2007 Theatre School Grads
JAMES SIMON, Artistic Director
JANE BYRNE STEVENSON
J. RIGZIN TUTE
Scene Study, TV Acting
Business of Acting
Dramatic Literature, On the Town
Mask, Commedia dell’arte
Monologue Study, Period Study, Guest Director
Shakespeare Scene Study
Shakespeare Scene Study
Business of Acting, Scene Study, Director
Speech, Storytelling, Alexander Technique
Derek was born and raised in Hamilton and introduced to acting in high school where he gained an appreciation for the art and instantly knew where he was headed. After graduating and taking a year off, he found himself at George Brown to pursue his ambition and now looks forward to taking the next step. Favorite roles at George Brown include: Boy in the Drawer in Much Ado About Munsch, Renault in Venice Preserved and recently Napoleon/Count Rostov in War and Peace.
Roger was born and raised in Ottawa. He began performing at an early age and soon discovered a knack for improvisation. After helping his team achieve national status at the Canadian Improv Games, Roger took to the professional clubs trying his hand at various kinds of sketch and improv comedy. An incessant itch to "go legitimate" led him to seek training at George Brown, which has proved a truly life-enriching experience. He looks forward to the shaping of new works and the chance to try his hand at some old.
Shanda was confident she was going to be a part of Theatre from a very young age. After doing productions throughout high school and taking classes with the Actor's Workshop, she managed a condominium sales for a year, saving every penny so that she could leap into training that would help her realize her goal. The three years she has spent at George Brown have been life changing. Her favorite roles include: Sonya in Uncle Vanya; Lorrie in Featuring Loretta; Lily in Skriker; and Imogen in Cymbeline. Shanda would like to say thank you to the faculty and her peers for teaching her more then she thought she could learn.
Wade was born on an island but grew up in Edmonton and later Ottawa. In Ottawa, he attended Canterbury High School where his favorite roles included Kent in Madison's Avenue, and Michael Fitzpatrick in Picnic at Hanging Rock. At George Brown he has enjoyed playing Baron Tuzenbach-Krone Altschauer in The Three Sisters, Lord Foppington in The Relapse, Alan in Therac 25 and most recently Prince Nicolai Rostov in War and Peace. In his spare time, Wade enjoys baking apple pies and playing the electric ukulele.
While she loves Toronto, Rebecca has been fortunate enough to travel: she volunteered in a prison orphanage in Bolivia, played piano for a youth choir through Budapest, Vienna and Berlin and helped build a school in West Africa. Rebecca is University of Toronto graduate, with a double Specialist in Drama and French Literature. Between UofT and George Brown, she taught grade 4-5 French and private piano, participated in community theatre (Ann in Arthur Miller's All My Sons) and a two-hander at SummerWorks and did one major US commercial. Favourite credits at George Brown include: Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World, Sonya in Ivanov and Moira in Much Ado About Munsch.
NOA MAY DORN
A Toronto-bred francophone with tentacles reaching out to Paris and Buenos Aires, Noa May hopes to work as an artist without borders. Cocooned in the supportive womb of the George Brown Theatre School, surrounded by inspiring colleagues and deeply invested teachers/mentors, she feels ready to apply her new technical skills to whatever projects may lie ahead. Craft-altering roles at GBTS include; Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull, Pony in Thompson's White Biting Dog, Cleopatra in Dryden's All for Love, and Skriker in Churchill's The Skriker.
Being a Toronto girl at heart, Robin is delighted to be graduating in her hometown amongst such a supportive group of colleagues, staff, family and friends. Theatre has always been a great passion of Robin's but it was not until half way through her second year at Concordia University that she began to contemplate it as a vocation. Making the difficult decision to leave Montreal Robin returned home to Toronto and set her sights on George Brown Theatre School. The rest is history. Some favourite credits include: Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife, Charlotte in 15 Seconds, Lily in The Skriker and most recently, Sonya in War and Peace.
MARIE ELIZABETH JONES
Marie is from Sangudo, AB (pop. 400), where she exploited all visible creative outlets until moving to Edmonton at 16. After 5 years of acting and completing a BA (Honors) in Drama at UofA, Marie travelled to Seattle, surviving traffic long enough to perform with Theater Schmeater, Arts West and Lipschtick. The sale of her '76 Aspen financed her flight to Toronto to attend George Brown, where favorite roles have included Juliet (R&J), Masha (The Three Sisters), Octavia (All for Love), the [American] Skriker (The Skriker), and Anna Pavlovna (War & Peace). Thank you to my wonderful class, outstanding teachers, dear friends & intrepid family for your endless support.
Raised on a farm in Huron County, Rick has loved performing in one sense or another for his entire life. After high school he spent a few years working a tech support job while waffling between choosing it as a career or a hobby. However, in the summer of 2003, he cofounded a semi-professional summer theatre company, which sealed his fate. Leaving home, and his last steady paycheque, he applied and was accepted into George Brown's Theatre School. Some of his favorite roles include: Richard III, Ivanov, Ventidius in All for Love, and recently Prince Bolkonsky in War and Peace. Rick is grateful for all the support he has received.
Raised among a family of performers (mainly musicians) in the city of Kitchener-Waterloo. Krista's debut as Bently the Clown in the production Clowns at her elementary school was her first taste of theatre. Itching for more, she began acting and singing lessons and continued performing in school, local little theatres and church. After high school she decided on George Brown Theatre School for the classical training she feels is absolutely essential for wanting to pursue a career as an actor. Her stand-out memories at GBC include roles such as Isabella in Measure for Measure, Yeliena in Uncle Vanya and Lily in The Skriker. Krista looks forward to begin her career in theatre and film.
A native of Oakwood, Ontario, Lise is so thrilled to be out of the woods and in the big city studying what she loves most: theatre. Stepping on the stage at age eight, she knew there was no turning back. Lise is very excited to be a part of the third year acting ensemble, a group of extremely talented individuals who are about to take Canada's theatre scene by storm! Lise is eagerly awaiting graduation and a chance to try her hand in the big world of theatre. Favourite roles at GBC include: Josie in The Skriker, Elizabeth in Much Ado About Munsch and Petya in War and Peace.
Marie-Claire is a francophone from Regina, Saskatchewan. She appeared as Meg in the television series "renegadepress.com" as well as being a member of a theatre troupe for three years. She is very excited to continue working in Toronto. Favourite roles at GBC include: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Masha in The Seagull, Florinda in The Rover, Moira in Thearac 25, Isabel Warwick in The Queens, and most recently Natasha in War and Peace. She thanks friends and family for their continued support.
Craig is excited to be graduating from George Brown Theatre School in April 2007. Born and raised in St. John's Newfoundland, Craig left a degree in music to pursue acting. After working for two years in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was hungry for training and so decided to move to Toronto to attend George Brown to become a professional pretender. Favorite roles have included Richard III (Richard III), Edmund (Much Ado About Munch), Charlie (Mary's Wedding), and most recently Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace).
Megan was brought up in Sault Ste. Marie, a quiet town with a surprising abundance of community theatre. She was introduced to the stage at the precocious age of ten with the title role of "Charlotte's Web" and hasn't stopped since. She has appeared in over 50 community productions as well as being a founding member and associate director of Stage 1, a company that makes theatre accessible to young people. Megan is eternally grateful to her instructors at George Brown for the tough love and support. Favorite GBC credits include Isabella (Measure for Measure), Irina (Three Sisters), Lady Fidget (The Country Wife), Moira (Therac 25), and most recently Marya Bolkonsky in the Canadian premiere of War and Peace.
Tim hails from Peterborough where he was part of that vibrant arts community. He moved to Toronto where he joined a troupe that was nominated for the Canadian comedy award for best improv comedy troupe. Whilst being a member of this talented class/collective, he has had the opportunity to play. His favorite roles thus far include: Mark Antony in Dryden's All for Love, Pierre in War and Peace, Ernest in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, and Jasper in Sky. Tim would like to thank his mom without whom he would be a garbage man.
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