The George Brown Theatre School's Advisory Committee reads like a who's who of Canadian theatre and includes Tony award-winning actor, Brent Carver; artistic directors Christopher Newton, Richard Rose and Allen MacInnis; leading actor agent, Shari Caldwell; and Toronto's busiest casting director, Marsha Chesley.
"The program for actor training at George Brown College is considered by the cultural community as one of the very best in Canada."
Artistic Director 1994 - 2007
"Of the younger actors at the Shaw by far the greatest number now come from the Theatre program at George Brown."
Artistic Director Emeritus
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The George Brown Theatre School Advisory Committee
Brent Carver, Actor
One of the most respected and versatile actors in the world, Mr. Carver is an unparalleled Canadian talent whose stage, television and film work have garnered him four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, two New York Drama Desk Awards, the Gemini Award and the Tony Award.
Patricia Hamilton, Actor
Celebrated Canadian actress Patricia Hamilton has over 43 years of experience on the stage and screen. Ms. Hamilton served as Director of The Advanced Actors Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has been the recipient of a Brenda Donohue Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award, Genie Award, Gemini Award and Silver Ticket Award.
Christopher Newton, Artistic Director
A true visionary of Canadian theatre, Christopher Newton founded Theatre Calgary in 1968 and later became Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse. He served as Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival from 1980-2002, and was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1995.
Allen MacInnis, Artistic Director
Allen MacInnis is currently the Artistic Director of the celebrated Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto. As Artistic Director of Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange, he brought the Company worldwide recognition by touring the award-winning play fareWel, by local First Nations playwright Ian Ross, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Richard Rose, Artistic Director
Richard Rose, Artistic Director of the notable Tarragon Theatre, is one of Toronto's most highly respected directors. Mr. Rose was the founding Artistic Director of the distinguished Necessary Angel Theatre Company, a position he held from 1978 - 2002, where he developed and produced over 40 plays including the worldwide hit Tamara.
Marjorie Chan, Actor
Marjorie Chan, a George Brown Theatre School graduate from 1996, won a 2003 Dora Mavor Moore Award for her performance in the theatre-for-young-audience production of The Seven Ravens. She recently received 2 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations as the writer and star of the play China Doll.
Shari Caldwell, Agent
Leading actor agent, Shari Caldwell has been working with Toronto's finest emerging and leading talent for 28 years. She is a former president of TAMAC (Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada), and a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and WIFT (Women in Film and Television).
Marsha Chesley, Casting Director
Toronto's busiest Casting Director, Marsha Chesley has worked on hundreds of award-winning film and television productions over 28 years. She did the casting for the acclaimed CBC series This Is Wonderland, and has written a guide to auditions called You Got The Part!
Pamela Davenport-Earle, Fundraising Director
Pamela Davenport-Earle has been a writer/producer of Canadian film and television for 14 years. She is the founder of Spirit Express, a Toronto community musical theatre program for teens. Currently she is the Director of the George Brown Theatre School fundraising campaign.
Our Joint Venture with Soulpepper Theatre Company
The Soulpepper Theatre Company is the second largest not-for-profit theatre company in Toronto. Soulpepper's many awards include 11 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Mayor's Award for Youth Outreach. Every year over 1,000 young people benefit from the company's Youth Outreach Initiatives. Now, George Brown Theatre School and Soulpepper Theatre Company have formed a unique partnership to develop a 44,000 square-foot, multi-disciplinary performing arts, training, and community outreach centre in the Toronto's Distillery Historic District. Planned for completion by fall 2005, the Young Centre for Performing Arts will provide a permanent home for Soulpepper and the George Brown Theatre School.
Other PartnersTarragon Theatre - George Brown New Play Development
The acclaimed Tarragon Theatre is well known for its development, creation and encouragement of new work. Each year, the Tarragon works with students in the George Brown Theatre School to select an appropriate playwright who will script a work for George Brown's second year class.