#73 – Miles Cohen & Stephen Lafrenie of Mad Power

Mad Power is an arts organization dedicated to the encouragement of artistic achievement and the protection of the rights of psychiatric survivors.

Miles G. Cohen (Producer & Project Director)

Mr. Cohen is a survivor with 40 years theatre experience. A graduate Of Bishop’s University, Canadian Mime School, Playhouse Acting School, and an alumnus of The Second City Touring Company he has performed and taught in theatres and institutions across Canada. He currently teaches at “Learn” a CAMH day program as well as “Encore” a CAMH pilot program for patients on the ward. He is a member and past board member for Workman Arts; a CAMH based arts organization. He is a founding director for Friendly Spike Theatre and a founding member of Kytes youth theatre for street youth. He has been a facilitator for an adult encounter group at Bridgepoint Health Centre and taught meditation at the Ralph Thornton Centre.

Stephen LaFrenie (Producer and Actor)

Stephen has performed and taught physical theatre for over 38 years. His training includes Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Mime School Unlimited, Dean Gilmour, and Tony Montanaro. He has toured extensively across Canada, to Spain, Australia, France, Hungary, Jamaica, Haiti and the U.S. Recent collaborations have been with Toronto’s Keystone Theatre, co-creating their two latest productions of “The Last Man on Earth” & “Gold Fever”, both which premiered at the Toronto Clown Festival and enjoyed great success on the Canadian Fringe circuit. Other collaborations include Gabrielle Houle performing with Toronto Consort. Over the last 16 years he has toured with both Faustwork Mask Theatre and with Metaphysical Theatre’s production of “Fool’s Gold”, which he co-created. He has received multiple Arts in Education grants from the Ontario Arts Council and taught in schools, colleges/universities across Canada and in Australia.

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