Now What: An Emerging Artist's Guide to the Theatre Universe

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8pm
Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto 

Youthadvisorycommittee Agm2016 Facebook EventThe YAC presents "Now What: An Emerging Artist's Guide to the Theatre Universe."

Panel | Q & A | Mingle | Silent Auction 

Join us at the Theatre Ontario Annual General Meeting on May 9, 2016 for a conversation about building your career in the theatre industry! We’re getting real with panelists Joe Recinos, Sophia Fabiilli, Jeff Ho, Wayne Burns about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and hearing their advice on what pushes them forward and what they wish they’d known when they were starting out. This dialogue will be a unique opportunity for artists of all backgrounds to be a part of the conversations that are at the heart of Ontario’s theatre community right now. Panel discussion starts at 8PM with a Q&A to follow! Stick around until 10 to enjoy food, wine (by donation), and bid on silent auction items including a headshot session, audition coaching, VIP Doras package, and more. RSVP today (seating is limited) - we’ll see you at the Randolph on May 9!

Questions for our panelists? Email us at Join the conversation at #YACNowWhat!

This event follows Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting


Meet our Panel

Wayne Burns

Burns_WayneHailing from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, Wayne is a theatre, film and television actor, emerging creator and the co-director of Dark Nights.

He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada‘s prestigious acting program, where he had the pleasure of working with some of the most reputable artists in the country including Yaël Farber, David Latham, László Marton, Paul Gross, Weyni Mengesha, Ravi Jain and Nina Lee Aquino to name a few, as well as the Factory Theatre Mechanical‘s and SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Programs.

Wayne made his screen debut in Jason Buxton’s multi-award-winning film Blackbird (2012) opposite Connor Jessup (Falling Skies, American Crime) and Alex Ozerov (Orphan Black, Coconut Hero.) The following year, he acted along side the late Cory Montieth (Glee) in Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons (2013). He can also be seen starring in the SyFy original series Olympus (2015) as Lykos, the Prince of Athens, opposite Sonita Henry, Matt Frewer, Graham Sheils, Sonya Cassidy and Tom Yorke and has been featured on Mr. D, Remedy and Murdoch Mysteries, respectively.

His theatre works include: originating the roles of Dane Timbrell in David S. Craig’s Dora-nominated Tough Case (Left Foot First Productions), Arthur in Paul LeDoux’s Merlin (Halifax Theatre for Young People) and Angelo in Michal Grzejszczak’s Boys From the ‘Burbs (The Empty Room Collective). He has also written a solo show, LIONESS, which debuted to a sold out audience in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the 2013 Solo-icious Festival.

Wayne is the recipient of two Theatre Nova Scotia Awards (2011 & 2012) and was nominated for Best Actor in a Short Film for his performance in Jeremy Webb’s Bone Deep (2014) at the ACTRA Maritime Awards.

Sophia Fabiilli

Fabiilli_SophiaSophia Fabiilli is an Toronto-based actor, writer, and producer. Sophia has also performed in theatres across the province, including the Sudbury Theatre Centre, Theatre Aquarius, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Theatre Kingston, Upper Canada Playhouse, Litmus Theatre, The Howland Company, Shakespeare Bash'd, among others. She wrote, produced, and starred in her first play The Philanderess which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival and was remounted at The Second City Main Stage last fall (NNNNN's and Outstanding New Play, Production, Ensemble, and Direction from NOW Magazine, Patron's Pick, and The Second City Award for Best New Comedy.) Currently, Sophia is Gregory Prest's assistant director on The Heidi Chronicles at Soulpepper, co-creating a new web series called Overachieving Underdogs, and writing her second play.

Jeff Ho

Ho_JeffJeff is an actor, creator and pianist from Hong Kong. As an actor, credits include: Hana’s Suitcase (Tour: Toronto/ Montreal/ Seattle/ YPT), Unknown Soldier (lemontree/ Architect Theatre), Beyond Body Politic (Rhubarb 2014/ lemontree), Murderers Confess at Christmastime (OutsidetheMarch), Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (Repercussion Theatre), The Ark on Fire (National Arts Centre), Orphan Black (BBC America).

As a creator, Jeff co-created TEASE, a site-specific piece at Jilly’s, the strip club, alongside Julie Tepperman, Amy Keating, Jessica Moss, Sabryn Rock and Andrew Moodie as part of the inaugural Crow’s Theatre Crawl. As an emerging playwright, Jeff has been developing his first piece, trace, with the support of b current and Factory Theatre. He is a Deep Development Creator at Factory Theatre 2015-2016, was a member of the Banff Playwrights Colony 2015, and Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources Creation Group 2014-2015. Jeff is an Associate Artist with OutsideTheMarch. As well, he was an inaugural invitee of the 2014 Gateway Theatre Pacific Masterclass Series in Richmond, BC.

Jeff received an Honorable Mention for the SummerWorks 2014 Spotlight Award for Performance for Unknown Soldier as well as the SummerWorks 2013 Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award for Murderers Confess at Christmastime. Jeff is a 2013 graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Upcoming: Banff Playwright’s Colony 2016 Acting Company, Cahoots Hot House Writer’s Unit 2016-2017, Stratford Playwrights Retreat 2016.

Joe Recinos

Recinos_JosephJoseph Recinos is a Dora-nominated performer whose passion for the arts extends behind the scenes. His commitment to equitable and diverse practices within the arts have led Joseph to sit on ArtsVote Toronto, Humber Advisory Committee, and several juries. Joseph has also facilitated workshops empowering youth across Ontario through his work with AVNU. His television credits include roles on Mayday, Dual Suspects, and The Strain. He is a 2011 Humber Performance Graduate.


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