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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.

James Bond*

Mark Brownell*

Melissa D'Agostino*

Sarah Evans*

Yale Massey*

David Matheson*

Sue Miner*

Laurel Paetz*

Christopher Sawchyn*

Omar Zamir*

Karen Hazzard*

Adam Lazarus*

Andrew Moodie*

*Sessional Contracted Faculty

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