter Barnes' Red Noses for the York University Theatre Dept. Todd has also taught acting at the National Theatre School and York University.
VRENIA IVONOFFSKI (MASK, COMMEDIA DELL' ARTE)
Vrenia Ivonoffski studied acting at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, mask with Phillip Gaulier, and directing at Ryerson Theatre School. She has taught at George Brown Theatre School since 1987, Mime and Mask at Ryerson Theatre School and physical theatre workshops at the Centre of Movement, C.O.D.E. conferences and University of Guelph. She has been Artistic Director of the Yellow Bench Theatre Company, Assistant Director at Gryphon Theatre and YPT, Associate Director of the Young Company at the Blyth Festival, and has directed for the Huron Country Playhouse, Hole-in-the-Wall Theatre, Cabbagetown Theatre, Black-White-and-Yiddish Project at the Ford Centre and Act II Studio, of which she has been Artistic Director since 1990. Her play, Leacock Live!, an adaptation of Stephen Leacock’s work, was awarded Patrons’ Pick at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival. She was dramaturge and director of Beyond the Pail, a mask show at the 2011 Calgary Fringe. Ivonoffski is also Artistic Director of Research Based Theatre, a company which translates psychosocial research into theatrical form. Among her research-based plays are three Canada-U.S. touring shows with the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, a show on aging with the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens Organizations, and a play for the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton. Her latest research-based play, I'm Still Here, on living with dementia, is currently being performed throughout Canada and the US. Ms. Ivonoffski was president of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios from 2006-09 and has been distinguished as an honorary member of the Arts and Letters Club. She was awarded the 2014 Maggie Bassett Prize by Theatre Ontario.
JOHN JARVIS (PERIOD STUDY)
John has been acting, directing and teaching across Canada and abroad for many years. He graduated from the National Theatre School in the late 70's and immediately began working in Toronto under the direction of Bill Glassco at the Tarragon Theatre and Paul Thompson at Theatre Passe Muraille, developing and performing, primarily, new Canadian works. With Paul Thompson he entered into the very challenging world of the "collective creation", eventually performing in countries as far off as England, Argentina, Paraguay and Peru (improvised live and in Spanish) and a few years back in the Republic of Georgia where he and his fellow artists performed at the famed Sardapi Theatre in the capital T'bilisi (improvised live and in Georgian). John spent three years at the Stratford Festival under the direction of the legendary John Hirsch where he had his baptism of fire performing Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Sylvius in As You Like It, Trinculo in The Tempest, Aumerle in Richard II with Brian Bedford, and Malcolm in Macbeth. Since that time he has performed in most regional theatres across Canada in works as diverse as Death of a Salesman at the Neptune Theatre and The Weir at Canadian Stage and MTC in Winnipeg . He has performed Prospero in The Tempest, Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Banquo in Macbeth all under the direction of two of Canada 's great directors, Michael Shamata and Miles Potter. John gave award-nominated performances in 1492 with Theatre Columbus, Later Life for The Grand Theatre and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl by Morris Panych for the Tarragon as well as Morgan in The Drawer Boy for Theatre Passe Muraille. John began directing with The Farm Show for the Perth Summer Theatre, We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay, the superb Dario Fo comedy, for the Straw Hat Players, and Leaving Home and Saltwater Moon, by Canadian favorite David French, for the Blyth Festival. In the last few years John has spent a lot of his time down at the Young Centre with the Soulpepper Theatre Company, performing among other things, Editor Webb in the hugely successful production of Our Town, Uncle Pumblechook in Great Expectations and Jacob Marley and all the ghosts in the classic A Christmas Carol. and most recently as part of the ensemble in the award nominated production of Of Human Bondage. As well, John has enjoyed a number of years teaching the students at George Brown Theatre School, first as a monologue coach, then as co-director of the second year period study journey with the remarkable Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, and the first year Shakespeare scene study class with Dixie Seatle. All of this work has been rounded out with many years of involvement in film, most recently Zombie Dearest, Picture Day, The Wall, as well as television Nikita, Murdoch Mysteries and radio drama in and around Toronto and beyond.
PAM JOHNSON (CONTACT IMPROVISATION)
PAM JOHNSON has been dancing, choreographing, teaching and directing in Toronto for 32 years. She has danced for many choreographers including: Dave Wilson, Susan McKenzie, Darcey Callison, Viv Moore, Kaeja D'Dance and Kathleen Rea. In 2009 she choreographed and produced Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? at Winchester Street Theatre. Her choreography has appeared in fFida, Dances for a Small Stage, Square Zero, Dance Matters series, on bicycles, trapezes and in anti-war events. She has been commissioned to create work for the MacMaster Dancers, IN pulse Dance Co., composer John Oswald, Kid in the Hall Bruce McCullough, actor/playwright Diane Flacks and performance artist Phillip Barker and taiko drummers, Raging Asian Women. She is a founding member of High Xposure: Rock Climbing Dance Theatre, dance buskers, Bo Mon 7 Pagolac and Red Alert Rouge Ensemble (RARE). Pam's theatre credits include: Motherhouse (Centaur Theatre, Montreal)By a Thread (Mythproductions), Gravity Calling (Tarragon), The Stranger (Praxis Theatre). Her film credits include features Zero Patience and Million Dollar Babies and many independent films. She has toured the world as an actor/dancer with the acclaimed Canadian Opera Co. production, Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung directed by Robert LePage. As a director/producer, Pam’s credits include the Canadian premier of Marx in Soho, A Tribute to Howard Zinn, video Toronto’s Price Tag and Motherhouse by David Fennario: Ground Zero for a Political Theatre. Pam’s dance specialty is Contact Improvisation. She is co-coordinator of the Toronto Contact Jam, now in its 35th year. She holds an MA from York University. Her work has been supported by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a faculty member in theatre at Humber College, George Brown College and the School for Toronto Dance Theatre.
DEBORA JOY (VOICE)
A professional actor/singer/director for many years, Debora has taught voice at the George Brown Theatre School since 1998. She holds an Honours Voice Performance degree (BMus) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing (MFA) from York University, and is a member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association, and ACTRA. She studied extensively with master voice teacher, David Smukler, and master singing teachers, Richard Armstrong, Patricia Kern and Mary Morrison, and attended both the National Voice Intensive in Vancouver as well as Shakespeare and Company in Lennox, Massachusetts, where she studied with Kristin Linklater, the ground-breaking author of Freeing the Natural Voice. Recently she attended the Voice Teachers’ Conferences at the Stratford Festival with Patsy Rodenburg, and Christina Shewell. Debora has taught voice for actors at York University, the University of Windsor, and Erindale College (Uof T). She taught singing at York University and in the Musical Theatre Department at Sheridan College, and she also teaches voice, singing and audition preparation in her private studio. A Tyrone Guthrie award winner, Debora spent five seasons at the Stratford Festival and toured with the company to Broadway and the Old Vic in London, England. She has also directed and acted in many productions across Canada. Equally at home in plays, musicals and contemporary opera, her favourite professional credits include the title role of Evita, Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, Aggie Rose in the Canadian opera The Boiler Room Suite, Mme. Gobineau in The Medium, Cecily Pidgeon in The Odd Couple (directed by Martha Henry) and Portia (understudy) in Julius Caesar (directed by the late Richard Monette at Stratford). Debora continues to perform, recently re-mounting her original show, Three Little Maids in Stratford and Toronto. Outside of academia, Debora has worked with the Soulpepper Academy Artists and has also taught voice workshops for the Tom Todoroff Acting Studio, and at Elevated Grounds, coaching at-risk youth, and with Workman Arts, a not-for-profit arts company working in partnership with the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health. She also coached Pamela Sinha in her award–winning solo show, Crash, at Theatre Passe Muraille. Debora applauds and continues to be inspired by the past, present and future graduates of George Brown.
JEANNETTE LAMBERMONT-MOREY (GUEST DIRECTOR, MONOLOGUE, PERIOD STUDY)
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey has directed major productions in major theatres across Canada and the United States, from the Stratford Festival, to the Virginia Stage Company; including such theatres as The Citadel (Edmonton), The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), Atlantic Theatre Festival (Nova Scotia), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton) the Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque), Talk is Free Theatre (Barrie), the New World Theatre Project (St. John’s, NFLD) and Huron Country Playhouse (Grand Bend); and Toronto theatres, Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Harbourfront Centre, and The Toronto International Fringe Festival, etc. Jeannette directed the World Leaders Tributes to Harold Pinter and Robert Rauschenberg as part of the internationally acclaimed Series produced by Harbourfront at the Liberty Grand in the fall of 2001. That year also marked her 8th season with the Stratford Festival in Ontario, where she directed Henry V. Other significant Stratford Festival productions include As You Like It (2000), Pride and Prejudice (1999) and The Miracle Worker (1998). In earlier years at the Festival she directed Titus Andronicus, The Grand Inquisitor and Swan Song (1989 and 1990), as well as serving as collaborating director on The Comedy of Errors and The Relapse (1989) and assisting Richard Monette on The Taming of the Shrew (1988) and John Neville on Othello (1987). Her hit production of The Syringa Tree (The Citadel) won a Sterling Award for Liisa Repo-Martell; and her productions of Twelfth Night in High Park (Canadian Stage) and Digging For Fire (Paramour Productions) were both nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Production. Favorite projects have included The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice for the New World Theatre Project in St. John’s, Newfoundland, As You Like It for BlueBridge Rep Theatre in Victoria, Private Lives at the Atlantic Theatre Festival, The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Virginia Stage Company with Eileen Brennan, and also at the Manitoba Theatre Centre with Rosemary Dunsmore, Doc (Great Canadian Theatre Co., Ottawa), Moving Day by Cathy Elliott (TIFT), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Juilliard School , N.Y.), to name only a few. She also produced and directed the CBC's live show Get Set for Life for a cross-Canada tour and the Milk International Children's Festival of the Arts at Harbourfront. Jeannette works extensively in college and university theatre programs as a director and instructor. Among them are George Brown College, York University, the Juilliard School (NY), the University of Alberta, Ryerson University, Dartmouth College (NH) and the University of Victoria. At George Brown College Jeannette has directed War and Peace, The Beau Stratagem, Lion in the Streets, Rites, Wild Honey and Bon Ton & The Lying Valet. In addition Jeannette has helmed the Annual Period Study exercise for over ten years. Jeannette is passionately devoted to the development and dramaturgy of new work, and is currently working with several George Brown graduates on various projects. Jeannette is currently the Artistic Director of the New World Theatre Project in Newfoundland. She is also Executive Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada. Jeannette lives in Toronto with her husband, fiction writer and computer special effects compositor Mike Morey, and their daughter Micaela.
PAUL LAMPERT (CANADIAN SCENE STUDY)
Mr. Lampert has worked extensively as a director, actor, and teacher. His European credits include acting with Poland's Theatre BLIK and the International Theatre in Vienna, Austria, as well as directing the national premiere of Oleanna for the Stary Theatre in Kraków, Poland; Raised In Captivity in Berlin, Germany; I Claudia in Barcelona, Shanghai and Munich; also in Munich Problem Child; twice directing at the renowned East 15 Acting School in London, England; and Beast on the Moon in Los Angeles. His many directing credits in Canada include work for the Actors Repertory Company, Globe Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Persephone Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Tattoo, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, The National Theatre School of Canada, as well as six seasons with the renowned Shaw Festival and three seasons with Blyth Festival. More recently he directed Hannah Moscovitch's Other People's Children as a co-production between Theatre PANIK and Tarragon Theatre. He has taught mask, scene study and improvisation at theatre schools in Canada as well as England, Poland, Sweden, Cuba, Austria, Switzerland and China. Mr. Lampert is past Associate Director of Persephone Theatre and past Artistic Director of the George Brown Theatre School. Currently he teaches acting and directing at York University and is Co-Artistic Director of Theatre PANIK. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting) and holds an MFA in Theatre (Directing) from York University.
ANNA MacKAY-SMITH (FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING, INTRODUCTION TO MONOLOGUE)
Anna MacKay-Smith has had an eclectic career in the theatre. She was trained as an actress at The University of Ottawa for her B.A. in Theatre and English and then went on to theatre school in England, The Drama Centre, London for a three year acting program. Starting her professional career, she performed at regional theatres across Canada, including The Stratford Festival. Always more interested in process than performing, Anna started teaching at C.A.S.T (Centre for Actors Study in Toronto), where she had studied under the master teacher Kurt Reis for many years. She returned to her studies at York University to obtain her MFA in Directing. Upon graduation she began to teach at York University, as well as, founding a full-time one-year foundation school in Toronto, called The Players Academy. This school ran for ten years with Anna as Artistic Director with over thirteen of the top theatre professionals teaching in the school. Anna began working with a Cuban Theatre company, Teatro Escambray for eight years, teaching workshops, writing and being directed in a play, bringing students from Players Academy to the company, and providing workshops with Canadian teachers, in clown, voice, mask and movement. Anna founded a professional playreading company The Motley Theatre, that has been in existence since 1996. Her company Mothertree Projects, creates large performance pieces from the writings of women in the community. Anna works currently, as well, as a Creativity Life Coach, helping artists find their direction, inspiration and creativity. She currently teaches acting at George Brown College, University of Toronto Mississauga, Sheridan College and coaches privately through her company The Actor's Space. Recently she directed Under The Skin by Betty Lambert at Unit 102 in Toronto.
KENNEDY C. MacKINNON (SHAKESPEARE)
Kennedy MacKinnon holds a MFA in Acting, a Diploma in Voice Teacher Training (York University) and a BFA in Acting (University of Windsor). Also known as Cathy, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Link Canada. With SLC Kennedy has spent the last nine years working in Mozambique where she co-created/co-directed A Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Medida Por Medida, A Tempestade, and Sonho Noctourno. She co-adapted/co-directed Death of a Chief for Native Earth Performing Arts at the NAC/Buddies in Bad Times. She is currently working on an innovative production A Winter's Tale with Groundling Theatre running this winter at Enwave Theatre. She spent ten years as Head of Voice at Humber College where she continues to teach Acting (Shakespeare). She is currently in her seventh season as a Voice and Text Coach at the Stratford Festival of Canada where she also spends time working with the Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training and the Education department. In Denver, Colorado, Kennedy interned as assistant to Gary Logan (Head of Voice and Speech) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts/National Theater Conservatory. She has taught and given workshops at a variety of places including Broadway, Shakespeare Chicago Theater, Native Earth Performing Arts, Ryerson (Act II), Equity Showcase Theatre, University of Windsor, York University, Indigenous Theatre School, Randolph School for the Performing Arts, Young People's Theatre and the National Voice Intensive. She is also an actor, stage manager and a certified Reflexologist. By either name, she is, as always, privileged to be here.
ROBERT McCOLLUM (DANCE)
Robert started his career in New York City as a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet and as an artist-in-residence at St. John Divine Cathedral with the Omega Dance Company. In 1978 Robert came to Toronto to dance with Ballet Ys and toured Canada, which he loved, and has been based here ever since. As a choreographer, his work has been seen across Canada with Ballet Ys, Danseast, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Dance Nova Scotia. As well, he has choreographed for the theatre including the productions Monsieur D’eon is a Woman (Pea Green Productions), Maestro Orpheus (Centre in the Square in Kitchener), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Resurgence Theatre), and five shows for Soulpepper Theatre – Ring Round the Moon, Travesties, Waiting for the Parade, White Biting Dog, and You Can’t Take It With You. As the Dance Teacher and Resident Choreographer for George Brown Theatre for 25 years, he was created dances for many productions including some memorable shows such as Sunday in the Park With George, The Threepenny Opera, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, and The Baker’s Wife. In addition to teaching at George Brown Theatre School, Robert is the Adult Ballet Program Director at Canada’s National Ballet School.
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ALLYSON MCMACKON (GUEST DIRECTOR)
Allyson has been involved in the independent theatre community in Toronto since 1989 as an actress, “mover”, administrator/producer and director. She is the artistic director and founder of the multi-Dora nominated physical theatre company Theatre Rusticle whose work has been hailed as “the most imaginative in Canada” (the Globe and Mail), seen in co-productions with Theatre Passe Muraille, Harbourfront Centre, Buddies in Bad Times and has toured to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and from Nova Scotia to Western Canada. She has taught movement at Unionville School of the Arts, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, The Globe Theatre Conservatory Regina (2012/2014), The Drama Centre (University of Toronto) and has been on faculty at York University since 2008 teaching physical/devised theatre and movement for actors in the Acting Conservatory. She has led workshops for Director’s Lab North at the Tarragon in 2013/2014 and directed the Fourth Year Conservatory in Rusticle’s The Stronger Variations at York University. Allyson was twice nominated for the KM Hunter Artists Award, received a Dora Nomination in 2008 for direction of April 14, 1912 and received a Harold Award in 2008. She has worked with DvxT Theatre, STO Union, Skylight Theatre, Factory Theatre/Briefcase Productions, and in Rhubarb!, Summerworks, The Fringe and Groundswell Festivals, Blue Ceiling Dance Projects, Moonhorse Dance Theatre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Allyson directed the acclaimed Trudeau Stories (Theatre Passe Muraille, Neptune, NAC/Mag North, Centaur, Thousand Islands), and coached on the award-winning If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre), Them and Us (Theatre Passe Muraille), Eight Ways from Mara (Zata Omm Dance projects), Farther West (Soulpepper directed by Diana Leblanc), mentored with Buddies’ Young Creator’s Unit, the Paprika Festival and spearheads The Rusticle Gym ( a training programme for emerging artists). She was an artistic associate at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2009/10 and has worked in advisory capacities with Puppetmongers Theatre, Shadowland Theatre and on numerous panels with the independent theatre community. Upcoming projects include: The Stronger Variations at Buddies in Bad Times (November 2014) and Anna Karenina (George Brown Theatre School). Allyson has an MFA in Theatre Performance from York University and a BA in Drama and English from The University of Toronto.
SUE MINER (CAREER STUDIES)
A graduate of the National Theatre School’s Acting section Sue has been directing for 24 years and is versed in classical text, music theatre, puppetry and opera. Recent directing credits include 3 Men in a Boat (Pea Green Theatre) Ring Round the Moon (George Brown Theatre School) Prairie Nurse (Blyth Festival) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Erindale) Fly Fisher’s Companion (Lighthouse Festival Theatre) The Pub Operas (Tapestry New Opera) The Good Doctor and The Crucible (Toronto Film School) The Love List (Sudbury Theatre Centre) The Tempest (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park) The Fantasticks (Red Barn) and Sexy Laundry (Theatre Aquarius) Sue is co-artistic director of Pea Green Theatre Group with her husband Mark Brownell where she directed War of the Clowns, Medici Slot Machine and Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman, among others. In 2010 both Sue and Mark received a Harold Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Toronto Performing Arts Scene.” Along with many Dora nominations, Sue made the long list for the Siminovitch Prize in 2007, been thrice nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award and has been twice touted as one of Toronto’s Top-10 theatre artists by NOW Magazine. Love You Forever and More Munsch, which she co-adapted and directed for Young People’s Theatre, won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Show. Sue first directed at George Brown in 1995 and has directed three of the second year theatre-for-young-audience shows as well as Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George with the graduating class of 2000. She has also long been an instructor in George Brown’s IPAC program as well as several scene studies and monologue classes. Sue also teaches with The Toronto Film School and has taught at Sheridan’s Music Theatre Dept, the TDSB and Theatre Ontario. Upcoming; Sue will be directing James and The Giant Peach for Young People's Theatre in December 2014.
GEOFFREY POUNSETT (SPEECH, VOCAL MASQUE, SHAKESPEARE SCENE STUDY)
Geoffrey Pounsett is a Toronto-based actor, director and educator. He has performed in theatres across the country, played at the NAC as well as the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals, and been in several productions for Canadian Stage, Factory and Tarragon Theatres in Toronto. As an actor, he has been a part of developing new work with many playwrights, including Florence Gibson, Jason Sherman, Hannah Moscovitch, Wendy Lill, Erin Shields, Linda Griffiths and David Young. As a director, Geoffrey’s work includes the original production of two Governor-General’s Award nominees, Kate Hewlett’s The Swearing Jar and George Brown grad Brendan Gall’s A Quiet Place, which garnered Geoffrey a Dora Award nomination as well. He has also directed new work by Jenny Young, Rick Roberts, and Michael Rubenfeld, among others, and has twice been cited by NOW Magazine for Outstanding Direction at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Along with Brendan Gall and Christopher Stanton, Geoffrey is the co-Artistic Director of the Toronto performance company The Room, for whom he will be directing the Canadian premiere of Neil Wechsler’s The Brown Bull of Cuilange in the fall of 2014.
ELIZABETH SAUNDERS (SCENE STUDY)
Elizabeth trained at the University of Alberta where she received her BFA Honours in acting. She has worked extensively as an actor for 25 years playing leading roles at theatres across Canada. Theatre Highlights include: 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival where she appeared in Councillor-At- Law, Too True to Be Good, and This Happy Breed amongst others, 4:48 Psychosis (Aether of Us), The Vibrator Play, (Tarragon/NAC), Transit of Venus (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary/NAC), The Crucible, La Bete, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Citadel Theatre) Dancing at Lughnasa (The Grand/ MTC/NAC), Goodnight Desdemona/Goodmorning Juliet (Grand Theatre) Unless, The Stone Angel (Canadian Stage), Stones and Ashes, StopHeart, 6 Essential Questions (Factory Theatre), Confederation (Videocabaret – Dora Nomination), Amadeus (STC), Doc ( Globe Theatre), Unidentified Human Remains (Workshop West), and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton ( Nexus Theatre – Sterling Nomination). Elizabeth has also had an extensive acting career both on camera and in voice-over and cartoons. Film and T.V. highlights include: Orphan Black, Copper, Slings and Arrows, Saving Hope, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Murdoch Mysteries, Trojan Horse, Northshore Fish, and the long running cartoon Franklin the Turtle. In recent years Elizabeth has turned her hand to directing. Directing credits include the critically acclaimed Holy Mothers (Die Prasidentinnen) for Divine Bovine at Summerworks, AS IF (YPT), assistant director on Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest (YPT), Speed the Plow (Soulpepper) and A Tender Thing (The Belfry). Recently, Elizabeth was a Resident Artist-Educator at Young Peoples Theatre, and has been mentor/ instructor for numerous leading arts organizations including Soulpepper, Shakesperience, Word’s in Motion, The Paprika, and her own company Shakespeare’sCool, as well as coaching privately. This year Elizabeth was shortlisted for the 2014 Gina Wilkinson Prize, and in 2013 was awarded a Theatre Ontario grant to study and assistant direct under Peter Hinton. Elizabeth also has a background in movement and improv.
DIANA REIS (ACTING)
Ms Reis trained at the National Theatre School, HB Studio in New York and The Centre for Actors' Study in Toronto (CAST). Ms. Reis is best known to television audiences as the notorious Stephanie Long on CBC's Riverdale and saintly Lucy Ramone (Busy's mom) on Ready or Not for Global/Disney. She has appeared in over forty TV series, movies of the week and feature films and worked with such esteemed directors as John Huston, Robert Altman, Allan King, Lee Grant and Kinji Fukusaku. Most recently, she played principal roles in the LIFETIME film Taken in Broad Daylight and on the CTV series Nikita and The LA Complex. Theatre highlights include: The Diary of Anne Frank (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Amadeus, The Little Foxes (Asolo State Theatre); Top Girls (Arbour Theatre); Salt-Water Moon, A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Aquarius); A Doll’s House (Banff Centre); Hedda Gabler, Waiting for the Parade (Magnus Theatre) and Charlie's Aunt (Capitol Theatre). Ms Reis' directing credits include: Loose Ends (National Theatre School); Under the Skin, If Betty Should Rise (Grand Theatre, London), Amadeus (Theatre Sheridan) and over 30 concert play readings for The First Stages Theatre Company of which she is the former and founding Artistic Director. She has been an acting coach on over 25 films and TV movies. In addition to her long time association with George Brown Theatre School, Ms Reis has taught and directed at Florida State University, Equity Showcase, Sheridan College, Ryerson University, Humber College, The National Theatre School of Canada, the National Ballet of Canada, and at her own professional theatre training workshop. She holds a Masters degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University.
ED SAHELY (GROUP IMPROVISATION)
Ed Sahely has been a working actor for over thirty years now. Ed worked with the renowned Second City Company as improviser/writer for seven years. His cast received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for their work on the Toronto Main-stage. He co-created the troupe Not To Be Repeated which would improvise a new Canadian play every night, first running at the Tarragon Theatre. It was picked up by CTV and became This Sitcom Is Not To Be Repeated. Along with teaching Improv to the first year George Brown theatre students for the last fifteen years, Ed teaches Improv at the Second City Training Centre, the Sheraton/UTM first year students as well as guest artist for the George Brown Gaming Design students/2011. Other teaching credits include the Charlottetown Festival's Young Company/2010, frequent guest artist acting coach/director for Cawthra Park High School for the Arts in Mississauga, improv and monologue coach, and directo for the Theatre Aquarius Summer Theatre Camp 2011-2013. As an actor Ed has many credits for television, film theatre and voice work and continues to work as an actor, a writer, a director of theatre and dramaturge for new works. Theatre credits include: Outrageous, Dishwashers, Last Resort, Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Sexy Laundry, Henry and Alice, Weekend Comedy, Annie, Lend Me A Tenor, Chicago (nominated for a Calgary Critics Choice award Amos Hart) and Fiddler On The Roof. Film/television credits include: Canadian Bacon, Three to Tango, Glitter. Robocop, Getting Along Famously, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Road to Avonlea, Traders, Due South, Red Green, Doc, Monk, Kojak, Dan For Mayor, Skins, Murdock Mysteries.
JAMES SIMON (DIRECTOR, BUSINESS OF ACTING, SCENE STUDY)
James Simon is a director and acting instructor. He holds an M.A. from the University of Alberta, B.A. from McGill University, and has studied at the Banff Centre. As an instructor, Mr. Simon has taught at the University of Alberta - Department of Drama, Grant MacEwan Community College (Edmonton), Theatre Ontario, and the Citadel Theatre. Directing credits include productions at the National Arts Centre; the Citadel Theatre; Tarragon Theatre; Young People's Theatre; Blyth Festival; Buddies in Bad Times (Dora nomination); Stage West; Theatre Network; Carousel Players; Theatre on the Move; University of Alberta - Department of Drama; Berkeley Street Theatre; and George Brown Theatre. Mr. Simon has been on the teaching staff for nineteen years, and been Artistic Director of the Theatre School for fourteen years.
JULIE TEPPERMAN (BUSINESS OF ACTING)
Julie Tepperman is an actor, playwright and educator, as well as co-artistic director (with Aaron Willis) of Convergence Theatre, creators of the hit plays AutoShow (2006), The Gladstone Variations (2007 & 2008) and YICHUD (Seclusion) (2009-2011). In June 2013, they co-produced (along with Outside the March and Sheep No Wool) the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s three-part epic Passion Play, which was nominated for a Dora award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Julie’s playwriting credits include: YICHUD (Seclusion) (Convergence/Theatre Passe Muraille/Magnetic North Theatre Festival; published by Playwrights Canada Press, nominated for a Capital Critics' Circle Award), I Grow Old (as part of The Gladstone Variations – 4 Dora nominations; listed as one of NOW Magazine’s “Top Ten Toronto Productions of the Decade”), ROSY (as part of AutoShow), and a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father(Winnipeg Jewish Theatre/Manitoba Theatre Centre’s 2011 Master Playwright’s Festival). Julie has received numerous OAC Theatre Creators’ Reserves, was Playwright-In-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2010-11 with the support of the Canada Council, was one of three Canadian playwrights selected to participate in Acting Up Stage Company’s 2013 “NoteWorthy” program under the direction of Robert McQueen, and was one of four Canadian playwrights selected to participate in Tapestry New Opera’s 2013 “LibLab” program, where she is currently collaborating with composer Christopher Thornborrow on the creation of a new opera for teens: Cindy + Mindy = BFs 4EVR!!! Selected acting credits include: TEASE (as part of Crow's Theatre's Solo Festival for which she appeared on the cover of NOW Magazine), Mary 2 in Passion Play, The Audience Guide in Mr. Marmalade (Outside The March; Dora award for Outstanding Indie Production), Liza in Out The Window (The Theatre Centre), Rachel in YICHUD (Seclusion), two seasons at The Stratford Festival (All’s Well That Ends Well, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies, The Swanne – Part Two) as well as their Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. As an educator: Julie has been an Artist-in-the-Schools with the Stratford Festival’s Teaching Shakespeare Program since 2002, is on faculty at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, teaches “The Business of Acting” at George Brown Theatre School (where she herself graduated in 2001), has mentored the graduating class at Humber College for their “Backspace Project”, has twice facilitated the Paprika Festival’s Creators’ Unit, and is a regular workshop facilitator with the Luminato Festival. Julie teaches self-producing workshops for the Toronto Fringe Festival, Nightwood Theatre and Convergence Theatre, as well as her own workshop "Playwriting for Actors". ETC: Julie has been nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award (OAC), is an active member of TAPA's Indie Caucus and Theatres Leading Change, and was part of the core organizing team of Toronto's Wrecking Ball from 2009-2013. NOW Magazine has listed Convergence Theatre as the "Best Site-Specific Theatre Company in Toronto", and Aaron & Julie have been listed as"Toronto's Most Respected Theatre Duo". UPCOMING: Co-creating a site-specific extravaganza for Sheridan Musical Theatre School with Mitchell Cushman in April 2015.
As an actor, Severn has appeared in theatres across the country. Selected acting credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Segal Centre); Hannah’s Turn, (SummerWorks Festival); Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel/Luminato); More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre); The Merchant of Venice, Fuente Ovejuna, The Liar (Stratford Festival). She also performed for eight seasons at the Shaw Festival in productions such as The Cherry Orchard, Diana of Dobson’s, Hay Fever, and The Doctor’s Dilemma. Severn assisted director Eda Holmes for George Brown’s production of Liaus and then directed its remount for the City of Wine Festival (Theatre Passe Muraille). Also at George Brown, she directed the second year production "The Munsch Bunch". At the Blyth Summer Festival she directed it's Young Company in "The Farm: 2012" and then, the following season, directed the main stage collective creation "Beyond the Farm Show". Coming up, Severn will be directing the new play, "Madam Mao" for this year's SummerWorks Festival. Severn has worked as an acting coach and teacher for the last ten years and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada as well as Stratford's
J. RIGZIN TUTE (MUSIC)
Rigzin maintains an active career as a composer, teacher, conductor and singer. He has written incidental music and songs for many George Brown Productions as well as Ah, Wilderness! for Shaw Festival (2004), and Love's Labour's Lost for Resurgence Theatre (2003). In addition to teaching singing at George Brown, he maintains a private voice studio. His students have been accepted into voice programs at the Universities of Toronto, York, Windsor, Westminster Choir College and the Berklee School of Jazz in Boston. He also coaches professionals performing in music theatre and as soloists with such organizations as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Chorus and the Elora Festival Singers. Rigzin is formerly the conductor of the University of Waterloo Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, Guelph's Rainbow Chorus and Toronto's Interlink Choir. He has performed as a soloist with choirs and orchestras throughout North America and Europe. He has also been featured in major operatic productions at the Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. He is a founding member of Mirror Image, an avant-garde vocal ensemble with performances of major Canadian commissioned works for the Winnipeg Symphony and the K-W new music festivals. Rigzin music-directed Sunday in the Park with George for George Brown/Equity Showcase, The Threepenny Opera, The Baker’s Wife and Happy End for George Brown Theatre.
BLAIR WILLIAMS (GUEST DIRECTOR)
Blair Williams returned to the Shaw Festival this past year for his twentieth season to direct the comedy A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur. Most recently, he appeared in The Game's Afoot (Vertigo Theatre, Calgary) and Educating Rita (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Other directing credits: Pericles (Dalhousie University); Peace In Our Time,The Millionairess, Ways Of The Heart, The President (Shaw Festival); A Fond Husband (George Brown); The Play's The Thing (Segal Centre); Rope (Vertigo Theatre).. His Shaw credits include Hector Hushabye in Heartbreak House, Eustace in the North American premiere of Githa Sowerby’s The Stepmother, Saint Joan, A Month in the Country, after Turgenev, Too True To Be Good, Love Among the Russians, The Constant Wife, Journey’s End (2005),The Return of the Prodigal (2002, 2001), Candida, Six Characters in Search of an Author (2001), The Doctor’s Dilemma, Still Life, The Madras House, Uncle Vanya, Major Barbara, John Bull’s Other Island, The Two Mrs Carrolls, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, Widowers’ Houses, Counsellor-at-Law, The Millionairess, Press Cuttings, Mrs Warren’s Profession (1990), The Waltz of the Toreadors, An Inspector Calls (and tour), Man and Superman (1989), Geneva and He Who Gets Slapped. Additional theatre credits include Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit (Segal Centre); Dr. Prentice in What the Butler Saw (Soulpepper Theatre Company); Betrayal (Theatre Calgary); Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre); It’s a Wonderful Life (Canadian Stage Company); Macduff in Macbeth (NAC/Citadel Theatre); Banquo in Macbeth (Theatre Calgary); Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeareworks); Edward Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance, Mike Connor in Philadelphia Story (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia); Mickey in Mojo (Theatrefront); Gaslight, Hay Fever, Sherlock Holmes (Theatre Calgary); The Shooting Stage (Winter Fling, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre, London); The Soldier Dreams (with Da Da Kamera), Closer (Canadian Stage Company); The Weir (Geva Theatre, Rochester) and as Trigorin in The Seagull (Alumnae Theatre). He has also appeared on the stages of Theatre New Brunswick, Skylight Theatre, Arbour Theatre Festival, Perth Theatre Projects and The Everyman Theatre Company (Liverpool, England). Blair has also appeared with the internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra Tafelmusik in the narrative concert Chariots of Fire. Other credits with Tafelmusik include King Arthur, The Grand Tour, and The Quest for Arundo Donax; the recording of which won a Juno Award for Best Children’s Album of the Year. His film credits include American Psycho (Lions Gate Films); Sparky’s Shoes, Lovely Boys (Canadian Film Centre). He has been seen on several television series including Street Legal; Kids in the Hall; Material World; ENG; F/X – The Series; Manchester Prep. Blair is a native of North Bay, Ontario and a graduate of the National Theatre School.
PETER C. WYLDE (TEXT STUDY)
PETER C. WYLDE began his professional career in 1953 at the Bristol Old Vic and subsequently appeared with the Salisbury Arts and West of England Theatre Companies, Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, Carlisle Repertory, two Edinburgh Festivals, and the Stratford Festival of Canada in its last year under canvas, and in the Tyrone Guthrie production of Tamburlaine the Great on Broadway. He performed with and subsequently co-managed the Straw Hat Players for three seasons in Port Carling and Peterborough, Ontario. He took degrees in Modern Languages and Literatures, and in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto and at Harvard, subsequently teaching at Harvard, U. of T. and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was invited by Leon Major to become dramaturge at Toronto Arts Productions, (1973-1980), where his translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters had been produced in 1972. He was Head of Acting at George Brown Theatre School for thirteen years, (1986-1999), teaching also at the Royal Conservatory Opera School, the National Theatre School of Canada, (1980-2001), the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival, and at Ryerson University Theatre School, (2000 to 2010). He then established the Wylde Project, (www.wyldeproject.com ), teaching and coaching independently (firstname.lastname@example.org ). His directing credits include work with the Toronto Children’s Opera Chorus and the Pacific Opera Victoria, B.C. He continues to work as a professional actor, and appeared in an independent production of Duet for One with George Brown graduate Liz Dixon, directed by Dorothy Ward, the Canadian Stage production of The Beard Of Avon directed by former NTS student David Storch, at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto, and Like A Dog, (Fringe 2012), a new work written for him by Ryerson graduate Matthew Gorman and starring George Brown graduate Andy Trithardt. He has given lectures on the cultural and historical backgrounds of numerous plays for acting companies such as Soulpepper and Stratford in their early rehearsals, written programme notes, and created for Brian Bedford a one-man show, Ever Yours, Oscar, drawn from the correspondence of Oscar Wilde. He can occasionally be caught, very late at night, in a re-run of a sci-fi movie called Carver’s Gate a.k.a. Dreambreaker. His former students now populate stages all across the country and are keeping him poor. During the summer of 2013 he made his first foray into the works of Harold Pinter, invited to direct two George Brown students, (and one from Ryerson), in The Lover at the Alumnae Theatre. He continues to offer private classes and coaching upon demand.