Tag Archives: Improvisation

Actor, improviser and writer: Sean Cullen

Episode 62 - Dec. 06

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Not-Sick
Seán Cullen was regular on the Tonight Show and he’s appeared on stages in New York, Chicago, Toronto and at the Stratford Festival. He writes books for young readers, his “Hamish X and The Cheese Pirates,” won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Book.

Plus he has a podcast, the Seanpod, and with all that going on he still finds time to play hockey three times a week.

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Seán Cullen and I talk about his improvisation and writing, as well as his path to success in comedy.

He also talks about his work on stage and why he describes his time performing 8 shows a week in “The Producers” as “just trying not to get sick.”

Seán mentions his time as a CBC Radio host and says “I was rambling completely and this drove the CBC Mad.” But as he explains, his rambling got the attention of a book publisher that led to the opportunity to his write books for young readers.

Seán’s Books
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates
Hamish X and the Hollow Mountain
The Prince of Neither Here Nor There
The Prince of Two Tribes[Paperback]

Show Notes
The SeánPod with Seán Cullen.
Twist Your Dickens at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
On Writing by Stephen King
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
Margaret Atwood’s Wandering Wenda to become Kids’ CBC series

Naomi Snieckus: Improviser, actress

Episode 60 - Oct. 31

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Naomi Snieckus podcast interview
Naomi Snieckus

Naomi went from dreaming about doing the works of Shakespeare and Shaw to abandoning the theatre classics for The Second City.

These days you might recognize Naomi from her role in the hit comedy TV show “Mr.D” where she plays Bobbi the gym teacher.

And in the theatre and comedy community she’s well respected as a founding member, and performer, in the National Theatre of the World.

Show Notes
National Theatre of the World
The Second City Toronto
Theatre Passe Muraille
Mr. D
Shut the Front Door Improv
iO West Theater

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Rebecca Northan: Improviser, actor, director

Episode 56 - July 14, 2016

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CardRebecca is an innovative artists and a creative entrepreneur.

I Interviewed Rebecca after a performance of her show “Blind Date,” an improvisational show unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Rebecca is truly a theatre innovator.

Rebecca recently won a Dora Mavor Moore award for her performance in “Blind Date” and her other show, “Legend Has It,” just got nominated for a Betty Michell Award in Calgary in the category of Best Ensemble.

We talk about how Rebecca’s 10 minute theatre experiment turned into a full-length show that played off-Broadway and London’s West End.

Rebecca will be at the Stratford Festival Wed., Aug. 31 and Fri., Sept. 2nd doing 2 performances of an improv show called “An Undiscovered Shakespeare.”

Joining Rebecca ontsage at Stratford are:
Bruce Horak
Raoul Banehja
Kevin Kruchkywich
And Belinda Cornish

Show Notes:
Rebecca Northan on Twitter
Loose Moose Theatre Company
An Undiscovered Shakespeare at The Stratford Festival
Kevin McCollum’s theatrical and media producing company Alchemation
The Dora Mavor Mooore Awards
The Betty Mitchell Awards
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Check out my interview with Actor, Improvisor Sandy Jobin-Bevans