Kathi Langston, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Actor, director, drama teacher and coach, Kathi has studied and performed drama and dance in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. She studied theatre at the University of Ottawa and has produced, directed and acted in numerous productions. With the support of an Ontario Arts Council, she worked with Street/At Risk youth. She is a recipient of the Ontario Provincial Leading Women, Building Communities Award, a nominee for The Y’s Women of Distinction, recipient of The Ottawa Fringe 2012 Performer’s Spirit Award, nominee for the Les prix Rideau 2012 outstanding female performance award, and a recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Kathi won Best Professional Female Performance at The Atlantic Fringe Festival in 2014.
Sue moved to Ottawa from England in 2008 where she studied and worked in a finance capacity for 20 years. Having been a parent of an OST student since 2013, Sue also started helping out in a volunteer capacity as our resident “Excel Wizard,” preparing the rehearsal schedules for our All Ages plays in Spring 2016. Sue is very excited to be a part of the OST family and truly believes that theatre offers huge benefits to all, in all aspects of life.
Audrey brings administrative, website and social media skills to OST-ETO in the new position of Office Administrator. Her youngest, of three daughters, is a student of OST-ETO. Audrey was a member of her high school improv team all through her high school years and she considers improv as one of the highlights of her teenage years. She is happy to be working among passionate people of the performing arts and students of many talents.
Mathieu joined the OST family back in 2011 and has been a part of many shows and camps ever since. He spent the past two years working as an office assistant and as a camp counselor during the summer, and is currently studying at the University of Ottawa where he is enrolled in a bachelor of arts. He is excited to spend another year in the office!
Sydney was a student of OST for three years when she was younger and is excited to be back at OST and now working in the office. She goes to Garneau high school, and in her free time loves to cuddle up with her two Guinea pigs.
Ivana has been in love with the arts for as long as she can remember. She’s in grade 11 and a part of the Musical theatre program at her school. She loves acting which is why she is a previous OST student and is now thrilled to be working with the school.
Cloé did theatre classes at OST for three years before volunteering last summer. She is now working as office assistant for the school. She has been very fond of theatre since a young age and is part of the theatre and improv group at her school.
Kaitlin has been at The Ottawa School of Theatre for over 9 years and loves it! She has performed different styles of theatre at the school and now works as an administrative assistant, she is also a student representative for the board. Every year she helps in makeup for the All Ages plays. Kaitlin currently attends Algonquin College studying Massage therapy.
Brooke became a student of OST in 2012 and has continued to be a part of the OST family, taking many different classes, participating in the All Ages Plays, working in summer camps, and is now working for us in our office during the year! When she is not working, you can find her curled up with a cup of tea and a book! She is currently studying at the University of Ottawa in the Teaching French as a Second Language program with a minor in psychology. She is super excited to be working in the office for a third year and continuing to be a part of the OST family!
2019-20 CONTRACT THEATRE ARTISTS
Rebecca is delighted to join the amazing teaching team at OST! Passionate about the transformative power of witnessing, creating and performing theatre, Rebecca works as an actor, director, instructor and community artist in Ottawa, recently performing with Bear and Co in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and Cymbeline, and with Three Sisters Theatre Company in The Revolutionists and The Clean House (Prix Rideau Nomination Best Female Performance). Rebecca has taught acting to all ages with the University of Ottawa ‘s Theatre Department, Carleton University, Ottawa’s Acting Company, Ottawa Children’s Theatre, The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Prairie Theatre Exchange Theatre School and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. She currently directs and facilitates the Creative Well Theatre Project with Branch Out Theatre and the Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO).
Mathieu joined the OST family back in 2011 and has been a part of many shows and camps ever since, as well as spending the past two years working as an office assistant and as a camp counselor during the summer. He is currently studying at the University of Ottawa where he is enrolled in a bachelor of arts, with multiple courses in theatre and music. He cannot wait to share his passion to all of his students.
Susan is a playwright known for her works inspired by events in Canadian history. She is a co-recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the Ottawa Fringe Festival for a play she wrote in 2003. Other projects and commissions have included writing for the Ontario Genealogical Society, the Annual Beechwood Cemetery Historical Walking Tour, Heritage Day for the City of Ottawa, Department of National Defence (Royal Engineers) and the National Capital Commission. She is a founding member of Vintage Stock Theatre and has produced and directed a number of their shows. She is also a past member of the board of directors of Arts Ottawa East and is a sitting member of the Arts Ottawa East Advocacy Committee. A graduate of Brock University, she has taken courses at Carleton University and at the University of Manitoba.
Elyse Gauthier became a student of OST in 2006 and has since been part of the OST family, taking countless courses and performing in several all-ages productions, in addition to working in the office and as a camp assistant. She is currently studying at the University of Ottawa in the French Theatre program with a minor in English Literature. She is thrilled to teach students the craft of theatre and give back to the school that has given her so much!
Michelle Kathryn Gendron
Michelle is a singer, actor and dancer from the Ottawa region. A former OST student and recent graduate from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Music with a specialization in Musical Theatre Voice, Michelle has already gone on to perform in multiple productions around the city, sing at countless venues in Ottawa, and most recently works professionally as a wedding singer with her band Breakfast In Bed, as well as performing nightly with Totally Legit Productions here in Ottawa. Michelle’s work on stage over the years has won her the Susan Nesrallah Bursary for Outstanding Vocal and Performance abilities from Carleton University, as well as the 2018 BroadwayWorld Best Actress in A Musical.
Alli is an Ottawa based Actor, Musician and Creator. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at St Lawrence College and has worked with children for over 10 years nannying, working at summer camps and afterschool care. Alli won two Prix Rideau Awards for Emerging Artist (2018) and Best New Creation for her self written and performed one woman musical comedy, High School High. Other Credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show (Ovation Productions) Badges (Fresh Meat ) Rhythm and Burgundy: The Comeback Tour (creator and performer), Little Shop Of Horrors (Theatre Kraken), My Favorite Year (Confidential Musical Theatre Project), Romantic Poetry (Black Sheep Theatre), Getting Odd (Toronto Fringe).
Zackari is a young actor, comedian, and improv artist of the Ottawa region. He is currently pursuing his theatre studies at the Ottawa University, Department of Theatre, where he is actively involved in the department’s productions. He is a member of the Theatre Company Mauve Sapin and landed his first professional role in the Pattes en aiguilles production. Zackari is very excited to be part of the OST team this year and to create something fun and beautiful.
Ben is a theatre researcher, educator, and practitioner. He has a special interest in multimedia theatre, experience as a stand-up comedian, and writes about comedy and technology. Originally from England, Ben completed a PhD in Theatre at the University of Kent, where he also taught as an Assistant Lecturer for several years. Afterwards, he spent two years in Malawi, working for the charity Theatre for a Change. He moved to Canada in 2017, and is pursuing a Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa.
John P. Kelly
John P starts his third year with us. How time passes! John is from Ireland… but he will dispute that now and shout (still in his old accent) “I’m just as Canadian as anny of yiz!”
John arrived in Ottawa over fifteen years ago after a long career in Theatre and Broadcasting in his native land. He claims he loves it here and wonders why he did not come sooner. For all that, we can still hear his brogue in the corridors every year as he roars “Bloody Winter!” As you can see, he is quite proud that his class in ‘Acting for Mature Students’ is a mix of Fun and Theatre – with the accent (his very own!) on the former. This year his class will do a real play. What on earth is that? Come join in and discover!
A former student of Ottawa School of Theatre, Erin returned to teach after graduating from the Theatre department at Algonquin College. Erin has been the front-of-house manager for Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre since 2010 and, in addition to its annual season of shows at the Shenkman Arts Centre and GCTC, has toured with the company to Toronto. Erin’s work as a stage manager earned her a Prix Rideau Award nomination in 2013. Credits include As You Like It (Bear & Co.), The Laramie Project (Algonquin College), and The Irish Curse (TotoToo). Erin is actively involved in community theatre, using it to promote teamwork, confidence and the spirit of play.
Kirsten, is a current student at the University of Ottawa, studying in both communications and english. She has loved the arts since a young age. She has participated in countless plays and musicals, and done her fair share of backstage work. She has studied many varieties of dance and has done vocal training over the years, as well as basic training for the piano. Kirsten has worked over many summers for musical theatre camps, and has a strong love for teaching. Kirsten has been in an Ottawa based dance company, productions by the University of Ottawa, and after school theatre with different companies. She knows almost every theatre game that can be played.
A Toronto-based performance artist, originally from Ottawa. Blair recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University (2019). Blair is passionate about opportunities to collaborate with artists from an array of artistic disciplines from poets to painters to dancers and musicians. He is a creative associate at Mixtape Projects, a multi discipline theatre company (mixtapeprojects.com) and is very excited to be a part of the OST community this year.
Brooke became a student in 2012 and has since been part of the OST community. She has been working in the office for the past three years and is now super excited to be a part of the teaching staff! Brooke is currently enrolled at the University of Ottawa where she is studying Second Language Teaching and Psychology. She cannot wait to share her excitement with her students!
Born in France to a family of artists – her mother and grandmother were dance teachers and her aunt a choreographer for musicals – Virginie found herself on the theatre boards at the age of three. At 10, she studied at the Conservatory of Theatre in her hometown, directed by José Lemius. In 1992, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization Art and Spectacle. Three years later she moved to Canada and studied television at the Cité Collégiale, and has subsequently worked on various television shows.
VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bruce Deachman: President
Barry MacDonald: Past-President
Karen Bolt: Vice-President
Nancy Verspoor: Treasurer
Gisele Rivest: Secretary
Aileen Martella: Volunteers Coordinator
Directors at large: Liz Briggs, Stephanie Sundue, David Dallaire, Paula Dallaire, Igor Plechtchenko