Even the busiest artists need a break! Take Five with some of the hardest working and celebrated individuals in the performing arts scene today. We ask them a series of five questions to learn what inspires them and how their careers have been influenced by fellow community members.
Nina Kaye is an award-winning playwright, a published poet and the artistic director of Unspoken Theatre. Her plays and short works have been produced in New York, Washington and Toronto. Her scripts received first prize in competitions with Sterling Studio Theatre and Hart House Players, and were shortlisted in contests with NuVoices and Panfish Productions. She has worked as a dramaturge on numerous projects. Upcoming, she is producing Kitchen Sink Drama at Toronto Fringe, a site-specific play in a kitchen served with free snacks.
Jason Cadieux is an actor & playwright. Recent theatre credits include: Jerusalem (Outside the March/The Company Theatre), The Wedding Party(Crow’s Theatre), Lear & 12th Night (Canadian Stage), Hossana (Soulpepper), Wrong For Each Other (Public Theatre, Maine), The Valley (Essential Collective Theatre). Film & TV: Reign (CW) Law & order SVU(NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS). Other: Jason is the Co-founder of The Essential Collective Theatre (ECT), a St. Catharines based co. mandated to produce contemporary Canadian work. While at ECT Jason wrote and produced many new works, including touring productions of 17.5 directed by Sarah Garton Stanley (4 stars – Time Out Magazine UK) and Hardways (“a rich and fascinating piece of work” – The Ottawa Citizen). He currently splits his time between Toronto, New York & Niagara.
Kit Boulter is a two-time Dora nominated actor and the Artistic Coordinator of Toronto Harbour’s adventure cruise Pirate Life. As a non-binary trans activist, they use their craft to help generate more visibility and representation in artistic mediums through song writing, gender performance and poetry. Kit is an excellent facilitator of discovering self-expression, and the unique ways an individual’s performance can transcend into art.
Craig Lauzon is an Anishnaabe actor, writer, and comedian. Most recently he played Angus in The Drawer Boy. Other theatre credits include: Man Watching (Tarragon), Comedy of Errors (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Stupid Fucking Bird (The Bird Collective), Taking Care of Baby (Storefront),Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre Aquarius), Thunderstick (Theatre Network), King Lear (National Arts Centre), and Trudeau & The FLQ and Trudeau and Levesque (VideoCabaret).
Nicole Underhay was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has worked in theatres all across the country, including eight seasons at The Shaw Festival in Major Barbara, The Millionairess, His Girl Friday and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Other theatre highlights include: Fire (Canadian Stage) for which she won a Dora Award; The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs (Tarragon Theatre) for which she received a Dora nomination; and The Constant Wife (Arts Club Theatre) for which she received a Jessie nomination. Her most recent television work includes playing Margaret Haile on Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and a stint on CTV’s Saving Hope.
Alia Rasul a comedian, writer and performer, who is passionate about works that explore the narrative of the Filipino diaspora. She is currently a part of Bad Dog Theatre’s Emerging Creator’s Unit (funded by the Pat & Tony Freedom Fund) and was recently a part of the theatre’s Featured Players program. She continues to perform regularly at Bad Dog in shows such as Yas Kween, Humans of Improv, and Theatresports. Alia recently made her directorial debut with Kwento, an improvised bedtime story which brought together improvised comedy, illustration, Filipino folk music. She is also currently Inclusion director at Bad Dog.
Via Montreal, London UK (to attend The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts), and NYC, Kaitlyn now calls Toronto home. When not acting, Kaitlyn is the Artistic Director of critically-acclaimed Shakespeare in the Ruff (Ruff) and a burgeoning playwright as well. Recent acting credits: Noises Off! (The Segal Centre); Romeo & Juliet (Ruff); Something Fishy (Lighthouse Theatre); Mockingbird (Next Stage Festival-Dora nomination); Macbeth: Walking Shadows (Ruff); Look, no Hans!(Drayton); The Merchant of Venice & Blithe Spirit (Stratford Festival); The Apology(Next Stage Festival-Dora nomination). TV: Murdoch Mysteries; Reign. Upcoming: TV – 12 Monkeys; Film – Nightshooters and A Fistful of Lead.
In this special Take Five Dora Edition we revisit Diane Flacks – writer for the 2018 Dora Awards Ceremony. Most recently she wrote and starred in Unholy, her critically acclaimed play about women and religion for Nightwood Theatre, which was nominated for a Dora for outstanding new play. Other plays include Bear With me, Random Acts, Myth Me, Waiting Room, By a Thread, SIBS and Care with Richard Greenblatt, Gravity Calling and Theory of Relatives. Diane writes for TV (including Global/NBC’s Working the Engels, Working Moms (CBC), Baroness Von Sketch Show, Young Drunk Punk, Good Behaviour, PR, The Broad Side, Behind the Scenes, Listen Missy, and Kids in the Hall, for which she was nominated for an Emmy). She has been a long time national parenting columnist for CBC radio, and has been a contributor to DNTO and Tapestry. She was a feature columnist for the Toronto Star among others. She played the lead in the independent film Portrait of A Serial Monogamist, and in Body Politic, for which she was nominated for a Dora.
Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy hails from Oshawa, Ontario and is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. Her repertoire is finely balanced between opera and concert performance, and she has appeared with the Paris Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Glyndebourne Festival, and the San Francisco Opera, among others.
Darcy Gerhart is an actor and creator from Toronto, ON. She grew up dancing in Parkdale and attended the National Theatre School of Canada. Darcy is thrilled to be joining the Selfie company! Recent credits include: The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, The Lady From the Sea, The Charity That Began at Home, The Philadelphia Story (Shaw Festival); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia… (Theatre Centre/Why Not Theatre); Raging Dreams (Theatre Gargantua); A Splinter in the Heart (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Twelfth Night (Hart House).