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Faculty

Faculty in the Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre program are also dedicated professionals. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in program’s faculty roster below.

Michael Ayoub

Co-Coordinator, Acting Program

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.

Plus many award winning commercials.

Hart Massey

Co-Coordinator, Acting Program

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.

He most recently directed and starred in his first feature-length documentary, G-Way, which premiered at this year's Reelworld Film Festival. Currently, Hart is writing, producing, and hosting the third season of the tv series, The Film Student (Rogers TV). Hart is an alumni of The Berlinale Talent Campus, and his work as a film actor and writer has played in festivals including The Berlin Film Festival, The Montreal World Film Festival, The Seattle Independent Film Festival, and The Sprockets Film Festival. Hart is careful not to forget his roots on the stage where he has performed professionally since he was a child. His work has ranged from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream to the Dora Award winning production of A Doll's House, to the world premiere of Tomson Highway's musical Rose. Most recently he has been seen playing the sidekick to the wildly popular comedic character Lupe in A Very Lupe Xmas, and Lupe's Next Top Lupe. Hart is thrilled to be heading an exciting and complete acting program for The Toronto Film School, where he has taught both Acting and Improvisation.

Mark Ingram

Instructor, Acting Program

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.

Choreography credits include: Romeo & Juliet, The 39 Steps, The Princess Bride, Faust, Scheherazade, Oklahoma, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Piotr R. Biernat*

Dancer / Choreographer / Educator

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.

He is currently a faculty member of the Toronto Film School, teaches for the Join the Dance (Canada) Foundation and dances with Kaha:wi Dance Theater.

Julia Paton

Actress / Voice Director / Producer

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.

She has performed in numerous TV and radio commercials as well as lending her voice to books-on-tape. Julia has taught camera acting for 17 years to adults, children and teenagers. She is on Faculty at Seneca College in the Acting for Camera and Voice diploma program, teaching both camera acting and Periods & Styles. She is the creator and founder of Actors On Camera, which trains actors how to audition and act for camera. Her corporate division Crunch Time Coaching has her directing webcasts for one of the leading banks in Canada. Julia has a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree from Queen's University with a major in Drama.

Christopher Sawchyn*

Originally from Manitoba, Christopher is a triple threat (actor, singer, dancer) in addition to TV & film performance (THE BRIDGE, MAYDAY, QUEER AS FOLK). he has directed actors and choreographed pieces for Mirador Productions, New Teatro and Rogue & Peasant Theatre. As an instructor he has taught acting, movement, improvisation, clown and stage combat. In addition to the Toronto Film School, he has taught in the Acting program at Seneca College, Dramaway (special needs), International School of Brussels and the Canadian Stage Company. Currently, he is a teaching artist with Join the Dance Canada, bringing ballroom dance to inner-city schools in the GTA. He is a founding member of the Teatro Scaramouche and brings workshops to high schools throughout the same area.

Mark Andrada

MARK ANDRADA is a Canadian Comedy Award winning Performer/Director/Writer. Favourite theatre credits include performing clown in The Hollow (Canadian Stage Company), clown and puppetry in Love From Afar (Canadian Opera Company), a CCA nominated performance in Co­ Ed Prison Sluts... The Musical! (Second City Toronto Annoyance Theatre Chicago) and just plain performing in workshop productions of Jason Robert Brown's Broadway production of Parade directed by Harold Prince (Livent), and the new 2010 adaptation of Trey Parker's Cannibal directed by Chris Bond.

Film and TV credits include: Covert Affairs (NBC/USA Network), Almost Heroes (Showcase), Man of the Year, Fever Pitch {20th Century Fox), Wonder falls (Fox), and Life With Derek (Disney/Family Channel). Mark is also one half of the performance comedy duo 10,000 to Flight, and was a member of the improv troupe PROJECTproject and has toured Canada with both outfits.

Furthermore, Mark is a dilettante lighting designer: Off Broadway On Stage (Angelwalk), Scott Thompson's SCOTTASTROPHE (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre), over 25 different productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Seriously), and Dinosaurs Unearthed an Animatronic Dinosaur Exhibit at the Detroit Science Center, Neat,huh? For free Samples and Prizes visit markandrad.§.com or twitter @markandrada

John Beale

John Beale is a Toronto based actor, teacher and director. He has had a recurring role in Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone series as Dr Peter Perkins, and in October 1970 as Prime Minister Robert Bourassa as well as roles in several independent and Hollywood films- see imdb profile.

He has performed with Daniel Maclvor in Maclvor's world premiere of The Best Brothers at the Stratford Festival, as Nurk in Maciver's Bingo at Neptune Theatre, as Reverend John Hale in The Crucible at Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (for which he received a Merritt Award), with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts for several seasons and has also created and performed his self-produced work at The Old Red Schoolhouse Theatre in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. John is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris and Dalhousie University in Halifax.

He also trained, performed and taught extensively with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, (Tina Packer and Kristin Linkiater). He has taught theatre for grades i 2, university students and teachers since 199"7. He has been holding publicly offered performance workshops in le jeu, clown, theatre and audition technique since 2005.

Tosha Doiron

Tosha is an actor, dancer, movement coach and choreographer who is delighted to be back in Toronto after spending several years performing and living in Vancouver. She holds an MFA in Acting from York University with a focus on Movement Coaching and Physical Theatre and an Honours B.A from the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto. She has also studied with Soul pepper Theatre Company, Lyric School of Acting, Michael Chekhov Studios in London, England, and several dance and movement studios across Canada.

She has performed for numerous theatre companies including Magnus Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Tightrope Productions and the Luminato Festival. Her most recent performance in Help Yourself at the Toronto Fringe won Best of Fringe, Patron's Pick and was named Best Ensemble and Best Production by NOW Magazine. Tosha is also the Co-Artistic Director of FeverGraph Theatre Company who recently produced the acclaimed Enough Rope as part of the Drake Hotel Summer Art Series. Select film and t.v credits include Supernatural, Psych, Smallville, Godiva's, Split Decision, Hurricane Hunter, Blonde and Blonder and various commercials.

Tosha has also worked for many of Vancouver's top casting directors, including Coreen Mayrs and Heike Brandstatter at Lion's Gate studios, When not performing, Tosha's passion is teaching. Her 15 years of experience in this field include teaching at York University, Fevergraph Theatre Company, Arts Express, StageCoach Theatre Vancouver and Hoofer's Performing Arts. She recently became the Principal Director of StageCoach Theatre Arts in Oakville. Former students of Tosha's have gone on to star in productions at the Stratford Festival, The Royal Alexandra Theatre, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Carnival and Disney Cruise Lines, and several television and film productions.

Jack Grinhaus*

Jack Grinhaus is an award winning and nominated theatre artist Primarily a director, Jack has also worked in various streams of theatre as producer, designer, playwright, and award winning actor with numerous theatre, TV, and film credits in the city and abroad for over twenty years. He was a contributor to the World Theatre Encyclopedia as well as a theatre columnist for BlogTo and possesses an MFA and BA Honours in Theatre from York University's Theatre program as well as an Associate Degree in Acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has studied intensely with renowned artists Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, and Graham Mclaren.

Recent Directing Credits Include: dirty butterfly (B2C/Obsidian Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Grand Theatre HSP), Playing Cards Part • Spades (Observer/AD/Robert Lepage/Ex-Machina),Piayvvrights Cabaret (The Grand Theatre),Phaedra's Lust (Tapestry New Opera/82C), Ghosts (AD/Morris Panych/Soulpepper), Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project), Saved (2011 Toronto Fringe Festival/Patron's Pick/Best of Venue/Factory Theatre Studio), ART (AD/Morris Panych/Canadian Stage Company) Complex: A Toronto Tale (Festival of Creation/Canadian Slage/2010 Toronto Fringe),The Nun's Vacation (Doghouse Riley Prod), Carmen (Opera Liricaltaliana), Tough Jews (Harold Green Jewish Theatre/ Workshop Reading),Seven (AD/Sarah Stanley/City of Wine Festivalfrheatre PasseMuraille), Now or Never (PieiadesTheatre/Yonge Street Mission).

Upcoming: Nutcase (in association with the Habima National Theatre of Israel), Release the Stars (2014 Toronto Next Stage Festival).

As an actor Jack has worked on over 40 theatrical productions on some the biggest stages in North America as well as on television including a recurring role on the Discovery Channel series Mayday as well as a principal actor on the Lifetime Network MOW Who is Clark Rockefeller.

Jack was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2011, was part of the 2010 Canadian Stage BASH Directors Residency as well as tile inaugural Director's Lab North at Tarragon Theatre, facilitates acting, directing, movement, improvisation and creative ensemble workshops throughout Ontario, was the Associate/Apprentice Artistic Director at The Grand Theatre for it's 2012/13 Season, and is the Artistic Director of the lndie theatre company B2C Theatre (www.boundtocreate.com)

Michael Harms

Michael has taught Voice and Text for more than ten years, most notably at York University, Humber College, Sheridan College, the Toronto Film School and Seneca College. He spent eight years training with Canada's premiere Voice and Speech teacher, David Smukler and holds a Master's Degree in Theatre Performance from York University. He also studied Clown and Mask with Richard Pochinko and acting with David Rotenberg among others. His diverse directing credits include everything from Ionesco to the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan. He is best known in Toronto for his work as an Actor in and Director of the long running hit "Clouds - The Musical". As an actor he has also played Hamlet, Richard m and, more recently, roles inMurder Mysteries and Farces. As a singer be has performed in Musicals such as "I do! I do!" and Road to Muskoka and has done many Operas with Opera Ontario.

Jason Luke

Mr. Luke brings over 13 years experience in the film and television industry to his teaching career. In 1999 Mr. Luke graduated Sheridan College's Media Arts program and began work as an assistant to one of the biggest commercial art directors in Toronto. Two years later he had a small stint working as a Prop Master before leaving the commercial industry to pursue camera work on the big movies. In 2001, he opened his own production company called Eye- Imagine Designs and joined the camera guild IATSE 667 in 2003 as a camera assistant working on such films as New York Minute, Get Rich or Die Try'in, Love Guru, The Lookout, Where the Truth Lies, and many others In 2008 the company grew to include portrait photography, commercial photography and food photography. As a teacher Mr. Luke has over one year experience working in the YRDSB as an associate teacher in Communications Technology. Mr. Luke believes that a great teacher who never uses technology in the classroom won't make them a bad teacher, however a great teacher who uses technology in the classroom will make great things happen and change the minds of 100's if not 1000's of students.

Yale Massey

Yale Massey is an award-winning director and cinematographer. In 2003, Yale launched Massey Bros. films, a production company with a mandate to create fictional and non-fictional television and documentary series, commercials, and industrial videos. In 2004, Yale co-wrote and directed a 6 part television series entitled Hart of the Annex. A serial comedy on Rogers Television about the exploits of an unemployed actor working at a vintage clothing store. The hit series has been coined "The King of Kensington of the next generation" (Rob Salem, Toronto Star). Currently Yale is writing, directing and producing the third season (Episodes 12-20) of a docu-series airing on Rogers Television, entitled The Film Student Yale has directed and produced two documentaries. The first one was entitled G-Way(2009) and it focused on issues facing at-risk youth. The second documentary is entitled HIV: A Nutrient Difficiency Disease (2011) and it outlined holistic solutions to HIV in Africa. As a teacher, Yale has taught film-making at George Brown College since 2006. The courses he teaches include; Produce and Direct Your Own Short Film, Digital Cinematography, and Digital Editing. Yale also teaches film-making at The University of Toronto's Hart House Film Board in subjects such as camera and lighting, sound and editing.

Sue Miner*

Versed in both Classical text and new work, Sue Miner is a freelance director and co­ artistic director of Pea Green Theatre Group with her husband Mark Brownell. Her work with Pea Green includes the musical The Barbeque King, Conservatives in Love, Medici Slot Machine (Dora Nomination), Monsieur d'Eon is a Woman (Dora Nomination), Playballs, The Blue Wall (Dora Nomination) and Orchidelerium (Dora Nomination). Recent credits include The Fantasticks (Red Bam) The Tempest (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park) the opera Orphea and the Golden Harp (Jeunesses Musicales/ Theatre Cotton Robes) I Love You Forever and More Munsch (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Dora Winner) Celine Speaks (Fringe of Toronto), and Sexy Laundry (Theatre Aquarius).

Other notable productions include Bella Donna (Burning Passions/ Some Strange Reason), Women Beware Women (Theatre Erindale), Sunday in the Park with George (George Brown/Equity Showcase), Le Chevalier St Georges (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra), Titus Andronicus (Dora Nomination) and Measure for Measure (both for Shakespeare in the Rough). As well as garnering several Dora nominations, Sue has been thrice nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award for body of work in directing and has been twice touted as one of Toronto's Top-10 theatre artists by NOW Magazine, and was on the Long List for the Siminovitch Prize for Directors"

She has participated in the Tapestry New Opera Works Director's Lab and the Director's Masterclass at the World Stage festival studying with Yoshi Oida, Phillida Lloyd and Peter Brook among others" Sue also teaches at Sheridan College's Music Theatre Dept and George Brown. Theatre School Sue has also taught for Theatre Ontario and the Toronto District School Board as a guest artist.

Laurel Paetz

In her thirty year career as a professional actor, Laurel has appeared on stages across Canada, including Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Vancouver's Arts Club, Manitoba 111eatre Centre and Prairie. Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, and The Globe Theatre in Regina.

She spent ten seasons at the Blyth Festival in Blyth, Ontario, where she originated roles in over a dozen new Canadian plays. Her most recent credits include Yana in Nightbreath for the Summerworks FestivaL Ma Joad in The Grapes q{Wrath at York University, Communicating Doors and Noises Ojfat the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, A Guide /o Mourning at the Globe Theatre, The Passion at Theatre Kingston and New Canadian Kid at the LoJTaine Kimsa Theatre for Young People.

Laurel has numerous television, film and radio credits, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance in Wendy Lill's, Sisters. Laurel graduated from York in 2007 with an M.F.A. in Theatre and a Diploma in the Teaching of Voice. Since then, she has taught at Dalhousie University, Humber College, York University, and Canada's National Voice Intensive. Laurel presently teaches voice in the acting program at Ryerson University, and coaches privately in acting, voice, dialects, and accent modification.

 

James Bond

Mark Brownell

Melissa D'Agostino

Sarah Evans

Alysa Golden

Alex Poch Goldin

Karen Hazzard

Adam Lazarus*

Nadia Litz

Glenda MacFarlane

David Matheson*

Andrew Moodie

Ralph Small

Caroline Smith*

John Tench

David Warrick

Jonathan Whittaker

Omar Zamir

*Guest Directors

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