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#54 – Nina Lee Aquino

Filipina-Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge, actor, and Artistic Director of Factory Theatre. Nina Lee Aquino completed a Bachelor of Arts in drama at the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in theatre at the Drama Centre, University of Toronto. She was a founding member and Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company (2002-10), and Associate Artistic Director of Factory Theatre, as well as the Artistic Producer of the CrossCurrents Festival at Factory Theatre. She has also worked for Native Earth Performing Arts. From 2009 to 2013 she was Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects. In September 2012, she was appointed a member of an interim artistic team with Nigel Shawn Williams at Factory Theatre.

With Nadine Villasin, she co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) ( Carlos Bulosan Theatre 2003, directed by Guillermo Verdecchia) a comedy about a beauty pageant set in the Philippines, which satirizes the idealization of Western standards of attractiveness. In January 2013, her examination of her own family history and the violent politics of the Philippines, Every Letter Counts opened at Factory Theatre (dir. Nigel Shawn Williams).

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#53 – Soulpepper’s Albert Schultz & Lorenzo Sovoini

Starting December 9, Toronto’s Soulpepper presents the cherished holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, reimagined as a 1940s live-radio broadcast. Directed by Soulpepper Artistic Director Albert Schultz and designed by Lorenzo Sovoini.

Albert Schultz

Albert Schultz was born 1963 in Port Hope, Ontario and was drawn to acting through his mother’s community theatre work. He trained at York University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before joining the Stratford Festival Young Company under Robin Phillips where he played several leading roles including a lauded turn as Romeo.

Beginning in 1992, Albert spent three years on CBC’s hit television series Street Legal, followed by two seasons as the lead in the series Side Effects. His feature film work includes Beautiful Dreamers, I Love a Man in Uniform, Maximum Risk, Balls Up, Under My Skin, and most recently the lead in CTV’s made for TV film Shades of Black (a biography of Conrad Black) which aired in December 2006.

Albert is the Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and General Director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Albert regularly directs and appears on stage with Soulpepper. As an actor, recent highlights include Hamlet (2004 & 2005), Uncle Vanya (2001, 2002 & 2008), Our Town (1999, 2006 & 2007), The Real Thing (2006) and The Odd Couple (2008 & 2016). He also leads the Soulpepper Academy and the company’s youth outreach and access initiatives.

Albert’s many honours include The City of Toronto Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award, the DareArts Foundation Cultural Award, The Toronto Arts Council William Kilbourn Award, the Salute to the City Award and the Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction. For his work on behalf of UNICEF, Albert received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Albert has received Honorary Degrees from Queen’s and Bishop’s Universities in recognition of his contributions to Canadian Theatre. In 2013 Albert Schultz was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2014 he received the National Arts Centre Award for Artistic Achievement by the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation.

Lorenzo Sovoini

Born in Thornhill, Ontario.

YOUNG FAMILY DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, RESIDENT ARTIST, SOULPEPPER 2016: Set & Lighting Designer: Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary. Set Designer: A Doll’s House, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts I, II, III), The Odd Couple.

FOR SOULPEPPER: Set Designer: Marat/Sade, Happy Place, The Dybbuk. Set and Costume Designer: Eurydice. Set and Lighting Designer: Of Human Bondage (Dora Award).

OTHER THEATRE: Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Belfry Theatre, Neptune Theatre, COC, Canadian Stage and many theatres across the country.

OTHER: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy.

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#52 – Risha Nanda

Risha Nanda is a graduate from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Recent credits include; Skin (Magnus Theatre), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Lower Ossington Theatre), Hair (Randolph Theatre), Giovanni D’Arco (Carnegie Hall).

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#51 – Diana Tso

Diana Tso graduated from the University of Toronto with Honors BA in English Literature & from Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq, in Paris, France. She has worked with diverse theatres internationally for over 18 years. Her favorite theatre co-creations/ performances include: Dante’s Inferno and Chekhov Shorts, both with Theatre Smith-Gilmour, and by the way, Miss… with Urge/Theatre Direct, for which she shares the Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Her Monkey Queen, Journey to the East, a one-woman performance creation inspired by the Monkey King stories in Wu Cheng-En’s 16th century Chinese novel, Journey to the West premiered at the 2010 Toronto Festival of Storytelling & continues to tour it.

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#50 – Alec Toller & Joshua Browne

Allec Toller and Joshua Browne are the playwrights of The Queen’s Conjurer from Cirnclesnake productions, playing now until November 20th, 2016.

John Dee was a 16th century adviser to Queen Elizabeth, and a scientist and magician when those two professions were indistinguishable. The Queen’s Conjuror follows John Dee as he tries to decipher an enticing but ominous vision which he hopes will provide critical information that will impress the QueenElizabeth enough to gain her patronage. To do this, Dee enlists the help of Edward Kelley, a scryer, medium, and possible charlatan. Kelley proves to be as brilliant as he is disturbed, and Dee must work through the wretchedness of Kelley’s soul and his erratic behaviour to access his revelatory visions and gain the Queen’s support. The show explores the complexity of intimacy, the dangers of vulnerability, and the necessities of both for the alchemical transformation of the soul.

Joshua Browne
Twitter: @joshu_ashua

Alec Toller
Twitter: @alec_toller

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#49 – Victoria Laberge

Victoria Laberge is an arts administrator with her fingers in many pies. Originally from Montreal, she worked with the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival and Centaur Theatre for several years in addition to running the arts and culture blog Bloody Underrated. Since moving to Toronto in 2015, she has taken on the roles of Director of Development for Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s flagship feminist theatre; Co-Producer for the monthly storytelling series Confabulation; and Publicist for the award-winning comedy troupe Sex T-Rex.

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#48 – Michael Kras

Michael Kras is a Hamilton-based playwright, actor, and director. His play #dirtygirl was recently the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe, and he’s developing a new play with Theatre Aquarius. His work has been supported by Roseneath Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, and the Ontario Arts Council. Recent works include Teach Her My Name, which played to sold-out houses at the 2016 HamilTEN Festival; For Kiera, which is published internationally in Bare Fiction and was shortlisted for the HA&L Short Works Prize; and Places, winner of the 2014 Audience Choice Award at the Hamilton Fringe. This year, Michael was honoured with a nomination for a City of Hamilton Arts Award in recognition of his work as an emerging theatre artist. Michael is a graduate of Humber Theatre School, the artistic director of Broken Soil Theatre, and a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit.

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#47 – Sandi Becker

Sandi Becker strikes fear into the hearts of the weak and foolish. She has retractable fangs. And, due to a recurring battle with Early Onslaught Lycanthropy, has become a passionate advocate for promoting tolerance to Werewolfism in school age children. She can kill you with a look, and if you are not in bed by 9 o’clock, she’ll come to you in the darkness, slip you into a bag made from cat skin, and take you to her moldy, mildewed layer. What will happen there? No one has lived to tell the tale.

Sandi Becker is a Toronto based stage manager. She is currently working on Eldritch Theatre’s The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy, at the Red Sandcastle, Oct. 27 – Nov. 13, 2016.

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#46 – Jonny Sun

Jonathan Sun is an emerging Canadian playwright whose works have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, the Hart House Theatre in Toronto, and as part of Theatre Lab’s FIRST SIGHT Performance Series. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary creative practice and works across the fields of theatre, music, visual and installation art, design research, architecture, engineering, new media, and comedy. He is currently a PhD candidate at MIT, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a recipient of the MIT De Florez Fund for Humor. His Twitter account @jonnysun, an ongoing character and comedy project, has over 175,000 followers to date and has been published in NPR, The Washington Post, The Independent, Vice, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed, Playboy, Cosmo, The Yale Herald, and was nominated for the 2015 Shorty Award for Comedian of the Year.

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#45 – Lindsey Middleton & Ben Hayward of Theatre by Committee

Theatre by Committee is proud to present “FAITH”, a new play by company member Ben Hayward. After a successful run at the Hamilton Fringe, “FAITH” will be performed in the Chapel of St. Luke’s United Church. “FAITH” follows the coming of age a troubled teenager and her complicated relationships with God, her father and the minister at the church she no longer attends. Written by Ben Hayward, directed by Brandon Gillespie, and featuring Lindsey Middleton and Ben Hayward, “FAITH” explores issues of morality, authority, love and finding meaning.

Lindsey Middleton:
Lindsey Middleton hails from the teeny town of Ridgeway, Ontario. Lindsey is best known for playing Vanessa on the internationally award winning, Toronto based web series, Out With Dad. Lindsey also co-produced her own spin off series called Vanessa’s Story and recently won the 2015 IAWTV Award for Best Female Performance in a Drama for her role. Lindsey has also worked on international best selling writer Linwood Barclay’s book trailer Tap at the Window and you can find her in the horror feature Red Spring. In 2016 Lindsey will reprise her role as Vanessa in the new series Counselling Vanessa and return to Out With Dad.

Lindsey is a very active member in the Toronto theatre community. Lindsey is a graduate of University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College Theatre and Drama Studies Program, a co-funder of Well Fought Theatre Company and Theatre By Committee. Upcoming in 2016 you can find Lindsey starring in Theatre By Committee’s remount of FAITH and in the new IPF winning web series Squadron 86.

Lindsey has also co-created a brand new documentary web series HappyHer focused on sharing women’s stories about happiness from all over the world.

Ben Hayward:
Ben Hayward is a Toronto-based writer, actor and director. He is a founding member of Theatre by Committee. As a writer he has authored the plays ‘Faith’ (Best New Play Hamilton Fringe 2016); ‘Pathetic’; ‘Andy Warhol Presents:Valerie’; ‘For Elise’ (presented at Luminato); and ‘KINK’. He is currently developing ‘The Food Project’, a piece of documentary theatre in collaboration with Unit 102.

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