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Melanie Doane: Singer, Songwriter

Episode 16- April 22, 2014

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Melanie Doane, Interview, Podcast, Keith Tomasek An accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and performer Melanie Doane has appeared on Broadway and stages across North America.

Melanie Doane has released seven albums & written and performed many chart topping singles (“Adam’s Rib”, “Goliath”, “Still Desire You”, etc.).

Her music has been featured on hit television shows such as Brothers and Sisters, Being Erica, Flashpoint, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

As well as performing, Melanie uses the ukulele to introduce young children to musicianship. She’s following in the footsteps of her father, J.Chalmers Doane, a celebrated music education legend.

Doane’s relationship to music is intertwined with her sense of community. Her parents love of, and respect for, music and it’s place in the family home, has infused Melanie with a truly collaborative spirit.

Links from the Podcast
Melanie Doane.com
J. Chalmers Doane
Burton Cummings
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s “War Horse.”

Melanie’s music video “The Stupider I Am.”

Ukulele in the classrom

Melanie on the TV show I produced “Open Mike with Mike Bullard.”

Nicholas Campbell: Actor

Episode 15- Nov. 18, 2013

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nicholas campbell interview, Da Vinci's inquest, Bill and sons towing,

This episode is slightly cut. Due to a mis-communication, my meeting with Nicholas Campbell got off to a rough start. As I explain in the podcast, I didn’t start recording our conversation at the beginning of our chat.

Consequently I didn’t record our chat about working at the Royal Acedmey of Dramatic Arts with Laurence Olivier and Campbell’s work as a film director.

Actor and director Nicholas Campbell discusses how he switched from studying law to theatre, his love of horse racing, his hopes to do more stage work and the greatly exaggerated rumors about his drug use.

Campbell’s interest in theatre began at Queens, soon after that he moved to England and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His early feature films include the Hollywood blockbusters “The Omen” (1976) starring Gregory Peck, “A Bridge Too Far” (1977) starring Sean Connery and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) starring Roger Moore.

Campbell is best known for his leading role in Da Vinci’s Inquest, a series about a hands-on, crime-solving Vancouver coroner.

Links in the Show

Da Vinci’s Inquest

Bill and Sons Towing
Nicholas Campbell, and the improv group The Imponderables,(Dave Brennan, Tony Lombardo, Jon Smith, Eric Toth), won Best Ensemble Performance in a TV or Web Series at the 2013 Canadian Comedy Awards.
Jayne Eastwood and Sonja Smits appear in this episode, “Bill’s 65th Birthday”

Queens University Theatre program
Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts
TV Eh Podcast

Chris Abraham: Director

Episode 12 - Oct. 7, 2013

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Chris Abraham Chris Abraham is the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre.

Update
Since recording this interview Chris was awarded Canada’s highest honor in theatre: The $100,000 Eli­nore and Lou Simi­novitch Prize. Read my coverage of the event featuring Rick Miller and Louise Pitre, HERE.

Chris is an award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg and teacher who has worked with Canada’s foremost artists and theatres.

In the podcast we discuss some of his directorial choices, including his work on “Seeds” a documentary about the legal battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and Monsanto, which is “coming soon to a theatre near you” if you live near Montreal, Calgary or Ottawa.

I’m a big fan of his work at The Stratford Festival. His work there has been consistently solid. We discuss his plans for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2014 at The Stratford Festival.

Finally we get into his background. Chris didn’t come from a theatre family but by age 14 he knew he wanted to be a director.

Links From The Show

Crow’s Theatre

National Theatre School of Canada Directing Program

Porte Parole

Canadian Stage

The Stratford Festival