How do you raise 1 million dollars for your theatre?
Dennis Garnhum is the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Within a few months of taking on the new job he, along with development team, raised 1 million dollars for the theatre.
Garnhum Grew up in London, and he was 13 years old when he first appeared on stage at the Grand.
Later he was an usher, stage manager and eventually, in 2004, he and his husband, Bruce Sellery (also from London) married in the balcony at The Grand.
Before arriving at the Grand, Dennis was the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary since 2005 where, as well as developing new plays, he built some impressive partnerships with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the Shaw Festival and Bard on the Beach.
So our conversation leans towards the business of running a theatre and finding a life balance.
The Grand Theatre’s website
Donna Feore has choreographed performances at the Opéra National de Lyon France and the Canadian Opera Company but she’s best known for her work directing at the Stratford Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company.
Her work at the festival includes critically acclaimed productions, all with new choreography, of “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” just to name a few.
In 2016 Feore gained notoriety for directing the first ever professional production of “A Chorus Line” with all new, original choreography which Feore created.
I spoke with Feore about her work directing and choreographing the world premiere of “The Hockey Sweater,” a new musical that is based on the beloved short story by Roch Carrier.
The animated short film adaptation of Carrier’s story received the Best Animated Film award at the 1981 British Academy Film Awards.
We talk about the creative process behind adapting the story to a stage musical.
Feore, who is known for seeking out the best actors, also talks about her audition process and what she expects from actors.
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The Segal Centre
The Stratford Festival
Brian D. Johnson’s work as a journalist explores art with the insight of not only a passionate observer but also an accomplished artist with a fascination for the human condition.
For almost 30 years Johnson was the staff film critic and Arts writer for Macleans, Canada’s top current affairs magazine. He’s retired from Macleans but continues to submit stories while pursuing his own artistic endeavours.
Brian’s directorial debut, the documentary “Al Purdy Was Here,” is a beautiful piece of work on many levels, I think you’ll really enjoy our chat about the creative process behind it.
We discuss everything from Brian’s easy working relationship with Leonard Cohen to the inspiring story behind the creation of a film celebrating one of Canada’s most prolific poets: Al Purdy.
Incidentally, we recorded last year prior to Leonard Cohen’s passing.
Our conversation begins with the fact that more films than ever are being made in Canada but there are less “Canadian” films.
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