The Company We Keep

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

JAN JACKLIN was the co-founder of The Huntsville Community Theatre. With that company well on its way, the next challenge was to create opportunities for the professional theatre community that resides in Muskoka and Parry Sound District. And thus, Dot The T Productions in Muskoka was formed. PAST CREDITS: Produced the world premiere of 'Bloodsong, A Vampire Musical', written by B.J. Castleman and directed by Charles Northcote, at the Pauline McGibbon Centre, Toronto. Created the Theatre Is My Passion Program and the Muskoka Drama Festival in Huntsville. She was Nominated for a Women of Distinction Award, Arts Category and Muskoka Awards, Arts Category. Was the Production Manager for 35 productions and events with the Huntsville Theatre Company. Most notably, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Rocky Horror Show and three For The Love of Broadway musical reviews. Directed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Robin Hood and Cinderella. Facilitated various workshops for playwrights, dance, directing and acting. Toured 8 productions to the Charles Stockey Centre in Parry Sound and toured a production of The Empty Chair to several locations throughout Muskoka and Parry Sound. Jan has currently produced 4 productions and 2 events with Dot The T. She has written 3 stage plays with the first being premiered this summer in Muskoka. Jan resides in Lake of Bays.


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MICHELE SCHWEMMER - STAGE MANAGER - The Ladies Foursome & For The Love of a Good Man

 Michele, a proud IATSE (891 & 873) member, comes to us from Ontario,  Germany, Alberta and BC and now resides in Muskoka, Parry Sound. After  graduating from Hogwarts, Summa Cum Dabra, Michele studied at the famous  Dagobah, Yoda School of Universal Method. Michele proceeded to further  her studies, graduating from Art School in Calgary, Alberta specializing  in glass, ceramics and large form installations — no cities were  injured in the making of her art. Upon graduation, Michele headed west  to make her mark in the movies. Cue music.

Credits:
Michele has spent 20 plus years in the Motion Picture Film and Television Industry working primarily in the Art Department, as a Props Tech.  Michele relishes the production side of the business for the infinite  possibilities as an artist, no day is the same. Michele has taken on  motion picture work as diverse as Baz Luhrmann’s, Romeo & Juliet  (MX) to Andrzej Bartkowiak, Romeo Must Die (BC). Michele’s mastery of  chop of the props and work as a sure shot armourer have been welcome on  any set — as well as her genius for cooking. The actors actually EAT her food, it’s delicious. With her European roots, she learned from her mentors the art of food. Ask an actor about this, especially after 15 takes.

Michele’s Television work has a similar yeoman work quality, ranging from  Commercials to classics such as the X-files, Battlestar Galactica to Dark Angel and Millennium. Michele again brought her prop-chops as Prop  Master, On - Set Props, Assistant Props, Prop Builder, Buyer, Prop Truck  and Firearms supervisor. 

Including  the productions above (Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, the cast of  BSG, X-Files) Michele has worked with many known figures including  Michael York, Stanley Tucci, Danny DeVito, Bridget Fonda, Lindsay  Wagner, and on, and on. She forgets most of the actors, but does remember the art!

Enchanted and Jedi trained, Michele, brings a steady, experienced hand to Dot the T, as Stage Manager for the 2019 season. Her breadth of technical knowledge, artists eye, illusionist soul and ability to cast spells and  move objects with her mind can only propel the cast and crew to the most successful season, yet. Alternatively, she can turn the audience to frogs. 

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KAREN THORN - PERFORMER (Colleen) - For The Love of a Good Man

Karen is thrilled to be involved in the premiere performance of “For the Love of a Good Man”, this is the first production for Karen with “Dot The T” Productions. A fibre artist and natural lover of the arts, Karen’s love of performance, dance and creative visual arts, from a very young age, continues to be the driving force in her journey with the theatre and all it has to offer. Credits include the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Fringe performances in Pie, Pint and Play (2018, 2019), Algonquin Theatre’s the “Vagina Monologues”, Huntsville Theatre Company “Juanita” in “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”, Justine in “The Love List”,  Margie in “Good People”, Betty in “Buying the Moose” and Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” are of particular note. Musical theatre performances include Bet in “Oliver” and Gertie in “Oklahoma”. Karen would like to thank Jan Jacklin for entrusting her with Colleen and for the opportunity to appear in her first written production, Rosie for her commitment to this project and willingness to jump in “feet first” and Terry for his support in life and love. Enjoy!

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JANE MILLER - PERFORMER (Tate) - The Ladies Foursome

JANE MILLER -   A highlight of Jane’s work as an actor are Dora Award nominations for Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (YPT) and in the musical Shaking the Foundations (Buddies). Among her favourite roles are Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in the Rough); Jane Foster in To Master the Art (Grand); Loretta in Fly Me to the Moon, and The World Goes Round (Gravenhurst Opera House), QEII in Nightmare/Dream (@ Campbell House Museum), and Baruska in Once (Grand, RoyalMTC).

As a singer/songwriter, she has opened for Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, and Jeff Buckley. She co-founded Toronto-based 90’s band Wind May Do Damage and currently sings with acapella quartet Spadina Station.

As a composer and theatre-maker, her credits include Disco Goalie, her self-produced solo show (national Fringe Tour and featured on CBC TV's "Hockey Day in Canada"), composing the acapella score/co-adapting the book for Michael Redhill’s Lake Nora Arms, (with Brian Quirt at Summerworks), and co-creating the micro-performance piece, These Are the Songs That I Sing When I'm Sad, (also with Quirt) which she premiered at Boca del Lupo in Vancouver and performed last summer at Blyth Festival. 

Find out more at Sadsongs.ca

Jane has had a life-long love affair with Muskoka and lives just outside Gravenhurst with her husband, Richard Peters. 

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MAJA ARDAL - PERFORMER (Margot) - The Ladies Foursome

MAJA ARDAL -Playwright, actor, director, educator

Maja has been working in theatre for 46 years as actor, director, playwright,

theatre trainer and producer. She is a multiple Dora Award nominee, and is

the 2002 recipient of the George Luscombe Award for mentorship in the

Theatre.

She received the 2009 Dora Award for her performance of her play, You

Fancy Yourself. During the 1990s she was Artistic Director of Young

Peoples Theatre Toronto.

She wrote and performs, You Fancy Yourself (published by Playwrights

Canada Press) Canadian tour 2006-2011, Edinburgh Fringe, and The

Cure for Everything (Dora Nomination, published by Playwrights

Canada Press) Toured to P.E.I. and Los Angeles 2011.

In 2012 she research and co-developed One Thing leads to Another, Theatre

for Babies, produced by Young People’s Theatre 2015 and 16, winner of 2

Dora Awards for script and performance. (Development support from The

National Arts Centre)

She is artistic director of Contrary Company, which workshops and

produces plays by women. Her play HER2 (published by Playwrights

Canada Press) was produced in January 2015 by Nightwood Theatre. She

wrote the book and music for The Hero of Hunter Street, 4thLine Theatre

2016. Maja’s other plays are Midnight Sun, produced by Tarragon

Theatre, the National Arts Centre, and Akureyri Playhouse, Iceland,

published by Playwrights Canada Press; Joy, a Musical about

Depression, produced by Workman Arts; Prisoner of Tehran, adapted

from the memoir by Marina Nemat, produced by Contrary Company and

Theatre Passe Muraille 2012.

Maja was 2015/16 Artist in Residence at Gravenhurst High School and is

2016 Artist in Community at the Gravenhurst Women’s Centre

Muskoka working with the community on Women’s untold Stories and

Unheard Voices.

Maja has directed plays across Canada, most notably the Dora Awardwinning

Whale at YPT (Tour to Washington, US) 1994. Her plays at YPT

garnered multiple awards and nominations. Maja directed Fly Me to the

Moon by Marie Jones at Theatre Northwest September 2016. She directed

Fly Me at Gravenhurst Opera House in 2015, where she also directed

Thumbs summer of 2016. Other productions Maja has directed; Stones in

his Pockets by Marie Jones, and The Foursome, by Norm Foster at The

Grand Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects, Oliver Twist, ATP and

YPT. She also directed at The Shaw Festival, Muskoka Festival, and

several other theatres.

Maja has directed and taught at various professional training institutions,

including The National Theatre School, Humber College, and Fanshawe

College. She taught a workshop in Jacksonville Florida and at the Royal

Conservatory of Music in the creation of Theatre for Babies. She has given

workshops in playwriting, directing and acting in several communities and

schools including Humber College, (14 years) Theatre Ontario Summer

Intensive, and Huntsville Studio Theatre.

Maja spent 7 seasons with CBC/Disney’s The Road to Avonlea playing

Mrs. Potts.

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MAUREEN CUBBERLEY - Dramaturg

 Maureen Cubberley is a practising Dramaturg and member of LMDA, (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) www.lmda.org. Her recent experience in Theatre includes:  DRAMATURG: Dot The T Professional Theatre Staged  Readings across Muskoka of Jasmina Reza's "ART"; DRAMATURG and EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, Dot The T Productions; CO-DIRECTOR: "On a First Name Basis",  10 venues throughout Muskoka; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Billy Bishop Goes to  War, 2017 - 10 locations throughout Muskoka and Parry Sound; ASSISTANT  DIRECTOR Billy Bishop Goes To War, 2018 revival, with 6 locations in  Muskoka, Renfrew County, Kawartha Lakes and Toronto. ASSISTANT STAGE  MANAGER A Christmas Carol. Dot The T Productions and Huntsville Theatre  Company. RESIDENT DRAMATURG Dot The T Productions.
CHAIR, Board of Directors, PMCN.ca www.pmcn.ca; ACTIVATOR, SheEO www.sheeo.world; FOUNDER,  Muskoka Founders Circle.; VICE-CHAIR, R.I.S.E. Resource Centre for  Independent Living; PAST CHAIR, Board of Directors, CIRA.ca.
Biography: 

A 30-year career in business, cultural sector and International Internet Governance; Council Member and Task Force Chair for ICANN.org (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers); Founding Director and 3 term Board Chair of CIRA.ca  (Canadian Internet Registration Authority); founding and senior partner  in private sector International Management Consultancy Firm ASM  Consultants; Board Governance Specialist; Policy Analyst; Cultural  Policy Specialist; Senior Civil Servant in the Cultural Sector;  Provincial Librarian and Director of Public Library Services for Culture  Tourism and Heritage, Government of Manitoba; Corporate and NFP Board  and Governance Specialist - all sustained by a life-long passion for and  participation in theatre as a patron, dramaturg, consultant, assistant  director and supporter.

Areas of Expertise: 

Dramaturgy.   "The Business Of Culture", including Cultural Sector Governance and  Consulting. NFP Management Consulting. Business Management Consulting.  Cultural Sector Policy Development, Planning, Review and Analysis.  Corporate and NFP Board Governance. Legislative Review. Advanced Level  Proposal and Grant Development.

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ROBIN CLIPSHAM - PERFORMER (Connie) - The Ladies Foursome

Actor, director, writer, and theatre educator, Robin has spent most of her life in theatre. Robin’s career includes the creation and development of several new and unique comic characters, performed across Canada, and the realization of many other contemporary female characters; the foundation and development of a theatre company for young people, designed to foster and promote professional theatre experiences (PRISM Theatre In The Park, Artistic Director 9 seasons); teaching theatre performance and production for Nipissing University; and award-winning improvisational theatre coaching and teaching for all ages. One of Robin’s passions is the development quirky characters, most recently in Greater Tuna (Gravenhurst Opera House).  Recent stage credits include Old Wives Tales, Thumbs, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Shirley Valentine (Gravenhurst Opera House) Vagina Monologues, The Good Body (Community Fundraising Initiatives) Same Time Next Year, Murder In Noirville, and Thumbs, The 39 Steps (Director) (for Laugh Out Loud), Calendar Girls, Steel Magnolias, Fiddler On The Roof (at The Algonquin), Sexy Laundry (for Theatre Muskoka), and the Peaches series of shows all over the place! Thanks to Dot the T. It takes a village.

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JEFF BRAUNSTEIN - DIRECTOR - The Ladies Foursome

Jeff Braunstein –Actor – Director - Producer

Jeff has been working as a theatre professional for over 45 years in Canada and the U.S. as a performer and director He worked extensively in the Theatre, Television and Film. Jeff is also the founder and artistic producer of Asterix Productions, a corporate communication company producing live Musical theatre and videos for major corporations across the world  Jeff was also President of Canadian Actors Equity for 6 years and prior to that was also vice president for 6 years. Jeff is currently the President of PAL Canada which has 8 chapters from Halifax to Vancouver. Jeff is a resident of Bala. ON

Selected Theatres worked at as Actor & Director

Studio Lab Theatre

Toronto Workshop Productions

Red Barn Thaeatre

Theatre Passe Muraille

Canadian Stage Company

Tarragon

Toronto Free Theatre

Muskoka Festival

Montreal Centaur Theatre

Rainbow Stage

Manitoba Theatre Center

Teaching and Coaching

Taught

Voice at York University

Drama to night school students at Ryerson

Gave theatre workshops at various High Schools in Ontario

.jb.asterix@gmail.com

416 346 4163

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ALYSSA LAPLUME - PERFORMER (Dory) - The Ladies Foursome

Alyssa La Plume has enjoyed many successes within professional theatre,  and even more so within the Muskoka theatre world. Starting her career as a theatre student at Canadore College, Alyssa has participated in multiple award winning short films, theatre productions and the Fringe Festival. Performed in Dot The T's stage reading tour of A Christmas Carol. Some of her favourite past roles include Helena (Mid-summer Nights' Dream), Shelby (Steel Magnolias) and Evelyn (The Shape of Things). She is very excited to make her theatre home with Dot  the T, and work with the many talented Thespians in our region. 

Previous Casts & Crews

JOAN BENDON

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Director - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

Director - On A First Name Basis 2018

Performer - On A First Name Basis 2018

Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018

Performer - ART 2018

WILLIAM (BILL) COLGATE

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Performer - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

Performer - On A First Name Basis 2018

Performer - ART 2018

CAMERON GIBSON

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Performer - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

TEAL COCHRANE

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Performer - On A First Name Basis 2018

TOM O'HANLEY

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Performer - ART 2018

RICHARD BINSLEY

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Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018

MICHELLE EMSON

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Technical Director - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

MICHELE INESON

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Stage Manager - On A First Name Basis 2018

Production Assistant - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018

STEVEN JACKLIN

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Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018