Faculty in the Writing for Film & TV program are dedicated working professionals. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in program’s faculty roster below.
Michelle is a leading executive producer and creative development consultant.
One of Michelle’s first positions was as a production assistant on the popular Canadian comedy sketch series The Kids in the Hall. Her passion for creativity ignited, Michelle later took on the role of director of content at The Comedy Network, where she managed the creative elements for a variety of tv shows including Corner Gas , Dan for Mayor, and The Jon Dore Television Show.
Michelle then spent close to ten years at the CBC in senior roles, first as the executive in charge of production for scripted prime-time shows, and later as the senior director of comedy. As senior director, Michelle led the team responsible for managing the creative development and production of CBC’s original comedic programming. She has contributed to the success of such popular shows as Kim’s Convenience, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and the Emmy-award winning series Schitt’s Creek.
Check out Michelle Daly’s IMDb page for her extensive list of credits.
As one of the original writers on THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (CBC), Alan earned three Gemini Awards and one Writer’s Guild of Canada Top Ten Award. He went on to become Showrunner for two series on The Comedy Network – season 1 of LIOCRACY starring LESLIE NIELSEN, and Y B NORMAL? starring the sketch troupe Y B NORMAL? In the world of animation, Alan has written multiple episodes of the following popular kids animated series: RUBY GLOOM (YTV), JIMMY TWO-SHOES (Teletoon), ROCKET MONKEYS (Teletoon), TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND (Teletoon), and STOKED (Teletoon). He is currently working on a kids animated series, and awaiting the release in 2021 of KOATI, an animated family adventure-comedy he wrote starring Sofia Vergara.
Until mid-2016, Bruno S. Lyra was a corporate lawyer. Having become one of the youngest senior partner in the history of his 60+ year firm, Lyra acquired extensive experience in media-heavy international events (such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games) and the entertainment industry as a whole (counting among his key clients some of the largest broadcasters, streamers, and content providers in the world). Since making the switch to film, Lyra has devoted his time to both producing (credits include the award-winning feature film THE SOUNDING, which sold to HBO in 17 territories, as well as the ongoing series FIRST PERSON, now in its second season, screened at TIFF and Cannes) and screenwriting (recent highlights include a deal with Blue Ant Media for his TV show IDENTITIES and one of his feature film projects being selected for development financing by Telefilm). A Latinx immigrant to Canada, Lyra also consults for different productions and teaches Copyright/Contracts in Film and Film Financing at the Toronto Film School.
Colin Aussant is a Toronto-based screenwriter with a bent for comedy, drama, thrillers, and anything with a little edge and originality. As a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Feature and TV Bootcamp programs, Colin has a variety of projects in development including: The Invisibles, feature, co-written with Andrew Currie (Anagram/Quadrant Pictures) with Telefilm development funding; Acid Town, one-hour drama series, creator/writer (Counterfeit Pictures); Holmes, one-hour drama series, co-creator/writer (Circle Blue entertainment) 1991, half-hour comedy series, creator/ writer, (Hoodwink Productions). Former projects include Fishbat .45, creator/writer, half-hour comedy series (Teletoon Network); Crude, half-hour comedy series, creator/writer (Showcase Network).
Started working in television over twenty years ago. Graduated from York University, studying Film and Screenwriting. Produced, directed, and wrote several short films. The success of these led to directing TV commercials and music videos. Interned at eOne in TV production, TV Development, and International Film Distribution. Began mentoring newcomers to the industry and decided to earn a Bachelor of Education from Western University. Then returned to projects and became the manager of development for 9-Light Entertainment, working to put together a slate of films. Producer on the 9 Light Feature film Broken Mile, which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival and had a limited North American Theatrical run. Has since optioned several feature scripts and is currently developing a feature directorial debut while teaching for the Toronto Film School.
Janet MacLean is a writer and producer of television drama who has earned over a hundred credits in Canada and the United States. She was Executive Producer and Writer for the CBC series Cracked, as well as Co-Creator and Showrunner of the acclaimed CBC series The Border, for which she received two Gemini nominations. Before The Border, MacLean wrote the three Murdoch Mystery Movies that kicked off the long-running dramatic series, which earned her Writers Guild Award and Gemini nominations. Other television work includes the Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries for CTV, and multiple episodes of such iconic series as Road to Avonlea, Emily of New Moon, and Eerie, Indiana.
Jeffrey St. Jules is the first Canadian to have been selected for the Cannes Festival Residence where he developed his feature film debut, BANG BANG BABY starring Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Justin Chatwin (Shameless) and Peter Stormare (Fargo). Bang Bang Baby premiered at TIFF where it was awarded Best First Canadian Feature. It was also the winner of the top prize at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the award for Outstanding Debut Feature Film at the Canadian Screen Awards.
He has been described as ‘Canada’s master of the surreal short form’ by The Globe and Mail and ‘One of the most brazenly original voices to come out of Canada in the past 10 years’ by TIFF. His much-lauded shorts include THE SADNESS OF JOHNSON JOE JANGLES, which played over 40 festivals worldwide, THE TRAGIC STORY OF NLING, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and named the best short film of 2007 by Film Threat, and LET THE DAYLIGHT INTO THE SWAMP, an experimental 3D documentary which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and won Best of the Festival at the Yorkton Film Festival. All three films had their premiere at TIFF. He has recently completed his second feature film as writer/director entitled CINEMA OF SLEEP which recently premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Joshua Boles is a screenwriter and director whose past works as a writer include the award-winning films The Dirties and Woman in Stall, and the Sundance-premiering Operation: Avalanche. His directorial debut is the short film Children of Wrath.
Michael Paszt is one of the most respected names in the arena of independent film. A Managing Partner in Raven Banner Entertainment, Michael has focused on building a brand that represents unique genre-driven films including THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, GASPAR NOE’S CLIMAX, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID and the Oscar-nominated, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. Michael has also Executive Produced over 30 feature films including PSYCHO GOREMAN, the Sundance Film Festival hit, TURBO KID and SHUDDER ORIGINAL, VHS94. Michael originally began his career as a director on music videos working with metal bands such as Sacrifice and Anvil. His feature documentary debut, NAIL IN THE COFFIN: THE FALL AND RISE OF VAMPIRO premiered at Austin, TX’s Fantastic Fest and was Nominated Best Sports Documentary by Film Threat’s AwardThis!
Since childhood, Leah’s been fascinated by any form of storytelling. An avid reader, Leah started writing plays and short stories which led to a love of theatre. Directing offered a mix of all of her passions, and Leah was fortunate to direct several plays in high school including a successful Fringe Festival play.
In 2004, Leah and her brother, Jordan, founded Neophyte Productions, an audience-driven production company that has produced 6 International Theatrical Feature Films, hours of Television Content, and more than a dozen short films that have screened at festivals around the world including TIFF and Slamdance and played at theatres in more than 20 countries. Many of the shorts and two of the feature films were written and directed by Leah including THE THIRD EYE which was called “A Bizarre and Chilling Thriller” by The Boston Globe and went on to play for two years on Super Channel. Leah’s sophomore film, THE PRIVILEGED, starring Sam Trammell from TRUE BLOOD and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and Josh Close of FARGO, had a successful festival run and theatrical released followed by broadcast on Crave TV as one of their most-watched Canadian films of the year. Since her last film, Leah has moved into Television Development and has become a sought-after Story Editor working on screenplays from notable Production Companies including Resonance Films and Goodbye Productions. Most recently, Leah is completing an adaption of a novel to direct as her third feature film. In addition, Leah takes great pleasure in guiding and inspiring the next generation of international filmmakers.
Paul de Silva is a Gemini award-winning film and Television Producer/Director/Writer and Media and Arts and Culture Consultant. His career has spanned television broadcasting, independent film and television production, journalism, public education, and inter-cultural communications.
He is currently the Co-Director of the International Diaspora Film Festival based in Toronto, Canada and Executive Producer for A4 One Media Productions, a multi-platform production company. He was formerly Vice President of Programming for Vision TV /One, The Body Mind and Spirit Channel and previously Vision TV’s Director of Independent Production and an Executive in charge of production at CBC Drama for the award-winning series “Inside Stories”.
In the six years he was at Vision he was responsible for commissioning documentary, drama, and music programs both in Canada and internationally, focusing on multi-faith and multi-cultural issues, including the Gemini nominated comedy series Lord Have Mercy! and the Music/Documentary series “Soul Music”.
He was Project Director for Canada One TV, an application to the CRTC for an Independent Drama-focused TV/Internet channel.
He is a former Human Rights Officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a journalist with CBC News, and a Communications officer with the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is currently a PhD candidate in the York Ryerson Joint Programme in Communications and Culture and undertaking research in the area of the economics and cultural policies affecting screen-based media in Canada.
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.”
Kyle Reaume is an award-winning Toronto-based director, writer, actor, and picture editor. Graduating from Toronto Film School in 2015, his student short film “The Lazarus Files” took home Best Production Design, Best Producer, Best Editor, and Best Picture at Toronto Film School Festival of Films. His collective shorts have screened in over 65 film festivals worldwide, and are available to stream on YouTube, Dekkoo and Amazon Prime.
In 2016, Kyle was awarded the Inside Out BravoFact Pitch Competition, receiving a 50,000$ grant to produce his short, What About Shelley, which Kyle wrote and starred in.
His short film Vertical Lines won Best Screenplay at the 2019 Future of Film Showcase, and Best Men’s Short at 2018 Wicked Queer Boston Film Festival.
His latest short Battle Cry has screened at festivals including BFI Flare London, Reeling Chicago, and KASHISH Mumbai.
Kyle is an instructor at Toronto Film School, and is currently in pre-production of his first feature-length film, “Adolescent”.
Jeremy LaLonde is a filmmaker who resides in Toronto where he was awarded with NOW Magazine’s ‘Best Local Filmmaker’ Reader’s Choice Award in 2015. His films have screened internationally including Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Slamdance, Cinequest, Santa Barbara, Dances with Films and Whistler. His film SEX AFTER KIDS won Best Feature at Film North Huntsville, Best Comedy at the Edmonton Int’l Film Festival, and Best Screenplay & Best Director at the Canadian Comedy Awards.
His film HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN premiered at Slamdance and won Best Indie Feature at the Edmonton Int’l Film Festival, and Best Ensemble & Best Feature film at the Canadian Film Fest. His fourth feature film THE GO-GETTERS had its world premiere at Cinequest where it won the Jury Award for Best Comedy Feature.
Jeremy has won multiple Canadian Screen Awards, a Director’s Guild of Canada, and a Canadian Comedy Award for his work both directing and editing on BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (CBC/IFC). He was an integral part of the show for its first three seasons. His fifth feature film JAMES vs HIS FUTURE SELF co-written by Jonas Chernick and starring Daniel Stern, Frances Conroy, and Cleopatra Coleman recently took home four awards at Toronto After Dark including Best Feature Film (Bronze), Best Canadian Feature, Best Sci-Fi Feature, and Best Supporting Actor and it also screened at Whistler, Santa Barbara, and Brussels among others. It was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Original Screenplay. His sixth feature film, ASHGROVE, had its world premiere at the Glasgow Int’l film festival to rave reviews and recently won Best Ensemble Cast and Indie Spirit Award at the Canadian Film Festival. He just finished post-production on his seventh feature OVER YOUR DEAD BODY and is developing several properties for television.