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.
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 second year and continuing to be a part of the OST family!
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.
Luka is a grade 12 student from école secondaire catholique garneau. As a former OST student from a young age, Luka developed a passion for theatre and the arts. Currently, he is a member of his school’s improv team and his school’s student body council. He wishes to study film at the Concordia University in Montreal after graduating high 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.
Mathieu joined the OST family back in 2011 and has been a part of many shows and camps ever since. He spent most of last year working as an office assistant and as a camp counselor during the summer, and is currently studying in grade 12 at Béatrice-Desloges high school where he is enrolled in their specialized arts program (PSA) in theatre. He is excited to spend another year in the office!
2018-19 CONTRACT THEATRE ARTISTS
A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a major in theatre and a minor in music, Sarah also has a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in intermediate/senior level drama and vocal music and has trained in dance. A high school teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Sarah has worked with OST for seven years as a teacher, choreographer and teaching assistant. She has performed in numerous shows through school, community and other productions as an actor, singer and dancer. She also has experience in stage managing and has worked on the production side in lighting and costumes.
Charles Douglas, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Charles is an actor, singer, dancer, and fight director from Orléans. After graduating with honours from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program, Charles went on to study the Michael Chekhov technique of acting at the Chekhov International Theatre School in Melikhovo, Russia, and with Michael Chekhov Europe in Istanbul, Turkey. He also studied stage combat at Rapier Wit, in Toronto, and received full distinction on his Advanced Exams for Fight Directors Canada. As an actor, credits include: Fred in A Christmas Carol and Roy in Anne & Gilbert: The Musical (National Arts Centre- English Theatre); Ferdinand in The Tempest, Turn of the Screw (Two Planks); Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical, The Addams Family, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins (Neptune Theatre); Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare by the Sea); Evangeline and Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival).
Fight Direction credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel (2b Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Watermark); Macbeth (Off the Leash).
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).
John P. Kelly
John began working with OST last April when he took over John Keonsgen’s class and is delighted to be welcomed back for the full season of ‘18/’19. He only arrived to live in Ottawa from his native Dublin in Ireland in 2004 and in the intervening time has made a name for himself as a producer and director in the city. Over a 12 year period his professional theatre company – SevenTheatre Productions won numerous awards from the Capital Critics, including four best directors and one overall best production. In 2009, of the 51 nominations in the categories of the prestigious Prix Rideau Awards, 11 referred to shows directed by John P. He has conducted workshops and adjudicated all over Ontario for Theatre Ontario. He is a friendly animal and answers to the names of John, John P, JP and Sean.
Bernard Leger graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music Honours and a Bachelor of Education (Artist in the Community Certificate) in the early 90’s. Upon graduation, he has taught high school instrumental music, vocal music and dramatic arts in three provinces. He has been teaching at St. Peter Catholic High School for the past 15 years, where he is currently the teacher facilitator for the Specialist High Skills Major program in Musical Theatre Performance. He has directed many musicals during his time at St. Peter and is very proud of the success of the alumni from this program. Bernie has performed in professional musical theatre, has participated in many theatre and development projects both in Canada and abroad and works as a musician within the Orleans community.
At high school, Julien participated in the improvisation league and several media arts courses and projects, as well as the Écho d’un Peuple. He studied theatre and film at the University of Ottawa, gaining experience in improvisation, juggling and clowning, as well as production techniques and cinematography. He also participated in several university theatrical productions.
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.
Emma has lent her voice to the energetic and imaginative title character in the animated series Mona the Vampire, the sassy British sorceress Elspeth in Gawayn, and the clever wallaby Camille in the series The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog. Her on-screen roles include a young Dame Judi Dench in the Golden Globe-nominated feature film The Shipping News; the spirited and science-loving Josie Trent in the Emmy Award-nominated TV series Strange Days at Blake Holsey High; and Elsie Cassatt in the Daytime Emmy Award-winning film Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist. With an Honours degree in Communication and Film, Emma studied in England where she was a member of the Minotaur Theatre Company. She currently voices the role of Angel in the animated series KuuKuu Harajuku, co-created and executively produced by Gwen Stefani.
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