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Brooke Johnson: Trudeau Stories

Episode 53 - April 25, 2016

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Brooke Johnson, Trudeau Stories
In 1985 Brooke Johnson met Pierre Elliott Trudeau at a gala event at the National Theatre School where she was an acting student.

It had been a year and a half since he’d stepped down as Prime Minister.

Brooke is an award winning actor who, when she was in her teens, launched her career by working as a production assistant at the Shaw Festival, often driving actors to and from Toronto.

Brooke has an expansive career, but I decided to focus our chat on her solo performance “Trudeau Stories.”

When she met Trudeau at the National Theatre School of Canada they shared a dance and their cheek to cheek moment sparked a relationship that lasted years. Brooke documented the relationship with Trudeau in a journal and in 2007 created the solo performance “Trudeau Stories” for Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival.

We talk about her time with Trudeau and how she developed the solo show.

Show Notes
“Trudeau Stories” on Amazon
“Trudeau Stories” Website
National Theatre School of Canada

Upcoming Performances
April 28-30th, 2016, The Rose Theatre, Brampton
January 10 -29, 2017, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa

Louise Pitre: Actress

Episode 10- Sept. 9, 2013

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Louise Pitre is a musical theatre legend.

Louise has been nominated for a Tony Award and is the winner of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

The Broad­way star is currently appear­ing in Theatre 20′s “Company,” directed by Gary Griffin.

Louise is best known for her role as Donna Sheri­dan in the ABBA-themed musi­cal “Mamma Mia!”, which earned her a Tony Award nom­i­na­tion. She received rave reviews for her performances as Fantine in “Les Misérables” (Toronto, Montreal and Paris) and as the title character in “Edith Piaf.”

Louise talks about growing up as the daughter of an accountant, the high school music teacher that changed her life, being discovered by Don Fleckser at Western Univeristy Canada and what it’s like auditioning for the world-renowned director Gary Griffin.

Louise offers some advice for young actors.

She also discusses writing, producing and starring in her new show “On The Rocks” at Theatre Passe Muraille.

In our chat, we discuss this provocative photo, by Kimberly Butler, used to promote “On The Rocks.”

Pitre On the Rocks

Links from the show

Don Wright Faculty of Music – Western University

Theatre Passe Muraille

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre