DIRECTOR
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.

ARTISTIC ASSISTANT 
Rachel Armitage
Rachel has acted and stage managed in community and musical theatres across Ottawa. Her love for the stage translated into a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a specialization in Drama in Education, from Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Education degree from Ottawa University (Theatre and English). While her studies prepared her to develop in others the skills needed to become actors, her energies lie in using theatre as a tool with which to enrich life experiences. As well as teaching English and drama to students in Grades 7 to 10, Rachel has been actively involved in numerous community theatre groups, teaching, directing, writing and stage managing.

MANAGER
Karine Lévesque
Karine practically grew up in art studios and classes, exploring music and theatre study as a child, as well as dance, sewing and illustration as a teenager. Her post-secondary education included studies in fashion design, arts administration, art history and anthropology, and she’s enjoyed work in the fields of children’s programming, customer service and events of all kinds.

 

FINANCE OFFICER
Sue Webb
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.

 

 

2017-18 INSTRUCTORS
Sarah Algozino

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.

Megan Carty
Megan began acting professionally for film and television at age 10, and has since gone on to work across Canada as an actor, physical theatre artist and puppeteer. She is compelled by the creation of new work and has performed in original pieces at the Edinburgh Fringe, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, National Arts Centre, International Children’s Festival, Big Secret Theatre, Fresh Meat Festival, and Kick & Push Festival. Her desire to tell stories that resonate inspired her to build her own theatre company, Cart Before the Horse, here in Ottawa. She was also recipient of the 2014 Spirit of the Capital Arts & Culture Award.

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 Flemming
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.

Sandy Gibson
Sandy is an avid performer-educator with experience in such varied fields as  puppetry, musical theatre and improv. A member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Sandy has six years of experience teaching students aged four to 18 in English and French. His career as a performer beganb as a member of Queen’s Players in Kingston and has taken him to TV shows, film sets and Second City in Toronto. He has written, acted in and produced numerous Fringe shows such as Portable #3 in 2014, Heart Puppetations in 2015 and Confederemix in 2017. He is also an actor with Big Time Murder Productions.

Jenn Kearney
Jenn began her journey in theatre 15 years ago as a student at Ottawa School of Theatre. Her passion for acting, writing, puppets, masks, and just about anything else she could get her hands on, led her to a degree in Theatre and Development from Concordia University. Continuing to write plays, perform, and create, she discovered her passion for teaching as well. A graduate of The University of Ottawa’s Bachelor of Education program, Jenn is an absolute believer in the power of theatre and creative collaboration to give students the tools they need to be the best innovative, empathetic, expressive young virtuosos they can be.

Julien Lévesque
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.

 

Erin MacDonald
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.

Anie Richer
Anie graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Theatre degree and continued her training as an actress with several internships in Canada and France. She has worked with emerging companies (Théâtre Rouge Scarlet, Théâtre Belvédère) and well-established theatres (Théâtre la Tangente, Theater de l’Ile, Théâtre la Catapulte, Théâtre français de Toronto, NAC French Theatre, and Great Canadian Theatre Company). She also regularly participates in drama workshops and translates on occasion. She recently appeared on the television screen in Toi et moi, on Radio-Canada, and in Motel Monstre, where she played the role of Kimi, earning three Gémeaux Award nominations.

Emma Taylor-Isherwood
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.

Virginie Thouroude
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
Nancy Verspoor: Treasurer
Karen Bolt: Secretary
Bettina Sivyer: Volunteers Coordinator
Directors at large: Liz Briggs, Gisele Rivest, Stephanie Sundue, Aileen Martel, Roger Boult, Igor Plechtchenko
Kaitlin MacEwen: Student Representative