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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.

 

Hart Massey | Program Director


Hart has worked as an actor, writer, director, and producer in the theatre and film industry for over 30 years. His TV shows “Hart of the Annex” and “The Film Student” brought him acclaim on Rogers TV and led to nominations at both the Rogers Impression Awards and the Gemini Awards. An alumnus of The University of Toronto’s Drama Program and The Berlinale Talent Campus, Hart’s films have played in international film festivals such as The Berlin Film Festival, The Montreal World Film Festival, The Seattle Independent Film Festival, and TIFF’s Sprockets Film Festival. He prides himself as having learned his craft on stage starting as a child actor in Mordecai Richler’s Jacob Two-Two at YPT, and then working with phenomenal theatre directors in musicals, dramas, comedies, and Shakespeare across Canada.  Hart has had the fortune to work alongside this country’s finest entertainers including Ryan Reynolds, Donovan Woods, Measha Brueggergosman, Tomson Highway, Don Cherry, and Tara Strong. In 2010, Hart became the Program Director for the Acting Program at Toronto Film School, in which he co-authored the “Complete Actor” training curriculum.

 

 

Featured Camera Acting Instructors

Jonathan Cherry


Jonathan Cherry is best known for his role as Rory Peters in the supernatural horror film Final Destination 2. Other notable film roles include House of the Dead (2003) and Goon (2011).

Ingrid Hart


Ingrid was born and raised in Toronto, Canada to Afro-Jamaican parents. She began her career in front of the camera as a fashion model and later studied theatre at New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Perhaps best known for her role on Global Television’s improvisational drama, Train 48, Hart has more than 20 years of acting experience and has appeared in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Saw IV and television series such as NBC’s Kojak and CBC’s Being Erica.

Hart is also Canada’s first certified teacher of The Chubbuck Technique – an empowering approach to script analysis used by Emmy, Tony, Academy Award and Joey award winners worldwide. She has directly worked with actors represented in festivals such as the National Black Film Festival in Houston, Texas, the Alaska International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to her own private coaching practice, Ingrid teaches Camera Acting at Toronto Film School.

Andrew Moodie


Ontario-based actor/playwright/director Andrew Moodie exploded onto the scene in 1995 with his first play, Riot. As an actor, he has performed in countless productions all across the country. Some selected credit include; Our Country’s Good, Better Living, The Second Sheppard’s Play (Great Canadian Theatre Company), Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Amadeus (Stratford), Whale, Alice, Pinocchio, In the Field of Dreams, the Nelson Mandela Story (Young People’s Theatre), Health Class (Dora Award), The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Roseneath Theatre), Nathan the Wise, and Hamlet (Soulpepper) Master Harold and the Boys (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Othello (Dora Nomination), Shakespeare in the Rough. On television, he was the host of TVO’s Big Ideas from 2006 to 2011. And as an actor, he has appeared in many films, including How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and the Oscar-nominated Away from Her, as well as Total Recall starring Colin Farrell and the recent film Race, a story about the life of Jesse Owens. His many television appearances include; CBC’s Being Erica, Lifetime Network’s Reviving Ophelia, Global Television’s Da Kink in My Hair, and has had reoccurring roles on Orphan Black and on USA network’s Covert Affairs.

Julia Paton


Julia was a series regular on CBC’s comedy P.R., and in Conan O’Brien’s sitcom pilot Beat Cops for FOX/NBC. TV credits include Da Kink In My Hair, Due South, Once A Thief, Doc, Prince Charming with Martin Short, Elvis Meets Nixon and The Joe Torre Story. Hollywood feature film credits include Pushing Tin with Cate Blanchett, Booty Call with Jamie Foxx and Focus with William H. Macy and Laura Dern. Julia was the female lead in the Indie film The Edge. She has performed in numerous TV and Radio commercials, audiobooks, and cartoon pilots. She is Voice Director of over 40 webcasts for corporations, video game pilots, and radio plays/podcasts.

Madeleine Sims-Fewer


Madeleine Sims-Fewer is a British-Canadian writer, director, and actor. After finishing her BFA with honours in film production at York University, she returned to London, England to complete an MFA in acting at the Drama Centre London. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including the Helsinki International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Guanajuato International Film Festival. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2016. Sims-Fewer met TFS instructor Dusty Mancinelli at the 2015 TIFF Filmmakers’ Lab, and they quickly joined forces as a filmmaking duo. Focused on a naturalistic performance style and visual aesthetic, their films explore gender politics, human nature, and abuse of power. Their short film Slap Happy screened at the BFI London Film Festival, VIFF, and Slamdance, among other festivals; their short, Woman in Stall, won the Jury Award for Narrative Student Short at the Austin Film Festival and the Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance. Chubby, their third collaboration, was shown at the 2020 Slamdance festival. For her first feature film, Violation, Madeleine received two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021, for Best Actress and the John Dunning Best First Feature Award.

John Tench


John was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Canada. He began his studies of acting in High School and went on to complete his degree in acting in New York and London, England. He started in Toronto with Ken Gass at the legendary Factory Theatre Lab and worked with many companies as an actor and director. He founded the influential Theatre Kathartic, touring internationally.
His many film and television credits include work with such great directors as Ang Lee, Anton Fuqua, and Zack Snyder, in Watchmen, Brokeback Mountain, and in multiple award-winning shows and films such as American Gods, Murdoch Mysteries, and Alias Grace. John also performs in multiple Video Games such as WatchDogs as the fan favorite, T Bone Grady, FarCry5 and Assassins Creed. He has voiced multiple cartoons and commercials.

 

Featured Stage Acting Instructors

John Beale


John has been acting in tv, film and theatre for 30 years. Selected feature film highlights include Cloudburst, Blackbird and I Am Lorena Bobbit. TV credits include principal roles in numerous series including Suits, Designated Survivor, Degrassi, Murdoch Mysteries, Umbrella Academy, and a recurring role as Dr Peter Perkins in the Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone series. John has performed in theaters in Canada and the US. Most recently originating the role of Kyle Best in Daniel MacIvor’s Best Brothers which premiered at the Stratford Festival and toured nationally. He is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris, France and has trained, performed, and taught extensively as a company member with the acclaimed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. John is a highly regarded acting teacher known for guiding actors to be more present, open, and grounded and resilient.

Lauren Brotman


Lauren is an award-winning actor, creator, and artist educator. She has performed and created work with some of the most celebrated Canadian and International companies. Lauren received the Dora Mavor Moore Award for performance and multiple nominations as a creator. She received the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award through which she trained and performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, U.K. As Co-Artistic director of Bound to Create (B2C), she has created, performed, or partnered with Theatre Northwest, RMTC, Obsidian, Native Earth, Tapestry, Canadian Stage, The Grand, Talking Stick and Factory Theatre. Lauren has been conducting Acting/Creation workshops across the country for 20 years and received the Jessica Fraser Award for Outstanding Contributions. Lauren is a University of Toronto graduate in Drama.

 

Jack Grinhaus


Jack is an award-winning actor and director that has also worked in various streams for theatre, TV, and film. He was the Artistic Director for the Canadian regional theatre Theatre NorthWest (2014-2019), was part of the 2010 Canadian Stage BASH Directors Residency as well as the inaugural Director’s Lab North at Tarragon Theatre. With over 40 plays produced and over half directed, he is one of Canada’s most prolific artists. Jack is Co-Artistic Director of the multi award nominated indie hit theatre company, B2C Theatre (www.boundtocreate.com) and has been twice named ‘Artist to Watch’ and ‘Best Direction’ by NOW magazine. Recent Directing Credits: Elle’s Valley (Film), ART (Persephone Theatre/SAT Nom Best Direction), Isitwendam (4 Dora Award Noms/NEPA), Million Dollar Quartet/Hedda Noir/Wonderful Life/Alice in Wonderland/Half Life/Theatre NorthWest/Artist of the Year), dirty Butterfly (Obsidian Theatre). He holds an MFA in Directing/Acting and BA Honours from York University, and an Associate Degree in Acting from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Jonathan Higgins


Jonathan continues to be one of Toronto’s most versatile character and leading actors with a long list of film credits in both the US and Canada. Recent credits include Race, V-Wars, the United States vs. Billy Holiday, and the upcoming Netflix series Painkiller. Jonathan holds a B.A. cum laude in English Literature from Middlebury College and received his MFA in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia where he also taught in the undergraduate acting department.
He is currently an on camera acting instructor at the Toronto Film School is co-founder of Actor’s Imagination Studio, one of Toronto’s leading independent training studios.

Andy Massingham


Andy Massingham is a Dora Award-winning actor, director, choreographer, educator, and playwright. Focussing almost exclusively on-stage work, over the past thirty-five years, Andy has performed across Canada at the Stratford Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, National Arts Centre, Banff Centre, Tarragon, Odyssey, Y.P.T. Centaur, and many others. Andy’s wordless play Rough House (presented by Nightswimming Theatre) toured Canada and the U.S. He is a four-time Dora and six-time Prix Rideau nominee.
Andy has been teaching acting, clown, and movement at the Toronto Film School for the past three years. He has also directed productions of Ye Gods, Not A Clue and This Is How It’s Done.

Catherine McNally


Catherine is an award-winning actor, director, producer, coach, educator, and entrepreneur. She has 34 years experience on stage, film, and TV working with Academy, Emmy Award winning artists, and is co-founder of McNally Kennedy Acting. She is an International Fellow with Shakespeare’s Globe under Mark Rylance and a Christopher Plummer Award winner. Catherine also has in depth knowledge to help actors create a healthy mindset within the business of acting that is sustainable and rewarding.

Jack Mosshammer


Jack began his career taking improvisation workshops at the Second City Theatre in Toronto. To save money he worked in the box office, bar and theatre until finally getting hired to be on the stage. He has also taught and performed improv and sketch in Chicago, Los Angeles and on cruise ships around the world. He was a cast member of the Improvised Global Soap Opera Train 48 and has appeared on the hit shows The Boys, What We Do in the Shadows and Murdoch Mysteries. He is happy to be teaching improvisation at the Toronto Film School.

Tanya Rintoul


Tanya is a director, theatre maker, dramaturge currently based in Toronto. She has a background in devised theatre and the development of new works. She makes theatre that is rooted in collaboration that aims to challenge and question societal norms and the basis of personal identity. Her most recent directing credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (assistant director- Soulpepper, dir. Weyni Mengesha) The Queen’s Eulogy (Toronto Fringe 2018) The Nails (SummerWorks), The Last Five Years (Rural Stages Productions), Deceitful Above All Things (The Storefront Theatre), Father Comes Home from the Wars (assistant director- Soulpepper, dir. Weyni Mengesha), The Listening Room (NTS), Gruesome Playground Injuries (NTS). Original Work: Good Girl performed in the back of a pawnshop in the 2013 Toronto Fringe, A Wake for Lost Time, a 24 hr durational performance (elephants collective), and No Time for Dreams (barking birds theatre, Toronto Fringe 2011). Tanya is graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing program, and Humber College’s Theatre performance program.

Rosanna Saracino


Rosanna Saracino is an Italian Canadian director, educator, and activist, with over twenty years in the industry. She has directed over 80 projects in theatre and film, coached and created in theatre, film, dance, opera, and the music industry, around the world, including: One Yellow Rabbit, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shaftsbury films. Rosanna is the recipient of the Yorkville University SSAF fund, for her research and innovation in emotional and psychological consent and boundary practices for the entertainment industry.

Ralph Small


Ralph’s theatre credits include: ART, Marathon of Hope, Unnecessary Farce, Bedtime Stories (Drayton), Buying The Farm, Sexy Laundry, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Lighthouse), Bar Mitzvah Boy (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Pat & Skee, A Few Good Men, Looking, Colours In The Storm, (Theatre Aquarius), Jonas & Barry In The Home (Bluewater), Hamlet Live (Bathurst Street), Separate Beds (Theatre Orangeville).
Film/TV credits include: One Small Visit (OSV), Meet The Family (City), Suits (Netflix), Living in Your Car (TMN), Stone Cold (CBS).
He has been the Artistic Director & Director at Bluewater Summer Playhouse for 7 seasons.

Patricia Tedford


Over a thirty-five year career as actor, director, teacher, Patricia now lives in Toronto. Her most current endeavor was St. Ella of the Camino, a one person show, which she wrote, performed and produced. The world premiere of St. Ella of the Camino marked Patricia first writing venture and was performed in October of 2019. Other recent performances in Sudbury include: Escape from Happiness (Thorneloe Theatre), Shakespeare’s Will, (Text Me Productions), Hay Fever (Thorneloe Theatre), Henry and Alice Into the Wild (Blue Water Summer Playhouse), Our Town, How It Works (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Muskeg and Money (North Road Theatre), Shakespeare’s Will (Text Me Productions) and Faith Healer (ImPulse Theatre/Text Me Productions). For Theatre at Thorneloe she has directed Road, Greek, The Memory of Water, Cabaret, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Les Belles Soeurs, Book of Days, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Her most recent film was an ongoing project that was developed in yearly chapters: Perspective, which premiered in September 2020 at Cinéfest in Sudbury. Patricia has lived and worked as an actor in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury. Patricia is founder and Artistic Director/Producer of Text Me Productions since 2012. She was the Founder/Artistic Director/Producer of Ottawa Lunchbox Theatre 2003-2006. Patricia holds a BFA with a Specialization in Performance from Concordia University, and an MFA in Acting, and the Voice Teacher Diploma from York University.

Jonathan Whittaker


Jonathan has over 40 years of notable credits in theatre and film both in Canada and abroad.
Theatrical world premieres: Beside Myself (Foster Festival) Prom Queen (Segal Centre) Nigredo Hotel (Tapestry Theatre – Dora Award nomination), The Big Sleep (Theatre Aquarius), Colours in the Storm, The Team on the Hill, Jake and the Kid (Theatre Orangeville). Canadian Theatrical Premieres: Les Misérables and Dirty Dancing (Mirvish Productions), Closer than Ever (Latimer/Follows). Additional appearances in 12 Angry Men (Drayton) and The Dining Room (Grand Theatre), Man of La Mancha(TBTB). Television/Film: The Expanse (2 Seasons) Open Heart (lead) Alienated (lead), The Kennedys (mini- series), Loving Christmas, Murdoch Mysteries, Ransom, Transporter, Suits, The Avro Arrow.
Feature films include Kid Detective, Brotherhood, Chicago, D2K, Blizzard, Land of the Dead, Three Men and a Baby, Virgin Suicides.
Jonathan is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction degree in Performance/Acting Program 1978-80 and a 2015 participant of the Banff/Citadel Professional Development Program.

Aaron Willis


Aaron is an actor, director, educator, and co-artistic leader of Convergence Theatre, where he has produced and directed site-specific and immersive work since 2006. He has acted and directed at many independent theatres in Toronto, including Soulpepper, Tarragon, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Roseneath, Modern Times and Crow’s Theatre. He has taught at Stratford Festival’s Teaching Shakespeare School.
Aaron was part of the inaugural Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Theatre Direction at the Stratford Festival and served as Associate Artistic Director at the Musical Stage Company from 2019-2020. He has a BA Honours in Drama from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

 

Featured Voice and Voiceover Instructors

Michael Ayoub


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.

Michael Harms


Michael has been teaching voice, text, acting, clown and mask for decades. His diverse directing credits include Ionesco, Shakespeare, Aristophanes and the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan. As an actor Michael has played Hamlet, Richard III and, more recently, roles in murder mysteries and farces. As a singer he has performed in operas, operettas, musical theatre and cabaret performances. Major influences on his teaching include Canada’s premiere voice teacher, David Smukler and mask and clown innovator, Richard Pochinko. Michael holds a BFA in Film Production and an MFA in Theatre Performance from York University.

Matt McDonald


Matthew is a Hamilton based actor and voice actor who started his career in the theatre with credits including Kenickie in Grease (Westwing Players), Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (Theatre Aquarius) and Hamlet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Toronto Film School). After getting his degree in History and Political Science from Nipissing University, Matt wanted to follow his passion for acting and enrolled in the Toronto Film School’s Acting for Stage, TV and Film diploma program. Upon graduation, he was awarded the President’s Award and was the Valedictorian for the graduating class of 2018. Since then, Matt has worked at Toronto Film School for the acting and videogame design and development departments and has garnered commercial acting credits for working with such companies as The Beer Store and Maple Leaf Foods. He has also lent his voice to numerous videogames and animation projects as well as had the opportunity to produce his first feature film working with Fullmoon Features. Matt has also written and directed numerous films of his own that have worked their way through the film festival circuits around the world.

Laurel Paetz


Laurel has worked in theatre, television, film, and radio across Canada. She is a Gemini nominated actress, and an accomplished educator, consultant, and coach. In theatre, Laurel has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s finest directors both at major regional companies, and at smaller grassroots theatres. She has originated roles in over two dozen new Canadian plays, many of those during the ten years she spent at the Blyth Festival, during her tenure at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, and while a member of the resident ensemble at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary. Laurel has also appeared onstage across Canada at The Arts Club, The Belfry, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Theatre for Young Audiences, Factory Theatre, YPT, Thousand Island Playhouse, and the Piggery, among others. In addition to her acting career, She has coached dialects for Soulpepper and Tarragon theatres and was a dialogue coach on the series, Heroes Reborn.

Peter Van Wart


Peter received the Christopher Plummer Award in 2002. He is a member of the fellowship of actors who made up the International Shakespeare’s Globe Company 2002. He also founded The Classical Theatre Lab at Equity Showcase in 1998. Peter is a Masters Graduate of the University of Toronto’s Drama Centre for Performance Studies.
Peter has been teaching Shakespeare for the Actor and has been a director on productions of Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night at the Heritage Theatre in Brampton, Shakespeare on the Thames’ inaugural productions of Twelfth Night and As You Like It held in Gibbons Park in London, Ontario. He directed The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rose Theatre and Nicholas Nickleby Part 1at the Erindale Studio Theatre.

 

Featured Screenwriting, Producing & Directing Teachers

James John Bond


James is an instructor at The Toronto Film School in various subjects including Video Editing, Production and Film History. He is an accomplished editor having worked directly with Hollywood film directors, high profile Canadian journalists and television producers and possess an extensive array of out of field work experience in areas such as Professional Development, Executive Outplacement and Recruiting, and a working musician. He graduated from Toronto Film School in 2005 in Film Production and has also attended The University of Western Ontario. Upon graduating TFS, he took an entry-level position at “Media Magic”, which eventually transitioned into a lengthy tenure as head editor with “Massey Bros.” Productions. He is obsessed with all things retro and spends his free time collecting records, CD’s and tapes and watching/researching old movies. He is also a hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fanatic.

Mark Brownell


Mark is a Toronto-based editor, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. Past projects include Iron Road (Tapestry Opera), The Weaving Maiden (Soundstreams), Harmonious Interest (Victoria Symphony) and Dragon’s Tale (Tapestry/Soundstreams). Other selected work includes Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman (Pea Green Theatre Group/Buddies In Bad Times), The Chevalier St. George (Tafelmusik), The Schoolyard Carmen (Shoestring Opera), The Martha Stewart Projects (Buddies) and Three Men in a Boat (Pea Green Theatre Group).
Mark is the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore award, a Governor General’s Award Nomination, the Maxim Mazumdar Play Competition Award, and a Harold Independent Theatre Award. He currently teaches Short Film Writing at Toronto Film School.

Ash Catherwood


Ash is an actor, writer, and producer living and working in Toronto. He is known for his nuanced and detail-oriented character work on screen, and for his advocacy for actors to self produce their own work. He was a founding member and president of the WCC (Web Creators of Canada) and has been developing content for the web since the days before YouTube.

Kearsten Johansson


Kearsten is an award-winning actress, writer & director. She graduated from the Toronto Film School with the Best Actor & Presidents Award, as well as valedictorian (Class of 2014). Kearsten won Best Actress at Toronto Independent Film Festival Cift, Best Supporting Actress at Los Angeles Actors Awards & Best Dark Comedy at Oniros Film Awards. She wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in Read or Alive which premiered at Hollywood’s famous TCL Chinese Theatre. The film received 11 festival acceptances, 2 wins, 3 nominations and semi-finalist at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (Oscar, BAFTA & Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Film Festival). Currently, Kearsten is in post-production for her latest film Straw Man.

Glenda MacFarlane


Glenda is the Series Editor for Scirocco Drama, an imprint of Winnipeg’s J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. In her capacity as Series Editor, she selects and edits Canadian plays and books related to theatre practice. Glenda’s writing for stage includes the rural community-based collective creation Railroaded, the historical drama Duel at Dawn, which premiered at Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto, and riffs on Shakespeare: R&J: Brampton and The Taming of the Dude, co-written with Dave Carley. Glenda has also had many works produced by CBC Radio, including the hour-long Homestead, the Morningside drama Antelope Season (co-written with Sharon MacFarlane,) episodes of the series Hartfeldt, and the D-Day tribute The Final Hour. Glenda is also the author of two non-fiction books about Saskatchewan. She teaches Writing for Actors at the Toronto Film School.

Reeth Mazumder-Roberts


Reeth is a Toronto-based award-winning writer-director who identifies herself as a woman of color and a Canadian immigrant. Reeth started life in cinema at a very tender age as an actress in India. As the cameras rolled over the various feature films, music videos, and commercials that she shot across the globe, the people’s craft behind the cameras started intriguing her. She knew that she had a lot to communicate and writing and directing seemed the way to express herself. So, Reeth moved to Canada in 2017 with her North American Dream and began her new journey as a film and television student at the Toronto Film School. Along with winning several titles like best Canadian Short Film, the Audience Choice Award, and Best Experimental film, Reeth won the Best Canadian Woman Filmmakers title in 2020 for her short film “You May Kiss the Bride.” Her recent work includes an Anthology Feature- “GRIEF.”
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Daniel Ramnauth


Daniel Demitri Ramnauth is a Canadian born actor and musician. He plays guitar, bass, drums, piano and sings. Before he perused acting Daniel was the front man and principle song writer for many bands. He has since graduated from Seneca’s acting program as well as Toronto Film School’s acting program (Class of 2016). Daniel has been in movies like “Beginner’s Luck” and in shows like “See No Evil.” He is also a screenwriter and made his directional debut in this thesis film “Static” and has directed various projects since. He is currently a Producing/Directing teacher at the Toronto Film School and continues to write, direct, audition, and perform.

Simeon Ross


Simeon began theatre training at the age of fourteen, attending Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange, which lead to various local television commercials. After settling in Toronto and completing his Diploma for Acting at Toronto Film School (class of 2018) achieving both Honours and President’s List, Simeon began to immerse himself in the world of film with several filmmaker friends learning the craft of editing, cinematography, writing, and producing and started a production company with his sister and father, Green Boat Productions, specializing in film and music videos.
Simeon Ross has proven himself a tireless pop songwriter, having written and released more than 10 albums. His recordings have allowed him to share the stage with Oasis, 54-40, The Watchmen, Secret Broadcast, Matthew Good, Rheostatics, Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies, Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Pursuit Of Happiness, Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), Fast Romantics, and Rob Dickinson (of The Catherine Wheel) among many others.

Chad Tailor-Snider


Chad is an actor, producer, director, and an LGBTQ community member who resides in Toronto. Chad was raised in a small rural town, and from a young age was involved in theatre productions with the Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild, and worked alongside his father in the art department of I.A.T.S.E. Local 873 on feature films and television series in the 1990s – 2000s (Billy Madison, X-Men, It Takes Two, Reign)
Since graduating from Toronto Film School’s Acting program as both Valedictorian and recipient of The Best Actor Award (Class of 2012), Chad has gone on to produce several films through his company Tailored Films (A Done Deal 2013 short, Godforsaken 2020 feature). In 2016 he co-directed ‘Still Me’, an award-winning short film in the Canadian Diversity Film Festival. He has filmed and edited commercial content, worked as a production coordinator and casting director on several indie productions, and was the key greens person on the television series ‘The L.A. Complex’ in 2011. In 2018 he produced and directed Toronto the Good for the stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in partnership with Gisha Productions. He also works as an acting and film-making coach through Three-Legged Dog Film & Acting Studio, his youth outreach summer arts program.

 

Featured Movement Teachers

Uche Ama


Uche Ama is a black queer performer born on the indigenous land called Tkaronto. She is passionate about cathartic art that intrigues and makes you ask questions. A 2019 Dora nominated graduate of the Music Theatre Performance program at St Clair College and an alumni of ‘Broadway Theatre Project’, her previous performances include 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre),The Negroes Are Congregating (Piece Of Mine Arts) & Obeah Opera (Asah Productions).

Lo Bill


Born in Toronto/Tkaronto, Lo is a performance maker whose performances involve body-based experiments to generate intuitive felt research and unique site responsive behaviours through spontaneous utterance, impulse-based scores, energetic flows from unconscious content, object manipulation, unexpected humour and inter-relational proposals with audience.
Awards include: Chalmers Professional Development Grant 2022, Kathy Acker Award in 2019, OAC Visual Art Project Grant in 2017, Graduate Studies Research Grants 2018 and 2019, FADO Live Art Award at Summerworks 2016, OAC Word of Mouth grant in 2008.
Lo has presented video work at Luminato Festival Online 2020, has done performances for SPAR²C (Shifting Praxis in Artistic Research, Alberta) and Out of Site-Chicago Flow Symposium, PS We are All Here, 7a*11d, AGO First Thursdays, Summerworks Performance Festival, Rhubarb Performance Festival, Panoply Lab (NYC), Duration and Dialogue, Month of Performance ArtBerlin and Banff Centre/“Choreography Across Disciplines” residency.

Christel Bartelse


Actor, Writer, Producer, Clown, Teacher and Comedian, Christel got her start in comedy & clown with her work in the physical comedy duo, The Burnt Marshmallows in which she co-created and performed in over five feature length show including U-Haulywood and STUCK. She has participated in the Lunacy Cabaret, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Clown Chowder, SheDot Festival, March of Dames, Cheap Queers, Buskerfest, Chika Boom, the Hysteria Festival and the Circus Sessions, under UK mentor and world-renowned Juggler and Director, Sean Gandini. Christel is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, the Second City Conservatory and has studied clown and physical theatre extensively Sue Morrison, Mike Kennard & John Turner (Mump & Smoot) Fiona Griffiths, Karen Hines, Francine Cote, James Keylon, Adam Lazarus, Eric Davis & Philippe Gaulier.
As a solo artist, Christel has wowed Fringe audiences with her first one-woman show CHAOTICA, which toured Ottawa, Wakefield, and Saskatoon, won the Best-in-Venue Impresario Award in London. Christel’s second solo show, ONEymoon, toured the Fringe circuit in Canada, played at the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland for a fabulous month-long run, and was also her 2nd nomination for a Canadian Comedy award.

Kelly Fanson


Kelly Fanson is a lifer. First, a child actor with numerous roles in commercials, TV shows and modeling, Kelly moved to NY to study her craft and perform on off-off stages. In Toronto, Kelly began directing for the Fringe and Summerworks and soon created her own web series while letting her “bad girl” out in the role of Miss Angela on, The Next Step. A CCA winning director and published writer, Kelly’s voice can also be heard regularly on radio and TV. Between coaching actors, corporate wellness programs, and podcasting, Kelly develops and pitches TV shows in various genres. But wait there’s more….check out her website kellyfanson.com

Nickeshia Garrick


Nickeshia was born in Toronto and has been performing for over 25 years. She is unapologetically a Black, Queer Artist, who believes in the healing power of breath through raw emotion and movement.

Suzanne Liska


Suzanne is a teacher, choreographer, dancer and researcher specializing in somatic practices, contemporary dance/theatre and physical partnering. She has choreographed and danced in works for CanAsian KickStart, DanceWorks CoWorks, Dusk Dances, and Dance Matters, receiving grants and awards through the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, York University and SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship).
Suzanne has a B.A., B.Ed, and MFA in Choreography and is a Certified Alexander Technique teacher. She teaches professional dancers, actors, community dancers, high school and elementary, college and university students, and in workshops across Canada, the USA and Japan.

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 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.

Irma Villafuerte


Irma Villafuerte is a dance artist and educator based in Tkaronto from Nahuat Territory Kuskatan, post-colonial El Salvador. She serves as an educator at Casa Maiz’ Semillas Latinas and Prologue for the performing arts. She’s been part of festivals across the Americas, such as Night Shift 2020 Presented by the Citadel & Compaigne, Fall for Dance North’s Open Studio, The Rhubarb Festival, DanceWeekend Ontario, Aluna Theatre’s Panamerican Routes Festival, Panamania’15, 12th Bienal de la Habana, Vanguardia Dance Projects, International Dance Meeting in Guantanamo, CounterPulse Performing Diaspora in San Francisco. Performing works by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Jaberi Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, Victoria Mata, Aria Evans, Alejandro Ronceria, and Arsenio Andrade, to name a few. She is currently a residency artist at Aluna Theatre incubating her choreographic development. She’s choreographed for Trey Anthony’s How Black Mothers Say I love You and recently is developing her solo “nudoDESnudo”. Her passion for social justice is the driving force for creation in Irma’s choreographic and performance work.