Kayla Lorette is an actor and comedian living in Toronto, ON. She has performed with many diverse companies including Catch23 Improv, Ghost Jail Theatre, the Short Notice Show, Impromptu Splendour, and The Sufferettes. Kayla has been nominated for several Canadian Comedy Awards, the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund and a Gemini for her performance in YTV’s That’s So Weird. Her work as an improviser has given her the opportunity to travel to many festivals, perform alongside such people as Colin Mochrie and Joe Flaherty, as well as complete several European tours. She has performed in Paris, Berlin and Vienna. Kayla’s work in television includes The Ron James Show, The Kids in the Hall series Death Comes to Town, and That’s So Weird, which won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Television Ensemble. You can also see her roller skate poorly in Picnic Face’s first feature film, Roller Town.
Sarah Rodgers is an award winning Actor and Director based in Vancouver, B.C. She received her MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia. Most recently she directed People Like Us at The Firehall in Vancouver, and Freak Winds at The Guild in Whitehorse. Select directing credits include The Duchess (Theatre at UBC); Anything Goes, The Music Man, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Theatre Under the Stars); Billy Bishop Goes to War (Arts Club, with tours to The Belfry, WCT, and Persephone Theatre), The Seahorse (Arts Club Tour); Educating Rita, The Foursome, Island of Bliss, Roger Maris on Stage (WCT); A Christmas Carol, Godspell, Jesus My Boy, Driving Miss Daisy (Pacific Theatre); Sisters, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Emily of New Moon (The Gateway); St. Joan, A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Remarkable Emily Carr (Chemainus Theatre); Ash Girl, The Thirteenth Chair (Studio 58); Cat and Mouse/Sheep (Sea Theatre). Sarah has recently performed Axis Theatre's The Number 14 across Canada on it's 20th Anniversary tour.
Sarah has been awarded 4 Jessie Richardson Statues - Outstanding Direction for Cat and Mouse/Sheep and Billy Bishop Goes to War, Outstanding Performance for The Two Character Play, and Outstanding Ensemble for The Pintauro Cafe. She has been nominated for 12 other Jessie Awards. Her production of The Duchess received great critical acclaim, being lauded on many Best of 2012 lists. Up next Sarah will direct Innocence Lost (Studio 58), The Old Curiosity Shop (United Players), and Espresso (Pacific Theatre).
Ms. Wright was raised in Ottawa, studied in Vancouver, and now calls Toronto home. Most recently she performed with Bard on the Beach as Maria in Twelfth Night and Rosencrantz in Hamlet. Previous theatre credits include Elektra and Cymbeline (The Stratford Festival), The 39 Steps (Persephone Theatre), The Ugly One (Theatre Smash), Othello, The Comedy ofErrors,The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach), Bird Brain (Carousel Theatre), This is About the Push (Seventh Stage), Thy Neighbour’s Wife (Theatre North West), Absurd Person Singular (Arts Club), Life Savers (Ruby Slippers), Stupidity (Theatre Conspiracy), The Dissociates, Cat and Mouse (Sheep)(SeaTheatre), The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney, The Island of Bliss (Western Canada Theatre), See Saw (Green Thumb), A Room of One’s Own (Uno). She is an Artistic Associate with The National Theatre of the World and co-created The Impromptu Splendour Reading Series. Her film credits include The French Guy (Fleming), Insider Trading (Penhall), Home and Away (Rolston), Hop the Twig (Rideout)(Co Story Writer and Associate Producer), My Father’s An Actor (MacIntyre)(Producer). She has been nominated for four Jessie Awards: Desdemona in Othello, Brigit in Life Savers, Susan in Stupidity, Ensemble - Bird Brain and a Saskatoon Area Theatre Award as part of the ensemble for The 39 Steps. She has a BFA from The University of British Columbia. Up next she will reprise the role of Fanny in Theatre Smash's Dora Award Winning production The Ugly One at The Tarragon Theatre.
Cheryl is continuing to explore the fusion of all types of music and mediums, creating sound and textures for improvised dance, theatre, sound sculpture and visual art. She recently played in AimToronto's Interface with Taylor Ho Bynum. She can often be found at Contact Dance, Majlis Arts, Somewhere There, and various other venues around town challenging the connection of sound with unexpected mediums. Her work has been featured on soundtracks for several underground films, installations, as well as at Nuit Blanche. Cheryl heads the group quasiMODAL - a playful, improvisational 'loosely packed' groove-based free play quartet with a jazz/ambient/sandbox appeal. Together since 1999, quasiMODAL features Steven Sauvé o on keys and synths, Eric St.Laurent on guitar, and Robert Hoare on saxes, clarinet, lap steel or laptop (when he's not busy working/living in Berlin). She also plays in Rob's Collision and is one half of the improvising duo Queen Victrola.
MEGHAN is a literature & classics student at U of Toronto and a founding member of Halifax's Once Upon a Theatre Collective, having written, collaborated and/or performed in Honey & Jupiter, 11:11, Waltz of the Fae, and Some Sunny Day [Fringe Hit 2012]). Her two-woman improvised clown hiphop fest Tomato & Tomato was also awarded Fringe Hit in 2012. Meghan has worked in Nova Scotia for LITF and Forerunner Playwright’s Theatre, in Winnipeg with Sarasvati and in Toronto for The Theatre Department, CanStage, and LabCab. She also spent two seasons at Theatre Passe Muraille with The National Theatre of the World's Impromptu Splendor. Meghan has studied playwrighting with Josh MacDonald, Jackie Torrens, Colleen MacDonald and Brian Quirt. She is a graduate of Neptune Theatre’s PPTP.
C.J. is a freelance lighting designer who was nominated for the 2011 Pauline McGibbon Award for Design. As an assistant lighting designer, she has worked on Blithe Spirit; 42nd Street; …Charlie Brown; Wanderlust at the Stratford Festival. Lighting design credits include: Purgatory in Ingleton (Storm and Stress Co. & the red light district), Bremen Rock City (Song Trolley Productions), Zero Visibility (The AMY Project), Sudden Death (Pyretic Productions), Obeah Opera (b current), Post Eden (Suburban Beast), Tick (Lallygag Theatre), Hero & Leander (Common Descent), Oh, the Humanity… (Outside the March), Serious Money (Nightwood Theatre & Ryerson Theatre School).
Ellen is a graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre program at Sheridan College.
Deanna is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honors Degree in English and Theatre Studies and of The Second City Conservatory. One of the founding members of the former Pivotal (Arts) Theatre Company, she served as its Artistic Producer for seven seasons. Notable acting credits with the company include Off the Hook, Act 2, Cookies and Ashes, Crime Scene, Art vs Love vs Life,A Crack in the Ceiling, and Twisted Elegance and The Dinner which were co-produced with Upstage Productions. She is also one of the founding members and is the current Artistic Director and Producer of Impulsive Entertainment. She produces a weekly comedy show at Comedy Bar, and soon a monthly show at Cadillac Lounge. Deanna is an Associate Producer for the award winning troupe The National Theatre of the World co-producing their monthly show I SEEN YOU ON TV. She has appeared in various independent and short films including Eyes Beyond(Spotlight Nation Studios), and Dr. Zack (Yilmaz Vurucu). She was featured on The Food Network’s Giving You The Business.
Florence Barrett is a costume designer based in Vancouver. She studied theatre at Simon Fraser University and Red Deer College. Recent theatre credits include; Streetcar Named Desire and Project X (Leaky Heaven Circus), The Great Divorce (Pacific Theatre),Visions of Vancouver (Pi Theatre), Re:Union (Pacific Theatre/Horseshoe and Handgrenades) A Guide To Morning, Tomb With A View (Genius/ Up in the Air Treater) The Saints Play, The Monster Play, Trunk (Craning Neck Theatre) My Mothers Story (Presentation House) and Mother Teresa is Dead (Pacific Theatre/ Compassionate Bone) Inside the Seed (Up In The Air Theater.) Film credits include; Eadweard (Motion 58) Patterns of Liquid Stars (Chien Productions) and Pas De Deux (O'Shea Pictures).
Adeline Virginia Woolf nee Stephen was born on the 25th January, 1882 in London, England. She was born into an intellectual family and grew up surrounded by books from her father’s library, although a university education was denied to her, as to all women of the time.
Her mother died in 1895 and Virginia had her first breakdown. Her father became more melancholic and emotionally weak after his wife's death and fell ill in 1902, and died in 1904. Virginia suffered another breakdown, during which she heard the birds singing in Greek.
Following her father's death, Virginia moved with hers brothers and sister to the Bloomsbury district. Their group of friends included English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists the best known members of which included John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster, Leonard Woolf and Lytton Strachey. Although its members denied being a group in any formal sense, they were united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts. Their works and outlook deeply influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism, and economics as well as modern attitudes towards feminism, pacifism, and sexuality.
In 1912, after a period of nervous illness, Virginia married Leonard Woolf. Virginia began to write for the Times Literary Supplement in 1905. In 1915 Virginia Woolf published her first book, “The Voyage Out” and two years later she and Leonard Woolf founded The Hogarth Press which would publish her future work: Night and Day (1919), Jacob’s Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), The Waves (1931), The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941). Orlando was notable as a fantastic biography of a man-woman based on the life of Virginia's lover Vita Sackville-West.
In 1928 and 1929 she delivered two addresses - one to Girton College and one to Newnham on the topic Women and Fiction. She would expand it into the book A Room of One’s Own which was published in 1929. It is considered one of the most important works in feminist literary theory.
On the 28 March 1941, as her mental condition became unbearable, Virginia Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse. Woolf’s body was not found until 18 April 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of their home Monk’s House in Rodmell, Sussex.
Patrick Ewart Garland was born the 10th April 1935. He was educated at St Mary's College, Southampton and St Edmund Hall, Oxford where he studied English and was president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. His poetry appeared in John Lehmann's London magazine and the annual PEN anthology during his teens. His appearances as an actor included An Age of Kings, where he played Prince John in Henry IV, Part 2 and Clarence in Richard III, among others. Garland started Poetry International in 1963 with Ted Hughes and Charles Osborne. He was a director and producer for the BBC's Music and Arts Department (1962–1974), and worked on its Monitor series. In 1964, he directed the Monitor film, "Down Cemetery Road", about Philip Larkin, in which John Betjeman also appeared. His work with the BBC arts department also included interviews with Noël Coward (1969), Stevie Smith, and Marcel Marceau. His television film of The Snow Goose (1971) won a Golden Globe for "Best Movie made for TV", and was nominated for both a BAFTA and an Emmy. Meanwhile his career in the theatre had begun to develop. In 1967 he created a one man show based on John Aubrey's Brief Lives with Roy Dotrice (and Michael Williams in a later revival) and the following year directed the original production of Alan Bennett's Forty Years On with John Gielgud as the headmaster of a decaying public school called Albion House. In the mid-1970s, the musical Billy, based on Billy Liar, with Michael Crawford in the lead was performed at Drury Lane. He served as the Artistic Director for the Chichester Festival Theatre twice, 1981–1985 and 1990–1994, where he directed over 20 productions. He was the only director to have had four plays running in the West End of London at the same time. In 1978 Patrick directed Under the Greenwood Tree at Salisbury Playhouse. This production transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in the Strand London West End in the spring of 1979. In 1980, Garland was responsible for the York Mystery Plays. He directed the revival of My Fair Lady on Broadway in the early 1980s with Rex Harrison (about whom he wrote The Incomparable Rex) and Don Giovanni and in Japan, Handel's opera Ottone. He also directed Eileen Atkins in his own adaptation of Virginia Woolf's book A Room of One's Own. In 2000, he directed Simon Callow in The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd, followed by a tour that culminated in Australia and Broadway (the 2012 revival did not directly involve Garland) and Joan Collins in Full Circle by Alan Melville. He also worked with Alan Bennett again, directing Patricia Routledge in the second Talking Heads and Bennett himself in Telling Tales. He directed the film of Ibsen's A Doll's House (1973) with Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Richardson, and his 1971 television film of The Snow Goose won Golden Globe: "Best Movie made for TV" and was nominated for both a BAFTA award and an Emmy. He directed Fanfare for Elizabeth at Covent Garden on Queen Elizabeth II's 60th Birthday, and in 1986 at Westminster Abbey Celebration of a Broadcaster of the late Richard Dimbleby. 1989 he directed the Thanksgiving Service in Westminster Abbey for Lord Olivier. In 1998 Garland devised 'A Christmas Glory' for the 300th anniversary of St Paul's Cathedral. He has also devised and presented several performances for the Charleston Festival. Garland had been working on his memoirs as well as a book about Corsica. Both remained unfinished at the time of his death. Garland married actress Alexandra Bastedo in 1980.
He was awarded Honorary D Litt at the University of Southampton 1994 and an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1997.
Mr Garland passed away this past April - a great loss to the theatre world.