The Muskoka Founders Circle, a group of Muskoka business leaders dedicated to economic
development in Muskoka, is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Founders Choice
Award. The award is a $10,000 prize given to the Muskoka-based entrepreneur with the most
promising start-up business, or idea for a new business.
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. She 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 playwrighting, 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 resides in Lake of Bays.
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
JOAN BENDON has met the physically (but not metaphorically) impossible challenge of having her feet firmly planted in both the theatre and corporate world for most of her adult life. Her theatrical self includes acting and directing while her corporate identity is that of owner of Flip Events and Meeting Planning Inc., www.flipevents.com, where she has created and directed an impressive array of original and adapted live entertainments and films for the corporate sector. SELECTED ACTING CREDITS: Hedda Gabler, Waiting For Godot, Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest (Cyclos Theatre), The Ivy Room (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Look Back In Anger, Female Transport (Equity Showcase Theatre), Marat Sade (Equity Conservatory Project), Velveteen Rabbit, Cinderella (Playbill Theatre) numerous children’s shows (Theatre Go Round).
SELECTED DIRECTING CREDITS: What The Butler Saw, Lion In Winter (Cyclos Theatre), numerous children’s shows (Cycle Children’s Theatre), The Dumbwaiter (Toronto Fringe), A Christmas Carol (Huntsville Theatre Co.).
SELECTED CORPORATE CREDITS: Numerous original musical creations as well as adaptations of Chicago, Rocky Horror, Casablanca, Grease and Burlesque for such corporate clients as TD, RBC, Industrial Alliance, Stikeman Elliott, Northwater Capital, O.L.G., Restaurants Canada and Videotron. Joan has also written and directed corporate films for some of the aforementioned clients. Joan resides in Lake of Bays, ON.
William (Bill) has been a professional actor for almost 40 years. A selection of his stage work includes Map of The World (Canadian Stage), The Tempest (Dream In High Park), Pal Joey (Tarragon Theatre), Sister Mary Ignatious Explains It All For You (National Arts Centre), Twelfth Night, Jacob Two Two and The Hooded Fang and Treasure Island (Young People’s Theatre) and Mr. Pickwick (Toronto Workshop Productions). Two of Bill’s most recent performances have been as Ned Durango in the Norm Foster/Leslie Arden musical of the same name and as Billy Bishop in Dot The T’s production of Billy Bishop Goes To War. Bill has numerous credits in all aspects of the acting profession - film, television, CBC radio drama, cartoon& commercial voice work - and has shared screen time with such notables as Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Keaton, Kiefer Sutherland, Sarah Polley, Gordon Pinsent, Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack (to name a few). Bill also has a second career as an award winning singer/songwriter and has recorded 3 CDs of original music. When not acting, he can usually be found playing with his band Cadre in and around Toronto.
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Cameron is 16 and a grade 11 student at Huntsville High School.
Cameron began his theatre life at the age of 7 as a Lollipop Kid and Citizen of Oz in the Huntsville Festival of the Arts/Rotary production of Wizard Of Oz. He hasn't looked back! At the age of 9, Cameron played the part of little Winthrop in The Music Man.
Since then, Cameron has acted in Huntsville Community Theatre productions as part of the Theatre Is My Passion youth program. Productions have included Pollyanna (Mr. Pendleton) and As You Like It (Touchstone). He has also appeared in Huntsville Community Theatre productions of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Amos The Mouse) and Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge).
Cameron studies piano with Sarah Spring in Huntsville. He has enjoyed playing in many community fundraisers and at many seniors residences and churches by himself, with Sarah Spring's piano students, and with his brothers Gregory and Alec. He provides music at Bethune United Church in Baysville almost every Sunday. He has completed his Royal Conservatory grade 8 piano exam and is currently studying repertoire at the grade 9 level. Cameron has won and placed in several classes at the Barrie Kiwanis Music Festival and has competed as a provincial finalist in both 2016 and 2017.
Michele caught the theatre bug back in 2009 when she accompanied her daughter Kelly to an audition for Alice In Wonderland with the Huntsville Community Theatre Company. She landed the plummeted role of The Queen and her daughter the Jack of Hearts and the rest, as they say, is history. Numerous roles on stage and off have kept Michele busy when not working on her own business as a professional art framer for local and not-so-local professional artists and artisans. Michele's artistic talents are a god-send for a budding theatre company as they are limitless.
Teal Cochrane has enjoyed creating in both community and professional theatre for the last 30 years. A graduate of the George Brown Theatre program, Teal also studied improv for two years at Toronto's Second City, and recently launched into Aerial Silks at the Muskoka Dance Academy.
Selected stagework includes Same Time Next Year, Mending Fences, The Rocky Horror Show, Doubt, and Blood Relations (Huntsville Theatre Company); Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak (Double R Productions), The Odd Couple (Tangerine Productions), Hay Fever (Dragonfly Theatre); The Elephant Man (Equity Showcase); The Dragon (Hart House), Alone Together (Gemini Productions).
Teal has numerous credits in both film and voice over work, but her passion and skills in custom costume design have led to the development of her own company “The Wardrobe Mistress”. Her fascination particularly with Steampunk and Victoriana, manifested recently in designing and building costumes for the entire production of The Rocky Horror Show, as well as facilitating creations for cosplay and web personas.
Teal resides in Huntsville, ON
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 has worked extensively in 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 around the world. Jeff was also President of Canadian Actors Equity for 6 years and prior to that, Vice President for 6 years.
Jeff is currently the President of PAL Canada which has 8 chapters from Halifax to Vancouver. He is a resident of Bala. ON
Selected Theatres worked 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 Centre.
Teaching and Coaching:
Taught Voice at York University; Drama to night school students at Ryerson; Gave theatre workshops at various High Schools in Ontario
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Michelle Emson is a two-time ACTCO THEA award winning lighting designer (“Lion in Winter”, “Bedtime Stories”), sound engineer, musician, professional photographer and documentary filmmaker. Michelle has spent her whole life in the performing arts both on, and off, stage. She started designing lighting and sound plots for theatre whilst in elementary school and has worked on over 60 productions since. Professionally, Michelle worked at the legendary Lansdowne Recording Studios, London and went on to work at CADAC, the largest manufacturer of custom-built sound boards for theatre and recording. Since moving to Canada in 2004, Michelle has worked extensively with Georgetown Little Theatre, Milton Players, Georgetown Globe Productions, and Brampton Music Theatre. Michelle provided FOH sound engineering to large-scale productions such as Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Beauty & The Beast, plus many more. In addition, she owns and operates her own production company, Sanctuary Studios Inc. For many years, Sanctuary Studios provided live theatre and music events with mobile sound and lighting solutions until selling off that division in 2014 to pursue her human rights documentary film projects in eastern Europe. https://michelleemson.ca