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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.

Dennis Garnhum, artistic director

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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.

Show Notes
The Grand Theatre’s website

Cyrus Lane, actor

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Cyrus Lane has appeared in many productions with the Stratford Festival, Outside the March, and CBC TV’s Murdoch Mysteries. We recorded this interview while Cyrus was rehearsing for his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Ross Petty’s “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!” at the Elgin theatre in Toronto.

At this year’s Stratford Festival he appeared in “Timon of Athens,” “The Changeling” and “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” all of which received consistently glowing reviews.

But it was his work in last year’s “Macbeth” where I first saw his excellent comedic chops.

Lane, is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

In our podcast Lane discusses his work as an understudy to Ian Lake’s Macbeth. Lane was given very short notice before he took on the role at Stratford’s legendary festival stage. He played the role for two weeks and describes the role of Macbeth as being “the loneliest part ever written.”

Show Notes
Cyrus Lane on Twitter
Interview with Joanne O’Sullivan
Tickets and details for “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!”
Tickets and details for “Bunny” at Tarragon Theatre