Author Archives: Keith Tomasek

Mike Shara: Actor

Mike Shara is one of Canada’s most accomplished actors with multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival.

In this interview he covers a wide range of topics from his time at the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor to working with Yannick Bisson on the CBC Television series “Murdoch Mysteries.”

Mike opens up about the struggles he faced learning Shakespeare and how he overcame his fear of being perceived as a fraud. He worked hard to improve his craft and went on to work with the acclaimed directors Chris Abraham on “Othello” and John Caird on “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Mike’s worst audition story is a classic and he shares great advice on how to avoid blowing the audition before you even open your mouth.

Details, Details:
The Rainmaker
June 20 to July 7
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
Waterloo, ON
Box Office: 1-855-372-9866
Details and tickets online.

Wayne Turmel: Author, comedian

For 20 years Wayne Turmel worked as a stand-up comedian touring throughout North America, headlining clubs and concerts. He appeared on the TV show “Evening at the Improv” and opened for bands such as Chicago and Hall and Oates.

In his mid-life, Wayne left stand-up comedy and began a second career in business development and training. Through his work with The Remote Leadership Institute Wayne now helps clients around the world learn to present, sell, and lead people and projects when they’re not all in the same place.

Wayne has also written novels; in the podcast, we discuss his newest work of historical fiction, Acre’s Bastard, whose central character is a half Syrian, half French child caught up in the madness of a holy war.

Wayne is the co-founder of the Remote Leadership Institute
Wayne’s website
Wayne on Twitter @WTurmel
Wayne’s most recent book Acre’s Bastard
His new book with Kevin Eikenberry is already a best seller!: The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership
Alan Watt’s book “The 90-Day Novel.

My Interviews with Other Canadian Comedians:
Martha Chaves
David Merry
Christina Walkinshaw
John Wing
Live at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival – with Ashley Moffatt, Adam Schwartz, Dan Taylor and Meghan Riley.

Ken Davenport: Tony Award winning producer

Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose Once On This Island is nominated for eight Tony Awards.

Davenport says his parents, a doctor and a landscape designer, bestowed him with the discipline and creativity he’s leveraged to succeed on Broadway. In our conversation we go back to his early work and you hear how he financed his first few shows and the marketing strategy he used to promote them with limited resources.

In his youth Davenport spent time at Radio Shack playing on computers; his passion and understanding of the digital sphere led to his unprecedented use of the internet, not just for marketing his shows, but also for the online community he’s built to inspire, and provide professional development, to emerging producers.

Ken Davenport’s blog and podcast – The Producer’s Perspective
Podcast with Elizabeth Furze – advertising and marketing trends in the theater
Ken’s online training program – The Producer’s Perspective PRO
Ken on Twitter
Ken on Facebook
Once on this Island

Podcast with Steffi DiDomenicantonio.
Steffi performed in the first national tours of Spring Awakening and currently appears in Come from Away in Toronto.
She shares the secret to her successful auditions for both shows.

Podcasts with other Producers
Bat Out of Hell with Randy Lennox