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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 2019 in Muskoka. Jan resides in Lake of Bays.


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JOAN BENDON - Melissa in "Love Letters"

 Joan has managed the physically (but not metaphorically) impossible feat of having both feet firmly planted in the worlds of the theatre and the corporate for most of her adult life. Her theatrical self includes acting and directing while her corporate identity is that of C.E.O. 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), On A First Name Basis (Dot The T), Velveteen Rabbit, Cinderella (Playbill Theatre) . SELECTED DIRECTING CREDITS: Billy Bishop Goes to War & On A First Name Basis (Dot The Ts) What The Butler Saw, Lion In Winter (Cyclos Theatre), The Dumbwaiter (Toronto Fringe). 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.

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WILLIAM COLGATE - Andy in "Love Letters"

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), Billy Bishop Goes To War and On A First Name Basis (Dot TheT) and Mr. Pickwick (Toronto Workshop Productions). Bill has most recently originated the title role of Ned Durango in the Norm Foster/Leslie Arden musical adaptation of Norm Foster’s earlier play of the same name. Bill has numerous credits in all aspects of the acting profession (film, television, CBC radio drama, cartoon & commercial voice work). He has shared screen time with such notables as Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Keaton, Kiefer Sutherland, Gordon Pinsent, Diane Lane, Billy Bob Thornton, John Cusack, Beau Bridges, Anthony Edwards, and Matt Dillon (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. Bill resides in Lake of Bays.

For further information, visit any of the following websites: 

Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0171441/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElxtK3lqLGU&t=2s

Bill Colgate: www.billcolgate.com

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SHARI HOLLETT - Twink & Beth in "Separate Beds"

 SHARI began as an alumnae of the world famous Second City theatre in 1990, performing and writing in both the National Touring Company and for the London Second City. In 1994, she began teaching at the Second City training Centre where she also served as Artistic Director in 1998, and was responsible for introducing the Conservatory Program to our Toronto Training Centre. Shortly after Shari directed the inaugural Student Rules show,The National touring Company and then two award winning shows for the Detroit Second City. Shari’s stage work includes roles for Tarragon Theatre, VideoCabaret, The Second City, Toronto Fringe, Edmonton Fringe. Television and film roles include Stir of Echoes 2, The West Wing, Wild Card, Guilt by Association, Walter and Henry, Blue Murder, The Dan Jansen Story and SCTV. Shari, along with her husband Chris Earle, are seasonal residents in Muskoka Lakes. 

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CHRIS EARLE - Ernie & Blake in "Separate Beds"

 Christopher (Chris) Earle is a Canadian actor, award-winning playwright and theatre director. Chris has appeared in many of his own plays, including his Dora award-winning Radio :30. Other roles include The Trouble with Mr. Adams, Russell Hill, Faust and Miracle Mother for Tarragon Theatre, Mayhem and the Naked Writer, The Knee Plays 2, and Doubt for Theatre Columbus, Possible Worlds for Theatre Passe Muraille and the Carrefour Festival, The Martha Stewart Projects for Pea Green Productions, and The Old Man’s Band at the Blyth Festival, among many others. TV roles include Slings and Arrows, The Newsroom, Due South, Conspiracy of Silence, Chasing Rainbows, Gentle Sinners, and the animated series Rescue Heroes. Chris teaches improvisation, acting, and writing at The Second City Training Centre, and has taught as a guest artist at Canadore College, Humber College, Sheridan College, Cawthra Park Secondary, Etobicoke School of the Arts, and Earl Haig Secondary. Chris met his wife Shari when they were both members of Second City's Toronto stage company. Chris and Shari are seasonal residents of Muskoka Lakes. 

Previous Casts & Crews

JOAN BENDON

WILLIAM (BILL) COLGATE

WILLIAM (BILL) COLGATE

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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

WILLIAM (BILL) COLGATE

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

WILLIAM (BILL) COLGATE

TEAL COCHRANE

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Performer - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

TEAL COCHRANE

TEAL COCHRANE

TEAL COCHRANE

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Performer - On A First Name Basis 2018

TOM O'HANLEY

TEAL COCHRANE

RICHARD BINSLEY

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Performer - ART 2018

RICHARD BINSLEY

TEAL COCHRANE

RICHARD BINSLEY

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Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018

JEFF BRAUNSTEIN

JEFF BRAUNSTEIN

JEFF BRAUNSTEIN

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Director - The Ladies Foursome 2019

MAJA ARDAL

JEFF BRAUNSTEIN

JEFF BRAUNSTEIN

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Performer - The Ladies Foursome 2019

ROBIN CLIPSHAM

JEFF BRAUNSTEIN

ROBIN CLIPSHAM

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Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018

Performer - The Ladies Foursome 2019

JANE MILLER

ALYSSA LaPLUME

ROBIN CLIPSHAM

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Performer - The Ladies Foursome 2019

ALYSSA LaPLUME

ALYSSA LaPLUME

ALYSSA LaPLUME

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Performer - The ladies Foursome 2019

Performer -A Christmas Carol 2018

MICHELLE EMSON

MICHELLE EMSON

MICHELLE EMSON

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Technical Director - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

MICHELE INESON

MICHELLE EMSON

MICHELLE EMSON

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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

MICHELLE EMSON

STEVEN JACKLIN

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Performer - A Christmas Carol 2018

MICHELE SCHWEMMER

TERRY SAVORY

MICHELE SCHWEMMER

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Stage Manager - The Ladies Foursome 2019

KAREN THORN

TERRY SAVORY

MICHELE SCHWEMMER

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Performer - For The Love of A Good Man 2019

TERRY SAVORY

TERRY SAVORY

ROSIE DELROY

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Performer - For The Love of A Good Man 2019

ROSIE DELROY

ROSIE DELROY

ROSIE DELROY

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Performer - For The Love of A Good Man - 2019

HAILEY SCOTT

ROSIE DELROY

HAILEY SCOTT

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Stage Manager - For The Love of A Good Man 2019 

MAUREEN CUBBERLEY

ROSIE DELROY

HAILEY SCOTT

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Assistant Director - Billy Bishop Goes To War 2017 & 2018

Co-Director - On A First Name Basis 2018

Dramaturg - Scriptease 2018