#334 – Dr. Kathleen Gallagher & Andrew Kushnir

Andrew Kushnir is an actor, playwright, director, as well as artistic director of the socially-engaged theatre company Project: Humanity (PH) in Toronto. Since 2021, he has steered PH’s Proximity Lab, an incubator for new approaches to verbatim theatre — a form he has been working in for 15 years. He has collaborated on two books coming out in 2022: Moving the Centre: Two Plays: Small Axe and Freedom Singer (Talon Books, with Khari Wendell McClelland) and Hope in a Collapsing World (U of T Press, with Kathleen Gallagher). … [ Read more ]

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  • #334 – Dr. Kathleen Gallagher & Andrew Kushnir

    Andrew Kushnir is an actor, playwright, director, as well as artistic director of the socially-engaged theatre company Project: Humanity (PH) in Toronto. Since 2021, he has steered PH’s Proximity Lab, an incubator for new approaches to verbatim theatre — a form he has been working in for 15 years. He has collaborated on two books coming out in 2022: Moving the Centre: Two Plays: Small Axe and Freedom Singer (Talon Books, with Khari Wendell McClelland) and Hope in a Collapsing World (U of T Press, with Kathleen Gallagher). … [ Read more ]

  • #333 – Georgia Findlay

    Georgia Findlay (she/her) is a Toronto-based actor, playwright, producer and younger sister. This summer she made her Fringe debut with her first original script "Joan & Olivia: A Hollywood Ghost Story," which explores themes of sibling rivalry through the ghosts of real life Old Hollywood movie star-sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland.

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  • #332 – The Spindle Collective & Riot King

    SAMCA Winner of the 2022 Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest, Spindle Collective and Riot King present 'SAMCA', a contemporary, horror folktale by Natalia Bushnik ('The Bathtub Girls - Critic's Choice 2017 Hamilton Fringe') and Kathleen Welch. Combining original music written by Welch, movement theatre, and design, 'SAMCA' shares the story of two sisters, Miha and Prava, and the horrors that happen in the woods at night. Tread lightly...for the woods can hear you.

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  • #331 – Aaron Jan

    Aaron Jan is a Hamilton-born playwright, director, dramaturg. and educator. Aaron is a co-founder of Porch Light Theatre (currently a company in residence at Theatre Aquarius). Porch Light Theatre is presenting House Key Project at the 2022 Hamilton Fringe.

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  • #330 – Vikki Velenosi

    Vikki describes herself as a storyteller, a serial entrepreneur and a fighter of the status quo. She lives in Toronto with her dog GusGus and her two cats, Matt Damon and Gracie Lou Freebush.

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  • #329 – Stephen Elliott Jackson & Neta J. Rose

    Steven Elliott Jackson is an award-winning playwright originally from Minto Manitoba and now living in Kitchener, Ontario and is the playwright of The Garden of Alla. Neta J. Rose is a proud Ashkenazi Jewish queer non-binary actor based in Toronto/Tkaronto and is a performer in The Garden of Alla.

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  • #328 – Stephen Near

    Stephen Near is a writer and educator living in Hamilton. He is a graduate of York University (BFA), the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (B. Ed) and the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. Stephen is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and an alumnus of both the Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Banff Centre. Last year, he was named the inaugural Writer-In-Residence for the Cotton Factory in Hamilton. Stephen's latest play, Whale Fall is part of the 2022 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

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  • #327 – The Cast of Three Ordinary Men

    Starring Tristan Claxton, Jamar Adams-Thompson and Jack Copland, Three Ordinary Men takes us to the final day in the lives of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney & Andrew Goodman in 1964 Mississippi. Helmed by Taitt in her directorial debut as Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, Three Ordinary Men will debut in June of 2022 — the 57th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Murders.

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  • #326 – Laura Piccinin

    Laura was born to tell stories. Whether as a dancer/aerialist with Tokyo Disney, a playwright and performer for the new Canadian musical, Every Silver Lining, or her solo show, Lesbihonest, premiering at Toronto Fringe 2022, a teacher at the Toronto District School Board, or as a comédienne in Footloose with Just for Laughs, Laura’s unstoppable passion in life lies in telling people all sorts of eccentric stories, whether they want to hear them or not.

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  • #325 – John D. Huston

    John D. Huston has performed in Canada, the U.K. & the States. A member of Canada’s Metis Nation, John’s lively career “culturally misappropriating the works and identities of dead white guys”, includes playing Tommy Douglas in Saskatchewan, William Lyon MacKenzie in Toronto, Shakespeare in England, & Charles Dickens across Canada. In 2017 he was privileged to portray Louis Riel for the 50th anniversary production of Canada’s longest running dramatic presentation, "The Trial of Louis Riel". John is performing Keir Cutler's "CIVILIZED" at the Ottawa Fringe.

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  • #324 – Santiago Guzmán

    Santiago Guzmán (he/him) is a writer, performer, director and producer for theatre and film originally from Metepec, Mexico, now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Santiago is the Artistic Director of TODOS Productions, an organization that seeks to promote, produce, and support work of under-represented artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the Artistic Associate for Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre in Halifax, NS and General Manager for Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s, NL. He is a proud member of The Quilted Collective, whose first anthology, Us, Now, has been published by Breakwater Books in 2021.

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  • #323 – Natércia Napoleão

    Natércia Napoleão is a multifaceted Brazilian theatre artist and community advocate. Natércia is an associate producer with Dora Award nominated manidoons collective having recently supported the sold-out production of esteemed playwright Yolanda Bonnell’s White Girls in Moccasins, in co-production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. As a community advocate, Natércia spearheads and contributes to grassroots initiatives regularly. She is a strategic planner working with institutions and companies exploring equitable practices, such as Musical Stage Co. and Outside the March.

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  • #322 – Crystal Lee

    Crystal’s interest in technical theatre and management began in her home province of New Brunswick where she worked as a Theatre Production mentor at the University of New Brunswick. She’s since trained in the Opera Management Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Crystal is also the co-founder of What by When (WxW), a production firm advocating for culturally/environmentally sustainable and standardized Production Management and Technical Direction practices within the industry. She now works full time with Why Not Theatre as their Production & Technical Manager.

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  • #321 – Fanny Dvorkin

    Fanny is a recent graduate of Dawson College's Professional Theatre Program. A writer and actor, they are most interested in how the classics can intersect with contemporary performance. As a queer artist, they focuses on how their identities can inform art, both personally and politically. These themes can be seen in their NTS ArtApart short film, SMASHCUT: INT. CHANGING ROOM. Prior to beginning their theatre training, they were an editor and academic, pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at York, where they portrayed Mary Magdalene in the Cornish Resurrection Cycle with the Lords of Misrule. They love a good mystery play, as long as it's a little gay.

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  • #320 – Stefan Dzeparoski

    Stefan is a Serbian-born, Toronto-based international director and creative producer. He is best known for his interdisciplinary stage practices merging film, digital and live performance. Stefan’s work has been seen on stages in Europe, Canada, and Off-Broadway. He is a Director and Creative Producer at Toronto’s award-winning BirdLand Theatre.

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This week on Stageworthy, host @philrickaby talks with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher & Andrew Kushnir about their book about drama class as exploration in what matters to youth and how they express it, Hope in a Collapsing World. Listen now at https://t.co/fQQNVQ41bC https://t.co/lKccb1omA0
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This week on the podcast, host @philrickaby talks with actor, playwright, and producer Georgia Findlay. Listen now at https://t.co/LZn5CKH9MI #TheaTO https://t.co/hC4eIBfPEb
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- 19 days ago

This week on Stageworthy, host @philrickaby talks with @SpindleTheatre and @riotkingto to talk about their contemporary horror folktale SAMCA at @HamFringeHFTco. Listen now at https://t.co/MpQvfrnCLq #TheaTO#HamOntFringe https://t.co/3CZS0Qg9eW
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- 24 days ago

@GracingTheStage: 29 @Toronto_Fringe shows in, 3 more to go this aft/eve. My pick for the @ToshoKnifeArts Award would be @isaackessler's 1-MAN NO-SHOW; you can watch @SamMooney7 & I tell @philrickaby why on last night's @stageworthypod stream: https://t.co/7cbxdE6coj #FringeTO #ToshoCuttingEdge
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- 24 days ago

Did you miss the Stageworthy Review Roundup live stream? It was a great conversation with @SamMooney7 @GracingTheStage and Armon Ghaeinizadeh. You can still watch the replay at https://t.co/y0FrS2FGuS #FringeTO #TheaTO
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