Sarah Winstanley graduated with honours and as Valedictorian from the Academy of Acting College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Selected credits include Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Ilse in Spring Awakening: The Play and Caliban in The Tempest. You can find her around town doing character simulations at Ryerson University, dancing with the Army of Sass, or on stage every week as Princess Catalina at Medieval Times. If you can’t find her it’s because she’s binge watching Brooklyn Nine Nine in her leopard print onesie.
Richard Beaune has performed in every province and territory across Canada in both official languages over a 30 year career. His work as actor and director has garnered rave reviews and several awards, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award and a Canadian Comedy Award, and has been seen in Canada’s largest theatres, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, as well as the smallest indie theatres and found spaces. Stylistically, his work has ranged from Shakespeare (29 professional productions and counting) to new works of physical theatre and all stops in between, but always carries a trademark sensibility that he credits to his clown’s heart. A dedicated theatre educator, he has taught at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, York University and George Brown College, as well as countless workshops. Richard is perhaps best known as the founding Artistic Director of Keystone Theatre, a company that creates new plays in the style of silent film which has been recognized across Canada for its unique and carefully crafted work. He is now returning to a company that he previously founded, Simple Truth Theatre, a company dedicated to plays that focus primarily on the art of acting, regardless of style.
A Toronto based actor/singer, Merritt graduated from George Brown Theatre School and holds a BA Honours in Psychology and Drama from Queen’s University. She has been a member of the award-winning company Shakey-Shake and Friends for the past 5 years, most recently performing in the 2015 Toronto KidsFringe in Hamlet…A Puppet Epic! She is a proud member of Queen’s Players Toronto’s Board of Directors and has acted in their last two summer shows. She also loves brunch and is really good at MarioKart64.
Siobhan Richardson and Matt Richardson are actors and fight directors. Siobhan’s theatre credits include Credits include Mo and Jess Kill Susie (Harley Dog Productions), Sofia’s Doll (Film Freak Productions), and Duel of Ages (True Edge Productions). Matt’s theatre credits include (True Edge Productions), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Square), and A Complex Verdict (Do Your Thing Productions). Through Burning Mountain, Matt and Siobhan offer fight direction, consultation and instruction in the art of violence on the stage.
demo reel: www.tinyurl.com/SRreel
Tom is the co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. A dramaturge, playwright, puppeteer, and producer, Tom is also the co-creator and Artistic Director of Shakey-Shake and Friends Puppet Shakespeare Company, where he adapts and performs Shakespeare for young audiences. Tom has been the dramaturge and occasional co-creator on all of award-winning playwright Kat Sandler’s plays, most recently ‘Liver,’ ‘Retreat,’ ‘Punch Up’ and the forthcoming ‘Mustard,’ which opens as part of the Tarragon Theatre season next year. Tom also works as an independent communications consultant, focusing on media and presentation training with an audience-centric focus. Recently, he worked as an arts consultant on John Tory’s successful mayoral campaign. Tom has a Masters Degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and a BAH from Queen’s University in Theatre and Classics. He also runs a nerd blog (WhaHappen.ca) where he analyses modern mythologies and a podcast that analyses sequels (‘Please Sir, I Want Some More’ available on iTunes). Next up, Tom will be directing David Ives’ All In The Timing at the Highland Arts Theatre in Cape Breton as well as dramaturging the new Theatre Brouhaha play in Fringe. For Shakey-Shake and Friends Tom will be writing and performing Twlefth Night…A Puppet Epic! in FringeKids this summer well as remounting Hamlet…A Puppet Epic in the Best of FringeKids at Solar Stage in April/May.
Blog and Podcast: http://www.whahappen.ca
Shakey-Shake and Friends: http://shakeyshakeandfriends.com
Theatre Brouhaha: http://theatrebrouhaha.com/
Welcome to episode 2 of the Stageworthy Podcast, with host Phil Rickaby. This episode’s guest is Sam Rosenthal, an actor, director and was the Artistic Director of Tribal Productions which was the resident theatre company of the Toronto Centre for the Arts (Studio Theatre). As a director, Sam’s work includes The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ( City Playhouse) , War of the Worlds ( City Playhouse), The Marketeer ( Theatre New Brunswick) , Misery ,The Wild Guys, The Possibilities, A Doll’s House , Death Defying Acts, Office Hours, Dangerous Liaisons, War of the Worlds ( Tribal Productions ). Acting credits include Mr. Cohen in The World Premiere of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz ( Segal Centre) ,Time Stands Still ( TSS Collective ) On The Other Side of The World ( Harley Dog Productions – Next Stage Festival), Too Many Cooks (Drayton Entertainment).
Sam is directing Hogtown, a new and exciting immersive theatrical experience coming to Toronto’s Historic Campbell House Museum this January, 2016. Incorporating drama, music and dance, HOGTOWN aims to create a completely immersive environment where the audience has the power to create their own adventure and discover the dark secrets of Toronto’s past.
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Welcome to Episode #1 of Stageworthy, with host Phil Rickaby. This episode’s guest is Rebecca Perry, an actor, singer and writer from Toronto. She’s worked with a variety of companies across North America in theatre and film. This year she starred in the Brain Power Studios television movie Forest Fairies and provided voices for two principal characters in the feature film The Fast And The Furriest and her latest show From Judy To Bette is featured at the 2016 Next Stage Theatre Festival. Her solo show, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl premiered in Toronto in 2013 at The Storefront Theatre. It subsequently toured the Canadian and US Fringe circuit, garnering critical acclaim, and a live taping for Bell TV’s Onstage On Demand. After opening the 2015 Rose Theatre season, her run of Confessions… at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 has resulted in a tour of the UK in Spring 2016, including a run at the Brighton Fringe, regional theatre engagements and a repeat appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016! Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, the follow-up to Confessions…, premièred at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival and continued Rebecca’s run of sold out festivals.
Find Rebecca online at www.redheadedcsg.com
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Stageworthy Podcast Set to Launch
In new podcast series, Phil Rickaby discusses careers in theatre with actors, playwrights, and more
JANUARY 3, 2015 – Phil Rickaby is pleased to announce the launch of his all new podcast, Stageworthy. Through the podcast series, Rickaby focuses on careers in theatre by interviewing playwrights, actors, stage managers, and other theatre professionals.
Rickaby decided to launch Stageworthy out of a lack of Canadian voices in the podsphere, and he looks forward to giving unheard voices of Canadian theatre an outlet to share their experiences. According to Rickaby, “Looking around at podcasts about the theatre world, I saw a shortage of podcasts featuring Canadian voices, and wanted to do something about that.”
With the advent of Stageworthy, Canadian theatre professionals have a place to share their experiences, and aspiring Canadian actors, stage managers, and playwrights have a regular source for new information, insight, and inspiration into having a successful career in theatre.
Currently, Stageworthy is seeking Canadian actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and other theatre professionals who are interested in sharing their experiences. Rickaby is interviewing people all over Canada.
About the idea for the Stageworthy podcast, Rickaby said, “I was inspired by podcasts like the Nerdist, WTF and the Howard Sherman years on the American Theatre Wing’s Downstage Centre.” Each episode will creatively explore the parallels between theatre professionals and what draws them into the world of theatre.
During each conversation, Stageworthy will identify how each individual has pursued their career to compare and contrast the varying journeys traversed by those in theatre. While actors, playwrights, and designers might travel down different roads, they all have common threads that Stageworthy will seek to identify.
The new podcast will serve as a resource for those wishing to learn more about Canadian theatre. Whether listening to learn about their favorite actor or to learn how their favorite director climbed the ladder, audiences will be given a new perspective of Canadian theatre and the individuals within the industry.
According to Rickaby, Stageworthy is set to launch in January 5 2016. More information can be found at http://stageworthypodcast.com.
Stageworthy is a podcast hosted by Phil Rickaby that focuses on people in Canadian theatre. During each podcast, Phil talks to actors, playwrights, stage managers, and more to offer insight into how people pursue careers in theatre.
About Phil Rickaby
Phil Rickaby is an actor and playwright, as well as one of the founding members of Toronto’s Keystone Theatre. At Keystone Theatre, Rickaby has starred as Gormless Joe in The Belle of Winnipeg, The Last Man on Earth, and Gold Fever, as well as in Abolition, The Dragon and the Unicorn, and So You’ve Decided to be Attacked by Zombies.