Next Generation Showcase Panel 2016

Inside the Actor’s Career

Next Generation Showcase 2016 Panel Discussion
Sunday, January 17th, 2016
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Artscape Daniels Spectrum – Aki Studio Theatre

Showcase Panel 2016All Showcase participants are invited to join us back in the theatre following the networking party for a discussion about building an acting career. We will be joined by a group of esteemed performers, all working in theatre, film or television, who will discuss their artistic journeys; the challenges they have faced, their most valuable experiences, and tips for navigating the ever-evolving industry. Bring your most burning questions!

This panel discussion will be moderated by Cole Alvis.

Ted Dykstra, Kevin Hanchard, Grace Lynn Kung, and Rebecca Perry will join us as panelists.

UPDATE: Read more about the Next Generation Showcase 2016 Panel on Theatre Ontario's Blog

Moderator: Cole Alvis

Alvis_ColeCole Alvis is proud of their Métis-Irish heritage from the Turtle Mountains in Manitobah. An acclaimed actor, theatre creator and artistic leader, they (gender neutral) are an Artistic Producer of lemonTree creations and Executive Director of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. Select credits include dramaturging a new play by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard called The House You Build for the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (Saskatoon, SK), an “outstanding direction” mention and NNNN’s for Row by T. Berto at the 2014 SummerWorks Festival (NOW), and creator / performer in the Dora-nominated Gorey Story (The Thistle Project). Upcoming: Cole will be producing & performing in Body Politic by Nick Green, a coproduction between lemonTree creations and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (May 2016).

Panelist: Ted Dykstra

Dykstra_TedA fixture on the Canadian theatre scene for over three decades, Ted Dykstra is an award-winning actor, director, writer, producer and composer. Perhaps best known for his mega-hit Two Pianos Four Hands (created with Richard Greenblatt) Ted has performed the play in 11 Canadian cities (including 5 Toronto runs) as well as in New York, Washington, London’s West End and Tokyo (twice). He has also directed productions of 2P4H across the US, as well as in Australia and Hong Kong. The play won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Production as well as the Chalmers Award for writing. Other writing credits include The Kreutzer Sonata, which premiered at Summerworks, 2010 and enjoyed a sold-out run at Soulpepper the following season, Dorion (a musical version of Oscar Wilde classic, developed by Mirvish Productions, and most recently Evangeline (which premiered at Confederation Centre for the Arts in Prince Edward Island and recently closed a record-breaking run at Citadel Theatre in Edmonton).Ted has played leading roles on every major stage in Canada. Some of his favourites include title roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hamlet, and Amadeus, Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy (Dora nomination), Daffyd Llewellen in A Chorus of Disapproval (Dora nomination), Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ariel in The Tempest. He has performed in dozens of movies and television shows and received a Canadian Screen award for his performance in Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion. Most recently Ted appeared in Netflix’s first television series, Hemlock Grove and has guest starred on the series Remedy, Beauty and the Beast and Republic of Doyle. Ted is a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre and recently founded Coal Mine Theatre with Producing Partner Diana Bentley in 2014.

Panelist: Kevin Hanchard

Hanchard_KevinKevin Hanchard is a veteran Canadian actor best known for his role as Detective Arthur “Art” Bell on the hit series Orphan Black. Born in Yallahs, Jamaica, Kevin and his family came to Canada when he was just over a year old. From a young age, Kevin was a natural born performer, often auditioning for elementary school plays. After attending his local arts high school in Mississauga, Ontario, he continued to pursue his passion for acting and graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Since then, Kevin has been recognized with three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for his work in Miss Julie: Freedom Summer, TopDog/UnderDog and most recently for his extraordinary portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his final hours in the critically acclaimed play The Mountaintop. Kevin has also received a Betty Mitchell nomination for The Mountaintop and a Canadian Screen Award nomination for his portrayal of the beleaguered Detective Art Bell on Orphan Black. As one of the nation’s most sought after performers, Kevin can currently be seen as Special Agent Nate Lowry on DirectTV’s Rogue, and as Inspector Sematimba in the SYFY series The Expanse. In the last year he has starred opposite Kimberly Elise in the film Apple Mortgage Cake, played jazz legend Dizzie Gillespie opposite Ethan Hawke’s haunting Chet Baker in Born To Be Blue, and has made appearances on the television series Hemlock Grove, The Girlfriend Experience and The Strain. He will appear in the soon to be released films It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway and Suicide Squad. In the summer of 2016 Kevin is planning on making his triumphant return to the stage as ‘Hero’ in the Canadian premiere of the epic three-part play, Father Comes Home From the Wars, by Suzan-Lori Parks and produced by Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. You can follow Kevin on Twitter @KevinHanchard

Panelist: Grace Lynn Kung

Kung_GraceLynnA Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, Grace Lynn Kung has studied in England and Canada. She is a Chancellor's Trophy recipient (Ottawa School of Speech and Drama), two-time Award for Acting awardee and holds two Certificates of Distinction for Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. Screen accents: working on Guillermo del Toro's The Strain, scarcely keeping it together as Emily on Slings and Arrows, fighting Amanda Schull on 12 Monkeys, succeeding Erica on Being Erica, Hypercube, Sarah Polley's Away From Her, being interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos, special agent JoJo Kwan on InSecurity, Bank$tas, Blue State, House Party, working with Léa Pool on Lost and Delirious and possessing the power to turn humans into teddy bears as the recurring Evil Teddy on Odd Squad. Stage time: Seminar (Mirvish + MTC), national tour of Kim's Convenience, La Ronde (Soulpepper), English premiere of Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage), Blue Rivers by Judith Thompson, Paper Series (fu-Gen) and the world premiere of a nanking winter (Nightwood). Follow her on Twitter @gracelynnkung

Panelist: Rebecca Perry  

Perry_RebeccaRebecca is an actor, singer and writer based in Toronto. She’s worked with a variety of companies across Canada and the US in theatre, film and television. This year she starred in the Brain Power Studios movie Forest Fairies (to be released Spring 2016 on Netflix). Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, a solo show she created & stars in (alongside Musical Director & cabaret partner Quinton Naughton on keys) premièred in Toronto, toured the Canadian and US Fringe circuit garnering multiple awards, critical acclaim, a profile on Global TV, and a live taping in front of a studio audience for Bell TV’s Onstage On Demand most recently opened the 2015 summer season at the Rose Theatre, Brampton, ON. Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, the follow-up to Confessions…, premièred at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival to critical success, and continued Rebecca’s run of sold out Fringe festivals. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 marks Rebecca’s début outside North America at the prestigious Gilded Balloon Balcony Theatre and thus far has garnered 5 star reviews across the board, a sold out run with added shows and has been nominated for the Brighton Fringe Award for Artistic Excellence she is 1 of 10 nominations out of 3,400 shows and has already been offered a return spot to the world’s largest fringe! @rebeccaperry21

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