A graduate of the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City, under the brilliant Sanford Meisner. As an actor, director, producer and teacher, Michael has been an active force in the business for over forty years.
He was Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Executive Producer of The Muskoka Festival Theatre from 1972-1991, he established that company as one of the great performing companies in Canada.
During that time, Michael produced over 200 productions, many to critical acclaim. He holds over 30 years experience as an actor, giving him a wealth of knowledge to share in the classroom.
Michael has been committed to giving Canadian performers their voice, by developing and working with The Music Theatre Colony and the Young Company. Many of his performers have moved ahead to professional careers, both in Canada and the United States.
He has served on many juries and assessment panels, most notably the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Film Review Board where he was Vice-Chair and Chair of the Policy Committee, during which time he took the initiative and responsibility for changes made to the Provincial Classification Guidelines, having reviewed over one thousand movies and videos submitted to the board.
Michael has appeared in numerous film and television productions including Billy Madison, Tuxedo, The Grid, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Forever Knight, Getting Gotti, Street Legal, Execution of Private Slovik, Tom Sawyer and the series lead in Mary and Michael and Mixed Doubles.
His theatre credits include, Mr. Bones and Che Guevara for Toronto Workshop Productions directed by George Luscombe in Toronto and Venice, Italy. Claudius and Boy Bishop written and directed by Ken Gass and the premiere production of Bagdad Saloon by George F. Walker for Factory Lab Theatre and Same Time Next Year and Dracula at Muskoka Festival.
Hart Massey is an award winning actor, television and film producer. He is also a partner of the film company Massey Bros. Films (www.masseybrosfilms.com) for which he produced and starred in his selftitled television series Hart of the Annex (Rogers TV), bringing him acclaim in several Canadian periodicals and newspapers and earning him the nomination for Best Television Series at the Rogers Impression Awards.
Since ’83 Mr. Ingram has been involved in all aspects of putting on a play, working as a director, actor, fight choreographer, vocal coach, producer, stage manager, production stage manager, lighting & sound designer/technician, stage hand and carpenter. Since ’89 he has been a company member of Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. In ’92 he became Associate Director of Artists for a Physical Theatre, a company he formed with his mentor Tony Simotes.
In ’99 Mr. Ingram became founding Artistic/Managing Director of the Rogue And Peasant Theatre Company, www.roguetheatre.org.
He is an active and in-demand fight director, actor, director and voice coach both in Canada and the United States. His teaching benefits from all his experience by taking on a unique blend of these disciplines.
Mr. Ingram received his M.F.A. from York University (Theatre Performance, plus Voice Teaching diploma) and his B.Sc. from Syracuse University (Telecommunications production). He is a member of CAEA (Canadian Actors Equity Association), ACTR A, Society of Canadian Fight Directors, Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank, VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Assoc.), and ATM E (Association of Theatre Movement Educators).
Teaching credits include: Seneca College (Coordinator), Toronto Film School (Coordinator), York University, Randolph Academy, Humber College’s School of Comedy, Algonquin College, Shakespeare & Co., Canadian National Voice Intensive, USC School of Drama, M.I.T., Equity Showcase, Actors’ Tutorial and Theatre Ontario’s Summer Courses. Stage Acting credits include: The Seagull, No Exit, Betrayal, The Foursome, The Affections of May, Rock and Roll, MacBeth, and A Streetcar Named Desire. TV/Film Acting credits include: Tommy Boy, Trial & Error, Once A Thief, Family Passions, Top Cops and Street Legal.
Directing credits include: Jupiter In July, To Die For, Endgame, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Bloody Business, Chapter Two, Twelfth Night, I Hate Hamlet, and Barrymore.
Piotr R Biernat, originally from Poland, moved to Canada in 1996 after completing a MFA at the National Theatre School in Wroclaw.
He continued to train in contemporary dance and choreography with Anna Wyman in Vancouver, Main Dance Studio and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He has had the privilege to dance with many great artists and dance companies including: COR PUS, Kaeja d’Dance, Mocean Dance, Peter Chin, Chimera Project, Halifax Dance and Danny Grossman.
He has presented his own choreographies, Past Perfect, To-get-Her, Black and White, Bodies and Motion, Wounded at various festivals and choreographed his first Bravo! Fact Video, Acalanto. He has recently worked in Poland where he choreographed for Wroclawski Pantomime Theater and appeared in a few TV Shows, Licencja na wychowanie, Tancerze and Pierwsza Milosc.
Julia is a Toronto based actress, voice director, producer and teacher. She was a series regular, as “Marci” on CBC’s comedy P.R. and played “Milbank” in Conan O’Brien’s sitcom pilot, Beat Cops for FOX and NBC as well as “Francesca” in the Global TV Network’s, Da Kink In My Hair.
She has also acted in a range of Hollywood feature films alongside Cate Blanchett in Pushing Tin, Jamie Foxx in Booty Call, and William H. Macy and Laura Dern in Focus. She has worked twice with Emmy award winning Director Allan Arkush, in FOX’s Prince Charming with Martin Short and in Elvis Meets Nixon for Showtime. Julia also worked with Robert Loggia in the Joe Torre Story for Showtime and was the female lead in The Edge, seen on the W Network. Her selected TV series credits include Due South, Once A Thief and Doc. Julia also produced and starred in the TV Pilot Buddies, with Fred Penner.