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. Jan resides in Lake of Bays.


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DRAMATURGE for Scriptease

Maureen Cubberley, following a successful business career in both the 

public and private sectors, has returned to her first love, the theatre.

Maureen joins Dot The T Productions as Admin Executive, drawing on 10 years experience as a partner in an international management consultantcy firm and an additional 10 years as a senior civil servant in two Canadian provinces.

Maureen's private consultancy work took her across Canada, to the USA and Europe. She was then appointed Vice President of Canada's Coalition for Public Information (CPI), and worked with a diverse group that included CANARIE (Canada's National Research and Education Network), The Government of Canada, UBC, and Canada's first Internet Service Providers to establish CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, with responsibility for the .ca domain. She subsequently served three terms as Chair of the CIRA Board of Directors. That led to work with the International ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, based in California and Brussels. Maureen's Domain Name System work on behalf of CIRA, and on one of ICANN's Councils took her to many countries on six continents.

Everywhere she worked, from small towns in rural Canada to the cities of Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and beyond, Maureen's life long interest  led her to seek out local theatre productions; a pursuit that was clearly a predictor of the passion that would fuel her 'next' career.  

Maureen's  early career as a librarian came full circle in 2006 when she returned full-time to her permanent home to serve as Chief Librarian and CEO for the town of Huntsville. A serious accident in 2009 cut that wonderful work short, but the long convalescence gave her ample time to read her favourite playwrights and discover new ones. "If I ever get better", she said, "I'll do something in theatre."

"You have brains in your head. 

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

Any direction you choose."

- Dr. Seuss

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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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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. 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 debut 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