JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY – Playwright
John Patrick Shanley is from The Bronx, New York. His plays include Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Dirty Story, Defiance, Beggars in the House of Plenty and Storefront Church. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world.
For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. The film of Doubt was also directed by Mr. Shanley.
Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed, and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement InWriting.
MATTHEW BARBER – Singer
Matthew Barber is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who has released 8 albums including his most recent Big Romance which came out in May and was produced by Gary Louris of The Jayhawks. Matthew has toured extensively across Canada and Australia and made inroads into the US and Europe, recording for such labels as Warner Music Canada, Rounder Records Europe, Outside Music in Canada and ABC in Australia.
He was nominated for a Juno award for his 2008 record Ghost Notes, and his songs have been featured prominently on Canadian airwaves with the mainstream radio hit “Soft One”, multiple CBC Radio 2 hits including his most recent single “Lose Your Love”, and numerous placements in film and television. Last fall, Matthew ended a national tour with his sister Jill Barber with a homecoming at Massey Hall.
Matthew has also worked in theatre, composing the music and acting as bandleader for the award-winning original musical play Haunted Hillbilly which had successful runs at The Centaur and Segal Centre theatres in Montreal as well as Summerworks at Passe Muraille in Toronto. This past September Matthew composed and performed music in the Segal Centre’s production of The Graduate.
“Barber means what he sings, at all times.” The Globe and Mail
ANDREW SHAVER – Director
Andrew is a Toronto-based director, performer, producer and the founding Artistic Director of SideMart Theatrical Grocery, which has been nominated for over 25 Montreal English Theatre Awards and has won over a dozen. Andrew has won Outstanding Director twice. SideMart was the Segal Studio Resident Company in Montreal from 2008-2011. Shaver recently directed a production of The Graduate at the Segal Centre featuring original live music by Justin Rutledge and Matthew Barber. Shaver’s production of Sherlock Holmes, at the Segal Centre, originally starring Jay Baruchel, is slated for an a commercial transfer in 2015.
This summer he’ll become the first Anglophone to direct the musical at Festival Juste Pour Rire when he helms Grease. Shaver assisted Robert Falls on the Goodman Theatre’s production of The Iceman Cometh starring Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane, which opens at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2015.
Andrew has spent 5 seasons as a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival company as an actor, director and producer. Upcoming, Shaver will direct The Plateaus, a 10 part web-series, featuring Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) and Sam Roberts (Sam Roberts Band).
“One of Canada’s best directors.” Montreal Gazette
MARTHA BURNS – Actor
Martha Burns has performed leading roles at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals and at theatres across the country. Winner of the 2005 Barbara Hamilton Award for “excellence and professionalism in the performing arts,” she also received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her work in Trafford Tanzi and The Miracle Worker and was nominated for three more. She is a double Gemini Award winner for Best Actress for her leading role of “Ellen Fanshaw” in three seasons of Slings and Arrows and the recipient of two supporting actress Genie Awards for Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Love and Savagery.
With actor/writer, Susan Coyne, she wrote and directed the short film How Are You? which was an official selection for TIFF 2008.
Martha co-produced all, and directed one of ten short films that form the anthology Little Films About Big Moments for Movie Central and TMN.
She is currently on the Global TV series Remedy in the recurring role of Rebecca Baker.
Her next project is a documentary featuring Mark McKinney learning Richard the Third with great Shakespearean director Robin Phillips.
MOLLY FLOOD – Actor
Molly Flood is a Toronto based artist. She has been involved in the creation of new Canadian work in theatre, music, dance, circus, fashion and film. Molly has performed at The Citadel Theatre, The Vancouver playhouse, the opening ceremonies of the Canada Summer Games, Edmonton’s Mayor’s Evening for the Arts and various dive bars across Canada. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Emerging Artist Award, a Sterling Award nominee and an honors graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA program.
Her interest lies in work that is fiercely brave with a twist of dark humour. Select credits include: Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre), Ladies Who Lynch (Serial Collective), The Dazzle (Shadow Theatre), The Tall Building (Azimuth Theatre, Sterling Nomination Best Supporting Actress), Hello…Hello (Kill Your Television), Social Sundays (Rapid Fire Theatre), Cowboy Mouth (Orange Bus Productions), Pig (Cowgirl Opera), FuzzFly (FireFly Aerial Theatre), Killer Joe (The Media Room), Something Red (Vault! Theatre of Invention!), Jane Austen…Action Figure (StageLab Festival), As you Like It, The Myth of Summer, Scenes From An Execution (Studio Theatre).
Molly is one half of the indie-electro band Christian Hansen which can be seen at venues across the country.
ANNA HARDWICK – Actor/Producer
Anna is an actor, producer and writer, and founding member of Rip Jaw Productions. She has performed at theatres across the country and productions include Abigail’s Party, Where’s My Money?, Purgatory in Ingleton, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride & Prejudice, and Mary’s Wedding. She is a founding member of Project Undertow and co-produced and performed in their smash-hit Melancholy Play.
Selected film and TV roles include The Good Witch, God and Country, Transporter, Lost Girl, Cosmopolis, Casino Jack, and Defiance. She recently performed in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar winning feature film Birdman. Her first short film, Baby Brain, which she wrote, produced and starred in, premiered at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.
Anna is a graduate of LAMDA in the UK and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program in Alberta. www.annahardwick.com
JADE HASSOUNÉ – Actor
Lebanon-born, Montreal-raised Jade Hassouné is a graduate of the professional theatre program at John Abbott College and a 2012 Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory alumnus. Since then, Jade has joined one of Canada’s most successful series, Heartland (CBC) as a recurring character and shared the screen with the late Paul Walker in Brick Mansions.
Jade is also involved in comic book, fashion and music industry collaborations with projects to be announced. Past credits include a supporting role in ABC Family’s Cyberbully, and was a semi-finalist on Canada’s Got Talent with Enigma Dance Productions.
Jade has performed in various Centaur Theatre and Geordie Productions plays in Montreal. This is Jade’s Toronto theatre debut.
JONATHAN HIGGINS – Actor
Jonathan Higgins hails from Boston, the setting for a number of his film credits, including the Greatest Game Ever Played, The Boondock Saints and Saint Ralph. Other recent film work includes the upcoming Race, starring Jason Sudekis and Jeremy Irons, Dominion with John Malkovich, and House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence. Numerous television credits include Reign, Copper, The Shield, The Unit, Lost Girl and The Firm.
Select theatre: two years touring classical comedy with the New Vic Theatre of London, Desire Under the Elms (Irish Classical Theatre) and Great Expectations (Grand Theatre). He created the role of Robert in the original production of On an Average Day in both Toronto and Los Angeles. In 2011, his solo show Evening in Samarra, An Appointment with John O’Hara (accompanied by Jazz musician James Scott), was selected as one of the Centenary Celebration performances for the Elizabethan Club at Yale.
Jonathan is also one of Toronto’s leading on camera acting coaches, and the co-founder of Actor’s Imagination Studio.
KAREN KNOX – Actor
Karen Knox is a Toronto based actress, writer, and director who has worked and trained in both the U.K and Canada. She graduated from L.A.M.D.A’s prestigious Master’s program in 2013. While in London Karen had the opportunity to stage her play, La Libertine, at L.A.M.D.A, and starred in a production of Venus in Fur at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre.
Since returning to Toronto last year, Karen has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed productions including Mme De Tourvelle in Red One Theatre Company’s Dangerous Liaisons, Kate in Taming of the Shrew (R.O.T.C), The Skriker (R.O.T.C), and Kate and Sam are Not Breaking Up (Cue6).
She directed Single Thread Theatre Company’s spectacular sold out run of Much Ado About Nothing this past September at Toronto’s historic Spadina House Museum. You can catch her on screen in CBC’s latest season of Murdoch Mysteries.
TONY NAPPO – Actor
Tony Nappo has performed on stages across Canada. Selected theatre credits include The Seagull and Unidentified Human Remains and The Dirty Beautiful for Crow’s Theatre, God of Carnage (Studio 180), A God in Need of Help, The Golden Dragon, The Real World, Alias Godot, Little Mercy’s First Murder, Sideman, Motel Hélene (Tarragon Theatre), Another Africa, Wild Dogs, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message… (Canadian Stage), The Gwendolyn Poems, Home is My Road, Problem Child (Factory),The Africa Trilogy (Volcano/Luminato) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Calgary).
Mr. Nappo has appeared in over a hundred film and television projects including voicing the lead role of Joey Falcone in the hit animated series Fugget About It! which earned him an ACTRA Award nomination.
NOAH REID – Actor
Noah Reid is one of Canada’s favourite young actors, and has been acting professionally since he was eight years old. He has starred in feature films such as Score: A Hockey Musical and Old Stock. He has played leading roles in numerous TV series including Backpackers, Cracked, Alphas, Rookie Blue, The Firm and Degrassi. You may recognize his nine-year old voice from the Franklin the Turtle cartoons.
On stage, Noah has performed with Soulpepper Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Mirvish Productions, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Aquarius and The Blyth Festival. He originated the role of Dean Trusk in George F. Walker’s Dead Metaphor, with the Canadian Rep Company and Mirvish Productions.
Noah just finished filming an ABC Family Pilot, Kevin From Work, is in the upcoming feature film People On Hold. His debut album, “Songs from a Broken Chair,” produced by Matthew Barber, is set to be released this summer. Noah is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
TRENT PARDY – Actor
Trent was a company member of The Stratford Shakespeare Festival 2007-2011, with credits that include: Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Fenton in Merry Wives Of Windsor, and Acaste in The Misanthrope. Other stage credits: Const. McIlroy in Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre), Haimon in Antigonick (Guilty By Association), BOBLO (KitchenBand Productions in association with The Theatre Centre), Frank Tussy in Barrel Crank (Suitcase In Point), Display Assistant in Bliss (Candles are for Burning/BIBT), Jim in Scientific Americans (Segal Centre), B.J. Baker in Whiteman’s Whiskey Comedy Revue- One of Everything for the Boy’s (SideMart).
Selected Film and Television credits include: Willed to Kill (Incendo), Stephen King’s Dead Zone (USA), Black Eye Dog (Independent). Voice work includes: Prince of Persia (Ubisoft) and Station X (Teletoon). Trent is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory (2007) and The National Theatre School of Canada (2004).
Trent is a founding member of the critically acclaimed SideMart Theatrical Grocery. Thanks to Stefanie for all the love and support.
ANAND RAJARAM – Actor
Anand is an improvisor, actor, playwright, director, musician, puppeteer, teacher, and performance artist. Theatre companies he has worked with include VideoCabaret, CORPUS, Second City, The Stratford Festival, CanStage, Odyssey Mask Theatre, and Puppetmongers. His own work includes Hys Unauthoryzed Lyfe & Tymes, Communist Til Payday, and the award-winning mime narrative Cowboys & Indians, as well as numerous shorter works.
He starred in the TV series Men With Brooms and has also appeared in Suits, Working The Engels, The Listener, The Jon Dore Show, and Majority Rules among others. Canadian film performances include You Are Here, Suck, Silent But Deadly, Old Stock, Across The River To Motor City, and Vikram Dasgupta’s award-winning short Calcutta Taxi.
American TV features include Disney’s Harriet The Spy, Hallmark’s Midnight Masquerade, and Mira Nair’s My Own Country. He stars in the upcoming Canadian film Look Again, and will be appearing in Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys and in Ken Finkelman’s God & Country.
KATIE SWIFT – Actor
Katie Swift is a Toronto-based actor and theatre maker. Most recently, she has performed with FIXT POINT Theatre as part of their nationwide oral history and theatre initiative, The Tale of a Town –Canada. Selected acting credits include: Model Wanted (Notable Acts), Trying for the Kingdom (Sidemart/Summerworks); Hroses: An Affront to Reason (Mi Casa/Evolution)*Rideau Award; Haunted Hillbilly (Centaur/Sidemart); A Doll’s House (TNB/Montgomery); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); The Crucible; Our Town (Two Planks); East of Berlin (2btheatre)*Merritt Award Nomination.
Directorial credits include: Since Santino XXX by Jill Connell (Rhubarb); Amy, La Reine des Morts by Chala Hunter (Festival Zone Homa). Katie can be seen in the TV series Murdoch Mysteries.
Upcoming: Katie will perform the title role in Jill Connell’s latest work, The Supine Cobbler, in Toronto; she is also collaborating with Quote Unquote Collective (Amy Nostbakken) on her solo show, Swan Song – a lip-synching multimedia extravaganza. Katie is a graduate of Dalhousie University and The National Theatre School of Canada.
BRIAN KENNY – Sound Designer
HANNA PULEY – Set and Costume Designer
Hanna Puley is a Toronto based theatre and film designer. Recent credits include design for Henri Faberge’s Heligoland Follies, and Feint of Hart, costume design for Digits’ music video Street Violence as well as costume design on the IPF funded webseries Space Riders. Ongoing work includes production design for Toronto based sketch comedy group Tony Ho (www.tonyho.ca). She recently designed the upcoming short film She Stoops to Conquer starring Julian Richings.
KIM PURTELL – Lighting Designer
Kimberly is a Toronto-based lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera. Her designs have been critically acclaimed both on the national and international stage. They have been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Russia. She has designed for the Canadian Stage Company, Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Tarragon Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, da da kamera, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Necessary Angel, Tapestry New Opera, and many others. Kimberly is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 10 nominations for outstanding Lighting Design, and was the 2005 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award.
PAUL FLICKER – Associate Director/Producer
As producer: Paul Flicker currently serves as artistic producer of SideMart and previously served for thirteen years as producer then artistic producer of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (formerly the Saidye Bronfman Centre), where he produced and presented plays, concerts, dance, cinema, variety, comedy, special programming and tours for a total of 400 to 500 performances and events annually. For the Segal, he has negotiated co-productions and presentations with the NAC, Soulpepper, MTC, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Rideau Vert, Duceppe and Copa di Oro and many more. Along the way, he has had the opportunity to work with great artists, including Martha Henry, Oliver Jones, Theodore Bikel, Viola Léger, Douglas Campbell, Ranee Lee, Diana Leblanc, Chris Abraham, Damien Atkins, Jay Baruchel, SoCalled and a thousand more. As director: last season he directed Glengarry Glen Ross starring RH Thomson and assisted Peter Hinton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull (both at Segal).
ULYSSES CASTELLANOS – Installation Artist
Born to a long line of artists, musicians, writers and intellectuals (he is the grandson of celebrated concert pianist Angelita Garcia Peña and Colonel Arturo Castellanos Contreras, who was honoured in 2011 as one of the “Righteous Among The Nations” by Yad Vashem for his humanitarian efforts during WWII), Ulysses Castellanos developed an interest in art, music and literature at an early age. This interest led to extensive studies in film and music history, musical composition, visual arts and acting, manifesting itself in the multiple disciplines that Ulysses pursues (music, acting, critical writing, painting, filmmaking,videoart) and that he combines into elaborate installations, two-dimensional works, sculptures, videos and performances.
In 2008, Ulysses completed the Telus Interactive Art and Entertainment Program at the Canadian Film Centre, where he worked with physical computing and interactive technology to create USB – powered interactive sculptures. He is a member of the IKT International Curator’s Association, Luxembourg, as well as The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). His work is shown extensively in galleries and screenings throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In 2012 he completed Eco Hotel 2, a full-length mystery thriller set in the Colombian Jungle with a cast made entirely of resident artists and local people from Residencia en La Tierra, Villavicencio. His full-length feature film Minimall Cop 2, shot on location at Cree Nation of Wemindji in Northern Quebec, and featuring Cree youth as its cast, debuted at Alucine Latin Film + Media Festival in April 2014. His most recent exhibitions include End of The Century and Dynamic Equilibrium at Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Error: Origen no Encontrado at El Museo del Banco de La República, Bogotá, Colombia, Architecture of Boom at Attic Gallery, Taipei, and Taipei Ninja (in collaboration with three Taiwanese artists) at Instant 42, New Taipei City. Ulysses is the recipient of many awards, including grants from the Canada Council for The Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council for his performance and media works. He is represented by Galería Anomalía, Mexico City.
CHRISTOPHER HAYES – Producer
Chris is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, and a co-founder of Witchboy Theatre. He produced and performed in their hit productions of Metropolitan Operas and Love and Human Remains. Selected credits include Jesus Jello: The Miraculous Confection (Zaw Productions, Toronto Fringe, 2013), Cabaret (Music Theatre Montreal), Closer (Chesterfield Productions), Reefer Madness: The Musical (Processed Theatre), Putting it Together (Theatre Lac Brome) and Caesar and Cleopatra (Resonance Ensemble, Off-Broadway). Chris will be making his big screen debut in the upcoming independent feature film, Barn Wedding (Floyder Films).
BENJAMIN BLAIS – Producer
Benjamin is the founder and Artistic Director of The Storefront Theatre and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Red One Theatre Collective – named NOW Magazine’s “Best of Toronto” Indie Theatre. He is the Creator, President and CEO of SecureaSeat.com, an online box office solutions company. With over a decade of experience in the arts and entertainment industry, Benjamin is a true leader and has been responsible for the success of a wide array of creative projects as well as many community-building initiatives. He founded the popular Upstart Cabaret series which raises funds for future productions and showcases local talent and the Sing for Your Supper play reading series, a forum for emerging talent, networking and artistic development.
Benjamin has produced over 25 highly successful theatre productions, and acting in many of them, garnering Dora Award nominations, critical acclaim and a large audience following at venues across the city and for the last two years at The Storefront Theatre. Benjamin and his team at The Storefront are blazing a trail in the Toronto theatre and business scene with their commitment to artistic excellence and to building a strong and loyal audience base within the community.
STACEYLEE TURNER – Producer
Staceylee Turner is the Co-founder of the Storefront Theatre & Studios. With a BA in Curatorial studies (OCAD University) and a Masters in Film Preservation (Ryerson), Stacey has been responsible for the evolution of downtown heritage space, Campbell House Museum from a single-purpose institution to a multidisciplinary, award-winning arts location that continues to encourage artists to expand their notion of location and the traditional ‘stage’. Stacey’s curatorial and production history includes such events as Red One Theatre Collective’s original-adaptation play In the Pines; co-production of Nuit Blanche event “The High Five Championship”; Curator of featured exhibit “Occupational Portraits” in 2013 Scotiabank’s CONTACT photography festival.
As Accounts Manager for the Storefront, Stacey oversees the professional details necessary for production and provides insight into the business of theatre. Not an actor, nor director, Stacey is behind the scenes, keeping the doors of The Storefront Theatre & Studio swinging open since its inception in 2012.
CLAIRE BURNS – Producer
Claire Burns is a Toronto based playwright, actor and producer. She is a member of the Red One Theatre collective and general manager of the Storefront Theatre. Claire is a graduate of the University of Toronto and George Brown Theatre School. Claire is the co-founder of www.weareeggdonors.com
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