Tag Archives: Stratford Festival

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

Bethany Kovarik: Dancer, actress (2016)

Episode 57 - October 7, 2016

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Bethany-CardBethany has been dancing since the age of three.

She’s danced in New York and at some of the best theatres in Canada.

She also gives back to the dance community by sharing her skills with younger dancers. She loves educating and mentoring young dancers to be the strongest performer; mentally, emotionally, and physically. She’s particularly enjoys working with dancers in their late teens, dealing with big transitions in their life.

She’s a proud graduate of the Sheridan Institute’s Musical Theatre Performance Program.

We talk about Bethany’s work in “A Chorus Line” at The Stratford Festival as well as the career decisions dancers have to make.

SHOW NOTES:

Jesse Robb Choreography with Bethany in New York: on Facebook
A Chorus Line at the Stratford Festival
Episode #20 with Bethany.

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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