Theatre Alumni Stories

3 images showing various students performing

Our students work

Brad Goreski

Graduate 1999, Theatre Arts

Brad Goreski image

Brad Goreski turned a love of fashion and his college theatre arts training into a successful career as a celebrity fashion stylist and television personality. A host of the hit show Fashion Police, Goreski also dresses stars like Demi Moore, Christina Ricci and Jessica Alba for special events and red carpets. Goreski also starred in the fashion reality shows The Rachel Zoe Project and his own It's a Brad, Brad World. He is the author of the 2012 memoir Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far, and is the official Brand Stylist for Kate Spade New York. 

After college, Goreski realized that although he loved performing and entertaining he didn't have the drive to succeed as a serious actor.  “Part of me was disappointed in myself.  I felt that I'd worked so hard for nothing.”  It came full circle, however, when Goreski found his niche in the fashion world and his theatre training proved to be a critical element of his success.

Cheryl Cecchetto

Graduate 1980, Theatre Arts

Cheryl Cecchetto image

Initially enrolled at York University, Cecchetto switched to the George Brown College theatre program for its practical, hands-on training, which included all facets of acting and theatre production.  Cecchetto was fascinated by how the technical aspects ultimately supported the performance through lighting, sound, décor, costume and music.  Looking back, she realizes her future as an event producer was already beginning to take shape.  And while she didn't appreciate it at the time, she recalls one professor’s assessment, who remarked, 'Cheryl is a fine actress, but she's a brilliant producer'.  “I think that was incredible insight.  But of course, that's not what I wanted to hear at the time.”

Cecchetto says she still uses all aspects of her college training in her work.   “It's all perfect.  Of course, I use my acting skills in my speaking engagements, but everything I studied – musical theatre, set design, costumes, staging – it's all completely synergistic to my work as a producer.”

Cecchetto also credits George Brown’s demanding curriculum for a strong work ethic that has been essential in building her career.  “I look back with great appreciation how George Brown made me roll up my sleeves.”

"Attending George Brown was the best decision I ever made. It's one of the leading places in Canada to study."  

Jana Abrams, Agent
Jana Abrams Talent Agency

"George Brown graduates always seem to have a keen and distinct professionalism that sets them apart from the rest."  

Marcus Lundgren
Artistic Director,
DuffleBag Theatre

Theatre Arts graduate Jennifer Harding in The Clockmaker's DaughterJennifer Harding, Graduate 2006, Theatre Arts, is nominated for a 2015 Broadway World U.K./West End award for best lead actress in a new production musical for her role in The Clockmaker’s Daughter. See the full list of nominees Open New Browser Window

We’ve earned a reputation as one of the top theatre training schools in Canada.

Many of our students have enjoyed careers on stage with premier theatre companies. Others have carved out careers by creating their own work and producing independent theatre and film. Some of our graduates have even made it to Broadway.

Watch the videos along the right side of the page to hear from some of our graduates.

Fall 2014 Newsletter Open New Browser Window 
Fall 2013 Newsletter PDF icon 

See the list of George Brown Theatre School prominent graduates

 

NEXT STEPS

Four George Brown Theatre Graduates Appeared in the Toronto Production of War Horse. Their stories below.

Alumni Adam Cunningham
Adam Cunnigham

Alumni Brendan Murray
Brendan Murray

Geoffrey Pounsett on his Experiences
Geoffrey Pounsett

Alumni Patrick Kwok-Choon
Patrick Kwok-Choon