Laura Mullin (writer/director)
Laura Mullin is one half of the creative team of Spark Productions, the company that produced the critical hit Romeo/Juliet Remixed. Together with Chris Tolley, she co-wrote, directed and produced the show that went on to be nominated for five Dora Awards (including Outstanding Production), and won for Outstanding Choreography. Laura is also a founding member of eXpect theatre and co-writer of the plays, HIGH Life and SURVIVAL U which have been performed for over a quarter of a million students in both Canada and the United States. A graduate and contract faculty member of York University's Theatre program, Laura has been involved in a number of theatre and television projects in Ontario. She was employed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for three years and in that time helped cast and promote such high profile programs as: Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom, The Air Farce, Black Harbour, and Jonovision.
Chris Tolley (writer/director)
Chris is the co-writer, director and producer of the critically acclaimed hit Romeo/Juliet REMIXED (nominated for five Dora Awards - winner for Outstanding Choreography). He is also the Co-Artistic Director and one of the founding members of eXpect Theatre. During his tenure with eXpect, he has written, directed and produced shows which have reached over a quarter of a million people throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Chris has trained at several notable institutions including The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the United Kingdom, York University (Honors BFA), and is an active member on the boards of directors for several Canadian theatre companies. He currently holds a Contract Faculty position with York University's Theatre Department.
Joel Gordon Romeo
Joel is a graduate of York Universitys theatre program and has been acting professionally for 14 years. He has appeared in over 40 principal and lead roles in film and television including Maya Angelou's, Down In The Delta, Robert Townsend's, The Natalie Cole Story, and This is My Father with James Caan. His Theatre credits include the world premiere of George F. Walker's, Heaven at Canadian Stage. He also runs a production company through which he has directed an award-winning feature film, SUPERBOB and a documentary for the CBC on Olympian wrestler, Daniel Igali.
Sara Moyle - Juliet
Sara trained in Acting at Ryerson University. Her television and radio credits include Jacks House (TMN), several episodes of Modern Manners (WTN), and participation on The LAW (FAN 590). She has toured throughout Ontario and to New York City with eXpect Theatre and has done improv at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her Shakespeare credits include Banquo, Viola, Adriana, and Lady MacDuff with Driftwood and Tempest Theatre.
Stephenos Christou Nurse
Stephenos is a graduate of the Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts. He started his performing career at a young age and has been going ever since. Past credits include, Steel Pier, Into the Woods, Oklahoma, West Side Story, Red Room/Blue Room, What Price Glory and many more. He was also privileged to be a part of Toronto's Annual Aids benefit show, Fashion Cares and work with choreographer Sergio Trujillo. Thanks to everyone who has supported and nourished him the whole way.
Steven Burley Mercutio
Steven likes to act. Recent credits include: Jacques in Twelfth Night (Driftwood), Malcolm in Macbeth (Tempest), Silly Bear in Just Want To Be Me (Solar Stage), and Gurney Pusher#1 in Habitat (Canadian Stage). Steven is a graduate of York Universitys Film and Video program, winning a TVO Telefest award for his music video "35 Degrees". He is currently developing his first short film "Camcord", for production this summer. Steven is currently performing with his new boy band Simple while putting the finishing touches on his first novel Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Saved My Life.
Pip Dwyer - Tybalt
Pip Dwyer graduated from Drama/Theatre Studies at The Samuel Beckett School of Drama at Trinity College, Dublin. She also trained at Sande Shurin Studio (NYC), and Total Theatre Lab (NYC). In Dublin: 'The Woman' in Death of a Salesman (Prelude Theatre Co.), Martirio in The House Of Bernarda Alba, and 'The Moritat Singer' in The Threepenny Opera. In Toronto: 'The Referee' in Never Swim Alone (Nordheimer Theater Company), and 'Lady Macbeth' in Macbeth (Harthouse Theater). In 2001, she toured 'Ann Hathaway' in Shakespeare's Dog. (The National Caravan Stage Barge Theatre Co.)
True Daley DJ
In 2002, True was featured on "Honey Drops" (Canada's first all female urban compilation) with a song called Comin' In (Videofact Award winner and 'Best Music Video' by the Black Film and Video Network); "Below The Radar"(CHRY) with her track Pain and Confusion; and on "Urban Blue" with a spoken word piece, Ho's In Headwraps. You also may have seen True in commercials for Fed Ex, Payless Shoes, Chase Manhattan Bank, and in "Soul Food: The Series" on HBO. Trues debut EP is scheduled for release in June and so is the launch of her website truedaley.com.
Jack Grinhaus Paris
Jack has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, York University, and with Uta Hagen. Last February, he won a Thea Award for his role in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Amicus Theatre). He has also toured 40 states with Tour de France (National Theatre Company of New York City), and was Off-Off Broadway with The Grownups Playground (Theatre 22). Look for Jack as the lead in the upcoming HBO series pilot "Life".
Hugh Barnett - Friar
Hugh is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked in Toronto Truck Theatres production of The Mouse Trap for two years. His theatre-for-young-audiences credits include work with eXpect Theatre and Mixed Company.
Pamela Ann Reid Rosalind/Dance Captain
Pamela graduated from Theatre/Dance at Ryerson. She has worked as both a dancer and a singer and is currently a member of and guest choreographer for the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak. She is currently working as a magician's assistant, as well as teaching dance throughout the city. She has appeared in music videos, infomercials, print and hand modeling ads, and has been a part of the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists.
Ada Balon - Opera Singer
Ada's past roles in the theatre include: Masha in The Seagull, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost, and Isabella in The Changeling. As a singer, Ada has tackled many genres: providing vocals for electronica badboys The Legion of Green Men, and debuting recently at the Montreal Jazz Club with some of Toronto's finest jazz musicians. Ada's training (and true love) remains singing classical music. In November, Ada performed in Puccini's La Boheme with Opera Ontario. Ada holds a BFA in theatre from York University.
Andrea Ciacci Dancer
Andrea has been dancing for almost 20 years and has studied and received her Phys. Ed. and Health degree from U of T. Her recent credits include dancing in the feature film Honey (2003), a Disney movie Cheetah and a CBC movie Stormy Weather. She has danced for the Toronto Raptor's Dance Pak, at Canada's Wonderland, on a cruise ship and in various industrials across Canada and the States.
Zak Ivans - Dancer
Zak is an accomplished "flipper and break-dancer". He has been a Provincial Gymnast for seven years, a National Power Tumbler for three years, and an all-levels coach for over nine years. A veteran of hip-hop and break-dancing in clubs, Zak now dances with a tricking team, Multilevel Moves, combining his Martial Arts training (karate, judo, tai-chi, wing-chen, kung-fu) with his gymnastic and breaking skills. Zak also gives private lessons through his company Gymnastricks.
Pedram Karini Dancer
Pedram is a student of the George Brown Dance program. He is very happy to be involved in this production of Romeo/Juliet Remixed.
April Mullings - Dancer
April, a member of the Caribbean Dance Theatre for the past four years, is experienced in modern, jazz, Caribbean, and African genres of dance. She also excels in the field of pageantry; she is a past Miss Jamaica Canada
(1999), and was recently a contestant in the Miss Universe Canada (2003) competition.
Erika Serbu Dancer
Erika Serbu graduated from Ryerson University Theatre Dance Performance Program in 1998 and has trained extensively in Los Angeles and New York. Her dancing has taken her around the world, sailing the seas with Princess Cruise Lines performing in various musical tribute shows. For three seasons, Erika was a member of the Toronto Raptor's Dance Pak. She has also choreographed and appeared in several music videos for a variety of different artists. Currently, she is teaching at a number of different studios, public, and private schools across the province.
High School student and professional gamer, John has discovered his passion for theatre. Presently he is affiliated with Studio Arts, performing, touring and competing.
Lauren is an energetic, dynamic young dancer who has been dancing with the Denise Lester Dance Academy for over 12 years, and is now a part of their teaching faculty. Lauren is currently a member of THRIVE, a hot new Hip Hop company in Toronto. She has also performed in the YTV series System Crash, danced in the music video Valentine and has done many industrial shows. Lauren has also had a chance to dance internationally bringing home platinum, gold, and overall awards. She is currently pursuing a career in performance.
Having trained in many disciplines of dance since the age of three, Natasha has been a performer for most of her life. As a member of Torontos hottest hip-hop company Thrive! she has appeared in numerous showcases and events throughout the GTA. Natasha has also performed in several music videos, most recently for the up and coming R&B trio "Heat" for their soon to be released single Brown Eyes. Natasha joined the faculty of Mind Body Soul Dance Centre Toronto in the fall of 2002 as a hip-hop and tap teacher.
Nicola Pantin - Choreographer
Nicola Pantin has performed with Renaud Doucet, (Hamiton Opera) Robert Desrosiers, Gabby Kamino and Sylvie Bouchard of Corpus (Les Jeux de la Francophonie gold medal winner). Her theatre work includes performances with One Yellow Rabbit, Bald Ego Theatre, Alianak Productions and choreography for Theaturtle. Her choreography and performance in The 3&Mac251; Cabaret and Little Freedoms were critically acclaimed. She recently completed a cross Canada tour with Turbo Bonz and Corpus. Upcoming, Nicola will be performing in the 2003 season at Stratford in The King and I.
Gregory Preston - Original Music Soundtrack and Sound Design
Gregory has been active in the theatre scene for a number of years. For our first incarnation of "Romeo / Juliet Remixed" he acted as sound designer,
remixer and consultant. He also created the sound for Sky Gilbert's "Drag Queens on Trial" and "Drag Queens in Outer Space" as well as Toronto's "Fruit Cocktail". He is currently working on new music comprising dance
and experimental sound for future release on CD.
Arun Srinivasan Lighting Designer
Arun is a graduate of York Universitys theatre program and does lighting design for dance, music, theatre and special events. Dance artists include Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Danny Grossman Dance Co., inDANCE, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Ballet Jörgen, Peter Chin, Dance Theatre David Earle, Corpus, Evelyn Hart, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Sasha Ivanochko, and Canadian Childrens Dance Theatre. Theatre credits include Cahoots Theatre Projects, Lovers and Madmen, Theatre Asylum, and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Arun is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Rachel Ford Costume Designer
Rachel is a graduate of York Universitys theatre program. For the past several years she has been a designer and does occasional acting and voice work. Most notable recent credits include mask designer for York Universitys Blood Wedding, and Shakespeare In Actions A Midsummer Nights Dream in 2001; and wardrobe technician on Bear in the Big Blue House Live! She currently works as a design assistant on the W Networks Decorating Challenge and props/set dresser on HGTVs Indoor Gardener.
Rex! - Set Designer
Rex worked in New York for eleven years, freelancing in the fashion and interior design industries. He has styled for Vogue, The New Yorker and The Village Voice. He moved to Toronto in 1998 and has been designing costumes and sets for theatre and dance. His Canadian credits include 3=1 of Whatever Happens with Dusk Dances, d-void: reworked with Montreals Tangente and Word: Layer 3 in the Canada Dance Festival.
Geoffrey Bouckley - Production & Stage Manager
Geoffrey is a young theatrical designer and manager who has worked with a diverse group of companies throughout Canada. Recent credits include lighting designer for A Divine Comedy (Brookstone), tour manager for Survival U and High Life (eXpect Theatre) Stage manager for Older & Reckless (MoOnhORsE Dance), Production Designer for Eye Spy (Bunnies In The Headlights Theatre) and lighting designer for Corpus Dance Projects Nuit Blanche. Geoffrey is a graduate of York Universitys theatre program.
Jeremy Bui - Technical Director/Lighting Operator
Jeremy is currently the head electrician at the National Ballet School of Canada. Most recently he was the technical director & production manager for Ania 2002 during the Popes visit to Canada. For the past four years he has been touring and working in the corporate sector with companies such as Moen Canada with whom he toured across the country last summer.