Theatre Arts - Performance
Brenda Bazinet (Director)
A director, actor and acting instructor, Brenda is delighted to be returning to Fanshawe College where she has directed Splendor in the Grass, Unity 1918, Problem Child, Featuring Loretta and Adult Entertainment. Other directing credits include: Little Women (Assistant Director, Citadel Theatre); Of the Fields Lately (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Love List (Iguana Productions); The Sea (Actors Repertory Company); Blown Sideways Through Life (Toronto Fringe Festival). A four time Dora Award nominee, she has played leading roles on stages across Canada. Selected credits include: Death of a Salesman (Citadel Theatre, Neptune Theatre); Harvest (Persephone Theatre); Hamlet (Resurgence Theatre); Ring Round the Moon, Wild Duck (Soulpepper); The Price (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Goat, Equus (Citadel Theatre); End of Civilization (Factory Theatre); Leaving Home (Blyth Festival). A Gemini Award winning actor, she has appeared in over one hundred television and film productions. A much sought after acting instructor, Brenda has taught for the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Academy, George Brown Theatre School, Humber College (Film and Theatre Division), Ryerson University (Act II), ACTRAWORKS, Equity Showcase and several private studios in Toronto and across Canada.
Gil Garratt (Director/Workshop Leader/Sound Designer)
Gil's long association with Fanshawe College has seen him working with students in a wide array of practices including directing/adapting the grad shows Three Dollar Opera, and The Trojan Women: A Love Story, leading writing workshops, “ Words Matter” and a lot of brutally punishing physical exercise. Previously Gil did sound design for last year's grad shows Better Living and Escape from Happiness. Also a multi-instrumentalist and professional performer, Gil was seen most recently onstage at the National Arts Centre, playing Neil Currie in The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, and as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park. Upcoming, Gil will reprise his role as Neil Currie (complete with Highland bagpipes) for Halifax's Neptune Theatre's 50th anniversary.
Hume has worked on the following projects with the Fanshawe Acting students: The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare (second year project) and Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson (first year project).
Mr. Baugh trained at LAMDA and has been acting for 34 years. Most recently he appeared as The Fool in King Lear with David Fox in the title role with Watershed Shakespeare in North Bay and at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.
Other recent work includes War of the Clowns with Pea Green at the 2015 Festival of Clowns, To Kill a Mockingbird at Young People's Theatre, Cymbeline's Reign with Shakespeare in the Ruff in Withrow Park, Dinner at Seven-Thirty with Theatre Rusticle at Buddies in Bad Times, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth with Canadian Stage in High Park, The Charge of The Expormidable Moose with One Little Goat, and his one-person show The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone at videofag in Toronto and at Theatre Kingston.
He has appeared with the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Tarragon, Factory, Passe Muraille, Threshold, Platform 9, Modern Times, Shakespeare in the Rough, Eldritch, Wild Excursions, Artword, and Festival of Classics, as well as at theatres across the country.
Upcoming is a production of Our Town with Theatre Rusticle at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Directing credits include Twelfth Night (Direct Flight/Gromkat), Rising Below the Sun (Cecelia McHugh/TPM Backspace), Therac 25 (Direct Flight); All's Well That Ends Well (Alchemy); Child Hood(Summerworks); and La Duchesse de Langeais (Orlando Fringe).
His play Crush was presented by Optic Heart Theatre in December 2011 after an earlier production at Summerworks in 2008. Crush was nominated for a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical in the Independent Theatre Production Division.
Teaching experience includes George Brown College, Canadore College, Fraser Studios, Theatre Rusticle, and Tarragon Theatre. He has published prose and poetry in Queen's Quarterly, This Magazine, and The New Quarterly.
Maja Ardal ( Director/ Movement Laban/ Workshop Leader )
Ms. Ardal has created and directed on a regular basis, with the Fanshawe Theatre Arts Acting students, on such projects as; Macdream, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. A theatre professional since 1970, Maja was trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. Writer and performer of You Fancy Yourself, published by Playwrights Canada Press, Maja and You Fancy Yourself won Toronto’s 2009 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female. You Fancy Yourself was nominated for three Dora awards in total: Outstanding Direction (Mary Francis Moore) and Outstanding Production (Contrary Compnay).
Maja is also the recipient of the 2002 George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in the Theatre. In 2008 Maja completed a year as Interim Artistic Director at Nightwood Theatre (Canada’s national Women’s Theatre). In January 2009 You Fancy Yourself was produced in association with Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. A near-sold-out run to enthusiastic audiences and notices. A remount is planned for January 2010 in Theate Passe Muraille’s Main Stage.
Maja is a director, theatre instructor and former Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre (now Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People). Her production of Whale received the 1992 Dora Award for Outstanding Production and toured to Washington D.C. She began her career performing at Toronto Workshop Productions under the guidance of her mentor, the late George Luscombe.
Maja returned to her native Iceland in 2001 to direct her play Midnight Sun, which was also co-produced by Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, as well as Gloucester Playhouse, Massachusetts.
Maja wrote the book for the musical Joy, (music by Joey Miller), produced by the Workman Theatre, Toronto, 2002. Maja has directed at The Shaw Festival, The Grand Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Nightwood Theatre (at Factory Theatre), and Great Canadian Theatre Company, Outstanding productions: Two Weeks with the Queen and Oliver Twist, both with Young Peoples Theatre. In the 2004 season, she directed Stones in His Pockets at Alberta Theatre Projects (which received the Betty Mitchell Award nomination for Outstanding Direction) and The Foursome at The Grand Theatre, London.
Charlotte directed both Escape from Happiness and Better Living with the 2012 Fanshawe Theatre Grads and Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors with the 2013 Graduates. Charlotte is a Toronto based actor/director/teacher/musician. A graduate of both the National Theatre School of Canada and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris France, Charlotte has been acting professionally for over a decade at theatres across the country including three seasons at the Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, Blyth Festival, Theatre Northwest, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Lac Brome and The Grand Theatre here in London. Most recently she was seen in France, or the Niqab, a new play by Sean Dixon, directed by Tanja Jacobs at the Summerworks Festival in Toronto. Also at Summerworks this year, Charlotte directed Dumbo Squid, a new play from Birdtown & Swanville. Charlotte has received the PTTP award in directing from Theatre Ontario, which enabled her work with Touchmark Theatre for which she was choreographer, fight director, movement director and assistant director on Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She was also part of the international Director's Lab North 2012 at the Tarragon Theatre this past Spring. Charlotte has directed projects for Nightwood Theatre (Tennessee Williams' Why do you Smoke So Much Lily?), Tapestry New Opera (Shelter: a Clown Opera), and has assisted on shows with Theatre Gargantua and the Hysteria Festival. This spring she'll be in Montreal assisting director Micheline Chevrier on a show at Imago Theatre. She is a regular guest teacher in the Drama Department at Queens University, and will be seen this winter in an upcoming episode of Murdoch Mysteries on CBC television. Ms. Gowdy has recently been appointed Associate Artistic Director at the Thousands Island Playhouse.
Stratford: Director: Medea, Romeo and Juliet, Good Mother, The Taming of the Shrew, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending, Shakespeare's Will, Richard III (with Seana Mckenna as the King), Three Musketeers, The Physicists.
Miles's first season at Stratford was as an actor playing Caliban in John Hirsch's production of The Tempest. He also fondly remembers appearing in the première of Elliott Hayes's Homeward Bound.
Elsewhere: Productions at virtually all of Canada's major theatres, including 16 productions for the Manitoba Theatre Centre and three commercial shows for Mirvish Productions.
Awards: Dora Award, The Drawer Boy (Toronto); Jessie Award, Taming of the Shrew (Vancouver).
Recent: Macbeth, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver. Proud, by Michael Healey. Remount of Proud, Toronto and Ottawa. Stag & Doe, Blyth festival and Neptune Theatre.
Miles has also been a teacher at various schools and universities.
An Artistic Director of BC's Nationally acclaimed Caravan Farm Theatre from 1998 to 2010, Estelle Shook has produced, developed, and directed over thirty outdoor productions for the company.
Highlights include The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw, by Peter Anderson and John Millard; Cowboy King and IOU Land, by Linz Kenyon; Shakespeare’s Macbeth and King Lear; Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children; and Everyone, a modern morality play in seven horse drawn acts created with six Vancouver theatre companies.
Most recently, Estelle directed Julius Caesar for Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park.
Estelle is a recent graduate of the York Canadian Stage MFA in Large Scale Directing.
Severn Thompson is an actor, director and acting teacher.
As an actor, Severn has appeared in theatres across the country. Most recently she performed as the Playwright in Seeds at the Blyth Festival. Other selected credits are: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Segal Centre); Hannah's Turn, (SummerWorks Festival); The Merchant of Venice, Fuente Ovejuna, The Liar (Stratford Festival).
Severn has appeared in several seasons at the Shaw Festival in plays such as The Cherry Orchard, John Bull's Other Island and Diana of Dobson's.
TV/film credits include Helix, Saving Hope, Hannibal, and The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche.
Some directing credits are The Farm 2012, Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth Festival); and Madam Mao (SummerWorks Festival).
Severn has worked as an acting coach and teacher for the last ten years and is a graduate of the National Theatre School as well as Stratford's Birmingham Conservatory.
- Fanshawe's Community Employment Services has received federal funding to provide the Career Launcher program in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Aylmer, Ontario.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fanshawe College has made the difficult decision to defer all fall 2020 convocation ceremonies.