Stageworthy is a podcast about people in Canadian theatre. On the podcast, host Phil Rickaby talks to people who have pursued various theatre careers, from actors to directors to playwrights to stage managers and everything in between and beyond. Each episode explores the draw of the theatre for each individual, together with an examination of the personalities, opinions, and passions unique to theatre practitioners.


  • #20 – Alysa Pires

    17/05/2016 Duración: 46min

    Choreographer Alysa Pires has created works for Ballet Jorgen, Citie Ballet (Edmonton, AB), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cadence Ballet, Ryerson University, Dancestreams Youth Dance Company, Victoria Academy of Ballet, McMaster Dance Company, Helix Dance Theatre, the Parahumans, Kalos Collective, and her own company Alysa Pires Dance Projects. Her work in theatre includes choreography for ten musicals, a series of world premiere plays by Judith Thompson (CAN), Velina Hasu Houston (USA) and Timberlake Wertenbaker (UK) that toured through Greece (The Women and War Project) and the first workshop of a new commission for the Los Angeles Opera. In July 2014, Alysa represented Canada and performed as part of the Tin Forest Theatre Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in celebration of the Commonwealth Games. Her work ...keeping in mind they may be behind you was reimagined for the 2014 Emerging Artist Intensive in Toronto. Alysa was the sole North American and the only female selected from a pool of international

  • #19 – Daniel Pagett & Jason Maghanoy: Hangman

    10/05/2016 Duración: 51min

    Daniel Pagett and Jason Maghanoy talk about Jason's play Hangman, opening May 13, 2016 at the Storefront Theatre.An examination of how we are shaped by our circumstances, Hangman follows the story of Alistair, a murderer who survives hanging for his crimes and finds unexpected salvation in a mysterious drifter named Winston. Winston takes what he needs to survive and has the town searching for him, greatly endangering the paralyzed Alistair who has been left for the rats under the gallows. As Alistair begins to realize he can rise above his dire situation and past life, Winston sinks deeper into the violence that is consuming the town, leading to a tragic and explosive ending. Written by Jason Maghanoy and directed by Daniel Pagett. Starring Prince Amponsah, Alexander Thomas, Vanessa Trenton, Jon Blair, and Vince Carlin, with puppeteer Kaitlin Morrow.Danny Pagett Twitter: @spoonydan Instagram: @danquoJason Maghanoy Instagram: @jmaghanoy Theatre@storefrontTOhttps://

  • #18 – Tim Turnell

    03/05/2016 Duración: 01h01min

    Tim Turnell is a multiple-award winning artist who has called Saint John home for over ten years. His one-person performance company (and art moniker) Theatre Narcissus Twelve was created to provide unique theatre experiences while using non-traditional theatre spaces. This facilitates artistic exercise and challenges both performer and audience with new works.Tim has contributed to theatre, radio, television, and film across Canada. His acting workshops have been invited into all levels of schools, theatre groups, and even correctional facilities. Nominated as Best Actor at the 2011 Acting Irish International Theatre Festival (Calgary, AB) and the New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Performing Arts in 2014. Winner of the Best Actor in a Drama Award at the Silverwave Film Festival (Fredericton, NB) and Best Theatre Performance at The Originals Arts Awards in 2014 (Saint John, NB).He is recognized as an actor, producer, short filmmaker, and illustrator. Tim's long-awaited web-seri

  • #17 – Alison MacDonald

    26/04/2016 Duración: 47min

    Alison MacDonald is a Jessie Award winning performer who has worked across Canada as a singer, actor, teacher, and producer. Recently, she made an album of 1950s/60s tunes and coming up, she will be reprising one of her favourite roles ever - "Patsy Cline" in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at Thousand Islands Playhouse. @thisisalimacwww.alisonmacdonald.caStageworthy: Twitter @stageworthyPod Facebook:

  • #16 – Victoria Urquhart

    19/04/2016 Duración: 59min

    Victoria Urquhart is a Toronto-based actor and director from Caledon. She is also a graduate from the University of Windsor’s 2010 B.F.A. Acting Program. This training has helped her to develop a focus on marrying Physical Theatre Practices with Classical Text. This fascination, combined with her leadership and organizational skills developed through working six consecutive summers at a residential camp have led her to a passion for directing, and the creation of The Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective in Toronto. Through the SOTMSC, she has directed, produced, and sometimes performed in several community projects, including the Shakespeare-On-The-Subway Project, several sessions of Shakespeare-In-Hospitals, and JULIUS CAESAR PROJECT, garnering 4 N’s from NOW magazine at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits include: Waiting for Alonzo with Empty Box Theatre (2015), Teach Me with Newborn Theatre, and Macbeth with Hart House Theatre.Film Credits Include: Red Lark with Funro Productions

  • #15 – Suzette McCanny

    12/04/2016 Duración: 52min

    Suzette McCanny is a theatre actor and a film director specializing in ensemble work. She is currently playing Blaire in We Three by Cue 6 Theatre at The Tarragon Theatre. She has played Josie in The Skriker at the Storefront Theatre by Red One Theatre. The Skriker was included in the Top Ten Indie Productions of 2014 by Toronto's Now Magazine. Other credits include Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor and Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost for Shakespeare Bash'd and Isabelle in Norman Yeung's Theory directed by Joanne Williams.She played 'Stage Manager' in Play: The Film by Kelly McCormack which won the People's Choice Award at the Canadian Film Festival. Suzette directed her first short film, 99 . 7% (Official Selection of aGliff) in Nov 2013. She directed, edited and starred in a trio of short films that called Triptych Triptych Triptych including The Garfield Appreciation Club, Can't Close a Painted Eye and We Think it Belongs in the Sea; due to hit the 2016 festival circuit. Suzette works to change the

  • #14 – Mark Allan

    05/04/2016 Duración: 48min

    Mark Allan has been performing in theatre across Canada for the past 22 years. In that time he has touched on all aspects of the industry from acting, directing and choreographing, to casting and producing. He was honoured to have been awarded a Calgary Critics Award in 2015 for his portrayal of Brave Sir Robin in Spamalot. He loves theatre and hopes to be fortunate enough to keep doing what he loves for at least another 22 years!It is easy to use, both for back end and front end users; however the app is only as useful as the user makes it. We've used the app twice now for our conferences and have not had the usage/response we were hoping for, although we did get a better response overall the second time.Stageworthy: Twitter @stageworthyPod Facebook:

  • #13 – Michael Ripley

    29/03/2016 Duración: 54min

    Michael is a writer and performer with over 30 years experience. He’s acted on stages and behind the microphone from New Brunswick to Alberta and his writing has been performed around the world. His short play Nine Types of Ice was a gala finalist and audience selection at the Short + Sweet Festival in Sydney Australia (2012) and has been re-mounted in Auckland NZ, Melbourne AU, Dubai UAE and Delhi IN and Vals FR. In 2013 Nine Types was made into a film and subsequently selected by the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival. He is currently developing another short film entitled, Mountains which is set to begin production this May. Fire Proof, a procedural series he’s developed about a fire scene investigator / professional poker player has been picked up by Flout Media Productions and is being pitched to 3 networks in March. Other produced works include the short stage plays Lunch With Cassiopeia (The Storefront Theatre) and The Transformational Potential of Laundry (New Theatre, Sydney) and the full lengt

  • #12 – Ruth Lawrence

    22/03/2016 Duración: 01h02s

    Ruth Lawrence’s work as an artist has taken her to Ireland, France, the US, and across Canada. As Artistic Director of White Rooster Theatre, a company in its 16thyear, she produces the work of women writers, garnering accolades and presentations across Canada.She is co-founder and coordinator of the Women’s Work Festival, now celebrating 10 years of developing new plays by women, the festival has a proven record as a successful springboard to production for women playwrights.As a filmmaker, her short films have screened, won awards and nominations across Canada and the US.Ruth won the Joan Orenstein Best Actress Award for Clipper Gold at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival and the RBC Michelle Jackson Award for Emerging Filmmaker in 2011 for Two Square Feet starring Jeanne Beker. She was named the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Artist of the Year for 2011 and in was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2013. Since 2014, she has produced three award-winning short films for Blue Pinion Films and co

  • #11 – TJ Dawe

    15/03/2016 Duración: 52min

    TJ Dawe is an award winning writer/performer/director. Current projects: Medicine, PostSecret: Unheard Voices and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen. Various credits include The Slipknot, The Power of Ignorance, Lucky 9, 52 Pick-up and Dishpig. He did a TEDx talk. He co-wrote the play Toothpaste and Cigars, which has been made into the movie The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Twitter: @tj_dawe Twitter @stageworthyPod Facebook:

  • #10 – Sex T-Rex

    08/03/2016 Duración: 55min

    Sex T­-Rex, Toronto’s hottest comedic theatre company, teams up with the Storefront Theatre for a double bill of old school cinematic entertainment and adventure. W​atch out WIldkat!​ and Swordplay, ​both award-winning A resident company at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre, has wowed audiences across the country since their inception nearly a decade ago. Watch out WildKat! premiered at the Montreal Fringe in 2014, receiving five star reviews from the CBC, The Torontoist, and Halifax’s The Coast, as well as taking home the awards for Best Show and Best Comedy at the Atlantic and Montreal Fringes. Swordplay: A Play Of Swords, the second half of this action-packed double feature, is a love letter to classic Swashbucklers and retro fantasy video games that inverts the genre’s stereotypes while offering a sophisticated parody on more modern offerings like Game of Thrones.Watch out Wildkat! and Swordplay, both award-winning comedies by Sex T-­Rex, run March 11th ­- 27th.Twitter: @sextrexwww.sextrexcomedy.comStageworthy:ht

  • #9 – Sheila Sky

    01/03/2016 Duración: 01h03min

    Active in Toronto's vibrant arts scene since the 1980's, early projects included assisting in producing/coordinating major commercial musical theatre works for Warrack Productions, Bradley/Francis Productions, Brian MacDonald Productions and Ron Francis Theatrical Management. She also coordinated 2 tours in North American for Mirvish Productions (including the Tony nominatedMikado) and the joint 1988 Olympic Arts Festival Tour for Esprit and SMCQ Orchestras. Since founding Sky Arts Management in 2004 she has undertaken general management, strategic and logistical planning, marketing and publicity for Continuum Contemporary Music (including their first European tour), multidisciplinary physical theatre company Theatre Gargantua, South Asian theatre company Rasik Arts, the extreme outdoor operas of R Murray Shafer for Patria Music Theatre Projects as well as 3 one-woman cross Canada tours for comedienne Christel Bartelse. In addition to her work as the Executive Director of Associated Designers of Canada, proj

  • #8 – Laura Piccinin

    23/02/2016 Duración: 53min

    Laura was born to tell stories. Her lifetime of performing began when she was enrolled in dance class at the Canadian Dance Company at the age of 11. She studied psychology at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and after completing her degree, she returned to performance.Laura believes that the purpose of art is to be in love with everything that you do. She has many passions in life, and plans on pursuing each and every one of them. She considers herself to be extraordinarily lucky to have the ability to pursue a life and career in such a fulfilling and infinitely interesting industry. She cannot imagine living happily any other way.Twitter @LaPiccininInstagram: @Lpiccininwebsite: Suicide Key: @stageworthyPodFacebook:

  • #7 – Sarah Winstanley

    16/02/2016 Duración: 52min

    Sarah Winstanley graduated with honours and as Valedictorian from the Academy of Acting College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Selected credits include Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Ilse in Spring Awakening: The Play and Caliban in The Tempest. You can find her around town doing character simulations at Ryerson University, dancing with the Army of Sass, or on stage every week as Princess Catalina at Medieval Times. If you can't find her it's because she's binge watching Brooklyn Nine Nine in her leopard print onesie.Twitter: @sarah_c_wFacebook:

  • #6 – Richard Beaune

    09/02/2016 Duración: 57min

    Richard Beaune has performed in every province and territory across Canada in both official languages over a 30 year career. His work as actor and director has garnered rave reviews and several awards, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award and a Canadian Comedy Award, and has been seen in Canada’s largest theatres, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, as well as the smallest indie theatres and found spaces. Stylistically, his work has ranged from Shakespeare (29 professional productions and counting) to new works of physical theatre and all stops in between, but always carries a trademark sensibility that he credits to his clown’s heart. A dedicated theatre educator, he has taught at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, York University and George Brown College, as well as countless workshops. Richard is perhaps best known as the founding Artistic Director of Keystone Theatre, a company that creates new plays in the style of silent film which has been recognized across Canada for its unique and carefully cr

  • #5 – Merritt Crews

    02/02/2016 Duración: 45min

    A Toronto based actor/singer, Merritt graduated from George Brown Theatre School and holds a BA Honours in Psychology and Drama from Queen's University. She has been a member of the award-winning company Shakey-Shake and Friends for the past 5 years, most recently performing in the 2015 Toronto KidsFringe in Hamlet...A Puppet Epic! She is a proud member of Queen's Players Toronto's Board of Directors and has acted in their last two summer shows. She also loves brunch and is really good at MarioKart64.Twitter: @fullofmerritt Instagram: @merrittcStageworthy: Twitter @stageworthyPod Facebook:

  • #4 – Burning Mountain

    26/01/2016 Duración: 01h04min

    Siobhan Richardson and Matt Richardson are actors and fight directors. Siobhan’s theatre credits include Credits include Mo and Jess Kill Susie (Harley Dog Productions), Sofia’s Doll (Film Freak Productions), and Duel of Ages (True Edge Productions). Matt’s theatre credits include (True Edge Productions), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Square), and A Complex Verdict (Do Your Thing Productions). Through Burning Mountain, Matt and Siobhan offer fight direction, consultation and instruction in the art of violence on the stage.Siobhan:www.SiobhanRichardson.comdemo reel: @fighteractressInstagram: @fighteractressFacebook: Mountain:www.BurningMountain.catwitter: @burningmtnFacebook:

  • #3 – Tom McGee

    19/01/2016 Duración: 01h14min

    Tom is the co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. A dramaturge, playwright, puppeteer, and producer, Tom is also the co-creator and Artistic Director of Shakey-Shake and Friends Puppet Shakespeare Company, where he adapts and performs Shakespeare for young audiences. Tom has been the dramaturge and occasional co-creator on all of award-winning playwright Kat Sandler's plays, most recently 'Liver,' 'Retreat,' 'Punch Up' and the forthcoming 'Mustard,' which opens as part of the Tarragon Theatre season next year.Tom also works as an independent communications consultant, focusing on media and presentation training with an audience-centric focus.Recently, he worked as an arts consultant on John Tory's successful mayoral campaign. Tom has a Masters Degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and a BAH from Queen's University in Theatre and Classics. He also runs a nerd blog ( where he analyses modern mythologies and a podcast that analyses sequels ('Please Sir, I

  • #2 – Sam Rosenthal

    12/01/2016 Duración: 35min

    Welcome to episode 2 of the Stageworthy Podcast, with host Phil Rickaby. This episode’s guest is Sam Rosenthal,an actor, director and was the Artistic Director of Tribal Productions which was the resident theatre company of the Toronto Centre for the Arts (Studio Theatre). As a director, Sam’s work includes The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ( City Playhouse) , War of the Worlds ( City Playhouse), The Marketeer ( Theatre New Brunswick) , Misery ,The Wild Guys, The Possibilities, A Doll’s House , Death Defying Acts, Office Hours, Dangerous Liaisons, War of the Worlds ( Tribal Productions ). Acting credits include Mr. Cohen in The World Premiere of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz ( Segal Centre) ,Time Stands Still ( TSS Collective ) On The Other Side of The World ( Harley Dog Productions - Next Stage Festival), Too Many Cooks (Drayton Entertainment).Sam is directing Hogtown, a new and exciting immersive theatrical experience coming to Toronto's Historic Campbell House Museum this January, 2016. Incorporating drama,

  • #1 – Rebecca Perry

    03/01/2016 Duración: 47min

    Welcome to Episode #1 of Stageworthy, with host Phil Rickaby. This episode’s guest is Rebecca Perry, an actor, singer and writer from Toronto. She’s worked with a variety of companies across North America in theatre and film. This year she starred in the Brain Power Studios television movie Forest Fairies and provided voices for two principal characters in the feature film The Fast And The Furriest and her latest show From Judy To Bette is featured at the 2016 Next Stage Theatre Festival. Her solo show, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl premiered in Toronto in 2013 at The Storefront Theatre. It subsequently toured the Canadian and US Fringe circuit, garnering critical acclaim, and a live taping for Bell TV’s Onstage On Demand. After opening the 2015 Rose Theatre season, her run of Confessions… at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 has resulted in a tour of the UK in Spring 2016, including a run at the Brighton Fringe, regional theatre engagements and a repeat appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016! Adventure

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