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Paul Bates (A Night of Improv)
Paul Bates Forum
A veteran of Toronto comedy stages, Paul got his start at The Second City, where he wrote and performed in six revues. Other stage credits include It’s a Wonderful Toronto, The Soaps: The Live Improvised Soap Opera!, An Inconvenient Musical and SARSical, for which he received a Dora Award nomination. On television Paul played Jeff on Dan for Mayor (CTV) and has also appeared in Against the Wall, Puppets Who Kill, Second City’s Next Comedy Legend and The Jane Show. Film credits include The Tuxedo, Welcome to Mooseport and Camille. As a writer, Paul has worked for TheHour with George Stroumboulopoulos and InSecurity, and has written specials for William Shatner and Martin Short. Paul is one half of the popular musical comedy duo The Williamson Playboys, and one third of the improvised science fiction comedy podcast ILLUSIONOID.
Christy Bruce (A Night of Improv)
Christy Bruce Forum
Christy Bruce began her career improvising at The Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, where she studied with Keith Johnstone and Denis Cahill for over 10 years. In 2000, she moved to Toronto and began working at The Second City. She has been performing with them for over 11 years now, doing shows across the country and as far away as Bosnia and Monaco. Recent TV credits: The Day the Old Man Knocked, Long Story Short: CBC’s 75th Anniversary, Little Mosque on the Prairie and CTV’s Stay With Me. Recent theatre credits include Mimi in the award-winning show Blind Date (Calgary and Vancouver), Lucinda in Bruce Horak’s This Is Cancer (Halifax) and The Soaps! A Live Improvised Soap Opera, which just finished a second year of sellout performances at the Toronto Fringe Festival. She was the understudy for Kim Cattrall and Anna Madeley in the Broadway production of Private Lives.
Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare on the Road)
Paul Edmondson Forum
Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson is Head of Knowledge and Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and director of its Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival. He is a trustee of the Rose Theatre Trust, co-series editor for Palgrave Macmillan’s Shakespeare Handbooks and co-supervisory editor of the Penguin Shakespeare (for which he has contributed to several introductions). He is also Chair of the Hosking Houses Trust. His publications include Twelfth Night: A Guide to the Text and Its Theatrical Life and (co-authored with Stanley Wells) Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Coffee with Shakespeare. He has published on Shakespeare’s influence on the Brontës (Brontë Studies and Shakespeare Survey). He contributed an essay on the poetry of Marlowe and Shakespeare for The Cambridge History of English Poetry (May 2010) and has just completed an essay on Harriet Walter for Actors’ Shakespeare (Routledge, 2011). He wrote the script for the Shakespeare Centre’s Life, Love, and Legacy exhibition and co-curated Shakespeare Found: A Life Portrait. He was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 2011.

Pamela Gerrand(Into the Void; Music as Medicine)
Pamela Gerrand

Pamela Jane Gerrand is a singer, songwriter, poet and sound healer with a passion for personal and planetary healing and transformation. Pamela kindles a powerful connection to the hearts of listeners with a voice that has been described as 'angelic, powerful, soulful, soaring…', and her songs and poems have been experienced as ‘uncommonly moving’. She has had training in Reiki, sound healing and mindfulness, and is devoted to bridging the worlds of art and healing. Pamela has performed and led workshops at festivals and forums across Canada, England, United States, Costa Rica and Sweden; she has had the honour of performing her original music at keynote talks given by Deepak Chopra, Byron Katie, Bruce Lipton, don Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Marx Hubbard.

Jian Ghomeshi(Mr. Ghomeshi)
Jian Ghomeshi
Jian Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history. Q is also now broadcast across the United States, on PRI. In September 2012, Jian released his first book, 1982, a literary memoir based on a 14-year-old’s desire to be David Bowie. The book debuted as a #1 Canadian bestseller and was #1 on the MacLean’s Bestseller list for 5 weeks in a row. Born in London, England, of Iranian descent, Jian lives in Toronto, where he enjoys supporting a losing hockey team and eating pistachios.
Dr. David Goldbloom (The Madness of Creativity)
David Goldbloom
Former Chair of the Stratford Festival Board of Governors, Dr. Goldbloom is our Harvard and Oxford educated Rhodes Scholar. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University, was a staff psychiatrist at The Toronto Hospital, and Director of Fellowship Training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has held numerous positions of leadership in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he continues to work. In addition to hisclinical and research activities, he has been active as a teacher at the University of Toronto within the Faculty of Medicine. He has won numerous awards for both his teaching and medical activities including the Abraham Miller Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education in 2000, the Council Award of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity from the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto, and was elected to both the American College of Psychiatrists and as a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association among others.
Gary Malkin(Into the Void; Music as Medicine)
Gary Malkin
Gary Malkin is a multiple Emmy® award-winning composer, producer, performer and public speaker dedicated to producing music-driven media and experiences that inspire the heart and catalyze individual and societal healing through the transitions of our lives. Gary is passionate about the vital role music, media, and the arts can play during these extraordinary of uncertainty and change. As a composer for award-winning television and film projects for nearly thirty-five years, Gary is known for participating in projects that support human sustainability, social intelligence, children’s welfare, thriving with cancer, and cross-cultural healing. He just received Hollywood Music in Media Award’s Best Soundtrack Award for the groundbreaking film, Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take? He is the co-creator (with Michael Stillwater) of the globally acclaimed CD/book, Graceful Passages,released by his life-enhancing media company, Wisdom of the World, which offers aesthetic ways to help face life transitions with greater mindfulness, presence, and compassion.
Marjorie Malpass (Shakesprov)
Marjorie Malpass

Marjorie is an Actor, Improvisor and Writer. Improvising at festivals around the world, and is an alumni of The Vancouver TheatreSports league, Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton and often performs with The National Theatre of the World in Toronto, and recently seen in "Slings and Errors", a made up Shakespeare Play.  As a writer, Marjorie's credits include comedy for CBC radio, HGTV, The Huffington Post and the satirical newspaper The Onion.  Marjorie performed on Broadway with Axis Theatre's critically acclaimed The Number 14, a comedy that has taken her throughout North America and Europe. She returned to NYC to perform Stand Up shows in the Lower East Side and has been seen in clubs across Canada. She holds clinics and classes with Malpass Park and is on faculty at the Second City Training Center.  Marjorie received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and is a graduate of The Canadian National Voice Intensive at UBC.    www.missmalpass.com

 

Colin Mochrie (A Night of Improv)
Colin Mochrie Forum
Colin Mochrie is an alumnus of Toronto’s famous Second City comedy troupe. After nine years as a regular on the British improvisation series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, he became a regular on the American version hosted by Drew Carey, which ran six years. Colin was a cast member of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes and with his wife, Debra McGrath, he produced, wrote and starred in the CBC show Getting Along Famously. Currently he is part of a very successful tour with Whose Line castmate Brad Sherwood, performing a live improv show across North America.
Joanne O'Sullivan (The Playwright's Crucible, A Night of Improv)
Joanne O Sullivan Forum
Joanne is proud to be able to say she’s worked in practically every genre of Canadian comedy. As a television writer she most recently spent two years writing for CBC’s popular and long-running news parody show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Joanne also wrote on the tween comedy Overruled and on three seasons of Magee TV’s Smart Woman Survival Guide. Joanne has worked in the live Canadian comedy scene for over 10 years, performing stand-up from Vancouver to Toronto, including Niagara’s prestigious Fallsview Casino, the Stratford Festival’s Late Night with Lucy and improvising in four seasons of Sin City, Toronto’s popular live, improvised soap opera. Along the way she created some of Toronto’s most memorable live comedy shows, including Stand Off, the competitive stand-up show, and The Playwrights Crucible, where a new play is created right before your eyes. As a comic, Joanne’s television credits include Elvira Kurt’s Adventures in Comedy; Modern Manners, for which she hosted an episode on the etiquette of comedy; and TSN’s sport debate show Off the Record, where a single guest appearance turned into eight more. Her second one-woman play, Any Second Now, was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award.

Eric Rasmussen (Apocrypha No More; The Secrets of the Shakespeare First Folio)
Eric Rasmussen Forum
Dr. Eric Rasmussen’s work focuses on editing Shakespeare and Early Modern drama. His first monograph, A Textual Companion to ‘Doctor Faustus’, significantly changed our understanding of the early texts of Christopher Marlowe’s play and paved the way for the groundbreaking editions that he and David Bevington prepared for both the Revels Plays series and Oxford University Press. He subsequently co-edited The Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama, The RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part 3 for the Arden Shakespeare series, Cynthia’s Revels for the Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson, Everyman and Mankind for the Arden Early Modern Drama series, The Two Noble Kinsmen for the Malone Society and the forthcoming New Variorum Shakespeare edition of Hamlet. In addition to producing these conventionally published works, for the last decade he has served as general textual editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) project, a series of critical editions specially commissioned for the electronic medium and subjected to a rigorous peer review process. These editions have become the most frequently consulted versions of Shakespeare’s plays in the world; and the award-winning ISE site is now arguably the most respected Shakespearean educational resource on the Web. Since 1999, he has served as the author of Shakespeare Survey’s annual omnibus review for Cambridge University Press of all new editions and textual studies. In this capacity, he has had an influence on the direction and the quality of work in the field. As a member of the council of the Malone Society and the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, he helps to maintain the high standards associated with those publications. As a member of the board of trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America and as U.S. Secretary/Treasurer for the Malone Society, he has been instrumental in steering these two preeminent professional associations. As book review editor for Medievalia et Humanistica since 1994, he has played a role in evaluating the evolving study of medieval and Renaissance culture more broadly. Dr. Rasmussen published The Shakespeare First Folio: A Descriptive Catalogue. This 1000-page catalogue raisonné is the result of two decades of research during which he and Anthony James West located 232 surviving copies of this immeasurably important book – a remarkable 72 more than were recorded in Sidney Lee’s census over a century ago. A research team of UNR graduate students then examined every copy in situ worldwide and prepared full bibliographic descriptions of each. Dr. Rasmussen also published a trade book offering a narrative account of this field research, The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios, which has reached a wide (and surprisingly appreciative) audience. At UNR, he has received the Alan Bible Teaching Award (college-wide), the F. Donald Tibbitts Teaching Excellence Award (university-wide) and the Board of Regents Teaching Award (system-wide).

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